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Archive for January, 2011

City of Piedmont – Regular Meetings

Posted by Len Gilbert on January 28, 2011


February 2011

Pursuant to Government Code Sec. 54954.1 this is the official notice of City of Piedmont meetings during the month of February, 2011. All meetings are held at 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, unless otherwise noted.

Agendas for meetings will be posted in City Hall and the Piedmont Police Department at least 72 hours prior to each meeting. Copies of all agendas may be requested from the office of the City Clerk, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont or by calling 510-420-3040. Notice and agendas of special meetings will be provided at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting via FAX.

Monday February 7 City Council 7:30 pm Chambers

Monday February 14 Planning Commission 5:00 pm Chambers

Wednesday February 16 Recreation Commission 7:30 pm Chambers

Thursday February 17 Park Commission – 5:30 pm Chambers Moraga Canyon Public Hearing

Tuesday February 22 City Council 7:30 pm Chambers

Thursday February 24 Planning Commission – 6:30 pm Chambers Moraga Canyon Public Hearing

Prepared and distributed January 28, 2011

John O. Tulloch, Interim City Clerk

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Registration Open for APCP Summer Enrichment Program

Posted by Len Gilbert on January 26, 2011

Registration Open for APCP Summer Enrichment Program—Piedmont’s High-Quality, Fun Alternative to Summer School

Families all around Piedmont are sorting out summer plans as camp brochures land in mailboxes. For parents who face a confusing array of summertime options for their kids, the K–12 Summer Enrichment Program organized by the Associated Parents Clubs of Piedmont (APCP) offers a high-quality, low-stress alternative.

Parents might think of the program as “summer school,” since classes are held at Havens Elementary and Piedmont Middle School, but referring to it as “school” belies the fun, creative and elective nature of the course offerings, which are taught by instructors in the Piedmont school district. The half-day program will run from 9 a.m. – noon for two two-week sessions: June 20 – July 1 and July 5 – July 15. Registration is now open, and schools will send a brochure describing classes home with students soon. Families can register online and find out more through apcpsummerenrichment.wordpress.com.

PMS sixth-grade teacher Ted Scherman oversees the program and calls it a win-win for students and teachers. “Students have a feeling of comfort and familiarity with the site, with the staff and with other students. They can walk or bike to Havens or PMS, take fun classes, see old friends and make new friends,” he says. “School has a much more relaxed feel during the summer enrichment classes, which allows students and staff to interact in a more natural manner and get to know each other better.” Students and teachers also benefit because “teachers have the opportunity to teach subjects that they really love.” For example, Scherman says, PMS librarian Jennifer Gulassa has a passion for art and cooking, and “students who take her art workshop or cooking class will appreciate just how talented she is.”

Students entering Grades 2 – 8 choose two classes each session, one that starts daily at 9 a.m. and the other at 10:40. Classes for Grades 2 – 5, held at Havens, include art, photography, Asian cooking, “the art of math,” claymation, ceramics, computers, film-making, sewing, sports, writing, and more.

Classes for Grades 6 – 8, held at Piedmont Middle School, include a variety of arts, sports, computers and multimedia, engineering, film, acting, Shakespeare, writing, math, a babysitting certification class, and “Welcome to Middle School” just for entering sixth-graders. The program also offers high school students a computer class. (High school remediation courses are offered through the district, not APCP; contact Karen Gnusti at kgnusti@piedmont.k12.ca.us for more information.)

Kids entering Kindergarten enroll in the program’s “Kindergarten Camp,” which features literacy-building games and other engaging activities. First-graders-to-be attend “Adventures in First Grade,” which has an insect theme in Session 1 and an ocean theme for Session 2. Families who need all-day supervision for their children can coordinate afternoon care through Schoolmates and the Recreation Department. The cost for APCP’s summer enrichment is $280 per session for Grades K – 5 and $300 for Grades 6 – 12.

Many Piedmont parents enroll their children in the APCP summer program every year due to its positive reputation and convenience. “I like how it’s close by and a half-day program, so we can have an unstructured, summery afternoon. Plus, the teachers make my kids so excited about the subject matter,” says Piedmont mom Sarah Smith. “My son took the program’s book-making class after his second-grade year, and I still think the books he wrote and illustrated in that two-week class are some of his best examples of writing and art ever.”

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Piedmont Connect Jan 25th – New Location

Posted by Len Gilbert on January 24, 2011

Please join us:

Piedmont CONNECT General Meeting – January 25, 7 pm

New Location: Havens School Science Room (344) Overlooking the Mulberrys parking lot Enter through the Vista Avenue doors right across from city hall and follow signs upstairs. Representatives of the different active projects will meet to update each other on their progress and discuss future plans. Please come if you are interested in becoming involved and/or have an idea for a project.

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East Bay United Soccer Tryouts

Posted by Len Gilbert on January 18, 2011


East Bay United – Bay Oaks announces Soccer Tryouts for boys and girls State level (Class 1 Bay Oaks level) and Regional level (Class 3 Sting level) teams, starting Jan. 29-Feb. 6 for U9-U11; Feb. 26-Mar. 2 for U12-14; and April 11-19 for U15-19.

Register online now and get all the details at http://www.eastbayunitedsoccer.org

Bay Oaks and Rockridge Soccer Club have merged to form the East Bay United Soccer Club offering division 1, division 3 and recreational level teams, effective for the 2011 season. The Premier Club for player and coach development.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Posted by Len Gilbert on January 17, 2011

28th August 1963: American minister and civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968) waves to the crowd of more than 200,000 people gathered on the Mall during the March on Washington after delivering his 'I Have a Dream' speech, Washington, DC. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

                           —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Read more:

I Have a Dream” on Wikipedia

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Biography

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