October 11, 2017
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
There are so many things happening – both wonderful and tragic – that it is hard to keep up!
First, I just want to say thank you to the incredible volunteer spirit that made this year’s Gala one to remember. From the music, to the food, to the incredible venue that is Maison du Lac, all the details came together beautifully. Beyond the logistics of an event for 400 was the amazing heart of the parents and extended community that came together to celebrate our schools and keep our schools strong.
Thank you to Ylka van Bemmel Reiss and her wonderful husband Gunter, who chaired and hosted a remarkable night of Boots Under a Redwood Sky. The event was lovely, professionally produced, and will have set us on a strong path for our fundraising year. Ben Abeln, in his second Gala as LPEF President, and the entire LPEF crew hosted an outstanding event that highlighted the best of our schools and our community. Your generosity as donors is unparalleled. Thank you all for an amazing night of celebration of our schools, our kids, and our mountain. Thank you Patti Hughes for being who you are and once again serving as our gracious, generous host. Your welcoming all of us into your home continues to be a model of mountain citizenship. You never want thanks or public appreciation, but please accept it from us!
I know that no one on the mountain volunteers, donates, or sponsors events for our school for the “glory and mass appreciation” that comes with all the effort, and if I tried to list all the names, I would miss many. Ylka, who took the lead and lion’s share of the stress in making the Gala happen did an amazing job. Her core team worked countless hours, gave up family time, and brought an incredible sense of purpose, enthusiasm, and team spirit to the effort. Of course, our generous sponsors help make the event even more financially beneficial for our kids.
To our many sponsors: Jill Cole and Michael Riese of Coldwell Banker, Young Naturopathic Center for Wellness, BumbleBee Marketing, Coldwell Banker - Los Gatos Office, Jenn Viane Riese - Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, Mamal Rahimi D.D.S., Hall & Burnett Orthodontics, Rebecca Smith & Karen Izzo of the Sereno Group, Scott Green of Alain Pinel Realtors, Seagreaves Insurance Services, TAL Global, and The Carlo Law Group, you have our deepest thanks for your financial support of the Gala. Without the leadership and financial backing of this team, the Gala would not be the foundational fundraising event that it is. Thank you! Thanks also to the ongoing support of our wineries - Loma Prieta, Testarossa, Venge, Villa del Monte, and Wrights Station - who provide an economic base to the mountain and a generous outpouring of their fine wines for the evening.
To the legion of volunteers, room parents, teachers, parents, grandparents, alumni parents, high school students, and countless donors who make this annual celebration possible – thank you from the bottom of our collective heart. You care so much, work so hard, and give so generously in many ways so that our small school district may continue to produce big league results. Your dedication ensures that our kids grow and thrive right here on our mountain.
United for Puerto Rico!
In addition to taking care of our mountain, we also care for the broader world. Given the recent terrible hurricane damage, the Loma Home and School Club is sponsoring a relief drive for Puerto Rico which has been devastated by the string of Atlantic hurricanes, most recently Hurricane Maria. One of our own is from Puerto Rico – Raquel Marin. Much of her family still lives near San Juan and has experienced the trauma first hand. Raquel’s mom’s home has been badly damaged by the flooding. Raquel’s nephew, a police officer, has lost his home completely. Power and phones are still out. Basic services are extremely limited and communication is challenging. Loma kids brought home a flyer and set of paw prints last Friday that are included in this week’s news. The hope is that the kids can raise $1/mile between Loma Prieta Elementary and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Each donation is worth the same number of corresponding miles, and the kids are trying to lay cougar paw prints along the path outlined in the Forum. Please feel free to join this effort and send in a donation along with a decorated paw print and join the journey. Cash and checks are welcome. Checks should be made out to the Loma Home and School Club. This is really a fundraiser for the kids to go “the extra mile” for Raquel who every day goes the extra mile for Loma kids.
Thoughts for Sonoma and Napa County Families
Many of you know that I began my career in Santa Rosa teaching in a semi-rural school district not too different than Loma Prieta. Having my former students, now parents as well and friends on Facebook, post images after fleeing from their homes in the middle of the night has given me great pause this week. Several of our staff members – Karren Zook, Randy Cohen, Debbie Shoemate, Phil and Sandy Burton particularly – also have many friends and family touched by the devastating fires. Information is scarce. The devastation is overwhelming. What has become clear is that seconds and minutes mattered. We are all aware that we share similar terrain and weather. This could have been us. Many of us woke on Monday morning wondering if the smoke we smelled was nearby. October is such a desperate month for fire danger. While we were ready for the rains to stop in the spring, we are certainly ready for their return.
Please take a few moments to make sure you have a family plan and exit strategy. If your cell phones are not yet registered with the reverse 911 system, do it now. The Santa Cruz County Regional 911 Notification System can be accessed here: http://www.cityofcapitola.org/police/page/register-santa-cruz-regional-911-notification-system. The Santa Clara County system information is available here (though they were having some trouble with it last night): http://www.sjpd.org/BFO/Community/Crimeprev/EmergencyNotification.html. A few minutes now can make the difference when you need it most. Please plan ahead!
Please be advised that our milk supplier’s dairy has burned in Sonoma County fire. We are actively looking for an alternative supplier. Daily milk supplies may be interrupted. We will keep you posted.
We are aware that significant road repairs are set to begin on Hutchinson. Parents have asked if the district could provide some kind of homework club or other activity beyond Kids and Co. until 4 during the closure period. If you are interested in this option, please use this link: https://www.loma.k12.ca.us//cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=125
Depending upon need, we will consider our options to provide families with support and let you know.
Gala News – Last Chance Sale!
There is one last chance to purchase auction items not sold at the event. This sale will end on Saturday, October 14, at 8 pm. To shop and buy, go to: https://one.bidpal.net/lpefgala2017/browse/featured
Looking for More Fun?
Come join in the fun! The Bash of All Boo Bashes. Loma Prieta Home and School Club is throwing their annual Boo Bash Saturday Oct 21st. From 12-4 pm. Dan Heath is bringing Spider Mountain and a full line up of climbing, bouncing structures. Pumpkin decorating, face painting, and games galore. Celebrate this festive season and support a great cause; the Loma Home and School Club-supporting teachers and students. Come hungry, this year’s food will be street fair style with gourmet food truck(s). As always costumes are not required but appreciated.
Attack of the Zombies – Presented by LGHS Wildcat Theater
This fall's show opens October 26th with shows at 7 pm through the 28th. Many mountain alumni participate in all aspects of the high school’s theatrical productions. It’s a great way to spend time on the high school campus. The production is held in the Los Gatos High School theatre - 20 High School Court, Los Gatos. CT and Loma students get half price tickets! Please see the attached flyer for more details.
Loma Home and School Club Fundraiser
Yankee Candle Fundraiser – orders must be turned in NLT 10/31. These make great holiday gifts. See the attached flyer for details.
Loma’s Upcoming Events
10/9-10/13 5th grade field trip to Pigeon Point
10/13 SoW assembly 8:30a
10/16 Kinder field trip to Pumpkin Patch
10/20 SoW assembly 8:30a
10/21 Boo Bash and Flu Clinic 12-5
10/26 2nd grade field trip to Natural Bridges
10/27 SoW assembly 8:30a / TuTu day / School Picture make-up