The Phoenix, June 6, 2019

It’s a WRAP!

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THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, our outgoing 8th grade parents, the boards of our PTSA and Korematsu’s Music Parents Association. We couldn’t have done it without you. Whether you volunteered in classrooms, volunteered for an extracurricular, worked for the WriterCoach Connection, went on a field trip, contributed to Teacher Treat Day, worked on the yearbook, volunteered for one of our band programs, coached sports, or helped your child with homework, you made (and make) our school a better place. We can never say enough good things about this kind, caring and generous community. We are very lucky!

Good luck to our 8th graders as you move on to high school. We are expecting great things from you, and know you will change your communities and the world for the better!!

Oh yeah…. the first day of school is Monday, August 19, 2019! It is a minimum day.

We will publish registration and incoming 7th grade information very shortly. We do publish over the summer.

GOODBYE TO MS. La Due

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Deepest thanks and best regards to English teacher Sarah La Due. From the day you set foot on the campus, you changed it for the better, and served as a role model for all of us. You leave a better school behind. We thank you for your inspiration and the way you’ve touched us all. Your new school is lucky to have you. We wish you well. Stay in touch!

TONIGHT PROMOTION CEREMONY

Students need to report to the gymnasium no later than 5:30 p.m. Dress appropriate for church, mosque, synagogue is appropriate for this event. Make sure they dress warmly. Dresses with spaghetti straps, bare torsos, long gowns, high heels, tuxedos are inappropriate for this event.

DRESS WARMLY. YOU MIGHT WANT TO BRING THIS

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Enter through the Lawrence Street gate. Please be prompt. The gate will close at 6:00 p.m. so that we can all enjoy the ceremony.
Please respect the neighborhood when visiting. Please carpool to campus, and please park multiple blocks away and walk to campus so that we alleviate both traffic and parking congestion in the neighborhood. Our neighbors thank you!

Promotion Ceremony Letter

JOIN CHEER AT EL CERRITO HIGH

This message is for current 8th graders: Anyone interested in tryouts for El Cerrito High School Cheer Team for next year, please send your name and contact info to:
rmclachlan@wccusd.net.

I’ll put you on the list to be contacted in summer when tryout dates are finalized. Thanks.

76’ers Trip to Washington, DC

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A FEW SPACES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE
76’ers Trip to Washington, DC
FOR RISING 7th GRADERS – WILL BE IN 8th GRADE

There are some spaces available for the 76’ers trip to Washington DC, Presidents’ Week break, February, 2020.
Please contact Tim Shaw for more information. timj.shaw@yahoo.com

ALL-SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Save the date!

Our all-school ice cream social is August 17th at Castro Park. The whole family is welcome. Catch up with old friends and meet new. Details to publish shortly.

HEADED TO EL CERRITO HIGH?

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1. Sign up for the etree. This is the main form of communication on campus. Email echsetree@gmail.com. Subject: SUBSCRIBE.
2. El Cerrito High School Website
3. ECHS Registration Information:
4. Walk through Registration Dates:

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2. Other Social Media (not an exhaustive list):
El Cerrito High School Twitter
El Cerrito High School PTSA Facebook
El Cerrito High School PTSA Twitter
El Cerrito High School Instagram
or Text @ecgauchos to 81010 Or add @ECGauchos if you are already registered on Remind

SUMMER READING

Lots of ideas about how to keep up with summer reading here.
Read from a phone, a table, a computer….all summer! Free! Here!
https://www.smore.com/dg78f-wccusd-library-services

Big Changes to Box Tops

Box tops is going digital. Over time, you’ll be taking pictures of receipts with your phone and submitting them with an App. The change is starting now. There’s a video that explains the changes. Please share!

https://www.boxtops4education.com/coordinator

The Phoenix, May 30, 2019

8TH GRADE ACTIVITIES

It is time to plan 8th grade activities!

In this link, you will find three tabs:  

* Picnic
* Promotion Rehearsal
* Promotion Ceremony

Please sign up to volunteer if you are able!

We do ask that 7th Grade parents help with 8th grade rehearsal and promotion so that the 8th grade families can enjoy the events!

Sign up for 8th Grade Promotion, Picnic and Other Activities in this Link!!

PROMOTION CEREMONY
LETTER TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS

Please read the attached letter outlining promotion ceremony expectations.

The highlights:

  • Dressy attire for church, synagogue, mosque etc. is recommended. Long gowns, high heels, spaghetti straps are inappropriate.
  • Due to the size of the class, only two tickets per student are given. The ceremony is outside of the MPR. Bring a camp chair, or you can stand. Dress warmly, and encourage your student to do the same.
  • Students arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. and report to the gym.
  • Parents arrive at the Lawrence Street Gate 5:15 – 5:55 p.m.
  • Processional starts 6:00 p.m. sharp. No one enters after that time so that we can all enjoy the ceremony.
  • Parking is extremely limited. Please respect the neighborhood. Please carpool, and please park several blocks away and walk to the campus.

The Letter is here

WANTED….

7th Grade Parents
TO HELP WITH PROMOTION

7th Grade Parents, it is a tradition to help with 8th grade promotion actives. You watch the kids and facilitate so that the 8th grade parents can enjoy the event.

Sign up in this Link!

END-OF-YEAR EVENTS

There is a lot going on!

The Calendar:

ONLINE HERE!

