Author Archives: Piedmont Language School

Save the Date for our Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta


Piedmont Language School’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is on Thursday, May 1st from 5 to 7pm at new location – Piedmont Community Hall. This year’s event features entertainment, taco truck, margaritas, and fun activities for the whole family. Proceeds help boost language and cultural education in Piedmont Schools and the community.

Kindergartner Program for Spanish and Mandarin


You can register your kindergartner child for Spanish and/or Mandarin even if you don’t know if he/she will be in the morning or afternoon program. Simply register now and we will place your child in the correct class once you know their schedule.

Our immersion Spanish program offers high-quality curriculum and native speaking teachers is provided by our partner, Viva el Español. Spanish classes are offered a short walking distance from our schools. Our staff will walk Havens students to Piedmont Community Church from Havens School Mates. Beach students will be walked to Kehilla Synagogue from Beach School Mates. You must register your student with School Mates if you would like our staff to walk them. Carpools may be arranged for Wildwood kindergartners.

Classes begin the week of September 23 through June 6th. Our morning Spanish class is 10:00 am to 10:40am and our afternoon class is 12:30pm to 1:10pm daily except on Wednesdays (Early Release Day). For a full schedule and to register online for Spanish

We also offer a Mandarin Program starting with basic vocabulary and introduce the pinyin system, to reading and writing simplified characters and conversational Mandarin.  Our kindergarten classes are taught at Piedmont Community Church from 10am to 11am, 2:10pm to 3:10pm or 3:25pm to 4:25pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information and to register for Mandarin 

Contact Us:

Email Piedmont Language School at

Spanish Register at

Call 652-5229

Register for Fall Classes by 5/31st and receive a $50 savings


Piedmont Language School offers an immersion Spanish program with high-quality curriculum provided by our partner, Viva el Español. Spanish classes are offered for kindergarten through 6th grade before or after -school onsite at each school or in short walking distance. Classes begin the week of September 23 through June 6th. For a full schedule and to register online for Spanish

We also offer a multi-level Mandarin Program starting with basic vocabulary and introduce the pinyin system, to reading and writing simplified characters and conversational Mandarin.  Programs designed for kindergarten through middle school. For more information and to register online Click here.

Register: by May 31st for a $50 savings for both programs.

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Buenos Dias! Ni Hao! Language Classes come to APCP Summer Enrichment Program


ImageWishing your child had time to take language during the school year?  Looking for a small class-size learning environment?  Want to keep up language skills over the summer? 

Immerse them in language! New this Summer the APCP Summer Enrichment Program classes in Spanish and Mandarin offered by PLS and PLS partner Viva El Espanol.  Classes available for elementary and middle school students in 2-week and 1-week session.  SPACE IS LIMITED – ENROLL BY MID-MAY TO SECURE A SPOT!

For more information on all language and summer programs offered go to:

A taste of our offerings:

Spanish:  South American Adventure comes to Piedmont- Take a journey with us to discover the beauty of South America’s wildlife, music, food and landscape. Campers will craft projects inspired by the culture and arts of various countries in South America during this fun and enriching experience.

Or perhaps–Spanish: Cooking-Latin American Style will pique your child’s senses   ¡Provecho!
 Join us on a sensory exploration of traditional cuisine from all over Latin America. We will see, smell, make and taste a different kid-friendly dish each day.  ¡Delicioso!

Mandarin: for Beginning Students. This class introduces basic spoken vocabulary and simple dialogues, as well as approx. 50 characters. Each class utilizes games (guessing, matching, bingo, etc.), learning/ reviewing conversation patterns, songs or rhymes, and a basic drawing or creative project at the end of class to illustrate and strengthen new vocabulary. Themes include numbers, introductions, family, body, fruits, colors and shapes, school activities, animals and a brief look at China’s geography.

For the continuing Mandarin Student - Dive into Chinese Culture. Explore Chinese culture and holidays/ celebrations in a small classroom setting with individualized attention. Students will learn about a range of aspects of Chinese culture, learn several songs and dances, work on Chinese-themed crafts, and have a chance to make and sample Chinese food. If possible, the class will include a cultural field trip.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration


¡Viva Mexico!!

Celebrando la Batalla de Puebla!

