September 14, 2014


Upcoming Events

Thu 9/18 Third Grade Bike Rodeo. Details here.

Thu 9/18 PTO Meeting at CMS, 9 am, Room 102

Thu 9/18 PV School Foundation Brochure Night, 6-8 pm. Details here.

Fri 9/19 Art in Action Kick-Off Meeting, 8:15 am, Room 25.  Details here.

Fri 9/26 Ormondale Book Fair Preview.  Details here.

Thu-Fri 9/25-9/26 Ormondale Book Fair Preview & Mystery Reader

Mon-Fri 9/29-10/3 Ormondale Book Fair

Fri 10/3 Dad's Breakfast at ORM Book Fair

View the full PTO calendar here. 

Thank You!
Ormondale Back To School BBQ
What a fun event - hot dogs, burgers and delicious add-ons from all of you, the 8th grade student council organizing games on the field and new and old friends. Thank you to Lisa Freccia and Lori Palazzolo for organizing the event with the help of countless others for set-up, serving and clean-ups.  

TB Testing: 
A special thanks to Jennifer Maw, Cheryl Richter, Lori Chung and Sarah Dorahy for making sure we can all spend time on campus by screening us for TB.  They were up early!

Bike/Walk to School
WAY TO GO PVSD! Students kicked off the new school year with two fantastic bike/walk to school days!  Energy was high and smiles were large, as students creatively made their way to school on motor scooters, skateboards, bikes and even a horse...yes, a horse!  Of course, the very popular walking with friends seemed to be the favorite. Special thanks to Cathy Brewer and her daughter, Ellie Ryhorchuk, who both enthusiastically volunteered to help hand out rewards and cheer our students on!  Another special thanks to the CMS Student Council for their priceless contribution to the bike/walk to school days!  Thank you, thank you! bikerodeo

Third Grade Bike Rodeo
All third graders will be participating in our annual Bike Rodeo and Safety Class as part of PE on the morning of Thu Sep 18. Send your third grade students with a bicycle or scooter, and they must have a helmet. If they do not have access to a bike or scooter, they can still participate as a pedestrian and learn all the safety tips. Third grade parent volunteers are welcome to come help out. Contact your third grade homeroom teacher to sign up to volunteer.
Ormondale Book Fair

Fri Sep 26 - Fri Oct 3 Ormondale Book Fair

Mark your calendars for this year's book fair! The theme of this year's fair is Sir Readalot's Castle: Enter the Kingdom of Books. The book fair will be open before, during and after school in the Ormondale MUR. Highlights of the fair will include:
- Popsicle Preview on Fri Sep 26, 2:50 - 4:00 pm
- Family Fun Night, complete with food trucks, Tue Sep 30,  5:00 -7:00 pm
- Dad's Breakfast (but all are welcome) Fri Oct 3, 7:45 - 8:15 am
More volunteers are needed for this fun event. Please sign up to volunteer here or contact Caitlin Kortlang.   
Art in Action

Help with Art in Action for Your Child's Classroom!
Do you like paint? Getting messy with kids? Talking about art and hearing the unfiltered art critique that only a child can provide? It is really fun to be an Art in Action volunteer.Lessons based on an art masterpiece typically occur on a monthly basis and can be taught by a teacher and parent working together, or by one parent working with helpers (so you can just sign-up to be a helper!). The children look at an art masterpiece, learn about the artist and how the piece was made, and then create their own masterpieces. A detailed lesson plan and an amazing website with videos and tutorials are available to assist in preparing.
A fun group of existing volunteers is already in place and the more the better! 

Kick-off meeting is Fri Sep 19, right after drop-off in the Ormondale Art Room (room 25)
Especially helpful for new volunteers but we will be inputting "tips and tricks" so it will be useful for returning AIA volunteers too!

Corte Madera

Upcoming Events

Thu 9/18 PTO Meeting at CMS, 9:00 am, Room 102

Thu 9/18 PVSF Brochure Night, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Details here.

