The Phoenix May 31, 2018

Does your student use the public library?

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Librarians from the Contra Costa County public library system will be at the Korematsu library at lunch on Monday to share information about the public library and the summer reading program.

If students don’t have library cards yet, they should get an application from the library or their English teacher before Monday, and then they can get a card on Monday.

Ask Ms. Bogie if you have any questions.

Jazz+Art+Dance Under the Stars

JazzMonday June 4th, 2018 Amphitheater outside MPR

6 p.m. Art Show opens
6:30 p.m. Dance performance followed by Girls’ Jazz Workshop, Jazz Band & Jazz Ensemble

8TH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY

ATTENTION 8TH GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS. CONGRATULATIONS 8TH GRADE STUDENTS (and Parents)!

The year is almost over and the Promotion Ceremony is coming up.

Crucial information is contained below; please call (510) 231-1449 if you have questions.

Eighth Grade Picnic
Tuesday June 5th, 2018
12:30 – 2:25 PM

Promotion Rehearsal
Tuesday June 5th, 2018
Period 7 and 1

Promotion Ceremony
Wednesday June 6th, 2018
6:00 PM Sharp

ATTIRE
Dressy attire (e.g. suitable for church/synagogue/mosque) is recommended; however, tuxedos, long gowns, and other formal attire are inappropriate.

Clothing with spaghetti straps or that exposes bare shoulders and/or torsos will NOT be acceptable.

We caution against shoes with tall heels since students will be going up and down stairs.

PRACTICE / TICKETS / LOCATION
Student practice will take place June 5th during periods 7 and 1.

Students will receive two tickets only due to the size of the class.

There will be space for more audience members but we cannot guarantee seating.

There will be standing room. The ceremony will be outside on our upper-yard area.

Parents will be able to sit on the short concrete walls/steps, at the picnic tables and in all the available chairs we can provide, and we are requesting and encouraging parents to bring camp/portable chairs.

The setting is stunning and should provide our students with a great outdoor promotion experience, but you may want to dress warm.

ARRIVAL / STUDENTS
Parents: Drop off students at Korematsu. Students must arrive at 5:30 PM and report to the gym.

This is very important.

Students who are not in their area when they begin lining up will not be allowed to participate in the processional.

Students must be lined up by 5:45PM.

Students should take all personal belongings with them or give them to their parent/guest to hold before reporting to the line-up area.

ARRIVAL / PARENTS
After dropping your student off, parents/guests should present their tickets at the Lawrence street gate above the upper-yard.

We will be accepting tickets from 5:15 – 5:55 PM.

Many areas of the school will be cordoned off.

The Lawrence gate entrance is the only place that parents/ guests should be gathered.

NO one may enter the upper-yard through a different door.

There will be NO parents / guests allowed near the “line-up” area while students are lining up.

Parents/guests must present a ticket to gain admission to the ceremony.

PROCESSIONAL
Parents and guests must be seated when the processional starts (6:00 PM Sharp).

NO one will be allowed to enter once the processional starts.

Please remain within the designated seating areas during the processional and for the remainder of the ceremony.

While students are in line or in their seats, PLEASE DO NOT DISTRACT THEM by calling out names or other cheers until all of the certificates have been given out.

We are all looking forward to the Promotional Ceremony.

We need the cooperation of both Parents and Students for the ceremony to run smoothly.

PARKING
Parking is limited at Korematsu and the upper parking lot will be closed accommodate guests.

Please park along the school and next to the park. Please carpool if possible.

Please exercise the utmost care and respect for our neighbors when visiting.
Please use your best parking and driving behavior, observe all rules and regulations, never block a driveway.

Consider parking a few blocks away and walking to campus.

** STUDENTS ON ACTIVE SUSPENSION ON 6/6/18 ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES PER WCCUSD BASIC COMMITMENT- DISCIPLINE POLICY

VOLUNTEER 8TH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY

Thank you to all who have already signed up to help at the 8th Grade Promotion Activities. We need a few more volunteers at the Promotion Ceremony. Sign up on the Promotion Ceremony tab. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

CLICK HERE TO HELP!

8th Grade Promotion Activities

Dear Korematsu Families,

8th Grade Promotion to High School is fast approaching, and so are our celebration events! Attached is a flyer that explains the remaining activities.

For those who have already signed up to help, thank you! For those who haven’t, there are still a few open slots that need your assistance. In particular, help is still needed tying ribbons to fake diplomas (we need to make 300 or so “fake” certificates this coming weekend), as well as a few volunteers to help pass out certificates after the ceremony. Contact Jenny Han (jentohan@gmail.com) if you have questions regarding either tasks.

