September 21, 2015

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Fri Sept 25, 2:50 - 4 - Book Fair Popsicle Preview 
Mon- Fri Sept 28 - Oct 2 - PVSD Book Fair at Ormondale

Tues Sept 29, 5-7pm - Family Night at the Book Fair

Fri Oct 2, 7:45 - 8:30am - Dad's Breakfast at the Book Fair

View the full PTO calendar here.
PVSD's Monster Book Fair Starts This Friday

Friday, Sept 25 - Friday, Oct 2 in the Ormondale MUR

PVSD's Monster Book Fair is almost here.  This year PVSD was selected to be one of only 10 schools in our region to host a Scholastic Signature Fair, which comes with additional easy-to-navigate cases, more series, more middle grade titles, and more adult titles.  

Also new this year is the option to shop our book fair online.  To see PVSD's online book fair, click here.

The book fair will be open before, during and after school in the Ormondale MUR.  Highlights of the fair will include:
- Popsicle Preview from 2:50 - 4pm on Fri, 9/25
- Family Fun Night, with the Curveball Slider Truck (vegetarian options available), from 5-7pm on Tues, 9/29
- Dad's Breakfast (but all are welcome) from 7:45 - 8:30am on Fri, 10/2

We can use more volunteers for the book fair.  To sign up to help, go to our Sign-Up Genius.

The book fair is the only source of supplemental support for libraries at both Ormondale and Corte Madera.  Come buy a book and help build our schools' libraries!

Show Your School Spirit

Spirit Wear Order Deadline Extended! 

The order deadline for spirit wear has been extended to October 16, 2015. Additional forms are available in the office. Show your Ormondale spirit by ordering your t-shirt or hoodie today!
Ormondale Back to School BBQ

The Ormondale Back to School Barbecue last Friday was one of our most fun PTO community events so if you see Lisa Giblin Freccia and Lori Palazzolo around campus, please go up and thank them for all they did to make this such an enjoyable evening!  Their army of helpers included: Marjel Scheuer, Cori Moesta, Jen Hanley, Brook Coffee, Jen and Eric Arends, Susan McLaughlin, Geoff Crouse, Jenni Farrell, Hayley Leinfelder, Toby Freccia, Arely Huitron, and The Keegan and Gonzales Families.  

Our exciting news is that we have targeted some new volunteer opportunities for parents next year which will include playground/child supervision and general clean-up after the event.  These new volunteer openings will help us make the Ormondale BBQ an even more fun place to be next year.  Thank you, in advance, Everyone!
TB Testing

A total of 87 people (parent volunteers and staff) turned up for TB testing at Ormondale and Corte Madera last week in a PTO service that was coordinated and run by Ormondale PTO VP, Brooke Day - thank you, Brooke.  Every year, some of our parent healthcare professionals give up their time to arrive bright and early at Ormondale, administer the TB test, and do the reads two days later.  Sincere thanks to Kristin Brew, Jen Maw, Lori Chung and Cheryl Richter for generously providing this service to our school community. 
ORM Assembly
Water Education Assembly at Ormondale: 
This Wednesday 9/23, 10:35 AM

Silicon Valley Clean Water education program sponsors free wastewater awareness assemblies in local schools.  The musical group ZunZun ( will teach our students about wastewater, water science and water awareness in a fun and interactive way using musical instruments from all over the world. They will learn about things that are going better in our bay every year and the things they can do to keep improving our ecosystem.

Be sure to ask your son(s) or daughter(s) to share a little about what they learned after school on Wednesday. And don't be surprised if you get a little song and dance as an answer!

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Mon- Fri Sept 28 - Oct 2 - PVSD Book Fair at Ormondale

Tues Sept 29, 5-7pm - Family Night at the Book Fair in Ormondale MUR

Fri Oct 2nd - Corte Madera Photo Day

View the full PTO calendar here.

Corte Madera Assembly

Author Visit: Michael Northrup
Thursday, September 24, 8:30 AM 

Earlier this year, Michaelʼs first book in Scholasticʼs new multi-platform series TombQuest hit the New York Times Best Sellers list. Another popular middle school novel of his, Plunked, was featured on National Public Radioʼs Backseat Book Club. His writing has appeared in publications such as Sports Illustrated, People Online, The New York Times Upfront and McSweeneys.

To see all of the upcoming Corte Madera PTO Sponsored Assemblies for the 2015-16 please click here!

Help Support PVSD's Libraries 
Did you know that the book fair at Ormondale is the sole source of supplemental support for libraries at both Ormondale and Corte Madera?  This year Ormondale's book fair will have expanded offerings for middle-grade readers.  CMS families are welcome any time at the fair, but are especially invited to come to the Family Fun  Night with the Curveball Slider Truck from 5-7pm on Tues, 9/29 in the Ormondale MUR. 

If you can't make it to Ormondale, you can support the book fair and find great middle-grade books at our online book fair.  Click here.

Happy reading!
Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Wine, Food, Friends & Envelope Stuffing!
Brochure Night is at Alpine Hills on Thursday, Sep 24 from 6pm - 8pm. 

Help Portola Valley Schools Foundation raise money for the Annual Campaign by prepping donation solicitation brochures. A light dinner and drinks will be served. Please email Hilary Harmssen 
[email protected] to sign up. Please include your youngest child's grade in the email so she can assign you to the correct table. Thanks for making a difference!

Community News

Creative Art For Young Children

Fall 2015 Session at the Portola Valley Town Center 

Classes run Sept. 23 - Dec. 12th; no classes Nov. 25 - 28th 

Primitive art and art made by children share a simplistic quality. I love to pair 
the two in a series of art projects we call "Caveman Art." For the Fall session we will begin with clay, pretending we live in prehistoric times; collecting clay by a stream and sculpting it into prehistoric animals and dinosaurs. The kids will hear the story about a cave boy who becomes a cave painter and then paint their own cave wall and make their own "Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs" and study Giotto who first drew on rocks like a caveman. We finish with our ever popular Art Show and the Magic Brush!

WED 1-3:00 3-5 yrs
WED 3:30-5:30 k-2nd
TH 3:30-5:30 k-2nd
FRI 1-3:00 prek-k
FRI 3:30-5:30 3rd-5th
SAT 10-12:00 4-8 yrs
SAT 1-3:00 4-8 yr

Fee: $380

TO REGISTER:Contact Cindy at the Portola Valley Town Hall at 851-1700 ext 200,
or register online here.