`important dates & district news
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- PTO Board Meeting - 11/8, 9am CMS
- 11/11: No School
- 11/16: Enchanted Garden Parent/ Child Dance
- 11/25-11/29: Thanksgiving Break
- 11/4 - 8, Second Harvest Food Drive
- 11/13 Paper Airplane Assembly
- 11/16 Enchanted Garden Parent/ Child Dance
- 11/21: Ormondale Turkey Trot - 8:30AM - 9:30AM
- 11/5-11/8: Parent Conferences MINIMUM DAYS - dismissal at 12:15
- 11/12: Incoming 4th grade Transition Meeting - 8:15-9:15am
- 11/14: Incoming 6th grade Transition Meeting - 8:15-9:15am
- 11/14: CMS Spring Musical, Parent Meeting 7pm, Music Room
- 11/15: 4th/5th Grade Cocoa Breakfast
ENCHANTED GARDEN DANCE AND "END OF THE RAINBOW RAFFLE!"
Ask out your "special someone" to join you for an evening in an Enchanted Garden to play games, dance, take fun photos and nosh on treats. Dads/ Daughters/ Moms/ Sons/ Grandparents/ Grandchildren are welcome to this Enchanted dance party..\
ANNOUNCING: The "End of the Rainbow Raffle”
All dance attendees enter the raffle to win great prizes including:
- A family pack of tickets to the San Jose Sharks vs. Dallas Stars on Saturday, 1/11/20
- Gift cards from: Rossotti’s Alpine Inn and Alice’s Restaurant
- Museum family pack of tickets to the Curiodyssey museum and San Mateo History Museum
- A 5 pack of Barry's Boot Camp classes
- A VIP family pack of tickets to Holiday Heroes Event at Oracle Park on 12/10/19 - tickets also available to purchase to this great event)
- A baseball signed by SF Giants Third Baseman Evan Longoria!
This Parent-Child Dance is open to all TK-8th grade students at Ormondale and Corte Madera. Grandparents also welcome!
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW. See you on Saturday November 16th from 6:00-9:00 PM!
donate any amount and PV schools get $100!
Tomorrow is the last day of the Annual Campaign!
For the PV Schools Foundation Annual Campaign, as of Friday we have 72% parent participation and we have raised $916k but we need your participation to reach our goal!
To help us reach the finish line, a generous District family has offered to make an additional $100 gift to the fund for EVERY FIRST TIME DONOR, regardless of the amount of their gift. If you have been on the fence and never given to the Annual Campaign, this is for you!
Make a gift of any amount and this anonymous family will kick in an extra $100 to support our schools. It’s a pretty great multiplier when $20 turns into $120 – and in the end, it’s our kids that benefit.
We are a small community, and we need EVERYONE to join the effort. Whether it’s a contribution of $20 or $20,000 - every gift matters.
Order Your Child’s Original Keepsakes Today!
You should have received your informational letters on how to access the Art to Remember website with your child's artwork last week.
Created from artwork made by your child, this program allows you to order great products, like mugs or canvas bags, that feature your budding Picasso. These make great gifts for your relatives or for the holidays! Check out the display of products in the front office. Remember, all proceeds go to supporting the PTO and your child’s classroom.
Orders are due next Tuesday, November 4th, to ensure timely delivery for the holidays.
For questions or more information:
Ormondale, contact Nelly Wolfson at email@example.com
Corte Madera, contact Erin Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org
CALLING ALL FAIRY GODMOTHERS AND TROLLS
We are searching for parents from both schools to provide "magical assistance" for dance setup, registration, activities, and cleanup. Sign up today!
PV BASKETBALL K-5 AFTER SCHOOL SIGNUPS
The Portola Valley PTO recreational basketball program for K-5th graders is open to all ORM & CMS Students and Portola Valley residents. Registration ends Friday, November 12th. For additional information and registration click HERE.
second harvest food drive
Students will be decorating paper bags in their classrooms to take home and fill with food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. We hope you will send your Ormondale student with a bag full of food to donate during our food drive week, November 4th-8th! Last year we earned a bronze award from Second Harvest for our collection efforts -- lets beat that this year!
Bins will be available outside of the Ormondale office for donations 11/4-11/8 and we'll have volunteers during car line drop off to help as well. If you'd like to help, please contact Dana Hartman (DanaHart425@gmail.com).
