important dates & district news
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- 11/11: No School
- 11/16: Enchanted Garden Parent/ Child Dance
- 10/23: Photo Make up day
- 10/31: Halloween Parade - 8:30am
- 11/4 - 8, Second Harvest Food Drive
- 11/13 Paper Airplane Assembly
- 11/16 Enchanted Garden Parent/ Child Dance
- 11/21: Ormondale Turkey Trot
- 10/23: Photo Make up day
- 10/31: Halloween Parade - 11:30am
- 11/3: Campus Beautification Day - 10am-12pm
- 11/5-11/8: Parent Conferences MINIMUM DAYS - dismissal at 12:15
ART TO REMEMBER
Celebrate Your Child's Creativity and Get Cool Stuff!
This year, the PTO has teamed up with a new vendor, Art To Remember, to offer this special opportunity to order memorable gifts for any occasion, and support the PTO at the same time!
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!
Your student will be bringing home a letter with instructions on how to view their personal online gallery and place orders. Please log on to https://arttoremember.com/ and use the unique code on the letter to access your child’s artwork and see the available products. And, to make things easier, Art To Remember has an online gallery ordering system that now works with multiple students across both schools.
Deadline for ORM and CMS orders is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th to ensure timely delivery for the holidays.
For questions or more information:
Ormondale, contact Nelly Wolfson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Corte Madera, contact Erin Sanders at email@example.com
why be "gnome alone" on a saturday night?
Why be “Gnome Alone” on a Saturday night when you could be having a “Fairy” fun time at the Enchanted Garden Dance?
Tickets are now on sale for the Enchanted Garden Dance on Saturday, November 16th from 6:00-9:00pm. Spots are limited so buy yours today! Share a fun filled evening in the Enchanted Garden with your child . Come dressed in your festive attire for dancing, treats, photo station and fun. Light refreshments and gelato will be served.
This Parent-Child Dance is open to all TK-8th grade students at Ormondale and Corte Madera.
- Saturday November 16th from 6:00-9:00 PM
- MUR at Corte Madera School
- $75 per couple additional sibling tickets $25 each
- Tickets on sale now!
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 is excited for another Portola Valley Basketball season, the recreational basketball program for K-5th graders open to all Ormondale & Corte Madera Students, and Portola Valley residents.
Registration is now open! For additional information and registration click here.
* Note that middle school is on a different timeline and will have their information and sign ups later in the month through the CMS Sports program.
Do you want to get involved and work with other basketball passionate people? We are looking for help with CMS and Ormondale Gym Liaisons, Equipment coordinator, and coaches. Please email (portolavalleybasketball@ gmail.com) if you would like to volunteer or learn more.
We look forward to seeing you on the court!
super staff lunch thank you
Wednesday's Super Staff Lunch was a huge success! ORM teachers and staff enjoyed a lovely Fall lunch with the theme ""PUMPKIN SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE, THAT'S WHAT OUR TEACHERS ARE MADE OF!!!"
A big thank you to Brook Coffee for spearheading and dreaming up this great event. Thank you to all parents who brought delicious food, helped to set up & clean up and monitored the office and pick up line so our staff could enjoy a well deserved break! We appreciate these 3rd grade parents!! Dimitra Tzimopoulou, Heather Milotich, Donna Rollefson, Gwynn Masada, Melissa Karlsten, Michelle Gilman Jasen, Jo Mutch, Kit Antovich, Barbara Costa, Leeza Eren, J Blascovich, Jen Arends, Wendy Keefe, Jessica Ceballos, Heather Cunningham, Alana Achterkirchen.
THE ORMONDALE TURKEY TROT
Dust off those feathers and Save the Date for the Ormondale Turkey Trot - 11/21. This fun run will be held on the morning of Thursday, November 21st, for Ormondale students only. Stay tuned for more information.
Photo Make Up Day
If your child missed photo day or needs a retake, please contact Still Light studios via this link with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
bbq thank you!
A HUGE thank you to our amazing BBQ volunteers for pulling off another wonderful event for our middle schoolers and CMS staff! They were even lucky enough to participate in the Great Shake Out during setup time! Thank you to Karyn Bechtel, Megan Koch Collins, Liz Webb, Jenni Farrell, Marjel Scheuer, Mary Birkel, Gaja Frampton, Jami Worthington and Tricia Christensen!
Spring Musical Selection Time!
Students are encouraged to attend two lunch-time meetings Monday October 21 and Tuesday October 22 to learn about and to vote on the shows. Students must attend BOTH meetings to be eligible to vote between these two shows: "The Little Mermaid" or "Monty Python's Spamalot." Both shows are “Junior” versions which are developed specifically for middle schools: edited for content, vocals transposed for developing voices, and condensed to run about one hour. Students who attend BOTH lunch-time meetings will vote to select the musical; results will be announced on November 4th. Details of cast auditions, crew sign up, rehearsals, etc. will follow after show selection. Performances will be at the end of March, right before Spring Break.
PVSF Annual Campaign Update
There are only TWO WEEKS LEFT for this year's Annual Campaign.
If you have not yet had a chance to contribute, please join us today! Our goal is to reach 100% parent participation and we cannot do that without your contribution.
We have already raised $706,000 with 44% parent participation but we need YOUR GIFT to reach our goal. The additional teachers, aides, academic specialists, art and PE that your child experiences are reliant on support from the Foundation.
Learn more about where your dollars go: HERE
TO Donate (we're asking $2500 per child but ANY amount is meaningful and important)
Your foundation dollars at work: LUNCHTIME ART CLUB AT ORMONDALE
They’ve designed a city called Ormondalopolis, created ocean creatures from mixed media, and painted pictures of a cactus that needs a hug. This month – the month of InkTober – they’re drawing, drawing and drawing some more.
Those are just a few of the art projects taken on by 1st through 3rd graders at the Ormondale Lunchtime Art Club, supported by a grant from the Portola Valley Schools Foundation. Twice a month, the art room is jam packed with kids from the moment they finish eating until the bell rings. All projects coincide with Social Emotional Learning concepts introduced that month by Counselor Tamryn Miller, so the children have an opportunity to think through what those SEL skills mean to them.
“Art can be a great way to self-regulate,” says parent Sarah Vincenzo, who runs the program. “And also challenge yourself to grow.”
PVSF Business Partner Program
Looking for a charitable donation for your business? The Portola Valley Schools Foundation has a vibrant business partner program with a wide range of advertising benefits to help you attract local clients. We work with more than 30 businesses around town and would be happy to add yours to our list. Please consider joining us and experiencing the many benefits of supporting your schools. For more information, contact Serena Hanes or check out the details on our website
Community NEWS AND OPPORTUNITIES
- ALPINE STRIKERS FC - TRYOUTS FOR SPRING SOCCER
- HALLOWEEN HEROES COSTUME DRIVE
- CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AT VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN
- TALK TALK SESSION: A CONVERSATION WITH SANGINI MAJMUDAR BEDNER
- GRADE K-5 CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - AN HOUR A WEEK COULD CHANGE A STUDENT'S LIFE
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