The Phoenix, October 4, 2018

FRIDAY!!!! VIERNES!!!

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HOT SPOTS FOR WCCUSD FAMILIES HOME INTERNET ACCESS!

The 1 million project foundationIn the past week, we have given out 116 hot spots, and still have hot spots available for WCCUSD families who do not have internet at home.
One hotspot per family. Parent/guardian consent form in English and Spanish. Turn forms in to Ms. Tanise (C315) or the front office.

A Slow Cookin’ luncheon for our Teachers & Staff!

Friday, October 12, 2018

For this month’s celebration of our teachers, please help by bringing your favorite slow cooker recipe for our CrockPot feast for the teachers on Friday, October 12th. Salads, drinks, desserts, sides, etc. are also appreciated. Cash donations for us to buy something on your behalf are welcome too. Sign up below.

Many thanks to all who volunteered food, funds and time for our first luncheon last month – our staff and teacher’s truly appreciated it down to the last crumb!

What: Bring your favorite crockpot meal, or salads, non-alcoholic drinks, cookies, pies, desserts and more. Homemade, store-bought, take out, hot or cold, omnivore/herbivore/locavore, … ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING is gratefully received.

When: Drop food off in the office or Teacher Staff Room (Bldg A annex), no later than 10 am Friday 12 October. Food should be labeled (so we know what it contains) and wrapped or in containers. Be sure to pick up any crockpots/dishes at the end of the day.

Donations: Cash or check made out to Korematsu PTA (with comment line for “Teacher Lunch”) at the front desk. Be sure to put it in an envelope for Elaine Addison, PTA Teacher’s Lunch with your name on it and we will buy food on your behalf.

Want to help setup, serve and clean up? Click the link below to add your name to volunteer at this month’s lunch.

Please click this link: October 12th Teacher Lunch Signup to let us know how you can help / what you can bring:

Questions? Just ask Elaine Addison, 510-612-5673 misspoppyuk@aol.com or Ros Wyatt, 510-356-8582 roswyatt@sbcglobal.net

STUDENTS! Here’s a great opportunity to tell us about your hero!

Heroes around me
Enter PTA’s Reflections Art Program!
2018-19 THEME: “Heroes Around Me”

That’s the theme for the 2018-2019 Reflections Art Program which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. And California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.

You can enter in any one of SIX CATEGORIES!
Dance, literature, photography, film production, music composition, visual arts.

Here is a link to the student entry form. Make sure this form accompanies your entry!
Reflections Art Program Student Participant Forms | California State PTA

SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE to Korematsu PTSA OCTOBER 19th 2018.

Drop your submissions in the Korematsu Main Office.

REFLECTIONS SHOWCASE will be OCTOBER 26th in the MPR.

Any questions, want to learn more, contact korematsuptsa@gmail.com

More information in this link!

CORRECTION TO MAKE UP PICTURE DAY!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Is the Correct Date!

KOREMATSU’S FREE 5th/6th GRADE BAND CLASS

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BAND WEAR FOR ALL!

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You can go online (link below) and order band wear for the whole family. There are t-shirts and pullover hoodies in adult sizes. Online orders are due by Monday, October 15th. We would prefer that families use the online store to order, but if necessary there is a paper order form and more information linked below. Paper forms are due back to Ms. Carrico with payment by Friday, October 12th. If you have questions please contact Abby at abbysue@pacbell.net

Order Online Here!
https://stores.inksoft.com/

Drop off a check to Tiffany with this form:
Band Wear Order Form/Flyer

Early Bird Special on Yearbooks!

JostensGet your Korematsu yearbook at the year’s lowest price — only $30.00! PLUS! Add up to four free icons of your choice FREE with purchase of a name (or other qualifying customizations) on the cover. Free offer ends September 28, 2018.

Order Today!

KOREMATSU PHOENIX BASEBALL

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College Field Trip!!!!

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Details include:

Organizing the day trip with Cal State East Bay
Working with the teacher / sponsors to plan the day
Help find parent chaperons for the day

IF you are interested, please contact stacey.steele@logolabpromo.com. Additionally, if you work at Cal State East Bay, but can’t volunteer for the position, we could use some help navigating the school. Thanks!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION!

Box topsYes we do collect box tops, and there is a deadline coming up at the end of October. If you’ve been collecting, we’d love to have them. You can hand them in at the Main Office. We have have a collection box, and we thank you for your support. More information here!

ECHS Play-a-Thon

PLAY-A-THON
Community Event
Saturday, October 20, 2018

If you’ve never been to this event, stop by.
It is amazing!

On Saturday, October 20, 2018 the ECHS Band program is hosting its 12-hour Play-a-Thon. Events on the schedule are all FREE to the public. See full schedule below, but highlights include:
Lunchtime Jazz Concert in the Quad at 12 noon. Jamba Juice will be there selling smoothies and there will be delicious lunch options as well.
Special Chamber Music Concert in the Performing Arts Theater at 6pm, featuring small ensemble performances by members of the high school Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.