  • Awards Night 5/30 @ 7:00 MPR
  • Study Trip (Ms. Davis) “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 5/31
  • Art and Jazz Festival 6/3 @ 6:00PM Courtyard
  • Promotion Rehearsal 6/5 Morning
  • 8th grade Picnic and Softball game 6/5 Lunch – dismissal
  • Promotion Ceremony 6/6 @ 6 Courtyard
  • LDOS 6/7 – Noon Dismissal
  • August 6, 2019 9:00 a.m. – Noon 7th Grade Registration
  • August 7, 2019 9:00 a.m. – Noon 7th Grade Registration
  • August 8, 2019 9:00 a.m. – Make-up Day Registration
  • It is very helpful if you can come and register during the above days/times. It allows us to get the bulk of the paperwork/organization done. If you are out of town for registration, don’t worry. You can come in the following week and take care of things. Dates and times will publish over the summer.

GOOD WORK COMMUNITY!

THANK YOU FOR STEPPING UP!
WE STILL NEED YOU!

Great work community, and THANK YOU ALL for stepping up. We were able to fill many key positions last week. We are looking much better for next year.

BAND

Thank you band parents for stepping up. We have one opening left…..

Jazz Ensemble E-Tree
Contact Nancy Kawase nancykawase@hotmail.com

Your involvement is really important. We really do make a better school!

PTSA Positions

HUGE shout out to everyone that stepped up to leadership last week. THANK YOU !!! There are still more opportunities Please review the list below:

STILL NEEDED…….

Vice President of Fundraising – Oversee the various fundraising campaigns of the school year. These include: Annual Giving Campaign, Cookie Dough Fundraiser campaign, Restaurant Night Coordinator, Golden Gate Fields Events, You do not run all of these events; you oversee them.

Restaurant Night Coordinator – Contact area restaurants and arrange “Restaurant Night” events. Promoted the events through the etree. You are not reinventing the wheel. We have all the contacts. You just plug and play. Your new ideas are very much welcomed, however.

Cookie Dough Coordinator – Run Fall Cookie Dough Fundraising Campaign. Contact Vendor, pass out and collect forms, organize the distribution of product when it arrives. You are not reinventing the wheel. We have all the contacts.

Celebrate Korematsu Chair – Head up a team that collects and processes donations for the Celebrate Korematsu auction. The majority of the work is December/January. The majority can be done from home sending out donation letters and entering donations into online software. You are not reinventing the wheel. We have all the contacts. You just plug and play. Your new ideas are very much welcomed, however.

Back-to-School Picnic – Welcome new and returning families to Korematsu by chairing the Back-to-School picnic. Order food, gather volunteers, promote the event through the e tree.

Korematsu E Tree Editor – Do you like to write? Work to write this weekly newsletter.

Korematsu Volunteer Coordinator – Find volunteers to staff events.

Yard Sale Coordinator – We’ve participated in the El Cerrito Citywide Yard Sale from time to time. You would organize a team to collect donations, price items and be on hand the day of sale.

AND THANK YOU….

Korematsu PTSA President
Coordinate and oversee the unit’s activities. Plan the year’s calendar, approve the budget and along with the EVP, run five meetings a year. FILLED. THANK YOU!

Korematsu PTSA Vice President
Ideally be a 7th grade parent ready to be the president in 20/21. Along with the president, coordinate the unit’s activities – mainly Celebrate Korematsu. Plan the year’s calendar, approve the budget and along with the President, run five meetings a year. FILLED THANK YOU!

Korematsu PTSA Membership Chair
Process PTSA memberships. Most of the work occurs in August and September. The work is largely online, and can be done from home. FILLED THANK YOU!

Korematsu Teacher Treat Day Coordinator(s) – Coordinates monthly teacher luncheon. Use email to solicit donations of food and volunteers. Set up staffing schedule. FILLED THANK YOU!

Golden Gate Fields Coordinator – Contact Golden Gate Fields to secure at Dollar Days Date, promote event to ensure enough volunteers are on hand, attend event and assure its smooth running.FILLED THANK YOU!

Science Fair Coordinators – Work with the science teachers to grade science projects and plan Korematsu’s science night. Order awards if necessary. Assist when projects move to District, County and State science fairs. FILLED THANK YOU!

Yearbook – Work with Korematsu staff and teachers to produce the yearbook. Advertise various deadlines to the school community. FILLED THANK YOU!

Incoming School Mixer/Ice Cream Social Chair – Welcome new and returning families to Korematsu by chairing the August Ice Cream Social. Ensure we have treats on hand, promote the event through the e tree. FILLED THANK YOU!

CONTACT US: korematsuptsa@gmail.com

SUMMER READING

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Lots of ideas about how to keep up with summer reading here.
Read from a phone, a table, a computer….all summer! Free! Here!
https://www.smore.com/dg78f-wccusd-library-services

WCCUSD May Newsletter

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WCCUSD May Newsletter in this Link!

Youth Summer Camps for Public Speaking THE PRACTICE SPACE!

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If you enjoy debating, acting, telling stories, or giving speeches, join our summer camps! We build your confidence through fun activities so you can share your voice with the world. Spaces are limited, so register today at https://www.practice-space.org/event-directory/.

We offer 4 camps:

Young Speakers Camp, Ages 8-11, June 17-21, 8:30am-2:30pm. This one-week camp for elementary students builds confidence through presentation, basic debate, and storytelling, with games imagination and fun. Learn to speak your mind, tell your story, and listen to what others have to share. This camp helps students of all levels, whether they are shy or outgoing.

