Paw Prints Weekly Newsletter
January 10 , 2018


Principal's Message

As 2018 jumps off to a great start, I would like to thank all of you for your donations to MEF. I spent some time yesterday listening to 4th graders playing string instruments during their music class, which is funded by MEF. The students plucked on the strings, creating beautiful music together. Los Perales children are so lucky to have such a well rounded education. Teaching to the whole child is so important and allows all students to feel success. This and many more experiences exists because of the generosity of the families.

Please put the next Spirit Assembly on your calendar: January 29th at 9:25am.

Stephanie Richards
LP Principal
PTA Presidents' Message
2018 has arrived! Happy New Year! We hope that you were able to spend time with your family and friends over the break, reflecting and recharging. Many exciting events and opportunities to be part of the LP PTA come along with this new year. Our Nominating Committee for 2018-2019 is being formed and we are looking to fill positions for a variety of roles for the next school year. There are many roles available, some big, some small, but all very important pieces of the PTA puzzle. We love to see new faces, and we welcome new ideas, so if you would like to get involved in some way, please let us know. E-mail us at  and we can help to find a role that suits you!  

Coming up this month, the LP PTA is sponsoring a wide range of events. STEM Night (formerly known as Math Night) will be held on Tuesday, the 23rd of January. Lawrence Hall of Science will be on campus to bring this free educational event to our school community. Please join us! Winter ASEP classes will be starting, our book clubs will be meeting, the Spelling Bee will take place and our annual Science Fair will kick off with an exciting science assembly, funded by money raised from the Fun Run this past fall. Whew! Plenty of activities to look forward to! The process to prepare for installation of two new water filtration and water bottle fillers and funding for each classroom to purchase some new books (both also funded by your generous Fun Run donations) has begun as well. Thank you for your support of the LP PTA which makes these things possible!

Our next LP PTA General Meeting will be held a week from today, on Wednesday, January 17th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 4. Please join us to discuss PTA business and to hear reports from Ms. Richards and Mrs. Rhoden, who will give the monthly teacher update for all grades. We have included our agenda and financials for your review prior to the meeting. Printed copies will not be provided at the meeting, in order to save resources. We hope to see you there!
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Here's to a great new year!

Stefanie Galizia and Janelle Chng
LP PTA Co-Presidents

PS:  Please mark your calendars now for our February General 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.
In This Issue
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar!  

January 10
Emergency Preparedness Workshop
JM Auditorium  
January 15
No School
January 17
LP PTA Meeting
Room 4 
January 22
No School (Staff Development Day)  
January 23
Winter ASEP Classes begin 
January 23
Oak Room 

From the Library

This week in honor of Martin Luther King Jr, we are reading books with themes of courage, bravery and perseverance.  We are reading Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall.  Brave by Stacy McAnulty. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. Doghouse by Jan Thomas.  Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel.

Constance Russell  
LP Librarian 

From the PTA

Thank you to the lunch volunteers who have volunteered during so many lunches throughout the school year! Our amazing lunch volunteers help out so much! Thank you to Kate Tanner for coordinating the lunch volunteer program! 
LP PTA Presents STEM Night!
January 23, 2018 6:00pm-8:00pm*
*Feel free to drop in to the Oak Room any time between 6-8.   
Pizza will be available on a first come, first served basis.  
Lawrence Hall of Science will present Wizard's Lab at LP's STEM Night on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. A ball floats and spins in midair, fingers pass through a seemingly solid object, words whispered into a metal can are heard over 10 feet away - these are just a few of the weird, wondrous, hands-on exhibits found in the Wizard's Lab! As "science wizards," students explore the almost magical properties of matter and energy, participate in high-voltage and subzero experiments, and figure out how things really work in the fun-, fact-, and phenomenon-filled world of physics.
Contact Joanna Haskin with any questions. 
SIGN-UP HERE to volunteer!
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 
Winter ASEP Class Update
We are sorry to say that due to low enrollment,  
we had to cancel the following classes:  
- Friday Village Dance Class
- Tuesday 5:10pm Coding Class   
Please contact us ASAP if you missed the deadline and wish to add a class. A few classes do have space & may be willing to take a late add.  
All other classes will proceed as planned starting on January 23, 2018.  
Final Winter ASEP Schedule is here:
Due to low enrollment in the 5:10 Coding class, that class was cancelled.  
For 1st - 3rd gradersDue to low enrollment in the 4:10pm class, that class was opened up to 3rd graders in addition to 1st and 2nd graders. There is still space for up to 7 more 1st - 3rd graders in that class. Take advantage of the convenience of a class at your home school! We hope they see the interest and want to continue offering Coding at LP. 
As noted in an email from Bytes4Bits to 3rd grade parents who originally registered for the 3:10pm class:

"If you feel your 3rd grader might do better in a smaller class that will start and probably progress at a slightly slower pace, it would be entirely fine and appropriate for them to move to the 4:10pm class.  Please contact me at if you would like me to transfer their enrollment, or if you have further questions about this. I'd be happy to have a phone chat too if you would like."

Please contact Kelli Bacher and Aude Gaudio  
with any other questions about ASEP: 
ISO: Volunteers to help with ASEP
We are in need of help with ASEP. Behind the scenes we are prepping for a wonderful ASEP Winter Session, which starts January 23. We always like to have a parent greet the ASEP Vendors for just their first class or two. This is a simple way to volunteer for just 10-20 minutes after school and will help ensure a smooth transition into the ASEP classes. This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for parents who are already at LP for pick-up OR if you have a student in an ASEP class and are interested in meeting the teacher.  
We are also hoping to find someone (or two) to help longer term with our behind-the-scenes work (communicating with those involved with ASEP, organizing Google docs and rosters, etc.) 
Please contact Kelli Bacher and Aude Gaudio for more info  
4th/5th Grade Book Club News
Our book for January 2018 is Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, an exciting mystery full of puzzles and secret codes. Come join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, January 31st in the library at lunchtime!   
Books available at the Los Perales library.
For questions - please contact Anna Maguire 510-735-4879  
Save the Date 
LP Movie Night: MOANA  
February 9, 2018 6:00pm

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.  
Table Talk Question:
This week, ask your student(s): Now that the school achieved the 10,000 Acts of Kindness, what do you plan on doing to keep the momentum going? 

From MEF

Moraga Education Foundation Phone-a-thon
Mark your calendars for the annual MEF Phone-a-thon taking place on Tuesday, February 6th and Wednesday, February 7th from 6:30- 8:30 pm. MEF is looking for LP parent volunteers to call families and members of our community to boost MEF donations. Last year, the phone-a-thon raised over $80,000, helping fund critical staff and programs that benefit every student, every day. Look for a Sign Up Genius in January or contact Joan Vattuone ( with any questions.   

Also Happening

Emergency Preparedness Class - January 10th
In light of recent North Bay fires, there will be a free Emergency Preparedness Class this evening- Wednesday, January 10th at 7:30 pm in the JM Auditorium.  In this free class, you will hear from community members Amy Berryhill, owner of Spiffy Chicks, and Michael Donner, retired Oakland Firefighter, on how to take simple and practical steps to get organized in case of an emergency. You will not want to miss this very informative talk.  
Space is limited so please reserve your spot by RSVPing here

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

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

Giddy Up!!!!