January 22, 2017 


Student Services Parent-Only Coffee on Feb. 10th

The Student Services Parent Group is a collaborative group of parents and staff dedicated to serving the unique social and emotional needs and learning differences of students in Portola Valley School District through the activities of the Student Services Group. 

The 4 overarching goals of the group are

Curriculum: Ensuring that the curriculum is delivered in a way that works for each student and that the environment on each campus focuses on inclusion, where possible.

Communication: Improving communication from school to home and home to school to enhance each child's learning experience across environments.

Culture: Encouraging a culture that accepts and celebrates all children where they're at now.

Knowledge Sharing - Sharing parenting knowledge outside of the school environment,eg sports teams for kids with certain challenges, special diet knowledge, etc. 

The group meets several times a year with parents and district staff and teachers. There will be a parent-only coffee facilitated by Amod Setlur (Student Services Parent Group representative for 2016-17 school year) and hosted by Sarah Wernikoff at her residence (145 Bear Gulch Drive, Portola Valley) on February 10, 2017 between 8:30 AM-9:30 AM to provide an opportunity for parents to network with other families, and to discuss what's working well and what needs improvement so the group can work collaboratively with district administration.

Important: Please RSVP sarahwernikoff@gmail.com if you plan to attend so that we may have an accurate headcount for planning purposes.
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Ormondale Upcoming Events

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
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 Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed!

There are few spots available to be filled.   Here is the link to sign up and the basic info about the job:
  If you have not worked hot lunch, please give a try.  Time goes by fast during the lunch and you don't need to prep for this job outside of school, once you leave the campus you are done! You can also volunteer as little as one day per month!

This job is much easier if there are 2 volunteers on site, and it makes it more fun.  Even if your kids don't participate in the Hot Lunch program, you are welcome to help out.  
CMS Upcoming Events

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 .

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
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.

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!