The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of September 10, 2012     
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This Week: 


Wednesday      Morning with the Principal: 
 9:00 a.m. in Cano Hall

Thursday          Family Picnic:  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.



Coming Up: 


Tue., Sep. 18     Student Picture Day


Wed., Sep. 26    Holiday Workshop Planning Meeting:

                         9:30 a.m. at the lunch tables   



PTA News

The Annual Las Lomitas Family Picnic is almost here!
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!  The PTA will be selling Las Lomitas Spirit Wear, including small water bottles, at the Family Picnic so please be sure to look for our table! 


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 and younger. Thanks!


Featuring Food Truck Vendors:

Let's Be Frank

Oaxacan Kitchen

Curry Up Now!

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 tastes 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 tray a bite from their newest cuisine and be sure to ask our Choicelunch representative, sherri Anderson, if you have any questions regarding the food or company. 

Please volunteer at the family picnic!

We've got food trucks!

We've got sports activities!

We've got a magician!

We have a SURPRISE visitor!!!



Please sign  up here or contact Cindy Tipton ( with any questions.  Hope to see you there! 


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PTA Membership

The list of membership at the PTA is growing!  We have now received donations
from 301 families. That's 57% of you!  But we're still a long way from reaching our goal of 80% participation. We need you!

Remember, the PTA funds so many programs that your child enjoys: school assemblies, holiday workshops, field trips, Fun Fridays, not to mention the school directory and much more!!  

PTA funding from last year was also used to create the new kindergarden peaceful playground area and sandbox. 

The PTA also purchased new canopies for the lunch area to keep our children out of the hot sun and dry in the rain. These are just a few ways your membership dollars have made a difference to our school.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer Williams ( if you have any questions or need further information or visit us at here!


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Volunteer for the Hot Lunch Program


The hot food program relies entirely on parent volunteers for serving lunch, so please consider signing up!  Volunteering for 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 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays - if you can serve lunch at school from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. once a week or every other week, please contact Ozge Goker (


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Holiday Workshop Planning Meeting


Wednesday, September 26, 9:30 a.m. at the lunch tables.


Calling all parents!  Would you like to help plan for the Holiday Workshop?  Do  you have an idea for a craft that you would like to share?  Come join us at our opening meeting to prepare for this fun event.  If you have an idea, bring a sample along to share.  You don't have to be crafty to help out!  Please remember to check in at the office.  If you have questions or want to  help but are unable to attend the planning meeting, please feel free to contact Kristina Valentine ( or Josie Tang (    


School News

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


This week I'd like to introduce you to our new faculty and staff members:


  • Julie Propp is our new third grade teacher. Julie comes to us from John Gill School in Redwood City where she taught a third/fourth/fifth multi-grade class. She received her Bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley and her credential through the New College. She participated in an International Teacher Collaboration project in El Salvador and served as a Cooperative (Master) Teacher for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. Julie is very creative and has a special expertise: pie making! We all look forward to sampling her culinary talents soon.
  • Colene McKeon is teaching second grade this year. She served as a long-term substitute for Mrs. Moritz last year, and we are happy to have her back with us full-time. Colene received her Bachelor's degree at San Diego State University and completed her credential work at Notre Dame de Namur University. Colene taught fourth and first grades in nearby districts and was a summer counselor for several years. She lives locally, in San Carlos, and is very pleased to start her teaching career at Las Lomitas.
  • Danielle Garcia is teaching first grade in room 12 until Mrs. Berta returns from leave in January. Danielle received her Master's degree and teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University. Her teaching experience includes time in first and third grades, as well as being a teacher's aide and tutor. She spent last year at an educational start up company that connects students and teachers on a safe and secure communications network. Danielle is an avid swimmer; she was the Team Captain of her University swim team. She was happy to see some familiar faces on the first day of school because she is a swim instructor for several of our Las Lomitas students!
  • Jonathan Alcober is our new paraeducator. He received his Bachelor's degree from Cal State University East Bay and holds a multi-subject teaching credential. Jonathan was an intern teacher with third and fourth grade math classes and has served as an Intervention Specialist working with special needs students in classroom.


