March 28, 2018
Dear Loma Families:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
As you know, I have announced my hope to transition into retirement. Though there is no set date yet, the Board of Trustees has engaged a national search firm to assist them with the process. Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates is one of the largest executive search firms working with public schools across the country. Locally, they have a strong track record of supporting school districts in both Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties with confidential searches to match communities with sound leadership. Our search team includes Diane Siri, former Superintendent of Schools for Santa Cruz County and Julie Haff, retired Superintendent of the San Lorenzo Unified School District. They will be facilitating the search process and working closely with the Board of Trustees to secure an excellent leader for the future of the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District
This decision on instructional leadership is an important one. We hope that you will take time to participate in offering your input to the process. Parents and community members will have at least two opportunities to engage in the developing the leadership profile and selection criteria that will be used to select the next Superintendent or Superintendent/Principal. To meet directly with the recruitment team, please plan to join us on April 4th, from 8:30-9:30 am in the Temporary Community Center on the North Campus near Building Blocks. Here is a link to RSVP: Parent Coffee
In addition, please plan to take the survey available here: Superintendent Search Input Survey
The survey will be live as of Friday morning, March 30th, and will be available for input through noon on April 13th. If you can attend and take the survey, we would appreciate your time and perspective. All the input given from parent, community and staff focus groups, and interviews will be offered to the Board in a systematic manner. This will be used to create a leadership profile and ultimately guide the Board in their selection. The leadership profile will be presented to the Board at the meeting of April 18, 2018.
We know our parents and broader community stakeholders care deeply about our schools and our future. Please join us in helping shape the next era of excellence in Loma Prieta.
Finally, we have received all necessary approvals to begin construction on the new buildings! The Division of the State Architect has “stamped” our plan set which includes exhaustive geotechnical study and engineering reports. Nothing is easy in Loma Prieta! The construction is expected to take about a year and will include improved ADA accessibility between our main and north campuses via the pedestrian bridge. The bidding process is well underway with bids anticipated for each of the trade areas (electrical, plumbing, structural, etc.) this week. The contracts will be awarded at a special meeting on April 5th and construction activity will commence immediately now that we have formal approval.
The first stage will include the arrival of construction trailers and a LOT of fencing as the area will be fully cordoned off for safety. Yes, we will lose more parking during the process. The CT playground will be reduced so we will be shifting our yard supervision into the gym to compensate for the lost blacktop space. It has been a long process. We are delighted that we are finally shovel ready and good to go! Here is a link to the renderings as a reminder of the good things yet to come: Architects Renderings
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
The African Library Project
Boxes have been placed in the school lobbies. 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, email@example.com, 408-353-3649
Shannon Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org, 408-353-2710
Loma Home and School Club News:
JOG-A-THON KICKOFF ASSEMBLY THIS FRIDAY
The HSC's Jog-a-thon Kickoff Assembly is THIS FRIDAY, March 30th, from 9:00-10:15 in the Loma Forum. This event is open to Loma families. We hope to see you there!
The HSC is excited to announce our 2018 Kickoff Assembly Speaker, Bethany Zummo! Bethany won a Gold Medal in Sitting Volleyball as a member of the US Olympic Team in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. She is from Dublin, CA, and currently attends the University of Oklahoma. Special thanks to Kerrie Mills and Mrs. Kidwell for arranging our speaker this year!
Jog-a-thon T-shirt Contest
We will announce the winners of the Jog-a-thon T-shirt Contest at the Kickoff Assembly this Friday! We had some amazing submissions this year. A huge thank you to all of the Loma artists who submitted a drawing!
The first place winner will have their drawing featured on the front of this year's Jog-a-thon t-shirt, the second place winner's drawing will be on the back of the t-shirt, and the third place winner's drawing will decorate the running tags.
Pledge Sheets will go home on Friday
Pledge sheets will go home on Friday, the day of the Kickoff Assembly. Pledge Sheets are due on May 2. Remember, students will not be allowed to run without a completed (signed) permission slip, which is on the pledge sheet.
If you are paying for your pledges with Paypal or a check, please remember to put your student's name in the notes section. If paying with cash, please put your pledge in an envelope with your student's name and "Jog-a-thon" written on the envelope. This will help us greatly with keeping track of pledges.
We are in need of volunteers to help with food sales, set up, clean up, and a variety of jobs to make the Jog-a-thon a success! Many of the opportunities only require 30 minutes and can be accommodated while enjoying the fun.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Amy Haas at: email@example.com. Sign-up link coming soon!
C.T. Home and School News
The Return of Snack Shack...
We know how much the kids have missed having Snack Shack at the school, the C.T. Home & School Club has come up with a plan to provide limited supplemental snacks for part of April and all of May.
Starting Friday April 20th, pizza, salads and other snacks will return. This means less work for you on Fridays! Your kids can enjoy pizza and/or salad and other snacks with their lunch from home. Service will be on April 20th & April 27th.
APRIL 30th - June 1st
Monday - Thursday
SNACKS ONLY - this is supplemental to provide students with something extra, but not a full lunch. Snack items will include: Cup of soups, salads, whole fruit, yogurts, cheese snacks, chips and drinks.
JJ Magoo's Pizza (cheese/pepperoni), salads and other snacks
YOUR HELP NEEDED: BE A SNACK SHACK VOLUNTEER
We are seeking 3-4 parents per day, from 11:30am-12:45. The commitment is much less than when we ran a full kitchen, less than 1.5 hours day per volunteer in the Cheetah Spot Snack Shack. Please email Laurie firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help. We can only run snack shack daily if we have enough volunteers. It's a fun way to see the kids and interact with fun parents.
If you have any questions, please contact Miriam Watson at email@example.com
Loma’s Upcoming events
3/30 Jogathon Kickoff assembly 9am / Twins Day
4/5 Loma/CT Band Concert 7pm
4/6 SoW and Citizen of the Month assembly 8:30a
4/9-4/13 Spring Break – NO SCHOOL