CHINA. THIS SUMMER.

China Korematsu students have an opportunity to be student ambassadors in China this summer.

OPTION 1: 16 – Day Itinerary July 10 – July 25
OPTION 2: 21 – Day Itinerary July 8 – July 28

On the 16 to 21 day trip, students will engage in cultural exchange activities with Chinese students and visit Chinese historical landmarks (Great Wall, Forbidden City, etc.). Contra Costa College is also sending an instructor and students can earn 3 semester units of college credit for attending (this equates to 10 high school credits on their transcript).

The per student trip cost is highly subsidized, and District students only need to pay $650 towards the $3,250 per student cost.

The flyer and the application are attached. Applications need to be submitted by April 28 (late applications incur an additional fee of $150). Students must have a valid passport before they can apply. Students need to submit applications to their school principal.

The program is open to district high school students and students at Korematsu and Helms Middle Schools (these two middle schools have established sister schools in China). We’ve been invited back after a very successful Spring Break trip with DeAnza High School.

ELIGIBLE SCHOOLS
El Cerrito High
Kennedy High
De Anza High
Richmond High
Pinole Valley High
Hercules High
Middle College High
Korematsu Middle
Helms Middle

If demand warrants, we can hold an informational meeting late afternoon/evening of Friday, April 20th. Please email: Korematsuptsa@gmail.com if you are interested so that we can gauge interest and set a time.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • You must have a valid passport now, as applications are due April 28. After, add $150.
  • Cost: $650 After April 28: $800 (late fee).

  • Hand in the application to your school principal.
  • Email Korematsuptsa@gmail.com if you have interest in an in-person informational evening late afternoon/evening Friday, April 20th.

If you have questions about the trip, you may contact:

Eric Peterson, Ph.D., NBCT
Director, International Programs and Mandarin Immersion
Principal, West County Mandarin School
West Contra Costa Unified School District
510-231-1529 (Office)

Don’t let this opportunity pass!

Chinese Ambassador Informational Flyer
Chinese Ambassador Application.pdf

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The Phoenix April 12, 2018

TIME. YEARBOOKS. BOTH ARE RUNNING OUT!

Unnamed 1Order your student’s yearbook today.
We only have 50 yearbooks left, so don’t miss your chance to buy one! Order now for $40.00 while you still have time.

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED

TEACHER LUNCHEON FRIDAY APRIL 13TH 2018

UnnamedHelp appreciate the teachers with your favorite spring dishes.
Bring on the salads, sandwiches, quiches, frittatas, fruits and yummies.
What’s your favorite dish to bring to a potluck or a picnic?
Let’s share it with our teachers and staff.
Questions to Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com.

Click on this link to sign up!​

ECHS Speech and Debate Showcase

HEADED TO EL CERRITO HIGH? CHECK OUT OUR SPEECH AND DEBATE SHOWCASE!

Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

For over fifty years the El Cerrito High School Forensics program
has introduced new students to high school speech and debate,
and sent students to compete in league, state and national tournaments.
Our philosophy is to support all students who are interested
in exploring the various types of speech and debate events,
not only those who excel and who make speech or debate the main focus of their high school activities.

We Guarantee You’ll Enjoy the Evening!

Website: https://echsspeechanddebate.org/
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ECHS Speech and Debate Showcase

HEADED TO EL CERRITO HIGH? CHECK OUT OUR SPEECH AND DEBATE SHOWCASE!

Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

For over fifty years the El Cerrito High School Forensics program
has introduced new students to high school speech and debate,
and sent students to compete in league, state and national tournaments.
Our philosophy is to support all students who are interested
in exploring the various types of speech and debate events,
not only those who excel and who make speech or debate the main focus of their high school activities.

We Guarantee You’ll Enjoy the Evening!

Website: https://echsspeechanddebate.org/
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The Phoenix April 5, 2018

TEACHER LUNCHEON FRIDAY APRIL 13TH 2018

Help appreciate the teachers with your favorite spring dishes.
Bring on the salads, sandwiches, quiches, frittatas, fruits and yummies.
What’s your favorite dish to bring to a potluck or a picnic?
Let’s share it with our teachers and staff.
Questions to Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com.

Click here to sign up!

