The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of May 12, 2014
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
School News
Parents of Third Graders
Kindergarten Registration
Next Year Session Requests
Brownie Troop Water Pollution Presentation
Daisy Troop Pet Supplies Drive
Sequoia Union Bond
Business Partners
Community Presentations
Community News & Events
Summer Programs/Camps
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links



This Week:

  • Wed. May 14 - Dance Festival 9:30 a.m. - All K's attend school 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.  All 1st - 3rd graders attend school 9:00 s.m. - 2:05 p.m.  
  • Thu. May 15 - Plant Based Diet discussion - Cano Hall - 7:00 p.m. - see below for more information 
  • Sat. May 17 - LLEF Fun Run 

Next Week: 

  • Thu. May 22 - Open House and Student Art Exhibition
  • Fri. May 23 - Grandparents' Day - All K's attend school 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.  All 1st - 3rd graders attend school 9:00 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.


Coming Soon:

  • Mon. May 26 - NO SCHOOL
  • Tue. June 10 - Third Grade Field Day
  • Wed. June 11 - MINIMUM DAY - Last day of school - ALL STUDENTS ATTEND SCHOOL 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.


Las Lomitas Education Foundation

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Saturday, May 17th 


Pre- register online through May 15th



We hope that you can join us for the Foundation's 3rd annual Las Lomitas - La Entrada Fun Run, which starts at 8:30 a.m. from the Las Lomitas Kindergarten playground. 


Three separate run/walk events will be held: 


  • The Munchkin Run:  a short course on the Las Lomitas playground for the youngest participants (8 and under)
  • 1 Mile run/walk:  a medium-distance road course on the beautiful streets of Atherton
  • 5K run/walk: a flat and fast road course through Atherton, from Las Lomitas, around the Circus Club, and back

This year, for the first time, medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each event (men/women, boys/girls, for all 3 races). 


The events aren't just for runners: walkers and those pushing strollers are welcome too.  Pre- register online through May 15th.  Race day registration opens at 7:30 a.m.


We're very pleased to announce that race photography will be provided by district parent Scott Witt of Range-Findings, whose style is informed by the bearing-witness traditions of Street, Available Light and Photojournalism; expressed through his own signature called Lifestyle Reportage. If your children have had playdates with his kindergarten daughter, chances are he's also taken their picture.  You can see his work at, and race pictures will be available on


Want to help with this FUN event? We need 
volunteers to help on race day (time keepers, food/drink tables, traffic/course monitors, etc.).  
If you would be willing to help, please contact Josie Tang (

For those registered for the Fun Run, avoid an extra step the morning of the race, and pick up your race bib and Fun Run t-shirt at Las Lomitas on Thursday, May 15th.  We will distribute race bibs and t-shirts at the front of the school at all three pick up times: 12:20, 2:05, and 3:30 p.m.  T-shirts and bibs will also be distributed the morning of the race, but avoid the line and pick yours up on Thursday to wear the day of the race!  Thank you, Kristina Valentine

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A huge THANK YOU to EVERYONE who donated, 

volunteered and participated!




Tickets to adult and kids events are still available and will be for sale online 
at at noon today! 
Don't miss out on our great end of year and back to school parties for the kids, as well as Mother/Son Bowling and the Sweetheart Dance!  We have a great offering of events for adults too! Tickets are still available to most of our in demand parties... be sure to look online and buy your tickets! 





 LLEF Our Children Our Schools Our Community
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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, or going to and clicking on the Grandparent's Day icon  on the left side. The RSVP deadline is the end of April, or when we reach 450 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.

From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Are you prepared for an emergency? At Las Lomitas we have many systems in place to ensure the safety of your child during an emergency. We have drills to practice what to do in case of a fire, earthquake or cause to shelter-in-place. This past week we had one planned and one surprise drill.  On Thursday, we held a full earthquake/disaster evacuation drill. All students and staff evacuated, the campus was secured and a command center was established. Staff set up a first aid area and parent volunteers arrived to help us simulate our student release system. The drill was a huge success. Within 20 minutes the entire campus had been searched and we were prepared to release students back to class.


