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May 5, 2014
Frederick's Follies This Friday
Are you prepared for this year's Frederick's Follies show? Mr. Frederick's fifth grade class, the Falcons, local students and a parent, are eager to perform at the CMS auditorium for the public on May 9, 6:30. If you haven't been to a Frederick's Follies production, you can expect dazzling musical performances, acting, and a few surprises. This year's 3-act play, "Roar", is about a young girl, Royal, who must learn how to cope with bullying from the help of her parents, siblings, and a host of rock bands. Included in this year's show are The White Stripes, The Brady Bunch, Abba, Madness, and the B-52s. Refreshments and baked goods will be sold at the concession stand before the performance and during intermission. Come early and grab a good seat. You won't want to miss the community event of the year!


Math Coffee Chat Presentation Posted
Thank you to all the parents able to attend our second math coffee chat. I have posted my presentation as a PDF and also a one page version of the grades 6-8 Common Core Math Pathways. For those unable to attend, please know the change to the pathways will affect incoming 6th graders and begin in the Fall of 2014. Incoming 7th and 8th will continue on the existing pathways (slide 7, brown). Please let me know if you have any questions.

We look forward to implementing common core and continuing to strive to provide the best possible education for our students. Thank you for your support.

Links can be found on the District Website under District Information > Curriculum. http://www.pvsd.net/domain/79

Thank you, 
John Dean
Director of Learning and Media
In This Issue
Math Chat Presentation
Spotlights on Innovation
Bike Rodeo
Flight Night!
PTO Volunteers Needed
Flat Stanley! The Musical
8th Graders Score High
CMS Swim Meet
Community Section
This Week's Calendar
Ormondale * Corte Madera * District
Mon, May 5 (B)
Tue, May 6 (A) 
5th Grade Science STAR Testing

ORM 1st Grade Muniz Mother's Day Tea 8:15am 
Wed, May 7 (B)
ORM Walk/Bike to School Day

5th Grade Science
STAR Testing

ORM 1st Grade Miller Mother's Day Tea 8:15am
Thu, May 8 (A)
PTO Meeting at CMS 9am

ORM 1st Grade Bloom-Smith Mother's Day Tea 8:15am
Fri, May 9 (B) 
CMS Bike/Walk to School Day

ORM Kindergarten Garden Party 8:15am

CMS Rynewicz's Class to Lytton Gardens 10:30am

Fredericks Follies
6:30pm CMS MUR
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Spotlights on Innovation
PVSD Spotlights on Innovation is coming up on
Thursday, May 15 from 4 - 5:30 in the Ormondale MUR

Please join PVSD teachers, parents and staff to explore exciting approaches used this year in Corte Madera and Ormondale classrooms.  After a brief strategic plan overview, teacher presentations will focus on Project Based Learning, STEM, Reader's and Writer's Workshop, Genius Hour, and Tech Integration.  The event will conclude with special guests.... our students!  Each teacher will have students present to share their learning.  

At this year's Spotlights on Innovation Event you will learn how:
  • Kindergartners are using QR codes to link to content that enhances and extends learning.
  • 1st graders are benefiting from Writer's Workshop curriculum.
  • 2nd graders are investigating what effect local watershed erosion is having on our community.
  • 4th graders are delving deeply into books through historical fiction book clubs.
  • 5th graders are using weekly Genius Hours to foster creativity through passion-based learning.  
  • 5th graders are engineering plausible alien species using knowledge of celestial locations and correlating earth biomes
  • 6th graders are exploring why ancient Egypt is considered a significant civilization.
  • 8th graders are experiencing flipped instruction and self-pacing, and how these innovations are helping create truly individualized learning environments.
  • Students in all grades are benefiting from PVSD's new STEM labs and activities.  
Spotlights on Innovation highlights the best of teacher instruction and student learning this year, so don't miss it!
Bike Rodeo and National Bike to School Week

Mark your calendars for National Bicycle Week and all of our exciting Safe Routes to School Activities:

Wednesday, May 7  
National Bike to School Day; Official Bike/Walk to School Day at Ormondale
Thursday, May 8
National Bike to and from Work Day; Official PV Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 9
Final Bike/Walk to School Day at CMS
Saturday, May 10
PV Bike Rodeo, in conjunction with 50th Anniversary activities at Town Center 10am-2 pm

The Bike Rodeo will be led by Safe Moves once again this year and will be open to kids of all ages. Helmets required. Bikes and scooters are okay, and we will have extra bicycles. Come enjoy the bike safety course, free bike mechanics, refreshments, and bicycle safety certification by the Fire Marshal. Questions or to help volunteer, contact Kari Rust  [email protected]
Flight Night!

4th Annual Portola Valley Flight Night

Friday, May 16, 2014
Portola Valley Town Center
765 Portola Rd, Portola Valley, CA

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Photo Courtsey of Michelle Le/The Almanac
2011 Flight Night Spectators - Courtesy of Michelle Le and the Almanac

Radio-Controlled Model Flying Demonstrations

    Demonstrations by Local Expert Pilots!

    Spectacular Lighted Model Displays after Sunset! 

    Fixed-Wing, Helicopters, Multi-Copters, Sailplanes!

    In-Flight Video Technology, Real-time Ground Displays! 

    Talk with Pilots!

Hands On! Do-It Yourself -

    Fly Dual-control "Buddy Box" with Experienced Pilots!

