The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of October 29, 2012     
In This Issue
PTA News
School News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
Las Lomitas League
Community News
Business Sponsors News
Donations Wanted
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


Monday, Tuesday 

Wednesday         Book Fair - Cano Hall 


Wednesday         Halloween Parade 10:45 a.m. - blacktop


Thursday             Mandatory basketball coaches meeting

                          and fingerprinting 6:30 p.m. @ La Entrada  


Next Week:  


Nov. 3 - 4           Basketball evaluation days (see details below)


Nov. 5 - 9           Music Informances Week (see details below) 


Nov. 7                Student Make-up Picture Day

                         PTA Board Mtg. - room 20 - 9:00 a.m.

                         Evening with the Principal - Library 6:30 p.m.  


Coming Soon:


Nov. 12               NO SCHOOL - Veterans' Day


Nov. 14               Holiday Workshop Prep Day #1, Cano Hall,

                          10:30 a.m. - noon 


Nov. 13 - 16        MINIMUM DAYS for conferences - ALL   

                         students attend school 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.  

Nov. 14               School Board Mtg. District Office 7:00 p.m.


Nov. 21-23           NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Holiday  


Nov. 28                School Site Council 3:00 p.m. - room 27       


PTA News
The response to this year's Book Fair is fantastic and Hicklebee's is keeping us restocked with favorite titles so our tables are always full of a great selection of books!  This week we hope you will come to visit the Book Fair to take home a book or two (or more!) for your shelf.  Not because reading is important, or because books in the home give children an educational advantage, or because reading enhances children's social skills.  No:  Take home a book because reading is fun! See you at the Book Fair!
If you would like to know more why Reading Matters, click here for an article titled "If You'd Like to Know Why Reading Matters," by Barbara Freedman-DeVito.
If you would like to learn how to build your home library, click here for an article titled "A Fresh Look at Your Home Library," from Ed Extras.
Monday, October 29 6:00 p.m. - Book Club Night
Come talk about your Book Club's favorite titles or hear recommendations from others!
Wednesday, October 31 - Book Fair ends this Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
We're open before and after the Halloween Parade!
(Please visit us here for complete details about this year's Book Fair)
If you just can't make it to Book Fair, you can still order online.  It's never been easier to order quality literature and support your school library at the same time!  Visit us here for ordering instructions.


Book Fair Hours:

Monday October 29                   8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Book Club Night)

Tuesday October 30                  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 31             8:30 - 10:45 a.m.; 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


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Holiday Workshop

Thank you to those who have brought in bags!  But we still need more grocery bags (with handles) for the Holiday Workshop!  Please drop them off in the office.  Also, it's not too late to sign up to volunteer for this fun event on Wednesday, December 5.    
Contact Kristina Valentine ( or Josie Tang (

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Apple for the Classroom is now online!

We are excited to announce that the Apple for the Classroom program is now available online


The Apple for the Classroom program is a way for parents to support their children's teachers directly.  All the teachers and specialists at Las Lomitas have been invited to create a "wish list" of items that would help to further enrich their classrooms.  Wishes may include art supplies, gift cards, books, or donations toward a special activity or field trip. 


To view the lists, please visit our website.

Once at the site, select the list you want to view. This is where you can then "pick an apple" -- teachers' lists are divided into two sections, so you can choose to bring an item directly to the classroom or you can choose to make a donation via PayPal.  All donations are tax deductible.


