March 7, 2016 

Bingo Night Date Change

Please note that Bingo Family Night will now be held on Thursday, April 14th at 6pm in the MUR at Ormondale.
Update on John Bamber and How to Help

Dear Families,

Most of you will know by now about the YouCaring crowdfunding page that was set up by PVSD parent, Matt Richter, for John Bamber, our much-loved Ormondale custodian and ever-patient director of school traffic.  John is now beginning his rehabilitation after a very serious motorbike accident on Januaryy 18th of this year.

To date, there has been an astounding outpouring of generosity for John which is testimony to his status in our school and our greater community.

Here is a link to the fundraising page for those who might like to contribute: 

Thank you,

Help Purchase Classroom Supplies with Amazon and eScrip 

Each year the PVSD PTO pays for classroom supplies for every student in the district using funds raised through the eScrip and programs.

To make ensure your Amazon purchases contribute towards our schools,
simply click here:, then bookmark the page and use that bookmark to start your shopping trips on You must enter the website through this specific link. Portola Valley School District PTO will receive a minimum of 4% of every purchase made through this method and you should see no difference in your shopping experience. 

And don't forget to sign up for eScrip! Just go to and register your credit cards and Bianchini's loyalty card. Please make sure to direct donations to the Portola Valley School District PTO. Then just shop at local participating merchants, like Bianchini's (use your loyalty card registered with eScrip) and PV Garage (ask to contribute through eScrip when at PV Garage). PV Garage is the only auto repair shop within 66 miles of PV that participates in eScrip and Bianchini's is the only grocery store in our area that supports our schools through eScrip.

Ormondale Upcoming Events

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

View the full PTO calendar here
Super Food: Yogurt

Yogurt, Yogurt Everywhere! 
By: Students in Mrs. Wong's Second Grade Class

Did you know that a yogurt factory can produce 230,000 cups of yogurt in an hour? That's a lot of YOGURT!  YUM!!!!  Americans eat over 1 million cups of yogurt each year.  This yummy food became popular in the 1970s.  Yogurt has been around for thousands of years.  This superfood has calcium and protein in it.  One cup of yogurt has 7-9 grams of protein in it.  Remember to eat low fat or nonfat yogurt with less than 20 grams of sugar.  Yogurt also helps take away bad breath along with helping to whiten your teeth and fight cavities.  Finally, yogurt helps with your digestive system.  So remember to eat yogurt because it tastes good and it's healthy for your body.

Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese (serves 4)  There's no added butter or flour!
  • 2 cups dry elbows or small pasta (7 oz)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, such as Daiya
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp salt (I used 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt - I used dairy-free homemade Greek yogurt
  • optional: spinach, kale, or any other steamed veggies you might wish to add
Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese Recipe Directions:
  1. Cook the macaroni in salted water until al dente, then drain but don't rinse with water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small pot, stir together the milk, cheese, and salt until cheese melts. Add the yogurt and cook on low, just until the sauce is hot. Stir in the cooked pasta and any veggies you desire.
Corte Madera

Corte Madera Upcoming Events

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

View the full PTO calendar here.

Portola Valley Schools Foundation

Thank You to our Business Partners!

Portola Valley Schools Foundation Thanks
Ginny Kavanaugh, Realtor
Who Became A Platinum Business Partner 
By Donating $10,000 to Our Schools

Community News

The Little Mermaid at Woodside High School

with Disney's "The Little Mermaid". Captivating for all ages, this Broadway-style production will tug at your heart-strings and delight your funny-bone, with magical music to set your spirits soaring. The classic tale follows Ariel the Mermaid as she struggles to join Prince Eric, along with side-kick Flounder (CM alumni Philip Moissis) and a charming cast of undersea creatures, salty sailors, and villainous predators including mersister and CM Alumna Lucy Bock. 

Dates: Performances at 7:30 pm on March 11th, 12th, 18th, & 19th, with two matinees at 2pm on March 13th & 20th. 

Purchase tickets online at, or call 650-367-9750 (x43706).

Carillon Preschool Enrolling

Carillon Preschool at Christ Episcopal Church is enrolling for the fall.

We offer 3 programs for families:
Caterpillars- a parent/toddler program for children who are at least 18 months old. This program runs on Fridays from 9-11.

Honeybees- a 3 year old program for children who must turn 3 by December 1st.   The class runs from 9-12 with an optional lunch bunch from 12 -1 M-TH. Families can choose to send their child on T/TH, MWF, or M through F.

Ladybugs- our Pre-K Plus program for children who will be entering kindergarten the following year. The program runs M-F 9-1. Children must turn 4 by September 1st.
Currently, we have spaces available in our Caterpillars and Honeybees program. For more information please see our website at If you have questions or would like a tour, please contact Nancy at [email protected] or 650 529-1335.

Portola Valley Library Events March 7th - March 13th

* Tinkering Teens - Teen Tech Week - 
Create IT at Your Library: Wednesday, March 9, at 3:00 PM
For 6th graders and up.
Bring your friends and hang out. We will create IT!, while enjoying some special snacks!

Paws for Tales: Wednesday, March 9, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.
Children can practice their reading skills by reading to a trained therapy dog. Sign up in advance and join the fun! Please note that the Peninsula Humane Society requires a signed release form for each time a child reads. Please make sure Mom or Dad accompanies the child. Registration is required.

* Crazy 8's Math Club: Thursdays, March 10 through May 5.
Back by popular demand, Season Three of Bedtime Math's Crazy 8's! You'll build stuff, run, jump, make a mess... It's a totally new kind of math club. We'll do activities such as Ninja Training, Super-Cube Shuffle, and Beach Ball Party. Math will never be the same!
  • Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Club meets from 3:30 to 4:15 PM.
  • 3rd - 5th Grade Club meets from 4:30 to 5:30 PM.
Space is limited and registration is required. Ask at the desk or contact the library to sign up: (650) 851-0560 (phone); [email protected] (e-mail).
Note: Crazy 8's does not meet on April 7th due to Spring Break!

* Plate Sewing: Friday, March 11, at 3:30 PM. For ages 5+.
Learn the basics of hand sewing, one stitch at a time. We'll get comfortable with needles and thread by sewing basic designs on paper plates. All materials will be provided. Space is limited.

* LEGO Club: Saturday, March 12, from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
All ages are welcome!
We provide the LEGOs, you bring your imagination! Duplo building blocks are available for our youngest builders.

All Students Matter - Corrected Link

For those interested in learning more about volunteering with All Students Matter next school year, here is a corrected link to the web site with more information and our sign up page:  

Young Inklings Book Contest

The Society of Young Inklings, a local non-profit, publishes an annual anthology of the stories and poems of talented young writers--each year we hold a contest to see whose pieces will be included. We are looking for fresh new voices to publish in our anthology. Your kids could become published authors!  

Young writers in grades 1-8 with stories or poems are encouraged to enter the contest. Submissions must be in final draft and students must commit to completing an editing process if their piece is chosen. For more information on the contest please check HERE.

Pieces that are chosen will go through a traditional revision process similar to how publishing houses get books ready for publication. Young writers will be assigned a mentor to guide them through the process. For submissions that are not chosen, those students will receive a letter that gives some concrete and encouraging feedback. 

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