The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of May 21, 2012     
In This Issue
Tonight's Board Meeting
School News
Grandparents' Day
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation News
Las Lomitas League
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week

  • 5/23 Spring Sing - 9:30 a.m. - blacktop  
  • 5/25 Spring Sing raindate
  • 5/31 Student Art Exhibition 6:30 p.m. - Cano Hall
  • 5/31 Open House - 7-8 p.m.

Coming Soon

  • 6/1 Grandparents' Day
  • 6/6 PTA Bd. Mtg.
  • 6/8 Last day of school - MINIMUM DAY 


Update: Please mark your calendars! There will be no hot lunch service on Friday, June 1st due to Grandparents' Day. Hot lunch will continue the following week from June 4th through June 7th.



PLEASE NOTE:  All LLL classes ended last week.

Tonight's Board Meeting


Tonight's informational meeting is for individuals who might be interested in running for board membership.


The meeting will take place tonight, Monday, May 21, at 6 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room and will last for one hour.

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

The Las Lomitas School District has always benefited from the tremendous talent and dedication of its board members and we hope to continue this tradition for the years to come. If you have ever been interested for running for the school board, this meeting is for you!


School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Last week's Dance Festival was a great success and this week brings the Spring Sing on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. I'm glad that so many of you can attend these special events. Your children are proud of what they've learned and want to share these memorable events with you.

I want to correct an item that was in last week's article about Grandparents' Day. May 31st is not the last day for Children's Choice Hot Food - the last day will be June 7th. There will be no Hot Food on June 1st, Grandparents' Day, but it will continue the following week. Please be sure your child brings a lunch to school on Grandparents' Day. We have over 450 grandparents planning to attend. I'm sure it will be a wonderful event!


I look forward to seeing you at the various activities this month. Enjoy!




Please come to the Las Lomitas Spring Sing. All students will be singing on the black top this Wednesday, May 23, at 9:30 a.m. We'd love to have you there to enjoy our voices and sing along.



The Lost and Found will be donated this Friday, May 25.  Come have a look!  


Grandparents' Day



IMPORTANT!   Grandparents' Day is coming!   IMPORTANT!



June 1st is Grandparents' Day.  Please note:

  • Update: There will be NO HOT FOOD on Friday, June 1st (including Outreach).  All students must bring a lunch to school on Friday, June 1st. Hot lunch service will resume on Monday, June 4th.
  • 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


Family Picnic
This family favorite involves coordinating 20+ volunteers, serving pizza, salad and drinks to a 1,000 people, and helping build the strong sense of community we all cherish at Las Lomitas.
Fun Fridays
It's fun. It's Friday. Why wouldn't you want to lead it?
This position helps coordinate food for several events throughout the year. It's as simple as that!
Hot Food Days Chair
Our popular hot food program is entirely staffed by volunteers. This is a great chance to see what your child actually eats!
Pancake Breakfast
Another family favorite, this is a rewarding volunteer opportunity and a great community event.


Contact Cindy Tipton ( or 

visit the PTA website for a brief description





CALLING ALL 3RD GRADE PARENTS ... Volunteers Needed!


WHERE: Las Lomitas Field

WHEN:   Thursday, June 7, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

WHAT:   Fun, Games, and Pizza Lunch!

WHO:     All 3rd graders!


To run this event, we need many parent volunteers.  Please let me know how you can help by signing up using the Jooners Link below or contact me directly: 

Jeni Mahon,  Don't miss out on being a part of a fun filled day with your graduating 3rd grader.


Third Grade Field Day and Party 



Las Lomitas Education Foundation News







Congratulations to the Las Lomitas Olympic Champions!


The 2012 Auction Gold Medal Count:  $345,730 raised for our schools!







The London Olympics were Sensational!  The Online Auction raised $20K more than last year!  We cannot give enough thanks or recognition to all the supporters who participated in the London Summer Games.  We deeply appreciate all the parents, teachers and staff who solicited, donated and bid on items in our Online, Silent and Live Auctions.  You are the people who make our District such a special place to live and learn!

Let's give a loud "Put Up" to our amazing auctioneers, Carol Hedges and Jeff Lokey, who delivered an incredibly entertaining and lucrative performance! We wish to thank Drew Dunlevie and his crew of volunteers running The Lion and Leopard Pub, and Mike Jung and his Olympian Wine bar team - what a party!  We are supremely grateful to the wonderful volunteers who helped set-up, run, and clean-up this grand event - it could not have happened without you. 

