Paw Prints Weekly Newsletter
March 7 , 2018


Principal's Message

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of teaching a 5th grade class. Throughout the day, I felt such a sense of excitement for the enthusiasm that each student showed for learning. Families, friends, teachers, and staff have helped shape these students into wonderful leaders and scholars. Each person that has contributed to the growth of these wonderful humans should feel a great sense of pride for who they have become.

Upcoming meetings/events:
- I will be hosting a meeting to discuss school safety on March 14, 2018 @ 3:30pm.
- Join us at our School Spirit Assembly on March 26th at 9:25am. 

Stephanie Richards
LP Principal  
Other LP Happenings
Blue Crew
Fundraising Event!

Panther Families - come support our BLUE CREW's fundraising project which will help to purchase a 3 Stream Recycling Receptacle (Compost/Recycling/Trash) to be placed on both lower PDA playground as well as the Panther Playground to continue to support the cleanliness of our school environment. RECYCLABLE BAGS as well as PRODUCE BAGS will be sold online!

These bags are available for purchase on Membership Toolkit (MTK)! Sales will close on Friday, March 16.

Once we receive your payment, your bags and or produce bags will come home in your student's backpack! If you would like to see our products - come visit the office and we have samples for you to check out! Hurry, stocks are limited!  
If you have any questions - please do not hesitate to email Mrs Tang - 
Congratulations to the LP
Odyssey of the Mind Participants

Thirteen LP 4th graders in two teams participated in the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition on March 3rd, at Concord High School! Both teams: The S.S. Galaxy (Lucy M., Paige B., Lily C., Stella M., Caitlin W. and Maya R.) and   Moraga Rotary Team A (Shiraz Z., Mason C., Gia C., Riley C., Dylan C., Giancarlo C. and Riley S.) worked hard over many months and represented LP this past weekend, competing against teams from all across the region.   Each team picked a long-term problem which they worked on over several months, creating a solution that was presented to a panel of judges; then they also participated in a short-term spontaneous problem they could not plan for ahead of time.Wonderful team work and efforts! We are so proud of you!

Moraga Rotary Team A  placed 2nd place, out of seven teams, and is now headed to the State level competition on  March 24th at UC Riverside. They are very excited and proud of their big accomplishment. Good luck at State!
In This Issue
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar! 
March 14  
After School Safety Meeting

March 15
5th - 8th Graders
Stress Management Program 
JM Library

March 19
Cultural  Proficiency Committee
JM Library

March 21
LP PTA Meeting
Room 4

March 21
LP Science Fair
6:30pm - 7:30pm 
Oak Room

March 26
Spirit Assembly
Oak Room
March 28
4th/5th Grade  
Book Club
LP Library 
Book is Crenshaw by K. Applegate

March 28
Oak Room 

From the PTA

Thank you to all of the classroom volunteers who come in to help with special projects, math stations, activity stations and a whole host of other events throughout the year. Without your help, these events would be difficult to run in the classroom. We appreciate the time and effort which you put in to each and every classroom at LP. Thank you!
March 21 8:30am

** Special Guest: Adrienne deWolfe ** 
will join us at this meeting to talk about technology in our kids classes!     
We will also be voting on our proposed 2018-19  
LP PTA Slate:

