January 25, 2015

ORM Upcoming Events


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


Thu Feb 5 - Thu Feb 12, PTO Second Harvest Food Drive

View the full PTO calendar here.

Corte Madera

CMS Upcoming Events

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


Thu Jan 26 - Fri Feb 6, Tennis, Soccer and Track Team Registration Open. 


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


Thu Feb 5 - Thu Feb 12, PTO Second Harvest Food Drive


Fri Feb 6, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, 6th-8th grade Valentine's Dance


Wed Feb 11, Super Staff Lunch


View the full PTO calendar here. warriors2

CMS Tennis, Soccer and Track Team registrations


CMS Tennis, Soccer and Track Team registrations are available online from Thu Jan 29 - Fri Feb 6 at www.PVPTO.com.


Registration and fee payment are due by Fri, Feb 6.  Registration cannot be guaranteed if they are late.


Please contact Dan Flahavan at dflahavan@pvsd.net or Kate Coat at kcox@pvsd.net if you have any questions.

Tennis is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls.  The Soccer team is co-ed and is open to all 7th and 8th graders.  The Tennis and Soccer season will begin Mon Mar 16 and run through Fri May 15.

Track is open to all 4th - 8th grade boys and girls.  Practices will begin on Fri Apr 3 and run through Wed May 27.  Please register early as track registration is first come first served.


Super Staff Lunch, 6th-8th Grade Parents


We are looking for 6th-8th grade parents to help out with the Super Staff Lunch on Wed, Feb 11.  

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Renee Lewis at 5lewises@gmai

or Jennifer Youstra at jennifer@youstra.com.
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 donations@pvschoolsfoundation.org. 

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

Little League Umpires Wanted


Alpine West Menlo Little League is looking for youth umpires for the 2015 baseball season.  Earn $25-47 per game. Season runs March -June.  Minimum age--12.  Flexible schedule--work when you can. Experienced baseball players preferred.  Mandatory training will be offered on Sat Feb 7 & Sat Mar 7 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm at La Entrada Middle School in the MUR and adjacent baseball field.  (Only necessary to attend one training).

Please email Anna Plume at AlpineMinorsUmpsch@gmail.com to register.

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 (danflahavan@gmail.com). 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 (danflahavan@gmail.com).

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

    Best Regards, 

    Dan Flahavan

    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.)