October 27, 2021
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
Halloween is nearly upon us. What a treat it will be to see kids in costumes, trick-or-treating neighborhoods and gathering with friends. Please stay safe while out and about.
Billy Martin, Principal
Loma Prieta JUSD
Make-Up Picture Day K-8- October 28th
Staff Development Day–NO SCHOOL - November 1st
Veteran’s Day-NO SCHOOL - November 11th
On Campus Covid/Flu Vaccination Clinic- November 11th
8:30a-2pm at Loma Prieta Campus. Covid & Flu vaccinations and boosters for
anyone interested 5 years and older.
Loma Elementary Conference Week-Minimum Days- Nov 15th-Nov 19th
12:30 dismissal all week for Loma ONLY.
Thanksgiving Break-NO SCHOOL - Nov 22nd-Nov 26th
NEWS AND INFORMATION
CT & Loma Fall Picture Galleries Ready for Viewing
Families who did Fall school pictures can view their child’s pictures. The link which can be shared with Loma families is
. The password to access your photos was emailed to you separately. This gallery will expire December 31st.
Please email your child’s school office if you would like your child’s picture re-taken before picture make-up day on Thursday Oct 28th. For CTE retakes email firstname.lastname@example.org. For Loma retakes email email@example.com.
Halloween Costume Guidance-Update
We are so excited here on campus to celebrate Halloween on Friday. Students have been asking for guidance on two things. First is the request that students not wear the inflatable costumes. The inflatables that are not allowed are ones in which the person’s head is enclosed inside the costume. Inflatables where the person’s head is outside the costume are allowed.
The second is regarding Middle School students arriving to campus in costume. Middle Schoolers will have a normal instructional day until 1:30pm. Therefore, Middle School students DO NOT come to school in their costume. They will be provided time to change before Halloween activities begin. It is PAJAMA Day on Friday for CT as we wrap up Red Ribbon Week. CT students should come to school in their pajamas!
Please use the costume guidelines below if your child plans to wear or bring 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 indoors 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.
Health and Wellness Reminders
The cold wet weather brings with it cold and flu season. As we settle into our wet months we want to remind you of a few things:
- If your child does not feel well, please do not send them to school. If they exhibit any signs/symptoms related to Covid, students will be sent home. Students must be symptom free with no medication (no fever or vomiting for 24 hours) for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
- Medications, including over the counter products, cough drops, and homeopathic remedies are not allowed to be self-administered by students. Please do not send these products to school with your child.
- The Daily Home Symptom Screening should be completed each day in PowerSchool prior to the arrival of your child.
- Login into your Parent Portal of PowerSchool (parents new to LPJUSD will receive information on how to set up your account)
- Click on Forms in the left-hand navigation menu
- Select the 2021-2022 Daily Home Symptom Screening
- Complete the form and submit
Cell Phone Reminder
Cell phones are not allowed to be used during school hours. School hours are 8:20-2:45 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 8:20-1:30 on Wednesday. This includes breaks, recess, and lunch time. If a student is observed using their cell phone during school hours without the explicit instruction to do so by a staff member, the phone will be confiscated and held in the office for the student’s parent or guardian to pick up.
Please keep in mind that when wet weather visits our campus, we will get wet. Though our intention is to be outside as much as possible for eating and playing, we do have plans in place for moving recess or lunch/snack indoors if needed due to poor weather conditions. Sometimes we will eat inside, but get to play outdoors. Other times, we will need to eat and have recess indoors. Here are a few things you can do to help your child have a drier and warmer day at school when it rains:
- Make sure your child dresses in layers. With our classroom doors and windows open for increased fresh air, classrooms will get cold and drafty. Having layers will allow children to adjust as they need to in order to stay comfortable.
- Include a water-proof layer. A rain jacket with a hood, rain boots, etc. all help keep students dry.
- An umbrella for use outside. Umbrellas are great tools when properly used. If you send an umbrella to school with your child, remind them how to use the umbrella properly. Umbrellas are only used outside when it is raining. They are not needed when it is not raining. Umbrellas should never be used to swing at or hit at other people.
- Have a conversation with your child about what you expect of them. For example, if you are sending your child to school in their best tennis shoes and you don’t want them splashing in a puddle, let them know that. We have lots of eyes at school, but it’s easy for a kid to find a puddle on the playground to play in before anyone notices.
- Make sure your child knows your pick-up plans if the rain will change how your child goes home after school. For example, if your child is a walker or a bike rider and you will pick him/her up after school on rainy days, please make sure they know this change of plans.
Lunch Yard Duty Volunteers STILL Needed
Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to help with lunch recess supervision. Your help ensures we have enough adults to supervise our kids to keep them safe and supported. If you are interested in helping, please contact Billy Martin. We still need help at the kindergarten play yard and the middle school play yard.
Want a Job Working at Our Schools?
We are in need of a Youth Leader to work 2-4 hours per day. This is a paid position. You should be excited to work with children, able to be self-directed, and flexible. Responsibilities include play yard supervision, school office coverage, and working directly with students under the supervision of credentialed teachers. This is a great way to be involved at school. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Billy Martin.
LOMA AND CTE HOME AND SCHOOL CLUB NEWS
Help support our school garden! Your students and our garden volunteer parents have been hard at work this year growing sugar snap peas, Italian artichokes, chocolate mint, and lettuce for a winter garden sale. We also have some great heirloom raspberries and perennial Tree Kale. Please see the Loma HSC page to make your purchases. All purchases should be paid for online and your plants will be ready for pickup at the Loma Garden starting this Friday October 29. Plants are very limited so get your orders in right away. All proceeds go towards supporting our lovely school garden! More information here: Loma HSC
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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/.