The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of December 10,  2012     
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
School News
School Nurse Notice
PTA News
Kindergarten Information
Session Change Requests
Lost and Found
Las Lomitas League
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


Wednesday         LL/LE joint PTA meeting and luncheon

Wednesday         School Board Meeting 
    7:00 p.m. - District Office



Coming Soon:


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


Jan. 7                  School Resumes  


Jan. 8                  Registration begins for Las Lomitas League 

    7:00 p.m.    





Lomitas Education Foundation


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Meet Our Participation Match!

For the past several years, over 80% of district families have joined hands to donate funds to our district, as a symbol of our solidarity in supporting excellence in education for our children.  Let's do it again!  If we achieve a minimum of 80% participation, our Foundation will be awarded an additional $80,000 from a small group of district families.  Please donate now at


Fundraising Update  

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

                                              Through Dec. 3rd                              Goal

Participation                            53% of families                              100% of families

Contributions                           $1,940,000                                     $3,000,000


Holiday Shopping 

Visit for your holiday cards and gifts! 


Thank you for using the LLEF Shopping website for your holiday card and Amazon orders to date!   Your purchases have already been adding up to real money for our schools this holiday season.


We hope you'll continue to visit each and every time you shop online. Just click on a vendor and shop as you normally would to trigger donations from your favorite retailers, including Amazon, Tiny Prints, Minted, Shutterfly, iTunes, RedEnvelope, and more!  Please forward this link to family and friends as well-anyone shopping through the Foundation website will help us earn dollars from on-line retailers.


Thank you to last week's donors!

Allen and Penny Adelberg, Neftali and Mirna Ayala,  Chris Bishop and Rebecca Deutscher, Lori Bluvas,  Chris and Julie Bonner,  Paul Chang and Yvonne Ho, Karisa Chin,  Ashua and Shaili Chopra, Brett Degner and Nora Singer, Gary and Michelle Dillabough, Malcolm and Amy Friedberg,  Valorie Friedsam, Daniel Guenin and Susan Swetter,  Anurag and Gita Gupta, Jane and Sherman Hall, Charles Haskins and Alma Jimenez,  Walter and Nancy Hay, Chris and MaryEllen McCabe,  Vicente and Marleni Mendoza, Deborah Mester, Shaun and Kristin Paga, Greg Schott and Grace Mercer-Schott, Jeffrey and Rachael Thomas, Ted and Julia Tussing, Linda and Barry Uphoff,  PJ and Heidrun Utz,  Susan and Sanjay Vaswani


School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


I just returned from visiting the Holiday Workshop where joyful faces filled Cano Hall. This event is a perfect example of the community we have. Moms, dads and grandparents were on hand to help the children with their creations. Community is a term that is hard to define. Wikipedia states, "The word community is derived from the Old French communité which is derived from the Latin communitas (cum, "with/together" + munus, "gift"), a broad term for fellowship or organized society." What we experienced today was definitely being "together" and a "gift." Thank you to all the dedicated parents who help create a community at Las Lomitas that is focused on the children. Together we can help them grow and learn to be contributing members of the Las Lomitas community.


Communities function effectively when there is clear communication. As in any community, there will be misunderstandings or disagreements. Open communication between the parties involved will quickly solve most problems. This week I'd like to share our school's practices regarding communication. In the School Handbook (page 109 in the Directory) our process is described. As a general rule, always start with the classroom teacher when you have questions about your child, curriculum, assignments, homework or classroom programs. The teacher may recommend that you talk with Kathy Ruwe, counselor, if you have concerns about your child's relationship with peers or a family crisis.


If you still have questions, please contact me. Together, you, the teacher and I can work to come to an appropriate resolution. The Harvard Family Research Project website,, states that "parents and teachers consider communication the number one factor to increase trust. When teachers and parents are on the "same page" they can engage in more individual and concrete discussion around student progress and develop realistic goals and plans of action that are linked to student achievement (Drake 2000; James, Jurich & Estes, 2001)."


Another opportunity to communicate with one another is at the "Mornings/Evenings with the Principal" sessions. The next session is scheduled for February 27th at 9:00 a.m. in Cano Hall. There is always a selected topic for discussion, but these gatherings are also an opportunity for you to get your questions answered. I look forward to seeing you.

Until next time,

Sue Sartor


From the School Nurse

Dear Parents,

Happy December and holiday season. With all the group gatherings and indoor time also comes illness. To help everyone in our school community remain well, it is important to minimize the spread of germs as much as possible. You may be wondering what symptoms warrant keeping your child home from school. Please see the attached guidelines to assist you:  


Please call your child's health care provider if you have any questions, or our office here at Las Lomitas. We will call you to discuss the situation if your child is not feeling well at school and/or we think he or she may need to go home.


Thank you for your help in keeping everyone healthy this time of year.

Kelly Muenzen,  School Nurse   

PTA News

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.
Holiday Workshop  A great BIG thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped at the Holiday Workshop last week AND to our fantastic table leads who came up with amazing crafts! We could not have done it without you!!  The success of the workshop is a testament to our wonderful Las Lomitas parent community. We hope you and your children had fun!

Kristina Valentine and Josie Tang

If you have experience building or managing websites, please read on!

We're looking for help with our PTA website and would love to find a couple volunteers who are familiar with HTML, graphic design, or programming. If you have experience in any of these areas, and could help out for about an hour per week, please contact Rebecca Grant ( 
Thanks in advance! 


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!!!!!
Las Lomitas League

Las Lomitas League

The Winter /Spring 2013 LLL before/after-school class schedule will be up on our website on December 17th 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.


Registration for 2013 Spring Alpine/West Menlo Little League and AMA Softball is now open.
Details can be found 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 and 4:00 p.m.), Saturday, December 15 (1:00 and 4:00 p.m.), and Sunday December 16, (1:00 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.


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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