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New This Week

Diversity Film Series: INEQUALITY FOR ALL – this Wed, April 23 at 7PM free at Ellen Driscoll Playhouse on 325 Highland. Robert Reich, UC Berkeley economist and former Sec’y of Labor under Clinton, discusses recent history, and the mix of laws and policies that have created wealth gaps between the richest 1% and everyone else. Reception at 6:30; film screening at 7pm; community discussion at 8:45pm. Sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, Piedmont LWV & DiversityWorks. More….

PHS Dance Concert “Tarzan”: Thur-Sat, May 1-3 at Alan Harvey Theater featuring contemporary dance with an African influence; appropriate for whole family. Choreography by PHS students will follow Tarzan. Showtimes: 5/1 @ 7:30pm, 5/2 @ 4pm & 8pm, 5/3 @ 8pm. Tix: $10/adults, $8/Students. Fri 4pm matinee prices: $7/$5. Purchase tix at the door. Free admission to K-5 students with art or writing about what dance means to them. Info: .

Piedmont Mini Maker Faire Call for Projects – Deadline is May 2! Faire is May 31 from 11am-3pm and is open to all PUSD K-12 students and parents. Project ideas for the 1st Annual Piedmont Mini Maker Faire are due Fri, May 2. Submit your project idea online.

Register for Piedmont Language School Fall program before May 31 and receive $50 savings! PLS immersion Spanish program in partnership with Viva el Español offers K-6 before/after schools at/near each school. From Sept 22- June 5. Register online. Check out K-6 multi-level Mandarin Program online.

Advanced Learners’ News: Read PUSD’s draft for proposed PMS & PHS Common Core Math progressions. Learn how proposed changes may affect middle school and high school math progressions for advanced learners on the ALPS website.

Events & Happenings

APRIL

Hats Off! Spring Fling 2014 – Fri, April 25 at the Scottish Rite Temple. Let’s tip our hats to our teachers, administrators and schools at this festive night. Wear your favorite hat for dinner, dancing, and fundraising, to the DJ stylings of the legendary Diamond Dave.

Spring Fling News:

  • ONLINE AUCTION IS OPEN! Check out great items in the Arts & Culture, Sports & Fitness and Food and Wine categories. LIVE AUCTION lots are coming together: Maserati, Green Day Sign Guitar, and more.
  • Bid on Luxurious Yacht Experience in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas – 5 nights for 4 people on the Esma Sultan II, a gorgeous Turkish Gulet. This boat has four beautifully appointed cabins and has a full staff including an English-speaking captain, a chef and two deckhands. This trip is set for June 21- June 26, 2014. Learn more about this special opportunity here.

Party in the Park – Piedmont Beautification Foundation celebrates 50th Anniversary on Sun, April 27 with photography exhibit, “Intimate Views of Piedmont.” Photographers of all ages welcome in this non-judged show. Learn more or email Dee Dee Street at by 3/10.

The Rec Dept Presents: The Magic of Play: The Neuroscience of Child Driven Play – Wed, April 30 at 7:30pm at the Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave. Join Stephanie Rafanelli as she shares new research from neuroscience, education, and psychology about the importance of free play in a child’s life. Childcare ($10/child, reg code: 1001.488) available with early registration.

MAY

Piedmont Language School’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – Thur, May 1 from 5 to 7pm at Piedmont Community Hall. With entertainment, taco truck, margaritas, and fun activities for the whole family. Support language and cultural education in our schools and community! More…. Discount for early registration or send a check to PLS, P.O. Box 11092, Piedmont, CA 94611. Advanced tix: $50/family (up to 5), $25/adult, $12/kids.

Center for Elders’ Independence’s PACE Party Fundraiser on Thur, May 1 from 6-9pm at Piedmont Community Church, featuring Barbara Llewellyn Catering and honoring Carol Johnson of St. Mary’s Center. Cost: $150. Proceeds support the CEI Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) for frail EastBay seniors. More info: .

Presentation on College Support Programs for Students with Special Needs – Tues, May 6 at 7PM at Room 30 at PHS. Sandra Brod, Director of PHS College & Career Center will discuss college programs that support students with special needs and learning differences. Learn more here. RSVP to .

ALPS Panel: Meeting the needs of all learners in the classroom – Thur, May 8 from 7-8:30pm at Havens Library. A panel of Piedmont’s teachers will share experiences of how they work to meet the needs of students advanced in classroom subjects. Moderated by Piedmont parent, Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed. More…

Join the effort and study to help prevent Sudden Oak Syndrome on May 10 – Have your backyard trees sampled by researchers at the UofC. PHS students will survey for Bay Laurel trees and submit the samples to the UC lab for analysis with results provided later. Contact: Garrett Keating at 705-3268 or

ONGOING

Academy of Integrated Studies and Community Engagement (A.I.S.C.E.) returns this summer with new courses. Looking for summer opportunities for your high school student? Think Local! Build Connections in our community. AISCE (“ace”) is a service-learning program for students entering 9th-12th grades. “Inclusive Communities”, “Math for All”, and “iVamos!” and “Farm to Table” will be offered again this summer along with new courses: “Be The Change.” Learn more. AISCE Director: Ashley English, ; brochure.

Register for 2014 APCP K-12 Summer Enrichment now! summer classes online. Summer Enrichment Principal: Stephanie Griffin (); APCP K-12 Summer Enrichment Brochure

New for 2014! Buenos Dias! Spanish Classes come to APCP Summer Enrichment Program! Piedmont Language School/Viva el Espanol join efforts with the Associated Parent Clubs of Piedmontto bring you Piedmont’s High-quality, Fun Alternative to Summer School! Register online.

Educate Our State’s Proposed “Protection of Local Schools Revenues Act” EOS needs your help! We have until mid-April to qualify this important initiative for the Nov 2014 ballot. To volunteer, email . Learn more.

