November 30, 2015

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 now open. San Mateo lot opens November 26.

Ormondale Upcoming Events

December 2 - Musical tryouts
December 9 - Musical tryouts
View the full PTO calendar 
Auditions for the Spring Musical

Auditions for the Spring Musical, DEAR EDWINA will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd and Wednesday, December 9th!! The musical will be performed in late May with rehearsals beginning in early January. 

December 2, will be general auditions and December 9 call-backs.  However, if you are unable to make the December 2nd auditions,  please come to the December 9th auditions.  No preparation is necessary, but be ready to play games, sing and move. DEAR EDWINA has many parts for both boys and girls, though the title character is Edwina, a girl.

Please come to the MUR at the following times:

12:40-1:15 Kindergarten and First Grades

1:15-2:30 Second and Third Grades

Please note that times may need to be flexible, as we are unaware of how many students will be auditioning.

Pumpkin is November's Super Food

By Mr. Ahlbach's Second Grade Class

How do you fix a broken jack-o-lantern?  If you want to know the answer you will need to read to the bottom of this article.

Did you know that pumpkins help our brain, eyes, heart, and bones?  They are filled with vitamins A and B and iron.  Pumpkins are the perfect superfood because they are low in fat and have lots of fiber!  I bet you didn't know that they have been around for over 5,000 years.  Pumpkins are actually considered a fruit because they have seeds inside. Those yummy seeds can be cooked and eaten too!

This month, Ms. Grech's class made pumpkin donuts to share with the students attending Ormondale.  176 students and staff stated it was yummy.  19 people thought the recipe was ok, and only 1 person didn't like it.  Mr. Keegan our principal said, "They are yummy!" Another person commented, "They are awesome, yummy, and healthy."  Finally, Ms. Miller stated, "LOVE IT!"

So remember, vegetables and fruits are important to keep our bodies healthy. We hope you will try this month's pumpkin recipe.

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

TOTAL TIME:  20mins
YIELD - 12 Doughnuts



1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (3/4 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 tsp cloves + 1/4 tsp ginger + 1/4 tsp nutmeg)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine, softened



1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

4 -5 teaspoons milk

  • FOR DOUGHNUTS: In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice (or individual spices), salt, and baking soda.
  • Add pumpkin, eggs, milk, and butter, or margarine; beat with an electric mixer on low speed till mixed.
  • Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip with a 1/2-inch opening.
  • Pipe onto 2 greased baking sheets in 3-inch circles.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 10- 12 minutes, or till golden brown.
  • Cool doughnuts on a rack.
  • FOR ICING: In a small mixing bowl stir together powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Stir in enough milk to make a smooth icing of glazing consistency.
  • place rack with doughnuts over waxed paper.
  • Brush icing over doughnuts with pastry brush, or spoon over surface.

Finally, the answer to our joke - How do you fix a broken jack-o-lantern?  

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

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Camp W Open House for 2nd - 8th Graders

Come join us for a free OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 4:30 to 5:30 in Corte Madera School Rm 503.  The Open House will allow prospective and former campers a chance to see what exciting things go on at Camp W. Join us for a very relaxed evening. There will be Q & A, slideshow, treats, and some surprises. 
More information about Camp W at
Portola Valley Schools Foundation

The Annual Campaign is Ending Soon!

With the holiday season in full swing, I'm sure we're all finding much to be grateful for, including the amazing generosity demonstrated by our community. Thanks to those who have already donated, we are getting close to achieving our fundraising goal of $900,000 to to complement the District's other sources of funding for the 2015-2016 school year. 

But with the campaign ending soon, we are well short of reaching our goal of having 80% of all families participating. If you have considered contributing, now is a great time to donate whatever amount is meaningful to your family. Every donation gets us closer to our goal, and your generosity demonstrates support for the programs and services that benefit all of our students. 

Spare the Air & Support our Children!

100% of Smog Check costs go to the Portola Valley Schools Foundation! 
Support our children while helping to spare our air! 
We care about our children's future and the environment! The team at Portola Valley Garage is donating 100% of the costs of Smog Checks to the Portola Valley Schools Foundation!   
Help us reach our goal of donating $10,000 and becoming a Platinum donor! 

Call us at 650-851-7442 or click here to make an appt. 
We look forward to seeing you! 
Tom Ramies 
Owner, Portola Valley Garage

Community News

Portola Valley Library Events

Special Notice:
There will be no access to the public computers or printer for two days due to software and equipment upgrades on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 1-2. There will be WiFi access.

Please bring us your broken, your unused, your discarded toys so we can create Franken-Toys as part of our Toy Story Challenge on Friday, December 18th. Please ensure that donated dolls and toys are small enough to take apart and attach to other toys. Any condition is appreciated, but please clean them in advance if you are able. Drop off items in the library any time we're open from December 1st to the 17th  and direct any questions to Kathryn at or 650-851-0560 x224.

Food for Fines Library Food Drive: November 16 through December 31.
Clear library fines while providing food to those in need! Beginning Monday, November 16, 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.

* Perler Beads - Star Wars Ornaments: Thursday, December 3, 3:30 to 5 PM.
Ages 7+.
The Fun Awakens! Use fusible beads to create awesome Star Wars ornaments by using patterns or by designing your own favorite character. All materials will be provided. Please contact the library to register (650-851-0560 or

*Holiday Cookie Decorating: Friday November 4th, 3:30 PM.
Get in the holiday spirit and decorate some tasty treats. Materials provided. Space is limited.

No Storytimes the weeks of December 21st and 28th. Storytimes will resume on January 4th, 2016.

* BABY Bounce and Rhyme Time: Monday, December 7th at 11:00 AM. For infants (0-18 months) but older children are welcome too!
Combining singing, dancing, reading, and playing, Baby Bounce and Rhyme is a great way to connect with your young child. Age appropriate toys will be brought out at the end for playtime.

* Toddler Storytime: Tuesdays at 11:00 AM. For toddlers (18-36 months).
Songs, stories, and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. Age appropriate toys will be brought out at the end for playtime. An activity will follow the storytime on the third Tuesday of the month.

* Preschool Storytime: Fridays at 11:00 AM. For Preschoolers (2-5 years). Books, songs, and activities just right for a Preschooler's curious and ever-growing mind.

Programs preceded by * are generously funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library.

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