Important Weekly Updates

September 17, 2014


Dear Loma Parents:


Migrating to the Web!

As you know, we are migrating our Wednesday News distribution to the web.  We need your help to ensure a smooth transition.  Step 1 – you will be receiving a “Welcome” message shortly through our new broadcast function of our website.  This Schoolwires message will contain your new website user name and password so that you can sign in for our web-based services including classroom updates, school updates, and a customizable dashboard.  If you do not receive a welcome message by noon Friday, please send us a message so we can check your contact information in our system. Please use this email address to alert us to any web communication issues.


Today, we are sending this message via the listserve as part of the migration.  We will be running some tests of our news broadcast system just as we did with ParentLink last year.  These systems are being integrated as we continue to move forward with improving our communication and outreach to you.  Thank you in advance for your help and patience.


Thoughts from Tuesday Night:

I often talk about how fortunate we are to live here on our mountain.  Our kids have many advantages and thankfully not many of the attitudes that can come with having lots of advantages.  One of the goals many of us have shared over time is helping our kids find avenues to make a difference in both large and small ways.  Loma and CT students are “nice” kids.  They are a caring group.  They are also an inspirational group!  


We have a new elective for 8th grade called “Make a Difference.”  This team of kids challenged the teachers to an ice bucket challenge to raise funds for ALS.  You can see the video here:  Good ideas are contagious.  Now the 8th graders are helping Loma kids with their own challenge to the staff.  Stay tuned!  If the kids can raise $250 by Friday, some more grown-ups are going to get wet!  If you want to help, please send your donations in to your Loma students’ classroom or to the Loma office.  Brrrrrrr!


Corey Kidwell



Your Tax Dollars at Work!

This fall marked the beginning of an era of more stable local funding for our schools with the local investment of Measure H dollars.  These funds will be spent directly on core K-8 academic programs and cannot be used for administrative salaries.  Your schools are in full swing and thriving because of the long standing support of our community.  Thank you!  As promised, a Citizen’s Oversight Committee is now being formed to both plan and verify that all funds raised by Measure H are spent in accordance with the law.  The deadline to apply is October 3, 2014, at noon.  If you are interested in serving on the committee, or learning more about Measure H, please contact the District Office at 408-353-1101.  Measure H exemptions for seniors and contiguous properties are available in the District Office or on-line at  Thank you again for your continued support of our schools and the youth in our community.  Strong schools protect property values, public safety, and sustain the “mountain way” for the next generation of Loma Prieta residents.


News from the Loma Home and School Club


- Our fall fundraisers are in full swing - look for the “Right Response First Aid Kits” order form in your child's backpack this week (50% goes back to Loma!). Order Forms due on Monday, Sept 22.

- Visit the HSC site to order “Mabel's Labels” - great labels for the stuff all our kids lose.  

- “Box Tops” - Keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops in your pantry & drawers - your student will earn $ for their teacher when they bring them to class. 

- Movie Night is Friday, Sept 19th at the Gazebo - we will be showing The Lego Movie - everything will be awesome! 


Empowering Women and Girls in Technology

STEM/STEAM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math!  Our partners at the Parenting Continuum and Los Gatos High School present an evening of conversation and inspiration.  Parents of middle and high school students are invited to join a panel of female engineers and professionals to talk about their career journey and provide information to our female students on how to pursue a career in STEAM.  October 7th, 7-8:30 pm in the LGHS Library. 

Cathy Messenger, LGHS Chemistry and Advanced Science Research Teacher

Jenny Chan, Apple

Ayman Nadeem, Khan Academy

April Grow, UCSD Computer Science

Current LGHS students


Please see the attached flyer for more detail.  The Parenting Continuum is a community alliance whose mission is to empower parents to nurture the whole child and the whole family.  You can access their most current program information through the “Partners” section of both school websites.


Drug Drop Off

Another upcoming event sponsored by our partner CASA is the prescription drug and other toxins drop off coming on Saturday, September 27th near downtown Los Gatos.  Unused or expired medications can be disposed of safely.  They are also recycling household batteries, mercury thermometers, cell phones and more.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.


School Picture Day

September 25th is School Picture Day, order forms will be provided soon.


Carino’s Corrner


Good news the Yosemite Trip is Official.  There are 56 students and their families committed to making the trip happen for this year’s seventh graders.  Check out the NatureBridge website, to get a little peek at the types of experiences these students will be enjoying during the week of November 10. 


To help raise funds that will off set the cost of the trip, the seventh graders are selling Dutch Mill Bulbs.   If you like flowers, like giving flowers, or just plain like pitching in for a worthy cause, jump in and support the seventh grade Yosemite Trip.  You can order your Dutch Bulbs by using this link particular link will take you directly to the page designated to the CTE Seventh Grade Trip.   You can also find info on Juli Siegrist’s web page on the CTE Website under Yosemite Trip located in the right side-bar. 


Early planning makes for a beautiful spring and happy seventh graders in this fall.


Carino’s Corner

Mrs. Carino’s Top Ten Favorites, Week 4:

1.          Wonderful dog owners who immediately agree to keep their four-legged family members off campus until the 4:00pm all clear hour; 

2.          Smiling parents walking around the campus;

3.          CTE faculty under a waterfall of icy cold water.  The power of the right motivation raises funds for a worthy cause, the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS);

4.          Sweet art projects that require the object being drawn, a juicy apple, to be consumed as part of the artistic process.  Lucky young artists, or maybe I should say resourceful young artists; 

5.          Beautiful mornings and lovely warm evenings sandwich sticky hot days; 

6.          Hurray for the breezy kind fans at Loma;

7.          Joining in a game of Frisbee with 5th graders in the morning; 

8.          A little lizard trying to impersonate a gecko hanging out up high on the newly stucco siding at Loma overlooking the small playground.  Wise lizard, out of reach and keeping an eye on those notorious lizard stalkers; 

9.          Miss. Drazen’s class lends a hand in picking up trash that was absent mindedly left near their room;

10.       Coach Patino playing a game of pick-up football with the grade 4th and 5th grade boys at lunch.