November 13, 2016 


Register for the Turkey Trot Today

The Annual Turkey Trot Fundraiser for the PVSD PTO will be on Saturday November 19th from 8:00 - 11:00! The event is open to all community members and PVSD families. 

New this year: The 4 person, 5K relay!

Race Day Program
8:00 AM* Check-in & registration.
Coffee, hot chocolate and breakfast foods will be offered at the check-in area for your enjoyment.
9:00 AM 5K Run/Walk (All grades & Adults. No bikes or scooters).
9:00 AM 5K Relay (All grades & Adults. No bikes or scooters).
10:00 AM 1K Run/Walk (Grades K-3 only. No adults, bikes or scooters).
10:30 AM Tiny Tots Race (Pre-K. No registration required).
10:45 AM Ribbon Ceremony.

*Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your event.   

Individual Fees are $12.50 per person.
Family Fees are $25 to register 2+ family runners
Relay Fees are $20 to register a team of 4 runners

Click here to register and for more information.  Registering helps volunteers know how many to expect for the race, but you can also register at the event.  Thank you!
During the Holidys - Raise $ for our Schools With Amazon Smile

Think of how much we can earn for our schools if we all use the this Amazon Smile link every time we shop!   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 at Amazon!
Yosemite Trip Community Closet

Is there a pair of hiking boots in the back of your closet?  Spare sleeping bag in the garage? Spare warm hats, gloves, warm socks, thermal layers, waterproof rainjackets or rainpants?

Can we borrow your gear? 

The 7th grade class will spend five days in Yosemite the week after Thanksgiving, and parents are busy assembling gear. Hiking boots or waterproof athletic shoes, thermal layers, rain jackets, wool socks, hats and gloves and sleeping bags are all needed.  

For some families, this gear is not in the budget, and for many families, these items may only be used for this trip, so it seems a waste to purchase everything new.   Do you have any of these items to lend or to donate?  

Please send an email to Mary Henry ( if you have items to lend or donate, and let us know which items you will lend and which you will donate.   A brief description and sizes would be helpful.  

The sooner we get this information the better, since this coming week is 7th grade "Boot Week" where all 7th graders will be wearing their boots to school to ensure they're broken in by the trip.

As soon as we have a good list, we will contact the 7th grade parents to get the items matched with students who can use them.  

Thank you!

Mary Henry and the Grade Level Parents

Celebrate Your Child's Creativity!

PV-PTO has once again teamed up with Original Works, a nation-wide art-based program, to offer this special opportunity to order memorable gifts for any occasion, and support the PV-PTO at the same time!
Again this year we are using Original Works online gallery ordering system. Your student should have brought home a letter last week with instructions on how to view their personal online gallery and place orders. 

Deadline for ORM and CMS orders is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 to ensure timely delivery for the holidays. 

For questions or more information:
Ormondale, contact Lori Palazzolo at
Corte Madera, contact Shannon Basch at 


Third Grade to Fourth Grade Parent Meeting

Dear Third Grade Parents,

Come and see CMS in action!

Please join us at Corte Madera, for the Transition to 4th Grade Parent Meeting on  11/15 at 1pm. We will have a meeting at the Annex at Corte Madera (in the lower parking lot behind the District Office), and then head off on a tour of classes.

Also, click here to learn more about the transition from 3rd to 4th grade at PVSD.


Ormondale Spiritwear store has re-opened for a limited time!

Due to popular demand, Ormondale Trucker hats can be purchased for the next week.

Ormondale Upcoming Events

November 14th - Last day to order "Original Works" art gifts

November 15th - Incoming 4th Grade (Current 3rd Grade) Parent                                              Meeting  - Corte Madera School 
Annex 1-2pm

November 19th - Turkey Trot

December 14th - ORM Winter Concert 

December 21st - Minimum Day - school out at 12:15pm

View the full PTO calendar  here
Corte Madera
6th-8th Grade BBQ Lunch Thank You

The 6th-8th grade BBQ Lunch held on Friday, November 4th was a delicious success!   A huge thank you goes out to all our volunteers who made this happen: Sandi Engle, Jill Horn, Isaac Bright, Mike Tamas, Megan Koch, Ginger Pistilli, Kim Zamboldi, Julie Dickerson, and our event chairs Elise Gabrielson and Heather Asborno!  

We'd also like to thank the CMS Staff members who helped out: Jerry Nickel, Keith Kerkhoff, Ashlie Contos, Susan Outland and Kristen Shima. 

The next BBQ lunch will be held March 3, 2017.
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

November 14th - Last day to order "Original Works" art gifts

November 17th - Incoming 6th Grade Transition Meeting
  Annex at 8:30-9:30AM

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

November 19th - Turkey Trot, 8am at Ormondale

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 - Musical Theater performances: CMS MUR 4PM and 7PM

December 21st - Minimum Day - school out at 12:15pm

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

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
Camp W - Winter Session

Performers get ready! Camp W is excited to inspire young performers. The winter session will allow campers to choose their own style of performance: dancing, singing,  playing an instrument solo or in a band.  At the end of the session, the campers will put on a live talent show.

Camp W Details

Ages: 2nd - 8th grade
Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503
Length: January 17 - April 29, 2017
Fee: $600 (10% discount for returning campers)
Sign-ups: October 2, 2016
Register: click here