NOVEMBER 19, 2017

district news





  • 11/22-24 No School


  • 12/13 ORM Winter Concert 8:30am




Create your holiday cards through Minted this November and .... you'll get 15% off your purchase and Minted will donate 15% of the sale amount back to Our Schools!  Orders must be placed by the end of November 2017, but you can buy now and personalize your cards later!



Amazon smile

Make your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile this holiday season and you could help send up to $10K more to our schools!

Go to and select "Portola Valley Parent Teacher Organization" as your designated organization.  More info here.


shop at honey bear trees to raise money for the PTO!

If you are buying a tree or wreath for the holidays, HONEY BEAR TREES at 955 Woodside Road, Redwood City, or 651 El Camino Real, Redwood City, or 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo will donate 15% of the sale to our schools!

Simply bring the flyer when you purchase your tree and/or wreath (if you happen to forget it, there will be extra flyers at the lot).

The Woodside Road location is now open.  The El Camino location opens 11/25 and the San Mateo location opens 11/24. 


ormondale news


food drive Thank YOU 

Huge thanks to Daphne Melendez for leading our Second Harvest Food Bank donation drive this year.  She got students, staff and parents motivated to bring in lots of food donations - the barrels have been filling up all week! Thanks also to Olga Amuzinskaya and Lori Palazzolo for organizing the hundreds of bags for students to decorate in their Ormondale "families" and to the Melendez and Lynch families for delivering the barrels to Ormondale at the last minute!

And a BIG THANK YOU to everyone for their great donations!


november superfood

Pomegranate Perfection

By Mrs. Wong’s Second Grade Class

Did you know that the word pomegranate means apple with many seeds?  A pomegranate begins its life as a flower and then it turns into a small, yellow, leathery fruit that eventually turns red and is ready to be harvested. I bet you are surprised to learn that Pomegranate trees can live over 200 years.  Pomegranates are in season during the months of September through December. This super fruit can stay in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.  Pomegranates help with blood pressure, bone health, heart disease, and cancer.  It’s high in fiber and is great for the heart and is rich in antioxidants.  One pomegranate has 50% of the vitamin C you’ll need in a day.  This super fruit’s seeds are very sweet and juicy and are actually called arils. 

Mrs. Fast’s class prepared a pomegranate oatmeal muffin recipe​ for the students to enjoy.  Pomegranates are a healthy snack for you.  So please buy some pomegranates and try this recipe.​

corte madera news


corte madera school and portola valley theater conservatory present shrek Jr, the musical

Auditions for all CMS students will be Monday December 11 and Wednesday December 13 after school in room 605.  There are 4 time slots and you must sign up your student with this link. Please sign up for ONLY ONE audition session.

Students should come prepared to sing 30 seconds of a song, any song, of their choice; they should either bring sheet music or a karaoke track which they can play on a device such as phone or CD player.

Call backs will be on Friday December 15 and Monday December 18 after school; students will be notified if they are required to attend a call back and a sign-up link will be provided at that time via the parent e-mail provided in the audition sign-up link above.

Shrek Jr. will be performed at CMS on Wednesday April 4 and Thursday April 5, 2018 (before Spring Break).  Rehearsals will run January 8 - April 3 after school at CMS. Number of rehearsals per week will depend on student’s role.  

There is NO COST to be part of the show.  We hope to cast every student who auditions, based on participation.

We are also looking for students to apply to be Stage Manager(s).  If you/your student is interested, please e-mail to receive application.


Another BIG THANK YOU to Brook Coffee, Allison Kroeger, Jen Arends and Lisa Giblin who organized the 4/5 Cocoa Breakfast on Friday, November 17th. It was a great way to end the week!

Mark Friday, January 19th on your calendars for the next 4/5 Cocoa Breakfast!



Annual donation day Thanks

Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to support our Annual Campaign donation day!

It’s not too late to contribute towards smaller class sizes, specialist teachers & so many other things that our kids enjoy. 


community news

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory (PVTC) offers imaginative, challenging THEATRE CLASSES this winter!

PVTC's classes are open to students of all skill level, novice to experienced. In addition to teaching acting skills, these classes build self-confidence and encourage collaboration with peers. Each week, students learn about theatre through well-loved theatre games and creative acting exercises. These young actors also rehearse a short play that is performed at the end of the 10 week session for family and friends. Our winter theme is A Greener Earth. Actors will explore stories that require them to roll up their sleeves and make the world a better place! Classes start the week of Jan. 22nd.

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory
(650) 530-2428 


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