The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of November 19,  2012     
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
School News
Session Change Requests
Lost and Found
Junior Great Books
PTA News
Las Lomitas League
Community News
Business Sponsors News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


Monday               Holiday Workshop Prep Day#2                                                CANCELLED 


Wednesday-         NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Holiday  




Coming Soon:  


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


Dec. 5                  HOLIDAY WORKSHOP      






Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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Fundraising Update  

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


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                                 Through Nov. 12th                        Goal


Participation                 45% of families                100% of families

Contributions                      $1,700,000                       $3,000,000

Challenge Grant Earned           $ 209,000                        $  300,000



Donate Now - And Help Us Earn the Challenge Grant! 


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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.

Need to order holiday cards on-line?    Or do you shop year-round at on-line sites such as Amazon?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, please go here first and then click through to your favorite on-line retailers.  Shopping at sites like Tiny Prints, Minted and Amazon through the Foundation website portal will trigger donations for our District from these retailers.  It's free money for our schools!


School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,

Thank you to all of you who were so patient and followed our safety procedures during last week's minimum day dismissal. It is remarkable that we were able to get 680 students safely into cars, buses, bicycles or hand in hand with an adult within 15 minutes of dismissal!   I appreciate your support!


I hope you all have a restful Thanksgiving holiday enjoying time with family and friends.


Until next time,


Sue Sartor



Session Change Requests for Next Year
Session Change Requests for 2013-2014


If you have a current kindergarten or first grade student and wish to move to first session next year, you must put that request in writing to Mrs. Sartor. She will begin taking requests by letter or email starting January 1, 2013. You may email her at No requests will be honored prior to January 1st.


Do not wait until kindergarten registration in late January to make this request!  New family session requests are not accepted until January 28th, allowing our returning families to have priority on the wait list.   If you are on this year's wait list, you must make a new request for next year. We do not "roll over" the list from year to year. Please call Mrs. Sartor if you have any questions about the session request process.


Lost and Found

The Lost and Found will be donated Friday, December 14, 2012.  Please come have a look!  Our closet is VERY FULL!!!!!
Junior Great Books

Junior Great Books


Dear Third Grade Parents:


An exciting part of the third grade year at Las Lomitas is participating in the Junior Great Book (JGB) program in the spring.


The goal of the program is to work with students (using a JGB book filled with engaging stories) and encourage them to explore the different possible meanings within the stories. Students discuss questions with parent volunteers and learn that there can be several good answers. They support their discussions with evidence from the text.


Students will also learn note-taking strategies such as highlighting, underlining and writing notes and questions in the margins of their books. For this reason, students are encouraged to purchase their own JGB book to use and to keep. Students who do not purchase their own book can borrow a used PTA copy and use post-it notes for their note taking.  Place your online order or download a printable form here.



Please note: Outreach is available for this program. Please contact Alain Camou, Assistant Principal, at 854-5900 for more information.


If you have any questions about this program or book order, please contact Catherine Norman at or Diane Spath at

PTA News

Message of "Thanks" from the PTA 

Dear Families,

We have so much for which to be thankful, yet we often forget to express our gratitude when caught up in our hectic daily activities. We wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have so graciously volunteered your time, talent, and/or financial contributions to the many PTA programs this year!

Thank you for your generous book fair donations to the library, classrooms, and Willow Oaks. Thank you for making Halloween so special with all of the classroom parties and treats. Thank you for all of the volunteer time you have dedicated so far to the library, classroom, hot lunch service, composting, fun fridays, teacher treats, memory book, book fair, family picnic, website & Lion's Roar, adopt-a-book, spiritwear, hospitality, art notecards, apple for the classroom, boxtops, directory, bulletin boards, bilingual buddies, food for thought, health services, picture day, holiday workshop and read-a-thon (the last two are coming soon)! Thank you!

We wish you a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving break with your family!


