November 15, 2017
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
Thoughts From Tuesday Night
For those of you who have been reading the Wednesday news since it was called the “Wednesday Packet,” you know that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Aside from wonderful food and excellent company, Thanksgiving – for me – is about time. Time is that resource that often proves elusive. This is a time of year we are invited to slow down our busy brains and focus on gratitude. Positive psychology has documented the impact on the brain and overall health of routines and rituals grounded in gratitude. Spending a few minutes each day reflecting on what we are thankful for is a powerful, inexpensive tool to promote wellness. This doesn’t mean it is easy in our overly connected, media driven day-to-day lives. At the same time that our kid’s brains are being impacted by “screen time,” we also recognize that just slowing down enough to be grateful can help wire the brain toward positive health.
Today, looking out at the magnificent mountain we share, I am reminded again about how lucky I feel to have landed in Loma Prieta. What a great place to raise kids! The sense of community, belonging, and “having each others’ backs" is tremendous. Every day my family is reminded about how lucky we are to live “at the end of the road.” Driving down Miller-Cut Off each morning, the blue roof of Loma reminds me of how lucky I am to be entrusted to serve our schools. When I see the young deer, speedy quail, shy fox, wild turkey, cocky coyote, bobcats in the orchards, and occasional cougar cam shot, I continue to be in awe of how much nature surrounds us. I am grateful for the rain and the trees that stay up in high winds. I so appreciate the Summit Store team who get to know all of us, and work to create the Summit region as a destination along with our wineries and many other entrepreneurs. I am lucky to have found a place to call home that has room for all of us, our diverse points of view, our differences of opinion, our unique outlooks on life, and that we manage to find ways to work together to solve our shared challenges.
As we enter the holiday season, it’s okay to reflect on the meaning of each holiday for your family and allow yourselves to remember what really matters. It’s not the “stuff” or the stuffing. For those of you traveling, travel safe and adventure well. For all of us, let’s make memories with meaning and share the stories of our lives. Happy Thanksgiving!
Difficult News to Share – Mrs. (Moore) Bennett
Eileen Bennett shared with staff two weeks ago that she has been diagnosed with stage 4-lung cancer. This week she gave me permission to share the news with our broader community. I know this is shocking news and devastating to Eileen’s family and friends. Mrs. Bennett will begin treatment shortly with a fine team of physicians at UCSF medical center. Eileen has indicated that she isn’t up to calls at the moment, but if you would like to send messages to her, we would be happy to forward emails or send on notes of support to her home and family. Mrs. (Moore) Bennett is an icon in our school community having taught PE at Loma for more than 30 years. Her retirement two years ago was the end of a magical era. That she now faces this journey breaks our collective hearts.
It is during these types of challenges that our shared mission becomes more poignant. Eileen has inspired at least two generations of mountain kids and helped us shape who we are as an institution. I am sure that Eileen would remind all of this week to never take a day for granted, to tell those we love how much they mean to us, to be thankful for life’s gifts, and to live every day to the very fullest. Our hearts and thoughts will be with Eileen and Steve, their kids and grandkids through the challenging days, weeks, and months ahead. It takes a mountain, and this mountain will be with her! We will give you the opportunity to talk to your kids first about Mrs. Bennett’s health. Students in grades 3-8 will be invited to make cards and posters later this week and beyond.
More Thoughts from Tuesday Night
Once again, the news is reporting on a shooting involving a school. While each of these incidents is different, they all share the similarities that scare us all – shootings near or in local schools. I don’t want shootings involving schools to become so common place that we don’t acknowledge the tragedies and label the violence as unacceptable. This incident in rural Tehama County was at a small school rather a large one. This incident was among people who knew one another. This shooting brought understandable fear and pain to an otherwise quiet community. Our hearts are with them.
This is another reminder that we are our brothers and sisters keepers. This is another reminder that we must all refuse to settle for violence as a way of life. This is another reminder that life is fragile and our children vulnerable. Please know that the Loma Prieta team remains committed to student safety as our top priority. Our safety measures may sometimes cause inconvenience. We are committed to doing everything we can, in spite of an unpredictable world, to ensure that your kids are safe at school. I am grateful to our first responders for always being nearby in urgent and emergency situations. I am grateful for a vigilant, caring community that includes kids who know to speak up if something seems amiss. Together we share the responsibility for keeping our community safe. This will always be the top priority for our schools caring for your kids.
Screenagers – Tonight!
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
During the showing of Screenagers, Kids and Company will open to support childcare for 25 children maximum – first come, first served. Children must be enrolled in Loma Prieta School District schools to attend. The flat rate is $5 for students already enrolled with Kids and Co and $9 for those students who are not enrolled with Kids and Company. Please contact Bridget Freiri at email@example.com for more details and to sign up.
Wreaths to support student travel
Want to help an 8th grader go to Washington DC this spring? Pre-order your holiday wreaths on the attached order form and return to the CT office by Wed. November 29, 2017
CT Eighth graders will also be selling wreaths at the Craft Faire December 2n and 3rd in the Gym.
Save the Date
December 2nd – 3rd – Holiday Crafts Fair!
The largest fundraiser of the year for the CT Home and School Club takes place in the gym during the first weekend in December. Please consider this venue as you prepare your holiday shopping list.
Theatre in the Mountains
Did you get to see Madagascar this past weekend? Did your kids love it and can’t wait for the next play? Believe it or not, plans are already underway for the spring show of Winnie the Pooh for our youngest actors in 1st and 2nd grades. We need some parents to help organize this project to get it rolling. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If we don’t have parent volunteers signed up by December 1st, we’ll have to cancel the show.
Loma Upcoming Events
11/13-11/17 Parent/Teacher conferences / 12:30 dismissal for all Loma students
11/16 Trimester 1 Academic Awards assembly 8:30a
11/17 SoW assembly 8:30 / Kinder PowWow 11/30
11/20-11/24 Thanksgiving Holiday – NO SCHOOL
12/1 1st grade field trip Children’s Museum
12/2-12/3 Holiday Craft Faire 11-5
12/8 2nd grade field trip to see The Nutcracker