• August 30, 2017


    Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:


    Thoughts from Tuesday Night


    It’s going to be hot!  Really hot! 

    We have received excessive heat advisories from both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and PG&E for the coming days which has put us into high alert planning for student health and safety.  The temperatures are estimated to be near 100 degrees on Thursday and potentially climb to 112 degrees here at school on Friday.  We typically have high temperatures in the fall, but 112 degrees is an extraordinary prediction.  PG&E has notified us to expect power outages which would eliminate our capacity to cool classrooms with air conditioning or even fans.  Our generator is designed to support winter operations but it will not support air conditioning. 


    When our power is out, our phone system is also down.  We will use our urgent communication system to make you aware of time sensitive information that may arise during the day.  It is imperative that you log on to PowerSchool and update your personal and emergency contacts if you have not already done so this year.  For guidance on PowerSchool, please see my communication from yesterday or email the school secretary.  If you need to call either school office during a power outage, please use these numbers: Loma Prieta Elementary School – 408/590-8037 and CT English Middle School – 408/590-8038.  You may also backup your phone call with an email to either school secretary: r.marin@loma.k12.ca.us (Loma Prieta) or j.bourque@loma.k12.ca.us (CT English).


    Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students and staff, I am declaring Friday, September 1, to be a minimum day.  Both schools will be dismissed at 12:30.  There will be no lunch period.  Please pack plentiful snacks and extra water.  Buses will run on a minimum day schedule just like the first day of school. 


    Kids and Co. will be open to support already registered families and drop in service as space allows.  However, we strongly encourage you to make alternate plans in case there is no power to support Kids and Co.  If you need to arrange drop in coverage at Kids and Co., please contact Bridget Freiri at b.freiri@loma.k12.ca.us, 408/353-5437, or 408/640-8228. 


    Please make sure your child has a water bottle and is encouraged to stay hydrated.  Avoid long sleeves and jeans.  We will be limiting PE activities and working with teachers to find ways to effectively tolerate the higher temperatures.  Feel free to donate a spray bottle for water misting.  These should be sent to the teachers and not given to students for individual use.


    Back to School Night

    We are trying something new at Loma to allow for parents to attend teacher presentations in both upper and lower grades.  Teacher presentations will be staggered by grade level with important information relevant to all parents presented in between.  We will start promptly at 6:30 pm in the amphitheater behind the forum.  The routine will be different.  Please come on time so you don’t miss your child/rens’ classroom presentation.  This is a parents only event with the exception of the music students who have volunteered to perform.  Come on time and come early for parking!


    Something New at Drop Off and Pick Up

    We had a serious near miss in the parking lot this week.  The driver was distracted, but not speeding.  We have changed our crosswalk routines to create a larger safe zone for pedestrians.  This is how you can help:

    • Pay attention and follow the directions of the adults on duty.
    • Come earlier as we are purposefully slowing traffic to the posted limit of 10 MPH.
    • Have your child ready to exit at the curb, and only at the curb. Please plan ahead.
    • Pull all the way forward for maximum utilization of the unloading zone.
    • Don’t leave your car. If your child needs help exiting the vehicle, please park and walk them on to campus.
    • Carpool!


    Better Yet!

    Have your child take the bus!  We are one of very few districts that still offer bus service.  This is by far the safest, Earth friendliest way to get your child to school.  Yes, they may have to leave the house a few minutes early.  Yes, you need a bus pass or ticket since we can’t offer the service for free.  Chances are there are stops all along your typical route to school.  Using any one of these stops will get you off to your day sooner and will help us reduce the number of cars in the parking lot.


    This fall and winter, we will begin staging for the massive reconstruction effort that is about to begin to rebuild the classroom and community center complex lost to the fire.  The parking lots will be shrinking.  There is no better time to have your kids learn to use the bus than now before the rains and parking lot hassles begin.




    Corey Kidwell



    News from the Loma Public Education Fund


    2017 Gala: Save the Date and Volunteers Needed


    LPEF is delighted to announce the Gala 2017: Boots under a Redwood Sky.  The event will be held October 7 at Maison du Lac, and our title sponsor is Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage -- Michael Riese and Jill Cole.  Tickets will go on sale next week.  See attached flyer for details or go to http://www.lpef.org/about2.


