• April 18, 2018


    Dear Loma Families:


    Thoughts from Tuesday Night: Looking Back – Looking Forward

    On Wednesday morning, my family has an appointment to “put down” our 15-year-old Belgian Shepard. Just before our daughter was born, a colleague said to me, “Corey, when your daughter arrives, your job and your pets will become just your job and your pets.”  I don’t think that is exactly how it worked for me.  Just as our wonderful old Belgian has infused her goofy personality into all aspects of our life, my job has continued to be a passionate pursuit.  Of course my family, our kids, our decisions to care for “Gramma Peggy” in our home always have come first, but it is also true that a vibrant life is defined in many ways.  I was never good at having my job be just my job.  Life at Loma and CT is very personal for all of us.  Many of you also give so generously of your time and personal resources.  Thank you for giving it your all.  I think Loma/CT are both unique and special for all of us who live/work/volunteer/go the extra mile here.


    The arrival of “Amo” (from the root to love) at the Delta Airlines cargo hanger from Kentucky is among the earliest memories for our youngest child, Jade.  Jade turned 18 this week.  A milestone birthday, a difficult good-bye to a loyal friend, the search firm presentation of the “Leadership Profile” for my replacement are all backdrops to this week.  The Loma Family has been a part of our shared journey for more than a decade.  I am grateful for our capacity to come together, sort things out, celebrate our successes, and create a stronger mountain for our kids.  Losses are part of life.  Transitions are part of the turn of the wheel.  Knowing that doesn’t make it easier.


    Thank you to everyone who has pitched in to make our schools stronger, our community healthier, and our shared connections more steadfast in difficult times. It takes a mountain!  We have a great one.  I feel so fortunate to look back on these years and see so many great opportunities for kids, but I am also hopeful to look forward.  The KEEP Campaign’s annual push to fully secure funding for programs beyond what the schools can provide is underway.  The amazing concert hosted by Ms. Lelake is such a wonderful example of how parents and the community invest directly for wonderful programs in our schools.  The Gala in the Fall, ongoing smaller events, the golf tournament, donations from the Home and School Clubs, and the KEEP Campaign all provide programs that benefit your kids.  Having great schools requires a collective effort of a year’s worth of fundraising to ensure continued programs the following year.


    The KEEP Campaign is critical to both our short and long-term success.  Developmental PE for Loma and the library programs at both CT and Loma are in the first tier of funding. Supplemental support services such as counseling, after school tutorial offerings at CT, electives such as art, music, geometry, leadership and more at both schools require additional funding to ensure their ongoing presence in our schools.  I am not trying to scare anyone saying these programs are at risk.  I am conveying the reality of small district budgets.  We have enough to cover the essentials, but only through a strong partnership with LPEF and a robust KEEP Campaign, will we be able to KEEP valuable programs that are integral to our on-going success and your kids’ happiness at school.  


    We love music in our schools.  We love art in our schools. We love supporting the teachers’ passion for expanding technology in the classroom.  We appreciate that our middle school students have access to geometry, leadership, art and more.  We have vibrant schools in an amazing community.  You help us KEEP going strong.   And thank you, for all you do to make sure our kids have what they need and deserve in a great, small school.


    Fostering Safe Digital Citizenship
    The Loma Prieta/C.T. English School Site Council is pleased to host an evening with Sergeant Brian Spears of the San Jose Police Department.  Sergeant Spears is commander of the Child Exploits Detail/Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. 

    Building on the insight we gained from viewing Screenagers in November, Sergeant Spears will provide current information related to social media trends and develop ways that parents can increase vigilance to support their child's understanding and use of social media.  Topics will include:
    - Current trends in social media
    - Practical parenting tips to promote safe use of social media
    - Resources to support parents 

    Tuesday, April 24 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM
    Location: The Loma Forum
    Please RSVP.   Follow this link Digital Safety RSVP to help us plan accordingly.


