The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of April 28, 2014
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
Sequoia Union Bond
From the Principal
PTA News
School News
Parents of Third Graders
R-FEP Celebration April 29, 2014
Kindergarten Registration
Next Year Session Requests - Returning Families ONLY
Daisy Troop Pet Supplies Drive
Business Partners
Community News
Summer Programs/Camps
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
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This Week:
  • Thur. May 1 - Staff Appreciation Flower Day - see PTA News below 

Next Week:

  • Wed. May 7 - PTA Bd. Mtg. - 9 a.m. - room 20B
  • Sat. May 10 - LLEF Auction 


Coming Soon:

  • Wed. May 14 - Dance Festival
  • Sat. May 17 - LLEF Fun Run  
  • Thur. May 22 - Open House and Student Art Exhibition
  • Fri. May 23 - Grandparents' Day


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BUY your tickets NOW:

Tickets are selling fast! Get yours now at't miss out on the best party of the year on May 10th at the Cabana Hotel Crowne Plaza in Palo Alto. can play and stay the night!  Hotel discount has been extended to April 30, so make your reservations now!   


Our Online Auction opens this Wednesday April 30, 2014


* New this year - Menlo Park Mayor for a day, see public works, traffic, planning and police department in action


* Special Memories - Your kids teachers are the best, check out this years Teacher Treasure's


* Summer is only 7 weeks away - Don't miss out on this years summer camp offerings


The ENTIRE Auction Catalog
 is now online for you to review at:  

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Las Lomitas - La Entrada Fun Run
2014 - SATURDAY, MAY 17th

Bring your entire family and join the Foundation's 3rd annual Fun Run starting at 8:30 a.m. from the Las Lomitas Kindergarten playground.  Three separate run/walk events will be held: 
  • Short course on the Las Lomitas playground for the youngest participants
  • Medium-distance road course (1 mile) on the beautiful streets of Atherton
  • 5K run/walk: a flat and fast road course through the beautiful backstreets of Atherton

The events aren't just for runners: walkers and those pushing strollers are welcome too. Pre- register online until May 15th.  Want to help with this FUN event? We are in need of volunteers to help on race day (time keepers, food/drink tables, traffic/course monitors, etc.). If you are interested, please contact Josie Tang (


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We are excited that this year Las Lomitas will be hosting Grandparent's Day on May 23rd.  


We hope that you have mailed the invitations to your children's grandparents so that they can RSVP and join the festivities.  You can also RSVP for them by clicking here.  The RSVP deadline is the end of April, or when we reach 450 registered grandparents, which ever is earlier.  Because space is strictly limited and because each grandparent has his or her own schedule for the day, grandparents must register online to attend the event. 


We sincerely regret that Grandparent's Day is limited to grandparents only; however, parents, nannies, aunts, uncles and family friends are welcome to participate by volunteering for the event.  We could really use your help to make the event a success!


Hurry and sign-up to volunteer today - it will be a fun and exciting morning, with wonderful memories in the making! Click here to volunteer now.

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Sequoia Union Bond

PLEASE JOIN THE LAS LOMITAS PTA IN SUPPORT OF "CITIZENS FOR SEQUOIA UNION HIGH SCHOOL - YES ON A" - The Sequoia Union High School District has a bond up for vote on the Tuesday, June 3 election. The district's great high schools have drawn families to its communities, causing a surge in student enrollment. Enrollment has increased by 20% over the last 12 years and is expected to grow another 20% in the next 7 years. Measure A will provide additional classrooms and labs, as well as updated technology to help the district continue its excellent academic programs as student enrollment grows. Please visit the Yes on A website at to learn about Measure A and how you can help. If you have additional questions about Yes on A, please email Jennifer Le at
From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Your child may have come home this week with great news about new landscaping by Cano Hall. The old dirt hillside was transformed over spring break and now has green grass and trees growing. The work was planned and completed under the direction of Jimmy Hoffman, a former Las Lomitas student, as his Eagle Scout project. Jimmy approached me last year to share his desire to "give back" something to our school. As his former kindergarten teacher, I was touched by his sincere interest in doing something to enhance our learning environment. Joyce Massaro, MOT Director, and Manuel Gallegos, school gardener, worked closely with Jimmy and his crew. Several local companies donated materials for the project, including AAA Rentals, Horizon Landscaping, Wegman's Nursery and the Southbay Waste Management Authority. Several volunteers, including former Las Lomitas/La Entrada students, also assisted: Jim and Jordan Long, Trevor Kelly, Colin Lehr and William Kilmond. This community service project is a wonderful example of what can happen at Las Lomitas. Everyone can make a difference!


