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A list of resources to help newcomers

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Welcome to our beautiful city at the foothills of the Bay! On this page you will find a comprehensive list of community, school and other resources in Piedmont. We hope these help you find ways to build relationships and participate in the community.  The resources are listed in alphabetical order within each section. Please let us know if you have other suggestions of community or school organizations and resources to list on this page. 

 

School Information

  • School Board Meeting information:

    • The Board generally meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue. Agenda and backup materials are posted on Mondays preceding a Board meeting.  Meetings are open to the public. Minutes are posted after they are approved by the Board.

    • School Board Members serve as liaisons on several committees or boards of other support groups such as the City-District Liaison Committee, Piedmont Educational Foundations, each of the Parents’ Clubs, Curriculum Council, Athletic Boosters, and the Special Education District Advisory Committee, to name a few. A complete list is here.

  • PUSD Piedmont Education Foundation (PEF). Is the district wide parent club/PTA. The website AKA “Piedmont Portal” has district wide fundraiser events, donating opportunities, etc. 

    • PEF Fast facts: 

      • PEF Membership Directory:

        • Each year, PEF is proud to produce the official Student Directory for all schools. The directory contains contact information for families, information on all Piedmont support groups, and contact lists for school administration and teachers.

        • This resource is only available to Parents’ Club members. To join your Parents’ Club, please visit the Piedmont Store. The Directory is only available in print to ensure the privacy of family information.

      • Each school has their own Parent club with their own websites and events. PEF also has district wide events that can be found on the PEF website. 

    • PEF is fundraising for DEIB Work with a matching donations see here for details: https://www.piedmontedfoundation.org/donate/support-diversity-equity-inclusion-and-belonging/

    • PEF does welcoming events at the beginning of each year intended to inform new families about their donations and fundraising opportunities. Their main fundraiser of the year is the “Spring Fling”, but they also host golf tournaments, auctions, and other fundraisers leading up to spring fling. See website for details. 

    • Each individual's parents club also hosts parents' welcome events that are more with the purpose of socializing and getting to know other parents in your child/s grade. Both “welcome” events are typically relatively formal in attire (spring dresses, button down short sleeves, slacks, sweaters, etc.) ​

  • Other district wide parents resources: 

  • Afterschool options for PUSD families

    • Schoolmates: Open weekdays 2:00 - 6:00 pm and offers a variety of play-based programs for all students (grades K-5). Located onsite at each of the three PUSD Elementary Schools. Registration spaces are limited. Contact the Piedmont Recreation Department for questions regarding sign ups.  

    • After School Enrichment (ASE): in-person one-off after school sessions on various topics available on-site at each PUSD Elementary School. ASE sessions are once a week for 75-minute after school. Offerings could include a focus on art, cooking, dance, chess, coding, fitness and more with instructor-led classes, all while being a fundraiser for each school’s parent club. Classes start in September - sign ups here: Havens, Beach, Wildwood

    • Piedmont Recreation Department – Our community's Rec Dept offers a variety of classes for all ages. Get the latest info here.

  • Piedmont Language School (PLS) – The PLS offers Spanish and Mandarin language classes with learning through games, songs, stories, and art projects. Classes are offered before and after school several times a week. Registration here. For Qs about the Spanish program, email info@vivaelespanol.org or call 925-962-9177. For Qs about the Mandarin program, email piedmontlanguageschool@gmail.com or call 510-652-5229. 

 

Community Organizations & Groups

  • Appreciating Diversity Film Series - The mission of the Appreciating Diversity Film Series is to bring powerful documentaries that examine issues of diversity to community audiences. ADFS aims to provide a venue that stimulates community dialogue about institutionalized power imbalances, broadens awareness, challenges assumptions, and encourages the audience to work toward a more just world.

  • Grupo Latino De Piedmont - Affinity group formed to provide connection, identity, fellowship, visibility and support for Latinx Piedmonters.

  • League of Women Voters of Piedmont (LWVP) - is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization working to protect and expand voting rights and ensure everyone is represented in our democracy. LWVP empower voters and defend democracy through advocacy, education, and litigation, at the local, state, and national levels. Interested in learning more about LWVP?  Join them for virtual coffee or cocktails. Coffee hours are at 10:00 am on the first and third Thursdays, and cocktail hours are at 5:00 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays.

  • Piedmont Anti-Racism & Diversity Committee - Grounded in principles of racial equity, Piedmont Anti-Racism and Diversity Committee (PADC) works to dismantle systems of oppression, and replace them with policies and practices to nurture a connected and inclusive community.

