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
beachschoolase@gmail.com

Parents group whose goal is to support K-12 programs that help advanced learners’ stay engaged, challenged, and learning during the school day.

Wednesday weekly electronic newsletter sent out to all Beach parents highlighting important announcements and upcoming events at Beach.
The Beach Dads Club (BDC) exists to foster community and social connections among the Dads while accomplishing special projects that have been identified as important to the Beach School community, whether physical or cultural. The club raises money to fund these projects by sponsoring creative and fun community events. The BDC (also known as the “Baja Padres”) recognizes that families come in many forms, and we enthusiastically welcome all of them into our community. The “Beach Dads” label can fit any parent or guardian regardless of gender or sexual orientation, so join us and become a padre!

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
Amanda Pelle

The Beach Revue is a 51-year parent led Beach tradition. It is a musical show put on in the spring by Beach students featuring singing, dancing and lots of fun. Each class performs a song and dance with sets and costumes related to the show’s theme. It’s a great way for kids to experience being in a show in a fun, supportive environment. While participation is optional all students are encouraged to participate. Weekend practices begin in January and culminate with a show in March. Contact: Liz Tuuri-Mosbaugh
Bi-annually, the Beach auditorium is transformed into a book fair as an annual fundraiser that encourages our kids to read and love books. The book fairs are organized and staffed by BPO volunteers.
Located in Nevada City, Camp Augusta’s fun outdoor activities, delicious meals and creative challenges have made it a perennial favorite among Piedmont kids and adults alike. In a small community set in natural splendor, campers develop self-confidence, independence, social skills (emotional intelligence), creativity, activity skills, environmental awareness and appreciation, friendships, and healthy living skills. All 4th graders are invited to attend a weekend Gold Rush camp in the spring. Find out more and register your interest in family camps or summer camps early.

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).

More on the Education Speaker Series

Parent-led initiative to ensure that our schools are fully prepared for an emergency. Please contact us if you can volunteer or have questions.

Contacts:
Liz Tuuri-Mosbaugh
Liz Jobst

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!

http://dressbestforless.org/

Beach Edible Garden started as a parent-led project with the support of our faculty and administration. After the school seismic retrofitting, the edible garden was moved to our present location and rebuilt by the school district and the parent community.

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.

Learn more or donate:

https://www.piedmontedfoundation.org/donate/giving-campaign/

The Beach Green Committee supports efforts to create greater environmental sustainability both on our campus and in our homes and community.
Annual harvest festival held at Piedmont Park in late September. There are fun carnival games and arts/crafts for kids. Each class (or grade) is encouraged to make a scarecrow (with the help of parents) that will be auctioned off to raise money for our schools. Learn More About the Harvest Festival
The Beach Parents Organization (BPO) coordinates a hot lunch program five days a week. The success of the program depends on our parent volunteers who serve lunch to our students each day. Sign up for a regular time slot or one-off as your schedule allows. We need all the help we can get!

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.

 

Sign up / Menus

PUSD online application where parents register their children and provide emergency contact information. PUSD provides teacher assignments prior to school start date.

Infinite Campus

Existing Beach parents and parents of incoming Kindergarteners are available to answer your questions on anything Kindergarten, Beach or PUSD.

Helen Kang
Amanda Pelle

Support the amazing Beach librarians in their mission to enhance our children’s access to and love of books.
What’s the difference between Spring Fling & The Giving Campaign or How do I volunteer to be BPO President – contact these Beach veterans & Piedmont community resources.
Mission: Our mission is to work for an inclusive Piedmont community for all through activism and connection, grounded in the principles of anti-racism.At Beach, we work to support families and the school on diversity and inclusiveness issues.

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.

piedmontpaints@gmail.com

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!

info@piedmontmakers.org 

Beach Rep:
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.

PRD Website
510-420-3070

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. 

PLS Website

PRAISE supports and advocates for parents of kids in special education programs, fosters inclusion for kids with learning differences, and promotes awareness and appreciation of different learning styles within the broader community.

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.

Piedmont Store Website

PUSD includes six schools: Beach Elementary; Havens Elementary; Wildwood Elementary; Piedmont Middle School (PMS); Piedmont High School (PHS) and Millennium High School (Millennium).

PUSD Website

You make kids happy: Help with class parties, enriching field trips, projects such as the Harvest Festival scarecrows & Tri-School Auction class art projects. You make teachers happy: Teachers & aides feel appreciated when you help in their classrooms and recognize their efforts through your class gifts during the year. Raise money:  The class scarecrows and class Tri-School Auction art projects raises funds for our school and our classrooms. Build community: Help organize grade level parent gatherings.

New Beach T-shirts and Sweatshirts will be available to purchase at the Pancake Breakfast and to order in the fall.

Kristina Kitajima
Anna Patty
Emily Harrold

The fee-based program provides before and after school childcare for elementary school-aged children during the academic school year and full-day care during the summer and vacation periods.  Beach Schoolmates classroom is located behind the play structure on our blacktop.  Hours: 7:30am-6pm Monday-Friday. Drop in available or On-line Registration (>12 hrs in advance).

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.

https://www.piedmontedfoundation.org/donate/scrip/

Laura Jacobs 
Naho Taguchi
Sarah Gur 

 

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.

Contact:
Amanda Pelle

SERVES Website

Spring Fling is one of PEF’s Largest Fundraisers and an annual celebration of all three Piedmont elementary schools that brings together the entire community to support our children’s education.  Funds raised by Spring Fling go directly to the schools, supporting science, music, art, math, computer, library activities and other vital programs. Spring Fling includes several fundraising projects and events: the Comings and Goings photography project for K and 5th graders, a camp auction, the classroom creations art projects, parent-sponsored parties, an online auction and the main gala event that includes a silent auction, live auction and fund-a-need. 2018 Gala date TBD!
This group provides luncheons for the teachers periodically. It is one of the most well-loved activities by both teachers and volunteers. Contacts: Lynne Chauncey Ashley Stevanovic Anna Chambers Dana Wickner
Beach, Wildwood and Havens Elementary Schools