The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of September 23, 2013    
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
Yes on S 2013
From the Principal
Apple for the Classroom
Father/Daughter Dance
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links



This Week: 


  • Wed., Sept. 25 - Holiday Workshop Planning Meeting, Room 22, 9:00 a.m.  (Note location change!)
  • Wed., Sept. 25 - Banana Slug String Band performs at our school-wide assembly 
  • Thur., Sept. 26 - Kindergarten and New Las Lomitas Family Welcome Dinner    


Next Week: 

  • Wed., Oct. 2 - PTA Bd. Mtg. - room 20B - 9:00 a.m.
  • Fri., Oct. 4 and Mon., Oct. 7 - Staff Development Days - NO SCHOOL


Coming Soon:

  • Oct. 11 - Father/Daughter Dance at La Entrada
  • Save Your Books for the La Entrada Used Book Fair!  The La Entrada Used Book Fair is coming to town on November 12th-November 15th and We Want Your Books!  Donations accepted October 14th-November 4th.  Details to follow.  





Las Lomitas Education Foundation
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The Annual Giving Campaign Launches Today!


Donate today - Click here

Your donation makes the critical difference


Academic performance is strongly correlated to smaller class sizes and the amount of individualized attention teachers are able to provide each student. Your donation contributes to salaries for teachers, aides and counselors and supports vital programs, including drama, art, foreign languages and computer science. The continued excellence of our schools is made possible through your support.  For more information please see our Community Report online here


Excellence is built one donation at a time

LLEF Our Children Our Schools Our Community 
Yes on S 2013

Yes on S  

Yes on Measure S - we are off to a great start, but we need your help!

Dear Las Lomitas and La Entrada Families,

Thank you volunteers for your valuable time at the phone banks the last two weeks!   We've received a lot of positive support, but we still need to reach many voters who don't have school-age children and encourage them to vote and vote in support of Measure S.

Here are a couple of things we can all do to make this a successful measure:

1. Vote early!  Below is a vote by mail form specific to the November 5 election.  Feel free to share it with friends and neighbors in the district to make voting easy (the county office needs to receive it by October 29th via fax, email or mail).

I want to vote early: click here.  

2.  Volunteer!  Please consider one night at the phone bank or helping post yard signs on September 28th and 29th.

I want to volunteer at the phone bank: click here.    
I want to help post yard signs: Diana Sunshine at 

We look forward to seeing  you!

Friends of Las Lomitas and La Entrada Committee

From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Thank you to all of you who are stopping in the Office to sign in and get a badge before going onto campus. This is required whenever students are on campus. Student hours are 8:30 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. Thank you, too, for being patient at the flagpole area, especially at dismissal on Wednesdays. I've heard several comments from parents about our increased diligence and security on campus. It takes all of us working together to make our school as safe as possible.


Along the topic of dismissal, please be sure that you provide a written note if your child's dismissal plans change. This is especially true now that the League classes have started. We want to avoid tears and confusion at dismissal. Your support is much appreciated!

La Entrada implemented School Loop last year to provide electronic communication between home and school. Parents who register are able to see attendance records, grades, homework assignments and individual teacher pages with specific classroom information. Las Lomitas will launch our School Loop pages on September 30th. Each teacher and specialist has created a page with information for parents. Mr. Camou and I created a home page with links to other sites and resources. Since we do not assign grades, nor is homework a nightly assignment as at La Entrada, our School Loop pages will be very similar to our webpages on the current district website. Please keep an eye out for more details about our launch.

Thank you to the parents who contacted me and Ozge Goker, PTA Hot Food Chair, and Christy Chin, PTA President about snack options for those who choose Choice Lunch. As a result of those conversations, we've added two high protein snacks to the menu option: cheese sticks and sunflower seeds. These additions give more nutritious choices for students and have minimal waste, thus meeting the two priorities we established for the program this year. I appreciate hearing from you and working together to come up with agreeable solutions.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor



Apple for the Classroom




The Apple for the Classroom program is a way for parents to support their children's teachers directly. All the teachers and specialists at Las Lomitas have been invited to create a "wish list" of items that would help to further enrich their classrooms. Donations may be submitted online via PayPal or purchased and brought directly to the classroom.


