The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of May 25, 2015
In This Issue
From the Principal
From the Foundation
From the Health Office
Lost and Found
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Summer Camps
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This Week:  

  • Thur May 28  Student Art Exhibit 6:30 p.m.- Cano Hall and Open House in classrooms 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Coming Soon: 

  • Wed June 10  3rd grade Field Day
  • Thur June 11  MINIMUM DAY - Last Day of School - All students attend 9:00 - 12:20

 In the Fall:

  • Wed Aug 19 - Meet the Teacher 8:30 - 9:00a.m.
  • Thur Aug 20 & Fri Aug 21 - First week of school - all Ks attend 9:00 - 12:20 and 1st-3rd attend 9:00 - 2:05
  • Mon Aug 24 - Normal school schedule begins




From the Principal


Dear Las Lomitas Families,

Last week's Dance Festival was wonderful! Hats off to the Linda McGhee, Carol Hedges and Allison O'Brien for coordinating and teaching all the dances, and to the children for keeping their gift a surprise! You all truly touched my heart. I will remember this special event forever.


As we head toward summer, I get a lot of questions about supporting learning during the vacation. The following is an excerpt from an article by Mary Mastain, former member of the International Reading Associations' Parents and Reading Committee. I hope you will reflect on her "checklist" and consider how you may be able to incorporate opportunities for learning at home.


A Parent's Checklist

How many of these things do you do to encourage your child to listen, speak, write and read?

  1. I take time to talk with my child every day.
  2. I take time to listen to my child and answer his or her countless questions.
  3. I sing and/or recite rhymes to my child.
  4. I read something (newspaper, magazine, book) every day, showing my child that reading is important.
  5. My child and I have library cards (the best of all credit cards).
  6. I take my child to the library regularly. We both select books to read by ourselves and aloud together at home.
  7. Together we look at books and magazines, each of us talking about what we see and read.
  8. I ask my child to tell me a story or to describe something he or she has done or seen.
  9. I often write down what my child tells me and read back the "story" exactly as it was dictated to me.
  10. My child has his or her own bookshelf (or a box or a drawer) to hold books.
  11. I take time to read aloud to my child each day as often as my child will listen to me, or asks me to read to him or her, and I encourage all members of my family to do the same.
  12. My child watches carefully selected television programs, and I limit screen time so there is at least equal time for reading.
  13. I praise my child's efforts and accomplishments so that he or she will have self-confidence and zest for new learning experiences.


I look forward to seeing you all at Open House on Thursday, May 28th. The Art Show in Cano Hall opens at 6:30; classrooms open at 7:00.

Until next time,

Sue Sartor





From the Foundation
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 Sign-Up Parties still available online


It's not too late to sign up for some of the fun events coming up! Don't miss out on 3rd grade Graduation, Kinder End of Year Movie Nights, Mother-Son Bowling, Incoming grade level back-to-school parties, and more! We have some fun parties for parents as well including the SxSW back-to-school party, Tennis, Poker, Craft Cocktails, Indian Cooking and other fun offerings. Click here here to get your tickets now!


Thank You for Supporting Our Schools

Thanks to your generous donations and bids, we've raised $250,000 (and counting) for our schools at this year's auction. Congratulations to everyone!


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:


Lost and Found

The Lost and Found will be donated Monday, June 15.  Please come have a look.  Time is running short!!!
Las Lomitas League

Volleyball at La Entrada!  If your child is interested in playing Volleyball at La Entrada don't forget to sign up in September!
Go to the fall sports/Volleyball for more details.
The clinics are designed to be a fun intro to Volleyball with some competition thrown in! We will scrimmage other local middle schools.

Not just for girls! Also note that we are planning on starting a boys program in the spring. Menlo Atherton has just started a boys program and we want our athletes to be ready to play should they want to.

Coaches-We need you! If you are interested in coaching at any level please contact Kristin Spindt at
We will be running some coaching clinics in the fall. You will have lots of support! A great way to spend a couple hours a week with your child.

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

The Atherton Police Department is interested in hosting a Bicycle Rodeo end of summer or early fall.  It would be on a Saturday, either at 10 AM or 1 PM for children under the age of 12.  There would be a safety presentation and a bicycle demonstration.  Children should bring their own bicycle and helmet.  If  you are interested, please email Sergeant Kockler at by June 1 with your contact information, age(s) of children, school and preferred date and start time. 

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:

Balancing the Art and Science of Teaching and Technology
Join us for an insightful evening at Trinity School for a panel discussion with founders from leading education technology companies Curriculet, Duck Duck Moose, Literably, Padlet, and Tynker. Today's technology is changing the role of teacher and student, but what is the right balance between books and iPads or worksheets and apps?
When: Thursday, May 28th at 7pm
Where: Trinity School Lehman Hall, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park CA 94025
How: Free online registration at:


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 - THIS SESSION IS FULL
  • Session 2:
    June 22-25 - THIS SESSION IS FULL
  • 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 ( 

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 tennis summer camps for students in grades 1-8.  The camp (9am-12) is for the beginning/intermediate level  player to develop their skills in a child friendly and fun environment.  Ten one week sessions from June 8 to August 14.  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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The 19th year of the Ohlone Art Camp is about to begin!  Weekly camps are offered for ages 5 and up, Mondays through Fridays 9:00 - 1:00 or extended hours 9:00 - 5:00.  For more information go to, email or call (650) 493-4383.    


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Hi-Five Sports Camp  
It has been 25 years in the making! Hi-Five Sports Camp is celebrating its 25th summer nationally and its fourth in the Bay Area providing the premier summer sports camp.  Hi-Five offers a variety of team sports and activities for children 4 years - 6th Grade. No two days are the same at camp. One day we may celebrate Halloween in July and another the Hi-Five Goofy Olympics. Space is still available so register today (select Atherton), call 650.362.4975 or email   



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