November 20, 2016 


Shop at Honey Bear Trees to Raise Money for the PV-PTO!

If you are buying a tree or wreath for the holidays, HONEY BEAR TREES at 955 Woodside Road, Redwood City, or 1579 El Camino, San Carlos, or 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo will donate 15% of the sale to our schools!

Simply bring  this  flyer when you purchase your tree and/or wreath (if you happen to forget it, there will be extra flyers at the lot).

Redwood City and San Carlos lots are open now. San Mateo lot opens November 264th .

During the Holidays - Raise $ for our Schools With Amazon Smile

Help PV kids SMILE every time you shop this holiday season!
Use the AMAZON SMILE site every time
Earn $$$ for PV schools
Get more information about AMAZON SMILE  at

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

Congratulations and Thank You!

We had a great turnout at the Portola Valley Turkey Trot! It was wonderful to see friends and family cheering on our energetic and fabulous runners. Congratulations to all who participated and braved the storm.

A HUGE Thank You to Lacey Wismer and Emilia Schor, first time Chairs of this time honored community event. What a huge success!!

We wish to thank the Ormondale office staff, Jose Verdusco, Lynette Hovland and the following volunteers who made it all possible: Cate Styer, Sally Aalfs, Aimee Armsby, Kelly Richardson, Aexis Robertson, Teri Wolf, Robin Hume, Jen Holleran, Darci Reimund, Karyn Ellis, Thorsten Achterkirchen, Kristine Lange, Jen and Eric Arends, Anngi Strick, Marjel Scheuer, Karen Urbanek and Jeff Low.

See you next year!!


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

December 14th - ORM Winter Concert 

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

December 22nd - January 8th - Winter Break

View the full PTO calendar  here
Corte Madera
CMS Upcoming Events

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

December 22nd - January 8th - Winter Break

View the full PTO calendar  here .

Cocoa Breakfast Thank You!

Thank you to all the 4th & 5th grade students (and their parents) who showed up early for school on Friday to have hot cocoa - which hit the spot on such a chilly morning! Thank you to our Cocoa breakfast coordinators - Jen Arends, Allison Kroeger, Lisa Giblin and Brook Coffee. The next 4/5 Cocoa breakfast is scheduled for January 20, 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!

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Come along and enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, an open bar with craft cocktails, 
music and friendship in a convivial atmosphere for the first time ever on the 
c ampus of Corte Madera School! 

FANfare will support the Portola Valley School District and this year's Fund-A-Need, EngageSpace: It's Not Just a Playground. You'll have the chance to bid on a wide variety of children's and adult's parties, as well as the perennial favorites: 
Principal for the Day, reserved parking at Ormondale, raffle prizes and more. 
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
It's a Wonderful Nutcracker!
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its  encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It's a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It's a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940's Frank Capra film, "It's a Wonderful Life", bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage.  With all the magic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won't want to miss!  Come see Corte Madera's own Catie Byrne, Ilaria Freccia, Tess Gabrielson, Julia Law and Anna Shelton, and Ormondale's Kendall Byrne and Cleo Shelton!
Performances will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on  December 9-11 & 16-18. Tickets are available at