• May 15, 2019


    Dear Loma and CT 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 become 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  

    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 17.  Please reach out to Patty Smrt with questions (p.smrt@loma.k12.ca.us).


    8th Grade Parents – We Need Your Photos!

    We have begun our graduation prep.  Please start looking for 3-5 digital photos of your kids that you would like included in our pre-graduation slide shows.  The photos can be of any age, at school, home, anywhere.  Our slide shows plays before the ceremony begins.  Please send the photos to Mrs. Denues at k.denues@loma.k12.ca.us for inclusion in the showcase.  The deadline for submission is May 17th. Don’t have your child be left out!


    CT Electives 2019-2020 (Due: 5/17)

    7th and 8th grade Elective Request forms were sent home with students on Monday, May 12.  Please read the form carefully. Completed and signed forms are due back to the CT office no later than this Friday, May 17.  Students who do not return the form by that date will be at risk of being placed in elective courses as space is available. Extra elective forms are attached.


    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 6 p.m. We will be presenting information regarding expectations and realities of 6th grade.




    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

    Preparations are in progress for construction projects to be performed over the summer break. We have four major projects that we will focus on after the fire reconstruction project. These projects must be completed before the final close out can be issued from the DSA (Department of State Architects) for our new buildings. They are:

    1. The pedestrian bridge.
    2. The concrete ramp leading from the North field up to the bridge.
    3. The Garden Terrace, which needs to be brought up to today’s standards.
    4. Create a kiln room on the east side of the gym.


    Thank you,


    Paul Harville

    Director of Facilities

    23800 Summit Road

    Los Gatos CA, 95033



    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.


    Home & School Club Info

    Hello Loma and CT Families!

    We are in our final stretch of the school year and we have 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 on May 31st, staring 4pm on the Building Blocks field in celebrating what a fabulous year this has been! We have arranged for a food truck or two, HSCs will provide desert & this year have partnered up with LPCF for the afterparty! They will have their concession treats set up and when it gets dark show the new Academy award winning Spiderman, Into the Verse movie under the redwoods in the Amphitheatre. (See below flyer, also on FB and in this week’s Weds News for more details)


    Order your School Supplies for Next Year

    Don't leave it to 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 K through 8 soon!  https://www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=1178185

    Thanks, and have a great week ahead!

    Your Home and School Clubs


    Wild Times @ CT English MS

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm

    Upcoming Events

    5/15/19 Meet & Eat Fundraiser at Willow St & Main St Burgers                                              

    5/17/19 No East Bus Route

    5/18 & 5/19 CT HSC Goodwill truck north campus

    5/23/19 Incoming 6th grade Orientation 6pm

    5/23/19 CT Open House 7pm

    5/24/19 CT Beach Day @ Platform Beach

    5/27/19 NO SCHOOL-Memorial Day Holiday

     5/30/19 7th Grade Renaissance Day

    6/1/19 8th Grade End of year Party in the Gym

    6/3/19 8th grade Grad. Practice 8:20am & Assembly Schedule

    6/4/19 8th grade Grad. Practice 8:20am 6/7TH Awards Ceremony 1pm

    6/5/19 8th grade Grad. Practice 8:20am Fun Day & 8th grade Boardwalk Trip

    6/6/19 Last Day of school. Min. Day 12:30 dismissal

    8th Grade Awards Assembly at 11am and Graduation 4pm both in the Gym

    School starts in the Fall on Thursday August 15, 2019