Please note there will be a light reception immediately following the Promotion Ceremony. This will be a great opportunity for students to say farewell and take memorable pictures in a decorated photo area.

Please contact either Rula Craner at rula_craner@yahoo.com OR Negar Souza at thesouzafamily@comcast.net with any questions.

CLICK HERE TO HELP!

Thank you,
Rula & Negar

8th Grade Promotion Activities 2018

The Phoenix May 24, 2018

NO SCHOOL MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial DayWe’ll see everyone Tuesday, May 29th

ARE YOU HEADED TO EL CERRITO HIGH? COME CHECK US OUT!!

ECHS Spring FestEl Cerrito High School’s Leadership Class invites you to…

El Cerrito High School’s SPRING FEST

Thursday, May 24, 2018
3:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
El Cerrito High School Quad
540 Ashbury Avenue El Cerrito, CA 94530

Let’s celebrate SPRING!

Join us at this free community-centered event!

Entertainment and Performances by our school’s classes and clubs!

Light food and beverage will be sold. Tickets will be available day of on the Quad.

This is the perfect opportunity to find out what’s happening at your local high school.

We’ll see you there!

Sponsored By ECHS Leadership
Questions? Please contact us at: gaucholeadership@gmail.com, or by phone at (510)-231-1437 ext. 26520 or Pat Jimenez at 510-381-1092

ONE MORE CHANCE TONIGHT TO COME TO THE FIRST ANNUAL KOREMATSU DANCE PERFORMANCE!

Dance
Who: Level Two dance students
When: Wednesday 5/23 & Thursday 5/24
Time: 7:00 pm show (doors open at 6:30)
Where: Korematsu MPR
Tickets: Suggested $4.00 donation at the door

Jazz & Art Under the Stars

Monday June 4th 2018
7:00 p.m.
Korematsu Amphitheater

The Korematsu Girls’ Jazz Workshop, Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble will play at 7pm on Monday, June 4 in the amphitheater outside the MPR. Korematsu Art Program students will showcase their work as well.

8th Grade Promotion Activities : June 5th & 6th 2018

Unnamed 1Dear Korematsu Families,

8th Grade Promotion to High School is fast approaching, and so are our celebration events!

Promotion Rehearsal
Tuesday June 5, 2018 10 a.m.

8th Grade Picnic at Castro Park
Tuesday June 5, 2018 12:30 – 2:30 p.m

Promotion Ceremony Amphitheater outside Korematsu MPR
Wednesday June 6, 2018 6:00 p.m.

For those who have already signed up to help, thank you!
For those who haven’t, we still need you!
We have included a link to a google doc that you can sign up.

Please note there are 3 tabs on the sign up sheet.

You can contact either Rula Craner at rula_craner@yahoo.com OR Negar Souza at thesouzafamily@comcast.net for more info, clarification or questions.

CLICK HERE TO HELP!

Thank you,
Rula and Negar

All Year- End events are on our calendar

May 2018


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The Phoenix May 17, 2018

FIRST ANNUAL KOREMATSU DANCE PERFORMANCE

Dance
Who: Level Two dance students
When: Wednesday 5/23 & Thursday 5/24
Time: 7:00 pm show (doors open at 6:30)
Where: Korematsu MPR
Tickets: Suggested $4.00 donation at the door

PTSA SURVEY

Hello fabulous Korematsu families,

Thank you to those who participated in our parent workshop on executive function, at the last PTSA meeting.

We’d be grateful for some (brief) feedback from you. If possible, please complete this 2-minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7LXXY3H

Here is the link to the video we watched: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/inbrief-executive-function-skills-for-life-and-learning/

Thank you for passing it on.

Please let me know if you have any questions. We’d be happy to come back in the fall!

In community,
Lisa Miller
Director

2436 Sacramento Street
Berkeley, CA 94702

1050 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
510.540.8646
www.classroommatters.com

TEACHER LUNCHEON THANK YOU

We want to say Thank You to our hard working Teacher Luncheon coordinator, Astrid Broberg, and all of you who helped out and contributed to the monthly teacher/staff luncheons at Korematsu. The staff really appreciates and looks forward to it and it wouldn’t happen without your efforts. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

EMBRACING DISCOMFORT

ThePracticeSpace 85You are invited to “Embracing Discomfort: The Practice Space Celebrates Community Voices,” a community-centered event focused on celebrating public speaking and performance.

