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The Lion's Roar
The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter 

                                                                       Week of May 24, 2010     
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Quick Links
 Mark Your Calendar
 School Activities
Thur May 27         ART SHOW - 6:30 
                            OPEN  HOUSE - 7:00                           
Fri May 28            Grandparents' Day - 10:00 - 1:00
Mon May 31          HOLIDAY
Wed June 2          SPRING SING - 9:30 - BLACKTOP -
                                All K's attend school 9:00 - 12:20
Wed June 9          Third Grade Field Day
Thurs June 10        MINIMUM DAY - Last Day of School
Extracurricular Classes 
Mon May 24       Chinese 2A - 8 a.m. - rm. 10A
                          Chinese 2B - 9:20 - rm. 10A
                          Chess - 2:10 - Cano-LAST CLASS
                          Chess - 3:35 - rm. 25B-LAST CLASS
                          Spanish 2B - 3:35 - rm. 9A
                          Spanish 3 - 3:35 - rm. 10A
                          Art A - 2:10 - K tables
                          Art B - 3:35 - K tables
                          Spongeball Tennis - 3:35 - blacktop
Tues May 25      Chinese 3 - 8 a.m. - rm. 10A
                          Chinese 1 - 9:20 - rm. 10A
                          Intro to Sports A - 2:10 - K tables and
                           K blacktop
                          Artful Garden - 1A - 2:10 - K tables 
                         Spanish 3 - 3:35 - rm. 10A-LAST CLASS
                          French 1 & 2 - 3:35 - rm. 9A
                          Basketball - 3:35 - blacktop
Weds May 26     Soccer B - 2:10 - field 
Thurs May 27    Chinese 3 - 8 a.m. - rm. 10A-LAST CLASS
                        Spanish 1D - 8 a.m. - rm. 9A
                        Chinese 1 - 9:20 - rm. 10A-LAST CLASS
                      Spanish 1A - 9:20 - rm.9A
                        Spanish 1B - 2:10 - rm. 9A
                        Intro to Sports B - 2:10 - K tables and
                            K blacktop-LAST CLASS
                        Soccer E & Baseball - 3:35 - field-LAST
                        French 1 & 2 - 3:35 - rm. 9A
                        Spongeball Tennis - 3:35 - blacktop
Fri May 28         Chinese 2A 8 a.m. - rm. 10A-LAST CLASS
                        Spanish 1D - 8 a.m. - rm. 9A
                        Chinese 2B - 9:20 - rm. 10A-LAST CLASS
                        Spanish 1A - 9:20 - rm. 9A
                        Chess - 2:10 - rm. 20B
                        Chess - 3:35 - rm. 20B
                        Spanish 1B - 2:10 - rm. 9A
                        Spanish 2B - 3:35 - rm. 9A 
Article Headline
Wow!  The Online Auction was a huge success!  Thank you to all the parents, teachers and staff who took advantage of so many of the wonderful auction items available online! All of the proceeds go to LLEF and directly benefit our children's education.  We all should be very proud.
A deep heartfelt thank you to all of our 2010 Fund A Need supporters!  You have contributed an incredible $76,000 toward our $110,000 goal for textbooks and instructional materials.  This means we have $34,000 left to raise and every dollar counts, so please take this opportunity to give generously.  
Need more information?  Visit Fund A Need at and remember that all donations to FAN are 100% tax deductible.  Click here to make your Fund A Need donation now.   
School News                                                                  

The final phase of our 2008 Safe Routes to School Grant will begin this June.  The current crosswalk, closest to Avy Avenue, will be expanded to continue uninterrupted from the south side of Camino al Lago to the school's sidewalk. The project should take about one week for completion.

This work is the last piece of a long-tem effort by the school and surrounding community to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety:
  • Several years ago, the streetlight on the Alameda was installed to provide safe crossing.
  • In 2005, we reconfigured and expanded the queue line for more efficient pick-up at dismissal.
  • In 2008, we added a 24-space parking lot for faculty behind the school, opening up spaces in front for visitors and parent volunteers.
  • Also in 2008, we supported a petition to install no-parking signs on the south side of Camino al Lago to reduce risks for those crossing through congested lanes of traffic.
  • In June 2009, the sidewalk in front of the school was expanded.  New plants were placed along the fence line and landscaping improvements were made around the flagpole area.  A new, raised crosswalk was installed at Barney, providing safe access to school for both walkers and bikers from the east side of the Alameda.
  • This spring, our Pancake Breakfast event encouraged walkers and bicyclists by sponsoring a bicycle safety event in conjunction with the Atherton Police Department.
