The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of April 27, 2015
In This Issue
From the Principal
Article Headline
PTA News
From the Foundation
La Entrada Presents...
Las Lomitas League
Lost and Found
Big Bear 5 K Run
Business Partners
Community News
Summer Camps
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links



This Week:

  • 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,


Welcome back! I hope you had a restful vacation.


The next Morning with the Principal is scheduled for this week on Wednesday, April 29 at 9:00 in Cano Hall. Incoming Principal Alain Camou will be present to share a bit about his background and answer questions about CAASPP (see below). As always, please bring questions or topics you'd like to discuss. These mornings are designed to provide a venue for open communication between home and school. We hope to see you there!


The third grade classes begin their first sessions with CAASPP (the new state test for the Common Core State Standards) on May 4th. This new assessment is administered online. The students have been trying sample problems in the computer lab and on Chromebooks these past few weeks to become comfortable with the technology and test format. A big thank you goes out to the Third Grade Team, Alain Camou, Deborah Roden, Bobbi Thielemann and Suzanne Mitchell for all of the planning prior to implementation. The students will take part in the testing process through mid-May. Please be sure to read class newsletters so your child is present on testing days.


As the weather gets warm, please be sure your child wears sunscreen - hats are encouraged at lunch and on the playground.


Until next time,
Sue Sartor



From Mr. Camou

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


I am excited to announce that we have named the new Assistant Principal for Las Lomitas. Christy Chalfant comes to our community highly recommended for her work as a teacher and educational leader. She has spent the last 12 years in the Santa Clara Unified School District teaching first through third grades, providing intervention as a Reading Recovery teacher, and supporting her school site as teacher in charge. She comes to us with a strong background in early literacy and has supported her colleagues as a BTSA mentor.


Christy and I will be coordinating calendars between now and the end of the school year in order to find opportunities for her to meet the faculty, our families, and in her own words "especially the children!" She is eager to begin her career as an administrator with the supportive Las Lomitas family and I am confident that her skillset will bring a great deal of value to our school and community.


From my own experience in transitioning to Las Lomitas, I am assured that we will embrace Christy into our community and that you will all help me in welcoming her.



Alain Camou

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.







 Kinder Families are Invited to a "Moving Up" Meeting
 May 12th at 6 pm in the Las Lomitas Library

Congratulations! You've almost finished your first year here at Las Lomitas. We know next year is a big step for your little ones, and we're excited to help you take it and learn about more ways you can participate in the PTA now that you've gotten your feet wet.

Please join the PTA along with Sue Sartor and Alain Camou as we talk about hot lunch, First Fridays, Grandparents' Day, the big playground, and more! We'll also talk about how you can get more involved at school in the coming years now that you've gotten your feet wet.

We will meet on May 12th at 6 pm in the Las Lomitas Library. Children welcome!



From the Foundation
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Don't miss out on the best party of the year!

The horses are chomping at the bit - only 3 more weeks until the auction and spring party. Tickets are selling fast, so step into the starting gate and buy yours today!  


The auction catalog goes live next week.

We have some amazing auction items this year - including incredible getaways, once in a lifetime experiences, camps and classes for kids, fun parties for both kids and adults, fantastic teacher treasures and so much more!  Look for a sneak peek email soon and your hard copy of the auction catalog next week.


Las Lomitas - La Entrada Fun Run

We hope that you can join us for the Foundation's 4th Annual Las Lomitas - La Entrada Fun Run, this Saturday, May 2nd at 8:30am from the Las Lomitas Kindergarten playground.



Three separate run/walk events will be held:

  • The Munchkin Run: a short course on the Las Lomitas playground for the youngest participants (8 and under)
  • 1 Mile Run/Walk: a medium-distance road course on the beautiful streets of Atherton
  • 5K Run/Walk: a flat and fast road course through Atherton, from Las Lomitas, around the Circus Club, and back

The events aren't just for runners: Walkers and those pushing strollers are welcome too.


Pre-register online through April 30

May 2nd Race day registration opens at 7:30 am


To register please visit our registration page 
or download a paper form here 


Volunteers needed for the Fun Run!  


Want to help with this FUN event? We are in need of volunteers to help on

race day (time keepers, food/drink tables, traffic/course monitors, etc.).  If you

are interested, please contact Josie Tang.



La Entrada Presents...

La Entrada and Starting Arts are thrilled to present The Wiz Thursday, 4/30, 6:30 and Friday, 5/1, 6:30 at Woodside High School.

Join Dorothy and Toto on their fun and funky trip to Oz where they meet outrageous characters and encounter all kinds of dangerous adventures as they try to get themselves back to Kansas!
Tickets are open seating and on sale here: 

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.
Lost and Found

The Lost and Found will be donated THIS FRIDAY, May 1, 2015.  Please come and have a look!!!                       
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

AYSO Menlo Park & Atherton invites all boys and girls to play soccer this fall!  AYSO does not require tryouts and all participate, regardless of level.  Walk-in registration is at the Hillview Middle School Library on May 2 and May 9, 2015, from 10AM to 1PM for the coming fall soccer season.   It is $150 season; $100 kinderleague season.  If your children played AYSO in our region before, you can simply register online and do not need to register in-person. Please go to for more information.  We hope to see you on the field soon!

Classroom Volunteers Needed in September - An Hour a Week Could Change a Student's Life
We are looking for parents to begin volunteering in September to assist in K-4 classrooms an hour per week in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.  Either tutor students in a structured reading program or assist teachers in the classroom with individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child's school.  These classes in the Ravenswood district have no parents helping and no PTA -- our volunteers make a real difference. Our organization provides orientation/training and coordinates everything. To learn more about us, visit  Have questions or want to sign up?  Contact Carolyn Blatman at

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 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.   


Ladera Oaks is hosting its Annual Open House on Sunday, May 3rd from 4:30 - 7:30 pm. If you are new to the area or unfamiliar with Ladera Oaks, this is a great time to drop by, get to know us and see what we have to offer. Bring your family, swimsuits and racquets - relax by one of our two heated, full-sized pools, check out our newly renovation tennis lounge, and meet our instructors, coaches, and tennis and fitness pro's. Learn about our summer swim team, junior tennis programs and summer sports camp. Enjoy live mariachi music, complimentary tacos, refreshments and fun activities!


There has never been a better time to get acquainted with Ladera Oaks! If you have any questions or to RSVP, please call 650-854-3101 x1020 or email Visit to learn more.

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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