Middle School Speakers Camp, Ages 11-13, June 24-28, 8:30am-3:30pm. This one-week camp for middle schoolers is for beginning debaters and actors who want to develop confidence and improve their speaking skills. Choose between basic debate or dramatic monologues, so this camp helps you whether you are more argumentative or more creative at heart. This camp is a good option for those who want to try public speaking through a gentle introduction.

Persuasive Debaters Camp, Ages 13-18, July 22-26, 8:30am-3:30pm (optional add-on week: July 29-August 2). This in-depth debate camp builds skills in argumentation, logic, and strategy through parliamentary-style debate. It is helpful for students interested in debate competitions during the year – sign up for 1 week of classes or 2-week option with advanced practice rounds.

Confident Communicators Camp, Ages 11-18, August 5-16, 8:30am-3:30pm. This two-week camp helps middle and high school students express themselves and find their unique voice. Choose to major in persuasion and debate, performance and acting, or podcasting and storytelling. Meet students from all over the Bay Area and receive lots of coaching to improve your skills.

Check out our website for more information!

Or email us at: admin@practice-space.org

EMPOWER THROUGH DESIGN

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Are there students at your school interested in architecture, design, or urban planning? Registration is now open for the 2019 SFNOMA Project Pipeline camp. Now entering its ninth year in the San Francisco Bay Area, the camp introduces middle school students ages 11-14 to the environmental design profession and strengthens STEAM skills with fun and creative design thinking curriculum, while also building confidence in public speaking and interest in civic engagement.

We would love to have a couple of young people from your school attend the camp this year. We have full scholarships available for families who need it and have a promising student that wants to attend. This year we will have a shuttle bus leaving from the West Oakland BART station to bring students to and from camp, which is held at the California College of the Arts San Francisco campus.

The scholarship application is the last page of the registration application. Scholarship applications need to be submitted by June 5th, and regular applications need to be submitted by June 14th.
To see a video of a previous camp and to register for the camp please go to http://www.sfnoma.net/project-pipeline.html

If there are any questions on the camp, please email camp@sfnoma.net, or if you would like someone to give a presentation about the camp to your students, please let know.

Thank you for spreading the word.


Prescott Reavis
SFNOMA Project Pipeline Camp Director & Co-founder

Annette Diniz
SFNOMA Project Pipeline Volunteer Coordinator

SUMMER REGISTRATION

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Incoming 7th Graders

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Incoming 8th Graders

Thursday, August 8, 2019
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Make-up Day

It is very helpful if you can come during the above days and times.

It allows us to get the bulk of the paperwork/organization done. If you can’t make it, don’t worry.
You can come in the following week and take care of things. Dates and times will publish over the summer.

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The Phoenix, May 23, 2019

PICK UP LOST AND FOUND ITEMS TODAY AND FRIDAY

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Friday they will all be donated (or burned).
Please come and collect you things.
The pile is outside the main office on the tables.

Korematsu “RECLASSIFIED” Students Celebrated at Richmond Auditorium!

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Congrats to our newly “Reclassified” students! For those that aren’t familiar with “Reclassification,” these students were English Language Learners and tonight they were “Reclassified” to proficient English speakers! They’ve mastered both academic and conversational English and have met the state and district criteria for fluent English proficiency. It’s a lot of work! We are very proud of their achievements!! And, congratulations and thanks Ms. Soto, their teacher, who works tirelessly with them. We love you!

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS OF HONOR CELEBRATED AT CRANEWAY PAVILLION

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Congratulations to our African American Students of Honor!

These students earned a 3.3 GPA or higher in all academic areas.

They were honored earlier this week in a grand ceremony at Craneway Pavillion! CONGRATULATIONS!

KOREMATSU SPRING DANCE PERFORMANCE

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TONIGHT!
May 22 and 23, 2019
7:00 p.m.
MPR

Did you know Korematsu has a thriving Dance program? Are you coming to Korematsu next year? Are you already enrolled?

Join us and support our students as they perform their work. This is the perfect performance for elementary school students!
Suggested contribution: $4.00. We’ll be in the MPR.
Hope to see you there!

END-OF-YEAR EVENTS

There is a lot going on!

The Calendar: https://korematsumiddleschool.org/?page_id=13

  • Dance Performance 5/22 – 23 @ 7:00 MPR
  • Faculty Vs Student Volleyball 5/24 1:00 PM
  • Memorial Day Holiday 5/27
  • End of year band concert 5/29 @ 7:00 MPR
  • Testing Pie-in-the-face Event May 22, 2019, 7th last period of the day – Gym
  • Awards Night 5/30 @ 7:00 MPR
  • Study Trip (Ms. Davis) “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 5/31
  • Art and Jazz Festival 6/3 @ 6:00PM Courtyard
  • Promotion Rehearsal 6/5 Morning
  • 8th grade Picnic and Softball game 6/5 Lunch – dismissal
  • Promotion Ceremony 6/6 @ 6 Courtyard
  • LDOS 6/7 – Noon Dismissal
  • August 6,7,8 Registration

HELP WANTED

GOOD WORK COMMUNITY!
THANK YOU FOR STEPPING UP!
WE STILL NEED YOU!

THIS WEEK’S DIRE NEED IS….. BAND

Great work community, and THANK YOU ALL for stepping up. We were able to fill many key positions last week. We are looking much better for next year. We are still in dire need of Band Parents. The Korematsu Music Parents group runs as a large “committee” under the Korematsu PTSA. As many of you know, we have an elaborate music program run by ONE PERSON (Tiffany) on a completely anemic budget. She needs help!

