The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of March 4,  2013    
In This Issue
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Superintendent's Office
From the Principal
School News
Kindergarten and Registration and Placement for 2013-2014
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:   


Mar. 6              PTA Bd. Mtg. 9:00 a.m. - room 20B

Mar. 9              Pancake Breakfast - 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.   



Next Week:


Mar.13 - 15         Parent/Teacher Conferences

                         MINIMUM DAYS - All students attend school

                         9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 


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



Coming Soon:


Mar. 20              Science Wonders - 6:00 p.m. - Cano Hall


Mar. 25 - 29        NO SCHOOL - Spring Break 



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 online here for $5 per person through Monday, March 4.  Tickets will 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.

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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

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What does  your child "wonder"?  It's time for Science Wonders!


Science Wonders is the Las Lomitas version of a Science Fair. The completely voluntary, non-competitive event is open to any Las Lomitas student. To participate, students should think of a question (I wonder...), look for an answer by experimenting or researching (I did...), and create a display with their findings (I learned...) to share with their friends and families.

The displays will be presented in Cano Hall on Wednesday, March 20 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. More information and a guide can be found here.  


If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, please contact Diana Sunshine (


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From the Superintendent's Office

We are currently making plans for the 2013-14 school year and a part of the planning includes staffing, facilities and educational programs.  In order to do the very best job we can, we need every family to complete the 2013-2014 Enrollment Planning Survey, available from this link (or,by March 11.  (Note: graduating 8th graders do not need to be included). 

Thank you in advance for your time.
From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


March is here! There is a lot going on this month, so be sure to keep up by reading the Lion's Roar
and classroom newsletters.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are March 13-15. This is an opportunity to have meaningful conversation about your child and discuss goals and expectations with the teacher. 


Science Wonders is March 20th, but you should start thinking about this now. I especially like this event as it allows our students to engage in "wondering why." I always enjoy discovering what has captured the children's interest and the processes they use to answer the "why?" For those of you with children who are particularly interested in science, I recommend you explore the California Science Teachers Association website for information about Family Science Nights. This site provides plenty of examples of hands-on science activities that families can do together. It may be a great way to spend some time "wondering" together! 

Along that same line, our Science Resource Room is up and running! Three first grade classes used the science room last week for lessons presented by the Lawrence Hall of Science. We have new moveable science tables, chairs, Smartboard, projector, computer, and document camera set up and ready to go. The members of our Science Work Group purchased posters and book display racks. They also organized the materials and put up bulletin boards. We will be adding materials, books and equipment as the room gets more use. Field trips and guest speakers and assemblies are also available for teachers using the SEERI funds. These funds are the result of the Fund-a-Need gift from last year's Foundation Auction. Thanks to your generosity, our students have a new learning environment to explore!

I enjoyed seeing so many of you at the PTA General Membership meeting. Kathy Ruwe presented information about Second Step, our social skills program. We appreciated hearing your questions and will post information for parents about the program in a future Lion's Roar.

At the PTA meeting we also discussed our placement process. Please note, if you have important information you want to be considered about your child's placement for next year, please send the teacher or me an email before May 1st. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. 


Until next time,

Sue Sartor



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Welcome New Faculty!


Two of our teachers left after the Presidents' Week break on personal leave for the remainder of the school year. Becky Grant will be filling in for Trisha Nettles in the 2/3 multi-grade. Becky comes to us with 10 years of teaching experience, most of it at 2nd and 3rd grades.  Prior to Las Lomitas, she taught in San Diego and several years in the United Kingdom. Becky is fluent in Spanish and a classical pianist. We are thrilled to have her with us!

Becca Garcia will be stepping in for Joy Iwanaga in kindergarten. Becca is a familiar face here at Las Lomitas. She will job-share with Stephanie Dent, with whom she taught with a few years ago while on a long-term assignment for Mrs. Chin. She taught in our Language Lab and has substituted extensively in our classrooms at all grade levels. Becca lives in our community and her children attend(ed) Las Lomitas schools. We feel fortunate to have her as part of our faculty.


