The Phoenix October 19, 2017

TEACHER LUNCHEON!

THEME: CROCK POT MEALS!
TOMORROW FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th!!!
SIGN UP!

The last teacher luncheon was a hit! Let’s do it again! This month it will be tomorrow, Friday, October 20th. It’s time for a crock pot extravaganza. If you don’t have a crock pot, no problem! Your favorite stew or salad will be appreciated as well. As always, vegan and vegetarian options are also appreciated. Any questions email: Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com

Please sign up: Oct. 20th Teacher Luncheon

KOREMATSU PTSA ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

Let’s come together to support our Korematsu students’ education! If you have been meaning to donate all semester but simply have not gotten around to it, now is the time to click that button or write that check. Your contribution will help pay for many programs that support all our students. Thank you to the over 100 families who have already donated! For more information, please see our flyer. Every donation is gratefully appreciated, so donate now!

JOIN US SATURDAY!!!

Dear WCCUSD Families,​

You are cordially invited to the 12th Annual Parents as Partners and Leaders Conference, Saturday, October 21, 2017!

This conference draws hundreds of parents every year and provides parents with information through interactive, engaging workshops that will help them support their child’s academic career.

This conference will provide training and resources to help you become a partner in your child’s education. Over 15 workshops and a Community Resource Fair will be provided! We look forward to accommodating and meeting your needs!

Check out the program for this Saturday!

Reserve your space by registering online. You may also RSVP by calling the Community Engagement Department at
510-307-4526 to RSVP!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Childcare, Translation, Breakfast, and Snacks will be provided!

Estimadas Familias de WCCUSD,

Ustedes están invitados a la 12ª Conferencia Anual de Padres como Líderes y Socios en la Educación, el sábado, 21 de octubre, 2017!

Esta conferencia reúne a cientos de padres cada octubre y ofrece entrenamiento a padres a través de talleres interactivos que ayudan a apoyar la carrera académica de sus hijos.

Esta conferencia proporcionará instrucción y recursos para ayudarle a convertirse en un participante activo en la educación de su hijo. Se proporcionarán más de 15 talleres y una feria sobre recursos para la comunidad. Esperamos la oportunidad de servirles y satisfacer sus necesidades.

Nombre de Talleres que se han ofrecido en el pasado:

Haga el favor de completar la registración para reservar su lugar por la internet. Usted también puede llamar a la Oficina de Enlace Comunitario al teléfono 510-307-4590 para confirmar su asistencia.

¡HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA REGISTRARSE HOY!

¡Se proporcionará cuidado de niños, traducción, desayuno y aperitivos!

Link to Online Registration-ENGLISH
Link to Online Registration-ESPANOL
WCCUSD Highlights
Join the WCCUSD Mailing List
Click on link to see a video about Parent University HERE

SUPPORT ECHS BANDS!

Saturday October 21, 2017

The El Cerrito High School Band Program will present a 12-hour music marathon aimed to raise $10,000 for new instruments, equipment, and support various musical activities that include band festivals, clinics, and travel opportunities. Here’s the link to make a donation. All are welcome to JAZZ CONCERT IN THE QUAD at 12pm and CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT at 6pm. You can get more information HERE .

El Cerrito Arts Day — Celebrating the City’s History Through Music!

This year’s Arts Day celebration will honor El Cerrito’s many musical heritages. The event is at the EC Community Center, 2:00-5:00pm, on Saturday, October 21. Free! All ages are welcome.

The event’s program will include songs, dances, and stories of Ohlone Indians, Spanish colonists and Mexican ranchers, the Issei generation of Japanese Americans, and the thousands of war industry workers who came here during World War II.

For more information, go to: http://www.el-cerrito.org/751/Arts-Day

ANNOUNCING COOKIE DOUGH SALES JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

This is a tradition at Korematsu and an amazing way to earn funds to support our enrichment programs!

This cookie dough is one of the best out there AND it lasts 1 year in the freezer! Just in time for the holidays!

Your student SHOULD be bringing a packet home for you to order. IF it did not make it home,
PLEASE SEE THE FORMS ATTACHED BELOW!

NEW! HRF Brochure.pdf
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Korematsu Middle School.pdf
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Korematsu Middle School Order Form.pdf

Orders CAN NOT be placed online and MUST be returned TO THE OFFICE with ALL MONEY ENCLOSED (checks made payable to KOREMATSU PTSA) NO LATER THAN THURSDAY OCTBER 26th.

ALL ITEMS WILL BE READY FOR FAMILIES TO PICK UP NOVEMBER 9THAFTERSCHOOL IN THE PTA ROOM!!

For any questions OR to help volunteer for this event please contact Negar Souza thesouzafamily@comcast.net

Thank you AND happy selling!
P.S. Please see you earn free cookie dough if you sell 10 items or more!

MOVIE NIGHT

Korematsu Staff, Students and Families:
The Hispanic and Chicano Committee will be hosting our
SECOND Movie Night on Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 6:15pm in the Multipurpose Room.
We will watch
The Book Of Life.

