The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
Week of December 14, 2015 
In This Issue
From the Principal
Registration Information
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
PTA News
Article Headline
Las Lomitas League News
From the Health Office
Being Neighborly
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Quick Links
Important Upcoming Dates:   

Coming Soon:  

  • Dec 21 - Jan 3: Winter Break
  • Mon Jan 4: School resumes - Read-A-Thon begins
  • Wed Jan 6: PTA Bd. Mtg. Rm. 20B - 9 - 11 am
  • Wed Jan 13: School Bd. Mtg. - D.O. - 7 pm
  • Mon Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • Thur Jan 21: Memory Book cover artwork due
  • Wed Jan 27: Class Pictures - Cano Hall




From the Principal

Dear Families,

As the Holidays approach and I hit my first 100 days of Principal of Las Lomitas, I want to take the time to thank the staff, families and community of Las Lomitas. I take tremendous joy and pride when I walk through our campus and classrooms and see students eager to learn and staff ready to teach. Our students, your children, are our number one priority.

The Holiday Workshop was a bustling and wildly fruitful event. Thank you to the numerous parent volunteers who pitched in and contributed to its success. The Workshop is one of many amazing activities at Las Lomitas and what a treat it was to see hundreds of children pass through the doors of Cano Hall wide eyed and set to create.

The December Break is a highly anticipated event for many of us. Aside from demarking the quasi half way point of the school year, it is more about taking time to slow down and be with our loved ones. I wish all of you in the Las Lomitas Family a Holiday Break filled with the joy of laughter and good tidings and the warmth of family and friends. Have a wonderful holiday and I will see you in January.

All the best,
Alain Camou

Registration Information

Session Requests for 2016-2017 ~

If you have a current kindergarten or first grade student and wish to move to first session next year, you must put that request in writing to Mr. Camou. He will begin taking requests by Google Forms on 5:00 p.m., January 11, 2016. The link to the form will go live on our website at 5:00 on January 11, 2016. No requests will be honored prior to this date and time. Your requests will be placed on a wait list in order received.
New family requests are not accepted until February 1, 2016, allowing our returning families to have priority on the wait list.   If you are on this year's wait list, you must make a new request for next year. We do not "roll over" the list from year to year. Please call Mr. Camou if you have any questions about the session request process.

Please click here to view the session request form.   

LLFLas Lomitas Education Foundation
The Season of Giving is here!  If you have yet to make your gift, please donate now.  It's the last chance to make your tax-deductible donation for 2015 and to secure that Corporate Matching Gift!

We need to raise an average of $2,000 per student,with 100% participation, to reach our fundraising goal.

If you can't donate the requested amount, please make a gift that is meaningful and comfortable for your family.  Our overall participation rate in the Annual Giving Campaign is now at 48%.  We need your family's gift to meet our participation goal.

Every donation counts!

Use the LLEF shopping portal for your HOLIDAY SHOPPING NEEDS! 
Order your Holiday Cards and do all your online shopping through the Foundation's
Click through to any of the online stores and shop as your normally would...the retailers donate a portion of every purchase to the Foundation.  It's free money for our schools!

Inquire about your employer's matching gifts program to increase your donation to the District. 
Our Matching Gifts Coordinator can help you determine if your company will match your contribution.   


Join or Update eScrip - It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!                                                                             
  1. Visit 
  2. Register or renew your Safeway Club Card and credit cards at the eScrip website and then designate Las Lomitas Education Foundation (Group ID# 125673324)
  3. Start Shopping!

PTA News
MEMORY BOOK COVER CONTEST                                             
Submit your Artwork by
Thursday, January 21st
All contest entries will be included in the Memory Book!!
The Memory Book team would like to invite all Las Lomitas students to submit artwork for the cover design of this year's Memory Book. We can't wait to see your creativity! Please only one submission per student.

Contest rules:
  • Use crayons, watercolors, or colored pencils.
  • Use watercolor paper or another type of paper with texture, if possible.
  • Use watercolor paper or another type of paper with texture, if possible.
  • Use 8½ by 11 inch sized paper. (Slightly larger is OK.)
  • Drawing should be in "portrait" format, meaning it should be taller than it is wide.
  • Be colorful! Don't leave the background blank or white.
  • Include the "Las Lomitas" school name and make it stand out.
  • Include the school year "2015-2016" as part of the drawing.
  • Include the Las Lomitas Lion as part of the drawing.
  • Artwork should be "friendly" (no battles or weapons, please).
  • The edges may be trimmed slightly, so don't put anything important close to the edges.
  • Be sure to write the artist's name, room number, and teacher's name on the back of the drawing. Use a pencil for the name and write lightly so the writing doesn't show through the artwork on the front side. Do not use Post-it Notes as they can fall off and become lost.
Please see Memory Books from prior years in the Las Lomitas library if you need ideas for your cover art.

Entries should be placed in the Memory Book bin in the Las Lomitas office no later than 
Thursday, January 21st.  And remember, all contest entries will be included on the back cover of the Memory Book. Finalists will also be displayed at the Student Art Exhibition during Open House.  Artwork will then be returned when yearbooks are distributed in early June.
Questions? Please email
Are you searching for the perfect holiday gift for your child's teacher?
The Apple for the Classroom program provides a way for parents to support their children's classrooms directly. All the teachers and specialists at Las Lomitas have been invited to create a "wish list" of items that will help to further enrich their classrooms. You can fulfill teachers' wishes by bringing an item to the school office or by donating via PayPal toward a special item of your choosing. Thank you for supporting our teachers!
Please click here  to choose a holiday gift for your favorite teacher(s)!

Can you imagine being greeted by Harry Potter as you grab hot lunch?  What do the Cat in the Hat and Harold and his Purple Crayon have in common? 
Coming soon...The 2016 Las Lomitas PTA Read-A-Thon kicks off our first day back from Winter Break!  This is the PTA's largest fundraiser!                

