December 7, 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.


Fri Dec 12, PVSF Annual Campaign Ends December 12. Details here. 


Wed Dec 17, 8:15 am, Ormondale Holiday Concert


Wed Dec 17, Lost and Found Cleaned Out 


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
Choice Lunch - 10% off January Order

Choice Lunch is offering 10% off orders of $50.00 or more in the month of January 2015. Flyer here.

Ormondale Lost & Found

The Ormondale Lost and Found will be cleaned out on Wed, Dec 17.  Please take some time to visit the area and claim any items that may belong to your family!  All items will be folded and on display for the Winter concert on Dec 17. Afterwards, they will be gathered for donation.  Thanks for helping us clean up this area!

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.


Fri Dec 12, PVSF Annual Campaign Ends December 12. Details here


Thu Dec 18, 6:00 pm CMS Holiday Concert

View the full PTO calendar here. warriors2

Camp W Presents: Fredrick Follies

Do you have a budding star at home?  Maybe s/he would like to be a part of a major musical production called Frederick's Follies? Perfect timing! Camp W, the community's performing arts camp, is proud to host this year's show.


In order to prepare for the big performance, the students will build the program from the ground up during the camp session. They'll work on singing, dancing, and staging. The camp will also allow the students to stretch themselves creatively in a safe and friendly environment.


Class Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503

Date/Time: Thu, Jan 15 - April 11, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Eligibility4-8th grade

Cost: $650.00 - This includes facilities usage, instruction materials, snacks, camp t-shirt, after show party, and more.


For more information about the class, please contact William Frederick by email,, call (650) 483-8546 or simply visit


Registration: Registration begins NOW at  

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.

Choice Lunch - 10% off January Order

Choice Lunch is offering 10% off orders of $50.00 or more in the month of January 2015. Details here.

Thank You!

We would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who helped with the Corte Madera Book Fair. We could not present this week long event without you.

Sukamol Jakobsson, Markus Jakobsson, Mark Taylor, Jill Horn, Heather Asborno, Sharon Shaffer, Ann Crevelt, Ginny Borelli, Leslie Kriese, Kari Rust, Karen Horn, Angela Shillace, Ron Eastman, Karen Bechtel, Kim Hamrick, Naomi Reynolds, Sonia Reed, Paul Cushman, Elena Lopez, Tricia Suvari, Michael Miller, Amy Mulleneaux, Mary Jo Kloezeman, Sylvia Constantz and Kristin Brew.


Thank you to the CMS staff who helped with set up and organization and also to the staff who brought in classes for previews. 


Finally, a big thank you to Tamiko Verkler who put in many hours chairing this years successful Book Fair!

PVSF Annual Campaign Ends This Friday, 12/12

There are only 5 days left until the Annual Campaign ends. Please donate or pledge by this Friday, 12/12 to support our schools! Every donation makes a difference for our schools and for our kids. To donate online, visit us at  
Thank you to all who have already donated or pledged!

Community News

Society of Young Inklings holds after-school class at Ormondale Elementary!

"The Magic Trunk: Exploring Stories"
(Grades K-1)

Each week, students will open the Magic Trunk to discover costumes, props, picture books and other treasures that will launch creative exploration of the parts of stories. Through improvisational games, creative activities and reading time, students will develop both story comprehension, literacy and early writing skills, and will capture their ideas in various mediums, including drawings, photos, impromptu scenes, and dictated stories. Other skills developed include imagination, creative and critical thinking, cooperation, social learning, and physical and verbal expression. The final class is open for parent observation, and will highlight the students' favorite games and activities from the session, as well as their original stories. 

Class Day/Time: Thu, 2:55-3:55pm
Dates of class: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26. (10 weeks)
N0 class on: 2/19
Tuition: $270
Register online at

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory - Winter Classes

ACT OUT IN THEATRE CLASSES: Fun! Creative! Inspiring! For 20 years, Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory (PVTC) has offered fantastically entertaining theatre classes to students of all skill level, novice to experienced, ages 3 through high school. Students play acting games, use their imaginations to create characters, and develop physical and vocal theatre skills in a collaborative, supportive, and entertaining environment. Classes are taught by professional actors, directors, singers, and dancers, and culminate in a final performance on an intimate stage with lights and costumes. Winter session begins the week of Mon, Jan 5 and space is limited to 12 students per class, so register soon! Questions? Email

Studion Rincon at Alpine

Now you don't have to travel all the way to Menlo Park. 
Studion Rincon will be at Alpine Hills in January of 2015!
Tue, Jan 6 - Feb 10: Pre Ballet (3-4 yr.olds) 12:30-1:20pm

Wed, Jan 7 - Feb 11: Hip Hop (5-7yr.olds) 1:30-2:20pm 

Wed, Jan 7 - Feb. 11: Hip Hop (8-12 yr.olds) 2:30-3:20pm

Thu, Jan 8 - Feb 12: Pre Ballet (5-7 yr.olds) 12:30-1:20pm

To register go to:  
Space is limited!   Questions 

Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry - Shop and Benefit PV Schools
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 Fri, Dec 12. 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 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 on Sat Feb 7 at Everest High School (455 5th Ave.) 
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