October 4, 2015

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct. 16th -  Ormondale Photo Day

Wednesday, October 21st - Ormondale Super Staff Lunch

View the full PTO calendar here.
Books, Burgers, Bagels and Blue Bottle Coffee

It has been a bumper week at Ormondale.
Sarah Byrne and Caitlin Kortlang are the parents who run our PVSD Book Fair. Thank you so much for the planning and coordination behind the scenes, and for transforming the MUR into book paradise! Between the CMS Guest Author, Michael Northrop, Popsicle Preview, Tuesday night Food Truck and the amazing selection of books in the MUR, this team of super volunteers went above and beyond. Thank you to Anngi Strick, Brooke Day, Camilla Lynch, Cate Styer, Erin Sanders, Ginny Borelli, Hilary Harmssen, Hayley Leinfelder, Jennifer Hanley, Katherine Gilpin, Monika Cheney, Sarah Wernikoff, Stephanie Laila Tuxen Bisgaard, Moonyi Satusky and Susan McLaughlin for giving us your time and energy this week and for making this event such a successful fundraiser for our two libraries.
And, what better way to end the Book Fair week than with a Dads' Bagel Breakfast? Thank you Ali Cooper, Anngi Strick, Amanda Smoot and our generous purveyors of Blue Bottle Coffee - Neil and Brooke Day. The breakfast was wildly popular and everyone was thrilled with the delicious coffee!
Thank you, Everyone. We are so fortunate to be a part of this great school community.

Turkey Trot Artwork Contest

The Ormondale Turkey Trot 
(1K and 5K run/walk/relay)
will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 8:00-11:00. Kids love this event! Parents and siblings can run too. 

The Turkey Trot is a family event for our community that promotes health and introduces children to athletic competition in a friendly spirit. 

This year, four students (one from each grade K-3) will have their artwork featured in color on Turkey Trot posters, which will be placed around the school to promote the event. Winning artists will also receive a $25 gift certificate to Kepler's Books in Menlo Park. After the Turkey Trot, the winning artists will get to keep their poster as a memento. Students will be bringing home a form for the Turkey Trot Artwork Contest in their homework folders. Please submit artwork to the Turkey Trot box in the Ormondale school office by Friday, October 16th.

Stay tuned for instructions on how to register for this event. Contact Karen Urbanek ([email protected]) if you have questions.

  International Bike / Walk to School Day is October 7th

International Bike/Walk to School Day!

Lets start our first Bike/Walk to School day off with a bang! It is International Bike/Walk to School Day and Portola Valley School District will be participating!

  • Fun rewards given to all students who participate!
  • Looking for volunteers to help hand out rewards at Ormondale.  
Ways to join in the fun and start the day with fresh air:
  • Meets friends at Roberts, the Deli, Alpine Hills or the end of your street, then walk, skateboard or ride your bike to school together!
  • Enjoy a quiet walk, ride to school.
  • Explore the local buses that drop off students safely at ORM/CMS.
Safety tips for participants:
  • Be sure to always use the crosswalk; remember to push button at Priory crosswalk to activate flashing lights!
  • Always be on the lookout for cars before crossing.  Look left, right, then left again before crossing.
  • If there is a car in the intersection, please be sure that you make eye contact with the driver to ensure that they see you before you cross.
Safety tips for drivers:
  • School is back in session and children are out and about. Please DRIVE SLOWLY through the Corte Madera and Ormondale neighborhoods, especially on the Bike/Walk-to-School days!
  • Keep an active eye out for children getting their way to/from school and sports activities.
  • Stay off cell phones while driving.
  • STOP when lights are flashing at the Priory crosswalk, this means children need to cross.
  • If dropping off students, always remember to give buses adequate room to back up. 
  • Remember to pull all the way forward when dropping students off in front of school.
Thank you for keeping our children safe!

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Oct. 14th - Corte Madera Super Staff Lunch

View the full PTO calendar here.

Chess King After School Classes at Corte Madera  

Chess King will be offering afterschool chess at Corte Madera on Mondays from 3:05-4:05, Oct 19 thru Dec 14.  More information at www.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.

CMS STEM Fair Call for Judges

CMS Basketball (6-8) Boys and Girls

Basketball registration are open from October 2nd - 9th.

Players that register after October 9th will be placed on a waitlist and will not be guaranteed a spot on the team.

Each player may only participate in one winter sport.

Basketball Registration Fee: $250

The 2015/16 CMS After School Sports Basketball Program is open to all 6th-8th graders.

CMS Basketball 6-8 Practice and Game Information

Practices will begin the week of November 30th and the season will end on March 15th.

6 Girls: Practice - Wed 5:30-6:45 and Fri 5:30-6:45

6 Girls: Games - Tuesday


6 Boys: Practice - Tue 5:45-7:00 and Thu 4:30-5:45
6 Boys: Games - Wednesday
7 Girls: Practice - Mon 4:30-5:45 and Wed 2:00-3:15
7 Girls: Games - Thursday
7 Boys: Practice - Mon 3:15-4:30 and Wed 3:15-4:30
7 Boys: Games - Friday
8 Girls: Practice - Tue 4:30-5:45 and Fri 3:15-4:30
8 Girls: Games - Monday
8 Boys: Practice - Tue 3:15-4:30 and Thu 3:15-4:30

8 Boys: Games - Monday


Team game schedules will be posted as soon as they are available. 

CMS Soccer (7-8) Boys and Girls

Soccer registration are open from October 2nd - 9th.

Players that register after October 9th will be placed on a waitlist and will not be guaranteed a spot on the team.

Each player may only participate in one winter sport.

Soccer Registration Fee: $250

The 2015 CMS After School Sports Soccer Program is open to all 7th-8th graders.

CMS Soccer 7-8 Practice and Match Information
  • Days: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
  • Time: 3:00-5:00


Practices will begin the week of December 14 and the season will end March 11.

Team game schedules will be posted as soon as they are available. 

Community News

Mindfulness Based Parenting Talk at the Priory

How to Tame Your Teen By Taming Yourself First!  A Mindfulness Based Approach to Parenting

The Priory Parents Association (PPA) invites Portola Valley parents to a lively and informative evening with Ann Arora, MFT and Wynn Burkett, MBA, PCC in a discussion about the teen brain, its development, and why teenagers behave as they do.  During the talk they will share mindfulness based techniques to help parents regulate their own emotions and improve their day-to-day interactions with their teens.  For more information about the speakers, visit their website.

When:  Thursday, October 8, 2015
           6:30 pm -Doors Open/Light Refreshments
           7 to 8:30 pm - How to Tame Your Teen by Taming Yourself First!
Where:  Woodside Priory, Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Admission: Free

Woodside Day of the Horse

On Saturday, October 10th, 2015, Woodside will celebrate Day of
the Horse with a Horse Fair at Town Hall from 10:00 am-2:30 pm. 
The fair showcases local horse organizations and riding programs 
as well as educational exhibits featuring live animals, a 
blacksmith, art/coloring booths, various games and activities and 
live music! Come and take a ride on the Wells Fargo stagecoach, 
visit the Equine Petting Zoo, listen to a horses' heartbeat, Rope a 
Steer, watch a blacksmith shoe a horse, take a picture with a 
pony, decorate horse cookies and much more....  Join us for a 
carrot cake and apple juice reception.  Admission and activities 
are free.  Fun for all ages!!

For more information:  www.whoa94062.org