The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of May 14, 2012     
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation News
From the District Office
School News
Grandparents' Day
PTA News
Dance Festival
Calling All HP Parents
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week

  • 5/16 Dance Festival - 9:30 a.m. - blacktop
  • 5/18 Dance Festival raindate
  • 5/19 Spring Auction

 Coming Soon

  • 5/23 Spring Sing - 9:30 a.m. - blacktop
  • 5/25 Spring Sing raindate
  • 5/28 Holiday - No School
  • 5/31 Open House and Student Art Exhibition



The last day for Hot Food is May 31st.  Please mark your calendars!!!

Las Lomitas Education Foundation News




Spring Auction 2012 - The London Olympics!

Just 5 days left till the sold out party of the year!

The Online Auction ends TONIGHT from 10 - 11 p.m.

Bid now at you could win those front row seats for the Dance Festival this Wednesday!  There are over 330 fabulous items in this year's remarkable online auction. The online event ends tonight, Monday, May 14, with a "rolling close" every ten minutes from 10 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Help us raise the medal count!  


NEW....JUST IN...Live Auction Highlight:  

Tickets for Two to American Idol on Night One of the Grand Finale!

Are you ready to glam it up in Hollywood?! You and a lucky friend can attend the first night of the "Idol" series' two-night grand finale, LIVE from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 22, from 5-6 p.m. PST! You'll get to witness the final thrilling competition before the ultimate winner selection the following night. See the next American Idol in person!


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  It is an Olympian effort to produce this event - please help us! Contact Valorie Friedsam at to help!


Be a Champion for our Schools!  Bid Faster, Higher, Stronger!



From the District Office




The Las Lomitas Board of Trustees is pleased to announce a special meeting for prospective board members. This informational meeting is for individuals who might be interested in running for this rewarding office. 

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 21, in the District Office Conference Room and will last for 1 hour.

Information will be presented concerning the process of filing for election, the duties involved in schools board membership and legal requirements.


School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Last week was wonderful! On behalf of all the faculty and staff, I want to thank all of you, and the children, for making us all feel so appreciated. Please know that we appreciate all of

YOU for making Las Lomitas such a special place for learning. I do believe we have a mutual admiration society going on here!


We are heading into some very busy last few weeks of school!

  • STAR testing wrapped up last Friday. I am so very proud of our students for putting forth their best effort!
  • The Dance Festival is May 16th at 9:30 a.m. The students are practicing and costumes are under construction. It is sure to be a real treat!
  • The Spring Sing is May 23th at 9:30 a.m. Mrs. Lampert is rehearsing with the classes on songs and instruments.
  • Open House is May 31st. Cano Hall will be open at 6:30 p.m. for the Art Show and classrooms open at 7 p.m. The students are putting the final touches on published books and works of art.
  • Grandparents' Day is June 1st at 10 a.m. We have close to 450 grandparents registered! It should be a fabulous event!
  • Third Grade Field Day is June 7th. Get ready for lots of fun!


During these end-of-year events there will be over a thousand people on campus. Please be sure to be courteous to our neighbors and park in designated spaces; do not block driveways! I encourage you to bike or walk to the events if at all possible. There will be no regular parking on campus on Grandparents' Day, so plan do drive through the queue if you come by car. Grandparents will be shuttled on a school bus to the event from the Church of Latter Day Saints parking lot on Valpariaso Avenue.


Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to our yard supervisors: Marie Klein, Kaitlin McGhee, Grete Santucci, Jessie Phillippe and Maria Melendez. They have done a wonderful job this year supervising lunch and keeping a close eye on your children. If you happen to see them in the hallways during these events, please let them know how much they are appreciated.  


Until next time, 


Sue Sartor




Safety Tip - Be extremely cautious when crossing the Alameda onto Camino al Lago.  The safest crossing is at the pedestrian light up the block.    


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Emergency Card Reminder  

All students should have received their 2012-2013 Student Emergency Card via mail (if LE) or the Monday packet (if LL). This needs to be updated once a year. It documents important information about your child and also serves as a registration form for the next year in our District. Please check that all the information is current, all missing information completed, edit where appropriate, sign and return. We find that parent's emails addresses changes are most often overlooked, so we ask you to double-check that and all information for needed changes.  If any information on this form changes during the next school year,  please update the school office.  Even if you are not returning to the District, please check the appropriate box at the top of the form and return the form to your child's teacher. PLEASE Return the Student Emergency Form, updated and signed, to your child's teacher by May 18thThank you.  



Grandparents' Day



IMPORTANT!!   Grandparents' Day is coming!   IMPORTANT!!



June 1st is Grandparents' Day.  Please note:

  • There will be NO HOT FOOD that Friday (including Outreach).  May 31st is the last day for Hot lunch all year.  All students must bring a lunch to school. 
  • 1st-3rd grade students will attend 9 a.m. -2:30 p.m.  All K students attend 9 a.m. -12:20 p.m.  Please be sure the teacher has dismissal instructions.
  • There will be VERY LIMITED PARKING.  Walk, bike or drive through the queue to drop off your child.