All activities and performances are FREE. If you’d like more info or want to make a donation to this fundraiser, just go to http://echsbands.com/play-a-thon/.

GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR

Google Science FairGreat opportunity from Google in this link!
Check it out!
https://www.googlesciencefair.com/

The Phoenix, September 27, 2018

**NEW** HOT SPOTS FOR WCCUSD FAMILIES HOME INTERNET ACCESS!

The 1 million project foundation
In the past week, we have given out 116 hot spots, and still have hot spots available for WCCUSD families who do not have internet at home.
One hotspot per family. Parent/guardian consent form in English and Spanish. Turn forms in to Ms. Tanise (C315) or the front office.

STUDENTS…..WHO’S YOU HERO? ENTER PTA’s REFLECTION’S ART CONTEST AND LET US KNOW!

Heroes around me2018-19 THEME: “Heroes Around Me”
That’s the theme for the 2018-2019 Reflections Art Program which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. And California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.

You can enter in any one of SIX CATEGORIES!
Dance, literature, photography, film production, music composition, visual arts.

Here is a link to the student entry form. Make sure this form accompanies your entry!
Reflections Art Program Student Participant Forms | California State PTA

SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE to Korematsu PTSA OCTOBER 19th 2018.

Drop your submissions in the Korematsu Main Office.

REFLECTIONS SHOWCASE will be OCTOBER 26th in the MPR.

Any questions, want to learn more, contact korematsuptsa@gmail.com

More information in this link!

Early Bird Special on Yearbooks!

Get your Korematsu yearbook at the year’s lowest price — only $30.00! PLUS! Add up to four free icons of your choice FREE with purchase of a name (or other qualifying customizations) on the cover. Free offer ends September 28, 2018.

Order Today!

KOREMATSU PHOENIX BASEBALL

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College Field Trip!!!!

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Details include:

  • Organizing the day trip with Cal State East Bay
  • Working with the teacher / sponsors to plan the day
  • Help find parent chaperons for the day

If you are interested, please contact stacey.steele@logolabpromo.com. Additionally, if you work at Cal State East Bay, but can’t volunteer for the position, we could use some help navigating the school. Thanks!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION!

Box topsYes we do collect box tops, and there is a deadline coming up at the end of October. If you’ve been collecting, we’d love to have them. You can hand them in at the Main Office. We have have a collection box, and we thank you for your support. More information here!

KOREMATSU’S FREE 5th/6th GRADE BAND CLASS

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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

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Please Join Us!

The Hispanic and Chicano Committee is planing lunchtime activities for students during Hispanic Heritage Month as well as a Movie Night for students and their families.

Contact: Mariela AlcocerRuiz mariela.alcocerruiz@wccusd.net

CORRECTION TO MAKE UP PICTURE DAY!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Is the Correct Date!

FIELD TRIP CHAPERONES WANTED

Mr. Lee is looking for field trip chaperones for a trip to the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

The dates are February 12 and 13, 2019

You must be badged. For more information,

Contact: jackson.lee@wccusd.net

EASY MONEY WITH ESCRIP

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Do you shop at Lucky, FoodMaxx or Save Mart?
This particular eScrip program delivers several hundred dollars to us, and is easy to use. Text to 52236 to get started!

Instructions here!

The Special Education Conference for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Special Needs

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Pupil Services

2465 Dolan Way, San Pablo, CA

This is a free conference. Childcare is provided.

Register soon to reserve a seat in your favorite workshops.

Door Prizes ~ you could win tickets to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Oakland Zoo

View conference details and register by clicking on this link!

The Phoenix, Thursday, September 20, 2018

WHAT’S HAPPENING AFTER SCHOOL?

Cross Country, Pop Choreography, Library, GSA Math Tutoring.

Also, request a library book! More in the attachment!

After School

GOT JUNK? WE WANT IT!

One woman’s trash is another one’s treasure….

Korematsu’s PTSA will participate in the

El Cerrito Citywide Garage Sale
Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Please start saving you gently used discards for us.
Please only save and donate what you yourself would buy.

We’ll have drop off dates soon, but for now, start gathering your unwanted items.

SELENA

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Please Join Us!
The Hispanic and Chicano Committee is planing lunchtime activities for students during Hispanic Heritage Month as well as a Movie Night for students and their families.

Contact: Mariela AlcocerRuiz mariela.alcocerruiz@wccusd.net

CORRECTION TO MAKE UP PICTURE DAY!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Is the Correct Date!

