Paw Prints Weekly Newsletter
February 14 , 2018


Principal's Message

Over the past week, I have been lucky to observe some amazing lessons. In art class (Thank you MEF!), students were busy finishing up a weaving project. The class started off with an inquiry where students compared two notable artists works. Students looked at the famous paintings in order to compare similarities and differences between the two different painting styles. They took what they learned in their discussion and applied some of the techniques to their own creations.

Today, I observed a lesson where the teacher did an interactive read aloud. Students mapped out the changes in the characters' emotions from page to page. After completing their map, they compared it to one that they had created for a different book that was written by the same author. The room was filled with discussion and great discovery. Each question that was aimed at the teacher was answered with, "What do you think?" Students dug deep and had some great revelations.

Both lessons were strong examples of the higher level thinking activities that push students beyond just answering questions. Students made connections and were able to tell why they answered in a certain way. Way to go!!!

Stephanie Richards
LP Principal  
In observance of President's Day, there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 16th and Monday, February 19th.  Enjoy your 4-day weekend!
2018 Los Perales Spelling Bee
Congratulations to all who participated in the 2018 Los Perales Spelling Bee! It takes so much bravery to stand on stage and participate. This year the finalists from grades 3-5 were: Anisha V.,  Jude W., Lane M., Kristen P., Lev P.,  
Ellie K., Caitlin W., Allison C., Gia C.,  
Mason C., Lucy M., Bobby S., Marilyn J.,  
Jacques T., Aislinn C., Natalie E.,  
Yovela M. and Abby C.   
Congratulations to Allison C. for taking first place and Marilyn J. for taking second place!   

In This Issue
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar! 
February 15 
1st LP Traffic Safety Meeting (join us to give your valuable input!)
9:00am at LP 
February 15
Science Fair Applications Due to LP Office
February 15
Early Adolescence: An Opportunity for Shaping Health
JM Library   
February 16
No School
February 19
No School
President's Day 
February 21  
PTA General Meeting with Bruce Burns
LP - Room 4 
February 22 
Kindness Club
LP Art Room  
(Room 23)
PTA Presidents' Message

Hello LP Parents,

Another busy month has ended and we're jumping right into February. Hopefully your kids enjoyed the two assemblies which the PTA sponsored during January. The Magic of Science and The Power of One were chosen to get kids excited about science, and to educate them about being upstanders in our world. Last week we had a very competitive LP Spelling Bee with Allison C. taking the first place title and Marilyn J. and Lev P. coming in second and third place. Congrats to our fabulous spellers!  

February has arrived and we often associate this month with kindness and love. Fitting in with that theme, LP is kicking off a new Kindness Club. This student club will meet monthly to focus on big and small acts of kindness. First up, the club will be painting BUDDY BENCHES for our school playgrounds. The first meeting will be Thursday, February 22nd at 12:25 in the Art Room and will be open to all 2nd-5th graders.

Last week, we kicked off our Science Fair season at LP as well. This is an exciting time and we hope that many kids will join us in this process. Applications are available online at: or there are paper copies in the office as well. Science Fair is open to all students in grades 2nd to 5th. Students may work individually or in groups of up to three. All applications are due in the LP Office by 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 15th. The Science Fair will take place on the evening of Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m, so mark your calendars!

Our February general PTA meeting will be held next Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 4 at LP. This is the only evening meeting of the year and we encourage you to come out and join us! Superintendent Bruce Burns will be our Special Guest for the first portion of our meeting. He will be updating us on some of the current happenings in the district, including the calendar task force, cultural proficiency committee and improvements from Measure V funds, so it should be an informative session. We will also be hearing from 3rd grade Teacher Mrs. Thompson and Ms. Richards, in addition to covering our PTA business for the month.

As always, we encourage our members to keep in touch with us and reach out with questions or suggestions. We recently sent out a survey regarding PTA events and communication.  If you could kindly take a few moments to complete the survey here we would appreciate it!   
Finally,  we still have some positions available for some of our PTA committees for next year, including a Hot Lunch Coordinator, Fall Carnival Chairs, 4th/5th Grade Book Club Chair, Emergency Preparedness Co-Chair and Junior Achievement Chair.  If you are interested in any of these positions or would like to see what else might be available, please contact us at: .  

We hope to see you at our meeting on Wednesday the 21st at 7 p.m.!
Stefanie Galizia
Janelle Chng
PTA Co Presidents

From the PTA

Thank you to
Joanna Haskin,  
Davina Roche, Alex Mende and Erin Barth
for making our final movie night of the year a success! A huge thank you to the seventy-five well-behaved LP students who came out to an enjoy a fun evening with Moana. We appreciate the effort on the part of both PTA volunteers and the LP students who were on their best behavior, in making this movie night a great event!
Thank you to
Janelle Chng for doing a great job heading up the spelling bee!
The 2018 LP Science Fair season kicked off last week. Students in 2nd through 5th grades heard about the Science Fair and are hopefully excited to start thinking of ideas for their experiments. The 2018 Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 21st from 6:30-7:30, so there is plenty of time to perform all of those awesome experiments!
Applications are due  on or before  Thursday, February 15th.  Forms are  available online  HERE.   Please print the application, fill it out, staple, and return it to the office by 4:00 p.m. on the 15th.  Note:  There are some printed applications in the office as well.
Applications will be reviewed and returned by Friday, February 23rd. Once students receive the approved application, let the experiments begin!

