August 28, 2016 

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Now - 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 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

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!

View the full PTO calendar  here
Ormondale Back to School BBQ

Friday, September 9th from 5-7pm

As you settle in to the routine of the new school year make sure you plan to celebrate at ORM  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.  Please bring a dish to share: sides, salads or fruit for dessert (please no sweets and all dishes must be nut-free!). Please make sure you bring a serving utensil with your dish. Water will be provided but feel free to bring other non-alcoholic beverages for your family to enjoy and don't forget your picnic blanket! Labeled dishes will be accepted from 3:00 - 5:00 on the 1st-3rd grade blacktop.

Please remind children to leave scooters, skateboards, razors and other ride-on toys at home. They will not be allowed at the event.

We still need volunteers for the following:
- 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.

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, teachers really appreciate any level of help with the art lessons and the kids LOVE it!!!!!
We have a some great volunteers signed up already, but still need a few more. There will be a orientation & organizing gathering in the art room on the morning of September 9th. 

To see if your classroom needs a volunteer, click here and sign up! If you have any questions, please contact our parent coordinators Gaja Frampton ( or Sarah Vincenzo ( or speak with your teacher directly.

To find out more about Art in Action go to
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

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

View the full PTO calendar  here .

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Community News

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

6th Annual Portola Valley Flight Night!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Portola Valley Town Center
765 Portola Rd, Portola Valley, CA

Open from 4:00pm to 8:30pm
Free and Open to the Public!

Radio-Controlled Model Flying Demonstrations
Demonstrations by Local Expert Pilots!
Spectacular Lighted Model Displays after Sunset!
Fixed-Wing, Helicopters, Multi-Copters, Sailplanes!
In-Flight Video Technology, Real-time Ground Displays!
Talk with Pilots!

Hands On! Do-It Yourself
Fly Dual-control "Buddy Box" with Experienced Pilots!
Instruction/Practice on Computer Flight Simulators!
Build and fly your own glider, we supply material!
Fly your own R/C "Park Flyer"! (AMA members only)

Visit Exhibits
Great Variety of Aircraft, Impressive Scale Models
Flight Controllers, Motors, Batteries, Videos
Career Directions in Science and Technology
NASA Rotorcraft Exhibit

More Info? Click here 
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.

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. 

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: