The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of January 7, 2013    
In This Issue
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
School News
Kindergarten Information
From the School Nurse
Session Change Requests
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:



Jan. 7                  School Resumes  

                           Read-A-Thon begins 


Jan. 8                  Registration begins for Las Lomitas League 

    7:00 p.m.    


Jan 9                  PTA Board Mtg. - 9:00 a.m. - Rm. 20B

                          School Bd. Mtg. - 7:00 p.m. - MUR  at LE   



Coming Soon:  


Jan 21                 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday


Jan. 23                School Site Council - 3:00 p.m. - Rm. 40     

Jan. 30                Class Pictures - Cano Hall                



PTA News

The Las Lomitas Read-A-Thon starts today!  Each student should receive an information brochure in their Monday envelope.  Please read the instructions carefully, set a Daily Reading Goal and start soliciting pledges.  Remember that all reading outside of school counts for the Read-A-Thon, including reading aloud to your child, daily required reading, and audiobooks.  Participation from all grades makes a huge difference.  If you need extra copies of the materials, please stop by the office.  Let's read!  


Questions? Please contact:


Cheryl Cho-Phan   


Submit your Artwork by Tuesday, January 22nd
The Memory Book team would like to invite all Las Lomitas students to submit artwork for the cover design of this year's Memory Book. We can't wait to see your creativity! Please only one submission per student.
Contest rules:
  • Use crayons, watercolors, or colored pencils.
  • Use watercolor paper or another type of paper with texture, if possible.
  • Use 8˝ by 11 inch sized paper. (Slightly larger is OK.)
  • Drawing should be in "portrait" format, meaning it should be taller than wide.
  • Be colorful! Don't leave the background blank or white.
  • Include the "Las Lomitas" school name and make it stand out.
  • Include the school year "2012-2013" as part of the drawing.
  • Include the Las Lomitas Lion as part of the drawing.
  • Artwork should be "friendly" (no battles or weapons, please).
  • The edges may be trimmed slightly, so don't put anything important close to the edges.
  • Be sure to write the artist's name, room number, and teacher's name on the back of the drawing. Use a pencil for the name and write lightly so the writing doesn't show through the artwork on the front side. Do not use Post-it Notes as they can fall off and become lost.
  • Please see Memory Books from prior years in the Las Lomitas library if you need ideas for your cover art.
Entries should be placed in the Memory Book bin in the Las Lomitas office no later than Tuesday, January 22nd.  All contest entries will be included on the back cover of the Memory Book. They will also be displayed at the Student Art Exhibition during Open House. Artwork will then be returned when yearbooks are distributed in early June.
Questions? Contact Tracy Williams at .
If you've thought about getting more involved at school, but didn't necessarily know how to insert yourself or whether you had enough time, we've got something for you!  The PTA is looking for board members for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Many of these positions require very little commitment of your time.  The best part about joining the PTA board is hearing first hand what's going on or coming up at school and with the school district.  You also get to know staff members and feel a better sense of connection with your child's academic environment.  Below is a list of our Las Lomitas PTA Executive Board positions.  Please drop us an email and let us know if you're interested or would like to learn more.  We'd love to have you on board!
  • President - Cindy Chin is slated to be the 2013-2014 PTA President
  • 1st Vice President - This position requires a 2-3 year commitment.  The first year is spent planning school assemblies and learning the ropes of the President position.  The second year is the Presidency and third Parliamentarian
  • Volunteer Coordinator - Helps with staffing all the PTA committees and organizes recruiting at the PTA General Meeting in August
  • Hot Food Board Chair - Typically filled by one of this year's Hot Food Day Chairpersons
  • Membership VP - Responsible for marketing, recruitment and reporting of PTA general membership
  • Secretary - Takes and publishes PTA Board meeting minutes and coordinates communication with Room Parents
  • Treasurer - processes receipts and payments, produces monthly reports for PTA Board meetings, files annual tax returns
  • Past President/Parliamentarian - filled by current year's PTA President or other designee
We look forward to hearing where you think you'd best fit in!  Email Donna Hall (


Lomitas Education Foundation


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Meet Our Participation Match!