That’s where you come in. The Korematsu Music Parents group provides volunteer labor and some funding for our amazing program. We provide many of the extras that we need to run this program. We provide volunteers for concerts and events, printing of programs, funding for reeds, sheet music, musical instruments and more.

Please consider stepping up for one of these positions. It is really important!

Chair
Treasurer

Jazz Ensemble E-Tree
Contact Nancy Kawase nancykawase@hotmail.com

Your involvement is really important. We really do make a better school!

PTSA Positions

HUGE shout out to everyone that stepped up to leadership last week. THANK YOU !!! There are still more opportunities Please review the list below:

STILL NEEDED…….

Vice President of Fundraising – Oversee the various fundraising campaigns of the school year. These include: Annual Giving Campaign, Cookie Dough Fundraiser campaign, Restaurant Night Coordinator, Golden Gate Fields Events, You do not run all of these events; you oversee them.

Restaurant Night Coordinator – Contact area restaurants and arrange “Restaurant Night” events. Promoted the events through the etree. You are not reinventing the wheel. We have all the contacts. You just plug and play. Your new ideas are very much welcomed, however.

Cookie Dough Coordinator – Run Fall Cookie Dough Fundraising Campaign. Contact Vendor, pass out and collect forms, organize the distribution of product when it arrives. You are not reinventing the wheel. We have all the contacts.

Celebrate Korematsu Chair – Head up a team that collects and processes donations for the Celebrate Korematsu auction. The majority of the work is December/January. The majority can be done from home sending out donation letters and entering donations into online software. You are not reinventing the wheel. We have all the contacts. You just plug and play. Your new ideas are very much welcomed, however.

Incoming School Mixer/Ice Cream Social Chair – Welcome new and returning families to Korematsu by chairing the August Ice Cream Social. Ensure we have treats on hand, promote the event through the e tree.

Back-to-School Picnic – Welcome new and returning families to Korematsu by chairing the Back-to-School picnic. Order food, gather volunteers, promote the event through the e tree.

Korematsu E Tree Editor – Do you like to write? Work to write this weekly newsletter.

Korematsu Volunteer Coordinator – Find volunteers to staff events.

Yard Sale Coordinator – We’ve participated in the El Cerrito Citywide Yard Sale from time to time. You would organize a team to collect donations, price items and be on hand the day of sale.

CONTACT US: korematsuptsa@gmail.com

8TH GRADE ACTIVITIES

It is time to plan 8th grade activities!

In this link, you will find three tabs:

  • Picnic
  • Promotion Rehearsal
  • Promotion Ceremony

Please sign up to volunteer if you are able!

We do ask that 7th Grade parents help with 8th grade rehearsal and promotion so that the 8th grade families can enjoy the events!

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER IN THIS LINK!

NEW TECHNOLOGY COMING!

This summer, the District is purchasing and/or refurbishing all student tablets. In August students will return to newer, faster and more secure devices! YAY!

In order to accomplish this, all student tablets will be collected before the last day of school on June 7th. (Your principal or school administration team will communicate the specific collection plan for your particular school.)

Remind your student to prepare for collection with this one step:

● If there are files stored on the tablet’s hard drive or their H:\ drive, please remind your student to move those files to Google Drive before tablet collection, so that they can be accessed from the new device. Once tablets are collected, anything stored on the hard drive of the computer will not be retrievable. Some computers will be retired and some will be completely refurbished. Your student will not get the same machine back.

Also know:

● Students will take a tablet home if they have an IEP that specifically calls for a tablet.
● Summer schools will have devices. Seniors doing independent study will be able to take them home.

Thanks for your support in the transition!

¡YA VIENE LA NUEVA TECNOLOGÍA!

Este verano, el Distrito comprará y/o renovará todas las computadoras portátiles (tabletas) para estudiantes. ¡En agosto, los estudiantes contarán con dispositivos más nuevos, más rápidos y más seguros! ¡HURRA!

Para lograr esto, todas las computadoras (tabletas) de los estudiantes se recogerán antes del último día de clases el viernes 7 de junio; (el director o el personal de administración de su escuela le comunicarán el plan de recolección específico para su escuela en particular).

Recuérdele a su hijo/a que se prepare para la recolección haciendo lo siguiente:
● Si hay archivos almacenados en la memoria de la computadora o en su unidad H: /, recuérdele a su hijo/a que transfiera esos archivos a la Unidad Google antes de la colección de las computadoras, para que pueda tener acceso a estos archivos desde el nuevo dispositivo. Una vez que se recojan las tabletas, cualquier cosa almacenada en la memoria de la computadora no se podrá recuperar. Algunas computadoras serán retiradas y otras serán completamente renovadas. Su hijo/a no obtendrá la misma computadora de vuelta.

Además debe saber lo siguiente:
● Los estudiantes llevarán una computadora (tableta) a casa si tienen un Programa Individualizado de Educación (IEP) que específicamente requiere del uso de una tableta.

● Las escuelas en las cuales se realizará el programa de verano tendrán dispositivos. Los estudiantes de doceavo grado que realicen estudios independientes podrán llevar las computadoras a casa.

Summer Programs with the Bay Area Writing Project

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The Phoenix, May 16, 2019

KOREMATSU SPRING DANCE PERFORMANCE

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May 22 and 23, 2019
7:00 p.m.
MPR

Did you know Korematsu has a thriving Dance program? Are you coming to Korematsu next year? Are you already enrolled?

