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Weekly Post
May 19, 2014
PTO Volunteer Appreciation Coffees
Please join us for a
PTO Volunteer Appreciation Coffee

Ormondale - Wednesday, May 21 from 7:45-8:30am
Library Courtyard

Corte Madera - Friday, May 23 at 8:00 am
Courtyard Behind Office

All Volunteers are invited!
Flat Stanley This Week

Don't miss Flat Stanley, Wed 5/21 at 8:30 am and 6 pm at Ormondale.

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 eduction 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
Flat Stanley
Math Coffee Chat Presentation Posted
ORM Upcoming Events
ORM Field Day
ORM Lost & Found
The Farmers Market is Here
CMS Sports Fair
Community Section
This Week's Calendar
Ormondale * Corte Madera * District
Mon, May 19 (B) 
Parent Meeting: Input on Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), Annex Building 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tue, May 20 (A) 
CMS Frederick's Class to Presidio Camp Ground

CMS 4th Graders to Mission San Juan Batista 8:30am
Wed, May 21 (B)
Frederick's Class to Presidio Campground

ORM PTO Volunteer Appreciation Coffee 7:45am

Flat Stanley, The Musical ORM 8:30am & 6pm

CMS BMX Assembly 9am
Thu, May 22 (A)
Cocoa Breakfast with 3rd Graders 7:30am
Fri, May 23 (B) 
CMS Volunteer Appreciation Coffee Room 102 8am

CMS Sports Day 12:30-3pm

CMS Dance 7pm
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ORM Upcoming Events
PTO Volunteer Coffee Celebration - Wednesday, May 21st @ ORM from 7:45-8:30

Be prepared to be appreciated with some coffee and treats.


Flat Stanley is Almost Here!

The students and staff have been working overtime to put on a fabulous play.  We have two performances on Wednesday, May 21st.  The whole school performance is 8:30 AM and the evening performance is 6:00.  Looking forward to a great play!


3rd Grade Cocoa Breakfast @ Corte Madera on Thursday, May 22nd from 7:30 - 9:00 am

Mark your calendar, for a fun transition activity for our 3rd grade students.  Please drop your child off at Corte Madera and we will walk back to Ormondale.  

Ormondale Field Day June 6
It's that time of year again to begin thinking about Ormandale's Field Day!  Ormondale's Field Day will be held Friday, June 6th, from 9:00-11:00.  Please send your children to school ready to be active!  They should wear sturdy, athletic shoes, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen! Also, have them bring a water bottle with their name on it.  Any parents who are interested in helping out at Field Day this year, please click on the SignUp Genius link below.  Please note, there is one link for Kindergarten and 1st grade activities, and a separate link for  2nd and 3rd grade activities.  If you have any questions, please contact Tim Cullinane, Ormandale Physical Education teacher at tculllinane@pvsd.net .  Thanks! 
Ormondale Lost and Found
The Ormondale Lost and Found will be cleaned out and donated to charity on Wednesday, May 21st.  Please take some time to visit the area and claim any items that may belong to your family!  All items will be folded and on display the before both the morning and evening productions of Flat Stanley.  Afterwards, they will be gathered for donation.  Thanks for helping us clean up this area!
The Farmers Market is Here!
The second graders of Ormondale have been working hard on their Pumpkin Palace garden and have been making beautiful decorations.  To start, Mrs. Wong's investigative learning group has made paper, cards, pinwheels, and signs.  Next, Mrs. Grech and Mrs. Clark's group had painted pots, posts, cans, had decorated hats, and created art.  Then, Mr. Rickert's group made birdhouses and downspouts.  Last, Mr. Ahlbach's group was in charge of publicity and making scarecrows.  We will be selling these items at our Farmer's Market on Friday, May 30th from 4:00-6:00.  We will also have food trucks, musicians, and various other booths.  Profits will be going to support our school garden, and any left over food items will go to charity.  If anyone wants to sell items from their own garden and have a booth, please contact any second grade teacher. It only happens once a year, so make sure you come and enjoy yourself.  Don't forget because it's that special!

Written by Mrs. Wong's Second Grade Class

Corte Madera Home
CMS Sports Fair-Volunteers Needed
CMS Sports Fair -  Friday, May 23rd 12:30-3pm  - Volunteers Needed
This Friday, all 4th - 7th grade students will be participating in an afternoon of movement, activity, teamwork and fun.  Please have your student wear athletic shoes, clothes they can move in and sunscreen.  Water will be provided.  

A few volunteers are needed to distribute water and snacks during the Sports Fair .  Please contact us if you are available to volunteer.

