August 31, 2015

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Fri Sept 11, 5-7pm - Ormondale Back to School BBQ 

Mon Sept 14 - Spirit Wear Sales Window Closes

Mon Sept 14, 7:15 - 10am - TB Testing at Ormondale, RM 26

Thur Sept 17, 7:30-9am - TB Read at Ormondale, RM 26

Thur Sept 17, 8:20am- Ormondale Parent Volunteer Orientation 

View the full PTO calendar here.

Ormondale Back to School BBQ
Friday, September 11th from 5-7pm

Come celebrate the return to school with a family-style barbecue! The PTO will provide the main course of BBQ chicken, hamburgers, garden burgers and hotdogs along with the plates, napkins, cups and utensils.  Please bring a dish to share: sides, salads or fruit for dessert (please no sweets and all dishes must be nut-free!). Please make sure you bring a serving utensil with your dish. Water will be provided but feel free to bring other non-alcoholic beverages for your family to enjoy and don't forget your picnic blanket! Labeled dishes will be accepted from 3:00 - 5:00 on the 1st-3rd grade blacktop.
We need volunteers to:
- help with set-up from 3:30 - 4:30
- manage food table and welcome table from 4:30 - 6:30 (split into 2 shifts)
- clean-up from 6:30 - 7:30 
Please sign up for a volunteer spot at Sign-Up Genius.

Ormondale Thank You!

Ormondale Welcome Back Coffee and Breakfast
We're much obliged to Carolina Reyes and Jed Pitera for hosting yet another wonderful coffee and breakfast spread at Ormondale on the first morning of school. Thank you!  It was great to see so many new faces, as well as those more familiar, at this lovely Ormondale PTO tradition.  Thank you to John Bamber for setting everything up and further acknowledgment to all those who signed up for this year's PTO events

New Family Welcome Events
A ROCKSTAR thank you to Marjel Scheuer and Kristine Lange for organizing and hosting several summer playdates for our incoming TK and K Families. What a great way to welcome our newest Ormondale students.  The summer fun ended with a well-attended TK/K Breakfast which was held on Saturday, August 22nd at the Kindergarten Playground.  Again, thank you, Kristine and Marjel for all your hard work pulling these wonderful events together.  And, further thanks to Sarah Wernikoff for helping host the Grades 1-3 Family Welcome at the Town Center over the summer. These Ormondale traditions are so appreciated - many thanks to all who participated.

Art in Action Needs Volunteers

Help with Art in Action for Your Child's Classroom!

Kick-off meeting and art room prep is Friday, September 4th, right after drop-off, in the Ormondale Art Room (room 25).
Do you like paint and getting messy with kids? Do you like to talk about art and hear the unfiltered art critique that only a child can provide? 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 easily 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. No experience necessary. This is a great program to become involved with as it carries through all 4 years, teachers really appreciate any level of help with the art lessons and the kids LOVE it!!!!!
A fun group of existing volunteers is already in place and the more the better! To get involved, or gather more information, you may contact Kim Zamboldi ( or speak with your teacher directly.

Chess King After School at Ormondale

Chess King will be offering after-school chess at Ormondale on Mondays from 2:50-3:50. The session will run from Sept 14 - Jan 11. 

Chess instruction provided by Chess King covers basic chess rules, tactics, and 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.

More information at or 510-456-8593.
 Young Inklings After School at Ormondale
Society of Young Inklings holds after-school class at Ormondale Elementary! 

"Magic Trunk: Exploring Stories"
Students will generate story ideas by using costumes and props from the magic trunk. Students will develop story comprehension and early writing skills. By the end of the class writers will have a collection of original stories both dictated and illustrated.    
Grades: K-1          
Class Day/Time: Thursdays, 2:55-3:55pm
Dates of class: Sept 17 -Nov 19
Tuition: $270  
Register Online here.  To see a class flyer, click here.

Basketball After School at Ormondale

This class is 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.  

Who: 1st - 3rd grades boys and girls
When: 12:10 - 1:10 on Wednesdays, Sept. 16 - Nov. 4 
Where: Ormondale
Fee: $200  
For more information contact Coach Bowler (650-996-3308) or  To see a class flyer, click here.

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Thur Sept 3, 5pm - Corte Madera Back to School Night 

Fri Sept 4, 7:30am - Corte Madera 4/5 Cocoa Breakfast 

Fri Sept 11 - Corte Madera 6-8th BBQ Lunch

Mon Sept 14 - Spirit Wear Sales Window Closes

Mon Sept 14, 7:15-10am - TB Testing at Ormondale, RM 26

Thur Sept 17, 7:30-9am - TB Read at Ormondale, RM 26

Fri Sept 18, 5:30pm - Corte Madera Back to School Picnic 

View the full PTO calendar here.

Volleyball and Cross Country Registration

Volleyball and Cross Country registration is now open.  To register for either sport, go here

Cross Country (Registration Fee $200) 
Cross Country is open to all 5th-8th grade boys and girls.  Practices are Mondays and Fridays from 3:15-4:30 and Wednesdays from 2:00-3:15.  Classes start Wednesday, Sept. 2nd.  

