April 18, 2016 

  Years of Service Celebration this Thursday, April 21st

Join us for the Years of Service Celebration this 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
Dana Fox
Kim Hartman
Silvia Martinez
Emily Marwedel
Kristen Shima
20 Years
Linda Clark
Nancy Rhodes
Daphna Woolfe
Our 10 Year Honorees not able to attend the ceremony are Julian Samba and Valerie Erickson.

Our 20 Year Honorees not able to attend are Molly Cowan and Suzy Dickinson.  
PVSD Golden Sneaker Week & Bike/Walk to School Days 

PVSD GOLDEN SNEAKER WEEK and Bike/Walk to School Days This Week!
Golden Sneaker Week, April 18-22! Bike/Walk to School ALL Week!  
This is a wonderful way to encourage students to walk, bike or skateboard to school every day this week!  At CMS the grade level that receives the most participation will receive a sweet reward for their participation plus the classroom trophy, and the ORM class with the greatest participation will enjoy a pizza lunch along with a classroom trophy!

ORM students: Wednesday, April 20th
As an extra show of our appreciation for such enthusiastic efforts, we will provide coffee and snacks to all the participants! It's a fabulous way to start the day!
We need volunteers - kids and adults! If you are interested in handing out incentives to the students on any or all days for Golden Sneaker Week/BWTS, please contact, Christy Pinelli at, [email protected]  Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!
CMS students: Friday, April 22th ~ meet at Triangle Park 7:30 AM
As an added bonus and show of our appreciation, CMS students and teachers are invited to meet at the Triangle Park at 7:30am for coffee, fruit and treats before walking up to school.
As always, 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!

New Amazon Smile Program - Update your Bookmark!

The PV-PTO is 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.

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Wed 4/20 - Bike/Walk to School Day

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

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

Tues 4/26, 8:30-9:30am - Class Tours for all grades
View the full PTO calendar here
Dear Edwina Props Workshop

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 [email protected] if your student(s) cannot attend a Dear Edwina Workshop but would like to be notified of other ways to lend a hand.
Ormondale Bingo Night - Thank You!
On Thursday, April 14th, an enthusiastic crowd of families and friends rallied for our annual Ormondale Bingo event in the MUR, transformed to a Bingo Hall! 

The man of the night in his sparkly gold jacket and fancy top hat was Jeff Low, Bingo Caller extraordinaire - thank you, Jeff! 

Further thanks to many supporters, the prize table was laden with goodies with a GoPro being the number one prize.  The popcorn and Redvines were a hit as was the pizza!  Thank you so much to Rebecca Dawson for pulling this fun family event together.  Her team of helpers were: Ginny Borelli, Greg Sampson, Emily Jagoda, Susan McLaughlin, Hayley Leinfelder, Brooke Day, Thorsten Achterkirchen, Elizabeth Holmes, Sarah Dorahy and Geoff Crouse.  Hope to see you all at Bingo again next year!

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

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

Fri 4/22 - Bike/Walk to School Day. Meet @ Triangle Park at 7:30am.

Fri 4/22 - School Dance

View the full PTO calendar here.

Activities for Incoming 4th Graders

Scheduled events for incoming 4th graders and/or their parents:

Thursday, May 19 at 7:30am: 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 at 8:30am: Incoming 4th Grade Parent Meeting at CMS Room 102.

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

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

Earth Fair 2016 at the Town Center this Saturday

Celebrate Earth Day this year at the Portola Valley Town Center this Saturday, April 23rd from 11am - 3pm. 

This is your chance to learn about food waste, recycling, water and energy conservation, electric cars and more! 

Some event highlights include:

Food Preservation 101 Workshop in the Library at 11:30am. 

Activities for kids, fun on the farm with animals from Chaparral Ranch and a hip hop show with Alphabet Rockers at 1:30pm on the main lawn. 

On-site shredding, free compost giveaway and a raffle for a rainbarrel! 

Live music and food trucks - Dum Indian Soul Food & The Boneyard bbq. 

Plus get your kit to participate in the launch of the Food Too Good to Waste Challenge!  

$2.00 food truck voucher for the first 100 attendees or anyone who bikes to the event. Find out more at www.portolavalley.net - see you there!

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 ([email protected] or [email protected]).

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!

Free Community Viewing of Screenagers Documentary

The PV-PTO invites all PVSD parents, staff and community members to come see "SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age" on Friday, May 5 in the Corte Madera MUR.

Limited space. Reserve your tickets now at Eventbrite.

Screenagers is a recently released documentary gaining national attention which explores how tech time impacts kids' development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance. Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw what was happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how their use of technology might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Read more at: www.screenagersmovie.com

This film is being presented as one point of view on a complex issue, with hope to inspire thoughtful conversation within our school community and in our homes. There will be a brief facilitated discussion after the movie to share initial reactions to the material. Middle school students and older are welcome to attend with their parents. Limited seating is available, so be sure to reserve your tickets online.

Questions? Contact Karyn Bechtel, [email protected] or 650-529-1694.

Portola Valley Library Events 4/18 - 4/24

* Wii Arcade: Tuesday, April 19, at 3:30 PM. For gamers age 7+.
Show off your skills and challenge your friends. Pick your character and be the last one standing in Nintendo Wii games such as Super Mario Brawl and Mario Kart. Beginners welcome.

*Crazy 8's Math Club: Thursdays, March 10 through May 5. Crazy 8's does not meet on April 7th due to Spring Break!
Back by popular demand! Season 3 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 meets from 3:30 to 4:15 PM.
  • 3-5th grade meets from 4:30 to 5:30 PM.
Space is limited and registration is required. Ask at the front desk or contact the library to sign up. (Phone: (650) 851-0560; e-mail: [email protected]).

* Family Fun Night: Bingo!: Friday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Fun for all ages!  Family Fridays continue with a night of BINGO! Join us for both the traditional game and the animal version. Bring the whole family and you might even walk out with a prize. The fun begins at 5:30 PM. Snacks will be provided!

* Portola Valley Poetry Contest: Last day for submissions is Saturday, April 23, at 5:00 PM.  The 17th Annual Portola Valley Poetry Contest is open to all K-12th grade students enrolled in a Portola Valley School, as well as Portola Valley resident children who attend schools elsewhere.

Ladera Oaks Community Fiesta

Ladera Oaks is hosting its Annual Open House on Sunday, May 1st from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  

Located near Bianchini's Market in Portola Valley, we offer year round swimming, tennis and fitness programs for the whole family in a relaxed, fun, family atmosphere.  At our community fiesta you can snack on delicious fiesta food, drink festive fiesta beverages, play pi´┐Żata palooza on our tennis courts, try a mini-zumbaclass, and pretend you are on vacation in Mexico while you lounge by and swim in our two large beautiful heated pools.  If you'd like, you can also meet our new general manager, Leigh Anne Dennis and our swim, tennis, and fitness professionals and coaches to find out more about all a Ladera Oaks membership has to offer your family.  

To learn more, call 650-854-3101 x1020 or email General Manager Leigh Anne Dennis at [email protected] or visit www.laderaoaks.com.

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 (
[email protected]).  I look forward to another great summer with your kids at Panthers Camp.

Best Regards, Dan

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