The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
Week of September 7, 2015 
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Important Upcoming Dates:   


This Week: 
  • Wed Sept 9:  Morning with the Principal - Cano Hall - 9:00 - 10:15
  • Wed Sept 9:  School Bd. Mtg. - La Entrada MUR: 7 pm
Coming Soon:
  • Wed Sept 16: Student Picture Day
  • Sat  Sept 19:  Pancake Breakfast - Cano Hall 8:30 - 10:30
  • Wed Sept 23:  Holiday Workshop Planning Mtg. 9:00 -11:00 - room 22



Dear Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the three day weekend. We are into September and everything is beginning to hum along quite smoothly. Children are transitioning more quickly from their activities both in and out of the classroom while teachers continue to reinforce classroom routines and build a safe classroom community. This couldn't have been more evident than on the evening of PIN. It was amazing to see the classrooms decorated with so much student work and art in only a few short days. I'm equally proud of the students and teachers at Las Lomitas and revel in the fact that we had such a great parent turnout. Numerous studies point to the positive correlation of parental involvement in their children's education and children's academic success. If you are looking for ways to volunteer, then contact your PTA and Educational Foundation. Likewise, you can contact me for information on being part of our School Site Council.

News and Upcoming Events:
  • Morning w/the principal (9/9 @ 9:00)
    • Join me in Cano Hall for an update on all things Las Lomitas and an opportunity for you to ask me questions
  • Teri Chickman has moved from Kindergarten to the Library as a Library Reading Teacher
    • We are very excited about this transition and look forward to Mrs. Chickman bringing her flavor to the library
  • Emergency Drills
    • During the month of September we will be practicing a variety of emergency drills weekly that may include
      • Drop, Cover, & Hold
      • Evacuation
      • Shelter in Place
      • Secure Campus
      • Lockdown/Barricade
    • Look for more information on the Principal's Message section of the website
  • Allergy Awareness
    • Although Las Lomitas is not a peanut free school, we encourage you to please use alternatives to peanut butter and snacks containing peanuts
  • Yellow Jackets!! 
    • It's that time of year and the yellow jackets are out. Fabric softener sheets seemed to ward them off last year so we will have some handy at the lunch tables. Packing a sheet in your child's lunch will help us fend off these aggressive insects.
  • REMINDER: Picture Day 9/16
    • Please mark your calendars as the date was moved up a week
Until next time,
Alain Camou

PTA News

Holiday Workshop Planning Meeting
Wednesday, September 23, Science Room: 9:00am
It's that time again!  Calling all parents!  Would you like to help with the Holiday Workshop?  Do you have an idea for a craft that  our kids would enjoy?  Perhaps, be a table lead?  Come join us at our opening meeting to prepare for this fun event.  If you have a craft, bring a sample to share.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or want to lead a craft table but are unable to attend the planning meeting.

The Apple for the Classroom program is a way for parents tosupport their children's teachers directly.  All the teachers and specialists at Las Lomitas have been invited to create a "wish list" of items that would help to further enrich their classrooms.  Wishes may include art supplies, gift cards, books, or donations toward a special activity or field trip.

To view the lists, please visit our website.        
Once at the site, select the list you want to view. Teachers' lists are divided into two sections, so you can choose to bring an item directly to the classroom or you can choose to make a donation via PayPal.
Thank you for supporting our teachers and enriching your children's experience at Las Lomitas.

Sign up to volunteer to help with this fun day via the PTA website.  
Save the Date: The Holiday Workshop - Wednesday, December 9
Contacts: Suzanne Kisch (

Box Tops for Education

Please continue to clip, collect, and submit box top coupons found on many favorite brands such as Betty Crocker, Nature Valley, Kleenex, Huggies, Ziploc, and so many more. Las Lomitas earns 10 cents for each box top submitted, and these really add up! Box tops can be turned in any time to the cereal box in the Las Lomitas office. Write your student's name and room number on the bag containing the box tops to be eligible for our prize drawing which will be held October 15.

   Thank you for supporting our school!

Volunteer to be a School Photographer for the Las Lomitas Memory Book
The Memory Book Team is currently soliciting volunteers to be added to our school
photographer pool.    School photographers sign-up to help cover events and other aspects of life on campus for the 2015-2016 Memory Book.  This can include capturing the wildly popular Halloween parade to getting the children in action at recess, lunch and in specials.   A sign-up sheet will be distributed to all volunteers in September.   If you are interested in volunteering please email Kiersten Mahon ( 

Fridays are Spirit Days at Las Lomitas!  Get  your Spirit Wear online by clicking the Spirit Wear link at or bring cash/check and stop by our table at the Pancake Breakfast to pick up an awesome tie dye.  Contact the Spirit Wear coordinator at for more information.

From the Nurse's Office

Dear Parents,

Greetings from the nurse's office. I'm looking forward to another year of assisting with student's health needs. My goal is to help students stay healthy, in school and ready to learn!  The nurse's office is staffed from 10 am to 2:15 everyday with myself or nurse Natalie Siemers.  A few reminders as we embark on a new school year:

When to Keep Sick Children Home from School
As much as we try to prevent illness with good hygiene, good nutrition and proper sleep, it is normal for children to be sick sometimes. 
Sometimes it's hard to know when your student needs to stay home from school due to illness. Parents can start by asking  themselves 3 questions to help decide:

~does the illness prevent my child from participating comfortably in activities?
~does the illness result in a need for care that is greater than the staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children?
~does the illness pose the risk of spread of harmful disease to others?

