The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
Week of October 5, 2015 
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
PTA News
Las Lomitas League
Halloween Costume Drive
Music Informances
Volunteers Needed
La Entrada News
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Quick Links
Important Upcoming Dates:   


This Week: 

  • Wed Oct 7:   PTA Board Mtg. 9:00 am - room 20B

Coming Soon: 

  • Wed Oct 14:  School Board Mtg. LE MUR 7 pm
  • Fri Oct 23:  Art Note card orders are due
  • Sat - Fri Oct 23-30: - BOOK FAIR - Cano Hall
  • Fri Oct 30:  Halloween Parade 10:45 am



LLFLas Lomitas Education Foundation

The 2015-16 Annual Giving Campaign has launched!
This year we have added a special boost...Announcing the Giving by Grade Challenge:
The grade with the highest giving level WINS $200 per classroom for extra supplies and activities!
Donate before November 13, 2015, and help your child's grade level WIN!

The Annual Giving Campaign is the Foundation's mission-critical fundraising effort, directly supporting the LLESD's operating budget to help provide "excellence in education" at our schools.  This year, we are asking for a donation of $2,000 per student. If you are unable to give this amount, any amount that is meaningful to your family will help us reach our goal of 100% community participation. 
We highly encourage - and greatly appreciate - gifts made before December 31, 2015 to assist the School Board with their budget planning.  Thank you in advance for your support!
Questions? Contact Julie Clugage, or Kelley Clugage,, AGC Co-Chairs.   

Hula over to the annual Sweetheart Dance 
Friday, Oct. 16th 7-9 pm at Jensen Hall at La Entrada
Aloha Dads, Grandpas, Uncles and friends!
Don your Hawaiian shirts, leis and grass skirts. Grab your favorite little wahine and hula on over to La Entrada for the much anticipated Sweetheart Dance.
Share a special evening with your beautiful daughters* at this beloved annual event held in Jensen Hall at La Entrada. Both Las Lomitas and La Entrada families are welcome.


$75 per father/daughter couple                  
$25 for additional children

*we welcome all Las Lomitas and La Entrada girls and their adults, but sadly we can not accommodate boys at this event. 

For a special "boys only" event, please join us for the Mother/Son bowling event held 
November 7th: More Info

Coming up very soon:  
  • 6th Annual Gentlemen's Hold'em Tournament Party  - Oct 24
  • 6th Annual Mother/Son Bowling - Nov 7
  • "What's in a Movie?" Workshop for 6th - 8th Graders - Nov 10
Click here, register and come out and play. . . 

If you have a Target credit card, you can enroll in TCOE and designate a school.  1% of all your purchases are donated to the school.  Click here 
Make sure your grandparents are connected to receive an invitation to Grandparent's Day in the Spring, and our newsletter just for them!  Register them here .

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Fall is upon us and the weather finally feels like it is turning. I've never been more excited about steel gray skies, rain, and no blazing sunshine. We had our first rainy day schedule in a very long time on Wednesday. My apologies for sending home children, who were likely filled with extra pent up energy, but I must say they handled the first, in hopefully many indoor rainy days, very well.

As the weather changes and the roads begin to get wet and slick, I want to take a moment to mention safe practices during drop off and pick up. Please use designated crosswalks to walk to/from cars. Dismissal can be an especially busy time with people eagerly wanting to get home. Help them see you by walking in designated areas. Please refrain from using cell phones while in queue for drop off and pick up. Again, it is an active time with many small and not easily seen children around. Lastly, please remember that the left lane of the two lanes leading up to the drop off/pick-up area is a drive through lane only. Vehicles should not be parked and left unattended as it hinders the progress for everyone else.

Thank you all for your understanding and helping Las Lomitas maintain a safe environment for pickup and drop off.

Until next time,
Alain Camou

PTA News
Holiday Workshop                                                                             
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?  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or want to lead a craft table.

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

Contact: Suzanne Kisch:

Please order your ART NOTECARDS

Each year Las Lomitas participates in a PTA Fundraiser for the Arts in our schools. Notecards are made from your children's drawings which were completed during the month of September. Funds from the sale of these notecards are used by classrooms for field trips, visiting artists, musicians, speakers, art supplies and literature about the arts. The notecards make terrific gifts for friends and families, thank you notes, and enclosure cards for birthdays. The printed notecards (with matching envelopes) will be delivered to the classrooms by end of November/early December. The order forms will be coming home on Monday October 12th.  

