The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of September 3, 2012     
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This Week 


Mon., Sept 3      No School - Labor Day 


Thurs., Sept 6    Parent Information Night:

                         Grades K & 1  6:30 - 7:15

                         Grades 2 & 3   7:15 - 8:00



Coming Up 



Wed., Sept. 12     Morning with the Principal: 9:00 a.m. Cano Hall


Thur., Sept. 13     Family Picnic: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.


Tue., Sept. 18      Student Picture Day


Wed., Sept. 26     Holiday Workshop Planning Meeting

                           9:30 at the lunch tables   



Las Lomitas League


Las Lomitas League
Registration for LLL before/after-school classes closes Monday September 3 at 11:59 p.m.   If you are still interested in registering your child for a class, please register before the deadline. Please note that classes start the week of September 10 and we no longer accept late registrations. 
After September 3 at 11:59 p.m., the only class accepting registrations will be Chorus. Parents and students can preview the class on Tuesdays in Cano Hall at 3:40 p.m.  and register by September 28. Please contact the instructor Pam Donkin (pam@pamdonkin.comdirectly to arrange for a preview.
For parents who have registered for an LLL class, here is some important information to take note of:  
  • You will receive a welcome email from your LLL instructor before the end of this week requesting for the dismissal instruction form to be completed. It is mandatory that parents email the completed dismissal instruction form directly to the LLL instructor before class starts.  All LLL classes start next week on September 10.  
  • Please provide your Las Lomitas classroom teacher with your child's dismissal plan so she knows your child needs to go to the LLL class or sport on a given day. Without written instructions stating otherwise, your child will be sent to the flagpole, bus or CCLC as usual.
  • Please report your child's absence from a LLL class or sport by contacting the LLL instructor directly. The school office is not involved in reporting absences for LLL classes.
  • Please be punctual to pick up your child after a LLL class or sport at the designated class location, and not at the flagpole.  If another adult is picking up your child, please  provide advance written notice to the LLL instructor  with the name and contact number of the adult authorised to pick your child up. The LLL instructors cannot stay late to supervise your child. If parents are repeatedly late, the student may not be able to continue in the class as a possible consequence.
  • For parents who have registered on a wait list, you will only be notified via email IF a space becomes available - we appreciate your understanding that admittance is not guaranteed. 
For more information, please refer to our FAQ on our website.  For a weekly reference on LLL classes taking place, please refer to our online LLL calendar. 


PTA News


Join us for the
Las Lomitas Family Picnic!
Thursday, September 13, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.


This year we'll enjoy food from a few of the Bay Area's top FOOD TRUCKS (or bring your own picnic)!  Come mingle with old friends and meet new classmates!


Schedule of events:

5:30 p.m.:                      Food Truck Service Opens

5:30 - 6:15 p.m.:             Field Activities with Tim Bowler

6:00 p.m.:                      Cookies (courtesy of the PTA)

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.:             The Loomis Magic Show


* Parents, please observe the Kindergarten playground rules and reserve that playground for children Kindergarten age and younger. Thanks!


Featured Food Truck Vendors:

Let's Be Frank

Oaxacan Kitchen

Curry Up Now!


* You will receive a flyer in your Monday envelopes with descriptions of the delicious menu items, or go online.


Please Order Online by Monday, September 10!



Outreach available by contacting Assistant Principal, Alain Camou, at 854-5900 x269.


CHOICELUNCH TASTING: Ever wonder what your child's hot lunch taste like? Well, now is your chance to try a few delicious samples from the Choicelunch menu at the Family Picnic!  Come by the Choicelunch table and try a bite of their newest cuisine, and be sure and ask our Choicelunch representative, Sherri Anderson any questions you might have regarding the food or company.


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Las Lomitas Hot Lunch Program


The Las lomitas Hot Lunch Program began service on August 29.  Hot lunch is available for children in grades 1-3.  Kindergarteners do not participate in the hot lunch program.


