Our second pizza pop-up fundraiser was even more successful than the pilot thanks to the efforts and generosity of Havens parents Charlene Reis and Paul Arenstam of Summer Kitchen & Bake Shop. Those families who ordered online ahead of time, picked up their dinners when they picked up their kids from school, and in the process, raised money for Havens through some of the proceeds. We hope to offer this convenient and delicious time-saver more often next year. Thank you to Charlene and Paul, and all the families who participated.
Havens is the place to be tonight for the Spring Book Fair, taco truck, and special viewing of the art show.  The book fair, run by our fabulous HPC Library Team of Penny Graham, Joy Nieman, and Katie Sample, is a fundraiser for the Havens Library, so stock up on tons of great books for your family and friends’ summer reading.  You can also buy books for your teachers and donate them to their individual class libraries.  After buying your books and dinner from the taco truck, don’t forget to view the amazing art work all around campus.  Walk through the office, library and hallways
to see spectacular art created by our students.  Special thanks to art teacher Brittney Price and the parent volunteers who spent hours and hours putting up the beautiful displays.
Our final HPC meeting will be next Tuesday, May 22, at 10:00 am off campus to celebrate our outgoing board and welcome the incoming one.  If you are not a board member and would like to attend the HPC Changeover Brunch, please email me at dana.lung@stanfordalumni.org and I’ll send you the address of the off-campus location.  Please join us!
Although you may be relieved to know that this message is my last as HPC President, I am rather sad about it because the experience of leading the Havens Parents Club has been incredible.  My life has been enriched by getting to meet so many Havens families this year, and getting to know other families better.  I have truly enjoyed working with so many of you, who have tirelessly and valiantly volunteered your time and contributed in so many different ways on behalf of our children.  Your talents, ingenuity, generosity, hard work, passion and caring have inspired me throughout the year, and I am grateful to have served along side you.
Through my many hours at school this year, I got to witness the learning in the classrooms, the repairing of relationships in the counselor’s office, the high-fives on the field, and the curiosity in the library.  As you know, we are fortunate to have such committed and dedicated teachers and staff at Havens, who are not only working to educate our children for success in the future, but also are helping them develop into responsible and thoughtful adults.  I am proud to have been part of of the roll-out of the Havens values and appreciate the efforts of the entire staff in teaching our children about caring, courage, integrity and that everyone at Havens belongs.  Thank you to our courageous leader Anne Dolid, who demonstrates the values every day in her work and who has been so helpful as a resource, advocate, expert, cheerleader, sounding board, and partner.
There are better days ahead for HPC as Laura Amen will be stepping into the role of HPC President.  I asked Laura to be Vice President this year because I knew how conscientious, generous, reliable, enthusiastic, smart and funny she is.  However, in working with her so closely this year,  she surpassed all expectations and confirmed what an outstanding leader she will be next year.  We are in for a treat as Laura takes the helm with her wit, creativity, thoughtfulness and talent.  On a personal note, special thanks to Rebecca Thornborrow, Emeritus President of HPC, who quietly but consistently served as my advisor throughout the year, always happy to listen, give input and provide historical perspective.  As a graduating 5th grade parent, Rebecca will be greatly missed next year at Havens, where she has given so much of her time and talent in the instrumental music class every week, as well as many other contributions throughout the years.
Thank you all again for a wonderful year and Happy Summer,
Dana Lung
HPC President

Spring Book Fair at Havens & May Pizza Pop-Up

Thank you for sending your students to school yesterday with the beautiful flowers.  What a lovely sight!  The bouquets in the classrooms, cards, and other displays of gratitude were greatly appreciated by the teachers and staff.  In addition, we provided a wonderful lunch for all Havens personnel through the planning and coordination of our fabulous HPC Hospitality Team of Frannie Cooley, Jacque Jumper, Blair Paige and Jen Rego.  Huge thanks to them and the parents who brought salads, desserts, and floral arrangements to make the luncheon special.  HPC also personally thanked the 83 Havens staff members with yummy sweet treats left in their mailboxes thanks to the artistic talents of Laura Amen and the baking/packaging prowess and generous subsidy provided by Charlene Reis.

