November 9, 2014

Place Your Original Works Order While Supporting PV PTO

PV PTO has teamed up with Original Works, a nation-wide art-based program, to offer this special opportunity to order memorable gifts for any occasion, and support the PV PTO at the same time!


Please participate in this fun way to show off your child's creative talents -- and support the PV PTO in providing innovative programs and recognition for our teachers and students. 

This year we are using Original Works online gallery ordering system. Each student brought home a letter with instructions on how to view their personal online gallery and place orders.


Be on the look out or ask your child for your informational letters that were sent home this week. Deadline for all orders is Mon Nov 17 to ensure timely delivery for the holidays. 


For questions or more information:

ORM Upcoming Events

Wed Nov 12, Ormondale Bike/Walk to School

Sat Nov 15, ORM Turkey Trot.  Register by Thu Nov 13.  Details here.

Mon Nov 17, Deadline to for all Original Works orders. Details here.

View the full PTO calendar here.
ORM Last Bike/Walk-to-School Day of the Year!
Wed Nov 12

Fun rewards given to all students who participate!

Looking for volunteers to help hand out rewards at Ormondale. If interested, contact Christy Pinelli.


ORM Turkey Trot
Ormondale Turkey Trot (1K, 5K, 5K Relay)

Sat Nov 15, 2014

8:00 am - 11:00 am

The Turkey Trot is THIS WEEKEND! Register by Thu Nov 13, 5:00 pm. Race day registration will be available but at a higher fee. Click here for more details and to register.

Congratulations to our artwork winners: Kolby Nelson, Daniel Artandi, Ellie Ryhorchuk, and Isabelle Armsby. Help support the PTO by purchasing a Turkey Trot tote bag featuring these young artists. Questions? Contact Karen Urbanek.


Student Valet at Ormondale
The Student Valet leadership program has started at Ormondale and has been a great success! Thank you to our wonderful student volunteers for being great role models and thank you to the supportive parents who return warm smiles and friendly waves to the students during the morning drop off!

Corte Madera

CMS Upcoming Events

Wed Nov 12, 1:00 pm, Golden State Warriors at CMS. Details here.

Fri Nov 14, 7:30 am, CMS 4/5th Grade Cocoa Breakfast. Come and join us for hot cocao and bagels!

Fri Nov 14, CMS Bike/Walk to School

Sat Nov 15, ORM Turkey Trot. Register by Thu Nov 13. Details here.

Mon - Fri, Nov 17 - 21, Corte Madera Bookfair.  Details here.

Mon Nov 17, Deadline to for all Original Works orders. Details here.
View the full PTO calendar here. warriors2

Abilities Awareness Week

 Golden State Road Warriors at CMS, Wed Nov 12 at 1:00 pm

Under the direction of Head Coach Paul Jackson (now a Hall of Famer), the Golden State Road Warriors have become a dominant force in the sport of wheelchair basketball. They will be visiting Corte Madera this Wed Nov 12 at 1:00 pm as a part of CMS's Abilities Awareness Week. Thanks to the PTO for sponsoring this always inspiring assembly. If your student wants to see more of these athletes, visit the Golden State Warriors website. You'll find their schedule, results and opportunities to volunteer (including being a rebounder for shooting drills at Saturday morning practice's in San Jose)! bookfair2


Corte Madera Bookfair is Coming and WE NEED VOLUNTEERS

The Corte Madera Bookfair will be Nov Mon 17 thru Fri 21, the same week as the 4th/5th grade parent/teacher conferences. We will be open Mon thru Thu, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Fri 7:30 am - 3:30 pm. This year it will have a new location; Rm. 102 adjacent to the library. Parent volunteers are needed to make the book fair happen. There are various ways you can help. Can you volunteer to help?  Email Tamiko Verkler.


CMS Last Bike/Walk-to-School Day of the Year!
Fri Nov 14

Spirit points given to all CMS participants

Grand prize party in December for the CMS grade with the most participants from Sep thru Nov! As of now, the numbers are very close and it is anybody's game! Let's rally and see which class wins a party!! WOOHOO!