FIELD TRIP CHAPERONES WANTED

Mr. Lee is looking for field trip chaperones for a trip to the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

The dates are February 12 and 13, 2019

You must be badged. For more information,

Contact: jackson.lee@wccusd.net

EASY MONEY WITH ESCRIP

Screen Shot 2018 09 20 at 8 27 23 AMDo you shop at Lucky, FoodMaxx or Save Mart?
This particular eScrip program delivers several hundred dollars to us, and is easy to use. Text to 52236 to get started!

Instructions here! Lucky Food Max Save Mart Shares.pdf

ALLEGIANCE

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Special Performance Pay-What-You-Can for Students and Educators
Sunday, Sept. 23, 7pm * Pay at the door (cash-only)
box office opens one hour before curtain

We’d love for school staff, teachers, students and their families to experience ALLEGIANCE at CCCT. Please share this email and extend this opportunity to your school community.

A new musical inspired by a true story, Allegiance follows the Kimura family, whose lives are upended after Pearl Harbor when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to abandon their homes and settle in war relocation camps. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, the Kimuras fight between duty and defiance, and as long-lost memories are unlocked, they find it is never too late to recognize the redemptive power of love.

To reserve seats (maximum 4, while supplies last), email georgina@ccct.org (indicate school you’re affiliated with and # of tickets and whether adult and/or youth). Contact soonest as it’s looking like our run of ALLEGIANCE will sell out.

If you are unable to join us on Sunday 9/23, we invite you usher for a performance which allows you to see the show for free. You can sign up for an ushering slot by clicking here.

Warmly,
Georgina Edwards
Managing Director, CCCT

The Special Education Conference for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Special Needs

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8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Pupil Services

2465 Dolan Way, San Pablo, CA

This is a free conference. Childcare is provided.

Register soon to reserve a seat in your favorite workshops.

Door Prizes ~ you could win tickets to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Oakland Zoo

View conference details and register by clicking on this link!

Superintendent Duffy’s September Message!

Supt DuffyIn this Link!

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL AWARENESS EVENT

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The Phoenix, September 13, 2018

TONIGHT! BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT TODAY IS NOT A MINIMUM DAY

Thursday, September 13, 2018
6:30 p.m.

This is a Parent Only Event. Kids, please stay at home.
Follow your child’sschedule
There are two ways to obtain your child’s schedule:
Ask your child, or, download your child’s schedule from PowerSchool.

https://wccusd.powerschool.com/public/

PE meets in the Gym. Dance meets in the dance studio.
During Lunch, please sign in at the library and enjoy the beautiful campus.

See you later!

PLEASE RESPECT THE NEIGHBORHOOD

There will be a lot of people tonight.
Follow all traffic rules and regulations.
Please carpool with neighbors.
Park a few blocks away and walk to campus.
OUR NEIGHBORS THANK YOU!!!

FIRST TEACHER TREAT DAY!!!

TOMORROW FRIDAY September 14, 2018

This is our most-loved staff event.
Please contribute. We could use a few more main dishes and some helpers.
Please drop no later that 10:15 a.m.
You may drop in the office, or in the Teacher Break room
Building A Annex

Image1  1Friday is a Minimum Day, so this is more like Brunch!

Click on this Link to Sign Up

MINIMUM DAY

FRIDAY
September 14, 2018
IS A MINIMUM DAY!
Please make a note of it.

CORRECTION TO MAKE UP PICTURE DAY!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Is the Correct Date!

Hispanic and Chicano Committee Lunchtime Activities! Movie! And More!

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The Hispanic and Chicano Committee is planing lunchtime activities for students during Hispanic Heritage Month as well as a Movie Night for students and their families.

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Contact: Mariela AlcocerRuiz mariela.alcocerruiz@wccusd.net

TEACHERS!!!! MONEY!!!!! APPLY!!!!

More in the link!
https://edfundwest.org/our-work/grants/

The Phoenix, Thursday, September 6, 2018

BAND PARENT MEETING

First band parent meeting of the year!
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Band Room
Come find out about our amazing band program and how you can help out!

Followed by…..

FIRST PTSA MEETING OF THE YEAR!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
7:00 p.m.
MPR

JOIN US. FREE. FUN. INFORMATIVE. OPEN TO ALL.

Special Guest: Principal Matthew Burnham
Mr. Burnham will give us his annual
“State of the School”
Plus, we’ll discuss and pass a yearly budget and catch up on all sorts of news and events.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT!!

Thursday, September 13, 2018
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Thursday is a Minimum Day. Dismissal at 1:25 p.m.
You’ll follow your child’s Powerschool schedule.
More information coming.

OUR FIRST TEACHER TREAT DAY!!!

Friday, September 14th

For those that are new to Korematsu: For many years, our PTSA has honored our teachers and staff with a monthly luncheon.

This is the most-loved staff event that happens at the school.

