October 19, 2014

amicisPTO Fundraiser - Amici's Family Night  - This Tuesday
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

Sun Oct 19 - Sat Nov 1, K-5 PTO Basketball Registration. Details  here.

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

Wed Oct. 22, Ormondale Super Staff Lunch

Mon Oct 27, 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. 

Fri Oct 31, 8:15 - 9:00 am, Halloween Parade.  Details 

View the full PTO calendar here.
Thank You

ORM Photo Day

The Ormondale Photo Day was a success thanks to Sarah Byrne and Kirstin Dahm -- nothing like organizing photos of over 200 kids in the course of a single day. We all look forward to those priceless Class Pictures. Halloween

Ormondale Halloween Parade

The Halloween parade will happen on Fri Oct 31, from 8:15 to 9:00 am on the blacktop. Class celebrations are 9:00 - 10:15 am. The students will change into school clothes after the celebrations. This is a fun community event, with a lot of student excitement! We ask that the students come dressed in costume for the parade and change back into their regular clothes after the parade, so that they can continue the school day. 

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.

Corte Madera

CMS Upcoming Events

Sun Oct 19 - Sat Nov 1, K-5 PTO Basketball Registration.  Details  here.

Sun Oct 19 - Sat Nov 1, 6-8 PTO Basketball Registration.  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. schooldance

Thank You

Thank you, PTO, For a Great Super Staff Lunch


Many thanks to all the volunteers who put together the CMS Super Staff Lunch last week. Our teachers and staff greatly appreciated the wonderful food and opportunity to enjoy each other's company. Also, a special thank you to Renee Lewis and Jennifer Youstra for coordinating this event again this year.


Thanks to: Shannon Basch, Jenny Unnasch, Joanne Irwin, Julie Dickerson, Rosario Camacho, Mary Henry, Michele Morhenn, Kathy Waddell, Karen Horn, Wendy McAdam, Erika Demas, Moonyi Satusky, Lynn Deutsch, Hayley Leinfelder, Nancy Tracy, Kim Zamboldi, Sharon Shaffer, Lissa Menge Cook, Jennifer Hanley, Sarah Dorahy, Kerstin Newland and Julie Hsu and to Jerry Nickel.


CMS 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.PVSF


Annual Campaign 


Thank you to all who donated to the Annual Campaign by Donation Day to help us unlock the Challenge Grant! We did it! We're excited to continue to work together to achieve our goal of $900k by Fri, Dec 12 and achieving a goal of over 80% participation. We're currently at under 60% participation, so we need your help if you haven't already donated or pledged. Every donation makes a difference in helping our amazing schools! Donations can be delivered to the Ormondale office, the District office or made online at  pvschoolsfoundation.org.


Auction/Gala Event Volunteers 


Calling for Auction/Gala Event 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. Our business, auction, and party teams have started to form, and there are still a number of opportunities to help us organize this fantastic event.  There are also plenty of volunteer roles the night of the event so that even the most over-committed among us can still help out! 

To join the committee or if you have any questions, please email us at 
[email protected]Click here to learn more about the Auction/Gala.    community

Community NewsK5bb

PTO Basketball K-5th


The Portola Valley PTO is proud to announce Portola Valley Basketball, a new recreational basketball program for K-5th graders open to all Portola Valley residents.


The PVB program has replaced last year's program and will offer the following for each grade level:



  • Kindergarten (Coed)

  • 1st Grade Boys

  • 1st Grade Girls

  • 2nd Grade Girls

  • 2nd Grade Boys

Competitive Play

  • 3rd Grade Girls

  • 3rd Grade Boys

  • 4th-5th Grade Girls Combined

  • 4th-5th Grade Boys Combined

Registration begins on Sun, Oct 19 and ends on Sat, Nov 1.


For additional information and registration click here PV-PTO - PV Basketball.cmsbb

PTO Basketball CMS 6-8


Registration is now open for CMS After School Basketball through Sat Nov 1 at www.pvpto.com.  Late registration cannot be guaranteed.


CMS BASKETBALL is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders. All basketball teams will start practice the week of Mon, Dec 1.


6/8 Practice Schedule:
6 Girls: Wed and Fri, 4:30 - 5:30 pm 4:30-5:30
7 Girls: Mon 4:30 - 5:30 pm and Wed 3:30 - 4:30 pm
8 Girls: Tues: 5:30 - 6:45 pm and Thurs 6:30 - 7:45 pm
6 Boys: Mon and Fri 3:15 - 4:30 pm
7 Boys: Tues and Thurs 4:30 - 5:30 pm
8 Boys: Tues and Thurs 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Game Schedules will be posted as soon as they are available.

?'s, please contact Dan Flahavan or  Kate Cox.

CHC Parent Education Series on ADHD
Children's Health Council
Weds, 6:30-8:30 pm, 650 Clark Ave, Palo Alto

Wed Oct 22, Signs of ADHD and Coping Tips, Dr. Glen Elliott and Dr. Vivien Kiehl

Wed Oct 29, To Medicate or Not, Dr. Glen Elliott

Wed Nov 5, Non-Medication Intervention Strategies, Shayla Hulgan and Dr. Vivien Kiehl

For more info and to register click here.
Help Our Schools While Shopping with Amazon & eScrip

Come to Ormondale (room TBD) on Mon Oct 27 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!
Chess King


Chess King will be offering after school chess at Corte Madera Mondays, Nov 3 - Jan 26, 3:05 - 4:05 pm. More information awww.chesskingcorp.com or 510-456-8593.


Chess instruction provided by Chess King covers basic chess rules, basic tactics, advanced tactical training and is age, grade and skill level appropriate. Children of all grades are invited to participate, to have fun and reap the rewards and benefits of the Chess King program. Each one hour class includes a half hour of instruction designed to help your child play winning chess followed by a half hour of semi-formal tournament play.  Awards are presented regularly.

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.) 
Portola Valley Library News


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