August 24, 2014

Message from the PTO
Welcome back to a new school year at Ormondale and Corte Madera!  We hope you had a fun and relaxing summer.


The PTO has many fantastic programs and activities planned this year. We will start the fall off with the Welcome-Back Coffees, 4/5 Cocoa Breakfasts, 6-8 Grade BBQ lunches, TB Testing (for parent volunteers), Photo Days and Book Fairs, just to name a few.  Please look at our new website,, for current news, CMS After School Athletics registration/payment, and a wealth of information. 

We want to thank all the parents who have already offered to lead one of our many wonderful programs and hope that more parents will become involved throughout the year.  Please stop by the CMS Welcome-Back Coffee on Monday at 7:30 am and/or the ORM Welcome-Back Coffee at 7:45 am. There will be PTO members at both sites to answer any questions you may have and explain our many volunteer opportunities.

The PTO has worked very hard to simplify our messaging to parents via the new PTO Weekly, as well as provide an easy way to obtain information, through our website.  We will not be sending weekly e-mails via Home Room Parents (HRPs). HRPs will only send e-mails when it is pertinent to their class.  We hope this addresses the problem of repetitiveness and too many notices.  The PTO Weekly will have a bit more information than usual the first few weeks of school as that is when a number of events occur within a small timeframe!  So please be patient!


We look forward to seeing you Monday morning and hearing from you throughout the year. Any ideas, feedback or questions are always welcome.


Heather Asborno - CMS PTO President
Michelle Bellomo - CMS PTO Vice-President
Susan McLaughlin - ORM PTO President
Sarah Dorahy - ORM PTO Vice-President

Ormondale Upcoming Events

This school year is getting off to a quick start so please make note of the following dates:
Mon 8/25 PTO Welcome Back Coffee - 7:45 am, in front of the Library
Please join us for coffee and snacks and sign up to help at some events this year.

Wed 8/27 Home Room Parent Orientation - 8:20 am, room 12
For those parents who volunteer to be Home Room Parents, we'll do an overview of what is expected.

Thu 8/28 Back to School Night
This is a chance to see your child(ren)'s classroom(s), meet their teachers and hear from our Principal, Kevin Keegan.
5:30 - 6:30 pm -- Kindergarten and First Grade
6:30 - 7:00 pm -- Presentations in the MUR
7:00 - 8:00 pm -- Second and Third Grade

Fri 8/29 Kindergarten Playground Supervision training, 9:45 - 10:15 am
For those parents who will be volunteering during kindergarten recess, please come to the Kindergarten playground for a brief training session. 

Fri 9/5 Back to School BBQ, 5:00 -7:00 pm
Join the whole Ormondale community for a BBQ. It's a great time to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones.
Mon 9/8 TB Testing, 7:30 - 9:30 am
If you'd like to volunteer at school, you'll need an up-to-date TB test (once every four years). It is a quick test and we offer them at school for $20. 
Wed 9/11 TB Test Read, 7:30 - 9:30 am
Once you've had the TB test, you need to come back to have it "read" three days later.

View the full PTO calendar here.

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Mon 8/25 PTO Welcome Back Coffee, 7:30 - 10:30 am, in the courtyard behind the main office. Come catch up with friends and enjoy a latte while learning about the variety of volunteer opportunities the PTO has to offer.

Mon 8/25  PTO Back-to-School Packet coming home with your child the first day of school.  Please return forms by Fri 8/29 to CMS office.

Fri 8/29 Fall Sports registration closes.

Mon 9/1 Labor Day, no school.

Wed 9/3 PTO Leadership Breakfast, 8:30 am at the Bellomo residence, 150 Shawnee Pass.

Thu 9/4 Back-to-School Night, 5:00 pm
More detailed information to come.

Fri 9/5 4th and 5th Grade Cocoa Breakfast, 7:30 am in 4/5 courtyard.