Join us for a showcase featuring speeches and stories by students from El Cerrito High School, and The Practice Space, a non-profit helping people communicate and speak effectively. Celebrate our one-year anniversary with dinner, music, community booths, speeches, and stories! This event is free to all – RSVP at embracingdiscomfort.eventbrite.com.

When: Sunday, May 20, 2018, 6:30pm Dinner Reception, 7pm-9pm Student and Adult Performances

Where: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Community Theater, 339 11th Street, Richmond, CA 94801.

Who We Are: The Practice Space is a non-profit that builds confidence and community voice through communication skill development. We provide educational content and supportive practice experiences to improve the culture of communication in schools and communities. Our programs help people of all ages communicate effectively, address social anxieties, be authentic, and feel connected to others. We develop leaders who can help people feel comfortable speaking up, learn from each other, and elevate underrepresented voices. Visit www.practice-space.org for more information.

ARE YOU HEADED TO EL CERRITO HIGH? COME CHECK US OUT!!

ECHS Spring FestEl Cerrito High School’s Leadership Class invites you to…

El Cerrito High School’s SPRING FEST

Thursday, May 24, 2018
3:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
El Cerrito High School Quad
540 Ashbury Avenue El Cerrito, CA 94530

Let’s celebrate SPRING!

Join us at this free community-centered event!

Entertainment and Performances by our school’s classes and clubs!

Light food and beverage will be sold. Tickets will be available day of on the Quad.

This is the perfect opportunity to find out what’s happening at your local high school.

We’ll see you there!

Sponsored By ECHS Leadership
Questions? Please contact us at: gaucholeadership@gmail.com, or by phone at (510)-231-1437 ext. 26520 or Pat Jimenez at 510-381-1092

The Phoenix May 10, 2018

Last teacher luncheon of the school year

Mexican FodTomorrow – Friday May 11th 2018

Let the teachers know how much we appreciate their work this year! This month’s theme is Cinco de Mayo! Bring your favorite Mexican dishes. Tamales, Floutas, burritos, salads, tacos, so much to choose from.T hanks for all the help during this school year. Questions email Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com

Sign Up

PROMOTION TO HIGH SCHOOL

Dear Korematsu Families,

Can you believe we only have 3 weeks until graduation? This year has zoomed by!

Graduation is a special time for 8th grade families. Many of them move on together to El Cerrito High, and some fly off to other schools, so for our 8th graders, the graduation commencement events are vastly important.

That being said, we can not pull off all the activities without your help!

There are 3 events that need 7th AND 8th grade families to help with. We have included a link to a google doc that you can sign up.

The events are as follows:

6/5
1. Promotion practice: Before the picnic, parents are needed to help organize and supervise the 8th graders as they practice for the promotion ceremony.

2. Help with the 8th grade picnic: This happens prior to the kids vs. teachers softball game. We have 3 point persons already and need people to sign ups for food, set-up, clean-up etc. BOTH 7th & 8th Grade families can help!

6/6
3. Graduation: This is a huge event where the kids cross the stage. Tradition has been 7th grade families sign up to help with some of the larger day of jobs so 8th grade families can watch their babies cross the stage! Then next year, we continue that tradition and you get to sit back and watch your babies cross the stage!

There are other day/night-of items for 8th grade families as well as a sign-up to help order, pick-up & deliver appetizers, drinks & desserts to the school.

Please note there are 3 tabs on the sign up sheet!

Please contact either Rula Craner at rula_craner@yahoo.com OR Negar Souza at thesouzafamily@comcast.net for more info, clarification or questions.

CLICK HERE TO HELP!

WE NEED YOU! We cannot do this without your help!

Thank you,
Rula & Negar

BRIGHTBYTES AND WCCUSD

brightByesWCCUSDDear WCCUSD Parent/Guardian,

During the 2014-15 school year, our district started a partnership with BrightBytes, an educational software company in order to learn more about our technology use for student learning. Our goal is to gather data on a continuing basis regarding technology access and skills, and on our district’s technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement.

To gain these insights, we provide BrightBytes with a complete picture of technology use at school and at home within our district. Students, teachers, and parents are asked to complete an online questionnaire twice a year to help us gather this data.

Your participation and support is important to us and will give us a more complete understanding of our district’s technology use. Our first step is to gather data from you, the members of our parent community. Below is a link to the parent survey, as well as a QR code which can be scanned with a mobile device running a QR code reader. This will allow you to access the survey on your smartphone or another mobile device (such as a tablet). Please note that the survey is short and should only take about 5 to 8 minutes of your time.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this valuable survey.

