December 7, 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 9 - Musical tryouts
View the full PTO calendar 
Auditions for the Spring Musical

A second round of auditions for the Spring Musical, DEAR EDWINA will be held on  Wednesday, December 9th. The musical will be performed in late May with rehearsals beginning in early January. 

If you were unable to make the December 2nd auditions, or have been called back, 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. 
Kindergarten Pajama Drive December 1st - 16th 

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 Team 

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events
View the full PTO calendar here.

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

  The Annual Campaign Ends in Just 5 Days

The Portola Valley Schools Foundation annual campaign is ending in just 5 days!  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 in just 5 days, only 63% of District families have donated, leaving us well short of reaching our goal of having 80% of all families participating. If you still haven't participated, please consider donating 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. Drop your check in the collection boxes in the Ormondale and Corte Madera offices, or donate now online.

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

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 January 11th and space is limited to 12 students per class, so register soon!  
Enroll online at Questions? Email  
Portola Valley Library Events

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: Now 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.

* Tinkering Teens - Maker Mania! Note Cubes: Tuesday, December 8 at 4:00 PM. For 6th graders and up.  Play a few rounds of Bean Boozled with your friends then make a cube to display notes or photos to give away as a gift or keep for yourself. We promise you'll have a blast!
* Winter Magic Show: Wednesday, December 9 at 4:00 PM. For all ages. He's silly, he's funny and he'll make you go WOW! Magician Mike Della Penna come to Portola Valley in this special Winter themed show.
* Hour of Code: Thursday, December 10, 3:30 to 5:00 PM. Ages 4+.  Join the largest learning event in history! Drop by to experience computer coding using fun tutorials featuring Minecraft, Star Wars, Anna and Elsa from Frozen and much more. No experience needed.
*LEGO Club: Saturday, December 12, 11:00. All ages are welcome! We provide the LEGOs, you bring your imagination! Duplo building blocks are now available for our youngest builders.
Intro to 3D Printing at the Library!: Saturday, December 12, 12:30 - 2:30 PM. For teens (13+ years) and adults.  Learn how to print your own 3D projects on the library's brand new MakerBot 5th Generation 3D Printer! In this workshop we'll walk
you through finding a project online, modifying it and using the 3D printer! Please contact the library to register ( or 650-851-0560.
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.