Lietz HSC April Newsletter



Happy Spring, Lietz families!

As we begin a new month and a new season, there is much to celebrate. If you can use some fun ideas, add a few of these to your calendar, and share pics with us on Twitter @lietzhsc!

  • April 2: Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • April 3: National Chocolate Mousse Day
  • April 5: National Caramel Day
  • April 6: National Twinkie Day
  • April 10: National Siblings Day
  • April 11: National Pet Day
  • April 12: Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • April 13: National Scrabble Day
  • April 17: Haiku Poetry Day
  • April 18: National Velociraptor Awareness Day
  • April 22: Earth Day
  • April 23: National Picnic Day
  • April 26: National Pretzel Day
  • April 28: National Blueberry Pie Day
  • April 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day


I am definitely going to celebrate some of these with my daughters! It’s a great excuse to have some chocolate mousse and grilled cheese – as if we need one, right? Speaking of celebrations, this month, we are so excited to turn our Teacher Spotlight on our fourth grade team, all of whom opened their classrooms for in-person instruction to some of our students: Matthew Cunningham, Misha Heacock, and Justin Preza. We also get to know our Lietz Instructional TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment), Susan Lavelle, and one of our Resource Specialists, Sarah Paiva. Thank you, all, for all you do!

USD Superintendent Denise Coleman recently announced her upcoming retirement in her letter (dated March 26, 2021) to our community. For her dedication of 30 years to the field of education and six as our District Superintendent, and for the commitment and compassion that she exemplified during this past year of unprecedented challenges, I am so grateful for her leadership. The USD Board of Trustees posted a letter to the community, as well, sharing that they will begin the process of searching for the next superintendent.

At our local level, we are looking for leadership to join our next Lietz HSC Executive Board! We will have openings for our President and Co-Treasurer positions. It is such a wonderful opportunity to support our children and Lietz teachers and staff. As you know, HSC is completely volunteer- run, so we rely on the support and participation of our community to be able to provide valuable programs and events, such as Music, Art Vistas, Project Cornerstone, Create With Clay, Teacher grants, Drama Club, Walkathon, Back To School Family Movie Night, Sweetheart Dance, yearbook, Garden Club – and SO much more! Please consider sharing your time and talents to make our Lietz community thrive! We have an interest form online or you are more than welcome to contact me directly at

A heartfelt thank you to all of our HSC program and event leads. Everyone has truly stepped up with creative and inclusive options for our students and teachers this year. It is so hard to believe that we have just two HSC meetings left this year. Please JOIN US on Wednesday, April 21 at 7pm to hear updates and exciting announcements. Until then, please stay safe and well…and remember to celebrate each day, beginning with some peanut butter and jelly. 🙂

In celebration of each of you,



A Staff Appreciation Initiative

This year has certainly been like no other! Thankfully, our teachers and staff have made it possible for some of our children to return to in-person learning on campus, while they continue to provide for others to continue learning from home. What many of us, as parents, miss is the chance to get to know the teachers and staff, on a personal level. We asked our teachers to share a bit about themselves – some of their favorite things, what they love and, maybe find challenging, about teaching, how they like to spend their free time, where they like to shop for themselves – helping to build the connection between home and school. This month, we are so excited to introduce our amazing fourth grade team, our Lietz Instructional TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment), and one of our resource specialists!

Kelli Martines | Staff Appreciation Lead   


Fourth Grade Teacher


As a teacher, what are your greatest joys?

This is my 15th year teaching here at Lietz, and it has been one of the great experiences of my life seeing our school continue to grow as one of the major connecting points of our community. One of the greatest joys I find in teaching is seeing old students come back to visit. I love hearing about everything they have been up to since elementary school, and knowing I may have played a small part in helping them become the great person they are is a fantastic feeling. Distance learning has been a challenge, but I have been constantly amazed at how resilient the kiddos are when faced with such an unknown situation as this.

What would we find you doing on your ideal weekend?

My ideal weekend would find me doing pretty much anything, so long as it is with my family.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Amazon is my go-to. =)


Fourth Grade Teacher

Tell us a little about yourself…

I grew up in the amazing Union School District and consider it a high privilege to now teach in this district. Being a member of the warm, tightly-knit Lietz family for 17 years has been a great joy. During summers, I enjoy visiting a village called Heeraraa in Ethiopia with my church. Children from around the world fill my life with so much love and inspiration.

What would we find you doing on your ideal weekend?

An ideal weekend would find me walking in the hills surrounding my home. I’d squeeze in a little gardening and watercolor painting as well. Connecting with others in my neighborhood and church would be a highlight.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

My favorite places to shop are Trader Joes, Bath and Body Works, and Amazon.


