April 3, 2019
Dear Loma Families:
My Top Three Moments of the Week
- There were so many favorite moments from last week’s music concert, but one that has been making me smile all week was “The 5th Grade Blues.” What a clever, funny, and musical way to sum up the 5th grade experience!
- Watching our sleepy, nervous, and excited 7th graders board the bus for Yosemite. I look forward to hearing all about their hiking adventures when they return! In the meantime, it is very quiet around here…
- Playing the “Don’t Smile” game with Ms. Benson’s class at PE. I didn’t last long! How can you not smile when looking at those sweet faces?
Yellow Balloon Assembly—Postponed (4/18)
Tiffany Papageorge, author of My Yellow Balloon, is coming to Loma for a special author’s visit. Ms. Papageorge wrote this book as a middle school student and will be presenting her experience to our students (K-6) on April 18. Please see the attached flyer for more information and the opportunity to purchase a personalized copy of her book.
Statewide Testing Begins April 22
Each year, students in grades three through eight participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).
This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on their grade level:
- Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades three through eight
- California Science Test (CAST) in grades five and eight
The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the CAST are online tests that measure what your student knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support needed to be successful in school.
You are an important part of your child’s education. To help your child get ready for the test you can:
- Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.
- Tell your child that you and their teacher have high expectations and are both there to help, every step of the way.
- Take a practice test with your child.
- Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.
To learn more about the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp.
You also can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html.
Karren Zook, Principal
2019-2020 New Student Registration Information
Registration is open for new students joining Loma Prieta Elementary and CT English Middle School in the 2019-20 school year.
To register, go to: https://www.loma.k12.ca.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1896
Paul’s Construction Corner
Our reconstruction project is continuously moving forward. The new parking area, bus drop off route, and side walk have been completed. The striping for the driving lanes and parking spaces is scheduled for next week as long as the weather permits. New instructions for drop off, pick up, and parking have been sent out to identify where busses will park and the flow of traffic for parents. Having students take the school bus, or park on the North side of Summit Road and use the pedestrian bridge would still be preferred.
The last portable building is scheduled to be removed during the April recess. Before the reconstruction project can be deemed closed, there are a few open items that will need to be addressed.
The pedestrian bridge which was built in 1996, no longer meets ADA accessibility requirements. The concrete ramp leading from the North field up to the bridge will need to be corrected. The Garden Terrace behind the gym will also need to be brought up to today’s standards, but, due to its construction, it will not require much work to pass its final close out inspection.
The District is working to create a kiln room on the East side of the gym, and remove the rotting wooden siding and replace it with stucco to match the rest of the buildings. Construction on these projects will get performed over the summer.
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. The asbestos removal is scheduled to begin on April 1st and the buildings will be completely removed by April 22. This project is the first of many projects that you will see completed in accordance with the 10-year Facilities Master Plan. The District apologizes for an inconvenience this project may create.
Director of Facilities
23800 Summit Road
Los Gatos CA, 95033
2019 KEEP! Status Update
Thank you very much for those of you that have already made your KEEP donation!
Our goal for this years KEEP! (Keep Excellent Education Programs) campaign is $200,000. To date we have raised around 5% of that goal. We are excited to continue making progress towards our goal and providing our kids access to the wonderful programs they enjoy.
Did you know you can sign up to make monthly donations to KEEP? You can find out more here: https://www.lpef.org/donate-now.
Lighting for Literacy - STEM Opportunity for CT English Students
- 5 billion people (20% of the world’s population) have no light after the sun sets.
- One-third of their pay goes toward kerosene or candles. Kerosene in particular releases toxic particulates into their homes and creates a fire hazard.
- Opportunities for learning and literacy are lost when the sun sets.
Through the exploration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) CTE middle school students will learn how to build sustainable, renewable lighting systems for installation in off-grid communities. These sustainable, renewable lighting systems then enable students in underserved countries to advance their education while giving our students the opportunity to experience "service above self." The lighting systems built by our students will be sent to Colonet, Mexico for installation with support from Los Gatos Rotary.
First Come, First Serve Registration Opens April 3rd! Please see the attached flyer for important details and deadlines!
Wild Times @ CT English MS
Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
4/8/19-4/12/19 Spring Break-NO SCHOOL
4/7/19 8thgraders leave for Washington DC
4/11/19 8thgraders return from Washington DC
4/15/19 5thgrade tour of CT for next year 11:15-12:45pm No lunch service
4/19/19 CT Rabbit Run (formerly the Turkey Trot) @noon Loma Field
4/26/19 Teacher Spa Day-3pm TCC Room 4/30/19 7th grade DC Parent info night
5/3/19 CT Minimum Day-Loma Jog a thon
5/9/19 Stanford Scoliosis Screening for all 8thgraders
5/10/19 CT Spring Dance 7-9pm Loma Forum