The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of May 4, 2015
In This Issue
From the Principal
PTA News
From the Foundation
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Summer Camps
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This Week:

  • Wed May 6  PTA Bd. Mtg. 9:00 a.m. -room 20B

Next Week: 

  •  Wed May 13  School Bd. Mtg. 7:00 p.m. LE-MUR
  • Sat May 16  Foundation Spring Auction

Coming Soon:

  • Wed May 20  Dance Festival 9:30 a.m. - All Kinders attend school 9:00 - 12:20
  • Thur May 28  Student Art Exhibit 6:30 p.m.-Cano Hall     and Open House in classrooms 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wed June 10  3rd grade Field Day
  • Thur June 11  MINIMUM DAY - Last Day of School - All students attend 9:00 - 12:20





From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,


May is here and we are heading into some very busy last few weeks of school!

  • CAASPP testing began today and continues through May 15th. I am so very proud of our third grade students for putting forth their best effort! I am also very proud of our teachers, Mr. Camou and our tech-support team who spent hours planning and strategizing to make the test administration go smoothly.
  • The Dance Festival is May 20th at 9:30. The students are practicing and costumes are under construction. It is sure to be a real treat!
  • Open House is May 28th. Cano Hall will be open at 6:30 for the Art Show and classrooms open at 7:00. The students are putting the final touches on published books and works of art.
  • Third Grade Field Day is June 10th. Get ready for lots of fun!


During these end-of-year events there will hundreds of people on campus. Please be sure to be courteous to our neighbors and park in designated spaces; do not block driveways! I encourage you to bike or walk to the events if at all possible.


Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to our yard supervisors: Marie Summers, Allison O'Brien, Grete Santucci, Jessie Phillippe and Maria Melendez. They have done a wonderful job this year supervising lunch and keeping a close eye on your children. If you happen to see them in the hallways during these events, please let them know how much they are appreciated.

Until next time,

Sue Sartor





PTA News




 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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The Online auction will open this Wednesday at 6:00 pm, but you can view it now by clicking here.

Bid on fun items for both you and your kids - including teacher treasures, experiences, camps and classes, getaways, and so much more!

Get your bids in early!
The first bidder on each online auction item will be entered into a drawing to win a $150 gift certificate to Portola Kitchen!  There's no limit to the number of items you can bid on - the more items you are the first bidder on, the more chances to win!

Join us at Portola Farms on May 16th for a Night at the Races.  Go to to purchase your tickets today!


Get Your Tickets Now!  

Ticket prices will increase soon - so get your tickets to the live event and auction now!

Help Us Win with a Leg Up at the Auction
It takes a Village...AND Volunteers!  We have plenty of opportunities to help make this year's Auction the best party of the year
  • Prep work Friday 5/8 and Saturday 5/9 - join in putting together decorations, or take a simple "at home" project to do on your own time
  • Thursday, 5/14 - Sunday 5/17 - Set-up, check-in and clean-up

Volunteering at the auction is fun - You get to hang out with your friends and get a sneak peek at the decor!


Please contact Katie Parsons or Nikki Sokol to help or with any questions 


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

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.

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.   

Alpine Strikers Tryouts  Is your child passionate about soccer?  We hope so!  Alpine Strikers will be holding tryouts for the fall season over the next few weeks (starting May 11th).  Many teams  have roster openings and new teams will be formed for the youngest age group (boys and girls born between 8/1/2007 and 7/31/2008).  Please go to for dates and registration.  We look forward to seeing you on the field!  


Registration is now open for Fall soccer with the local AYSO region that includes Ladera, Woodside, Portola Valley, King's Mountain and Skylonda. AYSO is a community-driven organization that emphasizes sportsmanship with its "Everyone Plays" and "Balanced Teams" philosophies to ensure that all children have a chance to enjoy their time on the field. There are no tryouts - anybody can register regardless of experience or playing ability. 

We also are recruiting parents to be coaches, assistant coaches and team managers, among other volunteer positions. 
Join us! Join in the fun!
To register, go to: .


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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