The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of June 4, 2012     
In This Issue
PTA News
School News
From the Health Office
Foundation News
Grandparents' Day
Las Lomitas League
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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This Week

  • 6/8 Last day of school - MINIMUM DAY


Coming Soon

  • 8/21 Meet the Teacher
  • 8/22 First Day of School


Update: Please mark your calendars! Hot lunch will continue  from June 4 - June 7.


PTA News


Say You Will..


Those are the 3 words I leave you with at the end of this year. We all find it easy to say we will help out at Las Lomitas. It's often as simple as coming to our child's classroom to help with an art project, playing games with the children on Fridays at the playground or sitting in the school office for an hour relieving a staff member so that they can enjoy an occasional lunch out.


It all sounds relatively simple when you look at volunteer efforts on a case by case basis. But step back from the microscopic view of one good deed and our volunteer efforts appear a little more amazing.


Our children are at school for an average of 780 hours during the school year. For each hour our children attend school there are approximately 13 hours of volunteer time devoted to many activities that provide enrichment to school life. To throw out just a few more statistics, our volunteers commandeered events and programs that resulted in:


  • $7,000 in book sales profits provided for new books through the library and classrooms
  • 6,000+ handcrafted holiday gifts for families from students
  • 8,700 Boxtops-4-Education trimmed and submitted for school funding
  • 15,000 photos taken
  • 12,000+ art notecards printed and distributed
  • 33,500 hot lunches served
  • 1,600 pancakes flipped and served
  • 1,200 slices of pizza dished out
  • 608 trash cans of compost diverted from the landfill
  • 152 hours of bandaging skinned knees, offering boo-boo buddies and drying tears
  • 140 incoming kindergartners introduced to Las Lomitas
  • 160 3rd graders introduced to classical tales through Junior Great Books
  • 100 field trips and in-classroom presentations
  • 5 days filled with gratitude and appreciation for each teacher, staff member and volunteer
  • 459,255 minutes read for a record breaking Read-A-Thon
  • 3 outstanding school wide assemblies
  • Countless fun filled Fridays on the playground
  • 37 Lion's Roar newsletters edited and published
  • 10 artistic and creative updates to school bulletin boards (check them out!)
  • Too many to count cups of coffee, breakfasts, lunches and dinners for teachers and staff during school events
  • 100+ books adopted for the library
  • 300 student stories bound
  • Hundreds of opportunities for parents to support their children's classrooms through Apple for the Classroom
  • The conversion of forms, sign-ups and payment for many programs online


Explore every program the PTA supports at Las Lomitas Elementary School and you're bound to find even more compelling statistics that are the result of each of us stepping forward to get involved and make a difference.


As we wrap up this wonderful and gratifying year, I simply ask you to volunteer to make a difference by supporting the PTA with your time and talent.     .... Say You Will!


Thank you to the 2011-2012 PTA Executive Board, Committee Chairs, Parent Volunteers, Teachers, Administration and Staff for providing the creativity and leadership that made everything above possible.


Thank You PTA Board

Cindy Tipton, Rebecca Grant, Cindy Anderson, Linda Mills, Lynn Takacs, Jennifer Williams and Kelly Holzrichter, Heather Peterson and Sue Sartor... what a fabulous group of women I have worked with this year!


Thank You Committee Chairs

David Berkey, Alison Yap, Korenna Sinn, Julie Chandik, Ginny Rader, Jane Worden, Sook Jung, Charmaine Conui, Carmen Patino, Anna Plume, Margie Stehle, Tanya Rianda, Antoinette Michael, Lisa Reid, Stacey White, Lindsay Alsadir, Lorrain Kramer, Laurie Quinn, Monica Albers, Tracie Nelson, Lisa Puccetti, Stacy May, Julie Herlihy, Liesl Noble, Stacy Molano, Allison O'Brien, Rebecca Grant, Catherine Norman, Melissa Almgren, Lisa Holley, M.J. Crousore, Tara Roussel, Jennifer Williams, Kristin Spindt, Andrea Jasper, Janelle Martin, Linda Mills, Dana Nunn, Diana Sunshine and Jeni Mahon


Last, but not least, I would like to welcome Cindy Tipton as the new PTA President. It's been a fantastic year and I wish her the best in the coming year!