Father/Daughter Dance
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Father/Daughter Dance
Friday, October 11, 2013

$75 per Father/Daughter pair and $25 per sibling

Calling all fathers and their gorgeous daughters to Jensen Hall at La Entrada!  Dance the night away with your daughter to some great music.  This festive event is open to all grades.  
Click outreach here to purchase tickets.  (Outreach is available.  Please contact Aimee Jamison, for more information.) Please contact Cara Whittaker at if you would like to volunteer to help with the dance.
Coming up in the next few weeks:  Click here, register and come out and play
·       7th Annual Camino a los Cerros Progressive - Sept. 28
·       4th Annual Gentlemen's Hold'em Tournament Party  - Nov. 2
If you have a Target credit card, you can enroll in TCOE and designate a school.  Then, 1% of all your purchases are donated to the school.  Click here
Make sure your grandparents are connected to receive an invitation to Grandparent's Day in the Spring, and our newsletter just for them!  Register them here.
LLEF Our Children Our Schools Our Community  
Business Partners

Circle of Friends Preschool
Looking for a great little preschool in the Las Lomitas neighborhood?Come see our developmental, play-based program where children have opportunities to create, explore, problem solve, learn skills and concepts, and integrate knowledge in a hands on supportive environment. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. Contact Debbie at 650-854-2468 or  Visit their website here.


Studio Rincon Youth Dance and Yoga Classes on Alameda in Menlo Park. Youth classes start the week of September 9th. Signup here!  Pre-ballet, ballet, tap and hip-hop all in a fun and positive atmosphere after school.  Classes for ages 3-Teen.  View the youth schedule here.

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
SmartFit Kids at Menlo Swim and Sport  Acclaimed for coaching excellence, Menlo Swim and Sport's SmartFit Kids is an after-school homework and tutoring program at Burgess that provides academic coaching and homework oversight for students from first to fifth grades. Open Monday - Thursday, 3:30-5:30pm. Visit our website for more details.

Camp Menlo Holiday Camps
Add a little zip to your school holidays with fun Camp Menlo Swim and Tennis camps! Starting October 14, these one-day camps offered through the end of December offer 45-minute group swim lessons, plus fun land games and crafts. Register today!  Space is limited!

Menlo Tennis Academy
Come join the fun on the courts at Burgess Park with Menlo Swim and Sports' Tennis Academy, a beginning program for kids age 6-10 based on the dynamic US Tennis Association 10/Under program, designed to build a foundation of essential skills important to the development of youth tennis players. Novice and advanced novice levels available; lessons Monday and Wednesday afternoons. More information check online.   

Alpine Strikers FC - Pre-Competitive Soccer Programs
Alpine Strikers FC is a competitive soccer club based in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside - devoted to player development of the community's future soccer players! The fall season has started and there is still room in the pre-competitive programs for preschoolers and kindergarteners. If your child is excited about soccer and wants to develop soccer fundamentals in a fun-filled environment, please visit our website to register or find out more.

NJB Winter Basketball registration is now open on our website. Our focus is on skills-based instruction, personal growth, and positive competition for kids from 1st through 8th grades in MP, Atherton, PV, Woodside, or EPA.  The season runs from November through February. 
Creative Art for Young Children...Fall 2013 @ Portola Valley Town Center...Sept.18-Dec. 7th (no classes Thanksgiving week)  Teacher Jeannie Goldman (650)851-1914.  These classes offer a unique art experience for children 3yrs-the 5th grade with the philosophy that children are natural born creators...each a master of his or her own style. The Fall session begins with pictures of furry little squirrels and clay bird feeders. For more info go to our website.  You can register online or call Julia @ (650) 851-1700 ext 200. 

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions
By appointment through September; 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
The Ragazzi Boys Chorus will teach your boy to sing!  Call to schedule a no-stress audition for boys ages 7-10; no previous singing experience or prepared piece required.  Boys offered membership begin in September 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 can be made online, by phone at: 650-342-8785 or email  


Ragazzi's Music and Movement for 5-7 year old Boys
Register Now; Mondays, Sept. 16 - Nov. 18, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus' engaging Kodály-based class for active young boys is now open. The class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A child-developmental approach fosters boys' creativity and curiosity. Participants explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $200 per 10-week session; early-bird and sibling discounts. Contact, 650-342-8785. More information available here.   
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