The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
Week of February 22, 2016
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
PTA News
Directory Guidelines
A Musical Request
Las Lomitas League News
Community News
Summer Programs
Newsletter Submissions
Quick Links
Important Upcoming Dates:   

This Week:
  • Wed Feb 24 - General PTA Mtg. at 
    the Dutch Goose: 6-8 pm

Next Month:

  • Week of March 7-10:  MINIMUM DAYS:
    All students attend school 9:00 - 12:20
    for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Fri Mar 11: No School
LLFLas Lomitas Education Foundation
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Thank you to all of our donors. We still need your help to reach our 80% participation goal. It's not too late to donate! 

*As of February 11, 2016

Spirt Horse Vineyards Party
Join us for one last party before the big one! Just a few tickets left. . . Spirit Horse Vineyards' Chef Mike Whalen provides an intimate "underground" dining experience. Beyond wonderful company, you will enjoy a five-course meal of Michelin-level specialties paired with exquisite Spirit Horse wines.  
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016 

Save the Date!
Please Plan to join us for the annual 
Foundation Auction and Spring Party
Saturday, May 14th, 2016                                                  
5:00-10:30 PM
Portola Farms
Tickets go on sale March 1st


Auction Items? 
Do you have an item you think could help the auction raise money for our schools? A contact somewhere cool? A special item or event? Do you eat at the same place so often they know your name? We need your help! Most of the auction catalog comes from our district parents -- either through a direct donation or an introduction to a contact.

If you have an idea, please contact us by emailing

PTA News

Please Join us At the Goose for a PTA General Meeting
Feb. 24th  
6-8 PM
Come join our community to hear the latest about the PTA's efforts, meet new friends and hang with old. 

You read that right! Bring your kids, feed them dinner, AND participate in the PTA General Meeting. Who knew our PTA was so cool?!?

Special guests (in addition to the amazing PTA executive board) will include Principal Alain Camou, as well as District Director of Bond Projects Eric Holm who will have posters with all the latest and greatest info regarding the proposed construction at Las Lomitas.  
This is a No Host Event however PTA will provide some light bites for the adults.

Mark your calendar - you don't want to miss it!
February 24th 6 p.m.
Meet in the downstairs room adjacent to outside eating area.

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PTA Executive Board Positions

Dear Parents,
Your time and talent are essential ingredients in making our school truly outstanding.  We hope upon returning to campus after break, that you think about how you can support your child, his/her classroom, and the entire school.  We are actively recruiting for the PTA Executive Board this month. We hope that you will consider joining other parents and contribute whatever you can to our school.
Please take a few minutes to review the PTA roles and responsibilities by clicking this link: 
If you are interested in learning more about a specific role on the PTA Executive Board, please reach out to us at 

If being on the PTA Executive Board isn't in the cards, we also hope you might consider leading, co-leading or joining a committee within the PTA.  To learn more about committees, click here: and please contact

You have as much to gain as you have to give by volunteering.  Take it from us! 

Please join us!

Artis Montague & Helen Ungerman

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LAST CALL!  Read-A-Thon Submissions are Due!
Why Should I Donate to the Read-A-Thon?
Our annual Read-A-Thon is the PTA's primary fundraising activity. Your donations are combined with our PTA membership income to fund wonderful programs for our children, such as:
- Principal's Book Club (ask your child if they have a favorite)
- Lunch Table Sun Covers (many need to be replaced each year)
- Playground structures with adoption of the Peaceful Playground program
- Quality Sound System for school events
- Teacher Professional Development
- And so much more!
We are truly grateful for all donations received for our children! --Thank you!
Congratulation Readers!  All grades met their reading goal!
The entire school will enjoy a Popcorn Celebration this Friday, February 26th.  The final tally of minutes can be seen at   Also, stop by and see the Read-A-Thon banner outside Cano Hall overflowing with popcorn kernels awarded to our Milestone Minute readers! 
Questions?  Please contact the Read-A-Thon Committee at

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Boxtops for Education

boxtops 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 which will be held February 28.

Directory Guidelines

Dear fellow parents,

We wanted to take a moment to remind you all of the rules regarding the use of the directory.
The directory is provided by the PTA as a service to the families of the Las Lomitas School District. This directory is for the exclusive use of parents, students and teachers for school-related needs and District approved use only. It may not be used or distributed for any other purpose including business or political activities. All use of the directory must comply with Board Policy 5125.1. 
We ask that you respect and protect the privacy of the family information contained within.
Questions should be directed to

Music Informances

Music Informances are coming up!

Please come watch your child's music informance. This is an opportunity to see what we're working on in music class.

Music informances are scheduled for the week of March 21-25 in room 37

Your child's specific time is listed on the music website. Click on the following link and then take time to look around the new music website.