Enjoy your summer!

Donna Hall


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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  


School News

Dear Las Lomitas Families,

My opening Roar article this year noted all the changes on campus, including nine new faculty members and two new staff members. This was indeed a year of change; more than I ever imagined! Please welcome Monica Salas, our new secretary. Monica has years of experience in the corporate world and most recently at a school in Redwood City. She started right after Memorial Day at the most frantic time of the year! Please introduce yourself to her when you come by. We are thrilled to have her on our team.

We had a wonderful Grandparents' Day on Friday. Thank you so much to all the volunteers - over 100! - who helped make this happen, especially Shari Guggenhime and Kelly Holzrichter. We had close to 500 grandparents enjoying music, art, PE and classroom activities with their grandchildren. It was priceless!

I'm sure you all enjoyed Open House last week. It is incredible to see all of the student work displayed. I love seeing the pride in the children's faces as they read their books, share photos and artwork with you. I'm sure you'll join with me in thanking the teachers, all of them, for all the dedicated instruction and guidance they provided the students this year. They are amazing!

I hope you all have an enjoyable summer. We'll miss our third grade families moving on to La Entrada, but look forward to those returning next year to Las Lomitas.

Until next time,

Sue Sartor



From the Health Office


Please remember to pick up your student's medication from the health office by the last day of school and complete a new consent form for the 2012-2013 school year.  All unclaimed medication will be discarded.  You may download a consent form from the district website or obtain one from the school office.  


Foundation News




 And the fun continues...there are some precious spots remaining for the following LLEF Events & Adventures coming up in June and August!


Buy your E&A tickets now at

(Available  tickets to fall events are also available online) 


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

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

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

Fri.,  Jun. 8       4th/5th Grade End of Year Bash*   6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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

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

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

Mon., Aug. 20   Incoming 7th Grade Pizza, Pool and iPod Party*   6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 21    Incoming 1st Grade Back to School Bounce Bash*   10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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


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


Grandparents' Day


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The Las Lomitas Education Foundation Thanks You for a Fantastic Grandparents' Day!!! 


Wow, what a morning!  Planning and working at Grandparents' Day has been rewarding experience not only because it's wonderful to see the mutual admiration between our grandparents and students but also because it is an event that truly exemplifies what an amazing community we have of teachers, staff and parents.  Everyone involved with this event went above and beyond to make it a huge success - the teachers welcomed grandparents into their classrooms and managed their students as they rotated between stations (at the busiest time of the year), the custodians arrived early and set up almost 800 chairs and 4 stations with A/V equipment, the bus drivers transported grandparents after their regular morning routes, our 3 PE teachers and Music teacher led each grade in their own performance, our specialists helped in classrooms and as floaters, greeting and answering questions. To top it all off, we had over 100 parent volunteers on campus that day helping with the event as well as 20 parents who helped stuff and organize the 500 grandparent folders. 


We want to thank the teacher task force for their insight, thoughtfulness and open mindedness.  The team included: Mrs. Chickman, Miss Marchi, Mrs. Nettles, Ms. Montre, Mrs. Lampert, Ms. Hedges, Mrs. McGhee, Kathy Ruwe, Joyce Massaro and Sue Sartor.  A special shout out to Joyce Massaro who manages Maintenance, Operations and Transportation.  She was instrumental in the logistics and set up of the day. The day also could not have happened without the hard work and diligence of our core team.  We appreciate all they have done, especially during this crazy last month of school.  They include:

Julie Herlihy, who recruited and organized over 100 parent volunteers. 

Pam Wright for her amazing hand-drawn graphic and design work.

Cindy Tipton, Lori Brockman and their team of registration volunteers.
Priya Mathew and Cara Whittaker and their team of volunteers who purchased and organized breakfast and snacks for the grandparents and students.
Rebecca Grant for all her ideas, communications and web expertise
Lucia Tedesco who is the operations queen. She designed and managed the registration system, the data and the personalized schedules for each grandparent.
Stacy Molano and her team who managed the transportation and parking
Linda Mills for taking charge of all the decorations
Diane Honda for printing the grandparent labels and name tags.