Fourth Grade Teacher

Tell us a little about yourself…

Pre-pandemic, my weekends were always devoted to spending time with friends and family. We would often take turns hosting dinner, board game night, or other fun get togethers. With social distancing, my weekends seem to be filled with virtual hangouts, catching up on my personal backlog of books and film, and spending quality time at home with my fiancé and our pet cat Onyx.

As a teacher, what are your greatest joys?

One of my greatest joys of being a teacher is helping students understand the value of working hard to play hard. This is one of our class mottos and we truly live by it. I love helping students build strong work and learning ethics, but also celebrating school as a fun environment for all.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Amazon, Target, Starbucks and Jamba Juice…. almost every teacher’s go to places!


RSP Teacher

Tell us a little about yourself…

I was born and raised in San Jose and attended college at UC Irvine followed by my masters degree at Cal Poly SLO.  This is my 3rd year as a Lietz Lion and my 8th year teaching.  I absolutely love being able to work with so many amazing kids every day.

What would we find you doing on your ideal weekend?

You would probably find me on my ideal weekend spending time with my husband, family, and adorable dog in the backyard having a barbeque and sharing many laughs together.

As a teacher, what are your greatest joys?

My greatest joys come when working with all students.  I love to see their excitement when they start to understand a concept and seeing their big smiles (even through their masks 🙂 ).  Hearing laughter and seeing those “ah-ha” moments is one of the best moments a teacher can have.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

I love to shop at target and amazon.


Instructional TOSA

Tell us a little about yourself…

A fun fact about me is that I found my birth parents a month before I turned 50.  No one was looking, and yet we were reunited in the most beautiful of ways.  I talk to my Mom and Dad for an hour or more every Saturday and Sunday, which is what makes my weekend feel perfect. In addition to that, my perfect weekend would include baking my friend Sharon Conner’s famous chocolate chip cookies, digging in the dirt in the yard, going for a short hike, reading a good book with one of our four black cats, meeting a friend outside at Enoteca La Storia, and watching The Great British Baking Show with Mr. Lavelle.

As an instructional coach, what are your greatest joys?

As an instructional coach, my greatest joy is to support teachers as they try something new, and watch as they succeed and feel proud of themselves.  Even during this challenging year, there have been so MANY moments of creativity and joy.  I’m incredibly inspired by our Lietz teachers!



We have two Executive Board openings for the 2021-23 term: President and Co-Treasurer. Please complete the form or email if you are interested or if you just want to start a discussion around it. Candidates will be confirmed at HSC General Meeting on May 19, 2021. Looking forward to hearing from you!! 



Thank you to all who contributed to the success of our recent Scholastic Book Fair.  I am excited to report over $5,000 was spent to purchase books for our students during the book fair.  Many of you not only enriched your children’s lives with some great new books, but extended your generosity to help refresh our teacher libraries. An additional 1,300 in profits will be available to purchase more books for teacher libraries as well as the school library. Thank you to all.  A special shout out to Caitlin Samenfeld-Specht and Kelli Martines who helped promote the online book fair.  Enjoy your new books!!!  

Jennifer Torres | Book Fair Lead


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Far Apart, Yet Close at Heart

 April 25th – May 1st 

We will be raising money for Lietz HSC while we move our bodies! Each day we will challenge you to move your body in different ways like walking, dancing, jogging, yoga, jumping, etc. Can you move for 15, 20, 30 or even 60 minutes EACH DAY?!?

Ask your friends and family to sponsor your moves, decorate your driveway or living room, and take pictures as you shake, rattle, and roll.

We have lots of fun surprises to help you decorate, tunes to groove to, and even ways to track your minutes! Stay tuned for more info in the next few days.

Jen Kubisz | Walkathon Co-Lead
Jasmin Canty | Walkathon Co-Lead


Singing, clapping, tapping and learning about music is in full swing. 

Lietz music classes have been back in session this school year since November. Some classes are meeting regularly on  Zoom for a virtual  face to face 30 minute class with Mrs. Malloy and/or accessing their grade level Google Music Classroom for assignments .  3rd, 4th & 5th graders are also invited to join a Zoom individually for instruction on recorder, ukulele, voice or help with other at home instruments per student request.

