AN INTRODUCTION TO THE AMERICAN TURKISH SOCIETY & THE LEGACY OF AHMET ERTEGÜN, ARIF MARDIN EVENT
Dec
10
11:00 AM11:00

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE AMERICAN TURKISH SOCIETY & THE LEGACY OF AHMET ERTEGÜN, ARIF MARDIN EVENT

Berkeley Turkish School is proud to announce our collaboration with American Turkish Society and host their Board Member Mükemmel (Mike) Sarımsakçı who will be visiting our school to introduce ATS and their initiatives in the West Coast. 

As the Berkeley Turkish School we are becoming an integral community resource for the West Coast Turkish Americans. The goal of this meeting is to increase the West Coast Membership of ATS and through these memberships and our collaborations,  bring some of the events that are being held by ATS to the West Coast and to Berkeley.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN TURKISH SOCIETY

The The American Turkish Society’s mission is to enhance business, economic, and cultural ties between Turkey and the United States. The Society convenes leaders in government, business, and civil society to discuss and advance U.S.-Turkish relations; fosters understanding and cooperation between the two countries through education, cultural exchange, philanthropy, and networking; informs the American public about Turkey’s current affairs, economy, history, and society; presents and supports programs highlighting Turkish arts and culture; and nurtures the next generation of leaders through its Young Society Leaders program.

Founded in 1949 by a group of visionaries, The American Turkish Society is the oldest American institution dedicated to building bridges between the United States and Turkey in order to achieve common goals of peace and prosperity.

MEMBERSHIP DETAILS

https://www.americanturkishsociety.org/membership

$100-Individual , $150-family.

This event is open to the public, and you are welcome to bring your friends.  

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KID POWER WORKSHOP
Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

KID POWER WORKSHOP

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Based on high demand, we are excited to offer this amazing workshop for BTS Families.  This is different from the previous workshop because this time parents AND kids will participate. It is a family workshop. There will be limited space upto 25 children, ages 6-11. You can register for this event by signing up onto the empty slots on this spreadsheet.

Both guardians/parents of the child can attend which is covered by this fee. Please note that siblings can not join if they are not registered or not within the age limits of this workshop as an additional child under the same fee.

We are hosting a great KidPower Safety workshop on December 3rd, 2017. There is limited space, if you like to sign up, please do so on our list. With their adults, kids ages 6-11 learn safety skills to prevent problems and improve communication with peers, family, strangers, & others.The link to the list is here:

3 Aralık 2017 tarihinde harika bir KidPower Güvenlik atölyesine ev sahipliği yapıyoruz. Kayıt olmak isterseniz, sınırlı yerimiz var, lütfen listemize ekleyin isminizi. Yetişkinleri ile 6-11 yaş arasındaki çocuklar, sorunları önlemek ve akranları, aileleri, yabancıları ve diğerleriyle iletişim güçlerini arttırmak için güvenlik becerileri öğrenilerini arttirmak amacli bir calismaya hepinizi davet ediyoruz. Listeye bağlantı şu şekildedir:
 

 

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Kidpower skills prepare adults and kids alike to develop healthy relationships and make safe choices with people including strangers, siblings, peers, and other people they know.
Together, you’ll practice using ‘People Safety’ skills your child can use to have safer, more positive experiences with people everywhere they go, including online. Skills include how to:
• Make safety plans for public places
• Move away from possible trouble
• Follow Stranger Safety rules
• Set & respect boundaries
• Use safety skills online
• Be & act aware & confident
• Stay safe from hurtful words
• Get help from adults to be safe
• Stop unwanted touch & attention
• Deal with peer pressure & bullying

Kidpower Focuses on Solutions, Not on Problems.

Just like a good swim teacher focuses on having fun practicing swimming skills – not on talking about drowning! – Kidpower focuses on having fun practicing safety skills – not on talking about danger. The Kidpower Safety Workshop for Kids with Their Adults is designed to help kids learn skills to be safe with people in ways that are upbeat, active, effective – and fun, not scary. Adults are Family Safety Leaders. This is not a class ‘for kids’ – it’s a class for families! Adults are the Safety Leaders for their own family every day. So, they are the most important learners in a Kidpower Safety Workshop for Kids with Their Adults. The best way to support the safety of kids is to support their adults in feeling skilled and confident as Safety Leaders. So, you are very important students!

Kids are Family Safety Team Members.

We believe that keeping kids safe is a grown-up job. It’s also a grown-up job to support kids in learning skills for taking charge of their own safety in age-appropriate ways. At the same time, kids are important members in your Family Safety Team. By Checking First, Speaking Up, and following Stranger Safety Rules even very young kids can take positive, powerful action to be safe.

The Family Safety Team Learns Together.

Kids and adults learn together in upbeat activities practicing powerful solutions to problemsfamiliar to kids. For example, even very young kids know about problems like sand-throwing and pushing in line. Examples are adapted to be age- appropriate and relevant. We support families in building skills and confidence together without using fear as a motivator. As long as adults are calm and open to having fun, most families with kids already feeling fearful tell us their kids feel less scared and more confident after the class.

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MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP BY IREM RADZIK
Nov
5
10:00 AM10:00

MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP BY IREM RADZIK

Discover the power of mindfulness and how it provides critical life skills for you and your children in a workshop with instructor İrem Radzik. 

Learn how you can incorporate it into your family’s life with simple exercises to improve focus, self-control, calmness, self-esteem, and social relationships.