And all the parent volunteers who helped with the classrooms, registration, food and beverages, parking, greeting, floating - it is wonderful to belong to a community that is so dedicated to our school.  

Our sincere thanks goes out to each and every person who helped us (big or small) with Grandparents' Day.

Have a great summer!

Shari Guggenhime and Kelly Holzrichter
Grandparents' Day Co-Chairs 

Las Lomitas League


A Big Thank You to the LLL Team and all the Parent Volunteers for their dedication to our mission throughout the 2011-2012 school year! 
Susan Suesser - Co-President, Classes
Laurie Quinn - Athletic Director, Sports
Inger Rarick - Athletic Director, Basketball 
Sue Bartalo - Athletic Director, Basketball
Aruni Nanayakkara - V.P. Classes, La Entrada
Alison Yap - Co-V.P. Classes, Las Lomitas
Korenna Sinn - Co-V.P. Classes, Las Lomitas
Maureen Goode - LL Registrar, Webmaster
Pam Howland - LE Registrar
Susan Petersen - Treasurer
A Big Welcome to New Members: Mark Jones, Aarthy Senthilkumar and Keri Tully. 
A Special Thank You to Wrestling Coach, Joe Patane, for his passion and commitment over the years.
Registration for the LLL Fall 2012 sports and classes will open at 7p.m. on August 23 (one day after the start of school), so remember to put it on your calendar. 
The Fall 2012 class offerings and schedule will be up on our LLL website (under the tab "Classes", under "Las Lomitas") early August.  So please check back then to start planning for the classes you want to register for.  
For those students moving on to La Entrada, information on Fall sports offerings is available now under the tab "Sports>Fall".  To help us recruit coaches and begin planning schedules, take our survey to let us know your child's interest in a Fall Sport at LE.     
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 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 and 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 Leticia Gomez 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 will donate 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
    admin@playercapital.comor call 650-275-3027. 
  • Creative Art for Young Children 

Summer 2012 at Portola Valley Town Center

There are six fun filled sessions to choose from! Kids may sign-up for any or all six.

#1 July 9-13       Dr. Seuss' wacky critters, Magical paper hats and Silly Machines!

#2 July 16-20     Patterns, Puzzles, Tesellation and the art of M.C. Escher. 

#3 July 23-27     Monarch Butterflies, Puppets, Dioramas and symmetry! 

#4 July 30-Aug.3 Kandinsky's abstractions, Art and Mathematics and rulers! 

#5 Aug. 6-10     Andy Goldsworthy's Art made in nature, Fairy Huts and Trolls 

#6 Aug. 13-17    Putting our heads in the clouds and sending messages by way

                        of paper airplanes and kites! 

Teacher: Jeannie Goldman (650) 851-1914 

To register contact Cindy at the Portola Valley Town Hall (650) 851-1700 (ext. 200) 

Registration forms available at their office, 765 Portola Rd., or register online (

  • SOLO Aquatics Swim Team -- For children Ages 3 - 18, located at Burgess Pool and MA High School Pool in 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:www.soloaquatics.comFor more information contact or (650) 851-9091.
  • 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 or June 25-29, 9:00a.m. - 2:00p.m., with extended care available. Visit for more details!   

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.


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.


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


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!


Newsletter Submissions


The Lion's Roar is published by the Las Lomitas PTA as a service to the Las Lomitas families and community. Before submitting an article, please read our  newsletter policies. 


  • Email submissions to Carol Clark ( by noon on Wednesdays prior to the Monday publication date;
  • In the subject line of the email, please include the section in which you wish your item to be placed (see our newsletter policies for the list of our regular sections); for example, the subject may read "PTA News" for any item related to PTA programs; 
  • DO NOT send the article as an attachment but in the body of the email: submission sent as a Word doc will be rejected;
  • Clearly indicate the title of your submission;
  • DO NOT send flyers but provide a link to them;
  • DO NOT send pictures but provide a link to them

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