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Weekly Post
March 17, 2014
Safe Routes to School
Golden Sneaker Program Begins This Week!
All students in grades K-5 are encouraged to participate beginning Monday, March 17 for TWO WEEKS. Students in K-5 can bike, walk, ride the bus, or carpool with a non-family member to get Golden Sneaker credit.

Here are the prizes:
-classrooms with the highest participation rate receive the Golden Sneaker Trophy
-all students who participate daily for two weeks receive a ribbon
-all grades where every classroom participates receive green playground balls
Remember to have your child mark their participation on the classroom tally poster every day!

Bike/Walk to School Days are This Week!
Ormondale - Wednesday, March 19
Corte Madera - Friday, March 21

Used Sneaker Drive at ORM and CMS
Look for the bins and boxes by the drop off area at both schools from Monday, March 17-Friday, March 28 for your child to bring in old, used sneakers. We will be shipping used sneakers to Nike to reuse the rubber, and also sending some of the sneakers to children who need footwear, as part of a community outreach program. Thank you for bringing in your family's used tennis sneakers and running shoes!
Save the Date: Common Core Math
Save the date: Common Core Math with Professor Jo Boaler from Stanford, Saturday April 26th from 12:00 to 2:00 at the Menlo Atherton High School Performing Arts Center. More info to follow soon. Please add this to your calendars.
Frederick's Class Rummage/Back Sale
Mr. Frederick's 5th grade class is having a rummage and bake sale this Saturday, March 22nd from 9-2 in the CMS Annex to raise money for the Frederick Follies. We will be collecting donations for our sale on Friday, March 21st AFTER school. If you have items to donate (particularly books, DVDs, bikes, toys, tools) please consider donating to our sale. And, we hope you will shop too! If you have any large items, we would appreciate knowing in advance. For more information, please email Jenny Vaughan at [email protected].
In This Issue
Save the Date
Rummage Sale
Computer Coffee Chat
PTO Volunteers
CMS Dean Shima
CMS Track and Field
Community Section
This Week's Calendar
Ormondale * Corte Madera * District
Mon, March 17 (A 

Tue, March 18 (B) 
CMS Reischling's Class to Almaden Mining Museum 9am

CMS Panache 6,7,8 to Bing Auditorium 9:30-1:30pm

CMS Rynewicz's Class to Almaden Mining Museum 11:30am

Amici's Night 5pm 
Wed, March 19 (A) 
ORM Bike/Walk to School Day

ORM PRIDE Assembly 11:35am
Thu, March 20 (B)
School Board Study Session, CMS Room 102 3/20/2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fri, March 21 (A)  
CMS Bike/Walk to School Day
Weekly Post Reminders: 
To submit an article to the Weekly Post, please send it to [email protected].  Deadline is Thursday at noon.  See the PVSD website for more information

Computer Coffee Chat!
Save the date: Computer Coffee Chat! Hands-on with the new Smarter Balanced Test, Thursday, March 27 at 8am @ Corte Madera Computer Lab. Testing is around the corner for grades 3-8 and we would like to give parents a chance to have a hands-on experience with the new online test. Director of Learning and Media, John Dean, will provide parents hands-on time with the test and informal question and answer time.
PTO Volunteer Opportunities
The PTO is looking for volunteers for the next school year, and we are really in need of a current Assistant Treasurer that could start ASAP to take over as Treasurer next year.  The positions below have short descriptions so feel free to e-mail any of our PTO leaders for more information.  As you can see in the diagram, the PTO provides a multitude of activities and services for our schools, children and staff members.  We can only do so with your help!

Treasurer: No accounting experience necessary!  Just able to work with Excel and Quickbooks (Our current Treasurer had never used it before!  Very friendly program).  Oversee all financial aspects, monthly account reconciliation, deposit/withdraw funds for all events except those listed below, financial reporting/budgeting, all QB entries.
Assistant Treasurer (2 year position; move to Treasurer 2nd year): Deposit/cut checks (via on-line bill pay) for all CMS sport programs, collect/deposit funds for book fairs, send Treasurer documentation for QB entries
Auditor: Perform audit and fill out tax forms 
Original Works (both ORM and CMS): Coordinate collection and distribution of OW artwork in the fall.  Moving to an online ordering system to simplify the tasks.

