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Weekly Post
May 27, 2014
Info on Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
Greetings Parents,

California will be implementing a new funding formula, The Local Control Funding Formula, to deliver state dollars to all school districts. With the implementation of a new funding model for schools, California now requires each district to submit a plan for use of the funds and how it will serve the state priorities. The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is required by all California school districts to communicate how the goals and strategies and expenditures of state funds are meeting the needs of students. 
As part of our process, we are gathering input from stakeholders on PVSD's LCAP. Please find our LCAP and form to receive your input electronically here.
Please contact Jon Barth, Chief Business Official, or John Dean, Director of Learning and Media, if you have any questions.
John Dean
Director of Learning and Media
Coffee Chats on Technology in PVSD
We will be opening two coffee chats for parents to receive some background and have an informal conversation with district staff on future plans for technology in PVSD. The scope of the plan is three years, from Fall 2014 to Spring 2017.  

Meetings will be:
  • Friday May 30, CMS at 8:00 in Room 102
  • Tuesday June 3rd, ORM at 8:30 in Room 12
John Dean
Director of Learning and Media
The Farmers Market is Here!
It's finally here again!  Come to a Farmer's Market this Friday, May 30th from 4-6 pm. The Ormondale second graders have made and grown several items that will be for sale, such as bird houses, garden hats, stationery, and pinwheels. In celebration of their efforts, and as a way to raise money to continue nurturing the school garden, they are hosting a Farmer's Market where items and produce will be for sale. 
Additionally, there will be Food Trucks (Chicken and Waffles, Kona Ice, Lobster Shack, and Angel Heart Bakery), musicians (Panache and Shane Turner), and tile making. Please bring your shopping bag and blanket to Ormondale this Friday between 4 and 6 pm to enjoy this wonderful event. Show your support for our second graders' hard work and help their "Pumpkin Garden" grow!
In This Issue
Coffee Chats
The Farmers Market is Here
ORM Principal's Message
ORM Field Day
CMS Principal's Message
Art News
Community Section
This Week's Calendar
Ormondale * Corte Madera * District
Mon, May 26
Memorial Day - No School
Tue, May 27 (A) 
CMS Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting and Orientation
8:15am, Room 102

CMS Incoming 4th Grade Parent Orientation 
2 pm, Room 102
Wed, May 28 (A)
Spirit Prize Activity
12:20 pm

School Board Meeting
6 pm, CMS Room 102
Thu, May 29 (A)
ORM 3rd Grade Field Trip, 
Chabot, 8 am

CMS Art Show and Spring Concert, 6 pm
Fri, May 30 (B) 
CMS Coffee Chat on Technology in PVSD, 8 am, Room 102
ORM 3rd Grade Field Trip, Chabot, 8 am

ORM  K Field Trip
MSI Redwood City
8:15 am

ORM 2nd Grade Farmers Market, 4 - 6 pm
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ORM Principal's Message

Dear Families,


Congratulations to the entire school community on a fabulous school play. Flat Stanley was a huge hit with all 284 students participating in our school wide play. Flat Stanley  is an amazing example of parents, community members, staff and students collaborating on a project that directly impacts the entire community. Thank you to the Portola Valley School Foundation who funded this wonderful program. A BIG THANK YOU to all of the parents and community volunteers who made this event such a huge success. A special THANK YOU to the main directors, Karyn Bechtel, Carlon White, and Naomi Kinsman Downing. And finally, THANK YOU to all of the students who worked so hard to put on a fabulous production!


Have you had a chance to walk the halls of Ormondale? They are decorated with student masterpieces inspired by Jackson Pollock, van Gogh, African Tribal Art, French Tapestry, Grant Wood, Paul Klee, Ghirlandaio, Edgar Dega, Picasso, and our amazing Art in Action Team. Thank you to Kim Zamboldi and the Art in Action team who have worked the entire year to teach art lessons to the entire school and then worked overtime to decorate the halls with the student masterpieces. Take some time to walk the halls and check out all of the great work. 


There are a number of great community events coming in the next few weeks.  Mark your calendars now and join us!


2nd Grade Farmer's Market on Friday, May 30th from 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Just take a look at the garden and you will know that you can't miss this Farmer's Market!  Plan to have your dinner at Ormondale with these exciting food truck vendors Lobster Shack, Chicken and Waffles and Kona Ice. 


Field Trips, Field Trips and Field Trips

Watch for field trip announcements as K, 2 and 3 still have upcoming trips.  Thank you to all of the parents who have been able to drive on these exciting educational adventures!


Field Day, Friday, June 6th

Field day is full of exciting outdoor activities for our students.  Make sure your child has a water bottle with their name on it and appropriate clothes and shoes for outdoor activities. 


I am looking forward to the final weeks of school and hope that you are too!  Summer is almost here.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me at [email protected] or 650-851-1777. 




Kevin F. Keegan  

Ormondale Field Day June 6
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 [email protected]. Thanks! 

