The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of January 13, 2014
In This Issue
From the Principal
PTA News
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
Kindergarten Registration
Next Year Session Requests - Returning Families ONLY
School News
Las Lomitas League
La Entrada News
Stanford Studies Seek Participants
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:

  • Jan 17 - 11:30 p.m. Registration closes for Las Lomitas League classes 


Coming Soon   

  • Jan. 20 - Holiday
  • Jan. 29 - Class Photos 


From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


It felt good to be back on campus with the children after our winter break. We hit the ground running with our Read-A-Thon! I encourage you to support your child in this endeavor. The Read-A-Thon was created to provide a way to generate funds for the school, yet support our mission and vision. Instead of selling pizza coupons, students are reading books and listening to books being read to them. As a primary school, literacy is the foundation for all learning. Over the past several years, we've seen students gain significantly in their reading skills during the Read-a-Thon. As you know, the more you read, the better you get! Be sure to enter the minutes your child reads each week. It's exciting to see the graph grow on the banner by Cano Hall!


The Read-A-Thon not only supports literacy, but it is an opportunity for the whole school to participate in a common goal. This builds community. Community is a term that is hard to define. Wikipedia states, "The word community is derived from the Old French communité which is derived from the Latin communitas (cum, "with/together" +munus, "gift"), a broad term for fellowship or organized society." The Read-A-Thon provides us with the opportunity to be "together", which is definitely a "gift." Thank you to all the dedicated parents who support our effort to create a community that is focused on the children. Together we can help them grow and learn to be contributing members of the Las Lomitas community.

Communities function effectively when there is clear communication.  As in any community, there will be misunderstandings or disagreements. Open communication between the parties involved will quickly solve most problems. This week I'd like to share our school's practices regarding communication. In the School Handbook (on our website) our process is described. As a general rule, always start with the classroom teacher when you have questions about your child, curriculum, assignments, homework or classroom programs. The teacher may recommend that you talk with Kathy Ruwe, counselor, if you have concerns about your child's relationship with peers or a family crisis.

If you still have questions, please contact me. Together, you, the teacher and I can work to come to an appropriate resolution. The Harvard Family Research Project website states that "parents and teachers consider communication the number one factor to increase trust. When teachers and parents are on the "same page" they can engage in more individual and concrete discussion around student progress and develop realistic goals and plans of action that are linked to student achievement (Drake 2000; James, Jurich & Estes, 2001)."

Another opportunity to communicate with one another is at the "Mornings/Evenings with the Principal" sessions. The next session is scheduled for February 26th in Cano Hall following the PTA's General Meeting. There is always a selected topic for discussion, but these gatherings are also an opportunity for you to get your questions answered. I look forward to seeing you. 


Until next time,

Sue Sartor, Principal


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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Submit your Artwork by Wednesday, January 22nd.   All contest entries will be        memorybook
included on the back cover of the Memory Book!!
The Memory Book team would like to invite all Las Lomitas students to submit artwork for the cover design of this year's Memory Book. We can't wait to see your creativity! Please only one submission per student.
Contest rules:
  • Use crayons, watercolors, or colored pencils.
  • Use watercolor paper or another type of paper with texture, if possible.
  • Use 8˝ by 11 inch sized paper. (Slightly larger is OK.)
  • Drawing should be in "portrait" format, meaning it should be taller than it is wide.
  • Be colorful! Don't leave the background blank or white.
  • Include the "Las Lomitas" school name and make it stand out.
  • Include the school year "2013-2014" as part of the drawing.
  • Include the Las Lomitas Lion as part of the drawing.
  • Artwork should be "friendly" (no battles or weapons, please).
  • The edges may be trimmed slightly, so don't put anything important close to the edges.
  • Be sure to write the artist's name, room number, and teacher's name on the back of the drawing. Use a pencil for the name and write lightly so the writing doesn't show through the artwork on the front side. Do not use Post-it Notes as they can fall off and become lost.
  • Please see Memory Books from prior years in the Las Lomitas library if you need ideas for your cover art.
Entries should be placed in the Memory Book bin in the Las Lomitas office no later than Wednesday, January 22nd.  And remember, all contest entries will be included on the back cover of the Memory Book. They will also be displayed at the Student Art Exhibition during Open House. Artwork will then be returned when yearbooks are distributed in early June.
Questions? Contact Tracy Williams at

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Ready, Set, Read!!


Report your Read-A-Thon minutes online today!
Login here!   All minutes reported will be included in our weekly update of the Read-A-Thon banner outside Cano Hall as well as real-time online!  Login all month to see how close each grade is to reaching its goal and earning a popcorn celebration!   
The Milestone Minute popcorn kernels have begun popping up on the Read-A-Thon banner! Come check it out!  Students reaching 500, 1000, and 1500 "Minutes Read" are acknowledged with their name placed on a kernel on the official Read-A-Thon banner.  Has your child read a great book recently?  Students will be bringing home an optional Book Review form in their white envelopes today.  Please turn completed forms into your child's teacher.  Submitted reviews will be posted in the library unless space becomes limited.  Additional forms are available in the library.  


