The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of October 6,  2014
In This Issue
From the Foundation
From the Principal
PTA News
Halloween Costume Drive
Art Notecards
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:  

  • Wed Oct 8: School Bd. Mtg. 7 p.m. - LE MUR

Next Week:

  • Sun Oct 12: 8:00 a.m. Basketball registration opens

Coming Soon:

  • Oct 25-Nov 1: Book Fair - Cano Hall
  • Fri Oct 31: Halloween Parade 10:45 a.m.


From the Foundation


The 2014-15 Annual Giving Campaign is underway!

Please Donate Now at

Every donation counts!  Thank you for upholding the tradition of excellence in our schools!




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.


From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Today I'd like to recommend a book for you to read: Mindset by Carol Dweck. This book has recently influenced my perspective on student learning and achievement more than any other. Carol Dweck's Mindset is described on the website as follows:


"Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success - a simple idea that makes all the difference.


In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success - without effort. They're wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be develop through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and resilience that is essential for great accomplishment."


Children with fixed mindsets often give up when learning becomes hard. They are accustomed being told how "smart" they are, so when work is hard, they think they cannot do anything about it. Children with growth mindsets realize that they can learn, regardless of innate talent or intelligence, if they work hard and persevere.


Carol will be speaking on October 16 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm in Carrington Hall at Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City, CA. I highly encourage you to attend. The event is free. To RSVP, go to I guarantee it will be worth your while.


Until next time,


Sue Sartor



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.

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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Box Tops for Education boxtops

Please continue 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 October 15.

Thank you for supporting our 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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LE Book Fair Logo
Please start SAVING your books (children's and adult) to donate to the La Entrada Used Book Fair.   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 from 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 will be forced to lose our impeccable TRASH FREE reputation.  Please join in the fun (yes, sorting trash with your kids!) to help Mrs. Sartor and Mr. Camou with the small children at lunch time.  


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. Disposable containers will be sent home.


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


Click this link to volunteer via 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

Art Notecards



Each year Las Lomitas and La Entrada participate in a PTA Fundraiser for the Arts in our schools. Notecards are made from your children's drawings which were completed during the month of September. Funds from the sale of these notecards are used by classrooms for field trips, visiting artists, musicians, speakers, art supplies and literature about the arts. The notecards make terrific gifts for friends and families, thank you notes, and enclosure cards for birthdays. The printed notecards (with matching envelopes) will be delivered to the classrooms Friday, November 21.  


This year we will also be facilitating a Community Service Letter Writing Project benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. Children will be asked to donate one of their notecards to write a message to incoming families seeking treatment for their terminally ill children. Teachers will facilitate this activity and the notes delivered to the Ronald McDonald House during the holidays. Generic notecards will also be provided so that all children who wish to participate may do so.


Order forms will be distributed next week and must be returned to the box in the school office no later than the end of the day on Friday, October 24th. PayPal & Checks will be accepted for purchases and the order form MUST BE SUBMITTED with each order. Unfortunately, late orders cannot be accepted due to the early release for Thanksgiving.


Questions? Please contact Molly Drewes ( Tissha Brumm (, or Laurel O'Neill (


Las Lomitas League

Las Lomitas League

Basketball Season and Registration
Registration for the LLL Basketball Season opens Sunday, October 12th at 8:00 a.m.! This is a very popular winter sport that is open to all students in 3rd through 8th grade. Register early before divisions are full. Registration closes at midnight on Saturday, October 25th.
NEW THIS YEAR: we will register 8-10 players per team. Once a division is full (based on number of coaches), we will start a wait-list and only add more players if we get more coaches to form another team. Register early and volunteer to coach!

Evaluations are the first weekend in November and coaches announce their teams a week later. Practices begin in mid-November, games begin in early December and the season ends in early March. Division coordinators will contact parents with more information towards the end of the month. Additional information about the basketball program can be found on our website




Coaches Wanted! We are a parent-run basketball league and we need coaches. 
You do not need a lot of experience to coach; we can pair you with a more experienced coach. We also provide an excellent coaching clinic. Please contact Sue Bartalo or Kathleen Liston if you are interested in coaching.



Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Wed, Oct. 29th at 6:30pm: Mandatory Coaches Meeting (and fingerprinting of new coaches) in the La Entrada library. We will choose practice times and review rules, expectations, evaluations, etc. Practice times are selected based on coach availability and a lottery system.
  • Nov. 1st& 2nd (Sat/Sun): Player Evaluation Days (schedule to be determined). Evaluations are used strictly to divide each grade level into fair and balanced teams. Your child's grade/division will be assigned a specific day and time closer to the date. Please check back here or on the LLL Basketball webpage in late October.
Join the LLL Board of Directors!
Join the team that provides enriching and fun after-school activities and sports for Las Lomitas and La Entrada students! The Las Lomitas League (LLL) is a parent-led, non-profit organization and we are expanding our board of directors. We have the following open positions: 
  • President-in-training - Shadow the current president and learn about the programs and responsibilities of the LLL President. Lead the board beginning in June 2015.
  • Basketball Co-Director (in-training) - Work with the current director to learn about our successful recreational basketball program. Co-lead the program in 2015-2016.
  • Secretary - Take minutes at board meetings. Maintain records of board policies, actions, etc. Edit LLL articles for Spot/Roar newsletters.
  • Member-at-Large - Join the LLL board to learn about our programs and help in small ways. We would like an at-large member from each school.

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

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. 

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