Feedback is appreciated. Please contact Julie Chandik ( with questions or comments about the Apple for the Classroom program.  For questions about the Apple for the Classroom website, please contact



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Out with the old, and In with the new!  Bins will be located in front of 
Las Lomitas and La Entrada through Monday, November 5. Please  donate your used books!   We are accepting books in all genres ranging from Children's books, to adult and everything in between. We welcome books in all languages.  Please make sure your books are in good condition.  The La Entrada Used Book Fair is open to the community November 13 - 16
so mark your calendar!
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Boxtops for Education
Congratulations to the four lucky winners of the Box Tops for Education drawing!  Each will receive a WildBerry gift card:boxtops
Lauren (room 27)
Evelyn (room 39)
Evan (room 12)
Alex (room 15)


Many thanks to the Las Lomitas parents who helped with preparing the box tops for submission:
Monica Albers, Alessandra Biral, Nalin Decker, Rebecca Deutscher, Kelly Clugage, Judy Hyun, Maylene Lynch, Pamela Stang, Carol Sesson, Tere Silva, Jill Ohline, Gianna Wrenn and Stacy May.  Together we trimmed and counted almost 3,000 box tops!


Keep saving and submitting box tops.  Write your student's name and room number on the back.  We will have another drawing in February.  Don't forget that your everyday online purchases can also help Las Lomitas.  Visit the box top web page and designate Las Lomitas as the school you wish to support.  Every time you shop online, as long as you enter through the Box Tops web page, a percentage of your purchase will be credited to our school.  Remember us as you do your holiday shopping.  Those little coupons really do add up.
Thank you!


Judy Nayebi
Boxtops for Education Chair
School News

Music Informances Week! 

Come to room 37 to watch and listen during your child's music class the week of November 5-9.  This is an opportunity to see what your student is doing in music class.  Please check the music page of the Las Lomitas website to see when your child has music.  If you have any questions, you can contact Ms. Lampert at


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We will be on a minimum day schedule November 13, 14, 15 and 16. All students will arrive at 9:00 a.m. and be dismissed at 12:20 p.m..  


To minimize the chaos this creates, please note:


Flagpole Pick-up

  • Kindergarten and first grade students will wait in designated locations.
  • Drivers must stay in their car and pull through the pick-up lane.
  • Display name cards in the window.
  • Leave dogs at home.
  • Bicyclists must walk bikes until you are away from the front gate area.
  • Traffic and parking enforcement will be present. Park in designated locations only.


Bus Riders

  • Students may not ride home on the bus for a play date. Only regular riders may ride. We are at capacity. Pick up play dates at the flag pole.
  • If students go to the bus for a play date, we will bring both students (regular rider and guest) to the office for pick up.
  • Buses may be a bit late as it takes longer to load and unload on minimum days.

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Traffic is very heavy on the streets around our school, particularly on Wednesdays.  Please be sure that you closely monitor your children while walking on the sidewalks or waiting for the crossing guard. We've had reports that students are often too close to traffic.  Thank you for keeping children safe at all times!  They are our most precious treasure.
Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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Thanks to Last Week's Donors!


Nicole and Kathryn Bartow, Nicholas and Rachael Boldero, Mark and Lara Chamness, Kenneth Chang and Paula Hamilton, Jerry and Virginia Chang, Faisal and Sadia Chughtai, John and Elizabeth Churchill, Sameer and Laura Dholakia, Bob and Esther Dicks, Julian and Jennifer Fernandez, Jonathan and Staci Friesel, Joe Giarrusso, Sherman and Donna Hall, Markus Hallgren, Howard Huang and Andrea Rush, Mitchell Johnson and Donia Bijan, Il Suk Sohn and Hee Sun Kim, Mark and Sara Leake, Ja-Seung Lee and Heeyeun Kim, Michael Llewllyn and Sarah Emori, John and Anne Macdonald, Michele Walcoff, Aaron Morris and Adrienne Smith, Mehrdad Nayebi and Judy Tanita, Andrew and Cynthia Norris, Jake and Dana Nunn, Jeong Hoon Song and Seong-Yun Park, Alireza and Leyla Parvin, Ted and Krista Peterson, Charles and Tracey Pinto, Shannon Potts, Anthony Powell and Melinda Moir, Vishal and April Prasad, Steve and Tanya Rianda, Joseph and Kimberly Robinson, Clay and Carroll Sesnon, Natalie and Lorena Siemers, Eric and Nikki Sokol, Roy and Margie Stehle, Derek and Hilary Stevenson, Angel Vina and Carmen Patino,  Michael and Michele Waller, Teagan Webster, Jeffrey and Cara Whittaker, John and Elsa Windh,

Michael Wong and Patricia Villarreal-Wong, Dave and Cyndi Wright



Donate Now - And Get Morewatering can/tree
There are two more days left to donate and be entered into the raffle to win lunch with Lisa Cesario or Shannon Potts.  Donate by Tuesday, October 30th to throw your name into the ring!