Come join us for Storytime in the library on Wednesday mornings (8:35 - 8:55 a.m.) during the Read-A-Thon featuring our specialists as Guest Readers.  This week, Ms. Moran (Reading Specialist) and Ms. O'Connor (Occupational Therapist) are our guest readers!
Running low on books to read at home?  Many classes have their library book check out policy increased up to 5 books per student during the Read-A-Thon!  In addition, parents can create an account and check out additional books!  If you need a new Read-A-Thon brochure, please go to our website and download the forms today or stop by the school office!
Questions?  Please contact Cheryl Cho-Phan,
liLas Lomitas Education Foundation

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Please support our schools and donate today


Only 3 weeks left to meet our Challenge Grant!  

Please help us earn $80,000 at 80% participation.

Let's see which grade will be the first one to reach 80%


It's week two, 1st grade takes the lead from the Kindergarten class, can they hold it?



When 80% of our District Families have made a gift of any amount to the Foundation, we will receive an additional $80,000 Challenge Grant Donation for our schools.



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Registration Information for 2014-2015


Kindergarten registration for children who will turn age five on or before September 1, 2014 opened 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

The Lost and Found will be donated Thursday, January 23.  Please come have a  look!

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

Registration for Winter/ Spring 2014  LLL before/after-school classes is open.  Register your child for a LLL class before registration closes January 17th.

For schedule of the classes and to register online, please visit our website.

For more information, please refer to our FAQ here.   

(Note: Please note that once registration closes, we do not accept late registrations. And parents who have registered on a wait list will only receive an email IF a space becomes available - we appreciate your understanding that admittance is not guaranteed.)
frLa Entrada News


Today is Amici's Day!
Stop by Amici's TODAY, Monday, January 13th, and help support our 8th graders! 25% of all dine in and take out orders will be donated to the Washington DC trip fund. Fundraising hours are from 11am - 10pm, so grab your family and friends, and enjoy a great meal! Be sure to mention the La Entrada Washington DC trip when placing your order, or bring a printed copy of this flyer.
Stanford Studies Seek Participants

Autism researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine are recruiting twins for an investigation of the role of genetics in shaping the autistic brain. The team is seeking same-sex twin pairs aged 3 to 14.  Study subjects can be identical or non-identical twins.  In addition to a non-invasive MRI scan, all subjects will also receive standard cognitive and IQ assessments, as well as a battery of diagnostic tests for autism.  To obtain more information or volunteer for the trial, contact the study coordinator, Sue Cleveland, at (650) 723-7809 or

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CHILDREN WITH ASPERGERS OR HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM NEEDED FOR STANFORD STUDIES:  Do you have a child age 7-12 with high functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome who would like to participate in a Stanford brain study about how the brain processes auditory or mathematical information?

The Stanford Brain Development Project is also seeking typically developing children within the age range of 7-12 for these studies. Participants must be right-handed, verbal, without braces, and able to complete several testing sessions and an MRI.

Visit our website or more information and to fill out a participation form, email or call Leslie at 650-736-0128.

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STANFORD BRAIN DEVELOPMENT STUDY - Brain Imaging Research on Learning in Children

Do you have a child who likes to play puzzles, math games, or memory games?  If so, join the Stanford Brain Development Project, and help us understand how children learn information!

We are seeking children who are right handed, ages 7-12, without a learning or attention disability, and without braces.

Visit our website for more information and to fill out a participation form, email, or call Leslie at 650-736-0128.
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


Alpine Little League: Registration is open for the Spring Alpine/West Menlo Little League season.  Boys and girls between 5 and 12 years old can register for Alpine Little League baseball.  Tryouts will be held Jan 19 and Jan. 26.  Registration can be completed online here

The Lifetree Cafe, located at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud, is offering several programs in January.   The mysteries and meaning of mental illness will be explored on Wednesday, January 15, 7 p.m. and Thursday, January 16 at 9:15 a.m.  Coping with the demands of caregiving will be shared on Wednesday, January 22, 7 p.m. and  Thursday, January 23 at 9:15 a.m.  For more information, please visit the website.   Register by January 24 and join us for Parents' Night Out on February 1st.  Children ages 1-10 will have a fun-filled night, including dinner, with caring babysitters.  On-line registration can be found here.

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 1/6/14. 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.

Join the Menlo Park Library's resident tale-spinner, Storyteller John Weaver, for our Thursday Afternoon School-Age Storytelling series! It is something cool after school! No, not a story time; story telling. School-agers & adults alike will love these captivating, hilarious tales-all told without a book.  Resuming January 9th, every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.  


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.

Jeff Arons' Spring Tennis Program begins February 1st at Sacred Heart.  The programs are for adults and juniors.  For more information, please go to our website or email

"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

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.

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

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Donna Hall
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