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Weekly Post
March 10, 2014
ORM Principal's Message

Dear Families,


This is my first post since the vacation, so welcome back from hopefully a wonderful winter vacation!  My family and I enjoyed our time together, especially our adventures on the slopes.  Our students have returned with a great energy and filled with winter vacation stories.  We look forward to building on that energy and accomplishing new learning in the coming months.


Last December, we learned that our school had qualified to apply to be honored as a California Distinguished School.  The Ormondale staff put in countless hours of work over the final two weeks of school in December and submitted a California Distinguished School application.  Over the vacation, we learned that our application had been accepted and that we would be hosting a California Distinguished School visit on Tuesday, March 18th.  The visit is scheduled from 8:00 to 3:00 and we will be hosting staff from the County Office of Education as we show them all of the great things going on at Ormondale.  We are looking forward to this day and thank you in advance for your support.


PTO Bingo Night Friday, March 14th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Ormondale PTO Bingo Night - Join us for a fun family event!  How many cards can you play?


Golden Sneaker Week 3/17-3/28

It's time for Safe Routes Pollution Solution: Golden Sneaker Contest

Walking or biking to school benefits your health and makes you do better at school!

Help our earth by sharing a ride or taking the bus and polluting less!


California Distinguished School Visit Tuesday, March 18th, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Time to showcase all of the great things going on at Ormondale!


The STEM Lab and Imagination Playground are both huge hits! Thank you to the Portola Valley School's Foundation and all of the donors for the opportunity to bring this to your children and our students.  Parents, watch for an email sign up looking for lunchtime recess volunteers for our STEM Lab and Imagination Playground. 


It is hard to believe how fast the year has gone.  It must be true that "time flies when you are having fun."  I am looking forward to the final few months of our school year.  Thank you as always for your partnership in the Ormondale Community.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me at [email protected] or 650-851-1777. 




Kevin F. Keegan

In This Issue
Safe Routes to School
eScrip Update
Aesop Fables
Bingo Night
Gold Rush
This Week's Calendar
Ormondale * Corte Madera * District
Mon, March 10 (B 
PVTA Meeting, Ormondale, Room 5, 3:30pm
Tue, March 11 (A) 
CMS School Site Council, Room 102, 3:15 pm

Gold Rush Parent Meeting,
Lab 102, 5 pm

PVSF Board Meeting, 
Annex, 7:00 pm
Wed, March 12 (B) 
First Grade, Muniz, Breakfast with Dad, 8:15 am

School Board Meeting, 
Room 102, 6:00 pm
Thu, March 13 (A)
First Grade, Miller, Breakfast with Dad, 8:15 am
Gronet's Fourth Graders to Almaden Mining Museum, 9 am
Rynewicz's class to Lytton Gardens, 10:30 am 
Fri, March 14 (B) 
Principal Coffee: Math Course Offerings and Common Core, 
8 am
First Grade, Bloom-Smith, Breakfast with Dad, 8:15 am
ORM Bingo Night, 6:30 pm
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PTO Fundraiser - Amici's Family Night
Ormondale and Corte Madera School Families

Bring your family & friends and join us in a

Pizza and Pasta Fundraiser for the PV-PTO.


Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

880 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park



On Tuesday, March 18th5 pm to 9 pm

Dine In or Take Out (no deliveries)




Present this flyer and Amici's will generously donate 25% of your food and beverage purchases to help support Ormondale and Corte Madera PTO's.


This fundraiser event is valid only at the Amici's location in Menlo Park. Amici's cannot promise seating together for large groups. Gift Certificates available too.


Thank you Amici's! 

Safe Routes to School
Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, March 19 - Ormondale Bike Walk to School Day
Friday, March 21 - Corte Madera Bike Walk to School Day
Golden Sneaker Program: Bike, Walk, Carpool, or Ride the Bus for grades K-5 - Monday, March 17-Friday, March 28

Come earn spirit points for CMS students and treats for all at our next Bike/Walk to School Days! And enjoy all the benefits of our spring Golden Sneaker program with prizes for all of those who participate every day!
eScrip Update

We need your help to keep earning money for our schools!  Safeway has made an important change.  Paying for your groceries with a credit card will no longer earn a contribution.  Use your Club Card and please pay with any form of payment that is NOT a credit card so our group will earn.

