• December 12, 2018


    Dear Loma and CT Families,


    Thank You to Myra Jones!

    In 2001, I was in my first year of teaching, and boy was I struggling! The principal at the time must have sensed my desperation and she asked the long-time classroom aide, Myra Jones, to come out of retirement to help in my classroom. Myra was a lifesaver. Her calming and encouraging presence got me through some challenging months. When she was finally able to get back to her retirement, Myra took up what would become something of a second career-- although totally without pay! Myra took on the challenge of landscaping our school. For the past 17 years, Myra has planted, watered, and weeded practically every inch of our campus. She has worked with teachers and students in the garden to grow everything from kale to strawberries. She has battled gophers, rabbits, mice and deer. She has made our campus beautiful and always with a warm smile and a positive attitude. Myra and her husband have sold their home after 40 years on the mountain and are moving to Colorado to be with their family. I know our school and community will never be the same without Myra. There are not words to express the gratitude the district, and I personally feel for Myra’s years of dedication. Thank you, Myra, for everything!


    My Top Three Moments of the Week

    1. Working with an eager 8th grade student on her science experiment for the CT Science Festival.
    2. Going through years of Loma photo albums from the “old school.”
    3. Seeing the 2nd and 5th grade buddies dressed up for the Nutcracker. So fancy!


    Emergency Contact Information

    Please remember to provide the school with LOCAL emergency contact information for you child. In the case of illness or emergency, we must have the names of people who can get to the school within 15 minutes. Please reach out to neighbors and school connections to find a LOCAL emergency contact. Thanks!


    The Bee is Back!

    Loma Prieta students are ramping up to participate in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Many of our students have been working through this year’s word lists and getting ready for some stiff competition. Each class in grades 1 through 5 will hold a mini-spelling bee on the road to the semi-finals. Our top two spellers in each class will be invited to participate in the Spelling Bee Semi-Finals next Thursday at 12:30 in the Loma Forum. The final round will take place on Wednesday, January 16th, at 12:30 pm. We are proud to send this year’s winner to the next level in the Scripps competition. Parents are encouraged to come watch the Bee! 


    Chess Club… I’m still on the lookout for a volunteer!

    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!



    Karren Zook, Principal

    Loma Prieta Joint Union School District

    23800 Summit Road

    Los Gatos, CA  95033

    08/353-1106 – p                           

    408/353-3274 - f


    Paul’s Construction Corner

    Our reconstruction project is continuously moving forward. Wing A is getting the finish coat of stucco and the scaffold is expected to be taken down on 12/14. The sheetrock is complete in the kitchen and the fire-proof finishes are now getting installed. In the other rooms of Wing A, the sheetrock is being installed, and the ceiling tiles and light fixtures are expected to be installed by 12/19. The concrete forms for the stairs are getting set up for the east side of Wing B and, weather depending, should be poured on 12/12. This will continue to affect the access to the gym. Students and community members will be directed to the rear doors of the gym while this work is performed. Wing B’s scratch and brown coats of stucco are complete except for the area where the last of the windows need to be installed. The five remaining windows have been repaired by the manufacturer and are being installed on 12/12. The first and second coat of stucco will be completed after the windows are installed. The fire sprinkler system has been inspected and is 100% complete in both wings. We have ramped up manpower to make as much daily progress as possible as we continue to work towards our targeted temporary occupancy date for the art and music room. Over 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 are currently 222 days into construction. There have been no injuries during this project and no lost days due to adverse weather.


    Funding the Future - LPEF End of Year Giving Goal of $25,000

    The LPJUSD and LPEF have launched a new initiative to bring a Makerspace/STEM Lab to Loma & CT students. We have a year end giving goal to fund this space of $25,000. We are currently at around 20% of this goal. Thank you to those of you who have already given!

    We have heard how excited our community is to help our students expand their understanding and passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math with this new interactive space to make, create, and innovate! If we meet our fundraising goal, you will see the lab beginning to come to life during this school year. 


    Any donation you make between now and the end of the year will go directly to building a Makerspace/STEM Lab. All donations to LPEF are tax deductible and you can donate at http://www.lpef.org/donate via PayPal, credit card or check. Thank you for your ongoing support of creating amazing new opportunities for our children.


    Loma Day at Peacock Tree Farm

    A fun day was had by all at Peacock Tree Farm last Saturday. It was wonderful to see so many Loma families enjoying the beautiful day, traipsing through the property to find the perfect tree and celebrating success with Archie's famous gumbo. 


    If you are still in need of a tree, head over to Peacock and mention your tree is a "Loma Tree" at checkout and they will donate $10. In the New Year we will share how much total this fundraiser earned. Big thank you to the folks at Peacock Tree Farm for their ongoing support of our schools!


     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.


    See’s Candy & Wreaths for 8th grade Washington DC Fundraiser

    Please see attached flyer!


    Wild Times @ CT English MS

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    12/17/18 Spirit Day=PJ day, wear Pajamas

    12/18/18 Spirit Day=Holiday Day, wear anything festive for a holiday

    12/19/18 Spirit Day=Winter Wear Day, ski or snowboard clothes etc.

    12/20/18 Spirit Day=North Pole Day, dress as Santa, Mrs. Claus, elf, reindeer, etc.

    12/21/18 Spirit Day=Ugly Sweater Day

    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