January 8, 2020
Dear CT Families,
I have had so much fun catching up with the students as they returned to school. One observation the teachers and staff shared this week is how, when asked about the highlights of the break, the majority of our students remarked on the time they spent with family: trips to see grandparents, visits with younger cousins, watching movies with parents. This is heartwarming to me. It is a reminder that toys and video games, while fun, cannot replace the human connection that helps kids thrive. I’m going to try to keep this thought at the center of my work as we move into this new decade. Welcome to 2020!
My Top Three Moments of the Week
- Seeing the excitement of our 5th graders discovering that their rock candy experiments came to life in Ms. Ignoffo’s science class.
- Reading a story about a fox in the winter to Ms. Ray’s class! There is almost nothing I love more than reading to enthralled little learners.
- Catching up with my rejuvenated colleagues in the staff lounges. We are all ready for a productive and fun 2020!
The Bridge is Open!
The pedestrian bridge is now open! We will no longer have a crossing guard on Summit Road. Students must use the pedestrian bridge to cross Summit Road. As a reminder, students must have a note on file in the school office to cross the bridge without adult supervision.
Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Semi-Finalists and Finalists!
On December 20th, Loma held the Spelling Bee Semi-Finals assembly in preparation for the 2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Two students from each class were selected to participate in our Semi-Finals. Congratulations to Semi-Finalists: Claire M., Emma M., Aiyana M., Aiden D., Colby S., Lincoln F., Emily A., Viviane D., Ethan M., Joshua L., Benjamin P. Lumen S., Ava J. Lindsay F., Cyrus F., Taylor S., Noah M., Eli A., Aleida N. and Grace M.
Spelling Bee Finals will be held January 15th, where our finalists, Noah M., Eli A., Aleida N. Grace M. and Cyrus F.will compete for School Champion!
Karren Zook, Principal
Loma Prieta Joint Union School District
Loma Prieta Community Foundation
Centering and Silence
Centering and Silence (meditation) resumes every Friday at 8:30a starting January 10th.
Are you an overly busy parent? The Loma Prieta Community Foundation-sponsored free weekly meditation series led by Kevin Omi is resuming on Friday, January 10th at 8:30a at the Temporary Community Center (portable beside Building Blocks Preschool).
Each Friday morning session consists of a few minutes of settling in, introduction of a meditation practice, and 15 minutes of silence. These sessions focus on letting go and receiving the gifts of silence in community.
Fit for 2020
Are you interested in getting fit for 2020? Come join Pilates and Integral Yoga in the mountains. Please see the attached flyers for more information or register at www.lgsrecreation.org
YSI February Camp
Youth Science Institute is offering a February camp for kindergarten through 6th grades. See attached flyer for more information.
7th Grade Health and HIV Prevention Education
In accordance with the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) we are required to teach comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education to students in the 7th grade.
If you wish to preview instructional materials, they will be available in the CT front Office during school hours. Attached you will find a letter from Principal Zook emailed on 1/7/2020 to 7th grade families.
Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District Open Enrollment
Please see the attached Open Enrollment information from the Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District. You must submit a request before Feb 14, 2020 if you wish your Los Gatos High School eligible student to attend Saratoga HS in the fall of 2020.
Wild Times @ CT English MS
Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
1/9/20 Superintendent’s Chat 6:30 Rm 21
1/10/20 End of quarter 2 grading period
1/15/20 Regular Board Meeting Loma Forum 7pm
1/20/20 NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King Holiday
1/24/20 CT Skate Night
1/24/19 CT student’s hand carry home Q2 report cards
2/5/20 CT HSC Mtg. 8:30am Conference Room
2/12/20 Regular Board Meeting Loma Forum 7pm
2/14/20-2/16/20 CT/TIM Adam’s Family
2/17/20-2/21/20-NO School-February Break
2/25/20 8thGrade Washington DC Mandatory Meeting 7pm Loma Forum
2/26/20 Board Study Session 6:30 Loma Forum
2/28/20 LGHS Band Assembly 12:50 Gym