Are any of you are interested in serving on our School Site Council next year?   The School Site Council is a group of faculty and parent representatives who meet over the course of the year to address areas of program quality under the School Based Coordinated Program. The Council's primary responsibilities are to review and monitor our Single Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Program budget.  Each member serves for two years. We meet once a month on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30. This year's faculty representatives are Anna Pong (K), Michelle Donecho (1st), Kristy Hyres (2nd), Nikki Montre (3rd) and Sue Sartor (Principal). Parent representatives are Artis Montague, Laurie Sobel, Eric Ver Ploeg, Jen Le and Jung Eun Lee.

If you are interested in joining this group of dedicated parents and educators who monitor the school plan, make sure the budget supports the plan and care deeply about children and education, please join us. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to work with and learn from teachers and the administration.

If you would like to serve on the School Site Council or learn more about it, please contact me at 854-5900 ext.261 or by email at


Until next time,


Sue Sartor



PTA News

Last Chance to order your 2013-14 Las Lomitas Memory Book


The Las Lomitas Memory Book captures special moments throughout the school year in a colorful, photo-filled keepsake.  It will be distributed to students during celebrations in the last week of school. Don't miss out!


Order online 


$25.00* per book




*Outreach is available. Please call Alain Camou, 854-5900 x269, for more information.



Orders close: May 10th, 2014



Please note: if you ordered a Las Lomitas Memory Book at the start of the school year, you will be sent an email the first week back from Spring Break letting you know, so you don't double order!!! 


Questions? Contact the Memory Book Team (

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Staff Appreciation Flower Day (Thursday, May 1st, 2014)                      

Thursday, May 1st (the first day of spring) will be our Staff Appreciation Flower Day.   All the students are welcome to bring flowers to their room teacher and our teaching and non-teaching staff who directly / indirectly interact with your child at school.  These staff include our administrative leaders & their teams, crossing guard, resource teachers and so on.  Jars will be available for children to put their flowers from home into and will be delivered after the late bird drop off.

Please take a moment with your child to make a list of people you want to express your gratitude for and encourage them to remember to bring flowers on Thursday, May 1st.

For any questions or concerns, please contact 

 School News 
A reminder...If you have important information about your child's placement for next year, please let the classroom teacher know or submit that information to me in writing before May 1, 2014.  Any placement information received after this date may not be considered due to our placement schedule.
Until next time, 
Sue Sartor 

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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.

Parents of Third Graders


LA ENTRADA OPEN HOUSE - Tuesday, May 20th

La Entrada teachers will hold Open House in their classrooms on Tuesday, May 20th beginning at 6:30 p.m. Incoming 4th graders and their families are welcome to attend this event. It's a great opportunity to meet the fourth grade teachers: Ms. Goldman, Room 30, Ms. Cummins, Room 31, Mrs. Rivers, Room 40, Mrs. Montalvo, Room 41 Ms. Thelen, Rm 32 and Mrs. Behrens, Room 43, Ms. Bicknell, Rm 44.  (NOTE: Next year's teacher assignments have not been determined as of this date.)


Questions? Call Kathy Ruwe, school counselor at Las Lomitas ext. 267


R-FEP Celebration 

Las Lomitas School District will be celebrating those English language learner students who have demonstrated academic proficiency in English on April 29, 2014, 6:00 p.m. in the La Entrada MUR.  These students will be redesignated as "Fluent English Proficient", also known as R-FEP. Our R-FEP celebration is in honor of students who have graduated from the English Language Development program and will highlight each student through a video show, student presentations and speeches by district administrators and teachers.


