May 9, 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.

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 11th - Ormondale Super Staff Lunch

Thursday, May 19th - Cocoa Breakfast with 3rd Graders 7:30am at CMS (parents invited from 7:30-8:00)

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

View the full PTO calendar here
Save the Date for Ormondale's 4th Annual Farmer's Market

Top Ten Reasons to Come to the Second Grade Farmers' Market!

  1. It is the most exciting thing to do on Friday, May 20th from 4-6.
  2. It's been a hard week and you don't want to cook.  You are going to get dinner from Mogo BBQ or Red Sauce Meatballs.  Then the family will cool off with a Kona Shave Ice.
  3. You need to soak and relax in a bath.  Don't despair.  The market will have botanical products like herbal bath bombs to help you repair.
  4. The tooth fairy can't find your child's tooth.  The market will be selling a limited amount of tooth pillows, so the fairy will never be scolded again.
  5. You've been watching too much Food Network.  You think you are a chef and are in need of herbs, fruits, and veggies.
  6. You want to leave a mark at Ormondale.  You can decorate a tile that will be on display in the school garden.
  7. You don't know what is growing in your garden (like Mrs. Wong).  The market is just the place to purchase bead plant markers, signs, or plant starts to start fresh.
  8. Your home is very plain and needs a little color.  Yarn wreaths, clay animals, birdhouses, stepping stones, mushroom stools/plant stands, and tie dye will add a little pep!
  9. You are curious about just how good PVSD's music program is and want to hear students sing live.
  10. You love Ormondale, want to support the children, and see the garden continue to grow!!!

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, May 19th - Cocoa Breakfast with 3rd Graders 7:30am at CMS (parents invited from 7:30-8:00)

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

View the full PTO calendar here.

CMS 2016/2017 Fall "After School" Sports

Registration is now available for this fall.

Is your child interested in representing CMS in Flag Football, Volleyball, or Cross Country?  Registration is now available on the PTO website:
To register, please click on the Athletics website and then click on the sport.  Registration will close on Tuesday, 5/17.  Late registration cannot be guaranteed so please register now.

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Flahavan ([email protected]) or Kate Cox ([email protected]).

Go Panthers!

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

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

* LEGO Club: Saturday, May 14, 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.

Programs preceded by * are generously funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library.
Creative Writing Summer Camps with Young Inklings

Play your way to the page!  Jump into your character's shoes with Society of Young Inklings' unique blend of fun and active theatre games, and writing activities. Students may choose to write a collection of short stories or poems, or one longer story or novel over the course of a camp. Each student will receive a writer's workbook, writing journal, and pencil.  Instructors individualize learning experience as they confer with students during writing time. On the last day of the camp, young writers will have the opportunity to share their masterpieces with family and friends. Learn more:

Location: Christ Church (815 Portola Rd Portola Valley, CA)

"Create A Story" (ages 7-9)
June 13-179:00am-12:00pm

"Novelist's Workshop" (ages 9-12)
June 13-1712:30-3:30pm

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


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