The Phoenix January 18, 2018

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU

Celebrate korematsuThe Celebrate Korematsu online auction is NOW OPEN!

This is the very first EVER online auction and we were so excited,
we opened it even earlier than anticipated! Remember this closes 12:00 AM, January 27th (the night before the event)
so make sure you start bidding NOW before it’s too late!

To begin bidding click here: https://charityauction.bid/CelebrateKorematsu2018

If you’ve already purchased your Celebrate Korematsu tickets, log in to your account, click catalog and then begin bidding!
If you have not bought tickets, please register, (of course buy tickets if you plan to come to the event) and then click catalog
and begin bidding!

If you don’t plan to join us at the event but don’t want to miss these fabulous items, just scroll to the bottom of the page and register as a bidder!

Go to the catalog and begin bidding!

CALLING ALL BAKERS

We are looking for a few more desserts for our auction item “Desserts for a Year.”

If you are interested, please email Tammy Garretson tammylou@sbcglobal.net to sign up.

GIRLS IN ENGINEERING

Girls in engineeringUC Berkeley’s Girls in Engineering program is actively recruiting applicants who are eligible for our need-based scholarships. If you work with girls in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade, I hope you will share this opportunity with them!

Families are automatically awarded full scholarships if they demonstrate financial need (by qualifying for free or reduced price lunch, CalFresh, or Medi-Cal). All girls need to complete the normal camp application, but no additional scholarship application is required.

Information about our program, and a link to the online application, is available on our website: http://girlsinengineering.berkeley.edu/

KOREMATSU CHOIR

Korematsu Choir

To secure your student’s spot for the Spring Session, submit $150 payment (total payment for all of the 16 class) soonest OR let us know your student will be on scholarship (or payment plan). For more information, contact korematsusings@gmail.com

2018 CCCT Drama Camp Registration Now Open

Summer drama campMake plans now for the best summer of your life at CCCT’s Drama Camp. No matter if you’re a budding young actor or a seasoned performer, CCCT has something for you.

Whether you’re meeting new friends, learning theatre skills like improv, makeup, acting, and stage combat, or performing an original play on CCCT’s Main Stage, the fun is guaranteed, and you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.

Science of Baseball Education Day

Science gameThis great new program will take place on Wednesday April 18th and is a unique learning experience for students K-8.

The A’s are teaming up with Chevron and will have a STEM program presentation followed by an A’s game. Tickets are heavily discounted for this event and are going fast!

Korematsu Panda Express Restaurant Night

Korematsu Panda Express Restaurant Night is on February 6th 2018 3-9pm

Special Education and Beyond: Resources for Families in WCCUSD

West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) In collaboration with Contra Costa County Office of Education Invite you to attend a series of workshops developed to help you navigate the Special Education Process.

SPED_Beyond_English.pdf

SPED_Beyond_Spanish.pdf

The Phoenix, January 12, 2018

TEACHER LUNCHEON!! TOMORROW!!

SIGN UP!

Our first Teacher Luncheon for 2018, on Friday January 12th is a Pizza and Salad Buffet.

NO SCHOOL MONDAY AND TUESDAY….

MLKMonday, January 15th and Tuesday, January 16​th

On Monday, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Tuesday is a middle and high school teacher work day.

We’ll see you Wednesday!

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK

Unnamed 1Now is the time to order your 2017-2018 Yearbook! 64+ colored pages!
The basic book is $30 until Feb. 9, 2018. Order today!
The price goes up to $40 between Feb 10, 2018 and mid-April, when sales end.

Get order forms in the school office or better yet, order online! Visit http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/ then click on “2018 Yearbook”.
Many personalizations and customizations are available for additional fees, including your student’s name.

got photos?

Do you have any photos from any school events you have attended, this school year?
Cross country meets? Band Concerts? Performances? Basketball games?
And any other memorable school events.

The Yearbook Committee is still gathering photos for the yearbook, and would appreciate your help, to get more.

If you have any questions and/or photos that you would like to submit for inclusion in the yearbook, you can email them to timwarner@fairmontschool.org
or tiffany.jamison@wccusd.net

TICKETS ARE SELLING OUT! ~GET YOURS NOW!!


