December 18, 2016 


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 open now. San Mateo lot opens November 24th .

During the Holidays - Raise $ for our Schools With Amazon Smile

Help PV kids SMILE every time you shop this holiday season!
Use the AMAZON SMILE site every time
Earn $$$ for PV schools
Get more information about AMAZON SMILE  at

Student Council "Mini" Spirit Week  

The Ormondale Student Council has planned a "Mini" Spirit Week for next week,  December 19-21.  The activity days are as follows:

Monday, December 19 - Sports Day - Dress in your favorite team's colors or wear your team garb or dress up in your soccer, football, softball, volleyball, baseball (you get it) uniform.

Tuesday, December 20 - Crazy Hair Day - Go crazy with your hair before you get here to school so you can show off your craziest do when you get here!

Wednesday, December 21 - Pajama Day - School appropriate please!

We are all looking forward to closing out 2016 with this fun week of activity days!

Ormondale Upcoming Events

December 21st - Minimum Day - school out at 12:05pm

December 22nd - January 8th - Winter Break

January 19th - PTO Mtg. at ORM; 9am

January 31st -February 2nd - ORM Science Fair

View the full PTO calendar  here
Volunteers Needed for Ormondale's Spanish Class 

Ormondale's Spanish Class is looking for volunteers!!!  We are preparing for a school wide event on  March 31st, "Viajando en español". There is a lead mom in each grade for this event and we need more parents to help her and the teachers make this event run smoothly. 

Each classroom will represent a Spanish speaking country. Students with their passports will travel around Spanish speaking countries. In each country (classroom) students will be able to learn a bit about that country, make a craft, taste some food, play a game, and more.

If you have any questions about "Viajando en Español" please talk to the lead mom in your grade, stop by room 1, or e-mail Shenny Covotta  

Lead parents for Viajando en español
K  - Lauri Madeiros
1st - Caroline Diarte Edwards
2nd - Pilar Frank
3rd  - Sarah Dorahy

December Superfood 

Kiwifruit is Cool!
Ms. Grech's Second Graders

Kiwi is an amazing fruit that everyone should eat.  This tiny fruit has so many benefits to our body.  First, it helps fight heart disease and boosts your immunity.  

Second, it helps manage blood pressure and cleans out toxin.  Also, it helps support weight loss and improves your digestive health.  It's packed with vitamins C and E.  Eating two medium kiwis boast 230 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, almost twice that of an orange. Some people think kiwis taste like strawberries.

Kiwifruit is grown on a kiwi tree, which is a woody, climbing shrub that can reach 30 feet tall. They are hard to grow in California but farmers in Italy and New Zealand have great success!  

We bet you didn't know that this superfood was named after the Kiwi Bird, native to New Zealand, which is also small, brown and fuzzy.

This month, the students in Mrs. Wong's class prepared a Kiwi Cucumber Salsa for the students of Ormondale to enjoy.  We hope you will make this month's recipe and enjoy it too!

Click here for the full article and the recipe!

Corte Madera
Last Day Info

Last Day of School Before Winter Break!
Wednesday, December 21st is a minimum day- school is out at  12:15pm and there will be no Sam Trans Bus. Additionally, the CMS library will be closed at  12:15pm, as well, due to a staff event.

CMS Upcoming Events

December 21st - Minimum Day - school out at 12:15pm

December 22nd - January 8th - Winter Break

January 19th - PTO Mtg. at ORM, 9am

January 20th - Corte Madera 4/5 Cocoa Breakfast 7:30am

View the full PTO calendar  here .

Portola Valley Schools Foundation
2016-17 Annual Campaign

Make sure to Donate or Pledge before the end of our Campaign on December 16th!

2017 Foundation Spring Benefit - Save the Date

Save the Date!
FANfare Spring Benefit
Saturday, April 22, 2017

This spring's "FANfare" will mark the start of a new tradition as we're planning a fun, laid back event the whole community will enjoy right on the tented grounds of Corte Madera  with beautiful Windy Hill as the backdrop.  

Highlights include: 
  • Farm-to-table themed, sit-down dinner
  • Open bar and craft cocktails (no drink tickets!) 
  • Live music and dancing
  • Sign-up parties for adults and kids
  • Exciting raffles
  • Live Auction culminating in the Fund-a-Need (FAN) paddle raise
Fund-a-Need:   EngageSpace 
This year, the school leadership chose "EngageSpace" as the Fund-a-Need (FAN) - the  special, donation-only, paddle raise held during the Live Auction.  

