The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of February 11,  2013    
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
PTA News
Kindergarten and Registration and Placement for 2013-2014
Safety Tip
School News
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:   


Feb. 13              School Board. Mtg.  - 7:00 p.m. MUR at LE

Feb. 15              Deadline to register for Chorus 



Next Week:


Feb. 18-22           NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Week  



Coming Soon:


Feb. 27                SSC - 3:00 p.m. - Room 3    






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SAVE THE DATE for the 2013 Spring Auction on Saturday, May 18th at Portola Farms in Woodside. Mark your calendar today for this fabulous event. We hope you will join us for dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions benefiting the children in the Las Lomitas District. 




Buying Valentine's Day cards, flowers, or gifts? Visit LLEF  Shopping first! Whether you're making cards, ordering flowers, or choosing just the right presents for your loved ones, remember to start your online Valentine's Day shopping here. A portion of every purchase turns into a donation for our schools!  Participating vendors include Tiny Prints, Minted, 1800flowers, Amazon, Red Envelope, and many more. Happy Valentine's Day from the Las Lomitas Education Foundation!


From the Principal


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


As you know, our enrollment is near 680 students. If we add in faculty, staff, students and parents, Las Lomitas' population is about the same size as Belvedere, California! In order to function smoothly, we all need to do our part. Below is a list of ways you can make life here a little bit less hectic for everyone:

  1. Read the Lion's Roar It has the answer to almost every question you may have.
  2. Keep track of the school calendar.  It has the answer to questions about minimum days, vacations, and conference dates.
  3. Call in absences early in the morning.  This will reduce the number of follow up calls the secretaries must make in order to ensure your child is safe.
  4. Provide written notes to the teacher if dismissal plans change This reduces the number of last minute phone calls and the need to interrupt the classroom to pass this vital information on to the teacher.
  5. Return requested forms on time.  This reduces the number of repeated mailings we must make to ensure we have emergence information, medical permissions, etc. on file for your child.
  6. Park in designated places This will keep us from having to make an announcement over the intercom and interrupt classroom learning.
  7. Drop your child off on time Students should not arrive before 8:30 a.m.  We do not have supervision prior to 8:30 a.m.
  8. Pick your child up on time.  The office closes at 4:00.  We cannot provide supervision after hours.
  9. Be at the bus stop on time.  This will reduce the need for you to come to the school to pick up your child.
  10. Keep track of after-school program changes.  There are multiple Las Lomitas League classes.  Keep that LLL teacher's number handy and call him/her to find out if there is a change in schedule.
  11. Be patient We care about each child, parent and teacher at this school but cannot give all of you our attention at the same time.   

Last year we remodeled the office to provide an area specifically for parent information. There you will find calendars, LLEF information, bus schedules, Board minutes, enrichment programs fliers, mail to parents from teachers, PTA files, etc. all in one location. Our hope is to be able to provide a "one stop shopping" area for parents. As always, Monica and Carol are happy to assist you if you can't find what you need. With everyone's cooperation, our little "town" will function smoothly. Thanks for your support!


Until next time,

Sue Sartor


PTA News
Pancake Breakfast
The 31st Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday March 9th 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Cano Hall. Please join us for pancakes hot off the griddle, delicious Aidells sausages,and fresh fruit. Coffee and hot chocolate provided by The Espresso Lane.  Entertainment will be provided by the amazing magician Timothy Lane.  Order advance tickets by Friday, March 1st for $5 per person* online with Paypal or make a check out to Las Lomitas PTA and turn in to the office.  Tickets  will also be available the day of the outreachevent for $8 per person.  We look forward to seeing you there.  If you have questions or are interested in volunteering at the event contact Diane Appel,


*Outreach is available.  Please contact Alain Camou, Assistant Principal at 
854-5900 x269 for more information.

The Las Lomitas Memory Book captures special moments throughout the year in a colorful, photo-filled keepsake.  It will be distributed to students during celebrations in the last week of school.  Don't miss out!
How:   Order online here
           If you cannot order online, paper order forms are available from the Las Lomitas office. 
           Completed forms must be returned to the office with check payable to the
           Las Lomitas PTA.
Cost:   $25.00* per bookoutreach

           $30.00 per book if ordered after March 18th, 2013.

*Outreach is available.  Please call Mr. Alain Camou 854-5900 x269 for more information.

Orders close: May 6th, 2013


Please note: This is the first opportunity you have had to order the Las Lomitas Memory Book.  It was not an option in the PTA forms completed at the start of the school  year.
Questions?  Contact the Memory Book Team

Why Should I Donate to the Read-A-Thon?
Our annual Read-A-Thon is the PTA's primary fundraising activity. Your donations are combined with our PTA membership income to fund wonderful programs for the kids, such as:
- Principal's Book Club (ask your child if they have a favorite)
- Lunch Table Sun Covers (many need to be replaced each year)
- Playground structures with adoption of the Peaceful Playground program
- Quality Sound System for school events
- Teacher Professional Development (critical to successfully adopting Common Core Standards)
- And so much more!
We are truly grateful for all donations received for the kids! --Thank you!
Please record your child(ren)'s minutes online here or turn in your red envelope with the Read-A-Thon brochure and checks as soon as possible so we can finalize our numbers to share after ski week.
We will have the Popcorn Celebration this Friday! This will be a school-wide celebration as all grades have met their goal! Please contact Cheryl Cho-Phan at if you would like to help with handing out popcorn to all of our readers! Also, stop by and see the Read-A-Thon banner outside Cano Hall overflowing with popcorn kernels awarded to our Milestone Minute readers! 
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



VOTE for the 2013-2014 Las Lomitas PTA Executive Board!
We already have a slate of outstanding candidates for next year's PTA Board and we couldn't be happier!  Below is a list of the proposed slate of candidates.  You can vote online here or at our general membership meeting on Wednesday, February 27 in Cano Hall.