News from Dress Best For Less – Drop off non-breakable household items and resalable clothing any time in our new locked donation bin – 799 Magnolia. Shop for ski wear and more – Tues, 9-1:30, Wed, 9-4pm, and Sat, 10-noon.

PRAISE offers “After-School Scholarships” to families of special-needs students who need the support of an aide to participate successfully in an after-school enrichment class. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Buy Fresh Organic Fruits & Veggies – Support Havens! Fruit and veggie boxes delivered on Tuesdays across from Havens. More info: Melissa Montalbano at or 925-577-5900 or visit Albert and Eve’s website.

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.

Donations & Service Opportunities

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

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Sports Events & Happenings

Piedmont Baseball and Softball Foundation A’s Night 2014 - Fri, May 9 at the Coliseum at 5:30PM. A's take on the Washington Nationals. It's not too late to sign up! Cost is $45.00/person or 4 tix for $175, includes tail-gate catered by Slow Hand BBQ. Make checks payable to Piedmont Baseball and Softball Foundation; send with the order form below to A's Nite Coordinator, yr coach or to Danielle Hilton. Info: Danielle Hilton at 219-9062 or .

PHS Woman's Basketball Coach Gardere's Annual Summer Basketball camps for boys/girls, 1st-5th & 6th-8th grades, Coach Gardere & staff help young players learn the fundamentals of basketball. Session 1: June 16-19; Session 2: Aug 4-7; 9-noon at PHS Binks Gym. Cost: $150. Email for more info or click here.

15th Annual Purple & White Summer Basketball Camps - Sponsored by Rec Dept. & PHS Men's Varsity B'Ball coach Chris Lavdiotis. Session #1: June 23-26, 1-5PM; Session #2: July 14-17, 9AM-1PM. Coed, ages 9-14. Cost: $179. Email or call 420-3074 to register. Questions: Coach Lavdiotis 433-2600 or .

PSC 2014 Fall Soccer Registration Now Open to All - Registration fee is $120 per player for U6 and $195 per player for age groups U8 through U19. Register online here.

Middle School Evening Tennis this spring! Beginning/Intermediate (Wed 7-8:30pm) and Intermediate/Advanced (Tues & Thurs 7-8:30pm) classes with Coach Jim Landes. Hosted by the Rec Dept. To register, click here. More info: David Weisgerber at .

NFL Flag by East Bay Flag Football - Sun afternoons, Apr 27 - June 22 from 1-5pm at Witter Field. An exciting, safe and fun-filled game of 5 on 5 flag football; every player is eligible to receive the ball; no contact & no blocking. More info: www.eastbayflag.com.

Athletic Base Conditioning (ABC) for active adults - 6-7AM on Mon/Thurs at Witter Field. Created by UofC Strength & Conditioning Coach Brian Rutherford; gives fitness building blocks for life long pursuit of activities you love. More...

Badminton Open Gym Schedule varies by date. Volunteer coaches needed. Contact David Siu. Check the Piedmont Badminton webpage for dates and times.

Education Research and Reports

Just the Facts: Financing California's Public Schools
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How the World's Most Improved School Systems Keep Getting Better
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Emergency Info

Yes on Measure H

School & Community Highlights

Education, Safety & Accessibility: Learn about Measure H and the proposed plans to upgrade and make the High School Theater, aka Alan Harvey Theater, safe and accessible to all.

Alan Harvey Open House this Sunday, April 27 The facility will be open from 1-4pm; 800 Magnolia Ave.

PUSD Information and FAQs about the Theater and the upcoming June 2014 Measure H bond election can be found here.

  • For FAQs about "accessibility," click here.
  • For info about PUSD's previous bonds and capital improvements, please read Financial Summary of the Seismic Safety Bond Program, here.
  • Please email with more questions.

  • Learn about Common Core Standards, the new K-12 educational standards being adopted in schools nationwide. PUSD website has articles, videos and other sources of information here. PUSD is hosting forums on Common Core and new assessment systems throughout the year.

  • Common Core Curriculum Forum - Apr 24 & May 29. All meetings are 3:30-5:00pm in the PHS Student Center.
  • Common Core Math Standards Discussions & Reports Attend, learn and join the many upcoming discussions about the new math standards and course sequencing: Apr 24, May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 28. More details, location, times here.
  • Common Core Math FAQs.
  • Learn about proposed CC Math progressions here

  • School Board Updates - Learn more on the PUSD website. Meetings are Wed evenings (generally 1-2x/month) at 7pm at City Hall, 120 Vista. Watch board meetings live on KCOM, channel 27, or later by video archive . For agendas and meeting materials, click here.

  • Next Meeting: Wed, May 14
  • Wed, April 9 Highlights include facilities green standards; facilities use fee structure; school site safety plans; student accountability reports; approval of the 2% Parcel Tax escalator and a review of 13-14 District goals.
  • Highlights from Wed, March 26 - Approval of Measure A parcel tax escalator; review of new computer-based assessment system, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) to replace STAR tests; final public hearing for CSEA contract openers; & announcement of Art Hecht winner, Ray Perman.

  • LCFF: Jerry Brown's New School Funding Formula - Get a sense of what it means for Piedmont here. For more specifics about LCFF, please visit EdSource.

    Access to PEF Student Directories Online Directory comes with $60 membership to your Parent Club, along with a hard copy directory. Not yet a registered member? Join online or call 653-1816. Membership is limited to parents and guardians of students.

    Exemptions to Measure A School Support Tax Homeowners who reside on their property and qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may learn more about the application process here.

    In the News

    Prop 30 Passes: California Votes to Fund Education - Learn more in Bloomberg/Business Week and the SF Chronicle.

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