About a half-hour after returning to classrooms, the fire alarm went off! Once again, we evacuated to our assigned locations. Although Mr. Efren quickly located where the alarm had tripped, we did not know why it was set off, so we waited for the fire department to arrive (siren and all) to make a thorough check before returning to class. Fortunately, there was not a fire or any danger. The alarm system is being checked to ensure we don't have future false alarms. A nice surprise was learning that Atherton Police alerted staff at the district office of the alarm, so they quickly came over to campus to assist if necessary. I cannot express how proud I am of how the students and staff responded in both situations. I am also pleased with the communication system we have district-wide to ensure outside support is alerted right away.


If this had been a true emergency, we would have used our district-communication system to notify you immediately. Please note that we can only reach you if the contact information we have is correct.  Be sure to notify the school if you have a new email or phone number. Make sure that names and phone numbers of emergency contacts are entered through InfoSnap should we not be able to reach you. Your child needs to know who you have authorized to pick them up if you aren't available. Children are instructed to not go home with someone without your permission. An emergency can be a confusing situation. Your planning will help minimize unnecessary confusion. Finally, be sure the adults who are emergency contacts know that they are listed and may be called. Safety is our number one priority. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Until next time,

Sue Sartor



 School News 
All-School Dance Festival

Wednesday, May 14

9:30 a.m.  (on the blacktop behind the library)

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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


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.


Water Pollution Presentation by Brownie Troop 61718
Please join Brownie Troop #61718 to learn about the importance of water and ways to protect this precious resource.  Troop members will be at the flagpole the mornings of May 14, 15 and 21 to present on keeping our water and food chain clean. The girls promise to educate and inspire you to love water and hope you will join them in making a water promise.

Keepsakes provided to the first 300 participants who join the girls with pledges to help save or conserve our water!  Join us!

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!


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
Business Partners
Business Partners are sponsors of the Las Lomitas Education Foundation.  These announcements are not endorsements from the Las Lomitas PTA.

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



Welcome to SOLID! Our organization was co-founded by a parent at Las Lomitas, and we arecommitted 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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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 Presentations

Please enjoy this information on community presentations.  These announcements are not endorsements from the Las Lomitas PTA.

Talk about Plant Based Diet and Health  - Cano Hall - May 15th - 7:00 p.m. 
Wondering what all the fuss is about Plant Based Diets? 

There is a lot of misleading and conflicting information about what is a healthy diet.  Come join us in discussion with John Tanner Ph.D. who suffered near-fatal cardiac arrest four years ago. After a couple weeks of recuperation and some further tests, his cardiologist said  he could go back to his life the way it was. But John started doing research - and found nutrition could save him from further heart disease.  He looked at resources like the China Study and and adopted a plant based diet. He will share how this leading killer, heart disease, can be completely avoided through a proper diet, and that cancer, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and about 30 other diseases can be reduced, avoided, or reversed by this same diet. About of us will die needlessly, many mistakenly believing we are eating healthy. John will relay to you the scientific information you need to avoid heart disease and other leading killers.  Come hear how John reversed his heart disease for himself and his employees by hiring a professional chef for his personal company.  Each attendee will be given a coupon good for a free book or DVD.  For more information please see   Please rsvp to Laurie Sobel at
Community News & Events


Please enjoy this information on various offerings in our community.  These announcements are not endorsements from the Las Lomitas PTA.



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.

Circle of Friends Preschool Looking for a great little preschool in the Las Lomitas neighborhood?  Come see our developmental, play-based program where children have opportunities to create, explore, problem solve, learn skills and concepts, and integrate knowledge in a hands on supportive environment. 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For more information, please email cofpreschool@gmail.comcall Debbie 650-854-2468 or visit us online


Paws To Read

Children's Summer Reading 2014

June 9 - August 9

Readers are winners at the Menlo Park Library! Read at least 5 books, and submit a special project (diorama, report, drawing, collage, sculpture, etc.) about your favorite book, and you will win a FREE BOOK, plus a few surprises, AND be entered in a raffle to win one of many special prizes. Additionally, join us for our special summer events!  For more information, call us at (650)330-2530.  Stay tuned!  Our new website will be adding summer reading information soon a


Leave Your Paw Print on the Library!  Summer Mural Art Project

Wednesdays June 25, July 2, July 16 and July 23 - 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Join art instructor Betsy Halaby to create a 3-D animal menagerie to decorate the library!   


