September 21, 2014


Upcoming Events

Fri Sep 26, Ormondale Book Fair Preview, 2:50 - 4:00 pm

Mon Sep 29 - Fri Oct 3, Ormondale Book Fair.  Details here.

Tue Sep 30, Family Fun Night at the Book Fair 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Fri Oct 3, Dad's Breakfast at Ormondale Book Fair, 7:45 - 8:15 am

View the full PTO calendar here.
Ormondale's Scholastic Book Fair Is Almost Here!

bookfairNext week Ormondale's MUR will be transformed into a "reading castle" full of exciting titles for all ages. For kids, you will find sections dedicated to specific lexile levels, interest areas, the common core, and award winners. For adults, you will find quality literature, best sellers, and cookbooks. This event is the sole fundraising source for PVSD's libraries - so while you stock your bookshelf at home you are ensuring our students have the latest and greatest titles at school too.


The fair will be open before, during, and after school Mon Sep 29 - Fri Oct 3.

In addition, we have three special events planned:

  • Fri Sep 26, 2:50 - 4:00 pm: Popsicle Preview. Shop early! Popsicles for the first 100 people to buy a book.
  • Tue Sep 30, 5:00 -7:00 pm: A Night with the Knights. No need to make dinner - purchase dinner and dessert from two amazing food trucks. Eat, shop the book fair, and enjoy special story times with Mr. Keegan and Dr. Gonzales. Expanded selections for older students (4th - 8th grade) will be featured at this event.
  • Fri Oct 3, 7:45 - 8:30 am: Dad's Breakfast. Dads (or moms), bring your kids to school early, grab a bite to eat and hit the book fair for a last shopping spree before it closes. This annual event is always popular with the kids so make sure you put this in your calendar now!

Fair Hours:

Fri Sep 26, 2:50 - 4:00 pm

Mon Sep 29, 7:45 am - 4:00 pm

Tue Sep 30, 7:45 am - 3:30 pm and 5:00 -7:00 pm

Wed Oct 1, 7:45 am - 3:00 pm

Thu Oct 2, 7:45 am - 4:00 pm

Fri Oct 3, 7:45 am - 1:00 pm


We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help out at the fair. Shifts take as little as a half hour. To sign up, click here or email book fair co-chairs Caitlin Kortlang or Sarah Byrne.  

Corte Madera

Upcoming Events

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

Thank You All Who Made the Back-To-School Picnic a Success

There are so many ways in which our school community benefits from the partnership between our parents and staff, this great community event being just one example! Thank you PTO! 
Many thanks to those who attended and helped out at the CMS Back-to-School Picnic on Fri Sep 19. It was a wonderful evening and a great time for us all to enjoy talking with parents, staff, friends and kids. A big thank you to Mary Jo Kloezeman for chairing this fun evening. 

Thank you to all who contributed to making this event a success for our school community, including Amigos Grill, DJ Joy Bonner, our principal Cyndia Maijala, Virginia Huffman, Graciela Martin, Lynn Holthaus, Wendy Rutherford, Kari Rust, Sharon Shaffer, Lisa Palermo, Lisa Hill, Jane Leibowitz, James Horn, Sylvia Constantz, Elizabeth de Oliveira, Kim Hamrick, Ching Wu, Sofie Vandeputte, Naomi Reynolds, Doug Morss, and all the other wonderful parents  who stayed afterwards to help clean up! 

And thanks to the CMS 8th Grade Student Council volunteers and their advisors, Kristen Shima and Juliet Green, who set a spirited and energetic tone for the evening. 

And a special thank you to Sofie Vandeputte for delivering the left over burritos to the Maple Street Shelter in Redwood City.

Heather Asborno and Michelle Bellomo
CMS PTO President and CMS Vice-President

Unclaimed Items from the Back-to-School Picnic

All bowls and utensils that were left at Corte Madera after the back-to-school picnic will be in the teacher's lounge starting Monday.

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.

Portola Valley School FoundationPVSF

Cocktail Party for Auction/Gala Volunteers
Every other year, our PV Schools Foundation hosts an exciting night of dinner, dancing, silent and live auction to raise money for our schools. This year, adventure awaits you at the "Sunset on the Serengeti" Auction on Sat May 16, 2015. We invite you to unite in our efforts to organize this fabulous celebration by joining our steering committee. There are a myriad of opportunities to help out. 

Please come to a cocktail party to learn more about participating on the committee: Sun Sep 28, 4:00pm at the home of chariwoman, Megan Koch - 130 Deer Meadow Lane in PV. RSVP by emailing [email protected]. Click here to learn more about the Auction/Gala.
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 
Book Drive for Primary School on Caribbean Island, Nevis

Help us collect books for a book drive benefiting the St. Kitts-Nevis primary school on the small Caribbean island of Nevis. The primary schools on this island are struggling and there is a great need for all sorts of material resources. There are no computers or even a library. We are collecting geography books, books on ecology, science (i.e. marine biology would be appropriate for an island nation; earth science, physical science, astronomy/space), math, readers for ages 6-11, animals, and language arts.


The days of the book drive are Wed Sep 24 thru Fri Oct 3. Large plastic boxes with a sign that says, "BOOKS FOR NEVIS" will be located in the CMS Library and at the Portola Valley Library. Questions? Email Claudia Mazzetti
Basketball Class

1st - 3rd Grades Boys and Girls, Fall 2014 -- Space is limited


Mondays at Ormondale Multi-Purpose Gym

Sep 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3

Time: 2:55 - 4:00 pm

Fee: $225


Your child will not want to miss this fun class. An exciting and non-competitive introduction to basketball for boys and girls. Young hoopsters will learn the fundamental skills of dribbling, passing and shooting, as well as basic rules, while having a great time.


Join High School basketball coach, Tim Bowler, in this dynamic basketball session which will maximize players' abilities.

For more information contact Coach Bowler (650-996-3308) or email at [email protected]. To print the registration form, click here.

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.
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

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 [email protected].


  • 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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