This year we are only accepting PayPal (no checks) for purchases.  The payment MUST BE SUBMITTED Online by Friday, October 9th.  Please visit the PTA website for payments. Unfortunately, late orders cannot be accepted due to the early release for Thanksgiving.

Questions? Please contact Laaya Khamsi (

Thank you to all the teachers and volunteers who help make this possible and to the generous parents for supporting the creative arts in our schools.

The Apple for the Classroom program is a way for parents to
support 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 arapplelogot 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.

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!

Fridays are Spirit Days at Las Lomitas!  
Get  your Spirit Wear online by clicking the Spirit Wear link at  
Contact the Spirit Wear coordinator at for more information.

School directories are coming in October
The school directory will be released in early October. It was held up this year due to some technical difficulties but we are working as quickly as we can to get it out to you.

Choicelunch and Jamba Juice are teaming up to bring Jamba Juice Smoothies to our school. Juice smoothies will be available to order as an addition to lunch every Thursday starting 10/8/15
A fresh and yummy 8oz. Jamba Juice can be added to lunch every Thursday for $2.25 when placing lunch orders on  Currently, the smoothie add-on is not available on the iPhone or Android apps. 
One flavor will be offered every Thursday with a running rotation of three flavors: Strawberry, Peach and Mango. Strawberry, being the most popular flavor, will be offered every other week with peach and mango rotated in between.

The smoothies are an "add-on" to a lunch order and can only be purchased when a lunch order 
is placed. Students with a smoothie order will still get to select their normal snack, fruit and drink option in addition to their smoothie.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Hot Food Co-Chairs Heather Caelius and Adrianne Wonnacott at


Mark your calendar!  The 2015 Las Lomitas Book Fair is coming!                   

We are thrilled to have our book fair hosted, once again, by Hicklebee's, a wonderful independent bookstore in Willow Glen specializing in books for children and young adults since 1979!  They proved to be a fabulous partner for the last 3 years and we're looking forward to a fine selection of books again this year! 

All students are invited to enter the POSTER ART RAFFLE.  Two poster raffle winners will Win a $15.00 GIFT CARD to spend at the book fair.

For the Poster Art Raffle, create a poster of a favorite book/book series.  Minimum size of 8.5 x 11, maximum size 24 x 36. Please BRING POSTERS TO BOOK FAIR ON Oct. 23rd  between 
8:30AM- 4:00PM. Don't forget to put the student's name and teacher on back. Drawings will be held on 10/29
Please sign up to VOLUNTEER AT THE BOOK FAIR by emailing Jennifer Coleman at 

LLLLas Lomitas League


Registration for the LLL Basketball Season is now open and closes at midnight on Thursday, October 15th.

This is a very popular winter sport that is open to all students in 3rd through 8th grade. Register early before divisions are full.

We will register 8-10 players per team. Once a division is full (based on number of coaches), we will start a wait-list and only add more players if we get more coaches to form another team. Register early and volunteer to coach!

Evaluations are the third weekend in October and coaches announce their teams a week later. Practices begin in mid-November, games begin in early December and the season ends in early March. Division coordinators will contact parents with more information towards the end of October. Additional information about the basketball program can be found on our website: 
Coaches Wanted! We are a parent-run basketball league and we need coaches. You do not need a lot of experience to coach; we can pair you with a more experienced coach. We also provide an excellent coaching clinic. Please contact Kathleen Liston if you are interested in coaching.
Mark your calendars for the following dates:
  • Wed, Oct. 21st at 6:30pm: Mandatory Coaches Meeting in the La Entrada library. We will finalize practice times and review rules, expectations, evaluations, etc. 
  • Oct. 24th& 25th (Sat/Sun): Player Evaluation Days (schedule to be determined). Evaluations are used strictly to divide each grade level into fair and balanced teams. Your child's grade/division will be assigned a specific day and time closer to the date. Please check back here or on the LLL Basketball webpage in mid-October.

