The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of January 21,  2013    
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
School News
PTA News
Las Lomitas League
Crosswalk Safety
Kindergarten Information
DELAC Meeting
Lost and Found
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


Jan. 21               NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr.

                          School Holiday   


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



Next Week:  


Jan. 28               All Las Lomitas League classes begin this

Jan. 30               Class Pictures - Cano Hall   



Coming Soon:


Feb. 15               Deadline to register for Chorus                                



Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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Our schools will get an additional $80,000,  if 80% of all parents participate in the giving campaign by January 31st. 


We are so close: 74% of families have donated to the Foundation already! For those who haven't given yet, please don't delay -- your donation, of any amount, will make a significant difference to our kids.Donate at


Participation by Grade Level as of 1/14/2013:



1st grade


2nd grade


3rd grade


4th grade


5th grade


6th grade


7th grade


8th grade




Thank you to our donors the week of 1/08/2013 - 1/14/2013!


Zhiying and Mike Chen, Al and Sally Knorp, Rich Worthington and Robin Tobias, Linda and Jerry Ozanne, Leanne Cummins, Robert and Rebecca Flanagan, Jim Long and Gloria Webster, Steven Goodman and Ruth Levine, Alexander Aganin and Irina Aganina, David Berkey and Eleanor Lacey, Nathan Hodges and Anya Chernykn, Bradford and Joanne Johnson, Michael and Kristi Goth , Roy and Heather Caelius, Gregory and Valerie Baker, John Love and Kelly Stewart, Alex and Kathleen Liston, Bill and Renate  Hodkowski, Mark Prichard and Hazel Keelan, Dave and Cyndi Wright, Paul and Tina Mitiguy, David Weiner and Nedda Olazabal, Sean and Sarah Supple, Mike and Alexandra Lopez, Eric and Karen Davis, David and Mindi Jone, Deborah Vogt, Martin Kloiber and Hillary Bratton, David and Amy Rousseau, Karim Younes and Cherie Lorda, Tyler and Melinda Nielson, Lidia Carter and Michael Sammut, Laura Palmer. Christoph Pfistner and Lauren Sobel, Mohsen Hatami Yazd and Zeinab Golmohammadian, Robert and Maria Quiros, Inder and Mandeep Bhasin, Anthony Cox and Susan Baker, Joseph and Katya Derrough, Maria Luisa and Miguel Flores, Michael and Elaine Stern, Edward Cho and Hyeyoung Kim, Laurel Timpson and Thomas O'Neill, Michael and Diane Spath, Barry and Janelle Martin, Steven Chao and Khanh Nguyen, Terry Spurling and Catherine Curtin, Damon and Julie Chandik, Jon Marcus, Doug and Linda Lee, Dimitri and Irina Leshchinskii, Phu Hoang and Tamar Fruchtman, Marie and Connie Clemente, Donald and Jennifer Coleman, Andrew Fahlund and Jillian Corr, Dave Hershberger and Joanna Wijntjes, Kevin and Inger Rarick 


Seeking Parents Who Like To Have Fun!

Our annual Auction is set to take place on Saturday, May 18.  For those of you who have attended, you know what an outrageously fun, community-building event this is along with being a great opportunity to raise money for our District.  For those who have not attended yet, you won't be disappointed.  We are looking for a few volunteers to play a role in making this year's auction a smashing success. It's a great way to get to know other parents in the community too! No prior or specialized experience required, just a positive attitude.  If interested, please contact


Winter Events

And the fun continues...there are some precious spots remaining for the following upcoming Events & Adventures.


  • Indian Cooking Class and Dinner Party (for parents) - Saturday, February 2
  • Chinese New Year Party in Old Shanghai (for parents) - Friday, February 8
  • Ice, Ice Baby!!!  Skating for the Entire Family - Sunday, February 10
  • La Entrada Kids Care at San Francisco City Academy -Take Two  - Wednesday, March 13
For event descriptions, pricing and to buy E&A tickets now go here.   
School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Las Lomitas League extra-curricular winter session classes begin the week of January 28th. We have a couple of guidelines I want to clarify with you:


  • Please provide your Las Lomitas classroom teacher with your child's dismissal plan so she knows your child needs to go to the LLL class or sport on a given day. Without written instructions stating otherwise, your child will be sent to the flagpole, bus or CCLC as usual.
  • Please report your child's absence from an LLL class or sport by contacting the LLL instructor or parent coordinator directly. The school office is not involved in absence reporting for LLL classes.
  • Be sure the LLL teacher knows who will pick up your child at the end of class.


If you have questions about the classes, times, dates or procedures, please contact Alison Yap at or 650-644-6599. Thank you for your cooperation.


Sue Sartor


PTA News
Great job reading!
  We're halfway through the Read-A-Thon. 
The popcorn kernels are popping up on the official Read-A-Thon banner outside Cano Hall!   Roary the Lion is roaming the walkways before school to encourage our students to read!  Principal Sartor and Vice-Principal Camou have revealed themselves as mystery book characters Waldo, Alice in Wonderland, and the Mad Hatter!  And our children are doing a fantastic job reading!
It's not too late to submit minutes online.  
Go to our website and see a real-time update as each student submits his/her minutes.  Each child will have his/her name posted on a popcorn kernel as Milestone Minutes of 500, 1000, and 1500 minutes are reached.   In addition, each grade that meets its goal will earn a popcorn celebration!
Lastly, don't forget to work on getting pledge sponsors.  One-time pledges or pledges based on minutes read will all make a difference in building our programs and facilities at Las Lomitas.
Questions?  Contact Cheryl Cho-Phan,


Apple for the Classroom


A new year brings new wishes, so now is a good time to look at the teachers' Apple for the applelogo Classroom wish lists again.  Your support can make a real difference, so please consider picking an apple today.

