The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of April 13, 2015
In This Issue
From the Principal
Music Informances
PTA Nominating Committee News
Partnership with the PTA
PTA News
From the Foundation
Las Lomitas League
Big Bear 5 K Run
Business Partners
Community News
Summer Camps
Newsletter Submissions
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links



This Week:  

  • Apr 15 - Special Budget Workshop 3 - 5 p.m. - District Office - Conference Room
  • Apr 15   - 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




REMINDER:  Submissions for the Roar of April 27 are due THIS WEDNESDAY, April 15.  Thank you! 





From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


Last week I was giving a short tour to a family who recently moved to Las Lomitas. As we crossed the playground, I told them about our Peaceful Playground templates on the blacktop and the various options students have for recess play. Later I reflected on how important it is for students to be able to independently engage in appropriate play. I've shared the following in past years, and still find it pertinent today. The Elementary School Parents Newsletter (November 2010) urges parents to encourage children to engage in creative, imaginative play, free of media, that you can facilitate at home. Here are some suggestions:

  • Bake something together: Bake cookies and take some to a neighbor or an older relative.
  • Tell stories: Tell your child a true story about a time when you made a mistake - the more hilarious the better! Share stories of when your family over-came challenges or hardships.
  • Play catch: Even if you can't get outside, toss a beanbag or a soft ball. If you can go to a park, try kicking a ball as well as tossing it.
  • Collect objects from nature: Leaves can be gathered, placed between paper towels and pressed with a heavy book to preserve. Rocks, sticks, seed pods are also very entertaining. Find a box to decorate and carefully store these treasures.
  • Sing: Start with old favorites like "Row, row, row your boat." Sing songs you remember from you childhood. Let your child sing songs to you that were learned in music class with Mrs. Lampert. Make your own instruments using items you find around the house.
  • Read aloud: Children never tire of being read to. Take turns and let others in the family do the reading.


As we head toward Spring Break, think about opportunities to engage in this type of free exploration. Whatever you do, the important thing is to take time to be with your child without the day-to-day distractions and constant media blitz. Time is a gift you can freely give all year long.


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 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 was 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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The Spring Auction will take place Saturday, May 16 at Portola Farms.
Join us for the best party of the year!

Buy your auction tickets here.



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)

Buy Tickets and Register Now at the Fun Run page or at and pay directly, then return Registration forms to the school offices of LL or LE.


Volunteers needed 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 (  


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.
Big Bear 5K Run

Menlo-Atherton High School, Menlo Park

May 3, 2015, 9:00 a.m.

The Menlo-Atherton Athletic Boosters invite you to join 1,000 runners to our annual community fundraising event. Kid's Welcome!  No dogs or Bikes.

To Register:

Early registration:  
$15.00/students and $25.00/adults until April 26th 
On-line registration at or
(reference M-A Big Bear Run 2015 - 10th Annual):  
$18.00/students and $28.00/adults until April 30th
Race-day registration:  
$20.00/students and $30.00/adults ending at 8:45 a.m.

Bib Info:Pick up your bib until 8:45 a.m. sharp race day.

Goodies: Receive a T-shirt and water bottle with your bib pick-up.  Refreshments following the race:  Water, fruit, and snacks. 


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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