June 6, 2016 

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Friday, June 10th - Last Day of School. Dismissal at 12:05.  Clap-out to precede dismissal.

View the full PTO calendar  here
Join us for another exciting year of Girl Scouts!

The ORM Girl Scout Troop is now ONE TROOP for all ORM Girls (multi-level for girls kindergarten through 3rd grade).  We will have age/grade appropriate activities as well as group activities. We will sell cookies this year and engage in some fun community service projects and activities that will build self confidence and a greater respect for our world through fun activities and learnings all while being a part of the Girl Scout community which is 2.7 million strong who believe girls can change the world!   

You can sign up using   this link  (search for troop # 62486).  If you are a returning girl scout (YAY!), please renew using   this link .  We look forward to another exciting year and hope your girls will join us for the fun. 

Contact us if you have any questions!

Gwyn Dilday, Karyn Ellis & Lori Palazzolo

Ormondale Back to School BBQ

Friday, September 9th from 5-7pm

Mark your calendars now!  While we are saying good-bye to 2015-2016 school year, plans for 2016-2017 Back to School BBQ are in full swing!  Mark your calendars now as the start of school can get crazy with emails and other dates to remember!  Plan to celebrate the return to school with a family-style barbecue! The PTO will provide the main course of BBQ chicken, burgers and hotdogs along with the plates, napkins, cups and utensils.

We will need volunteers to:
- help with set-up from  3:30 - 4:30
- manage food table and welcome table from  4:30 - 6:30 (split into 2 shifts)
- clean-up from  6:30 - 7:30
- supervise/8th grade student council from  5:00 - 7:00 (split into 2 shifts)

Please sign up for a volunteer spot at Sign-Up Genius Back to School BBQ.

Contact Lisa Freccia ( lgfreccia@gmail.com) or Lori Palazzolo ( loripalazzolo@gmail.com) if you have questions.

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 7th at 11:45am - Corte Madera 6-8th BBQ Lunch with 5th Graders 

Friday, June 10th - Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 12:15.

View the full PTO calendar  here .

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Community News

Portola Valley Library Events 6/6 - 6/12

Paper Planes with John Collins: Monday, June 6, at 3:30 PM. For ages 5+.
Think you know paper airplanes? John Collins, the world record holder for paper airplane for distance, will offer an amazing presentation, including a hands-on paper plane folding session. Perfect for grades 3+ or for ages 5+ with adult assistance.

Seed Paper with Peopleologie: Tuesday, June 7, at 3:30 PM. For ages 5+.
Plant It! - Make paper pulp using paper from your recycling bin, pull your own sheet of new paper, add seeds, let dry, cut, plant, and watch it grow. Cut into your favorite shapes or just into strips, this makes a perfect gift that keeps on giving.

Insect Lab: Thursday, June 9, at 3:30 PM. For grades K-5.
Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions, and more! Our presenters will introduce you to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods and teach you about their key role in the web of life.

Got Children Books for Children in Africa?

We are thrilled to report to our community of donors that for 2016 so far we have been able to ship six school libraries to Africa: three to Swaziland, two to Ghana,  one to Lesotho.  Over 6000 children's books will be delivered to the eager hands of over 2,433 children in six schools. 

Our book drives are ongoing.  We are still collecting gently used children's books for future libraries.  We hope to ship two additional libraries this summer.  If your family is in the process of cleaning out book shelves as an end-of-school-year project, we will be ever so happy to take your children's books.
We will gladly pick up or you can always drop off in the breezeway to the right of the garage at 405 Cervantes Road (corner with Shawnee Pass;
last house on the left as you exit Shawnee from ORM).

For more information on our book drives, please visit africanlibraryproject.org

Thank you for your generosity and Happy Summer.

Sofie - sofie_vandeputte@yahoo.com
Carol - carol@younge.com

Creative Art for Young Children

Summer 2016 @ Portola Valley Town Center

Classes for Younger Kids!

The kids will make 3-D "Whisper-ma Phones" out of boxes, string and
cups. Then create "Truffula Tree" collages with things that are soft.
Then see where our imaginations take us as we dream of saving Mother

First we'll create papier mache creatures from under the sea. Then hop
from island to island over constructed bridges on the floor. Next
Beach Collages with real sand and real shells...draw fish with colored
chalk...and paint with watercolors. Maybe even sneak in some pirates
and mermaids.

SESSION #3 AUG. 8-19
will inspire the kids to paint their favorite desserts. Then construct
3-D cardboard cakes and decorate them with paint, candles and model
magic. And because the ingredients for desserts come from farms we'll
make farm collages and animal masks and read "The Little Red Hen."

3-5 yrs.    MON. & WED. & FRI.      10-12:00      $230/per session
6-8 yrs.    MON. & WED. & FRI.       1-3:30        $290/per session


SESSION #1 AUG. 2nd and 4th
We will look at many different portraits made by many different
adults will use collage materials, printing, pencils, markers, paints
and chalk to explore ways to make their own portraits of whomever they

SESSION #2 AUG. 16 and 18
We will explore the wonderful world of OP ART and create pictures that
trick the eye. M.C. ESCHER will give us ideas for drawing topsy-turvy
houses. "After images" are fun to play around with and "Sunk Reliefs"
made by the ancient Egyptians can be made in clay. Rene Magritte is
another artist who will inspire us to play around with images. Who
knows what we will come up with...that's the fun of it!

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS       1-4:00       $120 per session

Teacher: Jeannie Goldman (650) 678-6388
For more info go to ( portolavalley.net )
or call Cindy  (650)851-1700

Summer ONLINE Math Reviews!

Two local math teachers are offering online math refresher courses this summer to help students enter Algebra I and Algebra II with solid skills and increased confidence.  Enrollment includes access to lessons taught by video, a binder of helpful materials, and access to the teacher and other students in an online help forum throughout the summer.  It's the best of all worlds--students can work at their own pace, at any time or place, but they also have access to and support from local teachers who know exactly what is expected in the next math class.  

F or more information or to enroll, please visit  www.clearawaythecobwebs.com .

Help Kids in Grades K-4 with Reading or Math

You Could Change a Life!

Please join other parents volunteering with All Students Matter in grades K-4 in east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools. You'll work in the same classroom once a week, building a relationship with the teacher and students, and be able to see the progress achieved. The students are always eager to work with you and you'll have real impact in a community where over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math.  Sign up now to start in September - we provide training and coordinate everything.

To learn more or to sign up, please visit our web site at www.allstudentsmatter.org or contact Keri Tully.

Summer Organizational and Social Skills

It is hard to manage organizational skills when impulse control is a challenge! Come to The Talking Playhouse to understand as a parent how to better manage your child in day to day life tasks and thinking to improve self esteem and organizational systems.

Classes offered:
Executive Function/Organizational Life:  June 27-August 31st
- Social Skills classes is designed to connect with others and reduce social anxiety:  June 27-August 31
- Writing Sensibilities:  June 27 -August 31st (for kiddos with writer's block)
-   College Apps Organization: Weekly from April- June and 5 additional seasons over summer.

Ages: 4 through College
Class Time: Various times depending upon goals and matching
Location: 155 Birch St, Redwood City
Please contact  info@talkingplayhouse.com to register