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October 10, 2021


important dates & district news

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  • 10/11: Teacher Professional Development Day, No School
  • 10/14: School Board Meeting, 6 pm


  • 10/14: Are My Kids Safe? What Parents Should Know About the Online Environment


  • 10/29: Halloween Parade 8:45 am


  • 10/11: 6th Grade Outdoor Education Registration Due
  • 10/13: Principal Chat: High School Transition, 9 am
  • 10/21: CMS “No Trick Just Treat” Cocoa Breakfast

district news

Please register your child for weekly testing with Worksite Labs!

Please Register your Child for Weekly During the School Day Testing with WorkSite Labs (if you haven't yet)

We're only at 50% registration for weekly testing with WorkSite Labs (during the school day testing).
While we cannot mandate student testing at this time, it is highly recommended that all students participate.  I am hopeful that we will have 100% student participation as this will be the district’s main testing source for students and staff.  Beginning the week of October 18, testing will take place during the school day:

  • Tuesday @ Corte Madera School
  • Wednesday @ Ormondale

Portola Valley School District’s COVID-19 testing program is designed to provide diagnostic screening testing for all students and staff of PVSD. We ask that you register your child or children as soon as possible.  Please review the following links as they contain important registration information.

Community Testing with Virus Geeks
In addition, the Portola Valley School District has partnered with Virus Geeks to provide free community testing in PVSD.  All members of the community (parents, PV residents, younger siblings, current and former students, etc) are encouraged to take part in the weekly testing. (Note: if your child is tested weekly with WorkSite Labs in the during the school-day testing program, it is not necessary to test with Virus Geeks).

  • Location:  PVSD District Office Annex (next to Corte Madera School
  • Day: Thursday October 14, then every Monday beginning October 18
  • Time: 3:15 - 6:15 p.m
  • No appointment is necessary

How to Register?


Protocols for volunteers on campus

  • Teacher initiated, principal approved

  • Must be vaccinated: send copy to office prior to arrival

  • Must be tested 72 hours before volunteering and turn in negative results to office prior to arrival: 

  • Parents must sign in and sign out at the school office and have a badge to be on campus

  • Parents must not be going class to class- may only work in one class per week

  • Only one parent per class at a time

  • Must adhere to all COVID safety protocols (distancing, face coverings)

  • Work outdoors if possible -- no lingering


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Halloween parade friday october 29, 8:45am

The Halloween parade tradition continues - but with a twist! The parade will not be on campus this year due to construction. Students and their teachers will start the parade at the kindergarten gate and will parade down Iroquois Trail to the school entrance, through the car line area and back to the kindergarten gate.  

  • Please don’t park on Iroquois that morning to reserve ample viewing space for the parade.  

  • Parents should stay behind the cones that will be set up on the street.

Costumes: Children may wear costumes on this day, they should come to school ready in their costume in the morning. Costumes should be school and age appropriate, should not include toy weapons and should not be overly scary (e.g. masks, blood). Students may wear costumes all day or change at recess if they are able to do so themselves.

Coming Soon: Art to Remember

The Art to Remember program is back in time for holiday gifts this year!  Our school is participating in a creative fundraiser with Art to Remember that allows you to purchase keepsake products customized with your child’s art. Right now, children are busy creating colorful, fun artwork, and soon you will receive a personalized order form. Here’s what you can expect: 

  • Over 50 keepsake products featuring your child’s artwork  
  • Many of the products are less than $15 
  • A percentage of every order goes right back to our school 
  • Safe, secure online ordering at 

Look for a link to order and a paper order form later this week. 

corte madera news

Principal Coffee Chat: High School Transition

Wednesday, 10/13 at 9am. If you are interested in the High School Process, please join Ms. Shima in her next Principal Coffee Chat. She will discuss various high school options in the area (public, private, and charter) and walk you through the process and share past data on where our CMS graduates attend high school!

Join by phone

‪(US) +1 219-225-2561 PIN: ‪674 130 789#​​

6th-8th Grade Basketball Coaches Needed

Ms. Cox and Mr. Flahavan are looking for basketball coaches for our 6th,7th and 8th grade boys & girls basketball teams. If you have coached in the past, please take this opportunity to volunteer again, and if you have not please consider coaching this season as it is a great opportunity to engage in your child's life. 

Info you need to know:

1. You must be vaccinated

2. Season length: End of Nov to mid-March

3. Commitment: 1-2 practices a week +  a weekday game. 

4. We play in the Menlo Park league so games are at Arrillaga Gym in MP

5. We're hoping to have at least 2 coaches per team. 

Please let Kate and Dan  know if you are interested, or you know of anyone who would be a great addition to our coaching staff. This is a team effort and will not take place without quality coaches.

Interested boys coaches, email Dan:

Interested girls coaches, email Kate:

Thank you!

The CMS “No Trick Just Treat” Cocoa

Thursday, October 21st CMS students can come to the courtyard for a before school cocoa and donut treat. Starting at 7:30 am for students with 0 period and 8 am for all other students. 

CMS Yearbooks

Order your child’s CMS 2021-22 yearbook by going to the Yearbook Order Center (school code 7530). You can order yearbooks, design dedications (called "Ads"), or upload photos (click the "Share images with ESHARE" button) for possible inclusion in the yearbook. 

parent education

Are My Kids Safe? What Parents Should Know About the Online Environment

Thu, October 14, 2021

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM


As a parent, you do everything you can to protect your children. One thing that could affect the safety of your child is an online predator. In today's digital world, 93% of teens ages 12 to 17 go online, and approximately 45% say they are online “almost constantly.” Predators are online too. In this webinar, Pamela will discuss how online predators work and provide safety ideas and resources to protect and educate the children/teens in your life.

Pamela Estes, Esq., is the Human Trafficking Program Coordinator for San Mateo County. She is a certified human trafficking advocate and sexual assault counselor, and a co-founder of Before Our Very Eyes, a human trafficking awareness effort.

Parents/caregivers, students, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. Spanish interpretation will be available.

This Parent Education Mini-Series event is sponsored Sequoia Union High School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, Peninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture. The Parent Education Series is a program of The Parent Venture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at 

community news

All community news is posted on the pto website 


For details, click the orange Community News button below and scroll through the listings.

  1. Fall theater classes at Portola Valley Theater Conservatory (PVTC).
  2. Community COVID-19 Testing at PVSD!

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