A big thank you to the Havens Dads Club for hosting their annual Spring Swing Family Dance Party last Friday night, with a special shout-out to Havens dad and in-house DJ Jeff Hiller for providing the fabulous tunes.  Havens families enjoyed dancing, eating, socializing, and posing for pictures, all while raising valuable funds for Havens.
Also, please join me in thanking Cori Kau for being the Havens Lice Check Coordinator this year and working with volunteers from Beach and Wildwood to offer the 3 tri-school lice checks.  We appreciate Cori stepping up to do a role that no one wants, but everyone appreciates, and for helping to implement the new tri-school program.
 
This weekend is again jam-packed with fun, so this week I will highlight a few tri-school or district events:
  • The Spring Fling Gala is this Friday, April 20, 5:30 pm, at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center.  Only a few tickets remain, so buy your tickets today.  If you’ve already purchased your ticket, look out for your e-check-in email and auction catalog to plan your bidding strategy.  Auction items are also available for preview on the website.  In addition to attending the gala, you can buy raffle tickets to win 3 nights at an amazing Napa home or play golf in the first annual Spring Fling Golf Classic, both benefiting our elementary schools.  More information at www.piedmontspringfling.org.
  • Celebrate Earth Day with SERVES on Saturday, April 219 am-12 noon, at Oakland Zoo’s Arroyo Viejo Creek. All participants get free admission to the zoo (and free parking).  We will be picking up garbage, pulling invasive species, spreading mulch, moving materials, cleaning signage or planting native plants.  The work will kick off with an introduction to watersheds and local wildlife so that participants understand the value of their work that day.
    Sign up now at 
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go /4090f49abab2aa3fe3-april
  • The 5th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire is on Sunday, April 22, 11am-3pm, at the Piedmont High School campus.  Check out the 100+ projects from Beach, Havens, Wildwood, Piedmont Middle School, Millennium High School, and Piedmont High School students and other community makers.  New this year are  keynote conversations with Maker Faire creator Dale Dougherty and Lt. Governor candidate Jeff Bleich; drones; Nerdy Derby; and more!  Admission is free.
Finally, please remember to mark your calendar for the last regular HPC meeting of the 2017-2018 school year, which will occur on Thursday, May 3, at 8:35 am in Ellen Driscoll.  A few Havens teachers will be our guest speakers that morning to provide us with helpful tips and strategies to avoid the “summer slide/slump,” and we will also conduct important end-of-the-year business.  Hope you will attend.
Thanks and see you at the Spring Fling Gala,
Dana Lung
HPC President

Spring Fling Gala

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break and returned reinvigorated to finish out the remaining 7 weeks of school.  Thank you to all who attended the HPC meeting last night. As part of our ongoing effort to be a more inclusive community and ensure that “everyone at Havens belongs,” a team of Havens staff members shared their work on the dimensions of gender as it relates to understanding the whole student. It was an informative and valuable presentation, which we hope will serve as a springboard for future dialogue and work. We also introduced PUSD’s funding requests to HPC for the upcoming school year and will further the financial discussion in our May HPC meeting.
Speaking of our May meeting, a reminder that the last regular HPC meeting of the 2017-2018 school year will be on Thursday, May 3, at 8:35 am in Ellen Driscoll. We will have important end-of-the-year business to conduct, so please join us.  
 
There’s a lot going on this weekend so I thought I’d highlight a few of the events happening at Havens: the Havens Dads Club Spring Swing Family Dance will be on Friday, April 13, 6-9 pm, in Ellen Driscoll, $10/person; the third and final Lice Check of the year will occur on Saturday, April 14, 8-11 am, in Ellen Driscoll, $15/student if you haven’t already paid through the Piedmont Store; and the 1st Annual South Asian Cultural Celebration – A Spring Garba and Raas sponsored by the Piedmont Asian American Club, will take place on Saturday, April 14, 3-6 pm, in Ellen Driscoll, $40/family (2 adults and their kids) or $10/person.
Finally, the Spring Fling Galathe annual fundraiser benefiting all 3 elementary schools, is less than 2 weeks away so purchase your tickets today if you haven’t yet. The gala will be on Friday, April 20, at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center and will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and a fabulous silent auction.  In addition to attending the gala, you can buy a raffle ticket (which will be sold at the Dads Club Spring Swing Family Dance this Friday, April 13) to win 3 nights at an amazing Napa Home; bid on an item in the online auction (closes on Monday, April 16); and purchase tickets to a parent party.   More information at www.piedmontspringfling.org.
Thanks and see you on the dance floor Friday night,
Dana Lung
HPC President

