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Your gift to the Piedmont schools makes a difference! Funds raised to date: $1,403,838 Parent Participation Level: 55%. Thank you to all who’ve already donated! It’s not too late to contribute. Funds support everything from teachers’ aides and art teachers in the elementary schools to electives in the middle school and AP classes in the high school, not to mention the tech in between. To sustain these programs, we must reach our goal of $1,700,000. Keep our schools strong – donate to the Giving Campaign today!

Give Sees Candy or SCRIP for the Holidays! Sees Candy available in 1 lb gift-wrapped boxes for $18 each at the Fundraising Office (above Police Station in the Veteran’s Bldg) on Thurs, Fri, or Mon between 9:30 and 3:00. Last minute SCRIP certificates are being sold by the SCRIP committee while supplies last! 653-1816.

Piedmont Makers Tech Social: “Disassembly” on Fri, Jan 9 from 6-9pm in PMS Multipurpose Rm. $5/person. Bring devices, toys, tools, etc. for some explorative disassembly. Includes pizza dinner, a short talk, and activity time. Reigster here.

Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir Auditions: Jan. 10 9am-noon in Piedmont. Placement auditions for new students wishing to join. No audition required for young children at the Kinder Dept level, Girls Training 1 class, or for returning students. Enroll directly: 547.4441. More info.

Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby: Sat., Feb 7 – All boys 1st -5th grade, Cub Scouts + non-Scouts, invited to join this fun event from 9am-2pm at the Piedmont Community Church. Scouts get kits from their Pack; non-Scouts can pick up a kit at the Piedmont Scout office (10 Highland Way). Race info: (Rob Kobal). Scouting info: Jeff Lindenmuth, 547-4493.

Events & Happenings

DECEMBER & JANUARY

Celebrate the season with PHS-PMS holiday concerts!

  • PHS Acappella Choir/PMS Rockappella Choir Winter Concert – Wed, Dec 17, 8PM @ Cathedral of Christ the Light, performing a variety of choral music for the holiday season including works by Kodaly, Hogan and traditional carols.

PHS Men’s Soccer Game & Charity Toy Drive Thurs, Dec 18, 6pm at Witter Field. Bring an unwrapped toy and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, true holiday spirit and some great soccer when PHS takes on San Leandro. Go Highlanders! More info: .

Give the Gift of Handmade Soap-Bodywash from the PHS Soap Club to help fund the annual Eileen Rohmer Science Award (Club Advisor/PHS chemistry teacher: Tom Huffaker). 8 and 16oz bottles for $8 in a variety of scents; delivery available. To order, please email size & scent preference to .

District & City Announce Joint Holiday Book Drive – Donate new or gently used books for children who lack access to reading materials. Starting Dec 1, donation bins will be at school sites; also City Hall during regular business hours. Suggested titles here (Books for K-2nd graders emphasized, but 3rd-12th welcome too.) Books to be distributed thru Oakland Rotary’s Kinderprep and the East Bay Children’s Book Project. More…

Keep Your Children Engaged with Books & Fun Activities at the Oakland Public Libraries from Dec 18 – Jan 31. For all ages. Special kick off event with children’s book author Mitali Perkins at the Dimond Branch library on Thurs Dec 11 @ 10:30 am. Learn more here.

Piedmont Scout tree lot with a large selection of fresh SILVERTIPS, NOBLES and DOUGLAS FIRS. Also tree stands, netting, wreaths, garland and ornaments too! Mon-Fri: 4-7:30pm; Sat/Sun: 9am-6pm. Coaches Field at 890 Moraga Ave. Hosted by Piedmont Boy Scouts.

Deck the halls for the holidays – festive decor and clothing at Dress Best for Less, 3861 Piedmont Ave, Tue-Sat 11-6. Let it snow with winter apparel at 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).

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).

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 .

Calling all elementary parents! Is there a summer camp your child has loved? Please share the names of those camps – Spring Fling Camp Auction begins in late January. Ideas or suggestions, pls email or .

Readmont 2015: Piedmont’s 5th Annual “One City, One Book” project – Join parents, students and the broader community in reading and discussing The Smartest Kids in the World: and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley. Limited no. available for checkout at school libraries, and A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair is offering 20% off. Discussion dates TBD in 2015. More.

ONGOING

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.

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.

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.

Educational Enrichment & Activities for Kids

Piedmont Language School and Viva el Espanol are hosting a festive ornament decorating and treat-making party. Take the night off and leave your kids with us on Friday, 12/12 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Piedmont Community Church. Open to all kids. To register, click here

Piedmont Language School sponsors high school essay contest – HS students write on the about the importance of foreign language studies & cultural literacy. Winner gets full scholarship to the PCC Mexico trip this spring. Deadline: Jan 5. Learn more.

Girls Leadership Institute January 2015 Workshops for 4th or 5th grade girls. GLI is a national non-profit that helps girls to develop emotional intelligence, resilience and confidence. Each workshop is 90 minutes weekly for 4 weeks. Sponsored by Tri-School parent clubs and offered at elementary school sites. Learn more.

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

Winter 2014 Tri-School Chess Tournament – Dec 13, 9am-12pm in the PHS Library. Presented and proctored by Berkeley Chess; sponsored by the Tri-School ASE group. All levels, novice to expert, are encouraged! Cost: $25. Register now.

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.

Donations & Service Opportunities

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.

The Sole Objective Projective seeks gently used basketball shoes (any size) for Honduran kids in need. The Sole Objective is coordinated by PHS JV b’ball player Trevor Huffaker, for Eagle Scout Project. Bins located in PHS gym & rm 24. Or email Trevor at for a local pickup.