PLS Spanish Program Openings Begin Week of Jan. 28

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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

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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 mmgeong@aol.com / (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

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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 (aweaverbeliever@gmail.com) know so that PLS can incorporate your ideas into the discussion.

Spanish Program Welcome Breakfast and Information Sessions

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Piedmont families are invited to the upcoming sessions with our Spanish partner, Viva El Espanol.   The sessions coincide with our Spanish class times, but families (including siblings) are welcome to come at any convenient time, and need not be participating in our program to attend.

This is an opportunity to learn more about our educational philosophy, the process of learning a second language, get to know the Viva el Espanol teachers.  Piedmont Language School board members will be on hand to update you on the World Language Review with the school district and discuss how we are working to raise awareness and support for providing all our students (K-12) the best possible language and cultural training.

Havens:  Tuesday, 10/23:
Ellen Driscoll @ 7:45 am
Boy Scout Classroom (at PCC) @ 8:50 am
Beach: Thursday, 10/25
Auditorium @ 7:45
Picnic Tables @ 8:50
Kindergarten: Thursday, 10/25:
Boy Scout Classroom (PCC) @ 10 and 12:30
Wildwood:  Tuesday, 10/30
Auditorium @ 7:45
Courtyard @ 8:50

Don’t miss the PAAC Mid-Autumn Moon Festival on Friday Oct 5

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Don’t miss the upcoming Mid-Autumn Moon Festival sponsored by the Piedmont Asian American Club (PAAC)!
The 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its maximum brightness for the entire year.

Date: Friday, October 5, 2012

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, California

Meet Mike Dorward – Astronomy Enthusiast

  • Mike has studied astronomy for more than 20 years
  • Regularly attends the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference
  • Come hear about his upcoming travels to Australia to see a total eclipse of the sun

All pre-registered children receive a free traditional Chinese lantern

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Moon cake tasting
  • Join us for an evening parade
As an added bonus, the PAAC is offering PLS families the member price of $8 per person if you respond by Friday.  
  • Members: $ 8 per person
  • Nonmembers: $12 per person
  • At the door: $12 per person

RSVP to Mary Geong at mmgeong@aol.com ; (510) 654-4417

Please include Names of Adult and Children attending

Drop off check payable to “PAAC” at 1415 Grand Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94610

Tri-school elementary meeting on 10/2 to discuss world language

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The Trischool Site Council will meet on Tuesday, October 2nd  3:30 – 5:00 in the Havens Library.  Everyone is welcome to join!

One item on the agenda will be a continuation of the world language review.  Last year, this included discussions of the benefits of early language learning and the feasibility of a K-5 world language program during the school day.

Please try to attend the meeting or contact PLS board member Amy Weaver who is a Beach site council rep (aweaverbeliever@gmail.com)  with your thoughts about world language for our K-5 students.