'Tis the Season of Giving and Giving Thanks
PEF celebrates the generosity of school supporters, volunteers, and the Piedmont community. 

Dear Piedmont Community,

Because of YOU, our dedicated school supporters, volunteers, and generous community, Piedmont schools offer an extraordinary education - with innovative and inspiring educators - in classrooms where all students can thrive.  PEF is an essential part of WHY our schools are excellent.  As always, thank you for your commitment to our wonderful schools!  We couldn't do it without you.     
 
Best wishes for a Happy Holiday season,



Christine Wente von Metzsch
Chair, PEF Board of Directors
Thank You, Generous Donors!
As of December 9, 2016, donations total over $1,700,000 and we are very close to reaching our goal of $1,850,000.  PEF wishes to thank these parents, grandparents, community members and businesses for their generous support of Piedmont Schools. 

If you haven't yet,
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE YOUR PAYMENT OR PLEDGE.  A donation in any amount helps to support teachers, staff and programming.  Click HERE
or or send a check to PEF at P.O. Box 11192, Piedmont, CA 94611.   
More Ways to Celebrate the Season
Scrip cards are like cash that can be used for holiday shopping at many of your favorite stores.*  With each purchase the retailer donates a percentage back to the Piedmont schools. Scrip gift cards also make great gifts themselves!

*Participating retailers include Mulberry's Market, Piedmont Grocery, Amazon, Gap, Pottery Barn, and more.

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 Measure H1 Passes,
Thanks to Our Extraordinary Community

Thank you to volunteers, especially Campaign Co-Chairs Claire Arno and Chad Olcott, to donors, and most of all - thank you to voters who supported this important effort.

The PUSD team is already working on the next steps of planning how to dramatically improve our Piedmont school facilities.  Please stay tuned for more information.   
   
Dress Best for Less Donates $50,000
DBFL's generous commitment to our schools makes a difference -- THANK YOU, DBFL!

DBFL President Gayle Sells is proud of her organization's longstanding history of supporting the Piedmont schools: "Education in our community is a priority for us - and donating to PEF ensures our contributions have an impact at each school site."   

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2017 - Save the Date!
 
Empty Nest Party:  February 2, 2017 

Calling parents of Piedmont school grads since 2000! 
Reconnect with old friends from the days of playgrounds and school activities.  Parents of grads from 2000-2016 are invited to join PEF in a private Piedmont home for a festive reception.  Invitations to go out in January. 
Spring Fling:  March 31, 2017

Co-chairs Sarah Meyjes, Michelle Heafey and their committee have been working hard to make this year's Spring Fling campaign, a critical fundraiser for the elementary schools, another roaring success.  
    
Grandparent Party: Spring 2017
 
Proud Piedmont Grandparents Jim and Kathy Burden and Kathy Hull - Spring Fling 2016

Calling all Piedmont grandparents! Support your grandchild's education by participating in PEF's annual Spring Fling campaign. PEF hosts a festive event for Piedmont grandparents at a beautiful, local private home this spring. "It takes a village," and grandparents are an important members of that village!  More information to go out in January.

Other News
PEF Executive Director Position Open  
If you know a worthy candidate or are interested in applying, please email the Search Committee at resumes@piedmontedfoundation.org. 

   
Support Groups & Parent Clubs Make a Difference
The Diaz family showing their enthusiasm for CHIME
Parent Clubs, Boosters, PAINTS, CHIME (left), ALPS, PRAISE, Piedmont Language School, Makers, are among the many other community-based school non-profit organizations that help ensure our classrooms provide a breadth of classroom and community opportunities and perspectives. Supporting music, the arts, athletics, students with different learning needs and more, they raise money through membership drives and events held throughout the year. 
Did You Know...?
Piedmont Language School donated $2000 to help offset the costs of sending all PHS and PMS World Language Teachers to the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language) Annual Convention in Boston last month. The convention had more than 700 educational sessions that focused on innovative programs, emerging trends that impact the language profession and research-informed practices.   
PHS Principal Brent Daniels with Parent Club Co-Presidents Hilary Cooper and Caroline Donaldson
PHS Parents Club provides opportunities, venues to meet and connect with PHS Principal Brent Daniels and staff. 
To help welcome new families and provide informal opportunities for all PHS parents to meet and join discussions with PHS Principal Brent Daniels and staff, PHS PC hosted a series of gatherings throughout this fall.  These events will continue in January.  And - PHS PC offers a huge THANK YOU for their help with the WASC review process!  Please email us with any suggestions and questions.
Co-Presidents, PHS Parents' Club 
Photo credits:  Lindsay Barstow, Jenn Fox, Julie Reichle, Jean Jarvis
 
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Phone:  510-653-1816
Email:  info@PiedmontEdFoundation.org