October 13, 2014

amicisPTO Fundraiser - Amici's Family Night - Save the Date
Tue Oct 21
5:00 - 9:00 pm
Amici's Pizzeria - Menlo Park

Corte Madera and Ormondale families! Grab your family and friends and join us for a Pizza and Pasta Night. Amici's in Menlo Park will generously donate 25% of your evening's food and beverage purchase to help support PVSD - PTO. 


Here is how it works. Print the attached flyer. Present the flyer to your server at Amici's. Relax and enjoy your dinner whether you dine in or take out.

ORM Upcoming Events

Mon Oct 27 (new date!), 8:20 am, Room TBD, Amazon & eScript Info
Learn how to raise money for our school with Amazon and eScrip
(bring your laptop or mobile device). Details here. 

Wed Oct 15, Spirit Wear Orders Due.  Details 

Tue Oct 21, 5:00 - 9:00 pm, Amici's Family Night. Details here.

View the full PTO calendar here.bikewalk
ORM Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear order deadline is Wed Oct 15 for Fall 2014. Please submit your orders asap in order to ensure delivery. Order forms are available in the Ormondale office. Questions? Contact Amy Shimer.

ORM Turkey Trot
Ormondale Turkey Trot (1K and 5K Run/Walk/Relay)
Sat Nov 15
8:00 - 11:00 am

Registration is now open. Click here to register.

The 1K is an out and back from Ormondale School to Cervantes and back to the school. The 5K is four laps around the Shawnee Pass/Cervantes loop. The 5K Relay is new this year: create a team of four individuals of any age or gender. Run with your best friends, or your family -- any combination of your choosing.

Prizes for the 1K and 5K will be awarded to the top three finishers for each grade and gender. Prizes for the 5K Relay are awarded based on team spirit (hint: wear a costume, funny hats, crazy socks, etc. Have fun!).


Lunchtime training will start Thu Oct 16 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during recess. Contact Kari Rust (Tue leader) and Hayley Leinfelder (Thu leader) if you can volunteer from 12:15 - 1:00 pm to help keep track of the number of laps run by the kids.

Questions? Contact Karen Urbanek with event questions.

ORM Book Fair

Many thanks to Sarah Byrne, Caitlin Kortlang and their myriad of volunteers for making the Ormondale Book Fair a success. They gave us lots of opportunities to get to the book fair by staffing it for the entire week! Rumor has it that there were record-breaking book sales! The proceeds from the book fair go to both ORM and CMS libraries, so thanks to everyone who bought books last week.


ORM Bagels and Books Breakfast

Thank you to Brandie Revoy for chairing the Bagels and Books breakfast, which was hosted by the first grade. It wouldn't have been possible without our great volunteers: Paul Cushman, Laura Dahl, Rebecca Dawson, Erika Demas, Renata Dionello, Sarah Dorahy, Kristine Lange, Simone LaValle, Marjel Scheuer, Emilia Schor, Teri Wolf, and John Bamber.


ORM Bike/Walk to School Day... Success!

WOW, once again PVSD students shined for International Bike/Walk to School day on Wednesday with several students biking, walking and riding to school!  In addition, Ormondale expressed support for cleaner air and 'dirtier' shoes by walking TWO days this week. Such an incredible student community we have at PVSD!

A very special thank you to Tiffany Hong, Cathy Brewer, her energetic daughter Ellie, Ed Holland and his enthusiastic son Thomas for handing out special rewards to all our dedicated walkers and riders at Ormondale both days this week!  These volunteers have made this event a greater success!

Corte Madera

CMS Upcoming Events

Mon Oct 6 - Fri Oct 17, 4/5th grade Golden Sneaker Challenge.  Details here.

Fri Oct 17, Photo Day. Details here.

Tue Oct 21, 5:00 - 9:00 pm, Amici's Family Night. Details here.

Fri Oct 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, School Dance. Details here.
View the full PTO calendar here. bike

sneakerCMS 4th and 5th Grade Golden Sneaker Challenge - Last Week


The 4th and 5th grade classes continue to compete for the Golden Sneaker Award. This program that started in Mon Oct 6 encourages students to bike, bus, walk, skate, scooter or carpool to school every day for two weeks. WOW! The program ends on Fri Oct 17. The classroom with the highest amount of participants in each grade will receive the famous Golden Sneaker Award AND special treats! 

CMS Photo Day


Corte Madera School Photos

Fri Oct 17

Photo Day will take place all in one day....in addition to class photos, all individual photos of your child will be taken outside in a natural setting! You will have 5-8 individual poses to choose from and may order as many poses as you'd like. In addition, color, black & white, and sepia tone will be available. PLUS, you will be able to place your order online and your photos will be shipped directly to your home!
NOTE: When your child's photos are available for ordering, you will receive an email from iClickSmiles (cs@iclicksmiles.com) with special ordering instructions. To read the flyer, click hereQuestions? Contact Elise Gabrielson.
schooldanceCMS Halloween Dance


Corte Madera School Halloween Dance

Fri Oct 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

For grades 6 through 8 only. Students are allowed up to two guests with completed permission slips, which will be available in the school office. The cost is $10. Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the dance. Dress code applies.
CMS Bike/Walk to School Day... Success!


