The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of April 6, 2015
In This Issue
From the Principal
Music Informances
PTA Nominating Committee News
Partnership with the PTA
PTA News
From the Foundation
Forgotten Art Notecards
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Summer Camps
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links



This Week: 

  • Apr 8 - PTA General Mtg and Board Election - 9:00 a.m. - Cano Hall
  • Apr 8 - School Bd. Mtg. - 7:00 p.m. - LE MUR

Save the Date: 

  • Apr 28 - Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation Evening - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Cano Hall
  • May 1 - Kindergarten Round-Up - 10:15 - noon
  • May 2 - Las Lomitas/La Entrada Fun Run - 8:45 am Las Lomitas Campus




From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Thank you all so much for the lovely Appreciation Luncheon last Friday. It was wonderful to see so many parents, faculty and staff together celebrating the collaborative work that makes this school so special. I am very grateful to have been a part of this educational community for so long. I am savoring each day with your children and hope to see you around town even after my retirement in June.


I hope you can join us for the General Membership PTA Meeting this Wednesday at 9:00 in Cano Hall. In addition to PTA business, Bond Manager Eric Holm will provide an update on construction planning.


Did you know we have a P-K Strategies class? Our Preschool-PreK Strategies class is taught by Natalie Abal. Natalie is a credentialed Early Childhood Special Education Teacher. She is assisted in the classroom by two trained paraprofessionals, Micki Boscolo and Joanna Dagum. This class is designed to provide early intervention and school readiness skills to students aged 3-5. The students have a range of different learning needs and abilities.


When children with identified needs have their third birthday, they may exit early intervention services in the County and enter our preschool program. Our Preschool-PreK Strategies class offers children a variety of multi-sensory activities appropriate for their age and developmental level. Teachers and paraeducators facilitate and guide the development of each child's cognitive, language, social/emotional, play, self-care, and motor development skills based on their individual needs and learning styles.

The classroom is located at the back of the school. If you ever see the group walking through campus, either on their way to the library for story time or on the way to Ms. Lampert's music class, feel free to come over and say hello. They always enjoy meeting new friends and people in our school community!   

Until next time,


Sue Sartor


School News

Music Informances are coming up!                                                    


Please come watch your child's music informance. This is an opportunity to see what we're working on in music class.  


Music informances are scheduled for the week of April 13-17 in room 37.   


Your child's specific time is listed on the music website. Click on the following link and then take time to look around the new music website.

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La Entrada Open House - Thursday, May 21st begins at 6:30 PM.  Incoming 4th graders and their families are invited to attend this event.  It's a great opportunity to meet the fourth grade teachers:  Mrs. Mylod, room 41, Mrs. Behrens, room 43, Ms. Bicknell, room 44, Ms. Carter, room 70, Ms. Fordham, room 71, Ms. Cummins, room 72, Mrs. Nixon, room 62 and Ms. Logie, room 64.  (NOTE:  Next year's teacher assignments have not been determined as of this date.)
PTA Nominating Committee News

Report from the Nominating Committee

April 3, 2015


The nominating committee has met and discussed individuals from our community who are eligible candidates from the 2015-2016 term of office.  On behalf of the nominating committee, the following slate of officers for the association is presented for consideration:


President                                    Maggie Oren  

1st VP                                        Anca Rusu

2nd VP, Volunteer Coordinator       TDB

3rd VP, Hot Food Board Chair        Heather Caelius

4th VP, Technology                      Sladana Velijkovic

Secretary                                   Elizabeth Webb

Treasurer                                   Tim Hibbard

Parliamentarian                          Helen Ungerman & Artis Montague


The report of the nominating committee will be proposed for election at the April 8th general membership meeting.  Absentee voting will be accepted through April 17.


Click on this link to the voting page  


Partnership with the PTA

Dear Moms and Dads,

Thank you for your partnership in enriching the school experience for all students.  Your time and talent are essential ingredients in making our school truly outstanding.

Please take a few minutes to review the PTA roles and responsibilities by clicking this link:  We have a new position: Vice President of Technology and will no longer have a VP of Membership.

If you are interested in learning more about a specific role, please reach out to our 2015 nominating committee:

We also hope you might consider leading, co-leading or joining a committee.  To learn more about committees, click here:  Please contact Laura Purpura at


You have as much to gain as you have to give by volunteering.  Please join us! 

PTA News



Kindergarten Roundup Volunteers Needed!                        


This is a high-visibility, fun, and fast volunteer opportunity! 


