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May 8, 2022


important dates & district news

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  • ​5/30: No School, Memorial Day Holiday​​


  • 5/18: Fentanyl Prevention Education: How to Help Teens Make Healthy Decisions, 5:30 pm
  • 5/24: Understanding Severe Mental Health Conditions in Children and Youth, 5:30 pm


  • 5/20 Wheelchair Warriors Assembly
  • 5/23 3rd Grade Parents Meeting at CMS
  • 5/24 3rd Grade Visit to Corte Madera
  • 5/25 Musical Medley Revue
  • 6/3 Farmer’s Market & Art Walk, 2:45 pm


  • 5/2-5/13: CAASPP: Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Math, Grades 4-8
  • Week of 5/9: CAASPP: California Science Test (CAST), 5th grade
  • 5/11: Early Student Release, 1:40 pm
  • 5/13: Popsicle Friday
  • 5/13: Middle School Dance
  • 5/18: CMS Minimum Day
  • 5/18: CMS Super Staff Lunch
  • 5/19: CMS Spring Extravaganza: Pops Concert and Art Show, 5 pm 
  • 5/23: Incoming 4th Grade Parent Meeting, 8:45 am

  • 5/24: 3rd Graders Visit CMS on Tuesday, 8:15 am

  • 5/26: Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting: Thursday, 9 am

district news

Summer School Learning Opportunity!

Once again, PVSD will host its Annual Portola Valley Summer Program. This program boasts a robust, engaging, half-day learning experience that may fit your child’s/children’s needs. At this time, participation is by teacher invite only, but if space should become available, we are happy to extend it to rising PVSD 1st-8th graders.

If you would like more information about the possibility of your child/children attending, please contact Mr. Adam Ahlbach, Lead Teacher, at

Dates: Monday, June 13th - Friday, July 8th (No School on Monday, June 20th and Monday, July 4th)
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
Location: Woodside Priory School

Thank You PVSF FANFare Volunteers

Thanks to our amazing community, the FANfare event was a wonderful success, raising funds that will benefit our schools for years to come! Great thanks to everyone who attended the event, purchased and/or donated buy-in parties and auction items, donated to the Fund-A-Need, and helped bring our community together. Check out photos here from the beautiful evening event!

It takes a Village!

We are beyond grateful to Michelle Gilman Jasen, our fearless leader, who made FANfare happen with her dedication, creativity, and focus. Thank you, Michelle! 

Thank You for the brains, brawn, and ingenuity working behind the scenes:  Katie Dodd, Linda Kamran, Brook Coffee, Serena Hanes, Heather Milotich, Andy Barrows, Jay Hartman, Amber La, Cassandra Pero, and Wendy Keefe.

Thank You to an incredible crew of parent volunteers (and one alum) who helped set up, decorate, run the show, wrangle kids, and clean after FANfare: Leigh Pyle, Cindy McAdam, Eve Moscato, Erin Murarka, Camilla Lynch, Anngi Strick, Hilary Duwe, Leslie Skanberg, Naomi Pritikin, Marta Kandler, Garima Kapur, Jenny Harley, Amanda Smoot, Kit Antovich, Teri Wolf, Gaja Frampton, Jo Mutch, Rich Jasen, Vani Suvarna, Scott Warren, Claire Selden, Elizabeth Rubin, Josh Moser, Grace Coffee, Ryan Coffee, Laura Davidson, Marie Klemchuk, Crystal Ciancutti, Heather Cunningham, Carolyn Worthington, and Judy and Dan Gilbert.  

Hats off to our fabulous MCs for the evening: Bubba Murarka and Geoff Crouse.

Thank You to the 14 families who provided a 1:1 match of the first $60K raised: Ali Rosenthal & Kat Carroll, Linda & Imad Scott Kamran, Kim & Jared Grauer, Erin & Bubba Murarka, Brittany & Arik Zilka, Mieke & Andy Barrows, Leigh & Brian Pyle, Vani Suvarna & David Fox, Anne & Matt Van der Staay, Karyn & John Ellis, Hilary & Josh Harmssen, Garima Kapoor & Anand Babu Periasamy, Sarah Dorahy & Geoff Crouse, and Judy & Dan Gilbert. 

Thank You to Roberta Zarea, Connie Ngo, Adam Lint, Evelyn Luis, Lynette Hovland, and Kristen Shima. Our PVSD staff was involved in many steps on the way, and we are so grateful for their support.   

Finally, Thank You to our local sponsors who contributed in part to the evening events:


Thank You Katie Wilson, Rachel Reilly, and Picnic Volunteers!

A huge thank you to Katie, Rachel and all the volunteers who helped make our first Spring PVSD Picnic a success! We are so glad to be creating more opportunities for our amazing school community to get back together. 

Volunteer Reminder 

PVSD volunteers who are onsite at a school campus supporting school functions must be "up to date" on their COVID vaccination (this means that if you are eligible for a booster you should have one) and must verify their vaccination status.  Those who do not have a booster or have made the decision not to get a booster need to test prior to volunteering at school and must show proof of a negative test to the school office.