School News
Minimum Day Information

We will be on a minimum day schedule March 13, 14 and 15.  All students will arrive at 9:00 a.m. and be dismissed at 12:20 p.m.


To minimize the chaos this creates please note:

Flagpole Pick-up

  • Kindergarten and First grade students will wait in designated locations.
  • Drivers must stay in their car and pull through the pick-up lane.
  • Display name cards in the window.
  • Leave dogs at home.
  • Bicyclists must walk bikes until you are away from the front gate area.
  • Traffic and parking enforcement will be present. Park in designated locations only.

Music Informances Week! 

Come to room 37 to watch your child's music class this week!  This is an opportunity to see what your student is doing in music class.  Please check the music page of the Las Lomitas website to see when your child has music.  If you have any questions, you can contact Ms. Lampert at
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.
Business Partners
These programs are not supported by or affiliated with the Las Lomitas School or the Las Lomitas PTA.

Player Capital Tennis will be holding an exciting Spring Break Tennis Camp at Stanford University from Monday March 25th - Friday March 29th. Hours are 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and are for ages 4-18.  Campers will be grouped by appropriate age and skills.  Please visit here for more information or email   

Community News
These programs are not supported by or affiliated with the Las Lomitas Elementary School or the Las Lomitas PTA.

Try Lacrosse!  M-A Grizzlies Lacrosse has a Sunday program that began March 3rd for boys and girls ages 5 & 6.  It is geared to teaching the FUNdamentals of Lacrosse. Griz Kidz is for boys & girls ages 5 & 6 with no experience and Griz Cubz is for boys ages 5 - 7 that may have a little experience.  Classes held at Holbrook Palmer Park 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  It's not too late to sign up!
Spring Break Swim Camp at Burgess:  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 during spring break, March 25-29. Register today! 

Menlo Tennis Academy  Come join the fun on the courts at Burgess Park with Menlo Swim and Sports' new Tennis Academy, a beginning program for kids age 6-10 based on the dynamic new US Tennis Association 10/Under program, designed to build a foundation of essential skills important to the development of youth tennis players. Novice and advanced novice levels available; lessons Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Check here for more information.

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. 

Hoopsters Basketball begins in April at the Arrilliga Gym.  Coach Tim Bowler will teach this exciting and non-competitive introduction to basketball for boys and girls ages 5-10.  Low hoops and small baskets will be used.  To register call 650-330-2221 or email

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!  


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


Carillon Preschool is accepting applications for the 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, and uniquely designed as building blocks toward Kindergarten readiness.  For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Lynn Sowers at (650) 529-1335 or visit here.         

Join us at Steve and Kate's Camp.  Steve and Kate's Camp is back in Palo Alto at Barron Park School (6/3-8/9).  We're also in Los Altos and all over the Bay Area.  Campers entering grades K-7 are welcome to our summer day camp.  We believe children learn best in an environment where they get to choose.  Parents get to choose too - campers may attend any time (M-F, 7:30-6:00), any day at any location.  Our day passes are all inclusive of snacks, lunch and "after care" - no more packing lunches.  Visit our website at Steve and Kate's Camp.

Summer Programs at Littlest Angels Preschool  Join us for enrichment and fun at Camp Learn-A-Lot, the Summer Program at Littlest Angels Preschool in Menlo Park.  Our camps are three weeks long and each offers an exciting theme.  Each of our three sessions offer your little one the opportunity to experience theme-related vocabulary words and facts, music, science, pretend play, creative art experiences, cooking, counting, and color, shape and letter recognition.  Children must be two (2) years old by May 1, 2013 in order to enroll.  The Pre-K class is for 4/5 year old children who have not yet attended Kindergarten.  For camp dates and additional information, please visit our website.  Please contact the Preschool Office with questions or to schedule a tour ( or 650-854-4973).

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 (   
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