March 18, 2015
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night – “It Takes a Mountain!”
This slogan is a way of life here on Loma Prieta. The “can-do”, “pitch in”, “how can I help?” spirit was alive and well all across our schools last week. From the five impressive candidates who offered their service to our Board of Trustees, to all the Loma parents helping to make Dinosaurs Before Dark come alive on stage, our schools were filled with generous, passionate, smart, capable volunteers who go above and beyond for mountain kids.
Ron Bourque, a long-time mountain resident and parent of alumni, was selected to join the Board of Trustees from a strong pool. Mr. Bourque has been an active member of the Superintendent’s Coordinating Council, member of the Citizen’s Oversight Committee for Measure H, and frequent insightful community member at board meetings. He brings a strong background in finance, a penchant for asking tough, thoughtful questions, and a long view of what strengthens and weakens public schools. Ron is married to Julie Bourque, our amazing middle school secretary. This is not the first time in our history that the spouse of an employee has served on our Board. Ron will, of course, be held to the same professional governance standards as every other board member. However, he will not participate in any deliberations or voting related to collective bargaining for our classified union.
I am appreciative of the difficult choice our Board had to make among the five outstanding candidates and fully support their decision. Our governance team will benefit from his expertise and experience. The Loma Prieta Board of Trustees is one of only a few in the state that receive no form of compensation of any kind. Ours is a purely volunteer Board taking on tremendous civic responsibility.
At the other end of the fun spectrum were the parents supporting the Theatre in the Mountains production of Dinosaurs Before Dark. Oh, my gosh! The cute factor was off the charts. The actors were brave and clearly well prepared. The emerging talent spoke for itself. There is no way a school the size of ours could embrace a production such as this without a legion of parent volunteers. While I am not a parent that has ever been behind the scenes with TIM, I do know how much work goes into a production involving this many kids to make it first class. Thank you to everyone who went above and beyond to make sure our students had access to a great theater company and the opportunity to roar! Well done everyone!
Mrs. Carino’s Top 10 Favorites
Once again we’ve entered the time of year when the end of the school year is visible. For those of us in education, the year seems to come rushing towards us just as we try to keep our pace and meet the end of the year on our terms.
Top ten things we can do to help lighten our load, put more “spring” in our step, and embrace the lighter side.
1. Look up when you walk outside. There is a thrilling world just above our heads;
2. If you catch yourself holding your breath, breath deep. If you catch your child holding their breath have them take a deep breath. It feels great;
3. Respect the need for deep, solid sleep and acquire it for yourself and you your kids on a regular basis;
4. As you teach your children to be the best they can be, point out their positive accomplishments;
5. Drive slower and enjoy the ride. Life goes by too fast;
6. Pick some flowers and bring them indoors. They tend to add cheer;
7. Put on and crank up Pharrell William’s song Happy and let loose;
8. Lift a glass of water at the dinner table and toast to one another’s good health;
9. Grab a hold of your litter darlings, even if they’re in middle school, and plant at least 4 or 5 kisses on them because they are so darn precious;
10. Reflect on this favorite quote taken from Mr. Cohen’s email page…
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is facing a hard battle.” Plato
Loma News Reminders:
Thursday is our last minimum day this week and Friday will be a regular school day with dismissal at 2:45.
Remember to look at the Loma Calendar for important up coming events. End of school is fast approaching and there are a lot of activities taking place. We won’t want you or your students to miss out on any of the events.
Loma Spring Picture Day
Spring Picture day is March 31st. Students will have their pictures taken in the front of the school’s beautiful garden. See attached flyer for complete details.
Loma HSC News
Jog-A-Thon – We are currently offering sponsorship opportunities for the Jog-A-Thon T-Shirts, which feature artwork from 2 lucky students. These are well-loved keepsakes that the kids treasure and wear for many years. Art due date extended to this Thursday, 3/19. Contact Nora Kim for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yearbooks – If you have not already ordered your student/s a yearbook, now is the time! Click on the TreeRing graphic on the lower right side of the HSC website: www.lomaprietahsc.org. New this year, you can create 2 custom pages for your student’s yearbook. Add shots you’ve taken throughout the year.
Family Science Day – Mark your calendar. The annual Family Science Day is on Saturday, March 28th from 2-5pm. Come experience some really cool science, interactive science demonstrations for kids of all ages. Free admission. And new this year…..the Road Dogs Food Truck will be there from 1-5pm. Come get lunch and/or take-out for dinner.
Enrichment Classes and Family Dance – The HSC is a volunteer based organization and we need your help! We are currently looking for volunteers to help with after school enrichment classes and the family dance. Please contact Amy Olson at email@example.com.