The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of October 20,  2014
In This Issue
From the Foundation
From the Principal
PTA News
Las Lomitas Book Fair
From the Health Office
Lost and Found
Tech Corner
Music Informances
Art Notecards
Pumpkin Patch Event
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
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This Week:  

  • Oct 25 - Nov 1: Book Fair - Cano Hall
  • Sat Oct 25 - LLL Basketball registration closes 11:59 p.m.
  • Wed Oct 29 - Mandatory LLL basketball Coaches Meeting (6:30 p.m.) and fingerprinting of new coaches, LE Library
  • Sat & Sun Nov 1 & 2 - LLL Basketball player evaluation days (schedule TBA), LE gyms

Coming Soon:

  • Fri Oct 31: Halloween Parade 10:45 a.m.
  • Wed Nov 5 - Student Make-up Picture Day
  • Wed Nov 5 - PTA Bd. Mtg. 9:00 a.m. - Room 20B
  • Wed Nov 5 - Evening with the Principal 6:30 p.m. - Library
  • Nov 10, 12 - 14 - Conferences - Minimum Days - ALL STUDENTS ATTEND SCHOOL 9:00 A.M. - 12:20 P.M.
  • Tue Nov 11 - No School Veterans Day
  • Wed Nov 12 - School Bd. Mtg. - 7:00 p.m. - LE MUR
  • Nov 24 & 25 - No School - Staff Development days
  • Nov 26 - 28 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
From the Foundation


The 2014-15 Annual Giving Campaign is underway,  
and there's no better time to give than now! 







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,


Las Lomitas has a legacy of exemplary programs in the arts. Music, visual arts and dance instruction have been part of the school curriculum for many years. Our district is committed to providing students a rich arts program from the day they enter school.


Our teachers bring a variety of depth or experience teaching the visual arts elements of line, color, shape/form, texture, value and space. They each provide students with multiple experiences to develop artistic expression, creative expression, historical and cultural understanding and authentic valuing.

For the past several years, we've been fortunate to have a way to provide ongoing staff development for teachers while enriching the visual arts program for students through the Artist-in-Residence program. Returning for her fifth year as our "Artist-in-Residence, Donine Ettinger provides lessons to enhance the classroom arts program. She schedules lessons with the teachers in drawing, painting, printmaking and clay sculpture. Lessons include experiences in screen printing, intaglio printing, relief printing, still life, and self-portraits. Clay lessons focus on pinch pots, plaques, picture frames, animals and glazing.

Donine is an experienced educator and professional artist. She meets with teachers prior to each session to plan the lesson. Teachers select lessons that best fit their students' needs and allow them to learn new strategies and techniques to incorporate into their classroom program. It is an ideal arrangement -students learn while teachers learn! The Artist-in-Residence program enhances the core art program at Las Lomitas and provides training for future years.


Please see Suzanne Mitchell's article in today's Roar about text-messaging. It is important that you "opt in" to receive any messages from the school in this format. We will continue to provide emergency information via phone and email, but texting seems to be the easiest way to contact parents in a hurry!


Barbara Torres, our librarian, moved to the East Bay and will be taking a full-time position there at the end of the month. I know you will join me in wishing her well in her new position. The library position is posted on If you have anyone who is a credentialed librarian, please share this information with them or ask them to contact me for details.


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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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 and Volunteer Request

We are in need of at least 350 handled grocery bags for the Holiday Workshop!
Please check your car, pantry, garage!  You may leave the bags in the office.

We are also in need of many more volunteers for the Dec. 3rd Holiday Workshop!
Especially 3rd, 2nd, and Kindergarten parents.  Please sign up on the PTA
website for this super fun event.


Contacts: Kristina Valentine & Josie Tang (
Las Lomitas Book Fair

Mark your calendar! The 2014 Las Lomitas Book Fair is coming!                  


We are thrilled to have our book fair hosted, once again, by Hicklebee's, a wonderful independent bookstore in Willow Glen specializing in books for children and young adults since 1979!  They proved to be a fabulous partner the last few years and we're looking forward to a fine selection of books again this year!


Be sure to stop by on Family Night on Wednesday, October 29, at 6:00 p.m. to hear Sue Sartor and Alain Camou read bed time stories to the kids! The Book Fair will also be open on Halloween--a great time to shop before or after the Halloween Parade (which starts at 10:45 a.m.).


All students are invited to enter the POSTER ART RAFFLE. Two poster raffle winners will WIN A $12 GIFT CARD to spend at the book fair. 


For the Poster Art Raffle, create a poster of a favorite book/book series. Please BRING POSTERS TO BOOK FAIR ON 10/24 BETWEEN 2 - 7 p.m. (if you can't make it that day, please drop them off in the office or with your teacher by 10/27). Don't forget to put the student's name and teacher on back. 


Please sign up to VOLUNTEER AT THE BOOK FAIR by clicking on this link:

This is a fun and relaxing way to share your favorite books with others and peruse new books to consider for your own library!   