As another incentive to donate soon, remember to take advantage of 2012 Corporate Match dollars available from your employer!  Your support makes all the difference to our schools and our children. Click here for a list of companies who have previously matched donations and for specific instructions.  Alternatively, our Matching Gifts Coordinator at can help you find out if your company will match your contributionFor additional questions feel free to email:



Donor Rolls and Yard Staking Started Last Week!


We are thrilled that so many families have already sent in their contribution!  Donations received by the end of November allow our District to better plan for next year.  Over the past week, you likely saw the beginnings of our donor recognition efforts - including donor rolls and thank you yard signs, both of which will be updated weekly.  We look forward to adding your name and yard to the list!



The fun continues this tickets now to the following Foundation Events & Adventures (please note corrected dates below)


Special Book Reading with Donia Bijan (for parents) on Thursday, November 8, 2012

Explorer Challenge for Kindergartners and 1st Graders on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

La Entrada Kids Care at San Francisco City Academy on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Hands-On Creative Tour of My New Red Shoes on Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mother/Son Bowling,  Saturday, November 17,  2012

Mother/Daughter Holiday Cookie and Craft Gala on Sunday December 2, 2012


For event details, pricing and to buy tickets visit us here 
Las Lomitas League
Las Lomitas League 

Registration has closed. Player evaluations and team formation will begin this weekend. It will take about a week to finalize teams so we hope to announce teams by Monday, November 12. The evaluation time and game days for each division are listed below. 

  • Nov 1 (Thu) at 6:30 p.m.:  Basketball Coaches Meeting & Fingerprinting in the La Entrada library.  Required for all coaches. We choose practice times as well as go over rules, expectations, evaluations, etc. Practice times are selected based on coaches' availability and a lottery system.
  • Nov 3 (Sat) & Nov 4 (Sun):  Basketball Evaluation Days  Evaluations are held in order to create fair and balanced teams. All evaluations will occur at La Entrada. 7th and 8th graders will not have evaluations this year. If your child has a conflict and will be absent from their evaluation, please notify Sue Bartalo at so we can still place him/her on a team.
  • Evaluation days are assigned as follows:


  •  Game days are assigned as follows:

Please contact Sue Bartalo ( or Keri Tully ( if you have any questions.

Community News
These programs are not supported by or affiliated with the Las Lomitas Elementary School or the Las Lomitas PTA.

Twas the Night Before Christmas

This holiday production is presented by Dancers Repertory Theatre and Menlo Park Academy of Dance and reviewed as a "charming alternative to the Nutcracker."  Performances will be given at the Woodside Performing Arts Center on Sunday December 9th (1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.), Saturday December 15th (1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.), and Sunday December 16th, (1:00pm and 4:00pm). Tickets are available here or by calling (650) 323-5292.  Las Lomitas dancers include Juliana B., Sophia C., Jack C., Sabrina D., Riley J., Ashley M., Elina K., Jessica N. Tedi P., and Elena T..  La Entrada dancers include Ava A., Sophia B., Alex C., Annie C., Sarah E., Greta H., Leben K., Maddie O., Caroline T., and Amelia T.  All six shows are expected to sell out, so buy your tickets now!