Join us and support our students as they perform their work. This is the perfect performance for elementary school students!
Suggested contribution: $4.00. We’ll be in the MPR.
Hope to see you there!

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WE NEED YOU!

Both the Korematsu PTSA and Korematsu Music Parents Association are in need of board leadership and volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year. These are important positions, because we really do support the school with additional funds, programs and opportunities for students and teachers. Your involvement is really important. We really do make a better school!

Please look over these opportunities and seriously consider giving some of your time. These are not overwhelming time commitments. You make of it what you will. The community is wonderful. You will enjoy yourself, meet people and leave enriched. We promise!

As a reminder, if we do not have a PTSA President, both the music program and the programs PTA funds are in jeopardy. We’d be able to ride for a while, but it will catch up with us. This will mean no math tutoring, no teacher classroom grants, no etree, no funding for drama program, no money for sports and sports equipment, no money for field trips, no funding for 8th grade Field Day, No Celebrate Korematsu, and finally, no organized parent forum for community-building and information exchange. We’d also lose our insurance, as PTA provides insurance for all of our events. Please contact us! We’d love to talk to you. Contact: korematsuptsa@gmail.com

Here’s just a sampling of the opportunities available.

Korematsu PTSA President
Coordinate and oversee the unit’s activities. Plan the year’s calendar, approve the budget and along with the EVP, run five meetings a year.

Korematsu PTSA Vice President
Ideally be a 7th grade parent ready to be the president in 20/21. Along with the president, coordinate the unit’s activities – mainly Celebrate Korematsu. Plan the year’s calendar, approve the budget and along with the President, run five meetings a year.

Korematsu PTSA Membership Chair
Process PTSA memberships. Most of the work occurs in August and September. The work is largely online, and can be done from home.

Korematsu Teacher Treat Day Coordinator(s) – Coordinates monthly teacher luncheon. Use email to solicit donations of food and volunteers. Set up staffing schedule.

Celebrate Korematsu Chair – Head up a team that collects and processes donations for the Celebrate Korematsu auction. The majority of the work is December/January.

Incoming School Mixer/Ice Cream Social Chair – Welcome new and returning families to Korematsu by chairing the August Ice Cream Social. Ensure we have treats on hand, promote the event through the e tree.

Back-to-School Picnic – Welcome new and returning families to Korematsu by chairing the Back-to-School picnic. Order food, gather volunteers, promote the event through the e tree.

Korematsu Volunteer Coordinator – Find volunteers to staff events.

Korematsu E Tree Editor – Do you like to write? Work to write this weekly newsletter.

Golden Gate Fields Coordinator – Contact Golden Gate Fields to secure at Dollar Days Date, promote event to ensure enough volunteers are on hand, attend event and assure its smooth running.

Cookie Dough Coordinator – Run Fall Cookie Dough Fundraising Campaign. Contact Vendor, pass out and collect forms, organize the distribution of product when it arrives.

Restaurant Night Coordinator – Contact area restaurants and arrange “Restaurant Night” events. Promoted the events through the etree.

Science Fair Coordinators – Work with the science teachers to grade science projects and plan Korematsu’s science night. Order awards if necessary. Assist when projects move to District, County and State science fairs.

Yearbook – Work with Korematsu staff and teachers to produce the yearbook. Advertise various deadlines to the school community.

2019-2020 KMPA Open Board Positions

We are in need of 4 volunteers to fill the following band positions for the upcoming school year. Please consider volunteering your time to the KMPA Band Board. It doesn’t take a lot of time and most of the work can be done in the evenings from home. The following positions need to be filled:

Chair
Treasurer
Financial Secretary
Jazz Ensemble E-Tree

Now is a great time to shadow the current volunteer! If you know of an incoming 7th grade family that would be interested in volunteering, please send them my way. We cannot continue with the amazing work that we do without volunteers! Please contact nancykawase@hotmail.com for more information.

Korematsu Scientists – Place in Statewide Championship!

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For the first time in many years, WCCUSD won medals in the California Science and Engineering Fair. Korematsu’s Eleanor Addison and Nora Thompson took home 3rd and 4th place medals respectively, competing against the top 800 student finalists from regional fairs across the state. Held at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on April 29-30th, the event opened with an inspiring lecture by the 2018 Nobel Laureate, Dr. Frances Arnold. The following morning our young scientists stood for 5 hours of grueling interviews by roving teams of judges.

Congratulations to our winners — we hope this inspires a new generation of Korematsu students to enter next year’s science fair.

END-OF-YEAR EVENTS

There is a lot going on!
The Calendar:
ONLINE HERE!

https://korematsumiddleschool.org/?page_id=13

  • Dance Performance 5/22 – 23 @ 7:00 MPR
  • Faculty Vs Student Volleyball 5/24 1:00 PM
  • Memorial Day Holiday 5/27
  • End of year band concert 5/29 @ 7:00 MPR
  • Testing Pie-in-the-face Event May 22, 2019, 7th last period of the day – Gym
  • Awards Night 5/30 @ 7:00 MPR
  • Study Trip (Ms. Davis) “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 5/31
  • Art and Jazz Festival 6/3 @ 6:00PM Courtyard
  • Promotion Rehearsal 6/5 Morning
  • 8th grade Picnic and Softball game 6/5 Lunch – dismissal
  • Promotion Ceremony 6/6 @ 6 Courtyard
  • LDOS 6/7 – Noon Dismissal
  • August 6,7,8 Registration

It is time to plan 8th grade activities!

