The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of October 27,  2014
In This Issue
From the Foundation
From the Principal
PTA News
Las Lomitas Book Fair
From the Health Office
Music Informances
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links



This Week:  

  • Oct 25 - Nov 1: Book Fair - Cano Hall
  • Mon Oct 27 - Working Parents Night at the Book Fair 8 p.m.
  • Wed Oct 29 - Family Night at the Book Fair-6 p.m.
  • Wed Oct 29 - Mandatory LLL basketball Coaches Meeting (6:30 p.m.) and fingerprinting of new coaches, LE Library
  • Fri Oct 31 - Halloween Parade 10:45 a.m.
  • Sat & Sun Nov 1 & 2 - LLL Basketball player evaluation days, LE gym

Coming Soon:

  • 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! 


Participation Rankings
by Grade as of 10/22/14 -

Kindergarten and 2nd Grade are tied for the lead!    






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,


Parent-teacher conferences will be held November 10-14. November 11 is Veteran's Day - no school that day. We will be on a minimum day schedule on the four conference days. All K through 3 students will begin school at 9:00 a.m. and be dismissed at 12:20 p.m. that week.


The first parent-teacher conference is designed to better familiarize the classroom teacher with your child, to recognize your child's strengths and needs, and to coordinate school and home support. In fact, it is a sharing time whereby parents and teachers discuss and plan how best to assist the child in the learning process.


Conferences are scheduled in time blocks set by the teachers. Some teachers may schedule appointments before these minimum days. We ask your cooperation in being prompt to your conference time and date so there will be maximum time to talk about your child. Please note that there is to be no tape recording at parent conferences unless you have notified the teacher in advance and have the teacher's written permission.


It is customary here at Las Lomitas for other school personnel (i.e. counselor, Principal, Assistant Principal, reading specialist, etc.) to attend parent-teacher conferences. We believe that by working as a team and sharing information we are able to better support your child.


Research shows that parent involvement in a child's education is a critical factor in determining the degree to which a child will be successful in school. Attending the parent/teacher conference is one of the ways you can be involved in your child's education. Together we can make a difference.


The next Evening with the Principal will be held November 5th at 6:30 in the Library. I scheduled this evening time to accommodate those of you who cannot attend the morning sessions. These meetings are informal; it is a time for you to ask questions you may have about school programs or practices.  Bond Manager Eric Holm will give an update on facility improvements. We'll also discuss our School Plan, the session request process and parent teacher conferences.  I hope you will join us.



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.

To volunteer to help set up the Book Fair, or to sell books during the Fair, please go to 
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

Las Lomitas Book Fair is going on NOW!





Working Parents Night, TONIGHT!   Monday, October 27 - Open to the public from 2:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Family Night, Wednesday October 29 6:00-8:00p.m. - Listen to bedtime stories read by Sue Sartor and Alain Camou at 6:30p.m. Wear your pajamas and decorate book marks. Come browse the books and see who will win the drawing for the Poster Contest.




Book Fair Hours:


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

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.



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.
Las Lomitas League

Las Lomitas League

Basketball Player Evaluations

Registration has closed and we're preparing for the upcoming player evaluations and team formation this weekend, Nov 1-2. Schedules are posted on our website at, and you should also get an email from a grade-level division coordinator confirming your child's evaluation time. If you volunteered to be an Evaluation Day Assistant, you will be notified about the time to arrive. If you haven't been contacted by Wednesday Oct 29, please email Sue Bartalo or Kathleen Liston.

Coaches announce their teams and practice schedule about a week after player evaluations, once we've finalized rosters. Practices begin in mid-November, Menlo Park League games (3rd-7th grade) begin Friday, Dec. 5th and MPMSL (8th grade) games begin Monday, Dec. 15. Additional information about the basketball program can be found on our website at

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

Do you have a daughter who is interested in joining Girl Scouts? Are you interested in helping girls become leaders for our future? If yes, please join Melissa Cardinale, Danielle Naftulin and Barrie Shapiro as they hold a parent information night on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in Cano Hall. Girls from any grade level can join a troop, so don't worry if your daughter didn't start Girl Scouts in kindergarten. Please RSVP to by November 1, 2014 with your contact information, your daughter's name and grade level. We look forward to meeting you!

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!  

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!

Alpine Strikers is a local competitive youth soccer club serving the areas of Menlo Park, Portola Valley, and Woodside.  The club is holding their annual tryouts for all age groups; U8-U19. If your child is interested in soccer and would like to come out for tryouts, please click here  for tryouts information and registration.  We look forward to seeing you out on the field!

SportsHouse in Redwood City is holding a flag football league this winter, beginning in January.  The teams play indoors.  For K - 3rd graders, all players must sign up individually.  This age group kicks off on Saturdays, beginning January 17.  Teams play 8 weeks and the cost is $199 per child.  For more information, go to or call 650-362-4975.  
Newsletter Submissions

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