We will have traditional Latin American snacks & drinks Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and pillows. Pajamas are acceptable.

The Phoenix October 12, 2017

WCCUSD SCHOOLS CLOSED TODAY THURSDAY OCTOBER 12TH

Here’s the link to read the email from Matthew Duffy WCCUSD Superintendent.

GIVING CAMPAIGN

We only have 14 days left to meet our goal. Please donate to enable our school to offer the best possible programs for our students. We offer our sincerest thanks to those families who have already contributed.

Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted, and donations of $100 or more will receive a Korematsu car magnet. Please give now to help us reach our goal! Also, please consider copying this message into an email to friends and family members. Or, share our flyer with others. Every donation helps!

KOREMMATSU SCHOOL’S 2017 GARAGE SALE

Your gently used items can make a difference for our kids!!!!! How?

Korematsu School’s 2017 Garage Sale
This Saturday Oct. 14, 9am – 3pm
(EC citywide garage sale)

How can you help?
Donate your gently used, sellable goods to our school! Ask your family and neighbors too!

When and Where?
Bring your donations to the Parents Room, just inside the orange gates, at Korematsu on: October 13 Friday, 5pm – 9pm

Volunteers needed for Friday Oct. 13, 5-9pm & Saturday during the sale, contact:  Cindy Spade 415 596 1851 email verunicafashion@gmail.com

ANNOUNCING COOKIE DOUGH SALES JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

This is a tradition at Korematsu and an amazing way to earn funds to support our enrichment programs!

This cookie dough is one of the best out there AND it lasts 1 year in the freezer! Just in time for the holidays!

Your student SHOULD be bringing a packet home for you to order. IF it did not make it home, Orders CAN NOT be placed online and MUST be returned TO THE OFFICE with ALL MONEY ENCLOSED (checks made payable to KOREMATSU PTSA) NO LATER THAN THURSDAY OCTBER 26th.

ALL ITEMS WILL BE READY FOR FAMILIES TO PICK UP NOVEMBER 9TH AFTERSCHOOL IN THE PTA ROOM!!

For any questions OR to help volunteer for this event please contact Negar Souza thesouzafamily@comcast.net

Thank you AND happy selling!
P.S. Please see you earn free cookie dough if you sell 10 items or more!

TEACHER LUNCHEON!

THEME: CROCK POT MEALS!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th!!!
SIGN UP!

The last teacher luncheon was a hit! Let’s do it again! This month it will be on October 20th. It’s time for a crock pot extravaganza. If no crock pot, no problem! Your favorite stew or salad will be appreciated as well. As always, vegan and vegetarian options are also appreciated. Any questions email: Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com

Please sign up by clicking on the link below:

Oct. 20th Teacher Luncheon

Saturday October 21, 2017 SUPPORT ECHS BANDS!


The El Cerrito High School Band Program will present a 12-hour music marathon aimed to raise $10,000 for new instruments, equipment, and support various musical activities that include band festivals, clinics, and travel opportunities. Here’s the link to make a donation. All are welcome to JAZZ CONCERT IN THE QUAD at 12pm and CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT at 6pm. You can get more information HERE

El Cerrito Arts Day — Celebrating the City’s History Through Music!

This year’s Arts Day celebration will honor El Cerrito’s many musical heritages. The event is at the EC Community Center, 2:00-5:00pm, on Saturday, October 21. Free! All ages are welcome.

The event’s program will include songs, dances, and stories of Ohlone Indians, Spanish colonists and Mexican ranchers, the Issei generation of Japanese Americans, and the thousands of war industry workers who came here during World War II.

For more information, go to: http://www.el-cerrito.org/751/Arts-Day

THE HISPANIC AND CHICANO COMMITTEE 2ND MOVIE NIGHT

Korematsu Staff, Students and Families:
The Hispanic and Chicano Committee will be hosting our
2nd Movie Night on Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 6:15pm in the Multipurpose Room.
We will watch
The Book Of Life.
We will have traditional Latin American snacks & drinks Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and pillows. Pajamas are acceptable!

The Phoenix, October 5, 2017

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 (STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY).

SEE YOU TUESDAY!

PTSA ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

The Korematsu PTSA Annual Giving Campaign is in full swing! Between now and October 31, 2017, please donate to enable our school to offer the best possible programs for our students. We only have 20 days to go so please make your contribution now!

Flyers with more details are going home with your student today, so please look for them. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. Please give now to help us reach our goal! . Also, please consider copying this message into an email to friends and family members. Or, share our flyer with others. Every donation helps!

FRIGHT WRITE STORY AND ART CONTEST

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 10
Unleash your creative spirit! All students are invited to participate in “Fright Write,” an annual story, art, and comic strip contest sponsored by the PTSA. Submissions must be given to the office or English teacher by Tuesday, October 10 (new deadline).