  • In June 2010, we will see the final piece, the new crossing by the Alameda described above.
A huge thank you goes out to those who helped with the original grant application: parent, Barbara Beebe; Duncan Jones, Atherton Public Works Director; David Huang, Atherton Project Manager and Diana Shu, County Public Works Project Manager.  Thanks, too, to Maintenance Director, Joyce Massero; district gardener, Manuel Gallegos; Principal, Jerry Traynor; and Superintendent, Eric Hartwig for their support on implementing the project's components.

The crosswalk improvement drawings will be on display in the office window for you to review. 
Sue Sartor, Assistant Principal
PTA News
 Where has the time gone? It is hard to believe that this school year is drawing to a close, and with it comes the end of our year as your PTA co-presidents. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this wonderful school and community, and we have especially enjoyed getting to know so many of you. If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: this school and the people in it are second to none. We couldn't have done it without the support of our entire PTA Executive Board, so we'd like to take a moment to thank Kelly Holzrichter, Lauren Schoenthaler, Colleen McDonough, Lori Brockman, Jen Le, Lovinda Beal Blohm, Shari Guggenhime and Michelle Dillabough for their countless hours of work over this past year.
We would also like to thank the legions of volunteers who worked tirelessly in support of PTA programs and events here at Las Lomitas. We would especially like to thank our amazing program chairs!
Adopt a Book: Rebecca Grant, Amy Harber, and Tanya Rianda
After School Activities Liaison: Lisa Dunlevie
Apple for the Class: Judi Eichler
Art Notecards: Ginny Rader, Susy Reinstra and Elizabeth Flint
Art Exhibition: Charmaine Conui
Bilingual Buddies: Carmen Patino
Book Fair: Anna Plume
Boxtops4education: Margie Stehle
Bulletin Boards: Patricia Sullivan
Directory: Jacki Galarneau
Family Picnic: MJ Crousore
Food For Thought: Lorrain Kramer
Fun Fridays: Dan Beatty
Green Team: Gudrun Enger
Health Services: Ginny Rader
Holiday Workshop: Christy Byers
Hospitality : Lisa Holley
Hot Food: Lori Brockman, Stacy Molano, Rebecca Grant, Laurel Timpson
Junior Great Books: Anita Westly
Kindergarten Round-up: Cynthia Norris
Membership: Shari Guggenhime
Memory Book: Sue Bartalo
Pancake Breakfast: Liesl Noble and Janice Taylor
Picture Day: Celia Shepard
Read-a-thon: Sandra Cheek
Publishing: Margot Waltz
Room Parent Coordinator: Jennifer Le
Science Wonders: Becky Flanagan and Dolly Srivastava
Spiritwear: Christine Pirzadeh
Teacher Appreciation Week & Lunch: Glynnis Krappe, Rachel Perkocha, and Mary Stevens
We hand over the presidency of the PTA to the extremely capable hands of Kelly Holzrichter. We know you will have a great year, and look forward to seeing what's in store!
Thank you one and all for your support of the Las Lomitas PTA.
And for the last time...
Have a wonderful week !
Rachel Lokey and Dani Kelmar
Las Lomitas PTA Co-Presidents
Request from the Superintendent
 As usual at this time of year, we are requesting your assistance in helping us with staffing plans for the 2010-2011 school  year.  If you know your family will not return next year or if you think there is a possibility your family will not return next year, please click here, complete the form attached, print it and return it to your child's school office.  IF YOU ARE RETURNING NEXT YEAR, PLEASE DISREGARD THIS FORM.  Thank you for your help. 
Student Emergency Cards
By now everyone should have received a Student Emergency Card, one per student. If you have not, please contact your school office. Please update these forms (double check the phone and email is current) and return these to the classroom teacher. This document serves not only as a registration for the 2010-11 academic year, but collects important family information in case of any emergency. Thank you.
Grandparents' Day
Grandparents' Day - Friday, May 28th 10:00am - 1:00pm
Grandparents' Day is almost here!  This Friday, May 28th, we will welcome about 400 grandparents to our campus.  We regret that it is well past the registration deadline and we cannot accommodate additional registrations or walk-ins because we are at maximum capacity for this event.
Please review the following information (even if  your child's grandparents are not attending).
Information for all parents:
First, second and third graders will follow the usual Friday schedule.
Kindergarteners are on a minimum day schedule.  All kindergarteners will arrive at 9:00am and will be dismissed at 12:15.  If a kindergartener has a grandparent attending the day, that child may remain at school and enjoy lunch with their grandparent.  Please make sure that you have turned in the permission slip which asked you to indicate the dismissal plan for your child.