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW:

This 90 minute-long workshop includes:

• Introduction to mindfulness

• Guided mindfulness practice

• Simple games and exercises to incorporate mindfulness into daily family life

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ABOUT İREM RADZIK

İrem Radzik is trained by Mindful Schools on ‘Mindfulness Fundamentals’ and “Curriculum Training for K-12”. She has been teaching since 2014 to kids and adults in Oakland and Piedmont.

Fee: We will take donations in a sliding scale which will go towards Berkeley Turkish School.

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COLLEGE SAVINGS PARENT SEMINAR By Suna Yalaz Angell
Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

COLLEGE SAVINGS PARENT SEMINAR By Suna Yalaz Angell

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Suna is currently a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in San Francisco, and we are delighted to have this opportunity to serve our community with this great parent seminar on college savings. Suna's has 2 daughters attending the Berkeley Turkish School and she has been here with us from day one on this journey of starting our nonprofit school.

 

529 plans (also known as a "qualified tuition program") were created as a means of allowing taxpayers to save for higher education expenses for a designated beneficiary. 

The 529 Plan is an excellent way to save for education expenses. Anyone can establish and contribute to a 529 plan on behalf of a designated beneficiary. This means that relatives, family, friends and even the designated beneficiary can establish the 529 plan for him- or herself. Earnings accumulate on a tax-deferred basis and distributions that are used for qualified education expenses are tax and penalty-free. The 529 plan may be set up in a way that allows individuals to prepay a student's qualified higher-education expenses at an eligible educational institution.

 

Fee: We will take donations in a sliding scale which will go towards Berkeley Turkish School.

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NOSTALGIA NIGHT FEATURING OLD TURKISH MOVIES AND SONGS
Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

NOSTALGIA NIGHT FEATURING OLD TURKISH MOVIES AND SONGS

Coming this September: Nostalgia Night featuring old Turkish movies songs…

Feel free to come in 60’s or 70’s Turkish movies fashion costumes. Let’s get together for a good cause, bring back memories and make this a fun night, singing and dancing!

All proceeds from the event will go to the Berkeley Turkish School.

Dinner is included in the ticket price. You can bring your own alcohol or get your drink in the facilities with a donation to the school.

Date and Time

Sat, September 16, 2017

6:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT

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Location

Bridges Club House

South Gale Ridge Road

San Ramon, CA 94582

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Tickets can be bought online, or purchased on the first day of Berkeley Turkish School September 10th with cash from Basak Altan

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turkish-nostalgia-night-tickets-36084828694?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

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Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 10TH

FALL SEMESTER BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 10TH

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Stay tuned for the day's details. Please note our new location address is at Jefferson Elementary School in Berkeley, CA

WHILE THE CLASSES ARE IN SESSION, PARENTS WILL BE ATTENDING A MEETING THAT WILL COVER EXPECTATIONS FOR THE SEMESTER AND WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR PROGRAM AT HOME. WE SUGGEST AT LEAST ONE PARENT TO ATTEND THIS SESSION.

10:00     First session begins
10:40     Break
10:55     Second session begins
11:35      Break
11:40     Third session starts
12:00    Classes end
12: 15    Doors to school building are closed

THINGS TO REMEMBER
1-Arrival Time:
Please arrive no later than 9:55 am for a smooth transition into class. Late arrival disrupts the classroom flow and the students’ attention. When you arrive, please sign in your child in the hallway then proceed to their classroom. At the end of the third session, please make sure to sign out your child prior to leaving the building. The building is locked at 12:15 pm

2-Parking:
Please park on the street surrounding residential neighborhoods. Please do not park in the parking lot of the school.

3-Safety:
Please be responsible for your child/children at all times outside of the classroom. Teachers are not responsible for the children while outside or between classes. If you have a young child, please remain by their side to help engage them in the activities and help teachers keep the classroom space as undisturbed as best as possible. Please be mindful that the Jefferson Elementary is generously offering us the use of their facilities and it is our group’s responsibility to keep them clean and classroom materials intact and neat. When you leave, please lend a hand to help us clean the classrooms if possible.

4-Recess snack space:
We will utilize the garden area.  We ask that all parents and children to make an effort in cleaning up after themselves by placing trash and recycleables into the appropriate bins.

5-Registration Waiver Forms:  
The registration waiver forms in the welcome packet which is also on our website needs to be signed and brought to school by the 1st day of classes. We cannot accept your child into the classroom without this form.

6-Volunteer and Sign up sheets
We really depend on you, the parents, to volunteer for different tasks throughout the year in order to keep our school running. Please log into the Google document we will provide to sign up.

Thank you and looking forward to seeing all of you !

 

 

 

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Aug
21
to Sep 8

LATE REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2017

LATE REGISTRATION BEGAN ON AUGUST 22, 2017.

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The monthly tuition for Berkeley Turkish School is $145 per student, $580 PER SEMESTER.  Each semester has 4 months.   We also provide a %25 sibling discount.

To register for the Fall 2017 Semester, we request that you submit the below online form along with the registration fee. This is a non-refundable transaction. By submitting this registration form you acknowledge that you will be responsible for paying the tuition for the entire semester. Regular Registration has begun and the registration fee will be $135 per registration.

In keeping with Berkeley Turkish School’s commitment to continual growth we have streamlined our registration process online through Kinderlime. Upon registering your tuition payments will be set up from Kinderlime, which you can pay through a parent app on your smart phone (Kinderlime Parent available on both Appstore and iPhone). Kinderlime will also provide directions on how you can set up your automatic monthly payments. Based on your preference, your payments could be either automatically deducted from your bank account or your credit card for a fee.

