Paw Prints Weekly Newsletter
February 28 , 2018


Principal's Message

Student leadership is alive at Los Perales. Safety Patrol is up and running, Student Council members led our January Spirit Assembly and will begin weekly announcements, and the Kindness Club painted Buddy Benches for our playgrounds... the list could go on and on!  
Last week we had our first lockdown drill of the year. I wanted to share part of the wording that I used. Please remind your students that it is very important to listen for directions and remain quiet during drills.
Every day, we do things to keep ourselves safe. Another way we stay safe is by practicing for things that probably won't happen but it is good to be prepared for just in case. One way we do this at school, for instance, is by practicing fire drills and earthquake drills. Practice helps us know what to do just in case of an emergency and makes the safest choice automatic.The bad things probably won't happen, but when we practice, we know what to do just in case.
Today, we will practice this in a drill called a "lockdown drill." During this drill, the teachers lock us inside for safety. Some reasons we might have a lockdown drill is when we need to keep you safe from a stray dog/animal loose on campus, something happening down the street that we need to make sure is safe, or a stranger while you are at school. These would probably never happen but just like a fire drill, we can practice our response so we are prepared.

Here are the steps of what we do during a lockdown drill: The acronym is PAL.
P is for PAUSE: First, pause and take a deep breath. Breathing helps your mind work.
A is for ADULT: Wherever you are on campus, find a trusted adult. If you are in the classroom, stay there with your teacher or other adult in the room. If you are outside, look for the teacher or other adult closest to you to tell you what to do and where to go. Find the closest classroom if you are outside.
L is for LISTEN: Listen to the adult's instructions. The adult will know what to do and will tell you. This is trickier than a fire drill because depending on where you are, you won't always go to the same place each time. You will know what to do if you listen. Also during this time, the teachers will lock the doors to their classrooms. When everything is safe, the adult will tell you that everything is all clear and we can go back to our regular school day.

Please make sure that your children are not dropped off before 8:10 unless they are going to Panther. We do not have supervision before 8:10.

Stephanie Richards
LP Principal  
Other LP Happenings
Blue Crew is  
launching a 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 will be available on Membership Toolkit (MTK) starting on Wednesday, 2/28 and sales will close on Friday, March 9.

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 - 
In This Issue
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar! 
February 28
CPC Meeting
March 1
Adolescence Meeting
JM Library
March 28
4th/5th Grade  
Book Club
LP Library 
Book is Crenshaw by K. Applegate 
Proposed 2018-19  
LP PTA Slate:
(to be voted on at the 3/21 General PTA Meeting)  
(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
Tina Weber
Financial Secretary 
Eva Elder
Recording Secretary 
Lara Williamson
Corresponding Secretary 
Kelli Bacher
Parliamentarian (appointed) 
Stefanie Galizia
Erin Barth
Legislative Representative (appointed) 
Kelly Inman
Ada Sheng 

From the PTA

Thank you to students who painted Buddy Benches as part of the Kindness Club last Thursday! They look fabulous and will be installed on the playgrounds soon.   
Thank you to Kristen Beckwith, Cathy Weihl and Stefanie Galizia for chairing the Kindness Club!   
Readathon 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!
Science Fair Boards are available in the office.  You should have received your approved Science Fair application in Friday folders last week.  On the yellow piece of paper which was attached to the application, there is a Science Fair Number in the upper right hand corner.  You will NEED this SCIENCE FAIR NUMBER in order to pick up your board in the office. Be sure to bring it with you, so you will be given the appropriate board. Only one board is given per project. Boards will be available for pickup through this Friday, March 2nd.  The office closes at 4 p.m. each day, so make sure to pick it up before that time. If you have questions, 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  
Come one, come all... enjoy fun games of family dodgeball!   
Mark your calendars!   
Table Talk Question:
Ask your student when s/he had a recent peer conflict. Then ask how they were (or could've been) a part of the solution in the interaction. Be sure encourage your students to take responsibility for their part of conflicts and to avoid "blame shifting". 
HERE is a great article about on how to encourage your child(ren) to take responsibility for their actions.  

From the Library

Books, costumes and dogs!  
It is Read Across America week in the Los Perales library.  During the week, we celebrate the importance of sharing stories, reading out loud and the role service and therapy dogs play in our community. Our guests from ARF, with their Pet Hug Pack dog, will be talking with each class about service and therapy dogs, introducing the dog they bring to the class and sharing a picture books about service and therapy dogs with the students, Helping Dogs by Mary Ann Hoffman. We will also be reading The Year of the Dog: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac written by Oliver Chin and Made for Each Other: Why Dogs and People Are Perfect Partners by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent.
Constance Russell   
LP Librarian

Also Happening

Senator Glazer & Assemblywoman Baker:  
Joint town hall tour continues! 
Continuing an unprecedented display of bipartisan teamwork, Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) resume their joint town hall tour through their mutual East Bay districts.  
Nowhere else in the United States have two elected officials from opposing parties joined together in such a sustained effort to listen to voters' concerns without regard to party affiliation!
Orinda Joint Legislative Town Hall 
Monday, March 5, 2018
6:30 p.m. To 7:30 p.m. 
at the 
Orinda Library Auditorium
MEF Auction Gala- Tickets are Going Fast
Tickets for the MEF Auction Gala, Bubbles to Burgundy, are going fast and the event will be sold out soon. Don't miss out on the fun and buy yours today by clicking  here. Tickets are $125 per person.
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. 
For more information go to:  or  contact us at
We look forward to seeing you there!

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