All students (including those without grandparents) will participate in the class activities (frame decorating, PE demonstrations, music, etc.).  All students (including those kindergarteners who are staying for lunch with their grandparents) will bring their own lunches or have hot lunch, as usual.  All students will sit at their classroom table at lunch (designated by signs with teachers' names.
Additional information for those whose children's grandparents are planning to attend:
Please refer to the email you received from your room parent with detailed information about the day.  If you did not receive this, please contact Dawn Simons at
Grandparent Check-In will begin at 9:15am by Cano Hall.  Bus Shuttle transportation will begin at 9:00am from the Church of the Latter Day Saints (see below).  Shuttle transportation will be provided at the end of the day from Las Lomitas School to the LDS church parking lot.
We have 400 grandparents attending so drop-off and pick-up lines at the school will be very long that day.  PLEASE urge grandparents to use the shuttle provided from the parking lot of the Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) in Menlo Park (1105 Valparaiso) even if they did not  indicate this choice when they registered.  Parking on campus will be limited to teachers and grandparents with handicaps.
Please encourage grandparents to study the schedule (they should have received it in an email) and determine in advance their specific plans if they are planning to split the two sessions between grandchildren.  At check-in, they will be given information with their grandchild's teacher, room number and location during each of the sessions.
Grandparents and all of their grandchildren will sit together at the classroom table of the youngest grandchild.  If your children have grandparents attending, please make sure that the older siblings are aware that they are to sit at the table of the youngest sibling!
Kindergarteners who have grandparents attending may STAY for lunch with their grandparents.  We ask that those kindergarteners bring their own lunches that day.  Also, kindergarteners who are staying for lunch may accompany their grandparents on the bus shuttle back to the Church of the LDS parking lot.
A light buffet lunch for the grandparents will be provided by Lutticken's Deli.
Visit (click on the green "Grandparents" button) for information about the schedule for the day.
Questions?  Contact Dawn Simons at or call her at (650) 234-9850.
Art Exhibition Volunteers Needed
Join parent volunteers to hang your children's artwork in Cano Hall.

Tuesday, May 25, starting at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, May 26, starting at 9:00 am 

(If we get enough volunteers, we can be done in one day)
Please email ( to let me know you will be coming or just show up when you can.
your Spiritwear orders are now available in the school office.
Menlo Park Library News
June 7th through July 31st - Make a Splash with Summer Reading at the Menlo Park Library.  Read books, get fun prizes, and attend the awesome Entertainer Showcases taking place all summer long!  Participants who complete their reading goals will receive a FREE book and will be entered into one of the many grand prize drawings.  Participants may register beginning June 1st by going to OR by stopping by the library.  This program is open to children and teens of all ages and is made possible by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.
Alpine FC Soccer Team Tryouts
Alpine FC is holding club-wide tryouts for the fall 2010 season for players ages 7 to 18. Alpine FC is a local volunteer-run soccer club with 23 professionally coached teams that practice twice a week and play weekend games. For more information, and to register for tryouts, please visit
·        BU8 (new team for boys born after July 31, 2002): May 26, 5:15-6:45 at Woodside Elementary.
·        GU8/9 (new team for girls born after July 31, 2001): May 25, 5:30-7:00 at Portola Valley Town Center and May 27, 5:30-7:00 at Woodside Elementary.
·        BU9 Wolverines (boys born after July 31, 2001): May 26, 3:45-5:15 at Woodside Elementary.
·        GU10 Leopards (girls born after July 31, 2000): May 25, 5:30-7:00 at Portola Valley Town Center and May 27, 5:30-7:00 at Woodside Elementary.
·        BU10 Hawks (boys born after July 31, 2000): May 24 & 26, 5:30-7:00 at Portola Valley Town Center.
·        GU11 Wildcats (girls born after July 31, 1999): May 24 & 26, 4:00-5:30 at Rossotti Field.
·        BU11 Eagles (boys born after July 31, 1999): May 25, 3:45-5:45 at Woodside Elementary.
For all other age groups, please check for tryout information. Alpine FC is also hosting summer camps for players of all abilities from ages 4-18.
LLESD Governing Board

The Governing Board web page ( now lists all scheduled Board meetings and their location, and includes links to agendas for upcoming meetings and approved minutes for past meetings.  The site is updated when new information is available, so please visit it regularly.  Materials discussed at Regular Meetings (held monthly) are available in both school offices Monday through Wednesday prior to the meeting.  Materials from past meetings are available at the District Office by contacting Karen Hiatt at 854-2880.

