September 28, 2015

Ormondale Upcoming Events

 Mon- Fri Sept 28 - Oct 2 - PVSD Book Fair at Ormondale

Tues Sept 29, 5-7pm - Family Night at the Book Fair

Fri Oct 2, 7:45 - 8:30am - Dads' Bagel Breakfast at the Book Fair

View the full PTO calendar here.
PVSD's Monster Book Fair is This Week

Friday, Sept 25 - Friday, Oct 2 in the Ormondale MUR
PVSD's Monster Book Fair is here!  Come by the MUR before, during and after school to shop.

Highlights of the Fair include:
- Family Fun Night, with the Curveball Slider Truck (vegetarian options available), from 5-7pm on Tues, 9/29
- Dads' Bagel Breakfast (but all are welcome) from 7:45 - 8:30am on Fri, 10/2

New this year is the option to shop our Book Fair online.  To see PVSD's Online Book Fair, click here

We can use more volunteers for the Book Fair.  To sign up to help, go to our Sign-Up Genius.

The Book Fair is the only source of supplemental support for libraries at both Ormondale and Corte Madera.  Come buy a book and help build our schools' libraries!

September's Superfood is Blueberries

September's Superfood is Blueberries
, Written by Mr. Ahlbach's
Second Grade Students

Do you like blueberries?  Fresh blueberries are one of the most popular summer treats!  They are called a superfood because they give you energy and contain fiber.  Blueberries have vitamin C and K, which makes them very healthy to eat.  Also, they boost your brainpower, lower your blood pressure, and the risk for getting cancer. Finally, they are great for our hearts!  A few sidekicks are cherries, cranberries, and blackberries.

Last week the second graders in Mrs. Bouman's class made blueberry pancakes for the entire Ormondale School to enjoy.  79 out of 99 students loved the blueberry pancakes.  One student stated, "This was the best thing that I have ever tasted!"  Another student commented, "It's my favorite.  It was so good."

Here is the recipe for the blueberry pancakes.  We hope you will make the recipe! Enjoy!

Blueberry Pancakes
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons white sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 cup frozen blueberries, thawed

1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt,
baking powder and sugar. In a small
bowl, beat together egg and milk. Stir
milk and egg into flour mixture. Mix in the
butter and fold in the blueberries. Set
aside for 1 hour.

2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over
medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter
onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4
cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides
and serve hot.

  International Bike / Walk to School Day is October 7th

International Bike/Walk to School Day!

Lets start our first Bike/Walk to School day off with a bang! It is International Bike/Walk to School Day and Portola Valley School District will be participating!

  • Fun rewards given to all students who participate!
  • Looking for volunteers to help hand out rewards at Ormondale.  
Ways to join in the fun and start the day with fresh air:
  • Meets friends at Roberts, the Deli, Alpine Hills or the end of your street, then walk, skateboard or ride your bike to school together!
  • Enjoy a quiet walk, ride to school.
  • Explore the local buses that drop off students safely at ORM/CMS.
Safety tips for participants:
  • Be sure to always use the crosswalk; remember to push button at Priory crosswalk to activate flashing lights!
  • Always be on the lookout for cars before crossing.  Look left, right, then left again before crossing.
  • If there is a car in the intersection, please be sure that you make eye contact with the driver to ensure that they see you before you cross.
Safety tips for drivers:
  • School is back in session and children are out and about. Please DRIVE SLOWLY through the Corte Madera and Ormondale neighborhoods, especially on the Bike/Walk-to-School days!
  • Keep an active eye out for children getting their way to/from school and sports activities.
  • Stay off cell phones while driving.
  • STOP when lights are flashing at the Priory crosswalk, this means children need to cross.
  • If dropping off students, always remember to give buses adequate room to back up. 
  • Remember to pull all the way forward when dropping students off in front of school.
Thank you for keeping our children safe!

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Mon- Fri Sept 28 - Oct 2 - PVSD Book Fair at Ormondale

Tues Sept 29, 5-7pm - Family Night at the Book Fair in Ormondale MUR

Fri Oct 2nd - Corte Madera Photo Day

View the full PTO calendar here.

Help Support PVSD's Libraries 
Did you know that the Book Fair at Ormondale is the sole source of supplemental support for libraries at both Ormondale and Corte Madera?  This year Ormondale's Book Fair will have expanded offerings for middle-grade readers.  CMS families are welcome any time at the Fair, but are especially invited to come to the Family Fun  Night with the Curveball Slider Truck from 5-7pm on Tues, 9/29 in the Ormondale MUR. 

If you can't make it to Ormondale, you can support the Book Fair and find great middle-grade books at our Online Book Fair.  Click here.

Used Book Drive 
Used Book Drive sponsored by All Stars, Sept 28th- Oct 1st

Corte Madera has graciously agreed to take part in the All Stars Helping Kids 1st annual book drive September 28th to October 1st. The book drive is asking schools and corporations throughout the Bay Area to donate new and gently used books during this four day window.  All of the donated books will go to teachers from low-income schools, who are in desperate need of books, and in some cases, have zero books at their disposal. Thank you to Corte Madera families for supporting this important literacy initiative!

Books can be placed in the boxes labeled "All Stars Helping Kids Book Drive."  Please no adult books, textbooks, or out of date nonfiction/reference books.

Chess King After School Classes at Corte Madera  

Chess King will be offering afterschool chess at Corte Madera on Mondays from 3:05-4:05, Oct 19 thru Dec 14.  More information at or 510-456-8593.
Chess instruction provided by Chess King covers basic chess rules, basic tactics, advanced tactical training and is age, grade and skill level appropriate. Children of all grades are invited to participate, to have fun and reap the rewards and benefits of the Chess King program. Each one hour class includes a half hour of instruction designed to help your child play winning chess followed by a half hour of semi-formal tournament play.  Awards are presented regularly.

CMS Thank You 

The PTO would like to thank Mary Jo Kloezman, our Back to School BBQ Chair, for organizing another fun event with great food!  We would also like to thank our parent volunteers: Virginia Huffman, Kim Hamrick, Jane Leibowitz, Naomi Reynolds, Kari Rust, James Horn, Jenny Unnasch, Lisa Hill, Kim Hamrick, Graciela Martin, Elizabeth de Oliveira, Lisa Palermo, and Karen Horn.

Community News

Mindfulness Based Parenting Talk at the Priory

How to Tame Your Teen By Taming Yourself First!  A Mindfulness Based Approach to Parenting

The Priory Parents Association (PPA) invites Portola Valley parents to a lively and informative evening with Ann Arora, MFT and Wynn Burkett, MBA, PCC in a discussion about the teen brain, its development, and why teenagers behave as they do.  During the talk they will share mindfulness based techniques to help parents regulate their own emotions and improve their day-to-day interactions with their teens.  For more information about the speakers, visit their website.

When:  Thursday, October 8, 2015
           6:30 pm -Doors Open/Light Refreshments
           7 to 8:30 pm - How to Tame Your Teen by Taming Yourself First!
Where:  Woodside Priory, Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Admission: Free