Some items to remember:
  • Science Fair is open to all students grades 2-5
  • Minimum of one student and maximum of three students per project
  • One application per project!
  • Parent signature required on each application.
  • Please complete both pages of application, staple and return to office.
Please contact Davina Roche or Janelle Chng with questions.
Want to Get Involved in a PTA Role? 
It's that time of year where we are looking for parents who are ready to take the dive into being more involved at LP!
The PTA Nominating Committee is looking for parents who want to help on variety of PTA committees! If you are interested in hearing more about the volunteer opportunities and commitment, please contact one of our PTA Nominating Committee Members:
Your LP PTA works hard to provide programs and events which are educational and fun throughout the year. We would love to hear your thoughts about some of these programs so that we can continue to sponsor events which are of interest to our LP community. Please complete this short survey to help us plan for future events.  Survey closes Friday, February 23rd.
LP PTA is happy to introduce the new Kindness Club!!  
This student club will meet monthly to focus on big and small acts of kindness. First up, we will be painting BUDDY BENCHES for our school. Our first meeting is Thursday, February 22nd at 12:25 in the Art Room and is open to all 2nd-5th graders.  We would love to see anyone interested - no need to sign up beforehand!
4th/5th Grade Book Club News    
Our next book is "Crenshaw" by Katherine Applegate - a phenomenal story worth reading.   
The next book club meeting will be on Wednesday, March 28th.
For questions - please contact Anna Maguire 510-735-4879  
ISO: Yearbook Photos!!! 
The yearbook is underway and we need photos! Hundreds of photos, thousands of photos, millions of photos!

We want every child to be represented in the yearbook, so please consider sending in pictures of your child at school, the Fun Run, Variety Show, Halloween parade, spirit assemblies, field trips and holiday parties. We would also really love pictures from special events (Native American Day, Immigration Day, etc.)

Please title your emails to help us organize photos. Even simple titles such as "Mrs. Pearce Kindergarten" or "4th grade field trip" would be great.

Send photos (highest resolution possible) to Brenna Butler at 
Save The Date: 
San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs:  
Parenting & Beyond 2018... Speaker Series
"Ways to Have Critical Family Conversations About Balancing Digital Life, Managing Apps and 
Staying Positive on Social Media"
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Optional Pre-purchased Dinner at6:30pm
Join us for an engaging evening of learning as Merve Lapus, Director of Professional Services at Common Sense Media, will speak on Ways to Have Critical Family Conversations About Balancing Digital Life, Managing Apps and Staying Positive on Social Media. He will share eye-opening videos and statistics from surveys of more than 2,600 8-18 year-olds and over 1,800 parents, and lead us in a discussion about strategies for tackling the parenting issues surrounding devices and digital life.

In his presentation, Merve will focus on tips and suggestions for how families can address important issues of handling media and technology. He will introduce us to Common Sense Media's Connecting Families webpage, which offers tools to open up great conversations about tough topics like Cyberbullying, Video Games and the Internet. Since SRVUSD uses Common Sense Media as the main resource to teach digital citizenship lessons in all our schools, parents will get a closer look at the messages and instructions that our kids receive in class. For more information on the digital citizenship curriculum, please check out the  SRVUSD Digital Citizenship Website.
Register by February 21st for only $15
We look forward to seeing you at this second event of our Parenting & Beyond 2018 Speaker Series! 
Susanna Ordway 
San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs 
Table Talk Question:
Ask your kids: When did you feel most loved by me (or another parent/ guardian/ family member)?  

From the Library

We had 392 TK-5th graders participate in the LP Mock Caldecott. There was a clear medal winner with 30% of the vote. The honors race was much closer with 5 titles chosen.  The 2018 LP Mock Caldecott Medal winner is The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Adam Rex. We had seventy-nine 4th and 5th graders participate in the LP Mock Newbery. The winning book won by 5 votes. Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers.

The American Library Association Youth Media Awards were announced on Monday. I will be sharing the results with students. This week, in honor of Valentine's Day, we are reading three newly published books about love and friendship. Love by Matt de la Pena, Click Clack Moo, I Love You by Doreen Cronin, and Elmore by Holly Hobbie.
Constance Russell   
LP Librarian

Also Happening

MEF Auction Gala- Tickets on Sale 2/20  
Tickets for the MEF Auction Gala, Bubbles to Burgundy,  will go on sale Tuesday, February 20! Last year's event sold out, so don't wait and buy your tickets early. 
The Gala, taking place on Saturday, April 14th at the Moraga Country Club, will include exclusive silent and live auctions, food and dancing.  All proceeds will benefit the Moraga Education Foundation which supports every student attending public schools in Moraga, every day!  
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.  
For more information go to:  or  contact us at
We look forward to seeing you there!

Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls!!!
The MJWC Hoedown tickets are on sale!

BBQ, mechanical bull, line dancing and much more! Yee-haw

Giddy Up!!!!

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