The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of November 26,  2012     
In This Issue
From the Superintendent
School News
Kindergarten Information
Session Change Requests
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
Lost and Found
Community News
Business Sponsors News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


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



Next Week:     


Dec. 5                  Holiday Workshop



Coming Soon:


Dec. 12                 LL/LE joint PTA meeting and luncheon


Dec. 12                 School Board. Meeting. - 7:00 p.m. - D.O.


Dec. 21 - Jan. 4      No School - Winter Break


Jan. 7                    School Resumes   





From the Superintendent

Town Hall Meeting

A Town Hall Meeting will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Las Lomitas School in Cano Hall.  The purpose of the town hall meeting will be to get community input with regards to the Facilities Master Plan and to help shape the future of our schools.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!
School News


Dear Las Lomitas families,


Welcome back! I hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving vacation. It will be very busy around here these next few weeks as we head for the winter break.


Parents are very important members of our school community. Parent representatives serve on several district and site committees including the English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC), Strategic Plan Collaborative Team and School Site Council (SSC). The Las Lomitas representatives are Daniel Li, Ingrid Abild-Pedersen and Tatiana Morante. Strategic Plan parent representatives are Molly Glennen and Artis Montegue. Parents serving on our SSC are Rebecca Deutscher, Eric Ver Ploeg, Artis Montegue, and Andrea Turner. Laurie Sobel will be joining the Site Council to replace Bill Steinmetz who is beginning his term on the School Board. A hearty thank you goes out to these parents who dedicate their precious time to learn more about our programs and the state and federal requirements that must be monitored. Their thoughts and feedback are integral to our school's success.


We will have a full earthquake drill on November 26th (weather permitting). We will drop, cover and evacuate to the field. Once there, we will complete a full emergency simulation including search and rescue, minor injuries and releasing students to parents. This is a good opportunity to take some time with your child to discuss your family's plan should there be an earthquake during school hours. Page 135 in the school directory/handbook provides information about emergency planning for parents. I encourage you to read this and keep the information handy. Finally, be sure that the names and phone numbers on your child's emergency card are current. This is the information we use to release your child during an emergency.


It's hard to believe, but we are gearing up for next year's kindergarten registration! Tours will begin in December and registration on January 28, 2013. Please be sure to read the details about the kindergarten registration and session request process in the article below. If you know of any families with incoming kindergarteners, please be sure to share the information with them.


Finally, I've received a few inquiries from current families regarding requests for session changes. Please see the information in the article in today's Roar about returning students who will enter first or second grade next year for details. This process is different than for those entering kindergarten or for new students.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor


Kindergarten Registration and Kindergarten Session Request Information



Kindergarten registration packets for children who will turn age five on or before October 1, 2013 will be available at the Las Lomitas School office beginning Monday, January 7, 2013. Registration packets for 1st through 3rd grades for the 2013-2014 school year will also be available starting this day in the office, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m, Monday through Friday. Completed registration packets will ONLY be accepted for enrollment starting January 28, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. Your registration packet will be date and time stamped upon receipt when all required paperwork is complete.


If you are registering a child for Kindergarten, please bring the ORIGINAL birth certificate or passport, your child's immunization records to date, and proof of residence in the form of two ORIGINAL utility bills (i.e. power, water) or one ORIGINAL utility bill and lease agreement or mortgage paperwork. If you are registering a child for 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade, you will need to bring proof of residence (as specified above). If you do your bill-paying online, please print out the bill showing the utility service and your address. If you would like to make copies of these documents for us, it will speed the registration process but we will need to SEE the originals.


There are two sessions for Kindergarten. The first session is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and the second session is from 10:35 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. with a recess between 10:15 and 10:35 a.m. Kindergarteners living in the Ladera area are placed in the 1st session due to the bus schedule; kindergarteners living in the Woodside area are placed in the 2nd session also due to the bus schedule. All other registrations and session request forms will be date and time stamped for placement.


If your child is a returning first or second grader and you wish to request a change of session, email requests will be accepted beginning January 1, 2013. Please email the Principal, If you are registering a new first or second grader, session request forms are included in the registration packet.  


Tours of the school for parents of incoming new Kindergarten students and new first through third grade students will be offered on the following dates. These tours are for adults only and spaces available are limited to 10 per tour and 1 tour per family, so there are minimal distractions to the academic program. Please call the school office at 650-854-5900 to reserve a tour.


Kindergarten tours are from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.


            Thursday, December 6, 2012              Friday, February 8, 2013

            Thursday, December 13, 2012            Monday, February 25, 2013

            Wednesday, December 19, 2012        Thursday, March 7, 2013

            Friday January 18, 2013                     Wednesday, March 20, 2013

            Thursday, January 24, 2013               


1st - 3rd Grade Tour

Thursday, March 21, 2013

9:40 - 10:35 a.m.

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.


PTA News

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)

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!


Lost and Found

The Lost and Found will be donated Friday, December 14, 2012.  Please come have a look!  Our closet is VERY FULL!!!!!
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 for 2013 Spring Alpine/West Menlo Little League and AMA Softball is now open.
Details can be found on our website at:

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.

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. 
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Donna Hall
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