The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of December 8,  2014
In This Issue
From the Foundation
From the Principal
Las Lomitas League Classes
PTA News
Las Lomitas League News
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:  

  • Wed Dec 10 - PTA Mtg/Joint LL LE luncheon
  • Wed Dec 10 - School Bd. Mtg. - 7:00 p.m. - LE MUR

Next Week:

  • Fri Dec 19 - No School - Winter Break begins

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


Coming Soon:

  • Mon Jan 5 - School resumes and Read-A-Thon begins
  • Wed Jan 7 - PTA Bd. Mtg. - rm. 20B - 9:00 - 11:00
From the Foundation

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The Season of Giving is here!  If you have yet to make your gift, please donate now.


The annual LLEF gift to our District is essential to the achievements of our schools and students.


We need to raise an average of $2,000 per student,with 100% participation,to reach our fundraising goal of $2.8 million.  Every donation counts.  And if you can, please

GIVE MORE this year - There are still funds available to double the increased portion of your gift with a dollar-for-dollar match from the $200,000 Challenge Grant.   






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! 



1. Visit  


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,


I just returned from visiting the Holiday Workshop where joyful faces filled Cano Hall. This event is a perfect example of the community we have. Moms, dads and grandparents were on hand to help the children with their creations. Thank you to all the dedicated parents who help create a community at Las Lomitas that is focused on the children. Together we can help them grow and learn to be contributing members of the Las Lomitas community.


During the two days before Thanksgiving break, the faculty participated in professional development activities. One day was focused on our emergency/disaster plans. Below is some important information for you to review and consider so you will be prepared should we need to close the school and release your children in an emergency:

  • We are working closely with Atherton police and County Safety coordinators to ensure that our plans are sound and we are prepared to respond to varying possible scenarios.
  • If you arrive on campus and find no one in the halls and doors locked, please leave immediately and call the office to see if it is safe to enter. We may be running a drill, or we may actually be in a shelter-in-place or lockdown situation. We will not respond to knocks on doors even if we are just in a drill.
  • If we should be in a situation where we need to release students (severe earthquake, etc.), the perimeter of the campus will be secured and all parents should enter from the Cano Hall gate area only. You should proceed to the blacktop where you will see our Student Release Area. Please be patient. I assure you that your children will be safe and that we will release them to you as quickly as we can.
  • You, or a person designated on your child's emergency card, will need to provide picture ID to release your child. Be sure to let all those listed on the emergency card know about this so they are prepared.
  • Make sure your children know who is listed on the emergency card so they are prepared to leave with them if needed.
  • We will use School Messenger, our emergency communication system, to alert you when necessary. It is important that you keep cell phone numbers and emails current - this includes contact information for those listed on the emergency card. Notify the office if you need to update your information.


As you know, the teachers are focused on implementing the California Common Core Standards and the Writing Workshop model in their classrooms. All of this takes time for teachers to meet, discuss, learn and plan together. As a result, there will be days when the teachers are out of the classroom to focus on these important initiatives. Teachers make sure that the substitutes have clear plans to carry on instruction in the classroom. District staff has worked diligently this past year to recruit and interview substitutes in order to have quality education continue in the teacher's absence. Your children directly benefit from the time teachers spend collaborating together.


Finally, please be sure to check the school website for kindergarten registration and session request procedures. Please check with the office if you have any questions.


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.





Las Lomitas League Classes

Does your child attend a Las Lomitas League Class? If so, please read!


Be sure to let the classroom teacher know when LLL classes end for your child and what the new dismissal plans will be. LLL classes end on different dates and we want to be sure your children are at the proper location for pick up, or on the bus, to get them home safe and sound!

PTA News


Are you searching for the perfect holiday  

gift for your child's teacher?                                              


The Apple for the Classroom program provides a way for  

parents to support their children's classrooms directly. All  

the teachers and specialists at Las Lomitas have been

invited to create a "wish list" of items that will help to

further enrich their classrooms. You can fulfill teachers'  

wishes by bringing an item to the school office or by  

donating via PayPal toward a special item of your  

choosing. Thank you for supporting our teachers!


Please click here to choose a holiday gift for your favorite





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!
Las Lomitas League News

Las Lomitas League

Are  you interested in  our after school Sports and Classes programs?  Then 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

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library present a FAMILY GIFT TAG WORKSHOP with Betsy Halaby and Susie Peyton on Sunday, December 14, 1:00 - 4:00.  No registration required - come and join us in the Library!  For ages 2 to adult.

Come out for Lacrosse this Spring!  M-A Grizzlies has registration for boys and girls 7 - 9 for U9 teams this spring.  The season is Feb. to May.  This is a great age to get started in lacrosse, we out the FUN in Fundamentals!  More info and Register online.

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!

Camp Menlo
Holiday Camps
December 22-23, 29-31, January 2, 19 
Burgess Pool, Menlo Park 
Register now for December and January day camps at Burgess Pool for kids age 5-9! Each day includes a 45 minute swim lesson and out of the pool, campers enjoy various group games and activities that encourage self confidence, growth, teamwork, and fun!

Studio Rincon Winter Youth Dance Sing ups are Open 
Studio Rincon on Alameda in Menlo Park- Winter dance signups are now open!  Classes begin the week of 1/5/2015.  Signup  here-  Preballet, pre-tap, ballet & hip hop are all taught in a fun and positive atmosphere after school for ages 3-Teen.  Now offering additional classes at Alpine Hills Tennis & Swimming Club in Portola Valley.  Classes lead up to the annual end if year show at Woodside HS PAC!

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp
Registration Open; Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9:30am - 1pm, Redwood City
Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this 'best choir of the Peninsula' for himself at SingFest, a free half-day minicamp. Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing the week of Jan. 19, 2015. Beginning groups meet once a week for choral singing and theory instruction. Ragazzi offers a complete music education that progresses through a proven, award-winning performance-based educational program. Ragazzi performs its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a spring SF Giants game, tours domestically and internationally, and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations. Contact: or 650-342-8785.  Minicamp is free, but advance registration is required at Can't make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to 


Ragazzi Boys Chorus' Music and Movement class open
Register Now; Mondays 4:15-5pm, Feb. 2 - May 11, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus' engaging Orff-Schulwerk-based class for active young boys is now open. It's a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi's main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A child-developmental approach fosters boys' creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $260 for 13 weeks; early-bird and sibling discounts. Contact , 650-342-8785. Register & more info at 

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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