All practices will start and end at Corte Madera, and athletes will run on local trails.  Meets will take place on Mondays or Wednesdays at various locations around the peninsula.  Meets will take the place of practice that week. 

Volleyball is open to all 4th-8th grade girls.  

4th and 5th grade Volleyball (Registration Fee $225)
Practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:30 at Corte Madera. (Occasional scrimmage against Woodside or La Entrada might be at one of those schools.)  Practice will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8th.

The 4th and 5th grade volleyball will focus on skill building and will be run sort of intramural style. We will practice together, and then we will set up the score board, split up into teams and play one another. Hopefully, we'll be able to scrimmage Woodside and La Entrada a couple times throughout the season. 

6th Grade Volleyball (Registration Fee $250)
Practices are Mondays from 3:15-4:30 and Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 at Corte Madera.  Practice will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd.

Games are Tuesdays at the Arrillaga Center in Menlo Park with rotating start times between 3:45 and 6:00. You are responsible for transporting your child to and from the games. 

7th Grade Volleyball (Registration Fee $250)
Practices are Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 and Fridays from 3:15-4:30 at Corte Madera.  Practice will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd.

Games are Mondays at the Arrillaga Center in Menlo Park with rotating start times between 3:45 and 6:00. You are responsible for transporting your child to and from the games. 

8th Grade Volleyball (Registration Fee $250)
Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:45.  Practice will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 1st

Games are Mondays at the Arrillaga Center in Menlo Park with rotating start times between 3:45 and 6:00. You are responsible for transporting your child to and from the games. 

Game schedules will be posted as soon as they become available.

Please contact Kate Cox ( if you have any questions. 

Community News

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory Fall Classes

Act Out in Theatre Classes: Fun! Creative! Inspiring!  

For 20 years, Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory (PVTC) has offered fantastically entertaining theatre classes to students of all skill level, novice to experienced, ages 3 through high school. Students play acting games, use their imaginations to create characters, and develop physical and vocal theatre skills in a collaborative, supportive, and entertaining environment. Classes are taught by professional actors, directors, singers, and dancers, and culminate in a final performance on an intimate stage with lights and costumes. 

Fall session begins after Labor Day and space is limited to 12 students per class, so register soon! 

Register for classes today at
Questions about theatre classes? Email us at

AYSO Soccer
Join AYSO for soccer this Fall!

AYSO is still accepting registrations in all divisions from U5 to U12. We especially need players for U10 girls and U12 boys. AYSO is a recreational soccer league: No tryouts, everyone plays. Come join the fun! 

Kids' Vision Math Program for 3rd Grade Girls

Kids' Vision is inviting Ormondale's girls in 3rd grade to participate in an after-school Math Program at Tesla Motors.  

Stanford Math Education Professor Jo Boaler and Art in Action are partnering with us to keep this program a favorite in the hearts of our participants. The program lasts 10 weeks and takes place on Thursdays from 3 pm to 4:30 pm at Tesla Motors headquarters, 3500 Deer Creek Road, Palo Alto, CA. It takes approximately 12 minutes to arrive there from Portola Valley's schools. We start onSeptember 17th. Carpooling is encouraged. 
Kids' Vision is a nonprofit organization, and we are unique in many ways:

-We develop our own activities with the participation of high tech employees. For example, our Math activities at Tesla Motors show girls how Tesla uses fractions, estimation, geometry, algebraic thinking, and data and measurement.

-We are a STEAM program. In the high tech industry Art/Design is tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - the STEM subjects. We use design thinking to show girls how to solve problems. Another nonprofit, Art in Action, is partnering with us to bring Art into our program. 

-During our program girls learn how STEAM is applied in high tech companies. Equally important are the learning attitudes that we help our girls develop: growth mindsets are an important part of our program.

-We work with an average of 40 high tech employees per program, who act as mentors and role models for our girls. Since our activities aim at showing how STEAM is applied, the best people to facilitate those activities are the ones with experience applying STEAM in real life. 

Kids' Vision favors the participation of low income participants and girls who can benefit from our program regardless of their ethnicity or income. We ask teachers to participate in our selection process, which includes an evaluation of the girls' mindsets (growth/fixed mindset). While sponsoring a girl can be covered by a $378 tax deductible donation, we encourage your additional tax deductible donations which will be applied toward sponsoring additional low income participants! As a bonus, with a donation of $756 or more you can join an exclusive VIP tour of Tesla Motor's factory at Fremont. During the tour you will witness intelligent robots building slick electric cars in a factory straight from the future, and the rigorous quality testing that each vehicle must undergo before hitting the road. 

You can ask questions or request your daughter's participation in our program by emailing Maria CÚlÚrier at Let me know how much you want to donate, or if your daughter qualifies as a low income participant. Please click here to see what is considered low income.