Congratulations to our students and their families for this terrific accomplishment!


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.  If you are planning to send your child to Las Lomitas in the fall, please register as soon as possible.  Thank you. 


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. 


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.


Daisy Troop Pet Supplies Drive

Peninsula Humane Society Supplies Drive May 12-16 - Help Animals in Need!


Please help animals in need at the Peninsula Humane Society ("PHS") by donating much needed supplies!  Daisy Girl Scout Troop #62210 (Las Lomitas 1st grade girls) are coordinating a supplies drive as part of their service project for this year. Please look for the bins and Daisies during morning drop off from May 12 through 16!!   You do not even need to get out of your car, we will take it to the bin for you!


PHS has a "wish list" here.


Here is a sample list of items PHS needs that you may have laying around the house:

  • Towels (used or new)
  • Blankets (used or new)
  • Paper towels
  • Newspapers
  • New small squirt bottles
  • Clean collars and leashes
  • Kongs (any sizes, but especially Extreme and/or X-Large Kongs)
  • Soft dog treats
  • Hot dogs (low sodium preferred)
  • Canned gravy-type dog food
  • Muffin tins (holding 6 or 12 muffins)
  • Unopened packages of dog treats (especially soft ones)
  • Creamy peanut butter (unopened)
  • Fancy Feast or Friskies cat food (for tempting finicky kitties)
  • Canned tuna
  • Ping-pong balls
  • Golf balls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plastic film canisters
  • Plastic shower curtain rings
  • Cardboard cat scratchers
  • Large shoeboxes (without lids) for the cats to sleep in



Please contact Danielle Naftulin ( or Melissa Cardinale ( with any questions. Thanks!


Business Partners

Welcome to SOLID! Our organization was co-founded by a parent at Las Lomitas, and we are committed to our mission to help build a SOLID foundation for schools. We design and sell great t-shirts and each time you buy a SOLID tee - we will donate 28.5% of the sales to Las Lomitas Elementary School.

Please check out our website. You can support Las Lomitas NOW by purchasing a SOLID tee directly from our site! 


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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

Summer Camp at Champions
When school's out, fantastic fun is in!
Kids want to have fun this summer, so give them six exciting camps to keep them active and engaged. Want to know more? Life will truly be a zoo during Animal Antics, where kids will learn about animals, and even exercise like them. Your child will learn all about color, textures and lines while learning about famous artists when we hold an Art Expo. By digging into Ancient Egypt, children will enjoy dressing like mummies and building pyramids. Splish Splash sports will keep them cool and active in a water-based, non-swimming environment. Our Wilderness 101 theme will teach children basic survival skills. Not only will your child have a new learning experience, they'll be having a fantastic time while making new friends! Las Lomitas Champions summer camp  will run from June 23rd to July 18th Preschool (9am-2pm) and School-age (1pm-6pm). Full day camp (8am-6pm) available at Nixon Champions. Contact Ruby at (650) 233-1860 or visit our website  
Community News


Creative Arts for Young Children is offering art classes with an Ancient Egypt theme this spring.  Everything from clay pyramids to drawing hieroglyphics will be explored.  Classes are for children from 3 years to 8th graders and are Weds - Sat afternoons and Saturday mornings too.  To register, contact Cindy at 851-1700 ext 200 or register online.