And, if you have not signed up yet, please go to http://www.escrip.com/signup



Thank you for supporting our schools!

If you have any questions please contact Michelle Bellomo: [email protected]

 Ormondale Home
Aesop's Fables Performed at Ormondale

Ormondale students will be treated to a Red Herring Puppet Show of Aesop's Fables this Wednesday morning.  Red Herring Puppets received a UNIMA citation of excellence for this production, the highest honor in American puppetry.  Timeless tales such as The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse and more will be told in rhymed verse with large table top puppets.  Thanks to PTO for funding this special treat!

Bingo Night!!

Bingo night is almost here.  Mark your calendar and plan to come March 14th from 6:30 am -8 pm MUR at Ormondale.  Please come enjoy friends, family, prizes, popcorn and licorice.  Just $10 per family for 1 1/2 hours of BINGO.  To pre-register, fill out this form and place in the box in the Ormondale office.  Registration forms will be available for pick up in the office.  You can also pay at the door the night of the event!  Hope to see you all there.

For the flyer, click here. Any questions please contact Kelly Richardson: [email protected]

Corte Madera Home
Gold Rush!

The 4th grade is getting ready for our annual trip to Gold Country from April 7th to 9th.  This year is extra special, as it is the 40th year we've taken this trip. Our three-day trip will packed with fabulous adventures and memories that will last a lifetime.  The highlight of the trip is our day in the Gold Rush town of Columbia.  (It was once the richest town in California!) During our visit, we'll pan for gold, visit the schoolhouse and ride the stagecoach.  We might even have time to visit the 1840's saloon for a sarsaparilla.  But that's not all!  We'll also take a side trip to Moaning Caverns, and learn about wild raptors back at camp at the Sierra Outdoor School. If you'd like to learn more about the trip, plan on attending the informational meeting for parents on Tuesday, March 11th in room 201 at 5 PM.


Thank you!

Anne Gronet

Community Calendar and Events
AMA Girls Softball Registration
AMA Girls Softball registration is open and seeking players ages 5-12, as well as their parent volunteers.  This is a fun, instructional league with practice and games primarily in Menlo Park and Portola Valley.  Registration is closing this week, so get your friends together and sign up now!
For information and a link to registration, please visit the AMA website: 
AMA Girls Softball Registration
AMA Girls Softball registration is open and seeking players ages 5-12, as well as their parent volunteers.  This is a fun, instructional league with practice and games primarily in Menlo Park and Portola Valley.  Registration is closing this week, so get your friends together and sign up now!
For information and a link to registration, please visit the AMA website: 
Library Program
BLOCK PARTY WEEK - Research shows that children develop an incredible variety of skills when they play with blocks, including fine motor skills and social skills.  Join us this week for block play and rediscover the joy of open-ended play. 
Monday, March 10 @ 11:30 AM, following Baby Storytime
Tuesday, March 11 @ 11 AM, following Toddler Storytime
Wednesday, March 12 from 3:30-5 PM, Teen Open Block Play
Thursday, March 13 @ 5 PM, following Gustafer Yellowgold's Family Concert Saturday, March 15 from 11 AM -1 PM
Gustafer Yellowgold returns to the Bay Area in March and he will be at the Portola Valley Library on Thursday, March 13 @ 4 PM.  Gustafer Yellowgold's Show is a multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling. Come to the library and join the fun! For all ages.  This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library.


Join us on Saturday, March 15 @ 10:15 AM  for our new Family Storytime.  We'll sing songs and read books together.  Then stay for the Block Party and Lego Club.  Fun for the whole family!


