Paw Prints Weekly Newsletter
January 17 , 2018


Principal's Message

Our 10,000 Acts of Kindness project was just one of many ways to support the building of a stronger, more compassionate Los Perales Community. Last night, as I added turquoise and purple to my hair, I couldn't help but smile as I reflected on the students that came into the office to turn in their kindness cards. Each card came with a story that they excitedly shared as they placed the cards in the box.

This morning, as students saw my colorful hair for the first time, the mood was giddy. A few students looked at me and said with surprise, "Wow, it actually looks good!" Hmmm... maybe I have found my new hair colors :)

On a different note... I have been lucky to be a guest teacher in several classrooms over the past few weeks. It has been an amazing opportunity to get to know your children better as learners.

Stephanie Richards
LP Principal

Kindergarten Registration Volunteer Opportunity
On February 1st & 2nd, 2018,
LP Kindergarten registration is taking place and we need your help!

See more info and the Sign-up Genius here if you would like to help:

Reminder from your PTA Presidents
Please join us for our monthly
General PTA meeting
this morning at 8:30 in Room 4

We will hear an update from our Principal, Ms. Richards, and Mrs. Rhoden will provide an update from all grades. We will also be attending to regular business and electing our Nominating Committee members.

Please join us if you have a chance!
In This Issue
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar!  
January 17
LP PTA Meeting
Room 4 
January 22
No School (Staff Development Day)  
January 23
Winter ASEP Classes begin 
January 23
Oak Room  
January 29
Cultural Proficiency Committee
JM Library
Thank you to the dedicated LP parents and staff members who serve on MSD Committees! Members of our LP Community meet on their off hours because they are passionate about topics that the district is researching. If you are interested in being on a Committee, check with your PTA Board Members or with the MSD Governing Board Members

From the PTA

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!
Winter ASEP Class Update
  ASEP Classes begin NEXT WEEK on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. 
Final Winter ASEP Schedule is here:  
REGISTRATION FOR THE 4:10 1st-3rd grade Class was extended to this Thursday! Don't miss this great opportunity!
Note: Due to low enrollment in the 4:10pm class, this class was opened up to 3rd graders in addition to 1st and 2nd graders. We have also extended this info to CP and Rheem, so feel free to reach out to friends at other MSD Schools. There is still space for 6 more 1st - 3rd graders in that class, but register right away- as the spots may fill up now that we have reached out more.  
Please contact Kelli Bacher and Aude Gaudio  
with any other questions about ASEP: 
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 be a part of the PTA Board or a 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:
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.  
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 
Table Talk Question:
This week, ask your student(s): In honor of MLK Day, what can we do to make the world a better place? What are your hopes and dreams? 

From the Library

This week we are talking about Humpty Dumpty.  We are reviewing the history behind this nursery rhyme and reading from My Very First Mother Goose; edited by Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells and Michael Foreman's, Mother Goose.  We will also read an excerpt from Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. After, we will discuss what could be next for Humpty Dumpty and the students will give their ideas. We will look at one possibility from You Read to Me, I'll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman. Also, another from David T. Greenberg, Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty?  Then we will read Caldecott winner, Dan Santat's, newest book After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again.  
Constance Russell  
LP Librarian 

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

Cultural Proficiency Committee Meeting 
For anyone interested in attending this month's Cultural Proficiency Committee,
feel free to join us. 
Monday, January 29, 2018
JM Library

The charge of the Cultural Proficiency Committee is to identify cultural proficiency standards and identify measures which Moraga School District can use to test/evaluate against these standards and then develop plans to improve our cultural proficiency where there are gaps.

All are welcome!

For more info visit:

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

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

Giddy Up!!!!