COMMUNITY AND EVENTS

 CAMP GREENMEADOW

Ages: 5-14 years old (GMCA Members Only)
M-F 9:30am-3pm

Summer is here and we are thinking fun, fun, fun! Greenmeadow Community Association is excited to host eight weeks of Summer Camp with amazing games and activities, starting June 7th! Each week brings you the very best in sports, art, science, and daily swimming. Come create wonderful camp memories through adventurous and physically distanced outdoor and indoor activities. If you’re looking for a safe and fun environment for your children, register for a spot today!

(LIMITED TO 14 CAMPERS PER SESSION)

Camp Greenmeadow Flyer (PDF)

Camp Greenmeadow Emergency Packet (PDF)

Weekly Themes & Sign up Links

Week 1 – Animal Adventure 

Week 2 – FInding Disney

Week 3 – Super Heroes vs. Villains 

Week 4 – Stars & Stripes

Week 5 – Science Week

Week 6 – Summer Olympics

Week 7 – Aloha Hawaii

Week 8 – Pajama Party 

 UPCOMING EVENTS

GMCA activities are a function of the interests of the membership. Some events, like the annual July 4th Parade and Celebration are steeped in tradition, while others are relatively new, like food truck and karaoke nights.  Join us today, and get involved! Members can also reserve space at some of our facilities for private parties and events.

Information for connecting to online meetings can be found here.

Note: unless otherwise noted, clubhouse and pool activities are open to members and their guests only. The guest policy is: 8 guests per membership per month, maximum 4 per event. Greenmeadow residents may not attend as guests. We hope that residents will join as fair share members or as swim members. Learn more about membership here.

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Information for connecting to online meetings can be found here.

Note: unless otherwise noted, clubhouse and pool activities are open to members and their guests only. The guest policy is: 8 guests per membership per month, maximum 4 per event. Greenmeadow residents may not attend as guests. We hope that residents will join as fair share members or as swim members. Learn more about membership here.

A TYPICAL YEAR AT A GLANCE

Jan
  • Super Bowl Viewing Party
  • Preseason Swim Team Starts
Feb
  • Mardi Gras Party
Mar – Apr
  • Member Appreciation Party
  • Spring Egg Hunt and Community Potluck
  • House and Garden Tour
May
  • Marlins Swim Team starts
  • Memorial Day Potluck and Concert in the Park
June
  • Friday Night Dinners & Food Trucks
  • Saturday Swim Meets
July
  • 4th of July Parade and celebration
  • Quarterly meeting and Ice Cream Social
  • Swim Team Championships
Aug
  • Food trucks and Karaoke in the park
Sept
  • Fall swim conditioning starts
  • Labor Day Picnic
Oct
  • Progressive Dinner
  • Scary Distance Swim meet, Halloween event
Nov – Dec
  • Holiday Open House

CLASSES

Music Classes

Noise Lab is dedicated to helping families give their children the gift of music.

Noise lab is passionate about providing unique and innovative opportunities for learning music through creativity and improvisation. Research suggests that childhood is a key time for music learning. By providing a music rich environment, your children can improve aptitude, musicianship, and develop instrument readiness and music literacy.

Classes offered Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please check with the organisers to confirm the schedule: mynoiselab@gmail.com

Join today!  www.noiselabmusic.org

Noise Lab is led by dedicated Bay Area parents, musicians, and educators with doctoral degrees in music education.

Meet the Harts

Leslie Hart is an active freelance horn player and professional educator in the San Francisco bay area. She is currently the music specialist at the Bing Nursery School at Stanford University and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Leslie has several published works on learning music with creativity and improvisation and she performs regularly as a member of Emerald Brass QuintetFrequency 49 Woodwind Sextet and with Opera San Jose.

David Hart a native of California, leads an international music career focusing on both education and performance. Passionate about teaching and learning, he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. David focuses his education research on ways to improve creativity and improvisation in the music learning process. Currently, David is director of instrumental music at the Harker Middle School and teaches jazz band, orchestra, and choir. He helped create the Harker Concert Series and is currently co-artist director. He performs as a freelance jazz trumpet player throughout the Bay Area and is on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

PARTY AND EVENTS RENTALS

Members can rent space beside our pool for parties. Our green and shady park is also available for group gatherings and picnics, and our community room can seat up to 30 people for meetings and presentations. Our new clubhouse is also available for members to rent. Contact us to enquire about availability or make a reservation.  