View the full PTO calendar here.
CMS Fall Sports Registration is Open

Registration is open for all CMS Fall Sports through Fri 8/29 at 


CMS VOLLEYBALL is open to all 4th - 8th grade girls. All volleyball teams will start practice the week of Mon 9/1. 

Volleyball Open Gyms for 6th - 8th grades:

  • Wed 8/27, 2:15 - 3:30 pm
  • Fri 8/29, 3:15 - 4:30 pm

Come one or both days to give volleyball a try for the first time or practice your skills in the CMS gym.  No registration necessary for open gyms, but waiver for participation can be picked up from Kate Cox, signed and returned on day of open gym. See you there!

Find registration form and additional information here.


Practice times: 

  • 4/5th grades: Tue and Thu, 3:15 - 4:30 pm at Corte Madera.  Possible scrimmages on Tues.
  • 6th grade: Wed, 2:15 - 3:30 pm; Fri, 3:15 -4:30 pm. Tue games at Arrillaga Center in Menlo Park.  Rotating start times of the games between 3:45 and 6:00 pm.  
  • 7th grade: Wed 2:15 - 3:30 pm; Fri 3:15 - 4:30 pm. Mon games at Arrillaga Center in Menlo Park.  Rotating start times of the games between 3:45 and 6:00 pm.   
  • 8th grade: Wed 3:30 - 4:45 pm, Fri 4:15 - 5:30 pm. Mon games at Arrillaga Center in Menlo Park.  Rotating start times of the games between 3:45 and 6:00 pm.

Contact Kate Cox with any questions.



CMS FLAG FOOTBALL registration is open for 4th - 5th graders.  A waitlist is being taken for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
Find registration form and additional information here.
Most games last an hour and are scheduled at 4:00 pm or 5:00 pm.  


Practice times and game days: 

All practices will be held at CMS from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. 
  • 6th/7th and 7th/8th grade teams will have practice/games on Mon, Tue, and Thu. The season will begin on Thu 8/28 and conclude on Thu 11/6.
  • 4th/5th grade program will begin on Fri 8/29 and end on Fri 11/7. This program will be an intramural program that will be offered on Fri afternoons, 3:15 - 4:30 pm.  
Contact Dan Flahavan with any questions.

CROSS COUNTRY is open to all 5th - 8th grade boys and girls.  Practices will begin on Mon 9/1. 
Find registration form and additional information here.
Practice will take place on the trails surrounding Corte Madera so it will begin and end at Corte Madera.  

Practice times:
  • Mon and Fri, 3:15  -4:30 pm
  • Wed, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm 
Most of the meets will be on Weds, but there are a few scheduled for Mons, so meets will take the place of practice on those days.  

Contact Kate Cox with any questions.

Community News

Help Our Schools While Shopping with Amazon & eScrip
Each year the PVSD PTO pays for classroom supplies for every student in the district using funds raised through the eScrip and programs.

Your direct purchases at also support our programs, teachers, and children. Simply click here:, then bookmark that page, and make sure you click that bookmark every time you shop with You must enter the website through this specific link. It's that easy. Portola Valley School District PTO will receive a minimum of 4% of every purchase made through this method and, aside from the extra click, you should see no difference in your shopping experience. Don't forget to bookmark the new page for future purchases.

All you need to do to help is to go to and register 
your credit cards and Safeway Club Card (if you have one). Please make sure to direct donations to the Portola Valley School District 

NorCal Crew Open House - Learn to Row!
Sat Sep 6, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1450 Maple Street, Redwood City
Join us at our boathouse and learn about joining the NorCal Crew novice team. We welcome middle school and high school students 
- no experience required!  

Why row with NorCal Crew? NorCal is a competitive rowing club that creates an environment where athletes find the ultimate way to stay in shape, make new friends, learn how to achieve goals, and develop as a person both physically and mentally. Rowing in high school can lead to college recruitment opportunities. This is a great opportunity to meet current members of the NorCal Crew team and learn about crew as a sport. Please RSVP for the open house to or visit our website for more information Click here for a copy of the flyer.