January 15, 2017 


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Ormondale Upcoming Events

January 16th - MLK holiday - no school

January 18th - Musical Auditions in the music room 12:45-1:30 K and 1st grade and 1:30-3:00 2nd and 3rd grades

January 19th - PTO Mtg. at ORM; 9am

January 31st -February 2nd - ORM Science Fair

February 7-10th - ORM Teacher Conferences

February 15th - Ormondale Super Staff Lunch

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

View the full PTO calendar  here
Alice in Wonderland Auditions 

As a reminder, Ormondale School will be presenting the annual school wide musical on  Wednesday, May 24th,  "Alice In Wonderland". 

Auditions for the speaking parts will take place this  Wednesday, January 18th  after school in the Music Room (room 28).  
Times for the auditions are as follows:  
12:45 to 1:30 p.m. for grades K and 1 and 
1:30 to 3:00 p.m. for grades 2 and 3.    

There will be no supervision for students immediately after dismissal until the time of the auditions so students should be picked up at dismissal and brought back to school at the appropriate audition time. The auditions will be a supervised experience for students only. Parents can pick up their child at the end of the scheduled time for their grade level. There is no need to prepare your child for auditions as children who audition will be singing a familiar song that Mr. White has taught them in music class.

Rehearsals for the program will take place on Wednesdays after school from  12:30 to 3:00 p.m. A schedule of rehearsals will be sent home once the casting has been completed. 

Volunteers Needed for Ormondale's Spanish Class 

Ormondale's Spanish Class is looking for volunteers!!!  We are preparing for a school wide event on  March 31st, "Viajando en español". There is a lead mom in each grade for this event and we need more parents to help her and the teachers make this event run smoothly. 

Each classroom will represent a Spanish speaking country. Students with their passports will travel around Spanish speaking countries. In each country (classroom) students will be able to learn a bit about that country, make a craft, taste some food, play a game, and more.

If you have any questions about "Viajando en Español" please talk to the lead mom in your grade, stop by room 1, or e-mail Shenny Covotta  scovotta@pvsd.net  

Lead parents for Viajando en español
K  - Lauri Madeiros
1st - Caroline Diarte Edwards
2nd - Pilar Frank
3rd  - Sarah Dorahy

Corte Madera
CMS Upcoming Events

January 16th - MLK holiday - no school

January 19th - PTO Mtg. at ORM, 9am

January 20th - Corte Madera 4/5 Cocoa Breakfast 7:30am

January 20th- CMS Dance Off at lunch

January 23-Jan 26- CMS Kindness Challenge

February 10th - Corte Madera Super Staff Lunch

February 10th- CMS 6-8th Grade Dance 7-9pm

March 2nd - PTO Mtg. at CMS; 9:00am

March 3rd - Corte Madera 6-8th BBQ Lunch 11:43am

March 10th - Bingo Night 6pm

March 13th -17th - Corte Madera Staff Appreciation Week

View the full PTO calendar  here .

CMS Cocoa Breakfast

CMS Cocoa Breakfast for our 
4th and 5th graders

We welcome all 4th and 5th graders with a  Cocoa   Breakfast   on Friday the 20th !!  Bagels with cream cheese and hot  cocoa  with a dollop of whipped cream will be waiting for them in the 4/5 courtyard beginning  at 7:30am . If it is raining hard we will be in the MUR.

Students can be dropped off for the  cocoa  - lots of friendly parents and kids will be there! - OR parents may feel free to walk your child in and join for the  cocoa /social portion ( 7:30-8:00 ). 

Portola Valley Schools Foundation
2017 Foundation Spring Benefit - Save the Date

Save the Date!
FANfare Spring Benefit
Saturday, April 22, 2017

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 grounds of Corte Madera  with beautiful Windy Hill as the backdrop.  

Highlights include: 
  • Farm-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
Fund-a-Need:   EngageSpace 
This year, the school leadership chose "EngageSpace" as the Fund-a-Need (FAN) - the  special, donation-only, paddle raise held during the Live Auction.  

Please join us to raise money for "Engagespaces" -  natural, organic and modular upgrades to both Ormondale and Corte Madera's  outdoor play facilities.  

The concept leverages local architects and past investments in the schools' infrastructure (such as MakerSpace) with envisioned child-led design. The concept was chosen in light of gaps at our schools' play facilities as well as research showing students don't just crave physical activity, they actually learn better when they're more engaged in the school's outdoor spaces.   

Click here for more information  on the FANfare Benefit  and the EngageSpace. 

Community News

Woodside High School Open House

Come and Walk in Our Paws!

Saturday, January 21, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 12 noon Woodside High School

Experience life as a Woodside Wildcat student and family at our Open House on January 21, 2017. Tour our campus, see our classrooms, and meet  our teachers.
Parent-led campus tours will take you to our English and Math classrooms, Digital Media Center, Music Room, Science labs, sports facilities, and art spaces.
After your tour, visit the MUR to chat with our top Woodside administrators, while enjoying refreshments courtesy of our Woodside PTSA.
To learn more, call Woodside High School at 650-367-9750, or email event chairs, Lisa Demers and Lucia Tedesco at  whsptsa199@gmail.com.

To register for a tour time, visit  www.woodsidehs.org, then click on "8th Grade Events" under "Parents/Community."
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.


Performers get ready! Camp W is excited to inspire young performers. The winter session will allow campers to choose their own style of performance: dancing, singing,  playing an instrument solo or in a band.  At the end of the session, the campers will put on a live talent show.

Camp W Details

Ages: 2nd - 8th grade
Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503
Length: January 17 - April 29, 2017
Fee: $500

Use your voice onstage this winter!

Students ages three through high school are invited to join in the  fun Under the Sea in a theatre class this winter! Learn to act, explore characters different from you, and play fun games. Classes culminate in a short performance in April. Winter session starts the week of January  23rd.  Register now at www.pvtc-ca.org!