Looking forward to seeing you and your family in the Fall 2017 Semester!

REGISTER BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK

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International Childrens’ Day Festival
Apr
23
11:00 AM11:00

International Childrens’ Day Festival

OUR CHILDRENS' FESTIVAL ON APRIL 23rd 2017 WAS A GREAT SUCCESS. WE HAD OVER 300 GUESTS ATENDING OUR EVENT. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOL BY DONATING TO OUR FESTIVAL:

Bay Area Discovery Museum, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Irem Radzik, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Tara Firma Farms, Trader Joe’s in Berkeley, Troya Restaurant , Alegio Chocolate,Visual Expressions Optometry, Walt Disney Family Museumvolve Executive Car Service, Upcider Cider House-Gastropub, Meritaj, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Symphony,  California Shakespeare Theater, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, San Francisco Ballet, California Academy of Sciences, Chabot Space & Science Center, deYoung Museum or Legion of Honor, Gilroy Gardens, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, Lawrence Hall of Science, Lindsay Wildlife Experience, Pier 39, Kate Truka-Tartuk, The Dailey Method, Athletic Playground, Children’s Creativity Museum,Galileo Camps, Burke Williams Spa, Chuck Smith Handmade Redwood Furniture, Chuck Smith Handmade Redwood Furniture, Mr. McGroovy’s Rivets, Books, Inc., Children’s Fairyland, Oakland Zoo, Keller Williams Real Estate &  Sports Basement.

You are invited to join us for International Childrens' Day Festival!

OUR CHILDRENS' FESTIVAL ON APRIL 23rd 2017 WAS A GREAT SUCCESS. WE HAD OVER 300 GUESTS ATENDING OUR EVENT. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOL BY DONATING TO OUR FESTIVAL:

Bay Area Discovery Museum, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Irem Radzik, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Tara Firma Farms, Trader Joe’s in Berkeley, Troya Restaurant , Alegio Chocolate,Visual Expressions Optometry, Walt Disney Family Museumvolve Executive Car Service, Upcider Cider House-Gastropub, Meritaj, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Symphony,  California Shakespeare Theater, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, San Francisco Ballet, California Academy of Sciences, Chabot Space & Science Center, deYoung Museum or Legion of Honor, Gilroy Gardens, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, Lawrence Hall of Science, Lindsay Wildlife Experience, Pier 39, Kate Truka-Tartuk, The Dailey Method, Athletic Playground, Children’s Creativity Museum,Galileo Camps, Burke Williams Spa, Chuck Smith Handmade Redwood Furniture, Chuck Smith Handmade Redwood Furniture, Mr. McGroovy’s Rivets, Books, Inc., Children’s Fairyland, Oakland Zoo, Keller Williams Real Estate &  Sports Basement.

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, April 23rd 2017, The Berkeley Turkish School will host International Children’s Day Festival where we will celebrate peace and diversity.

Come and join us for this fun and meaningful event, and invite your friends, too!

Our festival will feature Live Balkan Music, Turkish folklore dance performance, delicious Turkish food, cotton candy, and special entertainment for children such as a surprise Fairy, face painting and many more fun activities for the whole family. There will be beautiful and authentic Turkish crafts and spices, like in a bazaar in Istanbul! Also as a part of our fundraising initiative, we will be hosting a raffle and a silent auction.

If you can’t make it to the festival, you can still support us by:

  • Donating your professional services or products to our festival raffle
  • Donating funds on our website to support our school’s programs
  • Attending our monthly parent seminars (conducted in English)
  • Contributing to and supporting the Nostalgic Turkish Music Evening we will hold in September (Please check our website for this event – details coming soon.)

About the Berkeley Turkish School

Berkeley Turkish School is a place where we connect our past with our future.

The mission of BTS is to inspire the children of the Turkish American community and their ability to understand, speak, read, and write Turkish. In addition, the students learn about their diverse cultural heritage through creative play, songs, traditions, geography, history, and literature.  We developed our program to support children to thrive in this engaged community which is deeply invested in their success and vitality.

We are a secular, and volunteer based public charity organization, and we are not associated with any other nonprofit organizations or political movements.

Festival Date: 23rdApril, 2017

Festival Time: 11-2:30 PM

Festival Location: School of Madeleine Playground, access at corner of Henry and Berryman Streets in Berkeley. 1225 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA. Please do not park in the school parking lot. There is plenty of parking in the neighboring streets.

Entrance Fee: $10 dollars for Adults, Free for Children under 16

Festival Program:

  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 PM - BTS Student Performance

  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Magic Fairy Visits + Viva La France Face Painting Begins

  • 12:30-1:30PM - FANFARE ZAMBELETA (BALKAN MUSIC BRASS BAND)

  • 1:30 PM - SILENT AUCTION Closes & Grand PRIZE Raffle Drawing

  • 2:00 PM - Folklore Dance Performance by Yore Folk Dance Ensemble 

  • 2:30 PM - Ending of Festival with Halay Dance

 

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Parenting By Connection
Apr
9
10:00 AM10:00

Parenting By Connection

Parenting By Connection: A respectful and relational approach to raising children who thrive. Workshop by Angela Jernigan.

As parents, most of us begin the parenting journey with visions of the happy, peaceful, and loving life we will build with and for our children. As the months and years go by, we certainly feel that love grow and develop, and it can become one of the most satisfying aspects of our lives.

