• April 29, 2015


    Dear Loma & CT Parents,


    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!

    Lucky ducky  

    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!



    Corey Kidwell


    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. 

    Rebecca’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!


    Loma Jog-a-Thon @ CT

    Many parents ask about having older siblings cheer on their Loma family members at the Jog-a-Thon.  We are happy to have a robust cheering section.  We also have school to run that day at CT and will be engaged in state testing.  So here is what parents need to do to arrange for their CT students to take part in the Loma event.  If you would like your CT English Middle School student to participate in the Loma Jog-a-Thon with a family member please print the attached flyer and return this form to the CTE office by Thursday April 30, 2015.  No late allowances will be made!  This accommodation will be made for siblings only.  Your CTE student will only be allowed to go to Loma for the time period their family member is scheduled to run in the Jog-a-Thon.  They must sign out in the CTE office and sign back in when they return. CTE students will be responsible for any missed classes or homework for the time they are gone. The office will provide a list of students who will miss class to the CTE teachers in advance.  Thanks for your help in making the fun work!


    CT Lost & Found

    CT lost & found is HUGE and overflowing! Please come claim your student’s water bottles, lunch bags, coats, sweatshirts, etc. before we donate them.


    Get your Game on Summer Session

    Get Your Game On is back for the 7th year!  Be sure to sign-up to hold your place for four weeks of summer fun!" See attached flyer & sign up.


    LGHS Dance Team Auditions this Saturday May 2

    Auditions for the 2015-2016 LGHS Dance Team are this Saturday May 2, 2015.  Boys and girls are welcome to attend.  Attached is a flyer with our info or visit our website at www.lghsdanceteam.com 

    CT & Loma Panoramic Photos

    Please order your panoramic pictures today! You have three choices. Order a Loma pano of all Loma students a CTE Pano of all CT students or an eighth grade pano of our 2015 8th graders.

    Order form is attached. Deadline to submit orders is next Friday May 8th


    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   The Amazing Mountain Race is this Saturday May 2, 2015!

    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.


    Wild Times @ CTE

    Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm


    Upcoming Events

    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 Room

    5/8/15 Loma 5th grade CT Tour 11:30-12:45

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

    5/13/15 Volunteer Parent Tea 12:30 in the Loma Forum

    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

    5/27/15 Parent Info. Night with Leyton Howard from LGHS 6:30 pm Loma Forum (see attached flyer)

    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