Sharon Shaffer       prayforthewind@comcast.net
Heather Asborno   hasborno@comcast.net
Community Calendar and Events
Summer Math Boost
Two local math teachers are offering online math refresher courses this summer to help students enter Algebra I and Algebra II with solid skills and increased confidence.  Enrollment includes access to lessons taught by video, a binder of helpful materials, and access to the teacher and other students in an online help forum throughout the summer.  It's the best of all worlds--students can work at their own pace, at any time or place, but they also have access to and support from local teachers who know exactly what is expected in the next math class.  For more information or to enroll, please visit www.clearawaythecobwebs.com
Summer Pool Programs with Menlo Mavericks
Summer Youth Swim Team
Menlo Mavericks offers two opportunities for youth swimmers this summer at Burgess and Belle Haven Pools. Join Menlo Mavericks at Burgess now and enjoy the benefits of a year-round swim team with daily practices, USA Swim meets and monthly clinics. Coach Aaron is also pleased to announce a summer-only swim team starting June 16 at Belle Haven Pool for levels 1-3. Three practices a week with participation in summer recreational meets.

Mavericks Youth Water Polo
Menlo Mavericks Water Polo offers two year-round teams for girls and boys under 12 and under 14. Coached by 4-time Olympian Brenda Villa, each team offers three practices a week throughout the summer, with fun summer league tournaments. Join today!
M-A High School Basketball Skills Camps
Attention Hoopsters and basketball enthusiasts:  M-A varsity coach Nick Fogel will be running three separate week long basketball skills camps at M-A High School.  Camp dates are June 16-20, July 7-11 and July 14-18.  Camps will be held in the Ayers gymnasium from 3-6 pm.  Camp fees are $200 early sign up and $235 for walk-ins.  Get sign up forms and additional information from maboysbasketball.com.  You can also contact Nick Fogel for more information at (650) 346-9556 or email nrfogel1@yahoo.com
Starfire Summer Programs

The Starfire summer programs are a fun, creative, engaging, challenging, and supportive experience designed to ignite your child's interest in math, science, coding, and art. Starfire teacher-coaches encourage imagination, creativity, inquisitiveness, and curiosity to explore the fun and exciting connected worlds of math, science, coding, and art. Starfire teacher-coaches train students to think like mathematicians, scientists, engineers, and artists. Student teams will engage in creative endeavors where they will utilize logic, reasoning, and critical thinking to solve meaningful "real world" problems through hands-on group activities designed to foster teamwork and leadership.


Starfire teacher-coaches will inspire your child to grow. Your child will be challenged to stretch beyond their comfort level and they will grow from the experience. The Starfire summer program experience is designed to encourage a growth mindset, persistence, perseverance, and resilience leading to inner-confidence.  


For full details of the program, click here to download the flyer. 

M-A Families Volunteering Opportunity
Get familiar with M-A by volunteering with the Admin Support Committee - Is your 8th grader attending Menlo-Atherton High School next year? If so, please sign up to be on the administrative support volunteer list. There are no specific obligations. When the M-A Administration needs parent volunteers, we send out an email. If the volunteer opportunity fits in your schedule, you sign up; otherwise no need to respond.


A sampling of events that use lots of parent volunteers are Arena Check-In, textbook distribution, schedule distribution, AP sign-ups, and AP test proctoring. Volunteering for Administrative Support a few times a year is loads of fun and a great way to meet other M-A parents and find out what's happening at M-A. To be added to the list, please add your contact information through this form:  M-A Admin Support Committee. Thank you and welcome to M-A!

Creative Writing Summer Camps

Play your way to the page! All of Society of Young Inklings' camps are game-based and use improvisational theatre exercises to get creative juices flowing. 

 Invent A Story (Ages 7-9)
Young writers will explore the essential elements of story: character, setting, conflict, and plot development while inventing their own unique short stories.
Christ Church: Portola Valley
June 23-27, 9:00-12:00pm
July 7-11, 9:00-12:00pm
Synapse School: Menlo Park
July 14-18, 9:00-12:00pm
July 21-25, 9:00-12:00pm 
Novelist's Workshop (Ages 9-12)
Young writers will explore the finer points of story development. Students are free to come to camp with a novel-in-progress, or start from the very beginning.
Christ Church: Portola Valley
June 23-27, 12:30-3:30pm
July 7-11, 12:30-3:30pm
Synapse School: Menlo Park
July 14-18, 12:30-3:30pm
July 21-25, 12:30-3:30pm
Tuition is $245. Register online at www.younginklings.org
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      

Use this link to register.



$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