The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                               
 
Week of January 4, 2016
In This Issue
From the Principal
Registration Information
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
PTA News
Las Lomitas League News
DELAC News
Lost and Found
From the Health Office
Being Neighborly
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Quick Links
Calendar
 
Important Upcoming Dates:   

This Week:   

  • Mon Jan 4: School resumes - Read-A-Thon begins
  • Wed Jan 6: PTA Bd. Mtg. Rm. 20B - 9 - 11 am

Coming Soon: 

  • 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

                                                              

REMINDER:  Be sure and place your orders for hot food as soon as we get back!  Go to Choicelunch.com and check that chore off your list!
From the Principal

Dear Families,

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016! It is hard to believe that it is already here. I spent the two weeks spending time with my parents and family in Southern California and then rounding out the end of it staying local and low key. I enjoyed the time with my wife and two children relaxing and soaking up the holiday cheer. I did spend a couple of days at work preparing for the start of the calendar year. I must say, it is an odd sensation to be at school in the middle of the day and not hear the laughter and play of children.

I hope that you all spent the last two weeks enjoying the things that are most important in your lives. Please enjoy this anecdote that shares a teacher's perspective on prioritizing the various responsibilities that impact our lives.

I am eager to see and hear the halls of Las Lomitas fill with the joy of our children. I know the faculty and staff will return revitalized and charged to go! Our field, which had been closed for a few weeks due to aeration and reseeding, will be open and ready for our student athletes. I am certain they will be excited to play on a field that is in much better condition!

Welcome back everyone!

All the best,
Alain Camou

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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
  
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Resolution #1: Donate to LLEF
(If you haven't already)  
 
We are so grateful for the support of a majority of our District Families already and will be publicly recognizing our donors with Yard Signs in the coming weeks.  

Give now to earn your Yard Sign!


  

 
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 http://www.eScrip.com 
  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 8 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 memorybook@llpta.org


Ready, Set, Read!!
                                                                                                     
The 2016 Las Lomitas Read-A-Thon kicks off today!  

This is a voluntary 4-week school-wide program that is the PTA's greatest source of funding.  The Read-A-Thon aims to encourage a passion for reading.  Each student will receive a red Read-A-Thon envelope today that contains a Brochure and a Book Review form.  Please read the instructions carefully, set a Daily Reading Goal and start soliciting pledges.  Remember that all reading outside of school counts for the Read-A-Thon, including reading aloud to your child, daily required reading, and audiobooks.  

Participation from all grades makes a huge difference.  In past years, the funds raised have enabled the school to cover expenses such as school assemblies, lunch table sun covers, sports equipment for recess, repainting the playgrounds, discretionary funds for teachers to provide supplies and field trips, and much more!

Please see a listing of Read-A-Thon activities described in the brochure.  Features include Wednesday Morning Storytime happening each week before school!  This Wednesday come join our Special Guest Readers, Mrs. O'Conner (Occupational Therapy) and  Mrs. McGhee (PE), in the library from 8:35am-8:55am!  In addition, clues will be read each week regarding the identity of our Mystery Book Characters whose identity will be revealed each Friday when they greet the students at recess and lunch.

Back by popular demand this year is our Read-A-Thonl Banner posted in the main breezeway of the school!   It has running tallies of each grades' progress based on minutes reported by you on line each week.  Each grade that reaches its reading goal will earn a Popcorn Celebration February 26th!  In addition, students who have reached Milestone Minutes of 500, 1000, and 1500 minutes will have their names posted on popcorn kernels placed onto the banner!  

So log in minutes each week at www.laslomitaspta.org/readathon so your child will earn his/her kernels!   
  
Please have your child turn in completed book review forms to his/her teacher or the library where they will be posted.  Extra book review forms are available in the library.  Extra copies of the Read-A-Thon brochure are available in the office.  

Questions or interested in volunteering?  Please contact the Read-A-Thon Committee at readathon@llpta.org
Let's Read!
  
 
Las Lomitas League News




Welcome back, everyone!  The Spring, 2016 Las Lomitas League after school class schedules  have been posted to the Las Lomitas League website, so you can start planning your after school classes for this Spring. The link to the classes can be found here: http://laslomitasleague.com/activities/las-lomitas/

We are happy to announce that we will be offering a new Golf class this session, 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!


DELAC News

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 lleong@llesd.org (854-5900 ext. 219) or Alain Camou, Las Lomitas Principal, at acamou@llesd.org  (854-5900 ext 261).


Lost and Found
Looking for a lost jacket/sweater/water bottle/backpack/lunch box/shoe/hat/scarf etc. etc.?  Please come have a look in our lost and found.  All articles will be donated this Friday, January 8! 

From the Health Office

Dear Parents,

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 periodically for any signs of head lice.   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 
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/2012HeadLiceEng.pdf


Kelly Muenzen,  R.N.                      
School Nurse
Las Lomitas School District
kmuenzen@llesd.org
650-854-5900

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: ragazzi@ragazzi.org or 650-342-8785.  Minicamp is free, but advance registration is required at http://ragazzi.org/join-us/singfest/. Can't make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to http://ragazzi.org/join-us/book-audition/

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 ragazzi@ragazzi.org, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at http://ragazzi.org/program/music-movement/ 

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 www.alpinestrikers.org  for tryouts dates and registration.

 
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! www.studiorincon.com

PORTOLA VALLEY THEATRE CONSERVATORY ACTING CLASSES: Fun! Creative! Inspiring! 
 
Register for winter Lights up! theatre classes today:   Afternoon and Monday morning class for Late Birds (8:30-9:30 a.m.) begin January 11th, 945 Portola Road on the campus of Valley Presbyterian Church.
 
Our theme this winter is TRIUMPH OF THE UNDERDOG! Students play acting games, use their imaginations to create characters, and develop physical and vocal theatre skills in a collaborative, supportive, and entertaining environment. Classes are taught by professional actors, directors, singers, and dancers, and culminate in a final showcase on an intimate stage with lights and costumes.   Register for classes today at www.pvtc-ca.org  Questions about theatre classes? email us at info@pvtc-ca.org     

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


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