• April 13, 2016


    Dear Loma and CT Parents and Guardians,


    A message from The Loma Prieta Board of Trustees:

    Loma Master Plan Community Meeting - April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

    The Loma Prieta School District continues to recover from the fire that devastated our campus last August. Progress to restore and rebuild is slow and steady and, in the meantime, the district has made every effort possible to bring a sense of normalcy to very abnormal circumstances. The members of the board recognize the extraordinary efforts and hard work of Superintendent Kidwell and the district staff in the days, weeks and months following the fire. Portable buildings were brought in and are now being used as classrooms, office space for staff whose offices were lost in the fire, as well as community meeting rooms. Our portable kitchen is up and running and available for community and school use. Although it may not be “business as usual,” our district is moving ahead, with the support of this incredibly resilient community.


    The Board of Trustees of the Loma Prieta School District is hosting a meeting to obtain community input on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Loma Prieta Elementary School Forum.


    Prior to the fire, the need for a campus-wide master plan had been discussed. This meeting is an opportunity to hear from parents and the broader mountain community about improvements we could make to the community center, school grounds, and north campus (the property that includes Building Blocks Preschool and the baseball field). The district would like your input as we begin to take steps to rebuild the structure damaged by the fire and consider upgrading other areas.


    Our mountain community and the Loma Prieta schools have a rich history. Please join us as we embark on this new journey. Together, we can accomplish great things!


    Speaking of the Future:

    The KEEP Campaign is critical to both our short and long term success. Tier one priorities have been funded through the generosity of early donors. Developmental PE for Loma and the library programs at both CT and Loma are now safe from cuts for next year. Now supplemental support services such as counseling, after school tutorial offerings at CT, electives such as art, music, geometry, leadership and more at both schools await additional funding to ensure their ongoing presence in our schools. I am not trying to scare anyone saying these programs are at risk. I am conveying the reality of small district budgets. We have enough to cover the essentials, but only through a strong partnership with LPEF and a robust KEEP Campaign, will we be able to KEEP valuable programs that are integral to our on-going success and your kids’ happiness at school. 


    We love music in our schools. We love art in our schools. We love supporting the teachers’ passion for expanding technology in the classroom.  We appreciate that our middle school students have access to geometry, leadership, art and more. We have vibrant schools in an amazing community. You help us KEEP going strong. As another Joni said, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone…”   Please consider donating to KEEP now via this link http://www.lpef.org/#!donate/ctzx, or learn more at http://www.lpef.org/#!keep/cmge. Thank you for KEEPing us strong.


    Spring Tradition

    This week is Jogathon week. We are all looking forward to another fantastic event. Our Loma Home and School Club has done a great job getting ready and Coach Patino and the teaching staff have worked all year to get the kids ready. Please remember that we want kids to do their best. We also want everyone to stay safe, be healthy and not push too hard while running. It's a Jogathon! Loma student participation slips were due today. CT students wanting to support family members need a permission slip turned in by the end of the day on Thursday. 


    Please remember that parking will be at a premium. The lower ball field will be open for overflow parking. Please use extra caution when driving through the parking lots. Amy Olson is still looking for a little more help. Volunteering during the Jogathon is fun! Signing up to volunteer is easy! Here’s how you can sign up to help:

    1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/2tEnGX

    2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)

    3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!



    Corey Kidwell



    To Loma Prieta and CT English Parents,

    Welcome to spring at our schools! I think there’s nothing quite like it.

    For many of us, spring represents the time when we move into the familiar school rituals that are highlights and hallmarks of our academic and extracurricular calendar. Students, teachers and parent volunteers are burnishing months-long efforts, individual and team, that showcase their talents, creativity, passion and growth through the year. I share my enthusiasm for this season with all of you, but especially with families who are new to our schools, with students in kindergarten and recent Mountain residents.

    With that thought, I also want to pass on information and details about our KEEP! Campaign, which, as we reach our goals, will fund a number of key educational programs in 2016-’17 on our two campuses.

    Families, particularly those with students in early grades, may not be aware of the range of options regarding KEEP! donations. Please take this in the spirit of: “Did you know?” as these options are designed both to enlist your support but also to maximize the effect of your generous donation.

    ·      The Donate Page on our website, http://www.lpef.org, allows families to make contributions on a monthly basis rather than in a lump sum. For many, this flexibility makes sense simply because it spreads the donation over 12 months.

    ·      Corporate Match: Many of the Bay Area’s leading employers will match employees’ charitable donations to a designated 501(c)3 organization, including the LPEF. Matching donations from these civic-minded companies range from 25% to 100% of the employee’s donation. Based on our experience, applications can take from three to six months to be processed and, in order to be included in this year’s fundraising efforts, we must receive the matching checks by June 30th, 2014.  Please ask me and I will let you know if your company is already on our list and their average turn around time.

