The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
Week of October 26, 2015 
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
From the Counselor
Minimum Day Information
PTA News
La Entrada News
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Quick Links
Important Upcoming Dates:   


This Week:  

  • Sat Oct 23- Fri Oct 30: - BOOK FAIR - Cano Hall
  • Fri Oct 30: Halloween Parade 10:45 am

Coming Soon:  

  • Wed Nov 4: 
    • Student Make-up picture day
    • PTA Bd, Mtg. 9:00 - room 20B
  • Thur Nov 5:
    Evening with the Principal - 6:30 p.m. in Library
  • Wed Nov 11:  HOLIDAY- Veterans' Day
  • Nov 9, 10, 12, 13: 
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences                 
    • ALL students attend school 9:00 - 12:20
  • Mon Nov 16:  Dr. Richard Freed, author of 
      Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age 
      7:00 - 8:30 pm Cano Hall -
    see article below
  • Nov 23 & 24: Prof. Development Days - NO SCHOOL
  • Nov 25-27:  Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL  



LLFLas Lomitas Education Foundation

Donate before November 13th
and your gift will count in the 
Giving-by-Grade Contest!

The grade with the highest participation rate will win $200 for each class in that grade level.
*To be spent by the winning grade's teachers for enrichment or classroom supplies this year.

Last year 4th Grade won the competition. Can 5th grade come through again or is another grade level poised to take the championship?

Coming up very soon:  

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,               
Parent-teacher conferences will be held November 9-13. November 11 is Veteran's Day, a holiday, so there will be no school that day. We will be on a minimum day schedule on the four conference days. All K through 3 students will begin school at 9:00 a.m. and be dismissed at 12:20 p.m. that week.
The first parent-teacher conference is designed to better familiarize the classroom teacher with your child, to recognize your child's strengths and needs, and to coordinate school and home support. In fact, it is a sharing time whereby parents and teachers discuss and plan how best to assist the child in the learning process. Grades 1-3 will also receive a Progress Report.
Conferences are scheduled in time blocks set by the teachers. Some teachers may schedule appointments before these minimum days. We ask your cooperation in being prompt to your conference time and date so there will be maximum time to talk about your child. Please note that there is to be no tape recording at parent conferences unless you have notified the teacher in advance and have the teacher's written permission.
It is customary here at Las Lomitas for other school personnel (i.e. counselor, Principal, Assistant Principal, reading specialist, etc.) to attend parent-teacher conferences. We believe that by working as a team and sharing information we are able to better support your child.
Research shows that parent involvement in a child's education is a critical factor in determining the degree to which a child will be successful in school. Attending the parent/teacher conference is one of the ways you can be involved in your child's education. Together we can make a difference.
This year, the district is piloting a new Common Core State Standards Based Progress Report. This document will look different from the past Progress Reports in both content and layout. A rubric score of 1-4 will be given in lieu of the plus, check, minus symbols used in the past. The 1-4 scores fall into two categories:

Progress Toward
Academic Standards
Progress Toward
Behavior Expectation
The student consistently demonstrates mastery of the trimester benchmarks
4-Consistently meets expectations
The student generally demonstrates mastery of the trimester benchmarks
3-Generally meets expectations
The student is beginning to demonstrate an understanding of the trimester benchmarks
2-Meets expectations with support
The student does not yet demonstrate an understanding of the trimester benchmarks
1-Needs improvement

Until next time,
Alain Camou

From the CounselorCounselor
News from Kathy Ruwe, School Counselor

Together with the PTA, I am pleased to announce an exciting parent education event at Las Lomitas!

Author Dr. Richard Freed, will be joining us to discuss his popular new book: 
Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age
on Monday, November 16th from 7:00-8:30 pm
Please join us for a talk and lively discussion debunking many myths around young children and the use of technology. His well-researched book will be available for sale at the book fair as well as the evening of the talk. Download the detailed flyer announcing this exciting event here.

Registration for this event is available on Eventbrite:

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!

Parent Education Event                                                             
Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age 

 Monday, November 16th 7-8:30 pm Cano Hall at Las Lomitas

The Las Lomitas PTA invites you to hear Richard Freed, Ph.D. speak on the surprising science of raising happy and successful children in a digital age. While technology has ushered in dramatic changes to our lives, research is revealing that the most important contributor to children's well-being is still their connection to family and school. This thought-provoking talk will help you see through destructive tech myths and will provide practical strategies to build a strong family and foster kids' school success in an age of distracting devices.

This LL Parent Education evening is free and open to parents, faculty/staff and community members. Adults only please.
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 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.
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

Adopt A Teacher Who Needs Your Support

Make a real difference for a teacher and his/her students by "adopting" a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or East Menlo Park for a school year.  Provide the teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts of appreciation, school supplies and support for two class parties. Financial commitment $500-600, time commitment very flexible. It's easy and fun to adopt a teacher with friends. Learn more or sign up on the Adopt a Teacher web page or by contacting Jennifer Wythes Vettel at .

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: Tue, Oct 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 mcarlsen@girlscoutsnorcal.orgYou can also email Melissa Cardinale ( or Danielle Naftulin (, Las Lomitas's School Coordinators for the Girl Scouts, for more information.

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

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