June 1, 2016
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
Dear Loma Parents and Guardians:
It’s June. It’s a month of very mixed emotion for me, and probably many educators. While everyone – kids and grown ups alike – is looking forward to the refresh of summer break, there is also a part of me that recognizes that I will miss who we are today.
I will miss the 8th graders. I am not good at good-byes. In coming years, when I see them around Los Gatos, I know I will fail to recognize some of them – at least until they smile. Our CT alums seem to change so much so fast. Their smiles are often how I discover who they are. I will miss their parents too if this is their youngest child. Education is a family affair. One of the greatest privileges I enjoy at Loma Prieta is the experience of knowing kids and families over time. It is quite an honor to share the joys, challenges, difficult heartbreaks, breakthroughs, celebrations, and more with families as we all grow up together on this mountain.
As an educator, you know kids for a period of time, and you witness time marching on rather quickly. Many of you have heard me say, “Don’t blink”. It is never truer than at this time of year. The Kinders aren’t really Kinders any more. They have swagger, and confidence, and are ready for the “big kids playground.” The fifth graders are rightfully proud of completing their elementary years, but the edges of hesitancy about the unknown have started to appear. We reassure them that they will be absolutely fine in middle school, but they will have to discover that truth for themselves.
June is full of endings, and lasts, and being done! But June is also a budding of new options and opportunities. Kids start to wonder and guess who their teacher will be next year. Summer adventures await. Everyone seems to have a bit of a spring in their step. The weather calls us outside. It won’t be long before “back-to-school” is back in our vocabulary.
In the meantime, please know that we will miss you. Teachers will miss “their kids.” Collectively we will all comment on the fact that summer is “too quiet” on campus. I will be happy to see the kids at Summit Store, or on their bikes (with helmets), or our alums learning to drive in the parking lot. Our team will work all summer to make next year even better than this one. New ideas, initiatives, program shifts are already in the works.
We will be dreaming, planning, building, and getting ready for you. Have a great summer. Have a safe summer. Bring me stories from your adventures!
Calling all Beatles Fans!
Speaking of next year, Kevin Arnold made a pitch at Open House for help producing next year’s upper elementary play “The Yellow Submarine”. No experience necessary! Parents of next year’s 3rd to 5th graders can help make sure there is a Theatre in the Mountains production in the fall. Good music, good kids, good team to work with all await you. Please contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved.
Tomorrow’s the last day to donate slightly used, unwanted books to the African Library Project. The box is in the office.
Lost and Found
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, stop by the Lost and Found located outside the Loma Office either at drop off/pick up. Items left at the end of the school will be donated.
Summit Store and Hot Lunch Friday’s
The Summit Store bag lunches ended last week. We had lots of students with no lunch today. The last day for Friday’s hot lunch from Taste Nutrition is this Friday. Please send your child with enough snacks and lunch to last throughout the day and next week as well.
From all of us at Loma, Have a wonderful, safe summer!!
Loma’s Upcoming Events
6/3 T3 Academic Awards and Spelling Bee / Crazy Hair Day
6/7 Fun Day
6/8 5th Grade Promotion 8:45 / Minimum Day, dismissal at 12:30 / LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
8/17 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR 2016-2017