 Let's hear it for the 2012 Auction Olympic Committee!



2012 Auction Co-Chairs:





Pamela Stang



Stephanie Peters



Stacey White

Art Design


Lisa Reid

Event Production


Stacey Alexander & Christy Byers

The Olympic Event Leaders:





Carol Hedges and Jeff Lokey



Pop Rocks

The Lion and Leopard Pub


Drew Dunlevie

The Olympian Wine Bar


Mike Jung

Check In / Check Out




Laurel Timpson, Laura Thornburg, Diane Honda, Karen Fryling, Susan Swetter

Stacey White & David Henig



Michael Pollano



Architectural Layout


David Henig, Evan Reis, Diana Sunshine, Ray Mueller, Christy Chin, Lisa Reid

Stacey Alexander & David Henig



MJ Crousore & Pamela Stang



Lovinda Beal-Blohm & Stacey White

Production Assistants


Ashley Banks, Valorie Friedsam, Laura Glader, Jeni Mahon, Brandi Mahoney, Stacy May, Rachel Perkocha, Tonya Piacente, Tanya Rianda, Pam Wright, Christian Bernstein


                    Gold Medal Solicitors:


Live Auction


Pamela Stang

Silent Auction Categories:





Myn Demmon

Gourmet Dining & Cooking


Julie Floyd

Fine Wines


Mike Jung



Drew Dunlevie

For the Kids


Pamela Stang

Expert Services


Kristin Jones

Events & Adventures - Adults


Stephanie Peters

Events & Adventures - Families


MJ Crousore & Diana Sunshine

Online Auction Categories:



Teacher & Staff Treasures


Honore Siri

Family Fun


Lisa Puccetti

Theater, Music and Museums


Kristin Jones

Kid's Parties


Paula Hamilton

Kid's Summer Camps


Lisa Puccetti

Kid's Classes & Lessons


Dan Li

Dining Out & Fine Foods



Nalin Decker, Suzanne Portugal, Stacy May, Judy Nayebi and Cara Whittaker

Shop Local and Expert Services


Nalin Decker, Suzanne Portugal, Stacy May, Judy Nayebi, Cara Whittaker, Fan Herbst

Spa, Beauty, Health & Fitness


Kristin Jones



Drew Dunlevie

Auction Event Assistants







The Catalog Heroines:

Copy Writers & Editors







Cover, Layout & Design 


Web Design & Support: 



Auction Advisor: 


The Lion and Leopard Pub Crew:



























The Olympian Wine Bar Crew: 





Business partners who supported our auction with their in-kind donations: 





There are so many additional individuals who contributed in countless ways.  We wish to express OUR DEEPEST THANKS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU! This event could not have happened without you. Thank you so much for your continued support of the Las Lomitas Education Foundation!



In profound appreciation, 

David Henig
President, Las Lomitas Education Foundation


David Henig, Diana Sunshine, Gina Gonzales, Sara Stremple, Sook Jung, Sophie Makris, Elaine MacDonald, Laura Thornburg, Laurie Quinn, Judy Nayebi, Stephanie Zaharias, Kristin Jones, Jen Overholt


Stephanie Peters, Stacey White, Pamela Stang, MJ Crousore, Sook Jung, Stacy May, Jen Overholt & Lori Kopansky

Lisa Reid

Anne Carpenter & Lisa Reid

MJ Crousore

Drew Dunlevie, Brett White, David Bradley, Drew Byers, Jon Noble, Brian Wall, Nate Gursky, Todd, Holley, Ken Fenyo, Alex Liston, Eric Glader, Eric Almgren, David Appel, Dorrian Porter, Rich Mosher, Joe Dobrenski, Paul Gelormini, Aaron Hipple, Bill Onderdonk, Malcolm Friedberg, Scott Rash, Nils Wydler, Jeff Spackman, Lloyd Brown, Drew Norris, Stefan Kennedy, Nick Zaharias, Greg Baszucki, Jeff Kinder.




Mike Jung, Bill Makris, Alex Peters, Bob Koenig, Jon Gonzales 


Amici Cellars, The Design Curve, Gleim the Jeweler, SusieCakes, and Portola Farms. 













