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

MAR 29: Exploratorium Virtual Field Trip (see post)
MAR 31: PTA Community Meeting, 6:30 PM on Zoom
APR 5-9: Spring Break Holiday
APR 28: Willard Spring Day (Virtual)
 
IN THIS ISSUE
  • Drop Off Appreciation Signs for Teaches & Staff by April 2 @ Noon!
  • Sports Equipment Donations Needed 
  • Exploratorium Virtual Field Trip, Monday March 29
  • Stories for Change: Young Adult Author Series (BHS Library & Berkeley Public Library event) 

REMINDERS
  • Willard Family Community Meeting -- Wednesday, March 31
  • Willard Yearbook - Forms for Submitting Photos
IN THIS ISSUE
DROP OFF APPRECIATION SIGNS FOR TEACHERS & STAFF BY APRIL 2 @ NOON
Dear Willard Families,

Very soon, many of our teachers will be back on campus.  They have been working tirelessly over the past year to create the best possible virtual school experience for our students, and they deserve our gratitude.  We are also grateful for dedicated Willard staff who have kept the the facilities running in preparation for when students and staff will return.  To show our appreciation, the PTA has organized a sign/poster campaign.  
Interested in participating?  Here’s how:
  • Have your student or family create a sign(s)with a welcoming message reflecting sentiments such as: we love our teachers, our teachers rock, etc. and general thank you signs of appreciation to custodial staff, principals, etc. 
  • Signs/posters can be any size.
  • Make it fun!  Signs can be super simple or as elaborate as you wish.
  • Finished signs can be dropped off in designated boxes in front of Willard during the hours of 8:30am-3:00pm starting today. 
  • DEADLINE to submit is April 2nd at noon.
For more information, contact Sara Wolf saw@eviltron.com.


SPORTS EQUIPMENT DONATIONS NEEDED
The Willard PE team is seeking donations of sports equipment that may be useful to share with students who will be remaining in full distance learning mode this Spring.

If you have basketballs, soccer balls, tennis balls, footballs, frisbees, or jump ropes in new or gently used shape to donate, these will be much appreciated and distributed by Willard staff to families who could use them.

Donation bins for this equipment can be found outside the Willard front gate on Stuart street -- please drop off there during normal materials distribution hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM).

Thank you community!


EXPLORATORIUM VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP, MONDAY, MARCH 29


Willard Goes to the Exploratorium
super-fun virtual field trip
Monday, March 29th
5–6pm 




The Ambassadors invite all Willard students and families to the pandemic version of a sixth-grade tradition: our annual giant visit to the Exploratorium. This is no boring field trip—we’ll be making this as Exploratorium-ish an event as possible, with exhibit visits chosen to be almost like the real museum. All grades welcome.

Experiment with sound!
Explore art + color!
Trick your mind with optical Illusions!
Animate! 

Zoom link
 https://berkeley-net.zoom.us/j/84013940262?pwd=M0xWZnQ4OGh1MXVnMlNPc090d1JoQT09


STORIES FOR CHANGE -- YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR SERIES
The Berkeley Public Library has been working with the Berkeley High School Library to develop a series of virtual author programs which could also be of interest to middle school families: 

This Spring, Berkeley Public Library presents Stories for Change, an event series spotlighting some of today’s most exciting YA authors and stories that celebrate acceptance, understanding, and truth.

In these books you will meet a burgeoning brujo claiming his power by boldly being his true self; a mythical hero protecting the innocent against a very human evil; and an artist struggling to keep his voice in the wake of an unjust conviction. Read the books, join the conversation, and meet the authors!

Our first events are focus on Aiden Thomas’ Cemetery Boys.  Yadriel is a gay trans boy looking for acceptance from his traditional Latinx family. That tradition involves acting as emissaries of Lady Death to help free souls trapped on Earth, a role that is held only by the men in his family. When Yadriel performs an initiation ceremony on his own and is granted the powers of a brujo by Lady Death herself, his chance to claim his role seems to be at hand! But when another brujo suddenly dies his family is thrown into turmoil, and the trouble only deepens when Yadriel finds himself bound to the spirit of a dead classmate, Julian. Yadriel must untangle the mystery of Julian’s death, expose the threat to the brujo community, save the world… and maybe fall in love with a ghost?

Register for the free online events NOW on https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org!  

Cemetery Boys Book Club: Monday April 12th, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Aiden Thomas Author Event: Wednesday April 14th, during BHS lunch (exact time TBD)

Free copies of the Cemetery Boys are available for pick up at all Berkeley Public Library locations while supplies last!

And watch out for the other events in our Stories for Change series, featuring Gene Luen Yang's Superman Smashes the Klan and Ibi Zoboi's Punching the Air!
 
REMINDERS
WILLARD FAMILY COMMUNITY GATHERING -- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31
The Willard PTA would like to offer our families a chance to connect as we prepare for the hybrid model coming up at Willard. We know some families will be sending their students back for the in-person offering, and some will choose to remain in full distance-learning mode. For all families, we want to invite you to join us at our next PTA gathering, on Wednesday, March 31 at 6:30 PM on Zoom (link below) to just reconnect and share what you and your students might be feeling about this next phase at Willard, and hopefully find support in community. Principal Albeck will also be joining us to provide the latest updates and answer questions.

Zoom Location for March 31:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8397662184

Meeting ID: 839 766 2184


WILLARD YEARBOOK - FORMS FOR SUBMITTING PHOTOS
The Willard yearbook team is working hard to collect photos from students for the yearbook this year. The following links for submitting photos (portraits, random photos, and pet photos!) have been shared with students but parents/caregivers, please also take a look and encourage your students to submit photos. 

6th Grade Form Locations
7th Grade Form Locations
8th Grade Form Locations

If you wish to purchase a yearbook, please go to:
Treering.com 
School Passcode: 1014441586444209
Regular Price: $30.61 (taxes/shipping not included)
Purchase Deadline: April 27th
ALL BOOKS WILL BE MAILED HOME, so please add your address when purchasing.

If you have questions or prefer sharing photos directly with Ms. Arthur, please email her at sharonarthur@berkeley.net
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