WOW, once again PVSD students shined for International Bike/Walk to School day on Wednesday with several students biking, walking and riding to school! In addition, CMS supported less pollution and more activity by walking THREE days. Such an incredible student community we have at PVSD! 

A very special thank you to Kristen ShimaBrigetta Brown and the fabulous CMS Student Council for arriving early three days this week to hand rewards and cheer our walking and rolling students to school! 

Community Newsamazon

Help Our Schools While Shopping with Amazon & eScrip

Come to Ormondale (room TBD) on Mon Oct 27 (new date) to learn more about these two easy ways to raise money for our school. Bring your laptop or mobile device to the session! These two programs pay for classroom supplies for every student in our district each year!

To get started with the Amazon program, click on this link and bookmark this page. Or click here to learn more.

And don't forget to renew your eScrip 
membership by Sat Nov 1! Just click here and click on the "Yes! Renew" symbol. And if you haven't already signed up for eScrip, click here to get started!
Ecology and Drought Day

Sat Oct 18, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Portola Valley Town Center

Learn what you can do to reduce your water usage in the midst of our historic drought while supporting our local plant and animal communities. Discover how to live harmoniously with the birds, insects and animals that share our watershed. See examples of our plants and animals, and how the major plant communities are affected by our microclimates and geology. Visit vendors and listen to speakers talk about smart irrigation, rain catchment, leak detection and low water use landscaping.

Enter our Water Saver Contest to see if you are a water conservation champ. (FYI: Portola Valley residents use 305 gallons of water per person per day as compared to the Bay Area average of 79 gallons.)

With fun activities for the kids, bring the entire family!

Click here for more information and speaker schedule. 
Woodside Pumpkin Festival

Sat Oct 18 and Sun Oct 19, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The 2nd Annual Woodside Pumpkin Festival guarantees fun for the whole family. Come and pick your pumpkins and enjoy the activities at the Mounted Patrol on Kings Mountain Road in Woodside. There will be a large selection of pumpkins to choose from starting at $5 and activities for the kids. Explore the petting zoo, the three bouncy houses, ride the ponies and the mechanical bull, and visit the haunted house (1:00 - 4:00 pm each day). Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available and if you would like to celebrate a birthday, send an email to mpsmc42@sbcglobal.net or visit our website. Proudly hosted by the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County located at 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside. See you there! 
Summit High School Open House

96% of Summit's 2014 graduates were accepted to a four-year college. Summit students graduate from college at twice the national average. In 2014, US News and World Report named Summit #25 in the US for charter high schools. In 2013, Newsweek named it as one of the top three high schools in all of California. Summit was the only high school featured in the movie, "Waiting for Superman."
It is ranked #3 in the state of California for serving students with disabilities. 

Summit prepares a diverse student population for success in college, career and life, and to be contributing members of society. How do we do that? Join us for one of our Open Houses:
  • Tue Nov 4 at Everest High School at 455 Fifth Ave. in Redwood City (corner of Middlefield and 5th)
  • Thu Dec 4 at Summit Prep (890 Broadway/ RWC)
  • Sat Feb 7 at Everest High School (455 5th Ave.) 
Enter the Portola Valley Time Capsule
Would you like to be part of Portola Valley's 50th Anniversary Time Capsule that will be opened by town residents 25 years from now?  This is a unique, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share your vision of the future, or your experience of the present, with generations to come.

Write a one-page essay, song, or poem, OR submit a photo, painting or drawing on one of these topics:
  • Describe life in Portola Valley today in 2014.
  • How do you envision life will be in Portola Valley 25 years from now?
  • What is your favorite thing about living in Portola Valley today?

    Submission Guidelines:
  1. All entries should be on standard size 8.5" x 11" paper or electronic file of this size.
  2. Only one page per person will be accepted.
  3. No guarantee that your item will get into the time capsule.
  4. At the top of paper, please write your name, age and address (or just street)
  5. You can submit entries from now until Wed Oct 15 
  6. You can bring in a paper copy to the library (please do not put in bookdrop) or email it to portolavalley@smcl.org as an attachment.
Portola Valley Library News


Thu Oct 16, 4:00 pm, Tinkering Teens


Sat Oct 25, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Hello Kitty Reading Day


Thu Oct 30, 3:30 pm, Halloween Crafts for ages 3 - 8 years


Thu Oct 30, 4:30 pm, Halloween Crafts for ages 9 - 13 years


To sign up for events or for more information:  www.smcl.org 

Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028, 650 851-0560