In this link, you will find three tabs:

  • Picnic
  • Promotion Rehearsal
  • Promotion Ceremony

Please sign up to volunteer if you are able!

We do ask that 7th Grade parents help with 8th grade rehearsal and promotion so that the 8th grade families can enjoy the events!

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER INN

NEW TECHNOLOGY COMING!

This summer, the District is purchasing and/or refurbishing all student tablets. In August students will return to newer, faster and more secure devices! YAY!

In order to accomplish this, all student tablets will be collected before the last day of school on June 7th. (Your principal or school administration team will communicate the specific collection plan for your particular school.)

Remind your student to prepare for collection with this one step:

● If there are files stored on the tablet’s hard drive or their H:\ drive, please remind your student to move those files to Google Drive before tablet collection, so that they can be accessed from the new device. Once tablets are collected, anything stored on the hard drive of the computer will not be retrievable. Some computers will be retired and some will be completely refurbished. Your student will not get the same machine back.

Also know:

● Students will take a tablet home if they have an IEP that specifically calls for a tablet.
● Summer schools will have devices. Seniors doing independent study will be able to take them home.

Thanks for your support in the transition!

¡YA VIENE LA NUEVA TECNOLOGÍA!

Este verano, el Distrito comprará y/o renovará todas las computadoras portátiles (tabletas) para estudiantes. ¡En agosto, los estudiantes contarán con dispositivos más nuevos, más rápidos y más seguros! ¡HURRA!

Para lograr esto, todas las computadoras (tabletas) de los estudiantes se recogerán antes del último día de clases el viernes 7 de junio; (el director o el personal de administración de su escuela le comunicarán el plan de recolección específico para su escuela en particular).

Recuérdele a su hijo/a que se prepare para la recolección haciendo lo siguiente:
● Si hay archivos almacenados en la memoria de la computadora o en su unidad H: /, recuérdele a su hijo/a que transfiera esos archivos a la Unidad Google antes de la colección de las computadoras, para que pueda tener acceso a estos archivos desde el nuevo dispositivo. Una vez que se recojan las tabletas, cualquier cosa almacenada en la memoria de la computadora no se podrá recuperar. Algunas computadoras serán retiradas y otras serán completamente renovadas. Su hijo/a no obtendrá la misma computadora de vuelta.

Además debe saber lo siguiente:
● Los estudiantes llevarán una computadora (tableta) a casa si tienen un Programa Individualizado de Educación (IEP) que específicamente requiere del uso de una tableta.

● Las escuelas en las cuales se realizará el programa de verano tendrán dispositivos. Los estudiantes de doceavo grado que realicen estudios independientes podrán llevar las computadoras a casa.

The Phoenix, Thursday, May 9, 2019

TEACHER LUNCHEON

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SIGN UP HERE!

SBAC TESING AGAIN NEXT WEEK

Here are some important reminders:

  • Please have students bring their tablets and chargers with tablets fully charged. The test is taken on the tablet.
  • If, for some reason, students are not routinely bringing tablets to school, please have them bring the tablets because tablets might need software updates, and the updates can only be done at school.
  • Please have students bring headphones if they have them.
  • Students should bring home SBAC brochures, where they recorded the testing targets they hope to reach. Ask your student about it, and review it together.
  • Please schedule all non-emergency appointments (Dr. dentist, etc.) after school hours so that all students can test.
  • Please make an extra effort to have students show up on time.
  • Students should eat a good breakfast prior to the test and get a good night’s sleep.
  • These efforts will help to make the testing period smooth and orderly.
  • Thank you for your help!

Practice Tests can be found here.

Multicultural Night at Korematsu

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Tuesday May 14th 2019 is Multicultural Night at Korematsu.

Everyone is invited to join us in the MPR for a multicultural potluck. Bring a dish to share.

6:30 p.m. Dinner – LOTS of yummies!!

7:00 PTSA business and elections

7:30 p.m. Socialize, enjoy student art and projects and learn about all the cultures that make Korematsu amazing!

AmazonSmile

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  • Log into AmazonSmile with your existing Amazon password.
  • Choose Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, El Cerrito, CA as your charity.
  • Shop as you normally would, and we collect .5% on eligible purchases.
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KOREMATSU PTSA NEEDS YOU!

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Every PTA unit needs a president in order to be a complaint, functioning unit. We need a president.
We have a wonderful unit with over 300 members! We support the school in a lot of really important ways.
We provide very generous classroom grants to teachers, we pay for numerous field trips, the drama program,
we run the teacher luncheons and publish this e tree every week.

We need a leader! The secretary and treasurer positions are filled with competent and reliable people.
We need you to lead the way! Take a chance of leadership! You’ll have fun and we promise a rich and rewarding experience.

The vice president supports, with the objective of becoming a leader the following year.

We are also looking for a membership chair! We have over 300 members and we are very proud of this! We are #1 in membership in the entire Bayside Council of PTAs. The majority of the work occurs in August and September, and has been made much simpler due to new online software! This is a good position for someone who is detail-oriented and doesn’t mind using a computer to enter names and addresses.

Please contact us! korematsuptsa@gmail.com

BODY LANGUAGE 2019

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Coming to ECHS? Interested in Dance? Want to support our youth? Come see Body Language!

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A Few Reminders

RESTAURANT NIGHT AT LOS MOLES

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MONDAY (Tonight) May 6, 2019
Restaurant Night

Celebrate the Day after Cinco de Mayo !
You eat, we profit!

AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

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TUESDAY
Eight Grade Families Welcome to Attend
The Path to College
El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

El Cerrito High School Speech and Debate Showcase

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WEDNESDAY
El Cerrito High School Speech and Debate Showcase
7:00 p.m.
El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater

TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCH

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FRIDAY

SIGN UP HERE!

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The Phoenix, May 2, 2019

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JR.

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TONIGHT AND FRIDAY!
Come see Fiddler on the Roof Jr.!
May 2nd, and 3rd
7:00 p.m. in the Korematsu MPR

Over 50 Korematsu drama students have been working hard to bring you our spring musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Bring the whole family!

Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
7pm in the Korematsu MPR

Tickets are a recommended donation of $4 at the door.

CHINA APPLICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE!

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PRIORITY DEADLINE MAY 3

The online application is available at https://www.pccedu.org/ambassadorprogram

The application due date for priority consideration is May 3.

SPRING (PRIMAVERA) DANCE! CANCELED

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Due to scheduling conflicts, the Spring Dance is Canceled.

Thanks to all that volunteered!

SAVE THE DATE RESTAURANT NIGHT

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Monday, May 6th
El Cerrito’s Los Moles
Cino de Mayo Mas Uno
(Cinco de Mayo Plus One)

Come and join us at this popular, delicious and local favorite!
You eat, we profit!!

Los Moles Flyer.pdf

Annual Speech and Debate Showcase

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:00 p.m.
El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater

Coming to El Cerrito High?

Interested in joining our award-winning Speech and Debate team? Come check us out!

You’ll see the best performances from this year’s students, and get a chance to meet team members and learn about the program.

No prior speech or debate experience is necessary.

See you there!

AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

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EIGTH GRADE FAMILIES WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL
PERFORMING ARTS THEATER
NEW START TIME
7:00 p.m.

KOREMATSU PTSA NEEDS YOU!

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Every PTA unit needs a president in order to be a complaint, functioning unit. We need a president.
We have a wonderful unit with over 300 members! We support the school in a lot of really important ways.
We provide very generous classroom grants to teachers, we pay for numerous field trips, the drama program,
we run the teacher luncheons and publish this e tree every week.

We need a leader! The secretary and treasurer positions are filled with competent and reliable people.
We need you to lead the way! Take a chance of leadership! You’ll have fun and we promise a rich and rewarding experience.

The vice president supports, with the objective of becoming a leader the following year.

We are also looking for a membership chair! We have over 300 members and we are very proud of this! We are #1 in membership in the entire Bayside Council of PTAs. The majority of the work occurs in August and September, and has been made much simpler due to new online software! This is a good position for someone who is detail-oriented and doesn’t mind using a computer to enter names and addresses.

Please contact us! korematsuptsa@gmail.com

MULTICULTURAL NIGHT

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Tuesday May 14th 2019 is Multicultural Night at Korematsu.

Everyone is invited to join us in the MPR for a multicultural potluck. Bring a dish to share.

6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 PTSA business

7:30 p.m. Socialize, enjoy student art and projects and learn about all the cultures that make Korematsu amazing!

SPRING BAND / ORCHESTRA / CHOIR / THEATER / DANCE FESTIVALS

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HILLSIDE FEST 2019

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El Cerrito’s 6th Annual Hillside Festival, May 3-5, features a wide variety of activities for young and old throughout the 100-acre natural area: hikes and walks about geology, native plants, birds, insects, wildflowers, history, poetry-geocaching, wildland fire prevention, and more. There’s even meditation in nature, and Dog Scouts!

Hikes range from strenuous to easy. Download the full schedule and map to events at www.ectrailtrekkers.org.

Sponsored by El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and El Cerrito’s Environmental Quality Committee. FREE

SNEAK PEEK PHOTOS!!! Fiddler on the Roof Starts Wednesday, May 1st!

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Come see Fiddler on the Roof Jr.!
May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
7pm in the Korematsu MPR

Over 50 Korematsu drama students have been working hard to bring you our spring musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Bring the whole family!

Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
7pm in the Korematsu MPR

Tickets are a recommended donation of $4 at the door.

HERE ARE A FEW SNEAK PEEK PHOTOS!…….
(MANY THANKS!!! to Tanise Smith!!)

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Students are doing lights, sound….everything!

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We have a Real fiddler.

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Neighboring elementary schools are visiting the show!

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Wedding Scene

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The Phoenix, April 24, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof Jr.

Screen Shot 2019 04 24 at 8 34 20 PMCome see Fiddler on the Roof Jr.!
May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
7pm in the Korematsu MPR

Over 50 Korematsu drama students have been working hard to bring you our spring musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Bring the whole family!

Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
7pm in the Korematsu MPR

Tickets are a recommended donation of $4 at the door.

Note from Ms. La Due: THANK YOU to everyone who offered to help us pick up the cart for Fiddler: we were able to get it and it is perfect! Thanks to Mr. Gonzalez who got it and dropped it off. You’re awesome!

We now have just a few outstanding items that we are looking for — please let Ms. La Due know if you have any of these items that you can loan us for the show!
– A white or off-white sheet (will be attached to rods and used as a canopy)
– A lace tablecloth, preferably white or off-white
– Challah bread (we need a few loaves of this… this will not be returned to you, sorry!)
– A wooden bench that seats about 2 people
– Large pieces of fabric that could be used to create “bundles” (we’ll wrap them around clothing items, etc.)
– Several long black coats/trenchcoats

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! Hope to see you at the show!