 

KOREMATSU BENEFIT YARD SALE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 9-4 PM

DROP OFF FRIDAY OCTOBER 6th, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Your gently used items can make a difference for our kids!!!!! How?
Korematsu School’s 2017 Garage Sale
Oct. 14, 9am – 3pm (EC citywide garage sale)

How can you help?
Donate your gently used, sellable goods to our school! Ask your family and neighbors too!

When and Where?
Bring your donations to the Parents Room, just inside the orange gates, at Korematsu during these scheduled donation sessions:

*October 6, Friday, 6pm – 8pm
*October 11 Wednesday, 6pm – 8 pm
*October 13 Friday, 5pm – 9pm

Volunteers needed for Friday Oct. 13, 5-9pm & Saturday during the sale, contact:

Cindy Spade 415 596 1851 email verunicafashion@gmail.com

TEACHER LUNCHEON!

THEME: CROCK POT MEALS!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th!!!
SIGN UP!

The last teacher luncheon was a hit! Let’s do it again! This month it will be on October 20th. It’s time for a crock pot extravaganza. If no crock pot, no problem! Your favorite stew or salad will be appreciated as well. As always, vegan and vegetarian options are also appreciated. Any questions email: Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com

Please sign up by clicking on the link below:

Oct. 20th Teacher Luncheon

DONATE MS. PULLEY

El Cerrito Arts Day

Celebrating the City’s History Through Music!

This year’s Arts Day celebration will honor El Cerrito’s many musical heritages. The event is at the EC Community Center, 2:00-5:00pm, on Saturday, October 21. Free! All ages are welcome.

The event’s program will include songs, dances, and stories of Ohlone Indians, Spanish colonists and Mexican ranchers, the Issei generation of Japanese Americans, and the thousands of war industry workers who came here during World War II.

For more information, go to: http://www.el-cerrito.org/751/Arts-Day

MOVIE NIGHT

Korematsu Staff, Students and Families:
The Hispanic and Chicano Committee will be hosting our
2nd Movie Night on Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 6:15pm in the Multipurpose Room.
We will watch
The Book Of Life.
We will have traditional Latin American snacks & drinks Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and pillows. Pajamas are acceptable!

The Phoenix, September 28, 2017

ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

Please make your contribution today! The PTSA needs your support to run all of its programs this year. Many thanks to the 60 Korematsu families who have already donated! Please join them with your donation in any amount. If you donate $100 or more, you will receive a Korematsu car magnet! Click here to donate now! See our flyer for more details.

ANNUAL STORY AND ART CONTEST OPEN TO KOREMATSU STUDENTS

All Korematsu students are invited to participate in “Fright Write,” an annual story, art, and comic strip contest sponsored by the PTSA. Submissions must be given to the office or English teacher by Thursday, October 5th.

  • Every participant will be entered into a raffle for a Basket of Halloween Goodies
  • The writers of stories that have been selected for publication will each receive a copy of “Fright Write.”

Rules & Guidelines:

  • Each student may submit ONE original entry on a Halloween-related theme in EACH of the following categories.
  • Story/Poetry Category— Length: One-page MAX.Format: Typed on 8-1/2” x 11” paper, no smaller than 10 pt. font size.
  • Comics Category— Length: One-page MAX. Format: Must be on 8-1/2” x 11” paper, with original hand-drawn artwork in BLACK INK. NO pencils or computer-generated graphics.
  • Art Category — Materials/Media: Must be on 8-1/2” x 11” paper, with original hand-drawn artwork in BLACK INK. NO pencils or computer-generated graphics. Format: a) Front cover: artwork must fill up a page of 8-1/2” x 11” and include the title “Fright Write 2017-18.” b) Back cover : artwork must fill up a page of 8-1/2” x 11”.

KOREMATSU BENEFIT YARD SALE

SATURDAY OCTOBER 14 , 9 am- 4 pm
NEXT DROP OFF DATE FOR DONATIONS IS
TOMORROW, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th!
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

We need donations of gently-used household items, toys, sports gear, small furniture, ETC. PLEASE BE DISCERNING. PLEASE ONLY GIVE US THINGS YOU YOURSELF WOULD BUY.

Please drop off items at our Parent’s Room in Building A, right across the main office.

The next drop-off time is Friday Sept 29th donation drop off 6-9 pm. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!

FREE Volunteer Fingerprinting Parties For Parents Saturdays!

The fingerprinting parties are designed for parents and community members who want to volunteer in WCCUSD. This is a drop-in day, no appointment needed. The online application must be completed BEFORE the date of the event. Please use the link below to complete the online application.
http://www.beamentor.org/now

12th Annual Parents as Partners & Leaders Conference


Families are cordially invited to the 12th Annual Parents as Partners and Leaders Conference, Saturday, October 21st, 2017! This conference draws hundreds of parents every year and provides parents with information through interactive and engaging workshops that will help them support their child’s academic career. Paper registrations for the conference will be sent out this week via interoffice mail. Please help us distribute the flyers as soon as you get them.