EARTH DAY – APRIL 21ST 2018 – VOLUNTEER EVENT

UnnamedCelebrate Earth Day in El Cerrito by volunteering at the Earth Day Work Party
Saturday April 21st 2018
9am – 12pm
Free volunteer luncheon will be provided!

Earth Day Flyer

Release for City Volunteer Program

Join our 2018-19 Korematsu PTSA Board!

Unnamed 1The Korematsu PTSA Board has a number of vacancies for the next school year due to 8th grade parents leaving.
Here’s the list of what is needed.

PLEASE JOIN US!
We are a great group!
You’ll meet people, share your skills, learn new ones and support our students, school and community.

President: Manu Wong
Executive Vice President: Stacey Steele
Secretary:OPEN
Treasurer: Filled
Financial Secretary: Evelyn Smith
Vice President Fundraising: OPEN
Membership Chair: Anita Miller
Auditor: Jenny Jensen
Volunteer Chair: OPEN
Parliamentarian:OPEN
Historian: OPEN
Yard Sale Chair: Cindy Spade
Annual Giving Co-chairs: OPEN
Restaurant Fundraisers Coordinator: Tiffany Hill
Golden Gate Fields Coordinator: Jody Lengyel
Info Night Chair: OPEN
Teacher Luncheon Day Chair:OPEN
Yearbook Chair:Tim Warner
Parent Librarian: Kim Paige
Fright Write Chair: OPEN
Fright Fest Chair: OPEN
Science Fair Chair: OPEN
Math Club Co-Chairs: OPEN
Band Parents Association Chair: FILLED
Fairmont Elem Comm Liaison: Saidah Said
Harding Elem Comm Liaison: Beth Dawson
Kensington Elem Comm Liaison: Kim Paige
Madera Elem Comm Liaison: OPEN
Stege Elem Comm Liaison: OPEN
Washington Elem Comm Liaison: OPEN
ELAC Parent Liaison: OPEN
Website Maintenance/Development: Doug Diego

If you, or someone you know, would be able and willing to fill a vacancy, and for any corrections, suggestions and questions,
please reply to this email ASAP.
korematsuptsa@gmail.com

We will have Elections for the Board Members at our May meeting.

2ND ANNUAL BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES CAREER FAIR

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53rd ANNUAL STUDENT ART SHOW

Community members are invited to attend the 53rd Annual Student Art Show Tuesday, March 27 through Sunday, April 22 at the Richmond Art Center to see art created by middle and high school students throughout the District.

More than 300 pieces will be displayed during the exhibition, and select students will be recognized and awarded for their artistic talents and creativity from local organizations, including the El Sobrante Art Guild. Students and art teachers will be honored at the Art Show Reception Tuesday, April 17, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Who: Middle and High School students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

What: 53rd Annual WCCUSD Student Art exhibition showcasing over 300 student art pieces.

When: Exhibition opens Tuesday, March 27, 2018 and ends Sunday, April 22, 2018. The Art Show reception is Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 5 p.m .- 7 p.m.

Where: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave. Richmond, CA 94804.

Why: To showcase student art work and honor and award students for creativity.

Visit the Richmond Art Center website for more information.

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WACAC College Fair

Friday, May 4, 2018.
Cal State East Bay, University Gymnasium.

You will be able to meet with representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities.
It is a FREE event admission and there is FREE parking.
You can pre-register at wacaccollegefair.com

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The Phoenix March 29, 2018

SPRING BREAK

HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK!

SCHOOL CLOSED : APRIL 2ND – 6TH

KOREMATSU TAKES HOME MEDALS FROM THE GOLDEN GATE STEM FAIR!

The 2018 Golden Gate STEM Fair was held March 19th-23rd 2018 at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. For some 50 years, the GG STEM Fair (San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair) has celebrated student science in a highly competitive regional competition.

Beginning with science fairs at public and private junior and senior high schools, the 300 top Bay Area projects are selected from almost 50,000 student projects spanning 8 Northern California counties including San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, West Contra Costa and Mendocino.

