January 25, 2016 

Job Opportunity! 

We are ISO an Auditor for the PTO Books - 
only 3 or 4 hours of work required.......

Dear PVSD Families, we are looking for a volunteer to do the PTO's audit. This job could be done any time between now and the end of the financial year.  It should take only 3 or 4 hours to complete.  We need to fill this role quickly, so please contact Sarah Dorahy ([email protected]) if you are interested in this job. Thank you in advance to the wonderful person who steps up!

Ormondale Upcoming Events
Tuesday, Jan. 26 - Thursday, Jan. 28 - Science and Invention Fair

Monday, Feb. 15 - Friday, Feb. 19 - Winter Break

Wednesday, Feb. 24th - Ormondale Super Staff Lunch

View the full PTO calendar 
Science and Invention Fair
Mark your calendars for Ormondale's annual Science and Invention Convention coming up on January 26th, 27th and 28th (evening).

For the fair, students can choose to do an invention, an experiment, or a demonstration. Please see the Science and Invention packet for grade level specific projects in Kindergarten and First grade. 

This year we want to highlight and support the invention side of things, which our students have already been exploring through the use of our new Maker Space. 

Click here for our website and more information.

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Feb. 10th - Corte Madera Super Staff Lunch

Monday, Feb. 15 - Friday, Feb. 19 - Winter Break

View the full PTO calendar 

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Community News

Panthers Camp

I hope all of you enjoyed a fantastic year in 2015 and are off to a great start for 2016.  Panthers "All Sports" Camp  is back for another exciting 2016 summer.  The link to the Panthers Camp website is www.pantherscamppv.com

2016 Panthers Camp: 
  • Session 1: June 13-16
  • Session 2: June 20-23
  • Session 3: June 27-30
  • Session 4: July 5-8
In order to register, please click here. 

If you register before 3/1/16, you will get the early bird special.  Please let me know if you have any questions (
[email protected]).  Do not hesitate to forward this email 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).  I will be sending out more information regarding this soon.  
Please let me know if you have any questions (
[email protected]).  

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

Best Regards, Dan

Camp W Presents: Summer in Hollywood

Summer in Hollywood
Want to write the next Star Wars or Pixar movie? Immerse yourself in a film makers world by learning more about great Hollywood and Pixar movies. The camp will provide an introduction and opportunity to learn the power of filmmaking including simple screenwriting, cinematography and lighting. Campers will work in teams and perform their own short skit based on the movie of their choice. Lights! Camera! Action!

Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503

Dates: Session 1: June 20 - 24; Session 2: July 18 - 22

Eligibility: K-6th grade

Days and Hours: M - F; 9 - 2pm


Summer Sing, Dance, and Improv
Do you have a budding youngster at home who thrives for the stage? The campers will learn more about the aspect of performing including singing, dancing, and comedy improv.

Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503

Dates: Session 1: June 27 - July 1; Session 2: July 25 - 29

Eligibility: K-6th grade

Days and Hours: M - F; 9 - 2pm


Summer Short Skits
This session allows for the campers to explore a little bit of their acting skills. The students will participate in reading short hilarious takes on famous stories, folktales, and create their own  5-10 minute short skits.

Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503

Dates: Session 1: July 11 - 15; Session 2: August 1 - 5

Eligibility: K-6

Days and Hours:  M - F; 9 - 2pm

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON JANUARY 24: visit campw2016.blogspot.com

Mountain Camp Woodside

If you're looking for a fun and local summer camp, check out Mountain Camp Woodside! 

This is a traditional camp that offers both a Day Camp (for grades K - 10th) and sleep-away Resident Camp (for grades 2nd - 10th) programs. 

Mountain Camp Woodside's minimal technology, non-competitive program is designed to build confidence and independence, encourage friendships and healthy lifestyle choices.   

We offer activities like mountain biking, arts & crafts, soccer, swimming, archery and outdoor survival.   In today's hectic, high-tech world, we believe a back-to-basics approach to outdoor recreation and plain ol' fashion "fun" is critical to building a child's positive self-image.

A quality summer camp experience will provide education, challenge, achievement and acceptance.  Mountain Camp Woodside's unique atmosphere allows children to learn in a fun and safe environment that encourages independence while nurturing lasting friendships.  From campfire songs and skits to the first time away from home, the camp experience can have a profound impact on a child's development.

Mountain Camp Woodside camp sessions are one-week long and run throughout June, July and August. Many campers enroll for multiple weeks or even the entire summer!

Please visit www.mountaincampwoodside.com for more information.

Summer Basketball Camp
Summer Basketball Camp  

Buckets vs. Bullies is a basketball camp created and coached by local high school students including former PVSD students. Now in its third year, this 1/2 day camp is for girls and boys  6-11 years old and 30% of proceeds go to an anti-bulling organization pacer.org

For more information visit www.bucketsvsbullies.com.  

Camp is located in Portola Valley and runs the weeks of August 1st and 8th

Kids Game Summer Programming Camps in Portola Valley

Kids Game Programming Camps in PV
Programming Java with Minecraft     
Two sessions: 6/20 - 6/25 and 6/27 - 7/1 
Now in their fifth season, these camps are a great way for kids who love games to learn programming. We use real programming with a real programming language - Java - on a real world server that your child will setup and configure. Kids enjoy seeing the immediate results of their learnings and are highly motivated to understand the capabilities and techniques of Java. 
The camp also draws on their imaginative abilities, creating new Minecraft mods that they've dreamed up but never thought they could actually build, like an arena generator or spawn an Ender Dragon or a TNT block that explodes when the timer reaches zero!
At the end of the camp, your child will have learned:
- How to setup and use their own Minecraft server 
- How to install customized mods to their server using Spigot
- How to setup a software development environment
- How to build a mod using Java
- Programming basics
- Java basics
All camps are run here in Portola Valley by the Youstra brothers, students at Woodside Priory and Corte Madera.  
To learn more about the camps and register for one of the sessions, click one of the links below: 
6/20 - 6/25 -  http://bit.ly/mc61pto  
6/27 - 7/1 -  http://bit.ly/mc62pto  
For the next two weeks, PVSD families can use discount code PTO to get $50 off their registration. 

Portola Valley Library Events

*Brain Games!: Thursdays, January 7 through February 11.
Join us for six weeks of fun-filled, themed-based, STEAM-inspired games and activities for your brain!

Two six-week sessions forming for Kindergarten-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade.
K-2nd grade meets Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:15 PM.
3rd-5th grade meets Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 PM.
Sign-up today at the front dey 12, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. For ages 6+ or with adult assistance.

Use fusible beads to create your favorite Minion characters by using patterns or by designing something all new. All materials will be provided. Space is limited.

Intro to 3D Printing at the Library!: Saturday, January 30, from 
2:30 to 3:30 PM. For teens (13+ years) and adults.

Learn how to print your own 3D projects on the library's brand-new MakerBot 5th Generation 3D Printer! In this workshop we'll walk you through finding a project online, modifying it and using the 3D printer! Please contact the library to register ([email protected] or 650-851-0560).

Programs preceded by * are generously funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library.

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