April 1, 2018


district news




  • ​​​4/24 - Years of Service Celebration
  • 4/26  4th Grade Transition Coffee, 8:30-9:30 at CMS Rm. 303


  • 4/26 BLINGO!


  • ​4/4 & 4/5 at 6:30  Shrek the Musical
  • 4/26  4th Grade Transition Coffee, 8:30-9:30 at CMS Rm. 303

years of service celebration

Tuesday, April 24th from 4-6pm in the PV Town Center Community Room

Biennially, the PV-PTO teachers, staff and community recognize some of our finest for their years of service to the district.  This year, come celebrate with us as we honor the following staff for their outstanding dedication. 

10 Years

Adam Ahlbach, Suzanne Fast, Margie Mather, Patricia Pope, Crissy Untrecht

20 Years

Kristin Berman, Catherine Castillo, Deborah Grech, Jennifer Lebsack, Jerry Nickel, Wayne Rickert, Jeanne Rusch, Rupal Sutaria

PV Basketball Commissioner Thank you!

Big thanks to Josh Moser for his work this year as PV Basketball Commissioner!  He kept so many moving parts working smoothly together and had so many PV kids and parents having fun and playing ball  through the winter! 

Thanks also to all the parent volunteer coaches - PV Basketball would not be the same without you.


Good Eggs!

This March and April, Good Eggs will donate 10% back to Ormondale Elementary School and Corte Madera School every time you shop.

Good Eggs is an online market that delivers good groceries to customers' homes throughout the Bay Area, seven days a week.

Enroll in the fundraiser by visiting schools.goodeggs.com and entering the code pvpto.

Never tried Good Eggs? You’ll get $15 off your first order when you enroll!


Incoming Fourth Grade Transition Coffee  -- NOTE the NEW DATE of Thursday 4/26

What goes on over there at CMS? What is the Gold Rush trip?  How about those Cocoa Breakfasts? Where do the kids sit at lunch?  

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

When:  Thursday, April 26th, from 8:30-9:30am

Where:  Corte Madera School, Rm. 303.  

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

Superindendent Eric Hartwig, CMS Principal, Cyndi Maijala, and Ormondale Principal, Lynette Hovland will be in attendance as will be "seasoned" parents of students who are currently at CMS.  We will be there to answer your questions about all things big and small.  Our aim is to make your child's transition from Ormondale to Corte Madera as smooth as possible.  So let's meet over a coffee and learn more about CMS at this relaxed and informal information session.

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

Thursday, May 15th at 1:30pm - Incoming 4th Grade Parent Meeting at CMS, Transition to CMS. (This is the same presentation as the November 14th meeting, but offered at an afternoon time, the tour will be varied.)

Thursday, May 17th at 7:30am - Cocoa Breakfast and School Tour at CMS for current 3rd graders.   (Parents, please feel free to walk your child in and join for the Cocoa portion 7:30-8:00am. 

There is also additional information on our PVSD website under the "Incoming Fourth Graders Welcome" link.  http://cms.pvsd.net/students/incoming_4th_graders/

ORM Staff Birthdays thank you!

Thank you to Jen Arends for recognizing ORM staff birthdays throughout this year!  She gently reminds HRPs about upcoming room teacher birthdays and sends staff members birthday cards and Roberts gift cards - funded by the PTO!



We are so overwhelmed and happy by the immediate response in ticket sales; there is a waitlist for you to join if you are interested!  We will do our very best to accommodate as many waitlisters as possible.

SPECIAL REQUEST:  If you have any unused toys/board games/possible items to donate as prizes (for both kids and adults), hugely appreciated if you bring them to the office!  There is a “Blingo Prize Box” in the office that will happily and gratefully accept whatever prize offerings you have.  Think of all the things you have in your home, sitting unopened and idle, begging to be of use.  Bring those to us, please!  For any questions on this, please contact Sangini Majmudar Bedner at smajmudar@aol.com

If you haven’t yet seen the video invite, please click here for extra inspiration!!!!  

corte madera news




community news

Help Students Who Need You Most - Learn about All Students Matter on April 25 or 26

Come learn about volunteering next school year, once a week in a K-5th grade classroom in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto and where students face many challenges and are eager for your support to build academic and social/emotional skills. Hear about the impact you can have by joining us 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 25 in Atherton or Thursday, April 26 in Palo Alto at the home of a current volunteer.