Paper Registration Flyer (Bilingual)

Marín Trujillo
Community Engagement Coordinator
West Contra Costa USD
1108 Bissell Ave
Richmond, CA 94801
510-307-4526-office
510-970-7963-fax
WCCUSD Highlights
Join the WCCUSD Mailing List

Click on link to see a video about Parent University

Teachers’ Wish Lists

Our Librarian, Ms. Bogie

 Check out my Wish List. Wish Lists are great for keeping track of things you’d like to have and for helping your family and friends buy gifts you really want. Thanks for taking a look.

View Allyson’s Wish List

English teacher, Mr. Vedder

Mr. Vedder Amazon Wish List

The Phoenix, September 21, 2017

GIVING CAMPAIGN

Please help us support our students! Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted, and donations of $100 or more will receive a Korematsu car magnet. Thank you to everyone who has already donated! Please donate now!  To learn more see our flyer. 

 

ART AND WRITING CONTEST: OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS

All Korematsu students are invited to participate in“Fright Write,” an annual story, art, and comic strip contest sponsored by the PTSA. The contest starts this week and ends on Thursday, October 5th 2017. Flyer and rubric here

Rules & Guidelines:
Each student may submit ONE original entry on a Halloween-related theme in EACH of the following categories.

Story/Poetry Category— Length: One-page MAX.Format: Typed on 8-1/2” x 11” paper, no smaller than 10 pt. font size.

Comics Category— Length: One-page MAX. Format: Must be on 8-1/2” x 11” paper, with original hand-drawn artwork in BLACK INK. NO pencils or computer-generated graphics.

Art Category —  Materials/Media: Must be on 8-1/2” x 11” paper, with original hand-drawn artwork in BLACK INK. NO pencils or computer-generated graphics. Format:
a) Front cover: artwork must fill up a page of 8-1/2” x 11” and include the title “Fright Write 2015-16.” b) Back cover : artwork must fill up a page of 8-1/2” x 11”.

OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS: KOREMATSU LIBRARY

Here is the library schedule:

  • M: 8:20-3:45
  • Tues: 8:10-3:30 (mostly RATS, limited space after school)
  • W: 8:10-3
  • Th: 8:10-3:45
  • F: 8:10-3

Students are welcome to come any day of the week during class with a pass from teacher and during lunch. All students must have their ID to come to the library. They will need to scan their IDs so that the library can record library usage and keep track of room capacity at lunch. Students may check up to 4 books, and loan period is 3 weeks with renewals available. Library catalog is at WCCUSD.follettdestiny.com, then choose “Korematsu.”

For Banned Books Week (Sep. 24-30, 2017), the ACLU of Northern California is organizing a series of free events reflecting on the life and work of Fred Korematsu and the importance of speaking out against forces that would seek to silence and censor you. There will be a :

BOOK READING & DISCUSSION
Friday, Sep. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Laurel Book Store
1423 Broadway
Oakland, CA

This event is free of charge, but please RSVP via laurelbookstore.com. For more information, email ACLU.AlamedaCounty@gmail.com To learn more click here

Speakers Series Richard Rothstein

Monday, September 25, 7:00 pm

El Cerrito High School Auditorium
540 Ashbury Ave

West Contra Costa Unified School District and the El Cerrito Family of Schools presents Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

Join us for a great discussion with Richard Rothstein, author and Research Associate at the Economic Policy Institute. Rothstein will offer insights into how residential segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much ongoing social strife—is the intended result of racially explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels.

This event is free to all.

LUPINE HILLS SATURDAY!

WCCUSD welcomes and encourages your volunteer work at school sites! But, get screened first!
Two steps to the process: First, follow the link and instructions for the BeAMentor process.
https://www.wccusd.net/domain/93
Next, come out to any site for free fingerprinting!
Saturday Sept 23 Lupine Hills
Saturday Sept 30 DeJean
FLIER HERE!

KOREMATSU YARD SALE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 9 AM – 4 PM

We need donations of gently-used household items, toys, sports gear and equipment, small furniture, etc.   Many volunteers are needed to sort out items on Friday, Oct. 13, 5-9 PM & on Saturday during the sale itself.

The Phoenix September 14 2017

TODAY, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14, IS A MINIMUM DAY.

School is out at 1:25 PM.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 6:30-8 PM

Note from Principal Burnham:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You are cordially invited to “Back-to-School Night,” an orientation for parents. You will follow an abbreviated daily schedule, meet your child’s teachers, become familiar with the scope and sequence of standards-based curricula, and see classrooms and displays. Students should not come to this event.

It is essential that you bring your child’s schedule with you so that you know where to go. Please take a few minutes to write the schedule on the paper below (LETTER ATTACHED). Your visit in each class will be ten minutes in length and there will be a few minutes in between each period (passing period).

Physical education classes will convene in the gymnasium or dance studio. During your student’s lunch period, please take the opportunity to walk around the campus or visit the Korematsu Library in Room B220. Come see the library space, find out what we have to offer and meet Ms. Bogie.

We are looking forward to a spectacular evening. See you there!

