• November 28, 2018


    Dear Loma and CT Families,


    Welcome back! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving break. I would like to extend a huge “thank you” to our Home and School Clubs at both Loma and CT for providing us with such wonderful teacher appreciation lunches. Everything was delicious—what a treat! The teachers and staff feel so grateful for our supportive parent community.


    Important! 2nd Grade Field Trip Change of Venue

    Due to rain the 2nd grade field trip to Natural Bridges will be moved to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. 2nd grade parents: please let your child’s teacher know by Thursday (11/29) at 7:30 a.m. if you do NOT give permission for your child to participate in this adjusted activity. Thanks!


    Chess Club

    Do you love to play chess? Would you like to bring your enthusiasm for the game to an eager group of Loma students?   Let me know! I am looking to create a lunchtime chess club, but I need to find an adult to take the lead. Let me know if you are interested! I can guarantee fun!


    Flu Season

    We would like to remind you that if your child is not feeling well, please keep them home. If your child was sent home with a fever, they must be fever free, without medication, for 24 hours before they may return to school. The holidays are fast approaching and we all want to stay healthy.


    My Top Three Moments of the Week

    1. Greeting a sleepy-looking group of kids as school resumed on Monday morning.
    2. Coming back to school to find the trees bright with fall colors.
    3. Watching Coach Patino’s PE classes do yoga on this rainy Wednesday morning.



    Karren Zook, Principal

    Loma Prieta Joint Union School District

    23800 Summit Road

    Los Gatos, CA  95033

    08/353-1106 – p                           

    408/353-3274 - f


    Construction Corner

    Our reconstruction project is continuously moving forward. Wing A’s roof is complete and is watertight. Wing B’s roof is complete and water tight as well. The 1st phase of finish concrete has started and will consist of the area between Wing B and the gym. This area is scheduled to be poured on 11/29, and will affect the access to the gym.  Students and the community will be directed to the rear doors of the gym while this work is performed. Wing A is getting the second coat of stucco applied and should be finished on 11/21 then the finish coat will be applied and should be completed on 11/28. Wing B’s windows have been installed and the rough electrical, plumbing and mechanical have been inspected.  Insulation and sheet rock are getting installed in areas where it will not interfere with other work that needs to be completed. During the past three months we have averaged 40 workers on site daily.  This has impacted parking for everyone; the district and contractors appreciate your patience as we try to move quickly through this project. We now are currently 208 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



    CT Lost & Found

    Once again we find our selves overflowing with Lost & Found items. If you are missing your students coats, sweatshirts, water bottles, lunch boxes, sports items, etc. Don’t go buy new ones please come look for their lost items. The CT Lost & Found will be displayed under the overhang between the office and the library. We will try to keep items displayed until our Dec break. If it is raining items will be in our normal lost & found location near the library door facing our courtyard. All items will be donated to those in need over the December break.


    Loma Day at Peacock Tree Farm - December 8th 

    Let's kick off the holiday season with some tree farm fun. Join us on Saturday, December 8th for Loma Day at the family owned and operated, Peacock Tree Farm. Peacock is graciously donating $10 from every tree purchase to the Loma Public Education Fund (LPEF). There will also be Archie's famous turkey gumbo, wine and a raffle. Peacock is conveniently located at 17950 Mountain Charlie Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033. 


    Can't join us on the 8th? No problem! Peacock will be donating $10 for every tree sale all season long. All you have to do is mention your tree is a "Loma Tree" at checkout. 


    Thank you Peacock Tree Farm for your continued support of our schools!


    Attention 8th Grade Parents!

    Your 8th grader already received enrollment materials for Los Gatos High School. Please be sure to ask your student for the Freshmen Enrollment Packets for Los Gatos High School for Fall 2019. The on line portion needs to be completed and all forms returned to the CT Office by Tuesday December 4.  Please note that there will be important dates included in the packet.  Please look for that calendar and make note of the deadlines and orientation events.  These are scheduled by the high school and are not flexible locally.  Don’t miss out!  If your child is not planning on attending LGHS, please indicate that on the forms you return to the office.


    CT Eighth Graders

    There is still time to sign up for the trip to Washington DC! Sign up today at worldstrides.com/signup using Trip ID 163671, contact Julie Bourque at j.bourque@loma.k12.ca.us to find out more about the trip, financial assistance and easy payment plans. Scholarship money and extended payment plans are available.


