The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of September 1,  2014
In This Issue
From the Principal
Attention Second Session Parents
Arrival and Dismissal Protocol
From the Health Office
PTA News
Volunteers Needed for Hot Lunch
Pancake Breakfast- Saturday Sept 20th
Get Your Las Lomitas Spiritwear!
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links



This Week:   

  • Mon Sept. 1 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Wed Sept 3 PTA Bd. Mtg. - 9:00 a.m. - room 20B

Coming Soon: 

  • Wed Sept 10: Morning with the Principal - 9 am - Cano Hall
  • Sat Sept 20: Pancake Breakfast at 8:30 am Please plan to volunteer and/or attend. This is a great community event you will not want to miss!


From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


This week I'd like to introduce you to our new faculty members:


  • Megan Meyer is teaching 3rd grade. Megan previously taught K and 1st grades in Santa Clara. She worked on various district-wide initiatives in Santa Clara, including implementation of the reading/writing workshop and MARS tasks. She holds an administrative credential so she has several years of experience running summer school programs. Megan's family is in Redwood City, so she is pleased to be able to teach so close to her family and friends.
  • Heather Hower is also teaching 3rd grade. Heather previously taught 5th grade in San Bruno Park School District as a Master Teacher in a Lab School Partnership with Notre Dame de Namur University. In addition to teaching her class, she mentored new teachers and modeled best practices. Heather is excited to be working with younger students here at Las Lomitas.
  • Allison O'Brien is working with the Kindergarten teachers in Movement Exploration and K-3 yard supervision. Allison has two children in the district, so she's familiar with the campus. Many of you may have met her through PTA activities. Allison is a physical education enthusiast and credentialed teacher. We are happy she decided to start working outside of the home again!


Please welcome these talented educators to Las Lomitas and be sure to introduce yourself if you see them on campus.


We've made communication a priority for this school year. There are many ways parents can stay informed on school and classroom events. Teachers send home newsletters on a regular basis in the Monday Envelope, by email or posted on their webpage. Our school webpage has school-wide information. The Lion's Roar is sent home weekly and is the best resource for you to know about upcoming events at school. Please take time to read it each week! Superintendent Cesario also plans to send regular communications to all district families. We encourage you to access these information resources on a regular basis. There is a lot going on at Las Lomitas!


Finally, I'd like to put out an all call for parent volunteers to help with our Green Team composting program. 95% of all our compost is generated by the Hot Food program. The good news is that Choice Lunch containers are compostable. Recology, our waste hauler, requires that we carefully separate trash from compost. To do this we need extra hands during lunchtime. The Hot Food program is provided by the PTA as a convenience to families. Please contact Shirley Chiu at to volunteer for composting or Heather Caelius at to volunteer to serve lunches. Please help us by volunteering to serve and compost so we can keep these programs going!


Until next time,


Sue Sartor



Attention Second Session Parents



We need your help to ensure a quiet learning environment for all students. Second session does not begin until 10:15 when morning recess begins. Please do not arrive on campus or drop your student off prior to 10:15. There is no supervision for students between 9:00 and 10:15.


Early arrival at the flagpole is noisy and disruptive to classes in session. We appreciate your cooperation to make Las Lomitas a place where safety and learning come first.

From the Assistant Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


First, I would like to take the time to personally welcome you all back to the 2014-15 school year. Hopefully by now you have had the opportunity to review the attached Las Lomitas Behavior Matrix with your child(ren). I wanted to take some time to familiarize you with the matrix and provide information on how and why it was developed. Please click here to link to the Behavior Matrix.

Las Lomitas has three rules:

  1. Be responsible
  2. Be safe
  3. Be respectful

The rules are simple and few in number by design, but the meaning of these rules for Kinder-Third Graders can be ambiguous. The fact that these three rules overlap each other makes it even more difficult to differentiate what they mean and, more importantly for our students, what they look like in different situations. The matrix is not an end all be all in regards to behavior at Las Lomitas. To create one that encompasses all areas of the school and includes all examples of expected behavior would be a daunting task and one that would not neatly fit on a wall let alone a sheet of paper. It is however designed to be a springboard for conversation about expected behavior at Las Lomitas and a living document that can be added to as situations arise.parking sign

The matrix was developed after the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) created by the US Department of Education. The key word here is POSITIVE, which is why the expectations are stated as what to do as opposed to what not to do. In a nutshell, PBIS is a "decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students." ( I invite you to click on the link to get more information if you are interested. The matrix is just one part of the system and an important bond between  communicating behavior expectations, concerns and celebrations between school and home.