PLEASE HELP SUPPORT OUR WONDERFUL SCHOOL BY CONTRIBUTING FOOD, FUNDS, OR TIME TO MAKE OUR LUNCHEONS A SUCCESS!

First Luncheon: Friday September 14th

What can you contribute?
Your favorite lunch item: Pizza, meat or veggie dishes, noodles, curries or casseroles, sushi, sandwiches, salads, vegetables, bread, cheese, desserts, cookies, pies, cake, fruit, nonalcoholic beverages, and more. Homemade, store-bought, take out, hot or cold, omnivore/herbivore/locavore, … ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING is gratefully received. Let us know on the signup sheet below.

You’d like to help but you can’t deliver food?

Drop cash or a check made out to Korematsu PTA at the front desk (in an envelope for PTA Teacher’s Lunch with your name on it)–or to the parents below–and we will buy food on your behalf.

Where/when should I drop it off?
Leave your contribution at the front desk in the morning when you drop your child off, or to the faculty lunch room before 11am. Food should be labeled (so we know what it contains) and wrapped or in containers. Be sure to pick up any dishes at the end of the day.

Want to help setup, serve and clean up?
Just click the link below to add your name to volunteer at this month’s lunch.

Please click this link to let us know what you can bring:

Sept 14th Teacher Lunch Signup

Questions? Just ask Elaine Addison 510-612-5673 misspoppyuk@aol.com or Ros Wyatt 510-356-8582 roswyatt@sbcglobal.net

Missed Picture Day?

You’ll have another chance!

Friday, October 16th

Save the Date!

JOIN OUR PTSA ONLINE!

It is never too late to join.
We support school, staff and students
with programs and events.
Your membership matters and makes a difference!
Thank you for your support!!

https://jointotem.com/ca/el-cerrito/korematsu-middle-school-ptsa/join

REGISTRATION STILL OPEN FOR AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES EL CERRITO RECREATION DEPARTMENT

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The El Cerrito Recreation Department is still accepting registrations for After School Enrichment Classes at Castro Clubhouse. Intro to Weightlifting, Aikido, and Cooking are all being offered right next door to Korematsu at 1420 Norvell Ave. Classes provide a safe place for your middle schooler to be after the bell rings, and allows them to discover and develop new interests! For more details on the classes, visit http://el-cerrito.org/DocumentCenter/View/10389/Middle-School-Programs-Fall-2018-Flyer. Registration is easy! Visit http://www.el-cerrito.org/onlinereg or simply email recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us. For more information call the El Cerrito Community Center at (510) 559-7000.

KOREMATSU SINGS

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Singers welcome until the 2nd class on Sept. 12th

Meet @ 1:35 outside the Band Room

To secure your student’s spot for the Fall Session, submit $150 payment (15 class sessions) soonest (latest by 9/12) OR let us know your student will be on scholarship (or need a payment plan). With some families contributing to a scholarship fund, our goal is to cover whatever scholarships are needed, hopefully in full!

MIDDLE SCHOOL AGED GIRLS….. CHECK OUT SWE++

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Applications due September 10th at 11:59 PST.

SWE++, is a free 10 week program that will focus on introducing middle school girls to the world of computer science. Our applications are now LIVE at this link. If you have a middle schooler or know anyone who would be interested, please encourage them to apply!

We are looking for students who are passionate, dedicated, and ready to learn, and can commit to coming to class every Saturday morning from 10am-12pm at the UC Berkeley campus starting September 15th. We have an awesome curriculum set up and are super excited for our first batch of students, and we are looking forward to being part of our journey to close the gender gap in computer science.

We are looking forward to reading your students’ applications, which are due September 10th at 11:59 PST.

SWE++ aims to teach computer science concepts to middle school girls. The ratio of men to women in the technology space is very large, and we need more women in tech. Many girls, including ourselves, haven’t been exposed to computer science until much later in life, or we were actively discouraged to not pursue this field. We are here to make some changes and introduce your students to computer science at a younger age in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere.

Maitri, Rebecca, and I are very passionate about introducing more women into technology fields and reducing the gender gap. We’d like to introduce our curriculum to middle school girls so they can get a head start to what the world of computing looks like. This upcoming fall semester, we are going to be hosting around 30 middle schoolers at UC Berkeley. Ever Saturday morning from 10am-12pm (starting September 15-November 17) we will be teaching computer science concepts and working on projects. Our goal is to introduce the girls to CS, but also a community of other girls and mentors that your students can work with and learn from. Throughout the semester, we will have guest speakers and fun events as well. The very last session will be a “Code Day” which will consist of guest speakers, workshops on different areas of CS, and more! We are really looking forward to this upcoming semester!