    Wreaths to support student travel

    Want to help an 8th grader go to Washington DC this spring? Pre-order your holiday wreaths on the attached order form and return to the CT office by Fri. Nov 30, 2018. If you pre-ordered come to the Craft Faire to select your ribbons. Wreaths w/Ribbons will also be available in the CT office for the week after the Craft Faire. Dec 3-7

    CT Eighth graders will also be selling wreaths at the Craft Faire Dec 2 & 3 in the Gym. Flyer Attached


    See’s Fundraiser to support 8th grade DC trip

    Our eighth graders attending the upcoming Washington DC trip will be selling See’s Candy for the next few weeks. Please find an 8th grader or come into the school office to order your holiday candies this year! All orders need to be received by Monday Dec. 3 before 3pm. Orders will be distributed on Monday Dec 10, 2018. Thank you for supporting 8th grade DC trip! Flyer Attached


    CT HSC

    Enter Christmas Tree Raffle and Wine Surprise this Weekend at Annual Craft Faire


    Please join us for the 26th Annual Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire on Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the school gym. We are introducing some fun new fundraisers this year at the Craft Faire: a Christmas tree raffle and Wine Surprise!


    Christmas Tree Raffle

    Enter to win a cut-your-own Christmas tree generously donated by Summit Tree Farm or Peacock Tree Farm. Tickets are $5 for one and $20 for five, and you do not need to be present to win! TWO winners will be announced each day of the Faire. Order online or print an order form: http://ctenglish.com/shop &


     Flyer Attached


    Wine Surprise!

    Buy a $20 ticket and pull a wrapped bottle from our selection of wines generously donated by our neighbor wineries. Surprise! You won a bottle of…???…for your holiday table! Many bottles are valued at $30 or more.


    The Craft Faire is one-stop shopping for your holiday needs: Shop unique gifts by 40+ talented local makers & CT students, buy a wreath to benefit the 8th grade DC trip, snap a family photo with Santa, enter the Christmas tree raffle, pull some tasty wine for your holiday table, listen to holiday music and more, right here in the school gym. Visit http://ctenglish.com/holiday to see this year’s vendor list.


    Finish Community Service Hours this Weekend Volunteer for Annual Craft Faire Fundraiser!


    Your help is needed this weekend at CTE Home & School Club’s largest fundraiser of the year—the 26th Annual Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire. Students can complete their community service hours this weekend, with volunteer opportunities available Friday through Sunday in the school gym. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b44afa829a2ff2-holiday1


    Parent help is also needed with bake sale items; event set up/tear down, food sales and daily cleanup. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b44afa829a2ff2-holiday


    Thank you for volunteering. The Craft Faire raises a significant portion of CTEHSC’s budget each year, allowing us to host fun, healthy events and activities for our middle schoolers.


    Volunteers Needed for Goodwill Truck Fundraiser!


    We are seeking parent and student volunteers to staff the Goodwill Donation and E-WASTE Drive Fundraiser on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Please use the Signup Genius link to choose your volunteer hours. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054CA9A82DAAF85-cteloma. At our last Goodwill weekend fundraiser in May, donations from mountain residents raised $2,300 for student activities and services! Please see attachment for donation details. Flyer Attached


    GoFundMe for one of our own!

    Who doesn't know or love Patty Smrt, our very own one of a kind bus driver and transport director! Patty lost her retirement home and everything in it to the Paradise /CampFire..... She was just 2.5yrs short of retiring and after 3 years of spending every spare moment and funds they had repairing it in preparation for that ... 


    The Loma Home and School Club has set up a GoFundMe to help Patty recoup from this devastation...  We know holidays are times of more expenses, but they are also a time for giving and no one more than Patty would be worthy of our Mnt Giving and love... she has being giving her all to our Mnt kids for over 30years. Let's return the favor in earnest...


    Please consider donating in ANY AMOUNT by clicking this link, that includes more detials on the sad event as well as pictures...   (https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-patty-smrt-and-family/ ).




    Wild Times @ CT English MS

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    12/1 & 12/2 CT HSC Holiday Craft Faire in the Gym 10-5pm

    12/8 & 12/9 CT HSC Goodwill Truck open for donations 9-4 North Campus

    12/12/18 CT HSC Meeting 8:30am-shared portable offices

    12/21/18 Minimum Day-12:30 dismissal

    12/24/18 thru 1/4/19 NO SCHOOL-December Break

    1/7/19 School resumes

    1/9/19 CT HSC Meeting 8:30am-shared portable offices

    1/11/19 End of Quarter 2 grading period

    1/21/19 NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King Holiday

    1/25/19 Quarter 2 Report Cards hand carried home by students