The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
Week of January 11, 2016
In This Issue
Las Lomitas League News
From the Principal
Registration Information
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
PTA News
From the Health Office
A Musical Request
Community News
Newsletter Submissions
Quick Links
Important Upcoming Dates:   

This Week:   

  • Wed Jan 13: School Bd. Mtg. - D.O. - 7 pm

Coming Soon: 

  • Mon Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • Thur Jan 21: Memory Book cover artwork due
  • Wed Jan 27: Class Pictures - Cano Hall

Next Month:

  • Mon Feb 1:  100th Day of School
  • Wed Feb 3: PTA Bd. Mtg - room 20B - 9:00 - 11:00
  • Wed Feb 10: School Bd. Mtg.- D.O. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Week of Feb 15-19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Week


Las Lomitas League News

Registration for Spring, 2016 Las Lomitas League before/after-school classes is now open!

For a full listing of the classes offered, please visit our website under "Classes", and "Las Lomitas" and register directly on our website.

Hurry, register your child for a LLL after-school class before registration closes on Friday, January 22nd at 11:59 p.m.!


If a class is full, there will be a wait list option listed. Please check the box if you would like your child to be wait listed for the class. No fee will be assessed. If space becomes available, wait-listed registrants will be moved up according to the order of registration. If your child succeeds in securing a spot in the class, payment will be assessed and a confirmation emailed to you. Please note being wait listed does not guarantee a space.

Students may not take two language classes of the same language at one time (for example: Spanish 2A & Spanish 2B).

Financial assistance is available for all classes. Please contact Assistant Principal Christy Chalfant at for more information.

Late registrations: In the rare case we accept a late registration, there will be a $25 late fee.

Questions? Please contact the instructor for questions concerning a specific class or its content.  Please contact Melinda Nielson (, Kathleen Prince (, Co-VP of classes, with any questions in regards to registering your child for a specific Las Lomitas League class.

From the Principal

Hello Las Lomitas Families,

The Read-A-Thon has officially begun. The children enjoyed me parading around as Harry Potter, the first character, on Friday. They have been running up to me daily announcing how many minutes they have read to date. Make sure to keep track of minutes read and turn them in at the end of every week. Keep up the encouragement! We are here to help with that too.

Along with the "Character(s) of the Week", we have relocated the popcorn graph. It is on the wall of Room 15 near the flagpole area for all students, including Kindergartners, to see and enjoy. Take some time to visit it with your children. Also, we have our Specialists reading selected books in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 8:30. Last week, PE Teacher Linda McGhee and Occupational Therapist Claire O'Connor engaged the children with stories. This week, Pre-School Teacher Natalie Dowd-Abal and Strategies Teacher Kim Butler will entertain them with more. Come early on Wednesdays and don't miss out!

Thanks to the coordination of the PTA, we will be having local author of children's books, Todd Parr, visit our students this week. His unique story telling ability will also be a source of inspiration for our children to read and write.  Click here to view his flyer. We have an opportunity to have another author of children stories, Jan Brett, visit our school, but we need your help! Please click on this link to put your support behind having another wonderful author visit our school. The school with the most votes WINS so spread the word!

Las Lomitas League (LLL) extra-curricular spring session registration opened on Sunday, January 10. Classes will begin the first week of February. We have a couple of guidelines I want to clarify with you:
  • Please provide your Las Lomitas classroom teacher with your child's dismissal plan so she knows your child needs to attend the LLL class or sport on a given day. Without written instructions stating otherwise, your child will be sent to the flagpole, bus or Champions as usual. Please remind your child to follow the teacher's instructions. We are committed to keeping your child safe!
  • Please report your child's absence from an LLL class or sport by contacting the LLL instructor or parent coordinator directly. The school office is not involved in absence reporting for LLL classes.
  • Be sure the LLL teacher knows who will pick up your child at the end of class.
Any further questions should be directed to the LLL.
Until next time,

Alain Camou

A note from Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Michael O'Laughlin:
Design Thinking is an approach for problem solving and innovation that can be used in a wide range of settings including organizations, schools, teams, student groups and committees.

Las Lomitas School District is pleased to be working with Tina and Paul Mitiguy to offer an overview/introductory workshop in Design Thinking that will explain their human centered, collaborative approach to creating positive change.

If you are interested in learning more about Design Thinking, please plan to attend our workshop on January 19, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the La Entrada MUR. A light dinner will be provided for attendees. This workshop is a repeat of our very successful session offered in September 2015.
Register for Design Thinking by completing this form and submitting it ASAP. Participants in the September 2015 workshop are free to attend.

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
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 this week.  Thank you to all who have contributed!  If you have not yet given, please help us reach our 80% participation goal by January 31st.


