The Lion's Roar  
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
Week of April 18, 2016
In This Issue
Special Event
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
From the Principal
PTA News
Report from the Nominating Committee
Las Lomitas League News
Science Wonders
La Entrada PTA News
Community News
Summer Programs
Newsletter Submissions
Important Upcoming Dates:
  • Wed April 20 - Science Wonders - 6 pm - Cano Hall
  • Thur April 28 - Incoming K Parent Orientation Evening -                      7:00 - 8:00 - Cano Hall
  • Fri April 29 - Kindergarten Round-Up 10:00 - noon
  • May 2-6: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
Quick Links
Special Event

Please Join Us Tomorrow At the Goose for a PTA General Meeting

Tuesday April 19th 6-8 PM
Come join our community to hear the latest about the PTA's efforts, meet new friends and hang with old.

It worked so well last time, we're going to try it again! Bring your family, feed them dinner, AND participate in the PTA General Meeting to elect next year's executive board.

Special guests (in addition to the amazing PTA executive board) will include Principal Alain Camou. 

This is a No Host Event.
Mark your calendar - you don't want to miss it!
April 19th 6 p.m.
Meet in the downstairs room adjacent to outside eating area. 

LLFLas Lomitas Education Foundation
foundation logo

Did You Know?

1.     You don't need a lot of time to be a Foundation Board member. 
The time commitment is as low as 4 hours/month, including 1x/month Board meetings in the evenings with plenty of flexibility. 


2.    79% of the Foundation Board members work outside of the home.
Yes, most parents on the Board have "day" jobs and are committed to supporting the education of the children in our district through the Foundation.


3.    The Foundation is comprised of 2/3 Moms, 1/3 Dads. 
Either you or your spouse can get involved.


4.    Joining the Foundation is a fantastic way to be "in the know" on District matters. 
You can hear District news straight from the Superintendent, school board members, and teacher representatives at the Foundation's monthly Board meetings and ask questions.


5.    The Foundation is a great way to learn more about the spectrum of K-8 education in our school district.
Being on the Board is a great way to meet parents with different aged children.


6.    The Foundation Board is made up of a diverse array of parent backgrounds. 
Board members include current and former business & non-profit professionals, doctors, attorneys, stay at home parents venture capitalists, real estate agents, Stanford affiliates, public officials, and more. This allows us to bring diverse talents to bear toward a common, important goal.


7.    The Foundation plans many of our District's signature social events. 

This includes our signature Annual Auction, Fun Run, Neighborhood Progressive Parties, Theme Parties and more.

8.     If you are new to the District or want to be connected to a welcome community of parents who care deeply about the education our students receive, the Foundation is a great place to be. 
Meet new friends and be part of a team that cares about helping our children Receive high   quality award-winning education.


             The Foundation Needs You-Join Us Today!
           Contact Dan Bergeron - / if interested.



Grandparents from Las Lomitas school 
are invited to join us for the...
Annual Grandparents' Day
May 27, 2016
9:00am to 12:00pm


From the Principal

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a good re-entry into school from Spring Break. It is always nice to return to the sounds of learning and laughter! I wanted to update you on some upcoming events.

Please join us for a unique Writers' Workshop Parent Ed Opportunity hosted by La Entrada. It will be held in the MUR on Thursday, April 21st from 6:30-7:30 and is geared for parents of students in grades 3-5. Presenter, Eric Hand, from Columbia University Teachers College will provide the overview of Writers' Workshop. For more information, please take a look at the Writers' Workshop Flyer . To RSVP, please email Sherry Jones at .

As you read in last week's Lion's Roar, Ms. Chalfant shared that our third grade students will be participating in the CAASPP during the month of May. There are four components to the test and each class is scheduled for four testing sessions (one component per section). For more information regarding this assessment please refer to the linked Parent Guide. Also, a hard copy of Superintendent Lisa Cesario's notification to parents will be sent home in the Monday Envelope and it is linked here for your convenience.

It is going to be a quick eight weeks to the end of the school year. Brace yourselves!

Until next time,

PTA News

Kindergarten Round-up Volunteers Needed
This is a high-visibility, fun, and fast volunteer opportunity!

Please consider volunteering on Friday, April 29 from 9:00a.m. - noon.  Join us as we welcome incoming kindergarteners and their parents into the Las Lomitas family.  This may be the first experience many of these families will have with Las Lomitas, and with your help, we can present a well-rounded view of the many programs we have to offer, as well as the amazing volunteer spirit they can soon become a part of. 
Contact Courtney Bianchi at  or 
to volunteer.
Teacher Appreciation Week : May 2-6
Help us say THANK YOU to our wonderful Las Lomitas Teachers & Staff!
Please take a moment with your child to make a list of those to whom you want to express your gratitude. 
Staff Appreciation Card Day (Tuesday, May 3rd)
Tuesday, May 3rd is our Staff Appreciation Thank You Card day. All students and parents are welcome to bring thank you notes for their teachers, specialists, bus drivers, & office staff. It is our Las Lomitas staff that make our school such an special place for our children to grow and learn. A collection box will be located at the flagpole. Cards/notes will be distributed by our parent volunteers.
Staff Appreciation Flower Day (Wednesday, May 4th)                        

Wednesday, May 4th will be our Staff Appreciation Flower Day.   All the students are welcome to bring flowers to their room teacher and to our teaching and non-teaching staff who directly / indirectly interact with your child at school.  These staff include our administrative leaders & their teams, crossing guard, resource teachers and so on.  Vases will be available for the flowers and will be delivered after the late bird drop off.

