The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of November 18, 2013    
In This Issue
From the Principal
Kindergarten Registration
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
School News
Las Lomitas League News
Business Partners
Community News
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This Week:

  • Nov 18 - 22 Music Informances (see below)  
  • Nov 20 - School Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - LE MUR


Coming Soon: 

  • Nov 27 - 29  (Wed-Fri) Thanksgiving Holiday  
  • Dec 4 - Holiday Workshop
  • Dec 11 - Joint PTA Board Meeting 
  • Dec 11 - School Board Meeting - D.O. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Dec 20 through Jan 5 - Winter Break  





From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,

Thank you to all of you who were so patient and followed our safety procedures during last week's minimum day dismissal. It is remarkable that we were able to get 640 students safely into cars, buses, bicycles or hand in hand with an adult within 15 minutes of dismissal!   I appreciate your support!


Below is information for returning families who wish to request a change in session assignment for the 2014-2015 school year. Information about registration for new students K-3 is also in this issue of the Roar. I'm sure you will be pleased to learn that the session request process for new families will be handled via email next year; no longer will parents need to camp out to submit their session request.

I hope you all have a restful Thanksgiving holiday enjoying time with family and friends.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor




Session Requests for 2014-2015 ~ RETURNING FAMILIES ONLY

If you have a current kindergarten or first grade student and wish to move to first session

next year, you must put that request in writing to Mrs.Sartor. She will begin taking requests by letter or email starting at 10:00 p.m., January 1, 2014. You may email her at No requests will be honored prior to this date and time. Your requests will be placed on a wait list in order received. 


New family requests are not accepted until February 1, 2014, allowing our returning families to have priority on the wait list.   If you are on this year's wait list, you must make a new request for next year. We do not "roll over" the list from year to year. Please call Mrs.Sartor if you have any questions about the session request process.


Registration Information for 2014-2015


Kindergarten registration for children who will turn age five on or before September 1, 2014 opens on Monday, January 6, 2014.  There are three (3) steps to the registration process.


Step #1

To begin the registration process, bring the following to the school office:

  • ORIGINAL birth certificate or passport
  • Your child's immunization records to date
  • Proof of residency in the form of two ORIGINAL utility bills (i.e. power, water) or one ORIGINAL utility bill and lease agreement or mortgage paper

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30p.m., Monday through Friday.


Step #2

Upon receipt of the items listed above, you will be given access to InfoSnap, our on-line registration system, where you will continue the registration process.

Step #3

Upon completion of the on-line registration, you MUST bring a hard copy of these forms to the school office to FINALIZE registration. Your child will not be registered at Las Lomitas until we receive your on-line registration papers.


Note: Las Lomitas School District does not offer Transitional Kindergarten.



Session Information for Kindergarten


There are two sessions for Kindergarten. First session Kindergarten is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and second session is from 10:15 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.  Due to transportation schedules, KINDERGARTEN families in the Ladera area are placed in the FIRST session unless their request for another session is granted. KINDERGARTEN families in the Woodside area are placed in the SECOND session unless their request for another session is granted. Families from Ladera or Woodside who are placed in another session upon their request are responsible for transportation from school to home.



Requesting First Session


If your kindergartner is not automatically placed in first session as listed above, you must request placement in first session. To request first session you must:

  1. Have ALL registration information, including the on-line registration form, on file in the school office by January 31, 2014.
  2. Email or deliver a written request for first session to the Principal at beginning at 10:00 p.m., February 1, 2014. No requests will be accepted before this date. 

All requests will be placed on a wait list according to the date and time the email or letter is received. Requests will be cross-checked to ensure your registration information was complete by January 31, 2014.   



School Tours

Tours of the school for parents of incoming Kindergarten students will be offered on the dates listed below.  These tours are for adults only (no infants in strollers, please). In order to minimize distractions to the academic program, spaces are limited to 16 per tour and one tour per family. Please call the school office at 650-854-5900 x0 to reserve a tour.

