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Save the Date! April 19: Garden Party + some serious building

March 21, 2015 Leave a comment

As part of a twice annual Beach grounds and garden work day to keep our school in top shape, we have an important date coming up Sunday, April 19, 9am to 1pm. Please join the padres, madres, neighbors, and ninos for a major work day to build enhancements in the lunch area and Howard fence edge. We are re-vegetating slopes with drought tolerant plants and (fire up that skill saw…) building a deck under the shade tree. This work is all in advance of a new shade structure to be built after school lets out in June.

On the building front: We need two or more dads to step up in to help John Gibbs with prep planning, logistics, and ideally, carpentry on the big day. Gibbs is buying the beer. Big shout out to the Davies and Davis gents for work done to date. Thanks to several other parents, BPO, and Principal Corritone for helping to provide permanent shade in the lunch area.

More details to follow.

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December events – Tech Social (12/5), 2nd Thursday BDC Meeting (12/11)

December 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Hola Padres,

A few quick reminders, as we start into December.

First Friday:

Tech Social at Piedmont Middle School, tonight Fri, Dec 5.

Please join the Piedmont Makers for the December Tech Social, 12/05 at the PMS Multipurpose Room at 6pm (cost: $5)! The theme is “Coding” in honor of the Hour of Code week from December 8-14. The featured speaker will be Ali Partovi, Co-Founder of, and we welcome community members who would like to demonstrate their favorite coding apps. The event will include social time, a pizza dinner, a short TEDx-like talk, and self-organizing pods with topics such as Minecraft, board games, wearables, and any other topics you would like to share! For those of you who weren’t there last month, this is a great event for parents and kids – lots of hands on activities.

Please contact Ayyana Chakravartula (, Dion Lim ( or Noelle Fillippenko ( with questions, and register here:

Second Thursday:

Beach Dads Club Meeting: Thursday, December 11 at b8am
We’ll hold this month’s Second Thursday meeting at Cato’s on Piedmont Ave, from 8pm – 9:30 (or so). On the agenda will be a short update on the Battle of the Bands (venue and date change) and other dads club related topics. These monthly meetings are meant to be informal get togethers – a great way to meet some other dads, especially those outside of the immediate orbit of what grade your kids are in.

Hope to see you at either or both events.

Viva los padres,


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Upcoming Meetings and Events

September 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Hola Padres –

Just a quick reminder that we’ll be gathering at Jon Schleuning’s house (23 Greenbank Ave) Thursday night, September 11, 7:30pm-9:pm to kickoff the year. We’ll make sure the Pancake Breakfast is in good order, welcome new Padres to the community, share tall tales, and gear up for the new year. Beverages will be provided.

Second, please save the following date — on October 19, there will be a Grounds and Garden work day at the school. More details to come!

And if you haven’t signed up for a work slot for the Pancake Breakfast, please do so here!

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Annual Tri-School Softball Tournament — June 14, 2014

June 17, 2014 Leave a comment

On a beautiful Saturday after the last week of school, about 50 fathers from Beach, Havens, and Wildwood continued the traditional Tri-School Softball Tournament, playing 3 games at Coaches Field.

With over 100 in attendance including kids and families in the stands and on the grass cheering on their dads and their schools, local San Francisco Opera singer, Amy McKenzie, sang the national anthem for all to enjoy this favorite fundraising event.

The first game was won by Havens playing the Wildwood team and holding off a spirited comeback (7-4). The second game was Beach blanking out Wildwood (30-0). The third game was Beach beating Havens (10-3) to retain their Tri-School softball championship status!

A home-run derby saw Wildwood alumnus, Luke Heller (4), edging out Beach’s Dan Ferreira (3) and Jonathan Davis (2) and Haven’s Jeff Dorman (1).

Over $1000 was raised for the Associated Parents Club of Piedmont supporting CHIME (Citizens Highly Interested in Music Education).

Great job to all the Beach Padres who participated in the game and supported the event! (As well as all the dads from Havens and Wildwood!)

Amy McKenzie sings the national anthem.

Amy McKenzie sings the national anthem.

Beach, Havens, and Wildwood dads gather for the Annual Softball Tournament.

Beach, Havens, and Wildwood dads gather for the Annual Softball Tournament.

Thank you to our grounds and garden clean-up crew!

December 16, 2013 Leave a comment
‘Leaf it’ to the Beach community to shine once again. 36 intrepid souls braved the frigid temps last Sunday to help rake, prune, plant and mulch the grounds of Egbert W. Beach, and it looks amazing! Big thanks to Anne Hauss and John Gibbs for their stewardship of the garden and grounds – these jewels of our environment – and to all the others that brought their rakes and snacks and green thumbs to help out. Timed perfectly after the recent storms denuded Lake Street trees of all but their most stubborn leaves, rakers of all ages filled many bags, mulchers emptied many bags, and new plantings went in near the lunch and main stairwell areas on the north side of the school. This biannual cleanup should keep the school looking tidy through the winter and into the spring when we’ll have another event for those that missed the fun this time. Special thank you to Pedro who had the school in pretty darn good shape to begin with!

Phil Lorin
BDC President



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Big Beach Grounds & Garden Work Party — Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

December 4, 2013 Leave a comment
Hi Beach Families,
As part of an occasional call to arms, dads and families are needed to help out this Sunday morning for some long overdue yard work and improvements. We will be tackling the following in a compressed effort 9am – 12noon:
  • Plant shrubs and ground cover at the entry and inside the Lake Ave fence in areas left bare by school construction
  • Spread mulch in same area
  • Rake and clean up lots of leaves and debris blown around by the big wind storm
  • Miscellaneous Edible Garden improvements
  • Add a few native plants in the Eco-Lab
  • Anything else Julie Valdez needs!
Helpful tools needed:
  • Gloves
  • Rakes (leaf clean up)
  • Shovel/hand trowel (planting)
  • Flat shovel (spreading mulch)
  • Paper leaf bags
BIG thanks to Anne Hauss for heading this up!
beach edible garden
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Fifth Annual Winter Jazz Night

February 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Winter Jazz Night V

Get ready to dance at Winter Jazz Night!

Parents and friends are invited to the fifth annual Beach Dads Club Winter Jazz Night, Saturday, March 9 from 7-11pm at the Veteran’s Hall. Come enjoy the sounds of authentic Latin Jazz featuring Jesús Diaz and friends. Bring your dancing shoes for plenty of Cha,cha,cha, Danzon, Son and Latin Jazz.

Food generously donated by Butterfly Restaurant.  Drinks will be available at the event for $5 each.

Tickets can be purchased online at This event is Adults only.

Event Information:

Saturday, March 9
7:00 – 11:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Hall, 401 Highland Avenue, Piedmont

Tickets $50 until March 1, Then $65
Purchase tickets online at:

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