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PEF’s Third Annual Empty Nest Party – Thurs, Nov 6 from 6-8pm at a private home. Piedmont Ed Foundation invites parents of all PUSD alums to connect with old friends & neighbors at this fun community event. Featuring wine, appetizers, music by PHS jazz quartet Deja Voodoo. RSVP here or call 653-1816.

PHS Homecoming this Fri, Oct 24 – Highlanders vs Mt Eden @ 7PM at Witter Field – Cheer on the undefeated Highlanders (7-0) and bring the whole family! Learn more.

2014 Giving Campaign: Donate Today! – Funds raised to date: $418,869.27 and we are at 23% parent participation. Donations support librarians in all our school libraries, technology in all of our classrooms, and teacher support through professional development + teacher aides. Lawn signs start sprouting in Nov – show your support! Contributions in any amount make a difference and flexible payment options are available: Learn more. Don’t wait…Donate!

Educational Enrichment & Activities for Kids

Don’t miss – Piedmont’s Haunted House on Oct 22 – Oct 24! Get ready to be scared and delighted by the Rec Dept’s Schoolhouse of Horror! Walk along new paths as you are guided through twists and turns you have never seen before! At 358 Hillside Ave in Piedmont. Cost: $5/participant.

Calling 1st Grade boys for Tiger Cub Twilight Camp – Oct 22-24, 7-8:30pm at Dracena Park. Come check out a range of activities – race a boat, make a s’more, talk to firemen. More info: here or call Jeff Lindenmuth at 547-4493, #2.

Rec Dept Magic Show featuring Magic Dante – Fri, Oct 24 at the PMS Buzz Redford Gym. Enjoy a family evening of magic for all ages. Show Start Times: 7:30 & 8pm (740 Magnolia Ave). Cost: $2/participant.

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.

PLS/Viva el Espanol: Field Trip to Día de los Muertos Community Concert at Davies Symphony Hall on Nov 1 – Transport your children to another culture right in their back yard. Pre-concert festivities @ 1 pm include refreshments, children’s activities, and colorful displays celebrating Día de los Muertos. Concert @ 2 pm. This event sells out every year: Buy tix now.

9th-12 graders invited to join Close Up trip to Washington D.C. – Feb 15-21, 2015 with PHS Social Studies teacher Allison Cota. Students experience government in action and gain skills, knowledge, and confidence to be informed, engaged citizens. Cost: $2001, incl hotel, meals, transportation & tuition. Scholarships available. Questions: or visit 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 .

Check out Tri-School after-school enrichment classes for opportunities at Wildwood, Beach and Havens.

Events & Happenings

OCTOBER

Diversity Film Series: “Loving Lampposts” on Wed, Oct 22 @ Ellen Driscoll. FREE screening of documentary film about autism. Co-sponsored by PRAISE. 6:30pm Reception; 7pm Screening; 8:30 Q & A with PRAISE Reps. Learn More.

EBAC Auxiliary Masquerade Ball on 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.

2014-15 PEF Student Directories are in! 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.

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).

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. Registration deadline for Nov 4 election is Oct 20.

NOVEMBER

Dress Best For Less Annual Ski Sale – Sat, Nov 1 from 10-12pm in the Marking Room across from PHS. Also: Shop now for Halloween costumes. Tues-Sat, 11 – 6 at the DBFL store @ 3861 Piedmont Ave or at the Marking Room at 799 Magnolia Ave on Tues 9-1:30, Wed 9-4 and Sat 10-12.

PRAISE event: Make Social Learning Stick – Thu, Nov 6 from 7-8:30pm; PHS Library. Elizabeth Sautter of Communication Works will present, “Make Social Learning Stick: How to Nurture Social Competence Through Daily Routines and Activities.” Topics include: the basics of social regulation; practical strategies for skill development and reinforcement; and teachable moments. FREE. More info here.

Education Speaker Series – Tues, Nov 18: The Physiology of Sleep with nationally-known sleep specialist Dr. Jerold Kram. Learn practical ways to promote healthy sleep habits, critically important for health, development and life-long wellness. 7:30 at PHS Alan Harvey Theater. PUSD parents & guardians subscribe via online registration. Learn more.

ONGOING

DBFL seeks new Board members! 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. Pls email or learn more here.

Renew Your Safeway Clubcard with eScrip by Oct 31 – Renew or register your Clubcard before the end of October in order for Piedmont schools to reap the benefits of your debit card, cash, or scrip card purchases. Safeway no longer gives us a percentage if you use a credit card, so please use another form of payment. More info.

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 .

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.

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.

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

“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 .