AYSO Region 109 Menlo Park - Atherton Soccer
Registration for fall soccer begins online at midnight on May 1. All children born between August 1, 1995 and January 31, 2010 are eligible for our recreational league. Returning players can complete registration online; new players must come to walk-in registration on Saturday, May 10 or May 17 from 10 am to 1 pm at Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Avenue. For more information, visit our website or email

Alpine Strikers FC Tryouts for Fall 2014
Want fun competitive soccer for the fall? Join the Alpine Strikers FC!!! High quality professional coaching and fun play in local league games. Tryouts for all age groups, 6 years old and up, will be starting the week of May 13th.  Please visit us online for more information and registration.

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.   
AYSO Region 25 (Portola Valley, Woodside, La Honda)
For boys and girls ages 4-14. Register online April 1 - May 31
Fees: $175 until June 1 (U8 and up); $125 Kinder (U6) $225 late registration. For questions please contact Don Yates at  or 650-851-2690. K-League plays Wednesdays or Thursdays at Ormondale (subject to change); U7-U10 games Saturdays in Portola Valley and Woodside; U12-U14 Saturdays.

PLAYFWD Community 3 or 5K Walk and Run
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
Location: Foothill College, Los Altos
We have launched a new campaign and we need your participation to help support education and kids. Join us and support our cause! Walk, play and have fun with family and friends.  100% of funding raised supports school programs for education and sports.  PLAYFWD Community 3-5K Walk and Run supporting education and children
Summer Programs/Camps

Please enjoy this information on local area summer camp.  These announcements are not endorsements from the Las Lomitas PTA.

LAS LOMITAS SUMMER PROGRAM:  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!

SUMMER DANCE CAMPS at Studio Rincon - Dance Camps are scheduled and ready for online sign ups for ages 3-Teen. Six different camps to choose from- with amazingly talented and fun instructors. All Camps are offered in the afternoon, providing a healthy snack and a lot of fun.  Conveniently located close the home at 3536 Alameda de las Pulgas! Online sign ups now open!

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 the Edmo and EdTech websites 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 online.  

Ohlone Art Camp
Established 1997
Ohlone Art Camp started in June 1997 at Ohlone Elementary School but moved to my backyard studio during remodeling at the school in 2001.  I kept the name "Ohlone Art Camp" because I am sure that Ohlone Indians once lived in my neighborhood; I have found arrowheads, bones, and seashells in my yard!  


I believe in running a low-key, calm, and fun camp.  We create beautiful silk paintings, learn embroidery, mosaics, mask making and more.  I believe that there are no mistakes in art..if they want to paint a pink bluebird, it's fine with me! 


I have two wonderful dogs, Sugar and Ruby, a beautiful orange corn snake named Willy, and two Chinese Silkie chickens, Lucy and Sophie.  The vegetable garden is always in state of planting and young hands are welcome to help!


If your child wants to do some reading, they are welcome to find a spot and do so.  We will discuss one new word per day and find interesting subjects of conversation which in the past have ranged from King Tutankhamun to travels in Shanghai!  


Open for ages 5 and up and attendance is recommended for children who can maintain concentration on their projects.  Monday-Friday, $250 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) $500 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).  For more information, visit us online or call Kristen Johnson (650) 493-4383 or (650) 799-0832 or email

BIG FUN WRITING with LISA MITZEL: A dynamic instructor in Menlo Park, Lisa is a published writer, speaker, an NCAA National Champion gymnast, and a former coach at Stanford University. With an MFA in Writing, Lisa offers Writing Camps, Workshops, and Tutoring for your child or teenager. Look at June and July dates for fun, skill development, and personal attention - Essays and Creative Writing. Contact Lisa at or 650-279-0680, or visit us online.  
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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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