August 21, 2016 

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a new school year at Ormondale and Corte Madera!  We hope you had a fun and relaxing summer.
The PTO has many fantastic programs and activities planned this year. We will start the fall off with the Welcome-Back Coffees, BBQ's, 4/5 Cocoa Breakfasts, Photo Days and Book Fairs, just to name a few.  Please look at our website,, for current news, CMS After School Athletics registration/payment, and a wealth of information.   
We want to thank all the parents who have already committed to lead one of our many programs and hope that more parents will become involved throughout the year.  Please stop by the  CMS Welcome-Back Coffee on Monday at 7:30 am and/or the ORM Welcome-Back Coffee at 7:45 am. There will be PTO members at both sites to answer any questions you may have and explain our many volunteer opportunities.
PTO donations help fund over 30 PTO programs and services.
Please consider joining the PTO today and order your school directory.
We look forward to seeing you Monday morning and hearing from you throughout the year. Any ideas, feedback or questions are always welcome.

Directory Art Contest!

Seeking cover art for the Portola Valley Schools Student Directory

We'd like to feature the work of an up-and-coming local  artist on the cover of this year's Directory. We are inviting Ormondale and Corte Madera Students, from rising kindergartners through emerging eighth-graders, to send in their cover designs.  We'll choose one to be this year's cover. The winner's family will receive a complimentary copy of the directory, suitable for autographing.

The cover format is standard letter size, 8.5" x 11", portrait orientation, in color.

Please send entries to by  Friday, August 26.

Please include the  artist's name, grade level for the upcoming school year, and parent's name.

Thank you!

Ormondale Upcoming Events

August 22nd - Ormondale PTO Welcome Back Coffee 7:45am

August 24th - Ormondale Home Room Parent Orientation, RM 8 at 8:20am

August 25th - Back to School Night Ormondale 5:30-8:00pm
5:30-6:30:   TK - 1st Grade
6:30-7:00:   GENERAL SESSION - MUR
7:00-8:00:   2nd - 3rd Grade

September 9th - Ormondale Back to School BBQ 5-7pm

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

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

View the full PTO calendar  here
Thank you!

A HUGE thank you to Brook Coffee and her team of TK parents for hosting multiple Kindergarten events through the summer and for the wonderful Kinder Breakfast held yesterday. What a fun event and tradition for our youngest and newest of students!
Ormondale Back to School BBQ

Friday, September 9th from 5-7pm

Mark your calendars now! Plan to celebrate the return to school with a family-style barbecue! The PTO will provide the main course of BBQ chicken, burgers and hotdogs along with the plates, napkins, cups and utensils.

We will need volunteers to:
- help with set-up from  3:30 - 4:30
- manage food table and welcome table from  4:30 - 6:30 (split into 2 shifts)
- clean-up from  6:30 - 7:30
- supervise/8th grade student council from  5:00 - 7:00 (split into 2 shifts)

Please sign up for a volunteer spot at Sign-Up Genius Back to School BBQ.

Contact Lisa Freccia ( or Lori Palazzolo ( if you have questions.

Order your Spirit Wear!

The Spirit Wear Shop for Ormondale is now open and will close September 30th!

All products ordered will be delivered to Ormondale and distributed to your child's classroom.  Please make sure to enter your child's name as contact name and homeroom teacher. The site i s created such that it will request your mailing address; however it will be sent to the school only,  packed and separated by name and teacher. 

Click here to view the amazing products and place your order!
Art in Action needs Volunteers

Help with Art in Action for Your Child's Classroom!

Do you like paint and getting messy with kids? Do you like to talk about art and hear the unfiltered art critique that only a child can provide? Lessons based on an art masterpiece typically occur on a monthly basis and can be taught by a teacher and parent working together, or by one parent working with helpers (so you can easily sign-up to be a helper!). The children look at an art masterpiece, learn about the artist and how the piece was made, and then create their own masterpieces. A detailed lesson plan and an amazing website with videos and tutorials are available to assist in preparing. No experience necessary. This is a great program to become involved with as it carries through all 4 years, teachers really appreciate any level of help with the art lessons and the kids LOVE it!!!!!
A fun group of existing volunteers is already in place and the more the better! To get involved, or gather more information, you may contact Gaja Frampton ( or Sarah Vincenzo ( or speak with your teacher directly.

To find out more about Art in Action go to
Join us for another exciting year of Girl Scouts!

