Welcome Returning 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 Loma and CT English Families:
Welcome to a new school year! I hope your summer was fun, relaxing and full of adventures. I am excited to be starting my first year as principal at our mountain schools. Though the title is new to me, our schools are not. I began my career as a fourth grade teacher at Loma in 2001. My first classroom was in a portable on the playground-- tetherball courts have long replaced it. The trees around the track were shorter than me, and Loma was still referred to as “the new school.” As I walk around our beautiful campuses, I am struck by how much has changed, but also by how our schools have continued to be great places for kids to learn, grow, and thrive.
Each school boasts an exceptional staff of professionals who bring their experience, enthusiasm, and dedication to their students everyday. Loma and CT kids have access to high-quality programs beyond the core curriculum; our students learn music and art, taught by credentialed teachers, something that is unheard of in most public schools. We have facilities and technology teams that always put the safety and learning of our students first. All of this would not be possible without the support of our dedicated and active community partners.
If you haven’t already, I invite you to become involved this year! Join the Home and School Clubs; attend events hosted by the Loma Public Education Fund, Loma Prieta Community Foundation, or Theatre in the Mountains; volunteer in your child’s classroom, in the library, or on the playground. Our schools are strong because of the collaborative efforts of the members of our incredible community.
Everyone must have accurate and updated emergency contact information on PowerSchool. Please log on before August 23rd to update this information. Once you have logged on to your PowerSchool account, go to “Annual Student Registration” and make any necessary changes/updates. As we have learned over the past few years with shutdowns on Highway 17, it is critical that emergency contact information be local.
If you have forgotten your PowerSchool username or password, please contact Julie Bourque at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your password reset.
Your Signature is Required:
We are required by state law and district policy to inform you of your legal rights and help you gain a deep understanding of our shared responsibilities. Click the link to review the Parents/Students Rights in English (link) or Spanish (link). The law requires each parent or guardian to acknowledge receipt of this information. Please review this material with your child(ren) then print and sign a 2 page Response Form for each of your children. Click here for the Response Form (in English only) (link). All signatures are required. Please return the completed Response Form to your child’s teacher during the first week of school. Students cannot be given access to technology or attend field trips such as CT’s Beach Day without this information in place so please don’t delay!
Peanut Free School
Please remember that 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 update their health data and Epi-pen supplies with each school office by the first day of school.
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 is for drop-off and pick-up.
- Left lane up the driveway is for through traffic to parking areas.
- Don’t 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.
The Fun Stuff: Please mark your calendars for these important events:
Root Beer Float Event– Tuesday, August 14th at 4:30 – 5:30 pm. This annual event is sponsored by our amazing Home and School Clubs. Elementary class lists are posted and partial schedules will be available for middle school students. Please bring your blanket. The event will be held on the Loma play field.
Opening Day of School– August 16th, 8:20 am – 12:30 pm. MINIMUM DAY
- Parent welcome coffee in the Loma Forum for ALL parents – both schools.
- No student lunch break that day. Pack a big snack as there will be time for kids to eat.
- Loma and CT families 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 parking lot to the left just before you exit onto Summit Road. There is also additional parking across the street that requires use of 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 29th at 6:30 pm
- CT English Middle School, September 4th at 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 dance 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.
I am looking forward to a great year!
Karren Zook, Principal
Loma Prieta Joint Union School District
23800 Summit Road
Los Gatos, CA 95033
408/353-1106 – p
408/353-3274 - f