March 30, 2016



    Dear Loma Parents/Guardians,



    Thoughts from Tuesday Night:

    Many thanks to the School Site Council for hosting Julie Lythcott-Haims last week.  The evening was engaging, informative, and inspiring.  Julie’s message is multifaceted including recapturing childhood play, balancing life skills with academic skills (I have a feeling kids chore lists got longer this week), and encouraging parents to look for “fit” for college rather than a brand name.  As a graduate of both Harvard and Stanford, Ms. Lythcott-Haims is a perfect champion for changes in the admissions processes among the most selective schools.  With escalating mental health issues among college students, Julie shared that college counseling departments are in dialog with admissions officers around the county.  Change is coming she told us, but still years away.  In the meantime, she encouraged all of us to take back our free time with our kids, to stop doing our kids homework, and to remember that our job as parents is to raise independent adults who will take their place in the world.  When they are grown, we want our kids to want to be with us, but not need to be with us.  It was a great evening with lots of food for thought.  Thank you School Site Council!



    This was a timely message in the weeks just before state testing.  Let’s remember that while the statewide assessment is important, it is not a full picture of who your kids are as people.  Your child’s report card is the best indicator of how he/she is doing as an individual in our schools.  The statewide CAASPP testing gives our schools information on how we are doing, but it is not a comprehensive assessment of individual student progress.  The test itself is still new and assumes full exposure to the Common Core State Standards.  For example, in fifth grade, the test assumes that students have had access to 6 years of Common Core curriculum.  This is only the second year of full implementation of the new state standards.  The tests are being built for the future, not for the phasing-in happening around the State.  While I greatly value the measurement of our progress, I want to remind parents that this is not an assessment of your children’s creativity or potential.  You can help us know how we are doing by ensuring your kids get enough rest before testing, making sure they have a healthy breakfast, and encouraging them to do their best to show what they know, or can figure out, on testing days.  Our testing is focused on the morning hours so we need you to make sure your kids are here on time and ready to go - which is good advice every day.




    Corey Kidwell





    The Spelling Bee is Back!

    Loma Prieta is ramping up to participate in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Get your spellers ready!  Each class in grades 1 through 5 will be holding a mini-spelling bee during the week of May 16-20.  Our top two spellers in each class will be invited to participate in the Spelling Bee Semi-Finals on Monday, May 23rd at 8:30 am.  Our final round will take place during the Third Trimester Academic Awards ceremony on June 3rd.  



    If your child is interested in participating, we have a link to the grade level words list on the Loma website here: https://www.loma.k12.ca.us/Page/110.  If you haven’t seen the movie “Akeelah and the Bee,” you might consider watching it with your spelling inspired kids.  The movie is rated PG.  Here is the Common Sense Media link for the movie: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/akeelah-and-the-bee.  See you at “The Bee!"



    Building Blocks Carnival

    Saturday, April 30th 10AM – 4PM

    Maison du Lac

    Come and enjoy a fun-filled day at a spectacular estate! The Spring Carnival will draw in hundreds of families from all over the mountain community and beyond. Count on plenty of activities for kids of every age - pony rides, sack races, face painting, bouncy houses, an art workshop, a photo booth, and a scavenger hunt. Plan on enjoying a BBQ lunch catered by the Summit Store, a full bar, and live music from The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers! There will also be a silent auction with some wonderful items including San Jose Sharks tickets, a vacation rental in Santa Cruz, and a gift certificate to Blacy’s Fine Jewelers in downtown Los Gatos.

    FREE ADMISSION for adults! Meal tickets and kids activity bracelets are available for purchase in advance at the link below or at the event. To make a donation of cash, prizes for the silent auction, or food and beverages, download the Sponsorship Letter available on the carnival website (link below). All proceeds will go towards funding our early childhood education program. Thanks in advance for your support!  http://www.buildingblockscoop.org/Carnival


    Loma HSC News

    Deadline to order bag lunches for April is tomorrow, 3/31 9pm, NO EXCEPTIONS. See attached flyer for details.



    Loma’s Upcoming Events

    3/31                 Last day to order Bag Lunches

    4/4-4/8             Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

    4/12                 4th grade field trip

    4/14                 3rd grade field trip

    4/15                 Jog-A-Thon / Minimum Day dismissal at 12:30 – NO LUNCH SERVED!