• May 15, 2019


    Dear Loma Families:


    Why I Give to KEEP

    One of the surprising benefits of bringing my daughter to school with me each day is the long car ride we spend together to and from Santa Cruz.  Over the last three years, those drives have come to be some of our most precious time spent together.  I love to hear her chattering from the backseat about her day.  When my daughter talks about the business of learning, her stories are often focused on science, P.E., music and library. She loves those classes.  She loves that she gets to get messy and do “real” science with Mrs. I. She loves that she can out dribble her 12-year-old brother on the basketball court, thanks to Coach (who she is convinced currently plays for the NBA).  She loves to sing and dance with Ms. Lelake. Oh, and she definitely wants to be a librarian when she grows up, just like Ms. Fichthorn who “knows everything about books.” This is why I give to KEEP. 


    The stark reality is, if not for donations to LPEF, all of this would be gone.  California does not cover the “extra” classes and programs that we have come to treasure at Loma and CT. I’ve been around long enough to remember a time when we didn’t have music class or band. I remember when the libraries had to be closed because the school could not afford for someone to run it. I remember when we didn’t have a school counselor and CT electives were half of what they are today. I remember when KEEP started in order to keep Loma’s developmental P.E. program, which we nearly lost.  This is why I give to KEEP.


    I give to KEEP because I believe in keeping our schools strong, and vibrant places that support the learning and passions of each of our children.


    My Top Three Moments of the Week 12

    1. Hearing classes practice their songs and seeing the forum “Spring into Summer” with all the clever art projects for our Volunteer Appreciation festivities.
    2. Giving high-fives to the kindergarteners as they headed off for their field trip to Vasona Park. All their excited smiles made my day.
    3. Learning about “Teaching Through Problem-Solving” from our own Mrs. DePiazza.


    No East Bus (5/17)

    Unfortunately, the East Bus will NOT run on the afternoon of Friday, May 17th.  Please reach out to Patty Smrt with questions at p.smrt@loma.k12.ca.us



    Seeking School Site Council Members

    The School Site Council (SSC) is a group of teachersparents, and staff, from both CT and Loma, who works with the principal to develop, review and inform decisions and advise on academics, parent engagement, safety and school climate.  Please email Karren Zook (k.zook@loma.k12.ca.us) if you would like to learn more and get involved.


    New Kinder Orientation (5/22)

    We will be hosting the New Kindergarten Orientation on Wednesday, May 22 at 2:00 (see attached flyer). Parents and guardians are invited to meet the kindergarten teachers and administrative team. We will discuss kindergarten readiness, provide introductory information on what to expect in the Fall, and the review typical topics found in the kindergarten curriculum. This is an adult only event. 


    6th Grade Orientation (5/23)

    All Fifth Grade Parents are invited to our 6th grade Orientation. This orientation will take place in the new classroom 21 (near the gym), on Thursday, May 23, at 6pm. We will be presenting information regarding expectations and realities of 6th grade.


    Paul’s Construction Corner

    We have begun to prepare for the construction projects that will get performed over the summer break. There are four projects that are attached to the fire reconstruction project that must be completed before the final close out can be issued from the DSA (Department of State Architects). They are:

                The pedestrian bridge

                The concrete ramp leading from the North field up to the bridge

                The Garden Terrace, needs to be brought up to today’s standards

                Create a kiln room on the east side of the gym


    Construction on these projects will get performed over the summer.



    Karren Zook, Principal


    LPEF Meeting – TONIGHT

    LPEF is holding their May Board of Directors meeting, open to the community, to discuss current fundraising efforts and upcoming events. The meeting will take place from 6-7:30pm, May 15th in room 21 (new building).


    KEEP! Update

    Keep those KEEP! donations coming. We are in the critical last month of our KEEP! campaign and to date, have raised $25,000 of our $200,000 goal. Thank you to the 26 families who have already stepped up and donated. Your donations fund these critical programs: PE, Music, Science, Library, Middle School Electives, Support Services and STEM initiatives. Please make your donation today at https://www.lpef.org/donate.


    Loma Home & School Club

    We are in the final stretch of the school year and there are a couple things to remind you to not miss in the midst of all the May mayhem!


    End of Year Picnic, SAVE THE DATE!

    Please join us May 31st on the Building Blocks field to celebrate what a fabulous year this has been! Festivities starts at 4pm. We have arranged for a couple of food trucks with the HSC’s providing desert. This year, LPEF has partnered up with the HSC for the afterparty! They will have their concession treats set up and after dark, will show the new “Spiderman, Into the Verse” movie under the redwoods in the Amphitheatre for everyone to enjoy. Hope to see you all there!


    School Supplies for Next Year

    Don’t leave it for the last minute….grab everything in one pretty package, click, click, and done! All supplies are brand names you trust at prices competitive or better to target/Walmart, etc. The deadline is June 30th, so be sure to get your orders in. They’re available for K-8th. To order, go to: https://www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=1178185



    The 32nd Annual Loma Jogathon was an amazing success. Thank you so much to everyone who came out in support of our students! It was a beautiful and fun day.


    It truly takes a mountain to put on this event. We are so grateful to our sponsors, the volunteers who help during the Jogathon as well as planning the event, CT students who came to help, the families that donated food and beverages, the families and friends who came out to cheer on our runners, the teachers and staff who support us, and of course, our runners themselves. It is their spirit that makes the day so special.


    Please feel free to send in your pledges. You can find the link to pay for your pledges on the HSC website: https://www.lomaprietahsc.org/jogathon. If you are paying for your pledges with PayPal or a check, please remember to put your student’s name on the notes section. If paying with cash, please put your pledge in an envelope with your student’s name and “JOGATHON” written on the envelope and put it in the white box in the Loma office. This will help us with keeping track of pledges.


    The Jogathon Awards Assembly will be May 29th from 8:30-9:30am. Hope to see you there!


    Kids & Co

    Kids & Co will not be able to accept drop-ins Wednesday, May 22nd due to shortage of staff. If you have any questions, contact Bridget Freiri at 408-353-5437 or at b.freiri@loma.k12.ca.us


    Loma’s Upcoming Events

    5/15               Volunteer Tea 12:30p

    5/17-5/19     Goodwill Truck by Building Blocks

    5/17               SoW assembly 8:30a

    5/22               New Kinder Orientation 2p

    5/23               5th grade Orientation to CT 6p / Open House 6:30-8p