At Las Lomitas, we use the following basic guidelines to determine if an ill child needs to be at home: 

We also refer to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines as a resource:

**Please also remember, a child must be fever free without the use of fever reducing medications like Advil and Tylenol for 24hrs before returning to school after an illness.

If your student will require medication for the 2015-16, school year, prescription or over the counter, a new medication consent form must be completed and signed by your child's health care provider and you and submitted with the medication each school year.  Click here.

Lice Checks 
Please check your student for any signs of head lice.Early detection of lice infestations through routine screening at home is the most effective way to reduce outbreaks. Please contact the Las Lomitas office with any questions you may have about lice prevention, detection or treatment and the nurse can assist you.

For more information about head lice, please see " A Parent's Guide to Head Lice " published by the California Department of Public Health 

Health Forms
Please return any missing health forms to the Las Lomitas Office including immunization documentation, physical exam forms, and dental exam forms. The district office has informed us that children will not be able to attend school without the state required documentation. 

Thank you for your assistance in keeping our school community healthy, happy and ready to learn this year!

Nurse Kelly Muenzen

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Ensuring Excellence in Education
Congratulations, We Did It Again!
Once again, our fabulous community showed its dedication to a superior education for our children.  Thanks to your generous contributions, LLEF was able to gift $2.45 million dollars to our school district in June for use this upcoming 2015-16 year.This gift represents 14% of the District's operating budget, constituting the second largest source of funding for our schools.  
These essential funds will be used for:
  • Maintaining Small Class Sizes
  • Enhanced Curriculum- including PE, art, music, science, language, and electives
  • Excellence in Education initiatives- including professional development for teachers, technology in the classrooms, piloting innovative STEAM programs
Thanks again for your support.  Welcome back to school!

Kids shouldn't have all the fun...
There are still spots available for a few of the parents-only parties. You could play some tennis or a little Texas Hold 'Em, learn to cook or sit back and relax while someone else does all the work. 


LLLLas Lomitas League

For a full listing of the classes offered, please visit our website under "Classes", under "Las Lomitas" and register directly on our website.
If a class is full, there will be a wait list option listed. Please check the box if you would like your child to be wait listed for the class. No fee will be assessed. If space becomes available, wait-listed registrants will be moved up according to the order of registration. If your child succeeds in securing a spot in the class, payment will be assessed and a confirmation emailed to you. Please note being wait listed does not guarantee a space.

Students may not take two language classes of the same language at one time (for example: Spanish 2A & Spanish 2B). 

Financial assistance is available for all classes. Please contact outreachAssistant Principal Christy Chalfant at (650) 854-5900 for more information.

Late registrations:
 In the rare case we accept a late registration, there will be a $25 late fee.
Questions? Contact the instructor for questions concerning a specific class or its content, or contact Korenna Sinn (korennasinn@gmail.comor Jill Berman ( ) - Co-VPs of Classes for Las Lomitas.

CommCommunity News

Youth Dance and Fitness at Studio Rincon 
Fall Youth Dance schedule begins Tuesday, 9/8. Youth classes from 3 years old to teen- Hip Hop, Pre-ballet, Pre-tap, Monday - Friday. Teens welcome in Yoga & Fitness classes- great for . Studio Rincon is a Dance, Yoga and Fitness studio at 3536 Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park just down the street from Las Lomitas.  Schedule and signups at Classes are filling up fast, signup now!

Forte :: Music Enrichment Program
Forte students will have the opportunity to sing, play handchimes & handbells, and play music & theatre games.  Students will gain a greater understanding of music concepts, and gain physical, mental, and social skills that will carry over into valuable life skills. 
Forte is for students age 4 - grade 4.  
The Dynamics, age 4 - kindergarten, will meet on Mondays at 3:15 - 4:15 PM from September 14 - December 7. 
The Harmonics, Grade 1 - Grade 4, will meet Thursdays at 3:30 - 5:00 PM from September 17 - December 10. 
Please visit  for more information and registration.  
Jeff Arons' 2015 Fall Tennis Program begins at Sacred Heart Schools August 26th.  For more information and registration forms, please visit

The Art School
2015 Fall Studio Exhibition:  Friday, September 11th, 2015
Registration open for Autumn Quarter:
  • New Monday morning art lessons from 9:00 - 10:15am
  • Limited availabilities for afternoon lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdsys
Please contact

Cub Scout 2015-16 Registration  
Want to know about Cub Scouting at Las Lomitas?    All interested families with boys entering grades 1 through 4 are invited to join us at Menlo Park's Pack 222 Ice Cream Social,  Sunday September 20 from 1-3pm at Oak Knoll Elementary School. We'll have a fun, activity filled kickoff event!   See how far you can shoot the Water Balloon Catapult!     If you have further questions, please email Robert Freeman at (a proud parent of two Cub Scouts), and you can visit the Pack 222 website at 

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