February 1, 2016 

Happy 100th Day of School

Tuesday, February 2nd marks the 100th day of PVSD's 2015/2016 school year!

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Monday, Feb. 1st, 12 to 1 - Parent Ed Brown Bag Lunch in the Annex

Monday Feb. 8th to Thursday, Feb 11th - Parent / Teacher Conferences

Friday, Feb. 12th to Sunday, Feb. 21st - Winter Break

Wednesday, Feb. 24th - Ormondale Super Staff Lunch

View the full PTO calendar here
Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Monday, Feb. 1st, 12 to 1 - Parent Ed Brown Bag Lunch in the Annex

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

Friday, Feb. 12th to Sunday, Feb. 21st - Winter Break

Friday, Feb. 26th, 7 to 9pm - 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Dance in the MUR

View the full PTO calendar here.

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Community News

Come see Yes, Nora! at PVTC this Friday, Feb. 5th 

Over the past few months, the instructors at Society of Young Inklings have devised, written and rehearsed an original production to perform for the community.  Yes, Nora! A Stage to Page Production is the result of their creative efforts. The show follows Nora as she embarks on a creative journey, faces off with a dragon and learns to unleash the power of her story. 

Families are welcome to attend the show and silent auction on February 5 at 7:00 pm at the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory: 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Tickets ($10) are available here:  http://younginklings.org/nora

All proceeds will support SYI's new partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Portola Valley Library Events Feb 4th - 9th

* Perler Beads - Chinese Zodiac Animals: Tuesday, February 2, 3:30 to 5 PM. Ages 6+ or with adult assistance.
2016 is the year of the Monkey! Use fusible beads to create your favorite animal of the zodiac. Follow a pattern or design something all new. All materials will be provided. Space is limited.

* 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 desk, by phone (650-851-0560), or by e-mail (portolavalley@smcl.org).

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

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 (
danflahavan@gmail.com).  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 (

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

Best Regards, Dan

Camp W Performing Arts Camp Summer Sessions

Summer in Hollywood
Want to write the next Star Wars or Pixar movie? 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-7th 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 aspects of performing including singing, dancing, and comedy improv.

Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503
Dates: Session 3: June 27 - July 1; Session 4: July 25 - 29
Eligibility: K-7th 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 creating their own  5-10 minute short skits.

Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503
Dates: Session 5: July 11 - 15; Session 6: August 1 - 5
Eligibility: K-7th grade
Days and Hours:  M - F; 9 - 2pm

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON JANUARY 24: visit  campw2016.blogspot.com
Receive a 10% discount if you sign up before February 29!

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.