May 23, 2016 
 


New Amazon Smile Program - Update your Bookmark!
 
THE AMAZON PROGRAM HAS CHANGED!

The PV-PTO is now part of the Amazon Smile program. Please bookmark this new link ( https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2707177 ) to ensure your Amazon purchases contribute towards our schools. If you start your Amazon shopping through this specific link or go to smile.amazon.com, Portola Valley School District PTO will receive 0.5% of your purchase. You should see no difference in your shopping experience.



Ormondale Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 24 at 8:30am:  Incoming 4th Grade Parent Meeting at CMS Room 102

Wednesday, May 25 - Dear Edwina! Performances at 8:30am and 6:00pm in the MUR.

View the full PTO calendar  here
 
Cocoa Breakfast Thank You!

Cocoa Breakfast at Corte Madera with the Incoming Fourth Graders touring from Ormondale 

Bright and early last Thursday morning at CMS, the Third Graders, along with their teachers and Mr Keegan, joined our current Fourth and Fifth Graders for the final Cocoa Breakfast of the year. It was great to see all those smiling and excited faces and hear the chatter as the kids enjoyed bagels and hot cocoa with their friends, parents and teachers. Thank you to all the parents who came along! The event was co-organized by the outgoing Hot Cocoa Chairs - Lisa Hill, Margaret Wilmer and Sarah Dorahy and the incoming Hot Cocoa parents : Brook Coffee, Allison Kroeger and Jen Arends.  Many thanks to Lisa Giblin, Kim Zamboldi and Ryan Coffee who all pitched in to cream bagels and pour hot chocolate. The PTO hosts four of these events a year for the Fourth and Fifth Graders. We hope to see you in the Fall for the first Cocoa Breakfast of the new school year.

Lost and Found, Last Call!

The Ormondale Lost and Found will be cleaned out on Wednesday, May 25  
Please take some time to visit the area and claim any items that may belong to your family!  All items will be folded and on display for the morning and evening performances of Dear Edwina. Afterwards, they will be gathered for donation.  Thanks for helping us clean up this area!

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 24 at 8:30am - Incoming 4th Grade Parent Meeting at CMS Room 102.

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

View the full PTO calendar  here .

Cocoa Breakfast Thank You!

Cocoa Breakfast at Corte Madera with the Incoming Fourth Graders touring from Ormondale
Bright and early last Thursday morning at CMS, the Third Graders, along with their teachers and Mr Keegan, joined our current Fourth and Fifth Graders for the final Cocoa Breakfast of the year. It was great to see all those smiling and excited faces and hear the chatter as the kids enjoyed bagels and hot cocoa with their friends, parents and teachers. Thank you to all the parents who came along! The event was co-organized by the outgoing Hot Cocoa Chairs - Lisa Hill, Margaret Wilmer and Sarah Dorahy and the incoming Hot Cocoa parents : Brook Coffee, Allison Kroeger and Jen Arends.  Many thanks to Lisa Giblin, Kim Zamboldi and Ryan Coffee who all pitched in to cream bagels and pour hot chocolate. The PTO hosts four of these events a year for the Fourth and Fifth Graders. We hope to see you in the Fall for the first Cocoa Breakfast of the new school year.

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Thank You to our Business Partners!

 






Thank You Platinum Business Partners
For Donating $10,000 to Our Schools

Ginny Kavanaugh, Realtor*
Terri Kerwin, Kerwin + Associates
Portola Valley Garage

* 6 th year participant in the Business Partner Program

Community News
 

Portola Valley Library Events 5/23 - 5/30


* Wii Arcade: Tuesday, May 24, at 3:30 PM.  For gamers age 7+.  Show off your skills and challenge your friends. Pick your character and be the last one standing in Nintendo Wii games such as Super Mario Brawl and Mario Kart. Beginners welcome.

* Red Panda Acrobats: Wednesday, May 25, at 3:00 PM. For all ages.  Come and witness the amazing skills of Chinese acrobatics presented with accompanying traditional Chinese music. Wayne Huey of Red Panda Acrobats will be performing this fast-paced show guaranteed to amaze a crowd of all ages.