Middle School Programs Fall 2018 Flyer REV.pdf

The Phoenix, Thursday, August 30, 2018

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

WE COULD USE TWO MORE VOLUNTEERS
FOR TONIGHT’S PIZZA PICNIC
TO OVERSEE THE FOOD LINE.
5:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m.
EMAIL: korematsuptsa@gmail.com
IF YOU CAN HELP

TRAFFIC AND PARKING REMINDER!!!
RESPECT THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

There will be a lot of people tonight!
Our school is located in a residential neighborhood.

Please, let’s all be as respectful and courteous as we can be.
Take cars off the street. Carpool with others.
Alleviate congestion. Park a few blocks away and walk in to campus.
Please follow all traffic rules and regulations.
Park neatly. Don’t block driveways. No illegal U-turns and the like.
OUR NEIGHBORS THANK YOU!

TONIGHT! 7th GRADE NIGHT

Thursday, August 30, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Korematsu MPR

Students, parent and guardians are invited for an evening of snacks, activities and important information about how to be successful in middle school. Parents will learn some new tools for helping their kids have a smooth transition to middle school!

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PIZZA PICNIC

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5:30-6:30 p.m.
OUTSIDE THE MPR IN THE AMPHITHEATER

Join us just before “7th Grade Night” for Pizza and Salad.
$5.00 per person

JOIN THE SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL!

School Site CouncilELECTION SCHEDULE

  • SSC Declaration to Run form is due no later than 9/5/2018.
  • Election ballots will be published on 9/6/2018 and elections will last until 9/14/2018.
  • Election results will be published on 9/19/2018.

OPEN POSITIONS
Parents or Community Members 2
Teachers 2
Classified Staff 1
Students 2
A School Site Council is required by law, and is a very important volunteer position on campus. The School Site Council annually reviews and updates the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) including proposed expenditure of funds allocated to the school through the Consolidated Application. The SSC must approve the plan, recommend it to the local governing board for approval, monitor its implementation, and evaluate the effectiveness of the planned activities at least annually.

The School Site Council (SSC) is composed of a group that represents all segments of the school community for the common goal of supporting student success. The group is composed of the principal, teacher representatives, other staff representatives, parents/other community representatives, and student representatives at the secondary level, with each group selected by their peers.

Elections take place at the start of the school year. Since we have student representatives, our School Site Council tries to meet directly after school.

Click on this link for the ballot

PDF here: KMS SSC DTRF 2018.pdf

CROSS COUNTRY INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR PARENTS

Our team from 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
6:00 p.m.
C212

Parents, if your student has expressed interest in Cross Country, I invite you to an informational meeting being held on Tuesday, September 4th. The meeting will take place in room C212 at 6 PM.
The agenda for the informational night is as follows:
Schedule
Race day
Parent Drivers
Uniforms
Practice days/times
Expectations
Parent Email List

Please join me in this informational meeting to support your student in their running endeavor! Should you have any questions contact me via email, pedro.uriostegue@wccusd.net

FREE FINGERPRINTING IS BACK!
Thank you for volunteering! A fingerprinting/background check is required prior to taking on any volunteer assignments! All sessions are free of charge, and you may attend any session in the district.

Please complete the online application prior to the fingerprinting event.

www.beamentor.org/now

If you already have a badge, you do not need to re-apply. Schedule Below!

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INFORMATIONAL MEETING – EL CERRITO JUNIOR MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAM

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The co-ed team accepts riders of all levels (new or experienced) in grades 6-8. The team is affiliated with the El Cerrito High School team, and all of its volunteer coaches are trained and licensed National Interscholastic Cycling Association coaches. The team offers scholarships and can help riders get loaner bikes if needed. Parent volunteers who are experienced or new to mountain biking are encouraged to also get involved. Please see attached flyer.

For more information, email Head Coach CortisCooper@outlook.com

EL CERRITO JUNIOR MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAM.pdf

The Phoenix, August 23, 2018

CROSS COUNTRY INFORMATIONAL SESSION

Our team from 2012
TODAY AFTER SCHOOL

Mr. Uriostegue’s Room

Have your kids stop by!

Practice Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
2:45 p.m. – 4:00/4:15 p.m.-ish
Meet Schedule: TBD

7th GRADE NIGHT

Thursday, August 30, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Korematsu MPR

Students, parent and guardians are invited for an evening of snacks, activities and important information about how to be successful in middle school. Parents will learn some new tools for helping their kids have a smooth transition to middle school!

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PIZZA PICNIC

PizzaThursday, August 30, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.
OUTSIDE THE MPR IN THE AMPHITHEATER

Join us just before “7th Grade Night” for Pizza and Salad. $5.00 per person all-you-can eat.
Teachers and Staff eat for free!

We’ll need to get an idea of how much food to buy. Please fill out this brief survey so that we know how much to have on hand!