Fun rewards given to all students who participate!

Questions? Contact Christy Pinelli.


Community NewsORMbasketball

Send the Principal to the Roof! 

Just help us double our Amazon contributions!

The holiday season is coming up and with all that holiday shopping you can make a lot of money for our schools!  Just shop on Amazon like you normally would, but use the PTO link to start your Amazon shopping trip and help us hit our target of doubling our contributions from Amazon this holiday season.  If we hit the target, Mr. Keegan and Mrs. Maijala have promised to work from the roof of Ormondale and CMS on April Fool's Day next year!  And tell your relatives, friends and neighbors to use this link too when they are shopping on Amazon.

To get started with the Amazon program, click on this  link and bookmark this page. Use this link every time you shop on Amazon and the school will receive up to 8% of your purchase. Click here to learn more.

And don't forget you can make money for our schools by registering for the eScrip program.

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Presented by Dancers Repertory Theater and Menlo Park Academy of Dance and reviewed as a "charming alternative to the Nutcracker."  Performances at Woodside Performing Arts Center on 
  • Sat Dec 6, 4:00 pm
  • Sun Dec 7, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
  • Sat Dec 13, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
  • Sun Dec 14 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm

In the spirit of the holidays, Dancers Repertory Theater has partnered with Bay Area Firefighters Toys for Kids Drive to provide Toys and Gifts to children in need through our local communities. We hope each audience member will bring a new, unwrapped toy to a performance to help make another child's holiday a little brighter !

Tickets and more information available here or by calling 650-323-5292. Corte Madera dancers include Catherine B., Julia., Tess G., Lola P., and Brisa V.
For flyer, click here.
Alpine Strikers Tryouts

Alpine Strikers is a local competitive youth soccer club serving the areas of Menlo Park, Portola Valley, and Woodside. The club is holding their annual tryouts for all age groups; U8-U19. If your child is interested in soccer and would like to come out for tryouts, click here for tryouts information and registration.  We look forward to seeing you out on the field!
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:
  • Thu Dec 4 at Summit Prep (890 Broadway/ RWC)
  • Sat Feb 7 at Everest High School (455 5th Ave.) 
Portola Valley Library News


Food for Fines Library Food Drive:
Mon Nov 17 through Wed Dec 31.
Clear library fines while providing food to those in need! Bring non-perishable food items into our library and applicable fines/fees will be waived. Please contact the library for donation guidelines. All food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank and will be delivered to low income people in need in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Music Monday:
Mon Nov 3, 11:00 am.
Come on in everyone and put on your dancing shoes! We'll be singing and dancing today. For ages 3 and under.

Houghton Hall: History Of An English Country House Docent Slidetalk:
Thu Nov 6, 10:30 am.
Held at Hanson Hall, The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA.
An expert museum docent will present a slide lecture on the history and elegance of Houghton Hall, one of England's grandest country houses, Britain's first prime minister. Currently on exhibit at the Legion of Honor through January 18, 2015, this exhibition captures an intimate look inside this well-preserved estate and built in the 1720s by Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745).

Film Screening - DamNation:
Thu, Nov 13, 5:30 pm.
Free screening of the award-winning documentary film, DamNation, followed by a Q&A session with Portola Valley native Matt Stoecker; one of the film's producers and the director of underwater photography. Light refreshments will be served. For sixth graders and up. This program will be held in the Town of Portola Valley Community Hall.

Tinkering Teens: ParaCording:
Wed Nov 19, 2:30 pm.
Come hang out with friends and have fun! We promise you'll have a blast as you make a ParaCord wristband for yourself and maybe a friend. All materials will be provided. For 6th graders & up.

Family Storytime:
Sat Nov 22 at 10:30 am.
Join us for stories, songs, and activities the whole family will love. For all ages.

LEGO Club:
Sat, Nov 22, 11:00 am.
Do you love Duplo and Lego Building Blocks? The Portola Valley Library is hosting a Lego Club. We provide the Legos, you bring your imagination. Duplo building blocks are available for our youngest builders. For ages 0-99!

To sign up for events or for more information: 

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