Community News
  • NEW Young 5s class at Ladera Community Church Preschool for 2010-2011. LCC Preschool begins a new program for kindergarten-eligible Young 5s who have completed a 4s Pre-K class and would benefit from an extra year of enrichment and individual attention. The program will support and enhance social and learning skills while the child gains an additional year of preschool experiences before entering kindergarten. Monday-Thursday, 9:00-1:00, with Field Trip Fridays once a month. Enroll now for Fall!! Please contact Director Sandi Snider at 854-0295 or visit our website at to find out more.
  • Register now for Fall AYSO Soccer!  For boys and girls born between August 1, 1991 and January 31, 2006.  Pre-register online at beginning May 1.  Flyers are in the Las Lomitas School office.
  • Ladera Community Church Preschool has openings in its Summer and Fall programs. Our 5-week summer program is from June 7-July 8, with an exciting new theme each week. Our summer program is for 3-5 year olds, but we welcome all families with children 2 years to 5 years for our regular term. Call or stop by to schedule a tour at your convenience.  LCC Preschool's experienced teachers provide an enriching play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum. We are conveniently located in a lovely rural setting at 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. To find out more, please contact Director Sandi Snider at 854-0295 or visit our website at
  • Stanford Math Brain Project is looking for 2nd and 3rd graders in the Palo Alto area having difficulties in math.  For more information, email or call 650-736-0128
  • Windmill School in Portola Valley has a few spaces available in their Pre-K program for the fall for children eligible for Kindergarten in the fall of 2011.   Children who are age eligible for 2010 Kindergarten, but prefer a preschool program for another year due to summer/ fall birthday may also attend our Pre K program.  The class meets Monday through Thursday from 1-4pm with a 1:8 ratio.  Windmill School is a play-based school designed to focus on children's interest through open-ended exploration.  Goal for the Pre-K program is to empower children to socialize appropriately with peers, participate in self -directed and teacher -directed activities effectively and to meet the developmental milestones for his/her age.
  • MyTownDeal is a new website for families in Menlo Park & Atherton, offering subscribers exclusive 50+% discount vouchers from local businesses. 5% of all your voucher purchases donated to Las Lomitas!  This week's deal is 50% off at Cheeky Monkey Toys! Go to to get a great deal and donate to your school - use this link and enter your school name at checkout.
The above announcements are printed for your information only.  These activities are neither supported by nor affiliated with the Las Lomitas PTA.
 Community Resources
  • Infant/Young Child Aquatic Self Rescue Swim Lessons.  Going beyond traditional swim instruction, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) teaches children how to survive in the water.  Your child will learn different levels of self-rescue skills, including a roll-back-to-float and/or a swim-float-swim.  Babies 6-12 months and children 1-6 years of age learn how to use ISR's aquatic self-rescue skills in tandem with basic swimming skills.  For more information and sign ups please contact Lisa Holley at
  • Dance Expressions, in Menlo Park, is gearing up for an exciting summer of dance. There are camps and classes for all levels so everyone is invited to join the fun. For more information please visit or e-mail
  • Join us for our Summer 2010 program, Creative Art for Young Children at the Portola Valley Town Center.  Jeannie Goldman is teaching seven 1 week classes including Wearable Art, Bug Art, Pop Art and many more!  The first class begins the weel of June 21st.  Register with Cindy, 851-1700 ext. 200 or online at
  • Camp Unique is a Day and Resident camp located on the beautiful 63-acre campus of the Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley. We offer one-week sessions for children ages 5-15 throughout June, July, and August, and campers have a chance to choose from over 22 activities! You can contact our office by calling (800) 260-2267, emailing us at, or visiting our website at We'd love to have your family join us for our 35th summer of friendship, adventure, learning, and fun!
  • The Ladera Recreation District offers three different summer camps.  Our Sport Camp is for kids ages 10-15 and offers Water Polo, Volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee.  Camp Ladera is for kids age 4 thru 6th grade offering a mix of games, swimming and handicrafts.  Tennis Camp is for kids 2nd - 8th grade, teaching basic to advanced skills.  All camps are from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and are a terrific value and tons of fun.  Please visit the web-site for more information.
