The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of May 13, 2013    
In This Issue
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
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


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

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



Coming Soon:


May 23           Open House - Art Show in Cano Hall opens at                           6:30 p.m. and classrooms at 7:00 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. 




June 11           Last day of school - MINIMUM DAY - All

                       children attend school 9:00 - 12:20           




Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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auction online


Hurry, go ONLINE to bid!

There are many fabulous items still available in this year's remarkable online auction:

  • Front row seats to the Dance Festival this Wednesday and Spring Sing on May 29th
  • Six VIP 8th Grade Graduation Seats
  • Teacher and Staff Treasures from Las Lomitas and La Entrada 
  • Summer camps, kids' parties, unique gifts, expert services, and much more! 
Just 5 days left until the party of the year! It's going to be a blast!
  • Have your photo taken at the Chapel of Love and say I do with Elvis presiding
  • Be amazed by a hula hoop dancer with moves like you've never seen!    
  • Grab a signature cocktail at "The Flamingo Bar," where all our favorite bartenders, Drew Dunlevie and crew, will be pouring.
  • Enjoy Pulled Pork Sandwich Apps, uhhhh thank ya Vera much, Sakrisons...!
  • Sign up for the not-to-be-missed parties and events held all year long!



Lauren and Rob Shoenthaler are back to lead our fabulous LIVE AUCTION!


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.

Fun Run  - Thank you to all who attended the 2nd annual Las Lomitas Fun Run. What a great FunRun morning with 467 runners participating (39% growth over 2012)! The youngest participant was 1 year old, and the oldest was 85. You can find the results of the 1-mile and 5K races on the Fun Run page . Results also will be posted on the Fun Run Facebook page. Please "Like" us and stay in the loop. Lastly, our official Fun Run photographer is Anna Dobrenski Photography - be sure to visit her website to view her beautiful photos of the races. See you next year!


From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,

Last week was wonderful! On behalf of all the faculty and staff, I want to thank all of you, and the children, for making us all feel so appreciated. Please know that we appreciate all of YOU
for making Las Lomitas such a special place for learning. I do believe we have a mutual admiration society going on here!


We are heading into some very busy last few weeks of school!


  • STAR testing wraps up this Friday. I am so very proud of our students for putting forth their best effort!
  • The Dance Festival is May 15th at 9:30 a.m. The students are practicing and costumes are under construction. It is sure to be a real treat!
  • Open House is May 23rd. Cano Hall will be open at 6:30 for the Art Show and classrooms open at 7:00 p.m. The students are putting the final touches on published books and works of art.
  • The Spring Sing is May 29th at 9:30 a.m. Mrs. Lampert is rehearsing with the classes their songs. Be prepared to sing along!
  • Third Grade Field Day is June 10th.  Get ready for lots of fun!
During these end-of-year events there will be over a thousand people on campus. Please be sure to be courteous to our neighbors and park in designated spaces; do not block driveways! I encourage you to bike or walk to the events if at all possible.

Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to our yard supervisors: Marie Summers, Kaitlin Chernikov, Grete Santucci, Jessie Phillippe and Maria Melendez. They have done a wonderful job this year supervising lunch and keeping a close eye on your children. If you happen to see them in the hallways during these events, please let them know how much they are appreciated.

Until next time,

Sue Sartor



School News

From the School Nurse 


Parents, May 12-16 is "Food Allergy Awareness Week". The week is dedicated to educating others about food allergies, a potentially life threatening medical condition.This is especially important as the prevalence of food allergies is increasing among children.In the US, approximately 1 in 13 children have food allergies.


Please see the informative brochure from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (now called FARE) and share with your children. It is designed to help students learn how they can be a friend and help protect their classmates who have food allergies.

Thank you for your support,

Kelly Muenzen

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Members of Las Lomitas Brownie troop #61718 have been diligently working since the fall of 2012 to learn what they could about the homeless.  After several months of learning and votes, the girls are looking forward to hosting a pizza and craft party with the children of Haven House at the end of the month and will be organizing a collection of new and used pajamas and books.  You are invited to hear and learn more about their project before and after school on Wednesday, May 15. The girls will be using a portion of their "cookie sales" to pay for the pizza and craft but they need your help too.  Please consider donating new and used pajamas and books for the children of Haven House.  A box for the collection will be near the flag pole from May 15- 22.   If you have any questions please feel free to contact Anna Plume at

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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.


Ladera Community Church Preschool still has a few openings in our 2s class (T/Th) and our Pre-K classes (MWF and T/Th) for the 2013-2014 school year. We are a NAEYC-accredited preschool for children ages 2 - 5 years, and we are located in a lovely setting in Portola Valley. LCC Preschool excels at creating stimulating, developmentally appropriate curriculum in an engaging play-based environment. We have low child-to-teacher ratios, large play yards, and exceptional staff. To find out more, visit our website or contact Director Katherine Rhames at 650-854-0295 to schedule a tour.   


Circle of Friends Preschool offers a play-based program where children have opportunities to create, explore, problem solve, learn skills and concepts, and integrate knowledge in a small, hands-on supportive environment. Our goal is the development of the whole child: physical, emotional, social, language and intellectual. Providing detailed assessment of each child helps us to build partnerships with families to support emerging competencies.  In Menlo Park

for children 3-5 years old, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., Contact Debbie or Stephanie at 650-854-2468, or check out our website

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! 

Menlo Mavericks Summer Swim Team
Swimmers of all levels are invited to join the Menlo Mavericks Swim Team this summer at Burgess Pool. Younger swimmers with little swim experience all the way to competitive high school swimmers will enjoy our relaxed summer league. Register today. Practice starts June 10.

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. 
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.

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!

Josh Capelle, La Entrada Tennis Coach, is running weekly summer tennis camps for 3rd - 5th graders and 6th - 8th graders. The camps start the week of June 17th and last until August 16th.  Please contact him for more information. or (650) 208-7317.

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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