The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of May 11, 2015
In This Issue
From the Principal
PTA News
From the Foundation
From the Health Office
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Summer Camps
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links



This 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,

As we head into these last few weeks of school, I'd like you to look forward to next year and consider serving on one of the PTA committees, help with LLL before-after school program planning or take part in events sponsored by the Foundation. All of these parent organizations support the students and are much appreciated by all of us here at Las Lomitas.

Another way you could participate in school planning is to join the School Site Council (SSC). The School Site Council (SSC) is a group of faculty and parent representatives who meet over the course of the year to address areas of program quality under the School Based Coordinated Program. The Council's primary responsibilities are to review and monitor our Single Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Program budget.


Each member serves for two years. We meet once a month on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30. This year's faculty representatives were Anna Pong (K), Tami Bannister (1st), Colene McKeon (2nd), Heather Hower (3rd) and Sue Sartor (Principal). Parent members were Artis Montague, Jung Eun Lee, Jen Le , Sarah Supple and Christine Kiekhaefer. We will have two vacancies for the 2015-2016 school year.


If you are interested in joining this group of dedicated parents and educators who monitor the school plan, make sure the budget supports the plan and care deeply about children and education, please join us. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to work with and learn from teachers and the administration.

If you would like to serve on the School Site Council or learn more about it, please contact me at 854-5900 ext.261 or by email at


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 is now open and will run through May 13th.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to bid on some exciting items, including your child's teacher treasure offerings, seats to upcoming special events, and more!

Click here to bid online.



Ticket Sales to Saturday's events will close tomorrow.  Buy your tickets now!



A huge THANK YOU to all the runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors!

  • We had 462 runners and walkers this year!  The youngest participant was 1 and the oldest was 72.
  • Results from the races are available online here.
  • Our wonderful sponsors: Magnussen Lexus, S-Cubed Capital, Greenheart Land Company, David Kelsey, Inductus Associates, Peterson Building Company, Keri Nicholas, Latham & Watkins, Leaf & Love

  Keep running, and we'll see  you at next year's Fun Run!



From the Health Office

May is Allergy Awareness month!  In the United States, 1 in 13 children are affected by food allergies, many are life-threatening.  Food allergy reactions occur when the body's immune system mistakes a harmless food protein for a threat and attempts to attack and rid the body of the intruder.  This can lead to a serious medical emergency called anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening and needs to be treated immediately!


As a school and a community, we need to be aware of the potential dangers of food and other allergies.  In addition to food allergies, anaphylaxis can occur in people who are allergic to insect stings, medications/drugs, latex (found in things such as balloons, gloves and other common everyday items) and, in rare instances, can also have an unknown cause or be exercise-induced after ingesting an allergen.


Please remember to always check with your teachers or the school nurse before sending treats or food-based projects to school.  Safety is our priority with all of our students!  It is also important to teach children the importance of not sharing food with their classmates and to wash their hands before and after eating to prevent possible exposure to allergens.


For additional information, please check out the Food and Allergy Research and Education site (F.A.R.E at and check out their Allergy Awareness month newsletter:

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

Children's Champions is a fun, family-friendly event benefiting at-risk children in the Bay Area. The event will take place on May 16, 2015 from 10 am - 1 pm at Stanford Stadium. 
The Wender Weis Foundation for Children (WWFC) and Fit Kids are coming together to help make fitness fun. Held at Stanford Stadium, Children's Champions will feature sports drills, clinics, and demonstrations with Stanford athletes, including members of the Stanford football team, Fit Kids activities, such as an obstacle course, relay races, capture the flag games, arts and crafts, the opportunity to take photos with professional team athletes and mascots, pop-up fitness activities for adults, and more. Learn more and buy tickets at

Tactical Urbanism in Menlo Park
May 17, Sunday, 1-2pm, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center's Cypress Room 
Wouldn't be nice to be able to get to school and around town by foot or bike? It's a great idea, but our current streets don't always make it easy. Join us for an exciting talk by Julie Flynn of The Street Plans Collaborative and learn about "tactical urbanism"- a city and citizen-led approach to neighborhood building using short-term, low-cost interventions to catalyze long-term changes. Flynn recently helped Morgan Hill pilot-test a protected bicycle lane through the town's commercial center. She will share information about this project, as well as other success stories, to provide ideas for what we can do here in Menlo Park. Your RSVP to is appreciated, but not necessary to attend.

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.
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:
Love to Sing? Ragazzi Auditions & Camp for Boys Ages 7-10
Auditions May-June; 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Day Camp July 27-31; Redwood City Parks and Recreation
Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a CBS news "best choir of the Peninsula," will teach your 7-10 year old boy to sing! Test-drive Ragazzi's choral program at the new no-audition summer day camp. Alternatively, boys can audition for the chorus now-and begin rehearsing in September, 2015. Ragazzi's opportunities include singing the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, Opera roles, collaborations with Stanford's choruses or the San Francisco Symphony-and even world-wide touring. Learn a lot and have a blast; no prior experience or preparation needed for camp or auditions. Small group sing-along auditions are fun and low-key. Find Your Voice day camp is through Redwood City Parks and Recreation. More info at 650-342-8785 or . YouTube:


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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