Paw Prints Weekly Newsletter
March 14 , 2018
 

  
  

Principal's Message

Monday, I had the pleasure to attend our last district professional development day of the year. Teachers were hard at work as they looked ahead to next year and mapped out the upcoming year's timeline of Readers' and Writers' lessons. The commitment to growth as educators and the drive to provide the best learning experiences for the children was evident in every planning session that I attended.

Upcoming Dates:

-Safety Meeting (all parents encouraged to attend)
at LP, Wednesday, March 14th 3:30-4:30

-Spirit Assembly (parents encouraged to attend)
at LP March 26th @ 9:25

Stephanie Richards
LP Principal 
 
LP PTA Presidents' Message
 
Thank you to those of you who participated in the survey which we sent out recently. We appreciate the feedback and are always looking for ways to continuously improve and provide the best mix of social, community building and educational programs here at LP through the PTA. We have analyzed and compiled the results which you can view here. Please take a few minutes to review this document, as it provides useful information on how the PTA operates and the role it plays in the LP community. 
 
As always, we thank you for being a vital part of this PTA and for getting involved and helping with all of the many activities which we coordinate each year. Without your help, these events could not happen. If you or someone you know would like to get more involved, please contact us at: losperalesptaprez@gmail.com . We have some committee opportunities available for next year and would love to find something which might suit your schedule and interests.  

As mentioned previously, we are putting Fun Run funds to good use at LP. The new water filtration/water bottle fillers will be installed on our playgrounds in the next few months. New classroom PE equipment has been purchased, each classroom was given funds to supplement classroom libraries, and a special West African dance assembly will be coming up in April.  

Science Fair is coming up next week on the 21st. This is a great time to come out and see LP students in action, sharing what they have learned through the process of completing a science project.  

Our March LP PTA General meeting will feature guest speaker, Adrienne DeWolfe, Director of Technology Services for the Moraga School District. Adrienne will talk about how technology is used in the classroom and what our children are learning as it relates to technology. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 21st at 8:30 a.m . in Room 4. During the meeting we will hear updates from our teacher representative, 1st grade teacher Andrea Barrett, and Principal Richards, as well as vote on the proposed PTA board slate for 2018-2019 (listed below). See links to the agenda and financials below. We encourage you to come to our meetings to learn about and participate in current PTA happenings.
 
Kids had a great time painting buddy benches for our school at LP's first ever Kindness Club. We will be meeting again Friday, March 23rd at lunchtime (2nd-5th graders only) in the Art Room. Kids will be creating "Laundry Money" bags and Kindness Notes for Homeless Care Kits. Anybody is welcome to join - no need to sign up beforehand! Also, if you happen to have extra quarters you would like to contribute, we will be collecting donations between now and the 23rd.
 
Our ever-popular DODGEBALL event is Wednesday, March 28th at 6pm - register now!! Also, don't forget that the Spring Luau (which is replacing the Fall Carnival this year) is coming up next month! Mark your calendars for April 27th.

Enjoy the rest of the month and the upcoming Spring Break!

Your PTA Presidents,
Stefanie Galizia
Janelle Chng 
Helpful Links:  
Agenda 
Minutes  

Financials:

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  
 
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)!

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 -  mtang@moraga.k12.ca.us 
 
In This Issue
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar! 
 
March 14  
After School Safety Meeting
3:30pm
LP

March 15 
5th Grade Science Camp Field Trip Info
5:45-6:15pm 
Oak Room 
 
March 15 
5th - 8th Graders
Stress Management Program 
6:30-8pm 
JM Library

March 19
Cultural  Proficiency Committee
Meeting
3:30pm
JM Library

March 21
LP PTA Meeting
8:30am 
Room 4

March 21
Spring ASEP Registration Opens


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

March 21
Parent Ed- Digital Life, Managing Apps & Social Media.
7-9pm
San Ramon Community Center


March 26
Spirit Assembly
9:25am
Oak Room
 
 
March 28
4th/5th Grade  
Book Club
Lunchtime 
LP Library 
 

March 28
Dodgeball
6-8pm
Oak Room 
 
 
 
 

From the LP PTA

   
Thank you to Linh Tran and Jessica Van Olst
for stepping up to chair the LP Read-a-thon this year!  
Spring ASEP News 
 
Spring ASEP Registration will be ONE WEEK only- from March 21-28.
Spring ASEP classes begin April 10.
Classes in blue will be available for sign-ups.

 
 If you have any questions, please contact the LP ASEP Team at losperalesasep@gmail.com 
Kindness Club - Let's help the homeless!!