Contact Jeanette Kennedy at jkc_kennedy@yahoo.com to receive details. Learn more about us at www.allstudentsmatter.org.

Summer Tennis camp at alpine hills

This summer, Alpine Hills is offering six weeks of Junior Summer Tennis Camp. All ages and levels are welcome! We will have both a half day camp (for beginner and intermediate players) and a full day camp (for competitive and advanced players). Camps will be offered June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20and July 23-27. Sign up before spaces are filled! For more information and to register CLICK HERE. Club membership is not required.

Mid-pen water polo club spring 2018 skills clinics

Saturday, March 24th and Saturday, April 21st

10am-12pm @ Menlo-Atherton High School

Open to ALL skill levels and ALL positions

Cost: $40/player

Whether you are a first time player or a skilled varsity player, these camps are for you! The two camps will focus on:

* Individual skill development

* Improving passing and shooting technique

* Building leg strength and body balance

* Position specific drills

* Gameplay activities

To register for the camp, please visit our website.


Act onstage or get behind the scenes this summer! 

PVTC still has space in summer camp! Performance students take classes in acting, singing, dancing, design, and attend special workshops with master teaching artists. Tech campers have the chance to explore lights, sound, set building, painting, and costumes. All the hard work culminates in fully-staged performances at the end of the camp session. Join us for Honk JR (entering grades 5-8), Seussical KIDS (entering grades 1-6)A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (high school), or tech camp (entering grades 6-8). Register online today at www.pvtc-ca.org!



Now in its sixth season in Portola Valley, this camp is a great way for kids who love games to learn to programme. We use real programming with a real programming language - Java - on a real-world server that your child will setup and configure. Kids enjoy seeing the immediate results of their learnings and are highly motivated to understand the capabilities and techniques of Java.

The camp also draws on their imaginative abilities, creating new Minecraft mods that they’ve dreamed up but never thought they could actually build, like an arena generator or spawn an Ender Dragon or a TNT block that explodes when the timer reaches zero!

At the end of the camp, your child will have learned:

- How to setup and use their own Minecraft server 

- How to install customized mods on their server using Spigot

- How to set up a software development environment

- How to build a mod using Java

- Programming basics

- Java basic

All camps are run here in Portola Valley by the Youstra brothers, students at Woodside Priory.

To learn more about the camps and register for one of the sessions, CLICK HERE


Sessions are filling up quickly.  

Here is the link: Registration


  • Session 1: June 11-15 (Sold-Out)
  • Session 2: June 18-22
  • Session 3: June 25-29

All sessions include optional extended care from 3:00-5:30 Monday –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 at (pantherscamppv@gmail.com).


Learning math feels like play in this engaging summer camp that will help your child improve skills, build confidence, and head into the new school year feeling excited about math!

Math Quest Camp is a joy-filled week of math mysteries, number challenges, real-world projects, and games that make math fun and easy to understand.

By the end of camp, all the kids have their favorite ways to “play” with math. They'll head to the school year with a boost in confidence, improved math skills, and the belief that math is fun.

        • July 9-13: Portola Valley, grades 1-4
        • July 16-20: Santa Clara, grades 1-4
        • July 23-27: Portola Valley, grades 3-6
        • Aug 6-10: Santa Clara, grades 3-6

Hours: 9am – 3pm, M-F (extra care available 8:00am-5:00pm)
More Info click HERE

San Francisco Boys Chorus!

In our 70th year of operation, the San Francisco Boys Chorus is hoping that you will look into our program if your son is between the ages of 4 ½ and 14 years old and likes to sing.

We teach boys with unchanged voices how to sing, read music and perform.  We teach classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-6:30PM at the Congregational Church of San Mateo located at 225 Tilton Avenue in San Mateo.  We run 2 summer music camps a year and sponsor an international and national tour every other year.  Our boys perform with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Jose Opera, and San Francisco Opera.  The boys perform also at sports games with the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco Giants.

If you would like to learn more about our program and our May 13th auditions,  please visit our website. 


Calling all dancers and dance-lovers!

Come see the M-A High School Dance Team in their annual Dance Show and Fundraiser

Thursday, April 5th at 6:30 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center

  • Favorite dances from football and basketball seasons
  • Senior captains dance
  • Delicious home-baked treats for sale
  • Deals on local restaurants and retailers in the Silent Auction

Tickets available online.


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