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November 11, 2019

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`important dates & district news

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DISTRICT

  • 11/11: No School
  • 11/15: PTO Board Meeting - 8am CMS
  • 11/16: Enchanted Garden Parent/ Child Dance
  • 11/25-11/29: Thanksgiving Break 

ORMONDALE

  • 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
  • 11/21:  Winter Concert - 8:30am

CORTE MADERA

  • 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

District News

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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.

The "End of the Rainbow Raffle” will be drawn at 7:30pm at the dance. 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
  • 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!

ENCHANTED GARDEN TICKETS

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. 

There is a raffle just for volunteers too!   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 Tuesday, November 12th. For additional information and registration click HERE.


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MINTED FUNDRAISER PROGRAM 

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!

Use code: FUNDRAISEPORTOLA

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CLICK FOR DISCOUNTS & PARTNERSHIPS

ORMONDALE news

INCOMING 4TH GRADE PARENT MEETING AT CMS

Tuesday, 11/12 @ 8:30am in room 102 at Corte Madera

This transition meeting will answer questions for parents who have current 3rd graders. There will be a presentation, school tour, classroom visits and a chance to meet and mingle with administration at Corte Madera. There are so many wonderful aspects to share about life at CMS; plan on attending the meeting and finding out the secrets of this hidden gem tucked right under Windy Hill.

All interested parents are invited. Parking is in the lot's visitor parking spaces or street parking just past the school.

If you are unable to attend this meeting there will be a second meeting with the same presentation on Tuesday, May 14 from 12:00-1:00pm.

thank you second harvest food drive

Huge thanks to Dana Hartman for leading our Second Harvest Food Bank donation drive this year. She got students, staff and parents motivated to bring in lots of food donations - we filled over 12 barrels ! Thanks also to Aurelie De La Broise, Kiran Kamboj and Susan Rau for organizing the hundreds of bags for students to decorate in their Ormondale "families". 

And a BIG THANK YOU to everyone for their great donations!


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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!

AUDITION FORMS FOR THE WIZARD OF OZ ARE DUE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH!!!

Hopefully everyone received Ms. Hovland’s email sent out on Monday, November 4th, regarding the School Musical plans for Spring 2020:  The Wizard of Oz it is!!! 

Reminder that all ORM kids are welcome to audition; please make sure you fill out the audition form (and an attached picture) and bring it to the office by Tuesday, November 12th, or email your completed form (and picture) to sangini@bedner.com. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.

I’M EXCITED!  - Director Sangini Majmudar Bedner (aka “Miss Sangini”)

CORTE MADERA news

We love our volunteer community!

Last Sunday, 60+ volunteers (kids, parents, grandparents as well as our principal and superintendent!) spent the morning making CMS a more beautiful campus. Volunteers pulled weeds, picked up litter, completely TRANSFORMED the garden area and hauled away broken sports equipment and classroom furniture.

It was truly a team effort and such a wonderful sight to see so many give up their Sunday to make our campus beautiful!

If you see Kim Zamboldi or Brook Coffee around town, give them a pat on the back for organizing this now-tradition! Way to go!


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Is your child interested in being a part of the CMS Spring Musical? 

Important PARENT INFORMATION MEETING on November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Room for those whose students are interested in cast and/or crew.   

We urge you to attend if your child wants to participate in the show.  We will discuss the schedule for auditions, rehearsals and performances; as well as roles/positions available in the cast and technical crew, opportunities for parents, and expectations for participating families.  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.

Tentative schedule:

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

foundation news

successful end to the annual campaign!   

The Annual Campaign wrapped on Monday and we are delighted to report it was a BANNER YEAR for our schools!  

80% of families participated!  As our final pledges roll in and the dust settles on our accounting, we are confident that this will also be a banner year for dollars raised - we look forward to sharing good news soon!  

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated, especially our stellar team of Grade Captains: Khosheh Sanglaji, Michelle Gilman, Jane Daniels, Cindy McAdam, Lyndsay Lyle, Johonna Katz, Linda Kamran, Matthew King, Kimberley Cashin, Julie Harding, Sarah Dorahy, Brook Coffee, Rosa Salgado, and Lisa Giblin.  

 DONATE HERE

Your foundation dollars at work

Science equipment!

A molecule set that kids manipulate to learn how the parts fit together. CO2 and 02 sensors to measure gas level changes for Environmental Science experiments. Four additional microscopes plus one with a camera for teachers to display slides on smart board screens. An additional plant lighthouse and pedometers to compare walking distance, pace and heart rate.

With a grant from the Portola Valley Schools Foundation, Corte Madera’s Science teachers purchased new lab equipment to adapt their instruction to the newest Science education curriculum. The recently adopted Next Generation Science Standards integrate Life, Earth and Physical Science in a way that spirals outward, meaning grades 6, 7 and 8 work with the same equipment year-round. That required new and additional pieces so there are enough for all three grades to work simultaneously.

“By enriching the experience for students in all sixth through eighth grade classes, this will help improve and motivate students to stay interested in Science and learn through hands-on experiments,” the teachers wrote in their grant. “It will help them understand important Science concepts. Not only is this more engaging, but it also can lead to more Scientific discoveries by the students.“

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


Community NEWS

  • 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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