important dates & district news
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- PTO Board Meeting - 11/9, 9am CMS
- Veterans Day: No School - 11/12
- Thanksgiving Break - 11/19 - 11/23
- Second Harvest Food Drive - 11/5-11/9
- Extreme Energy Assembly - 11/6, 10:35am
- CMS Teacher Conferences - 11/6 - 11/9. EARLY DISMISSAL at 12:15
- Incoming 4th grader parent mtg - 11/13 8:30
Incoming 6th grader parent mtg - 11/15 8:15
Grade 4-5 Cocoa Breakfast - 11/16
Grade 7 Yosemite Trip - 11/26 - 11/30
TURKEY TROT thanks!
Thank you to everyone who came out for yesterday's Turkey Trot! It was wonderful to see so many Portola Valley friends cheering on our energetic and fabulous runners. Congratulations to everyone who came out to run and support our schools!
A HUGE Thank You to Rachel Reilly, Erin Murarka and Dale Kane, the chairs of this beloved community event. We can't thank you enough for making this event a huge success!!
We wish to thank the Ormondale office staff Lynette Hovland & Ever Hildago and the following volunteers: Thorsten Achterkirchen, Jeff Aalfs, Martha Kander, Bryan Lynch, Kristen Cheng, Bubba Murarka, Ginger Scheer Oros, Kristin Potter, Lesleen Riley, Emilia Schor, Lesley Wiley and the countless others who made it all possible.
See you next year!!
PORTOLA VALLEY PTO K-5th BASKETBALL - DEADLINE IS THIS WEEK
The Portola Valley PTO recreational basketball program for K-5th graders is open to all ORM & CMS Students and Portola Valley residents. Registration ends this Friday, November 9th!
For additional information and registration click here: http://www.pvpto.com/pvbasketball.html
Do you want to get involved and work with other basketball passionate people? Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
MINTED FUNDRAISER PROGRAM
Create your holiday cards through Minted this November and .... you'll get 15% off your purchase and Minted will donate 15% of the sale amount back to Our Schools! Orders must be placed by the end of November 2018, but you can buy now and personalize your cards later!
Use code: FUNDRAISEPORTOLA
original works deadline is this week!
You should have received your informational letters on how to access the Original Works website with your child's artwork. Original Works is a PTO fundraiser that turns your child's art into personalized and one of a kind products.
All orders are due by Friday, Nov. 9th to ensure tiely delivery for the holidays.
For questions or more information:
Ormondale, contact Nelly Wolfson at email@example.com
Corte Madera, contact Shannon Basch at firstname.lastname@example.org
INCOMING 4TH GRADE PARENT MEETING AT CMS
Tuesday, 11/13 @ 8:30am in room 102 at Corte Madera
This transition meeting will answer questions for parents who have current 3rd graders. There will be a presentation, school tour, classroom visits and a chance to meet and mingle with administration at Corte Madera. There are so many wonderful aspects to share about life at CMS; plan on attending the meeting and finding out the secrets of this hidden gem tucked right under Windy Hill.
All interested parents are invited. Parking is in the lot's visitor parking spaces or street parking just past the school.
If you are unable to attend this meeting there will be a second meeting with the same presentation on Tuesday, May 14 from 12:00-1:00pm.
upcoming cultural assembly: Extreme Energy
Thanks to the support of the PV-PTO, this Tuesday, we’ll light up Ormondale with the most exciting science show they’ll ever see! From potential energy to (controlled) explosions, from thermal cameras to people-power, explore where energy comes from, and where it ends up. How do we generate the energy we use every day and how do the choices we make affect our environment?
This is one of the most exciting and hands on science based assembly programs touring the country today. Our students will be able to see energy as it feeds giant light bulbs, feel energy through static charges, and create energy themselves through hand cranks and running —not to mention explore energy at the molecular level inside a giant, life-sized snow globe!
second harvest food drive
Ormondale’s Second Harvest Food is this week only, November 5th-9th! Students decorated paper bags and brought them home last week. We hope you will fill the bag with food to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year we earned a bronze award from Second Harvest for our collection efforts -- lets beat that this year!
