Portola Valley School District
News & Views
Eric Hartwig, Interim Superintendent
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Portola Valley
School District
Eric Hartwig
Interim Superintendent
4575 Alpine Road
Portola Valley, CA 94028


Caitha Ambler , Trustee

Tim McAdam, Clerk

Karen Tate, President

Jennifer Youstra, Trustee


Friday, March 18, 2016
Dear Parents and Families,

I have a special treat for you this week...photographic proof that your children do know how to get down and dirty in the garden. This week, dozens of students at Corte Madera got out the shovels and trowels and planted over 600 native and drought tolerant plants all over the school grounds.

Continuing our collaboration with Acterra Stewardship, we had Nancy Rhodes' 5th grade class and the 7th grade science classes earning their green thumbs. We are deeply indebted to PVSD parents Alex von Feldt and David Smernoff for their intrepid championing of this project. This is one of those investments that is certain to grow in the months to come.

Also, with March being Wellness Month, I thought I'd give a shout out to our own PVSD Schools Foundation and to the Sequoia Healthcare District Foundation who have supported a variety of health centered activities for our students and staff. We've had Healthy Lunches, Nutritionist Assemblies, and "Make-it-Take-it" Healthy Meals. Pictured below are kickball for adults and students, yoga for staff and students, and "Make-it-Take-it" in progress.

Another feature of Wellness Month was an excellent presentation for parents by Dr. Joseph Gumina on Student Stress and Anxiety. Dr. Gumina covered a lot of ground, both practical and theoretical, and provided links to key research and recommendations. Click here if you missed last night's event and would like to check it out; it's at the bottom of the scrolling list of PVSD parent activities.

Kudos to the Wellness organizers at CMS and ORM: Todd Patterson, Tamryn Miller, Kristen Bouman, Kate Cox, and Kristen Shima. 

Finally, don't miss the announcement below concerning next week's family night in East Palo Alto: Helping Your Student with Homework and Technology.

-- Eric
Spring Planting at Corte Madera.....

East Palo Alto Parent Night
Want to Learn More About How to Help Your Child With Homework or School Technology?

Come to East Palo Alto Academy next Tuesday night, 6:00 - 7:30,  where PVSD staff will share the latest tips and insights about how to help your child succeed. Dinner and babysitting will be provided. For more information and how to RSVP, click  here.

March is Wellness Month
Thanks to the Generosity of our Foundation and the Sequoia Health District Foundation....

...We have had Kickball for Adults and Students.....

... and Yoga for Students...
...and "Make-it-Take-it" Healthy Lunches...
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4575 Alpine Road
Portola Valley, CA 94028