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Weekly Post
November 25, 2013
Participation Is At 68% So Far.
Donate Today.

Please donate or pledge today. We are at 68%  participation with 3 weeks left in the campaign.  We need the help of EVERY grade to achieve both goals: 80% participation and $1,000,000. FUNDS DONATED THIS YEAR WILL BE USED THIS YEAR. Please visit us at www.pvschoolsfoundation.org for more information or drop off your donation in one of the drop boxes at the Ormondale or Corte Madera offices.  EVERY FAMILY MAKES A DIFFERENCE.


Perfect for Holiday Shopping, the Amazon School Rewards Affiliate Program - It Just Adds Up!
Did you know our schools can earn an average of 7% of every purchase made on Amazon with our School Rewards Affiliate Program?   

Let's say you're holiday shopping on Amazon with a shopping cart of say, $300. If you had linked through our rewards program, that would translate to about $21. No much you say. But if 100 families spend $300 on Amazon, that's $2100! If 100 families spend $300 at Amazon every month, that would be $25,200 a year for the kids. It just adds up!

It's simple and free to participate. Simply click this special link (encoded for PV schools) and then bookmark the page. Shop and check out as normal with your own account and you'll earn money for our schools automatically. The next time you want to shop, go back to your saved PV School Rewards Affiliate Program bookmark to access Amazon again. 

So remember, if you're Amazon shopping, go to bookmarks, and click the link!  It just adds up!   
(And make sure you tell your spouse, friends, and family!)
In This Issue
eScrip and Amazon.com
Turkey Trot Congratulations and Thank You
Turkey Trot Congratulations and Thank You
PVSF and minted.com
PVSF and S.Silver
ORM Principal's Message
ORM Spring Musical
ORM Winter Concert
CMS Book Fair Thank You
CMS Math
CMS Yearbook
Reusable Bags Sale
This Week's Calendar
Ormondale * Corte Madera * District
Mon, November 25 (A)  
Tue, November 26 (B) 
CMS: Tech Explorations Class to Computer History Museum, Mountain View
Wed, November 27 
Thanksgiving Holiday
Thu, November 28  
Happy Thanksgiving!
Fri, November 29
Thanksgiving Holiday
Weekly Post Reminders: 
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Shop at Honey Bear Trees and Cheeky Monkey Toys...

... to help raise money for the PV-PTO!

We have two easy ways to raise money for the PV-PTO during the holidays.

If you are buying a tree or wreath for the holidays, HONEY BEAR TREES at 955 Woodside Road, Redwood City, or 1579 El Camino, San Carlos or 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo they will donate 15% of the sale to our schools!

Simply bring this flyer when you purchase your tree and/or wreath. (If you happen to forget it, there will be extra flyers on the lot). It's that simple!

Redwood City lot opens November 23rd, San Carlos lot opens November 23rd and San Mateo November 28th.

When you shop at CHEEKY MONKEY TOYS at 640 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park between November 25-December 6, 10% of your net purchase will go to our schools. Just tell them you are from Ormondale or Corte Madera.  This includes online shopping as well at www.cheekymonkeytoys.com. As always, Cheeky Monkey offers complimentary gift wrapping and assembly. Spread the word to your family and friends.

Turkey Trot Congratulations and Thank You


Running Turkey


We had a great turnout at the 8th Annual Ormondale Turkey Trot. It was wonderful to see siblings cheering on siblings and friends cheering on friends.  The sense of camaraderie was truly special.  Congratulations to all who participated!


1K 1st-3rd Place Finishers

K: Owen D, Matias L, Jackson S / Pearl M, Lydia G, Ali R - Alexandra H (tie)

1st: Riley R, Huck J, Jack R / Carolina R, Ruby S, Naya S

2nd: Leif A, Kenai L, Luke H / Sophia H, Taj J, Izzy A

3rd: Alex K, James G, Evan D / Natalie R, Carolyn F, Carly F


5K 1st - 3rd Place Finishers

K: John G, Arthur V

1st: Micah K, Alex K / Ava A, Izzy K

2nd: Everett M - Oliver Q (tie), Vincent V, Paolo F / Annabelle B

3rd: Anders B, Ethan H, Levi A

4th: Will H, Alex C, Watson S / Elle M, Ilaria F, Abigail K

5th: Carson M, William C, Owen H / Sabel S, Naomi A, Aijo I

6th: Dominic C / Heather H

7th: Jimmy I / Colleen M, Clara M, Shannon F

Adults: Adam Bechtel, Brent Austin, Emilio Flamenco / Whitney Cooley, Caitlin Kortlang, Julie Blenkhorn.


