The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of December 9, 2013    
In This Issue
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
Kindergarten Registration
Next Year Session Requests - Returning Families ONLY
School News
Las Lomitas League
La Entrada News
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links




This Week:

  • Dec. 11 (Wed.) - Joint PTA Board Mtg.  
  • Dec. 11 (Wed.) - School Bd. Mtg. - 7 p.m. - D.O.    



Coming Soon:  

  • Dec. 20 through Jan 5 - Winter Break



On the Calendar:

  • Jan. 6, 2014 - School Resumes
  • Jan. 7 - registration begins for LLL classes  - 7 p.m. 
  • Jan. 20 - Holiday
  • Jan. 29 - Class Pictures  


Please note:  Articles for the Lions Roar of January 6, 2014 are due Wednesday, December 18, 2013.  Thank you.   



PTA News
Nominating for 2013-2014 PTA Board

The executive board of the PTA has approved a Nominating Committee to begin filling the slate for next year's board positions.  The Nominating Committee members include:




Lori Brockman 

Krista Hoffman
Julie Herlihy
Julie Clugage 



If you are interested in taking an active role on next year's PTA board please contact any member of the Nominating Committee.



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Holiday Workshop Thank-You's
Thank you to all the volunteers who made this year's Holiday Workshop a great success! We hope you and your children enjoyed the event.
Many thanks to our wonderful table leads without whom the workshop would not have been possible!....Jenn Polly, Laura Purpura, Deirdre Dougherty, Shaler Barnes, Maki Ikeji, Shirley Chiu, Katya Chen, Anita Sidhu, Heather Caelius, Cheryl Cho-Phan, and JungEun Lee.  And, finally, another big thank you to Bianchini's Market for their paper bag donation!  It's never too early to start thinking about next year's Holiday Workshop crafts! If you have a great idea, let us know!
- Kristina Valentine and Josie Tang
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Thank you!


A huge thank you to all the families who participated in the

Thanksgiving campaign to fund meals for kids in need. So far, we were able to collect about $3,500.


We will keep the link for donations active on the PTA site for those who did not have a chance to participate or would like to make additional contributions. We hope to meet our goal by the end of holiday season.


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Are you searching for the perfect holiday gift for your child's teacher?
The Apple for the Classroom program provides a way for parents to support their childrens' classrooms 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. You can fulfill teachers' wishes by bringing an item to the school office or by donating via PayPal toward a special item of your choosing. Thank you for supporting our teachers!

Please click here to donate, or go to visit our website


liLas Lomitas Education Foundation

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Looking for gift ideas?   Sign up: HERE 

Guy's Night In for the 2014 BCS Championship Game

Watch the 2014 BCS Championship Game from a movie theater lounge seat, or play pool, air hockey, and darts in front of the large flat screen TV nearby.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Una Cena Italiana con Vino

Come to the MacDonald casa on Saturday, February 8, 2014 for an evening filled with laughter among amici old and new. Authentic, Italian cooking and homemade limoncello!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Indian Cooking Class and Dinner Party

Fun and engaging two-hour cooking class Guests will learn to prepare three dishes from start to finish, and then enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Saturday, March 1, 2014



  Excellence is built one donation at a time

LLEF Our Children Our Schools Our Community
From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas families,


I just returned from visiting the Holiday Workshop where joyful faces filled Cano Hall. This event is a perfect example of the community we have. Moms, dads and grandparents were on hand to help the children with their creations. Thank you to all the dedicated parents who help create a community at Las Lomitas that is focused on the children. Together we can help them grow and learn to be contributing members of the Las Lomitas community.


Taliah Carter is now teaching in Room 15 for Mrs. Morris. Mrs. Morris' baby girl was born on Thanksgiving Day! Both mom and baby are doing fine. Ms. Carter taught fifth grade at La Entrada the first few months of the year while Ms. Cook was on leave. Originally from Texas, she is an enthusiastic, experienced teacher.We are very pleased to have her as part of our faculty.


As mentioned a few weeks ago, we are gearing up for next year's kindergarten registration! Tours began last week and continue through February. Registration for incoming K-3 students for the 2014-2015 school year begins on January 6th. Please be sure to read the details about the kindergarten registration and session request process in the article below. If you know of any families with incoming kindergarteners, please be sure to share the information with them. We have a new session request procedure for incoming students that eliminates the need to line up ~ it is all going to be handled online!

There is also an article in this Lion's Roar about session requests for returning families.The session request process for returning families is different than for those entering kindergarten or for new students. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor



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 3:30 p.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
Next Year Session Requests - Returning Families ONLY

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.


 School News

From the Health Office:

Parents:   A reminder to check your children for any signs of head lice before they return to school after Winter break.  Early detection of lice infestations through routine screening by caregivers at home has been found to be the most effective way to reduce outbreaks. Please contact the Las Lomitas health office with any questions you may have about lice prevention, detection or treatment and the nurse can assist you.


For more information about head lice, please see " A Parent's Guide to Head Lice " published by the California Department of Public Health  

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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.  



