May 27, 2015
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
At Loma today, a student asked me if I, “Was still in the land of the grown-ups.” As the end of the year gets closer, the schedule accelerates, and I spend less time with kids. Spending time with the kids is the fun part of any job in education. Tony Arias and I were talking about that today after school. He and Debbie Shoemate have done an outstanding job as teacher leaders this year. The organizational support teacher leaders provide is not the fun part of education, but it makes the fun part with kids more possible and more effective. It takes talented people who love their time with kids to also be willing to give their time to the schools as a whole. Mr. Arias and Mrs. Shoemate not only did great things for kids in their classes this year, but they also stepped up for the team and all of us appreciate the extra time and talents they bring to Loma Prieta schools. It takes a mountain, and we have a great one.
This school year ends my 10th year on the mountain and in our schools. It’s hard to describe how quickly all those years slipped by. As we get ready to congratulate another round of students moving on to the next academic adventure, I want to stop and thank the teachers, staff, and trustees who have seen us through the last decade. There are few families left in our schools that remember how hard it was in 2005, or '06, or '07 when morale was low and our schools struggled. We lost good teachers and worked hard to find our academic footing. From 2007 until now, we have retained great teachers and staff, and recruited more, despite our struggle to offer competitive salaries. We will always be challenged to compete for talent.
We are fortunate to be able to compete by offering advantages no one else has - mountain kids, mountain families, and mountain schools. We have something special here. It is worth protecting: worth fighting for. Just ask any of our team who have come from larger districts like Elizabeth Lyon and Jo Murto. Ask anyone who stayed through tough times like Julie Bourque, Fran Edwards, Carolyn Dufort, or April Fulton. Ask Tony Arias why he stays. Ask Sharon Ammirati or Patty Smrt. Ask Kris Denues, or Vickie Ceiro, or Jodene Grabeel, or Kelli Cole and many more. The words might sound different, but the essence is the same. They love the kids, they love the mountain, they love our schools, and they take pride in what we accomplish on a shoestring budget, sweat equity, and sometimes a fair amount of duct tape.
As mountain families who expect great things from our schools, we will always have to do a little more, share a little more, slow down to say thank you a little more in order to preserve what is special. I want to say thank you to the amazing team that makes our schools a safe, nurturing place for learning. I want to thank the parents who both rolled up their sleeves to help in the classroom or encouraged their kids when homework was tough. To everyone who went on a field trip, let their child build their own science project, worked in snack shack, marked a lap, swung a golf club, shopped, sipped, danced, and got their child to school on time, I say thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It takes a mountain. We have a great one. Thanks for preserving traditions and creating new ones. Thanks for a year of memories, some tears, some victories, and some hills left to climb another day.
You have great kids. Thanks for entrusting their education to the Loma Prieta Team.
Graduation/Promotion/Dress Code/Party Reminders
We will have a full house next Thursday with fifth grade promotion, awards ceremonies at the middle school, and graduation all happening that day. Come early as parking will be challenging and programs will run on time. Please remember that dress code will be enforced at all events. “Shrugs are all the rage,” I am told. We will have really ugly shawls available to cover shoulders if needed. Skirt lengths need to be long enough so that with extended arms, fingers touch fabric rather than skin. Please have students wear shoes they can actually manage on the stairs.
Rolling Lockers Such as Zuca Have Outgrown Their Welcome
Due to their large size and inflexible structure, rolling lockers have proven to be a safety concern both on the bus and in the classroom.
With the start of the 2015/2016 school year, Zucas and Zuca-type rolling lockers will no longer be premited on school buses nor in classrooms. Any rolling lockers that arrive on campus will reamin outside of the building along exterior classroom walls.
Smaller more flexible rolling backpacks will be premited on the bus and in classrooms.
Please plan accordingly for next year.
Lost and Found
In case you didn’t get a chance to look through the lost and found during Open House last week, you still have time. Items left after school ends will be donated to Goodwill.
Loma Home and School Club
A big THANK YOU to Nora Kim and all the volunteers that brought Hicklebee’s to Loma last week. We hope you enjoyed the book fair and would love any feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noon Time Jogging
Another big THANK YOU for everyone that helped with noon jogging this year. We are officially done with the program. We are tallying up the cards for the awards assembly
The Family Picnic that was scheduled for this Friday has been cancelled.
School Spring Pictures
We’d like to remind everyone that the Spring Pictures are still available to purchase online. So far, only 37 families have logged into the gallery. There’s still time to go online and order them.
The African Library Project
Books will be collected until the last day of school, June 4th.
Loma Upcoming Events
5/28-5/29 4th grade field trip to Coloma
5/29 Last day for Hot Lunch and Milk
6/1 3rd grade field trip to Art Spark / Academic Awards Assembly 8:30a
6/2 Jogathon and PE Awards Assembly 9a / Kinder end of School Celebration
6/3 Fun Day (morning)
6/4 Last Day of School / 5th Grade Promotion 8:45a / Minimum Day, dismissal at 12:30