The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of February 2, 2015
In This Issue
From the Foundation
From the Principal
Arrival and Dismissal Safety
PTA News
Have You Updated Your Technologies?
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Summer Camps
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links



This Week:   

  • Wed Feb 4 - PTA Bd. Mtg. - room 20B 9:00 a.m.

Coming Soon:

  • 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.
  • Mar 9-12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - MINIMUM DAYS (all students attend school 9:00 - 12:20)
  • Mar 13 - No School


From the Foundation
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The 2015 Annual Giving Campaign ENDS THIS WEEK!


Thank you for investing in your children's education.

In appreciation,
The Parent Volunteers of the Las Lomitas Education Foundation

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,


The Read-a-thon is over! Thank you to everyone that participated and supported this event, especially Cheryl Cho-Phan who was the PTA Coordinator. We are anxiously awaiting the final count of minutes read, so be sure to turn in your form or submit your minutes on line as soon as possible. We will have our popcorn party celebration on February 27th!


Las Lomitas League extra-curricular winter session classes began last week. In an earlier Roar article, I outlined some guidelines we'd like you to follow. Here's a reprint with a bit more detail:


  • 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 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.
  • Please note that teachers and office staff are not usually informed when a class is canceled. The LLL instructor notifies you directly. If a class is canceled, you need to notify the office of any dismissal change.
  • Teachers and office staff are not regularly notified when there are make-up classes. Please be sure to notify the teacher if your child is attending a make-up 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.


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)!

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Congratulations to all of our readers!  The Read-A-Thon has ended!
Report your Read-A-Thon minutes today!
  • Please report your minutes.  There are 2 ways: 1) online at, 2) return your brochure with completed reading calendar.
  • There are 2 ways to submit sponsorship money: 1) via PayPal at, 2) send in checks and complete the sponsor pledge sheet in the Read-A-Thon brochure.  Please make checks payable to Las Lomitas PTA. 
If not submitting via the website, please return brochure and pledge funds in the red Read-A-Thon envelope (sent home at the beginning of the Read-A-Thon) to your child's teacher.  Additional envelopes are available in the school office.  If submission of minutes and all pledge funds is done online, there is no need to return the brochure.
Please complete submission by Monday, Feb 9.  
All grades that have met their goal will participate in the Popcorn Celebration!
Thank you to the students, their family and friends that have made this a success!
Questions?  Please contact the Read-A-Thon Committee at

Examples of how your pledge funds are used:




Have You Updated Your Technologies?

Updated Your Home Technologies?

We can utilize any of these early model technologies that you may have upgraded: ipods, mp3 players, ipod shuffles or minis, kindles, tablets or ipads. With your donations your k-5 classrooms could create reading/listening centers and curriculum-support learning centers. We're happy to give your retired devices a new home! :)  Contact Suzanne Mitchell  at  for more information, or "drop off" at La Entrada Technology Office. Thank You.

Las Lomitas League

The first week of classes is complete.
If you need to cancel a class, you can receive a 90% refund if you cancel at least 24 hours before the start of the 2nd class. For further information visit the League website and choose Las Lomitas under the classes tab at
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
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

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.  

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Kelly Coding and Creation Camps, 2015                                       

Who: Incoming 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders, Fall 2015
Where: La Entrada Middle School, 2200 Sharon Rd., Menlo Park CA 94025
When: Session 1, 6/15-26 and/or Session 2, 7/6-17. M-F, 8:30-12
Cost: $675 per two-week session, $1200 for both sessions.

Build programming and digital skills in a fun, self-paced environment. Each 2-week camp will demystify programming concepts in a fun environment that does not overwhelm students with syntax and scary results. Participants will also get hands-on experience using: 

Contact: Parker Kelly, La Entrada Middle School Technology Teacher



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