May 16, 2016 

Last Bike/Walk to School Days

ORM~ Bike walk to school day, May 18!  Come join us in our last bike, walk to school day! Special incentives will be handed out to all students who participate!

CMS~ Bike walk to school day NEXT week, May 27!

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.

Thank You, Bianchini's!

First of all, a huge thank you to Kevin Bianchini for being such a generous sponsor of our schools. He and his team donated 5% of all sales on Wednesday, May 11th to Ormondale and Corte Madera. 

We had a steady turnout of shoppers last Wednesday and managed to link an impressive number of Bianchini Rewards cards to our PV schools through the eScrip programme.  Why is this great news? Well, now 4% of those monthly cardmember sales will come to us!  So, if you have not linked your Bianchini's card to PV schools, email Sarah Dorahy ([email protected]) and we will quickly get you connected. Also, watch out for sign-up opportunities on campus. It doesn't cost you a cent but it adds up for our schools.

Renata Dionello and the PTO set up this eScrip/Bianchini's event up with several supportive parents on hand to greet shoppers at Bianchini's. The following parents worked in shifts from 9am until 2pm, last Wednesday, promoting the program to our local shoppers and thereby sending $ our way!  Many thanks to: Karen Tate, Brooke Day, Susan McLaughlin, Jenni Farrell, Hayley Leinfelder, Shannon Basch, Michelle Bellomo and, of course, Renata.

Also, thank you to all of you who turned up to shop big on our first ever 5% from Bianchini's Day.  We make a special mention of that generous Kindergarten parent who stocked her wine cellar.....

Thank you eScrip and Bianchini's!  Shop locally - it benefits us all!

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 19th at 7:30am - Cocoa Breakfast with 3rd Graders 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
Come to the 2nd Grade Farmer's Market this Friday!

Don't miss out! The 2nd grade Farmer's Market is this Friday, May 20 from 4-6. 
To market, to market, to buy a few things
Come and you'll find what our second graders will bring
Be it bath soap or salt scrubs,
Perhaps a mushroom stool too
We'll have plant starts and fruits
and even liquid worm poo (that's worm tea)

Red Sauce Meatballs, MoGo BBQ,
and Kona Ice will be there
Make rosemary bread
that we hope we can share (uh...we're trying)
Tie dye and birdhouses
Wands and garden hats
Clay animals or stepping stones
Are you looking forward to that?

Would you like to have a table there?
To sell your own stuff?
Just let us know
Because there's never enough.
THIS Friday, May 20th
From four to six
At Ormondale Elementary
For your Farm-Fresh fix!

For Sale at the Market - created with care by our 2nd graders:
* Garden supplies - bird houses, garden steps, plant starts, garden markers and signs
* Bath products including bath fizzy balls
* Home décor - wreathes, clay animals, tooth fairy pillows, mushroom stools/plant stands and tie-dye!

Live Music - local talent

Food Trucks - No cooking required! - dinner and shave ice trucks - bring a blanket and have a picnic on the field.

Visit Our Kindergarten Ask an Expert Booths - Visit our Ask an Expert booths and learn about sheep, bees, cows, chickens and plants and why they are important to us. Presented by our very own Kindergartners!

* Paint your own Tile booth
* Fruits, Veggies and herbs for sale

Ormondale Thank Yous!

Kindergarten Parents Host Super Staff Lunch!

The last parent sponsored staff luncheon of the year was held on Wednesday at Ormondale.  Brook Coffee rallied a super team of volunteers so that our teachers could enjoy another delicious sit-down lunch with their colleagues.  These occasions are so appreciated and enjoyed by our staff.  Thank you, Brook, for all of your hard work coordinating this event.  And further thanks to Lori Palazzolo, Moonyi Satusky, Jen Arends, Sinda Mein, Sangini Bedner, Camilla Lynch, Sara Donahue, Cate Styer, Robin Hume, Vanessa Maffia, Allison Moser, Emilia Schor, Kim Cashin, Emily Melton, Anne Fazioli-Khiari, Alexis Robertson, Elizabeth Rubin, Alena Yan, Marjel Scheuer, Curt Facchino and Brandy Bridges!  Nice work, Kinder parents!

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 7th at 11:45am - Corte Madera 6-8th BBQ Lunch with 5th Graders 

View the full PTO calendar here.

4th Annual CMS Walk-To-Washington DC

It's time for the 4rd Annual CMS Walk-To-Washington DC this Friday, May 20th, 2016 from 2:30pm-3:00pm on the CMS Field.

This Walk-To-Washington is a major fundraising event for Corte Madera School. Traditionally, proceeds benefit the current 8th Grade Class that is headed to Washington DC to bring their US History and Government curriculum to life as young citizens of the United States. We are proud to announce 
that our 8th Grade Class has already raised enough money for their trip in June, so all proceeds from this years' Walk-To-Washington will benefit the 4th-7th Grade DC Trips in the future. We invite you to support this educational experience for our children with a tax-deductible contribution.

Please remember to turn your donation forms in this week!

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
Kerwin + Associates
Who Became A Platinum Business Partner 
By Donating $10,000 to Our Schools

Community News

Portola Valley Library Events 5/16 - 5/20

Tinkering Teens - Vegan Snacks: Wednesday, May 18, at 3:00 PM. For 6th graders & up
Join Tamaya Garcia for a fun a and adventurous workshop on how to prepare vegan snacks for a healthy meal option. For more information, go to:

Family Fun Night: Makerspace!: Friday, May 20, at 5:30 PM. Fun for all ages!
Family Fridays continue in May! We're all about making things this month as we turn the library into one big makerspace. Make some buttons, a yummy treat, join in on a craft, or check out our 3D printer. The fun begins at 5:30 PM.

Help Kids in Grades K-4 with Reading or Math

You Could Change a Life!

Please join other parents volunteering with All Students Matter in grades K-4 in east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools. You'll work in the same classroom once a week, building a relationship with the teacher and students, and be able to see the progress achieved. The students are always eager to work with you and you'll have real impact in a community where over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math.  Sign up now to start in September - we provide training and coordinate everything.

To learn more or to sign up, please visit our web site at or contact Keri Tully.

Summer Organizational and Social Skills

It is hard to manage organizational skills when impulse control is a challenge! Come to The Talking Playhouse to understand as a parent how to better manage your child in day to day life tasks and thinking to improve self esteem and organizational systems.

Classes offered:
Executive Function/Organizational Life: June 27-August 31st
- Social Skills classes is designed to connect with others and reduce social anxiety: June 27-August 31
- Writing Sensibilities: June 27-August 31st (for kiddos with writer's block)
-  College Apps Organization: Weekly from April- June and 5 additional seasons over summer.

Ages: 4 through College
Class Time: Various times depending upon goals and matching
Location: 155 Birch St, Redwood City
Please contact [email protected] to register

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

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 [email protected]us


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