  • Camp Kerns and Academic Trainers are teaming up for a summer program at the St. Raymond campus June 14-July 30.  The camp is for ages 4-12 and combines 6 1-week sports/adventure camps (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) with afternoon summer review and prepare workshops.  Flyers are in the Las Lomitas office or go to or
  • California Theatre Center announces its Summer Conservatory 2010 for children. Classes are held at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos. For dates and more information, call (408) 245-2979 or go to
  • Join us for the 2010 Summer Acting Camps at Dragon Theatre.  There are 2 Acting Camps, June 14-25 (ages 8-11) and Aug. 9-20 (ages 12-14).  Both are from 9 to 1 and cost $300.  There is also a Theatre and Science Camp, July 12-23 for ages 5-9.  Please contact for more information.
  • We have flyers in the office for iD Tech Camps for kids ages 7-18, beginner to advanced.  Weeklong day and overnight camps are held at universities including Stanford.  For more information, go to or call 1-888-709-TECH.
  • CCLC Summer Camp information is now available!  Please call, email or come by CCLC or the Las Lomitas office to pick up a packet.  (650)-233-1860 or
  • Theater and Science Camp!  Combine two wonderful subjects for an unforgettable summer experience.  A field trip to Half Moon Bay tide pools is included.  The camp is for campers 5-9, July 12-23, 9-12:30 at the Dragon Theater, 535 Alma in Palo Alto.  The fee is $400.  For more information, contact Nora Singer, 799-3239 ( or Susie Danzig, 776-5432 ( 
  • Studio Rincon, 3536 Alameda de las Pulgas, is now open! Youth classes from 18 months to teen begin May 10.  Summer camps and classes are also offered beginning June 21st. 
The above announcements are printed for your information only.  These activities are neither supported by nor affiliated with the Las Lomitas PTA.
Sports Camps
  • The Menlo-Atherton Viking Pop Warner football program for boys and girls ages 5-15, is now open for registration.  In addition to football, we will be adding two non-competitive cheer teams serving ages 5-9.  For more information, go to   An early registration discount of $50 is offered before June 15.
  • Camp Menlo: Making Summer Magic!  Spend the summer splashing with friends at the Burgess Pools in Menlo Park. Week-long day camps offer swimming, water games, field games, and crafts for ages 5-12. Skill-appropriate activities, confidence-building, and fun. Expert, caring instruction for swimmers of all levels. Mornings 8:45am - 2:00pm and/or afternoons 2:00pm - 6:00pm. Ten camps, Jun 14 - Aug 20.  Info and registration:
  • We have information in the Las Lomitas office about the Legarza Basketball Camp which runs weekly from June 14-August 20 for boys and girls in grades K-8.
  • Join us for Jeff Arons' 2010 Summer Tennis Camps at Sacred Heart June 7-August 13. There are 2 camp options - morning and afternoon for children in grades 1-8.  For more information, go to or email
  • Join the fastest growing sport on the West Coast: Lacrosse! Girls urgently needed for Tomahawks GU11 lacrosse team (3rd and 4th graders). Club is offering a 50% discount on registration fee.  Several Menlo Park girls are currently on the team (carpool). See website: and call team parent Sheri Simmons with any questions 650-520-4461.   
  • Panthers "All Sports" Camp  Panthers Camp is designed exclusively for youth, 6 - 12 years of age (campers younger than 6 must be entering 1st grade to be eligible to attend camp).  Panthers Camp is located at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley and is directed by Dan Flahavan, CMS Athletic Director and physical education instructor.  Dan has over 22 years experience developing and directing camps.  Campers participate in a core group of physical activities.  Please call or email Dan Flahavan if you would like a registration form or if you have any questions (851-1777 x2255 or 
  • World Cup Soccer Camps & Clinics by Ruedi Graf  For the past nineteen years World Cup Soccer Camps has been committed to helping children of all ages and abilities reach their greatest potential as people and athletes.  With an emphasis on instruction, your child will receive the highest level of attention in a fun and safe environment.  For more information call World Cup Soccer Camps toll free at (888) 700-9779 or (408) 354-4949 or visit
  • SOLO Aquatics offers two seasonal programs for young athletes, conveniently located at Menlo Atherton High School Spieker pool and Burgess Memorial pool. SOLO Sharks offers three multi-week sessions in a seasonal, non-competitive, recreational swim team environment. SOLO Day Camp is a Summer program that offers 7 one-week day camps. All swimmers receive individual attention to ensure a fun introduction to aquatic sports, build on existing skills, and create a life-long love for the water. SOLO has been training swimmers and champions since 1986, with USA certified coaches and counselors. For more information, visit or call 650-851-9091
The above announcements are printed for your information only.  These activities are neither supported by nor affiliated with the Las Lomitas PTA. 
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