The pizza is from Pizza Roma.
Choose from:

Margherita/Cheese
Pepperoni
Veggie Combo
Gluten-Free

SALADS
Caesar
Mixed Greens

Order Food Here!
https://goo.gl/forms/azP1MRPuwDnxYs3J3

Questions? korematsuptsa@gmail.com

CALL OUT FOR 7th GRADER IMMUNIZATION RECORDS!

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If you haven’t handed them in, please ensure they make it to the main office as soon as possible.

CLIPPER CARD APPLICATIONS DUE TOMORROW FRIDAY

Clipper card applications are due Tomorrow, Friday August 24th. Please ensure they make it to the main office first thing!

PICTURE DAY IS FRIDAY, AUGUST 31st

Look sharp!

Pictures for the yearbook will be taken on Friday, August 31st!

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Wednesdays and Fridays after school.

Interested in learning more?

cantdigme@gmail.com

Yipee! Glee Club (choir) is starting !

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Singers & Families, please help spread the word (info. flyer).

Fall 2018 Glee Club (Choir) first class/rehearsal (“trial class”) happens Wednesday, August 29th, 1:35-2:25pm in Korematsu’s band room. [Thanks Ms. Carrico, band and music program director, for welcoming choir back for the Fall.]

Sign-ups are welcome up until enrollment closes on September 12th. By the 12th, we’ll finalize the roster and provide it to the BACR after school Program Site Director because, for safety, the program tracks which students are on campus during the after school hours (even those not registered with BACR). FYI also BACR would gladly include your student in their supper/meal program after school (working with BACR on this aspect).

So that Ms. Wu can focus her talents on teaching vocal music, Mary and I have stepped up for administrative and operational details. For Fall 2018, we’re looking for a couple of parents that can lend a hand, for example, we give Ms. Wu a lift from Madera every week so she can make it on time for class.

To secure your student’s spot for the Fall Session, submit $150 payment (15 class sessions) soonest (latest by 9/12) OR let us know your student will be on scholarship (or need a payment plan). With some families contributing to a scholarship fund, our goal is to cover whatever scholarships are needed, hopefully in full!

If you’re able to contribute towards a scholarship fund, whatever amount, please do.

Payment options:
* Paypal korematsusings@gmail.com
* or Check payable to: Georgina Edwards [ Have student bring to class or mail to 6620 Cutting Boulevard, El Cerrito, CA 94530 ]

Best,

Georgina 510-710-5962 & Mary
Korematsu Vocal Music Reps
korematsusings@gmail.com

Preview attachment KMS Glee Club Fall 2018.pdf

ENRICHMENT CLASSES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS

The El Cerrito Recreation Department is excited to offer Enrichment Classes for Middle Schoolers!

This fall, professional instructors will lead classes in Martial Arts, Public Speaking, Cooking and Athletics for middle school students. Classes will be held conveniently at Castro Clubhouse right next to Korematsu Middle School, and take place shortly after the bell rings. Enrichment Classes provide a safe place for your student to go after school, and helps them to discover and develop new passions and interests.

Please see the attached flyer for class descriptions, fees and schedules. To register, stop by the El Cerrito Community Center at 7007 Moeser Lane or visit www.el-cerrito.org/onlinereg. Registration is now open!

With enough enrollments and support, we hope to grow this program with new classes over the year. If you or someone you know might be interested in teaching a class for middle schoolers, please feel free to refer them to the Recreation Department. You can also contact us with any questions regarding these classes.

Kindly,

Taylor Melton
Acting Community Services Supervisor
City of El Cerrito Recreation Department

7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Direct Line: (510) 559-7004
Main Office: (510) 559-7000
Fax: (510) 528-9413
http://www.el-cerrito.org/recreation

Middle School Programs Fall 2018 Flyer.pdf

WELCOME BACK LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT DUFFY!

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Welcome Back Letter from Superintendent Duffy in this Link!

The Phoenix, August 18, 2018 *BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION!!*

WE’LL SEE EVERYONE ON MONDAY

UnnamedTHE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS…
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018
FIRST BELL: 8:10 a.m.
IT IS A MINIMUM DAY.
SCHOOL ENDS AT 1:25 P.M.

MISSED WALK-THRU REGISTRATION?

PLEASE COME IN RIGHT AWAY SO THAT WE CAN GET YOU SET.

MAIN OFFICE
7125 Donal Avenue
El Cerrito

When visiting our campus respect our neighborhood.
Observe all traffic rules and regulations, and consider parking a couple of blocks away and walking to the campus.
Our neighbors thank you!

ALL SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Catch up with old friends and meet new!
Parents, Guardians and Siblings Welcome!

