•  May 10, 2017


    Thoughts from Tuesday Night


    Dear Loma and CT Parents and Guardians:


    Thoughts from Tuesday Night


    We Are Who We Are Because of You

    Today, the teachers and staff had a chance to say thank you to the many volunteers who help make our schools vital places to learn and to work.  The “can do” spirit of the mountains is reflected in our classrooms through the countless hours that parents, guardians, grandparents, and more share with us.  We know that a large portion of what we accomplish each year is made possible by you, your neighbors, and the parents of your kids’ friends.  Without you, our schools would be very different places.  The sweat equity of parents makes a difference for every child even when their parent isn’t there or can’t be there.  Whether it is regular support in the classroom, the Snack Shack, out on the field with kids, or event support such as chaperoning a field trip or dance, helping with the Jog-a-thon, laying sod, or any other of the hundreds of tasks that evolve during a school year, your rolling up your sleeves to help others sends a powerful message to your kids and your school community.  Thank you for caring!  Thank you for going the extra mile this year!  Thanks for being you!


    Online Student Records Coming Soon to an Elementary School Near You!

    We are very excited to be moving to an online student records system that will allow parents to update information online as needed.  One of the goals of this effort is to reduce the number of forms you have to fill out every year.  We also are working to have a means to update urgent contact information easily throughout the year.


    The first step in the process for Loma families is to have parents self-enroll in our PowerSchool portal.  Middle school families have been using this tool successfully for years, and now Loma will be joining in the electronic records system.  The records available for Loma families will include demographics (which includes our urgent contact info) and attendance.  We are working towards all fields being accessible for parent updates, and this is a first step.


    In the next few days, your will be receiving, via USPS, a set of directions, user id, and temporary password to create your account.  It is very important that you complete your registration by May 26th so that we can enroll your child in their next year’s grade. 


    Thank you for your partnership in moving us to a fully digital solution for student information and registration.


    Speaking of Graduation – An invitation to 5th and 8th grade parents

    We have begun our graduation prep.  Please start looking for 3-5 digital photos of your kids that you would like included in our pre-graduation slide shows.  The photos can be of any age, at school, home, anywhere.  Our slide show plays before the graduations begin.  Please send the fifth grade photos to Christine Taylor at Christine@freshideasdesign.com and the eighth grade photos to me at c.kidwell@loma.k12.ca.us for inclusion in the showcase.  If you have cute photos of groups of kids, I would love to have a few extra of those.  The NEW deadline for submission is May 30. 


    Hicklebee’s Book Fair

    The Loma Home and School Club is excited to announce the return of our Hicklebee’s Book Fair Tuesday, May 23-Thursday May 25.  What a wonderful time to get ready for reading this summer.  Hicklebee's is an award-winning independent children’s bookstore in Willow Glen, co-owned by Valerie Lewis, CT grandparent and author.  Hicklebee’s will have many of their wonderful books available for K-8. 


    A portion of all sales will go to the Loma Home and School club.  Come find us in the PE Portable between Loma & CT.  Information on when you can purchase is noted on the attached flyer.  Please find time in your schedule to help with the book sale.  Sign-up to help at: htTp://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c45aea928a6f94-hicklebees


    Getting the Band Back Together!

    By popular demand, we are offering Ms. Lelake’s cool band shirts to everyone.  You may have seen them around campus and wondered how to get one. Use these links to order.  All proceeds will be used to support our fledgling instrumental music program.  These are Lelake designed, not available in stores, and only available for a limited time.  Don’t miss out! 


    Place your order here:

    Here is the adult size...https://www.bonfire.com/ms-lelakes-looming-band/


    Here is the youth size..https://www.bonfire.com/ms-lelakes-looming-band-littles/


    Back by Popular Demand – Got Stuff?

    The Loma and CT Home and School clubs have arranged for another Goodwill “stuff the truck” event on May 20 and 21.  Do you have two hours to volunteer on May 20 or 21?  We needed volunteers to oversee the event on each day.  Details are included in the sign up page.  Here is a link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f44aea82ba7f49-thegoodwill/    Please see the attached flyer for details and fire up the spring cleaning.




    Corey Kidwell



    KEEP! Campaign

    Great news!  Tier 2 has been funded!!  Please see the attached flyer.


    Last Chance for Golf Tournament Signups

    Just a few spots left!  Please see the attached flyer.  


    Thank you, 


    Ben Abeln

    LPEF President 



    You will soon notice the arrival of boxes in the school lobbies.  Last year they were used for collecting children’s books for sending to South Africa.


    We are very excited, as this will be the 10th library that will be sent from the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Each library consists of 1,200 books so it requires everyone to look through their much-loved, very good condition books for K- 8th graders (especially the primary level) and bring to school the ones they no longer need.  We know children love their books but it is a wonderful feeling to know that a child will read their books who may never have read a book before.  We have sent libraries to Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, Sierra Leone and most recently South Africa.  


    Can your child find these countries on a map?  All the details about the project can be found at:  

    www.africanlibraryproject.org  We encourage you to play the slide show to see the impact of the libraries and the faces of the children as they lovingly handle the books when they arrive. 


    Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Bring on the books!!  We will pick up books until the last day of school.  


    Many thanks, Shannon Edwards, shannonedwards14@gmail.com408-353-2710


    Here is a fact sheet on Africa


    Here is a list of the books that we will most treasure:

    Baby board books, • Paperback easy readers • Paperback children’s picture books • Paperback juvenile literature/Chapter books • K-8 textbooks (English, math, geography & science) • Encyclopedias & atlases (post 1990) • Paperback dictionaries


    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


    Wild Times @ CT English MS 

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    5/19/17 LPEF “Fore the Kids” Golf Tournament De Laveaga in Santa Cruz

    5/25/17 Incoming 6th grade Orientation for CT 6pm in the gymnasium

    5/25/17 CT Open House 7pm

    5/26/17 CT All School Beach Day-Platform Beach Aptos

    5/29/17 NO SCHOOL-Memorial Day