Beach Bulletin

BEACH BULLETIN  (formerly known as Wednesday News)
October 31


A Happy Halloween to All!  What a wonderful parade – thank you for joining us!

Thank you Book Fair Volunteers!  Our library and classrooms have more books on their shelves thanks to your generous purchases for teacher collections as well as the proceeds which we were able to use to purchase more books.

School Site Council meets next Tuesday, November 6, 3:30 – 5:00 in the Havens Library.
Agenda:  Continued discussion of goals and topics for discussion for our 2012-13 Site Plan, Time to Read and Review a Draft of our Plan.

Lost and Found is overflowing.  Everything left after next Monday will be donated to Dress Best for Less.

Beach Edible Garden is back!
This past Sunday a group of very hard working Beach parents and Beach children, led by Bob Houser and John Gibbs, rebuilt Beach Edible Garden. In keeping with our community values, Bob was able to procure reclaimed redwood to build our garden beds.  We also added plants in the Eco-lab area, please be careful no to step on them, they’ll grow into beautiful plants that will add color and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. A big thank you to John Gibbs and Stephanie Pearson, who did all the design work and spent countless hours following up on the progress with our school grounds. We can be very proud to be part of the Beach School Community. Thank you all for making the Beach Garden a reality!  Additional thanks to those business that helped the garden build with supplies:
Danielle Nestore, who secured a donation of wood chips from Green Waste Recycle Yard in Berkeley, free delivery included.  Acapulco Rock & Soil for discounted soil, Bolt Depot for discounted hardware, and John Torrens, a garden bed builder in Petaluma, for all the reclaimed lumber that he planed, cut to size and delivered.

Thursday November 1 and Friday November 2 are Furlough Days , and the school will be closed.

Have a safe, happy weekend!

2012 Giving Campaign: Donate Today!
Funds raised to date: $750,000
Parent Participation Level: 23%Next week, California votes on two tax initiatives for school funding: Props 30 and 38.  Our schools need one or both to pass to avoid mid-year cuts of more than $1.1 million, or $400 per student, to the PUSD budget.  Even if they pass, our schools still face a funding gap of $4,800 per student.  Piedmont schools rely on the generous support of our community to help bridge this gap.  Do your part today and make a donation to The Giving Campaign at


Our next BPO meeting is next Monday, November 5th at 7pm in the library. The fantastic website redesign committee will be giving an overview of our new website, and this is your first chance to take a look at it and see what’s in the works. Everyone welcome to attend.
Have you seen the Beach School Edible Garden? It looks incredible! On Sunday dozens of dads, moms and kids came out to help build raised beds from recycled redwood, put in plants in the eco lab garden, mulch, rake and dedicate tons of sweat equity to our school grounds–for 7 hours! There are many people to thank, but I would like to acknowledge Teresa Satué,  John Gibbs, Bob Houser, Stephanie Pearson, and Margaret Ovenden for their vision, planning and commitment to our school grounds and garden. Thank you to everyone who participated on Sunday!
Next Tuesday is Election Day, and besides choosing a president we need to vote to help fund public education in California! Please vote YES on Propositions 30  and  38. The PUSD School Board has come out in support of both propositions, and our own BPO membership voted to endorse the School Board’s statement in support of it. If neither passes, our school district stands to lose $440 per student, or $1 million total. Please consider voting yes on both–thanks!

Parents are invited to attend the PUSD Curriculum Forum meeting on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 3:30pm -5:00pm in the PHS Student Center (800 Magnolia Ave.).The PUSD Curriculum Forum is a group of school site council appointed parents and students and teachers, administrators, and board members who work to engage the broad educational community in understanding and reflecting upon the District?s K-12 curriculum and programs.  The group meets to inquire about current programs and practices and to reflect on issues related to the scope and sequence of the District?s curriculum, textbook adoptions, assessment practices, interventions, and other issues related to the District?s curriculum and programs.   If you have questions, please contact Randall Booker, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at 594-2877.


Parents are invited to attend the PUSD District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC) meeting on Monday, November 5, 2012 from 3:30pm ? 4:30pm in the PUSD District Office Board Room (760 Magnolia Ave.).

The DELAC committee meets twice yearly and provides an opportunity for parents of English Learner (EL) students to provide input related to the District?s EL programs and practices. All parents of EL students and other interested parents are encouraged to attend. Our upcoming meeting will be an opportunity to review the District?s EL Master Plan and meet with EL teachers from across the District. If you have questions, please contact Randall Booker, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at 594-2877.


The end of the season is coming and Scrip makes a great thank you gift for coaches.  Sports Authority, Amazon, Mulberry?s, iTunes, Pete?s, AMC?.  We?ve got what you need and what your coach will love.  Stop by our scrip table on Wednesday mornings after drop off or email us and let your favorite coach know how much you appreciate them.

Thank you for your support!

Lindsay Saffouri ( , 708-1132)
Karen Fosterino ( , 499-6962)
Leah Kjellen ( ,  925-354-7855 )

Beach Dads Battle of the Bands: Round II

Three Beach Dads Bands are set to take the stage in the second Battle of the Bands school fundraiser on November 2 at the Starry Plough Pub.

Last year’s event was a knockout and this year promises more of the same. “There won’t be a cage on the stage but there will be no holds barred at this musical battle royale.” says Beach Dads Club president Jonathan Davis. The bands this year are the reigning kings of Baja Rock ‘n Roll–Schnittmeister, Xposition and Little Fuzzy.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at  , click on Battle of the Bands.


Books and breakfast?
What could be more fun?

Grades 4-5 only

Meets on December 13th at 7:30 a.m.

Read The Giant Slayer or When the Mountain Meets the Moon

Get a permission slip from Mrs. Ludmer and turn it in by  Wednesday,December 5th .

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