October 21, 2021
Dear Loma Parents/Guardian:
A Thursday edition of the Wednesday News. I apologize for this delayed communication this week. I had technology challenges that prevented me from doing much with my computer yesterday. The good news when that happens is that I get to spend my day with kids instead of doing work at a desk.
Today is Great Shakeout Day to bring awareness to the need to be prepared in the event of an earthquake. Those of us in the mountains know the importance of being prepared for natural disasters. Today students practiced drop, cover, and hold on and classroom evacuations as part of our emergency preparedness. The students did awesome. All the evacuations went smoothly. We always try to do these drills in a way that does not alarm our kids but provides them with important information and the ability to practice routines that will keep them safe in the event of a real emergency. Ask your child about the drill. If you think this was an alarming event for your child, let their teacher know.
At last, we have rain! I know we have been inviting rain for some time now and we are so grateful that it has finally arrived. With the wet weather comes other challenges. Our roads and parking lots move slower and are more dangerous. Please keep this in mind when you are traveling and picking up or dropping off. Give yourself additional time and drive slower.
Stay safe and dry!
Billy Martin, Principal
Loma Prieta JUSD
Make-Up Picture Day K-8 - October 28, 2021
Once pictures are available to preview online, we will notify you. You will then be able to preview and order your child’s photos and photo packages.
NEWS AND INFORMATION
LPEF is happy to announce our program award of $625,000 to the District for the current school year based on funds raised last year. The grant includes funding for classroom teachers, Science, PE, Art, Music and Band, Library clerks and supplies, instructional aide and student support services, including counseling.
Huge thanks to the many donors and volunteers who made it possible. For more information, go to lpef.org/financials.
COVID DASHBOARD AND INFORMATION
The District has added a Covid dashboard and Covid Information section to the District homepage. You can navigate to it by going to www.loma.k12.ca.us and then selecting the COVID-19 tab at the top.
That rain I was celebrating a moment ago does impact our school operations. Please keep in mind that when wet weather visits our campus, we will get wet. Though our intention is to be outside as much as possible for eating and playing, we do have plans in place for moving recess or lunch/snack indoors if needed due to poor weather conditions. Sometimes we will eat inside but get to play outdoors. Other times, we will need to eat and have recess indoors. Here are a few things you can do to help your child have a drier and warmer day at school when it rains:
- Make sure your child dresses in layers. With our classroom doors and windows open for increased fresh air, classrooms will get cold and drafty. Having layers will allow children to adjust as they need to in order to stay comfortable.
- Include a water-proof layer. A rain jacket with a hood, rain boots, etc. all help keep students dry.
- An umbrella for use outside. Umbrellas are great tools when properly used. If you send an umbrella to school with your child, remind them how to use the umbrella properly. Umbrellas are only used outside when it is raining. They are not needed when it is not raining. Umbrellas should never be used to swing at or hit at other people.
- Have a conversation with your child about what you expect of them. For example, if you are sending your child to school in their best tennis shoes and you don’t want them splashing in a puddle, let them know that. We have lots of eyes at school, but it’s easy for a kid to find a puddle on the playground to play in before anyone notices.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME GUIDANCE-UPDATE
In addition to these guidelines sent last week, I have one additional update. Costumes that require an air pump or fan to inflate are not allowed. Outbreaks of Covid-19 have been linked to such costumes. Additionally, classrooms are limited to no more than 4 adult volunteers for Halloween activities. This is to ensure we have as much space inside classrooms as possible while still being able to enjoy Halloween festivities.
We will be celebrating Halloween on campus on 10/29. Staff and student events will take place at different times throughout the school day. Students will have time before campus events to change into their costume. Students do not need to wear their costume to school. If they do choose to arrive at school in their costume, please send them with an extra change of clothes for non-Halloween activities. Please use the costume guidelines below if your child plans to wear a costume to school.
- A face mask that covers the nose and mouth must be able to be worn with a student’s costume when in doors or when congregated outside in a large group.
- Costumes cannot include any weapon. Please leave these at home.
- Please limit blood/gore as we have small children.
- No inappropriate slogans, language, or products.
LUNCH YARD DUTY VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED
Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to help out with lunch recess supervision. Your help ensures we have enough adults to supervise our kids to keep them safe and supported. If you are interested in helping, please contact Billy Martin. We still need help at the kindergarten play yard and the middle school play yard.
DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS NEWS AND UPDATES
Project Cornerstone is one program we use to build Developmental Assets among students. ABC (Asset Building Champions) Readers is a Project Cornerstone activity where trained adults visit elementary classrooms and read stories, lead discussions, and share activities that support students in feeling valued, respected, and known. October’s book is Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud. After the reading of this book, “Filling Buckets” will become a common and often heard part of our school rhetoric. Filling Buckets is a simple and powerful analogy for being kind to others.
October’s Asset is:
Asset #2: Young person and their parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parent(s).
LOMA & CTE HOME & SCHOOL CLUB NEWS
Current and upcoming fundraiser activities:
- See’s Candy fundraiser for both CT and Loma HSC’s run through Dec 3rd. To order, go to https://www.yumraising.com/secure/cteha_ct_english_home__school_club89/candy?h=Kim_Pta2468
- Willow Street Fundraiser Dinner, downtown Los Gatos. Mention CT or Loma HSC at the time of ordering/checkout.
Frequent absences from school are cause for concern. Students who miss just one or two days of school each month risk falling seriously behind. Being absent from school can lead to significant problems. Students who miss many days of school are more likely to fail classes, drop out from school, and have poor relationships with parents, teachers, and peers. Please remember that every absence matters. If you need support with your child’s attendance, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to Billy Martin. Thank you for supporting your child in their attendance at school.
If your child needs to be absent from school, please notify your child’s teacher(s) and the appropriate school office.
Free One-On-One Math Tutoring
The new school year has started, and Mountain Math Initiative is ready to offer FREE math support for Kindergarten-Algebra 1 students. The best time to start is before any struggles in math become apparent. We have many dedicated Loma and CT alumni volunteers that would love to work with our community’s kids. If you are interested in setting up free one-on-one tutoring, specified to your child's needs, please reach out to the MMI Volunteer Coordinator, Marcella Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be matched with a tutor. For more information about all of The Mountain Math Initiative programs and volunteer opportunities, please visit https://www.mtmath.org/.