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The Phoenix, January 4, 2018

CALL FOR VOLUNTEER JUDGES FOR SCIENCE FAIR – TUESDAY, JANUARY 16

Do you have a background in engineering, science or science education? If so, Korematsu’s Science Fair needs you! Please consider volunteering some of your time to judge the efforts of our young scientists!

Judging hours: 8:30 am – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 16 (Please allow a total of 3-4 hours to judge.)

Where: Korematsu Middle School, C312 (Mr. Kunz’s Room)

If you can volunteer to judge, please email Jeff Walker and Judy Chin at judy_chin@comcast.net.

Or, if you can help purchase food for the judges, please email Jeff and Judy at the same address.

Please help grow our science fair tradition!

CALLING ALL BAKERS!!!

Unnamed​​Do you have a favorite dessert you would love to share with another Korematsu Family?
Or maybe you or your student loves to bake? If so, you should sign up to be a part of our auction item- “Dessert for a Year.”
It really is simple AND it helps raise money for Korematsu.

How it works:
You sign up for a month. When it’s your turn, I send you an email and you coordinate and drop off the dessert to the winner.
This contribution is HUGE!! This is one of our most popular auction items.
Ready to sign up? Email Tammy Garretson at tammylou@sbcglobal.net.

TEACHER LUNCHEON!! SIGN UP!

Our first Teacher Luncheon for 2018, next Friday January 12th is a Pizza and Salad Buffet.

Sign up Now!

GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!

I’m reaching out to you for your support in supplying our Gateway to Technology classes with Computer Mice. Every month the school and myself provide so many computer mice but by the end of the month, most go mysteriously missing. So, I am extending an invite to my students’ parents to donate Computer Mice of any kind during January and February. This is much appreciated.

Cheers,

Mr. Pohl

CHINESE STUDENTS – VISITING KOREMATSU MIDDLE SCHOOL

NEED TEMPORARY HOUSING

Can you help?

Host Families Needed – Korematsu Jan 2018.pdf

Celebrate Korematsu

Celebrate Korematsu 2018

Go to: charityauction.bid/CelebrateKorematsu2018

Questions? Email: celebratekorematsu@gmail.com

The Phoenix, December 14, 2017

SCHOOL IS CLOSED

Friday December 15th is a minimum day.

MONDAY DECEMBER 18TH 2017 – MONDAY JANUARY 1ST 2018

SCHOOL RESUMES TUESDAY JANUARY 2ND 2018

THE JOY OF YEARBOOKS

ImageA yearbook is one of the few things that is treasured forever.
Honor your student’s story by ordering one online by December 15, 2017.

When you do, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $250 Best Buy gift card. Yearbooks are only $30 until Feb. 8 when the prices rises to $40. Order today!

Click here to Order Yearbook

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY | SEE RULES

KOREMATSU CHOIR SPRING 2018

Spring 2018 Choir’s first class/rehearsal (“trial class”) will be Wednesday, January 3rd at 1:35pm. Sign-ups are welcome to consider/join in up until the second official class on January 17th. To secure your student’s spot for the Spring Session, submit $150 payment (total payment for all of the 16 class) soonest OR let us know your student will be on scholarship (or payment plan). For more information, contact Georgina and Mary at: korematsusings@gmail.com

Spring 2018 Korematsu Choir

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU

Celebrate Korematsu
Saturday, January 27th 2018

5:30 – 9:30 pm

Please join us for Celebrate Korematsu, a fundraiser for our school, our community, and our fabulous bands. Enjoy great food, a silent and live auction, and music performed by our great, young musicians.

Tickets go on sale January 2nd.

Click on the link for more details, to sign up to volunteer, and help make the event a success for our children.

Celebrate Korematsu 2018.pdf

BAKERS NEEDED

Dessert of the Month is looking for bakers.

This is one of our favorite Celebrate Korematsu auction items,
because of the amazing treats that show up on the winner’s doorstep.

All desserts are welcome!!

If you have a dessert you’d like to contribute to this
please contact Tammy Garretson at tammylou@sbcglobal.net.
Once we know the winner, you will receive an email with their name, address and the month
you are assigned.
It will also include any food allergies.

ECHS WINTER SYMPHONIC CONCERT TONIGHT!!

featuring Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
Thurs, Dec 14th at 7:30pm in the ECHS Performing Arts Theater
$8 adults, $5 students (Korematsu band students, free)
Free reception to follow
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SHOPPING ONLINE? SUPPORT US WITH 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. Link: smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6173241
  • 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.