Studio Rincon Youth Dance Classes 
Studio Rincon on Alameda in Menlo Park- Winter/Spring session of youth dance classes started the 1st week of March.  Signup  here.  Pre-ballet, ballet, tap & hip hop are all taught in a fun and positive atmosphere after school for ages 3-Teen.  Classes lead up to the annual end if year show at Woodside HS PAC! View the youth schedule online.   
Join us at the Children's Champions Event on Saturday, May 3rd from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., for a family-friendly afternoon at Stanford Stadium. Benefiting Wender Weis Foundation for Children and Fit Kids, Children's Champions wants you to have fun while being active and healthy! Come mingle with professional athletes and team mascots including Lou Seal, Stomper and Q. Meet members of the Stanford Football team. Run through an obstacle course, participate in a three-legged race, make some arts and crafts, or just have a fun afternoon, all the while helping at-risk children. Tickets available online

Reading & Classroom Volunteers Needed in East Palo Alto - An Hour a Week Could Change a Student's Life (sign up now, September start)
 We are looking now for parents willing to volunteer beginning in September to assist in K-4 classrooms in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.  Either tutor students in a structured reading program or assist teachers in the classroom with individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child's school.   These schools have almost no parents PTA. It's one hour per week starting in September. Our organization provides orientation/training and coordinates everything. Click here for an informational flyer. To learn more about the experience, contact parent volunteers Jennifer Overholt at, Keri Tully at or Ashley Banks at Visit us online to sign up or contact Carolyn Blatman, ASM Program Director, at

Get Out and Explore with the 2014 SamTrans Summer Youth Pass.  This $40 pass allows unlimited rides on SamTrans from June 1 to August 31 and is available to kids 17 and younger.  Passes go on sale May 21.  Visit us online for more information or pick up a flyer in the Las Lomitas office.

AYSO Region 25 (Portola Valley, Woodside, La Honda) 
For boys and girls ages 4-14. Register online April 1 - May 31
Fees: $125 until June 1 (U8 and up); $125 Kinder (U6) $225 late registration. For questions please contact Don Yates at  or 650-851-2690.

Palo Alto Chinese School:  Chinese as a Second Language Program
(Fri evenings 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at JLS Middle School)

Open house for the 2014 Fall semester
 of the Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) program at Palo Alto Chinese School (PACS) will be held on May 2nd, 6:30 p.m.  Come visit us for an orientation, including a tour to view a class in session, and time to speak with current staff and parents.  If interested, please RSVP for your spot in the open house using this form.  Registration for Pre-K, Kindergarten and CSL1-7 classes begins on May 2nd.  Founded in 1963, PACS is the oldest Chinese school in the San Francisco Bay Area
More information available here. 
Summer Programs/Camps

:  Incoming kindergarten through 4th graders will learn about our 49th state of Alaska and the Arctic. This enrichment program spans 4 weeks, from 9:00 to 1:00, June 23 to July 18 at Las Lomitas School. Registration forms can be found in the school office or by contacting Barbara Fong at
Join us for Jeff Arons' Summer Tennis Camp at Sacred Heart.  Morning camps are for beginning/intermediate players to develop their skills while afternoon camps are geared to improving match play performance.  Camps are Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - noon and 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. for first through twelfth graders.  The ten one week sessions begin June 9 and end August 15.
Email or visit us online

Camp Menlo Summer Camp

Camp Menlo Summer Camp registration is now open for camps starting June 2, including our award-winning Camp Menlo Aquatics camp for kids age 4.5-9, Jr Lifeguard for age 9-14, Tennis and Swim for age 7-14, Performance Swim for age 9-18, and two Water Polo camps for beginners and more experienced players. Register before January 31 and save $25 on 5-day summer camps!

Panthers "All Sports" Camp  is back for another exciting 2014 summer.  For more details, here is my website.   Session 1 (June 16-19) is filling quickly with only 10 spaces left and session 2 is sold-out.  Sessions 3 (June 30-July 3) and 4 (July 7-10) have space available.   In order to register, please click here.  Contact Dan Flahavan with any questions: danflahavan@gmail.comI look forward to another great summer with your kids at Panthers Camp.  

Captivating Dance by Nona Summer Dance Camp: Learn/improve dance techniques for Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Tap, Ballet, and more! Additional fun activities included throughout the week.  For advanced campers only - a different special guest choreographer will teach a master class during one day of each weeklong session!  Ages:  boys and girls 4-17 Location: 1923 Menalto Times: M - F 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Beginning/intermediate); 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Advanced) Sessions: June 16 - July 28 Fees: $385/week (family and multi week discount available)  Contact: is again offering several camps this summer.  There are flyers in the Las Lomitas School office.  Visit our website or call 1-800-854-3684.  