Most parents, however, also experience times that are bafflingly hard: when the baby won't sleep, the toddler won't stop whining, the siblings are fighting, or the older child refuses to do homework--in these moments, parents struggle to find ways to respond that reflect the love and hope they have for their children in their heart of hearts.

Common parenting practices focus on changing the behavior of the child through some mechanism of control (giving consequences or time-outs, taking away privileges, raising voices and/or withdrawing affection). While these common strategies can sometimes be effective in the moment, they can also create longer term difficulties in the parent-child relationship, setting the family up to be an environment of increasing conflict and upset. 

Ultimately, approaches to parenting that focus on controlling behavior do not work because they do not address the underlying need that a child's misbehavior communicates.

In this talk, Angela Jernigan will introduce the brain science behind emotional connection and explain why "feeling felt" by parents and other care providers sets a child up to cooperate, communicate, self-regulate, and ultimately, to thrive.  The talk will address common behavior challenges in families with children ages 0-10. We will talk about how to understand what a child is communicating through his or her misbehavior, and how to respond in a way that meets the child's underlying needs. This is not a permissive approach to parenting. Rather, this is an approach that demonstrates that limits can be set, and high standards for behavior maintained, in ways that deepen the sense of safety and closeness in the family as opposed to fracturing emotional connection.

In this workshop, Angela will draw on her years of experience in working directly with parents from a range of cultural backgrounds to help participating parents to arrive at strategies that are in alignment with their highest hopes and deepest values for their children. 

About Angela:

https://angelajernigan.net/about/

Angela Jernigan, M.Div., is an artist and Family Minister in private practice in Berkeley, California. Rev. Jernigan left traditional ministry to build a community-based practice of support and education for parents of young children – regardless of their stated faith or spiritual beliefs.

In her words, “As ministers, we preach about love and justice, but for parents of young children, the most challenging moments are the ones we don’t talk about. What happens when a toddler is having a meltdown on the kitchen floor while dinner burns, and her older brother refuses to do his homework? What does LOVE look like then? What can JUSTICE look like in this moment?”

Rev. Jernigan has a life-long commitment to addressing the needs of children, youth, and the people and systems who support them. Her earlier work focused at the level communities, institutions, and public policies. More recently, her work focuses on the level of the family,  supporting the parents and children to co-create a family system that helps them all thrive.

Rev. Jernigan works directly with parents through coaching, classes and community events.. A life-long artist, she also teaches classes and camps for children, using art, play, and connection to support their social and emotional development.

Prior to her direct-service work with families, Rev. Jernigan spent twelve years in the non-profit sector as a researcher, trainer, and organizational consultant working on local and national efforts to improve the life trajectories of some of our country’s most marginalized youth and children. This work involved researching, developing, and testing new models to support the advancement and empowerment of these populations, so they can succeed in their lives. Her clients included Public/Private Ventures, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Community Network for Youth Development, Vanguard Management Group and Community One Consulting.

Rev. Jernigan holds an honors degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her BA in Sociology with an emphasis on the social construction of race and poverty. She hold a Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. In 2012, Rev. Jernigan was ordained with the Northern California Conference of the United Church of Christ.

She resides in Berkeley, CA with her partner and daughter.

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Mar
26
10:00 AM10:00

PURSUING EXCELLENCE SEMINAR

In this seminar we will explore what excellence means.

For most people, our natural curiosity and growth as children gets narrowed as we feel the need to conform to family and cultural expectations. In this short seminar we will look at the ways our beliefs have limited some of our natural motivation towards excellence and success. Our potential often lies unrealized but it’s possible to find ways to open ourselves to a more fulfilling and enjoyable experience of excellence in our personal and professional lives.

About Roxanna Draddy

https://www.linkedin.com/in/roxanna-draddy-176481125

https://www.linkedin.com/in/roxanna-draddy-176481125

Roxanna Draddy is a professional executive, career coach. She is passionate about supporting her clients in personal growth and leadership development. She started her career in coaching over 10 years ago as NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programing) Master Coach. She feels fortunate to have found her calling and is deeply committed to support others in developing the capacity to live from their inner potential and authenticity. She also applies mindfulness and stress management to offer more support to her clients.

She received her training from the New Ventures West in San Francisco, CA, which is widely recognized as the most rigorous coaching program in the industry. She holds a BA in Management from the University of The Hague, Holland. And has many years of experience working as a communication consultant.

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KID POWER WORKSHOP
Mar
19
10:00 AM10:00

KID POWER WORKSHOP

  • 1225 Milvia Street Berkeley, CA, 94709 United States (map)
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Based on high demand, we are excited to offer this amazing workshop for BTS Families.  This is different from the previous workshop because this time parents AND kids will participate. It is a family workshop. There will be limited space upto 25 children, ages 6-11. You can register for this event by signing up onto the empty slots on this spreadsheet.

Both guardians/parents of the child can attend which is covered by this fee. Please note that siblings can not join if they are not registered or not within the age limits of this workshop as an additional child under the same fee.

Kidpower skills prepare adults and kids alike to develop healthy relationships and make safe choices with people including strangers, siblings, peers, and other people they know. Together, you’ll practice using ‘People Safety’ skills your child can use to have safer, more positive experiences with people everywhere they go, including online. Skills include how to: • Make safety plans for public places • Move away from possible trouble • Follow Stranger Safety rules • Set & respect boundaries • Use safety skills online • Be & act aware & confident • Stay safe from hurtful words • Get help from adults to be safe • Stop unwanted touch & attention • Deal with peer pressure & bullying

Kidpower skills prepare adults and kids alike to develop healthy relationships and make safe choices with people including strangers, siblings, peers, and other people they know.
Together, you’ll practice using ‘People Safety’ skills your child can use to have safer, more positive experiences with people everywhere they go, including online. Skills include how to:
• Make safety plans for public places
• Move away from possible trouble
• Follow Stranger Safety rules
• Set & respect boundaries
• Use safety skills online
• Be & act aware & confident
• Stay safe from hurtful words
• Get help from adults to be safe
• Stop unwanted touch & attention
• Deal with peer pressure & bullying

Kidpower Focuses on Solutions, Not on Problems.