The Phoenix December 7, 2017

TEACHER LUNCHEON

The last teacher luncheon for this year is tomorrow, Friday December 8th. 
The theme is food that makes you happy. Bring whatever dish puts a smile on your face, makes your tummy jump and makes you feel good. To sign up here.

MAGIC IS IN THE AIR

It’s the holidays. And a great time to order a yearbook. Place your order online by December 15, 2017 for a chance to win some holiday help with a $250 Best Buy gift card.

Click here to Order Yearbook

 *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY | SEE RULES

 

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU

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DESSERT OF THE MONTH

Dessert of the Month.  Got a sweet tooth?  
We’ve got the auction item for you!  For a WHOLE YEAR, you’ll get one dessert each month prepared by a Korematsu family and delivered to your door.  From a fruit tart in May 2015 to a red velvet cake for Valentine’s Day 2016, you’ll get a wide variety of homemade sweets. Come to Celebrate Korematsu to bid!

 

NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM 

 The City of El Cerrito Recreation Department has been asked to conduct a needs assessment to determine if the families of Korematsu Middle School would benefit from the addition of more program options after school.  Please fill out this survey to help us ascertain the level of need for more programs and the types of programs that would be most utilized.  

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r /3BQBYFF

KOREMATSU SPIRIT WEAR

Order your Korematsu Spirit wear ​​
Details: ​Korematsu spiritwear

WARRIORS

The Ed Fund & WCCUSD Invites you to see the Warriors!!!

You are invited to support the Ed Fund in collaboration with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to go see the Warriors play on February 22, 2018 @ 7:30pm at the Oracle Arena. The deadline to buy tickets is December 15, 2017.
The proceeds will go to support the Ed Fund and our mission to serve as a resource that aligns with the efforts of our partners to ensure that all our students succeed in college, career, & life. Recently, we awarded $20,000 in Bradley Arts grant to support 22 schools around the district to help fund their project.
Click on the link below for details: Warriors Poster

ECHS Winter Jazz Concert

Featuring Jazz Workshop, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo
Fri, Dec 8th at 7:30pm in the ECHS Performing Arts Theater
$8 adults, $5 students (Korematsu band students, free)
Free reception following the event

ECHS Winter Symphonic Concert

Featuring Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
Thurs, Dec 14th at 7:30pm in the ECHS Performing Arts Theater
$8 adults, $5 students (Korematsu band students, free)
Free reception following the event

The Phoenix November 30th 2017

KOREMATSU’S FALL PLAY – NO BODY TO MURDER

TONIGHT Thursday, November 30th at 7pm in the Korematsu MPR.

Under the direction of Ms. La Due, we have a brand new after school drama program this year, and thirty 7th & 8th graders are working onstage and off to put this production together. They’d love to share it with you! Tickets are a suggested donation of $3.

 

NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

The City of El Cerrito Recreation Department has been asked to conduct a needs assessment to determine if the families of Korematsu Middle School would benefit from the addition of more program options after school. Please fill out this survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3BQBYFF

to help us ascertain the level of need for more programs and the types of programs that would be most utilized.

2017-2018 YEARBOOK — ORDER NOW!

Now is the time to order your 2017-2018 Yearbook! 64+ colored pages! The basic book is $30 until Feb. 9, 2018. Order today! The price goes up to $40 between Feb 10, 2018 and mid-April, when sales end.

We are currently accepting online orders only. Please go to http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/ then click on “2018 Yearbook”. Many customizations are available for additional fees, including your student’s name.

Orders can be placed via cash/check and order form in the school office after January 16th.

CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT NIGHT TUESDAY DECEMBER 5th 4pm – 8:30pm

 

 

SCHOOL TOURS

December 12th , January 30th
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Meet in Main Office

Orientation Night in February

 

TEACHER LUNCHEON

December 8th is the last teacher luncheon for this year. The theme is food that makes you happy. Bring whatever dish puts a smile on your face, makes your tummy jump and makes you feel good. To sign up please click HERE .

KOREMATSU SPIRIT WEAR

Order your Korematsu Spirit wear ​​
Details: ​Korematsu spiritwear

KOREMATSU CHOIR

WARRIORS

The Ed Fund & WCCUSD Invites you to see the Warriors!!!