President (acting co-president): Janelle Chng 
Executive Vice President/Programs (acting co-president): Sara Curran 
First Vice Presidents/Fundraising (& MEF reps): Laurie Yee & Diane Bode  
Second Vice President/Service & Support: Jessica Meeks 
Treasurer: Tina Weber 
Financial Secretary: Eva Elder 
Recording Secretary: Lara Williamson 
Corresponding Secretary: Kelli Bacher 
Parliamentarian (appointed): Stefanie Galizia 
Auditor: Erin Barth 
Legislative Representative (appointed): Kelly Inman 
Historian: Ada Sheng  
LAST CHANCE: Readathon Co-Chair Needed!
Stacked Books Do your kids love the readathon? Are you looking for a way to help out with the LP PTA?  We have an immediate need for a Readathon Chair for this year. This popular event encourages reading at all age levels and serves as a fundraiser for our school. Duties include working with PTA to determine dates, preparing all collateral/publicity for event (previous event documents are available), handling tallies of participation and fund collection from participating students. If you are interested in serving as Readathon Chair for this spring, please contact us at .  Dates are flexible and responsibility spans approximately three weeks. Without your help, we won't be able to put this event on for this year.  Your help is much appreciated! Thank you!
Additionally- the PTA Nominating Committee is still looking for a few more parents who want to help on variety of PTA committees for the 2018-19 School year! If you are interested in hearing more about the volunteer opportunities and commitment, please contact one of our PTA Nominating Committee Members:
Attention Science Fair Participants!
Thank you to all participants who picked up their Science Fair Boards last week. There are still a few left in the office, so if you did not get your board yet, please bring your SCIENCE FAIR NUMBER (on your approved application--upper right hand corner of the yellow piece of paper) and pick up your board this week. Hopefully you are having fun conducting your experiments and getting your posters prepared for the Science Fair! The event will happen on Wednesday, March 21st from 6:30- 7:30 pm  in the Oak Room. All families are encouraged to come and check out the exhibits and ask questions of our scientists. Volunteers: If you are interested in helping out with the Science Fair by serving as a mentor who is assigned a few exhibits to visit and ask questions on the night of the event, please contact Davina Roche or Janelle Chng.
5th grade parents: We NEED more photos please!! 
The yearbook is almost finished but I still need the following pictures of 5th graders:
-First school memory pictures 
-LP memory pictures - any pictures from the past six years at LP. Your kids with teachers, LP friends, on field trips, at class parties, etc 
Let's make this a special book so your 5th graders can remember their time in elementary school. Please send all pictures to  
Brenna Butler
March 28, 2018 6-8pm  
  Come out for a super fun night of Dodgeball where it is parents vs kids! This year, this event is open to ALL LP KIDS! Due to space limitations, please send just one adult per family.

Join us in the Oak Room from 
6-8 pm on March 28th to test your dodgeball skills and see who dominates the game - kids or parents? Visit membership toolkit to register - $25 per family buys pizza, otter pops and water for all attendees. Can't wait to see you there!

Mark your calendars!  
Table Talk Question:

Ask your student what they feel the pros and cons are of modern technology.  

From the Library

This week we are reading two very different books in the library. The first book is this year's Caldecott Medal winner, Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell. It is a wordless picture book.  We will talk about the different words that come to mind as we read this beautifully illustrated book. Then we will also read Peter H. Reynolds new book, The Word Collector. This book is full of words and will encourage discussions of students favorite words and favorite things to collect. Peter H. Reynolds is the author of The Dot which we read every September 15ish!

Constance Russell   
LP Librarian 

LP Library Bookmark Challenge! 
There are two weeks left for students to enter the Los Perales Bookmark Challenge. Grades TK-5 are eligible. There is one winner per grade (TK-K, 1,2,3,4,5) and their winning bookmark will be handed out to all LP students during library time for a week in April or May. The theme of the bookmark must be books, reading or a favorite character in a book. Words and/or pictures can be used.  Entries must be done in heavy pencil or black ink. No color entries will be accepted. First name only and grade must appear on the front of the bookmark entry. All entries are due by Fri., March 16th. No late entries allowed. We can't wait to see what your students come up with! Click here for an official entry form.

Constance Russell   
LP Librarian   

Also Happening

FOR 5th - 8th GRADERS  
Wellness Committee Members
Gaby Alvarez & Paul Espinas Present:
Parents are encouraged to come.

Seeking MEF Auction Item Donations 
Tickets for the MEF Auction Gala have sold out! We look forward to seeing so many Los Perales parents there! 
There is still time to donate auction items, host a pay-to-play party and become an event sponsor. No item is too small as donations can be packaged together.

To make a donation or become an event sponsor,  
click here
Please donate by this Friday, March 9.

Thank you for considering! 

The Addams Family Musical Comedy 
at Campo High School 
Experience laughter and chills as you meet the kooky and charmingly creepy characters of The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy at Campolindo High School. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met.  But that's about to change on the fateful and hilarious night when the two families meet at the Addams Family mansion. Sit back and savor the morbid hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and the beloved weirdo, Uncle Fester, as the memorable occasion brings out family secrets and the best -- and worst -- in everyone involved! 
The show will run from March 16-25 at Campolindo High School, 300 Moraga Road, Moraga.  Tickets are $25.
For info on show times and to purchase tickets, visit