New This Week

New to the Piedmont Schools? Come to the New Parent Welcome Party – Tonite, Wed, Oct 1 at 7:30pm! Learn how to get involved at your child’s school. Meet PUSD staff and parents, new and veteran, at this festive event hosted at a private home. For details and location, RSVP to 653-1816 or to .

2014-15 PEF Student Directories are coming out soon! 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.

Parent Information Night for Parents of Advanced Learners – Thurs, Oct 16, 7-8:30pm @ Havens Library. Learn about resources for students as Asst Supt Booker and Dir of Curriculum & Instruction Dr Wozniak discuss how changes to curriculum and technology affect differentiation in the classroom. Hosted by ALPS and PUSD.

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.

Havens Book Fair – Tues-Thurs, Oct 7-9 in Ellen Driscoll. Hours: Tues & Thurs 1:45-5pm, Wed 1:45-4pm & again from 6-8pm for “Family Night” when dinner can be purchased from the taco truck! Newly released titles (including “Blood of Olympus”) and other great choices for fall and winter reading. Thank you to our vendor Books, Inc. More info: .

Educational Enrichment & Activities

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


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).

Celebrate everyday reading at WW Bookfair – thru Thur, Oct 2! To lead better lives, encourage everyday reading. Wed 1:50-5pm; Thur 3-8pm (Dad’s Club BBQ @ 5:30pm). More info: Marsha Sohn, .

General Election Forum: Thurs, Oct 9 – 7:30-9pm at Piedmont City Hall. Moderated by Lianne Campodonico, League of Women Voters. The Forum will examine state and local ballot measures + provide an opportunity to hear from candidates running for local offices on Nov. 4. View on KCOM-TV, channel 27.

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, or visit League of Women Voters booth at the 9/20 Harvest Festival. Deadline for Nov 4 election is Oct 20.

Tri-School Community Service – Oct 18, 10am-12pm @ Ursula Village homeless shelter for harvesting and replanting raised bed gardens. Sponsored by Havens Crew; open to all Piedmont students and families. Email your child’s name, school, grade to . Pls indicate if ok to post to our blog. Details and waivers will be emailed back. Learn more on our blog.

Jr. Cheerleaders Camp – join the PHS Varsity Cheerleaders by learning cheers to perform at the PHS Homecoming Game. Sundays, Oct 12 & 19, 1-3pm at PMS Morrison Gym; Friday, Oct 24 at Witter for PHS Homecoming. Cost: $50 (enrollment is limited to 25). More info & to register: Cora Wood at . Proceeds benefit the PHS Varsity Cheer Team.

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.

Education Speaker Series – Po Bronson, author of Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Parenting on Tues, Oct 24 7:30-9pm @ PHS Alan Harvey Theater. Co-author of New York Times best-seller Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children, explores the science of parenting, contradicting conventional wisdom about parenting practices. PUSD parents/guardians subscribe via online registration. Learn more.

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.

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.

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: . 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 .