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Archive for January, 2009

Retro Fever! Catch it this spring!

Posted by Len Gilbert on January 28, 2009

Spring Fling 2009 this year is going retro…with Retro Fever!

click to visit the Spring Fling siteGet your calendar set—you won’t want to miss this great event of food, drink, and auctions.

Join this year’s committee, Susan Ormond and Lisa Gardner-Event Co-Chairs; Tri-School Representatives Valerie Villanueva and Kirsten Merit (Beach); Vicky O’Bresly (Havens); and Lynne Hosler (Wildwood) for this great event and help support our excellent elementary school programs.

Retro Fever
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Sequoyah Country Club
4550 Heafey Road, Oakland

For more information, download the press release and visit the Spring Fling website at www.piedmontspringfling.org.

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Former PHS Music Teacher, Alan Harvey Passes

Posted by Len Gilbert on January 28, 2009

Alan Harvey, former Piedmont High School music teacher, died Tuesday in Incline, NV. Mr Harvey was director of Music at Incline High School since 2008.  Mr Harvey previously taught in Piedmont for 21 years and the Alan L. Harvey theater is named after him. He was a graduate of Holy Names University in Oakland.

More information about Mr Harvey’s passing is available from the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza website.

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Support the Schools—and have some fun!

Posted by Len Gilbert on January 27, 2009

Two fun events are coming up this weekend, either of which could use your support. (or go wild and attend both!)

First up is the Wildwood Dad’s Club’s crab feed.

Tickets are available from your favorite WW dad or at the door.

Date: Saturday February 7th
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Piedmont Veterans Memorial Hall, 401 Highland Ave, above the police station.
Price: $40 in advance ($45 at the door)

That same evening is the Beach Dad’s Club Winter Music Jazz Night.

Tickets: $40 per person (online at http://beachdadsclub.com/)
: Piedmont Community Hall
: 7:00 – 11:00 Adults only, childcare available
: Beach Dad, Miles Perkins’ band, mingus amungus
: Catering by Beach Dad, Rob Lam’s Butterfly Restaurant

All three elementary schools now have Dad’s Clubs that are working to build the social connections between the school’s dads and raise some money for the kids.

I hope that you can attend one or both of these great events.


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Community Meetings on Parcel Tax Renewal to be Held February 7th & 9th

Posted by Len Gilbert on January 20, 2009


On June 2 Piedmont will be voting to renew and possibly increase the existing parcel tax measures that fund more than 25% of the Piedmont Unified School District’s annual budget.   As part of the process to determine the specifics of the measure that will be put before the voters, an advisory committee to the School Board is gathering public input.   On Saturday February 7th and Monday February 9th the committee will be holding two community meetings to explain the current state of local public education funding – including the role of the parcel tax – and to elicit input from citizens on the size and scope of the tax that will be on the June 2 ballot.  (The meetings will cover identical information; the committee is holding two sessions because it recognizes that not all citizens can easily attend a weekend morning or weekday evening event).

The two meetings will be held:

Saturday February 7th

9:00 am to 11:00 am

Veterans Memorial Hall

401 Highland Avenue

Monday February 9th

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Beach School Auditorium

100 Lake Avenue

The parcel tax helps fill the large – and growing – financial gap between what the state provides and what the PUSD spends each year to maintain the extraordinarily high quality of public education in our town.  It supports more than 60 teaching and classroom aide positions throughout the district.  It allows our schools to maintain smaller class sizes, offer advanced elective and AP classes, upgrade technology resources, and provide funding for the library and counseling and foreign language and science and art and music and athletic programs that our students would not otherwise have.   The parcel tax is, in short, critical to one of Piedmont’s defining civic attributes: a deep commitment to excellent public schools.

The current state of California’s budget and recent decisions made in Sacramento have further intensified fiscal pressure on all local school districts, including the PUSD, making the upcoming vote on Piedmont’s parcel tax especially important.   We strongly encourage all city residents to attend the community meetings and make their opinions heard.

For more information about the parcel tax advisory committee or the meetings scheduled for February 7th and 9th, please contact Terry London 428-0144  terry@wfl.net or  Sarah Pearson 658-0888  srpear@gmail.com.

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PUSD Green Initiative Commitee – Jan 22nd 3:30pm

Posted by movenden on January 19, 2009

green-apple-booksThe second meeting of the PUSD Green Initiative Committee will be held on Thursday January 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Beach School ’s Multipurpose Room – 100 Lake Ave. (Please note the location change.)

After an update on recent “green” efforts at the District and school levels, and a discussion of how the current budget crisis affects PUSD Green Initiative planning for this year, there will be a presentation on LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) construction standards by John Nelson, the architect for the district’s Measure E bond program. The main focus of the meeting is the approval of a draft PUSD Board Policy on environmental sustainability. Topics that may be included in this policy are waste reduction, sustainability in construction and modernization, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy conservation, climate action, environmental education, and issues relating to landscaping and grounds.

The public is encouraged to attend and comment.

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