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MARCH 24, 2019


important dates & district news

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  • Spring Break: 4/1 - 4/5
  • Incoming 4th Grade Coffee at CMS:  4/25 at 8:30
  • FANfare: Saturday, 4/27​, 6pm
  • Founder’s Day: 4/30


  • Bingo Night: 5/2


  • Makers Faire:  4/12
  • CMS Campus Volunteer Day:  4/14 10-12:00


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!

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? 

Incoming fourth grade parents, please join us for coffee, nibbles, and a chat with fellow parents. CMS students, “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!




What an incredible week our teachers and staff had at Ormondale celebrating and appreciating our wonderful staff!!  

Big thanks to our outstanding SAW leadership team -  Julie Harding and Erin Murarka - plus all of the dedicated Home Room Parents (HPRs) who organized lunches and gifts for our one of a kind staff members. Ormondale staff really appreciate this week and these volunteers made SAW happen in a HUGE way.

The week began with a special coffee cart caffeine boost and delish breakfast on Monday!  Thank you to Amy Okarma, Brook Coffee, Nelly Wolfson and Lily Fogarty.

On Tuesday, all our staff members received gifts, flowers and other treats, coordinated and organized by our outstanding HRPs.

Wednesday, the PTO hosted a flavorful Mediterranean themed lunch.  The staff room was turned into a Greek Retreat. Thank you to our volunteers: Angie Stern, Vanessa Maffia, Mandy Facchino, Marjel Scheuer, Sangini Bedner, Sarah King, Leslie Skanberg, Sarah Vincenzo, Aimee Blum, Linda Kamran, Moonyi Satusky, Amanda Smoot and Daphne Melendez. 

Thursday, all of our staff received a custom lunch delivery from each class, thank you again to this year’s HRPs. And thank you to the Lunch/Recess Volunteers for helping in both play yards while the staff enjoyed their lunch; Marie Klemchuk, Gary Hanning, Dawn Axelrad and Kiran Kamboj.

And the week ended with a Friday Soup and Salad lunch.  Many thanks to: Michelle Walker, Jen Arends, Brook Coffee, Lily Fogarty, Sara Donahue, Marta Kandler, Marjel Scheuer, Amanda Smoot, Kim Cashin, Camilla Eckstein, Leeza Eren and Adriana Singh.

It took a village to put such a wonderful week together and we could not of done it without all the many parents involved. Thank you for the time and coordination you all have devoted to show our beloved staff just how much we care. They loved every bit of this week and know just how much they are appreciated.

BINGO DE MAYO tickets have sold out!

But it is definitely worth putting yourself on the waitlist...
Ormondale’s Bingo Night (“Bingo de Mayo”):  Thursday, May 2nd, 5pm-7pm in the MUR
Click here for the video invite
Click here to put yourself on the waitlist

*FAVOR:  Does anyone have any prizes to donate?  We will happily accept any items that could go on our Prize Table (like unopened toys/games/desirable gifts, gift certificates, coupons, discounted services, vouchers, etc).  Please message Sangini ( if you are able to contribute.  THANK YOU!

corte madera news


CMS Spring Play - Save the Date!


This year parents are invited to join Ormondale and CMS students and staff in sharing your passion at PVSD’s 3rd Annual School Maker Faire. The Makery Club is hosting this event on Friday, April 12th, from noon to 3:30pm.  

 A school Maker Faire is a showcase of projects created by you, the inventors, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, crafters, artists and DIYers. During the fair, you will have the opportunity to talk about your passion with students and other visitors. 

 We are also looking for a few adults to help run hands-on activity stations. If interested in volunteering or sharing your passion, please contact our Maker Coach, Sarrie Paguirigan,​.


Just a note to check the lost and found for any missing items. Anything left will be cleared out during Spring break. Thank you!


Corte Madera Track & Field is open to all 4th-8th grade boys and girls.  

Track will take place on Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:30 at M-A High School (with a few dates at Hillview).  Track will run from April 18h to May 22nd.  Athletes will have an opportunity to participate in sprints, distance, hurdles, discus, shot  put, high jump and long jump. The program is run in conjunction with Hillview, La Entrada, Woodside, and Oak Knoll.  This allows us to pool our resources and offer such a wide variety of events each practice and meet.  

The program is very low key, and focuses on having fun while trying to achieve personal bests in the events they choose to participate in.  We do not hand out medals or ribbons after competition, but we do keep records of times, distances and heights, and share those out so athletes can monitor their personal best results.  

Register online at​.  Registration ends 3/26.

Contact Kate Cox at if you have any questions.
Go Panthers! 

portola valley schools Foundation News


Spring is in the air and FANfare is nearly here!

Have you bought your FANfare tickets yet? Join us for a very special evening under the stars, filled with great food, signature drinks, dancing, live music, and of course the amazing PVSD community of parents and local supporters.

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. Click Here to learn more. 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 27, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the big white tent on Corte Madera lawn!

