January 4, 2015

ORM Upcoming Events


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Corte Madera

CMS Upcoming Events

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


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STEM Fair 2014-2015 - This Week

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


Community News

After-School Art Class at Ormondale

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.

Please email Kim Zamboldi (AIA coordinator) if you are planning to join class or have any questions, so that we may gauge enrollment.

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

Portola Valley Theater Conservatory - Winter Classes

ACT OUT IN THEATer CLASSES: Fun! Creative! Inspiring! For 20 years, Portola Valley Theater Conservatory (PVTC) has offered fantastically entertaining theater 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 theater 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!  www.pvtc-ca.org. Questions? Email info@pvtc-ca.org.

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 (booandpo@icloud.com) or Naomi (dragonyoga@hotmail.com to RSVP or with questions.

Creative Art for Young Children

WINTER 2015 @ Portola Valley Town Center
Wed Jan 14 - Sat Mar 28 (no classes Wed Feb 18 thru Sat Feb 21)

Long winter nights...a great place for an artist to start dreaming
while looking up at the moon and the stars. Outer Space will be our
focus as we travel into the unknown looking for inspiration. I'm not
sure what we will find out there...what I do know is we will start by
blasting off with the astronaut/artist Alan Bean and make multicolored
Moon Paintings then draw with metallic markers...scratch art...paper
mache Alien Masks, Van Gogh's Starry Night and Clay Owls. Then back to
earth to show our Moms and Dads, family and friends our work at our
ever popular Art Show with the magic brush.

Ages 3 years thru the 5th grade...go to (portolavalley.net)  for more
info and class schedules.
Teacher: Jeannie Goldman (650) 851-1914

Register online or contact Cindy (650) 851-1700 ext. 200. Forms are available at the Town Center office on 765 Portola Rd.

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, campw.william@gmail.com, call (650) 483-8546 or simply visit campw.weebly.com.

Registration: Registration begins NOW at campw.weebly.com   cmsroll

Society of Young Inklings: After-School Class at Ormondale

"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 www.younginklings.org

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.

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 http://studiorincon.com/schedule-youth.php  
Space is limited! Questions? Contact shelly@alpinehills.us 

Send the Principal to the Roof! 

Each year the PVSD PTO pays for classroom supplies for every student in the district using funds raised through the eScrip and Amazon.com programs.

To make ensure your Amazon purchases contribute towards our schools, simply click here: Amazon.com, then bookmark the page and you use that bookmark to start your shopping trips on Amazon.com. You must enter the website through this specific link. Portola Valley School District PTO will receive a minimum of 4% of every purchase made through this method and you should see no difference in your shopping experience.

And don't forget to sign up for eScrip! Just go to www.escrip.com and register your credit cards, Safeway Club Card and/or Bianchini's loyalty card. Please make sure to direct donations to the Portola Valley School District PTO. Or just shop at local participating merchants, like the PV Garage and ask to contribute through eScrip.
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.)