Information Fair for Incoming 2015-16 Kindergarten and New Families is this Saturday!

Date: Sat., December 6, Time: 10am-1pm at Location: LeConte Elementary,
2241 Russel St.

Learn about steps to enrollment here and find schools in your attendance zone:
 Elementary Schools
 Middle Schools
 Berkeley High School
School Board Members Hold Office Hours
 
Members of the Board of Education are holding office hours as part of their efforts to make themselves available to the community.  This is an opportunity for parents, students, teachers, staff and community members to have one-on-one communications with the Board. Office hours and locations are available here.
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Upcoming Fall and Winter Concerts performing arts
Thanks to the Berkeley community's support of the special tax known as the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP), our 4th-8th grade students all have access to an excellent music education program, and many of them continue their musical education in high school.
Fall/Winter concerts are a great opportunity for students and families, as well as BUSD teachers and staff, to enjoy student performances at the middle and high schools. The upcoming concert schedule is here.
District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)  Meets Tomorrow, Dec. 2, 6pm

The purpose of the DELAC is to advise the district's local governing board on programs and services for English learners.

Berkeley Unified School District's DELAC is dedicated to building strong school site English Learner Advisory Committees through collaboration and training. DELAC is co-chaired by English Language Development Teacher Diederich Bonemeyer and Family Engagement & Equity Supervisor, Charity DaMarto.

 

The next meeting is Tuesday, December 2 at 6pm in the Longfellow Library (1500 Derby St.). The meeting agenda includes:
  • BHS English Learner Student Panel Q&A
  • Importance of School Attendance
  • District Assessment Schedule
  • CELDT 2013-14 Results
  • Local Control & Accountability Plan Update
Find the full meeting agenda in English and Spanish here. The next meeting of DELAC is scheduled for February 3, 2015.
Welcome to the Lit Corner: Tips for Parents Boys reading
Students read every day in class, and read often with teachers. At least three times a year, teachers assess student reading levels. The reading level is determined by three criteria: accuracy (ability to read a word or sound out); fluency (the speed and flow of their voice when they read out loud); and comprehension (the ability to understand what they read). Teachers assess all of these characteristics during a student read-aloud, and are then able to determine the child's independent level. Knowing a student's reading level helps the teacher to provide instruction and suggest independent reading in a book that is "just right" for the child.

We also want students to "read wide." Reading "wide" means reading a variety of books from different genres, as well as reading a mix of fiction and non-fiction. In school and at home, students will have the opportunity to read many books at their just-right level, but it's also important to expose them to higher-level books, perhaps by reading aloud to them from a more challenging book at bedtime. It is important to remember that the most important thing is your child's love of reading and engagement with books.
Lauren Brollier, Literacy Coach, Oxford Elementary 
Upcoming Meetings     
BSEP Planning & Oversight  (P&O) Committee:
Tues., Dec. 9, 7:15pm at 2020 Bonar St., Room 126

School Board:

Wed., Dec. 10 - 7:30pm Board Organizational Meeting

The board meeting is held at the West Campus Board Room (Entrance on Addison between Bonar and Browning Streets, with free parking in the public lot o
n Browning.) Board agendas are posted here 72 hours before the meeting.