El Toro Weekly 03/07/2013

Visit Portola
Please plan to attend the Portola Open House on Thursday, March 14 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. to visit your student’s classrooms and meet with teachers. Students will have a minimum day on March 14.

Get Involved
Everyone is invited to attend the next PTSA meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 in Room 7. We will be discussing items including the Spring Faire.

*Band parents will meet at 6 p.m. on March 12, while 8th grade parents will meet at 8 p.m.

Spring Faire is Coming Up!
Spring Faire is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, and features games, crafts, food, music and other fun carnival-type activities.  We need your help to organize the event and also to volunteer on the day of the Spring Faire– please contact Evangeline Ireland at emireland@yahoo.com to get involved.

Fitness Tests
Fitnessgram physical fitness tests for 7th graders begin on Monday, March 11 and will be conducted over two weeks.Areas such as aerobic capacity, abdominal/upper body strength and flexibility will be tested.
Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteers are needed to help with a fundraiser by working the concession stands at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, April 7, anytime between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please contact RulaAdranly at radranly@quest-world.com to get involved.

Help Keep Teacher Treat Day Going
We need a few volunteers to step up and take on the role of Teacher Treat Day coordinators for next year.  During Teacher Treat Day, which is held once a month, families provide food for teachers and staff to enjoy during their lunch. Coordinating Teacher Treat Day is pretty straightforward and we are fortunate to have a generous community that comes together month after month to show their gratitude to the hardworking Portola teachers/staff.  If you would be willing to take a coordinator position, please let Tre know at trecurran88@gmail.com.  You will receive lots of support and info to make this an easy, enjoyable way to add to a positive school culture. 

*On Friday, March 8, Teacher Treat Day will feature a “Potato Bar” — we are seeking contributions of toppings for baked potatoes, such as cheese, bacon, green onions, chili, broccoli or anything else you can think of. Salads and desserts are also welcome. Please contact Tre to get involved at trecurran88@gmail.com


Book Battles Coming Up
The Portola Battle of the Books will take place on Monday, March 11. The winning team will go on to compete at the district Battle of the Books, which will be held after school on March 28 at Pinole Middle School. The books for this year’s competition:
The Skin I’m In by Sharon Draper; The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time by Mark Haddon; Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Congrats to Math Contest Participants
Portola’s team at the MathCounts competition held at U.C. Berkeley finished fourth out of 19 schools. 8th grader Gwennie Gilbert-Snyder finished in the top 5 of all 135 students competing individually and will represent Portola at the state competition in March.
*Thanks to Math Club volunteers, in particular Todd Groves but also Kazue Nakahara, Evangeline Ireland, Chie Haflich and Pamela Gilbert-Snyder.
*Students participating in the competition also included: Athena Lynch, Abdul Mohiz, Raqeeb Chang, Marcelo Monsalve, Nicholas Adion, Muhammad Arsalan, Helen Gilbert-Snyder, Katrina Ireland and Ramon Verdin.

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