September 18, 2016 

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                Community Events                       Visiting Authors
                School Photos                              Cocoa Breakfasts & BBQ Lunches
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                Cultural Arts Programs                Book Fair

PVSD Bookaneer Book Fair

Friday, Sept 23 - Friday, Sept 30 in the Ormondale MUR

PVSD's Bookaneer Book Fair is almost here.  Once again, we will host a Scholastic Signature Fair with additional easy-to-navigate cases, more series, more middle grade titles, and more adult titles.   

The book fair will be open before, during and after school in the Ormondale MUR.   Highlights of the fair will include:
  • Popsicle Preview from 2:50 - 4pm on Fri, 9/23
  • Family Fun Night with Curveball Slider Truck (vegetarian options available), from 5-7pm on Tues, 9/27
  • Bagels and Books Breakfast (for children and caregivers) from 7:45 - 8:30am on Fri, 9/30

This is a very fun volunteer opportunity with many options to suit your schedule. Sign up here: 

The book fair is the only source of supplemental support for libraries at both Ormondale and Corte Madera.  Last year, almost 50% of all sales came back to the libraries! Come buy a book and help build our schools' libraries!

Word from Principal Sartor

DROP OFF and PICK UP Reminders
As a reminder, at drop off and pick up, vehicles are to stay in a single file line and children must exit and enter vehicles from the right-side of the car only, near the curb.  Please say quick goodbyes and remain in your vehicle during drop off.

For those not in the pick up line, please keep bikes, strollers, scooters, and socializing away from where the children sit as it becomes increasingly difficult to get children to their cars and congests the pick up process.

Thank you for your attention to this matter!
Ormondale Upcoming Events

September 22nd - PTO Mtg. at ORM; 9am in Room 8

September 23rd - Ormondale Book Fair Preview & Mystery Reader

September 26th - Sept. 30th - Ormondale Book Fair

September 27th - ORM Book Fair Evening Event - Truck Night

September 30th - Books'n'Bagels Breakfast at ORM Book Fair 7:45am

September 30th - Spirit Wear store for Ormondale closes 

October 14th - Ormondale Photo Day

View the full PTO calendar  here
Ormondale Spirit Wear

Ormondale Spirit Wear - Available For 2 More Weeks Only   

It's time to order your Ormondale Spirit Wear!  How about our super cool Trucker hats with embroidere d logos or a basic blue tee?   Show  your  Ormondale pride and order today.  Shop closes September 30th.

We must receive 12 orders of each item to get our spirit wear, and we're getting close so let's get ordering!  You can see the total on the item's detail page.

Basic Short Sleeve Tee: 10
Zip Up Fleece - 6
Trucker Hat - 4
Low Profile White Hat - 3
Hoodie Sweatshirt - 2
Lunchbox - 1
Corte Madera

CMS Spirit Wear

Has your child already lost their lunch bag? Feeling chilly in the mornings walking to school and need a new sweatshirt?  You're in luck! 

The Spirit Wear Shop for Corte Madera School is now open for TWO weeks only and will close September 30th!

All products ordered will be delivered to CMS and distributed to  your child's CORE/Homeroom classroom. You will need to register with the site to place your order. T he site is created such that it will request your mailing address; however it will be delivered to the school, packed and separated by name and teacher.   If you have any issues ordering on the site, please email Shannon Basch at .

We must receive 12 orders of each item to get our spirit wear,  so let's get ordering!  You can see the total on the item's detail page.

CMS Original Works


Would you like to have your child's artwork on a coffee mug or notecards, AND support the school's PTO? The Original Works Program allows you to do both. 

Students can see Ms. Horgan, the CMS art teacher, to get the paper required for the program, or take a piece from the Original Works box in the front office. Artwork should be created with marker, crayon, or paint; pastels, glitter, and reflective material are not allowed. It is also recommended that if using color pencil or crayon, to color boldly to make sure the colors show when printed. Students are not doing an Original Works project during art class this year. Participation is voluntary. 

Artwork should be given to Ms. Horgan by  Wednesday, 9/28.

Thank you for your support,
Ms. Horgan and CMS PTO

CMS Back to School Family Picnic

Corte Madera's Back to School Family Picnic!
Friday, September 23rd from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Come celebrate the start of a new year!
  • Field games organized by the 8th grade Leadership Class
  • Live DJ and inflatable obstacle course
  • Dinner and friends

Amigos Grill will provide burritos and we ask each family to please bring a favorite salad, side dish or dessert to share.  A table will be set-up to accept labeled dishes when you arrive. To volunteer visit the sign up genius!


