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April 21, 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


  • Incoming 4th Grade Coffee at CMS:  4/25 at 8:30
  • ​​Bingo Night: 5/2, 5-7pm


  • Incoming 4th Grade Coffee at CMS:  4/25 at 8:30



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 wonderful community members.


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!


incoming 4th grade parent coffee

Incoming 4th Grade Parents and any other interested Ormondale parents, please join us at CMS for a coffee and chat about CMS Fourth Grade.

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

Corte Madera School, Rm. 303

Superintendent Eric Hartwig and CMS Principal Cyndi Maijala will be in attendance as will "seasoned" parents of students who are currently at CMS. We will be there to answer your questions about all things big and small. 

Parking: there are visitor spots in the CMS parking lot (marked) or you may park on any of the main or side streets surrounding the school.

Let's meet over a coffee and learn more about CMS at this relaxed and informal information session. The goal is to make your child's transition from Ormondale to Corte Madera as smooth as possible.

corte madera news


Amazing Chinese Acrobats Visit CMS 

On Tuesday, CMS was treated to a school wide assembly featuring truly amazing Chinese Acrobats!  The students were awed by their seemingly impossible feats of strength and balance.  Ask your kids about the hula-hoops and see if they’re interested in getting a diabolo (Chinese yo-yo) for themselves.   Thank you to the PTO for funding cultural assemblies like this.



We had a great time at CMS Volunteer Crew last Sunday! Over 30 parents and kids arrived early and were eager to work. Litter was picked up, manzanitas were pruned, coat hooks were tidied, lunch tables rearranged and much more! We had a beautiful sunny day for putting a little extra sparkle around the campus and enjoying each other's company.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join!​

portola valley schools Foundation News


FANfare – This Saturday!

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

A few reminders:

  • The catalog of opportunities went home in school bags last week – check out the fantastic selection of parties and events hosted by parents, teachers and community members!
  • Parking at CMS will be limited so please walk, carpool or use a car service, if possible.
  • Attire is entirely up to you – casual, elegant, fun, whatever suits you!
  • We still need some volunteers on the night of the event – runners and spotters mostly - Click here to access the Sign-up Genius.
  • Event tickets will be available at the door but a 10% service charge will be added.

FANfare will be a night to remember and we look forward to seeing you on the 27th!

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

Toiletries Needed for the Homeless!

A group of Portola Valley kids are collecting toiletries for the homeless at Maple Street Shelter, a LifeMoves shelter in Redwood City.  There are boxes in both school libraries. Small, travel sized toiletries (shampoo, body wash, soap, toothpaste) are best.  We will be collecting through the end of April.  Thank you! The Christensen Family

The horse fair - a day of family fun at the town center!

Horse Fair, Saturday, May 11 from 11am-2pm. A the town center. Free pony and carriage rides, petting zoo, a host of horse-related exhibits, and a food truck so you can grab lunch.

Alpine Strikers FC Tryouts For Fall Soccer

Our local competitive soccer club will have tryouts at the beginning of May for team placement for fall competition. All of our teams are coached by experienced professional coaches. Parents are encouraged to volunteer off the field to make the team run smoothly administratively. Please click here for more information and registration details. 



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. 


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:


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