The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of May 20, 2013    
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From the Principal
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
School News
Kindergarten Registration for 2013-2014
Third Grade Parents
Business Sponsors News
Community News
Summer Camps
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:


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


Coming Soon: 


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. except  

                      those Kindergarteners who ride Miss Nicole's




June 11           Last day of school - MINIMUM DAY - All

                       children attend school 9:00 - 12:20           




From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Last week I was giving a short tour to a family who recently moved to Las Lomitas. As we crossed the playground, I told them about our Peaceful Playground templates on the blacktop and the various options students have for recess play. Later I reflected on how important it is for students to be able to independently engage in appropriate play.  The Elementary School Parents Newsletter (November 2010) urges parents to encourage children to engage in creative, imaginative play, free of media, that you can facilitate at home. Here are some suggestions:
  • Bake something together: Bake cookies and take some to a neighbor or an older relative.
  • Tell stories: Tell your child a true story about a time when you made a mistake - the more hilarious the better! Share stories of when your family over-came challenges or hardships.
  • Play catch: Even if you can't get outside, toss a beanbag or a soft ball. If you can go to a park, try kicking a ball as well as tossing it.
  • Collect objects from nature: Leaves can be gathered, placed between paper towels and pressed with a heavy book to preserve. Rocks, sticks, seed pods are also very entertaining. Find a box to decorate and carefully store these treasures.
  • Sing: Start with old favorites like "Row, row, row your boat." Sing songs you remember from you childhood. Let your child sing songs to you that were learned in music class with Mrs. Lampert. Make your own instruments using items you find around the house.
  • Read aloud: Children never tire of being read to. Take turns and let others in the family do the reading.

Whatever you do, the important thing is to take time to be with your child without the day-to-day distractions and contestant media blitz. Time is a gift you can freely give all year long.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor



PTA News

Calling all 3rd Grade Parents,

3rd Grade Field Day has been a tradition at Las Lomitas for many years and it's something the 3rd graders look forward to each year.  This year it will be held on Monday, June 10 from 10-12:30.  Parents, teachers and students enjoy a fun morning of organized games on the Las Lomitas fields followed by lunch.  It's a memorable event and one that requires a lot of parent volunteers to make happen!  Please use the link below to sign up.  If you sign up as a Game Leader, I will contact you soon with instructions and possible list of of items to purchase (all will be reimbursed).  Please let me know if you have any questions!!

Sign up Here

Thank you!
Kelly Holzrichter (
Las Lomitas Education Foundation


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The Las Vegas Auction was sensational!  We cannot give enough thanks or recognition to all of the supporters who participated in the Las Vegas revelry. We deeply appreciate all of the parents, teachers and staff who solicited, donated and bid on items in our online, silent and live auctions. You are the people who make our district such a special place to live and learn!


We are still tabulating the funds raised from the auction and will report back next week with the results. Stay tuned! Let's hear it for the 2013 Las Vegas Auction Committee!
It is not too late to donate to our Fund-A-Need campaign!


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 of 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.
School News

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.   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.
Third Grade Parents

Current 3rd Grade Parents - Volunteer at La Entrada Next Fall!


2013-2014 Committee Chairs - Plan Ahead for Fall by Signing Up Now!

We are now recruiting our Committee Chairs for 2013-2014.  We still need a few more hands on deck,  One or two people can lead any of the open committees: Halloween Event, Geo Bee, Science Fair, Lunchtime Enrichment, Tutoring Center.  All of the open positions are low to moderate time commitments. (Very manageable!)  Take a look at the job descriptions on our website.  Please consider joining us!  Contact MJ Crousore at with any questions or to sign up now.


Hot Lunch Day Chairs Needed for 2013-2014 - Tuesday is covered!
Hot lunch service starts Wednesday, August 28.  We cannot serve hot lunch without volunteers.  Your help is needed so we don't have to limit the number of days we serve hot lunch at La Entrada.  We're planning ahead and need one parent to chair each day of hot lunch (Mondays through Fridays), for either the 4th and 5th grade and/or the 6th - 8th grade lunch period.  In other words, eight time slots are can choose one or more!  Day Chairing is not a difficult job. It involves organizing your group of volunteers (we recruit the volunteers for you!)  and communicating the schedule to them along with any needs/issues regarding our provider, Choice Lunch and to Julia Massa, our Hot Lunch Chair.  It's easy to learn and it is one of the most important volunteer positions we have as it is very difficult to run hot lunch service without a Day Chair.  If your child orders hot lunch, or if you would like to get a glimpse into the La Entrada social scene, please consider chairing.  Email Julia if you have any questions or if you're willing and able at

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.

Menlo Park Great Clips for Hair  Come visit your local Great Clips today for a great haircut at every day value  prices.  If you mention this ad, each customer with a purchase of ten dollars or more may have one mini ICE Spiker Colorz non-permanent color styling glue from Joico. Great for special events, sports teams, and just all-around fun.   Store location is at the Sharon Heights Safeway, behind Starbucks, 325 Sharon Park Drive.  Hours: M-F 9 - 8, Sat. 9-6, and Sun. 10-6.  Phone: 650-763-3443.  Check out our easy and convenient online check-in by clicking here.  A Great Haircut.  Guaranteed.
Community News
These programs are not supported by or affiliated with the Las Lomitas Elementary School or the Las Lomitas PTA.


The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will host a book sale Saturday, June 15, 10:00 - 2:00 and Sunday, June 16 noon to 2:00 Come early and stock up on great books for the entire family!  There will also be DVDs, VHS tapes and music CDs.  Prices start at 50 for paperbacks and $1 for hard cover.  On Sunday, all items are half price or buy a bag and fill it for $5!    


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.
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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