The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of January 5, 2015
In This Issue
From the Principal
From the Foundation
DELAC Committee
PTA News
Lost and Found
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
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This Week:   

  • Mon Jan 5 - Read-A-Thon kickoff
  • Mon Jan 5 - Registration begins for LLL classes - 7 pm.
  • Wed Jan 7 - PTA Bd. Mtg. - rm. 20 - 9:00 - 11:00 

Coming Soon:

  • Wed Jan 14 - School Bd. Mtg. LE Mur - 7:00 p.m.
  • Mon Jan 19 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Wed Jan 28 - Class Group Pictures


From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful vacation and are ready to get back into the school routine.


The Las Lomitas Read-A-Thon starts today! Each student received an information packet today in the Monday envelope. Please read the instructions carefully, set a daily reading time and start soliciting pledges. You can begin reading today even if you have not secured all your sponsorships. If you need extra copies of the materials you can download a packet at If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Cho-Pham at This year we've planned some special activities to keep enthusiasm high. Each Wednesday Mr. Camou and I will give some clues about a book character. Each Friday one, or both of us, will come dressed as that week's book character. Be sure to get to school early on Wednesdays for read-alouds in the library. Specialist teachers (PE, Music, Reading, Math and Special Education) will be reading wonderful books from 8:30-9:00. It should be a lot of fun! Please support your child, and the school, by reading each day. We may even break our lofty goal of 300,000 minutes!


In December's Roar, I outlined the process to request a session change. If you have questions about that or kindergarten registration, please go to for information. All session requests will now be taken on line - this is true for returning families as well as new registrations for the 2015-2016 school year. Session requests for returning families began on January 1st and will begin on February 1st for new families (K-2).  Please do not  

hesitate to contact the office if you have questions about the process.


As we return to school, I want to remind you about arrival times. Supervision for first session students begins at 8:30. Students should not arrive before 8:30 unless you are here for a meeting or there are unique circumstances. Supervision for second session students begins at 10:15. Again, you should not arrive early unless there are unique circumstances. If you do arrive early, students must wait quietly with a parent in the flag pole area until the bell rings. Classes are in session; please do not disturb. No students are to be dropped off at the flagpole before 10:15 without an adult to supervise. Thank you for your cooperation to help us keep students safe and school environment conducive for learning.


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.

From the Foundation

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We are so grateful for the support of a majority of our District Families already and will be publicly recognizing our donors with Yard Signs in the coming weeks.  Give now to earn your Yard Sign!

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!
DELAC Committee

District English Learner Advisory Committee


The following parents and faculty serve on the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Parents who have questions about programs and general information regarding English learners are encouraged to contact these representatives. They are here to listen to your questions and help get them answered. Please do not hesitate to contact them!


Parents                                                                                   Faculty

Marta Vila:                                 Sue Sartor: 

Hanna Maula:                                   Sonya Dineen: 

Clare Seo:                                       Deborah Roden: 

Ingrid Abild-Pederson:                   Nicole Montre: 

Kanako Kawai:                               Mimi Sabo: 

Alma Vardari Kesler:                         Katy Williams: 


PTA News



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 gift for your favorite teacher(s)!




MEMORY BOOK COVER CONTEST                                      memorybook
Submit your Artwork by Wednesday, January 21st
All contest entries will be included on the back cover of the Memory Book!!
The Memory Book team would like to invite all Las Lomitas students to submit artwork for the cover design of this year's Memory Book. We can't wait to see your creativity! Please only one submission per student.
Contest rules:
  • Use crayons, watercolors, or colored pencils.
  • Use watercolor paper or another type of paper with texture, if possible.
  • Use 8 by 11 inch sized paper. (Slightly larger is OK.)
  • Drawing should be in "portrait" format, meaning it should be taller than it is wide.
  • Be colorful! Don't leave the background blank or white.
  • Include the "Las Lomitas" school name and make it stand out.
  • Include the school year "2014-2015" as part of the drawing.
  • Include the Las Lomitas Lion as part of the drawing.
  • Artwork should be "friendly" (no battles or weapons, please).
  • The edges may be trimmed slightly, so don't put anything important close to the edges.
  • Be sure to write the artist's name, room number, and teacher's name on the back of the drawing. Use a pencil for the name and write lightly so the writing doesn't show through the artwork on the front side. Do not use Post-it Notes as they can fall off and become lost.
  • Please see Memory Books from prior years in the Las Lomitas library if you need ideas for your cover art.
Entries should be placed in the Memory Book bin in the Las Lomitas office no later than Wednesday, January 21st.  And remember, all contest entries will be included on the back cover of the Memory Book. Finalists will also be displayed at the Student Art Exhibition during Open House.  Artwork will then be returned when yearbooks are distributed in early June.

Questions?  Contact Tracy Williams at

Ready, Set, Read!!


The 2015 Las Lomitas Read-A-Thon kicks off today!  

This is a voluntary 4-week school-wide program that is the PTA's greatest source of funding.  The Read-A-Thon aims to encourage a passion for reading.  Each student will receive a red Read-A-Thon envelope today that contains a Brochure and a Book Review form.  Please read the instructions carefully, set a Daily Reading Goal and start soliciting pledges.  Remember that all reading outside of school counts for the Read-A-Thon, including reading aloud to your child, daily required reading, and audiobooks.  Participation from all grades makes a huge difference.  In past years, the funds raised have enabled the school to cover expenses such as school assemblies, lunch table sun covers, sports equipment for recess, repainting the playgrounds, discretionary funds for teachers to provide supplies and field trips, and much more!

Please see a listing of Read-A-Thon activities described in the brochure.  Features include Wednesday Morning Storytime happening each week before school!  This Wednesday come join our Special Guest Readers, Mrs. O'Conner (Occupational Therapy) and  Mrs. McGhee (PE), in the library from 8:35am-8:55am!  In addition, clues will be read each week regarding the identity of our Mystery Book Characters whose identity will be revealed each Friday when they great the students at recess and lunch.


Back by popular demand this year is our Read-A-Thonl Banner posted outside Cano Hall!   It has running tallies of each grades' progress based on minutes reported by you on line each week.  Each grade that reaches its reading goal will earn a Popcorn Celebration February 27th!  In addition, students who have reached Milestone Minutes of 500, 1000, and 1500 minutes will have their names posted on popcorn kernels placed onto the banner!  So log in minutes each week at so your child will earn his/her kernels!   


Please have your child turn in completed book review forms to his/her teacher or the library where they will be posted.  Extra book review forms are available in the library.  Extra copies of the Read-A-Thon brochure are available in the office.  


Questions or interested in volunteering?  Please contact the Read-A-Thon Committee at

Let's Read!

Lost and Found

Please come visit our LOST AND FOUND closet!!  We are donating all your beautiful sweaters and jackets on Friday, January 16. 
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Las Lomitas League


Mark  your calendars for Spring registration opening on Monday, January 5th at 7:00 pm and closing on January 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Detailed class descriptions are on our website soon 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

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.

Camp Menlo
January 19 
Burgess Pool, Menlo Park 
Register now for 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. 

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