You are invited to support the Ed Fund in collaboration with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to go see the Warriors play on February 22, 2018 @ 7:30pm at the Oracle Arena. The deadline to buy tickets is December 15, 2017.
The proceeds will go to support the Ed Fund and our mission to serve as a resource that aligns with the efforts of our partners to ensure that all our students succeed in college, career, & life. Recently, we awarded $20,000 in Bradley Arts grant to support 22 schools around the district to help fund their project.
Click on the link below for details: Warriors Poster

The Phoenix November 24, 2017

2016-2017 YEARBOOK — ORDER NOW!

Now is the time to order your 2017-2018 Yearbook! 64+ colored pages! The basic book is $30 until Feb. 9, 2018. Order today! The price goes up to $40 between Feb 10, 2018 and mid-April, when sales end.

We are currently accepting online orders only. Please go to http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/ then click on “2018 Yearbook”. Many customizations are available for additional fees, including adding a student’s name.

Orders can be placed via cash/check and order form in the school office after January 16th.

CHIPOLTE RESTAURANT NIGHT

 

SUPPORT US WITH AMAZON SMILE

Support us when you shop on Black Friday. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6173241 and Amazon donates to Fred T. Korematsu Middle School.
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Support us when you shop this holiday season

SAVE THE DATE – SCHOOL TOURS

School Tours
November 28th, December 12th , January 30th
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Meet in Main Office

Orientation Night in February

 

“No Body to Murder”

 
Wednesday and Thursday
November 29 and 30, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Korematsu Middle School
MPR

Come see Korematsu’s first fall play, “No Body to Murder” by Edith Weiss! In this show, a zany group of characters comes together for a stay at the Come On Inn. Before long, they’re dealing with thunderstorms, escaped convicts, and the realization that one of them might be… a murderer!

Come see this fun one-act show and support the talented students that have been working so hard, both onstage and off!

Tickets are a suggested donation of $3! Donations to our drama department will be happily accepted, but no one will be turned away!

The Phoenix, November 16, 2017

TEACHER LUNCHEON: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, A 220

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us, and in the spirit of gratitude and appreciation for our staff’s dedication, the PTSA would like to offer a November luncheon that’s Thanksgiving-themed. Please consider contributing any Thanksgiving favorites or Fall comfort food to the luncheon. 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.

 

SHOP AT JENNY K & SUPPORT KOREMATSU MIDDLE SCHOOL

THIS WEEK: NOVEMBER 12 TO 18

Get an early start on the holidays by shopping at Jenny K! And Jenny K will donate 20% of your purchase total toward Korematsu PTSA, which provides funds for math intervention, enrichment, and tutoring; extended library hours; teacher grants; and more.

Jenny K will be supporting multiple schools during this time. At the point of sale, ballots will be available for you to indicate your school preference to receive the 20% donation.

Support Korematsu Middle School, and local business, too!

PLEASE DONATE

CAN WE TALK?

Korematsu Middle School was recently featured in a great article titled “Can we talk? Schools try to wrest cell phones from students’ hands” on Edsource.org. Click on the link to read it.

NO SCHOOL ON THURSDAY, NOV. 23 AND 24

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!!!

The Phoenix, November 9, 2017

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10

IN OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY NOV. 11th

COOKIE DOUGH ORDERS ARE READY TO BE PICKED UP!

ALL ORDERS NEED TO BE PICKED UP BY AN ADULT OR STUDENT TODAY
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9th

AT THE PTSA PARENT ROOM LOCATED IN BUILDING A FIRST FLOOR (across from the main office)
ORDERS CAN BE PICKED UP BETWEEN 2pm to 2:45PM!

We DO NOT have freezers and cookie dough will get ruined if not picked up.

We could also use some volunteers to help sort the cookie dough. Volunteers can contact thesouzafamily@comcast.net for the time and needs!!!

Please please please arrive to pick up your merchandise. If you have an issue and can not please text 510-543-7016 to make arrangements.

Thank you!
~Negar Souza

CONGRATULATIONS KOREMATSU CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

SHOP AT JENNY K & SUPPORT KOREMATSU MIDDLE SCHOOL NOVEMBER 12 TO 18

Get an early start on the holidays by shopping at Jenny K! And Jenny K will donate 20% of your purchase total toward Korematsu PTSA, which provides funds for math intervention, enrichment, and tutoring; extended library hours; teacher grants; and more.

