April 11, 2016 

New Amazon Smile Program - Update your Bookmark!

We are now part of the Amazon Smile program. Please bookmark this new link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2707177) to ensure your Amazon purchases contribute towards our schools. If you start your Amazon shopping through this specific link or go to smile.amazon.com, Portola Valley School District PTO will receive 0.5% of your purchase. You should see no difference in your shopping experience.

Save the Date - Bianchini's 5% eScrip Day on May 11th
Each year the PVSD PTO pays for classroom supplies for every student in the district using funds raised through the
eScrip program.

When you shop with your credit cards or Bianchini's loyalty card registered with eScrip (www.escrip.com) a minimum of 2% of your purchases goes to our schools. To get started, go to eScrip (www.escrip.com) to register your credit cards/loyalty cards and select the Portola Valley School District PTO as your charity. Then just shop at local participating merchants, like Bianchini's (use your loyalty card registered with eScrip) and PV Garage (ask to contribute through eScrip when at PV Garage).

And save the date for Bianchini's 5% eScrip Day on May 11th!
Shop at Bianchini's on May 11th using your eScrip-registered loyalty card and earn 5% of your purchases that day for our schools. Stock up your pantry and earn money for our schools.
Years of Service Celebration
Years of Service Celebration
Thursday, April 21st, 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Portola Valley Town Center

Biennially the PV-PTO, teachers, staff and community recognize some of our finest for their years of service to the district. This year, come celebrate with us as we honor the following staff for their outstanding dedication:

10 Years
Kim Hartman
Silvia Martinez
Emily Marwedel
Kristen Shima

20 Years
Linda Clark
Daphna Woolfe
Our 10 Year Honoree not able to attend the ceremony is Julian Samba.
Our 20 Year Honoree not able to attend is Suzy Dickinson.
When you see these special honorees on campus next, let them know how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication to our children and the school community.

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Thurs 4/14, 6pm - Bingo Night

Thurs 4/21 - PTO Mtg. at Ormondale; 9am

Thurs 4/21  - Years of Service Celebration, 4pm at PVTC
View the full PTO calendar here
Mark Your Calendars for... BINGO!

It is time to get ready for that annual Spring rite of passage in Portola Valley, the BINGO party!!!!

Thursday, April 14th
in the MUR at Ormondale. Starting at 5:00 with $2 pizza slices and free sparkling water and juices, with the LIVE ACTION kicking off around 5:45! Plan ahead to attend with the whole family, $10 for a family pack of 24 cards. Fun stampers available. Popcorn and Red Vines complimentary.

BINGO is a PTO fundraiser... but mostly just FUN!
Big Prizes this year, mark our shift from candy prizes to fun healthy alternatives. Our featured prize is a GoPro package, and there are many more amazing gifts to chose from each round.

If you have a fantastic unopened gift at home that you would like to donate to the gift table this is an excellent opportunity to clear out that fondue set you got for Christmas that you are never going to use! Volunteers welcome to join us for set up and break down.

DON'T MISS THIS GREAT FAMILY EVENT, it is very lively, and a terrific opportunity to spend time with your school community while getting carried away in the fun! Questions, donations, and volunteers - please contact Rebecca Dawson at booandpo@mac.com, or 415-948-9515.

Ormondale Staff Appreciation Week (SAW)

Wow! This past week, everyone pitched in to make sure our teachers and staff know they are loved and appreciated at Ormondale!

Sharon Shaffer and Julie Hsu coordinated the week's events which began with a delicious coffee cart caffeine boost and breakfast treats on Monday.

On Tuesday, all of our staff received a custom lunch delivery from each class.

Wednesday,  the PTO hosted a Wild West BBQ. Our wonderful helpers were:  Julie Hsu, Sarah Byrne, Mary Leech, Heather Prelle, Amanda Smoot, Sara Donahue, Erin Sanders, Sarah Vincenzo, Darci Reimund, Anngi Strick, Leslie Skanberg, Carrie Lukatch, Korinn Myers, Amy Okarma, Jen Arends, Jeff Klugman, Aimee Steep, Caroline Diarte Edwards, Sarah Dorahy, May Chen

Thursday, you might have noticed deliveries of gifts, flowers and various other treats to each of our valuable staff members.

SAW ended on Friday with a Soup and Salad lunch.  Many thanks to: Arely Huitron, Susan McLaughlin, Erin Sanders, Hayley Leinfelder, Kim Zamboldi, Julie Hsu, Jen Arends, Serena Hanes, Liz Poggi, Teri Wolf, Leslie Skanberg, Anngi Strick, Krystal Holm, Carrie Lukatch, Megan Michael, Heather Prelle, Brooke Day, Sarah Vincenzo, Darci Reimund, Amanda Smoot, Erin Sanders.

To Sharon and Julie, and all of our volunteers thank you for all the hard work and coordination of such an amazing week!

Dear Edwina Props Workshop Starting This Week!

We need your help!  All students are invited to help make some of the props and costume pieces for this year's spring musical, Dear Edwina. Beginning this Wednesday, April 18 through the middle of May, parent volunteers will be running the "Dear Edwina Workshop" in the Art Room on Wednesdays after school from 12:30 - 2:30 pm. This is truly open to all students, whether they have parts in the show or not.
See the online sign-up sheet for additional details and to sign up your student(s). Registration is required to keep the number of students manageable.

Please email Tricia Christensen at triciahc@yahoo.com if your student(s) cannot attend a Dear Edwina Workshop but would like to be notified of other ways to lend a hand.
Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Tues 4/12 - Incoming 4th Grade Coffee Social for Parents - 8:30-9:30

Thurs 4/21  - Years of Service Celebration, 4pm at PVTC

Fri 4/22 - School Dance

View the full PTO calendar here.