Thu 9/19 CMS Back-to-School Picnic, 5:30 pm. Details  here.

Fri 9/26 Corte Madera 6-8th BBQ Lunch 11:43 am
Please remember to cancel your hot lunch order, if necessary.
View the full PTO calendar here. cmspicnic

Back-to-School Picnic

Don't miss the CMS Back-to-School Family Picnic on Fri Sep 19, 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  Please bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. Amigos Grill will provide burritos. Our kids will enjoy field games organized by the 8th grade leadership class, an inflatable obstacle course, a raffle, and music by DJ Joy Bonner. Questions or to volunteer, contact Mary Jo Kloezeman.

Open PTO Leadership Positions

We hope your first few weeks of school have started off well. We have two PTO leadership positions for the 2014-15 school year in which we are seeking additional parent help.  
  • Auditor: Perform audit and fill out tax forms.
  • CMS Book Fair Co-Chair: Work with another co-chair to coordinate the Corte Madera Book Fair. Includes working with parent volunteers, book vendor, etc.
If you are interested, contact Heather Asborno or Michelle Bellomo.

Thank You!

Bike/Walk to School
WAY TO GO PVSD! Students kicked off the new school year with two fantastic bike/walk to school days!  Energy was high and smiles were large, as students creatively made their way to school on motor scooters, skateboards, bikes and even a horse...yes, a horse!  Of course, the very popular walking with friends seemed to be the favorite. Special thanks to Cathy Brewer and her daughter, Ellie Ryhorchuk, who both enthusiastically volunteered to help hand out rewards and cheer our students on!  Another special thanks to the CMS Student Council for their priceless contribution to the bike/walk to school days!  Thank you, thank you! 

Cocoa Breakfast
A big thank you to Lisa Hill, Sarah Dorahy and Margaret Wilmer for chairing our PV-PTO sponsored 4th and 5th grade Cocoa Breakfasts this year. We had out first cocoa breakfast and had a wonderful turnout, lots of hot cocoa and bagels!! Thank you to the wonderful parent volunteers who helped: Kathy Waddell, Ginny Borelli, Maria Celerier and Joanne Kirwin.

Portola Valley School FoundationPVSF

Help the Schools Foundation on Brochure Night

Help us raise money for the Portola Valley Schools Foundation Annual Campaign by attending Brochure Night at Alpine Hills on Thu Sep 18 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. This year's goal is to raise $900k for the schools and it all starts with mailing the brochures to each School District family. A light dinner and beverages will be served. Email Beth Gillbrand to sign up for the event or for more information. Thanks for making a difference!COMM
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 
Cub Scouts

Want to know about Cub Scouting at Ormondale? We are starting our new Tiger Cub Den (1st graders). The leaders for Tiger Den 2 are Toby Freccia and Lori Palazzolo.  All interested families with boys entering grades 1 through 4 are invited to join the cub scout program. Please contact Toby or Lori. We are happy to run through the program with you and if your not sure, please join us at an upcoming Den meeting just to get a feel for what scouting is all about! Look forward to seeing your first graders!

Calling All Future Girl Scouts

For 1st grade and older: Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. With Girl Scouts, girls make discoveries about themselves and the world around them while they learn the importance and values of personal responsibility, goal-setting, and teamwork.  If you are interested in joining a troop but aren't sure who to ask, contact Kristi Travers to connect with a troop at ORM or CMS. 

ABC Language Classes at Ormondale

This fall through spring 2015, ABC Languages will again offer after-school language programs at Ormondale for Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, meeting on Tues, 3:00 - 4:00 pm and starting on Tue Sep 30.

To get more information and to enroll your child online, click here.

