September 22, 2021
As I write this message, I am grateful that so many of our school routines continue to come back to life-albeit some a little different than before, but alive! Routines like our weekly Loma assemblies. Each Friday hosts an assembly outside in our amphitheater for either kinder-2nd grade or 3rd-5th grades. We celebrate being Kind, Respectful & Responsible.
It is important to know that we continue to adhere to Covid mitigation measures including frequent hand washing and sanitizing and wearing face coverings when indoors. Staff and students have the option of removing their face coverings when outdoors. There are times when outdoors that we ask staff and students to continue wearing their face covering. These include times when social distancing is not practical, like during assemblies. Please have frequent conversations at home with your child about the importance of continuing these mitigating strategies. Additionally, if you wish for your child to wear their mask outdoors you should be having a family conversation expressing that expectation.
LPEF Gala is almost here! It’s not too late to buy your tickets for the Gala being held at Maison De Lac on Saturday, October 2nd 4-10pm. Dust off those glad rags that have been hiding in your closet and join us for a beautiful night of celebration for our schools. Tickets available at LPEF.org
Next week we will be busy bees at Gala HQ and will need all hands-on deck. If you can volunteer a couple of hours, that would be amazing! Sign up here to help out: LPEF Sign-Up
It takes a mountain!
Frequent absences from school are cause for concern. Students who miss just one or two days of school each month risk falling seriously behind. Being absent from school can lead to significant problems. Students who miss many days of school are more likely to fail classes, drop out from school, and have poor relationships with parents, teachers, and peers. Please remember that every absence matters. If you need support with your child’s attendance, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to Billy Martin. Thank you for supporting your child in their attendance at school.
If your child needs to be absent from school, please notify your child’s teacher(s) and the appropriate school office.
Billy Martin, Principal
Loma Prieta JUSD
Fall School Picture Day K-8 - September 28, 2021
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NEWS AND INFORMATION
Research demonstrates that the more of these developmental assets students have, the more likely that student is to grow into a thriving adult. Project Cornerstone is one of the programs we incorporate into our school community to build assets among our students. You can visit the Project Cornerstone website for more information. Each month of the calendar year highlights an asset with resources that you can access to learn more about how to support the particular asset at home. September’s Asset is:
Asset #6: Parent(s) are actively engaged in helping young person succeed in school.
All students K-8 will be participating in school-wide diagnostic assessments in Math and Reading through the iReady assessment platform. iReady is not a summative assessment but is instead a diagnostic tool that teachers can use to identify where students currently are in their education journey. The diagnostic information also provides teachers with student growth information. These data give teachers powerful information to differentiate instruction and provide students with what they need.
I know that TikTok may seem benign and fun. However, children and students can be subject to very inappropriate content. One current TikTok trend is called the deviant licks challenge. If you’ve been paying attention to local and national news, this challenge encourages students to steal and/or damage school property and post the destruction to TikTok. This has led to many schools limiting bathroom access, installing security cameras, etc. all at significant costs. While we have not had any CT students participate in this immature challenge, I wanted to take a moment to make parents aware. Engaging in theft or vandalism of school property will result in suspension and being reported to police. This trend certainly isn’t worth the consequences for a few likes and views on social media. Please know what your child is doing when they are online. Ask them questions about what they view/post online.
Lunch Yard Duty Volunteers Needed
We are currently look for vaccinated volunteers to supervise lunch recess. This is a great way to get involved in our school community in an outdoor setting. Help is needed: 11:20-12:00 at the Loma 1-5 playground; 11:20-12:00 at the kindergarten playground; and 12:00-12:30 at the CT blacktop. If you are interested in helping 1 or more days a week, please contact Billy Martin.
Reusable Water Bottle & Sun Protection
This is just a reminder that the weather continues to be very warm. Students should be bringing with them each day a reusable water bottle with their name on it. We have water bottle refilling stations on both campuses. Additionally, it is recommended to apply sunscreen or send your child with a hat to protect them from the sun. Most of our lunch/eating spaces are in shaded locations, however there are times when your child is in the sun.
Lost and Found
Please check the Lost and Found outside the Loma office. Lots of jackets, sweaters, water bottles, etc. It’ll help us get lost items to your child if you label them.
We all know how fast our kids grow and they are always hungry. Please remember to put enough food for them to last them the whole day.
LOMA & CTE HOME & SCHOOL CLUB NEWS
Things are in full swing with the CTE HSC! Please look over the following dates and mark your calendars:
- September 22nd, 4-6pm- Kona Ice Truck on the school campus for the CTE Cross Country Meet. Support our team and enjoy some shaved ice.
- October 13th, Main Street Burger Fundraiser Dinner- downtown Los Gatos Mention CTE HSC at the time of ordering/checkout
- October 15th, Flower Power Bulb Sales wrap up. Please see the flyer for more details or click here to order https://ctehsc.fpfundraising.com
- October 30th, 10am-2pm- Goodwill Truck is at the Loma/CTE campus parking lot. Clean out your closets, etc. before the holidays.
- See’s Candy fundraiser begins now and runs through December 3rd, https://www.yumraising.com/secure/cteha_ct_english_home__school_club89/candy?h=Kim_Pta2468
- November 10th, Willow Street Fundraiser Dinner- downtown Los Gatos- Mention CTE HSC at the time of ordering/checkout
- Future Goodwill truck events are planned for January and May 2022
We are also pleased to announce that planning is underway for the beloved Loma Holiday Craft Faire on December 4th– 5th. Please save the date and stay tuned for more details. This is our largest fundraiser and can only happen with volunteer help. Many hands make light work, so please let us know if you are interested in volunteering: email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you at some of these events!
Students visiting Summit Store
As you know, many of our CT students make a weekly trek to the Summit Store on Friday’s after school. Here is some information about this activity:
- This is not a school sanctioned event. This means there is no school staff supervising the walk to the store or present when students are at the store.
- There is NO adult supervision at the store. Because there is no supervision at the store, there is a risk that your child will witness unwanted behavior. These unwanted behaviors might include swearing, smoking, vaping, shop lifting, fighting. Yes, these behaviors have happened this year at the store. It is very important that you have conversations with your child about your expectations for how your child should behave while at the store.
- Students should ONLY use the bridge to cross Summit Rd.
I want to thank those parents who have stopped in unannounced at the store on Friday's to check on kids. And thank you to those of you who have stopped in and cleaned up after the CT students.
The Store can and has in the past banned students from visiting on Friday's. If students want to keep this privilege, they need to do their part in being Safe, Kind, and Respectful!
Basketball Coaches Needed
The C.T.E. sports program is looking for basketball coaches for the upcoming seasons. If you are interested in coaching one of our teams please contact our athletic director, Nancy Lanovaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free One-On-One Math Tutoring
The new school year has started, and Mountain Math Initiative is ready to offer FREE math support for Kindergarten-Algebra 1 students. The best time to start is before any struggles in math become apparent. We have many dedicated Loma and CT alumni volunteers that would love to work with our community’s kids. If you are interested in setting up free one-on-one tutoring, specified to your child's needs, please reach out to the MMI Volunteer Coordinator, Marcella Jones (email@example.com) to be matched with a tutor. For more information about all of The Mountain Math Initiative programs and volunteer opportunities, please visit https://www.mtmath.org/.
Loma Prieta Museum Presents: Pioneer Spirit Day
Don't miss the Loma Prieta Museum's Pioneer Spirit Day on October 2. The event is free, without lunch, so that many children as well as adults can learn of the interesting local history in our community. Please see the attached flyer for more information including a QR Code to make it easier to order lunch tickets.