May 2, 2016 

New Amazon Smile Program - Update your Bookmark!

The PV-PTO is now part of the Amazon Smile program. Please bookmark this new link ( to ensure your Amazon purchases contribute towards our schools. If you start your Amazon shopping through this specific link or go to, 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 ( a minimum of 2% of your purchases goes to our schools. To get started, go to eScrip ( 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.
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  [email protected]  if you plan to attend so that we may have an accurate headcount for planning purposes.

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 5th - Movie "Screenagers" at 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
Save the Date for Ormondale's 4th Annual Farmer's Market

Ormondale's fourth annual Farmers' Market is approaching at the end of this month.  Plan to be at Ormondale's bus stop area on FRIDAY, MAY 20th from 4:00-6:00 to shop for plants, crafts, garden products, bathroom botany, food, and fun items.  All proceeds will go towards maintaining and growing our school garden.  

Does your family or child have a desire to sell homemade wares, crafts, or goods right from your own garden?  Why don't you rent a booth at our event?  All we ask is for you to make a donation to our garden. If anyone wants to sell items from their own garden and have a booth, please contact any second grade teacher so that we reserve you a space.  It only happens once a year, so make sure you plan ahead and mark your calendars!  

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 5th - Movie "Screenagers" at CMS

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

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

View the full PTO calendar here.

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Thank You to our Business Partners!


Portola Valley Schools Foundation Thanks
Kevin + Associates
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:

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.

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

Portola Valley Library Events 5/2 - 5/8

Crazy 8's Math Club: Thursdays, March 10 - 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 meets from 3:30-4:15PM
3-5th Grade Club meets from 4:30-5:30 PM
Final Session of the Season!

Free Comic Book Day: Saturday, May 7th ,11:00AM - 5:00 PM. For all ages.
WHAM! Splat! KaPOW! Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the Library! We'll have FREE comics for children & teens to enjoy. Drop in during our regular hours & pick up your free comic from a selection of comics. Don't like the freebies? Check out a book from our graphic novel selection. This event is made possible by Coastside Comics, while supplies last. Bring family and friends to browse.

SKYPE - Online Video Conferencing: Saturday, May 7th at 3:00 PM. For teens.
Learn how to open a free account, set up your equipment and software, make simple conference calls over the Internet, create and maintain a contact list, and use other provided features.

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


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
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
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 [email protected]us


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