Support Korematsu Middle School, and local business, too!

 

TRAFFIC REMINDERS FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY

Please drive around the school in a clockwise direction, so that you are already on the school side of the road when you get there. This traffic direction is assigned by the city. If driving down Donal, proceed around the corner to Norvell.

Please drop and pick up students in the white pick up/drop off zones on the sides of the school on Norvell and Lawrence. Pull all the wayforward to relieve congestion in the intersections.

TEACHER LUNCHEON: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, A 220

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us, and in the spirit of gratitude and appreciation for our staff’s dedication, the PTSA would like to offer a November luncheon that’s Thanksgiving-themed. Please consider contributing any Thanksgiving favorites or Fall comfort food to the luncheon. 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.

The Phoenix, November 2, 2017

2017 PTSA Giving Campaign

Movie Night

JOIN US TONIGHT!!!
The Hispanic and Chicano Committee will be hosting our
Second Movie Night TONIGHT on
Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 6:15 pm 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.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED SATURDAY

Ms. La Due is looking for parent volunteers THIS SATURDAY, November 4th who are available to help build the set for Korematsu’s fall play, No Body to Murder. Students are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent. Please e-mail sarah.ladue@wccusd.net if you are available to help!

We are also looking for assistance from someone who has a truck to help transport a few furniture items that will be used in the set. Please reach out to Ms. La Due if you are available to help make our fall play a success!

 

PTSA ASSOCIATION MEETING

YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO OUR NEXT
PTSA ASSOCIATION MEETING 7 PM

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

KOREMATSU MULTIPURPOSE ROOM

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER TO JOIN US AT THE MEETING….ONLY TO VOTE!

After covering PTSA business, we will hear from Pietro Maida.

Sensei Maida teaches a Teen Ki-Aikido class though El Cerrito Recreation Center. In addition to teaching Aikido techniques, his purpose is to provide young people with tools to navigate challenges they may face in Middle School. He addresses how to handle peer pressure and bullying and he teaches how to increase relaxation and how to handle stress.

This will be a good meeting to bring your students to.

Here is the link to the Meeting Agenda:​

General Association Meeting Agenda

Preceding this, is the Band Parents’ meeting in the Band room, at 6 PM.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

8th grade English teacher Mr. Vedder wants to celebrate his 8th grade students who make it at least halfway on their reading goals this year, by taking them on a fun and relaxing end-of-the-year field trip. This is a huge undertaking and he cannot make it happen without the help of awesome parent volunteers. He wants as many students as possible on this field trip, so he’ll need around 30 volunteers, who have their WCCUSD volunteer badges. If you do not have one yet, there is an additional WCCUSD Fingerprinting Party this Saturday, see flyer for details.​

Flyer
​Here’s the link to the sign up sheet if you will be able to volunteer for this. It will be in May, and Mr. Vedder is tentatively planning to take them to Kennedy Grove Park. Before he firms up the details, we’d like to see if there is enough interest in volunteering for this, so please sign up, if you will be able to go.

VOLUNTEERS FOR MR. VEDDER’S 2017/18 END OF YEAR…

For more details you can email him at brian.vedder@wccusd.net

 

JENNY K FUNDRAISER

JENNY K FUNDRAISER WILL BE FROM NOVEMBER 12TH – 18TH.

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS FUNDRAISER

Help Raise $1000 for Korematsu at
Golden Gate Fields Racetrack
November 12

Korematsu’s PTSA and Band Programs have a great fundraising opportunity from Golden Gate Fields. We provide volunteers for hot dog, beer and mimosa sales at the horse races and we get $1000 and tips in exchange. ThePTSA and Band will jointly recruit volunteers and will split the proceeds 50/50.

Our date is Sun, November 12th and we only need to fill 4 volunteer slots. If you can work one/both shifts that day
(10 am -1 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm), just click here to sign up:
KMS Golden Gate Fields Fundraiser Nov 12

Golden Gate Fields Fundraiser — Sun., Nov 12
Sheet1 Golden Gate Fields Fundraiser to benefit Korematsu PTSA& Band Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 No experience nece…

It’s really a lot of fun and an easy way to make some money to support programs at Korematsu!