marking Our 100th day of school!
Today, February 13, we celebarted our 100th day of school on the Early Childhood Campus. Students spent the morning thinking about what 100 things look like. Parenting adults joinsed us for games and activities infused with art, movement, and counting strategies.
3.28.20 WAREHOUSE PARTY BENEFIT – TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
We’re taking it off campus this year with a night out at a modern warehouse here in Berkeley on Saturday, March 28, 7:00 – midnight. May’s Wrap Party has become March’s Warehouse Party Benefit featuring music & dancing, fashion & runway, casino & karaoke, and plenty of food & drink!
Click here to buy your tickets now! All proceeds benefit TBS students learning academic and life skills to think and act with purpose and create positive change in Berkeley and beyond.
DID YOU SIGN UP FOR MARCH PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE?
ECC and UAC Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Days will take place Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6. Parenting adults received an email on Friday, February 14 with an invitation to sign up for a slot with your child’s teacher(s). Let us know if you did not receive that email. Childcare during your conference is complimentary. We also offer half, full, and Extended Day childcare for a fee. You’ll be invited to sign up for childcare when you sign up for your conference.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE – MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAY – MARCH 12 & 13
Middle schoolers have been hard at work prepping for their annual Middle School Play. This year, students will present two performances of “Honey’s Smile” by Robin Rice, on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13, 6:30-7:30p at the Way, across from the UAC. As you’ll note from the synopsis below, this is a play for all ages! ECCers encouraged!
Honey has lived all her life on the Caribbean island of Tortola. She loves her home, but Honey’s mother plans to pick up and move to New York City—in the morning. Honey is distraught. Believing she won’t be able to be herself living somewhere other than her beloved island, she searches for a way to hide from her mother. Her island friends—a wise pelican, a feminist hen, a know-it-all rooster, a trumpet vine and a school of minnows—do their best to help Honey figure out what to do.
Click here to buy your tickets to support our middle school thespians, musicians, set designers, and stage managers!
SAVE THE DATE – JEWISH COMMUNITY GROUP SHABBAT POTLUCK
Save The Date! Friday, March 6, TBS Jewish Community Group Shabbat Potluck 5:45 – 7:30p, UAC Depot.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED OUR FOOD PANTRY DRIVE!
Explorers teacher Catherine dropped off the bounty of donations at the Berkeley Food Pantry so that they may provide assistance to families in need.
REGISTER FOR EXTENDED DAY SPRING SESSION BY THURSDAY, MARCH 12
The Spring Session registration class lineup includes many favorites such as; Soccer, Cooking, Toyology, Carpentry, Music lessons and Judo is back! Click here to register now! The registration deadline is Thursday, March 12. Spring Session classes start Wednesday, March 18.
We continue to offer Ex Day options every day of the week at no extra cost that include Visual Art, Study Hall (Grade 6, 7, 8), Math Club (Grades 6, 7, 8), Writing Workshop (Grades 4/5), Science Friday (photo below), and community service at Chaparral House.
Please discuss after school plans with your children before school so they can inform classroom teachers during morning attendance if they are planning to attend Extended Day. Questions? or if any registration class is full email Catherine to be placed on a wait list.
IMPORTANT PICK-UP REMINDER – NO PARKING IN PASSING LANE
Please note, the passing lane on our University Avenue drive must be kept clear for cars needing to pass through, particularly during drop-off. That curb has now been painted yellow to remind us not to park there, for any period of time. If you need to be on campus during the hours of 2:00-4:00p for any reason, no matter how short the time period, you must use a guest parking space, street parking, or park in the Ledger’s lot. Thank you for adhering to this!
DANETTE & CLAIRE’S MATH & LITERACY SUMMER CAMP FOR RISING 1ST-3RD
Rising 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders are invited to have fun building and practicing literacy and math skills this summer with Danette Swan (Sweet Briar Creek teacher) Claire Patterson (Blackberry Creek teacher)! Camp will take place here at the UAC Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26 and Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 10 — each week will have different activities — 9:00-12:00p. Cost is $275 per week. Please email Claire to indicate interest in the program!
ASHOKA KIDS COLLECTING WET WEATHER SUPPLIES & TENTS
Members of our Ashoka Student Leadership team are having a wet weather drive to support our neighbors at the Seabreeze encampment down the street from our University Avenue Campus. They are in serious need of new underwear, new socks, gently used or new winter hats, scarves, coats, (especially for men) and sleeping bags.
