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    April 17, 2019


    Dear Loma and CT Families,


    My Top Three Moments of the Week

    1. Welcoming back students from Spring Break. I think everybody grew an inch over the week we were away!
    2. Watching our 7th grader “tour guides” show Loma and Lakeside 5th graders around CT. They also did a great job answering questions during our post tour Q&A.
    3. Hearing the Los Gatos High Jazz Band perform for our 3-8th graders. Amazing!


    Rabbit Run

    The annual CT English Rabbit Run (formally known as the Turkey Trot) is right around the corner.  The event will be run Friday, April 19 beginning at 12:30 on the Loma Field.  The fun run will be followed by free lunch and dessert provided by our amazing CT Home and School Club and the faculty.  To make this event a success, Home and School Club need your help!  Please sign up at the follow link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F4CAEA72AA4F85-rabbit or contact Karen Hackett at minorhockeymama@gmail.com.


    You are welcome to help cheer on the CT’ers beginning at the Loma field.  Below are the race times:

    • 6thgrade: 12:35
    • 7thgrade: 12:55
    • 8thgrade 1:15


    Statewide Testing Begins on Monday (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.


    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. 



    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. The striping for the driving lanes and parking spaces in the new parking area is complete. 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 was 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.  Asbestos remediation and demolition of the old IHS and day care buildings on the North Campus is underway.  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.


    Paul Harville

    Director of Facilities

    23800 Summit Road

    Los Gatos CA, 95033



    LPEF News

    Save The Date - April 27th and 28th for Sip For Our Schools 
    Join us at the beautiful Loma Prieta Winery for our 7th annual Sip For Our Schools Fundraiser on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th from 12pm - 5pm. 50% of all proceeds will benefit the Loma Prieta School District. We look forward to seeing you there, https://www.lpef.org/sip.
    Keep Those KEEP! Donations Coming

    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 6% of that goal. We are excited to continue making progress towards our goal and providing our kids access to the wonderful programs they enjoy. Make your donation today at https://www.lpef.org/donate-now


    Home and School Club News

    Spa Day 
    Thank you for helping us create a special day for our teachers and hard working district employees that keep our school running smoothly everyday.  Please sign up in sign up genius pasted below or feel free to paypal me at eleannakim@yahoo.com for catered dishes.  We especially need items to give away as favors or as raffle prizes.  Email us directly with any questions and we will send out further notes as we get closer to the date. 
    The event is right after school, so feel free to bring food before pick up to the school or after pick up to the TCC.  This year, the location has been moved to the TCC (temporary community center) across the street from the school and the building behind Building Blocks. 
    Date: April 26, 2019 (Friday)
    Time: 2:50-5pm


    1st Day of School Supplies is Online Ordering is LIVE! (Flyer attached) 

    The day has finally come, no more running around like crazy finding EVERY last item on the school supplies list when your child comes back to school in August 2019! Click here to pre-order now:




    Order online in just a couple minutes and have no worries for a single school supply again! For Loma there are class lists from Kinder through 5th plus a general classroom supplies kit you can order that the whole classes uses (Teachers Class Supplies).  


    Your child's kit & classroom supplies will be delivered to the school with their names labeled, free of charge. You can pick male or female themed colors at check out. 


    All CT grades kits are a general list and depending on what elective classes they pick or teachers assigned, a few couple additional items may be needed but nowhere nearly as many! 

    Email Azadeh if you have Qs: AzzaLu@Gmail.com 


    Survey on Choice Lunch:

    Loma Prieta and CTE HSC in conjunction with LPJUSD are conducting this survey to obtain your feedback on our 2019 Pilot Lunch program with Choice Lunch this year. Feedback will also be used to help in planning for the next school year.  The deadline is April 30th, 2019. If you need more time please email your Loma or CTE HSCs directly.   

    We ask that PARENTS and STAFF please take a few moments to answer these questions (if you order lunches or just have something to share):



    Note: there will be NO Hot LUNCH services in June (Last week of School)  


    Theatre in the Mountains Presents...

    Sleeping Beauty Kids - April 26th - April 28th 
    Theatre in the Mountains’ 1st and 2nd grade performers present “Sleeping Beauty Kids” April 26-28 in the Loma Prieta Forum.  Based on one of the most treasured Disney animated films of all time, and featuring some of the world’s most memorable songs, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS is pure, delightful fun. Performances Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, April 28th  at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $7 with reserved seating.  Get your tickets today at https://www.theatreinthemountains.org/2018-2019-box-office.   


    Wild Times @ CT English MS

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    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

    4/30/19 Spring Picture Day

    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