• March 14, 2018


    Dear Loma and CT Families:


    Thoughts from Tuesday Night 

     What a great week to focus on kindness!  On Thursday, both of our schools will be visited by a Kindness Ninja, Brian Williams.  This event has been planned for some time, and right now, the timing seems perfect.  Loma students have been working on kindness strategies and challenges.  CT students are thinking about ways they can make a difference in their own voices. This week, Loma and CT students will launch both local and global kindness challenges following a kick-off assembly.  I am looking forward to the kindness vibe getting loud!  For more information on the impact of kindness, feel free to check out these resources on the ThinkKindness.org website: https://thinkkindness.org/the-scientific-impact-of-kindness/


    Our focus on kindness comes also at a time when the annual African Library Project is gearing up again.  The local effort, now in its 12th year fostered by Skyland Church, is to outfit a rural community and school in Sierra Leone with a library of 1,200 books.  The Africa Library Project appreciates the help of the families and teachers at both schools. Start looking to see if you have gently used children and teens titles that can be donated.  Boxes for donated books will be placed in both schools so get ready to purge/share/donate.


    Here is more info from the sponsors:

    African Library Project:

    The African Library Project matches schools and organizations in the United States with African communities to create libraries. U.S. children and families donate their books and share the gift of reading with children in Africa. Books are collected in the U.S. through book drives and shipped by volunteers directly to the communities requesting them. www.africanlibraryproject.org


    You will soon notice the arrival of boxes in the school lobby. They are to collect children’s books to send to Africa. We are very excited, as this will be the 12th library that will be sent from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Each library consists of 1,000 books so it requires everyone to look through their much-loved, very good condition books for K- 8th graders and bring to school the ones they no longer need. We know children love their books, but it is a wonderful feeling to know that a child will read their books who may never have read a book before. We have sent libraries to Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa and Sierra Leone.  Can your child find these countries on a map? All the details about the project can be found at www.africanlibraryproject.org and I encourage you to play the slide show to see the impact of the libraries and the faces of the children as they lovingly handle the books when they arrive. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We always need volunteers.  Bring on the books!! 


    Cindy Siwajek, csiwajek@live.com, 408-353-3649

    Shannon Edwards, shannonedwards14@gmail.com, 408-353-2710


    Bus Drivers Wanted

    Are you interested in a fun and rewarding part time job?  Please consider joining our AWESOME Transportation Team!!  We are looking for qualified people to fill in as substitute drivers.  Summer hours available.  Training will be provided for DMV and CHP licensing.  Contact Patty Smrt if you are interested.  p.smrt@loma.k12.ca.us




    Corey Kidwell



    LPEF KEEP! Campaign Announcement
    It is with great pleasure that we, the Loma Public Education Fund, announce our KEEP! (Keep Excellent Education Programs) priorities and goals for the 2018-19 school year.
    Our goal is to raise $120,000. This is ambitious, but very much in line with past KEEP! Campaigns. We simply can't get there without the widespread participation and generosity of our school parents and guardians. It is your contributions that make the education offered at our two schools well-rounded, inclusive and comprehensive. As we have done in past years, we are embarking on this campaign in the final fiscal quarter of our fundraising calendar, which runs from July 1 through to June 30. All monies raised during that period are used for the following school year.
    The KEEP! Direct-donation campaign delivers 100% of all funds raised directly to education and student-support programs at our two schools. Last year, KEEP! Proceeds constituted approximately one-third of the annual total of $375,000 raised to fund these efforts. LPEF continues the work from its original charter: funding enhanced and diverse educational opportunities for our children. In consultation with administration and parents (conducted via polling), we have established the following funding priorities for the 2018-19 school year:
    Tier 1
    Developmental PE @ Loma
    Library Services @ CT
    Library Services @ Loma
    Tier 2
    K-8 Student Support Services and Counseling
    Core Flexibility and Elective Options for 8th Grade*
    Tier 3
    Music – K-5
    Core Flexibility and Elective Options for 6th and 7th Grade*
    Tier 4
    Technology Instruction: Educational Technology Specialist**
    Inclusive Enrichment for Grades 4-8***
    Art in Action
    You may have noticed that these priorities look similar to those of the 2016-17 school year. That is because they are the same. These programs and initiatives have proven themselves to be important components in our children's academic education and social development. We hope that you will contribute a KEEP! donation. Our suggested donation is $800 for one child and $1,200 for two or more, but any donation amount is greatly appreciated and will help our community reach the goal. Please visit our website at www.lpef.org/keep for donation information or complete a donation form from our website or in the school offices. These donations are also eligible for matching contributions from many corporations. Please check with your company to see if they can match your contribution. A receipt will be sent to you within a few days of receiving your donation.
    As always, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me at president@lpef.org, or another LPEF Volunteer Governing Board member.
    Thank you,
    Ben Abeln
    Loma Public Education Fund
    *Elective options could include music, leadership, foreign language, advanced math, yearbook, etc.
    **Educational Technology Specialists work in elementary, middle and secondary public schools. These technology specialists help teachers and school administrations integrate and implement various technology-based learning tools for the instruction of students. They play a key role in identifying the best educational technology for all types of classroom applications, including the needs of special education students. They assist school administrations in identifying and correcting problems and deficiencies within their current technology-based programs.
    ***Inclusive Enrichment for Grades 4-8 - Coordinated activities such as performing arts, speech and debate, writing anthologies, math and science STEM or STEAM, Brainology, and more.

    Set Sail This Fall

    Our current seventh and eighth grade students are invited to consider joining the Santa Cruz Yacht Club Sailing Team for the 2018-19 season.  Much like the rowing club at Lexington, the Sailing Club offers a high school level competitive sailing program open to student in grades 8-12.  If you think your child might enjoy sailing and participating in this cool sport, please see the attached flyer. 


    Loma Home and School Club Events

    2018 Jog-A-Thon sponsors: We are still looking for sponsors for our 31st annual Jog-A-Thon, please see attached letter for details.


    Movie Night: Due to bad weather, the Loma Movie Night has been postponed to Friday May 11th. Please mark your calendars.


    Got Pano’s?

    All student panoramic pictures were taken for both Loma Prieta Elementary and CT English, plus the eighth grade class of 2018. If you would like to purchase one of the pano photos we have samples in the school offices and order forms are attached and on the counter in both offices.


    Wild Times @ CT English MS

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    3/19/18 NO SCHOOL-staff development day

    3/22/18 English 9 Honors optional writing assessment 3:45 LGHS Library

    3/23/18 CT Movie Night-Loma Forum 7-9pm

    3/23/18 LGHS Spanish 2 placement test for 8th graders during 6th period here at CT.

    3/23/18 End of 3rd quarter grading period

    3/27/18 8th Grade Mandatory Washington DC Mtg 7pm Loma Forum

    3/29/18 Make-up testing for Bio, Eng 9 Honors or Spanish 2 @ 3:45 LGHS Library