As a reminder, volunteers must submit vaccination verification (and testing verification, if required) to the school office prior to volunteering.  All visitors and volunteers must check in at the school office prior to entering the school campus.


Please consider enrolling in the following programs to benefit our PTO.


Make your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile and help our schools! Go to and select "Portola Valley Parent Teacher Organization" as your designated organization.    


Sign up for eScrip today and a % of purchases you make at participating merchants, including Bianchini’s, will go back to our school. Click here to sign up (select Portola Valley School District PTO as your school): 

Already signed up? If you shop at Bianchini’s, please click here to make sure that the phone number you use for your Bianchini’s Rewards is also linked to your eScrip account:


Lunch Recess Volunteers for 1st-3rd Grade

Please come help supervise our active 1st-3rd graders during lunchtime recess.  The weather is getting nice and it’s fun to see our kids interact and play with their friends.  Sign up here to help. Note that you can sign up for one or multiple recess slots on a given day.

corte madera news

Thank you Sarah Dorahy and 4th and 5th Grade Families!

Sarah organized an awesome Super Staff Breakfast which was sponsored by the 4th and 5th grade families. Pastries from Douce France, fruit, yogurt, juice, and coffee were served in the staff room for teachers and staff to enjoy before school and during recess. We were so glad we were able to bring these Super Staff meals back to show our amazing staff our appreciation. 

Popsicle Friday: May 13th End of School Day

To celebrate the end of state testing on Friday, May 13th, the PTO will be handing out popsicles to all students at the end of the day! Hooray for popsicle Friday!

CMS Middle School Dance: Spring Fling! Friday, May 13th, 7-9pm

CMS will be having their first middle school dance (in over 2 years!), for grades 6-8, on Friday, May 13th from 7-9pm. The 8th grade Student Council is busy planning and organizing the event and the theme is Spring Fling! This event is only for current 6th-8th grade CMS students and will take place indoors in the MUR. 

Super Staff Lunch 5/18

Our next Super Staff Lunch will be Wednesday, hosted by the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade families. Sign-up here to help: 

CMS Minimum Day: Wednesday, May 18th

The last CMS Minimum Day is Wednesday, May 18th. School will be out at 12:15 pm on this day and lunch will not be served. These minimum days give our staff valuable planning time to work in grade level teams and departments. 

CMS Spring Extravaganza: Pops Concert and Art Show! Thursday, May 19th, 5pm

Ms. Horgan and Ms. Bol are working hard to set up a wonderful showcase of our students' work this year. Please mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, May 19th at 5pm to hear our CMS Band students perform outside and observe your child's artwork! We will be setting up on the CMS blacktop and encourage families to bring blankets/chairs and sit on the grass. Bring  your own picnic dinner and PTO will provide a sweet treat that evening to families.  

Incoming 4th Grade Parent Meeting: Monday, 5/23 at 8:45am at CMS

All incoming 4th grade parents are invited to meet Ms. Shima and Mr. Patterson in the CMS Amphitheater for an overview of the 4th grade program. We will be touring the campus, the classrooms, and meeting the teachers and current 4th grade students.

3rd Graders Visit CMS on Tuesday, 5/24 at 8:15am

The Ormondale 3rd graders will be on campus Tuesday, 5/24 at 8:15am for a Cocoa Breakfast and to tour our campus! They will be visiting the current 4th grade classrooms, meeting their 4th grade buddies, taking tours with our 8th grade student council students, and hearing about all that CMS has to offer next year! We can't wait to meet our future CMS students! 

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting: Thursday, 5/26 at 9am at CMS

All incoming 6th grade parents are invited to meet Ms. Shima and Mr. Patterson in the CMS Amphitheater for an overview of the 6th grade program and to review course offerings for next year. We will be touring the campus, the classrooms, and meeting some of the current 6th grade teachers.

parent education

Fentanyl Prevention Education: How to Help Teens Make Healthy Decisions

Eduardo Torres, Senior Prevention Specialist, Prevention Solutions (Betty Ford Hazeldon Foundation)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PDT, Online Event (Live)


How can we prevent fentanyl (opioid) use in adolescents? Join Eduardo Torres, Senior Prevention Specialist, Prevention SolutionsHazeldon Betty Ford Foundation, to better understand the risks of intentional and unintentional fentanyl use among teens. Learn what each parent and caregiver can do to protect their students from these risks while promoting their health.

Parents/caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

This presentation is sponsored by Woodside PTSASequoia Union High School DistrictSequoia Healthcare DistrictPeninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at

Understanding Severe Mental Health Conditions in Children and Youth

Steve Smith, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, UCSB

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PDT, Online Event (Live)


Mental health is an important part of children’s overall health and well-being. What should parents know about severe mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, and more?  

Join Steve Smith, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, to understand more about severe mental health conditions in children and youth.

Parents/caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

This special event is sponsored by generous donors from Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation and San Mateo County Office of Education, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at

community news

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  1. Alpine Strikers Spring Soccer Sign Up!

  2. Become a Ravenswood Classroom Partners volunteer

  3. AYSO Region 25 Looking for Fall 2022 Volunteers


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