Pool Parties

Rentals are available to GMCA members for up to three hours any day of the week, for up to 25 guests.  Please note that the pool will be shared with other pool users, but there will be a reserved grass area for you and your guests, with shade, use of the barbecue and additional lifeguards. Event guests may use the bathrooms in the clubhouse, but may not gather in the main space. The host may use the kitchen area in the clubhouse. Please make sure to keep it clean.

You may bring in your own cake, food and drinks, but please no glass on the pool deck.

$150 for up to 3 hours. $100 deposit.

Please contact us to enquire about availability.

Park Rentals

Reservations are required for all GMCA members wishing to hold space in the Greenmeadow Community Park.

One to 24 guests at no charge with a reservation. Parties of 25 guests or more will have a $25.00 per hour fee.

Contact us for more information.

Clubhouse Rental

Rentals are available to GMCA members.

The new clubhouse can hold up to 30 people in a classroom setting, and there are tables and chairs available for use.

Price: $150 for a three hour rental.

Rules for Usage:
• Allowed up to 30 guests. Additional $50 will be added for parties with over 30 guests.
Parties with over fifty guests need to make special arrangements with the manager.
• Only Greenmeadow members are allowed to reserve the space.
• Must follow the cleaning and usage policy.
• Rentals will be offered year round but will not be allowed on some Holidays
(Clubhouse will be open to all members on Holidays).

• See manager with any request that falls outside of this policy.

HOSTING A COMMUNITY EVENT? Click here for info

Contact us to reserve.

Community Room Rental

The community room (room behind preschool) is free for members to reserve and cost $50 an hour for non-members to reserve the room. 

Click here to see the community room calendar, and contact us to request a rental. 

PARTNERS

Greenmeadow works with a selection of external organizations which help us to contribute to our wider community, and deliver major services and benefits to our members and to the public. We have partnered with the Greenmeadow Scholarship Fund, Santa Clara Swim Club and the Montessori School of Los Altos.

Greenmeadow Scholarship Fund

The Greenmeadow Community Scholarship Fund (GMCSF) is a unique community-based scholarship program, and an example of what defines our community and makes it special.  It seeks to acknowledge and honor graduating high school seniors who demonstrate the qualities of potential for achievement, service to the community and worthy character. Winners get scholarship awards and textbook stipends to support further education.  

There are two parts to the GMSCF.  The Greenmeadow Community Scholarship is for students whose families are part of the Greenmeadow community at large (members of GMCA; residents who live in Greenmeadow, but are not members of GMCA; Associate members). The George Ebey Scholarship is for Menlo-Atherton High School students and is awarded in collaboration with the Menlo-Atherton College and Career Center.

The GMCSF has been in continual operation since awarding its first scholarship in 1964. The Scholarship Board is staffed exclusively by volunteers with roots in the Greenmeadow community who believe strongly in the value of recognizing and supporting young people in our local communities. The scholarship continues to exist because of the generous contributions of Greenmeadow community members.  The Scholarship Fund is non-profit and donations are tax deductible.  GMCSF would like to thank its donors for their commitment to the ideals of this scholarship which remains a unique and cherished Greenmeadow tradition.

Click Here To Donate Now to the GMCSF

GREENMEADOW COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND MAKES
ANNUAL AWARDS FOR 2021

The 57th annual Greenmeadow Community Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony was
celebrated on Sunday, April 25. Although we couldn’t meet in person we gathered on
the Zoom platform to honor 15 outstanding graduating high school seniors; eight from
the Greenmeadow Community and seven from Menlo-Atherton High School. Their
stories are inspiring. This year we awarded 5 scholarships and each of the finalists for
the Greenmeadow and George Ebey Scholarships was awarded a textbook stipend and
received a gift book of their choice selected at the time of their interviews.
On this day we gleaned some wonderful insights about these students and the
Scholarship Board would like to share these stories.

George Ebey Scholarship—Menlo-Atherton High School

Alejandro Garcia Hurtado —Award of Merit
Wrestling has been a “big part” of of Alejandro’s life at M-A where he became a role
model for the younger wrestlers: on the mat and ready to go when practice started. But
all that came to a halt with the pandemic.
Here is what Alejandro wrote about how COVID-19 affected him and his family: “During
the pandemic, I have learned the importance of being with family. There were many
family events that I had missed because I didn’t want to be around my parents. I had
always preferred to hang out with my friends, but I learned to love and appreciate their
presence while in quarantine. My parents got sick with Covid, and knowing there could
have been a chance they wouldn’t have recovered made me regret all the times I
ditched them to hang out with my friends. I now value the time and effort they put into
loving me every day because who knows when their last day will come.”
Alejandro wants to follow a different path than his siblings. His mother encouraged him
to get a better education as a gateway to a better life. He is the 6 th of 7 children and will
be the 1 st to graduate from High School and the 1st to go to college. He has chosen to
go to Cal State LA where he can study Economics and Business.

