December 14, 2014

Shop at Honey Bear Trees to Raise Money for the PV-PTO


If you are buying a tree or wreath for the holidaysHONEY BEAR TREES at 955 Woodside Road, Redwood City, or 1579 El Camino, San Carlos, or 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo will donate 15% of the sale to our schools!

Simply bring this flyer when you purchase your tree and/or wreath (if you happen to forget it, there will be extra flyers at the lot).

ORM Upcoming Events


Wed Dec 17, 8:15 am, Ormondale Holiday Concert


Wed Dec 17, Lost and Found Cleaned Out 


Fri Jan 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Roll into 2015. Details here


View the full PTO calendar here.

Poinsettias and Paperwhites For Sale After Winter Concert

Need a special gift for someone?  Need a little more holiday spirit in your home? Well, this Wednesday the second grade students will be selling small, decorative poinsettias and paperwhites before and after the Winter Concert.  The gifts will be wrapped in burlap and tied with a festive bow.  The plants will cost $5.00. The proceeds will benefit our school-garden fund.  Please look for us at the lunch tables closest to the main, glass doors of the MUR!

Ormondale Lost & Found

The Ormondale Lost and Found will be cleaned out on Wed, Dec 17.  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 for the Winter concert on Dec 17. Afterwards, they will be gathered for donation.  Thanks for helping us clean up this area!ormroll

Roll Into 2015

Ormondale & Corte Madera Roller Skating Party
Fri Jan 9, 5:30  -7:30 pm

Redwood Roller Rink, 1303 Main Street, RWC

Hosted by Rebecca Castonguay (Noah & Daisy Dawson's mom)
and Naomi Reynolds (Bridget & Isaac Reynold's mom)

 $10 per person (pay at the door)
 Siblings and parents very welcome!!
Pizza - available for $5 extra
Come have fun kicking off 2015 with your friends at this fun event.
Email Rebecca ([email protected]) or Naomi ([email protected] to RSVP or with questions.

Choice Lunch - 10% off January Order

Choice Lunch is offering 10% off orders of $50.00 or more in the month of January 2015. Flyer here.

After-School Folk and Art & Fibers Class

Thu Jan 8 thru Thu March 12 in the Ormondale art room
2:50 - 4:30 pm (1st - 3rd graders)

Course is 8 classes, $240 and limited to 15 students (if enrollment requests are high we will consider a second winter class and/or start a waitlist for the next session in Spring).

Linda Janklow is a long time arts educator and founder of Peopleologie, a traveling hands-on art and humanities program that works extensively with schools and museums. Your child may have even taken a class with her at the PV Library over the past year? 

In this themed class, students will learn about folk art and cultures and create decorative art with fibers. Materials include string, yarn, paper and cloth and students will use a variety of techniques such as weaving, rope braiding, finger and spool knitting... It should be wonderful!

Blank forms are available in the front office as well as an envelope for turning in your completed form and check.

More details are on the enrollment form, or to ask specific questions, contact Linda Janklow.

Corte Madera

CMS Upcoming Events

Thu Dec 18, 6:00 pm CMS Holiday Concert


Tue Jan 6, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Science Fair Project Drop-Off 


Thu Jan 8, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Science Fair reception


Fri Jan 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Roll into 2015. Details here.

View the full PTO calendar here. warriors2

STEM Fair 2014-2015

The STEM Fair once again is upon us, and I'm sure we're all excited about seeing the great projects the students produce. Our CMS Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fair will be held on Wed Jan 7 and Thu Jan 8 in the MUR. A science reception will be on Thu evening, Jan 8 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. All projects need to be taken home on Thu evening. Projects advancing to the County Science Fair will be announced that evening.

Project drop-off will be on Tue Jan 6 during the schoolday in the MUR. Please check the science fair brochure/website for the project drop-off form. This will ensure that all students are credited with the correct project.


All students are encouraged to participate in this exciting event. Science Fair is a wonderful way for students to use the Scientific Method to answer a question, or exercise their problem solving and critical thinking skills by making a great invention. Please review the STEM Fair brochure (available online) with your child to review safety precautions and other information.