Halloween Costume Drive

Please help the families of Haven House Family Shelter have a great Halloween week, participate in their school and many other Halloween events, by donating new or gently used costumes in all sizes (infant through adult).  The Girl Scout troops of Las Lomitas and La Entrada are working together with Suzanne Mitchell (LLESD Technology Director) to collect costumes at both schools.  (The bins will be out at both schools until 10/21)
Haven House, part of Innvision/Shelter Network, offers emergency and transitional housing for homeless families.  Each night almost 100 kids (infants to teens) call the shelter home while their parents are working to move them back to permanent housing.  Your donation of Halloween costumes will offer that these families can participate in the fun of the season at a very difficult time in their lives!
Any questions: contact Suzanne Mitchell
Both school sites support and encourage your support.

Thank you

MusicMusic Informances

Music Informances are coming up!                                            

Please come watch your child's music informance. This is an opportunity to see what we're working on in music class.

Music informances are scheduled for the week of October 19-23 in room 37

Your child's specific time is listed on the music website. Click on the following link and then take time to look around the new music website.

nurseVolunteers Needed

Our first through third grade classes will be attending a Lawrence Hall of Science Build It! Festival at Las Lomitas on Wednesday, October 7.  We are looking for parent volunteers to help run the stations for this fun event.  We are looking for parents who are available from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Go to Signup Genius for more information and to sign up. 

BookLa Entrada News

                                                                                                         LE Book Fair Logo
Please start SAVING your books (children's and adult) 
to donate for the La Entrada Used Book Fair!  

100% of the proceeds from this fantastic event go directly to La Entrada School and PTA funded programs. 

Mark your calendars for the November Used Book Fair (Nov 9th -14th)
-- it's a great place to shop for new and like-new books for the whole family!  

Books will be collected from October 12 thru October 30 at both 
Las Lomitas and La Entrada. 

Questions?  Contact Monica Albers (

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Please bring your family & friends and join us in a PIZZA and PASTA 
FUNDRAISER  for the upcoming Washington D.C. trip of our 8th graders! 
Amici's East Coast Pizzeria
880 Santa Cruz Avenue   |  Menlo Park  |  (650) 329-8888                                    
Monday, November 9th
11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Dine in OR take-out  (no deliveries)
Present this flyer and Amici's will generously donate 25% of your food, beverage and GIFT CERTIFICATE purchases to help support the Washington DC trip of our 8th graders!
This fundraiser event is only valid at Amici's Menlo Park.   Amici's cannot promise seating together for large groups.

CommCommunity News

St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival  
The St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival is a great family event with something for everyone....pony rides, climbing spider maze, bungee trampoline, train ride, face painting, carnival games, pumpkin sales, carnival games, food, beer garden, treats and more!

Fri., Oct. 9th | 3:30 - 9pm
Sat., Oct 10th | 10am - 6pm

1100 Santa Cruz Ave. | Menlo Park                                  
Open to the Public with Free Admission

Trick-or-Treat Street
Bring your children 10 and under for a fun and safe environment for Halloween activities on Wednesday, October 28th at Menlo-Atherton High School.  For more information please 

ub Scouts First Pack Meeting
Want to know about Cub Scouting at Las Lomitas? All interested families with boys in grades 1 through 4 are invited to join us at Menlo Park's Pack 222 
Kick-OffMeeting, Thursday October 15 from 7 to 8:30pm at Menlo Church's Fellowship Hall.  The lizard lady will be there!     

If you have further questions, please email Jim Knox (, Dave Korn (, or Robert Freeman (  

You can also visit the Pack 222 website at
Ride & Yoga
Participate in the 7TH ANNUAL RIDE & YOGA FOR RAVENSWOOD in Atherton on Sunday, October 11th! 

Help fundraise for the Ravenswood Family Health Center, a community health center providing medical services to Silicon Valley's low-income residents, by participating in a 30- or 50-mile bike ride ($100 registration), or a 90-minute yoga class ($30 registration). 

We all prosper when everyone has access to healthcare - Ravenswood prevents thousands of ER visits every year, saving Silicon Valley hospitals and taxpayers millions of dollars. Event includes breakfast, coffee, and lunch for all, and a jersey (for bikers) or hand towel (for yogis) with advance registration. Helmets and yoga mats are bring-your-own. 

Visit or email for more information or to register!  

To submit an item, email Carol Clark ( by 12 noon on the Wednesday prior to the Monday publication date.

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