Maria Fernanda Cardenas—Award of Merit
Fernanda learned English in kindergarten. Her parents “encouraged her to learn the
language by driving around town and having her read the road signs.” In middle school
she realized “how different she was beyond just the language” when compared to her
classmates; an outsider with little to contribute to conversations. Consequently, she
focused on her school work which she improved to straight A’s by Grade 11 and is
especially proud to have earned the Computer Academy Honor Roll each quarter,
throughout grades 10, 11 and 12.
Besides her school studies, Fernanda had 2 jobs: a cashier at Oakwood Market; and
babysitting her cousins, 4 toddlers at the same time. These responsibilities took a toll on
her well-being. She wasn’t able to be at family dinners nor game nights on weekends.
After quitting her cashier job, it gave her a sense of peace, and she regained her health
– “ready to move onto the next chapter in her life”.
Fernanda will attend UC Santa Cruz. She will most likely study nursing, following her
father’s relatives who are in the medical field.

Stephanie Vargas—Scholarship Winner
Stephanie wrote a wonderful essay about being purple. That’s her color. When she was
younger, everything from school supplies to clothes was purple. She loved being purple!
Then she got tired of purple and wanted to be pink like the other girls. She changed her
laugh, made her handwriting bigger and bubblier, and tried to copy others. She even
lightened her hair and stopped speaking Spanish at home. Quickly, she realized that
trying to be someone else made her more unhappy than ever. So she went back to her
hearty chuckle, her own smaller handwriting, her culture and of course being purple.
Last summer Stephanie was feeling very anxious and restless due to the pandemic. So
she channeled her creativity into starting her own business, “Made by Teeny”.
Stephanie is called Teeny by those closest to her. She started out decorating tumblers
with decals, then branched out to creating designs on sweatshirts and Tee’s. Stephanie
advertised on Instagram and Facebook. Some months she was “bombarded with

orders” and other months received hardly any. One day she wants to run her own
business.
Stephanie has been accepted to the business program at Chapman, her dream school,
but may attend Chico State depending on finances.

Tiffany Valencia —Scholarship Winner
Tiffany, a child of first generation immigrants, had the challenge of finding her footing as
a student of color among a mostly white student body. Undaunted she established
herself as a really strong academic performer pushing her way through 6 AP classes.
Tiffany has had summer internships/externships with the Facebook Academy, as a
Steering Committee Member for Stanford’s Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference,
and with the Science Internship Program from UC Santa Cruz. This last opportunity, a
10 week research program with grad students studying the role specific genes have on
the immune system’s response to pathogens, coming on the heels of AP Biology,
cemented Tiffany’s interest in pursuing a biology degree which she’ll pursue at Lehigh
University in Bethlehem, PA. She is looking forward to a career in dentistry which she
plans to practice in her community where there are few dentists.

Shania Leafa—Award of Merit
Shania made the difficult decision to transfer high schools halfway through freshman
year, leaving familiar surroundings and classmates just 4 blocks from her home for a
new school 4 miles away. Soon she’ll be studying even further away. She is expecting to
attend BYU Hawaii (where her Mom attended but did not graduate).
Shania learned the meaning of leadership through her commitment to the Young
Women Youth Group at her church. It was this group that initially pushed her out of her
comfort zone when it was necessary to meet and get comfortable with a lot of new
people. She credits her burgeoning confidence, listening skills and consensus building
in getting her elected President in her senior year.
After college, Shania would like to complete a year and a half long mission where she
can both learn from and teach other church members somewhere in the world. Then
she’ll set her sights on working to earn money to help her parents buy a home.

Kimberly Lopez Hernandez—Award of Merit
Kimberly is a passionate advocate and defender of those less fortunate describing
several instances when she has vocally – and constructively – defended people from
discrimination. Through family and friends, she has had experiences with many aspects
of the criminal justice system and based on those experiences, Kimberly wants to
become a lawyer and help underprivileged communities
Kimberly is very business-like and submitted the first formal resume to our scholarship
committee. She started a business with a friend during High School: Daily Slime.
Kimberly does much of the marketing and social media. She and her business partner
are currently plowing all their revenues back into the business!
Kimberly will study Criminal Justice or Political Science at Sacramento State.