Matt Burnham, Principal

ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN 2017

California K-12 public schools are still underfunded. At our school, your contribution will help pay for much-needed extras such as a math tutor for enrichment, remedial, and after school homework help, classroom grants for our teachers, library books, paper, assemblies, and more. Please give to our Annual Giving Campaign 2017! For 50 days, from now to October 31, our goal is to raise $50,000. Every little bit counts. 55 cents a day would amount to almost $100 over the course of our school year. If every family donates $100 or more, we would surpass our fundraising goal. Please contribute what you can! For more details, see our flyer, and donate now!

THE CENTENNIAL “BIG BASH WEEKEND” IS THIS WEEKEND!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – FAMILY NIGHT AT CERRITO VISTA PARK

Bring a picnic dinner and your own blanket or low-back chairs and enjoy a free screening of Pixar’s TOY STORY followed by the 1917 Charlie Chaplin film, THE IMMIGRANT. Movie starts at dusk at Cerrito Vista Park (950 Pomona Ave). Snacks will be available for purchase.Co-sponsored by Soroptimist International of El Cerrito

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – EL CERRITO SHOWCASE PARADE

Watch one of El Cerrito’s largest parades featuring outstanding citizens, businesses, clubs, organizations, schools, city representatives, pioneer families and more! Great viewing opportunities along Richmond Avenue or in Cerrito Vista Park.
Parade starts at the Safeway/PetFood Express parking lot at 10am, travels along Hill Street > Elm Street > Richmond Street > Moeser Lane and into Cerrito Vista Park.
After the parade, stay and enjoy free entertainment from noon to 3pm including live music, bounce houses and chalk art for the kids, free sandwiches and cupcakes for the first 1,000 people, as well as food for sale by:

  • Plaza Girabaldi – offering nachos, tacos, burritos, quesadillas
  • Fillmore West Vineyards – serving Pinot and Pinot Rose
  • Kiane’s Shaved Ice – with a rainbow of topping choices!

We are looking for students and families who want to walk with the Korematsu community in the El Cerrito Centennial Parade on Saturday. We will meet Saturday morning about 9:40 am in the Safeway parking lot with the other parade participants. We hope to have a loud and cheerful group as we walk in the parade from 10 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday. Come out and support our school and the City of El Cerrito!

Thanks,
Matt Burnham, Principal
Fred T. Korematsu Middle School

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – EL CERRITO’S YOUTH DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

Middle school students (grades 6–8) are invited to an all-school mixer at the Community Center for games and dancing from 6 to 9 pm. Free admission, but pre-registration is required. Register to Attend Now!

KOREMATSU SITE COUNCIL

If you would like to serve on Korematsu’s School Site Council click on the link below for more information.
Korematsu 2017 SSC Declaration To Run Form.pdf
OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS: KOREMATSU LIBRARY

Students are welcome to come any day of the week during class with a pass from teacher; during lunch, after checking in with the security guard; and after school until 2:55 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (may be closed on some days without advance notice).

All students must have their ID to come to the library. They will need to scan their IDs so that the library can record library usage and keep track of room capacity at lunch. Students may check up to 4 books, and loan period is 3 weeks with renewals available. Library catalog is at WCCUSD.follettdestiny.com, then choose “Korematsu.”

LIBRARY RATS RETURNS SEPTEMBER 19!

Ms. Bogie’s LibraryRATS Club is coming back! Library RATS starts Tuesday, September 19, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. In that hour, club members will play games and work on book projects, as well as technology and engineering-related projects (e.g. building circuits). The club is open to ALL students. Interested students must register with Ms. Bogie at the library.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SCHOOLS: BECOME A WRITERCOACH CONNECTION VOLUNTEER

WriterCoach Connection brings teams of trained volunteers to help students one-on-one with their classroom writing assignments. Coaching is a low time commitment (only once or twice a month for 1-2 hours) but very fun and rewarding. Watch a two-minute video intro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxewKjDID60

We provide all the training you’ll need to be a terrific coach! Register for a free training at http://www.writercoachconnection.org.

SEND SHIVERS DOWN SPINE: “FRIGHT WRITE” ART AND WRITING CONTEST STARTS SOON

“Fright Write,” an annual story and art contest open to ALL Korematsu students will start next week and end on Thursday, October 5. Details will be sent out soon.

We need volunteers to review the submissions. Please sign up to serve as judge for the contest! You can do this work at home on your own time. Your only requirement is a healthy interest in reading. Email korematsuptsa@gmail.com, if you are interested.

CALLING FOR FRIGHT EXPERTS!!!

Is Halloween your favorite holiday? Consider becoming the Fright Fest facilitator! It involves coordinating Halloween-related activities such as mummy-wrapping contest and pumpkin weight guessing. Please email korematsuptsa@gmail.com if you are interested.

SAVE THE DATE: KOREMATSU YARD SALE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 9 AM – 4 PM

We need donations of gently-used household items, toys, sports gear and equipment, small furniture, etc. Many volunteers are needed to sort out items on Friday, Oct. 13, 5-9 PM & on Saturday during the sale itself.

