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WILLARD MIDDLE SCHOOL
UPCOMING WILLARD EVENTS
See full Calendar on our website  

DEC 16: SSC Meeting, 5:30 PM
DEC 17: BIPOC Family Meeting, 7-8:30 PM, Zoom
DEC 21-JAN 1: Winter Recess
JAN 18: MLK Holiday (No School)
JAN 25: Staff Professional Development Day (No School for Students) 
FEB 10: PTA General Meeting, 6:30 PM

 
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Willard Word
  • Winter Contest & Activities This Week
  • Principal's Updates: Willard-Specific Survey, Meeting Reminders, Thanks to Ms. Barrios, BUSD Dashboard
REMINDERS:
  • 8th Grade Families: BHS Enrollment by December 18
  • School Site Council Meeting Agenda -- Wednesday, December 16
  • BIPOC Family Meeting -- Thursday, December 17
  • ASPIRE Parent Workshop/Serie De Talleres Para Padres -- Wednesday, December 16
  • Grocery Card Donations Still Welcome!
  • Winter Reads
IN THIS ISSUE
Click the video to hear this week's Willard Word!
WINTER CONTEST & ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK
Encourage your students to attend some of the Winter Contests and Activities that are being hosted by Willard's Ambassadors this week. These are great social opportunities for all students.  This flyer includes the days/times, necessary materials for each activity, and the Zoom Link.  


PRINCIPAL'S UPDATES: WILLARD-SPECIFIC SURVEY,  MEETING REMINDERS, THANKS TO MS. BARRIOS, BUSD DASHBOARD

Willard.Update.Families.12.14.pdf 
December 14, 2020

Good Morning Willard Families, 

Willard Staff started out our school year with a “remote retreat” in August where we listened to and discussed the late John Lewis’ words that he penned in his final essay. As we march forward towards that last week of school in the 2020 calendar year, I am incredibly proud of the work that we have accomplished so far this year. In his essay, Mr. Lewis noted, “Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe”. It is my belief that despite these most unique of circumstances, with your partnership as families and loved ones of our students, Willard has been able to answer our calling as educators in a way that not only fulfills the head, but also the heart of our school community. 

With that, here are some important updates as we head into the week:

Thank you Willard community! We want to extend deep gratitude to the Willard Community for your donations to support Willard during the November Willard Fund Drive -- together we raised close to $20,000. It's never too late to donate if you still want to get one more tax deductible donation before 2020 comes to an end, just go to willardmiddleschool.org and click on Donate to the Willard Fund. No donation is too small! 

Willard Specific Family Survey: Willard is interested in hearing from you all how things are going. Please provide us some feedback by taking this short survey. I will be sharing responses and main takeaways with the Willard staff. 

School Site SSC and family BIPOC meetings this week: Willard’s SSC will meet this Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Additionally, Willard will host a family BIPOC meeting this Thursday evening at 7:00pm.  

Willard Secretary, Rosalina Barrios: The friendliest face of Willard, school secretary Rosalina Barrios, has received a promotion and will be departing Willard this week. Please join me in appreciating Ms. Barrios for her six years of commitment to our school community. Feel free to send her an appreciation at rosalinabarrios@berkeley.net

BUSD Middle School Specific Dashboard: BUSD launched their middle school specific reopening readiness dashboard last week. You can review the content here

End of Quarter 2 and Semester 1: Q2 and S1 comes to an end this Friday, 12/18. Report cards should arrive early in the week of January 11th. 

I wish you and your family all of the best during this holiday season. If things come up, please remember, you can always reach out to your student’s grade level counselor, or contact myself. 

“See” you in 2021, 

Chris Albeck
Principal

REMINDERS
8TH GRADE FAMILIES: BERKELEY HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION BY DECEMBER 18
8th grade families, please see this letter with important information about the Berkeley High School enrollment process - the deadline is December 18. 

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL AGENDA -- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
Willard's School Site Council will meet next Wednesday, December 16 at 5:30 PM via Zoom. The agenda for this month's meetings can be found here

BIPOC FAMILY MEETING -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
Greetings Willard Parents,
It was great to meet you all, thank you for your participation and sharing last month. 
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, December 17, 7-8:30pm.
We'll continue to share and get to know one another, we'll also take ideas for projects that this group may want to kick-off in 2021.  

Thursday, December 17, 7-8:30
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83373848122

Please RSVP to lcjuachon@gmail.com (or text 415-994-7483) if you can make it.

See you then! 
-- Lisa (parent of Anais), Teacher Zabed, Ms. Paraiso, and Aimee (parent of Amelie)

ASPIRE PARENT WORKSHOP/ SERIE DE TALLERES PARA PADRES -- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
Is your child struggling, frustrated, or experiencing Zoom fatigue? Don’t throw in the towel! The ASPIRE Program is happy to provide a series of parent workshops throughout the 2020-2021 school year to discuss how to provide support to your teen during this unprecedented time. You will also get the opportunity to connect with other parents from your school and others in Alameda County.

Wednesday, December 16, 6-7 PM via Zoom
Find more info in this flyer, and register here
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¿Su estudiante está luchando, frustrado o sintiendo fatiga de Zoom? ¡No tires la toalla! El Programa ASPIRE se complace en proporcionar una serie de talleres para padres durante el año escolar 2020-2021 para discutir cómo brindar apoyo a su estudiante adolescente durante este tiempo tan incomparable. También tendrá la oportunidad de conectarse con otros padres de su escuela y en el condado de Alameda. ACOMPÁÑENOS EN NUESTRA SESIÓN DE INTRODUCCIÓN: FECHA: 16 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2020 HORARIO: 6-7pm ZOOM: ¡Detalles a seguir! Haga clic en este enlace a RSVP: Regístrese aquí

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The ASPIRE (Adolescent Services Providing Inspiration, Recovery & Education) program has provided services to Willard Middle School for more than five years. The program is funded through Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare Services.The goals of the program are to prevent and reduce substance use and to improve health and wellness and school performance of the students. Last year, 97.5% of Willard students receiving services reported it helped them understand the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. Additionally, 100% of faculty surveyed reported improvement among students who participated in the program, including overall attitude, behavior, and school performance.
 
-- Alexandra “Allie” Franco, ASPIRE Willard Counselor, alexandrafranco@berkeley.net

 
GROCERY GIFT CARD DONATIONS STILL WELCOME
Thank you to all who donated grocery gift cards for Willard families! We could still always use more to help our families who are food insecure and heavily impacted by the pandemic.

Please help us by purchasing gift certificates in small denominations (think $10, $25, $50) to local grocery stores such as Safeway, Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods or your favorite place to shop for food.

Gift cards can be mailed to Willard Middle School ℅ Bryan Grau, Vice Principal, 2425 Stuart Street, Berkeley, CA 94705 or dropped in the Willard main office M-F 8:30-3 or e-cards can be emailed to bryangrau@berkeley.net.  

Thank you for your support!

WINTER READS FROM THE WILLARD LIBRARY
Please check out the - Winter Reads 2020
 ❄ Looking for an excellent book to enjoy over winter break for yourself or someone you love? Here’s some of our favorite reads from 2020! ⛄ 
And follow the library on Instagram @WillardLibraryInsta !
 
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