The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of October 13,  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:  

  • Fri Oct 17: Sweetheart Dance 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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,  
and this year we've added a special October twist...


Every donation counts!
All gifts received before October 31, 2014 will count towards your child's grade level participation.  The grade with the highest giving level earns $1500 of school supplies, to be awarded in November! 



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 (


Mother Son Bowling


There's not a moment to SPARE!


Join us for our 5th annual Mother Son Bowling party at BelMateo Bowl - a fun, old-fashioned bowling alley in San Mateo. Whether you bowl strikes or gutter balls, you'll look stylish in those cute bowling shoes! We'll provide pizza, cookies, and drinks. Let the pins fall where they may!


Saturday, Nov. 8, 6-8 pm


Buy Tickets here




From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Fall is in the air, which means that Halloween is not far behind. I'd like to share our plans and how you can help make this a safe, special day for children.  


The students love to dress up in a variety of costumes, parade at school and then take to the streets, knocking on doors in search of special treats. On Friday, October 31, we will have our Halloween parade at 10:45 a.m. on the blacktop. We ask that children not wear masks (they impede vision), bring weapons or wear blood as any part of their costume. Children will be seated in a large oval on the blacktop with their class. Three to four classes will parade at a time so all can see and be seen. We ask that parents stand outside the oval. Please do not wear masks.


I want you to understand the school's policy regarding photographs. At any school event, you should only take photos of your own child. No photos of children other than your own may be shared over the internet, either by email or posted on websites. Posting photographs of children other than your own on photo-share sites such as Shutterfly or social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube is not allowed. Some families have specifically asked that their child's photo not be distributed in any way other than in the classroom. It is our legal responsibility to honor this request.  


We ask you, too, to please not send candy to school for snack or lunchtime. With your support and cooperation, I'm sure we'll have another safe and colorful Halloween at Las Lomitas.


Until next time,
Sue Sartor, Principal




We will be on a minimum day schedule November 10, 12, 13, and 14. All students will arrive at 9:00 and be dismissed at 12:20.

To minimize the chaos this creates please note:


Flagpole Pick-up

  • All students will wait in designated locations by grade.
  • Drivers must stay in their car and pull through the pick-up lane.
  • Display name cards in the window.
  • Leave dogs at home.
  • Bicyclists must walk bikes until you are away from the front gate area.
  • Traffic and parking enforcement will be present. Park in designated locations only.


Bus Riders

  • Students may not ride home on the bus for a play date during minimum days. Only regular riders may ride. We are at capacity. Pick up play dates at the flag pole.
  • If students go to the bus for a play date, we will bring both students (regular rider and guest) to the office for pick up.
  • Buses may be a bit late as it takes longer to load and unload on minimum days.



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
Now collecting books for the La Entrada Used Book Fair!   Please donate your unwanted books (children's and adult) to this fantastic event -- 100% of the proceeds go directly to La Entrada School and PTA funded programs.  Books will be collected from October 13 thru Nov 1 at both Las Lomitas and La Entrada.  And don't forget to
mark your calendars for the La Entrada Used Book Fair (Nov 10th -14th)
-- it's a great place to shop for new and like-new books for the whole family!    Please, no technical or textbooks.
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:

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HOLIDAY WORKSHOP - Paper bag request

Hello Las Lomitas Parents! Do you often frequently forget to bring reusable bags to the grocery store? Do you have a bunch of paper grocery bags lying around? Good News! We are collecting paper bags (with handles) to be used for the students to bring home their fabulous Holiday Workshop crafts. Please leave them in the office.  
Thank you! 


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 (
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 opened 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 - 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

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!  

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

Play Tennis with Player Capital!!!
Happy Fall Everyone! 

We're excited to announce our full schedule of junior clinics at Holbrook-Palmer Park for the fall.  The detail is available on our website: Private lessons can also be scheduled. Please email to register or to find out more!  See you on the courts!

Menlo Park Cub Scouts Pack 222  First Pack Meeting!    All interested families with boys in grades 1 through 4 are invited to join us at our first pack meeting, on Thursday October 236:30pm at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA.  If you have any questions, please email Robert Freeman at and you can visit the Pack 222 website at 
St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival 
Fri., Oct. 17th | 3:30 - 7pm
Sat., Oct 18th | 10am - 6pm
Pony Rides, Climbing Wall, Pumpkins, Bungee
Trampoline, Face Painting, Games, Food & More!

1100 Santa Cruz Ave. | Menlo Park
Open to the Public with Free Admission

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