October 16, 2016 


Pizza Fundraiser!

Ormondale and Corte Madera Families
Bring your family and friends and join us in a
Pizza and Pasta Fundraiser for the PVSD-

Amici's in Menlo Park
880 Santa Cruz Avenue

On Monday, October 17th
5pm to 9pm
Dine In or Take Out (no deliveries)

Amici's will generously donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to help support Ormondale and Corte Madera's  PTO!
India Hicks Holiday Shopping Event to Raise $ for Our Schools

Let's get together, get some early shopping done and support our amazing schools at the same time. 

Oct. 24th and 25th
1077 Portola Rd., Portola Valley

Up to 20% of both online sales and sales at the event benefit our schools. 

Volunteers Needed for the Turkey Trot!

The Annual Turkey Trot Fundraiser for the PVSD PTO will be on Saturday November 19th from 8:00 - 11:00! 

For those of you new to the District, or this event, the Turkey Trot is a 1K or 5K run/walk that takes place in the neighborhood surrounding Ormondale.  The event is open to all community members and PVSD families. 

Raise $ for our Schools With Amazon Smile

Please use the PV PTO Amazon Smile link every time you shop on Amazon. By doing so, our schools will receive 0.5% of your purchase as part of the Amazon Smile program. 

Your purchase will not be affected by using this link - you will still get the benefit of your Prime membership and your purchase information will not be shared. 

Just bookmark this  PV PTO Amazon Smile link and use this link every time you shop!

Ormondale Upcoming Events

October 19th - Ormondale Photo Day

October 19th - Ormondale Super Staff Lunch 

October 31st - ORM Halloween Parade 

November 10th - PTO Mtg. at CMS; 9am

November 19th - Turkey Trot

December 14th - ORM Winter Concert 

View the full PTO calendar  here
Ormondale Picture Day

Due to the rain last Friday, Ormondale Picture Day has been postponed until Wednesday, Oct. 19th. 
Red Superfood to the Rescue

Red Superfood to the Rescue! 
By  Mrs. Wong's Second Grade Students

What's red, has a green stem, and is very popular? If you guessed strawberries, then you are correct! Strawberries are September's superfood.

California grows the most strawberries in the country! Strawberries provide many healthy benefits for our bodies. First, they help our skin look young. Next, they promote eye health. Also, eating strawberries helps prevent cancers and it helps your bones grow strong too. We bet you didn't know that strawberries have more nutrients than oranges, apples, and bananas. They also help boost your short term memory. Finally, strawberries help ease inflammation.

All in all, strawberries are not only SUPER SWEET, but they are SUPER HEALTHY for you too! So, eat lots of strawberries!

Click here for a fabulous Strawberry Muffin Recipe.

Corte Madera

CMS Upcoming Events

November 4th - Corte Madera  6-8th BBQ Lunch 11:43am

November 10th - PTO Mtg. at CMS; 9am

November 18th - Corte Madera 4/5 Cocoa Breakfast 7:30am

November 19th - Turkey Trot

View the full PTO calendar  here .

CMS Picture Day

A Big "Thank You" to our CMS Picture Day parent volunteers who came out on Oct 13th.

Elise Gabrielson, Mary Enright, Jane Leibowitz and Wanda Webb helped move the students through the process in an orderly manner so that all those class, grade and individual portraits were taken in a timely manner.  It's not an easy task! Thank you ladies!
Super Staff Luncheon:  Oktoberfect/Pumpkinpalooza!

The Super Staff Luncheon that was held on Oct 12 with an Oktoberfest/Pumpkinpalooza theme was a huge success!   Staff members were treated to a fall themed meal filled with sausages, salads, root veggies, soups and of course, deserts! 

Thank you to all of our 6/7/8th grade families who donated food, decorations and/or their time to help make this lunch a success. Thank you to Heather Asborno, Heather Keller, Janey Ward, Loni Austin, Sarah Dorahy, Tricia Christensen, Erika Demas, Mary Henry, Jen Chon, Shannon Basch, Tricia Suvari, Denise Tormey, Nancy Tracy, Laura Kavanaugh, Sue Ten, Mike Randal, Sarah Wernikoff, Karen Eizadi, Barbara Hugli-Jones, Kim Zamboldi, Nancy Orchard, Renee Courington, Christie Schmitz, Jennifer Youstra, Veronica Jerng, Rosario Camacho, Ellie Brew and our Super Staff Luncheon Chairperson, Nina Vallalba.
CMS Yearbook on Sale Now!

The 2016-2017 Corte Madera Yearbook is on sale now! 

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

Portola Valley Schools Foundation
2016-17 Annual Campaign

Record-Breaking $350,000 Challenge Grant 
25 generous District families have pledged to give a total of $350,000 if we can raise an additional $450,000 by Donation Day,October 21st

If you haven't given yet, please help unlock this record-breaking grant. 

Attention Portola Valley School District Grandparents!

Would you like to receive a biennial newsletter describing the going ons in the district? We published one on October 5th! Sign up here to receive the Community Connect.

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

The Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts would like to send a huge " Thank You" to our community for  their generosity this fall. As a community we have collected almost 200 costumes!! The  costumes are going to the San Mateo families of LifeMoves and specifically to families at  their Menlo Park Haven House.

We'd also like to thank our Ormondale and Corte Madera Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Den/Troop  Leaders, and parents for volunteering their time to make posters, make fliers, decorate  collection boxes, actively collect costumes at morning drop-off, and of course for donating  their costumes!

Happy Halloween!!


Bats!  Join us for this free event that is both fun for kids and engaging for adults. 

This event features Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats and her rescued bat ambassadors. See up close how bats fly, eat, and use echolocation.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 ● 3:00 p.m.
Wunderlich County Park ● 4040 Woodside Road

Click here to let us know you are coming.