Sincerely,

Matt Burnham, Principal

Korematsu Middle School Parent Survey

Click on this link to take the survey

brightBytes Survey

Last teacher luncheon of the school year

This Friday May 11th 2018

Let the teachers know how much we appreciate their work this year! This month’s theme is Cinco de Mayo! Bring your favorite Mexican dishes. Tamales, Floutas, burritos, salads, tacos,so much to choose from.

Thanks for all the help during this school year. Questions email Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com

Sign Up

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The Phoenix May 3, 2018

LIBRARY AFTER SCHOOL HOURS

Library after school hours will end on May 4th. After that, the library will only be open for 15-20 minutes after the end of the school day. We are moving into tablet and textbook collection time. Thanks.

KOREMATSU PRESENTS THE MUSICAL ANNIE

AnnieOver 50 Korematsu students have been working hard onstage and behind the scenes to put on our spring musical! Bring the whole family for a fun night of musical theatre.

Date: Wednesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 10th
Time: 7pm (House opens at 6:30pm, get there early to get a good seat! Snacks will be available for purchase.)
Place: Korematsu Multi-Purpose Room
Tickets: Available at the door, suggested donation of $4

VOLLEYBALL

Girls Volleyball is coming to Korematsu! Beginning Wednesday, April 25 from 1:30 – 4 pm in the Korematsu gym, there will be an open gym for girls in the 7th and 8th grade. They will continue on a weekly basis for the rest of the school year. The open gyms will be lead by Scott Bishop a local, veteran volleyball coach. He has been coaching volleyball at the High School, Club and Collegiate levels for over 20+ years. If you are interested please contact Scott at cantdigme@gmail.comfor more information.

FINAL PTSA MEETING: TUES., MAY 8, MPR, 7 PM

WE NEED YOUR VOTE! NOTICE OF ELECTION AND MEETING

Tuesday, May 8, 2017
Fred T. Korematsu Middle School
7125 Donal Avenue
7:00 p.m.
MPR

NOTE: BAND PARENTS MEET at 6 PM in the band room.
Please join us as we elect the Executive Board for the 2018-2019 school year.
The term begins July 1, 2017 and runs through June 30, 2018.

Slate for Executive Board:
Manu Wong – President
Stacey Steele – Executive Vice President
Leslie Reckler – Treasurer
Evelyn Smith – Financial Secretary
Sherrod Blankner – Recording Secretary

OPEN
First Vice President Fundraising
Second Vice President Volunteer Coordinator
Historian

All who are members longer than 30 days are eligible to cast a vote.

PRESENTATION ON EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS BY CLASSROOM MATTERS.

Here’s the Agenda

Last teacher luncheon of the school year

May 11th 2018

Let the teachers know how much we appreciate their work this year! This month’s theme is Cinco de Mayo! Bring your favorite Mexican dishes. Tamales, Floutas, burritos, salads, tacos, so much to choose from. Thanks for all the help during this school year. Questions email Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com

Sign Up

THE PRACTICE SPACE

The Practice SpaceEmbracing Discomfort: The Practice Space Celebrates Community Voices
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Location: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Description: You are invited to a showcase of speeches and stories by students at The Practice Space, a non-profit helping people communicate and speak effectively.. Come celebrate our one-year anniversary with free dinner, drinks, music, and speeches by student and adult speakers! Learn more about our programs and show support for voices from our East Bay community.

This event is free to all and begins with a reception at 6:30pm with food, a photo booth, and community tables with local artists and youth programs. Student performances begin at 7:15pm with two acts and an intermission.

Tickets: Free to all, RSVP at embracingdiscomfort.eventbrite.com

Address: 339 11th St, Richmond, CA 94801

FIELD TRIP THANK YOU FROM MR. VEDDER

Dear Parents,

I want to thank you for all of the work, effort, materials, time, and energy you put in today.

At every turn – in the beginning, when sixty of our kids were without a bus, in the middle, attempting to feed 240 eager teenagers, or near the end, when we fit every one of them into one final photo – you were all ready, and willing to help. You were positive and engaged the entire day, and I couldn’t have asked for a better set of adults to be with.

Today was a real testament to how lucky we are, as a staff, to have such a generous, flexible, and thoughtful community of parents. Thank you for all that you did and put in – I know that the staff, the kids, and I all appreciate it immensely. It was such a fantastic day.