Please welcome these talented educators to Las Lomitas and be sure to introduce yourself if you see them at the Family Picnic this Thursday.


Reminder: The first Morning with the Principal is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 12, at 9:00 a.m. in Cano Hall. I will share information about the opening of school and welcome your questions. Everyone is welcome! I hope to see you there!


Until next time,


Sue Sartor



Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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Friday, October 19, 2012. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


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.  $75 per father/daughter pair and $25 per sibling

**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.)                 
Las Lomitas League

Las Lomitas League

Registration for LLL classes closed last Monday September 3rd and LLL classes start this week. Please be reminded that we no longer accept late registrations.  The only LLL class that is still accepting students is Chorus.  Parents and students have until September 28 to preview the class on Tuesdays at 3:40 p.m. and register. Please contact the instructor Pam Donkin (pam@pamdonkin.comdirectly to arrange for a preview.

For parents who have registered for an LLL class, here are some important information to take note of:  
  • It is mandatory that parents submit or email the dismissal instruction form directly to the LLL instructor before class starts. If you have not done so, please submit the form as soon as possible. We thank you for your cooperation.  
  • 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 an LLL class or sport by contacting the LLL instructor directly. The school office is not involved in reporting absencesfor LLL classes.
  • Please be punctual to pick up your child after an LLL class or sport at the designated class location, and not at the flagpole.  If you are not able to pick up your child, please provide the LLL  with written notice with the name and contact number of the adult authorized 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 on dismissal and procedures, please refer to our FAQ on our website. 
For a weekly reference on LLL classes taking place, please refer to our online LLL calendar.   

Community News

These programs are not supported by or affiliated with the Las Lomitas Elementary School or the Las Lomitas PTA:

Challenge Success Free Fall Parent Education Session:  Registration - Now Open
We invite your entire community to join us for our Free Parent Education Session.


The Knowledge to Navigate: Strategies for Raising Healthy & Motivated Kids

September 28, 2012, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University

Our Keynote, Michael Riera, Ph.D. joins our Co-Founders, Stanford Senior Lecturer, Denise Pope, Ph.D. and New York Times best selling Author, Madeline Levine, Ph.D. for an interactive discussion about long-lasting success and how families and educators can help kids become meaningful contributors for the 21st century.
This event is hosted by Challenge Success. Please visit our website to register and contact for more information.

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.  New dens will be forming this fall.  If you have further questions, please email Stacey White ( or visit the Pack 222 website.


Gymnastics for late birds!  Burgess has created a class to accommodate our late bird students. 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.


Love to dance? Come Join Dance Expressions in Menlo Park at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. Classes are offered for kids ages 3 and up. For more information check out our website. Don't miss out on the Dance Expressions fun!  



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!   


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 folk songs, 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 our website.     


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:
Flyers are in the school office.  
Announcing Saturday Camp Menlo
Kids age 5-10 are invited to join us every Saturday for two exciting, high-energy camps that will keep young athletes moving and grooving! Tennis Camp develops and challenges the beginning to intermediate tennis player with tennis instruction based on the USTA 10 and Under program. Our Saturday All-Sport Camp encourages campers to try something new each week, with three different sports available, including basketball, Frisbee, swimming, obstacle course, and flag-football. Both camps are offered each Saturday, September 15 - December 15, from 8:45 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Sign up for one or many, depending on your schedule. Discounts available for multiple weeks and siblings. Visit our website for more details.


Menlo Mavericks Swim and Water Polo team 
Join Menlo Mavericks and continue the fun of a summer aquatics team in a year-round, competitive environment. All levels accommodated, ages 5-18 welcome. Flexible afternoon practice schedule allows swimmers to attend practice when convenient. And new for 2012 - Youth Water Polo! Visit our website for more details.


Menlo Swim School
Looking for Saturday youth swim lessons? Menlo Swim School has expanded lesson times for all levels available at our Belle Haven Pool in Menlo Park. Classes available 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., session runs September 8 through October 27. Visit our website for more details. 
Business Sponsors News

These programs are not supported by or affiliated with the Las Lomitas Elementary School or the Las Lomitas PTA:

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'swebsite, 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;  
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Donna Hall
Lion's Roar Editor


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