If you haven't already, then please take some time to review the matrix with your child(ren). During the first week of school, a behavior assembly was held for students in grades 1-3 where the matrix and school rules were discussed. Mrs. Sartor and I also visited individual Kindergarten classrooms to share with them the matrix and rules, as well as our "microwave." The teachers have also discussed the matrix with their students to emphasize expected behavior at Las Lomitas. I encourage you to continue the conversation at home and to create a column for HOME. What does it look like to be Responsible, Safe and Respectful at home? Remember to phrase the expectations in positive language to describe what they should do and not what they shouldn't do. In a world of "NO" we need to remember to tell our kids what they can do. Think about parking in San Francisco and how sometimes it would be easier if the city would tell you when you could park.  


To a great year,


Alain Camou

Assistant Principal

Arrival and Dismissal Protocol


Arrival and Dismissal Protocol


Safety comes first at Las Lomitas. The streets in our neighborhood, including Camino al Lago, are very congested during arrival and dismissal times, especially on Wednesdays and minimum days.   Please take a few minutes to review these safety tips. With everyone's cooperation, we can be sure that our students are safe and help traffic move smoothly.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please share this information with others who will bring or pick up your child from school. We appreciate everyone's courtesy and patience in the parking area, on Camino al Lago and surrounding streets at arrival and dismissal times.


Sue Sartor, Principal



  • PLEASE BE PATIENT and RESPECTFUL; everyone is working hard to get students in and out of school safely.
  • PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY and PAY ATTENTION, even on neighboring streets. Our students are young and not easily seen.
  • PARK IN DESIGNATED PARKING SPACES; please honor the no parkingsigns and only use the handicapped parking spaces if you have a placard. Do not block neighbors' driveways - please model courteous behavior.  Do not park in staff spaces before 9:00 a.m.
  • LEAVE PETS AT HOME. Even the cutest puppy can cause more congestion and possible frighten a student.
  • WRITTEN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FOR A CHANGE IN DISMISSAL; emails are not always read in time.  Be sure the note arrives to school and is given to the teacher first thing in the morning.




  • BE READY TO UNLOAD; have backpacks ready so the line doesn't back up.
  • ALWAYS UNLOAD CURBSIDE; please do not ever unload from drive-through lane.
  • approach the crosswalk area slowly! Be especiallycautious if you are in the drive-through lane.
  • CHECK TO SEE IF THE CROSSWALK IS CLEAR of students and parents before driving forward.



  • ALWAYS use the crosswalk! Be a role model for the children, even when tempted to cut across the drive-through or loading lanes. Remember, evenwhen you are alone, other children may be watching your example.
  • LOOK BOTH WAYS before crossing! Cars may not see you - watch for them.
  • WALK BICYCLES on the sidewalk; LOCK them at designated bike racks.





  • STAY IN THE PICK-UP LANE! Do not leave your car. Do not send someone to the flagpole to pick up your child and bring to the car.
  • PUT THE NAME CARD WHERE IT CAN BE CLEARLY SEEN from a distance.  Hold it up or put it on the visor.  If you do not have a name card, you will be given another one and may be asked to circle around again.
  • DRIVE SLOWLY through the drive-through lane if you are ready to go before others in front of you.





  • KEEP THE HALLWAYS CLEAR; do not wait in the hall to meet your child.
  • USE THE CROSSWALK! Watch for teachers to help cross through traffic.
  • ONLY PICK UP AT THE FRONT GATE OF THE SCHOOL; do not park in the Champions lot or behind the school and ask students to meet you there.
  • ON WEDNESDAYS, do not come inside the gate once dismissal is in progress.  Tell the teacher assigned to the gate area your child's name and she will call your child to come meet you.  Students will be grouped by grade level in the flagpole courtyard every Wednesday and on minimum days.

