NOVEMBER 5, 2017

district news





  • 11/9 PTO Meeting
  • 11/10 Veterans Day No School


  • 11/13-17 FOOD DRIVE


  • 11/17 4th-5th grade Cocoa Breakfast

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 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 to ensure timely delivery for the holidays. 

For questions or more information:
Ormondale, contact Lori Palazzolo at [email protected]
Corte Madera, contact Shannon Basch at [email protected]​ 

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 in the rain and support our schools!

A HUGE Thank You Emilia Schor, Vanessa Maffia & Marjel Scheuer, 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, Jose Verdusco, Lynette Hovland and the following volunteers who made it all possible: Sally & Jeff Aalfs, Thorsten Achterkirchen, Aimee Armsby, Quincy Harding, Dale Kane, Kristine Lange, Brian & Camilla Lynch, Tia Miller, Bubba Murarka, Tyler Mysen, Michelle Walker, Gabriel Ortiz, Michael Prindiville, Chris Ramming, Lalanie Robins, Damon Schor, Karen Urbanek and Sarah Vincenzo.

See you next year!!

ormondale news

second harvest food drive Nov 13-17 

Ormondale will be collecting food donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank between November 13 - 17. 

On November 8th Ormondale students will be bringing home a grocery bag that they can fill with a food donation and return to school for the food drive. Filling this bag is a great way for the whole family to get involved with helping those in need. Second Harvest Bins will be near the Ormondale Office starting November 13th. 

Contact Daphne Melendez ([email protected]) if you have any questions. 

Cultural Assembly thank you

Big thanks to Sally Aalfs and Anne Fazioli-Khiari for organizing the PTO funded production of The Sword in the Stone for Ormondale this pastWednesday.  The kids were engaged and highly entertained!  Stay tuned for the PTO's next cultural assembly in February.

corte madera news


A huge thank you to Ginger Pistilli and Megan Koch, who chaired the BBQ event for our 6th-8th grade students! And a special shout out to Mike Randall and Charlie Krenz who once again grilled the burgers to perfection. In addition, we'd like to thank all the volunteers who came out to help: Mary Birkel, Jenni Farrell, Virginia Huffman, Gloria Sin, Sarah Wernikoff and Kim Zamboldi. 

The next 6th-8th grade BBQ lunch will be held Thursday, March 1st.


SAVE THE DATE! The next 4th-5th grade Cocoa Breakfast is Friday, November 17th at 7:30am. Parents, please feel free to join and mingle with other 4th-5th grade parents.​​


The 7th Grade trip to Yosemite is right around the corner!  The week after Thanksgiving the class will spend five days in Yosemite, and parents are busy assembling gear. For some families, this gear is not in the budget, and for many families these items may only be used for this trip, so it seems a waste to purchase everything new.

GEAR:  Hiking boots and waterproof athletic shoes, thermal layers, rain jackets, wool socks, hats and gloves and sleeping bags are all needed. 

Do you have items you would like to BORROW for the trip?

We are hoping to match up needs and donations/loans. Please send over your needs and sizes to either Kate Cox ([email protected]) or Kim Zamboldi ([email protected]).

Do you have any of these items to DONATE?  

We will have a box outside the CMS office starting next week until November 10th. This box will be for DONATE items only. The donate items will be loaned and/or given to families who are looking for items. Extra gloves, hats, etc will also be taken to Yosemite in case a student loses something. Anything left after the trip will be saved for next years trip and/or donated appropriately.

Do you have any of these items to LOAN?  

Please sign up HERE or, if you prefer, you may email your loan items directly to Kim Zamboldi ([email protected]​)

Thank you so much!!

Kim Zamboldi and the Grade Level Parents  [email protected]



DOH - Some of us Missed Donation Day! 

But, we understand, October was a month full of distractions.  So we're extending our Donation Day deadline to November 15th.

Our numbers are lagging and we need your help to fulfill our $900,000 promise to the District.

Your contribution to the Annual Campaign pays for an extra teacher per grade and classroom aids.  It also pays for Spanish language instruction, art, music, and PE for all grades. 

Without your help, we are at risk of loosing the additional staffing and enrichment classes that ensure our kids receive an outstanding education. 

A donation of $2000 per student is suggested. But every donation makes a difference and is much appreciated. 

Please help us get back on track!   



Did you know that the PVSF has a vibrant business partner program? We’d love to have your company join to support PVSF!  We work with over 30 local businesses and offer a wide range of advertising benefits. Already we have parent businesses like Carrie Davis Realty, The Symon Group, Darci Reimund Designs, DBLin Construction and Jagoda Architecture signed up for this year’s program.

Check out our WEBPAGE​ for more information or email Erin Sanders: [email protected].

community news


A Design Thinking Workshop for Parents

Wednesday November 15th, 6pm at Creekside School

Come and immerse yourself in the design thinking process. Use empathy,
need finding and prototyping as vehicles to re-think problem solving.
See how Creekside employs design thinking in all aspects of the

Led by Travis Greenlee and Emily Mitchell

Travis Greenlee is Creekside’s Lead Teacher and focuses on humanities
instruction and school culture. Whether through history, reading,
writing, nature exploration or project based learning, Travis seeks to
instill a spirit of curiosity and wonder in his students. Travis weaves
design thinking into all aspects of the Creekside curriculum and leads
regular design thinking workshops with the Creekside students.

Emily Mitchell is a first grade teacher at The Nueva School. She has a
Bachelor of Arts from Lafayette College and a Masters in Organizational
Psychology from Columbia University. Emily is passionate about teaching
and loves working at an inquiry-based school where she is able to model
what it means to “learn by doing.”

Limited Space - reserve your spot by registering HERE.

Juventus SC Open house

November 13-16, 2017
Red Morton Park, Redwood City

Juventus Sport Club is a highly competitive youth soccer club in Redwood City, CA. Our mission is to develop skillful, confident and responsible youth soccer players who will be successful on and off the field.

We are a volunteer-run non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Come meet our coaches and managers and join a team training session. See schedule for details.

Contact [email protected] ​with questions.


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