If parents have any questions they are encouraged to reach out to their teacher or contact Mrs. Malloy at 


Get out those cameras and get ready to take pictures for our yearbook portraits! Complete details will be out next week on how to submit them. If you want to start now please be sure that the pictures are of each individual student (not groups or multiple people) and that it is a close up of the face, head and shoulders.
FIFTH GRADE PARENTS: keep an eye out next week for information on how to submit your student’s baby pictures and message – there is no additional charge for this fun addition to our yearbook this year.
Purchase price: $19.99 (including tax)
Deadline to purchase: Wednesday, May 5
All yearbooks will be shipped to Lietz and will be distributed during the last week of school.
We’re excited to represent our Lietz Lions and show off the distanced fun that we had this year!

Jennifer Kubisz | Yearbook Lead



We are excited to bring special School Assembly for you from ZunZunTunes.  ZunZun is a performing arts group of husband and wife team/music educators well known in the Bay Area. They offer a unique blend of humor, movement and song, as they celebrate the environments and cultures of the Americas through music. ZunZun is best known for their work with performance programs about environmental protection, specifically about water issues. We have two assemblies planned on WednesdayApril 21st.

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade – 10:00 am

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade   – 11:00 am

SoYun Kim | Parent, Idea and Collaborator with ZunZun Assembly

Preeti Agarwal | Schoolwide Assembly Lead


Call to join, parent seeking other parents to be founding members of the Lietz Diversity and Inclusion promoting committee. What will we do? We will come up with a name, mission statement, and a plan of action. We will ask questions, we will listen, we will tease out the question of what can we do better as a school, district, and community. Do you have any thoughts on this topic? Then please join me with curiosity and kindness to bring our ideas together and help the Union District grow socially and academically with the times. I am not an expert and do not have the answers. We will as a group come up with ways that we would like to see our students experience in school be more inclusive. Contact me at
Loren Romley LAc


In kindergarten, we read the book Accept and Value Each Person by Cheri J. Meiners. M.Ed. We discussed accepting and valuing people and groups who are different from oneself and one’s family. Our conversation and activities covered respecting differences, finding similarities, being inclusive, and appreciating people for who they are. Here are some ideas we discussed: • Treat everyone kindly. • Find ways you’re alike. • Include someone who is new. • Learn to give and receive help. • Appreciate others the way they are. • Overlook small differences. • Talk and listen when differences cause a problem. • Try to understand how others feel. • Forgive when you feel hurt. • Value each person as part of the group. Even in kindergarten we can teach children to be upstanders and how to include others regardless of their race, gender ethnicity, or religion. Being different is what makes us all special, let’s not only talk to our children about accepting others, but demonstrate it in our daily lives as well.

In our mission to teach our students to be Upstanders, we cannot leave out the conversation regarding racism. This month all grades discussed this theme by reading books about Ruby Bridges. There were three books to choose from (Through My Eyes, Ruby Bridges Goes to School and This Is Your Time). All three books covered the poignant story of 6 year old Ruby Bridges and her role in the desegregation of schools in New Orleans. The message we tried to hit home is that racism is still ever present today and that the fight for equality is not over. We introduced children to words like bias, stereotypes, prejudice and racism. We explored how to be upstanders in the face of discrimination and support those who are experiencing it. We also highlighted how to embrace our differences and how blessed we are to attend a school that is so racially and ethnically diverse. 

While the topic of Ruby Bridges was originally meant to be read during Black History Month, it is still relevant for Women’s History Month as well as in light of the Anti-Asian violence plaguing our community today. Children are not born hating, it is something that is taught to them. However, love and respect is also something that can be taught to them. The greatest way to show love and respect to others is to be an upstander. To be an upstander is to stand in solidarity with those who are being abused and oppressed. There is an Upstander inside of all of us, we just need to nurture them with knowledge, love and courage. 

Sarah Rizvi at

Lisa Valera at

Spring forward with Box Tops this April!
Remember to clip OR scan Box Top labels.
Each unexpired label submitted equals $0.10 for our school.
For more info, please go to
A BIG CONGRATS to Keana M., 4th grade for winning our mystery gift card raffle for February.
Who will win the next month’s mystery gift card raffle? Submit 2 unexpired labels to enter.
SoYun Kim | Box Tops for Education Lead

Art Vistas is making strides towards completing our last projects of the year! There are six project sets every school year, and our team has worked to make sure that any special materials needed for projects have gone home to students. All materials for the final sets of the year have been put together and our wonderful docents are working with your teachers to arrange the final lesson dates. 
Do you ever wonder what your child is learning in Art Vistas? Every year our curriculum teaches age-appropriate themes about the elements and principles of art. Art Elements include things like line, shape, color, texture, and value. Principles of Art are more complex ideas about how artwork is composed, and include things like balance, rhythm, contrast, perspective, emphasis, and harmony. If you want to learn more, you can check out the full list of lessons and projects on this page of the Art Vistas website!
Art Vistas Lead Docents
Rebekah Frederickson (K-1)
Caitlin Samenfeld-Specht (2-3)
Priya Vartak (4-5)
Contact us at


Join us at KIRK’S STEAKBURGERS on Tuesday, April 6, 4-9pm

2388 S. Bascom Avenue, Campbell

Phone orders ONLY – (408) 371-3565

Not valid with coupon

20% to HSC

We ask that you RSVP here: (even if you’re not completely sure) so

Kirks Steakburgers knows roughly how many orders to expect & so you have access to all the event details.

