The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of May 27, 2013    
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PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
Las Lomitas League
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 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




Coming Soon: 


June 10           3rd grade Field Day


June 11           Last day of school - MINIMUM DAY - All

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


June 12           School Bd. Mtg. - LE MUR - 7:00 p.m.  


Aug 20            Meet The Teacher  8:45 - 9:15 a.m.


Aug 21            First Day of School       





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 (

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The 2012-13 Memory Book is at the printers!!!

If you have ordered a Memory Book, your child will receive their book in class time during the last week of school.

If you missed ordering the Memory Book, we will be selling a limited number of books on the afternoons of Wednesday the 5th of June and Thursday the 6th of June by the flagpole after school.

There will NOT be Memory Book sales from the office.

Any questions or queries please contact the Memory Book team at: 
Las Lomitas Education Foundation




Thanks to everyone who attended the Las Vegas spring auction! We are still selling spots for our parties and outings!!!  Don't miss these great events. Purchase your tickets now.  Adult parties are available here and kids parties are here.


Party with your friends & neighbors at progressives in University Heights, Camino a los Cerros, and Sharon Heights... Texas Hold'em tournament and "Rat Pack" party with roulette, blackjack and more... BBQ and bull riding at the SXSW bash... don't forget to sign up for the kids' parties so they can celebrate with their friends too!


A special thank you to Laughing Glass Cocktails for donating the delicious margarita welcome drinks.




We have raised $105,000 out of our $120,000 goal so far to build a La Entrada multimedia lab and provide iPads for Las Lomitas students.  Thank you to our generous donors.  You can still donate to this year's Fund-A-Need Campaign.  Please click here to donate or learn more.
From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Four years ago, we initiated a composting and recycling program at lunch that has resulted in a reduction of seven bags per day that would otherwise go into landfill. This is a tremendous accomplishment!


During Earth Week last April, our Green Team parents helped students made an effort to have trash-free lunches. Any items that were not compostible or recyclable went back home in lunchboxes. This was also a huge success! The number of plastic bags and wrappers decreased over the course of the week. Students learned that they can truly make a difference in the world by making ecological choices.


Next year we are going to strive to reduce trash all the time, not just during Earth Week. Choice Lunches will be almost 100% compostible. For those who bring lunches, food should be packed in reusable containers. During the first few weeks of school, we will continue sorting and composting as usual, and encourage the reduction of plastic bags. Our goal is to be plastic bag-free by the end of September!


Plastic bags have been banned in many local municipalities in recent months. Eliminating plastic bags in lunches at Las Lomitas will not only help the environment, but will minimize the effort to sort compost and trash at the end of each lunch period.


I hope you will embrace this new step we are taking to reduce our impact on the environment. Over the summer, keep your eye out for reusable lunchbox containers!


Sue Sartor



Las Lomitas League

The Fall  LLL before/after-school class schedule will be up on our website on August 1st so parents can start planning.  

Registration for LLL Fall  classes opens at 7:00 p.m. on August 22nd, so remember to put this date down in your calendar. 
School News

Please be aware that on MINIMUM DAYS, such as Dance Festival, Spring Sing, etc., the buses are very full as everyone is dismissed at the same time.  Extra riders, such as playdates, cannot be accommodated.  Thank you for understanding.    


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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.  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 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday), 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.

Reading is So Delicious at the Menlo Park Library this summer as we kick off the 2013 Summer Reading Program!  With live entertainment including animal presentations, puppetry, magic, music, storytelling, clowning & traditional Chinese lion dance, summer reading will be a celebration.  The 2013 Summer Reading Program is open to people of all ages with specific options for children, teens and adults, including weekly surprises, prize raffles, reading clubs, a stuffed animal sleepover and more.  Registration begins on June 1st via our website where you can find a downloadable reading log, procedures and a calendar of events.  Summer Reading will begin in earnest on June 10 and run through August 17th.


The 9th annual Disaster Preparedness Day is Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Avenue in San Mateo.  Take a free course in basic CPR, pick up an emergency kit and disaster plan instructions.  For more information, call the Office of Emergency Services at 650-363-4572.


Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions; Register for Fall 2013
By appointment during May, 2013; 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
The Ragazzi Boys Chorus is scheduling no-stress auditions for boys ages 7-10; no previous singing experience or prepared piece required.  Boys offered membership begin rehearsing early September, 2013 and perform during the 2013-14 season, which aligns with Bay Area school calendars.  Beginning singers meet every Monday -or- Wednesday evening for choral singing and theory instruction. Ragazzi offers a complete music education which progresses through a proven, award-winning choral program. Ragazzi performs its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a spring Giants game, tours domestically and internationally, and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations.  Appointments available online, by phone at 650-342-8785 or email to  More information can be found on our website or by emailing

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will host a book sale Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 from noon to 2:00 p.m. 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 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 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 - 6:30 p.m., 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 - August 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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