May 10th, 2013
Get Involved Next Year!
As you all know, LP is a special place for many reasons -- in addition to our great kids and amazing staff, we have strong support from the parents in the PTA. Now that you've had time to enjoy the many different programs and events, we are hoping you're ready to jump in and get more involved! Although there aren't many open spots on the PTA committee roster, there are some key positions still available: ASEP Co-Chair (will work with Anne Murrin, who has agreed to work on this a second year), Assemblies Coordinator (best done as a team), Communities Relations Coordinator, Fall Carnival Chairs (2-3 person team), LPLC Liaison, Parent Education Coordinator, Webmaster, and Yearbook (this could be done as a team or alone). Please consider volunteering for one of these important roles. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Jen Colvin at email@example.com. Thanks!
Moraga Community Faire – Sat., May 11, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Rheem Shopping Center
After your swim meet or baseball game on Saturday, come on over to the Faire. Try your luck at carnival games. See some cool classic cars. Dunk a teacher in the tank. Race to the top of the 26' climbing wall. Grab a Faire Explorer Passport and find 10-12 "border crossings" to become eligible for great prizes. Find a gift for your mom for Mother's Day. Get your buddies together and come have some fun! All the activities are free. For more information visit www.moragachamber.org/faire.
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Day – A Day at the Ballpark
This past Wednesday, our MVP (Most Valuable Panthers) staff rounded third and slid into home plate – plate of breakfast that is! Managers Sandi Rally “Cap”urro and Chris “O.Co” O’Connell took the field and presented a lineup of everything from Yoenis Quichepedis to Panda’s Pastries. After the team loaded the bases (their tummies) it was off to the clubhouse (their classrooms) where they were greeted by their students with bouquets of appreciation, coming in the form of decorations, flowers, cards and gifts. Thank you to our teachers and staff for all you do to inspire children, guide them to imagine a brighter tomorrow and discover their creativity through the journey of education! We are grateful that LP staff certainly know how to step up to the plate….knock one out of the park...find that sweet spot…hit that Grand Slam! OK, we’ll stop…
Los Perales Poetry Contest
Congratulations to all our participants! Prizes have been awarded for the readers’ favorites by grade level (as determined by votes and star ratings) and the Mister Lemur Award, which is given to the one-page story we feel best captures the spirit of both delighting and educating readers through words and illustrations. The judges have laughed, they have cried, and now they have come to a decision on this year’s winners…(drum roll please)…And the winners are…Mister Lemur Award: “My Waterslide” by Zenaida C. (3rd grade); Readers’ Choice Award: Kindergarten: “There is a rabbit in my hair looking for a pear” by Sofia; 1st Grade: “Friends” by Maggie, Olivia & Marina; 2nd Grade: “Mister Lemur Loves Lily” by Mira & Anna; 3rd Grade: “Mister Monkey” by Delaney; 4th Grade: “Popcorn Earthquake” by Lucia & Sophie; 5th Grade: “Mouse Dreams” by Madeline & Roxanne (3rd Grade). To see all our entries, go to www.misterlemur.com/?page id=3470. Thanks for your participation and remember… “Stop to read good writers who are witty and are fun…’cause that’s the kind of fuel on which your Train of Thought will run!” Keep reading!
Moraga Rotary Field Day for 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders – Wed., May 15, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at JM
Students have the opportunity to participate in various fun field activities involving luck and skill. All 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students are encouraged to attend. No fees or admission charges. Contact Tony Schoemehl (Moraga Rotary Day Field Coord) at 376-1471 with questions.
PTA Meeting – Wed., May 15, 9:30 a.m., Room 4
Please join us for the last PTA meeting of the year on Wednesday, May 15 at 9:30. Everyone is welcome and we hope you will bring a friend. Also please join us for the Old Board and New Board PTA Luncheon at noon at MCC. You can register for the luncheon on our school portal: https://losperalespta.membershiptoolkit.com
Old Board/New Board Luncheon – Wed., May 15, Noon, Moraga Country Club
The LP PTA invites you to attend a luncheon to bid farewell to the Old Board and welcome the New Board, as well as celebrate all of our wonderful volunteers who have helped throughout the year. Cost is $22 per person. To sign up, select your lunch entrée, and make your payment, please visit: https://losperalespta.membershiptoolkit.com. Contact Brooke Kline (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
LP Beautification Project - Sat., May 18, 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (Please note time change)
1- Do you want to see a weedy eyesore turned into a picturesque site?