Ice Cream Social

WHAT DO I NEED ON THE FIRST DAY?? WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  1. School ID on lanyard.
  2. Map of campus and Bell Schedule.
  3. Sharpened pencils and erasers (mistakes OK!!).
  4. Lunch or meal card or cash to purchase.
  5. Binder with paper inside.
  6. Backpack to hold it all!
  7. Some returning students report they used a composition book for each class. You may need a 5-tab binder with pockets to hold handouts. Teachers will tell students what is required for class. If you buy ahead, save the receipt in case a teacher changes it up.
  8. You do not change for P.E. on the first day.
  9. There may be schedule changes as we balance classes and firm things up.

DROP OFFS AND PICK UPS

Drive around the school in a clockwise direction. Drop and pick up students at the marked, designated areas on Norvell and Lawrence. For student safety, and to improve traffic flow, drop students on the school side of the street. Please refrain from dropping students directly in front of the school on Donal Avenue. In the mornings and afternoons, Donal Avenue is used by AC Transit and other buses, therefore, it must be kept clear so that the buses can make their stops.

Parking
Except for 1 or 2 lonely short-term spaces, there is no parking on the school side of Donal Avenue. The school side of Donal Avenue must be kept clear for AC Transit and other bus use. Please park legally on Lawrence, Gladys or Norvell Streets. PLEASE consider parking a few blocks away and walking to the school. It helps to balance the neighborhood congestion.

Please respect our neighborhood and our neighbors. Please refrain from blocking any driveways …. even for a minute … and always follow traffic rules and regulations.

AC Transit
AC Transit runs dedicated routes to and from Richmond. These routes run only on school days Monday to Friday and the schedules are timed to match the hours of local schools and operate only when schools are in session. Even though these buses are specific to school schedules, they are open to all passengers at regular fare. Find routes here! 667 668 675

HOW TO STAY INFORMED AND INVOLVED

SUBSCRIBE TO THE ETREE. Email us at koremastuptsa@gmail.com to be added. We publish The Phoenix, every Thursday (and occasional reminders when needed)

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR GOOGLE CALENDAR, which lists events at Korematsu.

How to subscribe:

  • Go to our Google Calendar.
  • Click on the “+GoogleCalendar” button in the lower right hand corner.
  • Follow the Google prompts and the Korematsu events will now populate your calendar!

“LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK

Post. Like. Share. Comment. Tag. Korematsu on Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KorematsuMiddleSchoolPTSA/

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

SPONSORED BY EL CERRITO REC!
CHECK IT OUT!!!

NEW & fun after school activities for middle schoolers, organized by El Cerrito Recreation. Online registration and payment of course fees can be completed at www.el-cerrito.org/onlinereg or submitted directly to the El Cerrito Community Center. To see what other programs are available for middle schoolers check out the REC guide at http://www.el-cerrito.org/656/Recreation-Brochure

Questions?

Taylor Melton
Acting Community Services Supervisor
TMelton@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us
City of El Cerrito Recreation Department
Direct Line: (510) 559-7004

AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR!

After School Choir
Fall 2018 Choir’s first class/rehearsal (“trial class”) is Wed. August 29th 1:35-2:25pm in the Band Room.

Singers are welcome to consider/join in up until enrollment closes on September 12th. To secure your student’s spot for the Fall Session, submit $150 payment (total payment for the entire session/16 classes) soonest OR let us know your student will be on scholarship (or payment plan). For more information (including how to submit payment or about scholarships), contact parent coordinators Georgina & Mary at korematsusings@gmail.com

Korematsu Choir Fall 2018 Info. Flyer.pdf

JOIN OUR PTSA

Unnamed 3 What do we do? All in the link below!

https://korematsumiddleschool.org/?page_id=1029

Join using our new online system here!

https://jointotem.com/ca/el-cerrito/korematsu-middle-school-ptsa/join

The Phoenix, Aug 9, 2018

MISSED WALK-THRU REGISTRATION?

NO WORRIES!

Do come and see us in the office starting on Monday, August 13th and we will take care of you!

7125 Donal Avenue

El Cerrito

When visiting our campus respect our neighborhood. Observe all traffic rules and regulations, and consider parking a couple of blocks away and walking to the campus.  Our neighbors thank you!

NEXT UP… ALL SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Catch up with old friends and meet new!

Parents, Guardians and Siblings Welcome!

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

SPONSORED BY EL CERRITO REC!

CHECK IT OUT!!!

NEW & fun after school activities for middle schoolers, organized by El Cerrito Recreation.  Online registration and payment of course fees can be completed at www.el-cerrito.org/onlinereg  or submitted directly to the El Cerrito Community Center.  To see what other programs are available for middle schoolers check out the rEC guide at http://www.el-cerrito.org/656/Recreation-Brochure

Questions?

Taylor Melton

Acting Community Services Supervisor

TMelton@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us

City of El Cerrito Recreation Department

Direct Line: (510) 559-7004

AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR!

Fall 2018 Choir’s first class/rehearsal (“trial class”) is Wed. August 29th  1:35-2:25pm in the Band Room.

