The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of April 22, 2013    
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
PTA News
School News
Kindergarten and Registration and Placement for 2013-2014
Community News
Summer Camps
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This 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  


May 8           Morning with the Principal 9:00 a.m.-Cano Hall

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


May 10          Appreciation Luncheon


May 15          Dance Festival - 9:30 a.m. - blacktop - All Ks  

                     attend school 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 


May 22          Spring Sing - 9:30 a.m. - blacktop - All Ks  

                     attend school 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 


May 27          Holiday - Memorial Day 



Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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Don't forget that ticket prices go up on May 1st to $175/person (a $30 increase) - buy today and save!

Beautifully designed "Viva Las Lomitas" auction T-shirts will be sold this Wednesday morning and afternoon at the Las Lomitas flagpole for those who wish to support the auction but cannot attend, and for those attending who simply need an outfit.  Get yours now before your size runs out!


FundANeed Our Fund-A-Need this year is to outfit a Media Lab at La Entrada and an iPad Cart at Las Lomitas to promote digital literacy.  The media lab will be designed to inspire learning, creativity, and critical thinking through experimentation with digital and traditional media.  Students will have access to new electives like Digital Animation and Digital Photography, as well as have enriched core courses.  At Las Lomitas, the iPad cart will give young learners access to a variety of educational content through a new medium.  Fundamentally, your support in Fund-A-Need will help prepare our students for high school, college, careers and beyond.  Please invest in technology resources for our children's campuses-donate here or at the auction on May 18th.

THANK YOU TO ALL 4TH GRADERS for donating $4,890 to the Foundation through the 4th grade Math Facts Marathon!  Their hard work has earned the school district significant funding for the next school year.



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, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Cano Hall.  If you are interested, please contact Josie Tang ( or Christie Trott (

From the Principal
Dear Las Lomitas Families,


A few weeks ago I wrote about our lunch-time composting program. Last week, there was a wonderful article published online at You can find the article here!

Thank you to Donna Hall and Monica Albers for spreading the good news about our school! If you are interested in being part of the Green Team next year, please contact Monica Albers.


Several parents attended the Morning with the Principal last week to discuss school safety. We reviewed the school and district's response to make campuses more secure for serious emergencies. We also collected many suggestions to improve security at dismissal, especially in the flag pole area. Alain and I will share these suggestions with the faculty and determine what changes can be made to make traffic flow smoothly and reduce the possibility of an abduction. All are welcome to email Alain Camou or me with suggestions. The next Morning with the Principal is scheduled for May 8th at 9:00 a.m. We can continue this discussion at that meeting.


Until next time,


Sue Sartor



PTA News

Las Lomitas Appreciation Week, May 6th-10th

Celebrating our All-Stars!

Let's celebrate our amazing school community,staff and parent volunteers alike, this May 6th - 10th! Each day the Las Lomitas staff will find their lounge decorated and stocked with something yummy, but their favorite thing is always the personal touch from each individual child--which is where you come in!  In order to make this a very special week, we would like you and your children to contribute in the following ways:


On Tuesday, May 7th - Have your child(ren) bring in a flower from your garden for each staff member they would like to appreciate.  Vases will be made available in each classroom, in the office and in the Staff Lounge.


On Thursday, May 9th - Have your child(ren) write notes of thanks to each teacher and staff member that you would like to appreciate. Mailboxes will be available for these notes at Flagpole and at the bus drop off. Please have your children make a "thank you list" and start writing and drawing now!


PLEASE JOIN US! On Friday, May 10th - The PTA would like to celebrate our incredible staff and parent volunteers by coming together for a special luncheon catered by Quadrus Catering!  Mark your calendar!! Please plan to attend this celebration! To RSVP for the luncheon scheduled for 12:05 - 12:50 p.m., please visit us here!   

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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 only 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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Bike to School Day:  Thursday, May 9th 
The Las Lomitas Green Team invites you and your children to Bike to School on Thursday, May 9th.  Our school is participating in conjunction with an area-wide event sponsored by the City of Menlo Park and the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition.  Please join the fun, enjoy the fresh Spring air and help our Earth by riding your bikes to school. 

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

Girl Scouts-Information Meeting  Interested in learning more about Girl Scouts (Daisies and Brownies) at Las Lomitas for the 2013-2014 school year?  Please attend an informational meeting Monday April 29 at 3:45 p.m. in Cano Hall.   RSVP to Barrie Shapiro, Las Lomitas school coordinator for Girl Scouts at


La Entrada presents Disney's Broadway Jr. The Little Mermaid

Performances at Woodside High School Performing Arts Center May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. and May 3rd at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased before and after school outside the LE office April 22-May 2nd and also at the box office before the performance on Thursday evening.  Tickets may also be purchased during school hours in the LE office.  All seating is reserved.  We encourage everyLas Lomitas family to come and support our wonderful actors.  There will be no school day performances.    


Your Career in Gaming at the Menlo Park Library.  So you want to make games for a living?  Zynga Lead Game Designer and Career Advisor Brice Morrison will talk about careers in the games industry:  how games are made, the jobs and people involved, and how you can learn to make your own games at home!  Brice will also be happy to take questions and speak with parents. 


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   

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.

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, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 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.

Summer Camp in Menlo Park
Spend the summer with Menlo Swim and Sport! Great day camps for ages 4.5-18, including our award-winning Camp Menlo Aquatics with daily swim lessons, as well as new Camp Menlo Frontier at Flood Park, Tennis & Swim Camp at Burgess Park, and beginning and performance Water Polo Camps at Belle Haven. Register before April 30 and save!

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 and is for students entering Kindergarten in the fall 2013 through entering 4th graders.  

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 us online 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.         

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