A Message from Dana

Thank you to Havens parents Charlene Reis and Paul Arenstam of Summer Kitchen Bake Shop for the successful “pilot” pizza pop-up yesterday afternoon in front of Havens. Families who ordered dinner online ahead of time (before it sold out!) got to pick up their meals (pizza, salads and chicken tenders) when they picked up their kids from school. It just doesn’t get more convenient than that! In addition to providing these families with dinner and saving them time, the pop-up also raised funds for Havens, as Charlene and Paul generously donated 15% of the proceeds to HPC. It was a win-win for all involved, and we are grateful to Charlene and Paul for their talents and generosity.
Please remember that the next HPC meeting will be on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:00 pm in the Havens Library. Select Havens staff members will be our guest speakers that evening (after working all day with our kids) to present their work on gender identity and expression as it relates to understanding the whole student. We encourage all families to attend this informative presentation. Another very important topic of discussion will be PUSD’s funding requests for next year and HPC’s recommendations. Please join us for this substantive agenda and the penultimate HPC meeting of the year.
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for Spring Fling, the annual fundraiser benefiting all 3 elementary schools.  The gala will be on Friday, April 20, at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center and will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and a fabulous silent auction.  For the silent auction, please remember that families with kids in grades TK-2 have been asked to assemble a Wine & Cheese Basket, and grades 3-5 have been asked to put together a Restaurant Gift Card Basket.  Please see Room Parent communications for details.  Also part of Spring Fling is Comings & Goings, which captures kindergartners (comings) and fifth graders (goings) in lovely photographs as they begin and end their elementary school years.  Details have already been sent out via Room Parent communication channels, but a big thank you to Elise Hatchell and Jennifer Hong for leading the Comings & Goings project for all 3 schools.  
Thanks and have a wonderful Spring Break,
Dana Lung
HPC President

Happy Spring

Just a reminder that the next HPC meeting will be on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:00 pm in the Havens Library. Select Havens staff members will be our guest speakers that evening to present their work on gender identity and expression as it relates to understanding the whole student. We will also discuss PUSD’s funding requests for next year and HPC’s recommendations, so put this important meeting on your calendar and join us.
Later that week, the Havens Dads Club will host their 5th Annual Havens Spring Swing Family Dance on Friday, April 13, from 6:00-9:00 pm in Ellen Driscoll. Bring the whole family to hang out with friends, dance/listen to music provided by Havens dad and DJ Jeff Hiller, take fun photos in the photo booth, and conveniently buy dinner from the Top Dog truck. Proceeds from the dance will benefit Havens. See below for more details and see you on the dance floor.
Our after-school enrichment (ASE) classes started this week thanks to the leadership and hard work of ASE Co-Chairs Cindy Hinman, Samantha Nobles-Block and Carey Valentine and their dedicated and industrious team of ASE coordinators.  They once again have provided a full catalog of diverse course offerings, and we appreciate their amazing effort both for our students’ enrichment and as a major HPC fundraiser.  
Speaking of HPC fundraisers, don’t forget to sign up for our “pilot” pizza pop-up sponsored by Havens parents Charlene Reis and Paul Arenstam of Summer Kitchen Bake Shop. Order dinner online before Monday, March 26, and pick it up after school on Tuesday, March 27. What could be easier–you don’t have to cook dinner, you pick up your order when you pick up your kids, and you raise money for Havens! Please find details below and place your order today.