2- Do you want students in Room 10 to have a safe exit path outside their back door?
3- Would you love your children to be involved with community service?
4- Can you take a couple hours with college friends in a fun project with Stanford alums?
You can check off all those priorities on one day!! Here's how: Los Perales was accepted to be one of the sites for Stanford's National Day of Service 2013! Between the Redwood Building and the Library the hill is overgrown with weeds. We’ll clean out the weeds, put down wood chips, and build a safe pathway outside the back door of Room 10 for students and staff to use in case of emergency. Please put on your long pants and gardening gloves, bring children age 6 and up and your tools, and join us for all or part of the day! We need your help! If you can’t make it, but can loan us gardening tools or donate food for volunteers, please contact Joanna Hill (email@example.com or 376-7484). We are seeking a person who knows about installing bender board and compacting crushed granite to make a path. Thank you!!
Students in 1st-5th grades have recently completed the Presidential Physical Fitness Test. There are five tests including the mile run, sit-ups, push-ups, sit & reach and shuttle run. In order to earn the National Award, students must pass each test at the 50% level. In order to earn the Presidential Award, students must pass each test at the 85% level. Results for each test are posted in the Multi-Use Room. Please come take a look – you’re sure to be impressed with what our students can do! Special Notice: This is the last year students will participate in the Presidential/National Physical Fitness Test. Next year students in grades 1-5 will take part in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Physical fitness will be assessed through the FITNESSGRAM. Scores will be evaluated using “Healthy Fitness Zone” standards. All students in 3rd-5th grades are encouraged to participate in Rotary Field Day on Wed., May 15, starting at 3:30 p.m. at Joaquin Moraga. They will be preparing for this recreational event in their PE classes. Events include the shuttle run, standing/running long jump, softball/football throw, potato sack race, 50-yard dash and shuttle relay. Shuttle relays involve four girls and four boys from each class. Medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each category. Hope to see you there. For more information, contact Heather Thornton (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amber Petersen (email@example.com).
Open House & Minimum Day – Thurs., May 23
All kindergartners – 8:25 to 11:50 a.m.; all 1st through 5th grades – 8:25 a.m. to 12:12 p.m. Please join us as LP opens its doors (and classrooms!) to parents, families and friends. The Art Show (Oak Room) and Computer Lab will be open from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.; classrooms will be open from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Be sure to visit the Library too (7:00 to 8:00 p.m.) and see all the books that have been donated on behalf of all our wonderful parent volunteers! The entire Moraga community is welcome as our students share their accomplishments!
Kindergartners Are Changing the World!
You read that right. Mrs. Miller’s kindergartners are changing the world! To learn more about how they are doing it (and more importantly how you might be able to help), check out the LP Reads Blog (http://lpreads.blogspot.com/2013/04/lp-kinders-change-world.html). It is an exciting time in Mrs. Miller’s class. Be sure you are a part of it!
Ending a Year-Long Zimbabwe Project with a Bang! Please Donate by Fri., May 24
During this school year, many of you delivered happiness to orphans, disabled children, and young adults in Zimbabwe. We kicked off our year-long collection for the J.F. Kapnek Trust (led by Lafayette pediatrician Dr. Robbins) at the Book Fair. Later, you donated 450 amazing new and used books during the holidays! Since then, we have continued to collect books outside of the library in the Library Drop Box. *FINAL CALL IS NOW!* Please donate used (and in good condition) preschool supplies, toys, books, crafts and art supplies. Thank you for sharing your wonderful books and supplies with deserving children!! Contact Joanna Hill (376-7484) with questions or for more information.
Memorial Day Holiday – Mon., May 27
In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no school on Mon., May 27. Enjoy the three-day weekend and remember to fly your flag with American pride!
