October 13, 2021
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
Welcome back! Words that I had no intention of saying to you until next fall when we return from summer break. Having welcomed you back, I want to next thank each of every one of you for the flexibility you demonstrated over these past several days. While our decision to pivot to independent study and again to return to campus sooner than planned all had your children and our staff at the forefront. I recognize that these decisions enormously complicated families and I thank you for your support.
Billy Martin, Principal
Loma Prieta JUSD
Make-Up Picture Day K-8 - October 28, 2021
Once pictures are available to preview online, we will notify you. You will then be able to order your child’s photos and photo packages.
NEWS AND INFORMATION
To improve our safety measures, we will be asking all on campus adult volunteers to be rapid tested for Covid-19 within 24 hours prior to entering our learning spaces. Please plan to arrive earlier than your scheduled volunteer time to allow for testing. Test results are provided within 15 minutes. You only need to participate in one (1) rapid test per week-you will not need to test every time you volunteer during a school week. These measures are subject to tighten (more frequent testing) or loosen (testing less often) as we move forward based on school needs.
Mask Wearing on Campus Reminder
Properly worn masks (that cover both nose and mouth) are required at all times when in indoor spaces on campus. Masks are also required at times outdoors when congregated in large groups like during after school pick-up.
Halloween Costume Guidance
We will be celebrating Halloween on campus on 10/29. Staff and student events will take place at different times throughout the school day. Students will have time before campus events to change into their costume. Students do not need to wear their costume to school. If they do choose to arrive at school in their costume, please send them with an extra change of clothes for non-Halloween activities. Please use the costume guidelines below if your child plans to wear a costume to school.
- A face mask that covers the nose and mouth must be able to be worn with a student’s costume when in doors or when congregated outside in a large group.
- Costumes cannot include any weapon. Please leave these at home.
- Please limit blood/gore as we have small children.
- No inappropriate slogans, language, or products.
Lunch Yard Duty Volunteers STILL Needed
Tired of seeing this message repeated in the Wednesday News? Then please consider helping out 1 day or more per week if you can. We are currently look for vaccinated volunteers to supervise lunch recess at Loma, CT and Kindergarten. 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.
Developmental Assets News and Updates
Project Cornerstone is one program we use to build Developmental Assets among students. ABC (Asset Building Champions) Readers is a Project Cornerstone activity where trained adults visit elementary classrooms and read stories, lead discussions, and share activities that support students in feeling valued, respected, and known. October’s book is Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud. After the reading of this book, “Filling Buckets” will become a common and often heard part of our school rhetoric. Filling Buckets is a simple and powerful analogy for being kind to others.
October’s Asset is:
Asset #2: Young person and their parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parent(s).
Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Parent Engagement Program is presenting a Social Emotional Learning event for parents and educators. If you are interested in learning how to support your children’s growth and acquisition of Developmental Assets, consider registering for this event. The series will be held virtually Wednesday October 6, 13, and 20. To learn more or to register, visit: Social Emotional Learning
LOMA AND CTE HOME AND SCHOOL CLUB NEWS
We hope you are hanging in there as we navigate through the highs and lows of Covid. In light of the recent rise in Covid cases, the District has asked us to reschedule the CTE dance we had planned later this month. We are looking at new dates and will let you know as soon as possible.
Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, we will NOT be hosting the October Good Will Truck or our annual Holiday Craft Faire. We look forward to being able to offer events such as these in the future, but for now, we are looking to keep our community as safe as possible.
We do, however, have some great fundraising events coming your way!
- October 13th: Main Street Burger Fundraiser Dinner – downtown Los Gatos. Mention CTE or Loma HSC at the time or ordering/checkout,
- See’s Candy fundraiser for both CTE and Loma HSC’s runs through December 3rd. Click here to order: See's Candy Fundraiser
- November 10th: Willow Street Fundraiser Dinner – downtown Los Gatos. Mention CTE or Loma HSC at the time of ordering/checkout.
We look forward to seeing you at these events! Our HSCs thank you for your ongoing support.
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.
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/.