Feb 4, 2018

district news





  • 1/25 TK, Kinder Registration Opens
  • 2/19 -  2/23 Mid Winter Break


  • 2/8 - Science Night
  • 2/14 - Cultural Assembly


Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration

Registration for TK and Kindergarten at Ormondale School kicked off on Thursday, January 25.  

Children who turn 5 by on or before September 1, 2018 are eligible for Kindergarten.  Children who turn 5 between September 2 and December 2 are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten.

Please make sure to register your children soon in order to help the district plan for next school year. Please share this information with family and friends who live in the Portola Valley School District attendance area. 


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.

ormondale news



The Fair starts on Tuesday February 6th, when students can bring their displays to the Ormondale MUR just before school. Ormondale's Science Night will be held Thursday the 8th from 6:00-7:00 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 two food trucks at Ormondale to help with the dinner time crunch: Curve Ball- a sliders truck, and North Border- a Tex Mex Truck.

We look forward to seeing you there! 


Thanks to the support of the PV-PTO, Ormondale students will see an African Dance Troupe perform during assembly on Wednesday, 2/14.

Super Beets
By Ms. Grech & Mrs. Fast’s Classes

January’s superfood was beets.  This superfood is packed with lots of vitamins such as A and K. They have iron, zinc, magnesium, and calcium which are great for your body.  Beets have an earthy taste and come in a variety of colors.  However, red beets are the most popular.  Beets and other potassium-rich foods can help decrease the risk of heart disease and strokes.  And you're in luck: winter is prime-time for beets. And they're so versatile, you can steam, fry, pickle, juice, boil, slow cook, pressure cook, or eat them in a salad. Take your pick!

We have a joke for you.  What is a beets favorite song?
Are you ready?
The answer is - “Beat It” by Michael Jackson.

Last month we made a beet chip recipe with rosemary, sea salt, pepper, olive oil and beets of course.  We used our dehydrator to make the chips crunchy.  

Robert’s Supermarket has generously partnered with Ormondale School and will be providing all the fruits and vegetables for our superfood program and recipes.  Please support Roberts by shopping in their stores.

Click here for the delicious beet chip recipe.​  Enjoy!

corte madera news

CMS Cultural Assembly, Thank You!

On Thursday, January 25th, CMS students attended a PTO-sponsored assembly led by Gyasi Ross, a native-American speaker from the Blackfeet Nation. The assembly focused on the importance of inclusiveness, and appreciating everyone's individual gifts. Thank you to parents Allison Kroeger and Karyn Bechtel for leading the cultural arts assembly program at CMS!


After School Sports Tennis and Track registration opens on Tuesday, 2/6, and closes on Wednesday, 2/14.  All information regarding the program is posted on the PTO athletics page.

community news

PV Youth Photo Show - Call for Entries

The PV Town's Cultural Arts Committee is excited to announce our first youth photo show at the PV Town Center Community Hall on Saturday, March 10th from 11am - 3pm.

Kids from Kindergarten to 12th grade can submit 8 X 10 or smaller photos of local subject matter (e.g. nature, animals, people places) that showcase the beauty of Portola Valley. 

Due March 1st.

For more information on submission guidelines click the PDF below.


Discovery Math Mini-Camp 

When: Sunday, February 11th from 10-12 

Location: Creekside School, 884 Portola Rd, Portola Valley   

Calling all 2-4th graders! Kids are invited to a free, 2-hour math extravaganza, where they will experience an exciting side of math they may have never seen before.  Kids will create math art, solve puzzles and mysteries, play awesome math games, and just have fun with friends and with numbers! They will:
·      Solve an interplanetary math puzzle of Zios and Zepts
·      Reverse engineer a card trick and amaze their friends
·      Create intricate geometry pictures with mirror books
·      Learn an energetic bingo game of math problem solving
·      …and more, if we can cram it into the two hours!

This mini-camp is being led by Kelli Pearson, founder of Artful Math, author of Miss Brain's Cool Math Games, and Creekside's math teacher.  Kelli is dedicated to helping kids become confident and competent problem solvers by making math fun, hands-on and meaningful.  Interested in more?  Kelli runs week-long math camps during the summer.  Go to www.artfulmath.com for information.

The event is entirely free, but registration is required. Reserve your spot at https://www.creeksidelearninglab.org/special-events



SOFTBALL registration for the spring season is OPEN and will END on Jan 31. 

The spring season is focused on fun, teamwork and developing fundamental skills.  Girls of all ages and abilities are welcome.  Practices start Feb 20 and the last games are on May 12.  For more info or to register, please go to paloaltogirlssoftball.org or contact Chris Pandolfo at [email protected].

panther's camp 2018

Happy New Year!!!  On January 8th, registration for Panthers Camp 2018 is available online www.pantherscamppv.com

Panthers Camp is an “All Sports Camp” where campers participate in a core group of physical activities which enhance trying new things, self-confidence, cooperation, sportsmanship, lifelong fitness, and an appreciation for a wide variety of sports.


  • Session 1: June 11-15
  • Session 2: June 18-22
  • Session 3: June 25-29

All sessions include optional extended care from 3:00-5:30Monday –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 @ ([email protected]).

Best wishes, Mr. Flahavan


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