"But how can I help and support my child in this endeavor?" you may ask. I'm glad you did! We could use some parent volunteers to help the science department judge our wonderful projects for submission to the County STEM Fair. If you'd like to help judge, please contact any member of the CMS science team: Ms. Brown or Mr. Shapland.


Thanks in advance for your always-appreciated support.


CMS Science Department


Camp W Presents: Frederick's Follies (*)

Do you have a budding star at home?  Maybe s/he would like to be a part of a major musical production called Frederick's Follies? Perfect timing! Camp W, the community's performing arts camp, is proud to host this year's show.

In order to prepare for the big performance, the students will build the program from the ground up during the camp session. They'll work on singing, dancing, and staging. The camp will also allow the students to stretch themselves creatively in a safe and friendly environment.


Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503

Date/Time: Thu Jan 15 - Sat April 11, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Eligibility4-8th grade

Cost: $650.00 - This includes facilities usage, instruction materials, snacks, camp t-shirt, after show party, and more.

For more information about the class, please contact William Frederick by email, [email protected], call (650) 483-8546 or simply visit

Registration: Registration begins NOW at  


(*) The Editors of Weekly Post apologize for misspelling the program name last week. cmsroll

Roll Into 2015

Ormondale & Corte Madera Roller Skating Party
Fri Jan 9, 5:30  -7:30 pm

Redwood Roller Rink, 1303 Main Street, RWC

Hosted by Rebecca Castonguay (Noah & Daisy Dawson's mom)
and Naomi Reynolds (Bridget & Isaac Reynold's mom)

 $10 per person (pay at the door)
 Siblings and parents very welcome!!
Pizza - available for $5 extra
Come have fun kicking off 2015 with your friends at this fun event.
Email Rebecca ([email protected]) or Naomi ([email protected] to RSVP or with questions.

Girls Leadership Institute: Parent/Daughter Workshops

For 4th/5th parents and daughters, Weds Feb 4 - Mar 4, 6:00 - 7:30 pm 

Girls Leadership Institute offers a series of courses for 4th/5th girls and their parents to build emotional intelligence. In this workshop, parent-daughter pairs learn about identifying healthy relationships, finding their voices, and communicating more effectively. Girls also develop resilient responses to conflict, drama, challenges, and mistakes. The program is interactive, fun, and enlightening, and it's also a great opportunity to gain insight and spend time with your daughter in a new and different way. For more info on our 4th/5th program and to register click here.

Choice Lunch - 10% off January Order

Choice Lunch is offering 10% off orders of $50.00 or more in the month of January 2015. Details here.

Community News

Two-Day Computer Building Camp, Winter Break
Mon Dec 22 and Tue Dec 23

Space still available for a 2-day computer building camp on Monday and Tuesday, December 22nd and 23rd, Portola Valley.  Perfect for 12-16 year olds who are enthusiastic about computers and technology. (And, perfect for parents so you get your kids out of the house while you do more holiday shopping and preparations.) This camp is similar to the ones I offered this summer. For more details and teacher bio, go to 

Students will learn:
  • How a computer works with its various components, including central processing unit, graphics processing unit, random access memory, etc.
  • How to plan a project from start to finish.
  • How to troubleshoot technology.
  • How to safely and carefully handle computer parts and tools.

Contact: Nick Seidl, [email protected]. 1-on-1 sessions also available. I am a former Corte Madera School student and now a senior at Menlo School.

Holiday Break Programming Camps in Portola Valley

Programming Java with Minecraft - Level 1 

Dec 21-23 (Sun-Tues) 9AM - 3PM


Programming iOS Apps with Swift - Level 1

Dec 28-30 (Sun-Tues) 9AM - 3PM

Both camps are run by Jack Youstra, a CMS graduate and Woodside Priory sophomore and all-around computer nerd. Now in its third season, the camps are a great way for kids (grades 5-8) to learn programming fundamentals and get up and running with some fun projects they can continue at home.

Programming Java with Minecraft - Perfect for kids who love Minecraft and video games. We use real programming with a real programming language - Java - on a real world server that your child will setup and configure.


Programming iOS Apps with Swift - Apple's new Swift programming language has greatly simplified iPhone and iPad development. Your child will learn everything necessary to build and customize their first app.