From the Health Office

Dear Parents,

Greetings from the health office! I am looking forward to seeing how much students have grown over the summer, hearing about their adventures and helping them stay healthy and ready to learn. A few quick reminders as we embark on a new school year:

When to Keep Sick Children Home from School
We all want to try and prevent illness with good hygiene,good  nutrition and enough sleep, but children do still get sick sometimes.
It is not always easy to decide when your student needs to stay home from school due to illness.At Las Lomitas, we use the following guidelines to determine if  an ill child needs to go home:
The American Academy of Pediatrics has some excellent resource for parents, see:

Please pick up any expired medications your student has stored in the main office.  All expired medications will be discarded.
If your student will require medication for the 2014-15 school year, prescription or over the counter, a new medication consent must be completed and signed by physician and parent and submitted with the medication when school resumes:

Lice Checks
Please check your student for any signs of head lice before they return to school after Summer break.Early detection of lice infestations through routine screening at home is 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:

Thank you

PTA News

Thank you everyone who stopped by the PTA Coffee & Volunteer Fair the first day of school.  We had a great turnout of returning and new families. Thank you to Pookie Stern for providing all the refreshments and wonderful treats.

If you were not able to join us for the Volunteer Fair, there are still many volunteer opportunities available and several of our committees need more help to run successfully.  Simply sign up online at by Friday, September 5th.

The following programs require a lot of volunteers to run successfully. PLEASE SIGN UP!

Pancake Breakfast - Pancake Breakfast is right around the corner: Saturday, Sept. 20th, 8:30-10:30am! We need volunteers to Set-up, Cook Pancakes, Serve, and Clean-up. Don't miss this fun Las Lomitas event! Please contact to volunteer.

Green Campus - We have an amazing program that is not only educational for the kids but great for our environment. Consider volunteering for Green Campus and spend time with your children during lunchtime to help compost.  Please sign up on our invitation page on Volunteer Spot.

Picture Day - Help the kids look their best for fall photos.  Volunteer for 2 hr shifts.  Individual pictures will be taken on Sept 23rd and class pictures on Jan 28th.

Fun Fridays - Help organize and run games with the kids during lunch recess the first Friday of each month.  Fun Fridays are a great way to interact directly with the kids and see first hand
playground fun!

Book Fair -
Encourage reading by promoting the fair, creating, running and closing our annual book store at Cano Hall.  Choose from a variety of fun jobs and meet lots of new friends by volunteering for 2-3 hr shifts.  Set up is at 5:00 pm on October 24th.  Fair runs through Nov 1.

Website - Help
 with the Las Lomitas PTA website.  Volunteer work can be done at home 1 hr/wk. 

Feel free to contact me at with any questions. Have a wonderful week of school!

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The Apple for the Classroom program is a way for parents to support their children's teachers 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.  Wishes may include art supplies, gift cards, books, or donations toward a special activity or field trip.


To view the lists, please visit our website at


Once at the site, select the list you want to view. Teachers' lists are divided into two sections, so you can choose to bring an item directly to the classroom or you can choose to make a donation via PayPal.


Thank you for supporting our teachers and enriching your children's experience at Las Lomitas..

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Holiday Workshop Planning Meeting                                           

Wednesday, September 24, Science Room: 9:00am

It's that time again!  Calling all parents!  Would you like to help with the Holiday Workshop?  Do you have an idea for a craft that  our kids would enjoy?  Perhaps, be a table lead?  Come join us at our opening meeting to prepare for this fun event.  If you have a craft, bring a sample to share.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or want to lead a craft table but are unable to attend the planning meeting. 

Sign up to volunteer to help with this fun day via the PTA website.  Save the Date: The Holiday Workshop - Wednesday, December 3 
Contacts: Kristina Valentine & Josie Tang (

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Box Tops for Education

boxtops Please remember to clip, collect, and submit box top coupons found on many favorite brands such as Betty Crocker, Nature Valley, Kleenex, Huggies, Ziploc, and so many more. Las Lomitas earns 10 cents for each box top submitted, and these really add up! Box tops can be turned in any time to the cereal box in the Las Lomitas office. Write your student's name and room number on the bag containing the box tops to be eligible for our prize drawing which will be held in mid October.

Thank you for supporting our school! 
Volunteers Needed for Hot Lunch



Without your help, We will have to cancel the Hot Lunch program!