Thank you for helping us keep the students happy and traffic moving on this special day!


PTA News



appreciationWe are sending a "World of Thanks" to our awesome Las Lomitas Appreciation Week team who did an amazing job!  Many thanks to Katie Boland, MJ Crousore, Didi Engel, Rebecca Grant, Julie Herlihy, Marie Holmberg, Jenn Polly, Lisa Reid, Kristen Shima, Sarah Supple, Caren Taylor, Christie Trott, Helen Ungerman, and Kristine Westerlind for a fabulous week! 

Also...special thanks goes to Starbucks, Sharon Heights for supporting our well as Mandarin Gourmet in Palo Alto for discounting their signature Chinese Chicken Salad!

And...for the SIXTH YEAR RUNNING...QUADRUS on Sand Hill Road, owned by parents Jon and Carla Sakrison, provided an INCREDIBLE luncheon to over 175 staff and volunteers at cost!  Not only does Quadrus cater, but we just discovered Quadrus Cafe is open to the public for lunch Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.  The atmosphere is casual and the food is fresh, homemade, and so delicious!  The oversized cookies are to die for!  Just turn right on Saga Lane off Sand Hill Road.  If you haven't must try Quadrus!  It's a gem!!!

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Last day to order Memory Books is May 16th!


Dance Festival



2012 Dance Festival

Please mark your calendars for the school wide Dance Festival!

May 16th @ 9:30 a.m.


Calling All HP Parents


HP's Employee Product Giving Program reopened on Tuesday, May 1st .  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to donate HP products at 25% of list price to the Las Lomitas and La Entrada schools!   Funds are available on a first come, first served basis so you'll need to apply quickly.   Details on how to donate are available at the following link  (    The school is particularly looking for HP TouchSmart 9100 PCs for the classrooms.  If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Mitchell [] or Bob Wrenn (


LLESD Governing Board

The Governing Board web page ( now lists all scheduled Board meetings and their location, and includes links to agendas for upcoming meetings and approved minutes for past meetings. The site is updated when new information is available, so please visit it regularly. Materials discussed at Regular Meetings (held monthly) are available in both school offices Monday through Wednesday prior to the meeting. Materials from past meetings are available at the District Office by contacting the Superintendent's Secretary at 854-2880.  


Business Partners News


The Las Lomitas PTA and the Las Lomitas School do not endorse, warrant or recommend any of these businesses.

  • Remember to mention Las Lomitas at the register and Kepler's donates 6% back to our school. Please check the website for upcoming events. 
    Jeff Arons is the director of tennis for Sacred Heart Schools.  His coaching experiences include founding/directing the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program and coaching a Wimbledon doubles champion.  His morning camps offer the beginning/intermediate level player the opportunity to develop their skills in a child friendly and fun environment.  His afternoon camps are geared towards improving the performance of intermediate to advanced players.
    Grades: 1st through 12th at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Ten one week sessions beginning June 11 and ending August 17.  For more please go to
  • Player Capital Summer Tennis Camps   
    Player Capital Tennis runs tennis camps for Pre K and up at beautiful Canada College overlooking the Peninsula.  Students will learn the rules and etiquette of tennis, proper technique, and developmental coordination.  In addition students will engage in a different cross training activity each day.  Please visit our website for more information and registration.  Also, you may also contact us at or 650-275-3027  

Community News


The Las Lomitas PTA and the Las Lomitas School do not endorse, warrant or recommend any of these businesses. 

May 29 is National 529 College Savings Day.  It's never too early to start planning for your children's education.  Join us on 5/29 from 5:30p to 6:30p at St. Denis Church Parish Center at 2250 Avy Avenue, Menlo Park, for an informative seminar on Planning and Paying for College.  Speaker is Susanna Tang, CFP, SeaCrest Wealth Management, longtime resident of Menlo Park, forner district parent and current MA parent.  There is no charge for this event.  Call 650-854-5976 or email to reserve your place.


SOLO Aquatics Swim Team -- Children Ages 3 - 18   
Burgess Pool and MA High School Pool, Menlo Park
Serving Menlo Park families for two decades, SOLO swim team is unique from all other swim programs because of the outstanding quality of its coaching and instruction, the individual attention each swimmer receives, the focus on technique, and its commitment to inspiring kids to fall in love with swimming.  Led by SOLO Head Coach Tom McRae whose educational background is in Physical Education specializing in developmental motor patterns in children, our experienced coaching staff will help children learn outstanding stroke technique, endurance, and personal accomplishment in a safe, FUN environment!  Check out our Summer Sharks, Racer and Dynamo programs for young children aged 4-8 on our website:
For more information contact or (650) 851-9091. 


Alpine Strikers FC - Open Tryouts
Are you excited about soccer? So are we! If your child has a passion for soccer and would like to take his/her skills to the next level, come check out Alpine Strikers competitive soccer teams. Open practices and informal tryouts will be held in mid-May. Please pre-register at


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