The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
Week of October 19, 2015 
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
Minimum Day Information
PTA News
Las Lomitas League
Halloween Costume Drive
Music Informances
La Entrada News
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Quick Links
Important Upcoming Dates:   


This Week:  

  • Oct 19-23: Music Informances - see article below
  • Fri Oct 23:  Art Note card orders are due
  • Sat - Fri Oct 23-30: - BOOK FAIR - Cano Hall

Coming Soon: 

  • Fri Oct 30:  Halloween Parade 10:45 am  
  • Mon Nov 4: 
    • Student Make-up picture day
    • PTA Bd, Mtg. 9:00 - room 20B
    • Evening with the Principal 6:30 pm - Library
  • Nov 11:  HOLIDAY- Veterans' Day
  • Nov 9, 10, 12, 13: 
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences                 
    • ALL students attend school 9:00 - 12:20



LLFLas Lomitas Education Foundation

The 2015-16 Annual Giving Campaign has launched...
and 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 the AGC Co-Chairs: 
Julie Clugage, 
Kelley Clugage,

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. . . 

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

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



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

Spirit Wear
Beginning in November, we are going to bring back Spirit Days on Fridays.  Please encourage your child to wear red and white or their Las Lomitas Spirit Wear!

Minimum Day Information

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, please.
  • 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

BOOK FAIR  is coming soon: October 23-October 30                     
Mark your calendars!!!   The Las Lomitas Book Fair is just around the corner.  Be sure to shop for the latest and greatest books on Friday, October 23- Friday, October 30.  You will find a huge selection of both children and adult books for sale.  With hundreds of books to choose from, there is something for everyone!   Be sure to visit on pajama night. Children are encouraged to come in pj's and decorate book marks. Principal Alain Camou  and Vice Principal Christy Chalfant will be reading fun stories.  You won't want to miss it! 

Book Fair Hours:
Friday October 23 
8:30 - 4:00 pm  
Sat October 24    
8:30 - 2:30 pm -the ONLY weekend Day Open  
Monday, October 26 
8:30-10:15 am, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuesday, October 27   
8:30-10:15 am, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, October 28 
8:30 am - 4:00 pm, 6:00 - 8:00pm (Pajama Night)
Thursday, October 29 
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday,October 30   
8:30 am - 10:15 am, (closed for Halloween Parade)  
11:45 am- 4:00 pm 

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED FOR THE BOOK FAIR!  PLEASE SIGN UP through volunteer spot at or email Jennifer Coleman at .   Thank you for your support.  We appreciate all our volunteers!
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: 

Art Notecards Orders
The Art Note Card order forms went home with your child in the 
Oct. 12th Monday Envelope. 
You have 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.  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 has closed and we're preparing for the upcoming player evaluations and team formation this weekend, October 24-25. Schedules are posted on our website, and you should also get an email from a grade-level division coordinator confirming your child's evaluation time. If you volunteered to be an Evaluation Day Assistant, you will be notified about the time to arrive. If you haven't been contacted, please email  Kathleen Liston.
Coaches announce their teams and practice schedule about a week after player evaluations, once we've finalized rosters. Practices begin in mid-November, Menlo Park League games (3rd-7th grade) begin Friday, Dec. 4th and MPMSL (8th grade) games begin Monday, Dec. 14. Additional information about the basketball program can be found on our website.

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 like-new books for the whole family!  Please, no technical or textbooks.

Questions?  Please 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

Tell Our City Council How to Make Menlo Park Truly Bike Friendly
The Menlo Park City Council is currently considering a field trial of bike lanes on El Camino Real but is not evaluating the alternative of an east-west bike connection across this highway. Re-Imagine Menlo Park, a local website/blog, invites all residents to tell our city leaders which investment in our community bike network would be most beneficial for them and their families. 

Please spend a few minutes to complete an online survey - whether you and you family currently ride bikes, or not - and encourage your friends and neighbors to do so, as well. Initial survey results will be published in October.

Any questions contact Dana Hendrickson, Editor


Is your daughter interested in Girl Scouts?   Come to a parent information meeting at the Encinal Elementary School Library (195 Encinal Avenue, Atherton) on Tuesday, October 27th from 6:30pm-7:30pm.   Kindergarten and first grade girls can become Daisy scouts while second and third grade girls can become Brownies. Troops will be forming at many area schools. Parents of girls all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Michelle Carlson at 1-800-447-4475 ext. 3018 or You can also email Melissa Cardinale ( or Danielle Naftulin (, Las Lomitas's School Coordinators for the Girl Scouts, for more information.

Read for the Record with the Menlo Park Library

Thursday, October 22, help us break the world reading record for the most people reading the same book on the same day!  Menlo Park Main Library on Alma (10:15, 11:15, 4:00) and the Belle Haven Branch Library on Ivy Drive at noon. 

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

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