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CMS Principal's Message

With Memorial Day weekend in the rear view mirror, it is truly amazing to me that the end of the school year is rapidly arriving. I am very proud of our students and staff and all we have accomplished this year in partnership with our parent community. We have made great progress on initiatives within our strategic plan including common core instruction, Social/Emotional Learning and Project-Based Learning. As well, we will be ready in August to implement our new master schedule for the 2014/15 school year!


The end of the school year brings engaging and excited classroom projects and activities, stellar performing arts shows and concerts, and, of course, 8th grade graduation. I hope the entire CMS community enjoys the celebratory nature of this time of year and takes time to reflect on how fortunate we are to work together as a community for the benefit of our students. Below is a reminder of important events and dates that are coming up very soon:


  • May 27 / 8:00 - 9:00AM / Rm 102: Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation
  • May 27 / 2:00 - 3:00PM / Rm 102: Incoming 4th Grade Parent Orientation
  • May 29 / 6:00 - 7:30PM / MUR: Spring Concert and Art Show
  • June 1- 6: 8th Graders to Washington, DC
  • Week of June 9: 8th Grade Activities Week
  • June 13 / 5:00 - 6:00PM / MUR: 8th Grade Graduation


I look forward to celebrating our student's accomplishments with you as we wrap up the school year. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great week.


Michael Corritone


Art News
Congratulations to Maria W, whose artwork was selected to be on the back of this year's Zots-to-Tots t-shirt.
We had several courageous middle school students submit artwork to this year's annual Redwood City Art Show. Student work was judged on Friday, 5/16, and art was exhibited over the weekend at the Community Center in Redwood City.

6th Graders:
  • Alice H.
  • Casey M.
  • Heather H.
  • Isabel D.
  • Riley B. (2nd Place for her pastel drawing)
7th Graders:
  • Beatty F. (Honorable Mention for her watercolor and color pencil drawing)
  • Claudia K. (1st Place and a gift certificate for her image transfer collage)
  • Esmee R.
  • Madison H. (2nd Place for her ceramic container)
8th Graders:
  • Alex S. (2nd Place and Honorable Mention for her drawings in marker, and 3rd Place for her mixed-media painting)
  • Cole S. (1st Place for his ceramic sculpture)
  • Diana B. (Honorable Mention for her watercolor and color pencil drawing)
  • Lauren K. (2nd Place for her series of photographs, Honorable Mention for her painting, and 2nd Place Overall Artistic Achievement)
Way to make your art teacher proud, student artists!! Thank you all for participating!

Brigid Horgan
CMS Art Teacher
Community Calendar and Events
Get Acquainted with Ladera Oaks
Have fun this summer with your family and friends at Ladera Oaks Swim, Tennis and Fitness Club! Located near Bianchini's Market. We offer year-round swimming for kids and adults, tennis and a fitness center, minutes from school, home and work. 
The club is hosting its Annual Open House on Sunday, June 8th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. If you are new to the area or unfamiliar with Ladera Oaks, this is a great time to drop by, get to know us and see what we have to offer. Bring your family, swimsuits and racquets - relax by one of our two heated, full-sized pools, check out our newly renovated tennis lounge, and meet our instructors, coaches, and tennis and fitness pro's. Learn about our summer swim league and junior tennis programs. Enjoy live bluegrass music performed by Steep Ravine, complimentary refreshments and prizes. 
There's never been a better time to get acquainted with Ladera Oaks! If you have questions, please call 650.854.3101 x1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.laderaoaks.com to learn more. 
Fall 2014 Tryouts for the Woodside Soccer Club
The Woodside Soccer Club is holding tryouts for 4 of its teams in June! WSC is a not-for-profit youth soccer organization that plays in the NorCal Premier Soccer League under the direction of Freddy Ferragut, former Chilean pro player. The club is managed by parent volunteers and professional coaches with a common goal to provide a positive learning environment where kids can have fun while learning the sport of soccer. All tryouts and fall practices held at Woodside Elementary School! Click here for more information on tryouts.

Girls U10 tryout - (Born after 7/31/03)
Mon June 2nd (4 to 5:30pm), Thu June 5th (4 to 5:30pm), Sun June 8th (11:30 to 12:30pm)
Boys U11 
tryout - (Born after 7/31/02)
Tue June 3th (4 to 5:30pm), Wed June 4th (4:30 to 6pm, Fri June 6th (4 to 5:30pm)

Boys U8 tryout - (born after 7/31/05)
Mon June 2nd (3:30 to 5pm), Thu June 5th (3:30 to 5pm),Sun June 8th (10:30 to 11:30am),Sun June 15th (10:30 to 11:30am) 
Boys U9/U10 tryout - (Born after 7/31/04)
Tue June 3th (3:30 to 5pm) , Fri June 6th (3:30 to 5pm), Sun June 8th (10:30 to 11:30am)
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 [email protected]
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