The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of October 7, 2013    
In This Issue
From the Principal
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
Yes on S 2013
Green Team
Apple for the Classroom
Art Notecards
Father/Daughter Dance
School News
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:

  • Oct 7 - NO SCHOOL -Staff Development Day
  • 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,


Welcome back! While you had a few days off, the teachers were hard at work. Although these are called Professional Development Days, I prefer to call them Professional Learning Days. The following is a brief summary of the work that was accomplished. On Friday, teachers from both schools met at La Entrada to participate in a variety of sessions. Topics included Common Core Standards - Curriculum Mapping/Lesson Planning,Illuminate (data system), Injury & Illness Prevention, Special Education Legal Q & A, iPad Innovations, Supporting Students with Autism, Physical Education Articulation K-8 and Music Articulation K-8. On Monday, Las Lomitas teachers focused on writing. Teachers worked in grade level teams to better understand new curriculum materials and create units of study with accompanying lessons. All in all, we had two very productive days!

It's been a record year in California for yellow jackets, which makes it tough for all of us during lunch time. I want you to know we are doing all we can to combat these creatures. We had pest control remove four nests found on the campus, Mr. Efren cleans the tables and blacktop underneath regularly, traps are cleaned and baited to draw them away from the table area and trash cans are kept covered. The table supervisors have also been generous in placing Bounce fabric softener sheets on the tables to repel the little buggers. Fortunately, no one has been stung, just harassed. We are hoping for cooler, breezy weather to keep them away.


Thank you to all of you who check into the office to get a badge when arriving on campus, even if it's just for a short time.  School security is very important to us. All classrooms are kept locked during the day. Drills are implemented on a regular schedule to evacuate and to shelter-in-place. Many parent suggestions we discussed last year were implemented this year to ensure student safety. I always welcome your ideas and suggestions. Please don't hesitate to send me an email or make an appointment if you have something on your mind.

Until next time,

Sue Sartor



liLas Lomitas Education Foundation
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The Annual Giving Campaign is Underway! 


Donate today - Click here

Your donation makes the critical difference



Quality teachers and Small Class Sizes

The Foundation supports the cost of 15 core teachers at our two schools and enables the District to hire more teachers with advanced education and experience.

Our class sizes are an average of 21-22 at Las Lomitas and 24 at La Entrada. 

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  

Dear Las Lomitas and La Entrada Families,


Our support for Yes on S continues as we reach out to voters (thank you volunteers for your dedication and time)! We wanted to share with you a couple questions

that sometimes arise in our conversations when we reach voters "on the fence":


What are the benefits of new, two-story, permanent buildings over portables?

1. More energy efficient buildings would reduce our utility bills by 15%.

2. Enable 21st century equipment and technology to protect the quality of our academic instruction/

3. Better accessibility for disable students and adults.

4. Bring facilities up to current health and safety code standards.

5. Prevent further spread of portables into the outside fields and play areas.


If we need more space, why didn't we take back Woodland School?

1. Dividing into three campuses would cost the district an incremental 30% in operating costs each year (e.g., administration, specialists, buses, etc.).

2. We would still be going out for a bond to raise money to update the Woodland campus to bring it up to the current codes required for public schools.

3. The lease revenue we receive from Woodland School allows the District to pay staff salaries and to fund instructional programs. 

4. The annual revenue from Woodland School funds approximately 7 teachers which would not be possible without such a continuous source of revenue. 


Please vote on November 5th!

Friends of Las Lomitas and La Entrada Commitee

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.


Art Notecards




Please support the arts at Las Lomitas by purchasing cards made from your children's drawings. Funds from this program are used by classrooms for field trips, visiting artists, musicians and speakers, special art supplies and literature about art and music. The note cards make terrific gifts for friends and families, thank you notes, and enclosure cards for birthday presents. The printed note cards (with matching envelopes) will be delivered to the classrooms in late November. 


Thank you to all of our parent volunteers, teachers and administrators who helped complete the drawing sessions.


Order forms must be returned to the box in the school office no later than the end of the day on Friday, October 25th. Unfortunately, late orders cannot be accepted.


Questions? Contact Molly Drewes, (, Tissha Brumm ( or Maggie Oren (


Thank you for supporting the creative arts and music at Las Lomitas!!


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

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.

Champions Preschool and Pre-K @ Las Lomitas
Champions at Las Lomitas is currently enrolling in our Preschool/Pre-K Programs! We promote an environment that ensures the development of academic, social, and physical skills. Our programs provide a comprehensive, research-based curriculum which meets Early Childhood Education standards and Kindergarten readiness expectations. Come visit us on Wednesday, October 16th for Bring-a-Friend Day to experience a day at Champions powered by Early Foundations. Programs available from 9:00 to 12:00 or 9:00 to 2:00. Contact Ruby at or 650-233-1860. Visit our website.

Community News

Trick-or-Treat Street

A group of menlo-Atherton High School Leadership students are planning a trick or treating event which aims to create a safe place for children to enjoy Halloween festivities.  Flyers are available for pickup in the Parent Information area of the school office.


Join us for Story Time at Kepler's every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.


Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025.  Wednesday, October 30th at 4:00 p.m.  The Menlo Park Library will provide a Halloween-tastic craft session for your enjoyment.  Please join us to your own special Halloween creation. 


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

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.  

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