• April 29, 2015


    Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:


    Thoughts From Tuesday Night - Signs of Spring!


    There is no denying that the end of the school year is fast approaching.  Testing is in full swing, spring fever has sprung, excitement for the Jog-a-Thon grows, once a year golfers are dusting off their clubs, and the KEEP! Campaign is underway.  It must be spring!  Today I saw two new sights that made me smile.  The first was a hen and her ducklings wandering up Miller Cut-Off (near my favorite morning spot).  What is it about a brood of ducklings that brings most of us to a stop?  Is it fond memories of the classic, Make Way for Ducklings, or the pull on the heart strings that the cute, vulnerable babies inspire.  YouTube is full of duckling clips.  Even I stopped to take a picture!  I balance my sense of hope for the young family against the numbers of predators I also see on the same road.  I am a sucker for hope every time!

     Mamma Duck

    Next I saw the new outcroppings of little red flags lining the entrance to the driveway.  Each flag represents a family that has made a donation to KEEP.  Thank you!  This too is always a hopeful time of year when I worry about the future without KEEP or Jog-a-Thon funds, and I hang on to hope!  We have enjoyed the generous support of many families for many years.  Yes, we have Measure H.  Our enrollment continues to grow in both schools without any additional funding.  I know that KEEP! Campaign Tiers 2, 3, and 4 are where the most hope for securing scheduling options lies.  At both schools, these funds make electives and enrichment support, including our amazing young music program, possible.  Those options help teachers have smaller numbers in their classrooms to focus instruction.  The flexibility adds more options for kids and small group time for teachers.  I hope we can keep the improvements that we have made for kids.


    When I was looking for the correct term for mama duck (hen vs. drake), I came across an interesting fact about ducks.  They sleep with half their brain awake and one eye open to remain alert for danger.  That is how I feel most of the time shepherding our small schools and limited resources through the course of the year.  We have amazing small schools here.  And, we are not immune to risks.  Even when I am not here, I am thinking about opportunities, strategies, and potential threats to our programs.  Your help to ensure that the KEEP! Campaign is successful and the Jog-a-Thon donations arrive will help us mitigate the many risks of growing enrollments without growing resources.  My mama duck had a very long walk up the road ahead of her to the nearest pond.  She seemed calm and undeterred in her journey.  She clearly knew where she was headed and clearly knew how to keep her ducklings safe.  Those of us who stopped to let her pass clearly were all rooting for them.  I hope that when you are rooting for your kids at the Jog-a-Thon, making donations based on all those laps, or wondering if we really need your help to meet our KEEP goals, you will remember that it takes a mountain to have great schools.  Thank you for helping us close the gap between what we have and what we need.  Every donation makes a difference.  You make a difference.  Thank you!



    Mrs. Carino’s Top Ten:


    1.     The Jog-A-Thon is this Friday;

    2.     It is going to be a hot one;

    3.     Come for the fun and receive a squirt from a water bottle;

    4.     Watch for the Cougar;

    5.     Cheer on your favorite runner;

    6.     Do a lap or two;

    7.     Catch a high-five or a low-five;

    8.     Support a worthy cause;

    9.     See if I can meet my goal of two laps per class;

    10.  Enjoy the sprit that embodies our Mountain Schools!


    Spring Pictures and Pano Photo

    Attached is information regarding the Spring Pictures and the Panoramic Picture. Deadline for Spring Pictures is tomorrow, Thursday, April 30th and deadline for the Pano picture orders will be May 8th so we can get the pictures back to distribute before school ends.


    Special Notice!! Leyton Howard will not be speaking tonight!

    Save the New Date:

    An evening chat with Leyton Howard has been moved to Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 pm, in the Loma Forum.

     Join in conversation with Leyton Howard beloved Resource Officer at Los Gatos High School.

    Gain an insider’s perspective of campus life.  Leyton interacts daily with the students at LGHS.  He experiences the gamut of student behavior and is held in high regard by both students and staff.  Leyton will speak to the rhythms and the culture of the campus. The conversation will be informal and most appropriate for seventh and eighth grade students.  Parents and students are welcome to participate and ask candid questions.  Please enjoy this rare opportunity to gain insight into student life and campus culture at LGHS. 


    Loma HSC News


    This Friday is the Jogathon!  I hope to see you all there in your running shoes:0) Please read below for additional information.


    Please volunteer for the event!  Click here to sign up-- http://vols.pt/KmiyWv We still need lots of volunteers to help with set up, clean up, class photography for yearbook and video, and water all morning.  We are also looking for someone to help after the event putting together the slide show/video to show at the awards assembly on June 2.


    Jamba Juice is coming again!  In addition to the breakfast items and other snacks sold by the HSC all morning, Jamba Juice smoothies will be available for purchase starting at 11:15for $3 each.  


    If you are planning to take pictures at the event, missing the event or if you like seeing all the pictures everyone else is taking, please see below about how you can easily share or view pictures with everyone else participating.


    Questions about the event--email me at stephens_family@verizon.net.


    Thank you!



    Jogathon 2015 photo sharing details!

    Instead of trying to collect photos from all the parents in the weeks following the Jogathon like in years past, this year we are trying something different and fun. Using the Lyve app on your Android or iOS phone, you can easily contribute your own photos as well as see everyone else's photos in real time with a new feature called Mix.


    In addition to seeing new pictures on your phones as they are being taken, we will have a couple of flat screen TVs set up outside showing a live slideshow of all the pictures taken during the day for you and your kids to enjoy.


    For parents with DSLR cameras, we will have a place to quickly copy off any images on your SD cards so you won't have to deal with trying to share your pictures later.


    To participate, download the Lyve app on iOS or Android before or during the event. Click on the Join the Mix link on your mobile device and enter the password: 'loma'.  Pictures you take from the Lyve app during the Jogathon will be automatically added to the Mix for everyone to see.  For additional details on Lyve and the Mix feature click here.


    If you have questions, contact Kevin Arnold (imlucid@mac.com). He will also be available at the Jogathon in person.


    Good News from Hot Air!

    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 2015.


    Loma Upcoming Events

    5/1                  Jog-A-Thon 9-12 / Minimum Day, dismissal at 12:30

    5/4                  WoW - OPEN MINDED

    5/4-5/8           Smarter Balance 3-5th grade Testing

    5/6                  Regular Board Meeting 7pm

    5/8                  WoW Assembly / Fifth Graders visit CT / Spa Day 3:30p

    5/11                WoW - UNIQUE

    5/11-5/15       Smarter Balance 3-5th grade Testing

    5/14                1st grade field trip to Seymour Center

    5/15                WoW Assembly / LPEF Golf Tournament / Mrs. Dufort’s 3rd grade                                                 class field trip to Recycling Center and visit Pen Pals

    5/18                WoW - LOYAL

    5/18-5/22       Smarter Balance 3-5th grade Testing

    5/20                New Kinder Orientation 1:30p

    5/21                Loma Open House 6:30p

    5/22                WoW Assembly

    5/25                Memorial Day – No School /

    5/28-5/28       4th grade field trip to Coloma

    5/29                Last day of Hot Lunch/Milk