Welcome back to school!  As we ring in the new year, we'd like to proudly share that almost 70% of families have donated to the Foundation thus far.  For those who need to give in 2013, please don't delay!  Donate at  To make donating even sweeter, the Foundation will earn an additional $80,000 if we hit an 80% participation rate by District families.  Your donation, of any amount, will make a significant difference!


Donations as of 12/17/12:




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Thank you for doing your holiday shopping through  Did you know that you, family and friends could continue to earn money for our District throughout the year by continuing to on-line shop through  Just bookmark and click on a vendor icon to shop as you normally would to trigger donations from your favorite retailers, including Amazon, Tiny Prints, Minted, Shutterfly, iTunes, RedEnvelope, and more.


Thank you to our donors the week of 12/10/12-12/17/12!


Michael and Monica Albers, Douglas and Loretta Allred, John and Ellen Bargar, Ed and Maryann Berkowitz, Inder and Mandeep Bhasin, Joel and Eileen Birnbaum , Lindsay Jack, Gustavo Bolanos and Emanuela Franchi, Cristina Causor, Keith and Sandra Cheek, Ming-teh Dwight Chen, Edward Cho and Hyeyoung Kim, Susan Conway, Brian and Patricia Danitz,  Burt and Dianne Davis, Rob and Alison de Geus, David Denier and Joy Kosobayashi, Barbara Keating and Ted Downey, Denise Dowsett, Bart and Molly Drewes, Ben Encisco and Judith Dean, Aharon and Bethany Freud, Anna and Vladimir Golovchinsky, Paul Gurnee and Jennifer Xie, Rick and Laurie Gustafson, Ashley and Anda Hall, Michelle Hinshaw, Steve and Eleonore , Johnson, Roy and Leigh Johnson, Baris Karadogan and Susana Rodriguez deTembleque, William and Lucille Lee, Jason Lee and Maisie Fung, Jeffrey and Rachel Lokey, Patricia and Robert Maines, Brian McGarry and Lorraine McDonough, Bob Meltzer, Rosalyn Montenegro, Gerald and Coralie Mueller, Chuck and Kelly Muenzen, Tyler and Melinda Nielson, Sean Pirzadeh, Benjamin and Mary Pless, Georg and Linda Puchta, Mark and Linda Reed, Lauren Reibstein, Sal Sanfilippo and Monique Schoonbrood, Bart and Sue Satsky , David and Susan Schinski, ,Jon and Naomi Shalowitz, Jay Siegel and Linda Carr , Jason and Abigail Smith, Terry Spurling and Catherine Curtin, Carl Statkiewicz and Suzanne Decareau, Gary and Beth Thurston, Barbara Tommaney, Hermann Tribukait and Beatriz Canales, Steve and Carol Trott , Hasan Turunc and Whitney Thwaite, Mika and Maija Valta, Peter and Allison Virsik, Richard Voreck and Diane Schiano, Vo and Jennifer Le, Verna S. West, Kenneth and Cynthia Yi
School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful vacation and are ready to get back into the school routine.


The Las Lomitas Read-a-thon starts today! Each student received an information packet today in the Monday envelope. Please read the instructions carefully, set a daily reading time and start soliciting pledges. You can begin reading today even if you have not secured all your sponsorships. If you need extra copies of the materials you can download a packet at If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Cho-Pham at This year we've planned some special activities to keep enthusiasm high. Each Wednesday Mr. Camou and I will give some clues about a book character. Each Friday we will come dressed as that week's book character. It should be a lot of fun! Please support your child, and the school, by reading each day. We may even break our lofty goal of 400,000 minutes!


In December's Roar, I outlined the process to request a session change. If you have questions about that or kindergarten registration, please go to and click on New Students.


As we return to school, I want to remind you about arrival times. Supervision for first session students begins at 8:30 a.m.  Students should not arrive before 8:30 a.m. unless you are here for a meeting or there are unique circumstances. Supervision for second session students begins at 10:15 a.m. Again, you should not arrive early unless there are unique circumstances. If you do arrive early, students must wait quietly with a parent in the flag pole area until the bell rings. Classes are in session; please do not disturb. No students are to be dropped off at the flagpole before 10:15 a.m. without an adult to supervise. Thank you for your cooperation to help us keep students safe and school environment conducive for learning.


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.


