March 5, 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.
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Ormondale Upcoming Events

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

March 2nd - PTO Mtg. at CMS; 9:00am

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 6th - Bingo Night 6pm (DATE CHANGE)

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

food drive

Consider these startling facts:
  • 1 in 3 kids in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties do not have enough food to eat every single day
  • 1 in 10 people in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties rely on food from Second Harvest Food Bank every single month
  • Nearly 40% of Second Harvest Food Bank's clients are children


The good news is we have the power to make a difference in local hunger.  We are hosting a Food and Fund Drive to help connect local hungry families to the healthy and nutritious food they need to thrive. 
  • Please consider making a donation of non-perishable food in the Second Harvest food barrels at Ormondale from March 6-10.  They will be near the front office.  
Most-Needed Foods
The Food Bank accepts all non-perishable food donations, but especially needs these nutritious items:
  • Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili)
  • Tuna or canned chicken
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned foods with pop-top lids
  • Canned fruit in its own juice or water
  • Low-sodium canned vegetables
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Spices
  • Low-sugar whole grain cereals
  • Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)
*Please avoid items packed in glass. No candy or soda please.
February Superfood!

Full of Asparagus

By Mr. Ahlbach's  Class
Asparagus is a very healthy superfood that you should eat.  It has many vitamins like A, B, C, E, and K.  Asparagus is rich in antioxidant nutrients and helps with inflammation and your digestion.  Asparagus also strengthens your bones and eyesight.  It also prevents cancer and helps with hair loss.  If you are worried or stressed, asparagus helps calm your body down.  We bet you didn't realize that it takes almost two years for asparagus to grow and be harvested.  This healthy vegetable can be BBQ, steamed, and roasted.  Let's add baked, broiled, and sizzled too!  Asparagus makes a great dinner choice that we hope you will try.  You can even use the recipe below if you like. 
Ms. Grech's class made a healthy recipe we hope you will try at home.  After a taste test at school, Ormondale Students had the following to say regarding the Asparagus Sticks:
" I love it! Make it again! Those were awesome! Can we have more! 
The breadcrumbs rock!  Yummy!"  And then there was the occasional, 
"It was too salty!" and "No thank you."

Click HERE for the article and recipe!

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 (

CMS Upcoming Events

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 6th - Bingo Night 6pm (DATE CHANGE)

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 .

BBQ Lunch Thank You!

On Friday, March 3 the sun decided to shine for the 6/7/8 BBQ lunch! A good time was had by all and rave reviews for our cooks are in order! 

A huge Thank You to our BBQ leads, Elise Gabrielson and Heather Asborno, as well as their team of parent volunteers:  Mike Tamas,  Isaac Bright,  David Smernoff,  Kim Zamboldi,  Tamiko Verkler,  Julie Dickerson,  Sandi Engel , Jane Leibowitz. 

Also special thanks are in order for our staff helpers: Ashlie, Susan and Jerry.  

Staff Appreciation Week - Calling all 4th Grade Parents!

Staff Appreciation Week is March 13-17th

We ask that each 4th grade class donate 5 servings of fruit for the Fruit Morning on Tuesday, March 14th. The staff LOVES this! Please bring to school fruits washed and ready to eat Tuesday, March 14th to the staff lunch room by 7:45 am. Please sign up and make our staff feel appreciated!!


Staff Appreciation Week - Calling all 5/6/7/8th Grade Parents!

Staff Appreciation Week is March 13-17th.

We ask that each 5/6/7/8 grade class bring 2-3 servings of a food for the Friday, March 17th staff casual lunch. Please forward the link below to your class in the next few days. 

Portola Valley Schools Foundation
FANfare is Calling All Volunteers!

Do you like to chat up folks at parties, organize tables, arrange flowers or manage financials? If you enjoy wine, raffles and raising money - or have any other talents - then we need you at FANfare to help make our event a success. As a volunteer organization, the Portola Valley Schools Foundation relies on its community to help put on its biennial event. If you have 30 minutes to contribute - we want your help. 

Please come to a  breakfast at the lovely home of Sue Ten on March 10, 2017 at 8:30am and learn how you can help raise funds and support our schools.  Please come!  We need your help.  

To RSVP for the event, please contact Sue Ten at .  We hope to see you there - and bring a friend!

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!

Portola Valley Schools Foundation Thanks
Ginny Kavanaugh, Realtor
For Being a 2nd Year Platinum Partner and
Donating $10,000 to Our Schools
2016-2017 School Year

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 .  If you're not sure and want to learn more, please contact Jon Myers at 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:
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 . For more information and an application, go to .
"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  
or contact Keri Tully at .

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  -  

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.