Just like a good swim teacher focuses on having fun practicing swimming skills – not on talking about drowning! – Kidpower focuses on having fun practicing safety skills – not on talking about danger. The Kidpower Safety Workshop for Kids with Their Adults is designed to help kids learn skills to be safe with people in ways that are upbeat, active, effective – and fun, not scary. Adults are Family Safety Leaders. This is not a class ‘for kids’ – it’s a class for families! Adults are the Safety Leaders for their own family every day. So, they are the most important learners in a Kidpower Safety Workshop for Kids with Their Adults. The best way to support the safety of kids is to support their adults in feeling skilled and confident as Safety Leaders. So, you are very important students!

Kids are Family Safety Team Members.

We believe that keeping kids safe is a grown-up job. It’s also a grown-up job to support kids in learning skills for taking charge of their own safety in age-appropriate ways. At the same time, kids are important members in your Family Safety Team. By Checking First, Speaking Up, and following Stranger Safety Rules even very young kids can take positive, powerful action to be safe.

The Family Safety Team Learns Together.

Kids and adults learn together in upbeat activities practicing powerful solutions to problemsfamiliar to kids. For example, even very young kids know about problems like sand-throwing and pushing in line. Examples are adapted to be age- appropriate and relevant. We support families in building skills and confidence together without using fear as a motivator. As long as adults are calm and open to having fun, most families with kids already feeling fearful tell us their kids feel less scared and more confident after the class.

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Jan
28
10:00 AM10:00

TEACHER LEADERSHIP SEMINAR - By Roxanna Draddy

Berkeley Turkish School is committed to the education and training of its teachers. We are very excited to have the opportunity to host a teacher leadership seminar lead by Roxanna Draddy who is a professional and executive coach.

Goals of the Workshop:

The purpose of this workshop is to bring more awareness and understanding of the dynamics within the Turkish School team. We will be touching on the personal development of each member and how to effectively work with the observable barriers that arise in the group. The workshop is designed to be a process in which members feel safe to explore and share their thoughts and emotions. This will affect team’s ways of engagement and will be an invitation for the next step of growth and development

Themes:

1.     Personal development and professional growth

2.     Finding more clarity and formulating the message of the school

3.     Building the team (trust, vulnerability)

4.     Activating more engagement and presence in the moment

About Roxanna Draddy:

Roxanna Draddy is a professional executive, career coach. She is passionate about supporting her clients in personal growth and leadership development. She started her career in coaching over 10 years ago as NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programing) Master Coach. She feels fortunate to have found her calling and is deeply committed to support others in developing the capacity to live from their inner potential and authenticity. She also applies mindfulness and stress management to offer more support to her clients.

She received her training from the New Ventures West in San Francisco, CA, which is widely recognized as the most rigorous coaching program in the industry. She holds a BA in Management from the University of The Hague, Holland. And has many years of experience working as a communication consultant.

To see pictures from this past event, you can reference our blog about teacher leadership workshop.

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REGISTRATION & PARENT/TEACHER MEETING
Jan
22
10:00 AM10:00

REGISTRATION & PARENT/TEACHER MEETING

Dear BTS Parents, We hope that you had a great holiday. At BTS we are preparing to open our doors on Sunday February 5th for the first day of classes for another semester filled with exciting, and meaningful time with you and your families. To get ready for our semester on January 22nd, we will be holding a very important Registration and Parent and Teacher Meeting for adults only. Your attendance is very important for this day for a few reasons listed below. Please remember to bring your calendars and payment information with you as well. Please arrive at 9:45 AM the program begins sharp at 10 AM.

1-     REGISTRATION:

January 22d will be the last day to register for the spring semester.  We are streamlining our registration process to be fully automated through Kinderlime. On this day we will have our bookkeeper help you set up your automated accounts. Please bring your account information, as well as your checkbooks to the meeting. To register you can:

  •  Pay with via check/cash/credit card in full tuition for the semester, or
  •  Set up an automated payment through Kinderlime to make your automatic withdrawal monthly payments.
  •  No monthly checks/cash payments.
  •  Registering means you are responsible in paying for the full semester regardless if you select not to continue with the classes.
  •   If you already have automated system set up, and you will be out of town that day, all you have to do is email Maria Rodriguez (maria141756@gmail.com) who is our bookkeeper to continue your set up with us that for the Spring semester. But if you don’t have an automated system set up, you will have to attend the open house to set up your registration.

2-     WHAT’S NEW THIS SEMESTER:

BTS is a community school so we have made an effort to establish more organized ways of parent involvement in running our school more efficiently. On this day we will go over a few but here is the synopsis.

Parent Classroom Coordinators:

We are asking our parents to sign up to their child’s classroom to volunteer their time to be a Parent Classroom Coordinator to support our teachers and to develop our community stronger. Please sign up for February, March, April or May whichever fits your schedule best.

