Paw Prints Weekly Newsletter
February 7 , 2018


Principal's Message

Monday was the 100th day of school!!! As I write these words, I am in disbelief about how much time has flown by. As I reflect back to the beginning of the year to all of the bumps in the road, I am grateful to how the community came together to support some big changes at LP. It would be silly to say that it will be completely smooth riding from now on, but I think we will see many less rocky roads ahead. I would like to thank the community for the support and patience as the new team found their bearings.

As we move into the second half of the year, I will be creating multiple opportunities for parents to provide feedback and to share in the process of finding solutions in areas of improvement at Los Perales. Our first scheduled meeting with be February 15th, in order to look at ways to increase traffic safety.

On March 14th, from 3:30-4:30 pm, I would like to invite parents to engage in discussions around overall school safety. We will discuss a wide variety of topics during this meeting.

Engagement of students, teachers, and families is a critical step in creating a community that supports and nurtures the students. The unique perspective that each group brings is valuable in creating systems that make sense and enhances the well-being of the community.

Stephanie Richards
LP Principal

Congrats to all our  
January Panther Proud winners. The next spirit assembly is February 26th at 9:25am, please mark your calendar and join us!  
In This Issue
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar! 
February 8 
5th Grade Choir Performance
Campolindo H.S.
February 9  
LP Movie Night   
6:00pm- 8:30pm  
Oak Room
February 15
Science Fair Applications Due to LP Office
February 15
Early Adolescence: An Opportunity for Shaping Health
JM Library  
February 21  
PTA General Meeting with Bruce Burns
LP - Room 4 
February 22 
Kindness Club
LP Art Room  
(Room 23)

From the PTA

Thank you to  Steven Christensen, Amanda Andron, Elizabeth Thies, Joanne Yoshimura and Jamie Patterson for helping with the Los Perales Kindergarten Registration!  
Please mark your calendars now for our
February General LP PTA Meeting!
This is the sole evening meeting of the year and we have invited  
MSD Superintendent Bruce Burns to attend and give an update on current district happenings.  
The date for the meeting is  
Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00pm in Room 4. 
The LP PTA will be hosting a Movie Night  
THIS FRIDAY , February 9th from 6:00 - 8:30pm!   
Come watch Moana with your friends! 
The kids enjoy a supervised movie in the Oak Room with pizza, popcorn and drinks, and you enjoy a night out for only $15/child!   Unfortunately, no non-LP siblings allowed for insurance purposes.  Tickets can be purchased at Membership Toolkit.  
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Moana," a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana convinces the mighty demigod Maui to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she's always sought:  
her own identity.  
Please also consider volunteering at Movie Night!
Please Sign-up HERE! We love our volunteers!! 
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:
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 for the  
LP Spring Luau!
(Replacing our cancelled Fall Carnival)
Friday, April 27 
4:30pm- 7:00pm
Be sure to mark your calendars. If you purchased tickets for the Fall Carnival, they will be valid for this event.  Look for more details coming soon!
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: Who do you want to make friends with but haven't yet? What could you do to reach out to that person? 

From the Library

It is voting time! All students will be casting their ballots this week for the 2018 LP Mock Caldecott Medal. Ask your student which book they voted for.  Everyone gets a sticker when they turn in their ballot. The winning medal book and honor book winners will be announced next Tuesday. This week we have a few more books to review before voting. Dazzle Ships written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Victo Ngai; Goldfish Ghost written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Lisa Brown; Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex and Before She Was Harriet written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome. 
Constance Russell   
LP Librarian 

From MEF

Moraga Education Foundation Phone-a-thon
The annual MEF Phone-a-thon is continuing tonight (February 7) from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Last year's event raised over $80,000 to help fund critical staff and programs in the Moraga School District and Campolindo High School benefiting every student, every day.

MEF volunteers and staff from MSD and Campo will be making calls to
families and community members who have not yet donated or pledged to 2017- 2018 annual campaign.  Help save a phone call and volunteer time by making your donation online today!

If you would like to volunteer to call, sign up here.

Thank you for your support!  
MEF Auction Gala
Mark your calendars for the MEF Auction Gala, Bubbles to Burgundy, taking place on Saturday, April 14th at the Moraga Country Club.  The evening will include exclusive silent and live auctions, food and dancing.  New  this year, there will be an  online auction available to the entire community.  All  proceeds will benefit the Moraga Education Foundation which supports every  student attending public schools in Moraga, every day! 

Tickets are limited and will go on sale February 20th.

MEF is looking for auction donations, hosts for pay-to-play parties and  event sponsors.  Nothing 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!

Also Happening

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

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

Giddy Up!!!!