December 4, 2016 


Turkey Trot Art Contest Winner!

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Turkey Trot Art Contest!   

           K - Madison Jou                           1st -  Juliana Palazollo

                             2nd - H enley Wismer                            3rd - Pearl Marsyla

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!
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

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
Adventure Scouts Collection Drive 

The Ormondale 3rd Grade Adventure Scouts will be running a collection drive for "There With Care" the week of Dec 5th . There with Care is an organization that supports families who have children with critical illnesses at the Stanford Children's Hospital. Most of the families they support are below poverty line and the holidays are a particularly challenging time. 

We are going to help by providing them with much needed supplies. We'll have collection barrels outside the Ormondale School office to collect the following new items: adult toiletries (eg shampoo, conditioner etc), child and baby toiletries (child shampoo, soap, diaper cream etc.), wet wipes, diapers, new toys (lego, craft kits, coloring materials, etc). We will also have a Bake Sale at Triangle Park (near Roberts Market) on  Friday Dec 9th 3-4pm . For further details, please contact  

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

Volunteers Needed for Ormondale's Spanish Class 

Smelly But Yummy        
Mrs. Bouman's Second Grade Students

What's green, bright, smelly but yummy? BRUSSEL SPROUTS!  This superfood helps fight against aging, protects your DNA, fights against high blood pressure, and helps prevent cancer.  Brussel Sprouts have vitamin C and K and help lower your cholesterol.  Some people think they taste bad but they are healthy for you.  Mr. Ahlbach's class made Brussel Sprout Chips.  128 students at Ormondale thought they were yummy and 6 students thought they were okay.  Click here to read the full article and to find the recipe which we hope you will make and enjoy!

Corte Madera
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 8th - Panache 7 Holiday Tea in Room 605  4pm

December 9th - CMS Dance (6th-8th graders): CMS MUR 7PM-9PM

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Come along and enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, an open bar with craft cocktails, 
music and friendship in a convivial atmosphere for the first time ever on the 
c ampus of Corte Madera School! 

FANfare will support the Portola Valley School District and this year's Fund-A-Need, EngageSpace: It's Not Just a Playground. You'll have the chance to bid on a wide variety of children's and adult's parties, as well as the perennial favorites: 
Principal for the Day, reserved parking at Ormondale, raffle prizes and more. 
Click here for more information  on the FANfare Benefit that raises  money for the PV School District's general fund and one big special project called the Fund-A-Need (FAN).  

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