The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of March 11,  2013    
In This Issue
From the Principal
School News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
PTA News
From the Superintendent's Office
Kindergarten and Registration and Placement for 2013-2014
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This 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  


Next Week:


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



Coming Soon:


Mar. 25 - 29        NO SCHOOL - Spring Break  





From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Las Lomitas has a legacy of exemplary programs in the arts. Music, visual arts and dance instruction have been part of the school curriculum for many years. Our district is committed to providing students a rich arts program from the day they enter school. Today's article is about the visual arts program here at Las Lomitas.


Our teachers bring a variety of depth or experience teaching the visual arts elements of line, color, shape/form, texture, value and space. They each provide students with multiple experiences to develop artistic expression, creative expression, historical and cultural understanding and authentic valuing.

For the past several years, we've been fortunate to have a way to provide ongoing staff development for teachers while enriching the visual arts program for students through the Artist-in-Residence program. Returning for her third year as our "Artist-in-Residence, Donine Ettinger provides lessons to enhance the classroom arts program. She schedules lessons with the teachers in drawing, painting, printmaking and clay sculpture. Lessons include experiences in screen printing, intaglio printing, relief printing, still life, and self-portraits. Clay lessons focus on pinch pots, plaques, picture frames, animals and glazing.

Donine is an experienced educator and professional artist. She meets with teachers prior to each session to plan the lesson. Teachers select lessons that best fit their students' needs and allow them to learn new strategies and techniques to incorporate into their classroom program. It is an ideal arrangement -students learn while teachers learn! The Artist-in-Residence program enhances the core art program at Las Lomitas and provides training for future years.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor


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.


Parents of Third Graders

In your child's Monday envelope today, you should receive a flyer about the third graders visit to La Entrada in April.  There is also information about the La Entrada Open House in May.  Click here to view the flyer.  



Student Placement Information for 2013-2014  

If you have important information you want us to consider about your child's placement for next year, please send the teacher or Mrs. Sartor an email before May 1st.  Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.


Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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VALUE: $10,000

See our website for photos and details. Generously donated by the Stang Family


Don't Forget to Increase Your Recent Foundation Donation Through Your Corporate Matching Program.  Many employers match your personal donations to non-profit organizations.  Some will even match 1:1, doubling the value of your Foundation contributions!  Please contact our Corporate Match Coordinator at or your employer's HR department for more details.  

PTA News
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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Calling All Young Scientists!  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 can be found here.


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


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Box tops for Education

Congratulations to the four lucky winners of the box tops for education drawing.   

boxtops Each child will receive a gift card for Baskin Robbins.        

Kim B room #27, Sophie M. #31, Kate P. #30 and Lucas #4

Many thanks to those who submitted box tops for our school.  A very special thanks to Gianna Wrenn, Nalin Decker, Stacy May and Ingrid Abild-Pederson for trimming and counting $260.00 worth of coupons. 

Keep saving and submitting box tops.  Don't forget that your everyday online purchase can also help Las Lomitas.  Visit the box top web page and designate Las Lomitas as the school you support.  Every time you shop online, a percentage of your purchase will be credited to our school.  Thank you.

Judy Nayebi
Box tops for Education Chair    


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 ,by March 11.  (Note: graduating 8th graders do not need to be included). 

Thank you in advance for your time.
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Las Lomitas League

There are no League classes this week due to conferences.  Classes will resume next week, March 18th.  There will be no classes the week of Spring Break - March 25th-March 29th. 
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.
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

We have flyers in the office about Tim Bowler's Summer Sports Camp at Burgess Park.  The camp is for kids 5-11 years old and there are 2 sessions, June 10-14 and July 21-25.  Full and half days are available.  To register, call 650-330-2222 or 650-996-3308 or visit

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 (   
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;
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Donna Hall
Lion's Roar Editor

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