Attention 5th Grade Families! JM Spring Fling – Thurs., May 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
5th grader and their families are invited to come to JM’s annual Spring Fling on Thurs., May 30! Spring Fling is Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School’s annual pre-Open House carnival for the JM school community and incoming 6th grade families. This fun event includes food, music, huge inflatables and a cake walk. It’s a great opportunity for students and parents to connect before heading to Open House (7:00 to 8:30 p.m.) 5th grade families are invited to Open House, too! Wristbands will be sold at the event. Tickets are $7 or 3 for $20 and include access to all of the games and activities. Food and drinks sold separately. Visit the JM PTA website or contact Spring Fling coordinators Stacy Giglio (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kristine Duffy (Kristine_duffy@hotmail.com) with questions or for more information. Get ready to fling into spring!
Panther Club Registration for 2013-2014
Panther Club registration began on Mon., May 6. You may pick up a registration packet at Panther Club, the school office or the district office. Registration packets have been mailed to incoming kindergarten families. The registration fee will be $35 through Fri., June 7, 2013; after June 7, the fee will increase to $50. Contact Harriett Kantor, Panther Club Director, at 377-7465 with questions.
Thank You For Your MEF Donations – Pledge Payment Reminder – Due by Sat., June 1
Moraga School District thanks the families who have participated in our Annual Giving Campaign, securing programs that make our schools fabulous! Please remember to complete your pledge payments by June 1, 2013. If you have not donated, PLEASE do so today! We need to secure these vital programs for future years! Our children depend on all of us. Thank you! Contact Mick Coane (email@example.com) or Sara Giordani (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
If your child has any medication at the school office or in a classroom, a parent or guardian must come to the school office to pick it up by noon on Fri., June 7. Any unclaimed medications will be disposed of in a safe manner on June 10. If you determine your child will not need the medication for the remainder of this school year, please feel free to come by sooner to pick up. Thank you!
Supply Lists for 2013-2014
Searching for those summer bargains at Target or Costco? Then you’ll want to check out the LP website and download a copy of the Beginning of Year Supply List. Grade level basic need recommendations are listed, as well as additional requests. Teachers may have additional requests which they will share at Back to School Night in September. CLICK HERE
Attention All Volunteers!
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at our school! Volunteers are an integral aspect of a great school and district. The Moraga School District has instituted the following guidelines for all who wish to volunteer their time at our schools. This includes field trips, classroom and office support, library support and any other volunteer support that may involve direct contact with students at a school or at a school program. Moraga School District volunteers are the backbone of many programs and services provided to benefit our students. There is little doubt the MSD would be the same without the tens of thousands of hours volunteered at each of our schools every school year. In order to better prepare our volunteers for their valuable service to students, and to address the District’s on-going plans to improve student safety, the MSD is rolling-out a new volunteer program. The District recognizes an informed volunteer will not only better support our students, but also better prepare volunteers when they offer their time and expertise. The volunteer program has been developed as an educational and efficient process for all volunteers to participate in prior to the start of the 2013-2014 school year. The process, watching a video and filling out a form, takes no more than 15 minutes. The District strongly encourages volunteers to begin this process now! Before long (August 28) all volunteers will be required to complete the process. Thank you MSD Volunteers!
To Sign Up to Volunteer
1. Watch Video
2. Print and complete Quiz and Volunteer Form
3. Bring completed Quiz and Photo Identification to the District office (1540 School Street).
Mark Your Calendars!
Sat., May 11 – Moraga Community Faire, Rheem Shopping Center, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wed., May 15 – PTA Meeting, 9:30 a.m., Rm 4; Old Board/New Board Luncheon, noon, MCC;
3rd-5th Rotary Field Day, 3:30-5:30 p.m., JM
Sat., May 18 – LP Beautification Day, 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Thurs., May 23 – Open House & Minimum Day
Mon., May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday, No School
Thurs, May 30 – NOT a minimum day for LP students! This is JM’s Open House, and only
JM students have a minimum day.
Fri., May 31 – Spring Picnic, 5:00-8:00p.m., Willow Spring Field
Wed., June 5 – Last day of Hot Lunch
Fri., June 7 – Last Day of School/Minimum Day; Lost & Found Items Displayed
Pawprints, distributed each Friday, is LP’s weekly publication to keep you informed of school
and PTA functions, activities and opportunities. For events and opportunities which require
return forms, visit the Forms section of this website, or you may
pick up a “hard copy” at the school office. Information for Pawprints is due to the office no later
than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons, using a Pawprints Information Form, available on the
LP website, and may be submitted electronically to Chris O’Connell (secretary) at