August 19, 2015
Dear Loma and CT Parents and Guardians:
Welcome back! Well, we are off and running! By the time you read this, your kids will have crossed another threshold in their educational lives. The beginning of the year is always an exciting time full of anticipation, hope, eagerness, and a few butterflies in the stomach for students, teachers, and even a superintendent now and then. Please know that we are all excited to welcome your kids back to our campuses in what promises to be an active, engaging, fast paced year. It is going to be great!
I am delighted to have “re-upped” for another four years with the Loma Prieta District. This is home for me too, and I love our schools and our mountain. Your kids matter to me, to all of us, and we commit to you that we will bring to your kids our expertise, our passion, our enthusiasm, and our pride in the young people they are becoming.
We have a great year unfolding ahead of us at both Loma and CT English. Your kids will be challenged, encouraged, supported, inspired, and stretched beyond their comfort zone at times. We appreciate your partnership, your sweat equity, your commitment to all our kids and our community. I can’t wait to see all of you soon!
Top Ten Favorite Sights
1. Teacher’s rooms lovingly prepared and awaiting new arrivals;
2. Flags being raised in the early morning mist;
3. Teachers with excited grins on their faces;
4. Pictures in front of the Loma Elementary School sign;
5. One parent said she has 15 years of pictures in front of the Loma sign;
6. Little siblings entering Kindergarten;
7. Wide eyed 6th graders;
8. Comfortable 7th graders;
9. Adoring parents lingering and saying goodbye;
10. A play yard filled with children again.
Please save the dates for Back to School Night:
Loma – Tuesday, August 25th @ 6:30 PM in the Loma Forum
CT English – Thursday, August 27th @ 6:30 PM in the CT Quad
Nuts and Bolts:
Please have your kids to school on time. It’s better for them. It’s better for their entire class. Establishing those routines early is hard, but it is so worth it in the long run.
Thanks for all your efforts to get your kids ready and to school on time. Please review the dress code for each school and talk with your student about it. The biggest issues at CT are short shorts and spaghetti straps on girls. At Loma the biggest issues are having kids wear appropriate shoes to play in. I know many of us don’t want to battle the clothing fight any longer, but we will begin having kids call home for changes of clothes. Save yourself a trip to school and double check attire on the way out the door.
Parents on campus:
We love having you here. Please help us secure the campus by using the sign in and sign out process in the office. You will be given a visitors badge. Please do not “just pop in” to your child’s class to drop off a lunch or missing assignment. It is very disruptive to the instructional flow.
We are peanut free schools! Please do your part to protect all kids with life threatening peanut allergies. While there are sensitivities to many food allergens, peanut allergies are particularly dangerous, and we live in a place without access to immediate medical facilities. If your child has peanut butter for breakfast, it is very important that they wash their hands and face before coming to school. I realize that this is at times a large inconvenience for families and kids who love peanut butter, but not as big an inconvenience as the risk of grave medical danger. Sun butter, almond butter, cashew butter and others are all fine. Be adventurous and find an alternate source of protein for your child’s lunch. Thank you!
Traffic – Please do not leave your car unattended in a red zone ever! If you come early, please remain in your car. Better idea – let your child take the bus! You can have a little extra time, reduce our traffic, and lower your carbon footprint. Tickets are available in the school offices and pass order forms are available online.
There is no parking on the left side across from the Loma pick up zone. It is dangerous to try and cross here with kids. Please park in the dirt lot and use the crosswalk or across the street and use the pedestrian bridge.
If you MUST drop off and pick up, here is the drill:
There are two lanes coming up the driveway. Stay right to drop off/pick up in front on the gym for CTE. Don’t drop kids off RIGHT in front of the office since this will back traffic up quickly behind you. Pull as far as you can forward and fill empty spaces. You can travel around the buses after CT pick up and then join the Loma line to drop off or pick up Loma students. Please do not cheat and drive through this line just to cut in front of Loma pick up.
CT parents, please drive forward toward the gym. Stopping on the curve blocks traffic trying to enter the lot. There is no pick up right in front of the school entrance.
For Loma only drop off/pick-up, stay left up the driveway, then go join the Loma line on the right side that begins just after the CTE drop off/pick up turn. If there is a back up, PLEASE use the lower dirt lot to park and walk to pick up. If you really don’t want to park, please move through the lot and circle through the lot and get in the back of the line again. If you stop at the top of the hill, all the people willing to park will have to wait for you. Please help us to keep traffic moving.
If you stay in the left lane across the lot, and cut in front of other parents waiting in line, they won’t be happy and they will remember (just the voice of experience here). Feel free to use the left lane to drive to the lower dirt lot to park and then walk to meet your students. Please do not ask your child to cross the parking lot to meet you – from either school. CT students can walk to Loma parent pick-up via the sidewalk to meet siblings for a single pick up.
If you plan to meet your kids over the bridge, or have them walk home, we do need to have that release in writing in advance. Thanks everyone for helping to sort this out early. Last thoughts….have your kids ride the bus to and from the most convenient pick up location.
Get your “acknowledgement form” (the one with all the signatures) in ASAP. Your child cannot access our technology labs or field trips without it. The tricky part is the parcel number so start looking for that now.
End of Day Notes:
Your student needs a note to do anything other than their normal routine. They need a note to go home with a friend, get picked up by another parent, walk to the Summit Store, etc. Leaving school without permission on file is a considered a “cut” and will be dealt with as a disciplinary matter.
TB Testing Opportunity:
TB Testing - Sept 9th - 8:15am-9:30am in Loma Room One
TB Test Check - Sept 11th - 8:15am-8:45am in Loma Room One
CT English Sports:
The C.T.E. Sports year begins with Boys Volleyball, Girls Soccer and Coed Cross Country. Signups are in the CTE office starting Wednesday, Aug. 19th and practices begin the week of August 24th. Check out the CTE website for more information.