Incoming 4th Grade Coffee Social

Tuesday April 12th from 8:30 - 9:30

Location: Room 403, sign will be posted outside main office*

Dear Community,
Spring is here and your thoughts may be jumping forward to the beginning
of 4th grade. No worries! We would like to invite interested 3rd grade
parents (and any other interested Ormondale parents) to an incoming 4th
Grade Coffee on Tuesday, April 12th from 8:30 - 9:30. This is a casual event
that allows parents who are starting to be curious about CMS to swing by
for an informal chat with Corte Madera staff and parents. We look forward
to sharing information and answering any questions.
Cyndi Maijala
Corte Madera Principal

*Parking: there are visitor spots in the CMS parking lot (marked) or you may park on the main or side streets surrounding the school.

Other scheduled events for incoming 4th graders and/or their parents:
Spring 2016
3rd and 4th grade Pen Pals - in class activity coordinated between the two schools

Meet & Greet for ORM & CMS teachers - Ormondale and Corte Madera staff work collaboratively to ease the transition "jitters" for both students and parents.

Thursday, May 19 - 7:30 am
Coco Breakfast and School Tour at CMS for current 3rd graders (Parents, please feel free to walk your child in and join for the Coco portion 7:30-8:00)

Tuesday, May 24 - 8:30 am
Incoming 4th Grade Parent Meeting at CMS - Transition to CMS Room 102

Friday, August 19
4th Grade Welcome to Corte Madera School 1:30 students only; @ 2:15 parents may visit classroom with their student and meet the teacher

Monday, August 22
First day of Fourth Grade!!

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Thank You to our Business Partners!


Portola Valley Schools Foundation Thanks
Ginny Kavanaugh, Realtor 
Who Became A Platinum Business Partner 
By Donating $10,000 to Our Schools

Community News

Support the Windmill Wave!

Windmill School, a 60-year old Portola Valley institution, needs your help to secure its future in our community.  To help raise the construction funds for the Windmill Preschool and Family Education Center at 900 Portola Road, Windmill kids are holding Windmill Lemonade Stands on:
Sat., April 23rd-outside Robert's Market (11am to 4pm)
Sun., April 24th-outside Robert's Market (11am to 4pm)
Fri., April 29th  - at Alpine Hills (back deck) (5pm to 7pm)

How You Can Help:
- Visit our lemonade stands to learn more and support our kids as they raise money!
- Donate to the campaign: all funds received between now and May 6th will count as "Lemonade Stand" funds and will allow the kids to feel like they've really helped build a new school. 

To donate, please visit: http://www.windmillschool.com/  and click "Donate."
Generous families have already provided $225,000 in donations for the lemonade stands; our goal is to raise $1M by May 6th towards the construction of the School!  Please contact Monika Cheney or Karen Tate for larger donations (mgc@gruter.org or karentate@sbcglobal.net).

We are extraordinarily grateful to the families who are helping make this project possible! Please join their ranks as we raise the second half of our construction funds! Come ride the Windmill Wave with us!

Camp W Performing Arts Camp Summer Sessions

Would your child like to enjoy some summer fun? Take a look at these exciting options.

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 or  Session 2: July 18 - 22
Eligibility: K-7th grade
Days and Hours:
M - F; 9 - 2:30pm

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 or Session 4: July 25 - 29
Eligibility: K-7th grade
Days and Hours: M - F; 9 - 2:30pm

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 or  Session 6: August 1 - 5
Eligibility: K-7th grade
Days and Hours:  M - F; 9 - 2:30pm

REGISTER BY VISITING http://campw2016.blogspot.com/

Panthers Camp

Panthers "All Sports" Camp  is back for another exciting 2016 summer. Campers participate in a core group of physical activities, which enhance self-confidence, cooperation, sportsmanship, lifelong fitness, and an appreciation for a wide variety of sports.  For more information regarding camp as well as registering, the link to the Panthers Camp website is www.pantherscamppv.com
2016 Panthers Camp:  
  • Session 1: June 13-16 (Sold-out)
  • Session 2: June 20-23
  • Session 3: June 27-30
  • Session 4: July 5-8
In order to register, please click here:panthers camp registration

Please let me know if you have any questions (
danflahavan@gmail.com).  I look forward to another great summer with your kids at Panthers Camp.

Best Regards, Dan
Creative Art for Young Children

SPRING 2016 @ Portola Valley Town Center

Spring Fever fills our hearts with love!
For this session we will learn about what inspires artists to create! Things that interest them... things that they love. We will mix colors and find out what colors we love best. Next, we study Money and his love of trains and gardens, then draw and paint them. A frog from Money's garden will find a place in our Frog Pop-Up Pictures and we will draw cartoons like the caricatures he drew of his classmates when he was a young boy. After that, we move on to Heart Art and make Giant Stuffed Hearts individually constructed to form a variety of images such as butterflies and fishes. Then, more hearts... Wire Hearts and Puffy Heart Collages. And our earth clay will become whatever our hearts desire. Of course, we will end with our traditional art show and see how the kids come up with some new ideas for its execution.

Wed.     3:30-5:30   k-2nd grade
Thurs.  3:30-5:30   k-2nd grade
Fri.       1-3:00        3-5 yrs
Fri.       3:30-5:30   3rd-5th grade
Sat.      10-12:00    4-8 yrs
Sat.      1-3:00        4-8 yrs

Teacher: Jeannie Goldman (650) 678-6388

FOR MORE INFO GO TO (portolavalley.net)
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 jkc_kennedy@yahoo.com to RSVP. www.allstudentsmatter.org .

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