 
 Kindness Club will be meeting again  next Friday, March 23rd over lunch to help the homeless. Our kids will be bagging quarters for "laundry money" and adding thoughtful notes to help brighten the days of those less fortunate. 
 
No need for kids to sign up - just come on down to the Art Room during lunch. And if you have a few quarters to spare, we will be collecting them up until the 23rd in the office.

Attention Science Fair Participants!
 
How's that Science Fair project coming along? You have one week to get it all ready for the Science Fair! Everyone is welcome to join us for LP's Annual Science Fair on Wednesday, March 21st from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Oak Room. Setup of projects will be from 3:30-5:00 on the day of the event.  Come out and see what all of our budding scientists discovered during their projects this year. 

If you have any questions,
please contact Davina Roche or Janelle Chng
   
4th/5th Grade Book Club 
 


Our next book is "Crenshaw" by Katherine Applegate - a phenomenal story you will enjoy! Come join us next week on Wednesday, March 28th at lunchtime in the library! Books available at the LP library.


For questions - please contact Anna Maguire 510-735-4879   
 
SAVE THE DODGEBALL DATE
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:

Did you notice anyone who was very caring today? What did they do? 

Other PTA Happenings

Parenting & Beyond 2018... Speaker Series
 
When : Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:00 - 9:00 pm
(Optional Pre-purchased Dinner at 6:30pm)
 
Where : San Ramon Community Center
12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583
 
Are you concerned that your child is spending too much time on their smartphone? Do you worry that social media is taking over your teen's life? If you want to learn about strategies that help with these and other technology- related issues, then join us for an engaging evening of learning on March 21, 2018. Merve Lapus, Director of Professional Services at Common Sense Media, is coming to speak with parents on Ways to Have Critical Family Conversations About Balancing Digital Life, Managing Apps and Staying Positive on Social Media . He will share examples and resources, and lead us in a discussion about strategies for tackling the parenting issues surrounding devices and digital life.

Merve Lapus has over 15 years of experience working with school districts to help build educator capacity through professional development. He sits on a number of steering committees addressing school climate and state policy initiatives. Merve holds a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of San Francisco and is often behind a camera snapping pictures of this wife and two daughters dancing around the Bay Area.
Common Sense Media is headquartered in San Francisco, a non-profit organization that provides unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids' lives.

Thank you for your attention and response!
 
As a PTA, part of our purpose, as written in our mission is:
  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, places of worship, and throughout the community
  • To advocate for laws that further the education, physical and mental health, welfare, and safety of children and youth
  • To engage the public in united efforts to secure the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of all children and youth
In support of these purposes, we encourage you to learn more about this "call out" below:
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Take Action to End Gun Violence: 
  
March 14 "Call Out" to Federal Lawmakers

On Wednesday
, students across the country are planning to make their voices heard. California State PTA is supporting our students by asking for your help to "call out" our federal legislators and demand action.

Stand together with the voices of students and call your federal legislators on March 14 to demand stronger gun-violence prevention legislation, including:
  • Prohibiting the sale and possession of assault weapons including automatic and semi-automatic weapons
  • Mandatory background checks
  • Waiting periods for all firearm purchases.

From the Library

We will be reading a fun and festive new book in the library this week by Laura Murray, The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School. We will also be reading from the list of the 2017-2018 California Young Reader Medal Nominees (CYRM). The CYRM is one of the few major awards where the winner is picked by children. Over the next three weeks the whole school will read the six books in the Primary category. The 4th and 5th graders will also read the three Picture Books for Older Readers and selections from the three Intermediate Chapter Books. Information about the CYRM and all the nominees can be found on the library webpage.  
Constance Russell   
LP Librarian 

LP Library Bookmark Challenge! 
     
There is only one week 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  
AND THEIR PARENTS
Wellness Committee Members
Gaby Alvarez & Paul Espinas Present:
 
Parents are encouraged to come.


 
 
 
MEF Bubbles to Burgundy Auction Gala
Is Sold Out-
Don't Miss The Online Auction
 
Thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, tickets to the Bubbles to Burgundy Auction Gala are sold out.  BUT, you can still support MEF by bidding on fantastic items in our online auction.  
 
The online auction at  www.MEFauction.com  opens at 9 am, March 21st and closes promptly at 9 pm, March 28th.  It will include items such as OMPA parking passes, autographed sports memorabilia, camps for kids, jewelry, photography, and more.  Winning bidders will be able to pick up their items after Spring Break.
 
MEF is still looking for auction items as well as donations of wine.  Donations can be made online at  www.MEFauction.com

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