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JANUARY 21, 2019


important dates & district news

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  • Kinder Registration Opens: 1/23
  • ROPES kick-off meeting 1/23 6-7pm Ormondale​
  • TK Registration Opens: 1/25
  • Mid Winter Break: 2/18 - 2/22


  • Incoming Kinder Parent Tour: 1/23 @ 8:30-9:30am
  • Incoming TK Parent Tour: 1/25 @ 8:30-9:30am
  • Parent /Teacher Conferences: 2/4-2/8
  • Invention Convention: 2/5-2/8
  • Patent Night at the Science Fair: 2/7 @ 5:30pm-7pm
  • Super Staff Lunch: 2/13


  • Stem Fair Set-up & Judging 1/30
  • Stem Fair 1/31, 6:00pm
  • Super Staff Lunch 2/6
  • Crosspulse School Assembly & Grade Level Workshops 2/8


Registration for TK and Kindergarten at Ormondale School kicks off this Wednesday January 23 (Kinder) & Friday January 25 (TK). Parents of children eligible for either of these classes are invited to attend a Kindergarten orientation at Ormondale this Wednesday January 23 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m or a TK orientation this Friday January 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m in the school library.  During these orientations parents will learn about the programs offered at Ormondale along with information on how to register.  The orientation concludes with a brief tour of the campus and the kindergarten/TK classrooms.

Children who turn 5 on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible for Kindergarten.  Children who turn 5 between September 2 and December 2 are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten.

Please share this information with family and friends who live in the Portola Valley School District attendance area.

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Go to and select "Portola Valley Parent Teacher Organization" as your designated organization.  More info here.



upcoming cultural assembly - wild cat show

Due to the weather this past week, the Wild Cat assembly had to be rescheduled. We will work on a new date for our students to enjoy the Wild Cats. We're sorry if this caused any inconvenience.


The Fair starts on Tuesday February 5th, when students can bring their displays to the Ormondale MUR just before school. Ormondale's Science Night will be held on Thursday the 7th from 5:30-7:00 pm. It's a time when families can come to view the displays, and hear what our resident Scientists and Inventors have been up to! Please plan to come a little early and have dinner as there will be food trucks at Ormondale to help with the dinner time crunch - Stay tuned for Food Trucks list!

corte madera news

CMS Cocoa Thank You!

A silver lining for the 4th and 5th graders this week was the lovely cocoa breakfast on Friday! Thank you to Aimee Blum, Brooke Day, Julie Harding, and their crew for the organization and early morning smiles.

community news

Chess Club at Ormondale

Mondays 2:50-3:50
Starting January 14th 2019 

Offered by Chess King

Discover the fascinating and challenging world of Chess! Develop important life skills such as critical and abstract thinking and creative problem solving. Increase mental fluency, memory, reasoning and originality while raising I. Q.  Improve patience and sportsmanship.

Study the essential elements, acquire the proper  tools and play winning chess!  Learn the basics or train deep into advanced tactical and positional play.

Participate in semi-formal tournament play and optional homework. Learn intriguing history.  Move up in the rankings and achieve awards.  See how the masters do it!


Woodside High School Prospective Family and Student Open House

SAVE THE DATE, Saturday, January 26th!

Woodside High School will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9 am to 12 noon. Student led one-hour tours will showcase our fabulous campus and answer many prospective students’ questions about attending Woodside High School. 

Begin at PAC (Performing Arts Center) for student-led 40-minute campus tour and end at MUR where academic and athletic staff are available to answer questions.  Tours leave every 10 minutes.  You must pre-register to guarantee your tour spot. 

Please click on this link to sign up for the time slot you want. 



Classes for Adults and ChildrenJeff Arons is the director of tennis for Sacred Heart Schools.  His coaching experiences include founding/directing the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program and coaching a Wimbledon doubles champion. 



junior team tennis at alpine hills

Get playing on a team with friends! For players ages 7-18 years old that know how to serve, rally, and keep track of score. Winter season starts January 27.

The league will run from Sunday, January 27, 2019 through Sunday, March 10, 2019 with matches played at the Alpine Hills Tennis & Swim Club along with other nearby locations in Portola Valley.