Las Lomitas League



Please be reminded that all Las Lomitas League (LLL) before/after-school classes for this Winter/Spring 2012 session ended last week.

Registration for the new LLL Fall 2012 classes opens at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23, so remember to put this date down in your calendar. 

The Fall 2012 class offerings and schedule will be available on our website (under the tab "Classes," under "Las Lomitas") on Aug. 1. So please check back then to start planning for the classes you want to register for.



LLESD Governing Board

We are happy to announce that in an effort to go green we will no longer be printing hard copies of board meeting agendas and minutes but rather will distribute, display and post all agendas and minutes online. Our Online Agenda Website was launched on the Regular Board Meeting of May 9, 2012. If you would like to receive email notifications when an upcoming Board Meeting Agenda is posted, please send an email request to the Superintendent's Secretary, Leticia Gomez, her email address is:

The email notification will include a hyperlink that will take you to the upcoming Board Meeting Agenda and all of its attachments. Our Agenda Online website is   You will also be able to access our Agenda Online website by visiting the District Website, then clicking on "Governing Board" and by choosing "Board Meetings, Agenda and Minutes" from the drop down menu (A direct link to our Agenda Online Website is posted there).

If you have any questions, please contact 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 - 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. 
Water Polo summer camp in Menlo Park  Exciting new Water Polo day-camps for ages 5-14 at Belle Haven Pool this summer. Campers learn the basics of water polo, including correct ball handling, and positioning, along with daily scrimmage matches.Three weeks to chose from, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., with extended care available. Visit for more details!

Come to Summer Camp at Ladera Community Church Preschool!  Ladera Community Church Preschool is offering Summer Camp in three 2-week sessions, Mondays through Thursdays.  We welcome all 3, 4, and 5 year olds.  You do not have to be enrolled in our preschool to attend.  3s class is 9 a.m. - noon, Pre-K is 8:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.  Session 1: June 18-28 We're going on a Treasure Hunt! Session 2: July 2-12 Inventor's Workshop and Session 3: July 16-26 Mudsy Sudsy Summer.  Please visit our website at or contact Director Sandi Snider at 854-0295.


CALLING ALL DREAMERS!  THE MENLO PARK LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER READING PROGRAM Dream Big - READ! at the Menlo Park Library this summer as we kick-off the 2012 Summer Reading Program and events.  With special entertainment presented by Wild Things Inc, Pirate Jack Spareribs, MaryLee Sunseri, Fratello Marionettes, Magician Phil Ackerly and the Bubble Lady, summer reading will be a celebration.

The 2012 Summer Reading Program is open to young people of all ages with specific options for children and teens, including prize raffles, reading clubs and more.  Registration begins on June 1

via our website where you can find a downloadable reading log, procedures and a calendar of events.  Summer Reading will begin in earnest on June 18 and run through August 31.  As a reminder, the Library will be closed for a remodeling project May 21 - June 18, but you can be sure to begin your summer reading as early as June 1 by visiting our website.


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 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 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.


Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions. Wed. June 6, times by appointment, Redwood City:
The Ragazzi Boys Chorus will hold additional auditions for the 2012-13 season, which mirrors local school calendars. Ragazzi offers a complete music education through a proven, award-winning choral program. Boys begin with one evening per week of choral singing and progress through a full course of choral/vocal and music theory instruction. Ragazzi produces its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a SF Giants Game every spring, goes on tours (domestic and international), and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations. No-stress auditions are for boys between the ages of 6 and 10; no previous singing experience is required. For appointments please call: 650-342-8785 or email

You Tube at


AYSO Region 25 Fall Registration is Closing May-31
AYSO Region 25 provides soccer for grades K-12 in the communities of Portola Valley, Woodside, La Honda, Ladera, and Las Lomitas.  Registration for Fall-2012 is online only through May-31 at  For up to date details, find us on, or call Commissioner Don Yates at 650-851-2690.  AYSO is an all-volunteer organization.  Safe, fun, affordable, and memories that last a lifetime. 


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


"Once on This Island, Jr." Musical Theatre Summer Camp here in Portola Valley!
There are a handful of open spots in Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory's summer camp session running July 16 - August 12. This camp is for students entering 1st-8th grades. Visit our website for more information about this catchy and fun show!


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