Rockin' the house at Handles for PPIE!
February 22nd, 9 pm at Handles Gastropub, 855 Main St
Bay Area alternative rock band Ten Car Train will perform at Handles with all proceeds going to PPIE! Tickets are a $10 donation at the door. In addition to hosting the event, Handles will donate 10% of all dinner sales that evening to PPIE when diners request it.

Chris Zaballos, guitarist and vocalist for Ten Car Train says the event will be more than just a performance for the band, which is comprised of local community members. "We've been looking for venues in Pleasanton to play for our hometown fans and Handles was at the top of our list," he said. "We all have strong ties with Pleasanton and doing this as a benefit for PPIE makes the show even better for us." Handles co-owner Chris Hampton says that "Handles has hosted a number of events to benefit the community but we're particularly excited about this one." Thank you, Handles & Ten Car Train!
TEAM Up with PPIE for 2014 - 2015 Giving Fund!
Spring Push deadline is March 31st
The deadline is just a short 7 weeks away! As of January, we have 10.7% of families participating. We can do better! If you've already donated in this year's Giving Fund Campaign, share this email with your friends and coworkers and talk to them about PPIE...Together we can do it! 

EXTRA! EXTRA! The school board at their recent meeting indicated their desire to move more aggressively and expand CSR to more grades for next year within the PUSD budget, but there isn't enough money to get us all the way. So if you want to get to lower ratios faster, you know what to do:
donate now

Based upon the cost of $110,500 to lower the ratio one child for one grade level, and with the $157,000 PPIE has raised for Smaller Class Sizes so far, here's how we could make a greater impact on an additional grade level for the upcoming school year:
  • If we raise an additional $65K, the PUSD could lower the class size from 30 to 28 students
  • If we raise an additional $175K, the PUSD could lower the class size from 30 to 27 students
  • If raise an additional $396K, the PUSD could lower the class size from 30 to 25 students
This year, of course, our 1st graders are enjoying Class Size Reduction at 25:1 with PPIE's help. We know you want smaller class sizes, and for more grade levels, so LET'S FUND IT AGAIN!   
Have You Made Your Annual Donation?
2nd Annual Pleasanton Run for Education
Don't wait to register - the price goes up March 11th!

Join us on April 13th as we kick-off the 2nd Annual Pleasanton Run for Education. We're got a new certified course for you, and a lot of great activities for the kids. Head on over to PPIERun.com and get started!


Check out the half marathon course for you serious folks, the 5k course for the Run for Fun folks, and then of course, there is always the Snooze for Schools option for any of us who just want to sleep in but still support PPIE!

Fremont Bank donates additional $10,000!
Brian Gentry of Fremont Bank presented the PPIE Board of Directors with an additional $10,000 donation on January 13, 2014. This generous contribution, which is in addition to their continued support of PPIE, is in honor of Fremont Bank's 50th anniversary. Fremont Bank is celebrating by donating $1 million in the communities they serve. For more information on their good work, please see Fremont Bank 50th Anniversary. Thank you Fremont Bank!

Fremont Bank donates check
From left to right - Bill Wheeler, Black Tie Transportation; Stephen Hilton, Robert Half; Bob Miller, Clorox; Brian Gentry, Fremont Bank; Susan Hayes, Executive Director of PPIE; Joan Laursen, PUSD School Board; Kelly French; David Halperin, Wells Fargo LLC; John Clatworthy; John Godi, Stone Bros Property Management. Parvin Ahmadi, PUSD Superintendent, had to leave for another meeting just before we took the photo but was there to hear the great news. 
Jersey Mike's Grand Opening a hit!
Raises $3,770 for PPIE
Jersey Mike's subs
Many thanks to Jersey Mike's for choosing to support PPIE in their grand opening celebration, and thank you to the community for your patronage & donations! On February 10th, Bennett Ball of Jersey Mike's presented a check for $3,770 to the PPIE Board of Directors! Thank you Jersey Mike's!
Giving Fund 2014-15 Update
As of February 12, 2014
We are well below what we raised at the elementary level last year - let's get busy during the Spring Push and bring that number up. We did it last year, let's do it again!
Elementary - Smaller Class Sizes/ Student Support$157K
Elementary - Technology$ 44K
Middle School$ 79K
High School$ 59K
Other-use as needed$ 46K

How your dollars are helping students
$600,000 working in our classrooms THIS YEAR!
Just a quick reminder...we raise money during the current school year to help with programs for the following year.  So, where are your last year's donations now??  The schools have now reported back to us how they are spending the funds, and we couldn't wait to share it with you! Check out the details for your school at our Giving Fund 2013-14 Site Expenditure Report.
FAQ Corner - do you know?
Everything you wanted to know about LCFF, but were afraid to ask
For 30 years, EdSource has developed a stellar reputation as a highly respected source of education information, research and analysis. They have put together a great primer on California's new school finance model, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). See why although the budget news from Sacramento is good for education, Pleasanton Unified will not return to the 2007 historical funding level until 2020-2021! This is why PPIE and YOU are so important!

ppie apple tree
Susan Hayes, Executive Director
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