March 16, 2016
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians,
Thoughts from Tuesday Night:
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are #1 in the Bay Area LearnStorm competition! Google and Khan Academy teamed up in sponsoring a math challenge and CT seventh and eighth graders have certainly risen to the occasion. CT English students are #1 in mastery in the second round of the three cup competition. This means that our students learned more than their peers across the entire region. Our students outperformed students in every other school. There are thousands of schools in the competition, and we are number #1. Our students, no matter where they started in their skill set, extended their learning by challenging themselves and encouraging their peers. We are so proud of them!
Two things stand out for me in this venture. First, teachers make the difference. Mrs. Nefian loves math, and the kids know it. She doesn’t just love math for the kids who also love math. She loves math on behalf of all the kids who haven’t yet discovered how cool math can be. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Second, the kids are rocking this! It’s one thing to be fast out of the gate and win the sprint. Part of what we are trying to also instill in our learners is perseverance. The quick win is fun, but powerful journeys can be arduous. Perseverance is tough - and essential in life. Our students - your kids - are living and learning perseverance through math.
A great education balances academic rigor with fostering the emergence of skills for life - confidence, perseverance, competence, courage, and so much more. It’s not about getting the “right” answer every time. It’s about striving for solutions, about refusing to give in to discouragement, it’s about believing in “I can.” Can a little school in the Santa Cruz Mountains out learn, out hustle, out perform every school in the greater Bay Area in math? Our students and teachers prove, “Yes we can!” Congratulations to our impressive “Mathletes"! There is one more round to go - keep up the great work.
“How to Raise an Adult”
Parenting can be tough. It requires perseverance too! Please join me in conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the acclaimed book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Over Parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success on March 23rd, at 7:00 PM in the Loma Forum. I must be honest, at first Ms. Lythcott-Haims' words scared me as a parent. I feared I had done everything wrong and it was too late for me as a parent since my kids are grown and growing. But, perseverance paid off. I found the book both reassuring and inspirational. Ms. Lythcott-Haims' warm mix of expertise and empathy is informed by a decade as a dean at Stanford and more than a decade of parenting in the Silicon Valley. I found myself thinking, “I’ve got to get her to come to Loma! I’ve got to invite the Building Blocks parents! Our teachers need to hear this too! Share with Lakeside!” I was swept up by a sense of urgency about her message and reached out to the School Site Council to suggest we share her message with our community members. We invited her to our mountain, and she said yes! Please join us in welcoming her to our community. The conversation will start promptly at 7:00 (not mountain 7:00). Doors open at 6:40 pm. Copies of Julie’s book will be available that evening through our partnership with Hicklebee’s Books. This event is free to the public. No childcare will be available on campus. Please RSVP through this link so that we can save you a seat. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1o9S01SBIdFXM-jbhv9Vj-Zgjk0-eeKYI-rP04AKBTSY/viewform See you there!
Bus Route Change – Update
The bus will not be using Miller Cut off due to a road washout. The bus will instead be using Skyland Road. Any families wishing to use bus service on Skyland Road in the morning or afternoon are invited to please contact Patty Smrt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Santa Cruz County Public Works has reviewed the damaged area and determined they cannot make any repairs until the ground is dry. This bus route change will remain in place until further notice.
Loma Calendar - Updates
Note that the Trimester 2 Academic Awards Assembly will start at 8:30am this Friday, March 18th,not 9am. The Jog-a-Thon and PE assembly will now be May 13th at 9am, not May 20th.
Loma Upcoming Events
3/17 Parent/Teacher Conferences / Minimum Day for Loma only, 12:30 dismissal
3/18 Trimester 2 Academic Awards Assembly 8:30am
3/23 How To Raise an Adult 7pm Loma Forum
3/25 SoW Assembly 8:30
4/4-4/8 Spring Break – No School