New This Week

Support Piedmont Schools Today: Make Your Donation to the Piedmont Giving Campaign
Thank you to everyone who has already donated to The Giving Campaign. Funds raised to date: $519,166. Parent Participation Level: 18%. It’s a strong start, but our goal is $1.6M for our schools with 100% participation. It’s up to all of us to do our part to help maintain Piedmont’s strong schools. Lawn signs start sprouting in Nov – show your support! Contributions in any amount make a difference and flexible payment options are available: Learn more.

Calling all Empty Nesters! 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.

Check out Piedmont’s Tech Social on Fri, Nov 7 from 6-10pm at Veteran’s Hall. The theme is “Maker” and includes a social hour, pizza dinner, a short “show-and-tell” of a programmable dance floor, and fun with hands-on projects. Fee: $10 (includes dinner). All are welcome! More info: or click here.

PHS Theater: The Foreigner & She Kills Monsters Nov 13 – 16 – The Foreigner, an old-fashioned comedy that celebrates our curiosity and empathy for the outsider, on Thu/Sat 11/13 + 11/15 (ages 7 and up) and She Kills Monsters, a darkly comedic fantasy that delves into the world of role-playing games, on Fri/Sun 11/14 + 11/16 (PG) All times 7:30. Tix & info here.

PRAISE Book Club: Learning Outside the Lines on Nov 20 at 7pm. Author Jonathan Moody writes about two Ivy League Students with ADHD and learning differences and the tools for academic success. Please RSVP to .

High School Ecology Trip: June 15-23 – PHS science teacher Andrew Willats leads a trip to Belize with Ecology Project International. Students participate in dolphin research, coral reef, mangrove forest and dense rainforest investigation. Space is limited. (This trip is supported but not sponsored by PUSD) More info: .

Reminder: 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.

Educational Enrichment & Activities for Kids

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


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).


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 709 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.


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.

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 .