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Weekly Post
April 28, 2014
ORM Principal's Message

Dear Families,


Welcome back from a what was hopefully a relaxing vacation with your family.  I have heard from many of you that you traveled to some fun places.  We had a great vacation with lots of time outdoors, reading and singing along to the Frozen soundtrack.  I know our whole staff has come back from vacation excited and energized for the next seven weeks. 


During the month of May we are focusing on the life skill Friendship.  We will be discussing how to build and keep strong, healthy friendships.  According to the Mayo Clinic, having friends is beneficial to your health.  Friends help increase our sense of belonging, boost our happiness, reduce stress, improve our self-confidence and self-worth.  Psychology today, asserts that early friendships play a vital role because they occur while key developmental changes are taking place.  They help teach us social skills/norms that impact our daily lives.


Here are some ways to help your child develop friendships:

  1. Take time to discuss with your child what makes a good friend.  Brainstorm with your child important character traits that friends should possess.  
  2. Have your child participate in extracurricular activities such as soccer or chess club.   
  3. Encourage your child to smile.  Something as simple as a smile shows that you are friendly and willing to talk. 
  4. Role Play-Give your child a scenario in which they need to generate a conversation with someone new or what it would look like to join in a game.    
  5. Be flexible to try new things.  Encourage your child to a play different game or try a new activity at recess.


TK/K - 3rd Grade Parent Visitation Day - Tuesday, April 29th - 8:30 - 9:30

Join us for a short informational session in the Library, followed by class tours and a question and answer session.


3rd to 4th Grade Parent Transition Meeting - Tuesday, April 29th - 8:30 - 9:30

Join Mr. Corritone in room 12 for an informational meeting about the transition from 3rd to 4th grade and Ormondale to Corte Madera. 


Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is finally here.  Our third grade students will be taking this new test, in a pilot year, on May 6th, May 7th, and May 13th.  This is a pilot year and the assessment results will be gathered at the state and will not be shared at any level.  If you would like to see more about the SBAC or test your skills, check it out at  http://sbac.portal.airast.org/ca/practice-test-ca/.


It is hard to believe that we have seven weeks of school left. I hope to see you around and one of our many events.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me at kkeegan@pvsd.net or 650-851-1777. 




Kevin F. Keegan   
In This Issue
Math Coffee Chat
PTO Volunteers Needed
Juliet Green CD
Community Section
This Week's Calendar
Ormondale * Corte Madera * District
Mon, April 28 (A)
8th Grade Science 
STAR Testing
Joint Priorities Meeting 
5:30 pm, CMS Room 102
Tue, April 29 (B) 
Incoming 4th Grade Parent Meeting, 8:30 am, 
ORM Room 12 
ORM K-3 Parent Visitation
8:30 am
Wed, April 30 (A)
8th Grade Science
STAR Testing
School Board Meeting 
6 pm, CMS, Room 102
Thu, May 1 (B)

Fri, May 2 (A) 
CMS Math Coffee Chat
8:30 am, CMS Room 102

CMS Walk-a-Thon
3:10 pm
Weekly Post Reminders: 
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Math Coffee Chat
Please join us on Friday, May 2nd for Part II of our Math Coffee Chat. We will be discussing the Math Pathways, acceleration options and provide some examples of "going deeper" with math. We will meet at Corte Madera School in Room 102 at 8:30 to accommodate Ormondale parents who may need time to come over and park. All parents are welcome. Target audience will be parents of current 5th-7th graders. Please contact John Dean, Director of Learning and Media, if you have any questions.

John Dean
Director of Leaning and Media
Come Join the PTO -- Opportunities Available
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.   

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.

ORM Hot Lunch/Playground Coordinator: Coordinate volunteer calendar.

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

Sharon Shaffer: CMS President  prayforthewind@comcast.net
Heather Asborno: CMS Vice-President
Michelle Bellomo: ORM President
Susan McLaughlin: ORM Vice-President
Heather Prelle: Treasurer
Juliet Green New CD Available 4/22
CMS's music teacher, Juliet Green, is releasing an album of original material featuring some of the Bay Area's best musicians. Available 4/22/2014 through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and CD Baby.

Juliet will also be doing a CD Release Concert on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30pm at Lane Hall (Valley Presbyterian Church). Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/648390)
Ormondale Home

Corte Madera Home
CMS Principal's Message

In my last Post article I mentioned to be on the look out for more information to come about next year's master schedule and upcoming informational meetings regarding the exciting transitions some of our students and families will be experiencing soon as our 3rd graders at Ormondale move into 4th grade and our 5th graders move on into 6th grade.


Our new master schedule for next year is getting closer to completion. We have gone through a thoughtful and rigorous process to put together a schedule for all grades levels that supports our vision as a district, our goals, and ultimately, great learning for our students. Final adjustments are being made and I hope to be able to share the final version with everyone by the middle of May.


Ms. Shima and I (and some of our 4th graders) will be meeting with 3rd grade families this Tuesday at 8:30AM to share information about CMS and our 4th and 5th grade program. Our new 4th graders will be coming to visit CMS on May 22 with their teachers and we will also have a parent orientation for our new families on May 27 from 2:00-3:00PM at CMS. CMS will also be hosting our second informational meeting and orientation of the year for new 6th grade parents on May 19 from 8:15-9:15AM.


This is an exciting time of year for our students and families (and I didn't even get to our 8th graders and their new adventures as the graduate from PVSD). All the staff at CMS does everything possible to support our students and make sure these transitions happen as smoothly as possible. Please let us know if you ever have questions or concerns.


