•  April 26, 2017


     Thoughts from Tuesday Night


     Dear Loma and CT Parents and Guardians:


    I don’t know any other way to say this than, “Slow Down!”  There are many patient, careful parents in the parking lot in the morning and afternoon.  There are also many impatient, dangerous drivers.  I say this many times each year, and I am saying it again, there is nothing so important that it’s worth running down a child or their parent.  The speed limit is 10 MPH – at all hours.  That is very slow!  Check your speedometer now and then.  10 is really slow!  Honking, revving the engine, spinning tires in the dirt lot to prove some point does not make the line move more quickly or add to the quality of a person’s day.  Come earlier, try some compassion for the parent in front of you who might be having a bad day, put your kids on the bus, or join a carpool.  Any of these might lower stress levels and perhaps save a life.


    It’s not just the drivers.  Please keep track of your kids in the parking lot.  When they run from your car to say hi to a friend, they could easily dart out into traffic.  Please follow the pick-up and drop-off rules at the curb.  Please help us by reminding your kids to wait until the vehicle stops before exiting or moving toward the vehicle.  Many of our long term parents know that the traffic flow system is better now than in years’ past.  Coach Patino, Ms. Lelake and Ms. Murto are doing a great job in the morning.  The after school crew is terrific as well.  But, we still need your help!  With 500 kids arriving or departing in a 15-minute window, it demands all of us to up our safety consciousness.  Thank you to the many parents who do move slowly, allow others into the turn lane, move smoothly to and away from the curb, and other courtesies.  Every parent can be part of the solution.  It’s better, but we still have work to do.


    We have asked for the Sheriff’s and CHP’s support in the past, but now we seem to be getting at least some help.  In addition to putting us on the list for a speed trailer in the parking lot, law enforcement has asked me to send them the license plate numbers and description of vehicles whose drivers seem to drive recklessly.  Additionally, we are ordering signage that will allow law enforcement to ticket in our parking lots.  It shouldn’t come to this, but if it helps, I’m willing to do what it takes.  Please help by setting a great example for your future drivers – they are paying attention.


    Sip for Our Schools Event

    Thank you to everyone who turned out this past weekend for the Sip for Our Schools event.  Beautiful weather at a spectacular location teamed up to make the event even more successful.  A special thank you goes out to Amy and Paul Kemp who generously host Loma Prieta families and friends even though the Kemp boys are no longer attending our schools.  It was a treat for me to see Axel, who is now in his freshman year at LGHS.  He was gracious enough to come over to say “hi” to his old principal.  We are lucky to have friends in the community who stand by us through thick and thin.  I hope everyone had as much fun at the event as I did.  What a great crew.  Thank you LPEF for making this special event happen this spring. 


    Jog-A-Thon 2017

    The Loma Home and School Club is excited to host the 30th Annual Loma Prieta Jog-a-thon - coming up THIS Friday, April 28, 2017!


The Jog-a-thon is the Loma HSC's biggest fundraiser of the year. Please consider supporting your favorite students by pledging your support. All money raised at the Jog-a-thon benefits Loma and the HSC. PLEDGE SHEETS ARE DUE TODAY - APRIL 26th. Students will not be able to participate unless the permission form has been received. As before, it is a minimum day (8:20-12:30). Please remember to pack a healthy snack for your student.


    Volunteers Needed!

    We are in need of volunteers to help with set up, clean up, and a variety of jobs to make the Jog-a-thon a success! Many of the opportunities only require 30 minutes and can be accommodated while enjoying the fun. Please sign up to help here: http://signup.com/go/f5HKPn



    The baseball field will be open at 7:30 to accommodate overflow parking.


    Students in each grade will run and/or walk for 25 minutes to complete as many laps as possible. All participants who cross the finish line when the final whistle blows will be given credit for that lap.


