After School Spanish Conversation Class – FULL!

Learn the basics of Conversational Spanish in 3 simple steps: pronunciation, using key words, and daily use of language.  Tuesdays 3-4 pm, starting on August 27. Portola Campus – Classroom TBD.

The class is free – but please register.  For more information or to sign up, e-mail or call (510) 235-3546

For further details, please see the flyer here Spanish Conversation Class.

Garden Work Party

There will be a garden work party on Saturday, August 17th 2-5 pm to spiff up the campus before the students arrive for their first day of school.  No green thumb required!

Portola Middle School Registration!

1021 Navellier Street
El Cerrito, CA 94806

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
9:00 am – 7th Grade (Last Names A-H)
10:00 am – 7th Grade (Last Names I-Q)
11:00 am – 7th Grade (Last Names R-Z)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
9:00 am – 8th Grade (Last Names A-H)
10:00 am – 8th Grade (Last Names I-Q)
11:00 am – 8th Grade ( Last Names R-Z)

Thursday August 8, 2013
9:00 am – Noon – Make Up Day – Both Grades

Parents and Guardians will fill out forms, get necessary materials, textbooks, and pick class schedules. Students are encouraged, but not required to come.

Your PTSA will be on hand (with coffee) to discuss volunteer opportunities. You can join the PTSA, make a contribution to the Direct Appeal and buy Spirit Wear! Come learn about after school chess and French classes. We will also host a backpack drive. Buy a backpack for someone that does not have one. Credit cards accepted!

School volunteers are required to obtain a volunteer badge from the school district. There are three parts to the volunteer requirement: Fingerprinting, a clean tuberculosis test, and the volunteer form. We will hold a fingerprinting session on Tuesday, August 6, 9:00 am – 12:30 p.m. if we have interest from the community. We need 10 (ten) people registered to hold this session. Fingerprinting costs $26 if you have been a California resident for 10 years and $41 for fewer years. You can either get the TB test from your doctor before or after the fingerprinting session. If you are interested in fingerprinting, please email to reserve a spot.

Bag or backpack for textbooks
$22 for Portola Physical Education Uniform (optional, but recommended. CASH ONLY FOR THIS TRANSACTION).

All students are issued a student ID and lanyard on the day of registration. Students are required to wear these at all times.

Registration will take approximately 1.5 hours. It will go faster if you fill out the packet that was mailed home before you show up. If you cannot come at the designated time, try to come at one of the other times. If you will be away, please contact the school office (510-524-0405 ) after August 12th between 8:30 am – 3:30 pm to make arrangements to register at school. Our goal is to have all students registered by the first day of school.

For further information, contact Portola PTSA,

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Go Portola Presents…..

Wine and Cheese in a Fabulous Garden

A Portola Middle School Fundraiser

Please join us Saturday, June 1, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Enjoy perfectly matched wines and cheeses in a fabulous garden setting. If you went to Portola, go to Portola, or are interested in learning more, please join us for this fun, community-building event.

Live salsa music by Little Spike…and maybe we’ll play a little Limbo!
Wine not your thing? Not to worry. We’ll be serving beers and British cheeses as well.

$20 per person. Pay at the door. Or click on the buy now button below.

Email to be put on the evite. It would be a tragedy if we did not have a wine glass for you!!

100% of all proceeds benefit the Portola PTSA.

Your Go Portola! Hosts, Bobbie Dowling, Leslie Reckler, Susan Riggle, Alonn Ilan

Time to return textbooks!

Ms. Anja Strand, our textbook coordinator needs to take inventory of all the textbooks. Students are asked to return the home set of textbooks next week. Students are requested to bring textbooks following this schedule to allow for orderly returns:
Monday – Math
Tuesday – History
Wednesday – Spanish or ELD
Thursday – Science
Friday – English

Parents may return the entire set at any time between 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

El Toro Weekly 05/16/2013

New PTSA Leadership
The PTSA elected new leadership for the 2013-2014 school year. Thank you to the following people for volunteering to lead the charge and thank you to the outgoing board for all of their hard work.

President: Kathy Guarneri
VP for operations: Leslie Reckler
VP for fund raising: Negar Souza
Treasurer: Katherine Meurer
Financial secretary: Natalie Page
Secretary: Alonn Ilan

Many more positions are available! Check out the list of open positions at To get involved, email Leslie Reckler at

Volunteers needed for End of Year Celebrations
Help our 8th graders enjoy their last days of middle school. Volunteers are needed for 3 events:
1) The 8th grade lunch/dance will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from 11:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. at the El Cerrito Community Center (next door to Portola)
2) The 8th grade picnic following the promotional rehearsal will be on Wednesday, June 5 from 11:15 a.m.-1:25 p.m. at Cerrito Vista Park (across street from Portola)
3) The 8th grade promotion ceremony is set for Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the El Cerrito High School Gym.

To get involved, visit to sign up to volunteer. You need to provide your email address but you don’t need to register.
Any questions, contact Rula Adranly at or 237-6049

Grown-up Fun
Enjoy wine perfectly paired with cheese in a fabulous garden in Kensington while helping raise funds for the PTSA from 4pm-7pm on June 1. Only $20 per person, with checks made out to Portola PTSA. For more information, email Leslie Reckler at

New Middle School
A groundbreaking for the new middle school at the site of the closed Castro elementary is set for June 2. Trying to get together a student band to provide music at the groundbreaking. If your student has their own instrument or rents an instrument outside of school and would like to participate, please contact Leslie Reckler at

Spring Fever
Some students have caught Spring Fever now that testing is over. Please encourage your student to continue to behave and perform in class.

Congratulations to Erich Fenczik Warnock for winning the iPod Touch raffle for the Cookie Dough Sales.