Have a great week!


Michael Corritone

Thank You for a Fantastic All-School BBQ

The PTO would like to thank all the generous volunteers that made the all school BBQ such a success last Friday.  The Andrighetto Family and Shasta Produce donated beautiful fresh produce for the kids to enjoy.  Mrs. Diehl along with students Ross F., Sam U., Jake D., Keller R., Owen M. and Codey N. jumped in to relocate tables, food and supplies before the rain hit.  Lead by Elise Gabrielson, volunteers Heather Asborno, Michele Bellomo, Chris Bellomo, Renee Courtington, Ann Crevelt, Leslie Field-Barth, Tricia Law, Dave Kastanis, Rose Kerr, Mary Jo Kloezemen, Keith Orchard, Paul Skrabo, Ginger Pistilli, Kathy Waddell and Susan Strehlow prepared and served up another great BBQ at Corte Madera.

2nd Annual Walk to Washington DC Walk-A-Thon - NEW DATE

Because of rain last Friday, the 2nd Annual Walk to Washington DC Walk-A-Thon has been moved to Friday, May 2nd.  

The Opening Ceremonies for the Walk-A-Thon begin at 3:10 for what is sure to be an exciting and fun afternoon.  A raffle will be held at the end of the event.  All students that turned in their sponsorship forms will be in the drawing to win raffle prizes.

Thanks for supporting our PV Schools! 

Community Calendar and Events
Legarza Camps  
Legarza Camps give children the knowledge and motivation they need to achieve their personal best in sport and life.  Over 100,000 children have experienced and benefited from our 25-year, tested and proven system.  Our program is tailored to help your young athlete succeed on and off the court in a safe, professional and encouraging environment of learning and fun. 
12 Exciting Weeks
Boys and Girls Ages 5 -14
50 Convenient Locations
For more information, see this flyer.
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:  jeffaronstennis@gmail.com
Note: We offer a 10% discount to all campers who attend multiple sessions   


website: www.jeffaronstennis.com

Summer Social and EF Classes

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!!)

For more information, email: jenn@talkingplayhouse.com
Panthers "All Sports Camp" 
Panthers "All Sports" Camp  is back for another exciting 2014 summer.  For more details, here is my website:  www.pantherscamppv.com

Session 1 & 2 are sold-out.  


Space Available in 2014 Panthers Camp:  
  • 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=11509164 .
Contact Dan Flahavan with any questions: danflahavan@gmail.com.
My staff and I look forward to another great summer with your kids at Panthers Camp

Sign Up Now for AYSO Fall Soccer Fun!

Everyone Plays - Balanced Teams - Open Registration

Positive Coaching - Good Sportsmanship - Player Development


FALL SEASON SOCCER: Boys & Girls, Ages 4-14

REGISTER: April 1st - May 31st   ayso25.org  


$175 until June 1st (U8 and up)

$225 late registration  

$125 Kinder (U6)

  • K-League plays Wednesday or Thursday at Ormondale (subject to change)
  • U7-U10 games are played Saturdays in Portola Valley and Woodside
  • U12-U14 games are played Saturdays; away games are played in Area regions
AYSO Seeking Volunteers



Division Coordinators (place children on teams in select age division)



Regional Coach Administrator



Safety Director

Volunteer Coordinator

Regional Division Coordinator

Marketing Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator


TO VOLUNTEER: www.ayso25.org/volunteers/how-to-volunteer 

Questions? Contact: Don Yates: r25regcom@gmail.com  or 650-851-2690
Alpine Strikers Summer Camp
It is not too soon to register for any Alpine Strikers summer camp sessions. The camp is for 6 to 10 year old kids excited about soccer. All are welcome. Our professional coaching staff group the kids according to individual skill levels and ages to guaranteed a positive, child focused and high energy experience. Registration is now open at www.alpinestrikers.org.
Sports Nutrition Seminar
Sports Nutrition Seminar:
Optimal Fueling for Optimal Performance
Yael Dror M.Sc.

Sports has become a huge part of our lifestyle and culture and youth sports has grown immensely over the last 15 years. Unfortunately, many athletes, from the middle school soccer player to the professional triathlete, don't know how to fuel their body correctly before, during or after their given sport or training regimen. Sports nutrition is a separate field in the world of general nutrition which focuses on recommendations and guidelines for sport activity. The aim is improved physical performance by eating correctly.

Sports nutrition answers the question:
"What and when should I eat relative to type, time and duration of activity in order to maximize physical abilities and performance?"

Many studies over the years have shown that in order to improve your physical ability and improve in sports, the training program alone is not enough! Some experts even say that nutrition has about 70% of the effect on the body, post-exercise.

This lecture will focus on 4 important stages in Sports Nutrition:

1) Pre-exercise: How to eat before training? What type of carbohydrate is recommended? How to eat before a morning workout?
2) During exercise: What types of exercise is it important to eat during the training? How often? What kind food? What about fluids while training?
3) Post-exercise: Immediate recovery, what is the right timing for eating after a workout? What's important to eat? Protein? Carbohydrates?
4) Slow recovery phase after exercise: How to eat during the day to allow a good recovery from the training. What are the special guidelines after long endurance training?

Come join Yael Dror M.Sc, to understand and learn the world of Sports Nutrition and how it can benefit you!!!

When: Saturday April 26th, 1-2pm
Where: PTX Fit, 108 Portola Rd.
Contact: 650.851.2338