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Piedmont’s Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of the next Superintendent of schools, Randall Booker. He will begin serving as Superintendent starting on July 1, 2015. The selection process was truly a community effort… More on the PUSD website.

Do Your Thing for Spring Fling! Buy your tickets now before they sell out!

PUSD Announcement: Enrollment open for 2015-16 for all K-12 students new to the District and is required for any student who did NOT attend a PUSD school in the 2014-15 school year. Please enroll as soon as possible…. Read more.

Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee’s “Community Night” at Yoshi’s Jack London – Thurs, April 30 at 8pm. Featuring headliner Mingus Amungus, led by Piedmont resident Miles Perkins; “Together We Slam,” spoken word poetry from PHS/PMS students; and Piedmont singer/songwriter Mike Rufo with reggae artist Far I Shields. Cost: $25/gen’l; $20/student. Tix available online

“California’s K-12 Public Education System: How Are Things Going, Really?” – Fri, May 8 at 11:30am. Join Piedmont LWV’s Lunch & Annual Meeting to hear David Sapp, Dir of Education Advocacy/Legal Counsel for CA ACLU, discuss Common Core, Local Control Funding Formula, charters, school facilities and more. Meeting @ 10am; speaker @ 11:30am. Speaker is FREE; Lunch + Speaker = $25/advance; $30/door. At the home of Sue Smegal, 107 King Ave. More info.

Tech Social: Games & Music – April 3, 6-8:30pm, PMS MPR. Get social with your tech friends! More social than tech, participants should bring favorite card games, board games, or musical instruments. Hosted by Piedmont Makers & Tech Social. Cost: $5, includes pizza. Register in advance to make sure there’s enough pizza! Sign up here.

Events & Happenings

MARCH

PUSD Wellness Center: “Helping Kids Navigate Social Pressures in Middle and High School” in the PHS library on Thur, March 26, 7:30-9PM, with optional 7-7:15PM tour of Wellness Center. Director Ting Hsu Engelman & Clinical Director Dr. Alisa Crovetti discuss services, programs and how peer leadership supports positive school climate.

Rec. Dept Bunny Blast is Back! Sat. March 28 Children 2 to 7 years of age are welcome to hunt for eggs, search for treasures, and more. 9:30-11am in the Piedmont Main Park, 711 Highland Ave. Cost: $5/participant (incl all activities). Register here.

Piedmont Makerspace Arduino Day! Sat, March 28 from 12-3pm – Part of Piedmont Makers, Makerspace celebrates Worldwide Arduino day with cool electronics projects. What’s Arduino Day? Learn more and find FREE tix and Arduino kits for sale here Science teachers will also be on hand to mentor projects for the upcoming Science Fairs and Mini Maker Faire.

Boy Scout Open Houses throughout March – Learn more about Troops 4, 6, 11, 100 and 15. Dates and more info here.

Spire Youth Troop & Shattered Circus Performances – Saturdays & Sundays throughout March. Featuring performances by local Piedmont students. At Kinetic Arts Center at 785 7th Street, Oakland. Purchase tix here.

APRIL

SAVE THE DATE: A Night of Magic – Fri, April 17 The Ann Martin Center hosts cocktails, silent and live auction, testimonies and gourmet dinner, followed by a magic show. Proceeds will support programs and services providing psychotherapy and educational support for at-risk youth in the East Bay. 6-11PM at Scottish Rite Center. More info: 655-7880, x304 or .

Piedmont Bike Rodeo – Sat, April 18 10-2 at Beach School. Hosted by Piedmont Council Boy Scouts , Piedmont Explorer Post 911 and the Piedmont Police Department with bike safety tips, prizes and an exciting obstacle course. Come and get your bike tuned up!

Piedmont Water Conservation Showcase & Open House: Wed, Apr 22, 6-8pm @ Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave. Find out how to save more water, better recycle green waste, and make the most of new home solar and electric car options! Facilitated by PMS students, this will be a fun, lively and informative evening for the whole family. Co-sponsored by Piedmont Connect, the League of Women Voters Piedmont, and StopWaste.org.

Friday Night Lights! Spring Fling – Fri April 24 Dinner, dancing and live auction highlight this beloved annual event raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for our schools. Visit the Spring Fling website for details on sponsorships, donations, and more.

ONGOING

DBFL has all the goods! Desk & chair set! Dining table w/ leaves & 8 chairs! Lighting, kitchen equipment, sports and scout uniforms, and more. Check out the Dress Best For Less Marking Room at 799 Magnolia across from PHS. Proceeds benefit the schools.

Use Scrip for School Events! Coordinating a fundraiser or hosting a Spring Fling Parent 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: .

Stay Healthy this season – 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).

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.

Compostable Serviceware Products for PUSD Events – Anyone can order earth-friendly plates, bowls, cups, forks/spoons/knives, bags through parent Green Team rep Samantha Miller, , at bulk prices and a 20% school discount (delivered to your event). 100% compostable for the GREEN bin!

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.

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

DBFL seeks new Board member with marketing skills! 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. Work one 2-hour shift 1x/month on Sat, in the marking room, and 7-9pm Board meeting 1x/month. Pls email or learn more here.

PUSD Wellness Center seeks members for WC Support Committee – The Wellness Center Support Committee has openings for PMS, MHS and PHS parents who want to help with WC school events and the annual FallFest 5K run/walk/stroll. Come join us to have fun and make a difference! More info: Jean Jarvis at or Jodi Beasley at .