The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of September 30, 2013    
In This Issue
From the Principal
Important Information for Parents
Green Team
Apple for the Classroom
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
Yes on S 2013
Father/Daughter Dance
School News
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:  

  • Wed., Oct. 2 - PTA Bd. Mtg. - room 20B - 9:00 a.m.
  • Thur., Oct 3 - Test of our Global Connect Broadcast Communication System 
  • Fri., Oct. 4 and Mon., Oct. 7 - Staff Development Days - NO SCHOOL


Next Week:

  • Oct 9 - School Bd. Mtg. - D.O. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 11 - Father/Daughter Dance at La Entrada


Coming Soon:

  • Las Lomitas Book Fair - Oct. 28 to Nov. 2
  • Oct 31 - Halloween Parade - 10:45 a.m.  
  • Save Your Books for the La Entrada Used Book Fair!  Hold on to those books!  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.  





From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


We've had several students arriving early to school. First session students should not arrive before 8:30 a.m. and second session not before 10:15 a.m. (except Wednesdays). We do not have supervision and the office staff cannot provide childcare in the office. Also, please be sure to pick you child up promptly at the end of the day. If students are still in the office at 3:50 p.m., we will notify you to pick up your child at Champions (formerly CCLC) so we can close the office at 4:00 p.m. You will be charged a $15 rate for every fifteen-minute increment that you are late to pick up your child. We appreciate you support in getting 640 students to and from school on time!


Our SchoolLoop pages go live today! You may find our new look here.  Our home page will have the school calendar, weekly newsletter and links to other pages, such as the PTA. The teachers, including specialists, have all created pages with information pertinent to the grade level. Your child's teacher will let you know what to expect to see on the class page. I hope you enjoy the new look. We will be considering other aspects of School Loop to determine how it can support home-to-school communication. I will let you know if we make further changes to our site.


While we are thinking about technology, please be sure to read the accompanying article from Suzanne Mitchell, Technology Director. We will do a test of our broadcast communication system on October 3rd. This system is designed to alert parents in case of emergency or to notify them of bus delays, etc. Please watch for the alert on your phone and email.

I want to take a moment to thank all of the PTA volunteers that make this school so special! Last week we had a fabulous assembly and Pancake Breakfast due to their efforts. Both of these events offer students and parents the opportunity to enhance learning and build community. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of parents!


Until next time,

Sue Sartor



Important Information for Parents

Dear Parents,


On Thursday, October 3, 2013, we will conduct a test of our Global Connect communication software. The system enables us to quickly send out phone calls, text messages or emails to any selected groups of parents.  We plan to start using this tool for important time-sensitive communication, such as bus issues, but also to have immediate contact to you in an emergency.


If your text phone number is the same as the home phone number you provided us, you may receive either the text or the call, but not both, depending on your phone service provider. Please note that the email contact may be from Global Connect, but will reference our district in the subject line so you can recognize the sender.


If we have all your correct contact information, you should receive at least two contacts from us on Thursday; email, home phone and/or text message. To update or confirm that your contact information is correct before the test, or if you do not receive the contacts Thursday, please visit the new online form for LLESD; InfoSnap: Year Round Update form


Thank you,

Suzanne Mitchell

Director of Technology 

Green Team

 Las Lomitas Green Team needs your help!

We are looking for volunteers to help students sort their compost and recycling at lunch from 
12:05 - 12:50 p.m. The time commitment is small and the benefits are huge! The best part will be how proud your child is to see you at school helping out!

If you have any questions, contact Marie Summers at or go right ahead and sign up: 

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will not need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
It's Easy!

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.


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The Annual Giving Campaign is Underway! 


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  

GREAT NEWS...76% of voters we have called support "Yes on S"--but everyone needs to vote!

Dear Las Lomitas and La Entrada Families,

We are encouraged by the large percentage of support we have received through our phone calls (thank you volunteers!), but we will only pass this critical measure if everyone votes on November 5th. If you "vote by mail", please vote early! Otherwise, please visit your polling place on November 5th--it's a great learning experience for your child(ren) so take them along (plus they might get a sticker)! 

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

1. Vote!

2. Volunteer! Visit our volunteer site to see who else is signed up and join a friend!
We look forward to seeing you!

Friends of Las Lomitas and La Entrada Commitee
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
·       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  
School News

The Lost and Found will be donated Tuesday, October 8th.  Please come have a look !!

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Play dates on Minimum Days:  


Students will not be able to ride the bus for play dates on minimum days due to bus capacity.  Only regular riders will be allowed to board.  Play dates will need to be picked up at the flagpole. 

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 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 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 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m, Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Sun. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m..  Phone: (650) 763-3443.  Check out our easy and convenient online check-in by clicking here.  A Great Haircut.  Guaranteed.

Honeycombers Lice Advice & Treatment Salon offers lice removal services, lice removal products and training, and prevention advice for families and organizations whose parent and employee populations deal with lice.  We're dedicated to making lice a thing of the past for your family. From in-salon private treatment rooms to appointments in your home, we offer a full range of services and the expertise to help you choose what works best for you. Using non-toxic, enzyme-based products-combined with a gentle touch, a knack for calming kids (and adults), and serious removal expertise-we'll help you get rid of the little buggers fast.  Call us anytime at (650) 800-7081 for advice or appointments at our salon in downtown Menlo Park (441 El Camino Real right next to the Shell Station at Middle Ave).  Honeycombers - The Sweetest Way to Be Treated. 
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 - 5:30 p.m. 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!

Halloween Costume Drive - Give Families in Need a Special Treat
Please help the families of Haven House Family Shelter have a great Halloween by donating new or gently used costumes in all sizes (infant through adult).  The Girl Scout troops of Las Lomitas and La Entrada are working together with Suzanne Mitchell (La Entrada Technology Director) to collect costumes at both schools.  Look for the bins and Girl Scouts during morning drop off the week of October 7th through October 22nd. No need to even get out of your car, we will take it to the bin for you! ( bins will be out until 10/22).
Haven House, part of Innvision/Shelter Network, offers emergency and transitional housing for homeless families.  Each night almost 100 kids (infants to teens) call the shelter home while their parents are working to move them back to permanent housing.  Your donation of Halloween costumes will ensure that these families can participate in the fun of the season at a very difficult time in their lives!


Any questions: contact Ginny Rader Sarah Carey  or Suzanne Mitchell

Menlo Park Library

Thursday, October 31 at 4:00 p.m. - The Menlo Park Library presents traditional-style storytelling that create unique images in the mind of each listener, school-agers & adults alike will love the "tricksters and treats" that fill their imagination during this special Halloween afternoon event!

Join Menlo Park Library's resident tale-spinner, Storyteller John Weaver, for the kick-off event in our NEW Thursday Afternoon School-Age Storytelling series! Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street, Menlo Park, California 94025.  Check our website or more information or call (650) 330-2530

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.

St Raymond Pumpkin Festival is coming!  Free admission!   We have pony rides, climbing wall, pumpkins, bungee trampoline, face painting, games food and more!  Friday Oct. 11, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday Oct. 12, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 1100 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.  

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 Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, or East Palo Alto.  The season runs from November through February. 
Creative Art for Young Children...Fall 2013 at Portola Valley Town Center...Sept. 18 - Dec. 7  (no classes Thanksgiving week)  Teacher Jeannie Goldman (650) 851-1914.  These classes offer a unique art experience for children 3 yrs. - 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 at (650) 851-1700 ext 200. 


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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