Arlin Geraldines Hernandez Valencia—Scholarship Winner
Arlin is a quick learner. From Freshman year’s less than stellar grades, she took the
advice from mentors about the importance of education and applying herself in her
classes. That change of approach earned her A+’s in Finite Math, Web Design, and
English.
Dance Club has been a special passion. She showed her Marketing skills early, creating
multi-colored flyers, getting friends and early attendees to help in recruiting, and building
up a team of 20 young women. Arlin described a number of creative ways she
developed to help teach, inspire and motivate the team to perform. Arlin also showed
her dedication. No money? No problem! They sold cocoa to buy uniforms. Uniforms
showed up late? No problem!! She pulled together the team, sewed and altered
uniforms in the last day… and made it work!
She’ll be the first in her family to attend university. Arlin is planning to attend UCSC in
the Fall.

Greenmeadow Community Scholarship

Erin Sampson—Award of Merit

Erin has found meaning and joy in community service and seeks to make a difference in
people’s lives. Through the Get Involved Foundation, Erin has enjoyed matching peers
with volunteer opportunities based on their interests. In just two years, she has helped
over 350 students find or create exciting community service projects.  
Erin’s community involvement extends further through her love of the flute and her
membership to the invitation-only Tri-M Society, which recognizes students who have
shown themselves to be academically capable and musically gifted. The Society’s focus
is not only on musical performance, but also on service, where Erin has performed at
local senior homes to bring music and cheer to the residents. 

Erin is interested in pursuing a career in STEM, specifically in Astrophysics. She tells us
that her passion was evident from a young age, when she would spend her time
drawing starry night skies. For now, Erin is planning a gap year after graduation.

Tess Flinchbaugh—Award of Merit

Tess has worked with children as a camp counselor at the JCC managing the younger
set, a middle school volleyball coach, and a teen mentor. She was a Biology Teaching
Assistant a few summers ago and a Titan Ambassador helping freshmen integrate into
their new school. She is also part of the Key Club at Gunn, volunteering for activities
such as making blankets, writing cards to veterans, and planting trees. Through Global
Leadership Adventures, she traveled to Guadalupe island in the Caribbean as a French
immersion experience, teaching children English. While there, she also participated in a
town beautification project, where she gardened, painted and poured concrete
sidewalks. 

Tess is currently taking 5 AP classes with an interest in applied mathematics,
specifically in bio computations and bio statistics. She plans to explore neuroscience.
Chemistry and biology have been her favorite classes. Tess is planning to matriculate at
UCLA. 

Corie Jiang—Award of Merit
Corie has been fencing competitively since she was in the 6th grade, placing 49th at the
Junior Olympics in 2019 and winning the High School All American award that same
year. She’s also a visual artist and loves art in all its forms. She’s sought to enhance her
artistic interest by enrolling in art courses at UCLA and virtually through the Maryland
Institute College of Art. 

One of our favorite parts of Corie’s application was her comparison of her experiences
with fencing and her art… “I catch myself fixating on the precise dimensions of a hand
when I sketch, reminded of the way my own flexes when I grip my sword's handle. I
think of sweat in my eyes and a smile on my face when I paint, seeing fierce reds and
yellows spilling across my canvas and being reminded of the glint of a medal around my
neck.”

She’s headed to UC San Diego.

Anna Gersh—Award of Merit
Anna is very accomplished, very redheaded, and a very fast downhill skier. She has
been a competitive athlete for most of her life being a competitive swimmer, diver, XC
runner and of course, a very accomplished downhill mogul skier. The latter is the skill
and opportunity that she has chosen to really hone. But like most things in life, it wasn’t
always easy. In fact, she had to re-dedicate herself more than once when she had to
overcome some major obstacles and setbacks. 
Anna doesn’t dwell on her share of obstacles, but rather she “makes the best of them”.
In one essay she wrote, ”….the onset of Covid 19 marked the unraveling of many facets
of my life….” Her dad, her brother and her sister all with major, very major issues. But,
as she wrote. ”…I believe my family’s resilience and “get-a-move-on” attitude has
enabled us to stay productive, to be optimistic throughout the pandemic, to spend time
wisely, and to understand the importance of dedicating time to valuable activities.” 
Anna will attend Scripps College in Southern California and concentrate in History,
Politics and French. 

