February 26, 2017 


Directories for Sale

To all PVSD families and especially new families that have recently joined Ormondale or Corte Madera, 2016-2017 School Directories are for sale in the CMS and ORM front offices for $20.00.
Honoring PVSD Volunteers - Nominations Due by Friday 3/3

Honoring PVSD Volunteers - Accepting Nominations Now
Founder's Day is a biennial, PTO-sponsored award ceremony honoring those who have gone above and beyond in volunteering for the Portola Valley School District. We typically honor the parent volunteers who are in their last years with the school district because of graduating children (7th and 8th grade parents or those leaving PVSD earlier for other reasons). This is a wonderful event to celebrate some of the parent volunteers that make our school district truly special.  This year the ceremony will be on Tuesday, April 18th.

We are now accepting nominations for individuals you think should be honored. Individuals who left the school district last year are eligible as we celebrate Founder's Day every other year. Please submit your nominations in writing or email, citing reasons your nominee should receive a PTO Honorary Service Award, to CMS PTO President, Shannon Basch at shannon.basch@gmail.com. Or, you may also drop a note into either ORM or CMS PTO boxes. 

The deadline for nominations is Friday March 3rd. Should you have any questions, please email. Thank you so much for taking the time to nominate!
Raise $ for our Schools With Amazon Smile


Think of how much we can earn for our schools if we all use the this Amazon Smile link every time we shop!   Your purchase will not be affected by using this link - you will still get the benefit of your Prime membership and your purchase information will not be shared. 

Just bookmark this  PV PTO Amazon Smile link and use this link every time you shop at Amazon!

Use the AMAZON SMILE site every time
Earn $$$ for PV schools
Get more information about AMAZON SMILE  at www.pvpto.com

Kindergarten with NO LUNCH SUPERVISION

The Kindergarten class starts full days this  Monday, February 27th .  Multiple requests for lunchtime parent volunteers has resulted in only a single parent volunteering for Mondays. This means there are no parent lunch volunteers for Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. If you have a child in Kindergarten, please consider helping out. We need 1 to 2 parent volunteers helping out with lunchtime from  12:00 to 12:50pm  on  Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This is a great way to help out at school and to check-in with your child during the school day. 

Please sing up HERE  to volunteer  or contact  Jennifer Gamel at  jgamel@gmail.com.
Mr. Lemur visits Ormondale

Mister Lemur visits Ormondale Elementary School this coming Tuesday, February 28th. Pre order forms for books were sent home with your child on Thursday before break. If you or your child would like an autographed book, please bring the order form to school on Tuesday. More order forms can be found HERE To find out more about Mister Lemur, please check them out - click here
Thank you 3rd Grade Parents - Super Staff Lunch

The Third Grade Parents came together to serve the Ormondale Staff a delicious lunch the Wednesday before Winter Break. Many thanks to all of our volunteers. The staff, as always, were so thrilled to have a special lunch and enjoyed the chance to sit down together and relax over a bountiful table. 

We are so thankful to all of the parents who gave their time, whether it was to help with carpool, set up, clean up or contribute food and drink to this event.  Some of us are finishing at Ormondale this year, so it was even more meaningful for us to be able to show our gratitude to our amazing staff in this manner.  

Thank you to Brook Day and these Third Grade parents for all of your help: Ali Cooper, Susan McLaughlin, Heidi Richards, Sharon Shaffer, Caroline Diarte-Edwards, Matt Hall, Ysabel Jou, Wendy McAdam, Eva Diez, Stefanie Trenchard, Simone LaValle, Hayley Leinfelder, Jenni Farrell, Rosa Delgado, Ginny Borelli, Teri Wolf, Marjel Scheuer, Emilia Schor, Rachel Bright, Camilla Eckstein, and Melvishia Gaines.
Ormondale Upcoming Events

February 27th - Full Day Kindergarten Begins

March 6th - 10th - Ormondale Second Harvest Food Drive

March 2nd - PTO Mtg. at CMS; 9:00am

March 10th - Bingo Night 6pm

March 20th -24th - Ormondale Staff Appreciation Week

March 31st - Viajando en Espanol

April 3rd - Pizza and Pasta Fundraiser at Amici's in Menlo Park

April 5th - Incoming 4th grade transition coffee

April 18th - Founders' Day - 4pm

April 20th - PTO Mtg. at ORM; 9am

April 22nd - FANfare Foundation Spring Benefit; 6pm

April 27th - ORM TK-3 tours

View the full PTO calendar  here

Corte Madera
CMS Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed

Please consider signing up to work Hot Lunch at CMS. You can work as little as one day per month! 

There are a few open slots in our schedule, due to work schedule changes with some of our previous volunteers.    You can sign up by simply filling your name in, using the link below.

If you have any questions, you can email Veronica Jerng ( veronicajerng@me.com)

CMS Upcoming Events

March 2nd - PTO Mtg. at CMS; 9:00am

March 3rd - BBQ Lunch 6-8th, 11:43am

March 10th - Bingo Night 6pm

March 13th -17th -  Staff Appreciation Week

April 3rd - Pizza and Pasta Fundraiser at Amici's in Menlo Park

April 5th - Incoming 4th grade transition coffee

April 18th - Founders' Day - 4pm

April 20th - PTO Mtg. at ORM; 9am

April 22nd - FANfare Foundation Spring Benefit; 6pm

View the full PTO calendar  here .

Portola Valley Schools Foundation
2017 Foundation Spring Benefit - Sponsor the FANfare

This spring's "FANfare" will mark the start of a new tradition as we're planning a fun, laid back event the whole community will enjoy right on the tented field at Corte Madera with beautiful Windy Hill as the backdrop.  

Event highlights include: 
  • Garden-to-table themed, sit-down dinner
  • Open bar and craft cocktails (no drink tickets!) 
  • Live music and dancing
  • Sign-up parties for adults and kids
  • Exciting raffles
  • Live Auction culminating in the Fund-a-Need (FAN) paddle raise

The FANfare will focus specifically on raising money for the "Engagespace" Fund-a-Need (FAN), and our goal is to raise $350K for the amazing new playspaces envisioned by focus groups of teachers, administrators and kids at both schools!    

Please consider becoming a Gold, Silver or Bronze sponsor for special perks and recognition.  

Click the button below for a video about the Engagespace Fund-a-Need.

Thank You PTO Business Partners!

Thank You Business Partners!
Platinum Partners - $10,000
Ginny Kavanaugh, Realtor*
Terri Kerwin, Kerwin + Associates
Portola Valley Garage
Gold - $5,000
Turner Horn Realty, Management, and Security
Silver - $2,500
Carrie Davis Real Estate
Pollock Financial Group*
Roberts Market
Village Square Veterinary Hospital*
Bronze - $1,500
Michele Morhenn, Realtor - Coldwell Banker Woodside
Bronze - $1,250
Bianchini's Market
Mary & Brent Gullixson, Alain Pinel Realtors
Service by Medallion
The Symon Group, Alain Pinel Realtors
The Village Doctor
Westridge Wealth Strategies
Copper $1,000
Lola Sue Crawford, Coldwell Banker
Copper - $500
Alice's Restaurant
CSI Custom Homes
Loren Dakin, Alain Pinel Realtors
Darci Reimund Designs
DBLin Construction
Jean & Chris Isaacson, Coldwell Banker
Jagoda Architecture Co.
Jared's Custom Homes
Supporter - $250
Alpine Optometry
College Search Strategies
Dynasty Cleaners
Ladera Cleaners
Ladera Garden & Gifts
McNair Group Real Estate Advisors
Parkside Grille
* 7th year participant in the Business Partner Program

Community News
Calling all Soccer Players

The Portola Valley Adult Coed Soccer League is looking for new players - both women and men. 

We're a small, recreational soccer league open to all skills levels. We play at the Portola Valley Town Center soccer field every Sunday at 10am and 11:45am, and th e Spring season starts on Sunday, March 5. 

If you're interested in playing, you can visit our web-site at www.portolavalleysoccer.com .  If you're not sure and want to learn more, please contact Jon Myers at myersjonathan@yahoo.com or 408-823-8188. 

It's a lot of fun, so come try it out.
Summer Tennis Camp at Alpine Hills

This summer, Alpine Hills is offering six weeks of Junior Tennis Camp. All ages and levels are welcome! We will have both a half day camp (for beginner and intermediate players) and a full day camp (for competitive and advanced players). 

Camps will be offered June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21 and July 24-28. 

Sign up before spaces are filled! Click here for more information and to register.
Spring Session at Mid-Peninsula Water Polo Club

Playing water polo and wanting more time in the water or interested in learning how to play? Here is your chance! The Mid-Peninsula Water Polo Club is open to players from high schools and middle schools. You'll get in exceptional physical shape and enjoy solid competition and friendships with your teammates.

Players should be at least in 6th grade and strong swimmers. Must be able to swim 200 yards minimum and be comfortable in the water. Participants need to have  USAWP Membership  for insurance purposes. 

Mid-Peninsula Water Polo Club is administered by Menlo Park Water Polo Club, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.   Mid-Pen Water Polo Club ID is 24253. 

To sign, please visit: www.mpwaterpolo.com.
Ladera Community Church Preschool Open House

Within the nurturing environment of Ladera Community Church Preschool, the natural curiosity inside each child awakens!  Do you know families with a toddler or preschool-aged kids?  Tell them about our tours!

For a tour, contact our director at  director@laderapreschool.org . For more information and an application, go to  laderapreschool.org .
"All Students Matter" Classroom Volunteers Needed 

Have you enjoyed helping in your child's classroom?  Then why not c onsider volunteering in a classroom in eastern Menlo Park or East Palo Alto where there are virtually no parent volunteers. 

You'll help tutor kids in grades K-5 where 88% are low income and 40% are homeless. Work once a week in the same classroom for about an hour, with students on reading, writing or math. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates everything. 

Sign up now to start in September. 

For more details or to sign up, visit  www.allstudentsmatter.org  
or contact Keri Tully at  keritully@gmail.com .

Young Inklings Book Contest - Enter by March 15th

Take your writing to the next level and submit your story or poem for our 9th annual Inklings Book!   Enter by March 15th!

The Society of Young Inklings, a local non-profit, publishes an annual anthology of the stories and poems of talented young writers, and each year we hold a contest to see whose pieces will be included. We are looking for fresh new voices to publish in our anthology. Your kids could become published authors!  

Young writers in grades 1-8 with stories or poems are encouraged to enter the contest. Submissions must be in final draft and students must commit to completing an editing process if their piece is chosen. Pieces that are chosen will go through a traditional revision process similar to how publishing houses get books ready for publication. Young writers will be assigned a mentor to guide them through the process. For submissions that are not chosen, those students will receive a letter that gives some concrete and encouraging feedback. 

Panther's Camp 2017

We are excited to offer the 22nd year of Panthers "All Sports" Camp.  Located at Corte Madera School during the summer, Panthers Camp is directed by Dan Flahavan, CMS Athletic Director and physical education teacher.   Campers participate in a core group of physical activities which inspire self-confidence, cooperation, sportsmanship, lifelong fitness, and an appreciation for movement.

Registration for Panthers Camp 2017 will be available online on Monday, January 9th  - www.pantherscamppv.com.  

We are now offering  optional EXTENDED CARE and FUN FRIDAY for sessions 2 and 3.   Session 1 will continue with our traditional Monday - Thursday 8:45 - 3:00 format.  Session 4 will be Monday - Friday with no camp on Tuesday, July 4th.

2017 Panthers Camp:  
    • Session 1: June 12-15
    • Session 2: June 19-22
      • Optional Extended Care (M-Th) 3:00 - 5:30 & Fun Friday  (8:45 -3:00)
    • Session 3: June 26-29
      • Optional Extended Care (M-Th) 3:00 - 5:30 & Fun Friday  (8:45 -3:00)
    • Session 4: July 3-7 (Session 4 runs Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday)
      • Camp will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th
I am looking forward to another great summer working with your kids at Panthers Camp!
Camp Galileo

It's that time of year again - summer's approaching fast, and Galileo is preparing to unveil dozens of new experiences for students across the Bay Area.