• March 9, 2016


    Dear Loma Parents/Guardians,


    Thoughts from Tuesday Night:


    I was thinking this morning about the upcoming Jog-a-thon, the kick-off assembly, and our legacy of raising strong, healthy kids.  I was also thinking about some of the role models that provide continued reinforcement to our student community.  This year our kick off assembly will feature an amazing alum, and all around great guy, Kevin Korb.  Kevin, a tremendous student athlete, is now an entrepreneur as well, with his new venture “The Top Spin” in San Jose.  Kevin is a young man full of talent, ideas, enthusiasm, but he has also always been a natural leader for his peers and all youth.  If you haven’t seen the “new age” of table tennis, please check our Kevin’s company at http://thetopspin.com/TTS/.  Kevin will be firing the kids up for the Jog-a-thon this Friday.  I’m sure it will be quite an occasion!


    Another great role model (Rolly Model?) is our staff member Rolly Delfin.  Many of you may know Mr. Rolly as the friendly guy who seems to be helping out everywhere at Loma.  He brings a great deal of expertise to our team with his understanding of kids motivations, behavior, and learning styles.  He also is an inspirational multi-sport athlete.  We have a guest journalist this week to make an introduction.  Thanks Lilly!


    Mr. Rolly - Adventure Racer

    Beau Van Zante, Tim Kuenster, and our own Mr. Rolly competed as a team in a 24-hour training event for Adventure Racers on Feb 6 in Mt. Diablo State Park.


    This Adventure Race included running, mountain biking and navigating to 30 checkpoints in 24 hours.  They had no time to sleep.  They had to make their own paths to checkpoints by running through thorns and bushes.  Also each racer had to carry his own 20-pound pack of food and water.


    At 9 a.m. the team rode from Danville, California to the top of Mt. Diablo.  That 12-mile ride to the top of the 3,800 foot peak took them 2 hours.  Next, the racers had to slide down the hill because it was way too steep and unstable.  For the next 12 miles they ran up and down four different peaks.  Tim was feeling sick.  Later he had to quit.  Then, when it was night, it was growing creepier and creepier. The racers were dragging their bikes along the rocky landscape.  Then Rolly thought his mind was playing tricks on him.  First he heard a wailing noise, like a lady crying or yelling at them. As the team got closer, they then thought it was a bobcat but it was a mountain lion!  They never saw it luckily.


    Rolly and Beau’s objective was to be back to the bikes by 6:00 a.m. Time was running out so they were only able to get to 6 out of 7 checkpoints that night.  Out of eighteen teams, they finished 2nd.  Rolly was very happy about coming in second place. Loma Prieta is very proud of our own Mr. Rolly coming in second place. You are #1 to us.

    ---By Lilly Defilippo –Fry, 5th grade, Loma Prieta


    Loma Reminder – Report Cards Coming Home!

    Report cards will be heading home with Loma students on Friday.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week are minimum days for optional parent conferences.  Loma students will be dismissed at 12:30.  There will be an extended snack time but no lunch – so pack a big snack.  Your kids will arrive home hungry!


    Bus Route Changes Due to Recent Storms

    Until further notice, the bus will not be using Miller Cut off due to a road wash out.  The bus will instead be using Skyland Road.  Any families wishing to use bus service on Skyland Road in the morning or afternoon please contact Patty Smrt at p.smrt@loma.k12.ca.us


    ++++++++++++++++++  Coming Attractions! +++++++++++++++++++

    Thursday, March 10

    Don’t miss tomorrow night’s “Puma Talk” sponsored by LPCF, which will be held at 7 pm in the Loma Forum.  After much mountain discussion, a refresher course is being offered on our local mountain lion population.  Fact vs. fiction, truth vs. myth.  How do we co-exist with these fabulous creatures while keeping our kids, our pets safe and us?  There will be a short question and answer session after the presentation!  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

    Saturday, March 12

    Loma and CT Night with the Santa Cruz Warriors This Saturday, our local Warriors hostLoma Prieta and CT English Night” at the Santa Cruz Warrior Game as a fundraiser for CT Sports.  Come and join the fun cheering on Santa Cruz Warriors Basketball team with your school!  We have great seats together downtown at the home of the Warriors, Kaiser Arena.  The Warriors are a Development League for the NBA Golden State Warriors and were the 2015 D-League Champions.  The games are fun to watch!  These players are headed to the NBA and fans get a close up view of top-rate action.  Food and drinks are available and there is even a mascot named Mav’ricks. Check out their web site at http://santacruz.dleague.nba.com.  Money from ticket sales will go to support our CT Sports teams.  Ticket order forms are located in the CT and Loma Offices or contact Laura Parker for more information at lauraparker3@me.com or 408 596 1754.  Please see the attached flyer!


    Wednesday, March 23

    An Evening of Conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims on Wednesday, March 23rd – Please join the School Site Council in welcoming this best selling author to our schools.  This evening is anticipated to be an interactive one, so please plan to be part of the dialogue. 


