The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of September 22,  2014
In This Issue
From the Principal
From the Foundation
English Language Advisory Committee
PTA News
Support Food Allergy Research
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:  

  • Tue Sept 23: Student Picture Day
  • Wed Sept 24: Holiday Workshop Planning Meeting 9:00 - 10:30 , room 22

Coming Soon:

  • Wed Oct 1: PTA Bd. Mtg. 9:00 - 11:00 room 20B
  • Wed Oct 8: School Bd. Mtg. 7 p.m. LE MUR
  • Oct 25-Nov 1: Book Fair - Cano Hall
  • Fri Oct 31: Halloween Parade 10:45 a.m.


From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


We have two possible openings on our School Site Council (SSC). The SSC 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), Tami Bannister (1st), Colene McKeon (2nd), Heather Hower (3rd) and Sue Sartor (Principal). Parent representatives are Eric Ver Ploeg, Artis Montague, Jennifer Le, Jung Eun Lee and Laurie Sobel.


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


Thank you.

Sue Sartor



From the Foundation

Tickets Still Available to These Fantastic LLEF Events!  



4th Annual Ladies Round Robin Tennis

Friday, September 26 from 10am - 2pm at Alpine Hills Tennis Club





Father-Daughter "Sweetheart" Dance

  • Friday, October 17, 2014 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Jensen Hall at La Entrada





*****VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help with the Father-Daughter DancePlease help make this night special and contact to get involved.  It is so much fun to be with the Dads and Daughters on their special night. Thanks in advance! ***** 



Click here to buy tickets now!




English Language Advisory Committee




Las Lomitas School



The English Advisory Committee (ELAC) was established to advise the Governing Board on programs and services for English Learners. A majority of the Committee must be parents of English Learners. This committee meets five times a year to review and monitor programs that affect our English Language Learners. Among its responsibilities are:

  • to also serve as a member on the District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC)
  • to assist in developing school plans for English Learners
  • to conduct an annual needs assessment
  • to prepare an annual language census
  • to advise the District regarding redesignation procedures

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please call Nicole Montre, ELD Teacher at Las Lomitas (854-5900).


El comité consejero del programa para alumnos aprendiendo inglés (ELAC) fue establecido para dar consejo a la Mesa Directiva sobre los programas de los alumnos aprendiendo inglés. La mayoria del comité consejero tiene que ser de padres de familia de alumnos aprendiendo inglés. Este comité se junta un vez al mes para aconsejar, examinar y comentar sobre los servicios y programas que la escuela le ofrece a los alumnos EL. Algunas de las tareas son:


  • Tomar una silla también en el comité consejero del distrito del programa para alumnos aprendiendo inglés (DELAC).
  • Ayudar en establecer un plan educativo para los alumnos EL.
  • Conducir una evaluación de necesidades para cada escuela.
  • Preparar el censo annual de lenguaje.
  • Examinar y comentar acerca del procedimiento para la reclasificación.

Si tiene interés en este comité, por favor llamen a Nicole Montre, maestra de ELD en la escuela Las Lomitas (854-5900).


PTA News

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

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

Please come and share your holiday craft ideas!  If you are interested in leading a table but do not yet have a craft, this is a great opportunity to get inspired.  Samples of crafts from previous years will be available and there's no telling what a room full of creative minds will come up with!

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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Please start SAVING your books to donate to the La Entrada Used Book Fair.  LE Book Fair Logo 100% of the proceeds from this fantastic event go directly to La Entrada School and PTA funded programs.  And don't forget to mark  your calendars for the November Used Book Fair (Nov 10th - 14th) --it's a great place to shop for new and like-new books for the whole family!  Books will be collected in October at both Las Lomitas and La Entrada.  Questions?   Please contact Monica Albers ( 
Support Food Allergy Research

Support Food Allergy Research!

Shop to support Food Allergy Research at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford University School of Medicine

Whole Foods Palo Alto
774 Emerson Street
8 am - 10 pm
Wednesday, September 24 

5% of total sales directly benefit SAFAR - Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research.  Click here for more information.

Business Partners
QWERTY Education Services, a premier provider of education services for Menlo Park, Palo Alto and surrounding Peninsula communities for over 25 years, offers private, one-on-one tutoring services, educational testing by Licensed Educational Psychologists and a variety of custom other education services designed to help your child.  Looking for multi-sensory math tutoring, help with writing, study skills support, educational testing or expert insight about how your student learns?  QWERTY is here to assist. - See more at:
Community News

Paid Emotion Regulation Research at Stanford. Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and Controls Needed - earn up to $200.

We are currently conducting a research study at Stanford University on emotion regulation and reactivity among children with and without an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compared to children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and typically developing participants. We are recruiting children with ASD, ADHD and typically developing children (ie., children without a diagnosis of ASD, ADHD or any other psychiatric illness) between the ages of 8 and 22. The study consists of up to 5 sessions and participants will be reimbursed $30 for each session and an additional $30 if the online components (questionnaires and a daily emotion journal) are completed. The total potential cash reimbursement is up to $200. US Citizens only (must have social security number to receive payment). Please contact us at if you are interested in having your child participate.  If you are willing to help us in any way, please let us know so that we can provide you with any additional information you may need.

If you would like to read more about our study, here is a link to our website:


Thank you so much for your time and consideration in helping us. Feel free to contact our principal investigator, Andrea Samson ( with any questions, comments, or suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

NJB Winter Basketball registration is now open at  Our focus is on skills-based instruction, personal growth, and positive competition for kids from 1st through 8thgrades in MP, Atherton, PV, Woodside, or EPA.  The season runs from November through February. Deadline for early registration with reduced fees is 9/28!

Creative Art for Young Children
@ Portola Valley Town Center
Sept. 17- Dec. 6th 
(No classes Nov. 26-29

Calling all kids with wild imaginations! A splash of Red...a dab of Yellow...a smidgen of have just painted an Autumn tree!  For this session the kids will find and use fall colors in all we do.Corn Husk Dolls, Paper Bag Pumpkins, robot parts shop and Robot Collages, wood sculptures of Van Gogh's Yellow House and drawn pictures of our toy Red Fire Truck. 
Then to top everything off we will end with our ever famous Art Show with the Magic Brush! 
FOR MORE INFO and to register go online to ( Registration forms also available at their office, 765 Portola Rd.  You can also call Cindy (650) 851-1700 ext. 200

Fall Lacrosse!!  Join us for Grizzlies Fall Ball-Sunday Afternoons September 28 - November 16th. Boys and Girls ages 5 - 15 are welcome and is open to all Peninsula towns. Fall is a great time to come out and Try Lacrosse or work on stick skills before Spring Season.  All U11 - U15 players must try out in the Fall for spring teams.  Ages 5 - young 9's do not need to try out.  See our site for more information or email us at 
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 www.studiorincon.comClasses are filling up fast. 

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