The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of December 3,  2012     
In This Issue
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
School News
Kindergarten Information
Session Change Requests
Lost and Found
Emergency Broadcast System Test
Las Lomitas League
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


Wednesday        Holiday Workshop, Cano Hall,  
   9:05 a.m. - 1:55 p.m.



Next Week:     


Dec. 12               LL/LE joint PTA meeting and luncheon


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



Coming Soon:


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


Jan. 7                  School Resumes   





PTA News

Holiday Workshop
Wednesday, Cano Hall


The Holiday Workshop is finally upon us!  Thank you to all who have volunteered to help with this fun day.  A reminder of Wednesday's schedule:
1st Grade  9:05-9:55 a.m.
2nd Grade 10:05-10:55 a.m.
Kindergarten 11:05-11:55 a.m.
3rd Grade 1:05-1:55 p.m.

A very BIG Thank You to our Table Lead Parents! We have some wonderfully creative crafts this year. We hope your children enjoy the event! 
Josie Tang ( and Kristina Valentine

Apple for the Classroom  
applelogo Are you searching for the perfect holiday gift for your child's teacher? 
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 Apple for the Classroom.
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
Thank you for supporting our teachers and enriching your children's experience at Las Lomitas.
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) 


Lomitas Education Foundation


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Fundraising Update  

Our fundra

watering can/treeising campaign has been successful so far-let's keep the momentum going!

                                       Through Nov. 26th                             Goal

Participation                      51% of families                              100% of families

Contributions                     $2,025,000                                     $3,000,000

Challenge Grant Earned      $ 262,000                                      $  300,000

Thank you to last week's donors!Toni and Olivia Adams, Jill Amstutz, Mark Axtman and Christina Nguyen, Robert and Lauri Battista, Walter and Leonssia Beisheim, Mark Bernstein and Jamie Sullivan, Keith Bettinger and Sofie Kleppner, Vivek Bhalla and Kiran Khush, Alessandro and Alessandra Biral, David and Diane Bradley, Lloyd and Barbara Brown, Michael Casolo and Tina Facos-Casolo, Gaetan Castelein and Christine Arnould, Kenneth and Silvana Chang, Donald and Jennifer Coleman*, Julian Cortella and Karen Grove, Ludovic and Celine DePaz, Drew and Lisa Dunlevie*, Kirk and Kathy Dunn, Stephen and Pamela Ellingson, Tom and Gudrun Enger, Gregorio and Rosario Flores, Robert Freeman and Margarita Meta, Cormac Twomey and Laura Garcia-Manrique, Niki Gastinel, Andy and Rebecca Goodman, Yoshio and Junko Goto, Janet Gregori, Suzanne Grenmark and Anne Lidgard, Jeremy Gundel and Anne Frisbie, Craig and Kari Hanson, Peter and Di Harrison, Matthew  and Melanie  Hayden, Nona Haydon, Gil Heydari and Maryam Amiri, Kevin and Kelly Hunsaker, Jeffrey and Johanna Jay, Logan and Janet Jennings, Rajeev Butani and Jano Jethani, Albert and Melissa Jordan, Takahiro and Kaori Kanai, Tom Kane and Diann Lewis, Phil and Christine Kiekhaefer, Michelle and David King, Brian Kissel and Liz Bradley, Yoshihiro and Yurika Kuroda, Drew and Rose  Lanham, Brian Lee and Yehbin Song, Andy Li and Wendy Wang, Jim Long and Gloria Webster, Colm and Jean Long, Liam and Therese Maher, Sergei and Lilia Maliar, Diana and Jeff McColloch, Curt and Ulla McGee, Dale Miller and Larissa Tiedens, David and Julie Ann Min, Steve and Mary Mohr, Nicole Montre, Doe Myers, Victor Ng and Sandra Lee, Paul and Claudia Nikcevic, Francisco Ochoa and Rubi Amezcua, Kentaro and Eriko Oguchi, Steve and Kay Onderdonk, SoonKwon Paik and HyeJung Min, Il Ho Park and Joo Yun Hyun, Amy Payne, Kivill Pertseva and Irina Laktionova, Federico Politi and Susanna Segre', Ashok and Rita Popat, Michael and Jan Praisner, Demetra Burrs and Marie President, Carlos Quintana, Todd and Diane Regonini, Pandian and Aarthy Senthilkumar, John and Jennifer Sheldon, Mark and Dominique Smallcombe, Charles and Catherine Smith, Cameron and Katrina Smith, Carl Stern and Holly Hayes, Wayne and Marilee Thompson, Serguei Tiourine and Tatsiana  Lobovkina, David and Cynthia Tipton, Mike and Kristina Valentine, Carlin Vieri and Britte Cheng, Ann Wahlund Latta, Brian and Wendy Wall, Brian and Katharina  Way, John Neil Weintraut, Mark Weiss and Tatiana Shpeisman, Scott Levitan and Sylvia Westenbroek, Ross White and Stefani Hartsell, David and Paige Winikoff, Gordon Wong and Jennifer Pienwong, Sylvia Tang and Alan Wong, Britton and Elizabeth Wood, Gail Wright , Kamran and Saadiya Zaki, Werner and Julie Zurcher  


Donate Now - And Help Us Earn the Challenge Grant! 



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?  Plan on doing holiday shopping 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 to 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!  Don't forget to tell family and friends to shop through this site as well (anyone can help earn money for our District)! 


School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,
Our focus area for professional development this year is the California State Common Core Standards. Alain Camou wrote an article in a previous Lion's Roar about the new standards .  Please click on this link  for information about a special parent education event especially designed by Curriculum and Instruction Director Deborah Roden to inform you about the standards and answer your questions.  I'm sure it will be time well spent!

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.


Lost and Found

The Lost and Found will be donated Friday, December 14, 2012.  Please come have a look!  Our closet is VERY FULL!!!!!
Emergency Broadcast System Test
Did you receive your test of an Emergency Broadcast System?
Last Wednesday we ran an "emergency broadcast system test" which should have sent a message to your home phone, to your cell as a text message, and to your email.  If your home phone IS your cell phone, then you would have only received 2 messages.  If you did not receive all these messages, please stop in your child's school office to update your contact information.

Our plans are to broaden our use of this Global Connect system as a key communication tool for important updates and information.  Your contact information needs to be current to receive these.  We will not be distributing this personal information for any other purpose.  We will announce shortly when we'll be running a test with out bus riders, which will then provide you text updates on bus runs.
Las Lomitas League

Las Lomitas League

The Winter /Spring 2013 LLL before/after-school class schedule will be up on our website on December 17 so parents can start planning.  

Registration for Winter/ Spring 2013 LLL classes opens on January 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.. Remember to put this date down in your calendar.  
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


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. 

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Donna Hall
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