The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of April 8, 2013    
In This Issue
From the Principal
School News
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
Kindergarten and Registration and Placement for 2013-2014
Community News
Summer Camps
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


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



Next Week:


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



Coming Soon:



Apr 25           Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation -

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


Apr 26           Kindergarten Round-Up 





From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Las Lomitas is doing its part to reduce, reuse and recycle. Three years ago we started our compost program during lunch. We reduced waste headed for the landfill from seven cans to two! Composting is now an integral part of our school life. Compost bins are not only out for students to use, but are also in the teacher's lounge and available for special events such as the Family Picnic and Pancake Breakfast.


Parents from the PTA's Green Team are out in force at lunch time to help students to sort their trash. Children's Choice packaging is almost 100% compostable, which greatly helps us reduce waste. For those who do not buy the hot food lunches, you can help by packing lunches that create minimal waste, such as reusable containers.

A big "thank you" goes to Monica Albers, coordinator, and the dedicated parents who are on this year's Green Team: Cindy Anderson, Julie Chandik, Gianna Wrenn, Cindy Tipton, Alina Halloran, Donna Hall, Elizabeth Wood, Katie Evans, Cheryl Pan, Manprit Lalia, Christy Chin and Mr. Efren. This is surely the least glamorous parent volunteer opportunity, but one that is very important in that they model and teach good stewardship and responsibility for our environment. If you see any of these wonderful people, please let them know how much they are appreciated!


The Green Team is also planning some special activities for Earth Day and a bike/walk to school day in May. Please watch for details in the Roar.


If you are interested in helping with the lunch compost program or other Green Events, please contact Monica and she'll get you set up. It is exciting to provide opportunities for children to take a personal role in caring for our planet Earth. Together we can make a difference!


Until next time,   

Sue Sartor


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Tours for Parents with In-coming 4th Grade Students

Principal Shannon Potts is offering tours for parents with incoming 4th grade students on April 19 and May 20 at 10:00 a.m.  These tours are for families that are new to La Entrada; those that do not already have a student attending.  For more information, please call the La Entrada office at 650-854-3962.

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 Las Lomitas School District is in need of substitute teachers.  Please click here to read the flyer.   

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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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. 

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Earth Day 2013
In honor of Earth Day 2013, the Las Lomitas Green Team (aka trash ladies) wants to challenge our family to send trash-free lunches from home during the week of April 22 through April 26. Currently, we have two trash cans at lunch every day, our goal is to only compost and recycle lunch items.  Here are some great ideas to help reach our goal:

--reusable food containers
--reusable water/drink bottles
--reusable utensils
--wax/paper bags 
--reusable lunch boxes
--no plastic (i.e. ziploc) wrappers

Help us with our fun challenge in honor of Earth week! 


Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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Take a look at these Auction Highlights...yours for the bidding!
  • CMH Heli-Skiing in British Columbia for Four Days
  • Access to your own private vacation club with an Inspirato Flex Membership
  • Six tickets and limo to "Outstanding in a Field" gourmet beach dinner
  • An unaccompanied round of golf at Larry Ellison's private 250-acre Rancho Mirage estate
  • Hike, Bike and Swim - - Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon Adventure Trip from Backroads
  • Valuable gift certificates for camps, lessons, classes and kids parties
  • Lake Tahoe vacations for the family this summer and beyond
  • Great tickets to the Giants, A's, Sharks, Warriors, and Stanford events
  • The finest wines, gourmet dining and fabulous wine-tasting events
  • And so much more.....

Want to volunteer at the auction?   We have many areas with which we need help: Check-in, check-out, silent auction, spotters, etc.  Please contact Shari Guggenhime at if you can help out! 


This is one night you won't want to miss! 





Grandparents Day will take place at La Entrada on Monday, April 22 from 9:30a. - 1:00pm (please note the updated time).  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.  For more information on the day and to sign up visit us online.


Please email Julie Herlihy at if  you'd like to help with the day.



LAS LOMITAS FUN RUN 2013 - SATURDAY, APRIL 27th                                             

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 online 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, 7pm - 8pm in Cano Hall.  If you are interested, please contact Josie Tang ( or Christie Trott (

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

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.

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


Palo Alto Chinese School will be holding an information session about its Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) Program on Friday, April 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at JLS Middle School Room 410, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94306.  The session will introduce the history of PACS, how CSL is different from M-Track, CSL program goals and challenges, textbook, online learning, new classes, tuition, registration and placement, school-wide activities and parent support and involvement.  There will be time for Q&A and a quick introduction of CSL teachers during recess.   More info can be found here 


Celebrate National Library Week, April 14-20, with the Menlo Park Library.  Submit photos of what the library means to you and your community from now until April 20.  Photos will be displayed the following week, April 21-29.  For more information, visit the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma, call 330-2500 or go to the website

MPPC Kids' Choirs invite you to the circus!  Come see our FREE Spring musical Friday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, 10:30 a.m. at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in downtown Menlo Park.  Childcare is available 3 mos - 3 yrs.

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

Menlo College Basketball Academy is offering a Spring Clinci series for gredes K-8, April 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.  For more information, call 543-3846, email or visit our website

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

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!


SNAKE Camp and Explore!  Summer programs presented by the Environmental Volunteers.  Natural science and outdoor adventures for Grades 1-8.  Fore more information, please visit us online.         

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
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