New This Week

District & City Announce Joint Holiday Book Drive – Donate new or gently used books for children who lack access to reading materials. Starting Dec 1, donation bins will be at school sites; also City Hall during regular business hours. Suggested titles here (Books for K-2nd graders emphasized, but 3rd-12th welcome too.) Books to be distributed thru Oakland Rotary’s Kinderprep and the East Bay Children’s Book Project. More…

Donate to the Piedmont Giving Campaign today! What does your donation support? Elementary teacher aides, enrichment, assemblies, musical instruments; PMS technology, health ed, library resource support; PMS & PHS Wellness Centers, PHS AP classes, College and Career Center, after-school study program, service learning, and PMS/PHS teacher grants and professional development. Funds raised to date: $1,008,000; Parent Participation Level: 33%. Donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated. All donations are tax deductible and flexible payment schedules available. Support our schools and donate today!

Special Event to benefit the Giving Campaign and our schools: Shop at Mulberry’s Home on December 4 from 6-8 pm for a festive evening of wine, spirits and shopping. 10% of all purchases goes to the Giving Campaign!

PHS Football takes on McKinleyville Fri, Nov 21 7pm at Witter after besting Kennedy High 52-8 last week in the first round of the NCS Championships. Enjoy Plaza Azul’s tacos, and bring the whole family to cheer on our undefeated Highlanders!

Piedmont Language School sponsors high school essay contest – HS students write on the about the importance of foreign language studies & cultural literacy. Winner gets full scholarship to the PCC Mexico trip this spring. Deadline: Jan 5. Learn more.

SAVE THE DATE for Spring Fling – Fri April 24 Dinner, dancing and live auction highlight this beloved annual event raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for our schools. More info: 653-1816.

Calling all elementary parents! Is there a summer camp your child has loved? Please share the names of those camps – Spring Fling Camp Auction begins in late January. Ideas or suggestions, pls email or .

Piedmont Turkey Trot Rally Call! PTT needs course monitors to cheer on runners and ensure safety and fun for all. Kickoff your Thanksgiving day by volunteering (course monitors must be 18 and older). Email: . Please attend short but important meeting on Mon, Nov 24th at 7PM at the Police Station EOC room.

Piedmont Tech Social – Fri, Dec 5 from 6-9pm @ Veteran’s Hall – The theme is “Coding” and featured speaker is Ali Partovi, co-founder of Code.org. Piedmont Tech Social is a community group, organized by parents. Family and all community members welcome to share favorite coding apps or game. Cost: $10, including dinner. Register here

Girls Leadership Institute January 2015 Workshops for 4th or 5th grade girls. GLI is a national non-profit that helps girls to develop emotional intelligence, resilience and confidence. Each workshop is 90 minutes weekly for 4 weeks. Sponsored by Tri-School parent clubs and offered at elementary school sites. Learn more.

Educational Enrichment & Activities for Kids

June High School Ecology Trip – PHS science teacher Andrew Willats leads June 15-23 trip to Belize with Ecology Project International. Students participate in dolphin research, coral reef, mangrove forest and dense rainforest investigation. (This trip is supported but not sponsored by PUSD) More info: .

Interested in Service Learning in Belize for Spring Break? Find on more on Sun, Nov 23 at a parent/student/family meeting about Global Service Partners and their service-learning opportunity in Belize Apr 3-11. Questions: Aileen Webster Hale @ or 208-860-5894.

Winter 2014 Tri-School Chess Tournament – Dec 13, 9am-12pm in the PHS Library. Presented and proctored by Berkeley Chess; sponsored by the Tri-School ASE group. All levels, novice to expert, are encouraged! Cost: $25. Register now.

6th, 7th & 8th graders – check out new Middle School Debate and Speech Club! Meets Mon 3:10-4:30pm in PMS rm 308 and Wed, 2:15-4pm at 19 Hardwick Ave. Students may attend either or both days. To learn more, click here or email Esther Rogers at .

Check out Tri-School after-school enrichment classes for opportunities at Wildwood, Beach and Havens.

