The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
Week of November 2, 2015 
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
Minimum Day Information
School News
PTA News
La Entrada News
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Quick Links
Important Upcoming Dates:   

This Week:   
  • Wed Nov 4: 
    • Student Make-up picture day - Flyers sent home Monday
    • PTA Bd, Mtg. 9:00 - room 20B
  • Thur Nov 5:
    Evening with the Principal - 6:30 p.m. in Library
Coming Soon: 
  • 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
  • Tues Nov 17: Please Bring notes/cards to give thanks for our teachers and staff
  • Nov 23 & 24: NO SCHOOL - Prof. Development Days
  • Nov 25-27:   NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday  

LLFLas Lomitas Education Foundation

2015-16 Annual Giving Campaign
There's no better time to give than now!
Now is a great time to give so that your grade can win the Giving By Grade Challenge!  
The grade with the highest participation rate by Nov 13th will win $200 per classroom for enrichment activities and supplies.  

As of Wednesday, October 28, 3rd grade is in the lead with 5th and 2nd grades close behind.  

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
4 - Exemplary
The student consistently demonstrates mastery of the trimester benchmarks
4 - Consistently meets expectations
3 - Proficient
The student generally demonstrates mastery of the trimester benchmarks
3 - Generally meets expectations
2 - Developing
The student is beginning to demonstrate an understanding of the trimester benchmarks
2 - Meets expectations with support
1 - Emergent
The student does not yet demonstrate an understanding of the trimester benchmarks
1 - Needs improvement

Until next time,
Alain Camou
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.

School News

The Lost and Found will be donated
THIS THURSDAY, November 5.  

Please come in and take a look!

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THANK YOU for donating so many amazing costumes to the families of Haven House Family Shelter. The collection was overwhelming in quantity and quality.  The Girl Scout troops of Las Lomitas and La Entrada did a phenomenal job marketing and encouraging the collection and now every child in the shelter and their parents will be dressed up!  We collected so many that other Innvisions/Shelter homes on the peninsula will receive some. We collected early so that the families can participate in their school and community events dressed up all week. Thank you for making this happen! 

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Make-up pictures will be taken this
Wednesday, November 4.  

Students being photographed are those absent on picture day (September  16), those new to the school since then, those with payment and an order form, those for a retake.  Those for a retake must return their entire original photo packet.

PTA News
November Teachers Appreciation Week:
The season of giving thanks is upon us. 
Please help us make our Teachers and Staff feel appreciated!

As part of our November "Thanksgiving" Teacher Appreciation week, we are calling on all Parents and Students to write a short note to Teachers and Staff thanking them for all they do to enrich our children's lives with the love of learning. Don't forget that you can write notes to previous year's teachers too! 

A collection box will be located at the flagpole on Tuesday, November 17th and all notes will be distributed the following day.
Thank you!
Josie Tang and Christie Trott, co-chair Teacher Appreciation

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.  
Click here for a detailed flyer describing the event. 
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!  The Holiday Workshop is an opportunity for your child to make holiday crafts to give as gifts to family and loved ones.  Calling all parents!  Would you like to help with the Holiday Workshop?  With the help of our wonderful parent community, the kids will make nine crafts (third graders make 10).  Sing up to volunteer to help with this fun day via the PTA website.

We are also collecting paper grocery bags for the kids to carry home their crafts.  Please drop off, in the office, any bags you would like to donate. 

Save the Dates: 
Prep Day - Wednesday November 18  9am to noon in Cano Hall 
The Holiday Workshop - Wednesday, December 9

Please feel free to contact me if  you have questions.  
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.
BookLa Entrada News

                                                                                                         LE Book Fair Logo
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 .
During November 2015, Alkalign Studios will donate $1 to Las Lomitas for every class taken (11/1-11/30) by a Las Lomitas team member (up to one class per day per team member).  Additionally, for every class "package" purchased during the month of November by a team member, Alkalign will donate $10 to our school.  November is a great time to get y our "barre" on to raise money for our school!
Alkalign Studios is located at 3528 Alameda de las Pulgas.  Class schedules are available at and the promo code to get credit for our school is LasLomitas
15.  Contact the studio for details (650-854-8361).

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

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