September 11, 2016 

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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!

Turkey Trot Volunteers Needed (Sat. Nov. 19)

Please consider volunteering for this year's Turkey Trot (Tiny Tots, 1K, 5K, Fundraiser for PV Schools) which will be held on Saturday, November 19.  There are lots of fun ways to volunteer, including monitoring lunchtime recess laps on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month prior to the event, managing the Art Contest, and helping the day of the race. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lacey Wismer at

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Available Only until September 30th   SPIRIT WEAR ON-LINE

We must receive 12 orders of each item to get our spirit wear. 

Too warm right now for fleece, how about our new Low Profile or Trucker hats with embroidered logos?

September 15th - Ormondale Parent Volunteer Orientation 8:20am

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 - click here to buy now!

October 14th - Ormondale Photo Day

View the full PTO calendar  here
Chess Class at Ormondale

Starting Monday September 12 
Open to All Grades
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. Capture the essential elements and play winning chess! Learn the basics or train deep into advanced tactical and positional play and everything in between. 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!

More Information and registration at

Back to School BBQ Thank you!

Many thanks to those who attended and helped out at the Ormondale Back-to-School BBQ on Friday, Sept. 9th. It was such a fun evening and a great time for us all to enjoy talking with parents, staff, friends and kids. A big Thank You to Lori Palazzolo and Lisa Giblin for chairing this event. 

Thank you to all who contributed to making this event a success for our school community, including BBQ Boys, our principal Sue Sartor, Melvishia Gaines, Karyn Ellis, Cori Moesta, Anngi Strick, Brook Coffee, Jen & Eric Arends, Arely Huitron, Mark Holmes, Cynthia Wong, Sarah Dorahy & Geoff Crouse, Hayley Leinfelder, Oliver Redon, and our amazing janitors Jose and Roberto!

A HUGE Thank you to the CMS 8th Grade Student Council, led by president Maxine.  They came organized, prepared and set a spirited and energetic tone for the evening.  What an awesome team!

Brooke Day and Camilla Lynch
ORM PTO President and ORM Vice-President

All bowls and utensils that were left at Ormondale after the back-to-school BBQ will be in the lost and found starting Monday.

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

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

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

October 12th -  Corte Madera Super Staff Lunch

October 13th - Corte Madera School Pictures

View the full PTO calendar  here .

CMS 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
  • Raffle
  • Dinner and friends

Join other CMS families for dinner and family fun! 
Amigos Grill will provide burritos and families are asked to bring their favorite salad, side dish or dessert to share. A table will be set-up to accept labeled dishes when you arrive. 

Remember:  All students need to be chaperoned by a parent. Please remind students that scooters, skateboards, or other ride-on toys are not allowed at the event.

Contact Kim Zamboldi ( to volunteer or if you have any questions. Volunteers needed to help with  welcome table, raffle, set-up, and clean-up.

Portola Valley Schools Foundation
2016-17 Annual Campaign - Key Dates 

Friday September 16th - New Family Cocktail Party
5:30-7:30pm at the  Crouse/Dorahy Residence.

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

The Portola Valley Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts  are joining together to help make Halloween fun for local families in need. We'll be collecting new and gently-used costumes. Beginning the week of September 19 th , collection boxes will be available in the school office and in the community. In addition, a collection drive will be held in early October. 

The scouts are collecting costumes for donation to the LifeMoves. LifeMoves (formerly InnVision Network) is a local organization dedicated to helping Bay Area homeless families and individuals return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. They have over 17 locations in Silicon Valley and serve more than 1000 homeless individuals including families, women and children every night. Last year, 97% of families and 82% of individuals in interim housing who completed their programs successfully returned to stable housing. 

All kids deserve to have a costume for Halloween! Please dig through your closets and old boxes to support your community by donating a costume. Our community pulled together for a similar event in 2013 collecting more than 150 costumes!! Let's do it again!! If you prefer to donate cash, we will purchase costumes to make sure we have a wide range of sizes. Look for more details about collection points at Ormondale, Corte Madera and around PV in coming weeks. 

