The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of November 17,  2014
In This Issue
From the Foundation
From the Principal
A Request...
PTA News
Cub Scout Food Drive
Las Lomitas League News
Business Partners
Community News
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Coming Soon:

  • Nov 24 & 25 - No School - Staff Development Days
  • Nov 26 - 28 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday


Mark Your Calendars:

  • Wed Dec 3 - Holiday Workshop
  • Wed Dec10 - PTA Mtg/Joint LL LE luncheon
  • Wed Dec 10 - School Bd. Mtg. - 7:00 p.m. - LE MUR
  • Fri Dec 19 - No School - Winter Break begins

Winter Break: December 19 through January 4.  School resumes January 5, 2015. 

From the Foundation
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The season of thankfulness and reflection is upon us.  It is an appropriate time to reflect upon our shared good fortune to live in the extraordinary Las Lomitas Elementary School District, with its 30-year legacy of remarkable community support for high quality education.  The annual LLEF gift   

to our District is simply fundamental and essential to the achievements of our schools and students.

As a reminder, we need to raise $2,000 per student, with 100% participation, to reach our fundraising goal of $2.8 million

It is critical that every family contribute.  If you can't give at the requested level, please give an amount that is meaningful and comfortable for your family.  Every donation counts.  And if you can, please GIVE MORE this year - and double the increased portion of your gift with a dollar-for-dollar match from the $200,000 Challenge Grant


Happy Thanksgiving from all of us parent volunteers at LLEF.



Use the LLEF Shopping Portal  for your HOLIDAY SHOPPING NEEDS!   


Order your Holiday Cards and do all your online shopping through the Foundation's Online Shopping Portal 


Click-through to any of the online stores and shop as you normally would... the retailers donate a portion of every purchase to the Foundation. It's free money for our schools!

Corporate Matching Gifts 
Inquire about your employer's matching gifts program to increase your donation to the District. Our Matching Gifts Coordinator  can help you determine if your company will match your contribution.  


Join or Update eScrip - It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! 



2. Register or renew your Safeway Club Card and credit cards at the eScrip website and then designate Las Lomitas Education Foundation (Group ID# 125673324)

3. Start Shopping!




From the Principal


Dear Las Lomitas Families,

Thank you to all of you who were so patient and followed our safety procedures during last week's minimum day dismissal. It is remarkable that we were able to get 615 students safely into cars, buses, bicycles or hand in hand with an adult within 15 minutes of dismissal!   I appreciate your support!


Below is information for returning families who wish to request a change in session assignment for the 2015-2016 school year. Information about registration for new students K-3 can be found on our school webpage at The session request process for new families will be handled via email again this year. It was wonderful to not have parents camping out last year!


Teachers will be here on Monday and Tuesday next week participating in a variety of professional development activities. Much of one day will be focused on writing instruction and the other on disaster/emergency response. We are fortunate to have this time to learn together.


I hope you all have a restful Thanksgiving holiday enjoying time with family and friends.


Until next time,

Sue Sartor



Session Requests for 2015-2016 ~ RETURNING FAMILIES ONLY

If you have a current kindergarten or first grade student and wish to move to first session next year, you must put that request in writing to Mrs. Sartor. She will begin taking requests by letter or email starting at 10:00 p.m., January 1, 2015. You may email her at No requests will be honored prior to this date and time. Your requests will be placed on a wait list in order received.


New family requests are not accepted until February 1, 2015, allowing our returning families to have priority on the wait list.   If you are on this year's wait list, you must make a new request for next year. We do not "roll over" the list from year to year. Please call Mrs. Sartor if you have any questions about the session request process.





A Request...


                                                  COURTESY, PLEASE!


Thank you to those of you who follow our arrival and dismissal procedures. Unfortunately, last week we observed some parents who did not. Some blocked our neighbors' driveways and others brought their dogs to the dismissal area. Safety and courtesy are important to us at Las Lomitas. Please honor the following at all times:


  • PARK IN DESIGNATED PARKING SPACES; please honor the no parking signs and only use the handicapped parking spaces if you have a placard. Do not block neighbors' driveways ~ please model courteous behavior.
  • LEAVE PETS AT HOME. Even the cutest puppy can cause more congestion and possibly frighten a student.

Thank you for your cooperation and support. It takes all of us to make the dismissal process go smoothly and safely for everyone, including our neighbors!

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!
Website - PTA Webmaster Volunteer Needed - CALLING ALL K and 1st grade parents!

The PTA Executive Board is looking for a webmaster for the Las Lomitas PTA website. He/she will be in charge of maintaining the Las Lomitas PTA website, excluding the program-specific web forms and applications.

Required skills: Proficient in HTML or Dreamweaver.

Flexible role great for a working parent. All work can be done at your leisure and in the comfort of your own home (2 hours per month, as needed.) Please sign up for this important role via the PTA website. Any questions, please contact Sladana Veljkovic (

Feel free to contact me at with any questions. Have a wonderful week of school!
Cub Scout Food Drive

Cub Scouts Annual Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank !!


In support of Second Harvest Food Bank,  Las Lomitas Cub Scout Pack 222 is organizing a school food drive for those in need in the community.   We need your help!   Please bring non-perishable food between Tue Nov. 18 and Fri Nov. 21 to the SHFB bins at the flagpole.  The most needed items are meals in a can (stew, chili, soup, etc.), tuna and other canned meats, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, low sugar cereals, and fruit juices.  All contributions go directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties (   Thanks for your support!


Las Lomitas League News

Las Lomitas League

Basketball season has begun!
Coaches have announced their teams and practice times. Be sure to sign the Player Behavior Contract and return it to your coach at the first practice. If you need to withdraw from basketball, you must contact the registrar at this week in order to receive a 90% refund of the player fee. There will be no refunds after November 16th.
Have a fun season!
Go Leopards!                                                                                
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 directors 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.
Contact Maureen Goode to learn more about these positions.  

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 -  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!!

Kepler's presents Story Time with Caryn Yacowitz, Saturday, December 6 at 11:00 a.m.  Come meet the author of I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel.

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Presented by Dancers Repertory Theatre and Menlo Park Academy of Dance and reviewed as a "charming alternative to the Nutcracker."  Performances at Woodside Performing Arts Center on Saturday December 6(4:00pm), Sunday December 7(1:00pm and 4:00pmSaturday, December 13, (1:00pm and 4:00pm), and Sunday, December 14 (1:00pm and 4:00pm). In the spirit of the holidays, Dancers Repertory Theatre has partnered with Bay Area Firefighters Toys for Kids Drive to provide Toys and Gifts to children in need through our local communities. We hope each audience member will bring a new, unwrapped Toy to a performance to help make another child's holiday a little brighter !Tickets and more information available at or by calling 650-323-5292.  Las Lomitas student Mia P. will be dancing in the show!

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. 

In Home Private Tutoring with a Credentialed Teacher
Julianna Hollander is a CA credentialed teacher with 13 years experience in education.  
She is available for Pre-K through 5th Grade tutoring. Sessions may include kindergarten readiness skills, homework help, and intervention or enrichment in reading, writing and math.  She has extensive experience with special needs. References are available from local community.  Contact her today to discuss your child's needs via email at, or phone at 650-722-0025.
Newsletter Submissions

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