important dates & district news
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- 10/5: TK/K/1 Parents - Learning Model Commitment Form is due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday
- 10/5: TK/K/1st grade Parent Safety Boot Camp is on Monday, 2:30 p.m.
- 10/12: 1st grade Students 1st Day on Campus - Monday, (1st grade PVVA begins)
- 10/19: TK/K Students 1st Day on Campus - Monday, (TK/K PVVA begins)
- 10/8: CG Speaker Series, From Chaos to Calm: Building Teen Resilience & Agency, 7-8:15pm
- 10/14: Family Nutrition: Optimizing Our Children’s Relationship with Food, 12-1:00pm
- 10/6: CMS After School Programs Survey Due
- 10/13: Principal Coffee Chat, 8:45am
OPEN POSITION - CITIZENS’ BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
There is an open position on the District's Independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. If you are a parent or guardian of a child in the District and interested in serving on the committee of the District’s Measure Z school facilities bond program, please visit the District's website and complete the CBOC Application: http://www.pvsd.net/facilities/measure_z_bond/bondoversight
Applications are due October 15th.
PTO THANK YOU
A huge thank you to Amanda Smoot for all her work on BOTH Ormondale and CMS COVID-edition Spiritwear! The PJ pants and “6 feet apart, together at heart” masked-mascot shirts were a huge hit. All orders will ship directly to the shipping address indicated on the order.
PTO DISCOUNTS & PARTNERSHIPS
Please support the PTO through our partner programs!
Amazon Smile - earn $ for the PTO with each Amazon purchase!
Escrip - earn $ for the PTO with purchases at retailers such as Bianchini's and PV Garage.
Mabel's Labels - earn $ for the PTO with purchases of labels for all your kids' stuff!
september's superfood - apples!
One of Ms. Hovland's favorite go to Quick Bread Recipes
A to Z Bread:
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups grated apple*
3 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
Sift dry ingredients together (leave sugar out); set aside. Beat eggs in a large bowl; add oil and sugar. Add apples and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients. Mix well, add nuts. Spoon into 2 well greased and floured loaf pans. Bake in pre-heated oven at 325 for 1 hour. Remove from oven when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan, flip out and serve.
* Another version is to use 1 cup unsweetened applesauce in place of the 2 cups of apples and add 1 cup of raisins. It becomes apple raisin bread. Yum!
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS SURVEY
The PTO is trying to gauge interest level in virtual after school programs for the 2020-2021 school year. At this time, the PTO is not able to hold in-person meet ups even if they are small groups and socially distanced so the following survey is for virtual programs only.
Please note this survey is for information gathering purposes only! We will need sufficient interest and volunteer support in order to run any after school programs.
Complete the survey here: https://forms.gle/YSmQqobWs8YD7yT1A
TUE, 10/13 PARENT COFFEE CHAT with MS. SHIMA
The next Parent Coffee Chat with Ms. Shima will be Tuesday, October 13th at 8:45am. The focus of this chat will be on High School Transition. This session is mainly for 7th and 8th grade families and will dive into the high school process - public, private, and charter - and we will go over data from our CMS graduates, but it's open to any parent that is interested! The virtual session link will be sent out prior to the meeting and the meeting will also be recorded for those that cannot attend.
COMMON GROUND SPEAKER SERIES UPCOMING EVENTS
This year, the PTO has paid for PVSD membership in the Common Ground Speaker Series, which presents distinguished speakers in education, parenting and health at venues across the San Francisco Peninsula. Their 2020-2021 Series will take place live online. Parents, faculty, and staff of member schools attend Common Ground events free of charge.
To view the Common Ground Fall 2020 Slate click here.
FROM CHAOS TO CALM: Building Teen Resilience & Agency
Common Ground Speaker Series Upcoming Event
FROM CHAOS TO CALM
Building Teen Resilience & Agency
Featuring Laura Kastner, PhD
In conversation with
Nanci Kauffman, Head of Castilleja School
Thurs Oct 8
Parenting teens is not easy, even in ideal circumstances. But parenting with imposed social distancing when adolescents thrive on face-to-face interactions creates new challenges. Dr. Laura Kastner identifies resilience and personal agency as key strengths that can help both parents and teens in these complex times. She will provide parents with action-oriented, effective strategies for encouraging coping, problem-solving, and optimism in our teens.
For event details, visit the Common Ground Website.
Common Ground Speaker Series Video Library
Did you miss the event with Dr. Laura Markham, Just Breathe: Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids? It was full of useful strategies. Access the video archive of past events at the Common Ground video library and use the password: CGSSVideo. (Please note that recordings are available to member schools and are not intended to be shared outside the community.)
PARENT EDUCATION MINI-SERIES
Sponsored by Sequoia Healthcare District, Sequoia Union High School District, and The Parent Venture
Optimizing Our Children’s Relationship with Food
Maya Adam, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine
Wed, Oct 14
12pm – 1pm
How can you optimize your family's relationship with food? Join Maya Adam, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of Health Media Innovation, Stanford School of Medicine.
Parents, students, educators, clinicians, and community members welcome! Free admission. This Parent Education Mini-Series presentation is sponsored by Sequoia Healthcare District, Sequoia Union High School District, and The Parent Venture.
Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Founder and CEO, The Parent Education Series, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Info & Tickets: https://mayaadam2020tpv.eventbrite.com
The Annual Campaign. The FANfare fundraising party. Endowment Grants. What? Huh? You’ve heard these names time after time but what do they mean? Glad you asked!
The Annual Campaign kicks off every fall and aims to raise $1 million that goes directly into the Portola Valley School District’s yearly $15 million budget. That money isn’t directed – it becomes part of the essential funding needed to pay teachers and staff, purchase teaching supplies, pay for books and more. Without the Foundation’s annual gift, our District would face cutbacks.
The endowment, by contrast, grants funding for innovative teaching techniques. Twice a year, teachers and staff submit grants for new and different programming designed to enhance your children’s learning experience. Some more recent endowment grants include supplies to create more teaching opportunities in the TK/Kindergarten chicken coop, Maker Lab equipment, the Robotics program, musical instruments and teacher training for Distance Learning.
The biennial FANFare is a community event held on our beautiful Corte Madera School campus with its dramatic views of Windy Hill. We create a special evening under a tent with music, a full buffet and drinks, plus an auction for wines and the highly anticipated “Buy-In Parties.” Whether it’s a native species scavenger hunt in one family’s backyard or a chamber music concert in another family’s living room, the buy-in parties are now known among parents and kids alike as the social events of the season. The FANFare event raises money to fund a specific need that the district identifies in advance. Hence the name: Fund-a-Need or FANFare.
Added together, the Foundation’s three arms ensure that every one of our students has the opportunity for a well-rounded education that includes music, PE,
science, theater, technology and more – so that every one of our kids can find something in their school experience that sparks a passion.
Next week: What is a Business Partner?
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HERE ARE THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS!
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- VOLUNTEER TUTORS NEEDED TO HELP AT-RISK, RWC MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
- CUB SCOUTS FOR GIRLS AND BOYS IS STARTING UP!
- ENROLL YOUR GIRLS IN "GIRLS ON THE RUN"!
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