March 18, 2015
Dear Loma & CT Parents,
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!
Rebecca 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 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 little 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
Science Festival Judges Needed!We are in need of more judges for our annual Science Festival. I would like to invite you to be a judge at this year’s Loma Prieta Science Festival on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 12:35-3:40 for 6th graders. If you have a current 6th grader this time slot will not work. We also need a few parents who are willing to be on-call for all slots the day before in case of cancellations/emergencies. The students have been working hard on their science festival projects and are eager to showcase their work. Having professional judges really provides an opportunity for the students to communicate and grow as individuals and as collaborative teams. Please contact Wayne Thompson ASAP at w.thompson.k12.ca.us
2015 CT Yearbook orders
Friday March 27, 2015 is the last day to order a yearbook! Forms are attached or students/parents can pick up a form in the CT office. Most parents have purchased yearbooks on our Beginning of School order form. Please have your student check to see if their name is posted on the office door, if it’s there then you have purchased them a yearbook already.
Please see Summer Camp info & Flyers attached!
Wild Times @ CTE
Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
3/20/15 CTE Spring Dance 7-9 pm Loma Forum
3/26/15 Science Fair set up in the Gym
3/27/15 Science Fair Judging in the Gym 9-2 pm
3/27/15 End of Quarter 3 grading period
3/28/15 Family Science Day in the Gym 2-5 pm
4/2/15 Eighth Grade Washington DC Mtg. (Mandatory!!) 7pm Loma Forum
4/5/15 8th graders leave for DC
4/6/15 through 4/10/15 Spring Break-NO SCHOOL
4/9/15 8th graders home from DC
4/17/15 Q3 Recognition Assembly & Rpt. Cards carried home
4/17/15 Inflatable Fun Night in the Gym 7-9 pm