    The planning of the Gala is entirely volunteer driven and we need volunteers.


    New to the district?  The Gala is the district’s main social event of the year and one of its biggest fundraisers.  Money raised at the Gala goes to programs that directly benefit our kids, such as computers, music, art and library services.  Plus, it’s simply a fantastic event held in one of the loveliest spots in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Taste local mountain wines, eat delicious food, socialize with fellow community members and parents, and place some bids at the silent and live auction.  


    Never volunteered before?  Now is your chance.  It’s time to pay it forward! Even if this is your last child’s last year in the district, remember that the strength of our school contributes to the strength of our entire community.


    There are a lot of opportunities to help.  Are you a graphic artist?  Signage needs to be created. Have a strong ability to spearhead projects?  Logistics and onsite set-up needs to be managed.  Feel skill-less but have a few hours to give one afternoon?  We’ll take it.  Let’s face it, we all lead extremely busy lives and it’s hard to imagine donating any of the precious time we have left.  But every little bit helps – and we could use the help.


    As always, we are also looking for donations for the silent and live auction. 


    If you have something to donate, whether it’s your time or an auction item, please contact Ylka van Bemmel Reiss.  (408) 896-6747 or ylkavbr@hotmail.com.


    A Letter from the LPEF President


    Dear Mountain Community,


    Welcome back to school! As we look ahead to another exciting school year, I look forward to seeing you at all the exciting events we have planned this year.


    Our first event is the 17th Annual Gala on October 7th! Gala organization and planning started months ago and is building toward what promises to be a memorable evening. Tickets will go on sale today, August 30th. Seating is limited and The Gala typically sells out in advance. More info can be found at: www.lpef.org/gala.


    I’d like to extend a special invitation to families that are new to our schools and those few who haven’t attended our events before. Our Gala is a night of elegance, fun, dining and dancing, and both the unofficial and official start to so much that revolves around our schools. We sincerely hope to see you there.


    While you are at the website, please take note of our Gala donors and sponsors. We want to extend a special welcome to Michael Riese and Jill Cole of Coldwell Banker as our new Title Sponsor. Without the help of these generous individuals and their companies, many of our fundraisers would not be possible. Please click on their logos, visit their sites, use their services, and patronize their businesses. Our community thrives when we support those who live and work here.


    Our Gala team is also making a sincere plea for additional volunteer help as well as auction donations, including services and in-kind donations. This team has already begun working around the clock. It truly takes a mountain to make the “Magic” happen and we hope you can help. I cannot thank these volunteers enough and encourage you to thank them as well. Please email gala@lpef.org if you can help or have a donation.


    It is also with great pleasure that I announce that we have a two new LPEF Board Members. Please help me welcome Erin Asheghian and Sara Steffen to our team. Our only “retiring” board member is three-year veteran; Archie Schmitt. We will miss him dearly. The contributions and expertise of all our Board Members is critical to support our decision-making and fundraising. I personally thank them all for their dedication and efforts throughout the year.


    Please do not hesitate to contact me at president@lpef.org if you have any questions about LPEF, our mission and goals, as well as information about the programs that we fund. We are looking forward to another successful year, working to maintain these important programs for our kids.




    Ben Abeln 


    Loma Public Education Fund


    Loma News

    Wednesday Loma Hot Lunch is Back

    Give yourself and your kids a midweek break and have them enjoy a hot and healthy lunch. All meals are made on campus with LOVE by Loma patents.

    Order forms available in Loma front office, attached to this newsletter or at LomaprietaHSC.org


    Upcoming Loma Events

    8/30     Loma Back-to-School Night 6:30-8pm

    9/1       Minimum Day, dismissal at 12:30

    9/4       Labor Day – NO SCHOOL

    9/5       First day for milk

    9/6       Gala Team meeting 8:30-10am PE Portable

    9/8       SoW Assembly 8:30am / First day Friday Hot Lunch