We wish to thank the Ormondale office staff and the following volunteers who made it all possible: Kari Rust, Mr. C., Heather Prelle, John Bamber, Marjel and Todd Scheuer, Elizabeth Holmes, Stephen Zadesky, Shivani Nautiyal, Cheryl Richter, Maria Matsumoto, Sally Aalfs, Cathy Brewer, Kristine Lange, Ginny Borelli, Jeff Low, Karel Urbanek, Shane Turner, Rob Cheney, Mike and Jennifer Prindiville, Erica Demas, and Renata Dionello.


Also a huge thanks to the following businesses that donated prizes and goods. Please thank them with your patronage!


Ron Ramies Automotive, Portola Valley Garage, Alpine Optometry, Fleet Feet Sports, Portola Kitchen, Lobster Shack, Ladera Garden and Gifts, and Diane's Salon.


See you at the finish line next year.


Karen Urbanek

Aimee Armsby

PVSF Partners with minted.com
Order paper goods from minted.com to earn cash back to PVSF!


The Portola Valley Schools Foundation is proud to announce a new partnership with minted.com, the online design store specializing in holiday photo cards.  This is an easy way to do great things for our schools!


Where do you come in?

When you're getting ready to order your next batch of beautiful paper goods start at our storefront, www.pvschoolsfoundation.minted.com. With each sale from our storefront, the PVSF earns 10% cashback.


What about after the Holidays?

We know the holidays are going to rush by us all again, so Minted will be keeping the storefront open year-round. Use this offer for anything: Birthday Cards, Barbecue Invites, and you'll also be donating to our schools.


We're excited, and we hope you are too.  Check out our Minted Storefront here www.pvschoolsfoundation.minted.com to see all the possibilities!

PVSF Partnership with Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry

Patronize Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry and support our schools!





The PVSF has partnered with Special Patron to the District, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, to benefit our schools. There are two ways you can participate:


  • Make your jewelry purchases at Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry and 10% of the purchase price will be donated back to the Foundation.
  • Sell your precious metals, diamonds, colored gemstones and watches to Stephen Silver and 10% of the total sale will be donated back to the Foundation.


You private appointment will be at the Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry Salon: 2055 Woodside Road, Suite 200, Redwood City, CA 94061   650-325-9500


For additional information, please contact Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry at 650-325-9500 or [email protected].

Ormondale Home
Ormondale Principal's Message

Dear Families,


The staff at Ormondale would like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving vacation.  We are thankful for such a great and supportive community. 


Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot was a huge success with beautiful weather and fast runners!  A BIG THANK you to Karen Urbanek and Aimee Armsby who were the lead volunteers for this event.  Thank you also to the many volunteers who helped to make this event a huge success.

Thank you to Karel Urbanek, Cathy Brewer,  Cheryl Spada Richter, Chris White, Elizabeth Holmes, Ginny Borelli, Ian Van Hoven, Jeff Low, Jennifer Prindiville, Kari Rust, Kristine Lange, Maria Matsumoto, Marjel Scheuer, Mike Prindiville, Renata Dionello, Rob Cheney, Sally Aalfs, Shivani Nautiyal, Steve Zedesky and Heather Prelle.


2nd Harvest Food Drive

The 2nd Harvest Food Drive has been amazing.  Thank you to our families for donating all sorts of food and helping families across the bay. 


Thank you to Carrie Davis for organizing our 2nd Harvest Food Drive.  Thank you also to the many volunteers who helped.

Thank you to Melvisha Gaines, Brandie Ambler Revoy, Gloria Sin, Brook Coffee, Alison Haazer, Tabitha Jordan and Karen Allen.


If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me at [email protected] or 650-851-1777.




