Paw Prints Weekly Newsletter
January 3 , 2018


Principal's Message

Happy New Year!

2018 is going to be an amazing year!! As many of us do, I thought about my resolutions for the new year... go to the gym more, eat healthier, and find time to engage in artistic activities. As I sat down to reflect on my resolutions to support improvement in my leadership at LP, I was so grateful for the honest feedback provided in the Climate Survey. It is important that my growth reflects the needs and wants of the Los Perales Community. My first resolution/ priority will be to focus on clear behavior expectations and procedures for supporting students. This will be quite helpful in making sure  that all community members are clear and on the same page with our understanding of expectations and rules.  I will be visiting each classroom this Wednesday and Thursday to discuss Los Perales expectations/ rules, to appreciate their positive behaviors, and to check in with your children. This is the last week for Kindness Tickets.... We are almost at our goal!!

Safety Reminders:
Let's start 2018 by keeping our kids safe. Please remember to follow the traffic rules:
  • Students MUST get out on the curbside only; NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Adults must STAY in your car
  • ALWAYS pull as far forward as possible before stopping to allow your children to disembark.  Once they are out of the car, pull away as soon as it is safe to do so in order to make room for others behind you.
  • Please do not plan play-dates, activities, review/complete homework while dropping your child off
  • Please pay attention and exercise caution while driving through the walkway across the parking lot.  Our kids do use that crossing area and must be given the right of way.
  • The parking lot is for staff parking or short-term visitor parking.  Please do not park in staff designated spaces, ever! Park in visitor spots only!  If there are no visitor spots, park on the street.
I want to give a shout out for all of your generosity. We collected 99 toys for Toys for Tots. I feel very grateful to be part of such a generous and giving community.

Stephanie Richards
LP Principal
In This Issue
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar!  
January 4
5th Grade Strings at Campo H.S.
January 5 
Last to to Register for ASEP classes (Note: deadline extended to Friday!) 
January 9  
5th Grade Band at Campo H.S.  
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

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed the time off.  This week we are kicking off the new year with one of my favorite nonfiction books from 2017. Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers. We are also discussing reading resolution ideas for 2018!  In the younger grades we are reading Squirrel's New Year's Resolution by Pat Miller. 

Constance Russell  
LP Librarian 

From the PTA

Thank you to our wonderful ASEP coordinators, Aude Gaudio and Kelli Bacher for all of the hard work which they put in to bring an awesome assortment of ASEP classes to LP!  Don't forget to sign up by Friday of this week, if you haven't already.    
Thank you to all who volunteered in the last couple of days of school before winter break to help with classroom holiday celebrations!  
Winter ASEP Registration has been extended to Friday, 1/5/18 
Due to low registration in some classes, we have extended the deadline to register for ASEP classes. You now have until this Friday to sign-up. Be sure to click on links to see flyers for more info! 
The following classes are in need of more sign-ups to avoid cancellation:
Monday 2:00-3:00 Doug's Drama
Tuesday 4:10-5:10 1st-2nd grade Coding
Tuesday 5:10-6:10 3rd-5th grade Coding
Friday 3:10-4:10 Village Dance*
*The new Village Dance class looks awesome! Quote from their flyer-  
"Every class features a new and exciting destination where children are introduced to a country and its culture! Each week our dancers receive a stamp in their Village passport marking their visit to a new land!"
There is still space in these classes:
 Monday 3:10-4:10 Critters n Clay  
Tuesday 3:10-4:10 Basketball  
Wednesday 1:55-3:15 Painting 
Wednesday 2:00-6:00 Piano 
Wednesday 1:55-2:55 Spanish 
Thursday 3:10-4:10 Toyology 
  Friday 3:10-4:10 Chess 
This class is FULL:
Tuesday 3:10-4:10 3rd-5th grade Coding
Be sure to follow the 2-3 step sign-up process  
to ensure your student's enrollment!
STEP 1 - Register directly with Vendor ( see links on the ASEP Webpage )

STEP 2 - Complete an ASEP Waiver and Release form for each student. (Step 2 is important even if you complete similar forms with Vendors. Because ASEP is a PTA program, the PTA must have important info and Waivers for your children to be enrolled in any ASEP class.)

