Winter Auction, Friday, Feb 27, 7-10pm: The Winter Auction is coming up, so get your babysitter booked! The evening will be held at the International House, on UC Berkeley campus. To buy tickets ($35/one, $60/two) please visit the Winter Auction website, where you can also view the auction catalog and start bidding online! Join us for food, fun, and supporting Cragmont!

Parent Math Night, Thursday, Mar 5, 5:30-7:30pm: If you’re confused by the math homework and need help to support your child, come to Cragmont’s Parent Math Workshop at the Longfellow Middle School cafeteria. Math modules in the Common Core will be modeled and practiced, and parents will receive a handbook. Child care and light dinner will be provided.

Special Education Summit, Saturday, Mar 7, 9:30-3:00: Come to a parent empowerment summit for all families of students with disabilities, held at the Berkeley High School College Career Center. RSVP by March 3 via text message at (925) 238-5239. More information can be found on the flier. Free child care for grades K-5, and workshops for middle and high school students.

College and Career Day, Thursday, Mar 12: Get ready for College and Career Day at Cragmont! We are looking for parents, family and community members to come to the school between 9-12 and give a 25 minute presentation.

Congratulations to BUSD Educator –and Cragmont parent!– Dave Stevens: The California Educational Research Association’s 2014 Outstanding Paper was awarded to Dave Stevens for his work on developing the Academic Support Index (ASI), which helps identify students who might benefit from additional support. After three years in use at Berkeley High, the ASI is now being considered for use district-wide. To better understand the ASI, you can read his award-winning paper that outlines the research and thinking behind the benefits, or attend the LCAP Town Hall Meeting on Feb. 19th.

Berkeleyside Op-ed on overcrowding: Written by a Cragmont parent, here.

Sign up for AmazonSmile: An easy FREE way to raise money for Cragmont PTA every time you purchase anything on Learn more and link your current account to AmazonSmile here.

Common Core State Standards: Cragmont has transitioned to the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math and English. Want to learn more? Click here. The National PTA has put out a Parents’ Guide to Student Success by grade level that is a helpful resource for families wanting to understand what is expected of their children in each grade and how they can support their students at home. Also, here is a great overview (by grade) of the Story of Units mathematics curriculum from BUSD.

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