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New This Week

2014-15 PEF Student Directories are coming out soon! To receive one, 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.

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 .

Shopping for Halloween costumes? Check out Dress Best for Less! at the store at 3861 Piedmont Ave (Tues- Sat 11-6). Or shop 10-noon the last Saturday of every month, and fill a bag for only $10! at the DBFL Marking Room at 709 Magnolia (Tues 9-1:30, Wed 9-4, Sat 10-12).

Educational workshop: Time Management Strategies for Students – Sept 18, 7-8:30pm at Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave. Sponsored by PRAISE, offering practical strategies about daily routines, long-term homework projects, juggling busy schedules faced by children & teens. FREE and open to all families and educators.

Educational Enrichment & Activities

9th-12 graders invited to join Close Up trip to Washington D.C. – Feb 15-21, 2015 with PHS Social Studies teacher Allison Cota (her 17th year with the program). Students experience government in action and gain skills, knowledge, and confidence to be informed, engaged citizens. Close Up Foundation is a leading national nonprofit, nonpartisan civic education organization. Cost: $2001, includes transportation, hotel, meals and tuition. Scholarships available. Questions: or students may find Ms. Cota in PHS rm 17.

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 .

Tri-School after-school enrichment classes still have openings! Check out opportunities at Wildwood, Beach and Havens.

Advanced dominoes for 5th, 6th & 7th Graders at Havens rm 340 on Fridays from 3:15-4pm. More info: . Register online.

Sign Up for Dance Class – Learn tap, jazz, hip hop, Broadway, and novelty styles of dance. Classes are on Wednesdays at the Veterans Hall and are open to girls grades K-12. For more information, call Sharlyn McIntyre at 339-8877.

Piedmont Language School Spanish and Mandarin Classes still have openings
– Spanish is taught onsite at each elementary school before and after school by our partner Viva el Español. Mandarin is offered on Tues & Thurs at Piedmont Community Church from 3:25-4:25pm. Kindergartn programs available for both. Classes begin the week of Sept 22. Register and learn more online. Contact: 652-5229 or .

Events & Happenings

SEPTEMBER

Piedmont Makers kickoff meeting – Thurs, Sept 18 at 7pm in the Havens Library. Join to discuss 2014-2015 Piedmont Makers goals, district tech update, new initiatives, the 2nd annual Mini Maker Faire, and more! Parents, students & staff welcome.

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. Sept 18: Bullying, Cyber-bullying & Suicide Risk. Learn more.

Havens Community Service Crew hosts California Coastal Cleanup – Sat, Sept 20 from 9am-12noon. Join Havens CS Crew and Asst Principal Ken Taylor at for this popular event. All Piedmont elementary students and families are invited! Email for details/permission slips (incl name, grade, schl).

Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity Conference – Sept 20, 9:30am-6pm at Piedmont Veterans Hall, 401 Highland Ave. Learn more. Cost: $20-$35 (discounts for Piedmont residents). Purchase tix at EventBrite.

Pancakes & Art at Beach – Sun, Sept 21 from 9am-Noon – “Promote Art In the Schools” aka PAINTS is sponsoring the Chalk Art Festival at the Beach School in conjunction with the 9th Annual Beach Dads Club Pancake Breakfast. Have breakfast and then unleash your inner artist! Pancake tix at the door: $8/adults and $5/kids. Chalk boxes are $10. PAINTS questions/volunteers, email Ann Van Gelder at .

Rec Dept Movie in the Park – Fri, Sept 26: The Lego Movie. From dusk (7:30 or 7:45) – 9:45pm. FREE family fun! In Piedmont Main Park, 711 Highland Avenue.

Register Now for FallFest 5K: Saturday, September 27 – Kick off Harvest Festival Weekend by joining this fun run/walk/stroll through the streets of Piedmont. The FF5K to benefit and raise awareness of the PUSD Wellness Center. Learn more and register here.

Education Speaker Series: Preparing Students for the Age of Technology on Tues, Sept 30 7:30-9pm @ PHS. Speakers include: Stephanie Griffin, PUSD Dir. of Instructional Technology; serial entrepreneurs Ali Partovi, Co-Founder of Code.org, Dion Lim, CEO of Next Lesson; and Kurt Fleischer, Senior Scientist at Pixar Animation Studios. PUSD parents/guardians subscribe via online registration. Learn more.

