The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of November 12,  2012     
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This Week:


Monday              NO SCHOOL - Veterans' Day


Wednesday         Holiday Workshop Prep Day #1, Cano Hall,

                          10:30 a.m. - noon 


Tuesday             MINIMUM DAYS for conferences - ALL   

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

                          La Entrada Used Book Fair - 

    7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    MUR across from the school office


Wednesday          School Board Mtg. District Office 7:00 p.m.



Next Week:  


Nov. 19                Holiday Workshop Prep Day #2, Cano Hall

    9:00 a.m. - noon


Nov. 21-23           NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Holiday  


Coming Soon:  


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


Dec. 5                  HOLIDAY WORKSHOP      


PTA News

Holiday Workshop 

Come join us this Wednesday, Nov. 14 (10:30 a.m. - noon, Cano Hall) for our craft prep day!  Help us cut, glue and sort to prepare the crafts for your kids.  You'll  get a chance to see this year's fabulous crafts!  No need to RSVP!  Please keep your grocery bags (with handles) coming!  If you have any questions, contact Josie Tang ( or Kristina Valentine (


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La Entrada Used Bookfair - Open to the Community!

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Tuesday, November 13 - Friday, November 16

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Choose from over 6,000 books!


WHERE:  La Entrada School, in MUR across from the 

school office.

BOOK PRICES:         $1, $3, $5 and $8

Cash and checks only accepted.  100% of proceeds go to 

La Entrada PTA!


A few notable books to mention:

Dr. Seuss, Olivia, Good Night Moon, Brown Bear Brown Bear, Penney, How I became A Pirate, The Kissing Hand, Where the Wild Things Are, Skippyjon Jones, Baby Mouse, Scholastic Readers, Bear Wants More, What Color is Your Rainbow,  

Magic Tree House, The Puppy Place, Ivy and Bean, Big Nate, Captain Underpants, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Junie B Jones, Judy Moody, Dan Gutman books, Hardy Boys, Rainbow Magic, DragonBreath, 

Harry Potter, Twilight Series, Hunger Games, Girl With Dragon Tattoo, Pretty Little Liars, Rick Riordan: the Mark of Athena, Heroes of Olympus, 

The Help, Cooking Light Cook Books, The Other Boleyn Sister, Gone Girl, Snow Queen, Authors: James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Bossypants by Tina Fey    

Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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Donate Now - And Help us Earn the Challenge Grant!  



We need all families to participate to reach our fundraising goals this year, so we can put the dollars to work for our children next year.  And remember, any first time or increased donation you make will have an even bigger impact!  Every new donation, as well as the amount of any donation larger than last year, will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by other generous donors to the Foundation who have agreed to fund the Challenge Grant.


Don't forget 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 contribution.  For additional questions feel free to email: 


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Fundraising Update  

Our fundraising campaign has been successful so far-let's keep the momentum going!

                                               Goal                Through Nov. 5th 

                                                                                       Participation                   100% of families            39% of families

Contributions                          $1,550,000                  $3,000,000

Challenge Grant Earned             $ 158,000                  $  300,000


Thank you to last week's donors!


Jonathan and Elisabeth Barek, Blair and Barbara Beebe, Ken Brameld and Natalia Colocci, Joe Burfoot and Bo Lin, Brian and Sarah Carey, Stephane and Alexandra Carrou, Jimmy and Tracy Chesler, YoungJun Choi and Kim Heejung, Brett Colbert and Linda Itskovitz, Asoka De Saram and Julia Yang, James DiSanto, Etay and Nili Gafni, Mark Gagan, Alan and Meghan Griffin, Edward Hartman and Risha Henry, Aaron and Jennifer Hipple, Mark and Carolyn Jones, Henry and Emma Jones, Bong Joon Jang and Ji Hyeon Kim, Hisanori and Akiko Kosuge, Kevin Kraft and Mary Cavendish, James and Pamela Learner, David Lenzi and Miriam Goodman, John Lin and Fung Kwan-Yu Susana, Bill and Sophie Makris, Hector Marin and Veronica Revolorio, Laurent Masia and Elisabeth Depardieu, Colene McKeon,Michael and Stacy Molano, Jim and Jennifer Montalvo, Jeffrey and Rebecca Montgomery, Kazushige and Ayako Morimoto, Hy Murveit and Leslie Airola-Murveit, Sarvi and Ramin Naderi, Tom Pai and Brenda Kim, Melissa Palecek, Joshua and Marina Pebbles, Tanguy Peers and Marie Simonart, Kent Price and Katherine Clay, Scott and Paula Rash, Deborah Roden, David and Stephanie Rudd, Alvaro and Heather Salas, Mike and Sue Sartor, Eric and Pamela Stang, David and Christy Story, Ching Yu Sung Ku, Yasmin Valencia , Parents of Abigale Wee, Leslie Weinstein, Stuart and Limor Wilks, Nick and Stephanie Zaharias, Michael and Saloumeh Zaheri, Kevin Zoufan and Setareh Mozafari   

School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,

By now you have all read Superintendent Cesario's notice about a child in our area that was approached by a stranger a week ago. We are all grateful that the child responded appropriately by running away and immediately telling an adult what happened. Student safety is paramount at Las Lomitas. Our health curriculum and social skills programs provide lessons on personal safety that are taught in the classrooms and PE classes. We always require that students provide written notes from home if they are being picked up by anyone other than their parent. Students must stay inside the gate area until they are met by their parent or called to the car pick up lane by a teacher. Only third grade students are permitted to walk home alone, and must have written permission to do so. All kindergarten students must be met by an adult at the bus stop. For other grades, I highly encourage you to arrange for someone to meet your child so he/she does not need to walk home alone from the bus stop.

