Paw Prints Weekly Newsletter
January 24 , 2018


Principal's Message

Safety of your child/children is our top priorities!

In an effort to encourage more positive behavior and increased safety here at Los Perales, we have instituted some changes in our expectations and responses to negative behavior, and will be utilizing a documented standard across the entire school. These changes are as a direct result of our goal to reduce injuries, and increase safety for every child. We are already seeing very positive results from these changes.

Each adult supervising children on the playground or the playing field will have reference materials to illustrate some of the zone's behaviors, addressing the actions in response to the behavior, and how it can escalate upward.

If you have questions regarding this, please contact me.

Stephanie Richards
LP Principal
Oak Room Lunch Procedures
  1. Students are not permitted out of their seats with food and food is not to be taken from the cafeteria.
  2. Students are to walk inside the cafeteria
  3. Students may only use the bathroom or get water after asking permission
  4. Students may not get up for any reason without raising their hand
  5. Students may only clean up or throw out trash when dismissed
  6. Students must line up and stay in cafeteria until dismissed
  1. Students will not play rough in the playground, No play fighting, pushing, gymnastics, or tackle games permitted!
  2. Students will not throw rocks, sticks, tan bark or other dangerous objects found on the playground
  3. Students are not to loiter in the bathroom
  4. Students are to walk to and from the playground
  5. Students may not play with or bounce balls in the hallway or indoors
  6. If a ball rolls off playground boundaries, students must ask supervisor for permission to retrieve balls
  7. Balls or recess play equipment may not be brought from home
  8. Students may not run in the bark box areas
  9. Students will show pride in their school by keeping the building and grounds free of litter
In order to support safety, I would like to remind all parents to be mindful during student drop off and pick up. Please, please, please do not pass or make u-turns in the parking lot.

Also, please  make sure that you have the correct color card, with your child's name displayed, in your front window. This helps us move move the cars through more efficiently and supports safety.
In This Issue
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar!  
  January 29
LP Spirit Assembly
Oak Room
January 29 
Cultural Proficiency Committee
JM Library
January 31
4th/5th Grade
Book Club
LP Library
February 1-2
Kindergarten Registration 
Room 4
Please mark your calendars now for our February 21 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. 
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:
Thank you to  
Joanna Haskin, Hilleary Wright and Maya Vasudevan
for coordinating LP's STEM Night last night.  It was great to have Lawrence Hall of Science in the house, bringing scientific concepts to life!  Thanks to all who came out and joined us for this fun evening.
Thanks to Mrs. Rhoden for joining us at the recent PTA Meeting.   Here is a link to the grade-level activities that she shared with us. 

From the PTA

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:
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  
The LP PTA will be hosting a Movie Night on 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!! 
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!
Table Talk Question:
This week, ask your student(s): What is your favorite school event and why?    

From the Library

This week we are talking about the Caldecott Medal.  This book award is presented annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year. We will be comparing the illustrations in the very first book to win this award back in 1938, Animals of the Bible: A Picture Book by Dorothy Lathrop with the most recent recipient in 2017, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe. Then we will be reviewing the nominees for the 2018 LP Mock Caldecott awards. Nominees are books that are in the current LP library collection for students to check out that were published in 2017. In the older grades we will also be reviewing the 2018 LP Mock Newbery nominees. LP Ballot voting will take place during library time the week of February 6th- 9th.  The 2018 Youth Media Awards, including the Caldecott and Newbery Medals, will be announced on Monday, February 12th. 
Constance Russell  
LP Librarian 

From MEF

Moraga Education Foundation Phone-a-thon
The annual MEF Phone-a-thon is happening on Tuesday, February 6th and Wednesday, February 7th 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!  

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!!!!