Events & Happenings


Deck the halls for the holidays – festive decor and clothing at Dress Best for Less, 3861 Piedmont Ave, Tue-Sat 11-6. Let it snow with winter apparel at DBFL marking room, 709 Magnolia Ave. Hours: Tues 9-1:30, Wed 9-4, and Sat 10-12. Lots of children’s snow pants, bibs, jackets, boots, hats, and gloves! Adult winter wear too – even sleds! Fill a bag for $10 on Sat, Nov 29 from 10-12 (excludes skiwear and holiday items).

Stay Healthy this winter – get a flu shot at the following local pharmacies: CVS @ 175 41st St 658-4396, shot: $32 (insurance accepted and no appointments necessary); Walgreens @ 3250 Lakeshore Ave, 658-3496, shots: $32; mist: $40; Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy (next to Trader Joe’s) @ 5729 College Ave, 740-1468, shots: $30; for age 65+: $45 (higher dosage).


Teacher Panel on Differentiation & the Common Core on Tues, Dec 2 – ALPS event for K-12 parentsfrom 7-8:30 pm at Havens Library. A panel of Piedmont teachers will share how they work to meet the needs of all learners. More…

Diversity Film Series presents American Promise on Dec 3, 6:30-8:30 at Ellen Driscoll Theater, a documentary recorded over 13 years about two African-American boys in school together in NYC. Learn more.

PHS Winter Dance Concert: Literary Movement on Wed & Thur, Dec 3 & 4 at 7pm – Choreography inspired by literature ranging from Great Gatsby, Harry Potter, Sylvia Plath and T.S. Eliot poetry to children’s classics like Winnie the Pooh and Goodnight Moon. Tix: $8/adults; $5/students & seniors available at the door.

Readmont 2015: Piedmont’s 5th Annual “One City, One Book” project – Join parents, students and the broader community in reading and discussing The Smartest Kids in the World: and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley. Limited no. available for checkout at school libraries, and A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair is offering 20% off. Discussion dates TBD in 2015. More.


To receive a 2014-15 PEF Student Directory, pls join your school Parent Club, if you haven’t already. Limited to parents and guardians, memberships includes access to the PEF Online Directory. To join a Parent Club, pls click here or call 653-1816.

DBFL seeks new Board members! Do you have a hankering for vintage clothing and decor AND one to volunteer in support of our schools? Join this dynamic non-profit organization which manages a thriving resale/thrift shop on Piedmont Ave and a marking room in central Piedmont. Pls email or learn more here.

Support Piedmont Police Explorers training for national competition! We need your help to get there. We are high school students volunteering in PPD uniform to help ensure public safety at civic events like the FallFest 5K and the July 4th Parade. Donations can be made out to Piedmont Police Explorers Post #911 or dropped off at dispatch. More information: Officer Kristina Foster at .

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.

Join Piedmont’s Advanced Learner Program Support (ALPS) – ALPS helped support innovative new programs for teachers and students across PUSD last year. Donations are tax deductible. Visit our web site & calendar or email to learn more.

Join Piedmont Parents Network! PPN is a volunteer organization that facilitates monthly grade level discussion groups for parents of PMS, PHS & MHS students (6-12th grade). PPN’smission is to foster community, communication, support and education. Meetings include relevant speakers and oppty to dialogue with school administration. Membership: $35. More info: please email Karen Franchino at .

Cleaning closets? Recycle and reuse with Dress Best for Less! DBFL Marking Room (709 Magnolia) open on Tues 9-1:30, Wed 9-4, Sat 10-12. Or use the donation bin for easy drop off. Proceeds go to the schools. Tax deduction form on our web site. Stock up on clothing for the whole family, toys, accessories, books, linens, home decor and more. We also have soccer and baseball shoes for only $5.00 each, and some pads and helmets too! Shop 10-noon the last Saturday of every month, and fill a bag for only $10!

Shop with SCRIP – Keep your credit and debit card information current by signing on to your escrip account. Check out the free app, AutoEarn. More info here.

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.

Donations & Service Opportunities

“Mr. K Memorial Scholarship” commemorates beloved MHS teacher Tim Kaihatsu in support of students who aspire to become teachers. A number of Mr. K’s possessions will be auctioned at the MHS auction site. Donations to the scholarship fund may be made online or by check payable to “Millennium High School” noting “Mr K” in the memo line, and sent to PUSD – Mr. K, c/o Michael Brady, 760 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611.

PMS Gleaning: PMS students will gather any surplus fruit from your fruit trees for Food Bank network. Register online. More info: John White at .