Please consider volunteering on Friday, May 1 from 9:00-11:45 a.m.  Join us as we welcome incoming kindergarteners and their parents into the Las Lomitas family. This may be the first experience many of these new families will have with Las Lomitas. With your help we can make this first touch point very special and present a well-rounded view of all of the many programs we have to offer as well as the amazing volunteer spirit they can soon become a part of. 


Contact Diane Bradley,, or Emily Foley, to join the fun!

ORDER YOmemorybookUR LAS LOMITAS SCHOOL MEMORY BOOK NOW!    It's time to order your Memory Book(s) for 2014/15 school year!  The order form is now live at  Please note that there were NO memory book orders taken at the beginning of the year.  The order deadline is April 30th.   Memory books are distributed the last week of school directly to your child's class.



Thank you for supporting Apple for the Classroom during the 2014-15 school year.  Donations will be accepted again in August 2015 for the upcoming school year.



From the Foundation
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Don't miss the best party of the year!  Buy your tickets April 1st for the spring party and auction.


Get Ready for the 4th Annual Las Lomitas FUN RUN on Saturday, May 2!


Three events will take place Saturday morning, beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Families can participate in the:                                           
  • Munchkin Run (8:45 am start)                            
  • 1 Miler (9:00 am)
  • 5K Run (9:30 am)

Stay tuned for more information about sponsorship opportunities and registration.  We are looking forward to seeing you again for this year's Las Lomitas Fun Run.


Please Volunteer for the Fun Run! 

We need  your help to make this year's Fun Run a success!  FUN and SAFE!

Volunteers are needed for check-in, water stations, race course safety, timers.

Please contact Josie Tang (  


Forgotten Art Notecards

Are you missing your Art Notecards that you ordered in October?  Maybe your child's name is on this list!  Please have a look and if anything looks familiar, please contact Tissha Brumm at or call 219-508-6188 for pick up or if you have questions.  The following is a list of children's first names and the title of their art work:

David       Handball Court                                       Katie       Me and My Mom
Laura       Me and My Horse                                   Mai          Volcano
Olivia       Autumn                                                 Sarah       Flowers in a Garden
Lily          Swimming at Burgess                             Lourdes   Sunset in the Water
Aoife        My Garden                                            James      My Home
Noah        A Unicorn Fighting a Platypus                 Ben         Circles   
Jane        Dish Walk                                             Brooke     Garden                   
                                         Hayden     Soccer Field                               

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
Attention Incoming 4th and 5th Graders!
Make your writing shine through better description and structure!  We can help.

Sign up for our QWERTY's Young Writer's Workshop: Express Yourself!

Course Highlights:
  • Innovative instruction and class activities
  • Enhancing clarity, creativity and expression
  • Learning and applying new vocabulary
  • Composing effective topic sentences, strong content and descriptive paragraphs


Early-July (July 6th - 16th) 1:30 PM or 4:00 PM

Mid-July (July 20th - 30th) 1:30 PM or 4:00 PM


8 hours of instruction (one hour/day over 8 days) in small, 3-5 student classes: $600.


For more information see 

Community News

Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary presents "PLAY CHESS FOR THE CHILDREN" benefiting LPCH.  The tournament is May 16, 9:30 - noon (1st session) and 1:00-3:30 (second session) in the Sunset Room at Allied Arts, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.  Open to all ages and skill levels, the cost is $50 per player.  Entry forms are in the Las Lomitas office.

Join us for Spring Break Fun at Champions!  April 20 - 24, each day will have a special theme from Superheros to Puzzles to Jungles and Rainforests.  Call (650) 233-1860 or email  We have fliers in the Las Lomitas office.


Join us for a FREE Lacrosse Clinic in Atherton Sunday, May 3rd from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Holbrook Palmer Park.  The FREE Clinic is for family and friends of kids ages 5 - 14 to enjoy the sport as a community.  Come and see what it's all about!

Creative Art for Young Children classes are being held at the Portola Valley Town Center, April 29 - June 13 for children ages 3 through 5th grade.  To register, contact the Portola Valley Town Center at 851-1700 (Cindy at ext. 200) ar online at Fliers are in the Las Lomitas office.   
Summer Camps

LAS LOMITAS SUMMER PROGRAM: Incoming Kindergarten through 4th graders will learn about the rich culture, creatures, geography, and history of South America.  This hands-on enrichment program spans 4 weeks, June 22 to July 17 from 9:00 to 1:00, at Las Lomitas School.  Registration forms are available in the school office or by contacting Barbara Fong at

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"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:
Please let me know if you have any questions ( 

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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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Menlo Park Riekes Center Summer Camps  


Weeklong day and overnight camps throughout the summer

Ages: 6-18 

Please call 650 364-2509 or email 


Summer Camp list includes:

Advanced Rock Camp, AFCANA ADVENTURE: Athletic Fitness, Creative Arts, Nature Awareness

AFCANA: Athletic Fitness, Creative Arts, Nature Awareness, Electronic Music, 

Leadership, Mountains to Sea Santa Cruz, Nature Explorers at Huddart Park, Photography Camp,

Plant Lore and Magic at Huddart Park, Surf Camp, Teen Rock Camp, Youth Rock, Youth Video Camp


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The Legends Baseball Experience Camp!


