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2016-17 School Year Calendar Online Now!

First day of school: Tuesday, August 30th
Admissions Season for 2016-17
Elementary & Middle School Enrollment Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016

Longfellow Students Celebrate Caring Elders in their Lives

Each January Longfellow students  dedicate a day to the caring elders in their lives. O ver 100 grandparents and other caring elders were thanked and honored through student performances of song, dance, and music.
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!  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.

District Meetings & Events
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
President's Day, February 15
Google Calendar

Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

Wed., Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.
(School Board Meetings are held in the Board Room at 1231 Addison St.)
All School Board meetings are televised live on local cable channel 33 and stream live on  the BUSD YouTube channel .

BSEP Planning & Oversight (P&O) Committee Meeting
Tues., Jan. 26, 7-9:30pm
2020 Bonar St., Room 126
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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 schoolThursday, 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)

Willard's "Growing Leaders" Program Going Strong
African stew, fresh garden salad and orange zest cake brought in enough online orders to keep Willard's Growing Leaders program on track for their fundraising budget. During a year-long series of planning, growing, cooking, and marketing seasonally-inspired meals, students learn to become entrepreneurs with the support of Willard mentors, teachers, and parents. 

BSEP 2016:
Join the Conversation
In preparation for the November 2016 election to reauthorize the BSEP Measure, we're planning several opportunities to talk about the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program during the months of February and March.  

One such "Community Conversation" is happening on  Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  We'll be taking a deeper look at BSEP and hearing your input and ideas as we plan for the future. (Location: Board Room, 1231 Addison St.)  Please mark your calendar and RSVP to BSEP@berkeley.net so that we have some idea of the number of people to expect on that date! 

We are also planning additional conversations at sites across Berkeley in February and March. If you would like to be informed of all the dates and places, please send an email to BSEP@berkeley.net, and you can also stay informed  by subscribing to  the BSEP blog .
Special Visitors Come to King Middle School
With the support of the Center for Independent Living and Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program
(BORP), two members of the Harlem Globetrotters (Buckets & El Gato) dropped by King Middle School for a game of wheelchair basketball with students. As a way of building disability awareness among the King student body, one wheelchair basketball player shared "I can't walk anymore, but I can do the same things you can do. I just have to figure out how to do them sitting down."

A few days later, in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, world-renowned civil rights photojournalist Bob Fitch, a graduate of MLK Middle school (formerly known as Garfield Jr. High), returned to Berkeley for two King student assemblies to present personal stories and images focused on Nonviolent Movements for Change.

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.