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January 31, 2021

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important dates & district news

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DISTRICT

  • 2/11: School Board Meeting, 6 pm​

  • 2/15-2/19: Mid-Winter Break, no school

PARENT EDUCATION

  • 2/9: Common Ground Speaker Series: Future Ready Kids, 7-8:15 pm

ORMONDALE

  • 2/1-2/5: Parent/Teacher Conference Week
  • 2/3: Kindergarten registration begins for fall of 2021
  • 2/5: TK registration begins for fall of 2021​​

CORTE MADERA

  • 2/3: School Photo Make-up Day, 10 am-12 pm

district news

Important Change to Bianchini's Participation in eScrip

Bianchini's changed the way eScrip contributions are processed. In order for our schools to receive an eScrip contribution from Bianchini's, you must make sure the phone number you use for Bianchini's reward program is also registered with eScrip here https://secure.escrip.com/sla/card-add.jsp?cardtype=80&mid=bianchinisrc  

Not signed up for eScrip? Please consider signing up today! Simply shop at participating eScrip retailers, like Bianchini's and Portola Valley Garage, and a percentage of your purchases will go to our schools. Your purchase will not be affected, you will still get the benefit of your reward points, and your purchase information will not be shared. Sign up here and select Portola Valley School District PTO for your donations: https://secure.escrip.com/signup/index.jsp 


Wish Lists

Thank you to all who have donated!

Please see the wish lists below to help our classrooms with some additional needs as many of our children return to in person learning:

Ormondale (https://ormondale-return-to-school-donations.cheddarup.com)

Corte Madera (https://cms-return-to-school-wishlist.cheddarup.com)

CLICK FOR DISCOUNTS AND PARTNERSHIPS

PARENT EDUCATION

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Common Ground Speaker Series - FUTURE READY KIDS

Raising the Bar on Critical Thinking

​Featuring Colin Seale in conversation with Ralph Wales, Head of St. Matthew’s Episcopal School

Tues Feb, 9, 7pm–8:15pm PST

Online Zoom Webinar:  Register to Attend  (Registration closes at 5pm the day of the event) 

Colin Seale, educator, attorney and author of Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students, will cover powerful, but practical, strategies parents and educators can use to activate kids' critical thinking skills to best prepare them for a 21st century future. Seale shares how critical inquiry will empower our children to become engaged students and involved citizens, leaders and innovators.

For event registration and details, and the Winter/Spring Season Lineup visit the Common Ground website.

As a reminder, videos of prior Common Ground events are available on a password protected page on the Common Ground’s website.  Please contact Anne Fazioli-Khiari (anne.m.fazioli@gmail.com) or Teri Wolf (terilwolf@gmail.com) for access.

ORMONDALE News

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE WEEK

Week of February 1st: Parent/Teacher Conference Week. All conferences will be held virtually.  Your child's teacher will reach out to schedule your conference. Please note that we will have minimum days during Parent/Teacher Conference Week. See below for the dismissal schedule: 

  • TK/Kindergarten: unchanged 
  • 1st grade: 11:30 am
  • 2nd grade: 11:40 am
  • 3rd grade: 11:50 am


BAG DONATION

Thank you to everyone that donated bags to the school. We have enough to last for some time. If we need more bags we will be sure to let everyone know. 

TK/KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

We will begin registration for TK/Kindergarten for the fall of 2021 starting on Wednesday, February 3 for Kindergarten and Friday, February 5 for TK. Registration orientations will be held virtually on those dates at 9:00am. Parents must register to attend the virtual orientations by visiting our school website. A link to the orientation will be sent to all who registered the day before the event. Please pass this information along to any friends and neighbors who have age eligible children.

corte madera news

make up photo day

Make Up Photo Day is Wednesday, February 3 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm for individual students that missed the photo day in August.

More information will be sent out on how to sign up for a time slot. The photos will be taken in the corner of CMS parking lot-by the 4/5 drop off area. 

make sure to dress for the weather!

It is important that students come to school prepared to play and learn outside. Even on rainy days students will be outside for lunch/recess under the awnings; indoor eating is not allowed.

Teachers may also choose to continue to teach outdoors and  PE classes are being conducted in the hallways.

Additional information about outdoor learning is on the PVSD website. http://www.pvsd.net/covid-19_resources_information/outdoor_learning  

Help CMS stay safe and open!

Just a reminder to please follow the safety protocols outlined by the county. CMS staff is doing their best to keep students 6 feet apart, wearing their masks properly, keeping to their stable cohorts, hand washing/sanitizing at school and trying to reinforce this with them as they head home.

Please remind your child to wear a mask when they are walking home or when they are hanging out down at Roberts and to stay 6 feet apart from their peers.

If your child is not feeling well in the morning or is experiencing any symptoms, please do not send them to school and contact Ashlie in the front office.

Let's all do our part to keep everyone safe and healthy and CMS open for On Campus learning!

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ART TO REMEMBER PTO FUNDRAISER

A fundraiser for the CMS PTO helping parents preserve children’s artwork through custom printed keepsakes.  

By now your child will have brought home a piece of paper to create their artwork at home. Remember to check out here for ideas: https://arttoremember.com/about/resources/lesson-plans/  

Once your child creates their art (or you find an older piece of art that you’d like commemorated), access the Corte Madera Portal: 

https://arttoremember.com/school/l56xae

Search for your child’s name, upload their art and select the products you’d like to purchase. Art must be uploaded by February 12th. 

Please contact Erin Sanders with any questions: erinwsanders@gmail.com 

Happy Creating! 

CMS YEARBOOK ORDERS

Remember to buy your yearbook for this unique and exciting year! You can purchase your copy HERE  Use the code 7530. Books are $45.00. Dedications (called "Ads" on the Herff Jones site) for 1/8 page are $35.00 and dedications for 1/4 page (8th grade only) are $55.00. Dedications are ordered on the same website. All orders are due no later than March 16.

Foundation news

Thank you for your support!

We’re humbled. We’re grateful. And frankly, we’re relieved.

We didn’t know what to expect from the PV Schools Foundation Annual Campaign this year. With the bruising challenges of the past 12 months, we worried we'd fall short of what the District needs from us to support its operating budget. But many of our families, neighbors and local businesses opened their hearts and wallets – some more than ever before  -- to ensure that our children continue to receive an exemplary education in the face of unprecedented hurdles.

Thanks to the generous gifts of so many in our community, our intrepid Annual Campaign Leads Linda Kamran and Heather Cunningham, and our faithful grade captains, we raised more than $900,000.

That amount ensures the District will continue to offer enhanced Math and Science curriculum, Art, Music, PE, counselors and more; as well as a long list of needs caused by a global pandemic that has shuttered other, less fortunate schools than ours.

This would not have been possible without the support of the Foundation. That’s US. That’s YOU.

So from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

Sincerely,

Aimee Armsby and Wendy Keefe, PVSF Co-Presidents

community news

All community news is posted on the pto website 


HERE ARE THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS!   

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  • HELP STUDENTS WHO NEED YOU MOST - ALL STUDENTS MATTER TUTORING
  • WHEELCHAIR AND WALKER SHORTAGE 
  • SANGINI'S WINTER DANCE CLASSES
  • PORTOLA VALLEY THEATER CONSERVATORY WINTER CLASSES 
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