During the 4-week period of January 4 through January 31,  each participant keeps track of the amount of time spent reading (or being read to) outside of school each day.  Participants obtain sponsors who pledge based on "per minute read" or a fixed amount.  Funds raised go towards many important classroom-based and school-wide programs.  A number of fun events are planned throughout the month to promote a passion for reading in our children.  Each grade that meets its reading goal will earn a popcorn celebration!

A brochure with all the necessary information will be sent home on Monday, January 4th.  If you would like more information and/or would like to get started with collecting sponsors over Winter Break, please go to to view the Read-A-Thon brochure.

Questions or interested in volunteering? Please contact the Read-A-Thon Committee at

They are Literary Characters who have visited at recess and lunch during past Read-A-Thons.


District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC) Parent Members Needed
What is DELAC?
The District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC) advises the Governing Board on programs and services for English Learners.  The committee consists of Administrators, Teachers and Parents. The majority of the Committee must be parents of English Learners so it is important for parents in Las Lomitas Elementary School and La Entrada Middle School to join this committee.
What does DELAC do and how often does it meet?
This committee meets five times a year to review and monitor programs that affect our English Language Learners.  Committee members' responsibilities include:  assisting in developing school plans for English Learners, conducting an annual needs assessment and preparing an annual language census advising the District regarding re-designation procedures.  This committee also is responsible for organizing the annual Re-designation Ceremony for those students who have "graduated" out of the ELD program.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents of students who are English Learners to learn about the American public school system and meet other parents and school staff in a leadership capacity on campus.  We have fun and encourage any parent interested to please contact your school's ELD staff or administrator for further details.
How can a parent get involved in this interesting committee?
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please call or email Lesli Leong, Language Lab Teacher, at (854-5900 ext. 219) or Alain Camou, Las Lomitas Principal, at  (854-5900 ext 261).

Las Lomitas League News

Hi, parents!  The Spring, 2016 Las Lomitas League after school class schedules will be posted to the Las Lomitas League website on December 21, 2015, so you can start planning for the next session.To view the Spring class schedule, please use this link:

In the Spring, we are happy to announce that we will be offering a new Golf class, and the very popular Math Wizards will be returning to the schedule as well. Registration opens for the Spring session on January 10, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., and ends on January 22, 2016, at 11:59 p.m., so please mark your calendars!

From the Health Office

Dear Parents,
Wishing you a fun filled, safe and healthy Winter Break! 

Health Exams and Immunizations
A reminder that a Health Exam by a medical provider is required for school entry and needs to be turned into the main office by first grade. Please also bring any missing vaccination documentation to the office to update your child's records.

Lice Checks
Please check your student for any signs of head lice before they return to school after Winter Break.  Early detection of lice infestations through routine screening at home is the most effective way to reduce outbreaks. Please contact the Las Lomitas health office with any questions you may have about lice prevention, detection or treatment and the nurse can assist you.

For more information about head lice, please see " A Parent's Guide to Head Lice " published by the California Department of Public Health

Kelly Muenzen,  R.N.                      
School Nurse
Las Lomitas School District

Being Neighborly

Let's remember to be good neighbors during pick up and drop off.  I have received word from the neighbors on Barney that parents are parking in the street, often blocking driveways, to walk their students to school.  I know parking is an issue in and around school, but please be mindful of where you park and make sure you do it legally.

Community News
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp
Registration Open; Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9:30am - 1pm, Redwood City
Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this 'best choir of the Peninsula' for himself at a free half-day SingFest minicamp. Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2016. Beginning groups meet once a week for choral singing and theory instruction. Ragazzi's proven, award-winning program is sequential and performance-based. Ragazzi performs its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a spring SF Giants game, tours domestically and  internationally, and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations. Contact: or 650-342-8785.  Minicamp is free, but advance registration is required at Can't make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to
Ragazzi Boys Chorus' Music and Movement class open
Register Now; Mondays 4:15-5pm, Feb. 1 - May 9, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus' engaging class for active young boys is now open. It's a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi's main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A child-developmental approach fosters boys' creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $260 for 13 weeks; early-bird and sibling discounts. Contact, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at 

Alpine Strikers Tryouts for Spring 2016                                       
Is your child excited about soccer?  Alpine Strikers is a community based competitive soccer club that strives for player development and retention of players. Our goal is to grow your child's passion for soccer with professional coaching in a fun and engaging environment.  The club is holding its annual tryouts at the beginning of December for kids born between 2008 and 1997 (U8 to U18). Please go to  for tryouts dates and registration.

Hoopsters Basketball Christmas Camp                                               
December 28, 29, 30, 31 - 9:30 - noon - Arrilliga Gym. 
Contact Coach Tim Bowler: 650-996-3308 or
Click here to view flyer.

Studio Rincon Winter Youth Dance Sign ups are Open 
Studio Rincon on Alameda in Menlo Park - Winter dance signups are now open!  
Classes begin the week of 1/4/2016.  
Preballet, pre-tap, ballet & hip hop are all taught in a fun and positive atmosphere after school for ages 3-High School!  Now offering additional classes at Alpine Hills Tennis & Swimming Club in Portola Valley.
  Classes lead up to the annual end of year Spring show at Woodside HS PAC!

Create Mix and Mingle has some great camps during the holiday season.
December 21-23
9:00am - 12:00pm Painting  
1:00pm - 4:00pm Mixed Media 
December 28-30
1:00pm - 4:00pm Mixed Media 
9:00am - 12:00pm Painting 
January 4-8
9:00am - 12:00pm Painting 
1:00pm - 4:00pm Mixed Media 
All camp days have Full Day, Half Day and Drop-in options. 

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

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