Kindergarten tours are 9:45 - 11:00 a.m. on:

  • Friday, December 6, 2013
  • Thursday, December 12, 2013
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013
  • Monday, January 13, 2014
  • Friday, January 24, 2014
  • Friday, January 31, 2014
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014
PTA News

Well-fed children learn better!


Approximately ten percent of the students at Las Lomitas are in need of additional support.  In 2013, the Las Lomitas PTA partnered with Choice Lunch and the District Office to ensure that all students have access to a healthy lunch. 


At this time of Thanksgiving, the PTA invites Las Lomitas families to come together to ensure that all of our students are ready to learn, by providing meals to students in need.  


Please consider feeding a student for as little as $3.00 per day. You can choose any duration: from a day ($3) to a week ($15), a month ($60), a year ($600) or any amount of your choosing.  Any contribution is greatly appreciated and will directly go to feeding the students in need in our school


Follow this link to donate.


Our hope is to raise $5,000 in these two weeks of Thanksgiving.    


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"Staff Appreciation EventWe are celebrating our amazing teachers and staff on Tuesday, November 26th.  Please have your child(ren) write or draw notes of thanks for each teacher and staff member you'd like to show appreciation.  Mailboxes will be available for these notes in the office November 18-25, and at the flagpole and the bus drop-off on Tuesday, November 26.  We are also collecting unused thank you cards in the office for anyone that may have forgotten a card."

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Starting your holiday shopping? Make your donation to the LLEF the top of your list! Donate today just- Click here

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Congratulations to the Ice Cream Raffle Winners !!

Jordana and Benjamin Weiss, Jennifer and Michael Wagner, Charles and Dana Carmel, Debora and Gregory Rocklin,  Gregory and Christina Baszucki, Meg and David Sloan, Kyoko and James Robinson, Catherine Carlton and Bob Ridenour, Judson and Krista Hoffman, Jill and Matt Ohline, Deborah and Steven Levine, Yehbin Song and Brian Lee, Megumi and Daisuke Uchida, Benny Gavi and Daryl Oakes, John Neil Weintraut, Joe Singleton and Molly Glennen, Kristen Shima and Ray Mueller, Michael and Leslie Trigg,  Kristine and Victor Westerlind, Paula and Paul Welander, Priya Mathew and Suresh Vasudevan, Anthony Powell and Melinda Moir;  Eric and Debra Ver Ploeg, Laaya Khamsi and Kamran Gholamy, Jim and Linda McGeever, Lisa and Christian Puccetti, Janelle and Barry Martin, William Westermann and Katharine Moir, Kathryn and Nicole Bartow, Stephen and Anna Plume, Theresa and Kevin Murphy, Tiffany and Wayne Lee, Heather and John Yandle, Monique Janelle London and Gerald Wluka, Suzy and Gregg Medaglia, Shiva and Reza Safaei, Santria Jones, Robert Olshausen and Lisa DeCosta, Elizabeth and Larry Wiseman, Nalin and Mark Decker, Jennifer Overholt, Marilee Moy, Thompson and Wayne Thompson, Roy 'Terry' and Myn Demmon, Rachel and Kent Perkocha, Maria and Michael Doktorczyk, Paula Hamilton and Kenneth Chang, Kathy Kau and Kay Chang, Eva Bryer and Bardia Pezeshki, Tracey and Kent Seymour, Kristin and Michael Galvin, Wendy Wang and Andy Li, David and Christy Story, Greg and Michelle Becker

Guys Night In for the BCS Championship!
Watch the 2014 BCS Championship Game from a movie theater lounge seat at the Friesel home on Monday, January 6, 2014. Or play pool, air hockey,
and darts in front of the large flat screen TV nearby. There are still tickets available, and 100% of your ticket price goes to support the Foundation. Click here to purchase your ticket today.


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 
 School News

Music Informances are coming up!                                                


Please come watch your child's music informance. This is an opportunity to see what we're working on in music class.  


Music informances are scheduled for the week of November 18-22 in room 37.  


