January 19, 2015

ORM Upcoming Events


Thu Jan 22, 9:00 am, PTO Meeting at ORM


View the full PTO calendar here.

Corte Madera

CMS Upcoming Events

Thu Jan 22, 9:00 am, PTO Mtg at ORM


Fri Jan 23, 7:30 am, CMS 4/5 Cocoa Breakfast


View the full PTO calendar here. warriors2

CMS Leadership Opportunity


CMS is looking for student leaders and role models to assist with morning drop off efficiency. Our student valets would greet students being dropped off at the front of the school with a cheerful smile, wave and a message of any important reminders of the week...aka, spirit days. Valets would be required to be at CMS by7:45 and provide leadership in the front drop off area until 7:55, once a week, for the remainder of the school year.  As a thank you for their service, commitment and assistance with drop off efficiency we will celebrate their hard work with a Spring and end of year celebration! 
If you would like your child to be a part of this fabulous leadership opportunity, please have them pick up an application at the CMS front office today!


Save the Date & Auction Donations


Save the Date, Sat May 16, 2015
Please come to a special evening of dinner, dancing & auction benefiting our PV Schools at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. Visit our website to learn more about how this year's Auction will be different from past Galas.

Call for Premium Auction Donations
Help make our Auction a success with a tax deductible, auction item donation! Vacation homes? Box seats? Concert tickets? Group dinner party or outing? Sporting event or concert tickets? Dinner or event with a sports, business, or political celebrity?  Please send these or other great ideas to [email protected]. 

Community News

Message from CMS Principal on After-School STEM Program


Here is a copy of a letter explaining an exciting opportunity for our 4th & 5th grade girls. Please take the time to read about how your daughter can learn more about STEM and the potential for a career in this field of study. I am hopeful that our girls will be inspired to participate and to finely hone their understanding of STEM and how it relates to their future.


Cyndi Maijala

Principal, Corte Madera School

Menlo Atherton Lacrosse


Try Lacrosse!! Join us for M-A Grizzlies Spring Lacrosse! Free Demo for Girls ages 8 - 11 & Boys 7 - 9 on Sun Jan 25 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at Hillview Middle School Field. We have openings on our GU9 & GU11 & BU9 teams. 

If you've never tried it, come on out and bring a friend. Lacrosse is one of the fastest games on two feet! See our site for more information. Email us at [email protected] to let us know you can attend. No equipment required. We will have loaner sticks.
Panther's Camp - Registration Open


Panthers "All Sports" Camp is back for another exciting 2015 summer. For complete information, click here

2015 Panthers Camp dates: 

  • Session 1: June 15-18
  • Session 2: June 22-25
  • Session 3: June 29 - July 2
  • Session 4: July 6-9


    To register, click here.  

    If you register before Sun Feb 15, you will get the early bird special. Please let me know if you have any questions ([email protected]). Do not hesitate to forward this information to others who may be interested in attending.  

    If your child has outgrown camp and will be entering 8th grade, they have an opportunity to build leadership skills as a Junior Counselor in Training (JCIT). To apply, click here.
    Contact me if you have any questions ([email protected]).

    I look forward to another great summer with your kids at Panthers Camp.

    Best Regards, 

    Dan Flahavan

    Interested in Water Polo?


    If you are interested in learning to play water polo, here is your chance to try it out! The Mid-Peninsula Water Polo Club is looking for good athletes, both girls and boys, who are interested in learning more about the sport. Men's water polo was the first team sport introduced at the modern Olympic games in 1900, and has a long history in the US and Europe. Many colleges are looking for good players. You'll get in tremendous physical shape and enjoy solid competition and friendships with your teammates.

    Players should be 6th, 7th or 8th graders, strong swimmers and/or field/court players looking for another sport. Must be able to swim 200 yards minimum and be comfortable in the water.

    Classes are held at the Menlo-Atherton High School pool on Sundays starting January 25 from 10:30 am -12:00 pm.



    • January 25
    • February 1, 8, 15, 22
    • March 1, 8, 15

    Additional age group classes will continue in April through the summer.

    Costs are $25 drop-in fee per class, or $150 for the 8 classes to cover fees for the pool and coaches. Classes taught by M-A coaches and Varsity players. All participants must be registered with USA Water Polo. Our club designation is MidPenTo sign up, contact Chris Maxwell at (650) 302-3459 or email [email protected]

    Scholarships available.

    After-School Chess King at ORM and CMS


    Chess King will be offering after-school chess on Mondays, Feb 2 - May 18 at:
    • Ormondale, 2:50 - 3:50 pm
    • Corte Madera, 3:05 - 4:05 pm
    More information at www.chesskingcorp.com or 510-456-8593

    Chess instruction provided by Chess King covers basic chess rules, basic tactics, advanced tactical training and is age, grade and skill level appropriate. Children of all grades are invited to participate, to have fun and reap the rewards and benefits of the Chess King program. Each one hour class includes a half hour of instruction designed to help your child play winning chess followed by a half hour of semi-formal tournament play.  Awards are presented regularly.

    Carillon Preschool Open House

    Carillon Preschool, conveniently located adjacent to Town Center, is pleased to invite you to our Open House, Sat Jan 31, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Children welcome. We offer:
    • Inspiring creative curriculum in order to foster a love of learning
    • Intimate class size set on a large rural campus
    • Unique balance of teacher directed and student directed activities
    • Developmentally appropriate play-based program
    • A variety of enrichment activities including music, science, chapel and gardening
    • The only young fives program in Portola Valley.
    Come by for a Visit!
    We are now enrolling for fall 2015.
    Kay Erikson, Director 529-1335
    815 Portola Road, Portola Valley
    Amazon and eScript Fundraiser

    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.)