March 19, 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 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

Corte Madera
CMS Upcoming Events

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 .

CMS Track Registration

Track and Field is open to all 4th thru 8th grade boys and girls.  

on the following dates:  April 17th-May 24th.

Mondays: April 17/24; May 1/8/15/22
Wednesdays: April 19/26/; May 3/10/17/24

The track program is developmental in nature and focuses on personal best, not competition with other athletes.  Athletes will have the opportunity to run sprints, distance, hurdles, throw shot put, discus and foam javelin, and do both high jump and long jump.  

The program is run as a collaborative with Woodside Elementary, La Entrada and Hillview.  

Please contact Kate Cox at  [email protected] with any questions.

CMS Staff Appreciation Week Thank You's

Last Tuesday, March 14, our CMS Staff was treated to yummy breakfast fruits & treats, donated by our 4th grade families. Thank you to all families who donated, including: Jen Arends, Dawn Axelrad, Kim Zamboldi, Lacey Wismer, Sue Ten, Sinda Mein, Jennifer Scher, Cheryl Richter, Stefanie Ostmann, Aimee Armsby, Veronica Jerng, Alena Yen, Bira Feldman, Susan Silberman, Alison Farrell. And a huge thank you to Moonyi Satusky and Jen Chon for heading up this event!

On Wednesday, March 15, the Annex was transformed into a French Bistro for a "CMS Soiree" lunch! The Staff lunched on delicious french fare and don't forget the macaroons and eclairs!  Thank you to the amazing Elise Gabrielson and Heather Asborno, who headed up this beautiful event! Also thank you to all our parent volunteers who brought in food, decorated, served lunch, covered the playground at lunch, helped out in the office and helped clean up after the event:  Tricia Christensen, Kathy Waddell, Paige Bishop, Renee Courington, Julie Dickerson, Kim Zamboldi, Tamiko Verkler, Tracy Wang, Irene Ruiz, Shannon Basch, Sarah Wernikoff, Michelle Bellomo, Lynn Holthaus, Mary Henry, Cheryl Richter, Brook Coffee.

On Friday, March 17, the 5/6/7/8th grade parents delighted the CMS staff with a luncheon filled with delicious salads, entrees and of course - deserts! A huge thank you to Moonyi Satusky and Jen Chon who this lunch as part of CMS Staff Appreciation Week. Also deserving thanks are all the parents who helped make this lunch a success: Jami Worthington, Karyn Bechtel, Kerstin McHutchison, Kathryn Gilpin, Tracy Wang, Renee Courington, Mary Henry, Kathy Waddell, Sarah Dorahy, Laura Kavanaugh, Cheryl Richter, Shannon Basch, Nina Vallalba, Sue Ten, Marya Stronck, Veronica Jerng, Ginny Borelli, Lisa Freccia, Karen Urbanek, Kristin Brew, Tricia Suvari, Heather Asborno, Lynde Alvarez, Heather Keller, Erika Demas, Lisa Hill, Maria Matsumoto, Megan Koch, Daniela Senties, Heather Wolfe Conlan, Barbara Hugli-Jones, Heather Prelle, Bill Youstra, Michele Morhenn, Loni Austin, Andrea Reid, Linda Wong.

PI Day Thank You!

Thank you to all the 8th grade parents who donated pies to the 8th grade "Pi" celebration on Tuesday, March 14th. A good time was had by all students and math teachers who attended.

A  special thank you to Heather Asborno, Jill Horn, Shannon Basch, Tamiko Verkler, Tracy Wang, Trish Heald who served pie, ice cream and whipped cream to 80+ students without incident.

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. 

If you couldn't make the volunteer breakfast this past Friday,  but still want to volunteer, please contact Sue Ten at [email protected] .   

2017 Foundation Spring Benefit - Buy Your Tickets!

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
Portola Valley Garage
For Being a 2nd Year Platinum Partner and
Donating $10,000 to Our Schools
2016-2017 School Year

Community News
Parent Support Group for Children with School Anxiety

Please come to the first meeting of the parent support group for children with school anxiety. At this first meeting we can decide how the group can best help us. Also, we can share our knowledge, experience, and resources. 

The first meeting is at the Schneiderman/Birkel household on Thur sday, March 30th at 8:15. PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE AND TIME. 

Please come over after drop off.  There will be coffee and pastries! 

Please RSVP to Mary Birkel at [email protected]

Windmill Preschool Summer Programs

Windmill Preschool in Portola Valley has openings in 2 summer programs.  If you are interested in either of the below programs please email our director, Jodi Cocconi~ [email protected] or call us at 650-851-0771 ext. 2#.   Please visit our web site for more information:

Fun Summer Program for your Preschooler
Windmill Preschool in Portola Valley has openings available in their Summer School Program for 3 and 4 year olds.  The program runs for 6weeks June 12th- July 21st (a minimum of 2 weeks enrollment is required).  Program days are Monday-Thursday, 9:00am - 11:45am.   Curriculum is based our play-based philosophy, and the themes of water and summer. 

Wonderful Summer Camp for Your In-Coming Kindergartener
Windmill Day Camp is a great opportunity for children entering Kindergarten in the fall to meet other children who they may be in school with. The program meets Monday - Friday July 24th-28th from 9:00am-2:00pm. Our play-based activities will be planned around the theme of camping and summer fun.  Day camp is for children who are age eligible for Kindergarten in the fall.
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 [email protected] 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.
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!