    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



    Loma Prieta Museum Presents

    Early Summit Settler History (1850-1950) April 19th (Thursday) 7 pm at the Loma Prieta School Forum. Pioneer family descendants will present what it was like living here then. If you are interested in the local history plan on attending. Learn the rest of the Mt. Charlie and the bear story, three-armed bandits holdup grandma, stagecoaches, trains, early hotels and stores, surviving fires, winter storms, earthquakes and prohibition. (See attached event flyer.)

    This is a free event presented by the Loma Prieta Museum and sponsored by the Loma Prieta Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit volunteer organization.


    Sip For Our Schools Event 

    Each year, Loma Prieta Winery invites local school parents and community members to its "Sip For Our Schools" fundraising event. The winery generously donates 50% of the proceeds to LPEF! Thank you to Paul & Amy Kemp (owners of Loma Prieta Winery) for again generously donating and investing in our local schools and community. 


    The Loma Prieta Winery offers an array of award-winning wines in a one-of-a-kind setting with Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz Mountain views.


    This event takes place 

    April 28th & 29th - 12pm till 5pm

    Loma Prieta Winery

    26985 Loma Prieta Way

    Los Gatos, CA 95033



    8th Annual "Fore The Kids!" Golf Tournament

    Friday, May 18th, 2018 at DeLaVeaga Golf Course.

    The Friday event begins before noon and includes box lunch, on-course refreshments, team competitions, prizes and dinner. Casual golfers are welcome and early sign-up is encouraged as participation is limited. 


    Format - Four Person Best Ball Scramble

    Course - 9 holes or 18 holes

    Entry Fee - $175 per person/$600 per foursome

    Tickets available at lpef.org 


    Presenting sponsorships for the event and for individual holes are

    available by contacting Ben Abeln at 831-234-7981 


    Loma Prieta Elementary Yearbooks For Sale
    Get excited, YEARBOOKS are coming soon! Reserve yours TODAY! The deadline is quickly approaching and we won't have many extras upon delivery! DEADLINE IS APRIL 23rd which is next Monday!!  Your personalized yearbook only costs $25.48 and is a Home & School Club Fundraiser!! 

    PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR Loma Prieta Elementary YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE: http://www.treering.com/purcha se?Passcode=101404916313901

    If you have any questions please contact Lauren Ardigo at Laurenardigo@yahoo.com or 408-691-5056

    Loma Home and School Club Presents

    Don’t miss out on the last after school Science class session of the year. Classes to be held across the street at the temporary community center from 2:45-4pm on the following Fridays: April 20, 27, May 11, 18, 25 + June 1. This is a fun, hands on science class for students in 2nd-5th grade. A flyer sign-up sheet was sent home with your student on Monday April 16, 2018.


    Los Gatos Rec Adult Exercise Program Opportunity

    Pilates Instructor needed Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30am to teach at the Loma Temporary Community Room on Summit Road.  Class is run through the LGS Recreation Department.  Has solid group of regular members, many who have been attending for several years. I will be relocating to England so looking for a qualified Pilates mat instructor to take care of this loyal, fun group from June onwards.  Please contact Norma 408/656-6332 or normaliv@gmail.com


    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, csiwajek@live.com, 408-353-3649

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


    Yard duty Parents Needed

    What to come and join the fun during lunch recess and at the same time watch over our precious students? We are looking for parents who are willing to come and supervise games, etc. If you’re interested, contact Rebecca Carino at r.carino@loma.k12.ca.us or 408-353-1106.


    Loma’s Upcoming Events

    4/18     Regular Board meeting 7pm

    4/19     Percussion Assembly K-2 (12:30), 3-5 (1:05), 6-8 (2)

    4/20     SoW assembly and Super Hero Day

    4/24     2nd grade field trip to Flint

    4/26     3rd grade field trip to History of San Jose

    4/27     SoW assembly and Citizen of the

    4/27-4/28         SIP for our Schools at Loma Prieta Winery