March 15, 2015

ORM Upcoming Events


Now until Wed Mar 18, books, DVD, CD and Video Games collection


Mon Mar 18 - Fri Mar 27 Golden Sneaker Challenge.  Details here.


Mon Mar 23 - Fri Mar 27 ORM Staff Appreciation Week


View the full PTO calendar here.

Ormondale's Used Book Fair

Mon Mar 16 through Fri Mar 20

Save Your Used Books, DVD's, CD's, and Video Games


Written by the Third Grade Students in Ms. Woolfe's Class


Do you want to help the environment? Here is your chance to reduce, reuse, and recycle all at one time! Join with the third grade classes as they put on a Used Book Fair.  We would like you to donate gently used adult and children's books as well as DVD's, CD's, and computer games.  The money that we earn will go to the Ormondale library and the charity, Room to Read. The last time we had a Used Book Fair our school earned enough money to build a library in Nepal!


From Mon Feb 9 to Wed Mar 18 third graders will collect books, CD's, DVD's and computer games in the morning drop off line. There will be bins outside of the office as well. Book, CD, DVD, and computer game drop off continues right up to the date of the fair in Ormondale's office and Corte Madera's library. Thank you for supporting literacy and the environment all at one time!goldensneaker

Bike/Walk to School Day


Wow, what a wonderful turnout for the Bike/Walk to school day at Ormondale last week! Despite the drizzly, wet, overcast weather we had several ambitious students who enthusiastically walked, biked and ran to school.  We even had a hopper!  Yes, a hopper, crutches and all! Way to go Ormondale!

Now, lets keep the momentum up as we have The Golden Sneaker coming up Wed Mar 18 - Fri Mar 27. The classroom with the most participants of walk and rollers will win the Golden Sneaker Trophy and a treat for the entire classroom.  As we were handing out rewards during the bike/walk to school day, students eagerly shared suggestions on what future rewards should be- everything from fruit snacks to turtles.  While we can assure you that your child will not return home with a turtle, students will be receiving various thank you rewards on a few of the days during Golden Sneaker week!  Reward days will be a surprise!
Anyone who would like to help hand rewards can contact Christy.


Corte Madera

CMS Upcoming Events


Mon Mar 16 - Fri Mar 20 CMS Staff Appreciation Week


Thu Apr 16, 2:30 - 3:30 pm Walk-To-Washington Walkathon


View the full PTO calendar here. warriors2

3rd Annual Walk-To-Washington Walkathon 


Mark your calendars!  CMS will host the 3rd Annual Walk-To-Washington Walkathon (WTWW) on Thursday April 16 from 2:30-3:30pmThis after school event is the major fundraiser for the 8th Grade Washington DC Trip, and the wonderful news is because the 8th Grade class has already achieved their fundraising goal for their trip in June, all proceeds will benefit the 4th - 7th grade DC trips in the future.
The event will kick-off with a lunch time BBQ for all CMS students, sponsored by the PVSD PTO - Thank You! Then Opening Ceremonies for the WTWW will begin at 2:30pm for what is sure to be an exciting and fun afternoon. A raffle will be held at the end of the WTWW during Closing Ceremonies from 3:15 - 3:30pm. All students that turn in their Sponsorship Forms prior to Thu, Apr 16 will be in the drawing to win raffle prizes.

Here is the Walkathon Sponsorship Form. Please have your student return the completed form along with their donations (checks only please - no cash) by Tue Apr 14 at 3:00pm.

All parents are welcome to attend and participate in this memorable event with your kids!

Thanks for supporting our PV Schools!

CMS Bike/Walk to School Day


CMS students rocked the first Bike/Walk to school day of 2015!  Numerous, energetic students biked, walked and skateboarded to school last week, encouraging less cars and more exercise! The grade level with the most participants for the second semester will enjoy an exciting reward at the end of the year.  Eighth grade students worked hard and won the treat for the first semester. Way to go 8th graders! 


Thank you to Kristen Shima, Brigetta Brown, Juliet Green and the CMS Student Council for arriving early, handing out morning snacks and taking counts!



Auction Wine Donations and Fund-A-Need Sponsors


The PVSF Auction team is now collecting premium ($100+) wines for our special wine auction.  If you have a fabulous bottle, vertical, case or large format wine you could donate, please email us. All donations are tax deductible.