Summer Kitchen Pop-Up at Havens

  • Pick up your order when you pick up the kids and dinner is done!
  • Menu includes half-baked pizzas, salads and chicken tenders.
  • Order online by Monday, 3/26, and pick up after school at Havens on Tuesday, 3/27. (They will take orders until they sell out, possibly before 3/26, so order early!!)
  • 15% of every order will go directly to Havens Elementary.
  • To order, go to https://summer-kitchen-pop- up.myshopify.com/
Thanks and Happy Spring,
Dana Lung
HPC President
Thanks to all the parents who attended last week’s HPC meeting, which was both informative and interactive.  Our 2 guest speakers (Piedmont Recreation Director Sara Lillevand, who provided an update on the Schoolmates Program for next year, and Piedmont City Council Member Jennifer Cavenaugh, who discussed ongoing work that the City Council and PUSD are doing together) did not disappoint and were generous with their time and thoughtful ideas (in fact, we may have created a new program for 5th graders out of our discussion!). If you missed the meeting, please ask someone who attended to tell you all about it.


So you don’t miss the next one, mark your calendars now–the next HPC meeting will be on Tuesday, April 10, (right after Spring Break) at 7:00 pm in the Havens Library. As Anne Dolid shared in her Principal’s Report, select Havens staff members will be our guest speakers that evening and will present their work on gender identity and expression as it relates to understanding the whole student. We will also be discussing PUSD’s funding requests for next year and HPC’s recommendations.

I hope you were able to check out the PAINTS Big Art Show and pARTy last week.  We are grateful to PAINTS for their support of our lunchtime art activities, and their district-wide support for the visual art programs in our schools. A big shout-out to Mike Welch for his role in coordinating last week’s events. Thanks also to Lara Dickinson who is keeping our lunchtime activities (when it’s not raining) going strong.

I also hope that many of you took advantage of the Spring Fling fundraiser organized by Cindy Hinman (thank you!) at Crepevine on Tuesday night, and were able to take a night off from cooking while supporting the 3 elementary schools. Continuing with that concept, (I love any excuse not to cook!) Charlene Reis and Paul Arenstam of Summer Kitchen Bake Shop have generously offered to have a “pilot” pizza fundraiser this month specifically for Havens.  
Summer Kitchen Pop-Up at Havens
  • Pick up your order when you pick up the kids and dinner is done!
  • Menu includes half-baked pizzas, salads and chicken tenders.
  • Order online by Monday, 3/26, and pick up after school at Havens on Tuesday, 3/27. (They will take orders until they sell out, possibly before 3/26, so order early!!)
  • 15% of every order will go directly to Havens Elementary.
  • To order, go to https://summer-kitchen-pop-up. myshopify.com/

So order early, pick up your order when you pick up your kids at school on 3/27, and support Havens in the process!

Thanks and enjoy the rain and daylight saving time,
Dana Lung
HPC President
Please join us for the next HPC meeting on Thursday, March 8, at 8:35 am in Ellen Driscoll (please note the date and time change from the original August calendar). Our 2 guest speakers for the meeting will be Piedmont Recreation Director Sara Lillevand, who will provide an update on the Schoolmates Program for next year and ask for input on some outstanding issues; and Piedmont City Council Member Jennifer Cavenaugh, who will discuss ongoing work that the City Council and PUSD are doing together. In addition, Anne Dolid will give her Principal’s Report, and we will hear from various board committees. If you haven’t attended an HPC meeting this year, there are only a few more left, so take advantage of Thursday’s opportunity. Look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
By now you should have received a request via your Room Parent to help with a silent auction item for the Spring Fling Gala on April 20.  Grades TK-2 have been asked to assemble a Wine & Cheese Basket that includes several bottles of wine, gift certificates to wine and cheese shops, and fun accoutrements like fancy corkscrews, cheese boards, and crackers.  Grades 3-5   have been asked to put together a Restaurant Gift Card Basket that includes gift cards for local Bay Area eateries as well as for Lyft and/or Uber.  All proceeds for the silent auction go to our 3 elementary schools, so please contribute to the baskets if you are able.  Thanks for your support, and thank you, Havens Spring Fling Representative Teebie Saunders, for leading this effort.
With only 12 weeks left in this school year, recruitment for the 2018-2019 HPC Board is kicking into high gear.  If you would like to learn about various positions and teams on the board and how to get involved, please contact Vice President (and incoming President) Laura Amen (laura_amen@hotmail.com) or me (dana.lung@stanfordalumni.org) at your earliest convenience.
Thanks and see you on Thursday morning,
Dana Lung
HPC President

