May 13, 2015
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night - Keep those red flags coming!
I really don’t enjoy asking for money! I certainly wish our schools didn’t need me to do so. Right now we are in the annual final push to preserve our programs and hope for expansion of options. The red flags coming up the driveway each represent a family that has donated to the KEEP campaign. I am very grateful for all the ways parents and guardians support our schools. The annual Volunteer Tea is this week. The Board of Trustees and our partners just honored the volunteers of the year. The sweat equity on our campuses is tremendous.
And, I know how easy it is to lose what we have built. Without your continued support of the Loma Public Education Fund activities and KEEP campaign, we do face the reality of deciding in the next few weeks which enrichment activities to cut, which electives to eliminate, and how we will manage to wait another year to keep pace with technology innovations in curriculum. We have sipped, shopped, and danced, and I am even going to golf poorly on Friday, all in support of our small but enthusiastic schools.
If you can make a donation to KEEP this year, no matter the size, please do. I detest asking for money, but I detest cutting programs even more. Thank you for your continued support of your amazing schools!
The Nuts and Bolts Season
Graduation/Promotion Attire – It is the time of year when families are choosing promotion/graduation attire for their 5th and 8th grade students. We always get many questions about the “dress code” for these events. The bottom line is that these are elementary and middle school events and school dress code is enforced. No strapless dresses or spaghetti straps without a wrap, shawl or shrug that must remain on. Shoes must be appropriate for the procession and climbing stairs. Dress or skirt length must be comfortable to be worn on an elevated stage. Students generally do dress up a little. Young men’s shirts should be tucked in or look neat. Ties are not required. No low rider pants. Our events are above a casual level but nowhere near formal. We want students to be able to participate in the movement associated with the event and not risk embarrassment. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t wear it to school, don’t wear it to graduation. If you have questions, please feel free to ask.
Speaking of Dress Code
Spring is in the air. Please remember that we have a dress code at both schools. If your student is out of dress code, they will either be asked to call home for a change of clothes or change into their PE uniform for the remainder of the day.
Loma Teacher Requests for 2015-16
It is natural, and a time honored tradition at Loma, that families are wondering what the configuration and teaching assignments will be next year. The truth is we never know exactly what the configuration will be, but if school opened today with the exact same enrollment pattern, we would have 12 teachers including perhaps one combination class. The exact configuration depends on actual enrollment opening day.
We will not be assigning teachers to any particular grade level until we can better anticipate our actual needs. We do however begin our efforts to build balanced groups of kids before the end of the school year. We do not take “teacher requests,” but if you have specific academic concerns for your child, please make your child’s current teacher aware of those before this year ends. The teachers, Rebecca, and I will work to finalize balanced classes dependent upon the configuration closer to the new school year. If you have hopes or concerns for next year, please make sure your child’s current teacher knows them as they are in the best position to build our balanced groups.
Mrs. Carino’s Top Ten Insights
Loma Open House
- Compete with each other to see how many rolly polly bugs they can find and hold in their hands;
- Debate about the type of snake they saw at school. “It was a black python”. “No, I think it was a garden (aka garter) snake”, “you mean a gopher snake?” “Did it have a rattle”?
- Spy on gophers;
- Catch lady bugs and grasshoppers;
- Care about water;
- Think the sound of thunder is “awesome”;
- Take incoming 6th grade students under their wing during their visit to CT;
- Build relationships with adults on campus
- Persevere with grit and determination;
- Inspire amazing parents
We would like to extend an invitation to our parents to join me at the Loma Prieta Open House, Thursday, May 21, 2015. The event will begin in the Loma Amphitheater behind the forum (weather permitting) at 6:30pm concluding at 8pm. We look forward to seeing you.
Loma Home and School
The Jog-a-Thon was a huge success! Thanks to all who participated. Please help our accounting volunteers by turning in your students pledges as soon as you can. Every class that collects 42,000 or more by Friday, May 22nd, will get a popsicle party! We still have Jog-a-Thon t-shirts available for purchase in most sizes – just 410. Send requests for t-shirts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to save the date for the Athletic Awards Assembly, June 2nd at 9am.
The African Library Project
You may have noticed the arrival of boxes in the school lobby. They are to collect children’s books to send to Africa. We are very excited, as this will be the 9th library that will be sent from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Each library consists of 1,000 books so it requires everyone to look through their much-loved, very good condition books for k-8th graders and bring to school the ones they no longer need. We know children love their books but it is a wonderful feeling to know that a child will read their books who may never have read a book before. We have sent libraries to Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho and most recently South Africa. Can your child find these countries on a map? All the details about the project can be found at www.africanlibraryproject.org and I encourage you to play the slide show to see the impact of the libraries and the faces of the children as they lovingly handle the books when they arrive. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Bring on the books!! I can be reached at: email@example.com, 408-353-2710.
Spa Day - Pickup
A big thank you to all of the volunteers that helped make Spa Day a success! If you dropped off food in a container, it has been cleaned and is in the forum waiting for you.
Hicklebee's Book Fair - Wed, May 20 - Fri, May 22nd - Loma Science Room (next to Loma office)
The Loma Home and School Club is excited to announce our Hicklebee's Book Fair! Hicklebee's will have many of their wonderful books available for K-8, as well as a selection of adult books. A portion of all sales will go to the Loma Home and School club. We will be open from 8:00 - 9:00 AM each morning before school, during lunch and after school until 3:30 PM each day, including Open House, Thursday night. Please sign up to help us at http://vols.pt/8nR3CC!
Gift Cards - THIS WEEK ONLY! Perfect for Grads, Promotions and Teacher Thank You's!
1. Fill out the form attached with this weeks news, and return to Loma HSC box with check made out to LOMA HSC by this FRIDAY, MAY 15th
2. Nora Kim will get your cards back to you by Wed next week.
3. Any questions, please contact Nora at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Important Loma Events
5/14 1st grade field trip to Seymour Lab
5/15 WoW assembly / 3rd grade (Dufort) field trip to Recycling Center /
LPEF Golf Fore our Kids Tournament
5/18 – 5/22 Smarter Balance Testing
5/20 New Kinder Orientation 1:45
5/21 Open House 6:30p
5/22 WoW assembly
5/25 Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
5/27 Special Board Meeting
5/28-5/29 4th grade field trip to Coloma
5/29 Last day for Friday Hot Lunch and Milk
6/1 3rd grade field trip to ArtSpark / T3 Academic Awards Assembly 8:30a
6/2 Room 5 field trip to Maison du Lac / Jog-a-Thon & PE Awards Assembly 9am
6/3 Fun Day 9-10:30am
6/4 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL / 5th grade Promotion 8:45a / Minimum Day, dismissal at 12:30 for both schools