    ·      Appreciated stocks or securities can also be donated to LPEF and have significant tax benefits for the donor.  Contact our VP of Finance, Claire Grosjean at finance@lpef.org for more information. 

    ·      If you shop on Amazon.com, the web site will designate .5% of your purchases on all eligible items to the LPEF. Simply begin your shopping at http://smile.amazon.com and designate the Loma Public Education Fund as the charity of your choice.

    If you haven’t already done so, we hope you’ll give consideration to our suggested KEEP! donation of $800 for one child and $1,200 for two ore more.  Any donation amount is greatly appreciated and will help our community reach our goal.

    Please visit our website at http://www.lpef.org for more donation information.


    As always, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me at president@lpef.org or another LPEF Volunteer Governing Board member.

    Thank you,

    Joni Thomas, President

    Loma Public Education Fund


    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 grade 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


    Spring has arrived at Loma Prieta.  


    The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, bodies are growing, and young minds are whirring.    


    Student Testing:

    Students at Loma have begun taking the 4 computer based subtests that comprise The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). So far, the process has been smooth sailing. 


    C.T. English students grades 6 through 8 begin testing on Monday morning, April 18 and will continue testing in the mornings through Friday, April 29.


    Plenty of rest and good nutrition help all students sustain brainpower while taking these assessments.


    Lunch Time Activities:


    Loma has a Chess Club.    Parents of students at Loma may have learned from their student that Loma now has a chess club that meets during lunch on Wednesday afternoons.   The club is very popular. On any given day, there are roughly 30 students of all ages who participate.   If you are interested in supporting the Chess Club, they are taking donations of chess sets and would love to have a couple more parent volunteers to help support and supervise games.  


    All parents or young adults are invited to start a fun club at Loma during lunch.   Ideas include garden club, reading club, sewing club, arts and crafts etc. Spend time with getting to know the students in a fun and supportive way. A negative TB test is required.


    To inquire, contact Raquel Marin at 408-353-1106 or r.marin@loma.k12.ca.us.



    HIV/AIDS Prevention Education – 8Th Grade

    By law, middle schools must provide HIV/AIDS prevention education to students before they graduate.  To learn more about the curriculum we use and to meet our health educator, please plan to attend our parent information night on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 pm.  We are using the HIV/AIDS curriculum materials developed by the American Red Cross.  This is a basic overview focusing on three areas: what is HIV/AIDS and what it isn’t; how to prevent transmission of the virus; and reducing fear of, and increasing compassion for, people with AIDS. Of course, parents may choose to have their students be excluded from this discussion and offered an alternative assignment for the three class

    sessions which will occur during science or PE depending up student schedules.


    We are very fortunate to have a top health educator returning to support our team for this important health discussion.  Mary Patterson, MPH, will be joining us on April 19th to meet parents, present an overview of the curriculum, screen the video that will be shown in class, and answer questions.  Mary is a seasoned and highly regarded health educator who teaches regularly for the puberty and growing up series Heart to Heart sponsored by the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.  She has worked in Santa Clara County facilitating improvements in county services to children, including child welfare, juvenile justice, alcohol and drug services, and mental health.  She was also the first Executive Director of Project Cornerstone.  She earned a Fulbright Scholarship researching children’s heath issues and perhaps most importantly serves on the board of her daughters’ school Home and School Club. Please come join us on April 19th at 7:00 pm in the Loma Forum.


    Panoramic Photo

    Would you like to purchase an all school panoramic photo of either Loma Prieta Elementary or CT English Middle School? Another option for Eighth grade parents is to purchase just the Eighth Grade class of 2016. We have attached order forms to the news and have sample copies of all panoramic pictures available for purchase in the school offices. Please come take a look and fill out your order form today. Deadline to order your panoramic picture is Friday, April 15, 2016


    We have LOTS of flyers attached this week so please mark sure you scroll through to see them all!


    Wild Times @ CTE

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    4/15/16 Minimum Day- Loma Jog-a-thon 12:30 dismissal

    4/15/16 CT students’ hand carry home Q3 report cards

    4/18/16 through 4/29/16 SBAC testing(each grade 6-8 tests one period per day)

    4/19/16 Parent Info night for 8th grade HIV/Aids curriculum 7pm Loma Forum

    4/21/16 Science Fair 7th & 8th grades

    4/22/16 Science Fair 6th Grade

    4/22/16 Inflatables Fun Night-North Campus Gazebo 3-5pm

    4/23/16 Family Science Day

    4/26/16 incoming 8th grade for 2017 Washington DC info night in the Loma Forum 7pm (Please note date change!)

    4/30/16 Saturday Building Blocks Spring Carnival

    5/9 -13 8th grade only CAASPP Science assessment formerly known as STAR during Science period.

    5/6, 13, 20 8th graders only have HIV/AIDS instruction. Curriculum Binder in CT office.