• October 17, 2018


    Dear Loma and CT Families,


    Today is the 29th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake.  This is a great time to refresh our conversations about earthquake safety at school and at home.  In order to be prepared at school, tomorrow we will join schools across the world in the Great ShakeOut. The Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." (https://www.shakeout.org/dropcoverholdon/). 


    I would like to invite you to explore a couple of earthquake preparedness websites since we do live with the San Andreas Fault complex.  The Earthquake Country Alliance has straightforward guidance for preparation, survival, and recovery.  You can find that info here: http://www.earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps/

    They also provide useful information to help you get prepared at home: http://www.earthquakecountry.org/step3/index.html


    Additionally, it is important to remember that kids experience great stress during an earthquake.  This is true for earthquakes as well as fires, big storms, power outages, and other surprises.  We want our kids to feel confident in their resilience, their capacity to act when necessary.  It’s worth talking with your family, refreshing your plans and supplies, and maybe even printing out the plans and other emergency resources since the Internet is likely to be unavailable.  The Red Cross has a solid check list here:



    We all value the sense of community that comes together in difficult times.  A ready community will be stronger and recover more quickly.  Please consider taking some time to help your family have a plan, know the plan, and be ready for whatever comes our way.


    My Top Three Moments of the Week

    1. High-fiving 40 kindergarteners as they boarded the bus for the Rodoni Pumpkin Patch. Most were just as excited about their first ride on the bus as they were about the pumpkin patch!
    2. Observing Ms. Flynn’s 3rd grade class in deep concentration as they worked on making origami bookmarks.
    3. Discovering a group of 2nd graders cleaning up the balls after recess without even being asked!



    Karren Zook, Principal

    Loma Prieta Joint Union School District

    23800 Summit Road

    Los Gatos, CA  95033

    08/353-1106 – p                           

    408/353-3274 - f


    Building Developmental Assets in School Communities

    You are invited to attend an evening with H. Clay Roberts on Thursday, November 1, 2018 6:30-8:30 pm in the Loma Forum. The Loma Prieta District Office sponsors this event. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


    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. Our roof package has arrived on site and is expected to begin on 10/24/18. The window installation is underway on wing A. The canopy that will run along the front of the two buildings and into the entry of the gym is currently getting framed up and should be finished by 10/22/18. The doors have arrived as well and the exterior doors will begin this week. The stucco contractor has started to mobilize on site to be prepared to start lathing the lower sections of the buildings on 10/23/18. Wing B is in the final stages of its framing and expected to be complete by 10/26/18. We meet with our contractors twice a week to go over scheduling to make sure our project meets the schedule. In some cases, this allows us to gain days by identifying issues in advance that could impact the schedule and potentially slow it down. We now are currently 173 days into construction and have had zero injuries during this project.

    Thank you,                                              


    Paul Harville

    Director of Facilities

    23800 Summit Road

    Los Gatos CA, 95033



    CASA Info.

    Thursday, Nov 1 from 7-8pm in the LG Theatre: Everything you want to know about how to support better Mental and Physical Wellness for our teens Panel of 4 Distinguished Experts and Parent Q&A 


    Lakeside Harvest Festival

    Saturday 10/20/18

    10am - 4pm


    Be sure to join us for the Annual Lakeside Harvest Festival. The whole family is sure to have a great time eating awesome food, perusing wares from our local artisans and participating in lots of fun games and activities.


    Participate in the Chili Cook Off and Baking Showdown. Winner will receive a Sur la Table gift card, personalized apron and their name on our chili winner plaque.  Register here 

    Does your Middle Schooler or High Schooler need volunteer hours? Sign them up for Lakeside's Harvest Festival!  It's great way to have fun and collect those hours.  Register here


    Check out our website for more information.



    Wild Times @ CT English MS

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    10/17/18 Meet & Eat at Willow Street & Main Street Burger-bring the flyer!

    10/19/18 End of Quarter 1 grading period

    10/26/18 CT Fall Dance 7-9pm Loma Forum

    10/27/18 Loma Boo Bash-North Campus

    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

    11/1/18 Building Developmental Assets in School Communities 6:30-8:30pm Loma Forum

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