    The Jog-a-thon schedule is:

    Kinder: 9:00-9:30am

    1st: 9:30-10:00am

    2nd: 10:00-10:30am

    3rd: 10:30-11:00am

    4th: 11:00-11:30am

    5th: 11:30-noon


    We welcome parents and community members to come and watch or jog alongside your favorite participants. Loma gear and Jog-a-thon T-shirts (free to students with completed permission forms) will be available for purchase. Please remember, CT students must have written permission from their parents to attend. These permission slips must be in the CT office no later than tomorrow, Thursday, April 27th.  A copy of the Jog-a-thon permission slip is attached.


    The HSC will also have refreshments for sale. This year, in addition to coffee, drinks and pastries, we will feature organic breakfast burritos prepared by the Madrigal Family ($6). All proceeds from the food stand go to the HSC. We will also have a Kona Ice Stand from 9:30-12:30 ($3 - $6) - 25% of proceeds will go to the HSC.


    See you there!


    Show Your Appreciation – Help with Spa Day

    It is that time of year when we come together to create a magical afternoon for ALL of our teachers and supporting staff throughout the Loma Prieta School District.  Both Home and School Clubs sponsor this event, but we cannot do it without all of our parents pitching in.  Below you will find a list of needs to make this day happen.  Some items are donations and some are just on loan for the day.  Large and small there is something we can all give to make Spa Day happen.  I know this is the one event each year that many look forward to, and I hope you will consider jumping in to help!




    Volunteer Tea

    Hello wonderful parents and volunteers!  We are so grateful for all that you do for our schools and students.  We most certainly couldn’t do it without you!  Thank you!  Please join us as guests of honor at our volunteer “camping” tea on May 10, 2017 at 10 a.m.


    7th Annual "Fore The Kids" Golf Tournament

    Don't Miss Tee Off! We have less than 10 Foursome spots left. Sign Up Today!

    Join us for our 7th Annual Golf Tournament, May 19th at De Lavega Golf Course. www.lpef.org/golf


    Teacher Requests for 2017-18

    It is natural, and a time honored tradition at Loma, that families are wondering what the configuration and teaching assignments will be next year.  Despite any rumors to the contrary, I have not made teaching assignments for next year.  The exact configuration depends on actual enrollment opening day.  We will not be assigning teachers to any particular grade level until we can better anticipate our needs.  We do however begin our efforts to build balanced groups of kids before the end of the school year.  We do not take “teacher requests,” but if you have specific academic concerns for your child, please make your child’s current teacher aware of those before this year ends.   The teachers, Rebecca, and I will work to finalize balanced classes dependent upon the configuration closer to the new school year.   If you have hopes or concerns for next year, please make sure your child’s current teacher knows them as they are in the best position to build our balanced groups.


    Summer Camp News

    With today’s news, you will see flyers from many summer camp organizations offering a variety of activities for students over the summer break.




    Corey Kidwell



    Springtime Basketball Camp Grades 3 to 8

    For those considering basketball for the fall season, Coach Eddie is putting on a camp Saturday, May 13th.  Coach Eddie has led our CT English Boys Basketball teams through successful seasons over the last few years.  To register, go to:  www.allstarbba.com 


    Order Your Loma Yearbook

    Hi Everyone!  Time is running out to order your child's yearbook.  Deadline to order and guarantee it is delivered to your child before the last day of school is April 28.  Instructions for ordering online are below--easy to do and you have the option of creating personal pages for your child.  Yearbooks are just $24.95.


    If you just want a yearbook without your child's personalized pages and don't have time to create your TreeRing account, please email Crickett at stephens_family@verizon.net for options.


    We will not have many extra copies available for purchase at the end of the school year so please order now!



    Go to https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=101404916313901.  


    If this is your first TreeRing yearbook purchase, you will need to create an account; use pass code 101404916313901.  Otherwise, just log in and purchase the 2016-2017 yearbook.  


    Loma’s Upcoming Events

    4/28                 Jogathon / Minimum Day, dismissal at 12:30 for Loma and CT

    5/1-5/4             CAASPP Testing for 3-5 graders

    5/5                   SoW Assembly / Spa Day

    5/8                   CAASPP Testing for 3-5 graders

    5/10                 Volunteer Tea 12:30/ / Meet and Eat at Willow St/Main St Burgers

    5/11                 1st Grade Field Trip

    5/12                 SoW Assembly