BAM RUNATHON -- October 5th - 9th

Collect those pledges and get ready to run, next week at the BAM Runathon. More information and pledge forms are found here: 2015 Runathon Pledge Form. Students should collect pledges before they run, and then turn in forms and pledge money AFTER their runathon (during PE the week of Oct 5th-9th). Pledge money can be turned in as checks (made to BAM PTA), cash, or online:


(Please use the Purpose box (or "What's This For" box on mobile devices) in Paypal to include the name and grade of the BAM Student you are sponsoring.)


Help count laps, spray kids, bring refreshments for your child's class, sign up here: 2015 BAM Runathon Volunteer


BAM JAM Carnival - Saturday, October 24, 12-3PM 

The BAM JAM carnival is only a few weeks away, save the date and plan to come enjoy an afternoon of community, carnival games, food, music, henna, face painting, and more! Lots of volunteers are needed to help pull off this favorite event, check out the BAM JAM Volunteer Sign Up list.

In addition to general volunteers, each grade will be hosting one game booth, look for information from your class room parents to see how you can help your grade's booth!



Watch as our amazing teachers and staff surprise the kids at the first Community Meeting of the year... 

BAM Teacher Dancing 9-25-15 from Chaghig on Vimeo.



Don't forget to turn in the important BAM Family Information form, sent home in Thursday Folders last week. This one form is all you need to fill out to join the PTA, get your information in the useful BAM Directory, and sign up for the BAM Announcements (if you haven't already). So fill it out and stay connected!

Click here for a copy of the BAM Family Information Form.



BAM students can either bring their lunch from home or buy school lunch. Visit the School Lunch page to fill out your free and reduced lunch forms online (something all families are asked to do at the start of each year, even if you don't apply for free/reduced lunch), and/or setup online payment for your child's lunch account.  If you do not wish to pay for your school lunches online, you may either send your child to school with the lunch money ($3.50 per lunch) or bring in your payments directly to Ms. Angel in the BAM Cafeteria.



Please note incorrect information was printed in the BAM Welcome Packet mailed to families about BAM Announcements. We no longer use a Yahoo Group to run BAM Announcements and the information below is the only way to subscribe:

Sign up below to get important announcements from the Principal, teachers, and PTA! The electronic newsletter will be sent twice weekly during the school year, usually on Mondays and Thursdays (depending on whether there are any announcements), with compiled updates and information. To post, send your brief message to bamannouncements@gmail.com by Sundays and Wednesdays by noon.




Check out the Support BAM page for lots of great information and links to eScrip, Amazon Smile, and other ways you can help raise easy money BAM!


Check Calendar Menu for more events!

 Link to 2015-16 Berkeley Unified School District Calendar






The GC hopes for 100% participation from all families so if you haven't yet donated this year, please do - no amount is too small. Checks can be made to BAM PTA and turned into the PTA safe in the BAM office, or donate online by clicking here.

The Giving Campaign is one of BAM PTA's main fundraising efforts, each year raising about half of the entire PTA budget. The campaign started in 2006 with10 parent volunteers and raised $28,000. In 2013 we raised almost $57,000 which represents almost half of the PTA budget, enabling the PTA to pay for critical programs that benefit all students at BAM including:

  • Weekly PE classes with the Berkeley YMCA
  • A lunch time supervisor in the cafeteria and YMCA staff organizing recreation programs during lunch
  • Visual and Performing Arts programs
  • Critical counseling services
  • Field trips, classroom supplies, and much, much more


Sign up for eScrip!

eScrip is a hassle-free way for BAM families to raise money through every day purchases. You spend money by credit/debit card as you would normally and a percentage of each purchase is sent to BAM. It's that easy! Just register with eScrip and then just start shopping: 

1) Go to http://www.eScrip.com and click where it says "Sign up - it's free!"
2) Designate Berkeley Arts Magnet School, eScrip Group ID 137634981 to receive your contributions.
3) Once you're registered, you can register your grocery club card from a participating merchant and your debit/credit cards. Or, just start shopping at eScrip's online mall. As long as you start your shopping from the eScrip page, BAM will get money. That's it!


BAM Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King


BAM students honor and learn about Dr. King in celebration of his birthday. Slideshow by Mrs. Q.