Book Fair Hours:


Saturday, October 25 9:00am - 2:30pm

Monday, October 27 2:00pm - 8:00 pm (Working Parents Night)

Tuesday, October 28 8:30am - 10:15am & 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Wednesday, October 29 8:30am - 4:00pm, 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Family Night)

Thursday, October 30 8:30am - 4:00pm

Friday, October 31 8:30am - 10:15am, (closed for Halloween Parade) 11:45 am- 4:00pm

Saturday, November 1 9:00am - 2:30pm (Last Day)


Please visit the PTA website for complete details






From the Health Office

Recently, two cases of Pertussis or "Whooping Cough" have been reported in our district.  Pertussis is a highly communicable disease that infects the respiratory tract with a persistent cough that can last for 6-10 weeks.

Pertussis can be spread through the air when an infected person coughs and sneezes. To help prevent the spread of pertussis and other respiratory illnesses, please remind your children to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing and wash hands frequently, especially when sick. 

The vaccine is usually protective, but sometimes even immunized children and adults can get pertussis.  This is because the immunity that is acquired from the vaccine can decrease over time.  For this reason,It is important to keep up to date with DTaP immunizations and a Tdap booster shot for best protection. 

For more information or any concerning symptoms, please contact your health care provider or San Mateo County Communicable Disease Control and Prevention: 650-573-2346.  For further information on pertussis: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

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Flu season will be starting soon.We will be taking steps to reduce the spread of flu at Las Lomitas by promoting good hygiene and alerting you if your children are sick at school. We need your help to do this, below are some tips:
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children over the age of 6 months get the flu vaccine. This is the single best way to protect against the flu!
  • Teach your children to wash their hands often. Washing with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds is ideal( that's about as long as it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday"song twice.)
  • Teach your children the proper use of hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.Place about a quarter size blob of gel on the palm of the hand, rub the sanitizer over the whole hand and continue to rub until the hand sanitizer is dry. This should take about 20 seconds-"Happy Birthday" sung twice.
  • Teach your children to keep their hands away from their face and avoid touching their mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of their elbow. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve-not your hands!
  • Keep your child home if he/she is sick. They should stay home until their temperature is normal for 24hrs (below 100 degrees) without the use of fever reducing medication.Please also refer to these guidelines for when to keep sick children home:
  • Help your children to learn these healthy habits by setting a good example and always doing them yourself.

Thank you and if you have any questions or concerns, contact your doctor or the school office. The web site: also has up-to-date information about the flu. Together we can help keep your child healthy for learning.



Lost and Found


Tech Corner

How to OPT-IN to begin receiving important LLESD information as text messages to your cell phone
We are adding a text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger, the system we now use for broadcast phone calls and emails. This will enable us to send out important information, relay bus issues, send alerts, provide schedule updates, and most importantly to send emergency broadcasts. 

The system will be configured to send text messages to the cell phone numbers that you submitted into InfoSnap, but only to the recipients who have agreed to receive them. 

On Tuesday, October 21st, all parents and contacts per student record, will receive a text asking you to "opt-in" to this service. We highly recommend at least one parent per home responds "yes" so you can be informed of important information via the text message option. Recipients easily opt-in by simply sending the word "Yes" or "Y', in response to the text message, to the number 68453
The exact message you'll receive Tuesday afternoon which your wireless carriers will be seeking response to is: "John Doe" text messages.  Reply Y for aprx 3msgs/mo. Txt HELP 4info. Msg&data rates may apply.  See 

If you have any questions, please email Suzanne Mitchell,  Thank you.

Music Informances

Music Informances are coming up!                                      


Please come watch your child's music informance. This is an opportunity to see what we're working on in music class.  


Music informances are scheduled for the week of November 3-7 in room 37.  


Your child's specific time is listed on the music website. Click on the following link and then take time to look around the new music website.
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 incorporating 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 if not purchased, so that all children who wish to participate may do so. 


Order forms are distributed NOW 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 or to obtain an order form? Please contact Molly Drewes (  or Tissha Brumm ( )


Thank you to all the volunteers who help make this possible, to the generous parents for supporting the creative arts in our schools and to the kids for reaching out into their community!!  


Pumpkin Patch Event

Please join us at Webb Ranch for Ambassador's for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's Annual Pumpkin Patch Event!

This Wednesday, October 22nd any time between 1-6pm. Buy pumpkins for your family and one to donate to the children at the LPCH.  We will be setting up a pumpkin patch at the hospital the very next day for all the children who can't make it out to celebrate this year.  There will be a pony ride, train rides, bouncy house, haunted house, face painting, and a family photographer present.

Bring your family and friends and join us for this amazing event at Webb Ranch!!

Please contact Jen at for details.
Las Lomitas League

Las Lomitas League

Basketball Season and Registration

Last Call for Basketball! Register soon before registration closes on Saturday, Oct 25 at 11:59 pm! Divisions are filling up and players are on wait lists. If we get more coaches to form another team, we will move players off the wait list. We need more coaches for the following divisions: 
3rd grade girls
4th grade boys
6th grade boys

Please volunteer to coach! You do not need a lot of experience; we can pair you with a more experienced coach. We also provide an excellent coaching clinic. Contact Sue Bartalo if you're interested.

Please mark your calendars with 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 announced soon). Evaluations are used strictly to divide each grade/division into fair and balanced teams. Your child's grade/division will be assigned a specific day and time. The schedule will be posted here next week, and you will also be notified by your division coordinator.
Coaches announce their teams a week after player evaluations. Practices begin in mid-November, games begin Friday, Dec. 5th, and the season ends in early March. Additional information about the basketball program can be found on our website
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.

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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!!

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 

Newsletter Submissions

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