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Friday Night Lights: Spring Fling Update
Mark your calendars for April 24 @ the Scottish Rite Temple. Featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live and silent auction to benefit our three elementary schools. Tickets go on sale March 16!

  • Be a sponsor: Parent sponsorships are crucial to the success of the Spring Fling. Any Piedmont parent can be a Spring Fling sponsor by contributing $500 or more. The deadline for sponsorships is March 20.
  • Donate to the live or silent auction: Have a vacation home to share? A special talent or service you’d be willing to donate? Please consider donating an item for the live or silent auction. The deadline for donations is March 20.
  • Visit the Spring Fling website for details on sponsorships, donations, and more. Email or call the Fundraising Office at 653-1816.

    Fall 2015 Enrollment for K – 5th Grade: Tues, March 3 from 8am-3:30pm in Ellen Driscoll. Please bring paper copies of relevant documentation. Parents are required to bring complete immunization records and original birth certificates to show proof of age. Children should not accompany parents for enrollment. Learn more.

    PHS Spring Plays: Thurs-Sun, March 12-15 @ Alan Harvey Theater – Thur/Sat: A Piece of My Heart shares the stories of six women – three nurses, an officer, a singer and a Red Cross Volunteer – serving in Vietnam in the late 1960’s. Fri/Sun: Elemeno Pea is the satire about two sisters, a beach house and the culture and personality clashes that ensue. All shows start at 7:30pm. More info. Gen’l admission: $12; student/senior: $8; reserved seats: $25. Tickets available online

    Piedmont Art Teacher Art Show Opening: March 6, from 6-8pm – Havens, Wildwood, Beach and PHS Art instructors are showing their own art at the Piedmont Community Art Center. Come see what teachers create outside the classroom. Gallery hours: March 7,8,14 and 22 from 12-3pm.

    The 46th Annual Beach Revue: Fri-Sun, March 20-22 – Shows are Fri @ 7:30 PM, Sat @ 7:00 PM, and Sun @ 2:00 PM(matinee). For tix, please email .

    “Pi” Day: March Tech Social on March 14 at 6pm in honor of the upcoming once-every-100-years Epic Pi Day (3.14.15 9:26:53)! Featuring Pi-related activities. Noelle Filippenko will speak about her work organizing National Pi Day. Cost: $5. Hosted by Piedmont Makers in the PMS Multipurpose Room. Learn more, RSVP here

    Dress Best For Less: Doing a little Spring Cleaning? Help the Schools by donating to DBFL! Donation bin located at 799 Magnolia across from PHS.

    Use Scrip for School Events! Coordinating a fundraiser or hosting a Spring Fling Parent Party? Providing coffee/snacks for a Parent Club meeting or goodies to a classroom party? Earn money for our schools and use Scrip (Mulberry’s, Market Hall, Piedmont Grocery, Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods, Starbuck’s, Peet’s, and more) to pay for the refreshments/catering. For more info, email Ellen Fraser @ .

    Nominations for Art Hecht Award Due March 16 Annual award presented to individuals whose volunteer involvement and commitment over time have made a difference to Piedmont’s youth. Nominations are confidential; application found here. More on the District website. The deadline for nominations is 4:30 p.m. on 3/16.

    Events & Happenings

    MARCH

    SAVE THE DATE for Spring Fling – Fri April 24 Dinner, dancing and live auction highlight this beloved annual event raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for our schools. More info: 653-1816.

    Piedmont’s Art is Education Festival – Sat. March 14, 12-3pm. PAINTS hosts K-8 kids and families at Havens Ellen Driscoll Playhouse for creative activities that involve everything from music, drama and art to tech. Volunteers needed! Pls email Kammy Cobb at .

    SAVE THE DATE: PMS March Mingle on Sat, March 21, 6-10pm. Inaugural PMS Parent event in the grand ballroom of a Piedmont Home. Enjoy drinks, appetizers, entertainment and the opportunity to come together to help raise funds supporting PMS student campus life.

    APRIL

    Piedmont Bike Rodeo – Sat, April 18 10-2 at Beach School. Hosted by Piedmont Council Boy Scouts , Piedmont Explorer Post 911 and the Piedmont Police Department with bike safety tips, prizes and an exciting obstacle course. Come and get your bike tuned up!

    SAVE THE DATE: A Night of Magic – Fri, April 17 The Ann Martin Center hosts cocktails, silent and live auction, testimonies and gourmet dinner, followed by a magic show. Proceeds will support programs and services providing psychotherapy and educational support for at-risk youth in the East Bay. 6-11PM at Scottish Rite Center. More info: 655-7880, x304 or .

    ONGOING

    Stay Healthy this winter – get a flu shot at the following local pharmacies: CVS @ 175 41st St 658-4396, shot: $32 (insurance accepted and no appointments necessary); Walgreens @ 3250 Lakeshore Ave, 658-3496, shots: $32; mist: $40; Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy (next to Trader Joe’s) @ 5729 College Ave, 740-1468, shots: $30; for age 65+: $45 (higher dosage).

    “Let it Snow” for ski season with winter apparel at Dress Best for Less, 3861 Piedmont Ave, Tue-Sat 11-6. DBFL marking room, 709 Magnolia Ave. Hours: Tues 9-1:30, Wed 9-4, and Sat 10-12. Lots of children’s snow pants, bibs, jackets, boots, hats, and gloves! Adult winter wear too – even sleds! Fill a bag for $10 on Sat, Nov 29 from 10-12 (excludes skiwear and holiday items).

    To receive a 2014-15 PEF Student Directory, pls 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.

    Compostable Serviceware Products for PUSD Events – Anyone can order earth-friendly plates, bowls, cups, forks/spoons/knives, bags through parent Green Team rep Samantha Miller, , at bulk prices and a 20% school discount (delivered to your event). 100% compostable for the GREEN bin!

    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.

    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

    DBFL seeks new Board member with marketing skills! 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. Work one 2-hour shift 1x/month on Sat, in the marking room, and 7-9pm Board meeting 1x/month. Pls email or learn more here.

    PUSD Wellness Center seeks members for WC Support Committee – The Wellness Center Support Committee has openings for PMS, MHS and PHS parents who want to help with WC school events and the annual FallFest 5K run/walk/stroll. Come join us to have fun and make a difference! More info: Jean Jarvis at or Jodi Beasley at .