Questions? Contact ABC Languages directly or call 415 738-7383.
Basketball Class at Ormondale

K through 3rd grade, boys and girls, Fall 2014, on Mon at Ormondale Multi-Purpose Gym.
Class on Mon Sep 15, Mon Sep 22, Mon Sep 29, Mon Oct 6, Mon Oct 13, Mon Oct 20, Mon Oct 27,and Mon Nov 3

Camp W Presents Pixar Film Class at Corte Madera

Have you wondered how Pixar continues to deliver so many memorable movies? Immerse yourself in Pixar's world by learning more about great movies such as
CarsUpToy StoryFinding Nemo, and many other classics. The class will provide an introduction and opportunity for those interested in learning more about the power of Pixar's filmmaking including screenwriting, cinematography and lighting. Campers will work in teams and create their own short film. 


Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503


Dates: Thu Sep 25 - Thu Dec 11 


Eligibility: 4-8th grade


Days and Hours: Thu 3:30 - 5:30 pm


Cost: $450.00 ($100 deposit due by Thu Sep 18. This includes instructional and course materials, a snack, and use of video and editing equipment. At the end of the session, we'll celebrate by having a mini film festival to showcase camper work.


Questions? Contact William Frederick or call 650 483-8546.

Registration: Registration begins NOW at

Creative Art for Young Children
At Portola Valley Town Center
Wed Sep 17 through Sat Dec 6 (no classes Nov 26 - 29)
Sign-ups start Mon Sep 1 for Portola Valley residents; 
Mon Sep 15 open registration

Calling all kids with wild imaginations! A splash of Red...a dab of
Yellow...a smidgen of have just painted an Autumn tree!
For this session the kids will find and use fall colors in all we do
starting with sculpting Da Vinci's Giant Red Clay Horse...then paint
Fall Leaves making up stories of how they turn from green to red,
orange, and yellow (could it be tiny, little people with tiny, little
brushes painting them while we aren't looking?) Corn Husk Dolls, Paper
Bag Pumpkins, robot parts shop and Robot Collages, wood sculptures of
Van Gogh's Yellow House and drawn pictures of our toy Red Fire Truck.
Then to top everything off we will end with our ever famous Art Show
with the Magic Brush!

For more information and to register online, go to, or call Cindy at (650) 851-1700 ext. 200.
Registration forms are also available at the office, 765 Portola Rd.
Brain Imaging Research at Stanford University

We are currently recruiting children and adolescents for a paid research study that aims to help us better understand how anxiety and trauma impact brain development in children. Families will receive $50 for participation, as well as access to ongoing updates about the outcomes of the study.

At this time, we are seeking healthy, right handed, English speaking children ages 7-14 with or without a history of anxiety and/or post-traumatic stress symptoms. Participation will take about one hour and involves evaluation including self-reports, behavioral tasks and brain imaging with Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). 

fNIRS is a specialized examination of the head that uses infrared light to examine the function of the brain. fNIRS scans are safe, non-invasive, and do not use X-rays or radiation. They are used to look at brain function. By participating, families will be contributing to our knowledge of brain development in children, which can help childcare providers, educators, and medical practitioners.

For more information about the study, click hereTo learn more about our research, click here. Questions or to enroll, email
Portola Valley Library News

OverDrive eBooks/eAudiobooks Help: Appointments on Weds, 4:00 - 5:00 pm. .

Imagination playground, Sun Sep 21, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Town's Community Hall. For all ages.

The Corner Laughers -- In Concert! Sun Sep 21, 3:00 pm. For the whole family. A free tricycle will be raffled off to a lucky attendee!

Adobe Photoshop Elements - Beginning, Sat Sep 27 at 10:00 am. For teens and adults. Registration required as spaces are limited.

Bilingual Babies and Books Storytime, Mon Sep 29 at 11:00 am. For infants (0-18 months). Introduce your baby to Spanish with stories, songs and rhymes!

Little Chefs - Cooking Fun for Children, Tue Sep 30 at 10:00 am. For ages 2-5 years old. Register by calling 650 851-0560 x222 or emailing


  • Babies and Books Storytime: on Mons at 11:00 am. For infants (0-18 months).
  • Toddler Storytime: on Tues at 11:00 am. For toddlers 18-36 months.

Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028
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