January 8, 2017 


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Ormondale Upcoming Events

January 19th - PTO Mtg. at ORM; 9am

January 16th - MLK holiday - no school

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 Upcoming Events

January 12th - Science Fair

January 13th - Last day of 1st Semester

January 16th - MLK holiday - no school

January 19th - PTO Mtg. at ORM, 9am

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

February 10th - Corte Madera Super Staff Lunch

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 .

Paper Airplane Guy

The Paper Airplane Guy Returned to PVSD! 

As you may have heard, John Collins brought his fun paper airplanes and scientific knowledge to Corte Madera just before school let out.  John's demos had a huge "wow factor" on his audience as he covered relevant principles, encouraged kids to experiment, and walked everyone step-by-step through folding his record breaking plane. 

Thanks to PTO for funding and coordinating this inspiring assembly.  Do you an idea for a future CMS assembly?  They are always welcome - contact Karyn Bechtel ( karynadam@icloud.com) with your ideas.

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.

Kids Hip-Hop with Sangini - Winter 2017 Schedule

PV mom (and former Stanford Dollie) Sangini Majmudar Bedner will be teaching Kids Hip-Hop at two locations for Winter 2017.    Her classes prove that exercise can be fun, discipline can be enjoyable, and self-expression can boost confidence. Sangini thrives on infusing all students with her endless enthusiasm and energy and truly looks forward to working with your child!  Instructor info at www.sanginimb.com

Kinder-1st Grade Hip-Hop (Boys and Girls, Ages 5-7)
Wednesdays,  1:15pm-2pm at Ladera Oaks Club 

Session Dates:  Wed. 1/11 -  Wed. 4/5  (no class on February 22nd)
Ladera Oaks Members: 12 Classes for $252 - Non Members: 12 Classes for $288
Drop-In Class Rate Members: $24/Class - Non Member: $26/Class
To register for the session, please do these two steps: 1) Email Elizabeth at  elizabeth@laderaoaks.com  AND 2) send or
hand deliver a check for the full amount made out to Ladera Oaks. Address is 3249 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028

"Older" Kids' Hip-Hop (Boys and Girls, Ages 8-12) 
Wednesdays,  2:30pm-3:15pm at The Portola Valley Town Center

Session Dates:  Wed., 1/11 -  Wed. 4/5 (no class on  February 22nd)
12 Classes for $288
Link to Register (Mail in or drop off payment to Town Center): Will be available soon under "Class Registration" at  www.portolavalley.net. Contact for all Town Center classes is Teresa  Bowerman- 

Camp W Winter Session

Would your child like to be in a talent show? Get ready, Camp W will be the place to be this winter. The session will allow campers to choose their own style of performance: dancing, singing, playing an instrument solo or with a band.  At the end of the session, the campers will showcase their fun and creative talents to a live audience.  

Camp W Details

Ages: 2nd - 8th grade
Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503
Length: January 17 - April 29, 2017
Fee: $500 ( 10% discount for returning campers )
Sign-ups: NOW

Creative Art for Young Children

WINTER  2017 @ Portola Valley Town Center
Jan. 11th-April 1st (no classes Feb. 22-25)

The kids haven't stopped talking about the time we did Ancient Egyptian Art and recently asked, "When are we going to do it again?" So back by popular demand...We will start off the session with a story about the Little Blue Hippo Statues once placed in Egyptian tombs. Portraits of King Tut, Hieroglyphics, and Picasso's Blue Period are just a few of the other subjects we will explore. Then we will end with another fun Art Show.

For more info you can call Teresa @ (650) 851-1700 ext. 200
or go to (portolavalley.net)

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!