March 21, 2016 

Portola Valley School District First Bike/Walk to School of 2016!

ORMONDALE ~ Wednesday, March 23
CORTE MADERA ~ Friday, March 25

In order to take more cars off the road and support a healthy, active lifestyle, we are encouraging Portola Valley School District students to walk, bike, scooter and skateboard to school everyday, with extra effort this Wednesday and Friday! Remember, all students who participate in Bike/Walk to school day will receive a token of our appreciation. hmmm, what will it be this time?

Something extra special at CMS MARCH 25~BIKE RODEO for 4th/5th graders.

On Friday, March 25th, our CMS 4th and 5th graders will have the fabulous opportunity to experience a Bike Rodeo.  Students will be engaging in fun activities and games that educate them on transportation safety and etiquette on the road. 

Please bring your students bikes and helmets to the 4/5 area before school, or better yet, have them ride their bike to school that day so they will have it for the rodeo! 

With such an enthusiastic community of students and parents, eager to use various modes of transportation to get to school; please pay special attention to our children on the side of the road!

Thank you for keeping our students safe and supporting a healthy lifestyle for our children!

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Mon 3/21 - Fri 3/25 - Staff Appreciation Week

Wed 3/23 - Bike/Walk to School Day

Fri 4/1 - Sun 4/10 - Spring Break
View the full PTO calendar here
"THE BEST ME" at Ormondale this Wednesday!

Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre will present "The Best Me" at Ormondale Wednesday morning after recess. Our students will help the characters save their school's big talent show from being cancelled in this fun theater performance. Students will think about important subjects such as healthy eating, active living, and working together. Thanks to PTO for coordinating this event. And special thanks to Kaiser Permanente for sponsoring this FREE educational program.

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Fri 3/25 - Bike/Walk to School Day and Grades 4 & 5 Bike Rodeo

Fri 4/1 - Sun 4/10 - Spring Break

View the full PTO calendar here.

Robotics at CMS!

This Tuesday at 2:15, J. Thomas Darmody will bring his STEM-focused assembly to our students, giving them a chance to explore the world of robotics. He'll have a range of bots to illustrate concepts related to electricity, programming, feedback loops and more. Kids who are inspired to do more hands-on work with robotics should check out CMS's Robotics Club!

Much thanks to PTO for bringing this assembly to our school. 

CMS Thank You!

The PTO just hosted another super successful Staff Appreciation Week at CMS this past week.  Staff were treated to personalized coffee drinks 
on Monday, a wonderful assortment of fruit on Tuesday, a Wild Wild West themed sit down luncheon on Wednesday, personalized gifts, and a delicious luncheon spread on Friday in the staff room.

None of this would have happened without our wonderful chairs: Shannon Basch and Mary Nam for planning the entire week of events, and Elise Gabrielson and Sarah Byrne for the amazing Wednesday luncheon.  I know the staff really appreciates all that our volunteers do and so do we.  Thank you to all our volunteers for making this an extra special week at CMS!

Tuesday - 4th grade fruit bowl volunteers:
Megan Koch
Amy Shimer
Gloria Sin
Arely Huitron
Erin Sanders
Lucy Kim
Mario Matsumoto
Tia Miller
Karen Urbanek
Thea Sullivan
Katja Gagen
Naomi Reynolds
Heather Prelle
Denise Gottfried
Elizabeth Holmes

Wednesday Luncheon:
Kim Zamboldi,
Jennifer Youstra
Gloria Sin
Sarah Dorahy
Renee Courington
Sue Ten
Tricia Christensen
Andrea Reid
Jami Worthington
Heather Asborno
Nancy Arruda
Tabitha Jordan
Julie Dickerson
Jennifer Hanley
Karen Tate
Mary Jo Kloezman
Shannon Basch

Friday  5,6,7,8 lunch volunteers:
Jami Worthington
Sheryl Harari
Naomi Reynolds
Kristin Dragoo
Renee Courington
Lisa Freccia
Melissa Beriker
Tamiko Verkler
Laura Kavanaugh
Ginny Borelli
Judy Riley
Ginger Pistilli
Kay Erikson
Heather Keller

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Thank You to our Business Partners!


Portola Valley Schools Foundation Thanks

Kerwin + Associates

Who Became A Platinum Business Partner 
By Donating $10,000 to Our Schools

Community News

Portola Valley Library Events March 28th - April 9th

Paper Gem Circuits: Tuesday, March 29, at 3:30 PM. 
For ages 8+.
Combine a little bit of paper crafting with a touch of circuitry to create your own light-up paper gem. It's the brightest accessory ever. All materials will be provided. Space is limited.

* Crazy 8's Math Club: Thursdays, March 10 through May 5.
Back by popular demand, Season Three of Bedtime Math's Crazy 8's! You'll build stuff, run, jump, make a mess... It's a totally new kind of math club. We'll do activities such as Ninja Training, Super-Cube Shuffle, and Beach Ball Party. Math will never be the same!
  • Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Club meets from 3:30 to 4:15 PM.
  • 3rd - 5th Grade Club meets from 4:30 to 5:30 PM.
Space is limited and registration is required. Ask at the desk or contact the library to sign up: (650) 851-0560 (phone); [email protected] (e-mail).

* LEGO Club: Saturday, April 9, from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM. 
All ages are welcome!
We provide the LEGOs, you bring your imagination! Duplo building blocks are available for our youngest builders.

Informational Coffee for All Students Matter

If you've wondered what All Students Matter is all about, then please join other local parents who are already volunteering with us in the classroom of K-4th grade students to learn more.  We invite you for coffee and refreshments while you hear about how you can make a true difference in the life of students in east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto by volunteering for an hour a week.  

Monday, April 18 at 10:00 am at a home in Menlo Park 
or Tuesday, April 19 at a home in Palo Alto.  

Please contact to Jeanette Kennedy at [email protected] to RSVP. .

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