More information at: Peninsula/South Bay (Dominant Duo) 

Come Hip-Hop with pv mom and pro dancer sangini!

No experience necessary, just bring yourselves and get ready to ROCK!  

KIDS HIP-HOP SESSION at PV Town Center - To register for either session, please register online:

CLASS #1:  Kinder-1st Grade Hip-Hop (Boys and Girls, Ages 5-7), Tuesdays, 3:15pm-4pm, Tuesday, January 15th - Tuesday, March 26th (no class on Tuesday, February 19th) Payment:  10 Classes for $240 (registration system is all online payment). 

CLASS #2:  “Older” Kids’ PV Town Center Hip-Hop (Boys and Girls, Ages 7-12), Thursdays, 4:30pm-5:15pm, Thursday, January 17th - Thursday, March 28th (no class on Thursday, February 7th nor Thursday, February 21st) Payment:  9 Classes for $216 (registration system is all online payment),

ADULT HIP-HOP SESSION at Alpine Hills - Tuesday Mornings, 9:45am-10:45am
Payment:  Members ($15/Class) and Non-Members ($20/Class), Please contact Sangini if interested:

Art Classes at Ladera Recreation District

There is still time and space available in the Wednesday After School Art Classes at the Ladera Recreation District with local Robin Harper. Sign up TODAY

After School Art Club - (K-5) Wednesdays 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! Children and their artwork will be featured in the Ladera Crier every month! 

Drawing for Kids - (K-5) Wednesdays  3:00 - 4:00pm. 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. Step-by step lead drawing and Ed Emberley drawing for beginners. 

Register at and contact Robin harper for more information.

Palo Alto Girls Softball Spring Registration is now open!

Girls ages 5-15 with all skill levels are welcome to join our Spring 2019 recreational season. Registered players can participate in numerous clinics, starting January 12th, that serve beginners and experienced players alike. Teams will be formed in January with practices starting in February and games through May. Its recreational which means "fun" is the most important part! 

Click here to register before January 15!

For more information visit: or contact us at 

*PAGS – Serving Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto, and surrounding communities for 30+ years*

2019-20 Summit Public Schools Intent to Enroll Forms Now Available

Are you interested in having your child attend a small, diverse, personalized, college preparatory high school? We are proud to report that 100% of Summit Prep graduates were accepted into a 4-year college last year, continuing a long tradition of excellence. Please come learn more at our Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 7 pm at Summit Prep (890 Broadway, Redwood City).

Additionally, the application for next school year is now live!  If you have a current 8th grader who would like to apply to attend Summit Prep for the 2019-20 school year, please visit the "Enroll" page of our website.

Application deadline is January 25, 2019 at 3PM

Random Selection Lottery will be held February 1, 2019

New Math Circle for 2nd/3rd Graders - Tuesdays 3:15-4:45

Looking for a way to spark curiosity, creative reasoning, and excitement about math? Math circles are joy-filled math explorations that build deep skills through discovery and play.

Note that Math Circles are NOT high-speed math competitions. They are a great fit for any child who wants to experience math through discovery, play, and problem solving, as well as creative thinkers who don’t usually like math.

Openings are available for a 2nd/3rd grade math circle beginning in January on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:45.

Instructor: Kelli Pearson is a dynamic teacher with more than 25 years experience and is well-known for her ability to make math creative and fun. For more information, please email or visit


Palo Alto Babe Ruth Baseball invites you to register for our upcoming 2019 Prep Season. There are no tryouts or cuts, so every player who registers is guaranteed a spot to play in this season which runs from March to May. Our Prep Season is a developmental league designed to help younger players develop their skills on the full-sized diamond and prepare players for our 15U Season. It includes two weeks of preseason clinic-style practices, a player draft, and an eight week season featuring one practice and two games per week for each team culminating in a fun City Championship Tournament. The league features minimum playing time rules to allow all players a chance to play in each game.

The Prep League is open to all 7th and 8th graders, as well as any high school student not on a high school baseball roster. Full refunds are issued if a player makes his/her high school team and is unable to play Prep, so there is no risk in registering. Registration closes Feb 15, but $400 early-bird pricing ends Jan 1For more information, visit our website at or contact Chris Lillios at


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