Choice Lunch is servicing our hot lunch program again this year.  They offer a large variety of healthy entrees made with local, sustainable ingreedients and served in compostable packaging.  Their website is user friendly and provides flexibility with scheduling your student's lunch.


If your family had a Choice Lunch account last year, you do not need to re-register.  Your child(ren) will automatically be moved up a grade and placed in the proper class in their system.  If you would like to add a student to your account, make changes to your existing information or create a new account, please visit their website.  If needed, the Las Lomitas registration code is "Atherton."  Please see the Hot Lunch FAQ page for further information.


Volunteering to serve hot lunch is an excellent way to be involved with the PTA, see your children at lunch time, have a great time with friends and get to know other parents! We are in need of volunteers every day, so if you can help for 30-40 minutes, once per week, every other week, or even once a month from approximately 11:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., please contact Ozge Goker (


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Father/Daughter Dance
Friday, October 19, 2012


$75 per Father/Daughter pair and $25 per sibling


Calling all fathers and their gorgeous daughters to Jensen Hall at La Entrada!  Dance the night away with your daughter to some great music.  This festive event is open to all grades. 

 **Kindergarten Dads, this is a wonderful opportunity to start the tradition of a special Father/Daughter evening.**  (Outreach is available.  Please contact the La Entrada school office for details.)

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Join the PTA!  We NEED your Membership!
If you haven't done so already, please join the PTA!  We need many more families to participate in order to continue with all the enrichment programs we have planned for our students.  100% of your contribution provides much-needed funds towards programs like School Assemblies, Field Trips, Holiday Workshop, Family Picnic, Science Wonders and much more!  Joining the PTA does not mean you're signing up to volunteer.  Payment of  your membership fees is simply demonstrating your support to help fund some of our programs.  So far, 237 families have joined the PTA - that's 43% of you and the list is growing!  Our goal is to  have 80% family participation. membershipthermometer12
Signing up is easy!  Visit the PTA site to sign up online using PayPal or pick up a form in the Membership folder in the office to write a check.  Please feel free to contact Jennifer Williams ( with any questions.  Join the PTA today!










School News




Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Parent Information Night (PIN) is scheduled for this Thursday evening, September 6. Parents with children in grades K and 1 will meet in the classrooms from 6:30 to 7:10 p.m.  Parents with children in grades 2 and 3 will meet in the classrooms from 7:15 to 8:00 p.m.  


Each year, the teachers carefully plan and prepare for PIN. There is a certain amount of anxiety because there is so much information to cover in such a short amount of time. Please read over the bullets below to help us make this evening successful for all concerned:


  • The "I" in PIN means "Information", so the night will primarily inform you of the curriculum expectations for each grade.
  • Please remember that this evening is for parents only. No childcare is provided by the school.
  • The teachers have only spent 8 days with the students; please refrain from asking specific questions about your child or expecting long discussions on any topic.
  • The teachers will provide documents that evening, but much of the information will be posted online for your reference.
  • You will have an opportunity to submit questions or comments on cards. These comments and questions will be followed up on by the appropriate person. This will keep interruptions to a minimum, so the teacher will not need to rush and will create a calmer atmosphere for all concerned.
  • Please turn off pagers and cell phones; food should not be brought to the classroom.
  • There will be a 5 minute passing period between the sessions.

Thank you for your cooperation in making PIN a successful event.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor



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Hello Las Lomitas Families,                                                                                                          

It has been a great start to the new school year and I am very grateful for how welcoming and supportive the families, communities and staff have been here at LLESD. As we move into the new year, Las Lomitas staff and the Climate Committee are primed to create a school-wide student behavior model that focuses on positive behavior reinforcement. The Committee has worked diligently and proactively in the past to create a playground environment that promotes fair play and inclusion, thus reducing the number of playground concerns. This year we are looking to take a step back for a more global approach to expected student behavior. This will help triangulate and clarify the communication process between the teacher, office, and parents in a way that supports all students to learn and develop the skills they will need to become positive contributing members of society.