CONTACT: sarah.ladue@wccusd.net

SPRING (PRIMAVERA) DANCE!

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1:30- 3:00 p.m.
Parent Volunteers/Contributions Requested!

The dance committee is planning a Primavera Dance with primarily Spanish language music for Wednesday, May 15th. We would like to get parent volunteers and food donations. We will need 3 volunteers for set up during 7th period (12:45-1:25 pm), 4 during the dance (1:30-3 pm), and 3 volunteers to cleanup (3 pm-3:30). Food for about 70 students can include cupcakes, rice crispy treats, fruit snacks, cookies, fruit, lemonade, orange juice, Capri Sun or anything else parents want to donate.

SIGN UP TO DONATE OR VOLUNTEER HERE!

Contact: mariela.alcocerruiz@wccusd.net

Only a Few Yearbooks Left!

We have nearly sold out of all our yearbooks. Online sales are now closed, but a very small number of yearbooks are still available for sale in the Korematsu office. Yearbooks will be distributed at the end of May.

Thank you to everyone who purchased books. And thank you to all of the people who helped with this year’s book, and without whom it would not have been possible: to the students from the DECA yearbook club (and beyond), who helped with the theme, cover art, and gathering of photos; to the parents who submitted photos; to the PTSA, who have sent out emails and spread the word about photos; to the KMS office staff, who have taken orders, helped with photos, and fielded questions throughout the year; and to Jackson Lee, who was the faculty advisor this year, and who provided so much support to the students. Thanks to a great team!

SAVE THE DATE RESTAURANT NIGHT

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Monday, May 6th
El Cerrito’s Los Moles
Cino de Mayo Mas Uno
(Cinco de Mayo Plus One)

Come and join us at this popular, delicious and local favorite!
You eat, we profit!!

Los Moles Flyer.pdf

CHINA APPLICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE!

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PRIORITY DEADLINE MAY 3
The online application is available at https://www.pccedu.org/ambassadorprogram.
The application due date for priority consideration is May 3.

Annual Speech and Debate Showcase

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:00 p.m.
El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater

Coming to El Cerrito High?
Interested in joining our award-winning Speech and Debate team? Come check us out!
You’ll see the best performances from this year’s students, and get a chance to meet team members and learn about the program.
No prior speech or debate experience is necessary.
See you there!

AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

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EIGTH GRADE FAMILIES WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

The Path to College
for 8th, 9th, 10th Grade Parents, Guardians and Students
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
El Cerrito High School Theater
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Habra Traducciones al Espanol!

El Cerrito Summer Band Workshop

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The second annual El Cerrito Summer Band Workshop is a week long camp at El Cerrito High School for band students entering grades 8, 9, and 10 with 2+ years of playing experience. Sponsored by the Friends of El Cerrito Music, the Summer Band Workshop is designed to help strengthen fundamental music skills and prepare band students for the start of the new school year. Participants will have the opportunity to work with master teachers and participate in music theory sessions, full band rehearsals, and sectionals with peer mentors. http://echsbands.com/summerworkshop/?fbclid=IwAR2DMg52al7Ef0S4qc29XgJjLmIPNzEDmuM-19nfie-iL9qBkK_85QrFbXs

General Information:

Cost: $250 per student by June 1, 2019; $300 after

Dates: July 29, 2019 through August, 2, 2019

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm (see schedule below)

Prerequisites: 2+ years playing experience and the ability to read music

Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, bass, percussion

Director: Keith Johnson [keith@echsbands.com]

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2019

Daily Schedule:

Monday, July 29th
9:30am – 9:55am: Introductions and Warm-up
10:00am – 10:50am: Full Band Rehearsal
10:50am – 11:00am: Break
11:05am – 11:55am: Master Classes (Session 1)
12:00pm – 12:30pm: Sectionals

Tuesday, July 30th
9:30am – 10:25am: Full Band Rehearsal
10:30am – 11:15am: Music Theory (Session 1)
11:15am – 11:25am: Break
11:25am – 11:55am: Group Game
11:55pm – 12:30pm: Full Band Rehearsal

Wednesday, July 31st
9:30am – 10:25am: Full Band Rehearsal
10:30am – 11:15am: Master Classes (Session 2)
11:15am – 11:25am: Break
11:25am – 11:55am: Group Game
11:55pm – 12:30pm: Full Band Rehearsal

Thursday, August 1st
9:30am – 10:25am: Full Band Rehearsal
10:30am – 11:15am: Music Theory (Session 2)
11:15am – 11:25am: Break
11:25am – 11:55am: Group Game
11:55pm – 12:30pm: Full Band Rehearsal

Friday, August 2nd
9:30am – 10:15am: Full Band Rehearsal
10:20am – 10:45am: Sectionals
10:45am – 10:55am: Break
11:00am – 11:30am: Dress Rehearsal
11:35am – 12:10pm: Group Game
12:15pm – 12:30pm: Concert *

* In the El Cerrito High School Theater or Band Room

AmazonSmile Mothers Day

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Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12 and many of you might shop Amazon for gifts. This is a great opportunity to support Korematsu Middle School’s AmazonSmile donations by reminding your supporters to shop at smile.amazon.com.

How does it work?
* Log into AmazonSmile with your existing Amazon password.
* Choose Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, El Cerrito, CA as your charity.
* Shop as you normally would, and we collect .5% on eligible purchases.
* Consider installing the Amazon Assistant to your Chrome bar so that AmazonSmile is always a click away.

DISTRICT NEWSLETTER

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