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MARCH 17, 2019


important dates & district news

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  • Spring Break: 4/1 - 4/5
  • Incoming 4th Grade Coffee at CMS:  4/25 at 8:30
  • FANfare: Saturday, 4/27​, 6pm
  • Founder’s Day: 4/30


  • Staff Appreciation Week: 3/18-3/22
  • Bingo Night: 5/2


  • Makers Faire:  4/12
  • CMS Campus Volunteer Day:  4/14 10-12:00

Incoming 4th Grade Meet & Greet Coffee

Parents of incoming 4th graders please mark you calendar for a coffee and chat about CMS Fourth Grade on Thursday, April 25th at 8:30. More information to come as event gets closer.



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Thank a teacher this week, this is Staff Appreciation Week at ORM! You should have received communications from your home room parents on how you can help show our amazing staff your appreciation. Here is the schedule of events we have to celebrate our great staff.

  • Monday, March 18th: Custom Coffee Cart & Light Breakfast in the staff lunch room provided by the PTO & donations by parents. 
  • Tuesday, March 19th: Class gifts and cards distributed to staff provided by Home Room Parents. 
  • Wednesday, March 20th: Mediterranean luncheon provided by the PTO.
  • Thursday, March 21st: Teachers & Staff’s favorite lunch in the staff lunch room provided by Home Room Parents.
  • Friday, March 22nd: Spring inspired lunch in the staff room donated by parents.

Viajando En Espanol was Excellente!

The annual Viajando en Espanol celebration at Ormondale on Friday March 15th was a huge success thanks to all the teachers and parent volunteers that came to help. The hallways were filled with laughter, cultural music and the delicious smell of hispanic foods.

The Viajando Team comprised of over 70 volunteers helped by purchasing supplies or helping teach a craft, game or cook a food in each classroom. A special thanks to the Viajando grade leaders - Sra Covotta, Anne Fazioli-Khiari, Eva Diez, Rosa Salgado and Daphne Melendez. The concert by Rockalingua and dance with Sangini Bedner were the perfect way to end the day keeping the kids singing Spanish tunes all day long.  

corte madera news


This year parents are invited to join Ormondale and CMS students and staff in sharing your passion at PVSD’s 3rd Annual School Maker Faire. The Makery Club is hosting this event on Friday, April 12th, from noon to 3:30pm.  

 A school Maker Faire is a showcase of projects created by you, the inventors, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, crafters, artists and DIYers. During the fair, you will have the opportunity to talk about your passion with students and other visitors. 

 We are also looking for a few adults to help run hands-on activity stations. If interested in volunteering or sharing your passion, please contact our Maker Coach, Sarrie Paguirigan,​.



Thank you to Shannon Basch and her team of volunteers and pie contributors including: Irene Ruiz, Mary Birkel,  Mary Enright, Tricia Suvari, Julia Nordgren, Nancy Aruda, Sandi Engel, Todd Blocker, Sarah Dorahy, and Jami Worthington for supporting the math department's annual 8th grade Pi Day celebration! 

Three cheers to our awesome 8th grade math teachers - Denise White, Patti Pope, and Kerry Northen.

And a shout out to Claire Suvari for memorizing 256 digits of pi! 

The day was a great excuse to have fun with math.



Just a note to check the lost and found for any missing items. Anything left will be cleared out during Spring break. Thank you!


Corte Madera Track & Field is open to all 4th-8th grade boys and girls.  

Track will take place on Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:30 at M-A High School (with a few dates at Hillview).  Track will run from April 18h to May 22nd.  Athletes will have an opportunity to participate in sprints, distance, hurdles, discus, shot  put, high jump and long jump. The program is run in conjunction with Hillview, La Entrada, Woodside, and Oak Knoll.  This allows us to pool our resources and offer such a wide variety of events each practice and meet.  

The program is very low key, and focuses on having fun while trying to achieve personal bests in the events they choose to participate in.  We do not hand out medals or ribbons after competition, but we do keep records of times, distances and heights, and share those out so athletes can monitor their personal best results.  

Register online at

Contact Kate Cox at if you have any questions.
Go Panthers! 


Sunday, April 14th from 10am - noon

Mark you family calendar for the next CMS Campus Volunteer Day! We will get the school sparkling for the FANfare event AND ready for some great spring weather. The whole family is encouraged to join! More details will follow as we get closer.

To volunteer to help with planning or ask questions, please contact: Kim Zamboldi (​)


Volunteer to help the CMS Spring Play, Fri, March 22!

Come help us create props, costumes, and sets for the CMS Spring Play, Almost History.  All CMS families are invited to work day on Friday March 22nd from 3-5 p.m.  

Siblings are welcome; if they are younger than 4th-grade, a parent must stay with them to help out.  

We are also still looking for volunteers to help with backstage, hair & make-up, and other teams for the production in April.

For more information, please go to the Almost History website to sign up for one of the teams.

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Spring is in the air and FANfare is nearly here!

Have you bought your FANfare tickets yet? Join us for a very special evening under the stars, filled with great food, signature drinks, dancing, live music, and of course the amazing PVSD community of parents and local supporters.

