March 11, 2018


district news




  • 3/12 - NO SCHOOL
  • 3/26-3/30  Used Book Fair ​​


  • 3/16 Viajando en Espanol
  • 3/19 - 3/23 Staff Appreciation Week


  • 3/15 -  6-8th BBQ Lunch - RESCHEDULED
  • 3/5-3/9 -  CMS Staff Appreciation Week


The Used Book Fair Returns!

Save Your Used Books, CDs, DVDs, Vinyl Records, and Video Games

The third grade classes at Ormondale are sponsoring a Used Book Fair to help a needy global charity that will be decided upon by the 3rd grade students. They would like the community to use one of the 4 “r”s of waste management, reuse, in order to help the charity and save our environment as well.

Through March 23rd, you will be able to drop off your children’s books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, and video games. We will accept adult books in limited categories: cookbooks, self help, parenting, coffee table, and travel only, as well as CD’s and DVDs.  Due to e-readers, it is difficult to sell novels.

There will be kids out front collecting your donations in the morning drop off line at Ormondale. For Corte Madera families, there will be a collection box in the library.

We hope that the entire community can join in the bargains, from March 26th to March 30th in the Ormondale MUR.


Good Eggs!

This March and April, Good Eggs will donate 10% back to Ormondale Elementary School and Corte Madera School every time you shop.

Good Eggs is an online market that delivers good groceries to customers' homes throughout the Bay Area, seven days a week.

Enroll in the fundraiser by visiting and entering the code pvpto.

Never tried Good Eggs? You’ll get $15 off your first order when you enroll!



Ormondale's Spanish Class is looking for volunteers!!!  We are preparing for a school wide event on March 16th, "Viajando en español". There is a lead mom in each grade for this event and we need more parents to help her and the teachers make this event run smoothly. 

Each classroom will represent a Spanish speaking country. Students with their passports will travel around Spanish speaking countries. In each country (classroom) students will be able to learn a bit about that country, make a craft, taste some food, play a game, and more.

Please encourage your child to wear something from a Spanish-speaking country (or just something colorful) that day to get into the spirit of this festive event. Examples include folkloric dresses and accessories, soccer jerseys from Spanish speaking countries, traditional indigenous clothing/accessories, etc...

If you have any questions about "Viajando en Español" please talk to the lead mom in your grade, stop by room 1, or e-mail Señora Covotta

Lead parents for Viajando en español

K - Anne Fazioli-Khiari

1st - Eva Diez and Lauri Madeiros

2nd - Daphne Melendez

3rd - Pilar Frank


Thanks to the support of the PV-PTO, Ormondale students will experience Realize Anything is Possible, a musical group that uses humor and hip-hop to help kids realize anything is possible with the right perspective, during assembly on Wednesday 3/21. 


Staff Appreciation Week (SAW) is coming up at Ormondale March 19th - 23rd!  Your Home Room Parent should have reached out for your help celebrating all of Ormondale's amazing staff.  Please consider filling one of the last few volunteer slots for the SAW staff appreciation lunches - click on event to go to the sign up genius.

Wednesday Tuscan Luncheon

    Friday Soup and Salad Lunch    

corte madera news


A huge thank you to Jen Chon and Moonyi Satusky, Jfor organizing an amazing staff appreciation week last week that included everything from the Monday coffee cart to two beautiful and delicious lunches, as well as the distribution of class gifts to our deserving teachers and staff. 

Very special thanks to Sharon Shaffer for organizing the delicious PTO sponsored Tuscan buffet luncheon on Wednesday. Thank you to the volunteers: Brook Coffee, Allison Kroeger, Aimee Blum, Jen Arends, Sinda Mein, Irene Ruiz, Susan McLaughlin, Cheryl Richter, Kathy Gurtner, Carrie Davis, Elizabeth Holmes, Kristin Dragoo, Laura Clarkson, Camilla Eckstein, Kim Zamboldi and Sarah Wernikoff.

Big thanks to the 4th grade parents for the Tuesday fruit contribution: Ali Cooper, Jennifer Zanocco, Ginny Borelli, Liz Webb, Kristi Travers, Marjel Scheuer, Hayley Leinfelder, Aimee Blum, Camilla Eckstein, Lori Chung, Eva Diez and Rosa Salgado.

Many thanks to the Friday soup and salad lunch volunteers: Daniela Senties, Lynn Holthaus, Karyn Bechtel, Sarah Wernikoff, Kim Zamboldi, Caroline Krauskopf, Cheryl Richter, Arely Huitron, Laura Clarkson, Heather Wolfe Conlan, Dawn Axelrad, Rosario Camacho, Stephanie Dolin, Sue Ten, Jen Arends, Gloria Sin, Allison Kroeger, Susan Silberman, Jennifer Hanley, and Erin Sanders.

