• January 13, 2016


    Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:


    Thoughts From Tuesday Night


    It is no secret that I am a basketball fan; college over the NBA. This season though, I am a huge fan of the 6th Grade Girls team at CT English.  All our basketball teams face an incredible challenge to practice without a gym.  We have no “home games” this season, no home court advantage. I am so impressed when I see the teams out on the blacktop, working hard, building the fundamentals.  Now that the rains have begun and light is scarce in the afternoons, I see the three teams taking turns out on the court with the sunset often backlighting the coaches and team running their drills.  I alternate between the tug of sadness that our gym is silent and finding inspiration from the kids and their mentors taking it in stride and pulling out a season with style and confidence.


    This year’s 6th grade team epitomizes a part of what is so special about mountain kids and our mountain schools.  It’s a small team and a young team.  Only one player on the team has ever even played basketball before - and she got recruited from Loma’s 5th grade to “play up.”  This team is all heart!  Skills are under development.  For me, it doesn’t get any better than that!  Here is a group of kids who were willing to try something new and risk losing in public.  They wanted to play, to have fun, to be with friends, to learn, and to represent their school.  If not them, then who?  Isn’t that part of what middle school should be about?  It’s not all about winning, about being “the best,” about becoming champions - we’ve won those and they are great, don’t get me wrong.  But seeing the kids proud of their improvement, bonding as a team, laughing and learning, that is the foundation of what school sports should embody.


    I am so proud of their courage, their delight, and their can-do attitude.  It’s contagious.  Everyone is cheering for them!  The 7th and 8th grade teams are encouraging and supportive.  The parents, coaches, teachers, and the players themselves can see their improvement.  They are so happy when they score.  Small victories have a large impact.  Our schools are fueled by small victories and big hearts.  It’s part of what is so special about our middle school experience.  Where else in Santa Clara County can a kid who has never played basketball “make” the team?  Where else can they be a “starter” and learn the fundamentals on the run?  Our competitors cut more students from their rosters than we even have go out for a sport.  Our small schools should not be underestimated.  CT teams often become the envy, and at times irritatingly successful teams, within the West Valley Athletic League.  Our 7th and 8th grade teams are competitive with “the bigs” like Fisher, Union, and Dartmouth.  Our 6th grade team may not win a lot of games this season, but they will earn the respect of many for their courage, hard work, and camaraderie.  I am so proud of them for representing CT values and “the CT way.”  Go Cheetahs!


    Please Join Us

    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 children 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.


    A Light-hearted Look at a Serious Topic

    We know that student safety is always our top priority.  The reminders about driving rules around school buses work some of the time.  This video made it into the top vote getters for this year’s Edutopia best clips “5 Minute Film Festival.”  The curators noted, "Getting your kids up in the morning and ready for school can be stressful. What's more, every year, many students are injured when exiting or entering school buses, because drivers try to go around the school buses. One mom took this into her own hands and created this video to remind you: when you see a bus, don't move!”  Our fantastic Transportation guru, Patty Smrt, has endorsed this message!  Click here to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ezxPqoatu4&feature=youtu.be&list=PL10g2YT_ln2gTPD9YEaYwqaR9BbyONDaU

    Mrs. Carino’s Top Ten Sights:


    1.     Four kindergarten girls sitting in the middle of their elaborately constructed Lego city. 

    2.     Blue sky just in time for school to begin this morning;

    3.     Mrs. Lyon walking into class with a camping tent under her arm to be used; for the earned student privilege of reading in a tent in class;

    4.     Beautiful blue and white snowflake decor in Mrs. Dufort’s classroom;

    5.     Paper whites poking through the soil and showing off pretty white blossoms;

    6.     Loma students practicing at lunch for the upcoming Loma Talent Show;

    7.     Mrs. Riccomini supervising the talent show noontime practices while eating her bowl of soup;

    8.     All the amazing teachers at CT keeping the beat going;

    9.     Middle school students exercising in the “portable gym”;

    10. The smile on Mrs. Edwards face.

    Loma HSC News

    Bag Lunches for February – In order to continue to offer this service, the following updates will be implemented as of February 2016.

    -       Order deadline will remain 9pm on the last Thursday of every month. No changes can be made after that so PLEASE submit on time and proof read your orders before submitting.

    -       Order webpage will be open for the following months’ orders a day or two after deadline is reached for previous month and will stay open till the last Thursday of the month, at 9pm.

    -       The only special instructions offered are Gluten free and Vegetarian Salad.

    -       Cheese sticks are being omitted from lunches.

    -       Cookie/Fruit/Veggie type will be variable at store’s discretion based on season and availability.


    PLEASE DO NOT ASK STORE EMPLOYEES TO MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR ORDERS. All communication regarding Loma lunches MUST come directly through this email and no updates can be made after the deadline is reached.  Stay tune for the upcoming February Flyer.


    Taste Nutrition Menu

    The menu for Friday’s hot lunch from Taste Nutrition is up and running,  you’ll be able to order your Friday Hot Lunch through June 3rd. Orders have to be made or cancelled by the end of the day on Wednesday of the week you want/don’t want lunch. Note that this is separate from the Monday and Wednesday bag lunches. See attached flyer for instructions to order the hot lunch.


    Loma’s Upcoming Events


    1/15    Assembly 8:30a

    1/18    Martin L. King Holiday – NO SCHOOL

    1/19    Staff Development Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

    1/22    Assembly 8:30a

    1/26    Loma’s Talent Show – 12:30-1:15, 2-2:30

    1/29    Assembly 8:30a