This week, you should have seen the Las Lomitas Behavior Matrix that explains what following the rules (Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Respectful) looks like in various settings. The language is intentionally phrased in a positive setting to avoid negatives like "no" and "not". This matrix, which was presented to the children at our Behavior Assembly last Friday, is a working document that has taken input from administration, teachers, and eventually students. It is the beginning stage of creating a school wide model that all teachers will use and all students will be expected to follow. Attached, please find a copy of the matrix if you have not yet seen it. For more information about positive behavior interventions and support, I invite you to visit


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns and I look forward to a "POSITIVE" 2012-2013 school year.



Alain Camou 

650-854-5900 x 269


LL Behavior Matrix 


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Please arrive promptly to pick up your child at the flag pole, especially at 3:30 p.m. dismissal. The office closes at 4:00 p.m. Students who are not picked up by 3:50 p.m. will be escorted to the Children's Creative Learning Center (CCLC) on our campus to be supervised until you arrive. They will bill you for the childcare.

  • Second Session students should not arrive before 10:15 a.m.. We do not have supervision until recess. Students and parents waiting in the flagpole area for the bell to ring disrupt instruction in Room 15. Please help us by waiting until 10:15-10:30 a.m.. to arrive.
  • Second Session students must be with a parent if you do arrive before 10:15 a.m..  Students are not to be left alone at the flagpole at any time!
  • First Session students should not arrive before 8:30 a.m.. Supervision on the playground begins at 8:30 a.m..
  • Be sure we have current emergency numbers. We may need to call you or another emergency contact to pick up your child. Be sure we can reach you quickly!

Thank you for your cooperation to keep the students safe and the campus environment conducive to learning.


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Hello and welcome back to a new school year from the health office!

As we update our health records, please be aware of the following:
  • Medication at School:  Students requiring daily or as needed medications at school must have a consent form on file in the school office signed by both the parent and the medical doctor in order for us to administer it.  Please review the instructions on the district website.  There you will find the printable consent form or you may obtain one in the office.
  • Note:  If your student has an allergy that may require emergency treatment, please supply the school health office with an Allergy Action Plan from your child's doctor.  An example of an Allergy Action Plan can be found at the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network Site.  A similar plan with detailed instructions from your doctor is acceptable.  Thank you for your assistance with keeping our medication administration system safe and up to date.  
Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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Please visit the Back to School Foundation website and fill out the key forms to ensure that we can stay connected and also maximize your support over the year.

  • Join eScrip
  • Corporate Match
  • Volunteer to help
  • Include your Parents
  • RSVP to the "Kindergarten & New Family" Party


Did you know online retailers like, and grocery stores like Safeway, will donate to the Las Lomitas Education Foundation every time you shop online or visit the grocery store? It's easy! When shopping on, please first visit the Las Lomitas Education Foundation Website at:   and click through the link found there to access the website. Accomplish that one simple step, and Amazon will donate 7% of your shopping transaction to LLEF.  Don't miss this easy way to improve your child's education.




More than 100 Friends of Foundation come together each year to give back to their community, have fun and invest in their children's future. We invite you to join us this year as an important member of this team. Please enroll online.
Community News

Check out Cub Scouts while enjoying ice cream and water rockets!
Cub Scouts offers fun and challenging experiences for 1st through 5th grade boys and their parents to do together, such as camping outdoors, learning how to cook, learning first aid skills, using hand tools, completing small community service projects, and learning about our community. Cub Scout Pack 222 will hold its annual kickoff informational event on Sunday, September 9, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Oak Knoll School (playground area) for 1st through 5th grade boys interested in joining Cub Scouts. Enjoy ice cream and shoot off water rockets to kick off the 2012/2013 Cub Scout year!  Families are welcome and encouraged to join in on the fun.  New dens will be forming this fall.  If you have further questions, please email Stacey White ( or visit the Pack 222 website.

Have a late bird who is interested in gymnastics? Burgess has created a class to accommodate our late birds. The class will run Mondays from 8:40 - 9:30 a.m. from September 10 through December 12.  Registration is now open. To register please contact Karen Mihalek (  The class code is 5510.283.


