February 21, 2016 

Ormondale Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Feb. 24th - Ormondale Super Staff Lunch

Monday, Feb. 29th - Friday, Mar. 4th - Second Harvest Food Drive

Thursday, Mar. 10th - Bingo Night at 6pm

Monday, Mar. 21st - Friday, Mar. 25th - Staff Appreciation Week

View the full PTO calendar here
February Super Food

Say Yum to Broccoli!
Who is the broccoli president? You will have to read to the end of our article to find the answer! Broccoli is this month's superfood. Did you know it's part of the crucifer family which includes cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli? This vegetable is best harvested in the cold seasons, like fall or winter. Broccoli helps your bones grow and keeps your heart healthy. It also helps prevent colon cancer and cataracts. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals in addition to fiber. A cup of broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange. When cooking broccoli, don't forget a boiling basket to hold your broccoli. You only need 5 minutes on top of the stove in 1 inch of boiling water. If you cook it too long, then it loses nutrition. Mrs. Bouman's students made broccoli muffins and 85 students said it was "YUMMY!" and 19 kids said it was okay. Soooo...eat broccoli because it's delicious, nutritious, AND scrumptious in muffins!

The answer to our joke:  Who is the broccoli president?  Broccoli Obama!

Broccoli Muffin Recipe
Because my family loves muffins, I'm always on the lookout for new variations. When I tried these nutritional muffins the first time, they were really a hit and became a favorite addition to our big family meals.

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 mins
YIELD:12 servings
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli, blanched
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, mix milk, oil and egg; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in broccoli and cheese.
  • 2. Spoon into greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 400� for 18-20 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts
Added by System Jul 07 1 muffin (prepared with skim milk, egg substitute equivalent to 1 egg and reduced-fat cheddar cheese) equals 181 calories, 8 g fat (0 saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 129 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
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Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

Monday, Feb. 29th - Friday, Mar. 4th - Second Harvest Food Drive

Friday, Feb. 26th, 7 to 9pm - 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Dance in the MUR

Thursday, March 3rd - PTO Mtg. at CMS; 9am

Friday, March 4th - Corte Madera 6-8th BBQ Lunch

Monday-Friday, March 14th-18th - Corte Madera Staff Appreciation Week

View the full PTO calendar here.

Thank You!

The PTO would like to thank  our
Super Staff Lunch committee chairs, Heather Keller, Sonia Reed, and Nancy Orchard, for doing such a wonderful job this year.  They just hosted our final lunch of the year and it was very well received by our staff and teachers. We'd also like to thank the 6th-8th grade parents who helped them out:
Holly Nybo                     Andrea Reid                    Megan Koch
Crissy Untrecht              Renee Courington            Naomi Reynolds
Ginger Pistilli                 Shannon Basch                Lissa Cook
Michelle Morhen             Julie Dickerson                Hayley Leinfelder
Mary Henry                   Anne-Marie Brest             Joi Deaser
Sarah Wernikoff             Renee Lewis                    Kay Erikson
Heather Macbeth           Karyn Bechtel                  Barbara Hugli-Jones
Lisa Hill                        Nancy Tracy                     Rose Kerr          
Alex Von Feldt               Judy Riley                       Sue Ten
Heather Asborno              Michelle Bellow                   Mary Jo Kloezeman
Heather Keller               Tricia Christensen            Sarah Wernikoff
Lynne Alvarez                Kerstin Mchutchison        Sonia Reed
Veronica Jerng               Joi Deaser                      Karen Eizadi
Laura Kavanaugh

The PTO would also like to thank our Cocoa Breakfast committee chairs, Margaret Wilmer, Lisa Hill and Sarah Dorahy, for pulling off another successful event on January 22nd with help from:
Kim Zamboldi
Lisa Giblin Frecchia
Sandi Engel

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Kerwin + Associates


Portola Valley Schools Foundation Thanks
Kerwin + Associates
Who Became A Platinum Business Partner 
By Donating $10,000 to Our Schools


Community News

Survival Skills Pop-Up School - Sunday, Feb 28th

Unleash your child's inner primitive and sign them up for this fun and educational session of pop-up school. Children will learn how to build a fire by friction, make ropes from natural materials, identify edible plants, and make herbal medicines. 

This pop-up school is sponsored by Creekside Learning Lab, with instruction provided by staff from the Riekes Center. Curriculum has been tested by Creekside students and is wildly popular.
This activity is best suited for kids in 2nd - 4th grades.  

Date: Sunday, February 28th, 9am - 12pm
Location: Creekside's campus, which is located at 884 Portola Rd, in Portola Valley's Village Square 
Cost: $15 

To sign up, go to Creekside's website at http://www.creeksidelearninglab.org  

Questions?  Email [email protected]

Portola Valley Library Events Feb 21st - 27th

Wii Wednesday:Wednesday, February 24, at 2:30 PM. 
For gamers 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.

* Family Movie Night: Finding Nemo: 
Friday, February 26, at 5:30 PM.
Our final movie night of the season! Grab the whole family, bring a picnic, and settle in for Movie Night at Portola Valley Library! We'll show Disney's Finding Nemo (G, 101 min.) at 5:30 PM. Popcorn (and a special treat) will be provided!

Dad & Me @ the Library: Saturday, February 27, at 11:00 AM
For the whole family.
The Puppet Art Theater Company will present Three Billy Goats Gruff. This popular event is sponsored by the Fatherhood Collaborative and the San Mateo County Library. Wonderful entertainment for the whole family!

* Block Party: Saturday, February 27, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. For all ages.
Research shows that children develop an incredible variety of skills when they play with blocks, including fine motor skills and social skills. Join us for block play and rediscover the joy of open-ended play.

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

All Students Matter

Classroom Volunteers Needed - An Hour a Week Could Change a Student's Life 
Have you enjoyed volunteering in your child's classroom? Then consider visiting a classroom in east Menlo Park or East Palo Alto where there are virtually no parent volunteers.  Our All Students Matter volunteers work once a week for about an hour on reading and math skills with kids in grades K-4.  Sign up now to start in September. We provide training and coordinate everything. To learn more or sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org or contact Jeanette Kennedy
or Keri Tully.

Splash into Water Polo This Spring!

Mid Peninsula Water Polo's spring session is open for enrollment! New M-A coach Brandon Johnson is leading these age group sessions to teach kids fundamentals of the game.  Emphasis is on fun and learning to play!  Water polo is a great sport.  Brandon is a three time All-American, played at UC Irvine and professionally in Australia and is just assuming head coach duties at Menlo-Atherton High School.  Do not have to be going to M-A to join. 

Age group practices:
Dates: February 22 to May 8 (12 weeks) 
Spring Break - No Practice April 3-10 
Location: M-A High School Pool
Middle School ($400) 
Tuesday, 6:00pm to 7:30pm 
Sunday, 11:30pm to 1:00pm 

Young Inklings Book Contest

Submit your story or poem to the 2016 Inklings Book Contest! Any 1st-8th grader can submit, and all contestants will receive positive, personalized feedback on their writing. Winners will receive an editorial mentorship and will be professionally published in the Inklings Book. Visit www.younginklings.org for more information.

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