ORM Back-to-School Picnic (need by late April/May!): 2 individuals needed to coordinate volunteers, book vendor, enlist 8th Grade help, and oversee event

Bingo Night: Organize the spring event held at ORM on a Friday night

ORM Hot Lunch/Playground Coordinator: Coordinate volunteer calendar 

New Family Welcome (4/5th grade rep needed): Touch base with new families and help 1st-3rd grade and 6th-8th grade coordinators with August event

ORM Home Room Parent Coordinator: send weekly e-mail Sunday to all HRP's

Thanks very much and we look forward to hearing from you!

Sharon Shaffer: CMS President
Heather Asborno: CMS Vice-President
Michelle Bellomo: ORM President
Susan McLaughlin: ORM Vice-President
Heather Prelle: Treasurer
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! 

Corte Madera Home
A Message From Dean Shima
"I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world."



This month at CMS, our theme is Global Awareness and Citizenship. Using resources from The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, as well as from other agencies, we are educating our students on what it means to be a global citizen. The goal is for our students to respect and value diversity and understand what it means to be interconnected. In addition, we will be analyzing global issues- such as social injustice or environmental concerns and discussing how students can take action and have a voice.


In December and January, we started our discussions with students around service learning. We had speakers from Free the Children and also Trust in Education come to Corte Madera to explain their organizations and inspire students to take action. The goal of service learning projects is for students to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, the community, and society and also develop as leaders that take initiative, solve problems, work as a team, and make decisions that have real results. A number of our students are participating in service learning projects this year and we also have a small group of middle school students that are involved in a local and global service learning project. These students will be presenting their projects to a CMS panel for review and will be competing for a chance to attend We Day at the end of this month. We Day is an educational event at the Oracle Arena that honors young people that are leading local and global change through service learning. We are excited that CMS students have the opportunity to attend this exciting event!


CMS Student Activities and Information


- Spirit Week- March 17- March 21. Dress up and earn spirit points for your grade. Monday 3/17- Cowboy/Cowgirl Day, Tuesday 3/18- Royal Day, Wednesday 3/19- Career Day, Thursday 3/20- Snow/Beach Day, Friday 3/21- Pajama Day.


- Student Council Meeting- Tuesday, March 18th at 12:33pm.


- Woodside High School counselor visit- Thursday, March 20 at 1:30pm. A counselor from Woodside High School will be on site to register 8th graders that are attending public high school.


- Bike/Walk/Carpool to School Day- Friday, March 21


- Golden Sneaker Competition for 4/5- March 17- March 28. Students earn points for biking/ walking/ carpooling to school and there is a prize for the winning classroom.


- Talent Show- Thursday, March 27th at 12:33pm (Sign-ups by Friday, March 14 and tryouts on Friday, March 21st at lunch)


- Soccer Jamboree- Thursday, March 27th from 3:15- 4:15pm at the CMS field. Come out and cheer on the Panther Soccer Team. Treats for sale!


- End of 3rd Quarter for middle school- Friday, March 28th.


- 4/8 Buddy Activity- Monday, March 31st at 12:33pm.


- K-8 Movie Night- Despicable Me 2- Friday, April 4th at 6:15pm in the CMS MUR. Food will be available for purchase and cost is $10.


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Go Panthers!


Dean of Students

CMS Track and Field Registration Now Open
Corte Madera Track and Field Registration is now open.  Registration is due by Friday, April 4th.  Track and Field is open to all 4th-8th grade boys and girls.  