  • Each coordinator will plan one social activity per month for their classroom students outside of school. (Play at the park, movie night etc)
  • Aid teachers in classroom setup and cleanup
  • Manage the classroom’s library check- in and checkout by bringing the classroom box to the classroom at the beginning of the day, and returning it at the end.
  • Rotate monthly, and train the next coordinator on the last day of your shift.
  • Please Sign up on registration day or we will assign randomly

BTS Ambassadors:

Starting this semester we are assembling a core group of BTS Ambassadors that is a group of parents that believe in the mission of our school and are willing to lead social planning efforts for our school community. Please let us know how you would like to be a BTS Ambassador for the Spring semester. We are looking for ambassadors specifically to plan/and host:

  • Fundraising dinner for BTS at their homes, inviting their own networks outside of BTS
  • Mothers day brunch for BTS Moms
  • End of the year celebration for May 22nd +preparing gifts for children
  • Spring Teacher Appreciation Dinner

International Childrens' Day Festival April 23rd

Our Children's Day Festival is growing every year, and this year we are planning a big event with lots of activities. As the date comes closer we will send out more details but wanted to share the below with you as a heads up to please:

  • Donate to our raffle drive one item or service that will be auctioned off during our festival
  • Bring in a Turkish desert to sell at our festival
  • Sign up for a ‘booth’ shift to sell goods/food during our festival 

3-     PARENT/ TEACHER MEETING:

We are very excited to announce that our teacher Sibel Debryun is able to join us again this semester and she will be the teaching the 4th classroom. We also thank Zeynep Civcik for being an integral part of our teaching team last semester. This portion of the day each of our teachers will talk about their own classroom touching upon:

  • What they did last semester
  • What they will focus on this semester to prepare for the following year
  • What parents can do to support this education this semester for each class

At the end of the meeting there will be free time for parents to touch base with their child’s teacher one on one. If you are a new parent this is a great opportunity to ask your teachers questions you may have about our curriculum.

Thank you and we are looking for another exciting semester together!

 

 

 

 

 

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Dec
4
10:00 AM10:00

MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP FOR BTS PARENTS & FRIENDS

Discover the power of mindfulness and how it provides critical life skills for you and your children in a workshop with instructor İrem Radzik. 

Learn how you can incorporate it into your family’s life with simple exercises to improve focus, self-control, calmness, self-esteem, and social relationships.

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW:

This 90 minute-long workshop includes:

• Introduction to mindfulness

• Guided mindfulness practice

• Simple games and exercises to incorporate mindfulness into daily family life

ABOUT İREM RADZIK

İrem Radzik is trained by Mindful Schools on ‘Mindfulness Fundamentals’ and “Curriculum Training for K-12”. She has been teaching since 2014 to kids and adults in Oakland and Piedmont.

Fee: We will take donations in a sliding scale which will go towards Berkeley Turkish School's Teacher Appreciation Fund Drive

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Oct
30
10:00 AM10:00

Republic Day Celebration, Cumhuriyet Bayramı

Republic Day Celebration, Cumhuriyet Bayramı

We will celebrate the Republic Day which marks the creation of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Due to limited resources, this event is not open to the public. However if you would like to support our Fall Fundraising Initiative, please donate online.

We are expecting rain for this weekend, so each classroom will celebrate Republic day in their own classrooms. Parents please follow specific directions sent to you by your child's teachers via email so you can join their celebrations at the beginning then join us for coffee in the hallway.

Thank you!

 

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Oct
23
10:00 AM10:00

PARENT WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS- MULTI-CULTURAL PARENTING

  • 1225 Milvia Street Berkeley, CA, 94709 United States (map)
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Multi-Cultural Parenting Workshop Seminar for BTS Parents & guardians.

Seminar will be conducted by Mental Health Clinician Neslihan Pinar.

This event is conducted as a part of Berkeley Turkish School's Fall Fundraising Program so we are accepting donations in sliding scale of $20 and up per person for enrolled BTS Parents and their friends. This event is also open to others outside of BTS community who are interested in learning more about multi cultural parenting as well as supporting our fundraising efforts at BTS.

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

Parenting is tough, period. When you add the cultural differences between parents, as well as the challenges of raising children in a culture different than your own, parenting challenges get doubled (optimistically speaking)! However, when we are able to identify cultural differences and where they are coming from, we create an atmosphere for compromises, which is an essential component of healthy parenting practices.

In this workshop, we are going to open a dialog about our own “unwritten and unspoken” rules about parenting. In a supportive environment, we are going to look at where our values come from, how they shape our parenting styles, and if they are aligned with the values we want to pass along to our children.

Please bring your open minds and open hearts with you!

ABOUT NESLIHAN PINAR

Neslihan (Nes) Pinar is a mental health therapist who supports individuals, couples, and families overcoming struggles of life transitions in her private practice in Lafayette. Her bicultural background broadens her insight and respect for different values and belief systems and any kind of diversity, which in turn informs her strength-based approach to therapy. Due to her experience and special interest, Nes is enthusiastic to work with people going through family of origin issues, acculturation difficulties, kids in (or have been in) foster care and adopted children, trauma history, relationship issues, career change, women going back to the work after being a stay-at-home-mom, becoming a first time parent, growing up or raising children in an “achievement culture” in privileged communities, self-esteem issues, depression/anxiety/mood disorders.

Besides providing mental health counseling services, Nes also frequently facilitates trainings on variety of topics at agencies and engages in public presentations at schools. Nes has a counseling degree from California State University of East Bay and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC#94911). She is originally from Turkey, has two children, and holds an engineering degree. She is fluent in English and Turkish. Nes loves reading, swimming, camping, travelling, hanging out with friends, going out for date nights with her husband, and cooking from scratch.