THE ORMONDALE TURKEY TROT
The Ormondale Turkey Trot will be held on Thursday, November 21st from 8:30am - 9:30am on the school campus. This fun run for students grades TK - 3 will be held during school hours. No fundraising required, but rather a day for kids to focus on exercise, movement and dressing like a turkey! Parents are encouraged to stay after drop off and cheer their child on (with homemade signs if they choose) as the kids trot through the race course.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE ORMONDALE TURKEY TROT
Come help support our runners and our school at the same time - Sign up to volunteer as a course monitor to guide kids along the route!
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE!
Great Flag Football Season 2019/20
Time is a valuable commodity. This Flag Football season has been an opportunity to invest in yourself by learning more about the game of football, by learning how to be a good teammate, by learning how to be an impact player on your team, and by taking risks and building connections with your classmates.
A key theme this season was growth and improvement. Over the course of the season, each team incorporated a growth mindset by constantly working to improve their skills, teamwork, and confidence.
Congratulations to all of the players for concluding another successful season. Thanks for demonstrating your Panther Pride by always representing your school in a positive way! Along with the players, a huge shout out to all of the parents and fans for your unconditional support of our athletes.
A giant thank you to all of our coaches:
5/6th grade team: Jose Verdusco & Antonio Levaggi
7/8th grade team: Dan Flahavan, Jake Keller & Dylan Keller
Congratulations to the 5/6th grade team who progressed over the course of the season and finished strong with a win over Fletcher Middle School.
Special Congrats to the 7/8th grade team for finishing first in the SSIL and winning the Championship on 10/24 by beating Armstrong 16-14 in a come from behind victory.
CMS SPRING MUSICAL 2020
Ariel, a mermaid in a magical underwater kingdom longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above with the human Prince Eric. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. The show features a large ensemble with many varied roles, irresistible songs, and a fantastic creative opportunity for rich costumes and sets. Exploring loyalty and family relationships, the show explores what it means to become an independent young person while still holding true to your past. We are producing the “Junior” version which is developed specifically for middle schools, edited for content and musical ranges, and runs about one hour.
November 14, 2019: PARENT INFORMATION MEETING at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Room for those whose students are interested in cast and/or crew
December 5 & December 9: Cast Auditions in the Music Room & Tech/Crew Interviews in Room 503 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
December 16: Callbacks in the Music Room and Room 503 (3:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
December 20: Cast list announced
January 6 – March 20, 2020: Rehearsals Mondays thru Thursdays, times TBD
March 19-24: TECH week & dress rehearsals (3:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
March 25 & March 26: Performances at Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory
There is NO COST to participate in the show. Students who are interested in reading the script can check out copies in the CMS Library.
CMS spiritwear orders arriving soon
Your orders are ready to be shipped and will arrive very soon. Be on the lookout for an email re: your individual order and pick up directions.
There are just a few CMS Water bottles left, so get yours today HERE.
Click to order and it will be delivered the same week to your child at school.
Your foundation dollars at work: New Library Rocking Chairs
There’s nothing better than a rocking chair to calm kids down. So why not 25 of them?
With a grant from the Portola Valley Schools Foundation, Ormondale Librarian Suzy Dickinson purchased new rocking chairs to replace the old ones, which were torn and worn out from too much use. The new ones are easier to clean, and stackable so she can put them away when they aren’t in use.
“Babies love to be rocked. Mothers love to rock their babies. And judging by the rockin’ and rolling in our library, the kids are loving them,” Dickinson said. “Children are naturally active and busy. It just makes sense that they would enjoy rocking while they read.”
PVSF Business Partner Program
Spread the word to your realtor, contractor, architect, designer, and landscaper about the PVSF Business Partner Program! They can show their support of our schools and enjoy a full package of local advertising benefits. Check out our website or email Serena Hanes for details.
Community NEWS AND OPPORTUNITIES
- JOIN THE CAMPAIGN - HELP PROTECT OUR SCHOOLS - LOCAL PARCEL TAX
- MENTOR WITH AN AUTHOR - SOCIETY OF YOUNG INKLINGS
- BENEFIT CONCERT FOR BREAST CANCER ACTION
- ALPINE STRIKERS FC - TRYOUTS FOR SPRING SOCCER
- CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AT VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN
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