Please note:  


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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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

Las Lomitas League

The Winter/Spring 2014 LLL before/after-school class schedule will be up on our website the first week of December so parents can start planning.  

Registration for LLL Winter/Spring 2014 classes opens at 7:00 p.m. on January 7, 2014 -- so remember to put this date down in your calendar.   
La Entrada News

The La Entrada Service Club is looking for "elves" to provide a boy or girl a gift in The Family Giving Tree this holiday! We believe that income levels should not interfere with what it means to be young & experience the joys of the holidays. In addition, we will be initiating an ongoing project that will provide much needed materials for a Belle Haven Classroom in East Menlo Park. Additional items such as pencils, copy paper, markers, etc will be added to the Giving Tree as special ornaments. 


The Family Giving Tree collects thousands of specific wishes for 280 local social service partners. Sadly, one in four Bay Area children is currently living below the poverty line. Dealing with that reality during the holiday season, a time typically reserved for joy, is especially disheartening for the children. You can give a child that moment of excitement and joy as they open their wished for gift. So the LE Service Club will be putting together a GIVING TREE in the La Entrada Main Office where kids can choose a child to shop for and make their gift wish come true! There is also a virtual tree on the website where kids and their families can choose something to give online or just make a donation! 

For questions, please contact a parent volunteer: Molly Drewes,, Amy Harber,, Monica Albers,, Katie Evans,, or Shari Guggenhime,

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Amici's Fundraising Day/Night
MondayJanuary 13th from 11:00 am. - 10:00 p.m  - Save the date! 
Amici's has generously offered to host a fundraising event to benefit the 8th Grade Washington DC trip.  Please help spread the word and invite all your friends and family to take a night off from the kitchen and eat at Amici's! (Take-out orders are okay, but deliveries are not included.) Just bring the attached flyer to Amici's, and they will donate 25% of your total food and beverage bill to the La Entrada 8th Grade Washington DC trip! It's so easy and yummy, and great for everyone! 
Business Partners

Nice Lice Advice - 75% of the mothers who bring their children into Honeycombers also have lice.  My four daughters had lice twice, but I never got them, even though the girls were sleeping with me from time to time and we snuggled at bedtime.  We've asked our customers and it seems like the most likely culprit in those cases where the mom gets lice is sharing combs or brushes.  It seems so easy to just grab your brush from your purse and run it through your little one's head... but try to resist the urge.  Keep your brush, comb and hair accessories high up out of children's reach, and invest in a brush for each child.  Even if lice does come into your life, hopefully it will skip you.  Brought to you by Honeycombers Lice Advice & Treatment Salon in downtown Menlo Park.  Come by to purchase all-natural lice prevention and treatment products to treat your children for lice yourself at home.  Or call 1.888.863.2005 to book an appointment to have your children checked, and if needed, treated for lice by our friendly Combers.  We offer appointments 7 days a week in our bright, clean salon or in the privacy of your own home.   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


The Menlo-Atherton Grizzlies Lacrosse Club will be fielding teams for the Spring 2014 Season Boys & Girls ages 5 - 15 are welcome.  We have openings on Girls and Boys Under 9 teams and wait lists at other levels. Registration is open now.  Looking for player & coaches!!  See our website for more information or email

Jeannie Goldman, instructor for Creative Art for Young Children, is offering winter classes for children 3 yrs. to 5th grade, January 8 - April 5 at the Portola Valley Town Center.  The Winter session begins with white animals, snowy backgrounds and snowflakes!  For more info, go to their website or call Cindy, 851-1700 ext. 200, to register.

"Spirit of Uganda", Friday, January 17, 7:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family to the 'Spirit of Uganda', an amazing performance on Friday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. at Carrington Hall at Sequoia High School in Redwood City.  Come see this talented and inspiring group of children from Africa (age 11-18) perform riveting dancing, drumming, and singing from East Africa.  This performance is organized by and benefits Empower African Children, a 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to creating transformative and globally connected learning experiences, preparing orphaned and vulnerable children for a lifetime of influence.  "Invigorating the stage with that elusive thing called joy." - The New York Times.  Purchase your tickets on-line now before they sell out.   This is the only local performance as part of their 4 month tour of the United States.  Questions? Please email  Click here for a short video

Winter Break Sports Camps: Dec. 30 & 31, Jan. 2 & 3  Basketball - ages 5-11 - 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. - $255 Baseball - ages 5-11 - noon - 2:30 p.m. - $255  These fun classes are exciting, non-competitive introductions for boys and girls.  Children will learn fundamental skills and basic rules while having a great time.  Call Coach Tim to register 996-3308, Menlo Park Rec 330-2222, or

COACHES NEEDED (must be at least 18 years old) for after school flag football, soccer, baseball and basketball.  Call Tim Bowler 996-3308 or

Camp Menlo Holiday Camps
Register now for one-day December day camps at Burgess Pool for kids age 5-9! Each day includes a 45 minute swim lesson and out of the pool, campers enjoy various group games and activities that encourage self confidence, growth, teamwork, and fun!

  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.



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.  


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;
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For past issues, visit the PTA Newsletter archive

Donna Hall
Lion's Roar Editor

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