When people in great numbers choose to practice, integrate, and embody gratitude, the cumulative force that is generated can help create the kind of world we all hope for and desire, for ourselves and for future generations. 
-Angeles Arrien
If you have any questions, please contact: 

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


If you haven't taken the time to order your child a Memory Book please order now via the PTA web site.   Orders will be accepted through Thursday, April 21st.   After that date, no orders will be accepted or copies reserved.   A limited quantity of books will be available for sale at the Flagpole the last week of school (times and dates TBA) but we can't hold or reserve copies if you miss the online ordering window. 

- Cost is $25/book and payment is accepted via Paypal.
- You can order multiple copies if you have more then one student at Las Lomitas
- We only began accepting orders February 22nd.   No orders were taken in August/September.  

Visit the PTA web site now to place your order at 

Any questions, please email

SAVE THE DATE! The LLEF Annual Fun Run and PTA Pancake Breakfast
are coming together for a super fun morning on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Get ready to eat delicious pancakes and then work it off with a run. Stay tuned for details. . . 
Report from the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee has met and discussed individuals from our community who are eligible candidates from the 2016-2017 term of office.  On behalf of the nominating committee, the following slate of officers for the association is presented for consideration:

Anca Rusu 

1st VP  
Adrianne Wonnacott

2nd VP, Volunteer Coordinator  
Diane Bradley

3rd VP, Hot Food Board Chair  
Corinne Burke

4th VP, Technology   
Prachi Shah, Shawn Matloub, and TBD

Brian Lee

Ian Edwards

Maggie Oren


We are currently looking for one additional person to help with website updates. If you are interested, please contact

The Hot Food Program Day Chairs have also been confirmed and are as follows:

Monday - Heather Caelius & Christine Orr
Tuesday - Helen Ungerman
Wednesday - Adrianne Wonnacott
Thursday - Josie Tang
Friday - Sarah Supple and Sarah Chai

If you are interested in helping out next year with Hot Food, please email to get in touch with the day chair of your choosing.

For any other PTA volunteer opportunities as seen on the PTA website, please contact  Thank you PARENTS for keeping our PTA going strong. So many of our programs have reached a level of excellence because of your contributions, whether it be your time, talent or treasure. We look forward to a fantastic 2016-17 school year!

Artis Montague & Helen Ungerman

Join Us to Vote in Our Officers-at the Dutch Goose!
Tuesday, April 19th at 6:00pm
We need a quorum of members to make it official. Voting will be a brief formality and then it's an opportunity to visit with friends-please join us!

Las Lomitas League News

For parents who have registered for an Las Lomitas League class, here are some general
  • 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 someone else is picking up your 
    child, 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. 
  • If you have any questions about a specific class, please refer to the Las Lomitas League 
    website (, and contact the appropriate Las Lomitas League 
    Vice President. The Vice Presidents for this year are: 

Science Wonders

Calling All Las Lomitas Students

Science Wonders:

Student Science Fair Exhibition 2016                                     

6:00 - 8:00 PM - Wednesday, April 20
Cano Hall, Las Lomitas Elementary School

For more information (2015 pdf) visit:

What is Science Wonders?  Science Wonders is a science fair event to encourage your children to be inquisitive about the world around them, as well as an opportunity to have FUN while sharing the joy of discovery with the school community. 
Where do we start?

Step 1: Ask a question! Think of something that excites or interests you.

Step 2: Think of how you can find an answer to your question (hint: there are many great books in the Las Lomitas Library and on websites listed in the Student and Parent Guide at the URL above).

Step 3:
 Write down your ideas and develop a plan to present your "science wonder" to your schoolmates.

Will my child's project be judged?  This is a recreational, voluntary activity, designed to be NON-COMPETITIVE and child-driven. Please do this activity with your child after their schoolwork assignments or on weekends/spring break. There will be no judging or class merit for participation, but each child will receive a certificate for completing a science fair project.

Can we still come if we don't participate this year? Yes! Everyone is welcome to come to the event and view all the creative ideas that Las Lomitas students bring to life at Science Wonders.

How do I sign up? In order to help us coordinate, send an RSVP email to Scott & Dawn Smithson at by April 1.  Please include the student's name, grade and teacher in your RSVP.  Thank you!

