• April 22, 2015


    Dear Loma & CT Parents,


    Thoughts from Tuesday Night


    It Takes a Mountain


    Thanks to all the parents who have sent their get well wishes to Ms. Denues. I am happy to report that she is home and will be returning to CT English just as soon as she is able. She asked that I extent to you her thanks for all the good wishes and teamwork on her behalf last Friday. I am always impressed with the ways our community responds to difficult times. I would like to thank Dave Choice and Karen Bercaw who lent their professional skills to a teacher in need. The Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue is awesome and we are lucky to have such a great team on our mountain. 


    On a more festive note, Building Blocks is hosting their annual Amazing Mountain Race on May 2nd and I am delighted to encourage Loma and CT families to join in the fun. For event details, please see the information below and the flyer included with this week’s newsletter. 


    The Amazing Mountain Race is coming up on May 2. Space is limited so buy your tickets online now!


    After a fun-filled morning tackling challenges at different locations around the mountains, there will be awesome prizes for the top 3 teams and the team with the best costume (like SF Zoo and Raging Waters passes!). Racers finish at Maison du Lac on Summit RD, and there will be a carnival and awards ceremony starting at noon.  Even if you can't race, you can come to the carnival and your kids will have a blast!  We will have building activities, bouncy houses, a mini-petting zoo, and the fabulous SPIDER MOUNTAIN climbing tower.  BBQ will be provided by Summit Store. There will be a Silent Auction too!


    Purchase your BBQ tickets online, go to:




    California Assessment for Student Progress and Performance:

    The State computer-based assessment is successfully underway at C.T.E. and will begin this Monday, April 27 at Loma for students in grades 3 – 5.   Lots of rest and food help students with endurance. Students will be testing primarily in the mornings for sessions of roughly one hour per day.


    Mrs. Carino’s Top Ten Favorites:

    1. Stink bugs make their presence known in mass. One was on the threshold of my    office. They point their posterior end in the air and dare those around to come closer;

    2. My favorite raven was seen flying overhead, but the crows weren’t happy they were trying to chase him off.   He undertook aerial defense maneuvers in which he rolled in the air and exposed his tallness. “Quite the aerial feet”;

    3. 300 students on their feet rocking out to “Who Let the Dogs Out” at the Jog-A-Thon assembly; 

    4. Mrs. Bennett surprises the student body by making a guest appearance at the assembly;

    5. A Loma student gets out of her car looking like a throw back to glamour Hollywood wearing cool light blue sunglasses and a scarf; 

    6. The small group learning that takes place in one of the pods; a group of three girls consult each other about the book they are reading;

    7. Thick mist blowing across the mountain in the mornings;

    8. Julie Bourque C.T. Secretary has her finger on the pulse of all the events happing at C.T. She directs both students and staff and has a heart of Gold;

    9. Raquel Marin Loma Secretary, Nightingale of the Loma Front Office, knows every kid by name. She treats kids and families with TLC and a drop of sternness;

    10. Eileen Bevans-Franks, District Secretary, keeper of knowledge and knower of all things Loma Prieta. She is most gracious and approachable and possesses a backbone of steel. Little known fact, at times, she is inclined to practical jokes.


    Passive Fundraiser

    AmeriGas and Bi-State Propane have a fundraising campaign for schools.  If you buy propane from one of these companies, bring in the "community/school days receipt."  AmeriGas and Bi-State Propane will total the gallons on the receipts and pay $0.02 per gallon, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year.  This fundraiser runs through June. Thank you for helping.


    Cheetah Spot Merchandise

    As you may or may not know, the Cheetah Spot is selling C.T. English merchandise at recess every Tuesday and Thursday. We sell long sleeved t-shirts for only $5, and black hooded sweatshirts for $15. Wearing your C.T. English gear is an excellent way to show school spirit, we have a limited supply of the gear: once it sells out, it will be gone for good. Don’t delay in purchasing your Cheetah gear, to support our school, and to show your school spirit! --A message from CT Student Council


    CT HSC Message

    Please join us for inflatables night on Friday, April 24th 7:00-9:00 pm.  This is included in the All Access pass if you purchased one.  If not, you may pay $10 at the door for your child.  Light refreshments are included.


    CT Student Volunteers are needed to help run the children's activities at Maison du Lac during the post-race BBQ. Your CT student can help with face painting, blowing bubbles, a bouncy house, maybe a petting zoo, etc.... If your student is interested please come into the CT Office to sign up. Plus they will receive much needed community service hours when they volunteer on May 2, 2015


    Wild Times @ CTE

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm


    Upcoming Events

    4/22/15 TONITE Loma & CT HSC Fundraiser at Willow St & Main St in Los Gatos (see flyer)

    4/24/15 CTE HSC Inflatable Fun Night 7-9pm Gym (see flyer)

    4/25/15 & 4/26/15 SIP for our schools LPEF fundraiser @ Loma Prieta Winery (see flyer)

    5/1/15 Loma Jog-a-thon & Minimum day both schools-12:30 dismissal

    5/4/15 7th grade info night for Washington DC trip in spring 2016

    5/7/15 CT Film Fest 6:30-9pm Gym

    5/8/15 CT HSC mtg. 9:30 CC Rm

    5/12/15 6th Grade Ropes Course Field Trip

    5/15/15 LPEF “Fore” the Kids Golf Tournament (see flyer)

    5/21/15 Incoming 6th grade Parent Orientation 6pm CC Room

    5/21/15 CT Open House 7pm

    5/22/15 CT Beach Day

    5/25/15 Memorial Day-NO SCHOOL

    5/28/15 7th grade Renaissance Day

    6/1/15 CT Yearbook Assembly 1:50pm in the Gym

    6/2/15 Quarter 4 Recognition Assembly & Awards 1:30 Gym

    6/3/15 CT Fun Day & 8th grade Boardwalk trip

    6/4/15 Last Day of School-Minimum Day-12:30 dismissal

    6/4/15 8th Grade Awards Assembly 11am Gym

    6/4/15 8th grade Graduation 4pm Gym


    School starts in August on Wednesday Aug. 19, 2015