Singers are welcome to consider/join in up until enrollment closes on September 12th.    To secure your student’s spot for the Fall Session, submit $150 payment (total payment for the entire session/16 classes) soonest OR let us know your student will be on scholarship (or payment plan). For more information (including how to submit payment or about scholarships), contact parent coordinators Georgina & Mary at korematsusings@gmail.com

JOIN OUR PTSA

What do we do?  All in the link below!

https://korematsumiddleschool.org/?page_id=1029

Join using our new online system here!

https://jointotem.com/ca/el-cerrito/korematsu-middle-school-ptsa/join

The Phoenix, August 2, 2018

WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

We’ll see you next week for Registration!

7125 Donal Ave

El Cerrito

MPR:  Tuesday and Wednesday

GYM:  Thursday

August 7, 8, 9, 2018

PACKETS ARE IN THE MAIL!

Packets containing registration materials are in the mail.

Here is a link to what is included in the packet.

If you need to print something, print in black and white because these pages are ink-intensive!

Link to Registration Documents

Got a question?  We’ve got an answer!

Check out our Frequently-asked Question Sheet!

FAQ Sheet

PLEASE RESPECT THE NEIGHBORHOOD

WHEN VISITING THE CAMPUS!

Parking

To alleviate some neighborhood congestion, please consider parking a few blocks from the school and walk to the campus.

Except for one or two lonely short-term parking spots, there is no parking on the school side of Donal Avenue. Please park legally on Lawrence, Gladys or Norvell Streets.

Please respect our neighborhood and our neighbors.  Please refrain from blocking any driveways …. even for a minute … and always follow traffic rules and regulations.

HELP WANTED FOR WALK-THROUGH REGISTRATION!

A few helping hands are needed and appreciated for walk-through registration.

Whatever time you can afford is appreciated!

Please sign up in the link!

Volunteers for Walk-through Registration

Contact:  tiffany.jamison@wccusd.net

SAVE THE DATE!

PTSA-SPONSORED

ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

JOIN OUR PTSA!

We are a PTSA….a Parent Teacher STUDENT Association.

That’s right!

Students can join our unit and have an active voice and vote in determining the direction and actions of our Association.

By becoming a member, you show support for your community middle school, provide funds to the PTSA to pay for valuable programs on campus, and make your voice heard by attending and voting at PTSA meetings.  A large and active PTSA membership generally indicates a high level of parent and community involvement in the school.  We have a GREAT unit!  Last year, we were #1 in membership out of the  30+ schools that make up the Bayside Council of PTAs, and it has grown over 200% over the last five years!

SIGN UP ONLINE!

Sign up over our website. Go to 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!

MORE HERE! 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED (AND APPRECIATED)!

We’ve got lots of ways for you to be involved in our school.

Read on, and if anything interests you, please contact us at korematsuptsa@gmail.com and we’ll tell you all about it!

Here are a few featured spots…..

Teacher Treat Day Coordinator

This is THE MOST LOVED teacher and staff activity at the school.   

Coordinate the once-monthly teacher and staff luncheon.

The position involves publishing and maintaining a spreadsheet of food donations and volunteers.

It is helpful if you can be there (second Friday of most months), but this is not required.

Donations are plentiful and volunteers always help out.

We just need someone (or two) to head it up.

FUNDRAISING CHAIR

Head up the PTSA’s fundraising efforts.

Coordinate our Annual Giving campaign,

restaurant nights and assemble our Celebrate Korematsu team.

Have you worked on an auction for one of our elementary schools?

You are perfect!

Other projects can be added as well.

REFLECTIONS CHAIR

Reflections is PTA’s visual and performing arts contest.

The Reflections chair assembles a team to promote the Reflections contest,

communicates rules and due dates, and works to coordinate the arts showcase.

This is a great opportunity to work with students and encourage and showcase their artistic creativity!

INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE THREE?

Contact us!   korematsuptsa@gmail.com

CALENDAR!

We are already populating the calendar!

We are already populating the Korematsu calendar.

The calendar is available in this link.

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

NEVER MISS AN EVENT!

You can subscribe to the calendar by clicking on the “+Google Calendar” button at the bottom of the calendar.

Korematsu events will automatically be added to your personal Google calendar.

RECRUITING HOST FAMILIES FOR A TEACHER INTERN

West County Mandarin School (WCCUSD’s new Mandarin immersion school) is recruiting host families for a teacher intern coming from Taiwan this coming school year. Hosting an intern is a wonderful opportunity to create Mandarin learning at home! The host period is very flexible. You can choose eight weeks, half a year, or the whole school year!  So if you are interested in hosting this teacher intern, have any questions, or if you know another family who would love to have a Mandarin-speaking young person stay with them, please email Dr. Eric Peterson, Principal at West County Mandarin School at epeterson@wccusd.net.