August 30, 2016
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
Dear Loma/CT Parents and Guardians:
It was a year ago tonight that the Community Center and Gym complex burned. I have thought about the anniversary of the fire quite a bit here in the early days of this school year. It’s given me the opportunity to reflect on the beginning of this year compared to last. The early days of the last school year were quite typical, exciting, full of anticipation. One set of miscalculation by teenage brains changed so much. Last year was defined in many ways by “the fire.” What I have been most impressed with over the course of the last 365 days is what was unscathed by the flames. Our nerves were frayed. Our days made longer and more complex at times. Many, many routines were disrupted – some even for the better. But, at the core of our mission to educate the students of Loma Prieta, the hearts of the teachers and staff never faltered. Our team was tested. I am proud to say we passed!
There could have been lots of complaining on the part of teachers, parents, and kids. There could have been much more anger and frustration which might have turned inward on the classroom experiences at both schools. But true to the spirit of Loma Prieta, individuals got busy problem solving while keeping in mind our gratitude to the firefighters and the community. I can still see the flames vividly in my memory. From the turn on Miller Cut-Off where I could first see our school ablaze across the landscape, to my drive up the entryway to view the fully engulfed structure filling the sky, those images will be with me for a long time. I remember standing with Tom Levenhagen and Kris Denues watching the silhouette of firefighters on the roof. I remember the puzzle of trying to understand what the fiery rain dripping inside the dance room was – melting curtains and ceiling materials we guessed. I watched, amazed, at the intense, billowing smoke pouring down towards Summit Woods. I imagine some of you were looking back up at us. Collectively we breathed a sigh of grateful relief that the fire was contained and our mountain saved by the professionalism on display that night.
The process of removing the burned structure and repairing the gym was frustratingly slow. But part of what I realized in the last weeks of summer as the teardown was complete and the foundation truly revealed, was just how incredibly strong the building was. It’s no wonder it withstood the quake of 1989. That foundation was built to last. The demolition contractors kept bringing in larger and larger equipment and bigger and bigger claws, hammers, rams, and more, to dismantle the base. Portions of the footings will likely never be moved. That’s what you want in a school building. The engineers, who were aware of growing seismic activity of that era, clearly did an incredible job making sure that the Community Center would withstand powerful shaking. The Bay Area was brought to its knees in the Loma Prieta Quake, but the Loma Prieta Community Center and Gymnasium stood its ground.
That’s how I feel about our schools when we face uncertain times and upon which we reflect in quieter times. Our structures are sound, strong, resilient, and built to last. We have a team of educators and support staff who are undeterred in their mission to bring your children a world class education despite our challenges. We aren’t the biggest schools. We are under resourced for our goals. There is always more to do! But today, we stand together at the beginning of another school year looking forward, tested by time and nature, and knowing with great confidence that, “We’ve got this!” We have great schools, great people, great families and great kids. We are so fortunate to have each other – no matter what. Thanks for helping all of us make this school year the best one yet.
Loma Back to School Night Tonight!!!
Loma families are invited next Wednesday at 6:30. We begin in the amphitheater off the Forum. Back to School nights are a great way to find ways to be involved in your child's educational process. Please plan to arrive early. Parking will be at a premium. Your partnership with your kids' teachers makes a great year even better! See you here!
CT Magazine Drive Fundraiser
Our magazine drive is back! Our Student Council is raising funds for activities, including beach day field trips twice a year, fun day school activities plus more. Please help support CT students by ordering or renewing your magazines through our fundraiser, it’s easy, plus it’s all online!
Students will attend a magazine drive kick-off assembly tomorrow at 12:45 in the Gym.
Each student will have an information packet to bring home after the assembly, plus we have all the info attached to the news, plus on our website.
School Site Council News
School Site Council is a team of parents, teachers and staff that working across both schools to strengthen and support academic achievement and student success. The group
meets once a month to work towards annual goals. Last year, our goals included integrating data from Project Cornerstone into the schools and ongoing support for Common Core adoption. We were also thrilled to host a popular talk by Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How To Raise an Adult”.
This year, we will be working on ways to cultivate our school climate, foster academic achievement and support parent education opportunities.
This committee is a great opportunity for parents to have an influence on curriculum and school climate, and to develop relationships with other parents, teachers and staff.
If you would like to attend, or have any questions about the School Site Council, please contact:
CT Snack Shack
We are looking forward to open Snack Shack this year on September 12th! We are still
in need for a few more volunteers to help this year on Tuesday's, 11-1pm. We only need 3 more volunteers.
If we don't get fully staffed on Tues then Tues won't be open to serve hot lunches to the students.
If you're interested rsvp to Laurie Orlando by deadline of 9/5 . It's a
great way to get on campus to see your student and meet more volunteers! You don't
have to commit every week, some volunteers choose bi-weekly. It's a lot of fun and very rewarding!
For new volunteers please be sure to go to the mandatory orientation meeting this Fri., 9/2 @ 8:30 am in the portable Kitchen.
If you're interested please email Laurie Orlando, email@example.com
8th Grade Washington DC Trip
A Student/Parent info night will be held on Tuesday September 13, at 7pm in the PE portable, if you are new to CT or missed the spring parent meeting please attend. If your student is already signed up for the DC trip, there is no need to attend. We currently have 43 students from our 8th grade class attending but we always have room for more. Please contact Julie Bourque at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wild Times @ CTE
Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
9/1/16 Magazine Drive kick-off Assembly in the Gym
9/5/16 NO SCHOOL-Labor Day Holiday
9/13/16 8th grade Washington DC Parent Info Night 7pm PE Portable