A round of applause for all of those who attended our last regular HPC meeting of the 2017-2018 school year last week.  Thank you to teacher specialists Jessica Roine and Karen Keller, and teacher librarian Laura Remer, who were our guest speakers and provided us with helpful tips and strategies to avoid the “summer slide.”  We also had a substantive discussion on PUSD’s funding requests for this year and our need to spend some of our reserves to fulfill them.  The HPC board voted to fund the requests from PUSD, and we thank you for your support.  Our HPC Board Changeover Meeting will be on Tuesday, May 22, at 10:00 am off campus to celebrate our outgoing board and welcome the new one.  If you are not a board member and would like to attend, please email me at dana.lung@stanfordalumni.org and I’ll send you the address of the off-campus location.  Please join us!
Next week is the Spring Book Fair at Havens.  Please see the Library Team’s message below for details.  Please clean out your old books this week and donate them to the SERVES book drive happening now (bins are around campus) to benefit the East Bay Agency for Children.  Then come to the book fair and purchase new books for your kids, family, friends, teachers, summer reading, etc. while raising critical funds for our library.
Also next week is our May Pizza Pop-Up!  Havens parents Charlene Reis and Paul Arenstam of Summer Kitchen & Bakeshop are generously holding a second pizza fundraiser specifically for Havens. Details below:

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 before Monday, May 14, and pick up after school at Havens on Tuesday, May 15.  They will take orders until they sell out (which they did with the pilot) possibly before May 14, so order early!
  • 15% of every order will go directly to Havens Elementary.
  • To order, go to https://summer-kitchen-pop- up.myshopify.com
There’s a ton going on so let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks and enjoy the frenzy,
Dana Lung
HPC President

A message from the HPC President

Great to see such a huge crowd at the instrumental music concert by the 4th and 5th graders last night.  The students performed so well (and I’m objective since I don’t have a 4th or 5th grader!), and I am impressed with how far the program has come in the last couple years.  Thanks to our instrumental music instructors Shauna Revelli, Heather King, and Robin Eig, and a special thank you to Havens parent Rebecca Thornborrow for volunteering her time every week to help with the classes.
Next Tuesday, May 8, is Teacher Appreciation Day at Havens.  Please send your child to school with a flower or two (store bought or home grown) to present to his or her teacher.  Parent volunteers will help gather the flowers together and arrange beautiful bouquets for the teachers.  The HPC Hospitality Team will also provide a wonderful lunch for the entire staff with the help of some of you who have graciously volunteered to bring a salad or dessert.  Thanks in advance for your support.
Don’t forget to order your dinner-to-go with our May Pizza Pop-Up!  Havens parents Charlene Reis and Paul Arenstam of Summer Kitchen Bake Shop have generously offered to have a second pizza fundraiser specifically for Havens. Details below: 

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 before Monday, May 14, and pick up after school at Havens on Tuesday, May 15.  They will take orders until they sell out (which they did with the pilot) possibly before May 14, so order early!
  • 15% of every order will go directly to Havens Elementary.
  • To order, go to https://summer-kitchen-pop- up.myshopify.com
Finally, I look forward to seeing you at our last regular HPC meeting of the 2017-2018 school year tomorrow, Thursday, May 3, at 8:35 am in Ellen Driscoll.  Teacher specialists Jessica Roine and Karen Keller, and teacher librarian Laura Remer will be our guest speakers to provide us with helpful tips and strategies to avoid the “summer slide/slump.”  We will also conduct important end-of-the-year business, including the proposed spending of some of our reserves to address critical PUSD funding requests.  Please join us.
Thanks and see you tomorrow morning,
Dana Lung
HPC President

Thank you Havens Spring Fling Coordinator Committee

It was lovely to see so many of you at the K-3 vocal music concert yesterday morning.  I think the students performed beautifully and am grateful to Mr. Behrendt for his efforts and energy in providing us with a glimpse of our children’s vocal music education.  I am excited for next week’s instrumental music concert by the 4th and 5th graders graders on Tuesday, May 1, at 7 pm in Ellen Driscoll and look forward to seeing many of you there.  
The Spring Fling gala on Friday night was very fun and successful in raising much-needed funds for our 3 elementary schools.  Thank you to all of you who volunteered at, donated to, and/or attended the gala and to all of you who worked tirelessly on all of the activities and events associated with Spring Fling.  In particular, thank you to our Havens Spring Fling Coordinator Teebie Saunders, the many other Havens parents on the Spring Fling Committee, and all of the families who contributed to the 2 Havens baskets for the silent auction.  We’re very grateful.
Back by popular demand, we will have another Pizza Pop-Up in May!  Havens parents Charlene Reis and Paul Arenstam of Summer Kitchen Bake Shop have generously offered to have a second pizza fundraiser specifically for Havens. Details below:

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 before Monday, May 14, and pick up after school at Havens on Tuesday, May 15.  They will take orders until they sell out (which they did with the pilot) possibly before May 14, so order early!
  • 15% of every order will go directly to Havens Elementary.
  • To order, go to https://summer-kitchen-pop- up.myshopify.com
Please remember to attend our last regular HPC meeting of the 2017-2018 school year 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, including the proposed spending of some of our reserves to address critical PUSD funding requests.
Thanks and Happy May,
Dana Lung
HPC President
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