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April 14, 2019


important dates & district news

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  • Incoming 4th Grade Coffee at CMS:  4/25 at 8:30
  • FANfare: Saturday, 4/27​, 6pm
  • Founders Day: 4/30 4-6pm


  • The Caterpillar Hunter Assembly: 4/15
  • Bingo Night: 5/2, 5-7pm


  • Chinese Acrobat Assembly: 4/16
  • CMS Almost History: 4/17 & 4/18 @ 6:30 at the Woodside Priory


Founders Day is a biennial, PTO-sponsored award ceremony honoring those who have gone above and beyond in volunteering for the Portola Valley School District. This is a wonderful event to celebrate some of the parent volunteers that make our school district truly special.

This year the ceremony will be on Tuesday, April 30th, at the Portola Valley Town Center Community Room from 4-6pm. Please join us as we honor and celebrate these wonderful community members:

Shannon Basch

Karyn Bechtel

Michelle Bellomo

Beth Gillbrand

Lynn Holthaus

Megan Koch

Tim McAdam

Wendy McAdam

Sarah Wernikoff

Linda Wong

Incoming 4th Grade Meet & Greet Coffee april 25

Thursday, 4/25 from 8:30-9:30am in the 4th Grade Classroom 303 at Corte Madera School (CMS)

What goes on over there at CMS? Where do the kids sit at lunch? How about those Cocoa Breakfasts? What are some of the after school activities and electives?

Please join us at CMS for a coffee and chat about CMS Fourth Grade.

When:  Thursday, April 25th, from 8:30-9:30 am

Where:  Corte Madera School, Rm. 303

Who:  Incoming 4th Grade Parents and any other interested Ormondale parents

Incoming fourth grade parents, please join us for coffee, nibbles, and a chat with fellow parents. “Seasoned parents”, faculty and staff will be available to answer your questions - big and small! Our aim is to make your child’s transition to CMS as smooth as possible. We are looking forward to seeing you at this casual information session to talk about all things CMS!

Note, in addition to the coffee chat there are a couple other events to mark on your calendar:

  • Tuesday, May 14th at noon
    • Incoming 4th Grade Parent Meeting at CMS - Transition to CMS (this is the same content as the November meeting, the tour will go to similar but different classrooms)
  • Thursday, May 16th at 7:30
    • Cocoa Breakfast and School Tour at CMS for current 3rd graders (parents may feel free to walk your child to the 4/5 courtyard and join for the Cocoa portion 7:30-8:00)

Portola Valley Schools Day at the SF Giants Saturday June 15th

Kick off summer break by joining your Portola Valley School Community for a fun day of baseball at Oracle Park. The SF Giants are facing off the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday June 15th at 1:05 pm and a special section has been reserved for the families and faculty of PVSD – including Ormondale, Corte Madera and the school district offices. There are a limited number of seats reserved at a special rate of $35. Support your PV PTO and purchase your tickets today at this link:  See you at the game!




The Caterpillar Hunter

Thanks to the support of the PV-PTO, this Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 10:35am, Ormondale students will enjoy “Caterpillar Hunter”, a 45 minute assembly presented by the Traveling Lantern Theater Company.  

Based on the beloved character of the late Steve Irwin, the Caterpillar Hunter shrinks himself and sets off to explore the terrain, pursuing elusive bugs and strange herbage in the wild recesses of a common North American vegetable garden. Crikey! Join in his exciting backyard adventure!

Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining children all over the country since 1985. Our mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations. We are deeply committed to providing high quality, low cost arts programming to schools and libraries.

Parents and other community members are welcome to join the assembly, which will be held at Ormondale’s MUR at 10:35am.



PVPTO Basketball Season wrapped up and it was a successful season! Our clinics with One on One Basketball was amazing, so many smiling faces at the conclusion. We believe all the players had a wonderful experience with basketball. If you’ve missed this season, be on the look out for the next one, Winter Sign ups will begin in November 2019! 

Thank you to our amazing Basketball Commissioner Josh Moser, it would not of been as organized and successful without him. We appreciate all the many hours and the effort it took to complete the season! 

And a big thank you to all our amazing parent volunteer basketball coaches. We are grateful for all your help with our competitive league, it would not have been a victorious season without your support!

corte madera news


THis week: The cms spring play!!

Almost History:  that Whole Space-Time Continuum Thing

In a hilarious series of time-travelling misadventures, a Reporter and a Sidekick livestream from great moments in American history.  Despite the über-scientist’s best efforts to keep the clueless Reporter out of trouble, they change the course of history and return to a comically chaotic present. Even Einstein and Marie Curie cannot undo the disastrous effects of their mishaps.  Eventually, they are able to save democracy and technology by restoring order to the "whole space-time continuum thing."

Performances are Wednesday April 17th and Thursday April 18th at the Priory School Performing Arts Center.  Shows start at 6:30 p.m. both evenings and run about one hour.  You do NOT need tickets and there is NO CHARGE to watch the show.

Come out to watch the show and support our CMS students — it really is a very funny show!

portola valley schools Foundation News


FANfare – Just Around the Corner!

We look forward to seeing you at FANfare on Saturday, April 27 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.! If you haven’t already, you can purchase tickets here and please consider donating an extra ticket or two on behalf of teachers and other PVSD community members so everyone can enjoy this special event.

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. Depending on the funds raised, following are a few examples of the “Above and Beyond” experiences we’re hoping to support:

  • Visual and performing arts programs
  • Environmental literacy programs such as marine science and garden activity programs
  • Cultural immersive field trips
  • Math, Citizen Scientist and Health and Wellness festivals

A huge thank you to our teacher, parent and community hosts who are offering dozens of amazing fundraising events and parties. Look for the catalog of opportunities in school bags next week and let the BIDDING BEGIN! And a big thank you to our many student artists whose work will be featured in the catalog.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Finally, we still have some spots open for volunteers interested in helping before, during and after the event. Click here to access the Sign-up Genius.

See you on the 27th!

The FANfare team

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 (

Antonio cremona salon vip pass for Farfare

On 4/27 2-5pm The Antonio Cremona Salon of Portola Valley is hosting a Pre Party for the Portola Valley Schools Foundation Gala Event with one full hour of luxury services. Our party includes:  a customized hair style, make up application, and Mini Manicure and Pedicure.

Full retail price $210 but our promotional gala price is $110 per ticket. Please call Antonio Cremona Salon at 650-851-5757 to purchase your VIP pass and schedule an appointment to this ticket event.

community news


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:

Panthers Camp 2019

We are looking forward to another great summer working with your kids building confident movers who inspire others.

Registration for Panthers Camp 2019 is available  


  • Session 1: June 17-21 (SOLD OUT)
  • Session 2: June 24-28
  • Session 3: July 1-5 (no camp on 7/4)
    • New Option: Monday-Wednesday

All sessions include optional extended care from 3:00-5:30 Monday –Thursday.  Also, all sessions include optional fun Friday camp from 9:00-3:00. 

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  


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, 3:30pm-4:15pm, Tuesday, April 9th - Tuesday, June 4th (no class on Tuesday, April 30th, Tuesday, May 21st or Tuesday, May 28th) Payment:  6 Classes for $144 (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, April 11th - Thursday, May 30th (no class on Thursday, May 2nd or Thursday, May 9th) Payment:  6 Classes for $144 (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:


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


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