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.

Box Tops for Education 
It's time to start collecting and submitting box tops.   We will be having a drawing at the end of February for those that have submitted box tops. If you haven't already, please submit your box tops in a small plastic bag  to the office with your student's name and room number on it.. (There is a cereal box attached to the side of the counter across from the lost and found).   We will  have a drawing on February 26th so please turn them in before then.    Don't forget that your everyday online purchases can also help Las Lomitas. Visit the box top web page and designate Las Lomitas as the school you wish to support. Then, every time you shop online, as long as you enter through the Box Tops web page, a percentage of your purchase will be credited to our school.
Thank you!
Judy Nayebi
Boxtops for Education Chair
Submit your Artwork by Tuesday, January 
All contest entries will be included on the back cover of the Memory Book!!
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 22.  And remember, 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 .




"Being a member of the LL PTA Board for three years was a great experience. I joined because I wanted to learn more about the operations of the school and the supporting programs, work with the administration and faculty, and meet other parents who shared the desire to volunteer. The LL PTA is an outstanding organization that provides extremely valuable services and programs to the school, and it was a privilege to serve in leadership roles."
-- John McGrory, LL PTA President 2006-2007


Join John and other former PTA board members and learn first hand what happens at Las Lomitas.  The PTA is looking for board members for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Many of these positions require very little commitment of your time.  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 - Christy 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 from you!  Email Donna Hall (


Las Lomitas League

Las Lomitas League

Registration for Winter/ Spring before/after-school classes has closed.  The only LLL class that is still accepting students is Chorus.  Parents have until February 15th to preview the class and register. Please contact the instructor Pam Donkin directly to arrange for a preview.

Please note that classes start the week of January 28th.   


For parents who have registered for a LLL class, here is some important information to take note of:  
  • You will receive a welcome email from your LLL instructor before the end of this week requesting for the dismissal instruction form to be completed. It is mandatory that parents email the completed dismissal instruction form directly to the LLL instructor before class starts.  All LLL classes start week of January 28th. 
  • Please provide your Las Lomitas classroom teacher with your child's dismissal plan so she knows your child needs to go to the LLL class or sport on a given day. Without written instructions stating otherwise, your child will be sent to the flagpole, bus or CCLC as usual.
  • Please report your child's absence from a LLL class or sport by contacting the LLL instructor directly. The school office is not involved in absence reporting for LLL classes.
  • Please be punctual to pick up your child after a LLL class or sport at the designated class location, and not at the flagpole.  If you are going to be late, please let the LLL instructor know in advance and with written notice with the name and contact number of the adult authorized to pick your child up. The LLL instructors cannot stay late to supervise your child. If parents are repeatedly late, the student may not be able to continue in the class as a possible consequence.
  • For parents who have registered on a wait list, you will only be notified via email IF a space becomes available - we appreciate your understanding that admittance is not guaranteed. 

For more information, please refer to our FAQ on our website.

For a weekly reference on LLL classes taking place, please refer to our online LLL calendar.
Crosswalk Safety



Safety comes first at Las Lomitas. Please take a few minutes to review these safety tips for using the crosswalk in front of the school and the crosswalk across Camino al Lago. With everyone's cooperation, we can be sure that our students are safe at arrival and dismissal time.


  • ALWAYS use the crosswalkS! Be a role model for the children, even when tempted to cut across the drive-through or loading lanes. Remember, evenwhen you are alone, other children may be watching your example.
  • LOOK BOTH WAYS before crossing! Cars may not see you - watch for them.
  • Drivers, approach the crosswalk area slowly! Be especially cautious if you are in the drive-through lane. You must stop at the crosswalk between Camino al Lago and the school sidewalk.
  • DRIVERS, CHECK TO SEE IF THE CROSSWALK IS CLEAR of students and parents before driving forward.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


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, January 24    Thursday, March 7

         Friday, February 8         Wednesday, March 20

 Monday, February 25


1st - 3rd Grade Tour

Thursday, March 21, 2013

9:40 - 10:35 a.m.

DELAC Meeting

DELAC (District English Language Advisory Committee) invites you to a DELAC Meeting and Technology Night Thursday, February 7 at La Entrada.  The meeting is at 6:00 p.m. in the library and the technology presentation is at 7:00 p.m. in the computer lab.  For questions and to RSVP, please contact ELD teacher Lesli Leong at Las Lomitas or (650) 854-5900 ext. 219.
Lost and Found

The Lost and Found will be donated January 31, 2013.  Please come in and have a look!
Business Partners
These programs are not supported by or affiliated with the La Entrada School or the La Entrada PTA.

Creative Art For Young Children
@ Portola Valley Town Center WINTER SESSION 2013 JAN. 9 - MAR. 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. 
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 here.

Ladera Community Church Preschool is holding its annual Open House on Saturday, January 26th, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Bring your children to meet our fantastic teachers and visit our preschool in a lovely rural setting at 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. We welcome all families with children 2 years to 5 years old. To find out more, please visit our website here or contact Director Katherine Rhames at 854-0295.  
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 here

Jeff Arons' Spring Tennis Program at Sacred Heart begins February 1st.  Visit the website for more information. 

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.

Panthers Camp - Summer 2013 
Panthers Camp is an "All Sports" camp held at Corte Madera School and directed by Dan Flahavan during the 2013 summer.  For more information visit the Panthers Camp website. If you are interested in registering, please click this link.  Please contact Dan Flahavan if you have any questions (   

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."



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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;  
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For past issues, visit the PTA Newsletter archive

Donna Hall
Lion's Roar Editor

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