                    Friday January 18          Monday, February 25

                    Thursday, January 24    Thursday, March 7

             Friday, February 8         Wednesday, March 20


1st - 3rd Grade Tour

Thursday, March 21, 2013

9:40 - 10:35 a.m.

From the School Nurse

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school!  With all the group gatherings and indoor time of winter 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
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.


Las Lomitas League

Las Lomitas League

Registration for Winter/ Spring 2013 LLL classes opens on January 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Business Partners
These programs are not supported by or affiliated with the La Entrada School or the La Entrada PTA.

@ Portola Valley Town Center WINTER SESSION 2013 JAN. 9 - MARCH 23 (no classes Feb. 20 - 23)
Teacher: Jeannie Goldman (650) 851-1914 
To register contact the Portola Valley Town Hall (650) 851-1700, Cindy or Teresa (ext. 200) or register online.

Youth Dance Classes at Studio Rincon on Alameda in Menlo Park. 
The next session of youth classes start January 7. Signup here!  Preballet, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, advance hip hop, breakin' & poppin'- all in a fun and positive atmosphere after school.  Classes for ages 4-Teen.  View the youth schedule here.
Community News
These programs are not supported by or affiliated with the Las Lomitas Elementary School or the Las Lomitas PTA.

Tuesday, January 29th from 7:00-9:30 - Carol Dweck, Ph.D. 
The Friends of the Menlo Park Library present Mindset:  An Evening for Parents with Stanford Psychology Professor and Author Carol Dweck at the Hillview Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Avenue, Menlo Park.  Space is limited and registration is required:
Baseball and Softball Registration for 2013 Spring Alpine/West Menlo Little League and AMA Softball is now open.  Details can be found on our website.

Menlo Park Library News  The library is offering a free Mandarin/English Bilingual Storytime every Thursday at 10:15 a.m. for children ages 5 and under.  Activities include stories, songs,and finger plays.  Adults are requested to accompany their children. 

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, January 21 (MLK, Jr. Holiday). Register today.


Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free Minicamp

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Redwood City

Registration is now open for Ragazzi Boys Chorus' free half-day minicamp for boys, ages 7-10. No previous singing experience is required. Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the camp. Boys offered Ragazzi membership join rehearsals the week of Jan. 21, 2013. Beginning groups meet one evening per week for choral singing and theory instruction. Ragazzi offers a complete music education that progresses through a proven, award-winning choral program. Ragazzi performs its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a spring Giants game, tours domestically and internationally, and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations. Contact:, 650-342-8785. Register online.


Ragazzi Music & Movement Class for 5-7 year old Boys

Registration Open Now; Tuesday sessions, Jan 15 - March 19, 2013, Redwood City

Ragazzi Boys Chorus has expanded its program with an engaging Kodály-based class for active young boys. The class is tailored for boys with little or no previous musical experience - no auditions necessary. A child-developmental approach fosters boys' creativity and curiosity. Participants explore rhythm, channel their energy through music learning and generally have a ton of fun.  Kinders, first- and second-graders love this class! $20 per class; discounts available at registration. Contact, 650-342-8785. Register online.


We are currently conducting a research study at Stanford University on emotion regulation and reactivity among children with and without an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are recruiting children with ASD and typically developing children (ie. children without a diagnosis of ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, ASD, or any other psychiatric illness) between the ages of 8 and 21. The study consists of up to 4 sessions and participants will be reimbursed $30 for each session and an additional $30 if the online components (questionnaires and a daily emotion journal) are completed. The total potential cash reimbursement is up to $160. US Citizens only (must have social security number to receive payment). Please contact us at if you are interested in having your child participate.  For general information about participant rights, contact 1-866-680-2906."

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.

Submission Requirements:
  • In the subject line of the email, please include the section in which you wish your item to be placed (see our newsletter policies for the list of our regular sections); for example, the subject may read "PTA News" for any item related to PTA programs;  
  • DO NOT send the article as an attachment but in the body of the email: submissions sent as a Word doc will be rejected;
  • Clearly indicate the title of your submission;  
  • DO NOT send flyers but provide a link to them;
  • DO NOT send pictures but provide a link to them;
For past issues, visit the PTA Newsletter archive

Donna Hall
Lion's Roar Editor

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