April 25, 2016 

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.
Years of Service - Thank You!
The Years of Service event was held last Thursday at the Town Center and honored 12 PVSD staff members.  All those who attended had a humorous, touching, and entertaining time seeing fellow staff introduce the honorees.  A HUGE thank you to Heather Asborno for organizing the event; from coordinating volunteers to purchasing personalized stationery and setting up the room.  And a big thank you to her volunteers for all their efforts: Elisa Fabian, Renee Courington, Renee Lewis, and Tricia Christensen.

Student Services Group Meeting

The Student Services Parent Group is a collaborative group of parents and staff dedicated to serving the unique social and emotional needs and learning differences of students in Portola Valley School District through the activities of the Student Services Group.

The 3 overarching goals of the group are:
  • Curriculum: Ensuring that the curriculum is delivered in a way that works for each student and that the environment on each campus focuses on inclusion, where possible. 
  • Communication: Improving communication from school to home and home to school to enhance each child's learning experience across environments.
  • Culture: Encouraging a culture that accepts and celebrates all children where they're at now. 
  • Knowledge Sharing - Providing a parents-only forum off campus for sharing parenting knowledge outside of the school environment, eg sports teams for kids with certain challenges, special diet knowledge, etc.

The group meets several times a year with parents and district staff and teachers. There will be a parent-only coffee facilitated by Amod Setlur (Student Services Parent Group representative for 2015-16 school year) and hosted by Sarah Wernikoff at her residence (145 Bear Gulch Drive, Portola Valley) on May 6, 2016 between  8:30 AM-9:30AM to provide an opportunity for parents to network with other families, and to discuss what's working well and what needs improvement so the group can work collaboratively with district administration.
Important: Please RSVP  sarahwernikoff@gmail.com  if you plan to attend so that we may have an accurate headcount for planning purposes.

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Tues 4/26, 8:30-9:30am - Class Tours for all grades

Thursday, May 5th - Movie "Screenagers" CMS

Wednesday, May 11th - Ormondale Super Staff Lunch

Thursday, May 19th - Cocoa Breakfast with 3rd Graders 7:30am at CMS

View the full PTO calendar here
Happy, Healthy, Whole Grains

By Mrs. Bouman's Class
Do you know anything about whole grains?  If you don't then you must read this article!  Whole grains are this month's superfood.  Here are some facts about grains.  Half of the grains we eat should be whole grains.  Whole wheat bread, bagels, tortillas, oatmeal, cereals, brown and wild rice, and pasta are types of whole grains.  Whole grains provide fiber, vitamin B, protein, iron, minerals, and oils.  It also is better for your teeth and gums and helps prevent constipation.  It reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.  Eating whole wheat breads and rices are better than eating white breads and rices.  As you can see, eating whole grains in your diet is healthy and will make you happy!  We hope you learned some new facts about whole grains!
Enjoy this month's recipe.

Whole Grain Fruit Bars
Makes 16 bars.  1 bar = 162 calories
Canola oil cooking spray
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1 cup whole-wheat flour
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
½ tsp. Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Baking soda
⅓ cup of Canola Oil
5 Tbsp. apple juice, divided (See directions)
½ cup apricot jam or cherry jam (Use all-fruit preserves, if possible)
1 package ( 7oz. ) dried apricots or dried tart cherries, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 9 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda until well combined.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk oil and 3 tablespoons juice together and pour over oat mixture, blending well until moist and crumbly.  Reserve ¾ cup of mixture for topping.
  5. Press the remainder evenly into prepared pan.
  6. In a small bowl, blend jam with the remaining 2 tablespoons of apple juice.
  7. Stir in dried fruit.
  8. Spread evenly over crust.  Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over dried fruit, lightly pressing down with fingers.
  9. Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  11. Cut into bars.
  12. Enjoy!!!!

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 5th - Movie "Screenagers" CMS

Tuesday, May 17th - Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting at CMS - Lab 102 9:00am

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: Cocoa 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
Ginny Kavanaugh
Who Became A Platinum Business Partner 
By Donating $10,000 to Our Schools

Community News

Free Community Viewing of "Screenagers" Documentary

Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 PM, Corte Madera MUR
Limited space. Reserve your tickets now!
Click Here to Reserve Tickets

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

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, karynadam@yahoo.com or 650-529-1694.

Woodside Priory Middle School Presents:

"The Hound of The Baskervilles: a Comic Thriller starring Shirley Holmes and Jennie Watson."

Don't miss this hilarious spoof of the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery, "The Hounds of the Baskervilles." Full of incredible physical comedy, mystery, danger, fantastic characters and enormous amounts of fog, this show is perfect for the whole family and appropriate for all ages! This show features several Portola Valley middle school residents.  

Performance dates are April 28th, 29th and 30th at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $5 Student/Child and $15 Adult, and may be purchased at http://priory.ticketleap.com/hound or at the door. 

The location is the Rothrock Performance Hall at Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028.

AYSO Registration

Registration for Fall AYSO begins May 1. 
We have some exciting improvements to the program to tell you about: Pre-announced practice days and times for the younger age groups so parents can plan ahead for Fall activities, separate U9 and U10 age groups interlinked with Menlo Park for more varied game-day competition, drop-in skills 'n drills clinics with professional UKI coaches, group trips to Stanford soccer games, and more. 
Join in the fun! Sign up at ayso25.org

Portola Valley Library Events 4/25 - 5/1

*Day of the Child / Dia del Niño Fiesta: Thursday, April 28, at 3:30 PM. 
For all ages.Visit the library table at the Farmer's Market and do a craft while listening to live music provided by Trio Mariachi del Sol. We'll even have a book giveaway! Join us in our celebration of children and the future.

*Crazy 8's Math Club: Thursdays, March 10 through May 5. 
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: portolavalley@smcl.org).

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 piñata 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 ladennis@laderaoaks.com 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 (
danflahavan@gmail.com).  I look forward to another great summer with your kids at Panthers Camp.

Best Regards, Dan
Design & Drama Camp:

Held at Woodside School  (Design Lab & Music Room 36) taught by Ms. Fenton & Dr. D'Ambrosio!! THREE Week to choose from or come two or three weeks! (sibling and multiple week discount available - just ask!). Week 1 (6/13-6/17); Week 2 (6/20-6/24); Week 3 (6/27-7/1) - 1-4 PM each day.  You have the option to add on 12-1 Supervised Lunch Bunch (works well if you also sign up for the Art/PE camp).  Tuition is $210 per session (scholarships are available) and includes all the supplies. Details on the flyer.  Please complete and return the registration page that is attached to:  Att; Kara D'Ambrosio - Woodside School 3195 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA 94063.  For more info please contact Dr. D'Ambrosio at kdambrosio@woodsideschool.us


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