November 30, 2014

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


If you are buying a tree or wreath for the holidaysHONEY 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).

ORM Upcoming Events


Mon Dec 1 - Fri Dec 12, Pajama Drive. Details here.


Tue Dec 2, Earth Balloon comes to Ormondale. Details here.


Wed Dec 3, Meet Choice Lunch representatives, 12:05 pm, outside front office. Sample new menu items with District and Choice Lunch representatives.

View the full PTO calendar here.
Pajama Drive 

 Pajama Drive Mon Dec 1- Fri Dec 12


As our service learning project, kindergarten is collecting NEW pajamas for children ages newborn to 16 years old. Sunday Friends, a nonprofit organization, has created a unique learning environment that offers families a working alternative to charity. Children and their parents earn the things they need through a variety of collaborative, carefully crafted activities, such as making gifts for children in hospitals, preparing healthy meals during the program, writing letters to the Sunday Friends community and participating in integrated, hands-on life skills training classes such as money management, English proficiency and parenting effectiveness.

Help our kinder friends collect pajamas during this two week drive!  Collection boxes will be in the office and on the kindergarten playground. Thanks for supporting!

The Kindergarten Teamballon
Earth Balloon Comes to ORM on Tue Dec 2!

On Tue Dec 2 after we return from the holiday, Ormondale students will have a unique opportunity to learn about our planet Earth with the Earth Balloon Portable Classroom. The Earth Balloon´┐Ż is one of the largest, most unique, and most accurate inflatable globes in the world. It is 20' in diameter and in full color. An Earth Balloon Instructor will take each class, along with their teacher, on an interactive and captivating journey around, and inside the earth.  Entrance to the inside of the Earth Balloon is located at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean.

The Earth Balloon is constructed from 24 panels, one for every Time Zone, or every hour of the day. The Scale of the Earth Balloon is 1" = 30 miles. At this perspective:

  • The sun is 2,400 feet high and 48 miles away.
  • The moon is six feet in diameter and 220 yards away.
  • The International Space Station is seven inches from the surface of the globe.
  • Jet aircraft fly 1/4 inch from the surface of the globe.
  • Stationary satellites are 65 feet from the surface of the globe.
  • Mars is 11 feet high and 25 miles away. 

If you'd be interested in helping outside the MUR as classes prepare to enter the Earth Balloon (every 20-30 minutes with the exception of lunch and morning recess), contact Karyn Bechtel with the hours you are available to help between 8:10 am - 2:50 pm on Tue Dec 2.  


Thanks to PTO for this exceptional learning opportunity! 

Corte Madera

CMS Upcoming Events

Wed Dec 10, Meet Choice Lunch representatives, 10:00 - 10:30 am, in front of gym. Sample new menu items with District and Choice Lunch representatives.

View the full PTO calendar here. warriors2

Girls Leadership Institute: Parent/Daughter Workshops

For 4th/5th parents and daughters, Weds Feb 4 - Mar 4, 6:00 - 7:30 pm 

Girls Leadership Institute offers a series of courses for 4th/5th girls and their parents to build emotional intelligence. In this workshop, parent-daughter pairs learn about identifying healthy relationships, finding their voices, and communicating more effectively. Girls also develop resilient responses to conflict, drama, challenges, and mistakes. The program is interactive, fun, and enlightening, and it's also a great opportunity to gain insight and spend time with your daughter in a new and different way. For more info on our 4th/5th program and to register click here.

Community NewsORMbasketball

Want to Buy a Pair of Shoes for a Child Living at a Shelter? 

Girl Scout Troop 30053 Will Do the Shopping for You.

Please consider helping our Girl Scout Service Project by purchasing a pair of shoes for a specific child this holiday season. 

We are measuring the foot of every single child living in an InnVision/Shelter Network family facility in San Mateo and Santa Clara county.  We have over 350 kids who would love a new pair of shoes to get them through the wet winter months.

Can you help by shopping and purchasing some shoes?  This is a great hands-on way for families to help local kids in a real and meaningful way.

