September 12, 2018
Dear Loma Families,
Last Friday I had the opportunity to substitute teach in Ms. Ray’s kindergarten class. If you know anything about me, then you know that I love kindergarten! Kindergarten is a special time in a child’s life because its central objective is for kids to learn how to treat each other with kindness and respect. Remember that old book, “Everything I know, I Learned in Kindergarten”? Though social-emotional education is central to the kindergarten curriculum, this learning is far from complete at the end of the year. In fact, everyday at each grade level, students gain a deeper understanding of how to treat each other with thoughtful compassion.
This month at Loma, our Project Cornerstone volunteers are headed to classrooms with the book, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today” by Carol McCloud. Through this book, students learn how fulfilling it is to express kindness, appreciation and love. Further, the book asks children to consider how negative words and actions affect those around them.
While I was in the kindergarten last week, I worked with two students who were arguing over a particularly unique Lego piece. I challenged the students to come up with a solution that would make both parties feel happy. They agreed to take turns with the prized piece. This same sort of challenge, sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller, plays out to varying degrees everyday in the lives of kids. We have the opportunity, and I believe responsibility, as adults to foster and teach and model kind cooperation between children. These are the skills that will one day translate to collaborative problem solving in adult life.
Top Three Moments of the Week
- Watching 5th graders interview their 2nd grade little buddies. It is pretty remarkable how mature and responsible 10 year olds can be.
- Getting a tour of the “Loma Mines” from a group of third graders who are mining for the precious stone, “sand rocks.”
- Happening upon an amazing fairy house being constructed on the playground by a team of 1st and 2nd graders. It was complete with a tiny beach umbrella!
Our reconstruction project is continuously moving forward. Wing A has 100% of its exterior walls and is now 100% sheered up. The roof frame has started as well and is 40% complete in Wing A. The next section of roof to be installed is more complicated as it holds all of the mechanical equipment for the classrooms and kitchen. We are expecting to be sheeting Wing A’s roof frame by 9/24/18. Wing B has 100% of its exterior walls framed and 60% of the rough in plumbing and electrical has been installed as it waits to be sheered up. I received confirmation that our window package is getting put together and is scheduled for delivery on 10/3/18. We are currently 138 days into construction and have not had any injuries on this project.
We are currently 138 days into construction and have not had any injuries on this project.
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Get Your Gala Tickets
Gala tickets are now on sale! You can order directly through our BidPal site, https://one.bidpal.net/lpefgala2018/ticketing. This years Gala theme is "Moonlight Masquerade - Unmask the Future" and is taking place on Saturday, October 6th at Maison du Lac. The Gala sells out every year so get your tickets today!
If you need additional information please visit the Loma Public Education Fund (LPEF) website, http://www.lpef.org/.
Thank you to all of you who have already volunteered your time and auction items to the Gala and to the 20+ families who signed up to help LPEF efforts last week at Back to School night. It truly does take a mountain to plan this event and we appreciate your help. We are still in need of volunteers to help on Gala weekend - set up, night of and tear down/cleanup. If you are able to help please reach out to Jill Cole, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got Auction Items? We are still looking for additional items to make our silent and live auctions a fantastic success. Experiences, Vacations, Parties, Restaurant Certificates, Art and Jewelry are all needed. If you have an item to donate or would like to help solicit local businesses for donations please reach out to Jenn Viane Riese, email@example.com.
Loma’s Upcoming Events
9/14 SoW Assembly 8:30 / TB Results read 8-10am
9/21 SoW Assembly 8:30
9/28 SoW Assembly and Crazy Hair Day