    Instruction/Practice on Computer Flight Simulators!

    Build and fly your own glider, we supply material!

    Fly your own R/C "Park Flyer"! (AMA members only)

Visit Exhibits -

    Great Variety of Aircraft, Impressive Scale Models

    Flight Controllers, Motors, Batteries, Videos

    Career Directions in Science and Technology


Free and Open to the Public!

More Info? Go to flightnightpv.org

Sponsored by the Portola Valley Nature & Science Committee

Come Join the PTO -- Opportunities Available
The PV - PTO is looking for volunteers for the 2014-2015 school year. Below is an lead opportunity at Ormondale.   If you are interested in volunteering your time, please contact any of our board members.

ORM Hot Lunch/Playground Coordinator: Coordinate volunteer calendar.

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

Sharon Shaffer: CMS President  [email protected]
Heather Asborno: CMS Vice-President
Michelle Bellomo: ORM President
Susan McLaughlin: ORM Vice-President
Heather Prelle: Treasurer
Ormondale Home
Spring School-wide Musical: Flat Stanley!

Wednesday, May 21 at 8:30 AM and 6 PM

Please plan to attend either the morning performance at 8:30 AM or the evening performance at 6 PM.  Your student will perform at both.  Every student in the school is part of the show.  Over 80 students auditioned and have been attending rehearsals to play a particular role.  Each grade will also be featured in a particular scene, singing a song they have spent time rehearsing in music class.  

Our aim is to pull costume pieces from what families already have at home and minimize cost for all.  Please keep in mind that students will be seated on the MUR floor (as they would be during an assembly) when they are not performing.  Comfortable and manageable clothes will help them be better able to enjoy the show.  Students who auditioned for particular roles will be sent a separate email regarding their costumes.

Kindergarten: BIRDS
- Solid bright color shirt
- Dark pants or jeans
- Students will decorate their own bird face/visor in class (red, yellow, blue, purple, pink or green); shirt can match their visor but does not need to

1st Grade: ENVELOPES
- Black or dark color shirt and pants 
- Students will decorate their own envelope costume in class that will hang on their chest and back

2nd Grade: HOLLYWOOD 
- Sparkly "glitz" and "glam" clothes for the girls; sequins, glitter...think award-show flash
- White button-down collared shirts for the boys with pants
- Big sunglasses for all, worn up on their heads

- Tropical shirts, shorts, sundresses, grass skirts, leis, sunhats, etc.
- Please no swimsuits/bikinis, even with clothes underneath
We have extra beachwear and can help with other costumes if you don't have these items at home.  Please contact Denise Schectman ([email protected]) to discuss, and we'll help you borrow or find what you need!

Lending a Hand
There are still several roles for parents to play--volunteering your time, lending items from home to be used in the show, or helping to make costumes and props.  If you want to help, see the sign ups:



Many thanks to all!  Contact Carlton White, [email protected], with questions.   

Corte Madera Home
CMS 8th Graders Score High
Congratulations to the Spanish language students from Corte Madera School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2014 National Spanish Examinations. 

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6-12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Students complete a two day online assessment and earn scores for achievement as well as written and auditory proficiency. Awards are granted to those students whose performance is ranked nationally. 
This year, more than 154,000 public and private school students participated in the National Spanish Examination. 80% of the CMS students who attempted the exam received national recognition!

"Attaining a medal for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious," said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, the National Director of the Exams, "because these exams are the largest of their kind in the United States." 

Portola Valley School District has been using these exams to assess graduating 8th graders since 2009 and CMS students have consistently scored well. This year's students were taught by Karen Reis and Anthea Shands-Serret.
CMS Swim Meet

Yes, Corte Madera has a swim team, and we would love it if your

son/daughter would participate in the one and only event of the season,
namely the SSIL swim meet at Woodside Priory School on Friday, May 9th after school.

Whether your CMS student is a PASA swimmer, summer team swimmer or simply likes to swim, we want him/her on the team!

The weather will be warm, the snacks will be yummy, and the fun will be guaranteed. 
We are competing against Hausner School and Wooside Priory School.

Here are the details:
- Swimmers are to arrive at 3:15 pm for sign-ups and warm-up.
- Swimmers can pick three to four events (100 Free, 50 Butterfly, 50 Breast, 50 Free, 100 IM, 50 Back, 200 MED Relay, 200 Free Relay)
- The meet will begin at 4 pm and is estimated to finish at 5:30 - 6pm.
Contact Sofie Vandeputte ([email protected]) if your swimmer would like
to participate.

This event coincides with Mr. Frederick's Follies. If this causes a conflict, your
swimmer can always sign up for the first events only.

Questions? Do not hesitate to ask.

Sofie Vercruysse-Vandeputte
CMS swim meet coordinator for this meet
Community Calendar and Events
Alpine Strikers FC Tryouts for Fall 2014
Want fun competitive soccer for the fall? Join the Alpine Strikers FC!!! High quality professional coaching and fun play in local league games. Tryouts for all age groups, 6 years old and up, will be starting the week of May 13th.  Please go to www.alpinestrikers.org for more information and registration.
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:  [email protected]
Note: We offer a 10% discount to all campers who attend multiple sessions   


website: www.jeffaronstennis.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: [email protected].
My staff and I look forward to another great summer with your kids at Panthers Camp