March 13, 2019
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
CT Reminder: Contacting Your Child While at School
We have had a noticeable increase in the number of parents contacting their children during the school day. While we know plans change, we ask that families set up after school arrangements with their children before school. Each student call during school represents a disruption to class instruction and student learning. We appreciate your help and cooperation. Thanks!
Project Cornerstone’s Book of the Month
This month’s ABC reader book is The Empty Pot, by Demi. This Chinese traditional tale is about a boy named Ping who lived a long time ago in China. What happens in the story teaches children the value of courage, honesty, integrity, responsibility, and perseverance (CHIRP). These tools will empower students to value being true to themselves when it is not easy.
This book illustrates the importance of attitude and behavior in building character. Students will understand that the end result isn’t as important as trying your best and to trust in yourself and listen to your own judgement to make a good decision. Honesty makes trust bloom. In the discussions and lessons, these developmental assets and character traits were defined as:
- Courage-Acknowledge your accomplishments, even if they fall short of the goal.
- Honesty-Telling the truth even when it’s not easy.
- Integrity-Having a personal moral code and sticking to it no matter what. Doing the right thing and feeling good about it.
- Responsibility-Taking ownership for our own behavior.
- Perseverance-Working hard at a task until the end.
There are several ways you can extend this lesson at home:
- Create a family circle of trust where all members feel safe.
- Notice, name and celebrate when:
- You or your child say or do something as an UPstander.
- Tell the truth when it is hard to do so.
- Point out when you or your child accomplish a goal.
- Celebrate small and large accomplishments especially when you try your best.
- Look for examples of family, friends, and neighbors who model positive values.
- Make a family list of what you say and do to promote your family’s positive values.
Keep your expectations realistic and allow for mistakes. Making and then learning from mistakes enables your child to understand how to live life with integrity and honesty. Your children watch everything you do and say– it’s how they learn to behave. You are the most important role model (asset #14) in your child’s life! Your own behavior is, as always, the best teaching tool.
My Top Three Moments of the Week
- Feeling inspired by the St. Baldrick’s Day event, where a group of teachers and students “braved the shave” and raised over 21K in contributions to fight childhood cancer.
- Watching Loma kids enjoy a sunny recess after so many days of rain!
- Listening to the sweet voices of 1st and 2nd graders practicing for the Sleeping Beauty play.
Music Concert – Save the Date!
Save the date, March 27th for our 2nd annual music concert! The Loma and CT concert will feature both schools. The Big Cat Band will feature students in the advanced band, which includes CT students and 5th graders. The Beginning Band will also be performing. In addition, all Loma students will perform one musical number. This is an awesome event that is not to be missed! Show starts at 6:30pm in the gym.
Karren Zook, Principal
Paul’s Construction Corner
Our reconstruction project is continuously moving forward. The Environmental Heath permit has been issued for the use of the kitchen, although there are a few small tasks that need to be completed before the kitchen can be used. By the end of April, the tasks will be completed.
The concrete contractor has begun to create the new parking area and bus drop off route. It is scheduled to get placed March 15th. Once the concrete is placed, the asphalt will get paved and the last of the exterior light poles will get erected.
This work will impact traffic for both C.T. English and Loma Prieta due to the need to close off a portion of the parking lot. Here is the link to a map of the construction fence and how it will impact traffic during pick up and drop off of students. It would be best to find an alternative way to get your students to school through March 20th. Having students take the school bus, or park on the North side of Summit Road and/or use the pedestrian bridge would be the preferred methods. The construction fence in the parking lot is scheduled to be taken down March 20th before the ribbon cutting takes place. We hope to see you there.
The last portable building is scheduled to be removed during the spring recess, April 8th through April 12th. The district and contractors appreciate your patience as we try to move quickly as possible through this portion of the project. We are now currently 312 days into construction and have had zero injuries during this project.
While we have been working on the reconstruction project of the kitchen and classrooms, the district has been working on other projects and I am excited to say that on February 13th, the School Board approved the contractor to do the asbestos remediation and demolition of the old IHS and day care buildings on the North Campus. This project is the first of many projects that you will see completed in accordance with the 10-year Facilities Master Plan. The asbestos removal is to begin on April 1st and the buildings will be completely removed by April 22nd.
Director of Facilities
Save the Date – Wednesday, March 20th, Coffee Talk with Superintendent, Fraser
Next Wednesday, March 20th, please join us at 8:30am in the Loma Forum for Coffee talk with Superintendent, Fraser: Dispelling the Myths of School Funding.
We will be discussing how our schools are funded, where the funding goes and how private funding works to support programs at Loma Prieta Joint Union School District, followed by a direct Q&A session with Superintendent Fraser. This conversation is sponsored by LPEF; coffee and refreshments will be provided.
We look forward to seeing you there!
LPEF donations fund the following programs:
- Music – Support for our K-8 music program
- PE – PE program at Loma
- STEM – Support for technology integration/STEM enrichment programs
- Science – Direct support for specialized elementary science instruction
- Library – Library support services at CTE and Loma
- Support Services – K-8 school counseling and other student support.
You can donate at https://www.lpef.org/donate-now
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Loma’s Upcoming Events
3/12-3/14 Optional Parent/Teacher conferences, dismissal 12:30
3/15 Academic Awards assembly 8:30, regular 2:45 dismissal
3/20 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 4pm
3/22 SoW assembly 8:30am
3/26 2nd grade field trip to Flint Center
3/27 Music Concert 6:30pm
3/29 SoW/CoM assembly 8:30a / Star Wars day