Welcome New Families
August 6, 2018
Dear Loma and CT Families,
Welcome to a new school year! I hope you have had a most relaxing and fun-filled summer.
It is with both pride and enthusiasm that I begin my first year as your new superintendent, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been selected to lead within the Loma Prieta community.
In the time that I have been on the mountain thus far, I have had one experience after another, all validating the amazing characteristics of the district that were shared with me when I applied for the job last spring. I feel fortunate to have landed in a community that clearly values and supports the needs and interests of students, while working tirelessly to support the schools in providing a high-quality education for all. It is clear that kids come first, and I am delighted to be leading an organization that shares this core value.
Our district staff will spend professional development time next week examining the characteristics of high-performing organizations, with the intent of continuing to build a positive school culture where youth, and the adults that support them, can thrive. I plan to share the outcome of our planning time with you at Back to School Night on August 29th at Loma, and September 4th at CT English. Save the date!
Strong site level leadership is critical to the success of our schools, and I am excited to announce that Karren Zook, a highly regarded, former Loma Prieta Elementary School kindergarten teacher, has been promoted to the position of school principal for the coming year. Karren began her career with the district in 2001. She will bring her knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm, and dedication with her, and we are very fortunate that she has chosen to expand her influence to include all of the children of our district.
In addition, Rebecca Carino, our former assistant principal, will serve as our new Director of Student Services/Special Education. I have no doubt that Rebecca will continue to bring her empathetic spirit, and her specialized expertise to her new role in the coming year.
I look forward to introducing our additional new hires on August 16, 2018, at the Welcome Coffee for all parents at 8:30 a.m. in the Loma Forum, wherein I also look forward to meeting all of you.
Without question, a strength of the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District, expressed by every person I have spoken with to date, is the unparalleled teamwork present throughout the mountain. Having spent my entire life as either a member of a team, coach of a team, and/or a leader of teams, I feel right at home, and I appreciate the warm welcome I have received to my new home away from home. Thank you.
I am committed to leading a district that you can continue to be proud of, and I look forward to working in partnership with you on behalf of our students.
August 6, 2018
Dear New Loma and CT Families:
Welcome to Loma Prieta! Whether you are new to the Summit area or just to our schools, we are delighted to have your family join our small, but enthusiastic mountain community. As the Principal of our wonderful schools, I wanted to introduce myself and provide a few details and dates about the upcoming school year. Though I have been part of this community since 2001, I can still remember the first time I stepped onto our campus. I was immediately taken by the stunning views, but shortly after, I was equally impressed by the strong sense of community pride that is at the heart of our schools. It is this pride of place that makes our schools so special and unique.
With strong support from our community partners, our schools have been able to offer an exceptionally rich academic program. Our teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic experts in their fields, and strive to know and understand each child as an individual. As a district, we are committed to providing a rigorous, intellectually challenging, and developmentally appropriate instructional program for each child.
As with beginning anything new, the information overload can be overwhelming. Below you will find important information to get you started, but please never hesitate to ask questions. We have a friendly staff that is happy to help. Feel free to stop by my office on the Loma campus or send me an email with any questions or comments you might have.
Student Safety is our top priority: Things to know…
Parking Lot Etiquette– Please slow down and be patient with other drivers.
- Never leave your car unattended in the drop-off or pick up area.
- No parking in red zones ever – this is our fire lane.
- Always watch for pedestrians.
- Right lane up the driveway for drop off and pick up.
- Left lane up the driveway for through traffic to parking areas.
- Please do not cut in drop off or pick up lines.
*If your child is going to cross the bridge to meet you after school, you must submit a note to the school secretary in advance.
Peanut Free Schools– Both our schools are peanut free due to life threatening allergies and geographic isolation. Almonds, cashews, and other substitute protein sources continue to be welcome. Families with students who have significant allergies need to make sure that epi-pen supplies are correctly documented and functional in the school office by the first day of school.
The Fun Stuff: Please mark your calendars for these important events:
Root Beer Float Event– Tuesday, August 14th: 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
Elementary class lists are posted and partial schedules will be available for middle school students. Please bring a blanket to stretch out and join us on the Loma play field for the festivities.
Opening Day of School– Thursday, August 16th: 8:20 am – 12:30 pm. (minimum day)
- New Parents’ Welcome Coffee in the Loma Forum for ALL new families from both schools.
- No student lunch break that day. Pack a big snack as there will be time for kids to eat.
- Loma and CT drop off at the curb on the far side of parking lot. Give yourself extra time.Left lane up the driveway is no stopping - through traffic only - to parking. Right lane is for drop off only – both schools. If you are walking your Loma student to class, please park in a legal spot. There is a lower dirt lot and parking across the street to use the pedestrian bridge. Do not drop off before 8:00 am.
- Kindergarten Families: It is recommended that you drive your child to and from school and that kindergarten students do not attend Kids and Co. on the first day.
- Loma Prieta Elementary: August 29that 6:30 PM
- CT English Middle School: September 4that 6:30 PM
And last but not least – Save the Date!
The Gala! - October 6th: 4:00 – 10:00 pm, Maison du Lac off Summit Road
- This is the social event of the year here on the mountain. Maison du Lac is a beautiful garden setting just about a mile from the school. The evening is festive with great food and a live band. This grand affair is critically important to our foundation, the Loma Public Education Fund’s (LPEF), efforts to keep our schools strong. The event sells out so get your tickets early! Stay tuned for more details.
Loma Elementary: http://www.loma.k12.ca.us/Domain/8
CT English: http://www.loma.k12.ca.us/Domain/9
Again, welcome to Loma Prieta! I am looking forward to getting to know your family!
Karren Zook, Principal
Loma Prieta Joint Union School District
23800 Summit Road
Los Gatos, CA 95033
408/353-1106 – p
408/353-3274 - f