September 27, 2017
Dear Loma and CT Parents/Guardians:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
“It Takes a Mountain!” If you have been in our schools for long, you have probably heard me say this. The can do spirit, the getting the job done, the stepping up for our kids’ schools in so many ways were some of the most compelling things I experienced as a new mountain resident 12 years ago. Neighbors know each other. We come together in times of crisis. And, we also know how to come together for a great night for a good cause. It’s what we do.
The Gala is coming in about 10 days. If you haven’t grabbed your ticket, do so now. If you haven’t signed up to help out a little, please consider adding a task or two to your short list for the coming event. The Gala is a great night out close to home, our home. The Gala is the most important fundraiser for NEXT year. This is the event that builds the foundational funding for music, Loma PE, CT electives, our libraries and more. Yes, we will continue to raise funds all year, but this is the kick off.
A dedicated group of volunteers are putting all the finishing touches on the event. This isn’t like getting a ticket to a concert at the SAP Center (San Jose Arena, Compaq Center or HP Pavilion for those of who’ve been around here for awhile). There is no big, professional production company working behind the scenes to put on a spectacular show. This spectacular evening is home grown, but you would never know it. The night will be “top shelf” fun brought to you by an amazing group of parents and community members putting their hearts and talents into a wonderful event for you, and ultimately your kids. I never “win” all the items I bid on, but this is the most fun I have losing!
So break out your adventuresome spirit and join me, and your neighbors, for a great night on the mountain. There is still time to help out and get your fingerprints on this wonderful event. It takes a mountain, our mountain, to make our schools great places to learn and grow. Thank you to our generous sponsors for your ongoing support! Thank you LPEF and the Gala Team for all your heart and sweat equity for the Gala 2017!
In our oral tradition of the “Loma/CT Way,” I sometimes forget that parents may have come long after some of our seemingly “whacky rules” came into being. If you have any you are wondering about, please let me know. There are two I want to address this week.
Peanut Free Schools – It seems like the risk of peanut exposure is small in our schools. Why do we keep them peanut free? Thankfully the risk is small, but how much risk would you want us to take with your kid if they had a life threatening allergy in a geographically isolated location? In my 10+ years here, we have had two incidents – one at each school. One was a classroom treat that escaped close enough review. The other was with kids horsing around with peanuts at lunch (it was just catch with a few nuts) and a student with a serious allergy made contact accidentally. That’s all it takes, accidental contact. Yes, we have EpiPens. Yes, we can call 911. We also continue to need your help not introducing peanuts in any form into our school environment. Thank you!
Closed Campus Until 4:00 – Why can’t the kids play on the yard until after 4? This has long been the rule (the signs were printed incorrectly last year). Why, because this is a professional workspace. We are lucky to have dedicated teachers who work after the kids go home. This is important planning, collaboration, meeting time for our team. It’s hard to do the reflective part of your day with lots of kids playing just outside your windows. Parents are meeting with teachers. Teachers are meeting with one another to map out the lessons ahead. Coaches are working with teams. Kids and Co is supervising afterschool activities. For at least an hour after school, there are still school programs and activities underway. You are welcome to use the North Campus on the other side of Summit Road if your kids need to run and play. Of course, we welcome you to come back in the afternoon (after 4:00) if they get their second wind once they are home. Your help in respecting a professional environment until at least 4:00 helps our team do their jobs more effectively and more efficiently the next day.
Our facilities team will be working to repair a section of the pedestrian bridge. The bridge will be closed from 9 am until noon tomorrow, 9/28/17.
Important Traffic Alert
CT English will host a county-wide cross country meet on October 4, 2017. Traffic on campus and Summit Road will be very heavy throughout the afternoon.
The Gala is Around the Corner!
The volunteer team is counting down the days to the 2017 LPEF Gala, to be held October 7. It’s shaping up to be an epic event, but we still need your help!
- Tickets Still Available: There are still some tickets left – get yours before they sell out! See the flyer for more information.
- Parking Spot Raffle: Want a guaranteed parking spot? Parking spot raffle tickets will be sold on Wednesday at pick up! You can also drop completed form that went home last week in the Gala Box in CT/Loma. One ticket for $20 and 10 tickets for $100!