Kevin F. Keegan

Spring Musical at Ormondale
The students of Ormondale are planning to present a Spring Musical (in the tradition of HONK!, DEAR EDWINA, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, AND THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH) on May 21, 2014.  We are in need of a Stage Manager and Stage Director to work with Mr. White, the Musical Director. Plans are to produce THE ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY, giving every student at Ormondale an opportunity to participate. The Spring Musical is a great end of the year activity for the Ormondale Community.  Please contact Mr. White, if you are interested in serving in this capacity.
Ormondale Winter Concert 
The Ormondale Winter Concert will be December 18, 2013 at 8:30 AM in the Ormondale MUR.  Please come and support our students.
The program will be draw from the following:


"My Dredyl"  Grossman-Goldfarb

"Suzy Snowflake"  Tepper-Bennett

"We Wish You A Merry Christmas"  Traditional

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"  Marks

"Must Be Santa"  Moore-Fredericks

Sing Along :   "Jingle Bells"  


First Grade

"Joyous Chanukah"  Hebrew Folk Song

"Jingle Bell Rock"  Beal-Boothe

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"  Coots

"Marshmallow World"  De Rose

"Frosty the Snowman"  Nelson-Rollins

Sing Along:  "O Hanukah" 


Second Grade

"Chanukah Is Here"  Eisenstein-Prensky

"Ner Li"  Tarbuth

"It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas"  Wilson

"Winter Wonderland"  Bernard

"Silver Bells"  Livingston-Evans

"Mele Kalikimaka"  Anderson

Sing Along:  "Deck the Halls" 


Third Grade

"Chanukah Games" Berman

"Hanuka, Hanuka" Jagoda

"Let It Snow, Let It Snow" Styne

"White Christmas" Berlin

"Rockin'Around the Christmas Tree"  Marks

"The Christmas Song"  Torme

Sing Along: "Auld Lang Syne"  

Corte Madera Home
STEM Fair 2013-2014

The STEM Fair once again is upon us, and I'm sure we're all excited about seeing the great projects the students produce. Our CMS Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fair will be held from Jan 8th - 9th , in the MUR. A science reception will be on Thursday evening, Jan 9th, from 6-7:00 p.m. All projects need to be taken home on Thursday evening. Projects advancing to the County Science Fair will be announced that evening.


Project drop-off will be on Tuesday, Jan 7th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the MUR. Please check the science fair brochure/website for the project drop-off form. This will ensure that all students are credited with the correct project.


All students are encouraged to participate in this exciting event. Science Fair is a wonderful way for students to use the Scientific Method to answer a question, or exercise their problem solving and critical thinking skills by making a great invention. Please review the STEM Fair brochure (available online) with your child to review safety precautions and other information.


"But how can I help and support my child in this endeavor?" you may ask. I'm glad you did! We need parent volunteers to help the science department judge our wonderful projects for submission to the County STEM Fair. If you'd like to help judge, please contact any member of the CMS science team: Ms. Brown ([email protected]), Ms. Diehl ([email protected]) or Ms. Burrows ([email protected]).


Thanks in advance for your always-appreciated support.


CMS Science Department

CMS Book Fair Thank You

We would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who helped with the Corte Madera Book Fair. We could not present this week long event without you.


Naomi Reynolds, Ann Crevelt, Hilary Giles, Stefan Unnasch, Angela Schillace, Paige Bishop, Kim Hamrick, Leslie Doyle, Leslie Field-Barth, Mary Henry, Karyn Bechtel, Cathy Carlson, Susan Strehlow, Sharon Shaffer, Trish Heald, Ginny Borelli, Rose Kerr, Jill Horn, Tabitha Jordan, Sonia Reed, Jennifer Maw, Sukamol Jakobsson, Marcus Jakobsson and Barb Eckstein.


Thank you to the CMS staff who helped with set up and organization and also to the staff who brought in classes for previews. 


Finally, a big thank you to Tamiko Verkler who put in many hours chairing this years successful Book Fair!

CMS Math Opportunities

Dear Parents:


The CMS Math Department wanted to let you know about some of the upcoming opportunities available for your students.