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 (

community news

Wait Until 8th Grade Smartphone Pledge

A group of PVSD parents launched a smartphone pledge last year called “Wait Until 8th,” and they would like to provide an update for each grade, and to give new families in the district an opportunity to participate!

“Wait Until 8th” has gained a lot of momentum in neighboring communities, as well as nationwide (your child can still have a phone and be part of this pledge).  

To learn more about this pledge, and which grades have been activated at Ormondale and Corte Madera, please click on the letter below.

Wait Until 8th Update - English

Wait Until 8th Update - Spanish

Panther's Camp - Sign Up Today!

Serving Portola Valley and neighboring communities for the past 25 years.  We are planning another great start to summer at Panthers Camp where we build confident movers who inspire others

Don't miss out on the fun - we offer an extensive variety of traditional and non-traditional sports and games, team building activities and cooperatives!  Extended Care offered at all sessions. 

Camp runs the first 3 weeks of summer and sessions fill up quickly.  More information and registration is available on our new website at or by emailing Dan Flahavan at

The Windmill School Laurel Education Center Classes

The Windmill School LaureL Education Center is excited to announce the launch of Enrichment Classes for elementary aged students at its beautiful Portola Valley campus. Windmill School Laurel Education Center is opening up its community spaces to excellent outside providers who will offer great classes this spring. We hope your K-3rd graders will join us! 

Classes begin the week of April 8th, so please register soon to secure your spot! Any elementary students who meet the age requirements in the class descriptions below are welcome to enroll.
Ukulele (offered by After School Music Academy):
After School Music Academy is pleased to bring its Ukulele Group to the LaureL Education Center at Windmill School. This hands on class is open to students in grades K-3.  The uke is an excellent instrument on which to learn how to play music. It's relatively simple to learn, easy to tote around, inexpensive, super fun, and timelessly popular!  In this ensemble, we will jump right into the fun stuff and learn how to play music on the ukulele. By the end of the course, students will know a few chord positions, will be able to play a couple of songs on the ukulele, and be able to sing along. Our instructors bring a classroom set of ukuleles with them to every class for the kids to use. Though it is not required, we highly recommend that students also have a ukulele at home to practice. No prior music experience required!
Mondays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Fee is $240
8 classes, First class April 8th. Last class June 3rd. No class on Memorial Day. 
Space for up to 20 students, K-3rd graders
To register, please visit this site and click on the registration link. Questions, contact

Coming to Our Senses: A Mindful Adventure in the Garden with Brook Coffee and Ginger Oros

Join us for an 8 week class in the garden at the new Windmill LaureL Education Center in Portola Valley. Students will be learning about mindfulness and awareness practices as they role up their sleeves in the garden. Listening, Smelling, Tasting, Feeling, and Seeing are all exciting doorways into the present moment, and the garden provides a rich environment for paying attention. Parents will be invited to join us at the conclusion of each class to practice mindfulness together. Open to children in 1st-3rd grade. 
Tuesdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Fee is $270 plus a $20 material fee
8 classes, April 9th - June 4th. No class on May 28th. 
Space for up to 20 students, 1st-3rd graders
To register, please email In the email, please include parents' first and last name, child’s first and last name, age, gender, parents' email and phone number. Payment can be sent to or dropped off at Windmill School, 900 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028. Checks should be made out to Ginger Oros. Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Join the Ladera Recreation District

The Ladera Recreation District is a true community center, a “home away from home” for everyone and provides a clean, safe recreational environment in which members can exercise, socialize, relax, and develop lasting friendships through a variety of social events, traditions, and leisure activities.

Amid a stunning setting, Ladera Recreation District’s facilities include a swimming pool, wading pool, four tennis courts, two of which are lit for evening use, a volley ball court, playground, skateboard ramp  and  bocce ball area. The LRD has many programs and activities for all ages, from yoga to aquatics to art classes. Our summer camp focuses on child development and old fashioned fun.  The Ladera Dolphins swim team is a very exciting program for young children to learn life-long swimming skills while having fun with their friends.

We encourage you to stop by for a visit, and we invite you to join us for a wonderful summer with your friends and neighbors! For more information, please visit:​ or give us a call at 650-854-3242.

After school art classes at Ladera Recreation Department

Robin Harper has opened up some spots in her popular after school art programs at the LRD.

The After School Art Club meets on Wednesdays from 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!”

Drawing for Kids Wednesdays from 3-4pm   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 and charcoal. 

 The openings in the classes begin on March 20th and continue until June 5th.  (Please note, if your child is already enrolled in these classes you do not need to re-register).

 For more information and to register, please go to

Summer Art Class at Ladera Rec District
Robin is excited to announce a 4 week (8 sessions) Mixed Media Art Class for K-5 this summer. Summer art class starts June 17 - July 10 on Mondays & Wednesdays @ 1:30-2:30pm. Go to to register.

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  


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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