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Weekly Post
June 2, 2014
Ormondale Field Day - June 6
Relays! Buddy Walkers! The Plunger Challenge! (yes they are clean) Sack Race! These are a few of the spots still left to volunteer for Ormandale's Field Day on Friday, June 6th. 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. Please send your children to school that day 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. 
If you have any questions, please contact Tim Cullinane, Ormandale Physical Education teacher at [email protected]. Thanks! 
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
In This Issue
Info on LCAP
Community Section
This Week's Calendar
Ormondale * Corte Madera * District
Mon, June 2 (A)
8th Graders to Washington DC
CMS Joint Priorities, 
Room 102, 5:30 pm 
Tue, June 3 (B) 
ORM, District Technology Plan Parent Coffee & Chat, 
Room 12, 8:30 am

8th Graders to Washington DC
PVSF School Board Meeting, 
Annex, 7 pm
Wed, June 4 (A)
ORM Pride Assembly, 
11:35 am

8th Graders to Washington DC
Thu, June 5 (B)
ORM PTO Meeting, 11 am

8th Graders to Washington DC
Fri, June 6 (A) 
ORM Field Day
Rynewicz's Class to Lytton Gardens, 10:30 am
6th Graders Walk Through Ancient World, 8 am
8th Graders to Washington DC
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Portola Valley Town Picnic

Portola Valley's annual Town Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, June 7th from 10:30 am to 2 pm at the Portola Valley Town Center.


The Zots to Tots race will kick off activities at the Alpine Inn/Rossotti's parking lot, Registration begins at 9:00 am with the race beginning at 10 am.  Participants can walk, run or ride the route on a bicycle. Race fee is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under and includes a t-shirt in exchange for the race bib at the end of the race. Extra t-shirts with a prize-winning design by sixth grader Maria W. will be available for sale at the picnic.


The main fun will be inflatable bouncy houses for both young and older children. The Girl Scouts will host a cake walk, and sell popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones. The Cub Scouts will provide various carnival games. The Boy Scouts will sell Draeger's burgers, Schwartz hot dogs, veggie burgers, chips and drinks.


The Portola Valley Library will recruit summer readers and have their Imagination Playground up and running with a magician adding to the excitement.


The public is invited to come join in the fun. For more information, check the Town's website at www.portolavalley.net. 

Alpine Strikers FC

Fall Soccer Programs For Preschoolers, Kindergartners, First Graders

Is your child excited about soccer? Alpine Strikers, the local soccer club offers a variety of fun and high energy programs for preschoolers to first graders. All programs focus on age appropriate activities centered around individual player development. Registration is now open for preschool soccer (3-4 year olds), attack (5-6 year olds) and academy (6-7 year olds). For more details and registration, please visit our website
Summer Cooking Fun Workshops

Is cooking or baking your passion? Join other cooking fans for any of our series of 2-day summer workshops. Each workshop is 2 consecutive days because we'll have projects that require extra time. Each morning is 3 hours of intense, but fun, baking and cooking that we'll sample or take home. There'll also be a mystery beverage of the day. Class details below. 


To register, contact Cindy Rodas at Portola Valley Town Hall (650) 851-1700, ext. 200 or [email protected]

For questions, contact Linda Ross at [email protected] or (650) 996-1311.


*Please alert Linda to any diet restrictions or food allergies.


Instructor: Linda Ross

Location: Portola Valley Town Center Kitchen

Grades: 4th - 8th (or other grades with consent of instructor)

Day/Time: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Fee: $105 (all materials included)/per 2-day workshop 

  • Workshop #1, July 8th & 9th. Cupcakes & Sprinkles, Oh My!? Cupcakes are the rage! You'll make your own decorated mini-cake and oodles of cupcakes to fill, frost, and decorate. Along the way, you'll learn hints about making cupcakes and frostings, how to fill and frost these gems, and how to use a pastry bag and tips.
  • Workshop #2, July 15th & 16th. Cake Rolls and Layered Cakes: Learn how to make a gorgeous cake roll, filled with fruit, whipped cream or buttercream frosting. You'll also help create a 5-layer multi-colored birthday cake for all to enjoy! Yumm!
  • Workshop #3, July 22nd & 23rd. Sweet and Savory Pies and Tarts?: Learn bakers' secrets for making flaky piecrusts and luscious fillings. Our recipes will include fruit and cream tarts, hand pies, galettes and lattice-top mini pies.
  • Workshop #4, July 29th & 30th. Candies and Confections: ?Have you ever wanted to make truffles, meringues, candied citrus peel, marshmallows or taffy? Here's your chance!
  • Workshop #5, August 5th & 6th. Cookies and Ice Cream:? You'll make buttery madeleines, crisp sugar cookies, chocolate wafers, home made ice cream, ice cream sandwiches and more. Brrr....
  • Workshop #6, August 12th & 13th. Yay, Ready for School!? How about making your own homemade treats that you can grab-and-go for breakfast or lunch? Create breakfast muffins, granola, quick breads, cheese crackers and more that you'll find handy for the start of school. We'll also make smoothies and easy soups to match your baked goods. 
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