Math Competitions:

All middle school students will be participating in either the American Mathematics Competition 8 (November 19th) or the Continental Math League Competition (5 days between November and March). This will be part of their regular math class. 


Hour of Code

Some of our students will be participating in an hour of code campaign next month. The initiative is to introduce children of all ages to computer programing during Computer Science education week, 9 - 15 December. For more information, click here.

This will be part of their regular math class. 


From the CMS Math Dept.

Don't Forget Your Yearbook!
Still haven't ordered your 2013-2014 CMS Yearbook? Time is running out, so don't miss the chance to capture all the great moments of this school year.

Yearbooks are only $50 and a great reminder of your student's formative years at CMS. Students and parents will enjoy looking back on all the different events and activities of their year, the fun messages from peers, and seeing how much everyone has grown!

Orders must be received no later than December 13th, so reserve your copy today! Forms are available in the CMS front office. If you have any questions, please contact Tim Sato ([email protected]).
Reusable Bags to Support 4/5 Learning Service Project
Ready to do some guilt-free shopping for a great cause? We need your help! Mixed Bag Designs is helping CMS 4th and 5th grade classes with our Service Learning Project -- to support four street children in Afghanistan via Trust In Education.

Anyone can support us - all they have to do is shop online at www.mixedbagdesigns.com and use our ID#250566 and 40% of the purchase price will be donated to Trust In Education!  Help us keep our four sponsored Afghani students off the street and in school for another year.

Mixed Bag Designs has tons of products for everyone in the family including reusable grocery bags, travel totes, shopping bags and more! With the recent county wide ban on plastic bags, this is the perfect time to get stylish bags for holiday gifts AND some for your self too.


Go to the www.mixedbagdesigns.com and start shopping! Every purchase helps us! Forward this email on to your friends and family too, we need all the help we can get and the more the merrier!


Want to have a full color catalog delivered to you? Email Renee Courington and we will drop one off.


Thank you!  


4th and 5th grade Students of Ms. Fox/Ms. Rhodes/Ms. Gronet

Community Calendar and Events
M-A Basketball Clinic
Menlo-Atherton Boys Varsity Basketball Team will be holding a Community Basketball Clinic  December 30th for 4th thru 8th graders from  9 a.m.-12 p.m  in the Ayer's Gym on M-A's Campus.  Sign up on line htt://maboysbasketball.com/communityclinic or contact Coach Mike Molieri at [email protected] for additional information.
Help Support the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
From November 18th-26th, the second grade High Fives are collecting the following gently-used items for the animals at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA:
  • Clean towels and blankets
  • Tennis, golf and ping-pong balls
  • Large shoe boxes
  • Heavy plastic toy keys and shower curtain rings
  • Newspapers and empty tissue boxes
Please leave any donations in the box in front of Ormondale starting November 18th.
For more information, please contact Heather Prelle at [email protected].
Christmas Holiday Youth Basketball Camp 

5th Annual Christmas Holiday Youth Basketball Camp

Hosted By Coach David Moseley & Coach Mal Thurston of

Woodside Priory School


Camp Runs Saturday December 21st - Tuesday December 24th


RSVP your child(ren) w/ email addressed to [email protected]

Email should include: Name, Age, & Gender of child(ren)


Dates : December 21st - 24th, 2013

Time : 9:00am - 3:00pm (December 24th: 9:00am - 12 noon)

Ages: 6 - 13


Woodside Priory School

302 Portola Road

Portola Valley, Ca 94028


Pizza, drinks and snacks available for purchase at our snack bar OR you can bring your own lunch.


Please Contact us with Questions or for More Information: [email protected]


!! Just $275 for 21 hours of fun and expert instruction!!

*Discount available for siblings and/or referrals*

Kindergarten Basketball Clinics
ABA offers kindergarten basketball clinics for boys and girls. Due to the increased interest, the league is going to offer two sessions with each clinic having a limit of 10 players.  