President: Christy Chin 
1st VP: Helen Ungerman & Artis Montague 
Treasurer: Neil Weintraut 
Secretary: Maggie Oren 
2nd VP, Volunteer Coordinator: Pamela Stang 
3rd VP, Hot Food: Ozge Goker 
4th VP, Membership: Krista Merlino 
Parliamentarian: Lori Brockman
Kindergarten Registration and Placement for 2013-2014

If you have important information you would like to share about your child's placement for next year, please let the teacher know or send a letter to Principal Sartor by May 1st.  Letters after that date may not be considered.

Please complete Kindergarten registrations as soon as possible so we can plan staffing for next year.  Ladera residents must have their registrations in by May 1st to guarantee a first session placement.
Safety Tip

Always load students into cars on the curbside. It is dangerous for the children to enter the drive through lane.  It also slows the queue.  Thank you for your cooperation.
School News

From the Nurse
Respiratory viruses are widely circulating in our county now, with both children and adults being affected.To minimize the spread of illness, please keep sick children home from school and encourage the practice of frequent hand washing and respiratory etiquette.

The CDC recommends the following with regard to exclusion of ill persons in school settings: "Those who get flu-like symptoms at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine."
Thank you for your assistance with minimizing illness, check here for further information about managing the flu.

Disabled Parking Spaces
Designated disabled parking spaces are to be used ONLY by those with a disabled parking placard.  No exceptions!  Even if you are only stopping for a couple of minutes to run into the office, you are to park in designated parking spaces.  You may be cited if you violate this law.  We do have disabled members in our community that rely on those spaces being available.  Thank you for your cooperation.

District Directory Corrections and Additions
The Las Lomitas and La Entrada PTA are in the process of publishing a district directory addendum. If your info is either missing or incorrect in the district directory please follow these steps to have it corrected/added:
  •  Stop at the school office to check that the school has your correct records;
  •  Email any addition or correction to by Friday, February 8th.

As a reminder, a student directory is provided for all Las Lomitas Elementary School District families by the PTAs and the cost is $7.50 per directory.

Las Lomitas League

Las Lomitas League
Important notes: 

1. If your child is attending CCLC, please remember to inform CCLC of the LLL classes your child are registered for and the details of the LLL class (e.g. day/time/venue, start/end date and no-class dates). If you have not done so, please do so immediately to ensure your child does not miss any LLL classes. 

2. We have been informed that CCLC will no longer escort students to and from LLL classes. Children will have to walk to their LLL classes and back to CCLC on their own. 

If you have any questions on any of the above procedures, please contact the Director of CCLC, Mr Garrett Lamb directly at
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.


Spring/Summer Basketball Academy
led by Carol Hedges and Mark Decker
April 22 to July 15th Monday and Thursdays at La Entrada School from 4:10pm to 5:15pm 
Until school gets out players will be drilled in the fundamentals of the game while the 5 "summer" sessions will be special 3 on 3 tournaments/Special Guest Clinics and skills competitions. Parents can contact Carol Hedges at or Mark Decker at or go here.  Signups begin Feb 11 and will close Feb 15th. 

Youth Soccer Programs for Ages 3-7  Alpine Strikers FC offers three fun programs for your youngest soccer players in the family. If your child would like to try soccer or improve his/her skills, check out the opportunities available for preschool, kindergarten and early elementary school kids. Go to our website to find out more!  


Winter and Spring Camp Menlo: Open for registration!  
Winter and Spring Camp Menlo sessions offer professional swim instruction at Burgess Pool 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 Friday, February 15, February 18-22, March 25-29, and April 1-5.  Register today here.  

Carillon Preschool is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for our 2013-2014 school year!

We offer a 3's program 2 days per week, 4's program 3 days per week and a Young 5's program 4 days per week. All programs are half day, developmentally appropriate and play-based but uniquely designed as building blocks toward Kindergarten readiness. The campus is beautiful,

And we aim to incorporate our natural environment into all of our programs.  For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Lynn Sowers at (650) 529-1335 or email us at    


U-Me's Love Party

Come to U-Me for a Valentine's Day Celebration!
February 14th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. for art, music and games.  Ages 2-7 welcome.  
Free For Members.  Regular day pass rates apply.  $20 + $10 for each additional sibling.  For more information, visit our website. 

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. 

Steve and Kate's Camp: Join us this summer!  Steve and Kate's Camp is a summer day camp, founded in 1980, for campers entering grades K-7 in the fall.  Instead of a rigid structure, we give campers choices.  Instead of teaching kids the typical way, we give them tools and gentle guidance to help them become autodidacts.  The difference is subtle -- and it's profound. We have 24 sites in the Bay Area (including Palo Alto) plus sites in Southern California, Chicago and Seattle.  Liberate yourself from weekly sessions.  You are free to attend any number of days, anytime from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at any location.  Any unused days are refunded automatically.  How is that for peace of mind?  Namaste. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Youngblood;

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 (   


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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