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

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