The Legends Baseball Experience is a one of a kind summer camp coached by the players and coaches of the nationally recognized Menlo Park Legends collegiate team. Our infamous 5:1 camper to coach ratio, combined with our innovative coaching program, creates a positive learning environment to develop new skills and build confidence while having tons of fun!  Sign up for the Dugout Experience aftercamp program and your child will be a batboy, participate in between innings activities and hang out in the Legends dugout as they watch their coaches play in a real live game. After all, its more than a camp - its an EXPERIENCE!


Dates: Camps start June 15th and runs all summer long!                           



Location: Flood Park in Menlo Park & Kennedy School in Redwood City

Ages: 6-12 all skill levels welcome!

Cost: $300 (Early bird pricing available until March 15th)

Questions: Email or call David at 650.387.4427

More info:

Sign up:  


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                        Kindergarten/Preschool Vacation Camps at Toddle Flexible Playcare:
*Summer Camps                                                                        
*Spring Break
*School In-Service Days
*Earth- and kid-friendly facility, organic snacks
* Flexible Playcare and programming year-round for children ages 2 through kindergarten

Visit for more information and to register.

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Summer Programs at Littlest Angels Preschool

Join us for enrichment and fun at Camp Learn-A-Lot, the Summer Program at Littlest Angels Preschool in Menlo Park.  Our camps are three weeks long and each offers an exciting theme. Each of our three sessions offer your little one the opportunity to experience theme-related vocabulary words and facts, music, science, pretend play, creative art experiences, cooking, counting, and color, shape and letter recognition. Children must be two (2) years old by May 1, 2014 in order to enroll.  The Pre-K class is for 4/5 year old children who have not yet attended Kindergarten.  For camp dates and additional information, please visit our website at  Please contact the Preschool Office with questions or to schedule a tour ( or 650-854-4973).

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There are flyers in the office for Coach Tim's Sports Camp at Las Lomitas.  Sessions are Mondays through Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00 on the field.  The fee is $320 per session with price reduced if you sign up for more than one session.  There are 4, one week sessions including Arts/Crafts, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Capture the Flag, Basketball, Baseball and many more!  For more information, call 650-996-3308 or go to  

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World Cup Soccer Camps and Clinics by Ruedi Graf  are at Las Lomitas School again this year.  Camp weeks are July 20-24 and August 3-7 for ages 5 through 13, full and half days.  Registration is now open.  For more information call 408-354-4949, email or, to register, visit  Fliers are in the Las Lomitas School office.  


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Jeff Arons' Summer Tennis Camps at Sacred Heart Schools offers two options for tennis summer camps for students in grades 1-12.  The morning camp (9am-12) is for the beginning/intermediate level  player to develop their skills in a child friendly and fun environment.  The afternoon camps (2-5pm) are geared towards improving the match play performance of intermediate and advanced players.  Ten one week sessions from June 9 to August 15.  Contact : or visit

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SPRING DANCE CLASSES & SUMMER DANCE CAMPS at Studio Rincon - Spring dance signups are now open.  to signup. Spaces are filling fast. Dance & Yoga Camps are scheduled and ready for online sign ups for ages 3-13,  Ten different camps to choose from with amazingly talented and fun instructors.  All Camps are offered in the afternoon, providing a healthy snack and a lot of fun.  Conveniently located close to home at 3536 Alameda de las Pulgas!   


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Alpine Strikers Summer Camp

Camps are one week sessions for ages 6 to 11 and we have added one session for 12 to 14 year olds.  Email for dates and times     


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Player Capital Tennis Summer Camps are June 15 - August 14 at Holbrook-Palmer Park.  Sessions are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and registration is now open!  For more information, see    


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Join us for summer fun in the Land of Fantaaaaaaaaaaaasy!   Creative Art for Young Children has 3 sessions of summer classes - July 6-17, July 20-31 and August 3-14.  Contact Cindy at 851-1700, ext. 200 or register online at  Classes are also offered for 3rd to 5th graders and adults July 7 and 9 and August 4 and 6.    


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