The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of January 12, 2015
In This Issue
From the Principal
From the Foundation
DELAC Committee
PTA News
From the Technology Director
Lost and Found
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links



This Week:   

  • Wed Jan 14 - School Bd. Mtg. - LE MUR - 7 p.m.

Coming Soon:

  • Mon Jan 19 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Mon Jan 19 - Las Lomitas League Spring registration closes, 11:59 p.m.
  • Wed Jan 28 - Class Group Pictures

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Wed Feb 4 - PTA Bd. Mtg. - room 20B 9:00 a.m.
  • Wed Feb 11 - School Bd. Mtg. LE MUR 7 p.m.
  • Feb 16 - 20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Week 
  • Wed Feb 25 - PTA General Mtg and Morning with the Principal Cano Hall 9:00 a.m.


From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


The Read-A-Thon is underway! The children are very excited, watching the popcorn graph closely as it moves toward the top. Be sure to keep track of minutes read and turn them in at the end of each week. Last week Occupational Therapist Mrs. O'Conner and PE Teacher Linda McGhee read stories in the library on Wednesday before school. This week Pre-School Teacher Natalie Abal and Reading Teacher Shelley Moran will be our celebrity readers. Come early on Wednesday mornings so you don't miss out! The mystery book character on Friday was the Cat in the Hat. Each week a book character(s) will be on campus to keep enthusiasm high. Ask your student to tell you about it.


Las Lomitas League extra-curricular winter session classes begin the week of January 26th. We have a couple of guidelines I want to clarify with you:

  • Please provide your Las Lomitas classroom teacher with your child's dismissal plan so she knows your child needs to go to the LLL class or sport on a given day. Without written instructions stating otherwise, your child will be sent to the flagpole, bus or Champions as usual. Please remind your child to follow the teacher's instructions! We are committed to keeping your child safe.
  • Please report your child's absence from an LLL class or sport by contacting the LLL instructor or parent coordinator directly. The school office is not involved in absence reporting for LLL classes.
  • Be sure the LLL teacher knows who will pick up your child at the end of class.


If you have questions about the classes, times, dates or procedures, please contact Stephanie Berman at, 650-233-9059. Thank you for your cooperation.


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 began taking requests on January 1, 2015. You may email her at Your requests will be placed on a wait list in the 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.


REMINDER:  All current Ladera kindergarten students will be moved to second session in first grade.  You must submit a request in order to be eligible to be placed in first session for the 2015-2016 school year.   


Kindergarten/New Student Registration


Kindergarten registration is now open.  You may come to the office to initiate the process between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Please see the website for details.  If you wish to be placed in first session next year,  you must put that request in writing to Mrs. Sartor.  She will begin taking requests on February 1, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.  You may email her at  Your requests will be placed on a wait list in the order received. 

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 this week.  Thank you to all who have contributed!  If you have not yet given,

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                                                                                 
Submit your Artwork by Wednesday, January
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 .




Report your Read-A-Thon minutes online today!  
Login at  All minutes reported will be included in our weekly update of the Read-A-Thon banner outside Cano Hall as well as real-time online!  Login all month to see how close each grade is to reaching its goal and earning a popcorn celebration!  
The Milestone Minute popcorn kernels have begun popping up on the Read-A-Thon banner!  Come check it out!  Students reaching 500, 1000, and 1500 "Minutes Read" are acknowledged with their name placed on a kernel on the official Read-A-Thon banner.

Storyteller's Assembly: The Fratello Marionettes will be coming on January 14th to put on a performance demonstrating oral storytelling!  


Has your child read a great book recently?  Students may submit Book Reviews throughout the Read-A-Thon month.  Forms were sent home in the Read-A-Thon red envelope last week. Additional forms are available in the library.  Please turn completed forms into your child's teacher. Submitted reviews will be posted in the library.


Come join us for Storytime in the library on Wednesday mornings (8:35-8:55am) during the Read-A-Thon featuring our specialists as Guest Readers.  This week, Ms. Moran and Ms. Abal are our guest readers! 

Running low on books to read at home?  Many classes have their library book check out policy increased up to 5 books per student during the Read-A-Thon!  In addition, parents can create an account and check out additional books!

If you need a new Read-A-Thon brochure, please go to and download the forms today or stop by the school office!


Keep Reading!  Bookmarks are coming home today in White Envelopes for students to enjoy!
Questions or interested in volunteering?  Please contact the Read-A-Thon Committee at .


From the Technology Director

Important to reach you in Emergencies!
Our SchoolMessenger tool for email/text/voice communication proved invaluable in
communicating with our families during last month's storms. Via email, we reached 
100% of our families, but 50% our text messages were blocked.  The system is 
configured to send text messages to the cell phone numbers which you submitted into 
InfoSnap, but only to the recipients who have agreed to receive them, or are not 
blocked via corporate phones or provider filters.

On Tuesday, January 20, we'll run a test-message so you can confirm you have "opted-
in" to our SchoolMessenger system. Parents can easily opt-in by simply sending the 
word "Yes" or "Y', to the text message number 68453.  If you are not sure if you did this 
previously, it's ok to do it again.  It does not affect anything to do a second time. You will 
receive a confirmation text immediately when successful. 
When we run the test on January 20, you'll then be able to confirm if you have 
successfully "opt-ed in". If you previously tried to "opt-in", and do not receive our test-
text, please check with your provider and confirm it's not filtered via a corporate 
ownership, or contact me for additional assistance.
Thank you.
Suzanne Mitchell

Lost and Found

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

Spring Registration is OPEN
Detailed class descriptions are on our website. Classes for Spring include Cartooning, Chorus, Fitness and Fun, Theater, sports classes, and much more. Spring registration closes Monday, January 19th at 11:59pm. 
Does your child enjoy our after-school sports and classes?  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! Co-coordinators for next year's Las Lomitas classes are needed. It's a perfect opportunity for you and a friend! Contact Maureen Goode to learn more. The Las Lomitas League (LLL) is a parent-lednon-profit organization.
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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