The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of June 3, 2013    
In This Issue
From the Principal
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
New Online Registration for 2013-2014 Returning Students
School News
Las Lomitas League
Brownie Troop #61718
Third Grade Parent Opportunities
Business Sponsors News
Community News
Summer Camps
Newsletter Submissions
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Next Week: 


Mon. June 10           3rd grade Field Day


Tue. June 11            Last day of school - MINIMUM DAY - All

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


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





In The Fall: 


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


Wed. Aug 21           First Day of School       





From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,

It is hard to believe I'm writing the last Roar article of the school year! 2012-2013 was a very productive year. It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Spring Sing last week. Mrs. Lampert put together a very entertaining program that the children clearly enjoyed performing for you!

As you all head off for summer break, we are preparing for a busy summer and the next school year. The LLESD Summer School and the Las Lomitas Summer Program will be held on our campus. Several of our teachers will be instructors in those programs. Teachers will also be attending professional development programs over the summer on a variety of topics including Common Core Standards, FOSS Science, Primary Math and New Teachers' College Writing Workshop. Although the pace will be different, there will still be a lot of activity and learning going on around here!


I hope all of you have a restful vacation, enjoying time with family and loved ones. I look forward to a bit of rest and relaxation myself. I want to thank all of you - students, parents, teachers and staff - for another wonderful year.


Until next August,

Sue Sartor



PTA News


The Memory Book team would like to congratulate this year's Memory Book Cover Contest winner -- Ryan S. from Mrs. Montre's class!  With over 100 submissions this year, we saw some terrific artwork and creativity!  And remember, all 
entries will be included either on the back cover or the inside pages of the Memory Book, so be sure to look for your artwork inside!

Thank you again for all of your submissions, and we'll look forward to more great artwork next year!
The Memory Book Team
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A HUGE thank you to our amazing crew of Las Lomitas PTA hot lunch volunteers! It's been an incredible year, with a record number of lunches served (over 30,000!), all thanks to the countless contributions of day chairs, volunteers, and last-minute helpers. It takes a team each and every school day, and we're truly grateful for everyone's time, energy and support.
A very special thank you goes to the team leaders - Julie Herlihy (Mondays), Liesl Noble (Tuesdays), Stacy May and Stacy Molano (Wednesdays), Allison O'Brien (Thursdays), and Ozge Goker and Christina Baszucki (Fridays) - we couldn't do it without you!


We are continuing our relationship with Choicelunch next year and are looking forward to some new and exciting changes from them, including over a dozen new entree choices.  Examples are egg salad croissants, crunchy vegetable egg rolls and delicious creamy broccoli cheddar soup.  Another change for Choicelunch is their recent switch to Organic Eathbound lettuce to make their delicious salads even tastier.


We really appreciate you for volunteering and making this a fantastic year for hot lunch.  Remember, without your help there would be no hot lunch program for our wonderful children.  We look forward to serving over 30,000 more hot lunches next year, so please sign up at the job fair on the first day of school!

Last day of hot lunch is Friday, June 7th, so don't forget to pack a lunch for your kids on Monday, June 10th!  
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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



There's still room at these great upcoming Parties!

3rd Grade Graduation Party
Enjoy a fun lunch together and then jump, hula, dunk your friends, and so much more!  For current 3rd graders only.  Tuesday, June 11. 2013 after school at Stanford Hills Park.  50 seats still available!!

4th/5th Grade End of Year Pool Party
Join your friends for a fabulous pool party at the Ladera Recreation District!  Dinner, dessert, swimming and friends.  For current 4th and 5th graders only.  Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  10 seats still available!

Summer Solstice Progressive in Sharon Heights
Celebrate the solstice with a stroll through Sharon Heights...great food, lively company, and the best summer cocktails.  Saturday, June 22, 2013.  9 seats still available (Couples please enter*2).

Sign up for more of our famous parties for ADULTS here and KIDS here.



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.
New Online Registration for 2013-2014 Returning Students
 New Online Registration for 2013-2014 Returning Students 

Las Lomitas Elementary School District is excited to announce an online student data validation and registration system for the upcoming school year, called InfoSnap. The system is a secure and green process, which allows the district to verify all student demographic, emergency and medical information for your child prior to the start of the new school year. The system will also allow you to electronically sign the annual permission forms for school district policies.

In short, this online process:

  • Replaces the annual Student Emergency Card updates
  • Replaces most the hard copy student registration needs, there will still be a need to print and return some forms
  • Offers online permission forms that your child typically brings home on the first day of school, many of which you can now "digitally" approve, and;
  • Offers you the ability to update or change any of your family or student information at anytime!

By early August, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to access the system for your children. The email will contain a link/instructions and a secure "snapcode" that links directly to your student's information. You will create an account, that you will use each year for this process, and submit a form for each student in your family. To make the process easier for families with multiple students, you will have the option to copy all generic family information to all other students in your family.


We need all returning families to complete these forms before the start of school. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact the school and you can make an appointment to use a school computer in the library.  Again, you don't need to do anything right now. Look for our letter with instructions in early August.  If you have any further questions, please contact Suzanne Mitchell, 650-854-3962 x199 or email  Thank you.


School News



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Parents: Please remember to pick up your student's medication from the office by June 14th.  All unclaimed medication will be discarded.  We cannot store medication here during the summer.


If your student will require medication for the 2013-2014 school year, please note that a new medication authorization form is required every school year.You may obtain this form at the school office or here on the district website.

You may bring medications with the completed authorization form to the school office during MEDICATION DROP OFF DAYS: Aug 19th and 20th.


Thank you,

Kelly Muenzen, School Nurse


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

Las Lomitas League

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. 
The Brownies Thank You

Thank you Las Lomitas Community for supporting Brownie troop #61718 with the Pajama and Book donation drive.  The girls counted and sorted over 100 pajamas and 300 books for Haven House shelter.  During our pizza and craft party we heard sounds of glee and laughter as the children were able to select books to take home.  All the children, had a wonderful time and with your help the Brownie girls were able to make it a memorable event. THANK YOU!

Third Grade Parents



It's Here!!!  You Asked...We Delivered!  

Sign up for Fall 2013-2014 Volunteer Committees Now!

All committees are now open for sign ups.  Plan Ahead for Fall by signing up now!  Click here to choose your committee spots.  Sign up to volunteer for hot lunch by Friday, June 7 and be automatically entered in a drawing to win a free week of hot lunch for one child!  Other early bird sign ups will be entered for a raffle of prizes during our back to school PTA general meeting on Wednesday, August 28th.


2013-2014 Committee Chairs - Help Needed

We are now recruiting our Committee Chairs for 2013-2014.  Thank you very much to those who are already on board to lead us into another great year!  We still need a few more hands on or two people can lead these committees: Family Picnic, Geo Bee, Halloween Event, Lunchtime Enrichment, Science Fair, and Tutoring Center.  All of the open positions are low-moderate time commitments. Take a look at the committee descriptions on our website.  Please consider joining us!  Contact MJ Crousore at with any questions or to sign up now.


Project Cornerstone

Would you like to be part of LE's Project Cornerstone?  We had 35 parent volunteers read to the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades each month.  They taught students how to fill people's buckets, swim free from bullying hooks, step up as an upstander, stop rumors, be a true friend, and generally feel really good about themselves.   If you would like to be on this awesome team next year, please email us at and we'll let you know how to become a reader and make a difference at LE.  

Thank you and enjoy your summer off!
Kathy Kau, Ann Crady Weiss, and Carrie Littlefield

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.

Volunteers Needed in East Menlo Park for Kindergarten Literacy Pilot in 2013-2014


All Students Matter (ASM) is piloting a new kindergarten literacy program in East Menlo Park in the Fall.  We are looking for 10-15 volunteers who can donate one hour a week to help the students develop essential reading skills.  No teaching experience necessary, just a love of reading and willingness to work with young children! Training will be provided.  Please email Heidi Mickelsen at if you are interested.

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.


PASA (Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics) Summer Swim Fun Days 
Are you between the ages of 7-14 and love the water? Then you won't want to miss PASA's Summer Swim Fun Days with 2004 Olympian Caroline Bruce starting June 19th.  Each fun day will run from 5:00-6:30 at the Menlo-Atherton High School pool.  There will be 45 mins of instructional swim clinic, followed by 45 mins of fun and games.  Summer Swim Fun days will be held each Wednesday June 19th-July 31st  The fee is $30 a session.  You can register for just one or as many as you would like.  Spaces are anticipated to fill very quickly. Available to new swimmers (non-PASA) only!   Must be completely water-safe to participate.  No exceptions.  If you are an experienced swimmer looking for a new summer swim team, please join us on Friday, June 7th from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. for tryouts for our PASA team.  All abilities are welcome!! 
For more information on both events or to register please contact

The 9th annual Disaster Preparedness Day is Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at 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.


Carillon Preschool, located next to the Portola Valley Town Center, at Christ Church Episcopal, has a few openings in the 3's class (Tu/Thu 9:00 a.m. - noon) and the Young 5's (Mon/Tu/Wed/Thur. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.).  At Carillon, class ratios are 2 teachers for 14 students.   Interested parents may visit to see how Carillon focuses on learning through play, and integrates science, phonics, handwriting and math preparing children for Kindergarten.  For more information, please visit our website or contact Lynn Sowers,, 650-529-1335 for more information and a tour.  


Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions; Register for Fall 2013
By appointment during early June, 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.  For appointments visit us here, or call 650-342-8785 or email  More information available here or contact

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 - 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.  
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.

Alpine Strikers FC Summer Soccer Camps  
Summer soccer camp is a great way to improve skills, make new friends or play with current ones, and enjoy playing the world's game. We provide a high-energy, safe environment where kids will work hard, but have fun while taught by Alpine Strikers professional coaches. Visit our website for details and registration.

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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