Please join us to raise money for "Engagespaces" -  natural, organic and modular upgrades to both Ormondale and Corte Madera's  outdoor play facilities.  

The concept leverages local architects and past investments in the schools' infrastructure (such as MakerSpace) with envisioned child-led design. The concept was chosen in light of gaps at our schools' play facilities as well as research showing students don't just crave physical activity, they actually learn better when they're more engaged in the school's outdoor spaces.   

Click here for more information  on the FANfare Benefit  and the EngageSpace. 

Community News
Youth Basketball Camp

Future Hoops Academy's 8th Annual Christmas Holiday Youth Basketball Camp

Wednesday, December 21st from 12:45pm to 5:00pm 
Thursday, December 22nd from 9:00am to 3:00pm 
Friday, December 23rd from 9:00am to 3:00pm 

Boys and girls ages 6 to 15.

$240 for fun and expert instruction
$216 for siblings (10% discount with promo code Sibling16) 

Pizza, drinks, and snacks available for purchase at our snack bar or you can bring your own lunch. 

The camp is run by Coach Moseley (former Stanford player and current Priory Varsity Boys coach) and CCS Champion Priory Players

Woodside Priory School Gym
302 Portola Road
Portola Valley, CA 94028

Call  650-485-1461 or register online at

Kids Hip-Hop with Sangini - Winter 2017 Schedule

PV mom (and former Stanford Dollie) Sangini Majmudar Bedner will be teaching Kids Hip-Hop at two locations for Winter 2017.    Her classes prove that exercise can be fun, discipline can be enjoyable, and self-expression can boost confidence. Sangini thrives on infusing all students with her endless enthusiasm and energy and truly looks forward to working with your child!  Instructor info at

Kinder-1st Grade Hip-Hop (Boys and Girls, Ages 5-7)
Wednesdays,  1:15pm-2pm at Ladera Oaks Club 

Session Dates:  Wed. 1/11 -  Wed. 4/5  (no class on February 22nd)
Ladera Oaks Members: 12 Classes for $252 - Non Members: 12 Classes for $288
Drop-In Class Rate Members: $24/Class - Non Member: $26/Class
To register for the session, please do these two steps: 1) Email Elizabeth at  AND 2) send or
hand deliver a check for the full amount made out to Ladera Oaks. Address is 3249 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028

"Older" Kids' Hip-Hop (Boys and Girls, Ages 8-12) 
Wednesdays,  2:30pm-3:15pm at The Portola Valley Town Center

Session Dates:  Wed., 1/11 -  Wed. 4/5 (no class on  February 22nd)
12 Classes for $288
Link to Register (Mail in or drop off payment to Town Center): Will be available soon under "Class Registration" at Contact for all Town Center classes is Teresa  Bowerman- 

Creative Art for Young Children

WINTER  2017 @ Portola Valley Town Center
Jan. 11th-April 1st (no classes Feb. 22-25)

The kids haven't stopped talking about the time we did Ancient Egyptian Art and recently asked, "When are we going to do it again?" So back by popular demand...We will start off the session with a story about the Little Blue Hippo Statues once placed in Egyptian tombs. Portraits of King Tut, Hieroglyphics, and Picasso's Blue Period are just a few of the other subjects we will explore. Then we will end with another fun Art Show.

For more info you can call Teresa @ (650) 851-1700 ext. 200
or go to (

Camp W Winter Session

Are you looking for that special holiday gift? Would your child like to be in a talent show? Get ready, Camp W will be the place to be this winter. The session will allow campers to choose their own style of performance: dancing, singing, playing an instrument solo or with a band.  At the end of the session, the campers will showcase their fun and creative talents to a live audience.  

Camp W Details

Ages: 2nd - 8th grade
Location: Corte Madera School, Room 503
Length: January 17 - April 29, 2017
Fee: $600 ( 10% discount for returning campers )
Sign-ups: NOW

Alpine Hills - Winter Break Tennis Camps

This Winter break, Alpine Hills is offering two weeks of Junior Tennis Camp. All ages and levels are welcome. We will have both a half day Bronze/Silver Camp (for beginner and intermediate players) and a full day Diamond Camp (for competitive and advanced players). Both camps will be offered Dec 26-30, and Jan 2-6. For more information and to sign up CLICK HERE.
Use your voice onstage this winter!

Students ages three through high school are invited to join in the  fun Under the Sea in a theatre class this winter! Learn to act, explore characters different from you, and play fun games. Classes culminate in a short performance in April. Winter session starts the week of January  23rd.  Register now at!