Lietz HSC June Newsletter


The end of a school year is always bittersweet; school ends and summer begins. Pencils get put down, and popsicles replace them. Metaphorically speaking, of course. (KIDS, DO NOT WRITE WITH POPSICLES. But if you do, make sure to get permission from a grownup first.)

Our kids have grown and changed so much over the school year, I find myself scarcely believing that these are the same kids that we saw on the first day of school last August. But they’re not the same kids, really. This change is particularly apparent with our kindergarteners- who were so little when they started, and our fifth graders, who suddenly seem so much older. The days are long but the years are short, cliché, cliché, cliché. But they’re clichés for a reason, right?

I hate change. My coffee order is the same as it has been since high school, I have “my spot” at the dinner table, and they will pry my liquid eyeliner from my cold, dead hands. I’ve learned to manage my discomfort with it, but nonetheless, I’m not a cheerleader for #TeamChange.

Regardless of my feelings on the matter, change is inevitable and offers us all opportunities to build new friendships, find new interests, and maybe – just maybe, find ourselves a little less hesitant and a little more adaptable in the future.

I would like to thank Petra, Mathieu, and Lisa for serving on the HSC Executive board, and I am ecstatic to welcome Molly Tan as our new co-Treasurer and Sara Raza as our new Secretary. I am also so thankful for every single person who has volunteered at Lietz this year. All of the things that make school fun, exciting, and enriching have volunteer elements, and wouldn’t be possible without every one of you.

I’d like to thank both Mrs. Lopez and Ms. Leamons, every teacher, aide, support personnel, and Lina and Pearl in the office. You are the heart and soul of our school, and you make our children feel valued, capable, and cared about.

Whether your family is using the summer as time to travel, send your kids to camp, or indulge in unstructured play time, I wish everyone a safe summer. Remember to wear your sunscreen and masks, and I look forward to seeing everyone back on August 17th!

Roars Truly,

Jasmin C. (She/Her/Hers)



The 2022 Lietz Auction was a success – we raised $5,548! Thank you to everyone who bid on items! Also a HUGE thank you to our donors, including teachers and staff who donated fantastic teacher experiences! A list of our donors is below with links to their businesses – please support them!
Also, don’t miss our Second Chance auction going on NOW to pick up those items you may have missed!
This auction closes on June 3 at 9pm.
Bill’s Cafe
Blue Rock BBQ
Fairytale Town
Gorjana Jewelry
Hidden Villa
Kathryn Otoshi
Kendra Scott
Kubisz Family
Let’s Roam
Lopez Family
Oakland A’s
SF 49ers
Subs A Licious

We can’t believe the school year is almost over! It has been such a joy for our Readers to be in the classroom with your children and we are grateful for every minute of it! This month we did a review of our Project Cornerstone curriculum and presented our Calm Down Kits to the students. These kits are a gift to each classroom and they are full of sensory toys and activities to help kids regulate their emotions when they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. To make your own Calm Down Kit at home out of household supplies, please visit

The mission of Project Cornerstone is to help every child develop the skills to feel valued, respected and known. We do this by using a special curriculum of curated books that focus on social and emotional skills. We teach children how to stand up for themselves and for each other, to reduce bullying behaviors and to reach out for help from caring adults. If you would like to make a positive difference in the lives of children, have 1-2 hours per month to volunteer and be part of a team of caring adults, please join us! Email us today at to get started!. To hear more about the experiences of Project Cornerstone volunteers in their own words, please visit We are particularly looking for Spanish speaking Readers to help launch our Los Dichos program, which is the Spanish version of the Project Cornerstone ABC Reader program.

Our team looks forward to returning to the classrooms in the fall and continuing our mission of growing Upstanding citizens! Have a safe and fun summer, we will see you in August!


Thank you to all of the students, parents, and community members who visited our Art Show this year! It was wonderful to see so much of this year’s work on display. We want to say a special thank you to all of our classroom docents who made Art Vistas possible this year: Shannon Rendler, Sera Park, Shruthi Sreekanta, Garnet Morash, Vu Nguyen, Nikki Grady, Amanda Royer, Michelle Peterson, Christy Rhinehart, Melissa Ramos, Alane Ross, Kelly Castellon, Jessica Iwamoto Steed, Nicole Buchwald, Jasmin Canty, Marilenis Olivera Lee, Loren Romley, Denise Collins, and Janet Welch. Docents are the heart of our program and it would not be possible to provide art education to our students without you! 
Thank you,
Rebekah Frederickson (K-1)
Caitlin Samenfeld-Specht (2-3)
Priya Vartak (4-5)

Spring Carnival

What a fun carnival we had! Thank you to EVERYONE who helped to staff a booth, game, or just jumped in to help out. We are excited to make next year’s carnival BIGGER than ever! It truly takes a village to run the carnival and Lietz families… you rallied to make that happen. THANK YOU ALL!
We will be holding post carnival recap and planning session in the next week. If you have ideas or feedback we would love to have you join us! Please email for more info. 

Create with Clay

Despite our late start, eight classes completed projects and one of them was included in the Art Show.  Next Fall we expect to get an early start so all classes will participate in the program.  Special thanks to Alane Ross and Krista Designer for jumping in as docents. 
All of our fifth graders completed tiles to commemorate their time at Lietz.  Jason Mattier is putting together the memory board to unveil at the promotion ceremony.  Thank you to Jason for putting together the last 3 boards!!  Be on the look out for them around campus!!
The clay program needs your help!  Please save your newspapers over the summer.  We are getting low on this supply used during glazing.  Thank you!
Finally, I’m still hoping for a few people to join me on the Clay Program Administrative Team to share duties and decisions and pass on the reins.  
Have a wonderful summer!  

2021-2022 Yearbook

Thank you both so much to Kelli Martines and Nicole Buchwald for your creative ideas, your flexibility, and your passion! Yearbook wouldn’t have happened without you!! You’re simply the best!!
If you would like to get involved with yearbook please email It’s a lot of fun. 
Yearbooks will be delivered this week at school. We still have a few extra copies left. Please bring cash or check or Miss Pearle in the front office or head to the Lietz HSC website and purchase through the shop. 
We hope you enjoy this year’s yearbook! 


We have one Executive Board openings for the 2022-24 term: Co-Vice President. Please complete the form or email if you are interested or if you just want to start a discussion around it.  We looking forward to hearing from you!!  


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