March 4, 2018


district news




  • 2/26 - Used Book drop off.
  • 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 starting on February 26th. 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.

10% will go back to the school starting on March 1, but you can enter the code ahead of time to enroll early. 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 countries (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. 

corte madera news


Next week is Staff Appreciation Week at CMS! You should have received communications from your room and grade parents on how you can help show our amazing staff your appreciation. Here is the schedule of events:

  • Monday, March 5th: Custom Coffee Cart and Breakfast Treats in the staff lunch room provided by PTO
  • Tuesday, March 6th: Fruit Basket in the staff lunch room donated by 4th grade parents
  • Wednesday, March 7th: CMS "Under the Tuscan Sun" luncheon provided by PTO
  • Thursday, March 8th: Class gifts distributed to staff
  • Friday, March 9th: Casual soup and salad staff lunch donated by 5, 6, 7 and 8th grade parents in the staff lunch room.


Our 6th-8th grade BBQ lunch was rescheduled due to the forecast of rain last Thursday. The BBQ will now be held on Thursday, March 15th. Sorry for the change, and don't forget to cancel any LunchIsServed orders for that day.


community news


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.


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