Please note:  


If your child is in

Mrs. Wedge's 2nd grade

Mrs. Button's Kindergarten

Mrs. Dent/Ms. Iwanaga's Kindergarten


Due to a scheduling conflict, these classrooms' music informance date has been changed to Thursday, December 5.  


If  your child is in  

             Mrs. Pong's Kindergarten

             Ms. Sale's Kindergarten


Due to a scheduling conflict, these classrooms' music informance date has been changed to Wednesday, December 11.   


Your child's specific time is listed on the music website. Click on the following link and then take time to look around the new music website.  



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Cool mornings + Warm afternoons = Overflowing Lost and Found!


The Lost and Found will be donated to charity on Tuesday, November 19.  Please come have a look. 


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Information about Attendance

Students are expected to be at school unless they are ill, or if the parent reports that they will miss school due to an unavoidable family matter (funeral/wedding) or medical appointment.


Education Code Section 48260 defines a student as truant if he/she has an "unexcused absence of more than 30 minutes on three (3) different days or more." If your child is regularly late to school, or misses school due to travel, he/she will be considered truant. If an absence is not reported to the school on the day of the absence, it is also considered unexcused, even if the child is sick.

Students who have good attendance records consistently do better in school! Please help us keep our student attendance high by taking family vacations during our scheduled holiday breaks.

Las Lomitas League News

Las Lomitas League  


Las Lomitas League classes will resume November 18th.

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, Before and After School Programs. Our center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact Ruby at 650-233-1860 to schedule a visit or get information about which program best meets your family's needs. Visit our website.

Community News


Reading Volunteers Needed for East Palo Alto 3rd Graders - 1 Hour per Week
All Students Matter needs parent volunteers for a structured reading program called Reading Scholars at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto (behind Home Depot). Volunteers help 3rd graders who are reading below grade level. For one hour a week you will meet with the same child and read books together. We will provide the training, supplies and coordinate the time. You'll see specific changes in your student's reading over time and enjoy getting to know an enthusiastic and motivated student. Have questions or want to sign up?  Contact Jeanette Kennedy at or Carolyn Blatman at To learn more about our volunteer group, visit our website

Please join the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation-Atherton Dames for their annual Children's Holiday Tea on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is a magical holiday event for children and parents. Children will enjoy a visit with Santa, a holiday themed puppet show and craft activity. Sandwiches, delicious treats and beverages will be served. For more information and reservations please visit our website.  All proceeds benefit Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Are you the captain of your ship?  Or a toy tinkerer?

Please join us for a creative afternoon of boat building with recycled materials at the Menlo Park Library.  Please bring at least one clean plastic food container for the hull of your boat.

Open to children ages 5-12.  Registration is required.  Send email to 

A flyer for distribution can be found here.   


The Friends of the Menlo Park Library Holiday Book Sale, 800 Alma Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025.  Sunday, December 8 from 12:00-4:00 PM.

We will have gently used books for sale, most at $2.00 or less.  Proceeds benefit Children's and Adult Library programming.  For more information, please see our website or call 650-330-2521.

Stanford United:  Soccer Tryouts for Boys 7-10
Tuesday, November 19th and Thursday, November 21st from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in Palo Alto 
Our fantastic group of boys is head coached by Vava Marques, a US National Team futbal coach, and his experienced staff.  The program focuses on developing soccer instincts, player discipline, and team spirit in a fun environment.  We have 6 teams spanning 3 different age groupings and
3 different divisions, so there's lots of room for different levels of experience and commitment.  Families interested in learning more and joining us for tryouts for Spring 2014 should email
Studio Rincon Youth Dance and Yoga Classes on Alameda in Menlo Park. Now taking signups for the next session of Youth Dance and yoga classes.  The next session begins the week of 11/4. Signup here.  Preballet, ballet, hip hop, yoga- all in a fun and positive atmosphere after school.  Classes for ages 3-Teen.  View the youth schedule here.