We take extra precautions during minimum days. All kindergarten and first grade students are assigned a designated waiting area inside the gate that is supervised by teachers. No child leaves that area until called by name to leave with the person he/she is expected to meet. Second and third grade students wait inside the gate as usual until the appropriate person arrives to take them home. Although this takes a bit more time, it is worth it. I thank you in advance for your patience this week during minimum day dismissal.


It is important that all parents take time to talk with their child about what to do if approached by someone they don't know or who they are not expecting. A good resource for information about how to have these conversations can be found at the National Crime Prevention Association website 


Parents can also help by being vigilant and willing to report suspicious behavior or intervene directly if you see something that seems out of the norm. Our goal is for the children to have the confidence to say "no," move away and report to an adult if they are in any situation that does not feel right to them.


By working together, we will teach our students how to manage their personal safety at school, at home and away from home. Thank you for taking an active role in keeping our students safe.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor



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Minimum Day Information:

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.
Las Lomitas League
Las Lomitas League 

There are no Las Lomitas League classes for the weeks of November 12th and 19th. For more information, please refer to the website for the class dates in the class descriptions. 
Community News
These programs are not supported by or affiliated with the Las Lomitas Elementary School or the Las Lomitas PTA.

FREE Family Safety Workshop on Saturday November 17 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.  at the Arrillaga Family Rec Center at Burgess Park in the Oak Room.  Safety topics include fire, earthquake, poisons, bike, skateboard, car, stranger, & internet.  Call 650-787-2226 to reserve your spaces.  For more info, click here.

Menlo Park Library News:  Beautiful, gift quality, books for the entire family will be featured at a book sale on Sunday, December 2.   Sponsored by The Friends of the Menlo Park Library, the sale will take place in the downstairs meeting room from noon to 4:00 pm.   Art & collectible, biography, cooking, children's, fiction, history, mystery, literature, religion & philosophy, and young readers' titles will be included along with hundreds of holiday titles.  If you can not attend this 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.   All proceeds benefit the Menlo Park Library and the Belle Haven Library.  Also, the Friends of the Menlo Park Library are in need of volunteers.  If you love books and have a few hours a month to give, please call 330-2521 for more details. 

Nothing Else Matters When You're Hungry.
On Tuesday 11/13 through Friday 11/16  Las Lomitas Cub Scouts will be conducting a Food Drive
to help Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) with their quest to end local hunger.
How can you help?
A SHFB food collection barrel will be located in the flag pole pick-up area next week.  On one (or more!) days, donate a bag of food while you are dropping off or picking up the kids.  Better yet, get your sons and daughters involved and have them bring a bag of food to donate and drop off each day!  If they ride the bus, they can bring a little each day. 
Visit the SHFB website with your child and learn about what they are doing to help feed people in need in our community - many of whom are children. 
The Food Bank needs nutritious, non-perishable foods.  For a complete list please look for our flyer in next week's Monday night envelope or go to visit the SHFB website and look for their list of most needed foods.  
Together WE can make a difference by giving what matters.
Big Band Dance at Menlo-Atherton High School -
Join us Saturday, November 17, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m., for the 29th Annual Big Band Dance featuring music by MA's award-winning jazz, concert and orchestra ensembles. This is a great family-friendly event and fundraiser for the MA Band Boosters. Admission includes free dance lessons with Cheryl Burke Studios!  Fabulous auction items available like Disneyland tickets, overnights at the Rosewood Hotel and Spa, PGA pro golf lessons, dinner at favorite local restaurants, and more. Don't miss this fun community event and support music in our school. Tickets and more information available here

lease join the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation Atherton Dames for their annual Children's Holiday Tea on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Jennings Pavilion located at 150 Watkins Avenue, Atherton (Holbrook-Palmer Park). This is a magical holiday event for children and parents. Children will enjoy a visit with Santa, a holiday themed puppet show and craft activity. Sandwiches, delicious treats and beverages will be served. Pre-paid reservations through starting November 5. For more information please visit our website
. All proceeds benefit Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Alpine Strikers FC - Soccer Tryouts  Is your child passionate about soccer and ready to take his/her game to the next level? Alpine Strikers FC is holding open tryouts to form new teams and expand existing teams. Alpine Strikers serves the communities of Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside, as well as neighboring areas. Tryouts for the spring season will be held the weekend of December 1 and 2 for the U8 to U11 age groups. To find out more and register, please visit our website. 

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 15 (1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.), and Sunday December 16, (1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.). 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.


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. 
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