May 23, 2018
Dear Loma Families:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
A parent asked me today what it is like to think about retirement. It's certainly mixed. On the one hand, I am excited by the thought of more free time. I think I may see friends more often even if I live further away. On the other hand, I can't imagine my life without Loma and CT, without being an educator. I decided to become a teacher when I was 8. I have more than 3 decades of my life spent on campuses. My colleagues, my friends, our family friends are all tied to "the mountain”. Someone else told me this week, that if I think it feels weird now, just wait until August!
This week I am working on the 8th grade graduation slide show with the help of a carefully selected 7th grade student. It is one of the most special collections of each year to see the tiny faces emerging into adolescence. That it is my last graduation slide show gives me pause. There's a line in a Luke Bryan song that captures these reflections, "The days go slow and the years go fast". To realize that my career will end with this graduating class certainly tugs at my heart. The next few weeks will be full of lasts - last gradation, last board meeting, last talent show, last blast of "School's Out for Summer," last good-byes, and so many more. It just doesn't really seem real to me.
Introducing the incoming Superintendent, Lisa Fraser, and announcing the appointment (pending board approvals of course) of Karren Zook as K-8 Principal made it more real, but also more peaceful for me. You have an incredibly talented leadership team to manage the transition and bring Loma and CT into the next fabulous era of success. You have an amazing team of teachers engaged in providing a world class education on a rural school budget. You have committed support staff who always go the extra mile for kids, day in and day out.
Thinking tonight about all the Tuesday night thoughts over the years, I am most struck by the advice I have given often, "Never take a day for granted". I am trying to take my own advice (much more challenging that offering it to others). I will miss the kids. I will miss the team. I will miss the mountain. I will miss the incredible parents who keep our schools strong, vital, and competitive. I know there will not be enough time to say good-bye to everyone before the end of the school year. I am not good at good-byes anyway. I'm better with Tigger's TTFN! It's more my style. I do want to come to the Gala - and sit in the back. I do want to come to the ribbon cutting for the new community center building - and not hold the scissors. I do want to come to the golf tournament - maybe having had time to practice. I am looking forward to finding the next path. I am confident it will wind its way back "home" from time-to-time.
Got Music? Science? Art?
We are in the final push for funding our co-curricular options for next year. Developmental PE, Music, Art, Science enrichment and Geometry are all in need of your support for next year. It would be tragic to lose such great options for kids. Please contribute to KEEP to keep the good times rolling! www.LPEF.org/keep. Your contributions will go directly to programs for the kids. Thank you to everyone who participated in the sold out Golf Tournament “Fore the Kids!” A special shout out to our title and presenting sponsors: Tal Global; Mark Smith w/Victoria Capital Mortgage; Young Naturopathic Center for Wellness; and all the sponsors highlig
hted below. Your generosity and commitment to our
schools is world-class! Thank you!
Loma Teacher Requests for 2018-19
It is natural, and a time-honored tradition at Loma, that families are wondering what the configuration and teaching assignments will be next year. The truth is we never know exactly what the configuration will be, and this year with many transitions, the final staffing decisions will not be made until the new leadership team has fully reviewed the options.
We will not be assigning teachers to any particular grade level until we can better anticipate our actual needs. We do however begin our efforts to build balanced groups of kids before the end of the school year. We do not take “teacher requests,” but if you have specific academic concerns for your child, please make your child’s current teacher aware of those before this year ends. The teachers, Karren Zook and Rebecca Carino will work to finalize balanced classes dependent upon the configuration closer to the new school year. If you have hopes or concerns for next year, please make sure your child’s current teacher knows them as they are in the best position to build our balanced groups.
Band is expected to return to CT (please support KEEP to save music in our schools) for all grade levels. In late July, parents will be notified of the final elective options for each grade level. If you plan to be out of town in July, please ask a friend to let you know when the elective options open for enrollment. There are limited spaces available in each class and a number of factors are used to assign electives. Keep an eye out for the elective email later in July.
The Nuts and Bolts Season
Graduation/Promotion Attire – It is the time of year when families are choosing promotion/graduation attire for their 5th and 8th grade students. We always get many questions about the “dress code” for these events. The bottom line is that these are elementary and middle school events and school dress code is enforced. No strapless dresses or spaghetti straps without a wrap, shawl or shrug that must remain on. Shoes must be appropriate for the procession and climbing stairs. Dress or skirt length must be comfortable to be worn on an elevated stage. Students generally do dress up a little. Young men’s shirts should be tucked in or look neat. Ties are not required. No low rider pants. Our events are above a casual level but nowhere near formal. We want students to be able to participate in the movement associated with the events and not risk embarrassment. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t wear it to school, don’t wear it to graduation. If you have questions, please feel free to ask.
Want Help Getting Your LGHS Student to School?
We’ve got a bus! The past few years we launched a morning bus route to LGHS which was very popular. We are hoping to continue sending one of our buses to the high school again in the fall. If you are interested in having your student ride along, please contract Patty Smrt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need enough rides to continue the service. It’s a safe, sane way to get your kids to school on time without you having to drive a carpool!
Summer Day Camp
For many years now LPJUSD Kids and Company has been providing flexible Summer Day Camp for the children of our community. This year our sign-ups have been very low and we currently do not have the numbers of participants needed to operate most of the weekly camps. If our numbers do not increase by Monday, May 28, we will be forced to cancel many of our weeks this summer. This will allow time for the participants who have sign up to find alternative care. Once a camp week has been canceled, we will not be able to reopen that week.
If you are thinking about some activities for your children this summer or want to know more about our program, please stop by rooms 3 and 4 at Loma’s Open House to learn more. If you sign up by that night (May 24), we will honor the early sign-up prices. If you have any questions please contact Kids and Company at 408 353-KIDS (5437).
Loma HSC News
Jog-a-thon Awards Assembly
The Jog-a-thon Awards Assembly is next Friday, June 1, from 9:00-10:00. Family members welcome. We will announce the top runners and winning class in each grade and show this year's Jog-a-thon video! 5th Grade presidential fitness awards and Coach's awards to 5th Graders will be announced at the Academic Awards Assembly on the Thursday, May 31st.
We hope to see you there!
Thanks so much to everyone who pledged to the Jog-a-thon! We are so grateful for your support!
Pledge sheets have been sent home with students who have outstanding pledges. If you have already sent in your pledges, please disregard this notice. If you still have pledges out there, please send them in as soon as possible, as the end of school is quickly approaching.
If you are paying for your pledges with paypal or a check, please remember to put your student's name in the notes section. Checks and cash should be put in an envelope with your student's name and "Jog-a-thon" written on it. Please drop off in the white HSC lock box in the Loma Office. You can find the link to pay via paypal on the HSC website: http://www.lomaprietahsc.org/jogathon. Click on donate.
Loma’s Upcoming Events
5/24 Incoming 6th grade Orientation in the gym (6pm) / Loma Open House 6:30
5/25 SoW assembly and Sports Jersey Day (8:30am)
5/28 Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
5/30 1st Grade field trip to Wilder Ranch
5/31 Academic, PE, and Music Awards assembly (8:30a) / 2nd and 5th grade field trip to Natural Bridges (10-2:15)
6/1 Last Day for milk / Jogathon Awards assembly (9am)