The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
Week of October 12, 2015 
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
PTA News
Las Lomitas League
Halloween Costume Drive
Music Informances
La Entrada News
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Quick Links
Important Upcoming Dates:   


This Week: 

  • Wed Oct 14:  School Board Mtg. LE MUR 7 pm

Coming Soon:  

  • 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...
and this year we have added a special boost: a 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 the AGC Co-Chairs: 
Julie Clugage, 
Kelley Clugage,

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. Get More Information

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
Register here, 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 Las Lomitas Families,
Fall is in the air, which means that Halloween is not far behind. I'd like to share our plans and how you can help make this a safe, special day for children.  
The students love to dress up in a variety of costumes, parade at school and then take to the streets, knocking on doors in search of special treats. On Friday, October 30, we will have our Halloween parade at 10:45 a.m. on the blacktop. We ask that children not wear masks (they impede vision), bring weapons or wear blood as any part of their costume. Children will be seated in a large oval on the blacktop with their class. Three to four classes will parade at a time so all can see and be seen. We ask that parents stand outside the oval. Please do not wear masks.
I want you to understand the school's policy regarding photographs. At any school event, you should only take photos of your own child. No photos of children other than your own may be shared over the internet, either by email or posted on websites. Posting photographs of children other than your own on photo-share sites such as Shutterfly or social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube is not allowed. Some families have specifically asked that their child's photo not be distributed in any way other than in the classroom. It is our legal responsibility to honor this request.  
We ask you, too, to please not send candy to school for snack or lunchtime. With your support and cooperation, I'm sure we'll have another safe and colorful Halloween at Las Lomitas.
Until next time,
Alain Camou


Board Meeting
October 14 
K-5 World Language Discussion
The Board will be discussing various options for the possible implementation of a K-5 World Language Program. 

Music Informances
October 19-23 
I hope you enjoy the talent and skills that your children are learning in Mrs. Lampert's music program. Please keep in mind that you may have to find parking in the surrounding neighborhood in order to keep the drop off/pickup queue free. 

Book Fair
October 23-30 
Come listen to Miss Chalfant and me read a couple of books on Wednesday evening, October 28 at 6:00.  

We will be on a minimum day schedule November 9, 10, 12, and 13. November 11 was intentionally skipped as it is Veteran's Day, a school holiday. On the four minimum days, all students will arrive at 9:00 and be dismissed at 12:20.
To minimize the chaos this creates please note:
Flagpole Pick-up
  • All students will wait in designated locations by grade.
  • Drivers must stay in their car and pull through the pick-up lane.
  • Display name cards in the window.
  • Leave dogs at home.
  • Bicyclists must walk bikes until you are away from the front gate area.
  • Traffic and parking enforcement will be present. Park in designated locations only.
Bus Riders
  • Students may not ride on a bus other than their regular bus for a play date during minimum days. Only regular riders may ride. We are at capacity. Pick up play dates at the flag pole.
  • If students go to the bus for a play date, we will bring both students (regular rider and guest) to the office for pick up.
  • Buses may be a bit late as it takes longer to load and unload on minimum days.

PTA News
With only 11 days to go until the PTA transforms Cano Hall into the Las Lomitas Book Fair, we are busy making signs, creating wish lists, and setting schedules.  Most importantly, with the help of our library teacher, Teri Chickman, we are ordering a fantastic supply of books for our Las Lomitas student readers. Thank you, Teri!

With such an active library user base, our book collection needs continual updating.  The Book Fair helps to do this through books you purchase to donate directly to the library, and by sharing the proceeds from the books you purchase and take home.  
Please come to the Book Fair and help Teri keep our students, teachers, and staff well-read!
We invite you to shop before, during after the soccer games on Saturday October 24th open 8:30-2:30. This is a great day for you to shop for the holidays without your kids. Stop by before or after the Halloween parade on Friday, October 30th. We are also open Wednesday October 28 from 6-8 for PJ night with guest readers Principal Alain Camou and Vice Principal Christy Chalfant. A fun-filled tradition for all Las Lomitas families to enjoy books... 
This one week event is solely run with volunteer power so please help sign-up to help us

VOLUNTEER AT THE BOOK FAIR by emailing Jennifer Coleman at
This is a fun and relaxing way to share your favorite books with others and peruse new books to consider for your own library!   

PJ Night @ the Library: Save the date...
Please join us for family PJ night on Wednesday, October 28th from 6-8pm. We will be doing an art project, you will get another opportunity to check out the books at the book fair, and Principal Camou will be reading a few stories. It will be a pajama party you won't want to miss!
Please email Melody Chou at with any additional questions.

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: 

The Art Note Card order forms will be coming home with your child in the 
Oct. 12th Monday Envelope. 

This will give you the opportunity to preview your child's drawing before ordering.  On that form you will also fine a child-specific code for ordering online.  You will order your cards at this site:

All orders are due by Friday Oct 23rd 
Please direct all questions or comments to  

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 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.

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.
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.

BookLa Entrada News

                                                                                                         LE Book Fair Logo
Now collecting books for the La Entrada Used Book Fair!
Please donate your unwanted books (children's and adult) to this fantastic event -- 100% of the proceeds go directly to La Entrada School and PTA funded programs.  Books will be collected from October 12 through Oct 30 at both Las Lomitas and La Entrada.  And don't forget to mark your calendars for the La Entrada Used Book Fair (Nov 9th - 14th) -- it's a great place to shop for new and loke-new books for the whole family!  Please, no technical or textbooks.

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

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
October is Bully Awareness month
, and Friday, October 16th is the continuation of a multi-part series about bullying hosted by Kuk Sool Won of Menlo Park.

Each event will discuss different aspects of what to do about 
bullying, how to avoid it, how to help if you see someone else being bullied, etc.  They have a presentation combined with role-play and Q&A.  This is for kids ages 6-16 and should be attended with their parents.  Only 12 spaces available, so grab yours now! 

Register here: 

Ambassador's for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital annual Pumpkin Patch event coming up this Wednesday, October 14th anytime from 1:00 - 6:00 at Webb Ranch.

Please join us for pony rides, a haunted house, jumpy house, farm train and may other family fun things to do.  New this year there will be a pumpkin slingshot which promises to be something your kids won't soon forget!

Buy a pumpkin for you family and purchase one to donate to the children at Lucile Packard.  The pumpkins you donate will be delivered to the hospital the very next day where we will be creating a 'pumpkin patch' within the hospital for the children to enjoy.

100% of proceeds from the Webb Ranch event will be donated to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
Please join us again this year for this amazing event and help support our local hospital.                                                                  

Hope to see you there!

Please email if you require any additional information. 

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