Opening the Toolbox in Our Schools   
Years of research in the field of childhood resiliency and social-emotional learning have taught us that emotional and behavioral regulation skills can be explicitly taught in schools, and that the benefits are huge. That's why we've adopted the Toolbox curriculum for all of our K-6 students! It starts with students learning and practicing each of the 12 Tools.

Note: Special trainings for parents are scheduled for September 24th (6-7pm), October 15th (6:30-7:30) & November 19th (6-7pm).

Find out more on our website and by watching this video.
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The Toolbox Project Introduction (2014) ? 6:44
 
BUSD Meetings and Events Calendar
Google Calendar 
 Click on the image above to see the full calendar of district-wide meetings, events, and holidays on our website.  

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Please help us qualify for state and federal funding: Complete the Free/Reduced Meal Form 
We are asking every family to complete an application for free/reduced price school meals. Even if your student does not intend to take advantage of the lunch program, every qualified application is counted towards bringing significant federal (Title I) and state (LCFF/LCAP) funding to our schools!

Please complete the application online at ezmealapp.com as soon as possible. Online applications are processed in just 24 hours, while paper applications may take up to 10 days.

Disaster Preparedness    
The recent earthquake activity in the Napa and Vallejo areas has been a stark reminder of how important it is to be prepared. We want you to know that active teams of staff, parents, and volunteers in every school
have worked to place emergency containers at evert school, with essential supplies in the event of a disaster. Site emergency response teams have been trained in the use of these supplies, and safety plans are in place at every site.
You can read more on how our schools practice disaster preparedness.
 
Leaders in New Roles   
Berkeley attracts an impressive group of educators and leaders to serve in our school district. You can get to know the leaders in new roles this school year. 
Common Core Math
The Common Core Math Standards are now being taught across the district in grades K-8. These rigorous grade-level standards are designed to give all students the opportunity to develop the foundational math skills and deep understanding that correlate with long-term success in mathematics.

Are you wondering how to keep pace as your child learns math in new and exciting ways? Check out this new Common Core Math webpage with easy access to grade-level math standards and family letters.
Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP): Approved by School Board
on June 25
This is the first year the State of California has required every school district to develop a three-year plan (LCAP) that outlines actions and services schools will provide in order to improve educational outcomes for low income, English Learner, and foster youth. Berkeley's Local Control & Accountability Plan was approved in June and is in the first phase of implementation.

We will use future issues of this A+ News to let you know how these new and improved programs and services are benefiting our students.
Upcoming Meetings    

School Board
:
Wed., Sept. 10 - 7:30 pm
Wed., Sept 17 - 7:30 pm
The meeting is held at the West Campus Board Room (Entrance on Addison between Bonar and Browning Streets, with free parking in the public lot on Browning.) Board agendas are posted here 72 hours before the meeting.