A big shout out to Brook Coffee and Kim Zamboldi for the beautiful green potted plants with sweet messages for the staff to enjoy for months to come.

Thank you to all those involved in making this a special week for our teachers and staff at CMS. We couldn’t have done it without your help.


Our 6th-8th grade BBQ is this week on Thursday, March 15th. Don't forget to cancel any LunchIsServed orders for that day




Thank You 2018 Business Partners!

Platinum Partners - $10,000

Ginny Kavanaugh, Realtor*

Terri Kerwin, Kerwin + Associates

Portola Valley Garage

Gold - $5,000

Loren Dakin, Alain Pinel Realtors

Silver - $2,500

Carrie Davis, Coldwell Banker

Pollock Financial Group*

Roberts Market

The Symon Group, Alain Pinel Realtors

Village Square Veterinary Hospital*

Bronze - $1,250

Bianchini's Market

Helen & Brad Miller, Alain Pinel Realtors

Michele Morhenn, Coldwell Banker

Service by Medallion

Westridge Wealth Strategies

Copper $1,000

Lola Sue Crawford, Coldwell Banker

Copper - $500

Alice’s Restaurant

Alpine Optometry

D B LIN Construction

GR8WORK Builders, Inc.

Jagoda Architecture Co.

Langley Hill Quarry

Pineda Tree Service, Inc.

Darci Reimund Designs

The Village Doctor

Supporter - $250

College Search Strategies

Dynasty Cleaners

Garden Task Force

Ladera Cleaners

Ladera Garden & Gifts

McNair Group Real Estate Advisors

Veronica Kogler, Coldwell Banker

* 8th year participant in the Business Partner Program

community news


Date and time: Sunday, March 18th from 10-12

Where:  Creekside School, 884 Portola Rd, Portola Valley

Would your child like to experience nature in new and exciting ways?  Creekside’s Wilderness Skills mini-camp will give kids a chance to walk on the wild side.  Depending on the interests of the group, participants will learn how to build a fire by friction, make ropes from natural materials, identify edible plants, build shelters, and play nature awareness games.  Instruction will be provided by staff from the Riekes Center and Creekside. Curriculum has been tested by Creekside students and is wildly popular.

This activity is best suited for kids in 2nd - 4th grades.  To sign up, please visit Creekside’s website and follow the link to RSVP.  This event is free, but space is limited, so sign up quickly.


Act onstage or get behind the scenes this summer! 

PVTC still has space in summer camp! Performance students take classes in acting, singing, dancing, design, and attend special workshops with master teaching artists. Tech campers have the chance to explore lights, sound, set building, painting, and costumes. All the hard work culminates in fully-staged performances at the end of the camp session. Join us for Honk JR (entering grades 5-8), Seussical KIDS (entering grades 1-6)A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (high school), or tech camp (entering grades 6-8). Register online today at!


Conversation about local farming with Natalie Botto and Dani Fisher.

Saturday, March 17


1845 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Join a local farming workshop and learn to make jam! Natalie, founder of Natalie's Trees and Bees, started her Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm after being a Palo Alto elementary school teacher. Dani, former editor of Food & Wine magazine, now leads marketing at Good Eggs, a startup which has raised $46 million to curate meal kits with locally sourced ingredients.

They will talk about growing food, cooking with fresh ingredients, and teach the girls how to make jam.

Girls up to ninth grade can sign up at



Now in its sixth season in Portola Valley, this camp is a great way for kids who love games to learn to programme. We use real programming with a real programming language - Java - on a real-world server that your child will setup and configure. Kids enjoy seeing the immediate results of their learnings and are highly motivated to understand the capabilities and techniques of Java.

The camp also draws on their imaginative abilities, creating new Minecraft mods that they’ve dreamed up but never thought they could actually build, like an arena generator or spawn an Ender Dragon or a TNT block that explodes when the timer reaches zero!

At the end of the camp, your child will have learned:

- How to setup and use their own Minecraft server 

- How to install customized mods on their server using Spigot

- How to set up a software development environment

- How to build a mod using Java

- Programming basics

- Java basics

All camps are run here in Portola Valley by the Youstra brothers, students at Woodside Priory.

To learn more about the camps and register for one of the sessions, CLICK HERE


Here is the link: Registration


  • Session 1: June 11-15 (Sold-Out)
  • Session 2: June 18-22
  • Session 3: June 25-29

All sessions include optional extended care from 3:00-5:30 Monday –Thursday

All sessions include optional fun Friday camp from 9:00-3:00. 