Bins are available outside of the Ormondale office for donations all week and we’ll have volunteers during car line drop off to help as well. If you'd like to help, please contact Milana McCullagh (email@example.com).
cms FLAG FOOTBALL
The 5/6 flag football team and the 7/8 flag football team concluded their seasons recently. The contributions from all of the players was noticeable with a steady improvement throughout the season. A special congratulations to the 7/8 team for finishing an undefeated (10-0) season & winning the SSIL championship. GO PANTHERS!
YOSEMITE CLOSET - OUTDOOR GEAR DONATIONS
The annual 7th grade trip to Yosemite is coming up November 26th-30th! We are currently looking to accept donations of the following items:
- Waterproof hiking boots (youth size 5 & up)
- Rain Jackets & Pants (youth small/medium/large or adult small)
- Fleece jackets & layers (youth small/medium/large or adult small)
- Sleeping bags
There is a collection box in front of the office. Please email Stefanie Trenchard (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or comments.
THANK YOU CMS BBQ TEAM!!
Another great BBQ with lots of happy kids... and check out our newly replaced PTO purchased BBQ!
Big thanks to our stellar grill masters Colin Duwe and Charlie Krenz and the full crew of people who organize, prep and clean up including: Megan Koch, Karyn Bechtel, Tricia Christensen, Sandi Engel, Allison Kroeger, Gloria Sin, Megan Michael and Michelle Bellomo.
INCOMING 6TH GRADE PARENT MEETING AT CMS
Thursday, 11/15 @ 8:15-9:15am in room 102
This CMS meeting will answer questions for parents who have current 5th graders. There will be a presentation, classroom walkthroughs and a chance to ask questions of administration about our Corte Madera Panthers middle school.
If you are unable to attend this meeting there will be a second meeting with the same presentation on Thursday, May 16 from 12:00-1:00pm.
CMS Spring Play Parent Meeting
CMS students have voted to perform Almost History: that whole space-time continuum thing as this spring’s play. It will be performed April 17 & 18, 2019 in the Woodside Priory School Performing Arts Center Theater.
The play is a comedy in which two people travel to great moments in American history via a time machine, and a group of famous geniuses tries to sort out the disastrous effects of the duo’s mishaps. Meanwhile, two teens from “today” watch via live-stream and narrate/discuss. The play has a large cast with great opportunities for character development, historical exploration, and a very salient meta-message about technology and connection today. It also has a number of technical and scenic considerations to challenge our student backstage crew!
Parents of any CMS student interested in acting or working crew are asked to attend this important meeting on Wednesday November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the CMS Music Room to learn about the play and the audition/rehearsal/performance schedule and stage-crew opportunities. We will also discuss expectations for students’ and parents’ responsibilities and volunteer needs.
There is no cost to participate in the play as either an actor or crew member, and all CMS students are eligible to participate. The play is being produced by PVSD in partnership with Portola Valley Theater Conservatory.
great "fur, scales & tails" ASSEMBLY LAST WEEK!
Last Tuesday the 4th and 5th graders were treated to a PTO sponsored assembly featuring an amazingly entertaining show by Fur, Scales and Tails. Tracy “The Animal Show Guy” introduced the kids to everything from hamsters and iguanas, to a giant snake named Banana, all while keeping the laughs and smiles going.
Even the teachers got a kick out of watching the kids try to “wave” like a baby turtle and tarantula. Thanks to Marjel Scheuer and Gaja Frampton, our PTO assembly coordinators, for arranging a fantastic show!
HONK IF YOU'VE DONATED!
We hope you enjoyed the early morning energy and enthusiasm of our parent and student volunteers as they collected PVSF donations!
If you haven't yet donated, please take a few minutes to support our students and schools. Every contribution is important and appreciated.
Click the button below to donate or pledge today or drop a check or pledge form at the front office of either school. Thank you for your support!
ELECTION DAY IS THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6. DON’T FORGET TO VOTE YES ON MEASURE Z!
Election Day is this Tuesday, November 6th.
Ballots have arrived in the mail so make sure and VOTE YES on Measure Z! It is for our KIDS!
Measure Z is at the very end of the ballot! Remember to go to the end, vote YES on Z for PVSD and mail it back right away. Every single YES vote counts!
To learn more or to get involved: Go to www.YESonZforPVSD.com or contact Anne Fazioli-Khiari at email@example.com.
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555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
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