The Phoenix January 25, 2018


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To commemorate Rights & Respect Week this year, the school and PTSA are collaborating with the El Cerrito Historical Society to exhibit photographs from the society’s Japanese American collections.

The photographs are portraits of Japanese American families who owned flower nurseries in El Cerrito and Richmond before World War II. Two years after the photographs were taken, these families were removed from their homes and sent to Internment camps. Their portraits are a moving document of the tremendous impact the war had on more than 110,000 Japanese Americans living in the United States.

The exhibition will be on display starting Friday, January 26th during regular school hours. For non-students who are interested in seeing the exhibit, please go to the school’s main office (7125 Donal Ave.) to sign in and get a Visitor’s Pass.


We will be honoring Fred Korematsu in the library this coming week in several ways.

1) There will be an announcement about Korematsu in the front office on Tuesday for the students to read.
2) There will be a book display about Fred Korematsu and the Japanese incarceration during WWII in the library.
3) There will be a trivia competition during 7th and 8th grade lunch on Tuesday.
4) There will be a bulletin board where kids can put their ideas of how they currently do, or how they would, stand up for what they believe in.


TICK TOCK…TIME TO SHOP!! The Celebrate Korematsu Online Auction closes in 2 days!!! Hurry and place your bids!

So MANY items are up for sale and have NO BIDS!! What a steal!

Help the local middle school bands & educational programs and get some awesome items!

A wonderful way for family & friends to support your children. Spread the word!

Here are some of the items that have no home!

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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 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.


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 or

Tips on proper photo submission:

  • Screen shots do not work!
  • Hi-res quality
  • Please include a narrative/description, date of event, names, and grades
  • Photos including nudity, profanity, copyright violations, etc will immediately be discarded and reported


UnnamedMs. La Due is looking for parents who are willing to help with costumes and sets for the spring musical, Annie Jr.! She is especially looking for people who are handy with tools and have a little bit of basic construction experience to help with a few more difficult-to-make set pieces. If you are able to help, please fill out this form and Ms. La Due will be in contact with you! You can find more information about the musical at Ms. La Due’s drama website.


The new Korematsu Dance Committee, made up of a few staff members, are putting together a Valentine’s Day Dance for the students on Wednesday February 14th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, at Korematsu.

They are looking for parent volunteers to chaperone, set up, and clean up. They would also like donations of cookies for about 40 students, Valentine’s Day Decorations and two $5 Starbucks gift cards, which will be the prizes for a couple of fun competitions they will have at the dance.

If you’re able to help out, here’s the link for the Sign up. If you have any questions contact