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Presented by Dancers Repertory Theatre and Menlo Park Academy of Dance and reviewed as a "charming alternative to the Nutcracker."  Come see Las Lomitas' own Juliana, Sabrina, Tedi, 
Ashley and Yue!  Performances at Woodside Performing Arts Centeron Saturday December 7 (4:00 p.m.), Sunday December 8 (1:00 and 4:00 p.m.Saturday, December 14, (1:00 and 4:00 p.m.), and Sunday, December 15 (1:00 and 4:00 p.m.). Tickets available on our website or by calling (650) 323-5292.

Menlo Mavericks Swim and Water Polo Team
Now accepting new members for this year-round Menlo Park swim and water polo team! USA Swimming certified swim team for youth age 5-18, plus Water Polo for boys and girls, 14 and under. Practices at Burgess and Belle Haven Pools.  More information available here.

Emotion Regulation Research at Stanford. Participants with Autism, ADD/ADHD and Controls Needed.

We are currently conducting a research study at Stanford University on emotion regulation and reactivity among children with and without an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compared to children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) and typically developing participants. We are recruiting children with ASD, ADD/ADHD and typically developing children (ie., children without a diagnosis of ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, ASD, or any other psychiatric illness) between the ages of 8 and 22. The study consists of up to 4 sessions and participants will be reimbursed $30 for each session and an additional $30 if the online components (questionnaires and a daily emotion journal) are completed. The total potential cash reimbursement is up to $160. US Citizens only (must have social security number to receive payment). Please contact us at if you are interested in having your child participate.


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 that provides academic coaching and homework oversight for students from 1st - 5th grades. Open Monday - Thursday, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Visit our website for more details. 


Alpine Strikers FC is excited to announce upcoming tryouts for the spring season. If your child is excited about soccer, she or he might be ready to come out and participate in these tryouts. Players new to the club can be evaluated via age group wide tryouts. Roster openings vary from team to team and are at the discretion of the coaches. For general club information, please visit our website.  To register your child for tryouts, please click here.  


Menlo College is offering a Junior Oaks Basketball Academy November 10th, 17th and December 8th and 15th.  There are flyers in the Las Lomitas office or you may contact them directly at or call (650) 543-3846.  


The students of Menlo-Atherton High School kicked off their annual Canned Food Drive on Tuesday, November 5. This is a chance for the greater community to rally around the growing number of San Mateo County residents who cannot afford enough food to provide for themselves and their families. According to the Second Harvest Food Bank website, 1 in 4 people in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are at risk for hunger. Many of them are children, and some are our neighbors, classmates, or acquaintances.


This year again, M-A has partnered with Second Harvest to ensure that families continue to have access to food sources beyond the Canned Food Drive. Supporting the Food Drive again this years are: Bianchini's in Ladera, Draeger's in Menlo Park; Key Market in Redwood City; Roberts Market in Portola Valley, the Safeways at Sequoia Station, on El Camino in Menlo Park, and in Sharon Heights, Trader Joe's in Menlo Park, and Whole Foods in Palo Alto. Here is how you can help the families in your community:

  • When you are shopping for your family, please add a few extra cans to your cart and drop them into the Second Harvest Food Bank barrels. M-A students will be handing out the list of most-needed items requested by SHFB.
  • Consider donating online. Type "high school" in the Online Food Drive box and select Menlo-Atherton High School so that your gift can be properly credited to the M-A outreach effort.

Please contact if you have questions. Thank you for your support!


Newsletter Submissions

The Lion's Roar is published by the Las Lomitas PTA as a service to the Las Lomitas families and community. Before submitting an article, please read our newsletter policies.

To submit an item, email Carol Clark ( by 12 noon on the Wednesday prior to the Monday publication date.

Submission Requirements:
  • In the subject line of the email, please include the section in which you wish your item to be placed (see our newsletter policies for the list of our regular sections); for example, the subject may read "PTA News" for any item related to PTA programs;  
  • DO NOT send the article as an attachment but in the body of the email: submissions sent as a Word doc will be rejected;
  • Clearly indicate the title of your submission;  
  • DO NOT send flyers but provide a link to them;
  • DO NOT send pictures but provide a link to them;
For past issues, visit the PTA Newsletter archive

Donna Hall
Lion's Roar Editor

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