The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of September 29,  2014
In This Issue
From the Principal
From the Foundation
English Language Advisory Committee
PTA News
Halloween Costume Drive
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:  

  • Wed Oct 1: PTA Bd. Mtg. 9:00 - 11:00 room 20B

Coming Soon:

  • 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,


Today I would like to write a bit about our wonderful volunteers on campus. Las Lomitas School functions like a large family to meet the needs of each individual student. Each "family member" contributes to an environment where all may succeed. There are many opportunities for involvement, including direct work with students as a volunteer on campus.


In a typical week, over 150 parents, grandparents or community volunteers support student learning by working in the classrooms, working in the library, serving hot food, leading literature discussions, helping at the compost station or being guest readers.


We appreciate the time and energy spent by volunteers, and want to remind everyone of the need for confidentiality when working on campus. Please report any concerns you may have to the teacher and/or administrator; do not discuss another child and/or your concerns outside of the school.


Please keep in mind that what you see as a volunteer is a snapshot. All children have strengths and weaknesses, good days and days when they are tired. We all appreciate the time and talent that volunteers bring to enrich learning opportunities for our students. Thank you for helping us make Las Lomitas a campus where parents and professionals work in an open, collaborative environment for the betterment of our children.

While I'm on the topic of volunteers, I want to thank Shirley Chiu, Elizabeth Wood and Susana Fung for volunteering to help with our compost program during lunch. Although this is hardly a glamorous job, it is an important one. By composting, the children learn that they can make a difference every day to make our fragile planet a better place. These wonderful parents model responsible behavior and help us keep 6 garbage cans of trash out of the landfill each day! We welcome others to join in so we may keep our composting program operating. Without additional volunteer support, we may need to discontinue this practice. Please contact Shirley Chiu at if you can help out for 45 minutes one day a week. Thank you!


Until next time,

Sue Sartor





From the Foundation


The 2014-15 Annual Giving Campaign has begun!

                                      Donate online now at

The Annual Giving Campaign is the Foundation's mission-critical fundraising effort, directly supporting the LLESD's operating budget to help provide "excellence in education" at our schools.  We have an ambitious goal of $2.8 million - representing $2,000 per student - and 100% community participation.  We highly encourage - and greatly appreciate - gifts made before December 31, 2014 to assist the School Board with their budget planning.  Thank you in advance for your support!



Questions? Contact Julie Clugage, or Kelley Clugage,, AGC Co-Chairs. 






Donate today at



Father-Daughter "Sweetheart" Dance





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

Grab your favorite Little Sweetheart from Las Lomitas or La Entrada and get ready to "Rock Around the Clock" at the much-anticipated Sweetheart Dance (formerly the Father-Daughter dance). Pull out the poodle skirts, bobby socks and saddle shoes, and don your cuffed jeans and leather jackets to do "The Twist" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll" your way around jukebox classics with your little sweetheart. Pocket combs optional.


Buy your tickets here (


Woodside Height Progressive Dinner, Saturday October 11th.


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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Thank you to everyone for making this year's Pancake Breakfast a success! pancakes
Nearly 700 plates served to benefit the PTA!
A huge thank you to all our volunteers and our sponsors: Bianchini's, Nespresso, Fedex Office and Mariposa Bakery

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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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Please start SAVING your books (children's and adult) 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
October 13 thru Nov 1 at both Las Lomitas and La Entrada.  Questions?   Please contact Monica Albers (

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We need more volunteers to assist at lunch!  Recology, our waste hauler, will not haul our compost waste unless it is properly sorted.  If we do not comply with their regulations, we may lose the hot lunch program.   Please volunteer to help Mrs. Sartor and Mr. Camou with the small children at lunch time.  It's also fun!


For parents who send lunch to school, please use washable containers for your children's lunch.   We maintain zero trash lunches.  Leftover food is to be taken home. Disposables containers will be sent home.


We are so grateful to keep Hot Lunch, but let's not let our composting efforts go to waste. Let's keep our reputation intact and be a model for all other schools in the area. Yes, we need you to help with TRASH!


Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: 
Halloween Costume Drive

Halloween Costume Drive - Give Families in Need a Special Treat             


Please help the families of Haven House Family Shelter have a great Halloween by donating new or gently used costumes in all sizes (infant through adult).  The Girl Scout troops of Las Lomitas and La Entrada are working together with Suzanne Mitchell (La Entrada Technology Director) to collect costumes at both schools.  Look for the bins and Girl Scouts during morning drop off the weeks of October 6th and October 13th at Las Lomitas and the week of October 6th at La Entrada. No need to even get out of your car, we will take the costumes to the bin for you! (The bins will be out at both schools until 10/17.)
Haven House, part of Innvision/Shelter Network, offers emergency and transitional housing for homeless families.  Each night almost 100 kids (infants to teens) call the shelter home while their parents are working to move them back to permanent housing.  Your donation of Halloween costumes will ensure that these families can participate in the fun of the season at a very difficult time in their lives!


Any questions: contact Ginny Rader, Suzanne Decareau  or Suzanne Mitchell

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
Menlo Park Library presents STORYTELLING!  Tales from the oral tradition - October 2, November 6 and December 4 at 4 p.m. in the library's downstairs program room.  Join resident tale-spinner John Weaver for hilarious tales told without a book!  Fun for all ages!!

Friends of the Menlo Park Library present Rainbow Magic Arts and Crafts on Sunday, October 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Create a tiny fairy garden to take home!  This activity is for children ages 4-9 and registration is required.  To register, go to

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.

Play Tennis with Player Capital!!!
Happy Fall Everyone!
We're excited to announce a fun kick-off event at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton on Sat. Oct. 4 from 10:30am-12:00pm. It will include contests, demonstrations, free adult and junior clinics and refreshments.

You can also meet our coaches and get information about our programs - also available on our website:
Please email to register or to find out more! See you on the courts!

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. 

Newsletter Submissions

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