• September 26, 2018


    Dear Loma and CT Families,


    As I have been reintroducing myself as the principal to students over the past month, I have often started by asking: “What is the job of the principal?” While some have suggested it involves a lot of paperwork (true!) many have immediately responded, “To keep us safe!” I completely agree! My number one priority is to make sure that kids are safe at school.  


    This week students will be partaking in two important safety drills. Today, we had our first fire drill of the year at both schools. Students practiced lining up and walking in a calm manner to their designated evacuation locations. Our teachers took roll to ensure each student was accounted for. The facilities staff conducted a sweep of the schools to check that everyone had been evacuated, just as they would in the event of a real fire. I am happy to report that our students did a stellar job!


    At Loma, students will also participate in a bus evacuation drill. Since all students will ride the bus at some point, it is important that they know the rules of the bus, including how to safely exit the bus in the event of an emergency. Our tradition at Loma is to do this drill with buddy classes. It is very sweet to watch the big buddies helping their little buddies jump off they bus!


    As the year progresses, our schools will take part in other important drills to practice how to be safe in an emergency. While we can never know exactly what to expect with regard to emergencies, we do know that being prepared is critical to ensuring the safety of our students.


    Bus drill1 Bus drill2 Bus drill3


    Top Three Moments of the Week

    1.Watching Ms. Van Zante’s 3rd graders help their little buddies from Ms. Templeton’s class carefully jump off the bus.


    2.Walking through the forum as the Theater in the Mountain kids practice for their play, “Beauty and the Beast.” I cannot wait to see the show!


    3.Attending Mr. Arias’ 8th grade US History class. So interesting and engaging—I’m tempted to enroll in his class!


    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 bus drivers. Training will be provided for DMV and CHP licensing.  Contact Patty Smrt if you are interested.  p.smrt@loma.k12.ca.us


    Construction Corner

    Our reconstruction project is continuously moving forward. Wing A’s roof is now 95% complete and expected to be finished by 9/27/18. The rough in plumbing and electrical should be finished by 9/28/18 in wing A. The mechanical contractor has arrived on site and started layout for the HVAC units that will be placed on the roof of wing A. Wing B’s interior walls are getting framed up and will be complete on 9/26/18. Once the walls and sheer plywood has been completed the roof frame will begin and is scheduled to start on 10/4/18. While most of this work that is being performed is visible from the parking lot there is a group of people working tirelessly on quality control, scheduling, logistics, inspections of work and the materials getting installed and the safety of students, parents and staff. We have had no lost days due to adverse weather and now are currently 152 days into construction and have had zero injuries on this project. 

    Thank you,                                              


    Paul Harville

    Director of Facilities

    23800 Summit Road

    Los Gatos CA, 95033



    Gala Tickets Are Going Fast!!

    The Gala is just over a week away, taking place on October 6th at Maison du Lac. Get your Gala tickets now before we sell out. You can order by visiting, http://www.lpef.org/. This years Gala theme is "Moonlight Masquerade - Unmask the Future." We look forward to seeing you there!


    It's Back......The Parking Spot Raffle 

    How much easier would a guaranteed parking spot make drop off and pick up? You can drop the attached, completed form in the Gala Box in the CT/Loma offices.  As we get closer to the Gala we will also be selling tickets at pick up. One ticket for $20 and 10 tickets for $100, good luck!! See the flyer attached to the news to order your raffle tickets.


    Able to Help on Gala Weekend?

    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, jcole@cbnorcal.com  


    CT Gala Baskets

    CT Families, we have information below for the grade level class baskets, which our school will donate to this year LPEF Gala. If your student went to Loma you already know that each class makes a special Gala basket to donate.

    We hope your family will consider making a donation to the class level baskets for CT. All donations may be brought to the CT office. Thank you in advance.

    6th grade Basket= Sports/Leisure/Outdoor Basket

    Ideas include; sports equipment, family outdoor games, corn hole, croquet, and in-door board games. Gift certificates to movies or leisure activities.

    7th grade basket= Fiesta Basket

    Ideas include, unique salsa’s, hot sauces, taco making kit, use your imagination. Gift Certificates to a restaurant.

    8th grade Basket= Travel Basket

    Ideas include travel supplies, packing cubes, games, travel maps, travel emergency kits, books and etc. 

    As always cash donations are accepted and will be used for the purchase of items for the gala baskets or gift cards. Any checks should be made out directly to LPEF and will be given directly to LPEF as a donation.


    CT Gala Volunteer sign-ups

    All CT English Middle School students are required to do community service each semester, the amount varies by grade level. What better way to earn their hours then help out our community and LPEF by helping with set-up on Friday Oct. 5 from 3-5 pm or set-up on Saturday Oct. 6 from 8:30-11 and cleanup on Sunday Oct 7 from 8:30-11 am. These times are approximate and your student will need to sign-up in the CT office.


    Parent Education Opportunities

    Thursday, Oct 11 from 7-8pm in the LG Theatre:  Juuling, Vaping and Substance Abuse Use & Prevention for our teens Lead Presenter Officer Kimbal Stanley sharing the Stanford Toolkit  


    Thursday, Nov 1st from 6:30-8:30pm in the Temporary Community Center: Building Developmental Assets in School Communities. Interested in helping us create a district and community where all youth succeed and thrive? Plan on joining us for this upcoming community event wherein Clay Roberts, a renowned keynote speaker on the topic of youth asset development, will help us being to create a plan for institutionalizing the Development Assets framework within the Loma Prieta School Community.


    Wild Times @ CT English MS

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    9/26/18 CT hosts countywide Cross Country meet 3pm-Expect traffic delays

    9/28/18 Gala basket items due @ CT. 6th grade=Sports/Games 7th=Fiesta 8th=Travel

    9/28/18 CT Fun Night in the Gym 7-9pm

    10/06/18 LPEF Gala @ Maison du lac 4-10pm

    10/10/18 CT HSC Meeting 8:30am

    10/16/18 LPJUESD Board member candidate night hosted by LPCF & LPC 7-9pm Forum

    10/19/18 End of Quarter 1 grading period

    10/29/18 & 10/30/18 TIM Play auditions for middle school play.

    10/31/18 Minimum Day 12:30 dismissal & Halloween Assembly

    11/1/18 NO SCHOOL-Teacher in service day

    11/2/18 NO SCHOOL-Teacher in service day