The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of April 1, 2013    
In This Issue
PTA News
From the Principal
School News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
Kindergarten and Registration and Placement for 2013-2014
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


Apr 3            PTA Board Mtg. - room 20B - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Apr 4            Incoming 4th grade Parent Orientation -  

                    La Entrada library - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Apr 5            3rd graders visit La Entrada 



Next Week:


Apr 10          School Boardd Mtg. - LE MUR - 7:00  p.m.   



Coming Soon:


Apr 17           SSC - room 27 - 3:00 p.m.


Apr 25           Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation -

                    Cano Hall - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Apr 26           Kindergarten Round-Up 





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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A Wonderful Year for Science Wonders   Bravo to our young scientists.  We had over 110 participants this year!  Our participants wondered everything from "How was the moon formed?", "Does air have weight?" to "Which are the fastest and slowest animals?" 
Any unclaimed projects have been put on the side counter in Cano Hall.  Please pick them up as soon as possible.

Thank you to all pf the wonderful volunteers who helped make the event a success: Monica Albers, Jill Berman, Janelle London, Wendy Malecek, Tatiana Morantes, Allison Spinner, Debra Ver Ploeg, Tracy Williams and Gerald Wluka.  A special thanks goes to Melissa Almgren, Katie Boland, Jonna Hunter, Chris Jones and Jill Ohline for going above and beyond to make this event so special.

Diana Sunshine,

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Please join us for Kindergarten Round Up on Friday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Cano Hall at Las Lomitas.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to experience the kindergarten classroom, meet new friends, and for parents to get information about our school and all of the wonderful programs we have to offer.  To RSVP or for questions, please email us at  For language assistance, please call Lesli Leong at (650) 854-5900 ext. 219.  


From the Principal
Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Welcome back! I hope you had a restful spring break because April is here and we are on the fast track! There are so many exciting activities planned in the next several weeks, be sure to keep a close eye on the Lion's Roar and website calendar so you don't miss out on anything!

Third-to-fourth grade transition activities start on Wednesday when a panel of expert students and teachers come to classes to share information and answer questions. On Thursday parents will attend an evening presentation and on Friday all third grade students will travel to La Entrada for a tour. Third and fourth grade teachers work collaboratively to ease the transition "jitters" for both students and parents. I hope all third grade families will attend the informational meeting on Thursday evening, April 4th


Incoming Kindergarten students will enjoy the Round-Up at the end of the month. If you know families with children who will be eligible for kindergarten in the fall, encourage them to pick up a registration packet and attend this event. There is a parent orientation scheduled for the evening of April 25th. Our Kindergarten teachers have prepared a wonderful, detailed presentation. I look forward to meeting some of our new incoming class of students on April 26th!


Grade level team members continue to collaborate together on the California Common Core Standards (CCSS). Each grade-level team will be off-site for three days of in-depth study to "unpack" the standards. The 3rd grade team had a very productive three days before Spring break and 2nd grade will be out this week. Our cadre of substitutes is rising to the task of keeping the classes running smoothly. If you are interested in learning more about CCSS, click here

for a PDF with a list of resources.

As you can see, there is never a dull moment at Las Lomitas! Thank you to all of you who help making all of these events and activities possible.


Until next time,


Sue Sartor


School News

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.


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The Lost and Found will be donated next Monday, April 8th.


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Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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Calling all high rollers!  Join us on and have fun at Portola Farms.
Look for your invitation in the mail this week to the biggest party of the year, featuring music from last year's hit band, Pop Rocks!  Buy your tickets quickly - you won't want to miss out on the big night.


Tickets are now on sale at   
Come as your favorite Vegas entertainer of any era you choose: be modern (CeeLo), retro (The Brat Pack) or anything in between.  Grab a group and become a bachelor/bachelorette party, Cirque du Soleil troupe or Chippendale dancers...Viva Las Lomitas!


LAS LOMITAS FUN RUN 2013 - SATURDAY, APRIL 27                                            

Please bring your entire family and join the Foundation's  

second Las Lomitas Fun Run starting at 8:30 a.m. from the

Las Lomitas Kindergarten playground.  Three separate run/walk  

events will be held:                                                                                                         

  • A short course on the Las Lomitas playground for the youngest participants
  • A medium-distance road course (approximately 1 mile) on the beautiful streets of Atherton for older kids wanting a bigger challenge   
  • A 5K run/walk:  a flat and fast road course through the beautiful backstreets of Atherton.

The events aren't just for runners:  walkers and those pushing strollers are welcome too.  Pre-register here until April 17th.  Want to help with this FUN event? We are in need of volunteers to help on race day (time keepers, food/drink tables, traffic/course monitors, etc.). There will be a volunteer training session on April 22nd, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Cano Hall.  If you are interested, please contact Josie Tang ( or Christie Trott (




Grandparents Day will take place at La Entrada on Monday, April 22. This is a wonderful day for grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren in the classroom and over lunch. They will tour the campus and enjoy presentations from the Art, Music and Technology groups. Visit our website for more information on the day and to sign up online. 


Please email Julie Herlihy at if you'd like to help with the day.
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.
Community News
These programs are not supported by or affiliated with the Las Lomitas Elementary School or the Las Lomitas PTA.
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.

Join us for a FREE Lacrosse Clinic Sunday, April 14th and Sunday June 2nd, both days 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Holbrook Palmer Park.  The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5 - 14 and all equipment is provided.  Learn more at here or call 888-526-3330.

The spring session of Creative Art for Young Children classes runs April 10-June 15.  To register, call Portola Valley Town Hall (650) 851-1700 ext. 200 or go online

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. 

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 email

Jim Arons' Youth Tennis Camps are being offered at Sacred Heart School this summer.  The morning camps, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., are for beginning/intermediate players and the afternoon camps, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., are geared toward intermediate/advanced players.  The camps are Monday through Friday, for 10 weeks beginning June 10 for 1st through 12th graders. Email for more information.

Legends Summer Baseball Camp is a unique summer experience where your child will be immersed within an intimate, enthusiastic and exciting baseball environment! Now in our fifth year, this summer's camp will take place at Nealon Park in Menlo Park and will be offered to children of ALL experience levels aged 6-12. For more information email David at, call 650-387-4427 or go online


SUMMER CAMPS at Studio Rincon - Dance Camps scheduled and ready for online sign ups for ages 3 - Teen. Seven different camps to choose from with amazingly talented and fun instructors. All Camps are offered in the afternoon, providing a healthy snack and a lot of fun. Online sign ups now open!

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