Las Lomitas League News

For parents who have registered for an Las Lomitas League class, here is some important information to take note of:  
  • It is mandatory that parents email the dismissal instructions for your child directly to the Las Lomitas League instructor before class starts.
    Instructors will be emailing  you shortly in regards to this.
  • Please provide your Las Lomitas classroom teacher with your child's dismissal plan so she knows your child needs to go to the Las Lomitas League 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 report your child's absence from a Las Lomitas League class or sport by contacting the Las Lomitas League instructor directly. The school office is not involved in absence reporting for Las Lomitas League classes.
  • Please be punctual to pick up your child after a Las Lomitas League class or sport at the designated class location, and not at the flagpole.  If you are going to be late, please let the Las Lomitas League instructor know in advance and with written notice with the name and contact number of the adult authorized to pick up your child.. The Las Lomitas League instructors cannot stay late to supervise your child. If parents are repeatedly late, the student may not be able to continue in the class.
  • For parents who have registered on a wait list, you will only be notified via email IF a space becomes available. we appreciate your understanding that admittance is not guaranteed.
  • Our Cancellation Policy: Our system requires we pay a fee for every registration up front, therefore any cancellations are refunded at 90% of the class or sport fee. Cancellations will be processed up to 24 hours prior to the second meeting of the class. There will be no refunds after the second meeting. If you need to withdraw your child, please contact the LLL Registrar at
  • Late registrations: If we are able to accommodate a late registration, there will be a $25 late fee.

Community News

Classroom Volunteers Needed - An Hour a Week Could Change a Student's Life
Have you enjoyed volunteering in your child's classroom? Then consider visiting a classroom in east Menlo Park or East Palo Alto where there are virtually no parent volunteers.  Our All Students Matter volunteers work once a week for about an hour on reading and math skills with kids in grades K-4.  Sign up now to start in September. We provide training and coordinate everything. To learn more or sign up, visit  or contact Keri Tully at 
Menlo-Atherton High School Presents  "Into the Woods" 

Opening at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on February 26-27 and March 3-5, Into the Woods takes the audience on a musical adventure featuring favorite familiar characters in a lyrically rich re-telling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.   Curses, quests, romance, and surprises abound in these woods.  Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.  

Come see alumni of Las Lomitas perform on-stage!   Tickets are available at the door or on-line at  

$14 for adults, $10 for students/seniors. 
Show time is 7:30pm
Calling all Baseball and Softball players! 
Alpine/West Menlo Little League and Softball is open for registration for ballplayers aged 4 to 13.  We're looking to teach young players, give parents opportunities to hone their coaching skills and provide (paying) jobs for kids interested in youth umpiring. Little League Baseball and Softball offers a combination of fun and competitive play in a community-centric environment unparalleled in youth sports.  Come join the fun.  

Registration closes on January 21st for players ages 8-13, so sign up at as soon as possible!!
Encore  Lacrosse is hosting free lacrosse clinics April 10 and May 15 from 2-3 pm in Atherton. For more information, go to 
Summer Programs

Las Lomitas Summer Program

Registration forms for the Las Lomitas Summer Program will be available on Monday, February 1, 2016.  They will also be sent home to our current students in our Monday envelope that day.  The theme this year will be AUSTRALIA and the dates are June 20 to July 15.  Register early to avoid disappointment!

Panthers Camp
I hope all of you enjoyed a fantastic year in 2015 and are off to a great start for 2016. Panthers
"All Sports" Camp  is back for another exciting 2016 summer.  For more information regarding camp as well as registering, the link to the Panthers Camp website is 
2016 Panthers Camp:  
  • Session 1: June 13-16
  • Session 2: June 20-23
  • Session 3: June 27-30
  • Session 4: July 5-8
In order to register, please click on the following link:

If you register before 3/1/16, you will get the early bird special.  Please let me know if you have any questions:

If your child has outgrown camp and will be entering 8th grade, they have an opportunity to build leadership skills as a Junior Counselor in Training (JCIT).  I will be sending out more information regarding this soon. 

I look forward to another great summer with your kids at Panthers Camp.

3rd Annual Kelly Coding and Creation Camps, Summer 2016
Join Parker Kelly, the tech teacher for 16 years, for an exciting, educational experience at La Entrada's Mac lab this summer! In each 1-week session, students will learn programming, 3D design/printing and other multimedia skills in a fun, self-paced environment. 

Participants will learn from an experienced teacher (23 years) who has an MA in Instructional Technology. Each class will start with fun activities that cover essential computer science concepts using a mixture of visual block programming and coding, all while making fun animations, video games and Kamigami Robots
(that they get to keep!). 

In addition, students will get hands-on experience designing 3D models and then print their creation with a 3D printer. As a culminating activity, the class will record a video in a broadcast studio environment that will show off their week at camp. 

Participants can enroll in 1, 2, 3 or ALL 4 sessions if they want! Choose from one or more of the following sessions: June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1 and July 11-15

Each day starts at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30pm. The camps are open to students entering 4th, 5th and 6th grade in the fall. 

Click here for more details and to register.

Coach Tim's Sports Camp will again take place at Las Lomitas this summer.  There are 4 one week sessions beginning the week of June 13.  Some of the activities are softball, soccer, broomball, ultimate frisbee and arts and crafts.  We have flyers in the school office or go to 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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