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 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

Ready, Set, Read!!
Report your Read-A-Thon minutes online today!  Login at  All minutes reported will be included in our weekly update of the Read-A-Thon banner located in the main breezeway as well as real-time online!  Login all month to see how close each grade is to reaching its goal and earning a popcorn celebration!   
The Milestone Minute popcorn kernels have begun popping up on the Read-A-Thon banner!  Come check it out!  Students reaching 500, 1000, and 1500 "Minutes Read" are acknowledged with their name placed on a kernel on the official Read-A-Thon banner. 
Storyteller's Assembly:  Author and illustrator Todd Parr will be coming on January 13th to talk about his books and how to create a book!

Has your child read a great book recently?  Students may submit Book Reviews throughout the Read-A-Thon month.  Forms were sent home in the Read-A-Thon red envelope last week.  Additional forms are available in the library.  Please return completed forms to your child's teacher.  Submitted reviews will be posted in the library.     
Come join us for Storytime in the library on Wednesday mornings (8:35-8:55am) during the Read-A-Thon featuring our specialists as Guest Readers.  This week,
Ms. Butler and Ms. Abal are our guest readers!
Running low on books to read at home?  Many classes have their library book check out policy increased up to 5 books per student during the Read-A-Thon!  In addition, parents can create an account and check out additional books!

If you need a new Read-A-Thon brochure, please stop by the school office or download the brochure by going to (click on "Read-A-Thon" underlined in red).

Keep Reading!  Bookmarks are coming home today in White Envelopes for students to enjoy!
Questions or interested in volunteering?  Please contact the Read-A-Thon Committee at .

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).

From the Health Office

Dear Parents,

Cold and flu season is here and our staff will be taking steps to reduce the spread of germs at Las Lomitas by promoting good hygiene and alerting you if your children become sick at school and need to go home. Below are some measures you can take at home to help reduce sickness in your children and reduce the spread of germs at school. 
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children over the age of 6 months get the flu vaccine. This is the single best way to protect against the flu. Information about the flu can be found at:
  • Teach your children to wash their hands often. Washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds is ideal ( that's about as long as it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday"song twice.)
  • Teach your children the proper use of hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.Place about a quarter size blob of gel on the palm of the hand, rub the sanitizer over the whole hand and between the fingers and continue to rub until the hand sanitizer is dry. This should take about 20 seconds.
  • Teach your children to keep their hands away from their face and avoid touching their mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of their elbow or sleeve, not their hands. 
  • Keep your child home if he/she is sick. They need to stay home until their temperature is normal for 24hrs (below 100 degrees) without the use of fever reducing medication.Please refer to these guidelines for when to keep sick children home:
  • Help your children to learn these healthy habits by setting a good example and doing them yourself.
Thank you and if you have any questions or concerns about your child's health please contact your doctor.  With everyone working together, we hope to minimize illnesses this season for everyone.

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

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

A Musical Request

Does your child take private music lessons?  Are you happy with the teacher?  Would you recommend him/her to other parents? 
As the Las Lomitas music teacher, I get asked for private teacher recommendations all the time, and I would like to update my list.  So, if you have a private music teacher you would like to recommend, please e-mail me with the teacher's name, contact information, and, if you have it, a little bit of information about him/her, such as educational and performance background, teaching style, teaching methods. 
Please send your information to Ms. Lampert at

Community News

Forte :: Music Enrichment Program - Forte students will have the opportunity to sing, play handchimes & handbells, and play music & theater games.  Students will gain a greater understanding of music concepts, and gain physical, mental, and social skills that will carry over into valuable life skills. Forte is for students age 4 - grade 4.  The Harmonics, Grade 1 - Grade, will meet Mondays at 3:30 - 5:00 PM from January 11 - April 11. The Dynamics, age 4 - kindergarten, will meet Tuesdays from 3:15 - 4:30 PM from January 12 - April 12
Please visit for more information. 
@ Portola Valley Town Center
WINTER 2016   Jan. 13-March 26 (no classes Feb. 10-20)                        

Winter dreams of Penguins in black tuxedos will fill our imaginations as we begin the session by reading the book "Happy Feet" about a
dancing penguin. The pictures we make with watercolors and collage will dance too! White dough snowmen, Dragon puppets for Chinese New Year, Japanese brush painting and mock Japanese Block prints for the older kids are just a few of the other things we will be doing. Then Kandinsky and his noisy paint box and the sounds he heard from his colors. I bet the kids will hear sounds too and maybe their feet will start dancing. We will end with what has become quite Art Show of all the kids masterpieces.

TO REGISTER contact Cindy (650) 851-1700 ext. 200
reg. forms available at the town office 765 Portola Rd. or
REG. online ( ) 

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.

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!

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  Questions about theatre classes? email us at     

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