FAQ // Who's Who // What's What
Whether you’re new to Beach or just looking for information on a program, here is a list of the many different programs and terms you will hear about during your time in our community. There’s a lot going on and it can be overwhelming to take it all in at once.
The After-School Enrichment (ASE) program at Beach Elementary School offers fun after-school classes that build kids’ confidence and encourage their creativity and self-expression. The program is run by parent volunteers and aims to be as inclusive as possible, offering escorts for the younger kids, classroom aides, and financial assistance. It is a major fundraiser for the Beach Parents’ Organization, which works in concert with parents and the school district to help make Beach the great school that it is.
Contact: Beth McNeill
Parents group whose goal is to support K-12 programs that help advanced learners’ stay engaged, challenged, and learning during the school day.
The BPO (Think PTA) provides services to our students and their families, teachers and our principal and raises funds to provide supplemental funding to support many core programs including math, science, technology, garden, library and classroom aide time. BPO has also funded shade structures, play structures, Beach garden and supplies, library computers etc. Join BPO to show your support for Beach and these valuable services and programs and receive a PEF Student Directory.
Ruchi Shrivastava Medhekar
CHIME provides essential funding and volunteer efforts in support of music, drama provides essential funding and volunteer efforts in support of music, drama and dance programs throughout the Piedmont school system.
The Education Speaker Series (ESS) returns for the 2017 – 2018 school year with an exciting mix of programs related to raising healthy children and young adults. Guest speakers evening presentation on a variety of topics held at Piedmont High School (PHS).
Parent-led initiative to ensure that our schools are fully prepared for an emergency. Please contact us if you can volunteer or have questions.
Since 1982, DBFL, a 501c3 charitable organization, has donated over $1 million to PEF. Piedmont’s own resale operation that sells and recycles donated goods from local residents, DBFL supports our schools while helping Piedmonters reduce, reuse and recycle. With proceeds from their resale boutique, DBFL underwrites grants supporting teacher growth and innovation across the District. Thank you, DBFL!
The Giving Campaign is the largest annual fundraiser for the Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD). Funding from state and federal sources only covers 60% of PUSD’s operating costs. Donations to the Giving Campaign provide the financial stability needed to maintain Piedmont’s excellent educational programs.
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Choicelunch is our school lunch vendor. They provide delicious and nutritious lunches with a wide range of options. Ordering is easy, with last minute options available as late as 6:00am day-of and smartphone mobile apps for both iPhone and Android phones. Our School Lunch program remains one of the largest TriSchool fundraisers. By ordering lunch, you save time and support our school.
PUSD online application where parents register their children and provide emergency contact information. PUSD provides teacher assignments prior to school start date.
Existing Beach parents and parents of incoming Kindergarteners are available to answer your questions on anything Kindergarten, Beach or PUSD.
PAINTS is a non-profit membership organization of parents and community members whose mission is to promote the arts and art education in the Piedmont schools and the surrounding community.
Piedmont Makers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to Support & Inspire K-12 S.T.E.A.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design, and Math) in Piedmont.
Piedmont Makers activities include: 1) K-12 Teacher S.T.E.A.M. Grants and professional development, 2) FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams, 3) Tech Socials – Tech-themed family social nights with talks on Minecraft, Food Science, Coding and more, 4) Makerspaces – Weekend workshops on topics such as Arduino, 3D Printing, Soldering, 5)Piedmont School Maker Faire – Bigger and Better in 2018!
Donna Friedman Meir
The Piedmont Recreation Department offers a wide variety of before and after school activities, school vacation classes, and special services to the Piedmont community. PRD’s goal is to provide high quality programs with maximum participation and enjoyment. Programs are offered to all age groups. Major services include: Fee-based classes, sports programs, schoolmates, cultural arts, and special evening and holiday activities. A schedule of offerings is sent by mail to all Piedmont residents.
Piedmont Language School creates opportunities for foreign language learning and cultural exposure for Piedmont students. We offer classes in Spanish and Mandarin for pre-K to 6th grade at all 3 elementary sites and PMS. We also manage a Community Fund to support foreign language instruction in Piedmont schools. With your help, we can continue to provide grants to our libraries and to teachers for professional development and classroom enrichment.
Online store where parents can join parent clubs, volunteer, or donate to Piedmont Support Groups such as class funds and teacher/staff gifts. Spring Fling Parent Parties can also be purchased here in the Fall.
PUSD includes six schools: Beach Elementary; Havens Elementary; Wildwood Elementary; Piedmont Middle School (PMS); Piedmont High School (PHS) and Millennium High School (Millennium).
New Beach T-shirts and Sweatshirts will be available to purchase at the Pancake Breakfast and to order in the fall.
The SCRIP program raises $100,000 for the Piedmont schools annually. The majority of the money raised comes from the sale of gift cards and paper scrip. We sell gift cards at face value – each sale raises money for the schools! Contact the reps for more info or to purchase from our large selection of gift cards.
Tri-school parent volunteer led group promoting and providing monthly community service activities for our Elementary School families including Annual Read-A-Thon; Family Night at Alameda Food Bank.