NEXT CHINA TRIP DEADLINE

ChinaThank you to all that handed in applications to meet the Early Bird deadline.
There is still time to think about the China trip. The next deadline is Tuesday, May 15 ($800 rate).
Hand in paper applications to the Main Office.

HEADED TO EL CERRITO HIGH? – THE MOUNTAIN BIKING TEAM WANTS YOU!!

ECHS MTB TeamThe Mountain Bike Team had their fourth league race at Granite Bay on April 15th, placing third just behind Berkeley, and retaining overall second place in league. El Cerrito is up against much bigger teams – we had 20 race while Berkeley had 62! The last league race is less than two weeks and the team will need to be strong to clinch the second place spot!

The course was 6 miles with over 500′ of climbing, and is considered the most technical NorCal (league) course. There was lots of winding single track and several rock obstacles to clear. Our riders did great! Freshman and Sophomore Girls did 2 laps; Sophomore Boys and JV raced for 3 laps, and Varsity Boys 4.

The team is looking for more riders next season and girls are highly encouraged to join. We have a strong group of girls and want to add several more. No experience is necessary – the team trains it’s athletes for fitness and bike handling. Please talk to anyone on the team or text coach John (510-967-1101) and check out the team’s website https://echsmtb.com/.

Varsity: Matt Garrison, 4th (Podium); Evan Garrison, 9th

JV Girls: Madeline Hill, 1st (Podium, Category Leader)

JV Boys: Tal Zvik, 4th (Podium); George Smith, 20th; Rota Maynard, 32nd; Daniel Huebner, 35th; Sebastian Alvarez, 36th

Sophomore Girls: Maria Wallis, 2nd (Podium, Category Leader)

Sophomore Boys: Nitzan Gladstone, 4th (Podium); Keith Emory; 7th; Aiden Dey-Ward, 13th; Senan Hayden, 19th; Fabio Argueta, 26th

Freshman Girls: Elisabeth Cody, 8th; Helen Stephens, 14th

Freshman Boys: Enzo Nelligan, 6th; Simha Furaha, 17th; Eli Tipton, 20th

ALBANY MIDDLE SCHOOL INVITES YOU TO…. COBRA-CHELLA!

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The Phoenix April 26, 2018

TONIGHT!!! Korematsu Orientation Night

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CHINA TRIP APPLICATIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED!

ChinaYOU’VE GOT THE WEEKEND!

Early Bird ($650) Applications for the China Trip are now due in the Main Office End of Day Monday, April 30, 2018.
If you are expediting a passport, please hand in proof that you expedited (copy your payment receipt or other) with your application. If not, you’ve got the weekend to finish that essay or apply for a passport.

Please hand in:
Application for Participation Summer 2018 China
​​China Trip Health and Medical Form 2018.pdf

If you are applying for aid or scholarship, please include:
​China Trip Scholarship Application

Still time to decide if the trip is for you!

Read:
​Minutes China Trip Both Sessions 4:00 and 5:30
​​2018 Summer China Study Tour- Important Travel

Passport information and all the postings on the China trip are on the website:
www.korematsumiddleschool.org

PROMOTION CEREMONY

Dear Korematsu Families,

Can you believe we only have 7 weeks until graduation? This year has zoomed by!

Graduation is a special time for 8th grade families. Many of them move on together to El Cerrito High, and some fly off to other schools, so for our 8th graders, the graduation commencement events are vastly important.

That being said, we can not pull off all the activities without your help!

There are 3 events that need 7th AND 8th grade families to help with. We have included a link to a google doc that you can sign up.

The events are as follows:
6/5
1. Promotion practice: Before the picnic, parents are needed to help organize and supervise the 8th graders as they practice for the promotion ceremony.

2. Help with the 8th grade picnic: This happens prior to the kids vs. teachers softball game. We have 3 point persons already and need people to sign ups for food, set-up, clean-up etc. BOTH 7th & 8th Grade families can help!

6/6
3. Graduation: This is a huge event where the kids cross the stage. Tradition has been 7th grade families sign up to help with some of the larger day of jobs so 8th grade families can watch their babies cross the stage! Then next year, we continue that tradition and you get to sit back and watch your babies cross the stage!

There are other day/night-of items for 8th grade families as well as a sign-up to help order, pick-up & deliver appetizers, drinks & desserts to the school.

Please note there are 3 tabs on the sign up sheet!

Please contact either Rula Craner at rula_craner@yahoo.com OR Negar Souza at thesouzafamily@comcast.net for more info, clarification or questions.

CLICK HERE TO HELP!

WE NEED YOU! We cannot do this without your help!

Thank you,
Rula & Negar