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

Creative Art for Young Children's Fall Session 2016

Creative Art for Young Children Fall Session
Portola Valley Town Center
Sept. 14-Dec. 3rd

One of my students was excited to share with me her love of Italian Art. We came up with the idea to have the kids paint the ceiling of a large cardboard box just like Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel. How exciting is that? Then Leonardo and his Flying Machines and the Wizard of Oz will inspire us to do more art. Everything else will just fall into place as new ideas pop up, giving us plenty of things to work with. And our grand finale...An Art Show!

Teacher: Jeannie Goldman (650) 678-6388
For more info go to ( or call Teresa (650) 851-1700 ext. 200

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory Classes

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

PVTC's classes are open to students of all skill level, novice to experienced in Pre-K through high school. 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. Students also rehearse a short play that is performed at the end of our sessions for family and friends. One of the highlights of the performance, in addition to the fact that all students get lines, is using simple costumes, props, & lighting, and performing the play on a real stage.  Our fall theme is "New Frontiers," so all of our projects will center on stories of adventure and exploration. Classes begin the week of  Sept. 12th. Register online at Questions? Email

Young Inkling Creative Writing Classes

Sign up for Young Inklings Creative Writing Classes at the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory! 

Novelist's Workshop (Grades 5-8)
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm
Draft your novel in the company of friends! In this workshop, young writers will explore the finer points of story development through creative activities, facilitated critique sessions, writing time and one on one conferring with author, Naomi Kinsman. Weekly instruction will provide new techniques and strategies for plot, setting and character development, while one on one time will individualize the process for each writer. Thus, students may feel free to come to class with a novel-in-progress, or begin from the very beginning. The final day of the workshop is an public reading to share our work with family and friends.
Spiling Ink: Build A Story (Grades 2-4)
Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
Suspense keeps readers turning pages because they can't wait to find out--what happens next? Whether they choose to write an original mystery, fantasy, adventure story or otherwise, students will explore the ways writers add suspense to their stories through Society of Young Inklings' unique blend of fun and active theatre games, writing activities and investigation of the techniques used in well-loved books. This creative writing workshop is designed to inspire and challenge young writers based on their unique needs and skill level. Group instruction during each session deepens students understanding of setting structure. During writing time, instructors circulate to individualize the learning process for each student. Writers will have the opportunity to share their masterpieces on the last day of class.

Dates of Class: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, & 11/15 
Location: Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory (945 Portola Rd. Portola Valley)
Price: $270
Register online here or call (650) 851-8282 ext. 105

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.

Alpine Hills Junior Fitness Classes

Fall Junior Fitness Classes at Alpine Hills (4139 Alpine rd.)

Studio Rincon Junior dance at Alpine Hills 
Registration is now OPEN!  
To sign up for either class click here. 
Pre-Ballet w/ Anna (ages 3-5yrs.)      
Tuesday's / 1:45-2:30pm     
September 13th - December 13th  (14 weeks)    
( *No  class  week of November 21-25 th)
The young dancer will learn principles of ballet through a variety of fun, informative and engaging kid- friendly  methods . Proper class etiquette is also delivered in an enthusiastic and nurturing environment, preparing your child for a confident  future  in dance and musicals.    Prerequisite: No previous dance experience necessary.
A lpine Member session price: $300      N on-member Session price: $365
Drop-in price: $30   **must be purchased ahead of time

Pre-Ballet and Tap w/ Anna (ages 6-8 yrs.) 
Tuesday's /  3:15-4:05pm  
September 13th - December 13th ( *No class week of November 21-25 th)
The young dancer will learn principles of ballet and tap through a variety of fun, informative and engaging kid-friendly methods.  Proper  class etiquette is also delivered in an enthusiastic and nurturing environment, preparing your child for a confident future in dance and musicals.    
Alpine Member  session  price: $300      N on-member Session price: $365
Drop-in price: $30 
 **must be purchased ahead of time

To see a list of all of the classes available at Alpine Hills go to: