The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of March 18,  2013    
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
PTA News
From the Principal
School News
From the School Nurse
Las Lomitas League
Kindergarten and Registration and Placement for 2013-2014
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


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



Next Week:


Mar. 25 - 29      NO SCHOOL - Spring Break  





Coming Soon:


Apr. 4              Orientation meeting at La Entrada for parents  

                       of third graders - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Apr. 5              Third graders visit La Entrada  


Articles for the Roar of April 1st are due by noon on Wednesday,  March 20.



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SAVE THE DATE for Saturday, May 18th
Get ready to try your luck as the Las Lomitas District goes to Las Vegas at the Spring Auction! Saturday, May 18th at Portola Farms in Woodside will be our biggest party of the year, featuring our favorite band Pop Rocks.  Play your
best hand at our Live and Silent Auctions - everyone's a winner!

Channel your inner Elvis Presley, Wayne Newton, Celine Dion or Show Girl/Guy.  Or grab a group of friends and recreate your bachelor/bachelorette days.  The options are endless to showcase your version of Vegas.  Remember, it's for the kids!  Open those wallets and rock the night away, we're going to Vegas, baby! 


Tickets go on sale April 1st. Visit us here for more details.  


Help Donate an Auction Item, Event, or Experience


Help us create a fantastic auction portfolio by soliciting or donating items, events or experiences.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.   


SAVE THE DATE:  Grandparents' Day at La Entrada will be on Monday, April 22nd.  Invitations are being sent home and to grandparents this week.  Please go to our website for more details.   


SAVE THE DATE:  The 2nd annual Las Lomitas Fun Run will be on Saturday, April 27th.  Stay tuned 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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Thank You to all of the Pancake Breakfast Volunteers!

The pancakes were flippin', 
The sausages were sizzlin',                                                        
And the espressos were frothin'!

We served 687 Las Lomitas students and family members breakfast at the Pancake Breakfast! Thank you to all who joined us for the morning. The kids (and adults for that matter) thoroughly enjoyed the engaging magic show performed by Timothy James.

We had a surprise visit from Roary the Lion (thank you Marie Klein)! Thank you Sue Sartor and Becca Holland for serving. Thank you Alain Camou for cooking for four hours in the back! 

Thank you to our incredible facilities team for setting up Cano Hall and ensuring the event was a logistical success! Thank you Efren, Maria, and Fernando Jr. for all your help throughout the entire morning to cook, organize, clean, and anything else we asked of you the last minute! 

This event is not possible (as with all of the other PTA events) without our incredible volunteers. Many of you worked multiple shifts and jobs and even stayed after to help clean. Thank you! Thank you!

--Diane Appel and Cindy Tipton, event co-chairs


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Science Wonders - It's not too late!
The big night is almost here.  Thank you to everyone who has let me know that your child will be participating.  Don't worry if you haven't RSVP'd though.  You can still email, or just show up at registration on Wednesday.  Some important times to know:
Wednesday, March 20  2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Set up projects at Cano Hall during this time.  6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Science Wonders Exhibition.  All projects will be on display for our young scientists and their friends and families.  It's an informal event and there are no formal presentations.  Make sure your child stops by the certificate table to pick up his/her certificate of participation.
Thursday, March 21  2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Take down projects.  All projects must be picked up from Cano Hall.  First session kindergarteners can get their projects earlier that day.


- Diana Sunshine (





Second grader, Chloe A., demonstrates the science of static electricity at a PTA-sponsored assembly from the Lawrence Hall of Science.  The PTA hopes that this assembly sparks students' interest in Wednesday's Science Wonders. 



From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


The next several weeks will be busy for Las Lomitas teachers! Each week a grade level team will be released from classroom duties to collaborate together on the California Common Core Standards (CCSS). The grade-level teams will be off-site for three days of in-depth study as they "unpack" the standards. Although it is hard to be away from the students, it is important that teachers be provided ample time to prepare in order to implement these complex new standards.