Welcome Back from Winter Break

Welcome back and hope you all enjoyed last week’s break.  Our next HPC meeting will be on Thursday, March 8, at 8:35 am in Ellen Driscoll (please note the date and time change from the original August calendar). Please join us for an informative and interactive meeting with 2 guest speakers: Sara Lillevand, Piedmont Recreation Director, will provide an update on the Schoolmates Program for next year and ask for input on some outstanding issues, and Piedmont City Council Member Jennifer Cavanaugh, will discuss ongoing work that the City Council and PUSD are doing together. In addition, Anne Dolid will give her Principal’s Report, and we will hear from various board committees. Look forward to seeing you next Thursday.
Preparation for Spring Fling, the annual fundraiser benefiting the 3 elementary schools, is in full swing.  The gala will be on Friday, April 20, at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center and will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and a fabulous silent auction.  Havens Spring Fling representative Teebie Saunders has been hard at work organizing 2 Havens baskets (one from grades K-2 and the other from grades 3-5), which will be sold at the auction.  Please be on the lookout for this week’s Room Parents communication to sign up to donate much-needed items for the baskets.  We appreciate your support, and thank you, Teebie, for your leadership!    
Thanks and have a great week,
Dana Lung, HPC President

Thank you to the wonderful parent volunteers who helped with our vision and hearing screening last Wednesday and Thursday:  Claudia Garcia Chan, Laura Amen, Jennifer Poole, Barbara Dickason, Jae Kim, Jennifer Hong, Qi Johnson, Tara Boris, Lisa Kaplan, Samantha Jurgens, Julie Stein, Alfio Levy, Robert Dorsey, Cyndi Rodriguez, Cori Kau, and standbys Anne Callahan and Amy Gurvitz.  We appreciate your time, flexibility and patience with this important event.  

Please join us for the next HPC Meeting on Thursday, March 8, at 8:35 am in Ellen Driscoll Auditorium (please note the date and time change from the original schedule in August). On the agenda are guest speakers Sara Lillevand, from the Recreation Department, who will talk about the plan for Schoolmates next year, and Jennifer Cavanaugh, City Council Member, who will discuss the ongoing work between the city and PUSD. In addition, Anne Dolid will present her principal’s report and we will hear from various committees on recent past achievements and upcoming requests. So please mark your calendar for this meeting, and I look forward to seeing you there!

After the break, be on the lookout for fun opportunities to get involved with Spring Fling, the annual fundraiser benefiting the 3 elementary schools.  For now, save Friday, April 20, for the Spring Fling Gala at the Scottish Rite Center.  

Thanks, Happy Valentine’s Day, and have a fabulous recess,

Dana Lung, HPC President

As I said last fall, every day should be Teacher Appreciation Day–and last week Monday it was!  Thank you to the Hospitality Committee, led by Jen Rego, for arranging bagels, coffee, and massages for the entire Havens staff as part of our year-round Teacher Appreciation efforts.  The teachers and staff thoroughly enjoyed the goodies and special treatment provided by the Havens Parents Club.

