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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 22, 2014
TEAM Up - we're down to the wire!
Giving Fund deadline is March 31st
school board mtg csr
The school board has restored smaller classes at 25:1 for 1st through 3rd grades for next year, with Kindergarten following in 2015-16!
 
But we want to lower the ratio in Kindergarten for next year and the deadline is just a short 1 week away!
donate now

Donations have been flowing in for Kindergarten CSR - $30K in the last three weeks, bringing our total to $188,000! We need another $33K in the next week to hit the 28:1 threshold! We can do it!


You can donate at the Elementary Level to Smaller Class Sizes and/or Technology - and don't forget about our middle and high school students - the Giving Fund also includes donations for Technology, Student Support, and additional Class Sections at the Middle & High School levels.    

Have You Made Your Annual Donation?
Pleasanton Run for Education
Run, walk, or boogie?

Registrations by school affiliation are heating up! It looks like Walnut Grove is still in the lead, but Alisal is comin' on!  Head on over to PPIERun.com to register, and let's move that line!
 
 

 

No experience necessary, just enthusiasm! If you like to dance and have fun, come out and join the Flash Mob in the Expo area at 9:30 am! Check it out on Facebook at Pleasanton Flash Mob. Watch for notices of a couple of Sunday pre-race rehearsals or watch for the coming Youtube video so you can learn the moves!

Innovative Education Grants for Teachers
Application deadline is April 16, 2014
Teachers - we have up to $3,000 in grant money available for each winning project, but the application is new this year, so take some time now to review the requirements.  Think about how your project fits into the curriculum (Common Core Standards alignment), the PUSD Strategic Plan, and/or any other efforts in this area. Why is this an "innovative" idea? How is your project new and different from what is usually done to support student learning? Don't delay - get the Innovative Education Grant Application today!
Innovative Student Grants
nearly $5,000 awarded in March 2014
We are pleased to announce the PPIE Innovative Student Grant awards for 2013- 2014. Fourteen Pleasanton Unified School District students from the elementary, middle and high school levels were awarded a total of $4,992.08 in funding for a variety of student-initiated projects. Please see our website for the list of Student Grant Recipients 
Oops! Wrong save-the-date for Toasts & Tastes of Fall
October 17, 2014 (updated)
We were just checking to see who noticed our date confusion! This is the actual date for next year's Toasts & Tastes of Fall - the premiere culinary event of the season.  Put the date on your calendar and stay tuned...  
Here's Johnny!
PSEE Fundraiser to benefit elementary band & strings
April 10th, 7:30 pm, Firehouse Arts Center
We're sharing this with you because we know that many of our donors are also big music supporters! Our friends over at Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation (PSEE) are hosting an energetic evening filled with song, dance, and humor to benefit our schools' elementary band & strings program. You'll hear such tunes as The Way You Look Tonight, Can't Take MY Eyes Off Of You, and other Broadway favorites. Johnny Orenberg, a Pleasanton native, will also showcase songs from his Disney and New York experience. Backed by the award-winning Amador Valley High School Jazz Band, this night will be an unforgettable evening of entertainment.  Purchase tickets online at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office. But you better move quickly - tickets are going fast!
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 always 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!

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Susan Hayes, Executive Director
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