All kinder clinics meet at the day of clinic (Tuesday or Thursday)
 3:15 to 4:00pm
Location: Ormondale Gym
Coach: Johnny Trudelle and assistant


Tuesday Session #1To register, please click here.
 Tuesdays, January 7th through February 11th, 2014

Thursday Session #1To register, please click here.
 Thursdays, January 9th through February 13th, 2014

Tuesday Session #2To register, please click here.
 Tuesdays, February 24th  through April  1st,, 2014

Thursday Session #2To register, please click here.
 Thursdays, February 26th  through April  3rd , 2014

Registration Deadline is November 30th, 2013


To register, please go here: http://www.ababasketball.sites.teamsnap.com/

ABA Basketball Registration 

The Alpine Basketball Association (ABA) a recreational league for boys and girls grades 1-5 opens online registration at www.ababasketball.sites.teamsnap.com. All children in grades 1-5 who are residents of and/or go to school in Portola Valley or Woodside are eligible. Games are on Sat and will begin in January and be completed by the end of March.  The registration will be complete once payment has been received. Those interested in playing should complete the registration process and return a check by mail to the Alpine Basketball Association at the address on the registration site and form or to labeled boxes in the school offices before Nov. 30, 2013.


A copy of the form is attached for those who prefer not to use the online registration process.

Twas the Night Before Christmas - with ORM and CMS Dancers

Presented by Dancers Repertory Theatre and Menlo Park Academy of Dance- a "charming alternative to the Nutcracker."  


Performances at Woodside Performing Arts Center on Saturday December 7 (4 pm), Sunday December 8 (1 pm and 4 pm) Saturday, December 14, (1 pm and 4 pm), and Sunday, December 15 (1 pm and 4 pm). Tickets available at www.twasthenight.org or by calling 650-323-5292.  


Portola Valley's own young dancers: Catie B., Kiana C., Ilaria F., Tess G., Danielle G., Vivienne G., Lola P., Anna S., Cleo S., & Brisa V. Come, cheer them on and join in the holiday cheer at the same time!

Ballet America's Nutcracker December 6 and 8

Come see the Bay Area's most family-friendly Nutcracker performance at the historic Fox Theater in Redwood City on Friday, December 6th at 7:00pm and Sunday, December 8th at 2:00pm. Ballet America 's show has it all: professional dancers, alongside 100 local performers, including Corte Madera's very own Philip M. and graduate Anna K., and PV resident and high school senior, Chloe M. Tickets range in price from $18-$39 and are available via the website: www.balletamerica.org. Get your tickets early before they sell out. See you at the ballet! 

SmartFit Kids at Menlo Swim and Sport
Acclaimed for coaching excellence, Menlo Swim and Sport's SmartFit Kids is an after-school homework and tutoring program that provides academic coaching and homework oversight for students from 1st - 5th grades. Open Monday - Thursday, 3:30-5:30pm. Visit our website for more details http://www.menloswim.com/menlo/camp_menlo/smartfitkids.html 
Menlo Mavericks Swim and Water Polo Team 
Now accepting new members for this year-round Menlo Park swim and water polo team! USA Swimming certified swim team for youth age 5-18, plus Water Polo for boys and girls, 14 and under. Practices at Burgess and Belle Haven Pools.  www.menlomavericks.com 
Reading Volunteers Needed for East Palto Alto 3rd Graders - 1 Hour per Week
All Students Matter needs parent volunteers for a structured reading program called Reading Scholars at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto (behind Home Depot). Volunteers help 3rd graders who are reading below grade level. For one hour a week you will meet with the same child and read books together. We will provide the training, supplies and coordinate the time. You'll see specific changes in your student's reading over time and enjoy getting to know an enthusiastic and motivated student. Have questions or want to sign up?  Contact Jeanette Kennedy or Carolyn BlatmanTo learn more about our volunteer group, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org.
Golden State Warriors Basketball Camp During Winter Break
The Golden State Warriors will be conducting a basketball camp in Los Altos Hills this Winter.  A four-day session at Foothill College for boys and girls, ages 7-15, will be conducted December 30 - January 3 (No camp on New Year's Day). 
In addition to high quality instruction, all campers receive a reversible Warriors jersey, headband, player evaluation, certificate, two (2) tickets to a Golden State Warriors 2013-2014 home game and more! For more information, please call (510) 986-5310 or go to warriors.com/camps.  Online registration is available. For flyer and registration form, click here.