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


AYSO Registration


Registration for Fall AYSO begins May 1.  
We have some exciting improvements to the program to tell you about: Pre-announced practice days and times for the younger age gr oups so parents can plan ahead for Fall activities, separate U9 and U10 age groups interlinked with Menlo Park for more varied game-day competition, drop-in skills 'n drills clinics with professional UKI coaches, group trips to Stanford soccer games, and more. 
J oin in the fun! Sign up at  ayso25.org

Creative Writing Summer Camps with Young Inklings


Play your way to the page!  Jump into your character's shoes with  Society of Young Inklings' unique blend of fun and active theatre games, and writing activities.  Students may choose to write a collection of short stories or poems, or one longer story or novel over the course of a camp. Each student will receive a writer's workbook, writing journal, and pencil.  Instructors individualize learning experience as they confer with students during writing time. On the last day of the camp, young writers will have the opportunity to share their masterpieces with family and friends. Learn more: younginklings.org

Location: Christ Church (815 Portola Rd Portola Valley, CA)

"Create A Story" (ages 7-9)
June 13-179:00am-12:00pm

"Novelist's Workshop" (ages 9-12)
June 13-1712:30-3:30pm

Camp W Performing Arts Camp Summer Sessions


Would your child like to enjoy some summer fun? Take a look at these exciting options.

Summer in Hollywood
Want to write the next Star Wars or Pixar movie? The camp will provide an introduction and opportunity to learn the power of filmmaking including simple screenwriting, cinematography and lighting. Campers will work in teams and perform their own short skit based on the movie of their choice. Lights! Camera! Action!

Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503
Dates: Session 1: June 20 - 24 or  Session 2: July 18 - 22
Eligibility: K-7th grade
Days and Hours:
M - F; 9 - 2:30pm

Summer Sing, Dance, and Improv
Do you have a budding youngster at home who thrives for the stage? The campers will learn more about the aspects of performing including singing, dancing, and comedy improv.

Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503
Dates: Session 3: June 27 - July 1 or Session 4: July 25 - 29
Eligibility: K-7th grade
Days and Hours:  M - F; 9 - 2:30pm

Summer Short Skits
This session allows for the campers to explore a little bit of their acting skills. The students will participate in reading short hilarious takes on famous stories, folktales, and creating their own  5-10 minute short skits.

Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503
Dates: Session 5: July 11 - 15 or  Session 6: August 1 - 5
Eligibility: K-7th grade
Days and Hours:  M - F; 9 - 2:30pm

REGISTER BY VISITING http://campw2016.blogspot.com/

Panthers Camp


Panthers "All Sports" Camp  is back for another exciting 2016 summer.  Campers participate in a core group of physical activities, which enhance self-confidence, cooperation, sportsmanship, lifelong fitness, and an appreciation for a wide variety of sports.   For more information regarding camp as well as registering, the link to the Panthers Camp website is  www.pantherscamppv.com
 
2016 Panthers Camp:  
  • Session 1: June 13-16 (Sold-out)
  • Session 2: June 20-23
  • Session 3: June 27-30
     
  • Session 4: July 5-8
In order to register, please click here:  panthers camp registration

Please let me know if you have any questions (
danflahavan@gmail.com ).   I look forward to another great summer with your kids at Panthers Camp.

Best Regards, Dan
 
Design & Drama Camp:


Held at Woodside School  (Design Lab & Music Room 36) taught by Ms. Fenton & Dr. D'Ambrosio!! THREE Week to choose from or come two or three weeks! (sibling and multiple week discount available - just ask!). Week 1 (6/13-6/17); Week 2 (6/20-6/24); Week 3 (6/27-7/1) - 1-4 PM each day.  You have the option to add on 12-1 Supervised Lunch Bunch (works well if you also sign up for the Art/PE camp).  Tuition is $210 per session (scholarships are available) and includes all the supplies. Details on the flyer.  Please complete and return the registration page that is attached to:  Att; Kara D'Ambrosio - Woodside School 3195 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA 94063 .  For more info please contact Dr. D'Ambrosio at  kdambrosio@woodsideschool.us