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September 6, 2020

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important dates & district news

Click on the calendar to see full PTO calendar.

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DISTRICT

  • ​9/7: Labor Day, No School
  • 9/16: Directory Order Cutoff
  • 9/17: School Board Special Session 3:30pm
  • 9/18: Family Movie Night @ Home
  • 9/22: PTO board meeting

ORMONDALE

9/8 - 9/9:  Back to School Nights (virtual)

  • 9/8: Grade K at 6:00-6:45 p.m.
  • 9/8: Grade 1 at 6:45-7:30 p.m.
  • 9/9: Grade 2 at 6:00-6:45 p.m.
  • 9/9: Grade 3 at 6:45-7:30 p.m

9/16 Garden Supply Pickup


CORTE MADERA

9/10: Back to School Night (Virtual)  

  • 4/5th Grade 5:15-6 pm
  • 6-8th Grade 6:15-7:30 pm

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PARENT EDUCATION

  • 9/15: The Anti-Racist Parent 12:00-1:00pm
  • 9/17: Just Breathe: Peaceful Parents Happy Kids, 4:00-5:15pm

District News

SUPPORT THE PTO & GET YOUR DIRECTORY!

The 2020-2021 directory orders are getting ready to print! Help support the PV-PTO by making a donation of $100 or more today (which will include your directory). Your financial support is a critical way to ensure that the programs that make our schools (and the PVSD community) so special continue year after year.

The cut-off for directory orders is Wednesday, September 16th!

*We prefer directory orders be made and purchased online this year if possible. If necessary to pay by cash or check, there is a cash/check option on Cheddar Up. Please select that option and follow the instructions for mailing your check to the school office. 


DONATE TODAY AND GET YOUR PTO DIRECTORY

NOW ACCEPTING COVER ART FOR THE PV SCHOOLS DIRECTORY

The Portola Valley Schools Student Directory is perhaps the highest-circulation publication of local origin, and its release each fall is surrounded with considerable excitement and glamour. It's an invaluable local resource, highlighting the generosity and diversity of local businesses, providing essential information on our schools, and enabling the social lives of our children.

We like to feature the work of an up-and-coming local artist on the cover. We are inviting Ormondale and Corte Madera Students, from rising kindergartners through emerging eighth graders, to send in their cover designs. We'll choose one to be this year's cover. The winner's family will receive a complimentary copy of the directory, suitable for autographing.

The cover format is standard letter size, 8.5" x 11", portrait orientation, in color.

Please send entries to judy.gilbert@gmail.com by Friday, September 11th.

Please include the artist's name, grade level for the upcoming school year, and parent's name.

 

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FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT @ HOME

Each child received a packet of popcorn and a treat from the PTO at the school supply pick-up. We’d love for the community to enjoy a family movie night at home! 

Does your child have a favorite movie to recommend? Have them submit a movie review! We will pick one movie review from each of the following three age groups TK-2, 3-5, and 6-8 to feature in the September 13th edition of PTO Weekly. Featured movie reviews will win a $10 Amazon gift card. All other movie reviews will be listed on the PTO website. Movies rated G or PG only please. Fill out the form HERE


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!


CLICK FOR DISCOUNTS AND PARTNERSHIPS

ORMONDALE News

SUBMIT YOUR CHILD'S PICTURE

Please submit a photo of your child to your Home Room Parent ASAP.  These photos will be arranged into a placemat for your child to have at home. They can have it in their workspace to help to familiarize them with their classmates.

The goal is to have these printed and sent home in the next material pick up. A BIG thank you for those that have already submitted. 

SUPERFOODS

The second grade Superfood for August is Cucumbers.  You may want to try Ms. Hovland's favorite gazpacho recipe.

Gazpacho

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • Hot sauce to your taste
  • Salt to your taste
  • Black pepper to your taste
  • 4 cups tomato juice

1.  Mince the garlic and dice the tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini and celery.  Put the minced garlic and half the diced vegetables and the olive oil in the bowl of a food processor or a blender.

2.  Splash in the vinegar and add the sugar, hot sauce, salt and pepper.  Pour in 2 cups of tomato juice and blend well.  You will basically have a tomato base with a confetti of vegetables.

3.  Pour the blended mixture into a large bowl and add the other half of the diced vegetables.  Stir together and then add the remaining 2 cups of tomato juice.  Give it a taste to make sure the seasoning is right. Adjust as needed.   Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

You can top the gazpacho with grilled shrimp, hard boiled eggs, avocado or cucumber slices. Serve with delicious sourdough bread and "sassy water".  

Sassy water - Fill a container with water, ice, sliced cucumber, lemon and minced ginger. Refreshing - Just like being at a spa!

