• February 28, 2018


    Dear Loma Families:


    Thoughts from Tuesday Night 

    There are no adequate words to convey our sympathies for the families and friends of the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.  The entire school community has been traumatized as well as parents around the country who fear for their children at school.  These horrific circumstances are difficult to comprehend for adults, let alone our children.  Of course we hope that none of us ever have to confront this kind of violence in our schools. 


    Here are some resources to keep in mind during difficult times (if you have trouble with either link, the information has been attached to today’s news):


    Tips for Parents and Teachers

    Helping Children Cope with National Tragedies


    Most importantly, I want to convey again that our staff continues to train for various disasters and emergencies.  Even before this latest school shooting, our staff development day in March had been designated for our annual training with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.  This training will consist of the most current incident command protocols, active shooter responses including strategies specific to our region, and faculty and staff scenarios to cope with emergencies.  I have been working with first responders from both law enforcement and fire to plan for, and train for, the unpredictable nature of disasters.  Chief of Operations, Officer Craig Wilson, for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is co-authoring with me additional information for parents designed specifically for the Summit Region.  We will share that document as we prepare for the March 19th staff training.


    The sad reality is that in most school shootings, hindsight has revealed important warning signs that were missed.  For this very reason, we ask that students, parents, and members of our community stay empowered to say something when something feels dangerous or “off.”  This preventative strategy is particularly powerful with youth on social media.  Our students and parents have used this strategy very well to alert staff to kids feeling down, to avert self-harm, to disrupt hate speech, to engage extra resources for all types of challenges families encounter, and much more.  Thoughtful, respectful concern for others is a powerful way we can care for vulnerable members of our community.  


    Here are some easy communication options:

    Send me an email at c.kidwell@loma.k12.ca.us;

    Use our general information “Questions” button on the district website www.loma.k12.ca.us, or either school website;

    or use our after-hours number for urgent communication: 408-335-5226.


    I continue to value your partnership as we work together to keep our youth safe and secure at school. 


    Writer in Residence Returns

    We are very excited to be welcoming back our “Writer in Residence” next week at CT English – Pat Schmatz – for a seventh year.  An award winning author of books for youth, Pat brings both a wealth of experience and a warm sense of humor to our classrooms.  Pat Schmatz has developed a strong connection to our faculty and students.  Having her as a writer in residence has deepened the writing process for both students and teachers.  Pat has made the writing process more accessible to the most reluctant students and empowered our most gifted writers - all at the same time.  Pat will again be working initially with our 6th grade students and then extending her conversations with our 7th and 8th grade students that she has come to know over time.  Pat’s book Bluefish is a favorite of our students.  The title has earned a wide variety of awards including:


    • 2010 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship  
    • Josette Frank Award (Bank Street College of Education) 

    • ALA Notable Children's Book 

    • Junior Library Guild Selection 

    • Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts (National Council of Teachers of English) 
    • The Horn Book - Best of 2011 

    • Crystal Kite Award (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators) 

    • Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award (Wisc. Library Association) 

    • Top 10 Indie NEXT list (Independent Local Bookstores)


    A native of rural Wisconsin, Pat sees some of her own rural experience when she visits our schools.  We are fortunate to have her return for a seventh writer in residence experience to enrich the writing process for our students.  If you see her on the CT campus next week, please say hello. 




    Corey Kidwell



    Local Resources to Fight Hunger and Homelessness! 

    Come check out our pantry at Mountain Bible Church every Thursday from 11am until 2:30pm and meet our Mobile Pantry Case Manager and Coordinators - Malia and Alec.

    West Valley Community Services is a non-profit agency that has served Cupertino, Saratoga, West San Jose, Monte Sereno, and Los Gatos zip codes for 40 years.  As a client with our community services agency, you will receive a week’s worth of groceries/food through our mobile food pantry every Thursday at Mountain Bible Church located in the Santa Cruz Mountains (this food is given to us through Second Harvest Food Bank and from grocery stores).  It includes but is not limited to fresh produce, dairy products, dry goods, and canned food.  With the mobile food pantry also comes a case manager who helps with finding case management resources for families/individuals such as help with one time emergency financial rent/utility assistance and finding resource/making referrals to agencies in the community (housing, law, childcare...).  West Valley Community Services is a non-profit agency that also has many special programs that families can participate in.  Every August, families that register their children can participate in our “Back to School” shopping spree.  Each student is given a $100 gift card to shop with a volunteer for back to school clothing.  On top of this, the student also receives a back pack and school supplies.  Also, we have a “Birthday Cake for Kids” program, a “Thanksgiving Basket” program, a “Holiday Gift” program, and many other exciting programs during the year.  Our office is based in Cupertino, but is mobile, so even if you are unable to make it into town, our mobile pantry will try to get all of these services to you.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. 


    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 Jog-a-thon T-shirt Contest deadline has been extended from Tuesday, 2/27. The deadline is now Monday, March 5th at 8:30 am. We are in need of more submissions! Submissions can be turned in at the Loma Office.


    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 March 30, 2018.


    Happy Drawing Everyone!


    Loma Prieta Elementary Yearbook Information

    Get excited, YEARBOOKS are coming in just a few short months!! :) Reserve yours TODAY! 




    A few important facts:

    * Your personalized yearbook only costs $25.48.

    * You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 23.

    * Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.


    Get started by clicking on this link:



    Your Loma Prieta Yearbook Team


    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/


    Got Camps? 

    Please see the attached Los Gatos – Saratoga Recreation flyer for early Summer Camp information.


    Angst: A Film Exploring Anxiety

    The Parenting Continuum is presenting this 56 minute film for parents and children who are 10 years and older on March 20, 2018.  Admission is free.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and to RSVP.


    Upcoming Loma Events

     2/28                School Board Budget Study Session 6:30pm

    3/2                   SoW and Citizen of the Month Assembly 8:30am

    3/2-3/4             Winnie the Pooh Play, 7 and 1pm

    3/6                   Spring Pictures

    3/8                   3rd Grade Star party 5pm-8am 3/9

    3/8                   2nd grade field trip to Seacliff State Beach 8:30a-2pm

    3/9                   SoW assembly 8:3am

    3/11                 Daylight Saving Time – spring ahead one hour