October 25, 2017
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
We are embarking on a conversation about the future and hope that you will join us. For the past several years, the Board of Trustees has looked at our various facility needs. There have been many discussions about the condition of the Loma play field, the need to clear the old buildings, from across the street, improve lighting on the North Campus and redwood amphitheater, reconfigure parking and pick up zones and the Building Blocks parking area that sometimes becomes an illegal passing zone in the morning commute. There has been discussion about STEM/STEAM facilities, the need for more public safety access, surveillance, monitored fire alarms on all buildings, and of course the portion of the kitchen, community center, and classrooms lost in the fire of 2015 that will not be covered by insurance.
In each of these facility discussions, there is always the essential question of how to pay for the projects. The District took out a loan to refurbish a portion of the north campus and develop a multi-use facility to share for district and community activities. Then the fire happened and all projects were put on hold until the financial realities were known. We are confident that insurance will cover major portions of the process. Our loss is the largest ever for our insurance groups. Good thing we had insurance! With community, parent, and staff input, the Board of Trustees adopted a 10-year facilities master plan last year that outlines the overall needs and sets priorities for the work ahead. Still, the question of funding goes unanswered.
Capital improvements for such things as buildings, fields, and infrastructure are major investments. In a small district such as ours, funding projects out of general revenues is not feasible. One significant means of raising revenue for buildings is through the passage by district voters of a general obligation bond. This mechanism could raise up to $10 million dollars for construction of a range of projects. The pursuit of a bond is a significant endeavor and a community wide investment in public buildings. Bonds must be approved by 55% of voters in a regularly scheduled election in EVEN numbered years. Bonds are paid for by local tax payers over a long period of time.
All of us are sensitive to taxation issues. The Board of Trustees needs to hear from all segments of the community as they discuss the merits and down sides of proposing a bond for the Loma Prieta Community. Is pursuing a bond a good idea for June or November of 2018? Should we wait until 2020? How would new facilities improve our schools and community at large? What are the downsides? All these questions are valid and under consideration NOW. Please join us on November 9th, at 7:00 pm, in the Loma Forum to hear more about the opportunities and obligations a bond proposal brings. We need to hear from you, your neighbors, and friends. Let your voice be heard as we create the future through the decisions we must make now.
CT’s First Dance this Friday Night
It’s that time of year. The CT Home and School Club will host the first dance of the year from 7 pm to 9:00 pm in the Loma Forum. CT dances are for CT students only. Dress code applies. Students will not be admitted if they are not in dress code and are expected to remain in dress code throughout the evening. Temperatures can vary so kids should plan accordingly. Kids do need a permission slip on file with a good contact phone number for the evening or an “All Access Pass". You will help the parents who volunteered to chaperone if you pick your student up on time.
6th graders are being “oriented” to CT dances this week by a great group of 8th grade kids. Some of the hot topics we are discussing include:
- CT dances are for everyone to enjoy and have fun.
- CT dances are NOT date nights.
- No phones are allowed in the dance area. Phones need to be “checked” at the door.
- Hygiene is important.
- If students come to the dance, they should plan to dance.
- Tag is discouraged. What else can you do with anxiety? It’s ok to feel awkward.
- How to politely accept an invitation to dance (during fast songs students are required to accept, no daring others to ask, slow songs students can decline politely).
- Dancing with friends or a group is totally fine and encouraged.
- If you want to take a break from dancing, have a snack, use the restroom, relax.
Have fun, be safe, dance like nobody’s watching!
Loma Home and School Club Events
Yankee Candle Fundraiser - orders must be turned in NLT 10/31. These make great holiday gifts.
Theatre in the Mountains News
Hear Us Roar!
The lion doesn't sleep tonight...he and his 47 pals in grades 3-5 are busy rehearsing songs and dances for our upcoming performances of Madagascar.
The show features all your favorite characters like Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman as well as the hilarious chimpanzee Mason and our goofy penguins who are always planning their next mission or eating cheese dibbles.
You'll want to get up and boogie when you hear the lemurs led by Queen Juliana start to Move It! Move It!
See how they combat the foosa and lack of delicious steaks and zoo snacks in four shows on Nov 10th-12th.
Tickets are on sale now at www.theatreinthemountains.org
Late Night Lights and Laughter:
You'll also see that this week the lights are on at school until late at night - rehearsals began for Shrek our show for performers in grades 6-8. They have already blown us away with their talent and energy. This show is one of the biggest and most difficult to put on - from the standpoint of musical technique and the requirements for props, sets, costume and makeup to make this make-believe world come to life. So the kids, parents and crew will be working hard all through the winter to bring you an amazing show.
We NEED You for Winnie the Pooh
Believe it or not, plans are already underway for the spring show of Winnie the Pooh for our youngest actors in grades 1&2. We need some parents to help organize this project to get it rolling. If you're interested in volunteering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture Makeup Day
Picture makeup day is this Friday, October 27, 2017. If you are unhappy with your child’s pictures, just bring them in and have them retaken on Friday.
Christmas Craft Faire Student Vendor Applications
The 25th-annual CTE Holiday Craft Faire is coming to town: December 2-3, 2017! If a Loma or CTE student is interested in participating at the faire as a vendor, please see the attached information sheet and application form.
Loma’s Upcoming Events
10/26 2nd grade field trip to Natural Bridges 8-1p
10/27 SoW and Spirit Day, wear your tutu and tails / Picture Makeup Day
10/31 Halloween Parade 8:45a / Minimum Day, dismissal at 12:30 – NO LUNCH
11/1 Staff Development Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS