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A+ News Edition: 
Week of May 8, 2017
Resources for Family Preparedness Plans
All BUSD families have been emailed a letter from Superintendent Evans  about the importance of family preparedness plans, with special advice for immigrant families, many of whom have concerns about keeping their families together due to the potential for immigrant enforcement actions (ICE).

Please visit our webpage to read the letter and find important resources for family preparedness plans for you to know about and share with others in the community.
Come Learn About the Plan For 9th Grade "Hives" at BHS: 
May 9 & 11
Over a period of more than 18 months Berkeley High faculty, staff and students as well as parents, the school board, and community groups have been engaged in an on-going community discussion about redesigning elements of the instructional program at Berkeley High School to better serve all students. 
The Redesign Plan focuses on several key elements that would most directly impact the 9th grade instructional program beginning in the fall of 2018 and will be moving forward to the School Board for discussion at their meeting on May 17.

May 9:   Longfellow Middle                         School Auditorium*     
May 11: Willard Middle School                   Auditorium

* (English/Spanish)
Each meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

Note: If you currently have a 6th or 7th grade student, these meetings will be of special interest to you! You are welcome at any one of the three meetings regardless of where your child(ren) attends school.
District Policies & Resources for Immigrant Families
This District web page provides information on local resources for immigrant families. You can also contact the principal, family engagement specialist at your child's school, school counselor or other trusted staff member if you would like to know how schools are supporting immigrant families.

new web page  about the effort to support immigrant families in public schools across California was launched by the California Department of Education.
School Board Adopts Policy: No Government Registry
On April 26, 2017 the School Board adopted a policy designed to protect students and employees from any attempt at a government registry on the basis of religion, national origin and ethnicity. The policy forbids staff from recording a student or staff person's religion and from disclosing personal information about individual students or their families that may be used for the purpose of creating or compiling a list, registry, or database of individuals based on religion, national origin, or ethnicity. The full policy is online here.

Notification of Non-Discrimination Policy
The Berkeley Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital or parental status, ancestry, ethnic group identification, disability, medical condition, homelessness or foster status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Discrimination based on protected class includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, and bullying. 

Please visit this webpage for all inquiries or concerns regarding BUSD's nondiscrimination policy 5145.3 or the filing of discrimination complaints.
District Meetings & Events

Note: No School Mondays, May 15 & 29

Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

May 9 (7:00pm)
Room 126, 2020 Bonar St.

May 17 (7:30pm)
Board Room at 1231 Addison Street

All School Board meetings are viewable live on local cable channel 33 and YouTube. (The live link is posted before each board meeting on the district homepage.) 

Records of board meetings are archived on  the BUSD YouTube channel .

Board Office Hours:
Visit this webpage for information on how to contact members of the School Board or to find out when monthly office hours are scheduled.
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BHS Student Art Now Adorns the Walls in All of Our Schools
Artful messaging created by students in the Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA) at Berkeley High School is now hanging in all of our schools as a way to let all students, families, staff, and visitors know that they are welcome in our schools. When asked to help spread positive messages of community and unity that are embodied in the values of the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), BHS teacher Miriam Stahl's student artists rose to the occasion with a vibrant array of posters. The poster above was designed by BHS student Hana Robertson.

A special thank you to all of the student artists who offered up their designs: 
Akiva-Axelrod Hausman
Ayame Keane-Lee
Neelam Khan
Chia-Chen Lin
Joshua Males
Marikit Mayeno
Tala Parker
Hana Robertson
Audrey Washington
You can see each of the nine pieces here.

The student art is accompanied by new signage noting BUSD's values and the commitment of the Berkeley Board of Education as expressed in  recent board policies and resolutions

Live, Love, Learn with Help from the Longfellow Community
District families, students and staff are invited to a special "Learning Exchange" taking place at Longfellow Middle School.

WHEN: Saturday, May 20 from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
WHERE: Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby 

The event will include community dialogue and interactive workshops to build resiliency and community to counter fear and xenophobia.

Topics, designed for youth and adults, include:
* Know your Rights for youth, & Youth Empowerment and Leadership
* Dynamic mindfulness with Niroga Institute
* Support strategies with Berkeley Mental Health
* Developing a Family Preparedness Plan
* Art with Muralist Edith Boone
* Music with organizer Francisco Herrera
* Community Gardening/Environmental Justice

The goal is to share in the work of creating supportive and caring communities in every school.

Light breakfast, full lunch, childcare, and Spanish translation provided.
Bilingualism is Beautiful! Annual Celebration of English Fluency Honors 117 Students
An air of festivity filled Longfellow's new cafeteria recently when students and family members gathered with teachers and staff to celebrate English Language Learners who've attained English proficiency.

The annual ceremony honored the 117 students who were certified as fluent this year. The event included remarks by Superintendent Evans, School Board Member Beatriz Leyva-Cutler and three of the honored students. A special treat came at the end -- generous portions of cakes decorated with icing with affirming words: "Bilingualism is Beautiful."
The Power of Audiobooks
What happens when we read a book? In early elementary years, there is greater emphasis on decoding skills. But the importance of broader comprehension skills is crucial in these early years and plays an even more important role as students transition into late elementary and middl e school. How does the work we do as teachers support students developing their understanding of what they read? Read more on BUSD Librarian Mary Ann Scheuer's Blog.

There's a New DigitechTeach Blog Post Up! 
Some of the most dramatic changes with technology are happening right in our classrooms, and we want you to know about it! Read the latest blog posts on how teachers and students are using google apps!
Berkeley Public Schools Fund Spring Luncheon: Be A Scientist
The Schools Fund Annual Spring Luncheon is this Friday! Tickets are still available.

WHEN: Friday, May 12 from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
WHERE: Hs Lordships Restaurant on the Berkeley Marina

You can purchase tickets now or sponsor a table.

The Spring Luncheon is the School Fund's annual fundraiser and a celebration of community support for our public schools. This year's theme, "Be A Scientist", celebrates two middle school STEM initiatives and the individuals leading them.