Speakers Series  – Richard Rothstein

Monday, September 25,
7:00 pm
El Cerrito High School Auditorium
540 Ashbury Ave

West Contra Costa Unified School District and the El Cerrito Family of Schools presents Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

Join us for a great discussion with Richard Rothstein, author and Research Associate at the Economic Policy Institute. Rothstein will offer insights into how residential segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much ongoing social strife—is the intended result of racially explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels.

This event is free to all.

COLLINS ELEMENTARY SATURDAY!

WCCUSD welcomes and encourages your volunteer work at school sites! But, get screened first!
Two steps to the process: First, follow the link and instructions for the BeAMentor process.
https://www.wccusd.net/domain/93
Next, come out to any site for free fingerprinting!

  • Saturday Sept 16 Collins
  • Saturday Sept 23 Lupine
  • Saturday Sept 30 DeJean

FLIER HERE!

The Phoenix, September 7, 2017

THANK OUR TEACHERS: LUNCH TOMORROW FRIDAY SEPT. 8th IS ON US!

Let’s thank our teachers and staff for all the hard work they’ve put in to get school ready for our kids. Teacher Luncheons take place on the second Friday in most months in the Teacher’s Lounge (Room A220). Families participate by contributing dishes to the luncheon.

The first Teacher Luncheon, themed “Back-to-School! Easy-peasy, favorite go-to dishes,”is on Friday, September 8th. Bring your salads or stews. If it is pizza or sandwiches, bring it on!  While there’s a theme, it’s always flexible, and you should contribute dishes that suit your schedule and budget.

We need 5 more Main Dishes. 

To contribute dishes, please sign up here

Please email our Teacher Luncheon Coordinator Astrid Broberg at:  liissaUSA@aol.com if you have any questions.

JOIN US FOR SCREENAGERS

We are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Presented By Fred T. Korematsu Middle School PTSA, El Cerrito

When: Monday, Sept. 11, 7-8:15 p.m. followed by a discussion with special guest, Lisa Tabb, co-executive producer of the film.

Where: Korematsu Middle School multipurpose room, 7125 Donal Ave., El Cerrito

Tickets: $10 adults/$5 students and those with financial need

Purchase here:  Presented By Fred T. Korematsu Middle School PTSA, El Cerrito

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 6:30 to 8 PM

Note from Principal Burnham:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You are cordially invited to “Back-to-School Night,” an orientation for parents. You will follow an abbreviated daily schedule, meet your child’s teachers, become familiar with the scope and sequence of standards-based curricula, and see fabulous classrooms and displays. Students should not come to this event.

It is essential that you bring your child’s schedule with you so that you know where to go. Your visit to each class will be ten minutes in length and there will be a few minutes in between each period (passing period) to get to the next class.  Physical education classes will convene in the gym.

You are also invited to visit the Korematsu Library. Come see the library space, find out what we have to offer, and meet Ms. Bogie.

We are looking forward to a spectacular evening.  See you there!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: LIBRARY RATS (READING AND TECHNOLOGY STARS)

Ms. Bogie’s LibraryRATS Club is coming back! Starts Tuesday, September 19, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. In that hour, club members will play games and work on book projects, as well as technology and engineering-related projects (e.g. building circuits). The club is open to ALL students. Interested students must register with Ms. Bogie at the library.

The library will also have after-school hours, starting Monday, Sept. 11.

Here are the “closing times”

  • Monday: 3:45
  • Tuesday: Library Reading &Tech Stars (RATS) only, 2:30-3:30
  • Wednesday (and any minimum day, such as Back to School Night on 9/14): 3 pm
  • Thursday: 3:45
  • Friday: 3:00

DONATE TO DIRECT APPEAL

California  K-12 public schools are still underfunded. When compared to other states, California ranks about 42 in per pupil spending.

At Korematsu, your support helps us pay for much-needed extras such as a math tutor, math pull-outs for enrichment and remedial, classroom grants for teachers, books, assemblies, field trips and more.

Direct donations, AmazonSmile, and eScrip are just three of the many ways you can help raise money for our programs. For a full list of how to help, go to this link

WISH LIST!

Please consider buying something on English teacher Mr. Vedder’s Amazon Wish List for his classroom. It would be a great help towards getting his classes off on the right foot with both materials and book selections.

El CERRITO IS TURNING 100!

JOIN US IN CELEBRATION!

The “Big Bash” Celebration Weekend is mid September with many events and activities for families.

Centennial Celebration Weekend

  • Thursday, September 14 – Centennial Celebration at the Rialto Cinemas, Cerrito Theater
  • Friday, September 15 – Pixar’s “Toy Story” – Cinema in the Park (Cerrito Vista)
  • Saturday, September 16 – El Cerrito Showcase Parade
  • Saturday, September 16 – Youth Dance the Night Away (grades 6-8)
  • Sunday, September 17 – Centennial Gala Dinner

El Cerrito’s Youth Dance the Night Away

Middle School Dance

El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA

Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Middle school students (grades 6–8) are invited to an all-school mixer at the Community Center for games and dancing from 6 to 9 pm.

