December 14, 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 16 - Winter Concert at 8:30am

December 18 - early dismissal at 12:05pm

December 21 - January 1  - Winter Break
View the full PTO calendar 
Lost and Found Clean Out!

The Ormondale Lost and Found will be cleaned out on Wednesday, December 16th.  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 December 17th. Afterwards, they will be gathered for donation.  Thanks for helping us clean up this area!

Second Grade Students Raising Money for Their Garden!

Next week, on December 17th, our school is having a plant sale BEFORE and AFTER the Winter Concert.  
We are going to sell Poinsettias, Paperwhites, and maybe some other plants.  We are looking forward to the plant sale and you coming to buy some Poinsettias, Paperwhites, and maybe some other plants.  The money we make will go to helping our school garden grow!  It is going to be really fun!  We hope to see you there!  (The plant sale will begin at 7:45, and will be held at the lunch tables in front of the MUR.)

Written by: Eliza Low, Room 21

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 

Project-Based Learning: Superfoods 

Gobble-Up Time For Turkey Facts!
by Ms. Grech's Class

Turkey is the superfood for December.  Did you know that male turkeys have a snood to help them find a mate?  The turkey with the biggest snood is considered the king of the flock who gets the female.  Turkeys are great navigators and never get lost.  They can find their way around 1,000 acres.  They can move their head 360 degrees around to keep safe and see predators.  A turkey's neck will change color depending on its feelings.  If it's mad, then its neck turns red.  If it's relaxed, its neck is blue.  Turkeys are fast flyers and runners.  They can run 25 mph and fly about 55 mph.  Turkeys sleep in trees to stay safe away from their predators.  Turkey was the first meal eaten on the moon by Neil Armstrong. We bet you didn't know that there are three places in the United States called Turkey.  

Did you know that turkey has a lot of protein in it?  One serving of turkey provides you with 65% of your daily protein.  But, you should not eat the skin because it has too much fat.  Turkey is very popular and is often a family tradition.  Over 46 million turkeys are eaten every Thanksgiving.  Turkey is also popular at Christmas.  Vitamins B3 and B6 are in turkey.  It helps prevent cancer.  So remember, turkey is a Superfood that you should eat in your diet.  Let's hear it for some TURKEY!

Let's Get Ready to Cook - Turkey French Bread Pizza
Mr. Ahlbach's Class will be trying out and taste testing the following recipe:

Got turkey leftovers? Recipes like this French bread pizza give leftover turkey a complete makeover. The sweet-salty combination of bacon and a thin layer of apricot jelly on this leftover turkey French bread pizza really take this recipe to the next level.

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 3 Tbsp. softened butter
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. apricot jelly
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded or chopped leftover roast turkey
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere or mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  2. Slice French bread lengthwise, then cut into 3 strips cross-wise, so you have 6 pieces.
  3. Mix softened butter and Italian seasoning. Spread over French bread slices. Place on baking sheets. Bake 3-5 minutes until lightly toasted.
  4. Remove from oven. Spread apricot jelly over French bread. Crumble 3 slices of bacon on top of the apricot jelly layer. Top with turkey, then remaining bacon, then cheese.
  5. Place French bread pizzas in oven, and bake 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and golden brown.
  6. ENJOY!

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events
December 17 - Middle School Art Show at 6:00pm and Winter Concert at 6:30pm

December 18 - early dismissal at 12:15pm

December 21 - January 1  - Winter Break

View the full PTO calendar here.

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

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

Camp W of the Arts


Why not sign them up for a wonderful and fun after school performing arts camp?

By registering your child, their experience at camp starting in January will be enhanced: collaborate with other friends, learn about the important aspects to performing arts, play musical games, win raffle prizes, eat tasty snacks, acquire camp t-shirts, participate in two lively parties, and have the opportunity to create and participate in the show of the year.

Session Schedule
2nd - 3rd GradeTuesday    3:30 - 4:30  Thursday 5:00 - 6:00
4th - 5th gradeTuesday   4:30 - 6:00Wednesday   3:30 - 5:00
6th - 8th gradeWednesday   5:00 - 6:30Thursday   3:30 - 5:00
To register a spot, please head on over to Sign ups are now!  You can also call (650) 483-8546 for more details.

We hope your child will join us at Camp W. Please pass along this message to anyone who you think may be interested. It's going to be a great time!

Happy Holidays!
~W. Frederick
Studio Rincon Junior Dance Classes at Alpine Hills


To sign up go to:   
or call Studio Rincon 861-0242, or e-mail

Series dates: Week of January 4th  - Week of March 15th
(No class Feb. 15th -19th)

Tuesday-Pre Ballet (3-5 yr. old)   12:30-1:20pm
The young dancer will learn principles of ballet through a variety of fun, informative and engaging kid-friendly methods. Proper class etiquette is also delivered in an enthusiastic and nurturing environment, preparing your child for a confident future in dance and musicals.   Instructor: Anna Alioto   Min. 8 / Max 12
Thursday - Pre Ballet (5-7 yr. olds)   3:30-4:20pm
The young dancer will learn principles of ballet through a variety of fun, informative and engaging kid-friendly methods. Proper class etiquette is also delivered in an enthusiastic and nurturing environment, preparing your child for a confident future in dance and musicals. Instructor: Anna Alioto    Min. 8 / Max 12
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

Wii Wednesday: December 16 at 3:00 PM. For gamers age 7+.
Show off your skills and challenge your friends. Pick your character and be the last one standing in games such as Super Mario Brawl and Mario Kart. Beginners welcome.
* Make It @ the Market: Thursday, December 17, 2:00 - 4:00 PM. For all ages.
Drop by the Library table at the Portola Valley Farmer's Market and make a unique, one-of-a-kind holiday card.
*Imagination Playground: Thursday, December 17, 2:30 - 4:30 PM. For all ages.
The Portola Valley Library will be hosting an Imagination Playground Party during the Farmer's Market. Have fun building with a set of GIANT foam blocks. These oversized building blocks are tons of fun and there's no limit to the possibilities. See what amazing structures you can create .This event will be held outdoors, weather permitting.
* Toy Story Challenge - Franken-Toys! Friday, December 18 at 1:30 PM. 
For all ages.
In the spirit of this month's movie, we will be creating toys, just like Sid. Join in the challenge of making a new "toy" from our supply of old ones. Movie attendees will be voting for the best in several categories. Prizes will be awarded to the winners!
* Holiday Movie Night: Friday, December 18 at 5:30 PM.
Get in the holiday spirit and join us on Movie Night at the Portola Valley Library! We'll show Toy Story (PG, 81 min.) at 5:30 PM. Popcorn will be provided!

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

Courtesy Listings

BandWorks - Rock and Roll Summer Camp

Co-Sponsored by Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp

BankWorks offers summer camp programs and intensives
for kids and teens ages 8 through 18. We provide a supportive environment for young musicians to develop their skills while having fun playing the music they love. Awarded Best of Bay by SF Bay Guardian & Voted Best Summer Camp by East Bay Express!

Classes include:
  • Intro to Rock Band Instruments
  • Digital Recording
  • Teen Intensives
  • Rock Band: Collaborate to write your own songs, and play music by your favorite artists.
Half-day and full-day camps are offered Monday through Friday, weekly in Oakland, San Rafael, San Carlos & Los Altos.

For registration information, please visit or contact us today! 510-THE-BAND (843-2263 or

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