DECEMBER 17, 2017

district news





  • 12/21 Early Dismissal 12:05 ORM and 12:15 CMS
  • 12/22-1/5 Winter break


  • 12/18-21 is Spirit Week!
  • 12/21 Early Dismissal 12:05pm


  • 12/21 Early Dismissal 12:15pm
  • CORRECTION: 1/18 - Winter Concert 5:30pm

Happy Holidays from the PTO!   

Parents, thank you all so much for everything you've done this year for our wonderful school communities - from volunteering in classrooms and at events, and supporting our schools through donations and special fundraisers (including the very successful new Minted holiday program!). 

Best wishes for 2018!


Amazon smile

Make your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile this holiday season and you could help send up to $10K more to our schools!

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


shop at honey bear trees to raise money for the PTO!

If you are buying a tree or wreath for the holidays, HONEY BEAR TREES at 955 Woodside Road, Redwood City, or 651 El Camino Real, Redwood City, or 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo will donate 15% of the sale to our schools!

Simply bring the flyer when you purchase your tree and/or wreath (if you happen to forget it, there will be extra flyers at the lot).

The Woodside Road location is now open.  The El Camino location opens 11/25 and the San Mateo location opens 11/24. 


Original Works thank you!

Thanks to Lori Palazzolo and Shannon Basch for organizing another year of Original Works!  All orders have been sent home with kids.  Let Lori or Shannon know if you have questions!

Ormondale, contact Lori Palazzolo at

Corte Madera, contact Shannon Basch at 

ormondale news

Spirit week at ormondale

Ormondale Spirit Week will be December 18 through December 21

  • Monday, 12/18 - Crazy Hair Day - Wear your hair in a different, and/or crazy way
  • Tuesday, 12/19 - Opposite Day - Wear your clothes backwards
  • Wednesday, 12/20 - Pajama Day - Wear your pajamas to school
  • Thursday, 12/21 - Athletic/Sports Day - Wear your favorite sports team gear, or gear from your favorite sport or wear workout/athletic wear

winter concert thank you!

A very big thanks to Sarah Vincenzo for organizing Ormondale students to create beautiful decorations for the Ormondale Winter Concert.  The house was packed to see all the kids sing and everyone loved the snowflakes, holiday flower paintings and snowmen!

lunchtime art room thanks

Thank you to Eva Diez, Aimee Blum, Cori Moesta and Lexi Robertson for manning the lunchtime art room and to Eva Diez and Lexi Robertson for all of their amazing help in hanging the decorations.

corte madera news


The Holidays are Coming - do you need present ideas?

How about a Corte Madera School Water bottle?  Makes a great Stocking Stuffer!

They are for sale in the Office for only $8!!

Cash or Checks made to PV-PTO accepted.


Let's strive for 80% participation in this year's annual campaign

If you've already donated to the Annual Campaign, thank you!   

If you haven't yet donated, please help us reach out 80% participation goal by donating an amount that's meaningful to your family. 

$50, $100, $500, it all adds up and makes a big difference for our kids. 


community news

upcoming programs at the pv library

There are 3 upcoming programs at the Portola Valley Library for our community.

1) Say No to Boredom over Winter Break!

Our Winter Learning Challenge begins on Monday, December 11th, 2017 to Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.  This year will be similar to years past where youth from ages 0-18 are encouraged to read/listen to books and participate in activities, tracking their progress in reading logs, and turning it into the library prize books and a chance to win a prize! 

This year our youth 0-5th grade will have a chance to win museum passes to the SJ Tech Museum. Teens 6th grade - 12 grade will have a chance to win a portable Bluetooth speaker or Polaroid OneStep2 camera.

2) Food for Fines

Clear library fines while providing food to those in need! Bring non-perishable food items into our library and applicable fines/fees will be waived. Please contact the library for donation guidelines. All food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank and will be delivered to low income people in need in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

3) Family Movie Night 

Friday, December 15, at 5:30 PM 
All ages are welcome! 

Start the holiday season with a trio of classic favorites. Believe in magic with Frosty the Snowman (48 minutes, TV-G), feel warm and fuzzy with A Charlie Brown Christmas (25 minutes, Not Rated), and sing “Dah who dor-aze” with the Whos in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (26 minutes, Not Rated). Pizza and popcorn provided.

Alpine Strikers FC

We are excited about soccer in preparation for spring season as we continue to offer fun programs for our younger soccer players. Our coaches teach basic soccer skills through fun age appropriate games. We offer preschool and k/1st grade soccer programs and registration for these programs are open now at

In our competitive program we have still a few roster spot openings for interested players who are passionate about playing soccer in the spring and beyond. Our professional coaches focus on technical and tactical skill development within a positive team environment. We have openings  in the following age groups: 

Girls: 2010, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, & 2003

Boys: 2010, 2008, 2007, 2003, & a GK for 2002. 

If interested, please email Keith Lambert Technical Director of teams 06+ or Gino Pucillo Technical Director for team 10 to 07.


chess at ormondale

Chess Class at Ormondale Winter/Spring Session Starting Monday January 15 2018 Open to All Grades More Information and registration at

Discover the fascinating and challenging world of Chess!

Develop important life skills such as critical and abstract thinking and creative problem solving.  Increase mental fluency, memory, reasoning and originality while raising I. Q.  Improve patience and sportsmanship.  

Study the essential elements, acquire the proper  tools and play winning chess!  Learn the basics or train deep into advanced tactical and positional play.  

Participate in semi-formal tournament play and optional homework.  Learn intriguing history. Move up in the rankings and achieve awards.  See how the masters do it!

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory (PVTC) offers imaginative, challenging THEATRE CLASSES this winter!

PVTC's classes are open to students of all skill level, novice to experienced. In addition to teaching acting skills, these classes build self-confidence and encourage collaboration with peers. Each week, students learn about theatre through well-loved theatre games and creative acting exercises. These young actors also rehearse a short play that is performed at the end of the 10 week session for family and friends. Our winter theme is A Greener Earth. Actors will explore stories that require them to roll up their sleeves and make the world a better place! Classes start the week of Jan. 22nd.

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory
(650) 530-2428 


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