Please email me and tell me how many pairs of shoes you are willing to donate.  These shoes range in price from about $15 for small children up to as much as $30 for older teens.  If you don't have time to shop, make a cash donation and our Girl Scouts will shop for you.  Receipts for your donation are available so you can claim a tax donation.

Specific shoe wishes will be sent to you and will need to be delivered by December 12, 2014.  A central Portola Valley drop off site will be announced or we can arrange pick up for you.

Give a gift this holiday season that will be appreciated every single day!

Senior Troop 30053

Send the Principal to the Roof! 

Just help us double our Amazon contributions!

The holiday season is coming up and with all that holiday shopping you can make a lot of money for our schools!  Just shop on Amazon like you normally would, but use the PTO link to start your Amazon shopping trip and help us hit our target of doubling our contributions from Amazon this holiday season.  If we hit the target, Mr. Keegan and Mrs. Maijala have promised to work from the roof of Ormondale and CMS on April Fool's Day next year!  And tell your relatives, friends and neighbors to use this link too when they are shopping on Amazon.

To get started with the Amazon program, click on this  link and bookmark this page. Use this link every time you shop on Amazon and the school will receive up to 8% of your purchase. Click here to learn more.

And don't forget you can make money for our schools by registering for the eScrip program.

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Presented by Dancers Repertory Theater and Menlo Park Academy of Dance and reviewed as a "charming alternative to the Nutcracker."  Performances at Woodside Performing Arts Center on 
  • Sat Dec 6, 4:00 pm
  • Sun Dec 7, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
  • Sat Dec 13, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
  • Sun Dec 14 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm

In the spirit of the holidays, Dancers Repertory Theater has partnered with Bay Area Firefighters Toys for Kids Drive to provide Toys and Gifts to children in need through our local communities. We hope each audience member will bring a new, unwrapped toy to a performance to help make another child's holiday a little brighter !

Tickets and more information available here or by calling 650-323-5292. Corte Madera dancers include Catherine B., Julia., Tess G., Lola P., and Brisa V. Ormondale dancers include Kendall B, Anna S., Cleo S. and Madeleine S.
For flyer, click here.
Summit High School Open House

96% of Summit's 2014 graduates were accepted to a four-year college. Summit students graduate from college at twice the national average. In 2014, US News and World Report named Summit #25 in the US for charter high schools. In 2013, Newsweek named it as one of the top three high schools in all of California. Summit was the only high school featured in the movie, "Waiting for Superman."
It is ranked #3 in the state of California for serving students with disabilities. 

Summit prepares a diverse student population for success in college, career and life, and to be contributing members of society. How do we do that? Join us for one of our Open Houses:
  • Thu Dec 4 at Summit Prep (890 Broadway/ RWC)
  • Sat Feb 7 at Everest High School (455 5th Ave.) 
6th Portola Valley Holiday Fair


On Sun Dec 7, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, the Woodside Priory School Performing Arts Center is hosting nearly 40 local artists, craftspeople and non-profit groups for the annual Portola Valley Holiday Fair.

Fine art, fused glass, jewelry, woodcrafts, holiday ornaments, hand-knits, children's clothing, textiles, hand-made soaps, metal and glassworks, greeting cards, handbags, soft furnishings, local honey, chutneys, succulents, hand-printed silk scarves, mobiles and mosaics will all be available for the more unusual and individual gift this holiday season.

This event is sponsored by the Portola Valley Cultural Arts Committee, and a percentage of the profits made by stallholders, benefits local non-profits. All vending spaces are filled, but if you need any further details, please email: [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you there!

Portola Valley Library News


Food for Fines Library Food Drive:
Mon Nov 17 through Wed Dec 31.
Clear library fines while providing food to those in need! Bring non-perishable food items into our library and applicable fines/fees will be waived. Please contact the library for donation guidelines. All food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank and will be delivered to low income people in need in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

To sign up for events or for more information: 

Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028, 650 851-0560