Holiday Camp Menlo: Open for registration!   Holiday Camp Menlo offers professional swim instruction in a fun-filled camp format for all levels, ages 5-10. Daily level appropriate instruction provided by our excellent team of Menlo Swim School instructors in lessons with a 4:1 ratio.  Out of the pool, campers enjoy various group games and activities that encourage self-confidence, growth, teamwork, and fun. Camp available Monday, November 12 (Veterans Day), December 26-28, January 2-4, and Monday, January 21 (MLK, Jr. Holiday). Register today.


Menlo Park Library News  Did you know that you can check out books for your e-reader from the Menlo Park library??  You can pick up an information sheet at the library to help you get e-books for your particular device or you can try it yourself using the e-services link from the library's web page: Fair warning:  There is a wait list for many of the books but with your library card number, you can put up to 8 e-books on a hold list for no chargeand you'll receive an email when your title is available to be checked out.  There are titles available for both children and adults.  "Check" it out!  


Classroom Volunteers Needed in East Menlo Park and East Palo Alto

We are looking for parents interested in volunteering in a K-4 classroom at schools in the Ravenswood District.  Assist teachers with tutoring and individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child's classroom.  These K-4 classrooms are in schools located in East Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.  It's an hour per week and we'd like to add more volunteers to assist in classrooms this Fall.  Our organization coordinates everything.  To learn more about us, visit us here.  Have questions or want to sign up?  Contact Keri Tully ( or Jeanette Kennedy (


The Stanford Math Brain Project is looking for 2nd and 3rd graders having math difficulties to participate in a 3 year study to increase our understanding of math skill development.  Flyers are in the Las Lomitas office, or download one here, call Leslie at (650) 736-0128 or email with questions.   


New at the Menlo Park Library!  We are offering Mandarin/English Bilingual Storytime on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. for children ages 2-5 years old. Join us for stories, songs and activities in Mandarin and English.  

Winter Basketball for Girls K-2nd Grade  The Sequoia YMCA (on Hudson Street off Woodside Road) is holding its 5th annual Girls 1st and 2nd Grade basketball league in January-March.  Based on community interest, this year the Y is adding a Kindergarten program.  This is a wonderful way to introduce your daughter to basketball, and a great transition into Las Lomitas League play, which starts in 3rd grade.  Last year Las Lomitas fielded two parent-coached teams, a total of 23 girls, to rave reviews from parents and players. See more information here. 
2nd grade girls families:   Elizabeth Blair (mother of Erica F.) will once again be organizing the 2nd grade Las Lomitas girls teams.  If you are interested in playing, please email her at  
1st grade and Kindergarten families:  Email Elizabeth if you are interested in learning more about the program and being the parent organizer.   It's easy and its fun!
Business Sponsors News

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

One On One Math Tutoring
Palo Alto elementary school teacher with 20 years experience in the classroom and as a district math lead teacher is available to tutor your 2nd - 5th grade child with a fun and effective approach. Both remediation and enrichment are available, in your home or mine.  References available.  
Please contact Paula Watson at (650) 291-4825. 
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. 


Dance Expressions - 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!   


Studio Rincon Youth Dance Classes on Alameda in Menlo Park. The next session of youth classes start next week. Signup here!  Preballet, ballet, tap, hip hop, breakin' & poppin'- all in a fun and positive atmosphere after school.  Classes for ages 4-Teen.  View the youth schedule here.
Donations Wanted

Donate Old Computers, Printers, Digital Cameras, Flash Drives to M-A Students

WANTED:  old computers or parts, working or not, for M-A High School PTA computer donation program.  Your old computer equipment will be securely erased, refurbished, and sent home with a needy, hard-working student.  Our goal is for every student at M-A High School to have a working computer at home to assist them with their homework.  We welcome donations from individuals or corporate donations from companies that are upgrading their equipment.  Donations are tax-deductible.  We also need other types of electronic gear, such as USB flash drives and digital cameras (include manual, battery charger and memory card if you have them).  For more detailed information, visit or contact Sue Kayton at (650) 853-1711 or 


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

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Donna Hall
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