February 14, 2018
Dear Loma Parents and Guardians:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
During the Loma teacher’s meeting yesterday, one of our teachers who is new to us this year gave us a great reality check. We were talking about the role of the “extras” – music, PE, science – in the curriculum of the elementary school. Mrs. Dorn, who is new to our instructional team but not new to education, reminded us of how rare and wonderful it is to have fully credentialed specialists in an elementary school. Stacey Dorn is a “mountain mom” whose kids have gone here while she worked elsewhere. She has a somewhat unique perspective on the value of a team that includes subject matter experts in diverse fields. She reminded us how “lucky” we are to have Ms. Lelake, Coach Patino, and Ms. Ignoffo bring their professional passions and deep expertise to our small mountain school. Not many public elementary schools get to have full-time credentialed teachers in specialized areas on the team. We are lucky to have such depth, such bench strength, such robust offerings despite our small size and small budgets.
We are lucky! And, luck doesn’t really have much to do with it. We have worked to bring back the “extras” into the school day at the elementary level. We have great parents, and community partners, who donate to LPEF and the KEEP Campaign to ensure our programs stay strong. We have worked to build a professional climate of respect and collaboration, of trust and camaraderie. Despite our lower pay than those in the Valley, we have been able to attract and retain an amazing group of teachers who bring a variety of strengths and interests to our community. We are lucky to have subject matter experts in the elementary curriculum. This is also a reminder to not take anyone, or any program, for granted.
We live and work along the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Our “can-do” spirit is strong, but as a small school district, our finances are vulnerable. Without the commitment of parents to help in the classroom and who give generously to LPEF, we would not be as fortunate as we are. Your kids are lucky to have great parents and great teachers. Our collective luck is self-made, supplemented with duct tape at times, and perhaps taken for granted at times. Stacey Dorn reminded us yesterday to appreciate what we have. She reminded me of the need to keep working at sustaining our luck and our schools. We know that the final stage of the annual fundraising efforts will be underway soon. If you value music, PE, and science at Loma, along with geometry, Spanish, music, art, and more at CT, and perhaps would like to see even more, then it will be important to “pitch in” to help make sure we are just as lucky next year as we have been this year. Thanks for helping to sustain our “luck” and top notch schools for your kids.
The KEEP Campaign is just around the corner. This final leg of the annual fundraising effort is critical to the planning efforts for the 2018-19 school year. LPEF wants to reflect parent interest as we establish the funding tiers for next year’s programs and services. In order to ensure we’re focused on the most important funding goals, please share your opinion using this survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSBCP6N
The survey link will be open until Feb. 16.
Loma Home and School Club News
The Loma HSC is excited for the 31st Annual Loma Jog-a-thon, coming up on May 4th!
The Jog-a-thon T-shirt Contest:
The HSC is accepting submissions for the Jog-a-thon t-shirt Contest from Friday, February 9th through Tuesday, February 27th at 8:30 am. All submissions must be on an 8.5" by 11" of paper. Drawings can include only 3 colors, including black (black and two additional colors).
The first place winner's submission will be featured on the front of the Jog-a-thon t-shirt, and the second place winner will be featured on the back of the Jog-a-thon t-shirt. The third place winner will receive their drawing on the running tag used to track laps on Jog-a-thon day. We will announce the winner of the t-shirt contest at the Jog-a-thon Kickoff Assembly (date TBA in late March/early April).
We are in need of volunteer(s) with graphic art skills to help create our Jog-a-thon t-shirt. Each student will receive a Jog-a-thon t-shirt, featuring the first and second place winners of the Jog-a-thon tee-shirt contest and all of our wonderful sponsors, to wear the day of the Jog-a-thon. This is a popular and long-standing tradition, but we need new volunteers to keep the tradition alive!
If you have bookkeeping skills, we are in need of your help to collect and track pledges. More volunteers will be needed as the event approaches, sign up sheet to come!
If you can help, please contact Amy Haas at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre in the Mountains Presents!
The Theatre in the Mountains production of Winnie the Pooh Kids for 1st and 2nd graders is coming soon! These little actors have been working very hard at putting on a fun and entertaining show! Production dates and times are Friday, March 2 at 7pm, Saturday, March 3 at 7pm and Sunday, March 4 at 1pm. You can get your tickets soon here: http://www.theatreinthemountains.org/
Loma’s Upcoming Events
2/14 Regular Board meeting (7pm)
2/16 SoW assembly (8:30a) / Zombie Day
2/19-2/23 Winter Break – NO SCHOOL
2/28 School Board Budget Study Session (7pm)
3/2 SoW assembly (8:30a)
3/2-3/4 School Play “Winnie The Pooh”, (3/2-7p, 3/3-7p, 3/4 -1p)