Nes can be reached at (925) 405-6040 and nespinar@gmail.com. Interested in learning more? Visit www.nespinar.com.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING PLEASE SIGN UP HERE.

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Oct
16
10:00 AM10:00

PARENT WORKSHOP FOR BTS PARENTS & FRIENDS

  • Berkeley Turkish School, Kid Power Workshop (map)
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Parent Workshop For Berkeley Turkish School parents, caregivers and teachers

People Safety skills help all of us be safe with people at home, at school, online, out in the world... everywhere. They also help strengthen important relationships. Learn ways to help young people learn and use age-appropriate People Safety skills on an everyday basis to have safer, more positive experiences with people, including strangers, siblings, peers, and other people they know.

This workshop is open to all Berkeley Turkish School parents and teachers. You are welcome to invite your friends, and register them under your name. During the workshop, we’ll practice how to help kids:

  • Be and act aware and confident
  • Check with adults if anything seems unsafe
  • Move away from possible problems
  •  Follow Stranger Safety rules
  •  Stay safe from hurtful words
  • Use voice as a safety tool
  • Set clear boundaries
  • Say “No” or “Stop” clearly and respectfully
  • Deal with other kids poking, pushing, grabbing, etc.
  • Use safety plans if lost in a store, park, or library
  • Get help from busy adults - and persist!

This tailored workshop is a service of KIDPOWER the nonprofit leader in “People Safety” skills education for all ages & abilities.

WORKSHOP FEE: Sliding scale $25-$35 per participant.

BTS is organizing this event for the benefit of our community. The overall workshop fee BTS will pay KidPower is $850 dollars.  We highly encourage you to invite your friends who have children to attend this important workshop.

To learn more about this workshop or to sign up, please contact berkeleyturkishschool@gmail.com

Please contact Kidpower at (800) 467-6997 ext. 1# with any questions about the class content, our public workshops or materials, or to talk about arranging a workshop for a group of any age.


PLEASE SIGN HERE TO SECURE YOUR SPOT FOR THIS AMAZING WORKSHOP

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First Day of Classes for Fall 2016 Semester
Sep
11
10:00 AM10:00

First Day of Classes for Fall 2016 Semester

First day of classes begin on September 11, 2016.

You can now register online for the fall semester.

WHILE THE CLASSES ARE IN SESSION, PARENTS WILL BE ATTENDING A MEETING THAT WILL COVER EXPECATIONS FOR THE SEMESTER AND WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR PROGRAM AT HOME. WE SUGGEST AT LEAST ONE PARENT TO ATTEND THIS SESSION.

10:00       First session begins
10:50       Small break in the classroom
11:00        Second session begins
11:40        Parents pick up children and take them outside for snack break
12:00       Third session begins
12:30        Parents pick up children from the classroom and sign them out
12:45        Doors to school building are locked

THINGS TO REMEMBER
1-Arrival Time:
Please arrive by 9:45 am for a smooth transition into class. Late arrival disrupts the classroom flow and the students’ attention. When you arrive, please sign in your child in the hallway then proceed to their classroom. At the end of the third session, please make sure to sign out your child prior to leaving the building. The building is locked at 12:45pm and the parking gates are locked soon after.

2-Parking:
Please park on Milvia or Berryman Streets and surrounding residential neighborhoods. Please do not park in the parking lot of the school. Only the teachers and administrators are allowed to park in the parking lot. When you arrive, please ring the doorbell at main entry on Milvia Street OR, if you are coming from the parking lot area, come into the building through the open doors at the playground level.

3-Safety:
Please be responsible for your child/children at all times outside of the classroom. Teachers are not responsible for the children while outside or between classes. If you have a young child, please remain by their side to help engage them in the activities and help teachers keep the classroom space as undisturbed as best as possible. Please be mindful that the School of the Madeleine is generously offering us the use of their facilities and it is our group’s responsibility to keep them clean and classroom materials intact and neat. When you leave, please lend a hand to help us clean the classrooms if possible.

4-Recess snack space:
We will utilize the bench area close to the garden. It’s far away from the cars, safer and more contained. Snack volunteers for each week – please check in with Guneycan, our Program Coordinator prior to setting up so that he can show you the space and help you set up if needed. We ask that all parents and children to make an effort in cleaning up after themselves by placing trash and recycleables into the appropriate bins.

5-Registration Waiver Forms:  
The registration waiver forms in the welcome packet which is also on our website needs to be signed and brought to school by the 1st day of classes. We cannot accept your child into the classroom without this form.

6-Volunteer and Sign up sheets
We really depend on you, the parents, to volunteer for different tasks throughout the year in order to keep our school running. Please log into the Google document we will provide to sign up.

 

 

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Aug
27
10:45 AM10:45

Open House & Registration for Fall 2016

You can now register online for the fall 2016 semester.

Before you arrive to our Open House on August 27th, please note the following:

  • Arrive no later than 10:45AM. Our program will begin sharp at 11 AM.
  • This is a child-free event so please make arrangements ahead of time to leave your kids at home. We will be introducing our new teaching team, overview of our school's curriculum and the many changes we have made over the course of the summer in a short time frame that require our parent's attention.
  • Time: Program Begins at 11 AM- Ends at 12:30 PM
  • Location: School Of Madelaine,  1225 Milvia Street, Berkeley CA
  • Bring your calendars and checkbooks/credit cards for registering

We are looking forward to meeting you at our open house!