Feel free to contact Kim Zamboldi ( to volunteer or if you have any questions.
6th-8th grade BBQ Thank you!

The first 6th-8th BBQ of the school year, held on Friday, Sept 9th was a success! 

A huge thank you to Elise Gabrielson and Heather Asborno, who chaired the BBQ events. In addition, we'd like to thank all the volunteers who came out to help:
Mike Randal, Jen Randal, David Smirnoff, Jill Horn, Julie Dickerson, Tia Miller, Christie Schmitz, Kim Zamboldi, Jane Leibowitz, Sandi Engel, Sarah Wernikoff, Mary Enright, Susan Outland, Jerry Nickel and Keith Kerkhoff. 

The next 6th-8th grade BBQ lunch will be held Friday, November 4th.

CMS Upcoming Events

September 22nd - PTO Mtg. at ORM; 9am, Room 8

September 23rd - Corte Madera Back to School Picnic 5:30 - 7pm

September 28th - Original Works Due

September 30th - Spirit Wear store for CMS closes 

October 12th -  Corte Madera Super Staff Lunch

October 13th - Corte Madera School Pictures

View the full PTO calendar  here .

CMS Athletics - Golf!

CMS is looking for 7/8th grade golfers. This program is geared toward intermediate golfers that have the basics and would like to improve their game. We will compete in the SSIL. This program has 6 regular season matches with a championship match on April 24. Also, there will be a "Texas Scramble Tournament" on May 8th.  

Registration will be available soon on the PTO Athletics page.  The cost of the program is $50 - this does not include green fees. Please contact Dan Flahavan if you have questions (

Event Dates
Oct. 17 (M) @ Sunken Gardens 3:30 p.m. first tee time; Sea Crest Hosting
Nov. 14 (M) @ Mariners Point- 3:00 p.m. first tee time; Sea Crest Hosting
Dec. 12 (M) @ Mariners Point 3:00 p.m. first tee time; Wornick hosting
Jan. 30 (M) @ Mariners Point 3:00 p.m. first tee time; Wornickt Hosting
Feb. 27 (M) @ Emerald Hills 3:00 p.m. first tee time; Sea Crest
Mar. 20 (M) @ Sunken Gardens, 3:30 p.m. first tee time; Wornick Hosting
April 24 (M) @ Sunken Gardens 3:30 p.m. First tee time CHAMPIONSHIP Sea Crest Hosting
May 8 (M) or May 9 (T) or May 11 (TR) SSIL Texas Scramble Tournament @ Crystal Springs
Portola Valley Schools Foundation
2016-17 Annual Campaign - Key Dates 

Thursday, September 22 - Brochure Night at Alpine Hills
6:00-8:00pm.   Please email  to volunteer.

Friday, October 21 is Donation Day

Friday, December 16 is the Last Day of the Campaign

Community News
"Halloween Heroes" Costume Drive - Helping Homeless Families

Halloween Costume Drive Posters The Portola Valley Cub Scouts and Girl S couts Halloween Heroes Costume Drive starts next week! 

We'll be collecting new and gently-used costumes in all sizes for local families served by LifeMoves.  

Starting Monday look for donation boxes at Ormondale and Corte Madera School offices and at community locations including Bianchini's in Ladera. Donations can also be made at the Ormondale Book Fair (Sept. 23rd-30th) and the morning drop-off lines at the schools (Oct. 3rd-7th). 

All kids deserve to have a costume for Halloween! Please dig through your closets and old boxes to support your community by donating a cos tume. If you prefer to donate cash, we will purchase costumes to make sure we h ave a wide range of sizes. 

For more information, please contact Tara Skarpaas at  or Lori Palazzolo at

M-A Volleyball Community Clinic 2016

Calling all volleyball players in grades 3-8!

Join the Northern California Division I Championship M-A Volleyball team at their annual Community Clinic!  Learn the game or hone your skills during a fun afternoon with the M-A volleyball teams and other local volleyball players. We welcome all players regardless of skill or experience.

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
4pm - 6pm (check-in begins at 3:30pm)
Menlo-Atherton High School, Ayers Gym, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton,
$30 in advance, $35 at the door

For more information or to sign-up, please visit our website.