Amelia McIver—Scholarship Winner 
Amelia is very active in theater. She has been apart of the wonderful shows at Christian
Music Theater, (CMT), and for 4 years served as a counselor leading young children, in
particular, children with behavioral difficulties, through all the aspects of a musical
production.
Amelia is not looking for the glamor or front line recognition. Instead she uses her many
evolving and flexible talents “behind the scene”. She covets the “getting the job done”
aspect of theater tech.
Diabetes has been part of Amelia’s life since she was little. Yes, there have been lots of
fears, anxiety, feelings of isolation etc. that she had to overcome, but having diabetes
has also introduced her to applied scientific research first hand. For instance, Amelia
has more than willingly participated in a 3 year diabetes clinical study where, in addition
to the tasks required of her, she lived with the research group for a week.  Amelia would
like to extend her expertise in biology and math, to some sort of biomedical engineering.
She will attend Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania next year. 

Malu Aiyer-Ramavarjula— Scholarship Winner
Malu is the first to describe herself as an optimist. You have to be optimistic when your
plan is to change the planet. Tackling climate change head-on powers most everything
Malu puts her mind to. To counter the environmental damage of fast fashion, she started
MAR Vintage, an online business to source, restore and sell thrifted clothing. In the lab,
she has worked on plant bioinformatics research for UC Davis and Stanford. Her work
there included developing algorithm to filter disease-causing genes. Someday she
wants to isolate bacteria that convert greenhouse gases into biofuels and reduce global
emissions.
As a volunteer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, her writing has been published in local
newspapers. At organization meetings, she’s been inspired by octogenarian volunteers
working to save the planet for her generation. They taught her that her work to be a
steward of the planet must outlast her time as well.
She will attend Johns Hopkins University this fall.

Haviva Bradski—Award of Merit
Haviva goes out of her way to work with kids. One summer, she went about as far out of
her way as it’s possible to go when she traveled to Cambodia on a service trip. She
spent a month teaching English to kids age 4 through teens. There was no existing
program or curriculum. Everything was up to her. But she jumped into the deep end of
the pool with both feet, creating five different lesson plans each day to keep every
student engaged.
Haviva’s main activity outside of school for the past four years is the Space Cookies
robotics team based at NASA. Her peers chose her as captain this year, and she leads
a 62-member all girl team that competes at the top tiers of robotics teams nationwide.
She’s adopted a “no-excuse” policy: If something goes wrong, I’m the one to blame and
to make sure it gets fixed.
Of all her endeavors, maybe her favorite has been her work with an elementary school
Lego robotics team in East Palo Alto. She planned the meetings, taught the kids block
programming and served as a mentor. Haviva loves working with kids.
She will major in computer science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

James Rodwell—Award of Merit
If you spend time at the Greenmeadow pool, you’ve likely seen James lifeguarding, or
volunteering as a swim team CIT. James joined the swim team soon after moving to
Greenmeadow.
He’s also a track athlete who has thrived from the physical and mental challenge of
running hurdles. Track has taught him the value of what he describes as “grinding
improvement”: putting in extraordinary efforts over a long period of time, with no
immediate payoff but resulting eventually in personal growth.
James takes that same initiative in building community where there’s a need to be filled.
At Gunn, he and some friends started a Spanish club with students whose first
language is Spanish. The result was a chance to practice Spanish in more real-life
situations, learning about rich cultural traditions – with the bonus of having a great time
at lunch on Thursdays.
James is in his senior year at Middle College at Foothill, and he plans to continue on at
Foothill, with plans to eventually transfer to UC Santa Barbara or UCLA.

Montessori School of Los Altos at Greenmeadow
The Montessori School of Los Altos at Greenmeadow is located at 303 Parkside Drive, Palo Alto.  The preschool was built in 1954 as part of the original Greenmeadow development, and is located next to the pool compound.  The preschool is operated by the Montessori School of Los Altos.

This innovative preschool offers a 3-year Montessori Primary curriculum that explores many key areas of learning through small group and individual lessons.

In addition to the core elements of the Montessori Program like Language, Mathematics, Practical Life, Sensorial and Geography, the preschool offers Science and Music enrichment programs as well as both Mandarin and Spanish language programs.

At the Montessori School of Los Altos at Greenmeadow, a child’s development is rounded out with lessons in grace and courtesy, art appreciation and hands on projects, movement and dance, rhythm, song and an introduction to musical instruments as well as the chance to participate in many cultural activities and celebrations reflecting their diverse parent community.

Each child will thrive in this program, building strong academic skills, a cooperative approach to working with their teachers and peers and a love of learning. Please contact the preschool to join a tour; smartkids@sbcglobal.net  or phone 650.493.7200