Welcome Fair

 

Every student must attend the Welcome Fair

The school year begins with the Welcome Fair, where students and their parents come to pick up classroom and teacher assignments.

The Welcome fair is usually held the week before school starts.

This year the Welcome Fair is scheduled for Friday, August 13, 2021.

Every student must attend the Welcome Fair and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This is also the time to:

  • have the opportunity to learn all about what this wonderful school has to offer, including: After-school Program, Music, Sports, Enrichment, Edible Schoolyard, PTA and more! 

  • join the PTA and learn about volunteer opportunities

  • pickup pre-purchased and purchase King PE uniforms (7th and 8th graders only)

  • turn in any forms you have filled out & 7th grade families provide TDap immunization documentation

  • fill out your Emergency Card (so bring info needed)

 

Location

King Dining Commons 

Enter the King campus at the Grant Street gate. Parking is available on playground. Watch out for pedestrians!

Arrival times

For NEW students (6th Graders and new students) arrival at the Welcome Fair is organized by STUDENT LAST NAME

  • Pu-Z: arrival time 8:30 am

  • L-Pr: arrival time 9:30 am

  • Di-Ko: arrival time 10:30 am

  • A-De: arrival time 11:30 am

 

For CONTINUING students (7th and 8th grade), arrival at the Welcome Fair is organized by STUDENT LAST NAME

  • S-Z: arrival time 1:00

  • Li-R: arrival time 2:00

  • E-Le: arrival time 3:00

  • A-D: arrival time 4:00

 

Limited time 5-6pm for those with restricted working hours.

 

You should bring with you:

  • cash or check to pay for After School fees, PE clothing, and PTA membership

  • a pen for filling out forms

  • You will be filling out your Emergency Card so bring info needed such as names and contact information/details for your emergency contacts, doctor, and dentist and medical insurance provider, for filling out a Student Emergency Card at the Fair (mostly 7th and 8th graders)

 

Classroom and teacher assignments will be provided to students accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

 

After School Program

If you plan to enroll your student in the Berkeley LEARNS after school programs, you should complete the online registration form before coming to the welcome fair. The first opportunity for after school registration will be held on Tuesday the week before school starts from 2:00-5:30 for incoming 6th grade and new families, and on Thursday the week before school starts from 2:00-5:30 for returning families (7th & 8th grades). Please take advantage of these early registration dates and avoid the last minute rush. The second opportunity for registration will be at the Welcome Fair. Click this link to follow the instructions at the After School Overview page on this website.

 

Directions

Enter the King campus at Grant Street gate (north of Rose Street).

 
 

Back-to-School Night

 

King holds its annual Back-to-School Night in the early fall. Back-to-School Night is a great way to learn about your child’s school day. You will visit your child’s classrooms, meet their teachers, and learn the “geography” of the school as you move from class to class. At the beginning of the night, Principal Janet Levenson will deliver her annual address to parents. For the record, Janet gives a good talk!

Please come as early as you can to see old friends and meet new King families. We have many new families whom we hope you will welcome and encourage to get involved in the school community.

Students will bring home a schedule of their classes for their parents. Parents move through the schedule in short blocks of time for each class. Teachers will greet parents and give a brief overview of their plans for the year and expectations for the class.

NOTE: While we are eager to see as many parents attend as possible, we ask you to please try to attend without your kids. Too many students will strain seating and our ability to move parents from classroom to classroom. If you just can’t find coverage and want to attend, please do come and maintain reasonable supervision of your child.

2020 Links

Presentation
Video Recording

Walk & Roll to School

 

In October! Please look at the calendar for the date!

How do you get to school?

Try transit, walking (for at least 3 blocks) or biking.

 

What To Do
  • Have your child walk, scooter, bike, bus or carpool to school. Join a bike train, the morning run, or a friend from the neighborhood.

  • Contact friends and neighbors to start something that could work all year. The schedule and frequency can be whatever you need and can work out. Autonomous kids mean more time for you!

 
We need volunteers to make the event happen! Please watch the King E-Tree for calls for volunteers and help us make this quick and fun event take off again this year!
 

Open House

 

Please look at the calendar for the date!

 

What To Do​
 
We need volunteers to make the event happen! Please watch the King E-Tree for calls for volunteers and help us make this quick and fun event take off again this year!
 

Edible School Yard Plant Sale

 

Please look at the calendar for the date!

 

What To Do​

We need volunteers to make the event happen! Please watch the King E-Tree for calls for volunteers and help us make this quick and fun event take off again this year!

 
 

Run-a-thon

 

Please look at the calendar for the date!

 

What To Do​

We need volunteers to make the event happen! Please watch the King E-Tree for calls for volunteers and help us make this quick and fun event take off again this year!

 

King Community Party & Fall Festival

 

October

The festival is usually held in mid October — please look at the calendar for the date!

 

Free! Food! Fun! Live Music! Games! Art!

In October., the King community will gather for our annual Fall Festival and Community Party!  We will have free food, music, dancing and lots of enjoyable activities.

The best festivals are ones where lots of King families contribute their unique talents and whimsy to the day’s festivities. Would you like to run a booth or activity? Do you have a special skill or hobby you’d like to share with the community? Things that have been fun in the past include: henna tattoos, face painting, braiding, arts and crafts, science projects, hula-hooping, sports and games. Or show up with something brand new! We are open to all ideas–it just has to be free to participate. Email ideas to ptapresident@mlkmiddleschool.org — We are open to anything–it just has to be free to participate.

We need volunteers this year and could really use a little of your time to help out at booths, serving food, or for set-up or clean-up.

 

Parent Education

 

Please sign up for the E-Tree to be notified about upcoming topics!

If you have any questions, please contact the PTA at ptavicepresidentedu@mlkmiddleschool.org.

 

School Year 2020-2021

September 9th, 7pm: Executive Function Boot Camp for Parents, Caregivers, Students and Families

Presented by Lisa Miller and Tatiana Guerreiro Ramos of Classroom Matters Tutoring Program
(See presentation)

October 13th, 7pm: Parenting to Promote Anti-Racism

Presented by Pamela Small Harrison, consultant/educator
(See presentation)

 

October 20th and 27th, 7pm: SMALL GROUP WORK-SHOP
Furthering Your Anti-Racist Journey: Getting comfortable with discomfort 

Presented by Julie Lynn-Whaley, educator, and Leslie Zeitler, consultant/educator

 

November 10th, 7pm: Helping them Grow, Keeping them Close: How to Help Your Child Have a Thriving Adolescence

Presented by Julie Johnson of Hand-In-Hand Parenting

 

January 12th, 7pm: Building Intrinsic Motivation in your Adolescent

Presented by Ned Johnson and William Stixrud, authors of The Self-Driven Child

 

February 9th, 7pm: The Problem with Pornography

Presented by Cindy Pierce
(See Social Media Guidelines , Parent Resources)

 

March 13th, 7pm: Why You Can’t Remember Anything

A conversation about how stress affects our brains and coping strategies for adults and kids to stay sane.
Presented by Julie Lynn-Whaley, BUSD parent and school-based trauma educator.​