The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
 Week of June 1, 2015
In This Issue
From the Principal
School News
From the Foundation
Third Grade Field Day
From the Health Office
Memory Books
Lost and Found
Las Lomitas League
Business Partners
Community News
Summer Camps
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This Week:  

  • Wed June 3 PTA Bd. Mtg - room 20B 9:00 - 11:00

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,


I'm sure you all enjoyed Open House last week. It was incredible to see all of the student work displayed. I love seeing the pride in the children's faces as they read their books, share photos and artwork with you. I'm sure you'll join with me in thanking the teachers, all of them, for all the dedicated instruction and guidance they provided the students this year. They are amazing!


Christy Chalfant, incoming Assistant Principal, and Michael O'Loughlin, incoming Curriculum and Instruction Director, joined us for Open House.  They were very impressed with all they saw   

and enjoyed meeting some of you. They will be on campus again before the end of the year to see the students in action.  


The students and teachers will be busy this week wrapping up units of study and completing final assessments. You can help us with end-of-year tasks by searching for any lost books and returning them to the library. Our lost and found is full, so be sure to stop by and see if you can find a lost sweater or jacket before we donate them to charity on June 15th.  


Until next time,


School News

The Las Lomitas School Site Council Needs You!


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 approximately 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 Sue Sartor at or Alain Camou at



Las Lomitas School

The English Advisory Committee (ELAC) was established to advise the Governing Board on programs and services for English Learners. A majority of the Committee must be parents of English Learners. This committee meets five times a year to review and monitor programs that affect our English Language Learners. Among its responsibilities are:


  • to also serve as a member on the District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC)
  • to assist in developing school plans for English Learners
  • to review the district Local Control Accountability Plan
  • to advise the District regarding redesignation procedures


If you are interested in serving on this committee, please call Nicole Montre, ELD Teacher at Las Lomitas (854-5900 x219).


El comité consejero del programa para alumnos aprendiendo inglés (ELAC) fue establecido para dar consejo a la Mesa Directiva sobre los programas de los alumnos aprendiendo inglés. La mayoria del comité consejero tiene que ser de padres de familia de alumnos aprendiendo inglés. Este comité se junta un vez al mes para aconsejar, examinar y comentar sobre los servicios y programas que la escuela le ofrece a los alumnos EL. Algunas de las tareas son:


  • Tomar una silla también en el comité consejero del distrito del programa para alumnos aprendiendo inglés (DELAC).
  • Ayudar en establecer un plan educativo para los alumnos EL.
  • Revisión del Distrito Local Plan de Control de rendición de cuentas
  • Examinar y comentar acerca del procedimiento para la reclasificación.

Si tiene interés en este comité, por favor llamen a Nicole Montre, maestra de ELD en la escuela Las Lomitas (854-5900 x219).


From the Foundation
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Dinner and games, swimming and fun.  Join us as we say goodbye to Las Lomitas on June 11th from 6-9pm at the Ladera Rec Center.  Get your tickets today.  We would like all 3rd graders to join us.  Scholarships are available - please contact Alain Camou at to be put on the list. 

Kinders - celebrate the end of the year with your teachers and friends.  All Kindergarteners are encouraged to join their teachers and classmates one last time for a pajama and movie night.  Check here for your teacher's date and time and to buy your ticket!

Don't miss out on the Incoming Grade-Level Parties

What better way to celebrate the beginning of a new school year than with a party!

Join us for a grade-level party directly after Meet-the Teacher.  Every grade level has its own celebration.  Reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.  Check out your grade level party here and buy your tickets now!

And, of course, the Parents don't want to miss out on the fun too!
There are still spots available at a few of the parents-only parties.  Come and play with your friends and make new ones too.  Click here to get in on the fun!

Lastly, the Auction Team sends it congratulations to our online raffle winner, who gets to enjoy a $150 Gift Card to the fabulous Portola Kitchen Restaurant!
Third Grade Field Day

Attention 3rd Grade Parents - Field Day Is Coming and we Need Your Help!

Please join us on June 10th for the Best Day in 3rd grade! The event will run from 10-1. To volunteer to help, please click on this link:

Please direct any questions, comments or ideas to Maggie Oren at
We look forward to seeing you on the 10th!

From the Heallth Office

Reminder to Parents of Current Kindergarteners:  State law requires that all children provide their school with a current health exam and oral health assessment before entering first grade.  Your child will not be admitted to first grade without the required forms.  Thank you for your help.

Memory Books

Memory Books will be for sale at the flagpole June 9 and 10!
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: was started to give kids one-on-one practice speaking a foreign language.  PandaTree's online tutoring sessions focus on engaging conversation with a dynamic tutor to make learning fun for your child.  And each session is tailored to your child's interests and language level.


PandaTree offers carefully-selected, native-fluency tutors.  As part of the rigorous hiring process, tutors do several test sessions with kids which are reviewed by teachers.

Weekly PandaTree sessions are a fun and convenient way to keep up your child's Mandarin while school is out.  Online video sessions happen in the convenience of your home - no driving needed! 


Read tutor profiles and schedule weekly summer sessions now at  

Like us at


Special Promotion:  Try us out!  Sessions that take place by Sunday,  June 7 are half price. 



The Council on International Educational Exchange is seeking host families for high school students this coming school year.  The students have appropriate visas, medical insurance and pay for all of their personal expenses.  All that is required of a host family is to provide a bed and an extra plate at the table!  The students speak English.  If you are interested or would like more information about this rewarding experience, please 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 - 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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Grizzlies Lacrosse Summer League                                                    

Tuesday nights June 23 - Aug 11 @ Hillview Middle School Turf

$150 for 8 sessions Ages 5 - 15 to register & more info



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Menlo Swim and Sport is offering camps for children ages 5-14.  Camp Menlo is for children ages 5-9 who have completed kindergarten, are comfortable in the water and do well in social groups.  Beginner swimmers are welcome!  Tennis & Swim Camp offers daily tennis lessons along with other racquet sports and pool time.  For more information, go to or call 415-259-5552. 

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