• November 18, 2020


    Dear CTE Families,


    As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you a few of the things I am thankful for. I am thankful that our schools have caring and dedicated teachers and other adults who work tirelessly to ensure that students have learning experiences that matter. I am thankful for our kids who put forth their best efforts even when things are hard. None of us like teaching and connecting with kids and families through computer screens. Our kids show up with smiles on their faces ready to tackle the challenges of distance learning. I am thankful that we have families such as yours, who not only support their own kids in their learning, but also support our teachers as they all make the best of the situation we are in.


    On a separate note, Ms. Fraser shared with our community this week’s move back to the purple or widespread tier as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise. In that message she reminded all of us that we must do our part to slow the spread of this virus so that schools can once again welcome students back to campus. Please stay safe this holiday season.


    In gratitude and wishing you the best of friends, family, health and safety,



    Mountain Strong - Got Your “Santa Cruz Mountain Strong 2020” Gear?  Bonfire will donate a generous percentage of all profits from the sale of the gear back to LPEF.  Please use this link to learn more and see what could soon be your Mountain Strong gear!  https://www.lpef.org/merch



    The USDA Forest Service announced it will expand its Every Kid Outdoors program to offer fourth- and fifth-grade students and family members fee-free access to more than 2,000 sites on national forests and grasslands for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. A new voucher is available for download now through August 31, 2021.


    Every Kid Outdoors is a federal public lands partnership created to inspire fourth-grade students and their families across America to recreate, explore cultures, discover connections to nature and spark a lifelong passion for America’s great outdoors. The program focuses on children ages 9–11 who, research shows, are beginning to understand the world around them, and are uniquely receptive to engaging with nature and the environment. By focusing on this age group year after year, the program aims to ensure every child in the United States has the opportunity to create a life-long connection to America's big backyard. 


    To obtain a free 4th/5th Grade Voucher, visit the Every Kid Outdoors webpage, click on “Get Your Pass”, and download a voucher. The voucher is valid between Nov 12th, and Aug 31, 2021 to correspond to the traditional school year.


    Billy Martin, Principal

    Loma Prieta Elementary JUSD



    Thanksgiving Break-No School – Nov 23rd– Nov 27th

    Have a restful break. See you back in your virtual classrooms on Monday, Monday, Nov 30th.


    Los Gatos High School Pre-Enrollment for 8 th Grade Students - Now to Dec 9th

    Los Gatos High School pre-enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is available for you starting Nov 16th.  Los Gatos HS is part of the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District, LGSUHSD.


    The high school enrollment is completely online.  A parent or guardian will provide information and upload required documents to the LGSUHSD enrollment system.  The instructions are here:



    You do not need to submit copies of the student immunization or grades.  CT English Middle School will provide those records to Los Gatos HS.


    Please complete the online enrollment process no later than Dec 9th.  Parents are encouraged to meet this deadline so your child's 9th grade enrollment is not delayed and so you may receive the communications from Los Gatos High School in Jan 2021 regarding course selection for next year.


    Please note that middle school staff cannot answer questions about Los Gatos High School enrollment. All questions should be addressed to:


    Terri Dewing, Registrar

    Los Gatos High School


    408-354-2730 x231


    Be Seen and Heard Classroom Presentations – Nov 30th and Dec 2nd          

    Be Seen and Heard is a sexual abuse prevention program tailored to K-12 audiences. This valuable opportunity provides students with the power to speak up to protect themselves from harmful behavior. Teachers, counselors, and other staff members will be participating along with students and will be available to support any student in need. If you were unable to attend the recent Parent Peace of Mind presentation to preview the curriculum, you may view the presentation here. If you would prefer your child not participate in their classroom presentation, please send a request to opt-out to your child’s teacher for Loma students or j.bourque@loma.k12.ca.us for CT students. For more information for parents and caregivers on preventing, recognizing and responding to sexual abuse, use this resource.


    Teachers will be sharing the links to classroom presentations prior to the event. Presentation schedule is as follows:


    Grades K, 1 & 2 (combined)  November 30 @ 10:30am

    Grades 3 & 4 (combined)       November 30 @ 9:30am

    Grade 5                                   November 30 @ 11:30am

    Grade 6                                   December 2 @ 11:00am        

    Grade 7                                   December 2 @ 10:00am

    Grade 8                                   December 2 @ 9:00am



    Hello From Loma Staff

    If you didn’t have a chance for your kids and family to view the “We Miss You” message from Loma and CT staff, do so when you can find the time. There are many familiar faces that students will recognize delivering heartfelt messages.


    Loma and CTE’s Virtual Book Fair – Nov 9th – Nov 22nd     

    The Scholastic Book Fair is still underway! A great idea for your holiday shopping! Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly. 


    You can visit the Book Fair online store at: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/lomaprieta

    If you have any Book Fair questions, you can send them to Ms. Fichthorn at Loma or Ms. Ammirati at CT.



    Take Out and Support your HSCs

    It’s WEDNESDAY!!   Who’s having Chipotle for Dinner?

    It’s every parent’s favorite night, take-out night!  No need to cook dinner and minimal clean up required! Order Chipotle (Los Gatos location only) for dinner from 5 to 9pm tonight, Wed, Nov 18thand help support our HSCs!  See the attached flyer or visit https://www.ctehsc.org/fundraising/restaurant-fundraisers to find how to order takeout including ordering on-line and help our HSCs raise money for the teachers and students.   Don’t forget to bring an electronic or paper flyer when picking up in store or use the code when ordering online.


    Charleston Wrap® & Gifts

    Great News! We are almost at our goal of $5,000! Just one week left to register, place your order and pass the information on to your friends. Please help us meet and surpass our goal!


    Now that we are in the most restrictive tier, you can avoid standing in lines at stores or shopping centers by completing your shopping for gifts and gift-wrap at home!! All products ship quickly and directly to your home! 


    See the attached flyer or visit https://www.ctehsc.org/fundraising/charleston-wrap to order now.


    COVID Friendly Goodwill Drive and E-Waste Collection – Dec 5th – Dec 6th (NEW LOCATION!!)

    Mark your calendars and start your winter cleaning.  The Goodwill Truck will be at the Summit Vet Parking Lot on Dec 5th and Dec 6th from 9am to 4pm.  Help us fill a truck (or two!)


    The Goodwill/E-Waste drive welcomes E-Waste (including TVs under 27”, printers, vacuums and computers) and gently used household items (including clothes, books, toys and used car-seats).  


    See the attached flyer for more information on what is/is not accepted and visit our website https://www.ctehsc.org/fundraising for the COVID-friendly drop off map. 


    Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire

    The Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire is going live on Black Friday, Nov 27th. You will have until Sunday, Dec 6th to shop and support your favorite vendors!!