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New This Week

Education Speaker Series: Preparing Students for the Age of Technology on Tues, Sept 30 7:30-9pm @ PHS. Speakers include: Stephanie Griffin, PUSD’s Director of Instructional Technology; serial entrepreneurs Ali Partovi, Co-Founder of Code.org, and Dion Lim, CEO of Next Lesson; and Kurt Fleischer, Senior Scientist at Pixar Animation Studios. More details here.

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.

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

Events & Happenings

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

Look for The Spotlight, the 2014 review of PUSD, in your mail this week! Produced in collaboration with PEF and APCP, The Spotlight provides updates on the instructional program, facilities, budget, as well as School Board goals and commitments.

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.

The Cub Scouts of Piedmont Council host Air Day at Dracena Park where kids come to create and fly their own aircrafts, from planes to rockets. Sun, Aug 31 from 2-4pm. All children, scouts and non-scouts, are welcome. For more info, visit our website or call Jeff Lindenmuth at 547-4493.

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. NEW class: New Beginnings for baby-preschoolers ages 0-3 on Tue mornings with a caregiver. Fall semester begins the week of Sept 8. Please visit www.piedmontchoirs.org or call 547-4441.

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 .

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

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.

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.

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.

ONGOING

Get ready for school at Dress Best for Less – 709 Magnolia Avenue/DBFL Marking Room Tues 9-1:30, Wed 9-4, Sat 10-12. Teachers – stock up on free* supplies for your class room (*includes books, games and puzzles, and some critters cages for classroom pets). Community – Thank you for the generous donations! Drop off any time in our locked DBFL donation bin. Shop 10-noon the last Saturday of every month, and fill a bag for only $10!

Sign up today to receive local, organic produce from Albert & Eve CSA – A portion of every order goes to support Wildwood or Havens Schools. Flexible orders – customized for your favorite fruits and veggies. Delivered to a home near your school. For WW: pls email or ; for Havens: or . Albert & Eve’s Farm Tour on 8/23 @ 2pm at the Salinas farm and education center. Info: .

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

Fall Baseball + Softball Registration Open 7/28 - 8/25 - Fall Ball is a great way for experienced players to sharpen skills in a game-based format, and at the Pinto baseball/U8 softball level provides a low-key opportunity for less-experienced players to try something new. Registration ends soon so sign up for baseball or softball now! online

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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    PUSD Announcements & Highlights

    New Principal Appointed for Beach Elementary School - PUSD is delighted to welcome Mr. Michael Corritone to our community of learners. On July 1, 2014 the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. Michael Corritone as the new Principal for Egbert W. Beach Elementary School, effective July 1, 2014. Learn more 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, minutes and meeting materials, click here.

    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.

    Recent Highlights:

  • 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.