This year’s FAN (Fund-A-Need) will support Above and Beyond Learning Experiences: a series of curriculum enrichment events designed to spark the hearts and minds of students and make life-long learning impressions. Click Here to learn more. 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 27, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the big white tent on Corte Madera lawn!

FANfare is coming.  Here's your Babysitting Solution!

Why should parents have all the fun? (Said no one, ever, but stick with us.) While you’re enjoying the festivities of FANfare 2019, your kids can spend the evening with friends at the home of second grader Sarah Gilbert, fifth grader John Gilbert, and their parents, Dan and Judy.

Features include:

  • Age-appropriate hosted bar (juice boxes, fizzy drinks, and moo juice)
  • Pizza-to-table cuisine
  • Good old-fashioned running around outside, weather permitting
  • Movies
  • Crafts
  • Slumber-party-like atmosphere

Saturday, April 27. Check-in begins at 5:00 pm; please pick up by 11:00 pm.

$50 per kid, with a limit of 20 kids.

This event is exclusively offered for current Ormondale and Corte Madera students, grades K through 5.

To sign up, please email Sarah Dorahy (

FANfare: Host a Party! A Hike? Maybe a Dinner? Or Take Some Kids to a Ballgame?

We are looking for some more hosts!

We have a super line-up of fun offerings for Buy-In Parties at FANfare this year.  So, a HUGE thank you to the many families who are supporting PVSD by hosting a party or an event.

If you'd like to contribute, all you need to do is email Sarah Dorahy ( 

Send through your ideas - big or small - in the next two weeks. We'd love to hear from you. 


community news

Join the Ladera Recreation District

The Ladera Recreation District is a true community center, a “home away from home” for everyone and provides a clean, safe recreational environment in which members can exercise, socialize, relax, and develop lasting friendships through a variety of social events, traditions, and leisure activities.

Amid a stunning setting, Ladera Recreation District’s facilities include a swimming pool, wading pool, four tennis courts, two of which are lit for evening use, a volley ball court, playground, skateboard ramp  and  bocce ball area. The LRD has many programs and activities for all ages, from yoga to aquatics to art classes. Our summer camp focuses on child development and old fashioned fun.  The Ladera Dolphins swim team is a very exciting program for young children to learn life-long swimming skills while having fun with their friends.

We encourage you to stop by for a visit, and we invite you to join us for a wonderful summer with your friends and neighbors! For more information, please visit: or give us a call at 650-854-3242.

PLAY ON A TENNIS TEAM WITH YOUR FRIENDS with mountain view tennis academy!

Join a Spring local league for more fun and match play. For players age 7-12, more information visit: Mountain View Tennis Academy  

After school art classes at Ladera Recreation Department

Robin Harper has opened up some spots in her popular after school art programs at the LRD.

The After School Art Club meets on Wednesdays from 1:50-2:50pm.  “Explore line, shape, color and more in this after school art class for children. We will continue to learn about different artists in this class, and will do a class wide temporary mural towards the end of the session!”

Drawing for Kids Wednesdays from 3-4pm   This is a great class that is directly after the After School Art Club. A great choice for parents who need more time, or children who want more art! Easy going class where children can learn how to draw different things using pencil, markers, and colored pencils and charcoal. 

 The openings in the classes begin on March 20th and continue until June 5th.  (Please note, if your child is already enrolled in these classes you do not need to re-register).

 For more information and to register, please go to


PVTC Summer Camps

Calling ALL young, aspiring actors looking for an amazing experience to join us for summer camp at PVTC!

Check out a variety of fun camps for actors ages 3 years old - high school. Our summer camp theme this year is "Against All Odds." Join us for stories that celebrate characters fighting for what they believe in. Whether changing the world by challenging the status quo, singing and dancing their hearts out to prove their unique talents, or looking to be acknowledged for who they are, we will take a deep dive into what it means to fight for a cause. Enjoy daily doses of music, acting activities, special projects and more! 

Summer Camps Run Between June 17th & August 16th
Options available for 4 week, 2 week, & 1 week camps

PAnthers "all sports" camp

Activities: 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. Camp activities change daily and include traditional and non-traditional sports. 

Registration for Panthers Camp 2019 is available online -  


  • Session 1: June 17-21
  • Session 2: June 24-28
  • Session 3: July 1-5 (no camp on 7/4)

* 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 who inspire others.  Any questions, please contact Dan Flahavan (

mountain camp

Making the world a better place by positively impacting campers and staff though the camp experience.

For the past four years, Mountain Camp Woodside has partnered with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and Challenge Success to study how participation in our summer camp provides children with opportunities to develop critical 21st century learning skills. The results have been overwhelmingly positive and confirm what we have always believed - camp provides outstanding opportunities for kids to practice empathy, creative problem solving, personal responsibility, self-control, perseverance, teamwork and communication.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to watch this VIDEO to learn more about why camp is such a powerful experience for children.

Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions about this research and the impact that it has had on our camp program.  Thank you.

Mountain Camp Woodside

Tel:  650-576-2267 / Email:

Happy St. Patrick's Day from the PTO!


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