The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
Week of February 29, 2016
In This Issue
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
PTA News
Lost and Found
A Musical Request
Las Lomitas League News
Community News
Summer Programs
Newsletter Submissions
Quick Links
Important Upcoming Dates:   
  • 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 goal.  It's not too late to donate!  PLEASE DONATE NOW.

Can you help us make the Auction Catalog awesome?

We rely on parents like you to help make our auction catalog one of the best around. If you think you have something to offer, we would love to work with you.
Here's a partial wish list of things we are looking for: Sports tickets, special experiences, getaways/vacation homes, fine wine, party hosts, cooking classes, memorabilia - get creative!

Don't have anything to donate? Consider underwriting items that we can't get for free. At Las Lomitas, we especially need sponsors and hosts for the most popular grade-level parties such as the 3rd grade graduation party and incoming grade level parties. Please let us know if you would like to help sponsor or underwrite an event - it's a fun and meaningful way to get involved.

Questions? Ideas? Let's chat! Email us at
Or click here to Donate Now

Save the Date! Foundation Auction and Spring Party
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


From the Principal

Dear Las Lomitas Families,
Now that kindergarten tours and registration are in full operation, several parents have asked how we create classes for the next academic school year. This article outlines our 
placement process.
In May, the faculty spends three afternoons putting together the following year's classes. Each grade level team makes up the classes for the next grade. The Placement Committee members place incoming kindergarten students into classes.
The teachers work carefully to create classrooms that are evenly balanced in terms of:
  • Gender
  • Sessions (K-2)
  • Academics - high, medium and low performing students
  • Special needs - students who work with our many specialists such as Language Lab, Speech & Language, Resource Program, Reading Recovery, Reading Groups and Math Lab
  • Health and other special factors
Teachers' names are not assigned until after the class configurations are complete.
In order to maintain balance in class size we often have multi-graded classes. This year we have a 1st/2nd multi-grade class. We also have job shares on our campus. This is when two teachers decide to co-teach a single class. Multi-grade and job share classes are of the same high caliber as all other classes. These classes are formed using the same process described above. 
In August, the teachers on the Placement Committee volunteer to come in to review and finalize class lists with the Principal to accommodate students who have enrolled or moved away over the summer.
We put tremendous effort into creating balanced classes to best meet the needs of all our students. We are continually refining the process and are proud of our results.
If you have important information about your child's placement for next year, please let the classroom teacher know, or submit that information to me via Google Form through this tiny URL, 

Please submit the form prior to April 15. Any placement information received after this date may not be considered due to our placement schedule, unless there are extenuating circumstances. If you've sent information in prior years that is still relevant, please include that information as well. Thank you for your cooperation in adhering to this deadline.
Until next time,
Alain Camou

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Hello Parents,                                                                                               
Some of you may not be aware, but our former secretary, Monica Salas, has been promoted and is now Administrative Assistant to Superintendent Lisa Cesario. Please send any correspondence you would have typically sent to Monica to Las Lomitas' new secretary, Deanna Celis, at If you have not met Ms. Celis yet, please stop by the office and say hello.

Thank you,

PTA News
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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Please take a minute to visit the PTA web site to order your child a copy of the 2015-2016 Las Lomitas Memory book.   The cost is $25/book and payment is accepted via Paypal.   You are able to order multiple copies if you have more then one child at Las Lomitas.  Please note that no orders have been taken to date.   The online ordering period for Memory Book's is February 22nd-April 21st.   All orders are fulfilled through your child's teacher, typically the last few days of school in June.  Students will have a chance to get their copy signed by friends and staff at that time.   

While we always order extra copies and make those available for sale the last two days of school at the Flagpole, we encourage you to order online since last year we completely sold out.

Visit the PTA web site now to place your order at   
Any questions, please email

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.

Read-A-Thon Final Results and Thank you!
Congratulations to all of our readers!  The 2016 Read-A-Thon was a great success.  Las Lomitas students read an amazing 441,512  minutes over 28 days!  Each grade met its reading goal and enjoyed a Popcorn Celebration on February 26th!
Thank you to all of the students who participated and to the family and friends who offered their generous support.  We raised over $22,500 to fund school-wide programs and provide our teachers with classroom funds.  
The Read-A-Thon Committee was a fabulous team that deserves much thanks: Melissa Cardinale, Silvana Chang, Ashley Eastman, Julie Herlihy, Johanna Jay, Jenn Kerchner, Deborah Levine, Carrie Littlefield, Elaine MacDonald, Heather Sederquist, and Josie Tang
In addition, many thanks also go out to:
  • Our Webmasters: Prachi Shah and Shahriyar Matloub for managing the Read-A-Thon website and online database.
  • Additional Parent Volunteers: Kirsten Cahill, Robert Cardinale, Julie Carr, Molly Glennen, Jeremy Gundel, Christie Kiekhaefer, and Christy Mulkerin
  • PTA Treasurer: Tim Hibbard
  • Library Staff: Teri Chickman and Bonnie Theilmann
  • Office Staff: Carol Clark
  • Storytime Readers: Linda McGhee, Claire O'Connor, Kim Butler, Natalie Abal, Lesli Leong, Carol Hedges, Martha Lampert, Vanessa Leonard
Lastly, hats off to Principal Camou and Vice-Principal Chalfant for their support and for their creative talent dressing up as Mystery Book Characters each Friday!
With gratitude,
Cheryl Cho-Phan and Janet Jennings
Read-A-Thon Co-chairs

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found will be donated Thursday, March 10.  When you come for your conference, please stop by the office and have a look at the Lost and Found closet!  

Thank you!!!      


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

Cyber Savvy Parent Workshop 

St Raymond's is sponsoring a free 2 hour Cyber Savvy Parent Workshop using a unique cutting-edge software eyeDactic.  With eyeDactic, parents have the opportunity to see every online decision on all devices made by their child and children are given the opportunity to prove to parents that they are trustworthy.  The workshop is March 10, 7-9 pm at the St. Raymond's School Gym.  Registration is required.  To register, go to

Peninsula Youth Theatre 

Presents"Mary Poppins"at the Mountain ViewCenter for the Performing Arts.  Performances are Saturday and Sunday,  March 5 and 6 and Thursday through Sunday, March 10 - 13.  Go to for more information. 

Family Skating Party

Community-building event sponsored by the Northern California Debate League
Whether you are a debater or non-debater, skater or non-skater, you are invited and will have a great time!  Enjoy snacks and skating in a friendly atmosphere and meet other families in our community.  Debate coach extraordinaire Brier Buchalter will also join in the fun!
When:  Sunday, March 20th, 3:30-5 pm
Where:  Winter Lodge, 3009 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; 
Who:  Everyone in the school community is welcome.  NOT A DROP OFF EVENT, so at least one parent/guardian needs to be present.
Cost:  $16 per skater, $5 per non-skater (includes: entry fee, snacks and skate rental for skaters)

Please see website for full Details & RSVP:

Make Dreams Come True...Donate Dresses or Accessories!
The Menlo-Atherton Key Club is sponsoring a dress and accessories drive to benefit The Princess Project. The Princess Project promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them. With your help over 1,100 girls will be served by Princess Project Silicon Valley dress giveaways this Spring!
Ideal donations include long or short, formal gowns from 2010 to new in excellent condition and in all sizes and colors.
Accessories should be stylish, clean and in excellent condition.
Where to Donate: Menlo-Atherton High School Front Office
When: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm through Friday, March 4th
Contact: If you would prefer for us to pick up your donations or need a donation receipt please e-mail Sally Carlson at
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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