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Admissions Events 

Kindergarten & New Families Information Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3  from 10am-1pm at LeConte Elementary School.

Admissions Information: Berkeley High School
Go Jackets!

The enrollment timeline for Berkeley High School's incoming 9th graders for 2017-18 has been moved up. Please visit our website for information on how to enroll your incoming 9th grade student at BHS and the Berkeley residency documentation required for registration

The deadline for ALL current BUSD 8th graders and students new to BUSD to register for 9th grade and participate in the first learning community lottery is January 13, 2017.

Save the Date: Berkeley High School Winter Information Night for Incoming 9th Grade Families
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7-9pm
BHS Community Theater
Please note:
The School Leadership Workshop, previously announced for Dec. 1, has been postponed until January.

More information about the January workshop will be provided in the next edition of the A+ News.

District Meetings & Events

No School: Winter Break, Dec. 19-Jan. 2. School resumes Tues., Jan. 3, 2017.

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Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:
District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Monday, Nov. 28 6-7:30
2020 Bonar Street, Berkeley Room 126 

Tuesday, Dec. 13 (7:15 pm)
2020 Bonar Street, Berkeley, Room 126 

LCAP Parent Advisory Committee
Thursday, Dec. 15 6-8:30pm
2020 Bonar Street, Berkeley Room 126 

Dec. 7 (7:30pm)
Agenda items include: Protection of Undocumented Students and Board Organization for 2017.

School Board Meetings are held in the Board Room at 1231 Addison Street.
All School Board meetings are viewable live on local cable channel 33 and on  the BUSD YouTube channel .
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BUSD moves to protect undocumented students
BUSD is engaged on several levels in addressing community concerns about the welfare of immigrant students and families in the wake of the Presidential election.

Several schools have provided opportunities for students to voice their concerns within and/or outside of regular classes. 
Last week, BUSD co-sponsored a forum on immigration rights with the  East Bay Sanctuary Covenant and the East Bay Community Law Center that was held at Longfellow Middle School  ( photo above ). The forum included a presentation on the constitutional rights of immigrants in the U.S. and access to a free consultation on possible immigration remedies.

The Dec. 7 Board of Education Meeting will include consideration of a new policy for " Protection of Undocumented Students," which was discussed by the Board's Policy Subcommittee on Nov. 18. The policy proposal will be available on  the school board meeting web page this Friday evening (Dec. 2).

We will continue to inform concerned students and families about outside resources for further assistance, and work with community partners on potential future events, meetings and activities to ensure fairness and equal protection and support to all students.
In case you missed it, you can see here that Longfellow Middle School students and staff have taken a public stand in the name of social justice. Discarded campaign signs were turned inside out and re-used to show staff and student leaders sharing the powerful words of love, justice, peace, Black Lives Matter, and joy, among others. 
The Parent Champion Series Begins Saturday, Dec. 3
The BUSD Office of Family Engagement and Equity is hosting a series of parent/guardian/family workshops.  The purpose of the series is to empower parents to use their social, economic, and parent capital to leverage the parent voice for strategic action so that students of color achieve better academic outcomes.
Who:     Parents/Guardians/Caregivers
When:   4 Saturdays this school year
               Dec. 3, Jan. 21, March 4 & April 29
Time:     9:30 AM - 12 noon  
Where:  BUSD Board Room, 2020 Bonar Street                   (entrance on Addison St.) 
Enriching childcare, snacks, attendance incentives & awards will be provided

Session 1 - Dec. 3, 2016 will cover:  The history of our school system; the critical need for parent advocacy; how to advocate in this system of "public education in the era of LCAP" and use the data to serve your child's needs! 

Students of All Ages and Abilities Enjoy Audiobooks 
Berkeley's public school libraries provide students access to a large selection of audiobooks that augment the extensive book collection on the shelves. In this piece produced by KQED, BUSD's teacher librarian Mary Ann Scheuer talks about her experience of successfully using audiobooks to engage struggling readers. 

You can access audiobooks from your student's school library by following the information on your school library webpage by starting here.

Save the Date: Research Symposium for Berkeley Families and Educators
Event Time: 9am; more information to come.
Berkeley Dine Out on Thursday, December 1
Join us for Berkeley Dine Out on Thursday, December 1st in support of Garden and Nutrition Education in our schools! 

Berkeley Dine Out is the result of a partnership forged with local restaurants and businesses throughout Berkeley that are willing to donate a percentage of sales to directly support garden-based learning education from preschool through high school, and after-school nutrition cooking activities in Berkeley's public schools. Come join us, and bring your friends and families to Dine Out at participating restaurants this Thursday. You can find an updated list of participating restaurants and find Dine Out tips  here.
The Schools Fund Keeps on Giving
The Berkeley Public Schools Fund has announced this year's Classroom Grant recipients, awarding 338 of a record 391 grant applications. Every year the Schools Fund supports a wide range of teacher projects and enrichment, enhancing the educational experience for our students at every school. You can take a look at the full list of classroom grants  here . The Schools Fund's 2015-16 Annual Report is also now available, detailing how it provided over $800,000 in direct grants and program support in our schools last year.