PARENTS, we can't do this without you - Whether you have children enjoying Hot Lunch or not, we need your help! If we don't double the amount of volunteers for hot lunch, the school will have to cancel the program.

Volunteering for hot lunch is only an hour commitment from 11:40-12:40, and you can sign up to help weekly, every other week, once a month or as an on-call sub. Volunteering for hot lunch is one of the easiest ways to help the school, and it also gives you a chance to see your child and get to know the other students and volunteers. This is a fun job to do with friends, make new friends, and enjoy what is incredible about Las Lomitas... THE COMMUNITY! Our most urgent needs are for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For questions about volunteering for hot lunch, please contact Heather Caelius at
Pancake Breakfast- Saturday Sept 20th
pancakesoutreachPlease support your school and join us for our annual Las Lomitas Pancake Breakfast Saturday, September 20, 8:30 - 10:30.  Featuring live entertainment from Fur, Scales and Tales, as well as coffee and espresso drinks from Nespresso.  Tickets are $6 per person in advance, or $8 at the door.  Outreach is available for this event.  Contact Alain Camou at 650-854-5900 ext. 269.  Don't miss this delicious and fun community building event!  Click here to sign up.

We need volunteers!  If interested, please contact
Get Your Las Lomitas Spiritwear!

Fridays at Las Lomitas are Spirit Days! So wear red or get your Las Lomitas Spirit Wear online at Also look for the Spirit Wear table at this weeks PIN Night on Thursday, August 28th, or the upcoming Pancake Breakfast on September 20th. Don't forget to bring cash or checks. Credit cards accepted online.

Community News
In Home Private Tutoring with a Credentialed Teacher
Julianna Hollander is a CA credentialed teacher with 13 years experience in education.  
She is available for Pre-K through 5th Grade tutoring. Sessions may include kindergarten readiness skills, homework help, and intervention or enrichment in reading, writing and math.  She has extensive experience with special needs. Local references are available upon request. Contact her today to discuss your child's needs via email at, or phone at 650-722-0025.
Jeff Arons' fall Tennis Program at Sacred Heart begins September 3rd.  Classes are for adults and Juniors. Visit the website at or email

Host a foreign exchange student:  AFS (American Field Service) is looking for host families for high school foreign exchange students for this school year.  AFS has students awaiting news of their host family in our area, and needs to quickly identify hosts and secure school spots.  If you have ever considered the rewarding experience of hosting an exchange student, please step up now to welcome on of these students.
To learn more and review a list of students and their profiles, click here and enter your zip code to see the students who will be coming to the Bay Area.
All AFS exchange students are honors students who have been selected for the program based on their academic success, responsibility, adaptability and optimism.  Host families provide a bedroom (they can share a room with a child of the same gender), meals, and transportation to/from school and activities.  The student's family pays for their travel and other expenses.
To learn more about hosting, please contact
Troy Henri at or 646-381-3289.

Play Tennis with Player Capital!!!
Happy Fall Everyone!  We're looking forward to our fall session of group clinics starting 8/25 at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton.  Here is a link to the schedule:
Please email to register or to find out more!  In addition we are starting an interest list for morning classes for late birds and Wednesday classes for early dismissal.  See you on the courts!

Play Tennis this fall at Burgess Park!
Menlo Tennis Academy offers year-round weekly group tennis lessons for kids age 6-12 years, right in Burgess Park. Head Coach Jake Vu uses a dynamic style of instruction designed to keep kids engaged, while building a foundation of essential skills important to the development of youth tennis players. Classes available Monday and Wednesday, 3:45-4:35pm (Level 1) and 4:45-5:45pm (Level 2).

Menlo Mavericks Swim and Water Polo Team
Now accepting new members for year-round Menlo Park swim and water polo teams! USA Swimming-certified swim team for youth age 5-18, plus Water Polo for boys and girls, 13 and under. Practices at Burgess and Belle Haven Pools.

Youth Dance and Fitness at Studio Rincon - Fall Youth Dance schedule begins the week of 9/8. Youth classes from 3 years old to teen- Hip Hop, Pre-ballet, Pre-tap. Teens welcome in Yoga & Fitness classes. Studio Rincon is a Dance, Yoga and Fitness studio at 3536 Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park just down the street from Las Lomitas.  Schedule and signups at Classes are filling up fast. 

Newsletter Submissions

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