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Dine Out on February 18th and Support Garden-Based Learning in the Berkeley Public Schools!

Local restaurants and businesses throughout Berkeley are supporting garden-based learning for Berkeley Public Schools with a food-filled day and night out. Participating restaurants are sharing a percentage of sales from Feb. 18 in support of garden education in 17 of our public schools.

Mark your calendar! You can try new and old favorites at participating restaurants all day and night. More details and our growing list of participating restaurants can be found  here .

You can read more about garden-based education in the Berkeley Public Schools, and find the recent fall 2015 semester report here.

Admissions Season Underway 2016-17
Elementary School Visits Are Happening Now

Kindergarten and Middle School Information Nights: Jan. 6 - 27, 2016 

Elementary & Middle School Enrollment Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016

District Meetings & Events
BSEP 2016: Essentials for Excellence  is  a community workshop to discuss the future of the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program tax measure. 

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Location: BUSD Board Room (1231 Addison St.) 
School Board Members Hold Monthly "Office Hours"
Join a board member in a local cafe and bring your ideas, suggestions, and questions.
Find the Board Member Office Hours Schedule

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18

Semester Break: January 25

Google Calendar

Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

Wed., Jan.13, 7:30 p.m.
(School Board Meetings are held in the Board Room at 1231 Addison St.)

BSEP Planning & Oversight (P&O) Committee Meeting
Tues., Dec. 12, 7-9:30pm
2020 Bonar St., Room 126
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BSEP: 2016 
Berkeley Schools Excellence Program

In preparation for an election to reauthorize the BSEP Measure in November of 2016, a series of three papers on the BSEP-BUSD partnership were presented to the School Board this past fall. The papers reviewed the accomplishments of existing BSEP-funded programs, and explored opportunities for innovations in the way BSEP supports and enhances the overall educational experience of students in the Berkeley Public Schools.

If you'd like to know more about BSEP and how teaching and learning is being advanced with local property tax dollars, you can find the idea papers and presentations on the BSEP blog.

We'll be taking a deeper look at BSEP and planning for its future in a workshop for the Berkeley community on  Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  (Location: Board Room, 1231 Addison) Please mark your calendar! 
Three Tech Talks for Parents
In the first part of this new year, our DigiTech and Family Engagement teams have joined forces to bring you three "Tech Talks" with information and tools to help you navigate the world of technology.

How to use technology to advocate for your child in school: Thursday, February 18, 6-8 pm at Rosa Parks 

How to help your child stay safe when online:  Thursday, March 3, 6-8 p.m. at Malcolm X

How your child uses technology in school and what you can do at home:  Thursday, April 7, 6-8 p.m. (Location: TBD)

Looking for a place to donate your used iPhone, iPad, or other tablet?

DigiTech, the Department of Instructional Technology, is seeking donations of old yet functional iPhones, iPads and other tablets. The device needs to be able to connect to the internet, and have a crack-free screen. We will use them as part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lending library for teachers to enhance STEM opportunities for students, including for: programming robots, listening to audiobooks, taking photos for student portfolios, creating videos, solving challenge projects in math, Skyping with international classrooms and/or authors, and much more. Please email Allison Krasnow, Teacher on Special Assignment for Instructional Technology, for more information.
Berkeley School - UC Berkeley Partnership Expands

The Chancellor's Community Partnership Grants Fund has sharpened its focus on Berkeley's 2020 Vision for Children and YouthUp to one-third of the funded grants are now allocated to educational programs in the Berkeley Unified School District in order to bolster school and community efforts to improve outcomes for African American and Latino students. A few of the 2015-16 grants currently in action in the schools include:
  • After school programs to develop math and science talent in elementary aged students, and one to  expand student access to the arts.
  • Black and Latino "Cal Scholars" (student mentors) who work with Berkeley Public School students.
  • "I am a Scientist" investigations for 7th grade students led by Cal faculty and graduate students.
  • Diverse literature collections for elementary school libraries, and support for parents, teachers, and BUILD tutors to use literature to support student exploration of identity.
The Chancellor's grants offer UC Berkeley students and faculty a chance to have a positive impact on children's lives while giving back to the Berkeley community. New in the 2016 funding cycle, all education grants must be designed to further progress in meeting the 2020 Vision equity goals.