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October 28, 2018


important dates & district news

Click on the calendar to see full PTO calendar.



  • PVSD Turkey Trot - 11/3, 8-11am, ORM
  • PTO Board Meeting - 11/9, 9am CMS
  • Veterans Day: No School - 11/12
  • Thanksgiving Break - 11/19 - 11/23


  • Halloween Parade - 10/31, 8:30am
  • Food Drive - 11/5-11/9
  • Extreme Energy Assembly - 11/6, 10:35am


  • CMS 4/5 Assembly - 10/30
  • Halloween Parade - 10/31​ at 11:05am

  • CMS Campus Volunteer Day - 11/4 from 10 to noon 

  • Middle School BBQ Lunch - 11/1​

  • CMS Teacher Conferences - 11/6 - 11/9



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!


CMS & ormondale school photos available - discounted pricing extended

2018 School Photos are still available for viewing and ordering!

  • Visit
  • Enter your child's photo code from the blue piece of paper they were given on photo day - OR - enter your email address
  • If you have any questions about retrieving photos contact: or 888-298-0744
  • Discounted pricing has been extended until Tuesday, October 30th. No discount code needed.


October 29th - November 2nd

This week ONLY Amazon Smile Program will increase the donation rate on all eligible amazon smile purchases! 

Go to and select "Portola Valley Parent Teacher Organization" as your designated organization. 



This year we had a record number of entries in the Turkey Trot Poster Contest. A big congratulations to our grade level winners: Eva Urbanek (Middle School), Emilia Hsu (4th/5th grade), Elisabeth Schor (3rd grade), Madison Jou (2nd grade), Keilani Robins (1st grade) and John Fletcher (Kindergarten/TK)

Thank you to all the participants for their beautiful Turkey Trot art. And THANK YOU to Kristen Potter for organizing the contest and the generous donation of the posters!

2018 turkey trot registration closes thursday!

Last chance to register online for this years PVSD Turkey Trot on Saturday Nov 3 @ 8am. Race day registration available at 8am.

register today!


Come help support our runners and our school at the same time - Sign up to volunteer!


original works

PV-PTO has once again teamed up with Original Works, a nation-wide art-based program, to offer this special opportunity to order memorable gifts for any occasion, and support the PV-PTO at the same time!

Again this year we are using Original Works online gallery ordering system. Your student should have brought home a letter last week with instructions on how to view their personal online gallery and place orders. 

Deadline for ORM and CMS orders is FRDAY, NOVEMBER 9th to ensure timely delivery for the holidays. 

For questions or more information:

Ormondale, contact Nelly Wolfson at

Corte Madera, contact Shannon Basch at​ 


The Portola Valley PTO recreational basketball program for K-5th graders is open to all ORM & CMS Students and Portola Valley residents. Registration ends on November 9th. For additional information and registration click HERE​.


Is open to all and will be held on Friday, November 9th, 9am at CMS

Agenda available upon request. Email for inquiries. 



We will be holding our annual Halloween Parade on Wednesday, October 31st at 8:30am on the 1st-3rd Grade Blacktop. Please bring your child to school in their costumes if they would like to participate, as well as a set of school clothes to change into following the parade and classroom festivities. Just a friendly reminder that there are no “scary” costumes, and/or weapon related costumes allowed at the Ormondale Halloween Parade. We are looking forward to continuing this amazing tradition! Come early, parking is limited and don’t forget your camera!

second harvest food drive

November 5-9th

This Thursday students will meet with their school "families" to decorate paper bags to take home and fill with food to donate to 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 5-9th!  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 11/5-11/9 and we'll have volunteers during car line drop off to help as well.  If you'd like to help, please contact Milana McCullagh (  

corte madera news

cms halloween parade

The CMS Annual Halloween Parade is planned for Wednesday, October 31st at 11:05 am at the start of lunch recess in the MUR. Dressing up is super fun and encouraged!! Parents are definitely welcomed to show up and cheer with the kids.



This will be a chance for friends and community to build school pride, enter a prize drawing, and of course enjoy treats at the end!

Sunday, November 4th from 10am - noon.

Check in at the front entrance by the office. We will get you signed up for the prize drawing before sending you off on a project.

We will have kids and adults helping with a campus-wide trash pick up, planting bulbs (we have 650!) and sprinkling wildflower seeds. Please bring your own gloves and a water bottle for hydration.

Do you have a bulb planting tool? A great shovel or clippers?

Throw them in the car and you may end up putting them to use.

At 11:45 we will meet back up at the office area for treats and chat with our friends and neighbors about the job well done.

*All children will need an adult on campus as their point person so please arrange in advance if your child will be attending without you.

Look forward to seeing you there! Send any questions or offers to help to Kim Zamboldi (


cross country championships

Special cheer to the CMS girls for their First Place team finish and to 5th grader, Pearl Marsyla, for her First Place individual time. The CMS Boys ran well, too, coming in Fourth Place out of 8 teams. 

Do you have a kid that loves to run? Consider signing them up for Cross Country next fall!  Practices are 3 days a week after school right at CMS. Cross Country is both an individual and a team sport, with top 7 individual times determining the team score. The kids love it, and there's no better way of getting them in shape! 

cms spiritwear

There has been so much interest in the new CMS Spiritwear that arrived and many requests to take new orders....especially the new fuzzy, soft, and cozy sweatshirts! (Alternative Brand).  We need to hit a minimum, so please indicate your interest HERE.  If we receive enough interest by 11/15, we will put new orders in.  If you have any questions about sizing, etc., please contact Brooke Day directly at

yosemite closet

The annual 7th grade trip to Yosemite is coming up November 26th-30th! In an effort to reduce the need to purchase new clothing items and hiking shoes, the PTO is setting up a lending closet that allows students to borrow gently-used items they'll need on the trip. 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

If you have any of these items to donate, there will be a collection box in front of the office starting on Thursday, October 25th. Please be sure that your items are clean and in good condition. Please email Stefanie Trenchard ( with questions or comments.

Foundation News



We hope you enjoyed the early morning energy and enthusiasm of our parent and student volunteers this week as they collected PVSF donations! This is the LAST week of our Annual Campaign – 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!


community news



Ballots have arrived so make sure and VOTE YES on Z! 

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 or contact Anne Fazioli-Khiari at


Anti-anxiety/exec function coaching that works!

This generation of students has proven to be one of the most anxiety-ridden populations especially here in "pressure-cooker" Silicon Valley. It affects working memory and ability to truly process information and other Executive Function abilities. With pressures in sports, academia and even social, it is imperative to adopt a way of life that yields a good system for managing anxiety and preventing challenges to self regulation, learning and problem solving. Please email for a complimentary session!!! All workshops taught by a state certified therapeutic expert in Executive Function and Anxiety Reduction.


junipero serra high school preview

Join us for a Padre Preview on November 12!

Learn why Junípero Serra High School could be the right choice for your son during the transformative years of high school, when character is shaped and foundational values are determined.

Come meet Serra students, parents, and teachers who will speak to the rigor of the academics, the extracurricular programs, and the legendary Serra brotherhood. It will be an exciting event for parents and middle school boys who are considering a Padre future!

Monday, November 12, 7pm at the home of Kelly & Michael Morehead.  Register at


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