December 13, 2017
Dear Loma Parents and Guardians:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
It is hard to believe the year is closing in on the half way mark. By this time last year, we had already dealt with the “Loma Fire” and a felon in the forest. It seems a bit odd at times that this school year (knock on wood) is more typically focused on the academics at hand and planning for the future.
From an ongoing planning perspective, we balance two key priorities: first, to ensure academic success for every student attending one of our schools; and second, to make sure that our school facilities and school grounds are safe, secure, modern and equipped to provide the best educational environment possible. Additionally, Loma Prieta schools serve as hubs for broader community connections. Our mountain schools are places for seniors to gather, for youth and adult recreation, for staging or shelter in emergencies, and space for workshops, meetings and celebrations.
A major consideration for the Board of Trustees this year is whether or not to pursue bond funding for capital improvements in our facilities. This would involve asking local taxpayers to consider a ballot measure to finance investments in District facilities such as improvements to the Loma and athletics fields, North Campus (gazebo side), post-fire reconstruction, technology and infrastructure upgrades, or future classroom spaces.
A comprehensive study process is underway. Our school district values facilities master planning – we completed our LPJUSD Master Plan in August 2016. To fund identified needs we are exploring all available options, including our own existing budget, State and Federal funding, private grants, and other sources of support. We are also considering asking our community to support a school bond at some point in the future. No decisions have been made. This study process is a priority for the District in the 2017-18 school year.
At a recent school board meeting, we heard from members of the community on their priorities and thoughts on timelines. We would like to get as much input as possible to inform the Board’s process. You can help us better understand the priorities of the parent community by completing the survey found at this link: https://www.loma.k12.ca.us//cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=130
Thank you in advance for helping inform our decision-making processes. If you have interest in learning more, feel free to join us tonight for the Board meeting. We will be hearing the results from a recent phone survey on the issue and discussing additional ways to hear from parents and the public.
Drop Off/Pick Up Zone Reminders
We are seeing an escalation in aggressive driving in the mornings. Please slow down, pull ALL THE WAY forward for drop off or pick up, and look carefully when exiting. Nothing is worth an injury! We will report aggressive drivers to the CHP. There is no drop off on the CT side. All students must be dropped at the Loma curb in the morning. For CT end of day pick up, please use the pick-up line next to the buses. Also, please do not leave your car unattended in a red zone ever!!!
Summit Store Fridays
We are asking parents to remind their kids about the importance of good behavior at the Summit Store on Friday afternoons. The Summit Store team has asked that kids tone down the rowdy behavior, stop racing carts in the aisles, stop using the produce hoses for water fights, stay off the hillsides, and stop throwing objects towards neighbor’s homes. We had a conversation with our students on Monday. Hopefully they will be more thoughtful when visiting the Store. Thanks for your help reminding your kids that the Store is a place of business. The Summit Store is a strong supporter of our schools and welcomes mountain kids. It would be sad to have that change.
Kids and Company Holiday Camp - The First Week Day Camp (Jan 2 - 5)
The holiday break can be a blast with traditions, family, presents, and, of course, no school! But when there’s work to be done after all the celebrating, check out Kids and Company. Each day will feature crafts, indoor and outdoor activities, and educational lessons to exercise young minds. You can just sign-up for a day or up to the whole week. There will be discounts for sibling and CT’ers. Please see the attached flyer.
Loma’s Upcoming Events
12/13 Regular Board meeting 7pm
12/15 SoW assembly / 5th grade field trip
12/20 Semi-Final Spelling Bee assembly (for participants and their parents only)
12/22 Citizen of the Month assembly 8:30a / Sing-a-long / PJ day / Minimum Day, dismissal at 12:30p
12/25-1/5/17 Holiday Break – NO SCHOOL