October 31, 2017
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
Thoughts from Tuesday Morning
Seeing our Loma and CT students decked out in their Halloween attire made me a little nostalgic for life with younger kids. Now that our youngest is a senior in high school, I miss the local traditions of Halloween. It will be quiet tonight on my end of the road, but I will be thinking of you all out in Summit Woods, The Villa, or down on Tait. Enjoy!
Tomorrow, we will have staff development day here on campus. The focus will be on technology and formative assessment tools to help teachers better understand exactly where each student is performing academically. We will look forward to having the kids back on campus on Thursday.
Screenagers – Save the Date
The Loma Prieta School Site Council is pleased to host a viewing of “Screenagers,” the award-winning documentary by Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston. “Screenagers” highlights the impact of screen time and its effects on teens and their families. Current struggles related to social media, video games, academics and the Internet are addressed. The film provides solid information and food for thought stimulating viewers to raise questions and engage in dialogue that will help inform their choices around managing screen time in their lives.
For more information visit the Screenagers website at www.screenagersmovie.com
Viewing Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Loma Forum
Ticket Price $5.00
Seating is limited. You can order your tickets on line here: https://impactflow.com/event/5801/checkout/tickets
A Future to Build! Save the Date – November 8th, 7:00 PM
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 including 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. We have had discussions about the need for greater emergency generator power, the desire to re-establish the Sheriff’s sub-station on Summit Road, and so much more.
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 reconstruction effort. 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, or beyond? 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 8th, 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.
Speaking of Save the Date!
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for Theatre in the Mountains production of Madagascar!!!! Shows run November 10 – 12. Purchase tickets here: http://www.theatreinthemountains.org/2017-2018-box-office/
Loma Talent Show
Loma-Palooza 2018 is Gearing Up! Applications will be available on-line from 11/3 through 11/10. Please see the attached flyer for important details.
Book Fair News
Book fair is coming! Book fair happens the week of parent-teacher conferences and this year we are a bit crunched for time due to being sandwiched in between the holidays. Book fair cannot happen without parent volunteers. Please sign up using the link below.
Thank you in advance for your support!
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
11/1 Staff Development Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
11/3 SoW assembly 8:30a
11/5 End of Daylight Saving, fall back one hour
11/8 Board Meeting 7pm
11/10 Veterans Day – NO SCHOOL
11/10-11/12 School Play – Madagascar
11/13-11/17 Parent/Teacher Conferences / Minimum Days all week, 12:30 dismissal