February 12, 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 - Accepting Nominations Now

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!
Challenge Success: Making Homework Work

February 13th 6:00-7:30, Ormondale MUR

Homework is the one place where school and home come together, and there's no guidebook for how to make this union work. We want to support our children without stifling their sense of responsibility and autonomy.  Learn why the dynamics of homework have changed in recent years, what you can do to minimize homework stress, and how to establish healthy homework habits without being the homework police. 

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!

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Earn $$$ for PV schools
Get more information about AMAZON SMILE  at www.pvpto.com

Ormondale Upcoming Events

February 15th - Ormondale Super Staff Lunch

February 20th - 24th Mid Winter Break - No School

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

Corte Madera
CMS Upcoming Events

February 20th - 24th Mid Winter Break - No School

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

View the full PTO calendar  here .

4th & 5th Grade Super Staff Lunch - Thank you

Thank you to the very generous 4th and 5th grade families who made the Super Staff Fiesta Luncheon a success on February 9.  The teachers and staff were all appreciative and complimentary of the yummy lunch!  

We would like to acknowledge and thank our Super Staff Luncheon coordinator, Nina Villalba and all our parent volunteers who made this delicious luncheon possible for our staff: Jen Hanley, Sarah Wernikoff, Loni Austin, Moonyi Satusky, Cheryl Richter, Linda Wong, Cynthia Wong, Caroline Krauskoph, Carrie Lukatch, Michelle Bellomo, Tricia Christensen, Arely Huitron, Jami Worthington, Veronica Jerng, Aimee Armsby, Gloria Sin, Kim Zamboldi, Jen Arends, Bira Feldman, Allison Kroeger, Cathy Brewer, Dawn Axelrad, Susan Silberman, Maria Causor, Lacey Wismer and Sue Ten.

And a VERY special thank you to Jorge Prado and his trio for the amazing authentic mariachi music-what a special treat for everyone!

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


* Would you like to make an early commitment to the "Engagespace"          Fund-A-Need?


* Would you like to sit with friends and enjoy additional perks &                  recognition?


* Would you like to be front and center at the Spring Benefit?



Individual tickets to go on sale February 27th.

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.  

The FANfare will focus specifically on raising money for the "Engagespace" Fund-a-Need (FAN), and our goal is to raise  $300K for the amazing new playspaces being envisioned by focus groups of teachers, administrators and kids at both schools!   

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

Business Partner Program

Did you know that the PVSF has a vibrant business partner program perfect for small businesses that are owned by PV parents? We are closing out the program for 2017 and would love to include your business. 

Check out our perks here a nd contact Erin Sanders at:  Erin.sanders@yahoo.com

Community News
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 to stop by our open house, Saturday, January 28 from 
10-11:00 AM

For a tour, contact our director at  director@laderapreschool.org . For more information and an application, go to  laderapreschool.org .
Classroom Volunteers Needed Next School Year

Have you enjoyed helping in your child's classroom? 
Consider 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.