PROGRAM

10:45 Welcome parents, meet & greet. Pass out waiver forms.

11:00 INTRODUCTION TO OURTEAM

11:15 OVERVIEW OF OUR SCHOOL & CURRICULUM

11:25 OUR FINANCIAL PLAN

11:30 VOLUNTEERING AND QUESTIONS AND ANSWER

12:00 REGISTRATION BEGINS

12:30 PROGRAM ENDS

  

 

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May
22
7:00 AM07:00

Graduation Ceremony

This past Sunday was our graduation ceremony at the Berkeley Turkish School as we celebrated the end of another year full of adventures, changes and festivals.

On behalf of the Berkeley Turkish School we wanted to say a big thank you to our students, parents, teachers and to our extended community for supporting us in our efforts to grow together as a community school. We could not have gotten this far without your endless support in believing in us and joining hands in achieving our mission.
Have a lovely summer and hope to see you all in September!

 

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May
7
2:30 PM14:30

Early Mother's Day Celebration Dinner & Concert- Ladies only!

Dear Berkeley Turkish School Moms,

For an early mothers's day celebration, some of us (only the ladies) are meeting for dinner this Saturday, May 7th, at the Mission: Heirloom Restaurant in Berkeley.  We reserved a table at their beautiful garden in the back. When you get in,  first order your food and then head back to find us in the garden where we will all be.

At about 7:30PM A group of us are then heading on to the Yeni Turku Concert in SanFrancisco.

You don't have to let us know ahead of time if you are coming or not- Just come and join us for the festivities if you can!

Dinner Time: 5:30- 7:30
Address: 2085 Vine St, Berkeley, CA 94709
Restaurant Phone:(510) 900-1307
http://www.viewmenu.com/mission-heirloom/menu?ref=google

Details about the Yeni Turku Concert:
https://www.facebook.com/events/255426498133382/

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Children's Day Festival
Apr
24
7:00 AM07:00

Children's Day Festival

You are invited to our CHILDREN’S DAY FESTIVAL!

Please join the Berkeley Turkish School community for a festival with great Turkish food, drinks, games, music and friends. A raffle will be held to help raise funds for our school.
 Come help us celebrate and support our cause.

 

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Jan
24
7:30 AM07:30

Berkeley Turkish School Open House & Registration

Dear Parents,

The Berkeley Turkish School will be holding a Registration and Open House on Sunday, January 24th, 2016. We encourage all parents to come to our open house to meet our teachers and get to know the details about our curriculum.

Our presentation will begin at 10:30and end at 11:30 with question/answer session. If you could RSVP and forward our invitation to those who may be interested to join our school, it would be greatly appreciated.

Location: School of the Madeleine. 1225 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA

You can also register online at our website.  Classes will begin on February 7th.

Looking forward to an exciting new semester together! Thank you on behalf of our team at the Berkeley Turkish School.

Thank you

Basak Altan, President & Founder

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Apr
19
6:30 AM06:30

23 April National Sovereignty and Children's Day - 23 Nisan Çocuk Bayramı

  • 1225 Milvia St Berkeley, CA, 94709 United States (map)
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We will be preparing a special program with our kids to celebrate this occasion on  Sunday April 19th. Due to our limited resources, this event will not be open to public.

The History and Meaning behind Turkish National Children’s Day

On the 23rd of April, 1920, in the wake of the First World War and collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk formed the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM), which was the foundation of the modern Turkish Republic.

Concerned about the nation’s young population, many of who were war orphans or families in need with limited post-war resources, the young leader addressed the Nation’s children from Bursa in 1922 (even before the 1925 Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child):

“Little ladies, little sirs...
You are all roses, stars of our future and light of our fortune.
It is you who will overwhelm the country with a noble illumination. You should work knowing how important and valuable you are.
We expect a lot from you girls and boys!”

In 1925, in an effort to raise funds for children and families in need, and to bring the nation’s attention to the orphans’ cause, the National Child Protection Agency (formerly called “Himaye-i Etfal Cemiyeti”) created Children’s Celebration Day, choosing the 23rd of April in honor of the foundation of the Republic.  From1929 onward, this week was celebrated in the Turkish Republic as the Children’s Week.  In1981, the title of the Celebration was changed to “National Sovereignty and Children’s Day”.

The modern-day vision behind this day is to help improve the feelings of fraternity, love and friendship among children and to contribute to a peaceful world.
 
Recognition of the importance of children’s rights has been growing in the international community, and organizations including UNICEF have followed Turkey’s example in proclaiming an annual celebration for the world’s children.

Over the last two decades, Turkey has been working hard to internationalize this important day. Their efforts resulted in large number of world states’ sending groups of children to Turkey to participate in the day’s festivities.  During their stay in Turkey with Turkish children, the visitors and hosts learn about each other’s countries and cultures.  There is also a special session of the Grand National Assembly where the children all pledge their commitment to peace in the world.

Currently, according to a report from Turkish children’s right organization Gundem Cocuk, there are over 893,000 undocumented children working in factories and in the farming industry, over 2,000 children in prisons, over 181,000 child brides, and over 42,000 children living on the streets.  They note that during the Gezi Park protests, over 294 children were taken in custody by the police, and cite a 45% increase in child rapes since 2012.

As we celebrate this important day with our children, we hope to leave a better future for ALL the children in the world and in Turkey.  By celebrating this day, we as a community are also taking a stance, sending a message that the international world is watching and that we are united in our efforts to protect our children’s rights no matter what our nationality is.

 

 

 

 

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