Ashoka Jr. is collecting tents to be distributed to the unhoused community by Peoples Breakfast Oakland, an organization modeled after the Black Panther party’s breakfast program for children, which ran from 1973-1980. Peoples Breakfast Oakland has served over 1000 meals to low income and no income families in Oakland. Please bring any size tent but they do prefer 5-6 person tents. You can drop the tents and wet weather supplies with Andie at the UAC front office through the end of March.
STEVE & KATE’S SUMMER CAMP AT TBS FOR 4-12-YEAR-OLDS
Registration is open for Steve & Kate’s Camp at TBS this summer! At Steve & Kate’s Camp, we give kids the freedom to choose what they want to do from moment to moment, whether that’s music, baking, sewing, block-building, card-playing, sports, pie-throwing, or lots more. We’re open from June 8 through August 14, Monday through Friday from 7:30am-6pm (closed July 3rd). Lunch and snacks are included, we welcome drop-ins, and we’ll also refund any unused days so it’s flexible for you and your plans! Ages 4-12, plus a Mentorship Program for campers 13+. Register here or email Cody with any questions at email@example.com.
FOOD JUSTICE STORYTELLING EVENT – MARCH 7
Please join on Saturday, March 7, 1:00-4:00p, for a kid-friendly event hosted by TBS partner, Earth Island. Learn more about food justice, and ways to foster access to healthy foods in our communities. This is a storytelling event will take place Urban Adamah, 1151 Sixth Street in Berkeley. Click here for more info.
ACADEMIC TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM SUMMER CAMPS
UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) camps for students K-6th and 7th-11th are designed for aspiring students to pursue academic passions and enrichment. The elementary division for students K-6th is in Pt. Richmond from July 13-31, and students must apply with progress reports, teacher recommendations, and more by Wednesday, March 27. The secondary division for 7th-11th grades on the UC Berkeley campus runs from June 22-July 31 and applications are due by Wednesday, Feb. 27. More information here.
“THE MUSIC MAN” AT EL CERRITO PERFORMING ARTS
Romantic, sparkling, and toe-tapping, The Music Man is the story of Harold Hill,
who uses his wit, charm, and intellect to con small towns by posing as a music teacher selling instruments to organize boys’ bands. However, when he gets to River City, Iowa, there is one person he can’t fool—the sharp, discerning librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo —and a classic love-at-first-fight story ensues. Winner of six Tony Awards, family-friendly, and consistently entertaining generations of audiences since 1957, The Music Man will feature a full, live 26-piece orchestra. There are 6 Performances between Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 28. Click here for ticket info. Where: El Cerrito Performing Arts Theater, 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito
Art/Act: Youth – Wild Places – Feb. 21 through May 14
The David Brower Center is pleased to present Art/Act: Youth – Wild Places, our annual exhibition showcasing work by Bay Area high school students examining the intersection of environmentalism and art. The chosen body of work explores the importance of connecting to wilderness in order to more fully appreciate, understand, and protect our natural world.
On February 21, they will celebrate the exhibition opening with a public reception complete with performances by Youth Speaks. All student artists, friends, and family are warmly encouraged to attend! The exhibition will run from February 21 – May 14. The opening and exhibition are free to the public. Click here for more info.
YOGA WITH LIVE OAK TEACHER GRACE THURSDAYS AT THE BERKELEY YWCA
This is an all levels vinyasa style yoga class which incorporates sun salutations, dynamic, and mindful movement as well as static standing and seated pose sequences linked to breath and set to popular soulful music. Build strength and flexibility with Grace! Vist the YWCA website for pricing info.
LOOKING AHEAD CALENDAR
100 DAYS SMARTER!
TBS teachers and students always find fun and creative ways to mark our 100th day in school. From innovative 100s projects to interactive counting activities, the 100th day of school at TBS never disappoints! Click here to see photos from our 100th day.
TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE: FORT ROSS TRIP 2020
After months of cultural studies, independent research on historical figures, designing and sewing historically accurate costumes and props, both Strawberry Creek and Cerrito Creek completed their overnight experiential trip to Ft. Ross. Click here to see photos from Cerrito’s experience.
Basketball Game (last home game!)
Strawberry Creek Park, 4:15p
Daylight Savings Time begins
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