December 11, 2016 


Shop at Honey Bear Trees to Raise Money for the PV-PTO!

If you are buying a tree or wreath for the holidays, HONEY BEAR TREES at 955 Woodside Road, Redwood City, or 1579 El Camino, San Carlos, or 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo will donate 15% of the sale to our schools!

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

Redwood City and San Carlos lots are open now. San Mateo lot opens November 24th .

During the Holidays - Raise $ for our Schools With Amazon Smile

Help PV kids SMILE every time you shop this holiday season!
Use the AMAZON SMILE site every time
Earn $$$ for PV schools
Get more information about AMAZON SMILE  at

Winter Concert Art Set up Volunteers Needed

We are looking for some adult volunteers to help make (as well as assist children in making) decorations for the upcoming Winter Concert! We will meet in the Art Room @ ORM on the following days:

Thursday, December 1st (during  12:05pm recess)
Tuesday, December 6th (during  12:05pm recess)
Thursday, December 8th (during  12:05pm recess)
Tuesday, December 13 ( 12:05-2pm, and after school until ~ 5pm to hang decorations in the MUR)

Please email Stefanie Trenchard ( if you can help out!
Volunteers Needed for Ormondale's Spanish Class 

Ormondale's Spanish Class is looking for volunteers!!!  We are preparing for a school wide event on  March 31st, "Viajando en español". There is a lead mom in each grade for this event and we need more parents to help her and the teachers make this event run smoothly. 

Each classroom will represent a Spanish speaking country. Students with their passports will travel around Spanish speaking countries. In each country (classroom) students will be able to learn a bit about that country, make a craft, taste some food, play a game, and more.

If you have any questions about "Viajando en Español" please talk to the lead mom in your grade, stop by room 1, or e-mail Shenny Covotta  

Lead parents for Viajando en español
K  - Lauri Madeiros
1st - Caroline Diarte Edwards
2nd - Pilar Frank
3rd  - Sarah Dorahy

Ormondale Upcoming Events

December 14th - ORM Winter Concert 

December 21st - Minimum Day - school out at 12:05pm

December 22nd - January 8th - Winter Break

January 19th - PTO Mtg. at ORM; 9am

January 31st -February 2nd - ORM Science Fair

View the full PTO calendar  here
Corte Madera
CMS Pajama Day and Last Day Info

CMS Pajama Day!
All Students are encouraged to dress in their PJ's for CMS Pajama Day on  Wednesday, December 14th.

Last Day of School Before Winter Break!
Wednesday, December 21st is a minimum day- school is out at  12:15pm and there will be no Sam Trans Bus. Additionally, the CMS library will be closed at  12:15pm, as well, due to a staff event.

CMS Yearbook on Sale Now!

The 2016-2017 Corte Madera Yearbook is on sale now at a discounted price until December 2nd! 

CLICK HERE to order your yearbook, place an ad, order custom gifts or upload your own photos!

CMS Upcoming Events

December 14th - CMS Pajama Day

December 15th - CMS Winter Concert at 5:30PM in the MUR

December 16th - 
8th grade Musical Theater performances: 
                            Room 605 - 4PM and 7PM

December 21st - Minimum Day - school out at 12:15pm

December 22nd - January 8th - Winter Break

January 19th - PTO Mtg. at ORM, 9am

January 20th - Corte Madera 4/5 Cocoa Breakfast 7:30am

View the full PTO calendar  here .

Portola Valley Schools Foundation
2016-17 Annual Campaign

Make sure to Donate or Pledge before the end of our Campaign on December 16th!

2017 Foundation Spring Benefit - Save the Date

Save the Date!
FANfare Spring Benefit
Saturday, April 22, 2017

This spring's "FANfare" will mark the start of a new tradition as we're planning a fun, laid back event the whole community will enjoy right on the tented grounds of Corte Madera  with beautiful Windy Hill as the backdrop.  

Highlights include: 
  • Farm-to-table themed, sit-down dinner
  • Open bar and craft cocktails (no drink tickets!) 
  • Live music and dancing
  • Sign-up parties for adults and kids
  • Exciting raffles
  • Live Auction culminating in the Fund-a-Need (FAN) paddle raise
Fund-a-Need:   EngageSpace 
This year, the school leadership chose "EngageSpace" as the Fund-a-Need (FAN) - the  special, donation-only, paddle raise held during the Live Auction.  

Please join us to raise money for "Engagespaces" -  natural, organic and modular upgrades to both Ormondale and Corte Madera's  outdoor play facilities.  

The concept leverages local architects and past investments in the schools' infrastructure (such as MakerSpace) with envisioned child-led design. The concept was chosen in light of gaps at our schools' play facilities as well as research showing students don't just crave physical activity, they actually learn better when they're more engaged in the school's outdoor spaces.   

Click here for more information  on the FANfare Benefit  and the EngageSpace. 

Community News
Alpine Hills - Winter Break Tennis Camps

This Winter break, Alpine Hills is offering two weeks of Junior Tennis Camp. All ages and levels are welcome. We will have both a half day Bronze/Silver Camp (for beginner and intermediate players) and a full day Diamond Camp (for competitive and advanced players). Both camps will be offered Dec 26-30, and Jan 2-6. For more information and to sign up CLICK HERE.
Use your voice onstage this winter!

Students ages three through high school are invited to join in the  fun Under the Sea in a theatre class this winter! Learn to act, explore characters different from you, and play fun games. Classes culminate in a short performance in April. Winter session starts the week of January  23rd.  Register now at!

It's a Wonderful Nutcracker!
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its  encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It's a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It's a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940's Frank Capra film, "It's a Wonderful Life", bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage.  With all the magic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won't want to miss!  Come see Corte Madera's own Catie Byrne, Ilaria Freccia, Tess Gabrielson, Julia Law and Anna Shelton, and Ormondale's Kendall Byrne, Caroline Christensen and Cleo Shelton!
Performances will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on  December 9-11 & 16-18. Tickets are available at