The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of January 26, 2015
In This Issue
From the Foundation
From the Principal
Arrival and Dismissal Safety
PTA News
From the Technology Director
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Summer Camps
Newsletter Submissions
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Quick Links



This Week:   

  • Mon Jan 26 - Order forms for class groups pictures sent home
  • Wed Jan 28 - Class Group Pictures

Coming Soon:

  • 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 Foundation
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We are so grateful for the support of 66% of our District Families so far.  Thank you to all who have contributed!  If you have not yet given, the time to give is NOW.  Our schools and our students need your support.  Please, make your impact, show your commitment, and do your part - every gift of any size matters.

Plus, every gift can help us earn an additional $50,000 through a generous family-funded Participation Grant.  We need just 125 more families to reach our participation goal.   Can YOU help us?

The parent volunteers of the Las Lomitas Education Foundation 
have been working for more than five months this year to raise the crucial funds that comprise the second largest source of revenue for our District.

Please take a few minutes and make your contribution TODAY.

It is important to know that the Las Lomitas School Board meets in early February to determine next year's budget. 
The Foundation must commit to an annual gift amount that the Board can count on, and that we can deliver.

NOW is the time we determine the number of  teachers and extracurricular classes that we can support next year.

What could be more important than investing in your child's education?

We need your help today.  Please click here to DONATE NOW.

Thank you!

The Parent Volunteers of LLEF

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! 



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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,


As you know, our enrollment is near 620 students. If we add in faculty, staff, students and parents, Las Lomitas' population is about the same size as Belvedere, California! In order to function smoothly, we all need to do our part. Below is a list of ways you can make life here a little bit less hectic for everyone:

  1. Read the Lion's Roar,  our school/PTA newsletter.  It has the answer to almost every question you may have.
  2. Keep track of the school calendar.  It has the answer to questions about minimum days, vacations and conference dates.
  3. Call in absences early in the morning.  This will reduce the number of follow up calls the secretaries must make to ensure your child is safe.
  4. Provide written notes to the teacher if dismissal plans change.  This reduces the number of last minute phone calls and the need to interrupt the classroom to pass this vital information on to the teacher.
  5. Return requested forms on time.  This reduces the number of repeated mailings we must make to ensure we have emergency information, medical permissions, etc. on file for your child.
  6. Park in designated spaces.  This will keep us from having to make an announcement over the intercom and interrupt classroom learning.
  7. Drop your child off on time.  Students should not arrive before 8:30 a.m.  We do not have supervision prior to 8:30 a.m.
  8. Pick your child up on time.  The office closes at 4:00.  We cannot provide supervision after hours.
  9. Be at the bus stop on time.  This will reduce the need for you to come to the school to pick up your child.
  10. Keep track of after-school program changes.  There are multiple Las Lomitas League classes.  Keep your LLL teacher's number handy and call him/her to find out if there is a change in schedule.
  11. Be patient.  We care about each child, parent and teacher at this school, but cannot give all of you our attention at the same time.

We have an area in our office specifically for parent information. There you will find calendars, Foundation information, bus schedules, enrichment program fliers, mail to parents from teachers, PTA files, and more all in one location. Our hope is to be able to provide a "one stop shopping" area for parents. As always, Monica and Carol are happy to assist you if you can't find what you need. With everyone's cooperation, our little "town" will function smoothly. Thanks for your support!


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. 

Arrival and Dismissal Safety





Safety comes first at Las Lomitas. The streets in our neighborhood, including Camino al Lago, are very congested during arrival and dismissal times, especially on Wednesdays and minimum days.   Please take a few minutes to review these safety tips. With everyone's cooperation, we can be sure that our students are safe and help traffic move smoothly.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please share this information with others who will bring or pick up your child from school. We appreciate everyone's courtesy and patience in the parking area, on Camino al Lago and surrounding streets at arrival and dismissal times.


Sue Sartor, Principal



  • PLEASE BE PATIENT and RESPECTFUL; everyone is working hard to get students in and out of school safely.
  • PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY and PAY ATTENTION, even on neighboring streets.Our students are young and not easily seen.
  • 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.  Do not park in staff spaces before 9:00 a.m.
  • LEAVE PETS AT HOME. Even the cutest puppy can cause more congestion and possibly frighten a student.
  • WRITTEN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FOR A CHANGE IN DISMISSAL; emails are not always read in time.  Be sure the note arrives to school and is given to the teacher first thing in the morning.