Also, a big shout out to the Havens Dads Club for organizing this year’s Poker Night fundraiser, led by Scott Cunningham, John Assalian and Tom Snyder.  With more than a hundred guests, the event was lively, fun and a bit competitive.  Parents from all 3 elementary schools enjoyed a festive evening of poker, Top Dog, camaraderie and more.  Larsen Fusco was the big winner and took home the coveted bracelet!
Vision and Hearing Screening for grades TK, K, 2 & 5, as well as all new students, will occur at Havens on Wednesday and Thursday, February 7-8.  On Wednesday (vision), we need 3 parent volunteers for each of the time slots (12 volunteers total).  On Thursday (hearing), we need 2 parent volunteers for each time slot (for a total of 10).  Please sign up at the link below if you are available and interested in helping with the logistics of the screenings (e.g., picking up and returning students to their classrooms, helping with lines and flow, assisting the nurses, etc.).  Thanks in advance!

Don’t forget to attend the next HPC meeting this coming Monday, February 5, at 6:30 pm in the Havens Library (please note the date and time change). It will be a tri-school meeting so that our guest speakers can address all 3 parents clubs at once. Our first guest speaker will be PUSD Superintendent Randy Booker who will provide an update on the state’s budget, its impact on PUSD’s budget, and the district’s needs for next year. Our second guest speaker will be Sara Wicht, who is the trainer working with PUSD staff to implement the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” curriculum. Sara will be in Piedmont all next week for staff training and community workshops (see next paragraph) and will give us a taste of the work we’re doing together as a district and community. It should be a great meeting, and I hope to see many of you there.
Lastly, there’s still time to sign up for the “Let’s Talk! Building an Inclusive Piedmont Through Deliberative Dialogue” workshops, organized by The City of Piedmont, PUSD, and the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee. Led by facilitator Sara Wicht, the Let’s Talk! workshops are designed specifically for Piedmonters to engage in an enriching community dialogue: to listen, learn, and understand one another better, respectfully. The workshops will be on February 5, 10 and 11 and will be broken up into two sessions. Session I, an introduction offered in the morning on all 3 days, will focus on identities and community building and Session II, a continuation offered in the afternoon on February 10 and 11, will offer advanced discussions. The workshops are free for everyone, including age-appropriate kids. To register for both Session I and Session II and find out more details, please visit: http://www.padc.info/lets-talk -workshops.html
Thanks and Happy February,
Dana Lung
HPC President

A message from our Parent Club President

Next week Wednesday, January 31, at 8:30 am in Ellen Driscoll, Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Randy Booker will be coming to Havens for his second semester’s Superintendent’s Coffee. This event is a rare opportunity for parents to meet and talk with Randy in an informal, intimate setting. We had a small, but vocal group at last semester’s coffee and those in attendance got to ask whatever questions were on their minds. Come to next week’s coffee and take advantage of this special gathering just for Havens parents.
A reminder from last week that the next HPC meeting will be on Monday, February 5, at 6:30 pm in the Havens Library (please note the date and time change). It will be a tri-school meeting so that our guest speakers can address all 3 parents clubs at once. Our first guest speaker will be Randy who will provide an update on the state’s budget, its impact on PUSD’s budget, and the district’s needs for next year. Our second guest speaker will be Sara Wicht, who is the trainer working with PUSD staff to implement the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” curriculum. Sara will be in Piedmont that entire week for staff training and community workshops (see next paragraph) and will give us a taste of the work we’re doing together as a district and community.

Thank you to all of you who have already signed up for the “Let’s Talk! Building an Inclusive Piedmont Through Deliberative Dialogue” workshops, organized by The City of Piedmont, PUSD, and the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee. Led by facilitator Sara Wicht, the Let’s Talk! workshops are designed specifically for Piedmonters to engage in an enriching community dialogue: to listen, learn, and understand one another better, respectfully. The workshops will be on February 5, 10 and 11 and will be broken up into two sessions. Session I, an introduction offered in the morning on all 3 days, will focus on identities and community building and Session II, a continuation offered in the afternoon on February 10 and 11, will offer advanced discussions. The workshops are free for everyone, including age-appropriate kids. To register for both Session I and Session II and find out more details, please visit: http://www.padc.info/lets-talk -workshops.html
Thanks and get involved where you can,

Dana Lung

HPC President