At the last Morning with the Principal, many of you expressed interest in learning more about our social skills program, Second Step.  Please be sure to read Kathy Ruwe's article in today's
Roar for information. Parents also wanted to know the Principal's Book Club titles to read at home. Last year I read Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, ONE, Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon
and Miss Rumphius.  This year I've read How Full is Your Bucket? and The Recess Queen.   I am in the process of reading Simon's Hook and will finish the year in April and May with Say Something.  I'm sure your children will enjoy reading these books at home with you.

We have two new Las Lomitas arrivals! Tommy Iwanaga was born March 4th and Brooke Nettles was born on March 13th.  Mothers and babies are doing fine.


Finally, per parent request, please do not get out of your cars in the morning when you drop students off. This causes a long back up in the drive through lane. If you want to help your child with backpacks and a kiss goodbye, please park and walk together to the flag pole area. Thank you for your cooperation!


Until next time,


Sue Sartor



School News

News from Kathy Ruwe, School Counselor

Thank you to those who attended the PTA meeting/Morning with the Principal last month to learn more about Second Step, the new social and academic success program, we have implemented at Las Lomitas.


As promised, here are some links to websites that will help you further understand Second Step and will introduce you to some additional ones that support social and emotional learning:



There were many questions from our parents about how Second Step can be reinforced at home. As I explained to the audience in February, this is our pilot year with Second Step at Las Lomitas. Many teachers are implementing the program for the first time and are still becoming familiar with the language and lessons. As staff becomes more proficient with the curriculum, we will be communicating with parents so that we can all work together to successfully employ this outstanding program.


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions: 650/854-5900


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Parents of Third Graders

Last week, you received 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.  


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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.


From the School Nurse

Dear Parents,

Good news-we have only had 10 cases of lice reported to our office this year, which is far less than years past..Please read the following letter and check your child for lice before returning from Spring Break. It is not necessary to return the signature form again, but please read the following letter, perform the check, and help us to keep our lice cases at a minimum.
Thank you,

Kelly Muenzen, School Nurse

Dear Families:


In an ongoing effort to reduce the number of students identified with head lice at Las Lomitas, a new "home check" policy was instituted during the last school year.   Home checks have proven to lessen the chance that students will have to deal with a lice infestation, and we are once again requesting that all families conduct home checks several times during the school year. Please check your student for lice before returning to school on April 1st after Spring Break.


Why were home checks initiated? After reviewing both the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policies regarding head lice control measures in schools, we learned that careful checks at home were the best method by far for controlling head lice at school....and everywhere else. This is because "wet combing" (as opposed to "dry combing") is more easily done at home. Liquid slows the movement of lice, so a combing check when the hair is wet is a much more effective way of spotting the creatures.

We are confident that communication and a proactive approach between school and home will further lower the possibility that these pesky bugs will show up on campus. Should you encounter nits or lice when performing a home check please explore options and begin treating your child immediately. If you have additional questions Kelly Muenzen, our school nurse, will be happy to speak with you. Kelly can be reached at 854-5900.


Thank you for doing your part to keep our students and schools focused on learning!


Robin Spindler, Director of Student Services

Kelly Muenzen, School Nurse 


Las Lomitas League

Las Lomitas League

Classes resume this week, March 18th.  There will be no classes next week, 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.

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!
Annual Atherton Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Avenue, Atherton, $10/person. Children 10 years and under are invited to hunt for treat-filled eggs (limit 12 per child). Bring your own basket. New this year is one golden egg hidden for each age group, containing a Cheeky Monkey gift card! Event features live entertainment by Gerald the Magician, face painting by Gigi, breakfast foods, juices and specialty coffee, photos with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera), police car and fire truck viewing. RSVP to Veronica at
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.

There are registration forms and flyers in the Las Lomitas school office for the Las Lomitas Summer Program, directed by Barbara Fong.  This enrichment program runs from June 24th through July 19th. 

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!  


Carillon Preschool is now accepting applications for the 3's and Young 5's classes for the Fall 2013-2014 school year.  For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Lynn Sowers at (650) 529-1335 or email us at .         

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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To submit an item, email Carol Clark ( by 12 noon on the Wednesday prior to the Monday publication date.

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Donna Hall
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