The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of April 15, 2013    
In This Issue
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
School News
Kindergarten and Registration and Placement for 2013-2014
Community News
Summer Camps
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


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



Next Week:


Apr 25           Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation -  

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


Apr 26           Kindergarten Round-up    



Coming Soon:


 May 6           Deadline for Memory Book orders 



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
  • Invisalign and More from Merna Tajaddod Orthodontics 
  • 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.  Email us at with questions about the event.  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 (

From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Last December we read the horrible news about Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut. All of us were concerned about our students' vulnerability in a similar incident. I had personal conversations with many parents about this. This Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. I will have a Morning with the Principal to discuss steps we've taken to improve safety at school, as well as discuss general campus security. Assistant Principal Alain Camou will also attend to share information with you. We are interested in hearing your concerns and suggestions on how to improve campus safety. This Morning with the Principal was originally scheduled to be held in the evening. Due to poor turnout at the last two evening meetings with me, I have rescheduled it to be in the morning in hope that more of you will be able to attend. The meeting will be held in Room 22, our new Science Resource Center.

I also want to ask if any of you are interested in serving on our School Site Council next year. The School Site Council is a group of faculty and parent representatives who meet over the course of the year to address areas of program quality under the School Based Coordinated Program. The Council's primary responsibilities are to review and monitor our Single Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Program budget.

Each member serves for two years. We meet once a month on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30. This year's faculty representatives are Anna Pong (K), Michelle Donecho (1st), Catherine Wedge (2nd), Robbie Christensen (3rd) and Sue Sartor (Principal). Parent representatives are Artis Montegue, Laurie Sobel, Eric Ver Ploeg, Rebecca Deutscher and Andrea Turner.

If you are interested in joining this group of dedicated parents and educators who monitor the school plan, make sure the budget supports the plan and care deeply about children and education, please join us. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to work with and learn from teachers and the administration.

If you would like to serve on the School Site Council or learn more about it, please contact me at 854-5900 ext.261 or by email at


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

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.

Orthodontic Care

Dr. Merna Tajaddod, a Las Lomitas mom, is a Harvard Trained and Board Certified Orthodontist. Merna welcomes you to her Orthodontic Practice in Palo Alto along with her existingLas Lomitas and La Entrada patients.Dr. Tajaddod offers Early and Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment, Children and Adult Orthodontics and Invisalign. For more information on Merna Tajaddod Orthodontics please visit our website or call 650-854-8888.

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

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.   


Classroom Volunteers Needed in East Palo Alto - Start in September We are looking for parents willing to volunteer in a K-4 classroom next school year.  Assist teachers with tutoring and individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child's classroom.  These K-4 classrooms are in schools located in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.  It's one hour per week and we'd like to add more volunteers to assist in classrooms this coming Fall.  Our organization coordinates everything.  To learn more about us, visit us here. Have questions or want to sign up?  Contact Carolyn Blatman at   


Menlowe Ballet is thrilled to be performing in its new home theater, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, April 19-21, 2013. There is a wonderful program planned, including a world premiere by Russian choreographer Viktor Kabaniaev, and two works by Artistic Director, Michael Lowe.  For Menlowe Ballet he creates Sweet Sadness, set to the music of Jean Sibelius.

Click here to see highlights from our previous season.  For tickets visit our website or call 1.800.595.4TIX (4849) 

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 Clinic series for grades K-8, April 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.  For more information, call 543-3846, email or visit our website.

Palo Alto Chinese School:  Chinese as a Second Language Program (Friday evenings, 7-9pm at JLS Middle School) 
Open house for the 2013 Fall semester of the Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) program at Palo Alto Chinese School (PACS) will be held on 5/3/13 and 5/10/13.  Stop by the office (Room 400) for a visitor's pass to view a class in session  MAP.  Registration for Pre-K, Kindergarten and CSL1-6 classes begins on 5/3/13.  Founded in 1963, PACS is the oldest Chinese school in the San Francisco Bay Area.  More information available here.
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

Player Capital Tennis is offering its exciting and fun tennis camps again this year from June 10th-Aug. 16th.  Our younger campers will focus on building complex & simple motor skills as well as basic strokes and rules of tennis.  Our advanced campers will be building competition skills.  We offer sibling discounts as well as multi-week discounts.  Please visit or email for more details and information.
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

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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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