STEP 3- Complete a Panther Club Activity Release Form (as needed) 
Placement will be on a first come, first served basis  
until capacity is reached for each class.   
Please note that Winter ASEP classes will begin January 23. (Ignore the date typo in yesterday's email). 
Aude Gaudio & Kelli Bacher
2017-18 LP ASEP Coordinators 
  Los Perales Geography Bee Champion
Congratulations to the students who participated in the Geography Bee - there was quite a lot of interest and excitement and it turned out to be a very, very close competition.  Congratulations to the five finalists - Dominic C., Trevor G., Gabin L., Jack M. and Ellie S. - and to our Los Perales Geo Bee Champion Ellie S.!  Ellie, along with all the other 4th-8th grade Geo Bee champions throughout the state, will now take the qualifying test for the California Geo Bee (the top 100 students will qualify).  Good luck to Ellie!

And thank you again to ALL who participated! 
Save the Date!  
LP PTA Presents STEM Night!
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 or to find out how to volunteer. 
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  
Looking for a fun way to Volunteer? 
We have an opening in our Hot Lunch Volunteer schedule that needs to be filled. Even if your child doesn't get hot lunch, it is a fun time to see them interact with their friends. 
The dates we need a new volunteer are:
1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 5/3, 5/31  
If you would like to help out or have questions, please contact
Kate Tanner, Hot Lunch Coordinator.
Table Talk Question:
This week, ask your student(s) about what s/he would come up with if s/he could make up a New Year's Resolution for YOU.

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.  
Save the Date for the MEF GALA! 
Each year, the Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) funds grants to all Moraga public schools to support excellence in education for every student, every day. To aid in this effort, MEF is excited to announce: Bubbles To Burgundy which will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Moraga Country Club. The evening will include silent and live auctions, food and dancing. Please join us for this community wide event, tickets are limited and will go on sale mid-February.  
For more information click  here.  We look forward to seeing you there!
MEF is Looking For Auction Donations
Help support the 2018 MEF Auction Gala by making a donation.  Some ideas are:
*               Event Sponsorship
*               Restaurant or Hotel Gift Cards
*               Host or co-host a Pay to Play Party
*               Tickets (Sports, Theater, Concert, Airline)
*               Activities (Sailing, Kayaking, Art Classes, Wine Tasting)
*               Kids' Activities (Summer Camps, Lessons, Classes)
*               Professional Services
*               Wine
*               Vacation Homes
*               Anything (think outside the box)
Nothing is too small - donations can be packaged together.  
To make a donation, click here.  For questions or to discuss an idea, email our auction committee at

Also Happening

5th Grade Music Performances  
at Campolindo High School
Mark your calendars 
STRINGS : Thursday, January 4th, 7:00
BAND : Tuesday, January 9th, 7:00
CHOIR : Thursday, February 8th, 7:00
School Calendar Task Force

The Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD), has initiated a task force with teacher, administrator and parent representatives from partner school districts to examine the school year calendar. Task force partner school districts include Moraga, Orinda Union, Lafayette, Canyon and Walnut Creek.  The task force is addressing whether the current calendar is optimal for our students and community, or are there alternatives that would better suit the collective interests.

If you are interested in hearing more about school year calendar considerations and/or wish to ask questions or provide input, the MSD is hosting a "town hall style" meeting at the JM Auditorium on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM.  The meeting will include a presentation from AUHSD superintendent John Nickerson and an opportunity for questions.

Emergency Preparedness Class - January 10th
In light of recent North Bay fires, there will be a free Emergency Preparedness Class on 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