  • Piedmont Asian American Club - The Piedmont Asian American Club (PAAC) was founded in 1987. The PAAC mission is to engage Piedmont schools and community in cultural, educational, and social activities while acting as a forum and resource for Asian American issues in Piedmont. PAAC members represent many countries throughout Asia. PAAC provides a forum and are a resource for Asian American issues within the Piedmont Community.

  • Piedmont Beautification Foundation - Piedmont Beautification Foundation (PBF) has worked since 1964, in partnership with the City of Piedmont, to create beautiful public spaces that foster a strong sense of pride and community. In addition to its many valuable contributions to parks, tot lots, schools and recreational facilities, PBF also brings the community together to celebrate the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony every December.

  • Piedmont Black Families - 

  • Piedmont Center for the Arts - The mission of Piedmont Center for the Arts is to enable artists and students in various artistic disciplines – including music, dramatic arts, visual arts, and literature – to perform and display their works for residents of Piedmont and surrounding communities.

  • Piedmont Civic Association - The mission of the Piedmont Civic Association (PCA) is to maintain and enhance Piedmont as a desirable community through the informed participation of its citizens. This well-respected Piedmont organization originated in 1986. PCA is strictly non-partisan.

  • Piedmont Community Service Crew - is a youth led venturing crew under the Piedmont BSA council.  It provides leadership skills to empower Bay Area teens through service in their community.

  • Piedmont Connect - Piedmont Connect is a collaborative community organization supporting resident initiatives and city efforts to build a sustainable future. Piedmont Connect's work includes education, advocacy, and events.

  • Piedmont Council Boy Scouts of America - provides youth in the community with opportunities to learn new skills, explore the outdoors, build friendships, develop leadership skills and reinforce character values that last a lifetime.  The mission of Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  Since 1910, the Piedmont Council has pursued the Scouting Mission by providing outstanding programs for youth in the community focused on: character development, outdoor adventure, community service and citizenship, and values-based leadership training.

  • Piedmont Education Foundation - The Piedmont Education Foundation is a community-based, registered 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to provide sustained financial support to Piedmont schools through fundraising and community engagement. We offer a variety of programs and services to encourage community giving and to aid parent support organizations in their work. PEF contributes approximately 10% of the Piedmont Unified School District’s annual budget and is the steward for an Endowment valued at over $9.8 million.

  • Piedmont Families FB group - Over 1,700 member Facebook group for Piedmont families, and families with kids in the Piedmont schools, to connect with each other through the COVID pandemic and beyond.

  • Piedmont Historical Society - The purpose of the Piedmont Historical Society is to encourage interest and increase knowledge of Piedmont’s unique local history, to publish material of historical interest, to produce exhibits and events and to collect material of historical importance to the city.

  • Piedmont Jewish Families - 

  • Piedmont Neighbors' and Newcomers' Club (PNNC) - Membership in PNNC is open to residents and employees of the City of Piedmont.

  • Piedmont Racial Equity Campaign (PREC)- The Piedmont Racial Equity Campaign was launched in the aftermath of the George Floyd protests. PREC's aim is to galvanize the Piedmont community to engage in direct anti-racist actions. PREC works with allied organizations and individuals to raise awareness about racism and to support policies for racial justice and equity. PREC's primary focus areas are: reforming policing, diversifying our city and its leadership, promoting policies that lead to diverse, affordable housing, and promoting anti-racism in the schools.

 

Community Resources

  • Piedmont City Council and City Council Meetings Members of the Piedmont City Council are elected volunteers who serve their community without compensation. The City Council meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency, meetings have generally started at 6:00 p.m. See here for additional meeting and agenda information

  • Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education  A five member Board of Education oversees the District. The members are elected at-large and serve for a maximum of two consecutive four year terms. Board Members are accessible to the community and integrate public input into their deliberations and decision-making. The Board generally meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue. Agenda and backup materials are posted on Mondays preceding a Board meeting.  Meetings are open to the public. 

  • History of Piedmont Site created by Piedmont resident Meghan Bennett to digitize the city's history.  Includes information on the history of the city’s parks, homes, schools, transportation, and founding.

  • Piedmont Portal: provides info to K-12 parents and the broader community about community events and K-12 news (PUSD, Parent Clubs, Piedmont Education Foundation, school support clubs, the City of Piedmont, the Recreation Department, local athletic clubs, etc.). If you would like to receive the Piedmont Portal Newsletter in your inbox, sign-up here.

  • Piedmont Parks and Recreation Program offers a variety of programs and camps for kids and adults, including after school care, camps during school breaks, and various classes.  The department also manages a preschool program.

  • Piedmont Exedra is a local, independent digital news founded in November 2018 by a group of Piedmont residents who have been active in the community over many decades.

  • Piedmont Post is the community’s own weekly newspaper. Every Wednesday, their adorable delivery kids bring the paper to your front door (also online with subscription). 

 

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