- Online Auction Bidding is Open. There are a few really unique items which are available online – Loma Prieta Promotion Front Row Seats/Reserved parking, CT English Graduation Front Row Seats/Reserved Parking and a Reserved Parking Spot Year-round. Take a look and join the bidding fun! bidpal.net/lpefgala2017
- Volunteers Still Needed! We still need volunteers to help with the following items:
- IT Pro: An IT savvy person to help with the tech portion of the Gala presentation the night of the event
- Parking Guru: Someone to co-manage parking at the event with Rob Fong and then take over as Parking Guru for next year’s Gala
- Auction Items Needed: We could really use the items below to complete some of the silent and live auction items. Can you help? The better the auction items, the more $ we raise for our schools and the better experience the kids will have. It really does make a difference. Questions? Contact Ylka Reiss if you have something you can contribute. firstname.lastname@example.org and (408) 896-6747.
- Auction Item Drop Off: If you have already promised an auction item, we need them by Friday of this week. Starting Thursday this week, please deliver your auction items between 8:15 - 9:00 am and 2:45 - 3:15 pm daily at the Gala Portable (to the right of Building Blocks behind the playground).
Auction Items Needed:
- Baskets to use to package auction items
- Hotel in Pebble Beach / Monterey
- Hotel in Napa
- Limo for wine outing to Gilroy wineries
- Golden state Warriors tickets
- 49ers tickets
- Airfare to Seattle (miles to donate or travel voucher)
- Nice bottles of wine (to bundle in baskets and auction off)
- Private parties and entertaining (i.e. cookie decorating party, craft cocktail party, etc.)
- Restaurants in Los Gatos (Palacio, Cin Cin, Oak and Rye, etc.)
- Restaurants in Santa Cruz
- Restaurant in La Jolla
- Restaurants in SF
- Day at Santana Row (spa, lunch and shopping)
CT Snack Shack Heads Up!
Good news! We have enough volunteers to open the CT Snack Shack on Tuesday of each week beginning on October 3. Volunteers are needed on Monday, Thursday and Friday of each week. Please sign up to help HERE!
CT Gala Baskets
We hope your family will consider making a donation to the class level Gala baskets for CT. All donations may be brought to the CT office. Thank you in advance.
6th grade Basket = Sports/Leisure/Outdoor Basket
Ideas include sports equipment, family outdoor games (corn hole, croquet, etc.), and gift certificates to movies or leisure activities.
7th grade basket = Coffee & Chocolate Basket
Ideas include coffee making supplies, mugs, coffee from different parts of the world, gift certificates, chocolate from all over the world, gift certificates for chocolate (See’s candy etc.).
8th grade Basket = Emergency Preparedness Basket
Ideas include emergency bags, emergency food, water, etc. Flashlights, windup radio or flashlights. Space blankets, first aid kits. etc.
As always cash donations are also encouraged and will be used for the purchase of items for the gala baskets or given to LPEF as a direct donation.
Washington D.C. Fundraiser Movie Night
Please join us in the Gym and on the Garden Terrace, Friday Oct. 13 at 6:30pm for dinner and Walt Disney’s “National Treasure” starring Nicolas Cage (rated PG).
Our 8th graders are earning their way to Washington DC, so bring the whole family for dinner and a movie. More info plus pre-orders for dinner in next Wednesday’s news.
Wild Times @ CT English MS
Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
10/4/17 CT Cross Country Meet @ CT 3pm
10/7/17 LPEF Gala at Maison du lac 4pm
10/11/17 CT HSC mtg 8:30 am portable offices
10/13/17 8th Grade Washington DC Fundraiser (see news)
10/16/17 thru 10/19/17 CT TIM Auditions
10/18/17 Meet & Eat Fundraiser @ Willow & Main Street
10/21/17 Loma Boo Bash 12-5pm
10/23-10/27/17 CT RED RIBBON WEEK-Drug Prevention
10/27/17 Picture Make-up Day
10/27/17 CT Fall Dance 7-9pm Loma Forum
10/31/17 Minimum Day 12:30 dismissal
11/1/17 NO SCHOOL-Staff Development Day