La Entrada PTA News

Calling all incoming 4th grade parents!
We need YOU to join this amazing group of people and complete our 2016-17 PTA Executive Board. The Executive Vice President is a minimal time commitment role that "shadows" our awesome Co-Presidents for the first year to then make a smooth transition into the presidency role the following year. Whether you'd like to be the VP on your own, or partner with a friend to be Co-VPs, it's a great way to get connected with what's going on at La Entrada.  You'll get "behind the scenes" access to our school administration and the opportunity to be a positive influence by sharing thoughtful feedback and ideas around our PTA programs-and have fun, too!
If interested, please reach out as soon as possible to Cindy Tipton.
Proposed Slate of Officers for the 2016-17 La Entrada PTA to be Voted In:

Co-Presidents: Britte Cheng & Marlene Paoli-Kissel
Executive Vice President: 
VP Membership: Jen Coleman                                                                       
VP Volunteers: Monica Albers
Treasurer: Elizabeth Radford
Recording Secretary: Sheriene Saadati
Corresponding Secretary: Sarah Chai
Co-Parliamentarians: MJ Crousore and Molly Drewes
Community News

Informational Coffee on Monday, April 18 for All Students Matter
If you've wondered what All Students Matter is all about, then please join other local parents who are already volunteering with us in the classroom of K-4th grade students to learn more.  We invite you for coffee and refreshments while you hear about how you can make a true difference in the life of students in east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto by volunteering for an hour a week.  Monday, April 18 at 10:00 am at a home in Menlo Park.  Please contact to Jeanette Kennedy at to RSVP.
Announcing Open Enrollment  for the 2016-17 school year at Ladera Community Church Preschool!
LCCP welcomes all children aged 2 to 5 years old.  It is a fully licensed, NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited preschool that maintains low child-to-teacher ratios. It offers a play-based curriculum without religious content. Currently LCCP has a couple spaces available in all classes: 2s, 3s, and Pre-K. Please call or visit our website for more information.
Phone: 650-854-2997
Web: Ladera Community Church Preschool  

SPRING 2016 @ Portola Valley Town Center                           
For this session we will learn about what inspires artists to create!  Things that interest them ... things that they love. We will mix colors, study Monet and his love of trains and gardens.  A frog
from Monet's garden will find a place in our Frog Pop-Up Pictures.  After that, we move on to Heart Art and make Giant Stuffed Hearts individually constructed to form a variety of images. 
Wed.     3:30-5:30   k-2nd grade
Thurs.  3:30-5:30   k-2nd grade
Fri.       1-3:00        3-5 yrs
Fri.       3:30-5:30   3rd-5th grade
Sat.      10-12:00    4-8 yrs
Sat.      1-3:00        4-8 yrs                            Teacher: Jeannie Goldman (650) 678-6388


AYSO Soccer Registration Starts May 1, 2016

Registration for AYSO Soccer Menlo Park & Atherton starts May 1, 2016 at
Walk-in registration is on May 14 and May 21, 2016, from 10AM to 1PM at the Hillview Middle School Library for the fall season.  If your children played AYSO in our region before, you can register online and do not need to attend walk-in registration. 
AYSO does not require tryouts and all participate, regardless of level.

Ladera Oaks Community Fiesta Sunday, May 1st from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.   Ladera Oaks is hosting its Annual Open House on Sunday, May 1st from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Located near Bianchini's Market in Portola Valley, we offer year round swimming, tennis and fitness programs for the whole family in a relaxed, fun, family atmosphere.  At our community fiesta you can snack on delicious fiesta food, drink festive fiesta beverages, play piņata palooza on our tennis courts, try a mini-zumba class, and pretend you are on vacation in Mexico while you lounge by and swim in our two large beautiful heated pools.  If you'd like, you can also meet our new general manager, Leigh Anne Dennis and our swim, tennis, and fitness professionals and coaches to find out more about all a Ladera Oaks membership has to offer your family.  To learn more, call 650-854-3101 x1020 or email General Manager Leigh Anne Dennis at  or visit . 
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 
Panthers "All Sports" Camp is back for another exciting 2016 summer.  Campers participate in 
  a core group of physical activities which enhance self-confidence, cooperation, sportsmanship, lifelong fitness and an appreciation for a wide variety of sports.  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 (Sold-out)    
  • 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:

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, and video games. 
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.

There are flyers in the office about Summer Reading Skills classes offered at Hillview Community Center being sponsored by the City of Los Altos.  Classes are for children entering Kindergarten  through entering 11th graders.  For more information or to register call 1-800-903-0162. 

Jeff Arons is the director of tennis for Sacred Heart Schools.  His coaching experiences include founding/directing the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program and coaching a Wimbledon
doubles champion. 
Perfectly Fit's Summer Skills and Conditioning Camps are back!!

Is your teen ready to learn about the latest in sports science, nutrition, and facial health all while improving their conditioning and physical performance? Then this is the camp you do not want to miss!

Are you looking to empower your teen with pertinent information about tissue health, joint mobility, nutrition, sleep, breathing, visualization, and recovery? Do you want your teen to learn the tools necessary to thrive in a fast-paced and demanding sport? Or maybe you just want your teen to be empowered to be the healthiest version of themselves?
This camp was developed by Stella Bergan, MEd, Health and Human Performance Coach at Perfectly Fit to help teens learn about the elements of great training, learn how to train smarter, and also have more fun in the process. We will work on speed, agility, variability of movements to enhance training, balance, strength, and flexibility. Camps run M-Th and will be held at the Stanford Track or at Hillview Middle School's track.

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

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