The PTA Board

Cindy Tipton, Christy Chin, Julie Herlihy, Cindy Anderson, Linda Mills, Jennifer Williams, Stacy May and Donna Hall
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Holiday Workshop


A big THANK YOU to all who helped with craft prep last week!!! It went so well that we cancelled prep day #2. We do still need your grocery bags (with handles) as we are short by about 200. Please drop them off in the office. Thank you! 
Josie Tang ( and Kristina Valentine (

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A reminder to all Committee Chairs and Event Volunteers-
We are experiencing a high number of requests for email communications to parents this year. Excessive use of email is not only a burden on Head Room Parents who must forward these messages on to parents, but also results in inconsistent distribution (not all emails are forwarded in a consistent manner) and email fatigue for parents. Please use the Lion's Roar as your primary means of communicating with the Las Lomitas community. Email should be used as a last resort for important information that didn't make it into the Lion's Roar by the weekly deadline. As a reminder, the Lion's Roar deadline is Wednesday at noon for the following Monday's publication. Please plan ahead and help us reduce the number of emails. Thank you for your help! 

Linda Mills
(Head Room Parent Coordinator)

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Art Note Cards are Coming Home! The Art Note Card project was onece again a big success! Teachers will receive mini-grants for arts and music enrichment from our proceeds.  Thank you for supporting the arts at Las Lomitas and thanks to our budding artists for creating such remarkable works of art!
Special thanks to all our volunteers who helped with the drawing sessions in the classrooms, tallying orders, and packaging the note cards. We would also like to thank former district parents, Kris Bobier and Tom Coates, for their stupendous support and contributions to this project. We couldn't have done it without you!  Much appreciation, as always, to Carol and Monica for all their assistance in the office.

This year our printing was done by American Printing in Menlo Park.

Questions? Please contact Sook Jung, Tissha Brumm or Jane Worden.    
Las Lomitas League
Las Lomitas League 

There are no Las Lomitas League classes for the week of November 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.

School Supplies Needed for Elementary Schools in East Palo Alto

Interested in helping East Palo Alto elementary schools with needed supplies such as paper, pencils, pencil sharpeners and Kleenex? Our parent volunteer group makes it easy through our Giving Tree program. Just give us your email address and every quarter you will receive a "wish list" message. Delete it if you are too busy or purchase a small item or two and drop off supplies at a specified home in Menlo Park or Palo Alto. There are no meetings, only quarterly emails. Sign up! It's easy! Just contact Linda Knoll at To learn more about our programs servicing East Palo Alto schools, please visit our website.


Mothers Together is pleased to announce the date for Pearls of Wisdom, the 2012 Christmas Brunch on Tuesday, December 4 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.  Our special guest speaker, Rochelle Frazier, is the author of the children's series, Sweeteas.  Cost is $25 per person ($20 Early-Bird Reservation by November 15). Register online today! Scholarships and limited childcare available.

Questions? Contact Helen Ungerman by emailing 


Registration is now open for fun, creative, challenging theatre classes at Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory! After school classes are open to those in PreK-Grade 8. Classes begin the week of January 7, 2013 and culminate in a final performance in March. Learn more on our website!

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.  

Please 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.


Start your holiday shopping at Sacred Heart Preparatory's holiday boutique, "Just Believe," where you'll find something for everyone in your family.  The boutique opens on Wednesday, December 5 and runs through Friday, December 7.  The school's main building will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring holiday offerings from 18 vendors.  These offerings range from fresh seasonal greens and flowers, to stationery, children's clothes, hostess gifts, and jewelry.  In addition, informal demonstrations featuring makeup artists from Sephora and stylists from Halo Blow Dry Bar as well as a holiday floral arranging demonstration will be featured on Thursday, December 6.  The boutique hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Friday.  Sacred Heart Preparatory is located at 150 Valparaiso Avenue in Atherton.  Parking will be available on campus and across the street at the Church of Latter Day Saints parking lot.  The boutique benefit's the school's Parents' Association.

Details and hours can be found at our website. 

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. 
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.

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Donna Hall
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