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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Posted by Len Gilbert on January 5, 2012

Associated Parent Clubs of Piedmont

Invite you to a Benefit Screening of


Starring: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, & Thomas Horn

“A handsomely polished, thoughtfully wrapped Hollywood production…” Los Angeles Times

“As adaptations demand, sacrifices were made by director Stephen Daldry and writer Eric Roth to bring to the screen Jonathan Safran Foer’s 9/11 novel. Their choices reflect a compassionate brilliance. Hushed performances abound: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright. But it’s Thomas Horn who carries the film on slender shoulders as 9-year-oled Oskar.” Denver Post.com

JANUARY 16,2012 4:00pm

OAKLAND, CA 94610-2739

$50 per ticket

Tickets are selling fast and seats are limited!

Extremely Loud Incredibly Close – Official Trailer 2

Plot Summary

A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Rated PG-13 for emotional thematic material, some disturbing images and language.


Proceeds benefit the Associated Parent Clubs of Piedmont
PO Box 11139
Piedmont, CA 94611
(510) 653-1816
Tax ID #94-2960998

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School Calendar Survey

Posted by Len Gilbert on February 22, 2011

The Associated Parents Clubs of Piedmont (APCP) has a new survey to gather your thoughts and opinions on the school calendar and the process to develop that calendar. Related items such as minimum days and conference schedules are included in the survey. Who should have input and how much input? What do you think? Shorter summer or start school after Labor Day? Is 4 days enough for “ski week”?

The letter and information about the survey is below.


Dear Piedmont Parents,

We invite you to participate in the 2011 Calendar Survey. Your feedback will help future planning for some of the different aspects of Piedmont’s academic calendar and school schedules. It should only take 5-10 minutes of your time to complete – we’d love to hear from you.

Here’s the link: (The link is available in an email sent by your child’s school to all parents) The survey will remain open from now until next Tuesday, March 1.

Thank you for your time and input!

The Associated Parents Clubs of Piedmont


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2010 Giving Campaign Raises $1,573,000 for Piedmont Public Schools

Posted by Len Gilbert on February 1, 2011

The Giving Campaign for Piedmont schools has announced the final numbers for the 2010 fundraising campaign.  More than 1,000 PUSD families, grandparents, community members and corporate matching companies contributed a total of $1,573,000 to the Associated Parents Clubs of Piedmont (APCP), up from $1,300,000 last year.  In addition, a total of $170,000 was contributed to the Piedmont Educational Foundation (PEF) this year to build the Endowment Fund and finance K-12 grants through the Foundation Fund. 
The Giving Campaign would like to thank all of the wonderful and generous donors, volunteers and other supporters of this year’s fundraising effort.  64% of families with school age children contributed to The Giving Campaign this year, up from 62% participation during the 2009 campaign.  For a full list of supporters of the 2010 Giving Campaign visit http://www.piedmontgivingcampaign.com/docs/donorlist.pdf.
“We are so thankful for the support of the Piedmont community during this year’s important fundraising initiative,” said Giving Campaign Chair Andrea Swenson.  “During this challenging economic time the fate of California public schools is uncertain, and it is vital that we all do our part to support our children’s schools with our time, efforts and checkbooks.  We sincerely appreciate the efforts of everyone who participated in this year’s campaign to help keep Piedmont schools strong.”
Each and every PUSD student will benefit from The Giving Campaign, with monies raised going toward preserving essential academic programs.  The Giving Campaign accepts donations all year so it’s never too late to contribute.  Donations can be made at www.PiedmontGivingCampaign.com or by calling the Fundraising Office at (510) 653-1816.

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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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