Alpine Strikers FC - Early Childhood Soccer Programs 
Alpine Strikers offers early childhood soccer programs for children ages 5-6 (Alpine Strikers Attack) and for younger children (Alpine Strikers Ants). If your young child shares a passion for soccer and is interested in developing skills with professional coaches, check out these local programs - held at either Burgess Park or Portola Valley Town Center. For more information, please visit our website.

Studio Rincon on Alameda in Menlo Park. All youth classes start the week of September 10. Signup here!   For grades 1-3 Hip Hop classes at Las Lomitas on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:10 p.m. please signup through Las Lomitas League.

Redwood National Junior Basketball (NJB) Sign-ups Are Open - Sign up your son or daughter nowNJB Winter Basketball registration is now open on our website This Redwood Chapter is starting its 10th year.  We're proud of the positive growth of thousands of kids in our program, and of our NJB alumni continuing to play recreational and competitive basketball.  Our focus is on skills-based instruction, personal growth, and positive competition for kids from 1st through 8th grades.  Come join us this year for a great basketball experience.  The season runs from November through February.  Many kids play NJB as well as school ball; it is definitely possible for those who enjoy basketball.  For questions, see our website or contact Dan Steere ( 

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS - Musical Service Organization

District parent Paula Hamilton has started a musical service organization named 'Calling All Musicians.'  The organization visits senior residential centers and provides music by performing solos, duets, etc. or by leading and participating in sing-alongs.  This group was written up in Inmenlo this past summer here and is looking for more musicians.  All ages and ability levels are welcome in this group.  If you, your children, or other family members or friends are interested in participating, we'd love to have you join us for one or more performances.  Please contact Paula ( if you're interested in performing or being added to our email distribution list.

Chinese Music Lessons and Orchestra    Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra (FYCO) offers a unique opportunity to learn Chinese music on traditional Chinese instruments.Students learn Chinese fol ksongs, folk music, musical storytelling (Quyi) and regional opera (Xiqu). The program accepts students from 7 to 18 years old. Classes are at San Jose City College's music department.For more information, see

U-Me Fall Classes are here! Enjoy a rich lineup of classes in U-Me's fresh facility. Classes include: reading & math, music, art, legos, gymnastics, and fitness. Come for the class and stay for the fun!  Check out our schedule.

Register for Ragazzi Boys Chorus  By appointment through the month of September, Redwood City.  Ragazzi Boys Chorus offers a complete music education through a proven, award-winning choral program. Boys begin with one rehearsal 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, tours (domestic and international), and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations.  No-stress auditions are for boys between the ages of 7 and 10; no previous singing experience is required. Appointments: (650) 342-8785 or  More info:  You Tube: 
Creative Art For Young Children - Portola Valley Town Center
FALL 2012 Sept. 20-Dec. 8 (no classes Nov. 22-24)
To begin our Fall Session we will bring the earthy colors of fall together with art projects inspired by an African theme. We will explore what life is like for the Maasai children and learn the games they play and how much they are loved by the whole community. The making of clay dolls and jungle animals, masks and beaded jewelry will help us find a deeper connection to our African friends.
And our hearts will jump for joy to the beat of African drums as we follow Picasso (who was also inspired by African Art) into his world of painting where we will find inspiration from a man who dared to sketch like a 3 year old and spent a lifetime learning to paint like a child. What comes next depends on where our creativity takes us, but we will end with our ever popular art show where the kids point to their artwork with our very big magic paint brush.  More info on the Town's website, or by contacting Jeannie Goldman at (650) 851-1914.  Register with the town online or call Cindy @ (650)851-1700 ext. 200.  Open registration began on August 24.
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.

To submit an item, email Carol Clark ( by 12 noon on the Wednesday prior to the Monday publication date.

Submission Requirements:
  • 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: submissions 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;
For past issues, visit the PTA Newsletter archive

Donna Hall
Lion's Roar Editor


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