FUND-A-NEED! This year's Fund-A-Need is the "Next Generation of Science and Engineering at PVSD," and our goal is to raise $150K.  Please consider becoming a Premium Fund-a-Need Sponsor. Sponsors pledge to raise their paddle at their chosen level during the Fund-a-Need, and those levels come with benefits such as reserved tables and admission tickets. To learn more about the Fund-a-Need or becoming a Premium Sponsor, click here

Get ready! Auction tickets go on sale March 29th!
Sunset on the Serengeti ~ Sat May 16 ~ Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club

Community News

Summer Game Programming Camps in Portola Valley


Programming Java with Minecraft - Level 1 - Mon, Jun 22 - Fri, Jun 26
Programming Java with Minecraft - Level 2 - Mon, Jun 29 - Fri, Jul 3
Programming iOS Apps with Swift - Level 1 - Mon, Jul 6   - Fri, Jul 10


Now in their fourth season, these camps are a great way for kids (grades 5-10) to learn programming fundamentals and get up and running with some fun projects they can continue at home.  All camps are run by Jack Youstra, a CMS graduate and Woodside Priory sophomore and all-around computer nerd.


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. Level 1 offers an introduction to all aspects of programming; In Level 2, kids explore the more advanced object-oriented nature of Java and tackle more complex (and fun) plug-ins.


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 $550 each. PVSD students who register before 4/15 and use the promo code PVSD501 receive a $50 discount.

To learn more about the camps and register for one of the sessions, click one of the links below:
Programming Java with Minecraft Level 1:
Programming Java with Minecraft Level 2:
Programming iOS Apps with Swift Level 1:

You may also contact Jack directly at [email protected].


Spring & Summer Dance Classes at Studio Rincon


Spring dance signups are now open. Spaces are filing fast.  Dance & Yoga Camps are scheduled and ready for online sign ups for ages 3-13. Ten different camps to choose from with amazingly talented instructors.  All camps are offered in the afternoon, providing a healthy snack and a lot of fun.  Conveniently located close to home at 3536 Alameda de las Pulgas!

Click here to sign up!


Windmill Pre-K Enrollment


Windmill Preschool in Portola Valley has enrollment availability in our Pre-K Program for the 2015-2016 school year.  The class meets Mon-Thu from 1:00 - 4:00pm.  The Pre-K curriculum engages children's learning in all developmental areas, with a hands-on, inquiry-based approach.  We believe that a play-based early education creates the foundation for confident, enthusiastic learners who will be successful in Kindergarten and beyond.  Our Pre-K teaching team are experts in early childhood development and collectively have over 50 years of preschool teaching experience!


We invite you to come and visit our program and see what Windmill is all about!  To learn more about our program or to schedule a tour, please contact our director, Jodi Cocconi (650-766-9334).  Or visit our website here.

Menlo Atherton School BearNotes


Interested in learning more about the weekly events at M-A? Please subscribe to M-A BearNotes. This weekly email is sent on Sunday evenings and contains information from the Administration, PTA, Foundation for the Future, Parent Education, Clubs and Activities, Sports, and Community Events.  If you need additional information, please visit BearNotes or send an email to [email protected].  Go Bears!


Menlo-Atherton Dance Team Show and Fundraiser


Please come to the beautiful M-A PAC to support the M-A Dance Team at the twelfth annual Dance Team Show and Fundraiser. The evening will be truly entertaining, highlighting our dancers' abilities in hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, tumbling, ballet and more!  Students, families and fans of dance always enjoy our show, which features dances from both our Varsity and JV teams.


Date: Saturday, April 4th

Time: 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)

Place: M-A Performing Arts Center

Price: $12 adults/$7 students


Purchase tickets directly from Dance Team members, or contact Linda Garrett at [email protected]. Tickets may be available at the door, but often sell out before the show. Checks can be made payable to "M-A Dance Team," and cash will also be accepted.


Studio Rincon's Dance Performance Series at Alpine Hills


JUST DANCE! Still taking sign ups!

Studio Rincon is still accepting dance students for our new ballet and hip hop performance series held every week at Alpine Hills Tennis and Swimming Club. This is a special and exciting series leading to our grand show and recital at Woodside Performing Arts Center on Fri, May 29. We invite everyone to enroll asap, classes are ongoing.
To sign up for after school, weekday, Ballet or Hip Hop classes, please visit this link or call 650-861-0242.


Camp W: 2015 Summer Performing Arts Camp


Has your child ever wanted to perform on stage under the bright lights? Camp W will allow beginners and experienced performers to express themselves in a unique and creative manner through the magical lens of performing arts. Children will learn about staging, lighting, and other basic skills to display a final production. Everyday will be filled with fun, collaboration, and self-discovery!


Eligibility: 4-8th grade (BASED UPON THE 2014 - 2015 SCHOOL YEAR)

Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503 

Session 1: Jul   6 - Jul 16

Session 2: Jul: 20 - Jul 30

Hours: 9:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost: $800.00

  • Returnees will receive a 10% discount.

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


Registration begins now!


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.  

    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

    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 programs.

    To make ensure your Amazon purchases contribute towards our schools, simply click here:, then bookmark the page and you use that bookmark to start your shopping trips on 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 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.