January 17, 2018
Dear CT and Loma Parents and Guardians:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
One of the things I often hear from new families transferring to Loma, and from many who leave and miss “the mountain,” is that we have something special in our schools. I am proud that a culture of kindness is part of what sets us apart. Kids always talk about the difference in our schools: that it is “cool” to be nice, that kids are happy to make new friends, and that teachers and staff really care about every kid.
I also know that the culture of friendliness and inclusion begins at home. I still remember how welcomed my family felt meeting our neighbors, how enthusiastically we were welcomed into the school community, and how quick everyone was to share the unwritten “secrets to success” to life in the mountains. You are powerful teachers and we appreciate the family values you model for your kids. It takes a mountain!
We are excited to announce that we are participating in The 2018 Great Kindness Challenge where we will join thousands of schools across the country to create a culture of kindness. Your child is part of a powerful and positive bullying prevention initiative that will lead to more kindness, unity and respect at school and beyond. This effort will build upon the momentum we experienced from the unifying service project for hurricane relief in the fall.
Our efforts will begin in February and run through March – and hopefully beyond. Today, I am inviting each family to start the conversation at home. The Great Kindness Challenge includes a family component. The “Family Edition” is included here today. Please take a look at the list, include your kids in a conversation about what it means to be kind in your family, and help us set up our challenge for a great kick off! Stay tuned for more details!
CT Dance Details
Thank you to our amazing Home and School Club and the dedicated volunteers who make these co-curricular events happen. This Friday’s dance will be "device free" in keeping with our school practices. Your kids are welcome to have their phones in their backpacks so they can communicate with you as needed. We will have a secure “coat check” area for backpack storage. Thanks again to each of you who has found a way to be a part of events to support our kids’ social and emotional development.
This Friday’s dance has a black and white theme.
CT Snack Shack Update
The last official date for snack shack is February 12, 2018. The CT Home and School Club is pursuing other options, but no arrangements have been finalized at this time. Stay tuned.
8th graders to visit LGHS-Plus incoming freshman welcome, etc.
On Tuesday January 30th our eighth graders will go on a field trip to Los Gatos High to view elective choices for their freshman year. This field trip will be informative even if your student is not planning to attend LGHS in the fall, it will open their eyes to the opportunities available for them. Permission slips will go home with students tomorrow.
LGHS will also host an elective night and Student-Parent Welcome on Tuesday January 30th. Elective Open House starts at 5:30 and the Student-Parent Welcome starts at 7pm in the Large Gym. Please see the attached Freshman Events Calendar sent from LGHS
High School Music Info Night
8th grade students and parents who may be coming to Los Gatos High School are invited to attend an information session offered by the music teachers from LGHS, on Wednesday evening, January 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the Library at Fisher Middle School, 19195 Fisher Ave., Los Gatos. Pizza will be provided for 8th grade students, and a chance to ask questions of current high school music students, parents and teachers.
Open Enrollment for the Los Gatos – Saratoga Union High School District
Each year, LGSUHSD offers an open enrollment application option for students who reside within the district but wish to attend a school other than their school of residence, e.g., for a student who lives within the Los Gatos High School attendance area but wishes to attend Saratoga High School. Note that any intra-district open enrollment transfers approved for the 2018-2019 school year will remain in effect for the remainder of the student’s academic career in LGSUHSD, providing the conditions noted on the application form are met and district residency is maintained.
The open enrollment period for the 2018-2019 school year will be from January 22nd through February 8th, 2018 and a limited number of spaces are available for students wishing to transfer to Saratoga High School. Applications will be available on the LGSUHSD website www.lgsuhsd.org and at the LGSUHSD District Office at 17421 Farley Road West, during this time. However, they must be turned in no later than February 8th, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. AT THE LGSUHSD DISTRICT OFFICE. Please see “open enrollment” on the district web site at www.lgsuhsd.org for additional information about this process.
If you have any questions, please contact the Student Services Division at (408) 402-6323.
Wild Times @ CT English MS
Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
1/19/18 CT Winter Dance 7-9pm Loma Forum
1/26/18 CT Q2 report Cards hand carried home
1/30/18 8th Grade Field Trip to LGHS 9-11:30AM
2/1/18 CT Science Fair, 6pm Parent viewing
2/2/18 CT Science Fair
2/14/18 CT HSC Mtg 8:30
2/16/17 CT Sharks Ice Fun Night at the Sharks Tank 7-9pm
2/19/18-2/23/18 NO SCHOOL February Break
2/27/18 8th Grade Mandatory Washington DC Mtg 7pm-Loma Forum