New this Week

PRAISE Bookclub – Mon, Oct 26 at 7pm
PRAISE discusses “Neurotribes: the Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity” by Steve Silberman. RSVP to for the location.

Wildwood Dads Pumpkin Patch: Now – Oct 30
Get your pumpkins and fall decorations! Weekends: 10am – 6pm; weekdays: 4pm – 6pm. Moraga Ave at Coaches Playfield. More info: Wildwood Dads Club on Facebook.

GATE Parent Information Night for Parents of Advanced Learners: Tues, Oct 13, 7-8:30 PM
Learn about available resources for specific academic sills, intellectual and creative abilities; also about Common Core math, differentiation and the benefits of classroom technology. Co-hosted by PUSD & ALPS. At Havens Library.

PEF 2015-16 Student Directories are in! Hard copies of this year’s PEF Student Directory, are available and offered with memberships/donations to Parent Clubs (inclusive of access to secure, online Directory as well). Learn more.

Events & Happenings


Energy & Water Conservation Symposium: Tues, Oct 6 from 7-9 PM. Learn how to reduce your household’s carbon footprint, lower your water usage, and more. Doors open: 6:30pm. Keynote: 7pm by Cisco DeVries, CEO, Renewable Financial, innovator of the concept of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). Hosted by Piedmont Connect & PMS Green Team at the PMS Library and Rm 201.

PRAISE “Town Hall Meeting”: Tues, Oct 6 from 7:30-9pm in the PHS Library. Julie Valdez, Director of Special Education services, will be sharing goals for pre-K-12th grade special education programming for this school year. Hosted by PRAISE.

“Amigos de las Americas” Information Meetings Coming Up
Piedmont students interested in volunteering in Latin America with Amigos? Learn more about this transformational experience:

  • Tues, Oct 6 at 7:30pm, Stanley Intermediate School, Lafayette
  • Thurs, Oct 8 at 7:30pm, St. Augustine’s Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave
  • Learn more.

  • Technology & The Human Brain: Tues, Oct 20 at 7:30 pmEducation Speaker Series presents Matt Richtel, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and author of the bestselling book “A Deadly Wandering” in discussion about science of the human brain, the impact of technology on attention, impulse-control, decision-making, and the fallacy of multi-tasking. At PHS Alan Harvey Theater. More….

    ROCKTOBERFEST: Sat, Nov 7 at 7:30pm
    Come experience the awesome music of our hometown talent at this Piedmont-palooza (PEF-Spring Fling) parent party, featuring local bands representing our three elementary schools. At Impact Hub, 2323 Broadway in Oakland. Libations and lite snacks included. Tix: $50/person, available online.

    Ongoing Announcements & Opportunities

    Shop Dress Best for Less for Halloween Costumes! Support Piedmont schools, while saving time & money on costumes — Superman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Cleopatra, 80’s Glam Dress and more for children and adults! Also seasonal home decor. DBFL marking room at 799 Magnolia Ave: Tues, 9-1:30; Wed, 9-4; & Sat 10-noon. DBFL at 3861 Piedmont Ave: Tues-Sat, 11-6.

    Compostable Serviceware Products for PUSD Events – Order earth-friendly plates, bowls, cups, forks/spoons/knives, bags through Green Team rep Samantha Miller, , at bulk prices & 20% school discount (delivered to your event). View products, 100% compostable for the GREEN bin, here. Let’s set a good example for our kids – and walk the talk!

    Seeking Grand Piano for Beach School
    CHIME is helping our performing arts teachers look for a high quality grand piano for Beach. Thanks to recent grand piano donations, PHS, WW & Havens have replaced theirs. (Replacement order determined by condition of current piano at each school.) Pls contact with leads.

    Check out the PHS College and Career Center! Open to all PHS & Millennium students, it offers one-on-one student college and career counseling with Director Allison Bly (a UC Berkeley reader), meetings with college admissions reps, practice ACT and SAT tests, a reference library, and tutoring and financial aid information. Also hosting college informational events. Hours and more here.

    Dress Best For Less: Back-to-School Update
    Teachers: Stock up on free books, games, art supplies, animal cages, and more for the classroom @ DBFL! Parents: Great deals on sports equipment, backpacks and other school supplies. Marking Room (in the carriage house across from PHS) hours:Tues 9-1, Wedn 9-4, Sat10-12.

    Discover Piedmont Boy Scouts – The Cub Scout program in Piedmont has a long and vibrant history. More than 50% of eligible boys participate in activities like the famous Pinewood Derby, monthly family Highlander Hikes, Bike Rodeo, and Twilight campouts! Learn more.

    Use Scrip for Your Events! Coordinating a fundraiser or hosting a party? Earn money for our schools by using Scrip (Mulberry’s, Market Hall, Piedmont Grocery, Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods, Starbuck’s, Peet’s, and more) to pay for the refreshments/catering. More info: . Keep your credit and debit card information current by signing on to your escrip account. Check out the free app, AutoEarn. More info here.

    Sign up today to receive local, organic produce to benefit tri-schools – A portion of every order goes to support Beach, Wildwood and Havens Schools, with delivery near each school site. For Beach, order from Full Belly Farm or Tara Firma Farm. For WW: pls email ; for Havens, Sally Guzdar: . Havens/WW produce from Albert & Eve’s w/ flexible orders customized for your favorite fruits and veggies.

    Ann Martin Center offers parent ed workshops to help strengthen parent-child-family relationships while addressing parenting concerns about their child’s emotional, behavioral, and academic development. Learn more.