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT (VIRTUAL)

Ormondale Virtual Back To School Night is on multiple nights this year.  K/1st will be on Tuesday September 8th. Kindergarten will meet at 6:00pm, 1st grade will meet at 6:45pm. 2nd/3rd grade parents will have BTSN from on Wednesday September 9th. 2nd grade parents will meet at 6:00pm and 3rd grade parents will meet at 6:45pm.  More information to follow, but please mark your calendars!

volunteer

Sign up to volunteer for PTO programs online! Visit pvpto.com/volunteer to sign up for volunteer roles.  

Contact Sara Atkins (mrs.smatkins@gmail.com) if you have questions or interest in getting more involved with the school and PTO. We know things look different this year, but we still have a lot of opportunities to volunteer!   We especially need COMMUNITY BUILDER VOLUNTEERS. Yes we are talking to you.  It is important and this community needs you now more than ever.

 

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new spiritwear

The online Ormondale Spiritwear shop is now OPEN -including NEW Ormondale athletic shirts. 

Brand new item this year:  COVID edition t-shirts and pajama bottoms (because, Zoom).

To ensure your child has their preferred items for Spirit Days (every Friday), please order quickly!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER TODAY ​


corte madera news

Back to school night (virtual)

CMS Virtual Back To School Night is on Thursday, September 10th. 4/5th grade parents will have BTSN from 5:15-6:00pm. Middle School families will meet their child's teachers from 6:15-7:30 following a bell schedule. More information to follow, but please mark your calendars!


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NEW SPIRITWEAR!

The online Corte Madera Spirit Wear shop is open and we have new CMS facial coverings, pajama bottoms, t-shirts, and a tank!

By popular demand, we have also added a CMS COVID edition t-shirts for kids and adults and a women’s tank! ​

CLICK HERE TO ORDER TODAY


CMS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Sign up to volunteer for PTO programs online this year! Visit pvpto.com/volunteer to sign up for volunteer opportunities. 

Contact Aimee Blum (akblum@gmail.com) if you have questions or interest in getting more involved with the school and PTO. We know things look different this year, but we still have a lot of opportunities to volunteer!

PARENT EDUCATION

THE PARENT EDUCATION SERIES sponsored by the Sequoia Healthcare District & the Sequoia Union High School District

The Anti-Racist Parent: Engaging Youth Through an Equity and Justice Framework: Victor Rios, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm

Registration: https://victorrios2020sequoia.eventbrite.com 

What does it mean to be an "Anti-Racist Parent"? Join Victor Rios, PhD, tenured professor at UC Santa Barbara, TED Talk speaker, author, sociologist, and national thought leader on at-opportunity youth.

Dr. Rios will provide parents with practical strategies for being reflexive about anti-racism, and for having courageous conversations with their children, friends, and family.

Parents, students, educators, clinicians, and community members welcome! Free admission. The Parent Education Series is sponsored by Sequoia Healthcare District and Sequoia Union High School District.Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Founder and Director, The Parent Education Series, at cmargot@csmconsulting.net

COMMON GROUND SPEAKER SERIES UPCOMING EVENT

JUST BREATHE: Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids​

Thurs Sept 17, 4:00-5:15pm

Select the “Member School*” option and register at no cost here: https://lu.ma/CommonGroundSpeakerSerieswithLauraMarkham 

Does the added stress of being at home bring added battles with your child? Do you wish you knew how to get cooperation without yelling and threats? Are you trying to find the sweet spot between spoiling and strict? No one is prepared to parent through a pandemic. As school starts, and we are all still at home, fostering cooperation and learning independence are more important than ever. Clinical psychologist Dr. Laura Markham helps parents shift away from control and manipulation to practical strategies for raising children who WANT to cooperate. She helps parents create a more peaceful home where affection, connection and humor help resolve conflict happily, and where kids WANT to follow our lead.​

*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

Foundation News

Introducing the Weekly “Your Foundation Dollars at Work” Feature

From those of us on the Portola Valley Schools Foundation, welcome back to “school.”  Whether you began Distance Learning from home or from a fire evacuation zone, this year promises to be memorable.  And the Foundation will be with you every step of the way by supporting the programs that make a difference in your child’s education.

The purpose of the upcoming "Your Foundation Dollars at Work" weekly content is to help you understand what the Foundation is and how it benefits your children.  Each week we focus on a different aspect of our giving so you know where your donations go and how they benefit you.

On behalf of the PV Schools Foundation,​ we wish you and your children a productive year.

Next week:  What is the Portola Valley Schools Foundation? Stay tuned…

community news

All community news is posted on its own page of our website. There is a link from each PTO Weekly to the page or you can navigate there directly.

This Week's highlights:

PV Theatre classes

Sangini's Dance Classes

Mr. Frederick's Classes

Volunteer virtually

COMMUNITY NEWS
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