OCTOBER

General Election Forum: Thurs, Oct 9 – 7:30-9pm at Piedmont City Hall. Moderated by Lianne Campodonico, League of Women Voters. The Forum will examine state and local ballot measures + provide an opportunity to hear from candidates running for local offices on Nov. 4. View on KCOM-TV, channel 27.

Register to Vote for November Election – Have you moved? Changed your name or party? Will you be 18 by November 4? If so, you need to register to vote. Here are 3 easy ways: online; apply at Piedmont City Hall, or visit League of Women Voters booth at the 9/20 Harvest Festival. Deadline for Nov 4 election is Oct 20.

CHIME Student Recital on Oct 24, 7pm at Ellen Driscoll – All students interested in performing on any musical instrument, for an audience of supportive peers and parents, pls contact Tom Nemeth at . Duets, larger groups and singers welcome too! Sponsored by CHIME.

SAVE the DATE! – EBAC Auxiliary Masquerade Ball is Sat, Oct 25. 15th annual Masquerade Ball to benefit the East Bay Agency for Children will be held at the University Club atop Cal Memorial Stadium. To reserve tix or learn more, pls call Julie West at 844-6708. Tix also available online.

ONGOING

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: . 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.

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 .

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Sports Events & Happenings

Piedmont Middle School Fall sports now open! Sign up online or by phone 420-3070 for the following:

  • Cross Country: 6th - 8th Grades
    8/25 - 11/6, Mon - Thu, from 3:15-4:45pm
  • Flag Football
    6th Gr. Intramural - Sept 8 - Oct 23, Mon - Thu 3:30 - 5pm
    Evaluations Sept 3 & Sept 4 from 3:30-5pm
    7th/8th Gr. Traveling (PMS Students Only) - Sept. 3 - Oct. 21; Practice: Mon - Thurs from 6:15 - 7:30am; Games: 4pm
  • Volleyball
    6th Gr. Developmental Volleyball - Sept. 8 - Oct. 23 on Mon, Wed & Thurs from 3:30-5pm;
    7th/8th Gr. Traveling (PMS Students Only) on Sept 8 - Oct 24; Mon - Thurs from 3:15-6pm; Pre-Season Clinic - Aug. 26 & 27 from 3:15-5:30pm
  • Basketball
    6th Grade Intramural - Dec 1 - Feb 7 from 6-9pm, Sat TBA; 6th Evaluations - Nov 3 from 6:30-8:30pm;
    7th/8th Gr. Traveling (PMS Students Only): practice & games Mon - Thurs from 3:15 - 6pm; Girls - Oct 27 - Jan 29; Boys - Dec 1 - Mar 19;
    Mandatory evaluations from 6:30 - 8:30pm: for Girls - Oct 22 & 23; for Boys - Nov 12 & 13

  • Fall Registration Is Open For Skyline Lacrosse for boys and girls from ages 7-14. Go to Skyline Lacrosse for more information.

    Badminton Open Gym - Volunteer coaches needed. Contact David Siu. Check the Piedmont Badminton webpage for dates and times.

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    PUSD Announcements & Highlights

    What's the difference between Infinite Campus and Online Registration?
    IC is the secure PUSD student information system, and OR is the secure online system for school purchases, donations and membership dues to Parent Clubs and support groups. Access to both are password protected and limited to parents and guardians. Problems with IC login, please click here, and with OR login, please click here or email .

    Message from Tri-School Principals & Director of Curriculum & Instruction on Common Core and new approaches to homework. More...

    Call for School Support Tax Subcommittee members - Apply by Fri, Oct 17 for seat on Advisory Subcommittee for the School Support Tax (Measure A) passed by the voters in March 2013. More...

    Budget Advisory Committee Meeting - Thurs, Oct 9 3:30-5pm in the District Boardroom. Learn more about the District budget and budget planning process. More...

    Check out Piedmont's school spirit in this video of the first day of the 2014-15 school year.

    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, minutes and meeting materials, click here.

    Upcoming Meetings:

  • Tues, NOT Wed, Sept 23 - Agenda (subject to change) includes review of modernization plans; Alan Harvey Theater options.

  • Recent Highlights:

  • Wed, Sept 10 - Revised 2014-15 Budget and 2013-14 Unaudited Actuals; contract for new business manager Song Chin-Bindib; resolution regarding state limits on district's budget reserves, aka "Local Reserves Cap."
  • Wed, Aug 20 - Revised 14-15 budget; CSEA agreement; review of Pedestrian/Bike Plan draft
  • Tues, July 1 - Special board meeting for board member assignments; Andrea Swenson appointed President and Sarah Pearson Vice President.

  • 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.

    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.