  • BE READY TO UNLOAD; have backpacks ready so the line doesn't back up.
  • ALWAYS UNLOAD CURBSIDE; please do not ever unload from drive-through lane.
  • APPROACH THE CROSSWALK AREA SLOWLY!  Be especially cautious if you are in the drive-through lane.
  • CHECK TO SEE IF THE CROSSWALK IS CLEAR of students and parents before driving forward.



  • ALWAYS USE THE CROSSWALK!  Be a role model for the children, even when tempted to cut across the drive-through or loading lanes. Remember, even when you are alone, other children may be watching your example.
  • LOOK BOTH WAYS before crossing! Cars may not see you - watch for them.
  • WALK BICYCLES on the sidewalk; LOCK them at designated bike racks.





  • STAY IN THE PICK-UP LANE! Do not leave your car. Do not send someone to the flagpole to pick up your child and bring to the car.
  • PUT THE NAME CARD WHERE IT CAN BE CLEARLY SEEN from a distance.  Hold it up or put it on the visor.  If you do not have a name card, you will be given another one and may be asked to circle around again.
  • DRIVE SLOWLY through the drive-through lane if you are ready to go before others in front of you.




  • KEEP THE HALLWAYS CLEAR; do not wait in the hall to meet your child.
  • USE THE CROSSWALK! Watch for teachers to help cross through traffic.
  • ONLY PICK UP AT THE FRONT GATE OF THE SCHOOL; do not park in the Champions lot or behind the school and ask students to meet you there.
  • ON WEDNESDAYS, do not come inside the gate once dismissal is in progress.  Tell the teacher assigned at the gate area your child's name and she will call your child to come meet you.  Students will be grouped by grade level in the flagpole courtyard every Wednesday and on minimum days.


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)!




We're almost there...This is a reminder that the Read-A-Thon ends on Sunday, February 1st.  
Report your Read-A-Thon minutes today! 
Go to!  Each grade that meets its goal will earn a Popcorn Celebration!  Our school-wide goal is 300,000 minutes!

Join us for our last Storytime in the Library on Wednesday morning!  Ms. Butler and Ms. Lampert will be reading from 8:35-8:55 a.m.
Once again we'll have our Mystery Book Characters out and about on Friday during lunch!
Don't forget to reach out for sponsors!  The Read-A-Thon is the primary source of fundraising for the PTA.  The funds raised go towards supporting very important programs and activities that are separate from those supported by the Foundation.  The PTA funds support assemblies and special classroom visitors.  In addition, supplies such as sun covers for our picnic tables, balls and jump ropes used at recess, AV equipment for school-wide activities, and the construction of our much loved sandboxes all came from funds raised by the Read-A-Thon.  These funds are also the primary source of funds provided to teachers to purchase classroom supplies and other class-specific expenses such as field trips.

We will be collecting Total Minutes Read and pledges submissions from February 2nd-9th.  You do not need to submit the red Participation Envelope if all minutes and pledge funds are submitted online at  
Questions?  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

Las Lomitas League

Are you interested in Las Lomitas' 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!  The Las Lomitas League (LLL) is a parent-led, non-profit organization and we are expanding our board of directors. Contact Maureen Goode to learn more.
Business Partners
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Community News

Jeff Arons' Spring Tennis Program
at Sacred Heart begins February 2nd.  There are classes for adults and juniors  Visit our website at or email

Legends Baseball - Holiday Camps & Clinics!
Specialized holiday camps and clinics so your child can stay busy and active during the upcoming school holidays! Whether you're a beginner or all-star, experienced and enthusiastic Legends coaches ensure your child is learning new skills while have a Legendary day off! 
What: Legends Baseball Holiday Camps & Clinics!
Where: Burgess Little League Field - 701 Laurel St, Menlo Park 
When: Feb 16th (Presidents' Day), Feb 17-20 (Presidents' Week), April 20-24th (Spring Break)  
Cost: $75-$85/day 
Ages: 6-12 all skill levels
Questions?: Call David: 650.387.4427 or Email: 
More Info/Website:   
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' 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 

Summer Camps

"All Sports" Camp  is back for another exciting 2015 summer.  The link to the Panthers Camp website is

2015 Panthers Camp
  • Session 1: June 15-18
  • Session 2: June 22-25
  • Session 3: June 29 - July 2
  • Session 4: July 6-9
In order to register, please click on the following link:

If you register before 2/15/14, you will get the early bird special.  Please let me know if you have any questions (  Do not hesitate to forward this email to others who may be interested in attending.   

Newsletter Submissions

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