The 2014 Track and Field season will begin on April 21st and end on May 28th. Practices and meets will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 (except Tuesday, May 27th).   Events will take place at M-A High School, except May 12 and 14 which will take place at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park. Parents/guardians will be responsible for transportation to and from all practices and meets.  

Event dates: Mon/Wed April 21/23/28/30 May 5/7/12/14/19/21/23/28 and Tues May 27 (since no program on Memorial Day May 26)

The Track and Field program is very low-key in nature and focuses on personal best, not winning.  Athletes will have opportunities to participate in sprints, distance runs, hurdles, relays, long jump, high jump, shot put, discus and plastic javelin.  The program is run in conjunction with La Entrada, Hillview and Woodside Elementary.  All 4 schools will be at the practices and meets in order to maximize the events offered each time.  

Please contact Kate Cox if you have questions about Track at [email protected].
 Ormondale Home
Community Calendar and Events
Parenting Your Teen Workshop 
Wondering how to connect with your tween or teen? 
Feeling frustrated with your parenting? 
Come to this fun, practical workshop to learn effective and practical ways to be with your child. In this experiential workshop you will learn:
 - how to be grounded and calm no matter what your teen is doing
 - how to "not take it personally"
 - how to believe in your teen and feel good about your parenting 
 - how to listen and connect with your teen
When: Saturday, April 5, from 9am to 12pm
Where: Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave, Menlo Park, CA
Cost: $100 per family, sliding scale available 
Space is limited to the first 16 people registered. 
This workshop is led by Dr. Martha Cravens (PSY24041), presents many parenting classes and workshops locally. To register, or if you have questions about this workshop, please contact Dr, Martha Cravens, 650-504-6781, [email protected] or through her website, http://www.marthacravens.com/  
Social Learning Summer Workshops 

Frying up some excellent summer workshops for social sous chefs!!!


Children (4-young adult) Groups:  SUMMER JUNE 16 - SEPT 5 (adults see below)

Come and cook up some fun in small and structured groups for something yummy to learn.


Little Sous Chefs (PK-to-First Grade): Social Skills Intensives for kiddos and their Parents (debriefing after group) in a fun arts and cooking themed activities.

"Stories for Glory" --Writers' Workshop with a scintilla of social learning in every bite: Story Grammar Curriculum designed for students with social cognitive challenges to improve their writing skills 4th/5th, 6/7 grade, 8/9th grade.

Visualizing/Verbalizing (thinking and writing) by LindamoodBell Peppered with social thinking in every spoonful. Helping kiddos develop their visual memories.

Problem Solving with a Dallop of Social Skills in every scoop.

And your master chef can even take a course in Executive Functioning Therapy to organize his/her Mess Hall!!! (Cognitive and Logistical.)

Social Skills Summer Groups: Movie Making, Field Trips, Cooking, Stop Animation Video Making, Teen Hang outs, Survival Guide to High School & College: All Ages.

Teen Hangout: (mixed bag of fun and social all geared for Teens to have fun!) Including 'Survival Guides', field trips, cooking, comedy and more.


(10 days minimum--contiguous or weekly, flexible scheduling -- PS: This is not a cooking school but rather "metaphorical language!!)


A little about Master Chef Jenn Bulka:

I provide social cognitive therapy with a heavy emphasis on parent training. I have been working in the field of social cognitive therapy since 1979. Summers are about fun, light-heartedness and joy but a chance to really grow if you structure your home social practice! I am located near Sequoia High School with a wonderful grass area and a famous owl -great for playing games (secluded and safe), Stafford park with a glorious kids playground and 3 blocks from our cooking capital - my home. I am a mom of a 12 year old with 3 best friends with social cog issues, wife to Chef "Howie" at Howie's Artisan Pizza, personal valet to the ever present, lovable Uncle Albert (havanese shiztsu mix, hypoallegernic, nonshedding, kid friendly.)


Please email with "Summer 2014" in the email subject to: [email protected] for a "meet and greet" appoint-see website  for more details: www.talkingplayhouse.com

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: