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New This Week

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 and students welcome.

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 .

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 .

Events & Happenings

SEPTEMBER

Celebrate PMS Learnscape Lunchpark Fri, Sept 5 at 4pm at PMS, in memory of Piedmont citizen and school supporter Bill Drum. Hosted by PEF and PMS.

Highlander Classic Golf+Tennis Tournament: Fri, Sept 12 – Piedmont Boosters Club invites you to the 7th annual tournament with Honorary Chairs Margaret and Matt Heafey. Proceeds provide funding for all PHS athletic programs. Tix here.

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 and permission slips. (Pls incl student names, grades, 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.

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.

Join your school Parent Club to receive a 2014-15 PEF Student Directory! Membership includes access to the PEF Online Directory. Not yet a registered member? Parents may join thru online registration or call 653-1816. Membership is limited to parents and guardians of students.

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.

Rec Dept Movies in the Park – Stay tuned for upcoming features. From dusk (8:30 – 8:45 p.m.) – 10:30 p.m. Piedmont Main Park, 711 Highland Avenue. FREE family fun! Movies in September (12th and 26th) will run from 7:30pm – 7:45pm (dusk) – 9:45 pm.

OCTOBER

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

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.

Educational Enrichment & Activities

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.

Sing, learn music, make friends, have fun with award-winning Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir! Now enrolling, auditions for new students by appointment on Sat, Sept 6 in Pdmt. Rehearsals after school in Pdmt. Fall semester begins the week of Sept 8. Please visit www.piedmontchoirs.org or call 547-4441.

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 .

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.

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

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

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    Next Meeting: Wed, Sept 10 at 7pm - Agenda (subject to change) includes revised 2014-15 Budget and 2013-14 Unaudited Actuals; Alan Harvey Theater options.

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  • 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.

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