    Ms. Lythcott-Haims brings with her experience from a decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen as well as her research on the changing landscapes of parenting, education, and competitive college admissions.  Her book, How to Raise an Adult, highlights strategies for parents of kids of all ages can empower youth, build competence, and resist the undermining trends of “over-parenting.”   Doors open at 6:45.  Conversation will begin promptly at 7:00.  Copies of Julie’s book will be available that evening through our partnership with Hicklebee’s Books.  The event is free to the public.  No childcare will be available on campus.  Please plan to come early as we are expecting a full house. To help up prepare, Please RSVP by following this URL and completing an electronic RSVP form.



    Thursday, March 24

    The South Pacific Coast Railroad on Thursday, March 24th, is a Loma Prieta Museum Community event sponsored by the Loma Prieta Community Foundation.  Santa Cruz Mountains Historian, Brian Liddicoat, will present the history of the old railroad that once ran through the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Refreshments will be served at 7 pm.  The presentation will begin at 7:30 in the Loma Prieta Forum.


    Saturday, April 30

    The Building Blocks' Spring Carnival is coming Saturday April 30th at Maison du Lac! There will be games, prizes, pony rides & petting animals, face painting, a treasure hunt, art and workshop projects, bouncy houses, a silent auction, BBQ catered by the Summit Store, a full bar, live music from the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, and much much more!  Please see the attached flyer. http://www.buildingblockscoop.org/Carnival


    From our Partners at Los Gatos High School and The Parenting Continuum:

    The PARENTING CONTINUUM hosts evening lectures, panels, and workshops for parents and members of our community.  Our group works together to make sure these nights out are informational, meaningful, and fun.



    The Growth Mindset Revolution: How to Improve Learning in School and Life: Jo Boaler: Thursday, March 17- 7-9pm Los Gatos High School Theatre

    In recent years scientific studies have demonstrated that student and teacher ‘mindsets’ have a profound impact on learning. Students with a ‘growth mindset’ (Dweck, 2006) who believe that intelligence and ‘smartness’ can be learned and that the brain can grow from exercise learn more effectively, displaying a desire for challenge and showing resilience in the face of failure. Such behaviors encourage greater math persistence, engagement and high achievement.


    Jo Boaler, a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and co­founder of youcubed.org. is the author of eight books including “The Elephant in the Classroom” (2015) and “Mathematical Mindsets” (2016). She is the recipient of the Presidential National Science Foundation Award, the author of the first MOOC on mathematics learning and an advisor to several Silicon Valley firms. 


    Internet Safety for our Kids: Sgt Kendra Nunes: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 7:00pm, RJ Fisher Middle School Multi Purpose Room

    Parenting in the age of social media you will learn: How to have conversations with your kids, what tools are available to keep them safe, what are the latest social media apps and how to translate the Internet language our kids are using. 


    Sgt. Kendra Nunes has been with the San Jose Police Department since 1992.  She is an instructor for The Parent Project, and she regularly teaches Internet Safety, Defensive Tactics, and topics relating to nutrition, technology, and sexual assault investigations.



    March into Mindful Parenting:

    Facilitators Marina Barnes and Kat Burke Thursdays: March 3rd to March 31st, 7:00pm – 8:30pm in the LGHS Student Center behind the library.

    Mindful Parenting is incorporating universal mindful practices into your parenting that help get to your center and tap into your inner wisdom. By noticing the patterns in your communication that promote disconnection, you gain awareness into how you can break these patterns in order to cultivate more connection with your child.


    Monthly book discussion group - 3rd Wed of every month at Panera Bread on LG Blvd from 8:30am to 10:00am.  

    We will be reading the first section of "Quiet" by Susan Cain (pages 1-94) for our March 16th meeting.  Books are available at the Village House of Books in Los Gatos.  Questions? Contact: Shannonedwards14@gmail.com

    The Parenting Continuum is a community alliance empowering parents to nurture the whole child and the whole family; focusing on providing K-12 parent education. We are a group of volunteer parents who bring awareness, support, and resources to families.  For current programs, updates, and resources, please visit:  www.parentingcontinuum.org • https://www.facebook.com/parentingcontinuum 

    Loma HSC News

    Bag Lunch Reminder – NO LUNCH ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16TH due to it being a Minimum Day with dismissal at 12:30p. Please pack a healthy, large, snack for your child.


    Jog-A-Thon Kickoff is this Friday, March 11 at 9am in the Loma Forum. Come hear and see our very own, Kevin Korb get the students enthusiastic about the Jog-A-Thon.


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    Loma’s Upcoming Events  

    3/11                Jog-A-thon Kickoff Assembly 9am / Jungle Book Play 7pm

    3/12                Jungle Book Play 7pm

    3/13                Daylight Saving Time / Jungle Book Play 1pm

    3/14-3/15       3rd Grade Star Party

    3/15-3/17       Optional Parent/Teacher Conferences / Minimum Days, dismissal at 12:30

    3/17                St. Patrick’s Day – wear green

    3/18                Trimester 2 Academic Awards Assembly 9am

    3/23                How to Raise an Adult” Dialogue

    3/25                SoW assembly 8:30am