DJ Kevin is dropping the beats!

Free admission. Pizza, Drinks and Snacks.

Opportunity Prize to one lucky attendant!

SIGN UP HERE!

PRE-FILLED SUPER SOAKERS WANTED!

Sunday, September 10, Noon-2:00 p.m.
FREE EVENT

The El Cerrito Police and Fire Department will host its first annual “Super Soaker Water Battle” event.

The purpose of this event is to bring the community together while trying to stay cool in this summer heat. This will be a fun and safe environment for kids and families to play water games while interacting with local public safety employees.

The event will be held next Sunday, September 10th, from 12 -2pm @ Arlington Park in El Cerrito. We will have snow cones, hot dogs and a dunk booth!

The event is free, but please pre-register! Contact: Sarah Perez

WCCUSD FINGERPRINTING EVENTS

WCCUSD FREE Fingerprinting Dates Announced!

WCCUSD welcomes and encourages your volunteer work at school sites! But, get screened first!

Two steps to the process: First, follow the link and instructions for the BeAMentor process.

https://www.wccusd.net/domain/93

Next, come out to any site for free fingerprinting!

  • Saturday, Sept 9 Harding
  • Saturday Sept 16 Collings
  • Saturday Sept 23 Lupine
  • Saturday Sept 30 DeJean

FULL SCHEDULE

SUPERINTENDENT DUFFY’S

SEPTEMBER MESSAGE.

Phoenix August 31st 2017

NO SCHOOL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

School is closed for LABOR DAY. Classes resume Tuesday, September 5, at 8:05 a.m.

PICTURE DAY IS FRIDAY!!!

Picture Day is Friday, Sept. 1, during PE classes. Students will check in at their PE class and then be led by their PE teacher to the A building lobby where the pictures will be taken.

IMPORTANT SCHOOL OFFICE REMINDERS

> Reminder to students: walk on the right side of the hall; throw trash in the trash cans; eating outside the MPR is not allowed.

> Reminder to parents: please drop off your students by the first bell. Students more than 5 minutes late must report to the main office and will receive detention.

> Schedule changes – We are still balancing classes and students may have their schedules changed.

> ID’s – If students have not obtained an ID yet they can stop by the office at lunch time to get one. The school will start to enforce the ID rule soon so students must make sure they have one.

FIRST PTSA and KOREMATSU MUSIC PARENTS MEETING OF THE YEAR!

TUESDAY, September 5, 2017

Korematsu Music Parents Association
Meets 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Band Room

PTSA
Meets 7:00
Multipurpose Room

INTERESTED IN THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND DIRECTIONS AT KOREMATSU?

Everyone is invited to come out and hear the “State of the School” address by Principal Matthew Burnham. You can review the agenda here!.

If you are a band parent, the KOREMATSU MUSIC PARENTS ASSOCIATION (BAND PARENTS) MEETING will be held from 6 PM to 7 PM in the Band Room on the same evening.

These meetings as OPEN TO ALL. You do not need to be a member to come, but you’ll need to be a member to vote!. Check us out! See what we do!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: LIBRARY RATS (READING AND TECHNOLOGY STARS)

Ms. Bogie’s LibraryRATS Club is coming back! Starts Tuesday, September 19, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. In that hour, club members will play games and work on book projects, as well as technology and engineering-related projects (e.g. building circuits). The club is open to ALL students. Interested students must register with Ms. Bogie at the library.

The library will also have after-school hours, starting Monday, Sept. 11.

Here are the “closing times”

Monday: 3:45
Tuesday: Library Reading &Tech Stars (RATS) only, 2:30-3:30
Wednesday (and any minimum day, such as Back to School Night on 9/14): 3 pm
Thursday: 3:45
Friday: 3:00

FREE ON-CAMPUS AFTER SCHOOL MATH TUTORING IS HAPPENING NOW

The sessions for all grades will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, in Room A201. Hours: Mon 2:30-3:30 Tues 2:30-3:30 Thurs 2:30-3:30. Wednesday and other minimum days 1:30-2:30. Come with math questions and math tutor Brad will help your student figure them out! Students are expected to abide by regular classroom behavior expectations or will be asked to leave. Sponsored and funded by the Korematsu PTSA.

THANK OUR TEACHERS: LUNCH ON FRIDAY SEPT. 8th IS ON US!

Let’s thank our teachers and staff for all the hard work they’ve put in to get school ready for our kids. Teacher Luncheons take place on the second Friday in most months in the Teacher’s Lounge (Room A220). Families participate by contributing dishes to the luncheon.

The first Teacher Luncheon, themed “Back-to-School! Easy-peasy, favorite go-to dishes,” is on Friday, September 8th. Bring your salads or stews. If it is pizza or sandwiches, bring it on! .. While there’s a theme, it’s always loose, and you should contribute dishes that suit your schedule and budget.