The Lego Club will be meeting this month on Saturday, March 15 from 11 AM-12:15 PM. We provide the Legos, you bring your imagination.  Duplo building blocks are now available for our youngest builders.  For ages 0-99!  Please register by calling (650.851.0560) or emailing ([email protected]) the library.  This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. 

Panthers "All Sports Camp" 
Panthers "All Sports" Camp  is back for another exciting 2014 summer.  It is hard to believe it is already March 1st.  Many of you have already registered for camp this summer, but if you have not registered I wanted to extend the Early Bird Special.   Since, 3/1 happened on the weekend and it snuck up on me, the Early Bird Speical will be extended until Wednesday, 3/5.

Sessions 1 and 2 are filling quickly, however all 4 sessions still have space available at this time. 
2014 Panthers Camp:  
  • Session 1: June 16-19
  • Session 2: June 23-26
  • Session 3: June 30 - July 3
  • Session 4: July 7-10
In order to register, please click on the following link: https://thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/Form.aspx?IDTD=6807577&RF=11509164The link to the Panthers Camp website is www.pantherscamppv.com
Contact Dan Flahavan with any questions: [email protected].  I look forward to another great summer with your kids at Panthers Camp.
Portola Valley Community Theatre presents "The Diviners" 
Suitable for children in Grades 6 and up.
"The Diviners"
March 13-23
Evening and matinee performances
Tickets $10-$40
(650)851-8282 ext. 105 
"The Diviners" is the story of a 14 year old boy named Buddy Layman who is deathly afraid of water, but who has a gift:  He can divine water, which is crucial for his drought ridden town.  

Haunting and beautiful, this powerful play has echoes of "Our Town" and "Of Mice and Men", but is definitely a fresh face that will have you laughing one minute, crying the next.  Gorgeous gospel/spiritual style music richly underscores the production.   Long after the curtain lowers, "The Diviners" will have you thinking about its poignant story and the deep questions it raises about law and grace, and the differences between blind faith and genuine love. 
Jeff Aron's Summer Tennis Camps at Sacred Heart Schools 
Jeff Arons is the director of tennis for Sacred Heart Schools.  His coaching experiences include founding/directing the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program and coaching a Wimbledon doubles champion.  His morning camps offer the beginning/intermediate level player the opportunity to develop their skills in a child friendly and fun environment.  His afternoon camps are geared towards improving the match play performance of intermediate and advanced players.

Grades:  1st through 12th
Location:  Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton
Days: Monday through Friday
Times:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sessions:  Ten one week sessions beginning June 9 and ending August 15
Contact:  Email: [email protected]
Note: We offer a 10% discount to all campers who attend multiple sessions    
website:  www.jeffaronstennis.com 
Woodside High School Drama Dept. Presents "Beauty and the Beast"

Beauty and the Beast Hits the Stage in Redwood City

The Woodside High School Drama Department invites the public to step into the enchanted world of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast", as they present six performances at the Woodside High School Performing Arts Center. The show begins March 14th and runs through March 23rd.  Based upon the Academy-Award winning animated feature, this Broadway stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim RiceDirected masterfully by Barry Woodruff and Kim Harvath, this "Tale As Old As Time" includes a talented cast of over 50 students who will act, sing, dance, and tumble their way into your hearts. The show is filled with fantastic music, magical costumes, spectacular sets, and larger than life characters.  The experienced production team of Don Coluzzi and Ruthie Smith, along with Bill Tolles and his orchestra, guarantees a perfect opportunity to see local family theater at its best. Presented by special arrangement with Musical Theater International (MTI), this is one of the most ambitious shows to date for the increasingly popular musicals being produced by Woodside High School.


Performance dates:  

Friday, March 14 & 21 at 8 pm

Saturday, March 15 & 22 at 8 pm

Sunday, March 16 & 23 at 2 pm


Tickets: Adults $20.00Seniors (65+) $15.00Staff/ Students (college and under) $10.00. 

Purchase tickets  online: www.whsdramaboosters.com or call the Box Office @ (650) 367-9750 (x43706) to reserve your seats.

Contact: Donna Losey [email protected].