November 9, 2016
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
Dear Loma Families:
Regardless of the election outcome, I knew that today would bring tough lessons in democracy. It’s been a painful electoral season of bitterness and division. I am uncertain of what to say today. As educators, many of us worried about the impact of this election cycle on our kids and our campus culture. In the spring, we began to see unwelcome behavior in the students that we had never seen on our campuses – mean spirited insults and name-calling, a greater unwillingness to agree to disagree. It was so stark a contrast to the past that we began to make plans to combat even worse behavior as the primaries shifted into the national election. Much to our surprise, the behaviors dissipated and did not return. Something shifted, I can’t say what, but the kids went back to being kids without the mean veneer. I am very proud of your kids for handling a horrible media environment so well. If you helped them understand the consequences of cruel rhetoric, thank you.
My hope for our country will be on the playgrounds today. There are 510 futures being built upon in our schools today. The lessons of dignity, respect, fair play, logical consequences, and thoughtful citizenship are all a part of the tool set we empower our kids with. My hope is that our country will be able to shift in the way our kids did over the past 10 months. I hope the adults can find our collective equilibrium in a way that allows us to continue to move forward with the important work we have before us. If the Loma and CT students can do it, perhaps we all can.
Good Times Roll at Loma!
Back by popular demand are two opportunities for Loma kids to shine. In December, we will once again hold our school-wide Spelling Bee. This year, our winner will have the chance to compete beyond our school as well by representing Loma in the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition process. Our semi-finals and finals will take place the week of December 19th. Each class in grades 1-5 will hold a class bee in the week before and will send the top 2 spellers to the school wide level. If your child loves to spell, this year’s word lists and more info can be found on our website at: https://www.loma.k12.ca.us/domain/128. Ready, set, spell!
Also gearing up at Loma is the always popular Loma-Palooza Talent Show! The main event will be in January, but the time to submit your application is fast approaching! Applications will be available on-line in the “Programs” section from Wednesday Nov 16th through Wednesday Nov 30th. Students will need to submit their application on-line before the deadline on Nov 30th. There is more detail in the attached flyer and you can email Mrs. Riccomini with additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASA Meeting - "Fostering Resilience and Growth Mindset in your Child(ren)"
Thursday November 10 from 8:30-10am
LGUSD District Offices at 17010 Roberts Rd
Speaker: Lisa DiMarino, M.A., LMFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with adolescents and their families since 1996. She has a long history of educational collaboration with schools, supporting youth in a range of environments from expulsion schools to college prep. She spent nine years working with the Palo Alto School district, providing both direct student services and supervising behavior specialists. She founded the Pacific Wellness Center in 2006, and has been in private practice since then. In addition to working with adolescents and families in her practice, Lisa also conducts teacher trainings on how to work with teens and children who are struggling with their emotions. Lisa is currently seeing individual and families through her practice, consulting on a regular basis at Palo Alto Prep High School, and teaching "Counseling for Special Education Teachers" in the graduate school for education at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont.
Second Harvest Canned Food Drive
The CT English Leo’s Club will be holding a canned food drive starting Monday, 11/14, and going until Friday 12/9. Loma families are welcome to participate as well by bringing donations to the CT office. For CT students, every first period class room will have a box for your contributions. If you are unsure of what to donate, canned meals like soups and stews, tuna, peanut butter, canned fruits, low-sodium veggies, olive and canola oil, healthy snacks like granola bars and dried fruit, and even spices are great options. Please do not bring any soda or candy. Also please don’t bring any items packaged in glass. At the end of each week we will add up the amount of donations by grade. The grade with the most donations will receive a prize. The first week, the winning grade will get to be the first grade to sit on the new grass at lunchtime. The following week’s prize is to get out 5 minutes early to escape the long lunch lines. The third and final week, the winning grade gets to have extra time at lunch recess.The Turkey Trot is scheduled for Thursday, November 10th.
10:11-10:27 am: Recess: Snack Break (HSC will be serving muffins and cheese sticks).
12:20 pm: All students report to the field.
Race Times: 6th grade girls-12:30 and boys at 12:40
7th grade girls-12:50 and boys at 1:00
8th grade girls-1:10 and boys at 1:20
1:45 pm: Lunch will be served: Turkey Dogs, Beef Hot Dogs, Vegetarian Hot Dogs, steak fries or sweet potato fires, salad, fruit and assorted cold drinks will be served by our amazing Molly and Kitchen Helpers!
2:30 pm: Awards with Pie served (We will need volunteers to help cut and serve pie with whipped cream and help clean up.)
If you are interested in running at the end of a group, please contact HSC or Mrs. Lanovaz.
Take it Personally
Back by popular demand, the Project Cornerstone course for parents is returning. This time to Fisher Middle School. This course is well received by participants and works with our drop off schedule. Please see the attached flyer.
Loma Upcoming Events
11/10 Last day of Parent/Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
11/11 Veterans Day – NO SCHOOL / Yellow Submarine 7pm Gym
11/12 Yellow Submarine 1 and 7pm
11/13 Yellow Submarine 1pm
11/14 Academic Awards Assembly 8:30
11/18 SoW Assembly 8:30
11/21-11/15 Thanksgiving Holiday – NO SCHOOL
12/2 SoW Assembly 8:30 / 2nd grade field trip to SJ Performing Arts