We look forward to another great summer at Panthers Camp building confident movers that inspire others.  Please let me know if you have any questions at ([email protected]).

Help Kids in Grades K-5 with Reading, Writing, Math Next Year

You Could Change a Life

Have you enjoyed helping in your child's classroom? Consider volunteering in a classroom in eastern Menlo Park or East Palo Alto where your help is especially needed. You’ll have a real impact tutoring kids in grades K-5 where about 90% are low income and over 80% are performing below grade level in reading and math. Work once a week in the same classroom for about an hour with students eager to see you.

All Students Matter provides training and coordinates everything. Sign up now to start in September. For more details or to sign up, visit or contact Keri Tully at [email protected]


help Redwood city 6-8th graders with literacy today!

You can make a difference in the lives of kids in the Redwood City School District when you volunteer for Los Ayudantes. 

We're an award-winning non-profit dedicated to helping Redwood City English learners improve literacy and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in high school and beyond.  Our dedicated volunteers help in the same classroom one hour a week and work one-on-one or in small groups helping students as they read out loud:  decoding, explaining vocabulary and delving deeper into reading subject matter.  No special training is needed to be a volunteer, and the only requirement is the desire to make a difference.  We work primarily at Kennedy Middle School and McKinley Middle School (just 10-20 minute drive away).

Start immediately or learn more information to volunteer next school year. For more information, visit our website, or contact Program Director, Jenni Farrell at [email protected].


Bring math to life with a fun-packed week of fascinating number challenges, math mysteries, and investigations that get kids’ whole bodies moving!

We have all kinds of campers at Math Quest Discovery camps. Some LOVE math and are looking for even more fun ways to satisfy their love of numbers. Others are anxious or confused about math, and want to understand and like it more.

By the end of camp, all the kids have their favorite ways to “play” with math. Even better, they feel confident and excited to try out big kid’s math from higher grades!

What kind of math will my child learn?

Because camps are so highly individualized, every child’s experience of the math is different. Here are some examples of math our campers have learned through play:

  • calculating the height of a tree using shadows (fifth grader, Shadow Math)
  • square roots, factorials, and order of operations (second grader, Four Fours activity)
  • how to solve algebra equations (third grader, Hands On Equations)
  • how to find circumference and diameter (first grader, Bubble Geometry)
  • proportion and ratio, converting measurements (fourth grader, If I Were A Giant)
  • finding the Fibonacci sequence in nature (kindergartener, Nature Math)

Summer Math Camp Details

  • July 9-13: Portola Valley, grades 1-4
  • July 16-20: Santa Clara, grades 1-4
  • July 23-27: Portola Valley, grades 3-6  NEW!
  • July 30-Aug 3: Portola Valley, grades 3-6  JUST 1 SPOT LEFT
  • Aug 6-10: Santa Clara, grades 3-6

Hours: 9am – 3pm, M-F (extra care available from 8:00am-5:00pm)  

**Santa Clara location: Fulton Court, Santa Clara, CA

**Portola Valley location: Creekside Learning Lab, 884 Portola Road, Portola Valley

  • Camp Fee: EARLY BIRD RATE $395 until March 5; $420 after March 5
  • Discounted Sibling Fee: EARLY BIRD RATE $375 until March 5; $400 after March 5
  • Before Care 8-9am: $75
  • After Care 3-5pm: $150




Deadline: March 15

What is the Inklings Book?

The Inklings Book is an anthology of twenty young writers' short stories and poems professionally published by Society of Young Inklings in August of each year.

Who is the contest for?

Kids in grades 3-9 who are ready to be treated like a pro and increase their writing skills.

How do I submit?

Submit your poem of short story with our easy online application here

How are the winners chosen?

We’re looking for submissions with a strong point of view and for writers who are excited about the revision process (see below). Up to ten winners will be chosen from grades 3-6 and up to ten from grades 7-9.

What will I win?

Winners receive a two-session editorial mentorship with a professional mentor/writer, throughout which they will revise and polish their poem or story. The revised stories and poems are then published in the Inklings Book, which is distributed through various retail channels. Winners also receive their own copy of the Inklings Book as well as one for their school. See our FAQ page for more details about the contest.


Calling all dancers and dance-lovers!

Come see the M-A High School Dance Team in their annual Dance Show and Fundraiser

Thursday, April 5th at 6:30 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center

  • Favorite dances from football and basketball seasons
  • Senior captains dance
  • Delicious home-baked treats for sale
  • Deals on local restaurants and retailers in the Silent Auction

Tickets available online.


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