To contribute dishes, please sign up here

We also need helping hands to set up, re-stock, and break down. Scroll down the sign up sheet to sign up to volunteer on the day of the luncheon. Please email our Teacher Luncheon Coordinator Astrid Broberg at: liissaUSA@aol.com if you have any questions.

LOVE TO SING??

Want to be part of a fun & supportive community with other students who also love to sing? Up for the challenge of learning to sing in two and three-part harmony? Are you excited about performance opportunities?

If this sounds like you, come join Korematsu’s inaugural choir with Ms. Wu, a professionally trained music & voice teacher.

$150 Fall 2017 Session
15 Wednesday classes starting Sept. 6th
1:35-2:35pm in the band room

** Scholarships available, please ask! **
Questions? Reach out to parent coordinators Georgina & Mary at korematsusings@gmail.com

KOREMATSU PTSA GIVING CAMPAIGN

California K-12 public schools are still underfunded. When compared to other states, California ranks about 42 in per pupil spending. At Korematsu, your support helps us pay for much-needed extras such as a math tutor, math pull-outs for enrichment and remedial, classroom grants for teachers, books, assemblies, field trips and more.

Direct donations, AmazonSmile, and eScrip are just three of the many ways you can help raise money for our programs. For a full list of how to help, go to this link: https://korematsumiddleschool.org/fundraising-and-donations/

 

Mr. Vedder’s Amazon Wish List

Please consider buying something on English teacher Mr. Vedder’s Amazon Wish List (http://a.co/9yTCCns) for his classroom. It would be a great help towards getting his classes off on the right foot with both materials and book selections.

 

El Cerrito’s celebrating turning 100th!

The “Big Bash” Celebration Weekend is mid September with many events and activities for families.

Centennial Celebration Weekend
http://www.el-cerrito.org/2017events

  • Thursday, September 14 – Centennial Celebration at the Rialto Cinemas, Cerrito Theater
  • Friday, September 15 – Pixar’s “Toy Story” – Cinema in the Park (Cerrito Vista)
  • Saturday, September 16 – El Cerrito Showcase Parade &
  • Saturday, September 16 – Youth Dance the Night Away (grades 6-8)
  • Sunday, September 17 – Centennial Gala Dinner

EL CERRITO’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION!

Save the Date!
El Cerrito’s Youth Dance the Night Away
Middle School Dance
El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA
Saturday, September 16, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Middle school students (grades 6–8) are invited to an all-school mixer at the Community Center for games and dancing from 6 to 9 pm.
DJ Kevin is dropping the beats!

Free admission. Pizza, Drinks and Snacks.
Opportunity Prize to one lucky attendant!

 

PARENT CHECKLIST

Now that we are in the second week of school, let’s be sure that you have not missed any important information.

SIGN IN! BADGES!

Becoming actively involved in your child’s education can influence the direction and quality of learning for all students. Any time you are on campus, please come to the main office and sign in prior to starting your assignment.

If you plan to spend regular time in the classroom or assist in an activity on a routine basis, you are required to sign in go through the fingerprinting process. Usually, the WCCUSD hosts free fingerprinting sessions. While we are checking on the timing of those and will post them when more information is available. If you are in a rush to get started, visit www.Beamentor.org/now

HAVE YOU JOINED THE PTSA?

Sign up over our website. Go to www.KorematsuMiddleSchool.org. Click on the yellow Donate button, which will take you to our PayPal link. In the “Comments” field, enter “PTSA Membership” and we will do the rest! For more information, go to https://korematsumiddleschool.org/join/

HAVE YOU SUBSCRIBED TO THE GOOGLE CALENDAR?

How to subscribe:

1. Go to our Google Calendar. Click on this link. http://korematsumiddleschool.org/calendar/

2. *Click on the “+GoogleCalendar” button in the lower right hand corner.

3. Follow the Google prompts and the Korematsu events will now populate your calendar!

 HAVE YOU SUBSCRIBED TO THE E TREE?

The e tree is the main way news and information is distributed on campus. You will receive mail every Thursday when school is in session, and occasionally, reminders. To subscribe, email korematsuptsa@gmail.com

HAVE YOU LIKED THE KOREMATSU FACEBOOK PAGE? TWITTER?

Join the online conversation on issues affecting our children’s lives! Post. Like. Share. Comment.Tag. Korematsu on Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PortolaMiddleSchool . Twitter: @GoKorematsu

SCREENAGERS

Sponsored by the Korematsu PTSA; screenagers.com

When: Monday, Sept. 11th, 7-8:15pm, followed by discussion with co-executive producer, Lisa Tabb

Where: Korematsu Middle School Multipurpose room

Tickets: $10; $5 for students and those with financial need

For more information or to purchase tickets: https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-fred-t-korematsu-middle-school-ptsa-4687

Questions? Email jentreuting@yahoo.com