Summer Math Camp, Mathitude, presents a Fun & Exciting MATH game experience that will

 change the way your children will think about Math!  This camp is not a 'pencil and paper'

camp. Instead, it's a massive game the children play all

week.  Children will rotate between stations, guided by trained counselors.  Stations include the Design Center, Math Arcade, Treasure Hunting and 007 Secret Agent.  The children roll the dice, or draw a card, to determine their math task (based on interest and level).  Each task attempted and/or solved will earn tokens the children redeem for prizes at our Gift Shop. For entering grades 2 - 8 (all levels welcome). Visit our website to learn more and register!     


Young Outliers, a Silicon Valley summer camp, will be held at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto for children ages 9-13.  Email or call 650-417-3008 for more information. 

La Entrada Coding and 3D Printing Camp

Are you going to be a 4th, 5th, or 6th grader next year? Do you want to learn what it takes to computer program in a fun and supportive way? Then look no further and join La Entrada's Coding Camp, hosted by Mr. Parker Kelly, La Entrada's technology teacher. With over 20 years of teaching experience, 14 as the technology teacher at La Entrada, he will guide you, over a two week period, as we explore a variety of different programming languages and resources as well as some fun multimedia projects. First off, participants will receive hands-on practice using a variety of addicting, age appropriate, tools and online resources to learn about coding. In addition, students will get a chance to explore powerful media manipulation tools such as Photoshop CS6, a broadcasting studio, Garageband, iMovie, Autodesk 3D software and our newly purchased Makerbot 3D printer in our brand new iMac lab. Enrollment is limited to the first 16 students per 2 week session so do not delay in registering. Here are the specifics:

Where: La Entrada Middle School, iMac lab, 2200 Sharon Rd., Menlo Park CA  

Who: Students entering 4th, 5th, or 6th grade in the fall of 2014

When: Choose between two 2-week sessions OR take both!

         Session 1: June 16-27, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - noon

         Session 2: July 7-18, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - noon

Cost: $600 per 2 week session, $1100 for both sessions

For additional information, here is a link to the flyer and here is the link to registration. There are still plenty of spots available. Don't delay, signup today!

Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech Are Back In Palo Alto  

Hosted At Palo Verde Elementary! 

First Time Campers Use Code: FIRSTNEWS14 When You Enroll for $50 off!

Camp Edmo for Pre-K-entering 4th grade, helps kids build curiosity, confidence and kindness.  Our Arts & Science, Animation and Nature sessions are designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, Children's Creativity Museum and MOCHA.  Voted Best Bay Area Camp and Educational Support Program 2009-2013by BayAreaParent!  Every week includes Costume Day, Wacky Water Day, Family Friday and The Edmo Vibe Game. 

Camp EdTech teaches pre-teens and teens entering 5th - 8th grade how to create their own apps, circuitry, video games, digital movies, photographs, and animations. Taught by industry pros and designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Children's Creativity Museum, the Bay Area's premier digital arts museum.  Voted Best Bay Area Technology Camp 2013by BayAreaParent!  Every week includes a specialized digital media theme, camper challenges, outdoor recreation, life skills building and end-of-the-week movie premiers and gallery showings.


Join the fun and Rock the Edmo and EdTech Vibe! To learn more about Summer 2014 sessions and to enroll, visit or  or call 415.282.MORE (6673).  Multi-Week, Sibling and Refer-a-friend discounts too.

Alpine Strikers Summer Camp  It is not too soon to register for any Alpine Strikers summer camp sessions. The camp is for 6 to 10 year old kids excited about soccer. All are welcome. Our professional coaching staff group the kids according to individual skill levels and ages to guaranteed a positive, child focused and high energy experience. Registration is now open at
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
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