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What can you do to support programs for our students in PUSD?
You can donate to our District Education Foundation, PPIE.

  Other comparable communities ask their families for over $500 per student - and they have a very high participation rate!  

If you can't give that much up front, you can donate what you can through our monthly donation program.  Every bit helps!

Contributing to PPIE helps insulate our students from the unstable and inadequate funding that the state has been providing the past 5 years, and helps to enhance educational programs.  Need more info?  Check out the PPIE website at  
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November 8, 2013

Believe it or not, we're almost half-way through this year's Giving Fund Campaign!  So what's coming up next?
New & Improved Impact Grant Program
Student Grant deadline is Dec 5th - only one cycle this year, don't miss it!
PPIE is building on our legacy of 24 years and nearly $800,000 in grant awards given with our new and improved Impact Grant Program!

There in now just one cycle per year, and we will be aligning our efforts more closely to the school district's Strategic Plan - focusing more on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math).

The Grant Program has 3 separate opportunities: Grants for Student Competitions, Innovative Student Grants, and Innovative Education Grants (for teachers).

You can check out all the details and get the applications on our website at PPIE Grant Programs.
Pleasanton Run for Education
Save the Date!
Mark your calendar now for the
2nd Annual Pleasanton Run for Education on April 13, 2014!

We raised over $58,000 dollars last year to support vital programs within our Pleasanton schools! With 1,800 runners last year, we expect this year to be even bigger and better.

This year's courses will be USATF certified because we want to make sure you have a 13.1 mile Half Marathon and a 3.1 mile 5K event that you will enjoy.

The entire family can participate since our awesome separate "Kids Challenge" course is designed especially for the little ones. It's a great event for everyone as we also have super-fun family-friendly activities at the finish line for all to enjoy!

Go to our Pleasanton Run for Education Facebook page and LIKE us! We'll be posting regular updates there as well as on our Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Facebook page.

For questions or volunteer opportunities, please email us at info@ppierun.com or keep tabs on all the goings-on over at PPIERun.com!

See you there! 
Kelly French, Run Coordinator and 
PPIE Vice President
Got old iPhones or iPod Touches??
Let PPIE re-purpose them for you
Heads up!  PPIE will be accepting donations of used iPhones or iPod Touches for use in the classrooms as wifi devices. So if you are planning some new purchases for the holidays, keep us in mind.  More information on the program is coming soon...
Feasting and Fundraising Still a Winning Recipe! 
Our 10th Annual "Toasts & Tastes of Fall" Culinary Competition and Fundraiser on October 19, 2013, marked a decade of "eating well on behalf of education." The annual benefit attracted 350 attendees and was executed by more than 50 volunteers from the community.
Toasts & Tastes 2013
 Head on over to our Photo Gallery to see more of the fun!
More than a fundraiser, 'Toasts & Tastes' offers a unique opportunity for residents to connect directly with important education stakeholder groups. In addition to corporate sponsors and school principals, guests mingled with the PPIE Board of Directors, Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi and other school district administrators and educators, the PUSD school board trustees, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Scott Raty and other regional executives, as well as Mayor Jerry Thorne and the Pleasanton City Council.

Also attending were parents of current students, parents of former students and residents without children in the school system. As we know, PUSD is respected state-wide as a high quality school district. For many residents, it is the primary reason behind their decision to purchase a home in Pleasanton, regardless of whether or not they have children who attend the schools.

Guests enjoyed the lively sounds of the David Ladd All Star Jazz Band while sampling fine wines paired with culinary creations from some of our favorite and finest restaurants, caterers and bakeries. When all was said and done, the judging panel - Nick Boer, Food Editor at Diablo Magazine, International Food & Wine Writer Deborah Grossman, and Auburn James Winemaker Jim Frost - made the tough call and narrowed the field to winners in the three categories:
  • First place in the "Slow Food" category was Almond Estrada of Almond's Kitchen;
  • First place in the "Sweet" category was Primrose Bakery;
  • and in a first-time tie, Top Nod for "Savory" was shared by Pans on Fire and The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards.
The event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors: The Clorox Company, Fremont Bank, KKIQ, Oracle, Robert Half International, Black Tie Transportation, Kaiser Permanente, Ogden Costa Creative Group, Stoneridge Creek, Life Technologies, Vulcan Materials, Balloons & Beyond, Pleasanton Police Officers Charitable Foundation, New Leaf Market, Pleasanton Rentals, and the Pleasanton Weekly.

The valuable assistance of these Event Partners should also be noted: Café Main, Hacienda Business Park, Insignia Designs, Pampered Palate Catering, PUSD Graphics Dept., Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, and Safeway.

PPIE also extends its gratitude to 'Hometown Emcee' Juliette Goodrich, and Judging Panelists Nick Boer, Senior Food Editor for Diablo Magazine; International Food & Wine Writer Deborah Grossman; and AuburnJames Winemaker Jim Frost.

Finally, the event would not have been successful without the tireless efforts of the Event Committee led by Susan Hayes, including Sarah Baer, Shawn Batoy, Lori Carducci, Chuck Deckert, Lauren Fuller, Myla Grasso, Joan Laursen, Amanda Michel, Patty Powers, Jim Ryan, and over 50 key volunteers. 


Annual Giving Fund Update
For programs in the 2014-15 school year
Elementary - Smaller Class Sizes
Elementary - Technology
$  38K
Middle School level
$  71K
High School level
$  53K
Other - use as needed donations
$  34K
Total as of 11/01/13
We also have an additional $57,000 or so expected to come in through pledges and corporate matching!  We are making some great progress towards our 2014-15 Giving Fund Goals.
However, keep in mind that it takes about $110,000 to move a class size ratio down one student for one grade. So keep up the good work and lets keep those donations coming in to help move the ratio!
We continue to make progress towards our goal of at least 25% of families participating.  We are currently at a little over 10% - so we still have some room for improvement!.  Please encourage your friends to join us by using our link and asking them to add their names to our growing list of Giving Fund Donors. 
Calling all Music Education lovers!
PSEE Black Friday Raffle Fundraiser
{All proceeds will benefit the Elementary School Band &  
Strings Program}
Our sister foundation, Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation (PSEE) is having a fabulously fun shopping fundraiser! While PSEE is a completely separate organization from PPIE, we support their amazing work to keep music education in our schools and we hope you will, too.

Each ticket is only $2 each, and the winner of the Black Friday Raffle will receive $1,000 worth of gift cards to go shopping for the holidays. Stores include Macy's, Nordstrom's, GAP, Kohl's, iTunes, Target, Michaels, Amazon, etc. 
The student who sells the most tickets wins a $100 gift card!  The completed ticket order form (do not cut apart) must be returned to your school's band/strings teacher with check (payable to PSEE) or cash attached no later than November 15th.
The winner will be drawn on Tuesday November 19th. If you have questions, please contact PSEE President Susana Krulevitch 
ppie apple tree


Susan Hayes
Executive Director

Pleasanton Partnerships In Education