• January 11, 2017


    Thoughts from Tuesday Night



    Dear CT and Loma Families:


    The first text came in at 5:01 am.  There were many for the next several hours.  Not one asked if school was going to open Monday morning.  Sometimes the messages were just between me and one member of our team.  Some texts were groups of teachers and staff giving each other a heads up on open and closed roads.  Texts came between managers, bus drivers, teachers, paraprofessionals, and members of the maintenance team.  Every message was designed to help each other make it to campus safely on Monday morning in time for school.  The challenges of Highway 17, Bear Creek, Soquel-San Jose, Summit, Old Santa Cruz, Highland, and many more roads closed by mudslides, downed trees, congestion, rocks, high water, and wild weather played out across my cell phone.



    I mentally began preparing for doubled up classes and contingency plans.  We called in local substitute teachers to have credentialed personnel in place when school started since getting up either side of the mountain was no small task on Monday morning.  As mountain residents, we pride ourselves on our “can do” attitude. Turns out the “mountain way” is not just for residents.  Every employee made it to work on Monday morning.  Every one! 



    Many went over, around, through, under, back tracked, and tried again to find a way.  It was crazy at times.  Everyone started early.  Everyone was determined.  Every classroom filled, on time, as planned, and only one school bus ran late.  To say the Loma/CT Team went “the extra mile” is an understatement.  I am so proud of this team.  I hope you are as well.  Your kids matter to every person on this team, and we are darn lucky to have the kind of dedication and perseverance demonstrated this week.



    The process repeated itself again on Tuesday morning, and we may see weather like this again this winter.  Please know that your kids attend schools where everyone goes the extra mile for them – literally.  It takes a mountain (and a valley and a coast).  Happy New Year and welcome back!



    Putting the Band Back Together

    We are delighted that Casey Lelake, our amazing music teacher, is working to rebuild the instrumental music program.  This is beginning at Loma and will build as those students grow into middle school.  If you are a 4th or 5th grade parent, please complete the following survey so we can gauge parent/guardian interest in instrumental music for your students.  Please follow this link to complete the survey online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4TyVbo_fYqdUd_MUIOGXRGxYbx1s-z0XMD4TK9SdFcC-BBQ/viewform?c=0&w=1



    Monday is Martin Luther King Day, a legal holiday.  There will be no school.  Tuesday is a staff development day for teachers.  There will be no school for students.



    Saratoga High School Presentation:

    The SHS presents Dr. Jerrold Lee Shapiro: What Boys Need – Girls have made significant academic and social gains, but are boys being left behind?

    January 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, please see the attached information flyer.




    Corey Kidwell




    Loma News

    Reminder – Please send your child with enough food for the day. We do not have a cafeteria and have very limited snacks. Sign ups for Molly’s Wednesday’s hot lunch is in the Loma office and you can go to Taste Nutrition online for Friday’s hot lunch. Call the office if you have questions.


    Upcoming Events

    1/13     SoW assembly 8:30a / Santa Cruz Symphony for 4th and 5th graders

    1/16     MLK Holiday – No School

    1/17     Staff Development Day – No School for Students

    1/18     Regular Board meeting 7pm

    1/20     SoW assembly 8:30a / Spirit Day – Patriotic theme

    1/24     1st grade field trip

    1/26     4th and 5th grade field trip

    1/27     SoW assembly 8:30a