February 24, 2016
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians
Thoughts from Tuesday Night:
Protecting Student Privacy - Your Action is Needed/Required
This is an odd topic for my Tuesday Night thoughts, but please read it as your action is needed ASAP. A student’s right to privacy is an absolute “gold standard” among educators. It informs all kinds of decisions we make on a day-to-day basis. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is federal legislation that guides educational planning, communication, even purchasing decisions for digital projects. A recent local court case has placed all our protective educational privacy practices at risk. The California Department of Education is being compelled to release the names, Social Security numbers, home addresses, academic records, and much more personally identifiable information of more than 10 million students who have attended California schools since 2008. The Loma Prieta School District does not collect student SSN’s, but all our other student data is legally held by the California Department of Education.
While there is tremendous outcry from the education community, and most certainly a fight over the federal district court ruling, only you can protect your children’s personal data at this time. As a parent, you can object to your child’s confidential information being released which will exclude that data from that given to the plaintiffs in this case. Here is a link to the form you must submit to the court before April 1, 2016, to protect your child’s data: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/order2016jan26.pdf
For your convenience, a pdf of this form is provided as well.
I am strongly encouraging all parents to consider objecting to the release of their children’s data. California has been a leader in student privacy. This ruling sets a precedent that is counter-productive to the diligent work, which has been done to protect the privacy of our students.
Investing in the Future
On to happier news! Our educational funding partner, the Loma Public Education Fund (LPEF) officially kicks off the 2016 KEEP! Campaign today. This important effort is critical to the ongoing success of our schools. So many wonderful things are funded through your generous donations to KEEP! and other LPEF activities it is hard to list them all. Music, geometry, leadership, art, Brainology, counseling, safety nets for kids, library, Developmental P.E. and so much more always weigh in the balance of this fundraising effort. Please read Joni Thomas’ KEEP! Campaign kick-off letter enclosed this week. Your partnership and investments to our kids are essential to our future.Sincerely,
Mrs. Carino’s Top Ten Sights
1. Myra Jones and Linda Uffenheimer volunteering their time working in the front garden trimming bushes and tidying paths;
2. Tom Levenhagen and his crew diligently making the portable classrooms comfortable for teachers and students. Today, new furniture was moved into the Art Room;
3. Volunteer Room Parents busily adding just the right touch in classrooms and parents of middle school students sharing the love by serving lunch at C.T.’s Snack Shack;
4. Project Cornerstone parents and middle school student volunteers reading stories and teaching lessons that convey messages of good citizenship and character to our K-5 students;
5. Enthusiastic moms looking for a way to make an impact by signing up to become a member of the Home and School Club. Both the Loma and C.T. clubs are accepting new members. Check their website contract information;
6. Happy students and teachers spending time in both libraries thanks to our marvelous librarians and the parent volunteers who like to work with books;
7. Hot lunch volunteers sorting and passing out the hot lunch goodies to Loma students just before noon on Friday’s;
8. Coach Patino offering supportive words of advice to the fifth grade students who lead the school in the pledge of allegiance and put up the flag daily;
9. Stacy Blasi, our counselor, helping fifth grade students take on the role of conflict managers so that they can help their peers resolve conflicts that can arise during lunch at Loma;
10. Fabulous noontime yard duty aids enjoying the outdoors while providing a well-deserved respite for our teachers and ensuring our students are safe at lunch. You too can join the fun; inquire at either front office or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loma HSC News
A few reminders: Orders for March Bag Lunch are due no later than Thursday, 2/25 by 9pm. See enclosed flyer. You don’t want to miss this deadline; any questions, please contact Lomactlunches@gmail.com.
Jogathon T-Shirt Contest: The JAT T-shirt contest started February 10th and will end February 26th. Students are to submit their artwork in the box located in the office.
Get involved with Home and School Club: Please consider stepping up for a small or large role for next year. Take a look and see how you can volunteer in the attached flyer.
Upcoming Loma Events
2/25 March Bag Lunch orders due by 9pm
2/26 SoW assembly 8:30a / 3rd grade field trip to Oakland Museum / JAT T-Shirt artwork due
2/29 4th and 5th grade field trip to Santa Cruz Symphony
3/2 1st grade field trip to Flint Center
3/4 SoW assembly 8:30a / End of 2nd Trimester 2
3/10 Percussion Assembly
3/11 SoW assembly 8:30a
3/13 Daylight Saving Time begins – spring ahead one hour
3/14-3/15 3rd grade Star Party (overnight)
3/15-3/17 Optional Parent/Teacher Conferences, minimum days – LOMA ONLY, dismissal at 12:30