The ORM Girl Scout Troop is now ONE TROOP for all ORM Girls (multi-level for girls kindergarten through 3rd grade).  We will have age/grade appropriate activities as well as group activities. We will sell cookies this year and engage in some fun community service projects and activities that will build self confidence and a greater respect for our world through fun activities and learnings all while being a part of the Girl Scout community which is 2.7 million strong who believe girls can change the world!   

You can sign up using   this link  (search for troop # 62486).  If you are a returning girl scout (YAY!), please renew using   this link .  We look forward to another exciting year and hope your girls will join us for the fun. 

Contact us if you have any questions!

Gwyn Dilday, Karyn Ellis & Lori Palazzolo

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

August 22nd - Corte Madera PTO Welcome Back Coffee 7:30am

September 8th - Corte Madera Back to School Night 5pm

September 2nd - Corte Madera  4/5 Cocoa Breakfast 7:30am

September 9th - Corte Madera 6-8th BBQ Lunch 11:27am

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

View the full PTO calendar  here .

New Family Welcome Events

A big thank you to Sarah Dorahy and Lisa Giblin Freccia for coordinating multiple New Family Welcome events over the past two weeks for our new students and their parents.

Two get togethers were held at Town Center where new and established families came together to welcome our new students and their parents. In addition, thank you to those of you who reached out individually to meet up with these families and to introduce the new students to your children. This is a wonderful tradition we have in Portola Valley. Thank you for all who participated!

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Community News

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

Registration for Fall AYSO is still open!

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is still accepting registrations in most of its age divisions, especially U5 and U6. AYSO is a community-lead, parent-coached recreational soccer league - everyone plays, balanced teams, just for fun!

Practices are held after school at Ormondale field (for kids in New Horizons, this means Ajmir can walk your children over to practices then pick them up and bring them back to after care). Games are held on Saturdays at 9 or 10 am at either Ormondale or Woodside Elementary schools.

For the U5/U6 divisions: Practices are scheduled for Wednesdays at either 12:30 pm or 4 pm at Ormondale, and Fridays at 4:30 pm at Woodside Elementary School. U5/U6 has one practice once per week, but no weekend games.

For the U8 divisions and older: Practice days and times vary by age and team.

Join in the fun! For more information and to register: click here

Jeff Arons' Fall Tennis



Classes for Adults and Children

Jeff Arons is the director of tennis for Sacred Heart Schools.  His coaching experiences include founding/directing the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program and coaching a Wimbledon
doubles champion. 

Sign up for Water Polo!

Fall 2016 Mid-Peninsula Water Polo Club for Middle School Boys

From  August 22nd to October 18th, M-T-F  6:00 - 7:30pm @ M-A High School

Players should be 6th, 7th or 8th graders, able to swim 200 yards, and be comfortable in the water. Top-notch coaching staff offers instruction on fundamentals, skill development, conditioning, and tactics. All skill levels welcome! 

Go to  to sign up.

PV Coed Soccer League

The Portola Valley Coed Soccer League is looking for new players -
both women and men.

We're a small, recreational soccer league, for adults, open to all skill levels. We play at the Portola Valley Town Center soccer field every Sunday at 10am and 12 noon. The Fall season starts on Sunday, September 11. If you are interested in playing, you can visit our web-site at If you are not sure and want to learn more, please contact Jon Myers at or 408-823-8188. 

It's a lot of fun. Come try it out!
Alpine Hills Junior Fitness Classes

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

Junior Sports Training (Starts Aug.23rd)
Tuesday & Thursday 3:45-4:30pm 
This 45 minute class is for all level athletes ages 9-14 yrs. old. looking to improve their over all body strength and speed for their sport Juniors will learn proper technique to strengthen their core, leg and arm muscles as well as learn what stretches are needed to keep them injury free. A short assessment is done with any new athletes. For any questions contact  
Cost:$15 per class  Non-members $20 per class
Junior Yoga with Heidi (Starts August 22nd)
Monday's /  4:00-5:00pm 
Have all your little yogis (ages 8-13yrs.) join us as we nurture each of their unique spirits through this gently beginning yoga class. Group yoga poses, music and meditation will transform your child's body, mind and spirit.
Cost: Members $15 per class Non-members: $20 per class
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

Bay Area Hapkido Pre-Karate Class
Age: 3.5-4 years old 
Class Description: This class provides a great environment for your preschool aged child to develop skills that will help prepare them for our beginning karate class. Specifically, your child will learn basic karate skills and with a focus on motor skill development. To sign up email Sarah Agoff at

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