The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of June 10, 2013    
In This Issue
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
School News
New Online Registration for 2013-2014 Returning Students
Las Lomitas League
Third Grade Parent Opportunities
Business Sponsors News
Community News
Summer Camps
Newsletter Submissions
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This 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               School Bd. Mtg. - LE MUR - 7:00 p.m.  






In The Fall: 


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


Wed. August 21        First Day of School  


Thu. August 22          LLL Registration for Fall classes begins                                    at 7:00 p.m.       





PTA News

Dear Parents and Teachers,


It's the last Lion's Roar for the year and I wanted to express one more time...thank you!


Thank you to all of the parents and teachers who joined the PTA. Your membership dollars made all our wonderful programs possible.


Thank you to all of the parents who chaired one of our many programs and events. Your leadership was critical in executing the programs.


Thank you to all of the parents and teachers who volunteered one hour or one hundred hours. Your participation ensured the programs and events were fun and successful.


Thank you parents and teachers in advance who become PTA members and volunteer next year. We truly appreciate you carrying on our success!


Have a fun and relaxing summer!


Cindy Tipton, 2012-2013 PTA President


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Thank You Memory Book Team!                                                                

You have truly captured the essence of our wonderful students, staff, school, and events!   It's a beautiful, high-quality book!  Thank you!







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Donate your skills to Las Lomitas.  Even though our budget is small, the PTA needs a financial audit too.  If  you can give us a hand, please contact Neil Weintraut at or call 650-394-6345.  Thank you.  


Las Lomitas Education Foundation


Together We Did It!


Dear District Families,


Thank you  for making this the best fundraising year in the Foundation's history!  Because of your generosity and your commitment to excellence in education, we have raised the most money ever for our schools for excellence and innovation. Your terrific response has helped us raise just over $3 Million this year, including our auction costs.  This is a huge milestone for us as a community, and just goes to prove that we can make anything happen if we put our minds and hearts to it.


I am so honored and proud to have been the President of the Foundation this year. Thank you, again, for making it a fabulous and fun year.


I also want to thank the most amazing Foundation team that I have had by my side. Without them, none of our success would have been possible. They worked tireless, long hours with tremendous passion, energy and conviction.  Thank you dear Foundation!


With deepest gratitude,

Komal Shah

Foundation President 2012-13
From the Principal

The Cano Award: A Las Lomitas Tradition


Manuel Cano epitomized the hardy immigrant spirit that has made the United States great. His indomitable spirit, strong work ethic and deep-seated faith overcame great personal adversity allowing him to become a contributing member of society and friend and mentor to those around him.


Born in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1901, Mr. Cano had no schooling and spent his early youth helping his parents with their small farm and drayage company. At the age of 13, he was "inducted" into the Revolution. He fought in numerous campaigns, sometimes with Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, at other times against. Mr. Cano taught himself to read and write in Spanish while in the service.


Mr. Cano immigrated to the U.S. during the latter part of the 1920's. He settled in Monterey, married and began raising three children. During this time he worked in Monterey's Cannery Row and as a greens keeper for Cypress Point Golf Course. Tragically, he lost his wife and one son to illness and accident.


In 1940 he married again and settled in Richmond working at the Naval Shipyards. He began teaching himself to read and write English. After the war he moved to San Francisco and then to Redwood City. In 1950 he came to work for Las Lomitas School District as a custodian.


For 20 years, Mr. Cano worked 15-hour days; working the mornings at Menlo Country Club as a caddy, and afternoons/evenings at Las Lomitas as a custodian. During this time he applied for and received his U.S. Citizenship. He was proud of his U.S. citizenship and his ability to successfully provide for his family and his children's education, and to live the America dream of owning his own home.

After retiring in 1970 from Las Lomitas, a hall was built and named in honor of Mr. Cano for his years of dedication to the school and for the attributes - commitment, honor, integrity, perseverance and kindness - that he displayed in his daily life. Mr. Cano passed away on April 13, 1996, but Cano Hall stands as a testament to his impact on our lives.


For the past 10 years, Mr. Cano's sons, Herb and Sam, have provided a gift to the school in memory of their father. They still own the family home, and use some of the income generated from renting it for the gift. Each year, 8-10 third grade students are selected by their teachers to receive a backpack full of instructional supplies to take with them to La Entrada. These students are selected due to their hard work ethic, perseverance and kindness in spite of having fewer resources than many others at the school. Sam and Herb come each June to meet the children, tell them about their father and distribute the backpacks. This tradition exemplifies the values we have at Las Lomitas and the community's commitment to support our students. I am very proud to be part of this generous community.


School News
Please take a moment to click here and read the Cubs' Corner.  Cubs' Corner is a monthly newsletter for students by students and is a collaboration of Mr. Camou and Third Grade Students.  In this first edition, Mrs. Montre's class interviewed teachers to create a grade level TOP 10 SUMMER ACTIVITIES list for each grade level.  Enjoy!

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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.   

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.


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. 
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.

Summer Lacrosse!!  Join us for Grizzlies Summer Ball - Tuesday evening's June 25 - August 20th -great time of day to work on skills and scrimmage this summer!!  Boys and Girls ages 5 - 15 are welcome and is open to all Peninsula towns.  Pay for Series of 6 sessions but  welcome to come to all 9 if you are in town. Drop in available as well.  See our website for more information or email us at 


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.


Menlo Park Library presents A Man and His Dragon, Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30.  Bring a blanket and join us under the oak trees for the comedy storytelling duo, Randel McGee and Groark the Dragon at the Menlo Park Library.  


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
Carillon Preschool in Portola Valley is accepting applications for the few remaining spots in our 3's and Young 5's programs for the 2013-2014 school year. We are located on the Christ Church campus at 815 Portola Road, PV. Contact us at 


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.

100 Club - Something Different for Summer 2013  Young people in our community, are you interested in developing your leadership skills? Pursuing more of your interests over the holidays? Would you like to do what you enjoy to help other people or simply have more control over your schedule? A few Las Lomitas parents are setting up a new virtual club for you this summer and we would love you to join.  We will work with you, your parents and friends as needed, to develop your own projects so you can have the satisfaction of seeing them through from start to finish and help everyone work together to achieve a goal of contributing over 100 hours of community service or personal development between June 11 and August 20! The idea is to create a flexible, personal goal which can fit in amongst any other camps, travel plans or activities so don't be limited in any direction, get in touch and let's see what can happen when time, youth and vision come together.
This is a new, developing idea and we want to hear your ideas, feedback and suggestions on how we can make this work for you and your Summer. We plan to have Launch and End of Summer events and will be looking for lots of youthful energy and ideas so get in touch!  Intrigued? Email Hazel Keelan at  
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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Donna Hall
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