Please join PLS for the annual CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA

to celebrate Mexican heritage and THURSDAY, May 2nd


Price of admission includes unlimited taco truck, margaritas, fun, and festivities.

This is our main fundraiser of the year with proceeds going to boost language and cultural education in the Piedmont

Advanced tickets purchased by 4/28: $25 adults, $12 kids, $50 family. Tickets purchased after 4/28 or at the fiesta: $30 adults, $14 kids, $60 family. Send your payment to: Piedmont Language School, P.O. Box 11092, Oakland, CA 94611. Optional online registration at Advanced online ticket purchasers will be entered into drawing for a gift certificate to Barlata Tapas Bar in Temescal!

Upcoming fun/educational events


1. Asian Art Museum: China’s Terracotta Warriors

Feb 22 – May 27, 2013  Get tickets at

2. Chinese New Year Parade in SF

Saturday, Feb., 23 5:15-8:00pm

3. The Power of Language:  Lera Boroditsky in Conversation with Roy Eisenhardt

Wednesday, March 20th 7:30pm at the Herbst Theatre

Reservations: Call 415-392-4400 or visit City Box Office

PLS Spanish Program Openings Begin Week of Jan. 28


Spanish classes for new and continuing students:

All Elementary: Before school  on M, Tues, Thurs, Fri. Beach classes are 7:50 to 8:30am. Wildwood and Havens classes are 7:45 to 8:25am.

Havens and Wildwood Kindergarten: Piedmont Community Church from 10 to 10:40am for afternoon K and 12:30 to 1:10pm for morning K

Beach Kindergarten Pilot Program: Kehilla Synagogue on Grand Ave. (Beach students will be walked to/from class). 10:00 – 10:40 am for PM Kindergarten and 12:30 – 1:10 pm for AM Kindergarten on Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri.

After School Sessions:

Havens: Mon + Fri at Piedmont Community Church from 3:15 to 4:05pm

Wildwood: Wed. from 1:50 to 2:40pm and Thurs. from 3:05 to 3:55pm

Beach: Tues +Thurs from 3:15 to 4:05pm (pending classroom availability. Days or location may change).

PMS: Continuing students – Tues +Thurs from 3:15 to 4pm.

PMS: New students - Mon + Wed from 3:15 to 4pm.

Register by January 18th. For more information, pricing and to register, click here.

Piedmont Language School is excited to join forces with the Piedmont Asian American Club to host a Lunar New Year Celebration

Please join us for demonstrations in:
  • Chinese Folk Dance
  • Japanese Taiko Drumming
  • Calligraphy
Plus, Lunar New Year Arts and Crafts, Lucky Red Envelopes for Pre-Registered (by January 30) Children and light refreshments
When:  Sunday, February 3, 2013, from 12:30pm-3:00pm
Where:  Haven’s School, Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Avenue
$8.00 advance ticket price for PAAC members and Piedmont Language School Students (Mandarin and Spanish)
$10.00 at the door
Tickets will be available for purchase at Piedmont Community Church on January 15, 22 and 29 from 3:25pm-4:20pm during Mandarin Class.  Or, contact Mary Geong / (510) 654-4417
Please see attached flyer for additional information:  Lunar New Year_Snake_February 3, 2013_FINAL_

PUSD Curriculum Forum on World Languages – Thurs Nov 8


Parents are invited to attend the PUSD Curriculum Forum meeting on Thursday, November 8 from 3:30 – 5:00pm in the PHS Student Center (800 Magnolia Ave.).  This curriculum forum is part of a 2-year review of world languages at PUSD, K-12.  Thursday’s session will focus on PMS language scope and sequence, and what comparable schools are doing.

There are a few topics that have been discussed to date in site council regarding the PMS program:

  • world language instruction does not start until the second half of 7th grade. Parents who are seeking continuous language for their children (and during that key window of language learning prior to age 12) must seek classes outside of the school day.
  • world language in 2nd semester of 7th grade and 8th grade is an elective, so it is optional and competes with other offerings
  • as more kids finish 5-6 years of study with the new/improved PLS classes, it is important that there be a smooth transition in terms of skill level and learning for them.

If you have specific feedback or questions, but can’t attend, contact PLS board member Amy Weaver ( know so that PLS can incorporate your ideas into the discussion.