November 13, 2018
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In this Edition:
  • Air Quality Resources
  • Postponed: State of the District/LCAP Presentation & Workshops
  • Illuminate Parent Portal
  • Speaker Series: Professor Frank Worrell's Presentation
  • City Use of School Board Room
  • Schools Fund Annual Report
  • Longfellow's Be an Ally Assembly
  • Speaker Series, Board Meetings
Air Quality Resources for Families
The  forecast for the air quality  continues to be in the “unhealthy” range (red) and may remain this way for a few more days. Until conditions improve, our schools will continue to follow the  EPA/CDC guidelines for schools , and recess, P.E. classes and after-school activities will be moved inside, and athletic activities canceled or modified.

Here is a  wildfire season resources for families  to help you become more informed about air quality issues and make family emergency plans. The resource guide is intended to help Berkeley families prepare and respond to emergency situations.
Due to Poor Air Quality: State of the District Presentation & Workshops Postponed Until January
Due to the smoky conditions this week, the Superintendent's State of the District, LCAP Updates and Workshops event previously scheduled for 11/15 is being postponed.

The Superintendent will move ahead with his plans to give a State of the District presentation at the Board meeting on 11/28. Another public presentation, LCAP Update and workshops will be held in January, date TBD at this time.
All Families Invited to Join Illuminate Home Connect
All families have access to a web-based tool called  Illuminate Home Connect which provides important information to help students succeed. Our teachers and staff use this online tool to share information with you about attendance, grades, and academic progress. To activate a BUSD parent/legal guardian account you need a personal access code, your student's school ID number, and your email address.

It is also critical for your email to be on file with your child's school in the case of an emergency and to send urgent messaging, such as the recent email from Superintendent Evans about school response to current air quality issues.

Recently, schools received letters for all elementary school families without an active account that included instructions and a personal access code to get started with Illuminate. If you are a BUSD parent or legal guardian and have not received your access code, please check with your child's teacher. If you have had technical difficulty in setting up your account, please email for assistance. (Please provide your name, email, and your children's names, grades, and schools of attendance.) More information on the district webpage .
Professor Frank Worrell Places Education and Research in Historical Context for First Event in Superintendent's Speaker Series
The first speaker of the Superintendent's Onward and Upward Speaker Series, Dr. Frank Worrell, held the audience in rapt attention for 90 minutes on the evening of November 1, as he presented a range of the educational and psychological contexts that promote high achievement and academic talent.

He began by placing Berkeley’s 50 years of public school integration and the achievement gap in a historical and global context and shared a series of stories to illustrate the research he has been leading on how race, culture, and ethnicity play out in educational contexts and the key factors that support academic talent development in every classroom.

More about the presentation is on our webpage, including Dr. Worrell's slide deck.
Superintendent Evans and Professor Worrell consider questions from the audience at the speaker event on November 1.

See below for information on the next event with Dr. Carter on Dec. 11.
City to Use School Board Room for Meetings
The Berkeley School Board and Berkeley City Council have approved a joint agreement for the City to use the District’s Board Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 3pm. The pact is intended to accommodate the City Council meetings on Tuesdays and the Zoning Adjustments Board meetings on Thursdays. It may also include Rent Stabilization Board meetings. The first City meetings in the School Board Room are expected to start in December.
Berkeley Public Schools Fund Gives Grants to Over Half of BUSD Teachers Every Year!
Did you know that over half of the teachers in BUSD receive grants from the Berkeley Public Schools Fund every year? In 2017-18, the Schools Fund raised over $1,0005,000 for classroom grants, strategic impact grants, teacher fellowships and more. Check out their 2017-18 Annual Report and how the money raised is being used.
Longfellow Targets Bullying in "Be an Ally" Assembly

Longfellow’s annual “Be an Ally” assembly on Oct. 29 employed student skits to illustrate the impact of bullying and constructive ways to address it.
Adopting TV news and talk-show formats, members of the school’s Leadership Class depicted interviews with bullying victims, repentant perpetrators and students who acted as allies.
Upcoming Events & Meetings
Why Diversity is Not Integration
Dr. Prudence L. Carter, Tuesday, December 11, 7pm

Dr. Carter looks at how school communities can foster empathy among people of varied social backgrounds as they teach, learn, communicate, and interact in ways that can fortify our democracy. She’ll help us think about the role each of us plays in promoting integration and educational equity.

Dr. Carter is currently the Dean of the Berkeley Graduate School of Education and serves on the Leadership Team for Berkeley’s 2020 Vision: Equity in Education. You can read more about her in the short bio on our webpage .

This is the second event in the superintendent's speaker series, Onward and Upward.
Tuesday, December 11, at 7:00pm in the Longfellow Middle School Auditorium, 1500 Derby St.

Save the Date: Dr. Jabari Mahiri, Multicultural Education Beyond the Color-Bind, Jan. 31 at 7pm.

See you there!
School Board Meetings
November 14, 7:30pm*
November 28, 7:30pm

All regular Board Meetings are held in the Board Room, 1231 Addison St., and are streamed live and archived on the BUSD YouTube Channel .

* Despite the poor air quality, the Board meeting will continue as scheduled.
School board meeting agendas/materials are posted at least 72 hours before meetings on the School Board Meeting Information page of our website.
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November 19-23 (Thanksgiving Break)
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