January 6, 2016Dear Loma and CT Parents:
Thoughts From Tuesday Night
Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the break. We are all glad to have the kids back on campus. “This joint was jumping” while you were away! You have probably noticed the significant gains made on the installation of the temporary buildings. Extensive infrastructure work was completed on the underground utilities. Heavy equipment seemed to be everywhere as the structures arrived, were installed, and finally connected to new water and power services. We held CT classes in the large PE portable beginning Tuesday and expect to take “beneficial occupancy” of the art and music classes by the end of the week. There is furniture to move in, but we are underway.
The larger portable building will remain only until we can return functionality to the non-burned portion of the gym. Then it will be removed to allow for access to the more heavily damaged section through the restoration phase. The other portables will be in place until we have restored full functionality. The CT staff is especially appreciative of having access to a larger space for rainy day breaks and lunches. The kids will get bored with smaller spaces than the gym, but this week, they have a great attitude and willingness to “roll with it.” I do appreciate that mountain kids develop an understanding of how to deal with less than ideal circumstances – power outages, slower Internet speeds, lack of pizza delivery services – and they know that temporary discomforts are just that, temporary.
Thank You to Many!
I want to say thank you to the many community members and groups that stepped up for kids and our schools through the holiday season. The Hoffner family once again opened their Peacock Tree Farm to an LPEF fundraiser with Archie Schmitt dishing up now famous gumbo. Many thanks to Annie, Carly, Lisa, and Eric, and all the tree shoppers who joined them for the day, for your on-going support of our schools. The tree farm event is a staple of LPEF fundraising efforts. Hoffner Family, you rock!
Several groups quietly extended help to families who could use a hand during the holidays. These groups provided gifts, financial support, grocery cards, and a real community spirit of caring to Loma, CT, and Building Blocks families who could use some extra support this time of year. The Los Gatos Lions Club, Los Gatos Board of Realtors, Skyland Church community, and Summit Store all had a role in making sure every family felt included and supported during the winter holidays. Thank you for your generosity and leading by example.
Looking ahead, please save these dates to join us for important conversations.
The Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District Superintendent, Bob Mistele, will be joining us on campus Thursday, January 14th, at 4:00 PM in classroom #11 on the CT English campus. Mr. Mistele will introduce Los Gatos High School’s new principal, Kristi Grasty and present information about the renewal of the district’s parcel tax. The initial parcel tax was approved by voters in 2011 and is due to expire. It has been critical to reducing class sizes and hiring top quality teachers. Ms. Grasty has been a long time resident of Los Gatos; her children attend local schools; and she taught at LGHS prior to being named as the new Principal. Ms. Grasty will speak to her vision for the future of Los Gatos High School and the opportunities the staff is developing for your children. Both Mr. Mistele and Mrs. Grasty are allies of our schools and look forward to answering your questions. Parents of ALL ages are encouraged to join us.
Save the Date – March 23rd
We are delighted to announce that best selling author, Julie Lythcott-Haims will be speaking at Loma/CT English on March 23rd. Julie is a dynamic speaker who articulately addresses many of the challenges we face as parents in her recent book How to Raise an Adult. As a parent and educator, I found her book personally compelling in its honesty and hopeful in its practicality. Please plan to join us on March 23rd. More details will be coming in the New Year.
You can visit her website at www.howtoraiseanadult.com to view a trailer on her book as well as background and biographical information.
From the site: In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.
Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings - and of special value to parents of teens - this book is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.
The Show Must Go On!
On cold and rainy nights in the Loma Forum, a band of kids have been working hard to get their Peanuts characters just right. We hope you’ll consider coming off the mountain to watch them perform “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” 4 shows - Thurs Feb 4th through Sat Feb 6th at Historic Hoover Theatre located in the Rose Garden area of San Jose. Tickets are on sale now at theatreinthemountains.org. TIM will also still need CT Helpers to set-up and help as ushers, concessions, and crew. Community Service hours will be given. Sign-ups will be in CT office next week.
Last, But Not Least
Several parents have asked about the 2016-17 Calendar. Next years dates for the opening, breaks, holidays, staff development days, promotion and graduation are all posted at the link below.
Here’s to a great 2016! Thanks for your partnership!Loma's Upcoming Events1/7 Talent Show Auditions 3pm1/8 SoW Assembly 8:30a1/13 Regular Board Meeting 7pm1/14 Talent Show Practice 3pm1/18 MLK Holiday - NO SCHOOL1/19 Staff Development Day - NO SCHOOL for students1/21 Talent Show Practice 3pm1/22 SoW Assembly 8:30a