Jessica Iwamoto Steed | Chef’s Night Out Lead


We have partnered with Farm Fresh To You, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce and artisanal farm products delivery service. You can subscribe and receive fresh, organic produce conveniently delivered right to your home or office while earning 10% for Lietz HSC! Please use code “LIETZHSC”. If you an existing member you can add the code to your account. New members can add it when they purchase the subscription.

Mathieu Olivari | Farm Fresh to You Lead



Drama Club has been hard at work since January with virtual rehearsals for Schoolhouse Rock! Jr.  Students have blossomed learning song and dance on Zoom and, with their parent’s support, recording video and audio at home. They are now halfway through the production and the video editor has been blending their voices and creating an energetic, colorful virtual show. We are so proud of our students for taking on this challenging experience and grateful for their parent’s willingness to help.  They are learning more than ever before and we hope to share the finished production with our wonderful Lietz community near the end of the school year. 
Nancy Grochowski and Sue Malloy | Lietz Drama Club Co-Directors

How to Manage “Big Feelings” Around School Re-Opening

By Lietz Elementary Project Cornerstone Team

The air feels thick with anticipation as we approach the re-opening of school campuses. No matter what choice your family made about returning to campus, we have confidence that you made the best choice for your family given your situation, your knowledge and your values. Transitions are often stressful and this document was created by the Project Cornerstone team to serve as a general guide to making space for “the Big Feelings” students might be dealing with in the coming weeks.
Situation Talking Points Validating Feelings & Meeting Needs
Your child is remote learning, but their friends are going back to campus. OR Your child is back on campus, but their friends are staying remote.
  • How does your child feel about it?
  • What does your child understand about your decision to return to campus/stay remote?
  • “I understand you are feeling sad, lonely, left out.”
  • ” Every family had to choose what was best for them.”
  • Explore other ways to facilitate friendships
Wearing a mask for the entire duration at school.
  • Do they understand why they need to be wearing a mask?
  • Masks help keep everyone safe.
  • Focus on the positives of being in-person.
  • ” I understand that wearing a mask is hard.”
  • Identify when they can take it off and take breaks.
  • Practice wearing masks and building physical tolerance for them.
Child afraid of getting COVID or getting someone else sick. Child is concerned about physical contact with others.
  • Review school’s safety protocols and make sure you both understand them.
  • Identify where child has control (i.e., obeying protocols, being responsible, limiting contact)
  • Discuss how scientists and doctors are helping create these protocols.
  • “The virus is scary, and things are uncertain.”
  • “There are many things we can do to help keep everyone safe”
  • ”The school is taking every precaution”
  • ”We can show we care for others with ‘air hugs.’”
  • “This will end eventually.”
Your child has to switch teachers.
  • Discuss what is “grief”
  • Discuss why they think this is happening.
  • Identify the challenges the school faced in placing everyone.
  • ”It is so sad to not be with your teacher.”
  • ”Your teacher will miss you too.”
  • “The teachers prioritized keeping their students and the change was not personal.”

HSC now announces its online store. You can visit our Lietz shop to place your order. Our amazing volunteer will deliver them to you. As of now, we have adult and youth Lietz HSC masks in the shop. More to come!!

Kelli Martines | Spiritwear Lead



Are you thinking of starting a new program that would benefit the Lietz community? If so, please head to our website to complete and submit a simple Program Proposal Form.

We will work with you to make it a reality!


If your company is giving you money to give it to your favorite organization, please consider giving it to HSC either for General Donation or for Staff Appreciation. Or if you are planning to donate money, please check if your company matches the contribution. Please visit the Donate! page for making donation


April 5-9 Spring Break

April 12, Monday, 6pm, USD Board of Trustees Meeting

April 12, Monday, Project Cornerstone Leads Meeting

April 21, Wednesday, 10 am, School Assembly, Grade K-2

April 21, Wednesday, School Assembly, Grade 3-5

April 21, Wednesday, 7pm, HSC General Meeting

May 12, Wednesday, Chef’s Night Out at Chipotle

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