The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of May 28, 2012     
In This Issue
School News
PTA News
Las Lomitas League
Foundation News
Lost at the Auction
Looking for La Entrada Art Notecard Co-Chair
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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For Las Lomitas League class schedules, please see their website at 



This Week

  • 5/31 Student Art Exhibition 6:30 p.m. - Cano Hall
  • 5/31 Open House - 7-8 p.m.
  • 6/1 Grandparents' Day


Coming Soon

  • 6/8 Last day of school - MINIMUM DAY 


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


School News

Dear Las Lomitas Families,

How wonderful these last few weeks have been! I'm sure you all enjoyed the Spring Sing last Wednesday.   A huge tip of the hat goes to music teacher Martha Lampert for all of the preparation and planning to make it possible. There is something so very pure about the sweet sound of children singing. I love it and I'm sure you do, too!

This Friday is Grandparents' Day. We are expecting over 450 grandparents and can't wait to see them! I will send a separate email about this event, but please be sure any attending grandparents have all the details. Please go to to get the answers to your questions.   Please do not plan to park at school that day. Volunteers can be shuttled from the site on Valparaiso, or park on side streets. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Thursday is Open House. I hope all of you will come and celebrate another successful year. It is always amazing to see all of the projects, books, artwork and presentations on display. Our new Assistant Principal, Alain Camou, will be on campus that evening. Keep an eye out for him!

Until next time,

Sue Sartor



PTA News


Fun Fridays
It's fun. It's Friday. Why wouldn't you want to lead it?
Appreciation Week
An appreciation luncheon that honors our fine teaching staff and parent volunteers held each May. 


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,heyjeni@sbcglobal.netDon't miss out on being a part of a fun filled day with your graduating 3rd grader.


Third Grade Field Day and Party 




huge thank you to our amazing crew of Las Lomitas PTA hot lunch volunteers! It's been an incredible year, with a record number of lunches served (over 33,500!), all thanks to the countless contributions of day chairs, volunteers, and last-minute helpers. It takes a team each and every school day, and we're truly grateful for everyone's time, energy and support.
A very special thank you goes to the team leaders - Julie Herlihy (Mondays), Liesl Noble (Tuesdays), Stacy May and Stacy Molano (Wednesdays), Allison O'Brien (Thursdays), and Rebecca Grant (Fridays) - we couldn't do it without you!
We're also happy to announce that, after a thorough analysis of potential options, we've decided to continue to partner with Choicelunch for our school lunches next year. We're looking forward to some new and exciting changes from Choicelunch, including a dozen new entree choices, the ability to request same-day lunches before 6 a.m. and loyalty rewards (who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?!). And, to help your kids learn more about the menu options, free samples will be available at some of the on-campus family events next year. We hope to see you there!
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 August 23, so remember to note this date in your calendar. 

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


Foundation News





And the fun continues...there are some precious spots remaining for the following 

LLEF Events & Adventures coming up this June and August! 


Buy your E&A tickets now at!

(Available tickets to fall events are also available online)



Thu., May 31     Ball Hockey Game with La Entrada Teachers   3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Fri., June 1        7th Graders On the Edge of Glory *   6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Sat., June 2       Sharon Heights Summer BBQ Progressive Party (parents) In the evening


Sun., June 3      Basketball Clinic for 3rd-6th Graders with Peter Diepenbrock 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Tue.,  June 5     Summer Reading Brunch (parents)   10:00 a.m.


Fri., June 8        2nd Graders are Pumped Up for Summer!*   3-5 p.m. 


Fri., June 8        3rd Grade Graduation Party*   12:30 - 3:00 p.m.


Fri., June 8        4th/5th Grade End of Year Bash*   1:00 - 3:00 p.m.   


Sat., June 9       Summer Kick-off Carnival   2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Sun., June 24     Stanford/LLEF Passing and Catching Academy   1:00 - 3:00 p.m.            


Mon., August 20 Incoming 4th - 6th Graders Outdoor Movie Night*   7:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Tue., August 21  Incoming 1st Grade Back to School Bounce Bash*   10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Mon., August 20 Incoming 7th Grade Pizza, Pool, and iPod Party*   6:00 - 9:00 p.m.       


Tue., August 21  Incoming 2nd Grade Balloons and Bubbles*   10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.  


Tue., August 21  Incoming 3rd Grade Back to School Bounce Bash*   1:00 - 3:00 p.m.     


Tue., August 21  Incoming 6th Grade Girls - Decorate Your Locker!*   10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.


Fri., August 24    Incoming 8th Graders Swim and Dance the Night Away*   6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Sat., August 25   An Evening on Fantasy Island (parents)   In the evening


* Outreach available.  Please contact Kathy Ruwe at 650-854-5900 ext. 267 for details.

Lost at the Auction


 There was a silver Police Sergeant Star pendant lost at the

Auction Saturday evening. 

It is a very sentimental piece and we're hoping for its return.


If Found - Please contact,

Jeni Mahon



Looking for La Entrada PTA Art Notecard Co-Chair


Looking for LA ENTRADA PTA Art Notecard Project Co-Chair for 2012-2013 School Year  

The Art Notecard project is administered to 4th and 5th grade classrooms each year (in conjunction with the same project at Las Lomitas). Parent volunteers help children in each class to create amazing artwork that is printed onto notecard stock. Parents purchase these cards to give as gifts for friends and family or to use as thank you notes or birthday cards. Funds from this program ($4,000 raised last year) have been used by each classroom for activities including: field trips to plays, musical performances, dance performances, art galleries, visiting artists to teach special programs in the classroom, guest speakers, special art supplies and literature about the arts and music.


We are looking for a parent of an entering 4th grade student to give a two-year commitment to this project. The first year will be spent shadowing the 5th grade co-chair (Paula Hamilton), and the second year will be spent training your replacement! Time commitment is minimal with responsibilities including; coordinating parent volunteer time in the classroom, processing order forms and packaging art notecard orders for delivery to the school.

Questions? Please contact Paula Hamilton (


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 was launched for 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 online agenda website is   You will also be able to access our agenda online 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 online agenda 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 information, 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 call 650-275-3027. 

Community News


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


Friends of the Menlo Park Library - Book Sale!  Exceptional quality books for the entire family will be featured at the Sunday, June 17th book sale. Sponsored by The Friends of the Menlo Park Library, the sale will be from noon to 4:00 p.m. and located across the library's parking lot, next to the gym.  Art & collectible, biography, children's, cooking, history, literature, mystery, science-fiction & fantasy, religion & philosophy, and young reader's titles will be included along with a wide variety of other subjects.  If you cannot attend this book sale, please drop by the Friends Bookstore located inside the library and open during library hours.  It is restocked daily with a wide selection of books for all ages and interests.  Please remember to donate your gently used books to the Menlo Park Library.  Books may be dropped-off at the Alma St. door during library hours.

Water Polo summer camp in Menlo Park!  Exciting new water polo day-camps for ages 5-14 are 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.  Three's 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 is 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 May 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.  The speaker is Susanna Tang, CFP, SeaCrest Wealth Management, longtime resident of Menlo Park, former 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. Wednesday, 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  

More info: and  

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

http://ayso25.orgFor 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 is 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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