The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of May 6, 2013    
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PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
School News
Kindergarten Registration for 2013-2014
Sequoia Union High School District News
Business Sponsors News
Community News
Summer Camps
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This Week:


May 6              Deadline for Memory Book orders


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

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


May 10             Appreciation Luncheon 




Coming Soon:


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

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


May 27           Holiday - Memorial Day 


May 29           Spring Sing - 9:30 a.m. - blacktop - All Ks                                 attend school 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.          




PTA News


Thank you!  Thank you!
One of the most exciting Las Lomitas events for new (and even returning) families is the Kindergarten Roundup.  This year was another great success led by our co-chairs Diane Bradley and Emily Foley.  Thank you to both of you and your incredible team of volunteers who made this such a special day for our future students and their families!
I also want to say a very belated THANK YOU! to Diana Sunshine and her team of volunteers. They hosted a fun and extremely interesting Science Wonders event at the end of March.  You all did an amazing job!
Cindy Tipton and the entire PTA Board
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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 will 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!    

We realize this is a lunch to appreciate our incredible volunteers, but in order to include the staff we need volunteers to help monitor the lunch area, 1-3 play ground, kindergarten play ground, and front office. Please consider volunteering on Friday, May 10th, between 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Sign up here. Thank you!     


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Bike to School Day:  Thursday, May 9th 
The Las Lomitas Green Team invites you and your child(ren) 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.   Walking and scootering are also strongly encouraged too!
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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   

Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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AUCTION ALERT:  Regular Priced Ticket Sales EXTENDED until FRIDAY, May 10! Buy your tickets now!
Luck is being a Lady for all you procrastinators out there!  Don't miss the best party of the year!!!  You have another few days to get auction tickets at their regular price of $145.00 per person (which is simply our cost to bring you this one-of-a kind event).  We don't have many left - buy TODAY!! 

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Your auction catalog is coming home today. Just 12 days left until the party of the year!


**NEW** The ENTIRE Auction Catalog is now online.  Check out all of the amazing auction items.  The online auction is open May 9 through 13.  Other items can be purchased at the event - - so start making your wish list!  


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.


From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,

STAR testing begins today, May 6th for second and third grade students. Please be very quiet in the hallways and at the flagpole area during school hours. Classes will be testing throughout the day, and it is imperative that we limit distractions. Thank you for your cooperation.


I was pleased to learn that many of you read my article about our dress code last week! I know you did, because I received some questions about how the guidelines are written in our Handbook. To clarify, hats and caps may be worn outside, but not inside buildings. I actually encourage you to send a hat with your child during this warm weather. Also, halter tops and tank tops are acceptable if they are "modest". My intent is to ensure that students are dressed appropriately for a learning environment. Thank you for your support. We'll make these updates for next year's Handbook.

The last Morning with the Principal for this school year is this Wednesday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m. in Cano Hall.  Superintendent Lisa Cesario will join me to discuss facility planning and we can continue our discussion about school safety and go over any other topic that is on your mind. I look forward to seeing you.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor



School News

The Lost and Found will be donated Tuesday, May 7th.  Please come in and have a look!

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

Kindergarten Registration for 2013-2014

Please complete Kindergarten registrations as soon as possible so we can plan staffing for next year.  Ladera residents must have turned in their registrations by May 1st to guarantee a first session placement.
News from the Sequoia Union High School District

A message from James Lianides, Ed.D. Superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District.

Dear Parents, Please click on the link to read two letters, one in English and one in Spanish, with information about the projected enrollment growth faced by the Sequoia Union High School District.  The first part of the letter reviews the key projections for each of our high schools.  The second part of the letter announces that the Board will be considering certain boundary changes as part of the plan to address the growing enrollment.  The Board recently came up with a set of tenets that would be the basis of looking at potential adjustments in the boundaries.  Prior to proceeding any further, we wish to hold a series of community input meetings to go over the enrollment projections and the tenets from which further boundary discussions will be based.  Since your families will be the ones most directly affected by any change, we felt it very important that you have an opportunity to attend these meetings. 
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 existing Las 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.   Also, look for Merna's LLEF donation.

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


Belle Haven Pool open now!
Menlo Swim and Sport is pleased to announce that Belle Haven Pool is now open year-round for youth swim lessons and water polo. Lessons available Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:30pm, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Scholarships available through Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation. Register today! 

Alpine Strikers Soccer - New Age Group Forming
Alpine Strikers FC is forming a new 05 age group for our youngest competitive soccer players - with birth dates between August 1, 2005 and July 31, 2006. If your child is passionate about soccer and would like to play competitively with professional coaches, please bring them out for evaluations. All interested kids will be able to join the Academy. Teams will form based on the number and caliber of interested players. To read more about whether your child is ready for competitive soccer, please read the
FAQs. Alpine Strikers is also hosting various soccer camps this summer. Check out the website for details. 

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. 

Join us for a FREE Lacrosse Clinic Sunday June 2nd, from 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.

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 May 10th.  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 began on May 3rd.  Founded in 1963, PACS is the oldest Chinese school in the San Francisco Bay Area.  
More information available here.

Join us for the Annual U-Me Carnival in the Park sponsored by Red Tricycle and Scholar Share - Sunday, May 19th - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00
 p.m. - At Fremont Park in Menlo Park  Musical Guests the Raytones take the stage at 11:30 a.m. HiFive Sports, Joanna's Face Painting, & U-Me Art Adventures, also in attendance.  All Ages Welcome! 
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 now!

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.         

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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