May 17, 2017
Dear Loma and CT Parents and Guardians:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
The Gift of Small and Strong
This past Friday, I was fortunate enough to have our Board of Trustees, as well as a number of faculty and staff, join me and my family at the Association of California School Administrators annual awards dinner. I am truly humbled to have been named an Administrator of the Year for Santa Clara County by my peers and colleagues. The last several days I have thought a lot about what it means to be the Superintendent/Principal of Loma Prieta. It has given me another opportunity to be grateful for our schools and our amazing community.
The “mountain way” is to get things done in spite of challenges. The Loma Way is to go the extra mile – and then some. We take pride in overcoming our difficulties, in coming together during times of need, in being small, but enthusiastic. As we come to the close of this year, I appreciate the chance to look at the road behind us – we’ve made investments in professional development, expanded science enrichment at Loma, brought the band back together, added art and STEM to the middle school, grown in our use of classroom technology, added support for English Language Learners, strengthened our reading and writing curriculum, added math enrichment for 5th grade, lowered class sizes where we could, piloted personalized learning at the middle school, built partnerships to help our dollars go farther, expanded leadership opportunities for students at both schools, completed a facilities master plan, and so much more. Our accomplishments this year come against a backdrop of fire, flood, landslides, felons in the forest, and severely compromised roads. I never heard anyone complain about our circumstances – not once. We are all done with the rain, but no one whined about having school on a rainy day.
A superintendent colleague said to me last week that when she thinks her job is tough in a big district, she just thinks about Loma Prieta. We have great schools with far fewer resources. I appreciate that “the bigs” understand and value the strength and resiliency of “the littles.” We are small and strong! We are who we are because of the fabric of the community that built us and the commitment of our team to carry on the traditions of the “mountain way.” It is the time of year when we are all accelerating towards an end, but also looking to the horizon line of the year ahead. It’s a time of closing up and gearing up. This is the creative dichotomy of the school year cycle. Thank you for a great year even if it wasn’t the easiest on our mountain. Easy is rarely the path we choose. We choose to be small, strong, and always enthusiastic. Thank you for making that so!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 in May 30.
An Invitation from Girls on the Run (and you don’t have to run)!
Girls on the Run girls are having a carnival this Thursday, May 18th, from 3pm - 4:30pm near Building Blocks Preschool. The carnival will include games and a lemonade/bake sale. The event will raise money to benefit the WWF (World Wildlife Fund, the leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species). It will be fun for all ages!
“Fore The Kids”
Join us this Friday "Fore" a great day on the green.
Sign Up Today, foursomes are limited.
Book Fest to Kick Off Summer Reading!
Nothing beats a great book to start the summer off right! The Santa Clara County Bookmobile will be holding a Book Fest at the Redwood Estates Pavilion on Saturday from 2-4 pm. All Summit area residents are invited. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
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.
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
Get Your Game On! Mr. Arias Camp
Formerly known as Mr. Arias’ BAWSI camp, this summer experience is back on the mountain. All kids entering grades 1-9 are invited to join Mr. Arias and his crew for a half day of activities, positive messages, team work, and developmentally appropriate games by age group. Don’t forget and miss the signups for this great camp back by popular demand. If your child is not yet a CT’er or if your CT student wants more “Mr. Arias time”, this summer kids can get their game on and you can get some free time knowing that your kids are local and with a great mentor.
Growing Up in the Digital Age
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Fisher Middle School Gymnasium
For Parents AND Students (Ages 10+)
Award-winning Screenagers is a movie documentary that will likely strike a chord with many parents. It explores how teens interact with each other using electronic device and looks at whether parents can -- or should -- try to limit or control this behavior. Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and Internet addiction. Many experts share their thoughts on the topics the movie covers, which include tech addiction, violent video games and digital citizenship. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
For families who watch the movie together, it's sure to prompt conversations about family communication and responsible tech use. The documentary running time is only 67 minutes, just enough to keep everyone’s interest. The movie is geared towards parents and kids 10+.
Hoopstarz Basketball Camp
Looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer but don't want to drive to town? Loma Prieta HSC is excited to sponsor Hoopstarz summer camp in the CT English gymnasium. Please see flyer for registration and information. Here are a few words from Adam Dallas, Head Coach and Owner of Hoopstarz: "We strive to provide an experience that promotes teamwork and creativity through the love of basketball. The program is designed to teach boys and girls the fundamentals in basketball, which include dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, small-sided games and full court play."
THE AFRICAN LIBRARY PROJECT
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.
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
Wild Times @ CT English MS
Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
5/19/17 LPEF “Fore the Kids” Golf Tournament De Laveaga in Santa Cruz
5/24/17 Incoming 6th graders visit CT 11am-12:45 tour & lunch
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
5/31/17 6th Grade Parent mtg. for 7th grade Yosemite Trip 6:30pm Loma Forum
6/1/17 7th Grade Renaissance Day @lunch in Gazebo behind Gym
6/2/17 Last day for CT Snack Shack
6/4/17 L.P.V.F.D. BBQ
6/5/17 thru 6/7/17 All 8th Graders have Grad Practice starting at 8:20 AM
6/5/17 CT Talent Show 1pm Gym (CT yearbooks passed out)
6/6/17 6th & 7th Grade Awards and Sports Assembly 1pm Gym
6/7/17 6th & 7th Grade Fun Day, 8th Grade to Boardwalk return time 5pm
6/8/17 CT 8th grade Awards 11am, Graduation at 4pm
6/8/17 is a Minimum Day 12:30 dismissal at both schools