November 19, 2014
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
I often wrestle with which topic to choose for Tuesday evenings. Tonight it was easy. We had three fire trucks, an ambulance, and a helicopter on the Loma field to support an airlift of a patient injured elsewhere on the mountain today. True to form, we also had cars parked in the red zone that had to be moved.
We have a sense of safety living here in our idyllic setting. It is true that we are fortunate that not many "bad things" happen here. Our schools are a hub on the mountain. They serve more than the kids. Our fields are one of the few places medivac helicopters can land safely. We need to do our part as mountain residents and keep the fire lanes clear.
Please, please, please don't park in the red zone, EVER!
Thoughts before Thanksgiving
Those of you who have known me for some time know that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I appreciate that it remains largely uncommercialized. Mostly though I appreciate that it reminds us to appreciate family time. As the parent of a high school freshman and a college grad, I am in awe of how quickly time slips by. My mantras of “never take a day for granted” and “don’t blink” remain staples of my life and my on-going advice to parents. I hope that the upcoming Thanksgiving break gives your family time together in some of the ways that you enjoy each others company. May you travel safely, laugh heartily, and build lasting memories. A good nap might be in order too. Happy Thanksgiving!
Calling All Coaches
We are looking for boy’s basketball coaches to help with our C.T. English program. The basketball season runs from Dec. 8th to Feb. 13th. If you are available to help please contact our Athletic Director, Nancy Lanovaz at email@example.com. If you are interested in other coaching opportunities, Nancy is happy to speak with you about how to become a coach for CT even if you are not yet a CT parent.
A Few Updates and Reminders:
- The Loma Awards Assembly has been rescheduled, new date/time, Thursday, December 4th at 1:45pm.
- Never too early to order your Yearbooks. This year the yearbook price is $25. Check out the enclosed flyer.
- Today is the day to Shop For Our Schools at the Summit Store. Indulge in goodies for a worthy cause.
- Remember to support the Loma HSC by ordering holiday candy and goods.
- Sticking with the holiday theme, proceeds from trees purchased on December 6th at the Peacock Tree Farm on Mountain Charlie Road will benefit our schools.
- You can pick up a few presents for under the tree, a birthday gift, or Hanukah at the Holiday Craft Faire taking place at the Loma Prieta Community Center on December 6th and 7th.
Now on to the top ten for week 13:
Top 10 from the Yosemite Trip - Having just returned, I have to give a shout out to:
- An amazing corridor of brightly hued yellow and orange deciduous trees outlining the path of the Merced River;
- A splash of orange sunset illuminating El Capitan, reminiscent of Alpine Glow;
- Half Dome radiating a cool blush as the rising sun shines on the face of Tissaack (do Google the legend);
- A extraordinary large raven flies over the camp and dips a wing to its namesake, the Ravens hiking group;
- The excitement of student voices as they return from their day hikes;
- The adventure and skill of using night vision instead of flashlights when walking to the evening program;
- Yosemite Falls completely devoid of water. The rock face displays the mineral deposit outline of the fall;
- Kids playing card games during their downtime;
- The Yellow Eyed Ensatinas hiking group circled up and engaged in a group challenge game. So fun to watch that I could not help but “throw my hat in the ring”;
- Sitting on the bank of the Merced River gazing up at the stars on a beautiful clear evening while a NatureBridge naturalist points out stars and constellations and spins a melodic tale describing the events that led to the formation of the constellation Lyra… ahhh!
Home and School Club News
2014 Holiday Craft Faire Update - Please invite your family, friends and neighbors to join us for the Holiday Craft Faire on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 10am to 4pm at the Loma Prieta Gym and Community Center located at 23800 Summit Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033.
Santa Claus Visiting Hours
Mr. Claus and a few elves will pose for photos and hand out candy canes for a few hours each afternoon. If your little ones are hoping to speak with Santa about their wish lists, please note Santa's *new* schedule: Saturday, December 6 from 2 to 5 pm and Sunday, December 7 from 1 to 4 pm.
We've invited small groups of local musicians and dancers to perform onstage during the faire. If you missed that call and would like to perform, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.