Each camp will include:

  • Setting up a programming environment on your laptop
  • Using Xcode or Eclipse to create programs
  • Programming & language basics
  • Fun projects - a Minecraft mod or an iOS app
  • Outdoor recreational time. Minecraft campers also enjoy some gaming at the end of the day

Camps are $350 each. To learn more about the camp and register for one of the sessions, visit for Java with Minecraft, or for iOS Apps. You may also contact Jack directly at [email protected].

Society of Young Inklings holds after-school class at Ormondale Elementary!

"The Magic Trunk: Exploring Stories"
(Grades K-1)

Each week, students will open the Magic Trunk to discover costumes, props, picture books and other treasures that will launch creative exploration of the parts of stories. Through improvisational games, creative activities and reading time, students will develop both story comprehension, literacy and early writing skills, and will capture their ideas in various mediums, including drawings, photos, impromptu scenes, and dictated stories. Other skills developed include imagination, creative and critical thinking, cooperation, social learning, and physical and verbal expression. The final class is open for parent observation, and will highlight the students' favorite games and activities from the session, as well as their original stories. 

Class Day/Time: Thu, 2:55-3:55pm
Dates of class: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26. (10 weeks)
N0 class on: 2/19
Tuition: $270
Register online at

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory - Winter Classes

ACT OUT IN THEATRE CLASSES: Fun! Creative! Inspiring! For 20 years, Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory (PVTC) has offered fantastically entertaining theatre classes to students of all skill level, novice to experienced, ages 3 through high school. Students play acting games, use their imaginations to create characters, and develop physical and vocal theatre skills in a collaborative, supportive, and entertaining environment. Classes are taught by professional actors, directors, singers, and dancers, and culminate in a final performance on an intimate stage with lights and costumes. Winter session begins the week of Mon, Jan 5 and space is limited to 12 students per class, so register soon! Questions? Email [email protected].

Studio Rincon at Alpine

Now you don't have to travel all the way to Menlo Park. 
Studio Rincon will be at Alpine Hills in January of 2015!
Tue, Jan 6 - Feb 10: Pre Ballet (3-4 yr.olds) 12:30-1:20pm

Wed, Jan 7 - Feb 11: Hip Hop (5-7yr.olds) 1:30-2:20pm 

Wed, Jan 7 - Feb. 11: Hip Hop (8-12 yr.olds) 2:30-3:20pm

Thu, Jan 8 - Feb 12: Pre Ballet (5-7 yr.olds) 12:30-1:20pm

To register go to:  
Space is limited!   Questions [email protected] 

Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry - Shop and Benefit PV Schools
Send the Principal to the Roof! 

Just help us double our Amazon contributions!

The holiday season is coming up and with all that holiday shopping you can make a lot of money for our schools!  Just shop on Amazon like you normally would, but use the PTO link to start your Amazon shopping trip and help us hit our target of doubling our contributions from Amazon this holiday season.  If we hit the target, Mr. Keegan and Mrs. Maijala have promised to work from the roof of Ormondale and CMS on April Fool's Day next year!  And tell your relatives, friends and neighbors to use this link too when they are shopping on Amazon.

To get started with the Amazon program, click on this  link and bookmark this page. Use this link every time you shop on Amazon and the school will receive up to 8% of your purchase. Click here to learn more.

And don't forget you can make money for our schools by registering for the eScrip program.

Summit High School Open House

96% of Summit's 2014 graduates were accepted to a four-year college. Summit students graduate from college at twice the national average. In 2014, US News and World Report named Summit #25 in the US for charter high schools. In 2013, Newsweek named it as one of the top three high schools in all of California. Summit was the only high school featured in the movie, "Waiting for Superman."
It is ranked #3 in the state of California for serving students with disabilities. 

Summit prepares a diverse student population for success in college, career and life, and to be contributing members of society. How do we do that? Join us for one of our Open Houses on Sat Feb 7 at Everest High School (455 5th Ave.) 
Portola Valley Library News


Food for Fines Library Food Drive:
Mon Nov 17 through Wed Dec 31.
Clear library fines while providing food to those in need! Bring non-perishable food items into our library and applicable fines/fees will be waived. Please contact the library for donation guidelines. All food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank and will be delivered to low income people in need in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

To sign up for events or for more information: 

Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028, 650 851-0560