Korematsu had a strong contingent of young scientists this year, with the following students invited to present (each having first won a ribbon at our school fair, and then again at the West Contra Costa Science Fair):

8th Grade
Maya Escalante
William Flowers
Ayaz Earley
Milan Willett

7th Grade
Rika Adam
Eleanor Addison
Lauren Bjeldanes
Tobias Classen
Sophie Gillern
Grace Maguire
Johan Phan
Ben Pilling-Chappelear
Tess Roorda
Henry Warmerdam

In an exciting awards ceremony Thursday evening, students and parents watched as Marcus Wojtowiak of the Randall Museum, and philanthropist and founder of the Museum of Mathematics, Dr. Glen Whitney, presented medals and ribbons to our winners:

7th Grade
Eleanor Addison, 1st Place, Physical Science
Sophie Gillern, 3rd Place, Behavioral Sciences
Ben Pilling-Chappelear, 3rd Place, Biological Sciences
Johan Phan, 3rd Place, Mathematics
Tess Roorda, 4th Place, Biological Sciences
Rika Adam, Bill Tobin Memorial Award

8th Grade
William Flowers, 3rd Place, Behavioral Sciences
Ayaz Earley, 4th Place, Physical Science

Our first place winner Eleanor Addison goes on to represent Korematsu, WCCUSD, and the Bay Area at the California State Science and Engineering Fair, April 23-24 in Los Angeles. She also was nominated to represent us at the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), the national science and engineering competition for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, being held in Washington, DC this fall.

SHAKE YOUR BEAUTY 2018

Thursday, 3/29, 4 – 5:30 pm

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Ms. La Due is looking for parents who can help build sets for the spring musical!

The Drama Club will be having a set-building day for Annie Jr. on Saturday, March 31st starting at 11am in the Korematsu MPR.

We are REALLY in need of folks who are handy with tools and know a bit about construction! Our biggest need is to build risers like the ones seen in this video — we will need to build six 6×4 risers in total. Ms. La Due will purchase the wood and supplies but will need folks to bring tools and know-how!

We will also be painting our existing flats from the previous production and working on some of the props needed for this productions, so there will be jobs for our kids to do that don’t involve powertools!

Finally, we really need someone with a truck who can help us transport some furniture. Particularly, we have some furniture that needs to be returned to CCCT in El Cerrito and some other donations for this show that need to be picked up. Please let Ms. La Due know if you can help with this!

Contact Ms. La Due at sarah.ladue@wccusd.net if you can help!

TEACHER LUNCHEON

Our next Teacher Luncheon will be on April 13th 2018.

WACAC College Fair

Friday, May 4, 2018.
Cal State East Bay, University Gymnasium.

You will be able to meet with representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities.
It is a FREE event admission and there is FREE parking.
You can pre-register at wacaccollegefair.com

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2ND ANNUAL BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES CAREER FAIR

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53rd ANNUAL STUDENT ART SHOW

Community members are invited to attend the 53rd Annual Student Art Show Tuesday, March 27 through Sunday, April 22 at the Richmond Art Center to see art created by middle and high school students throughout the District.

More than 300 pieces will be displayed during the exhibition, and select students will be recognized and awarded for their artistic talents and creativity from local organizations, including the El Sobrante Art Guild. Students and art teachers will be honored at the Art Show Reception Tuesday, April 17, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Who: Middle and High School students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

What: 53rd Annual WCCUSD Student Art exhibition showcasing over 300 student art pieces.

When: Exhibition opens Tuesday, March 27, 2018 and ends Sunday, April 22, 2018. The Art Show reception is Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 5 p.m .- 7 p.m.

Where: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave. Richmond, CA 94804.

Why: To showcase student art work and honor and award students for creativity.

Visit the Richmond Art Center website for more information.

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The Phoenix March 22, 2018

OPEN HOUSE

UnnamedPlease join us

Thursday, March 22 for Open House
Korematsu Middle School
7125 Donal Ave.
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

Arrive early and watch the
Korematsu Jazz Ensemble performance at 6:10 p.m.

All current, prospective and incoming students are warmly invited to join us.

All are welcome to visit our classrooms and meet our teachers and staff. We look forward to meeting you!

PLEASE EXERCISE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN YOU VISIT.

Please observe all traffic rules and regulations.
Never block a driveway! Consider parking a few blocks away and walking to the school so that parking congestion is alleviated.

See you there!!

KOREMATSU TAKES FIVE MEDALS IN THE COUNTY NATIONAL HISTORY DAY COMPETITION!!

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WISH THEM WELL AS THEY MOVE ON TO STATES!

CONGRATS TO OUR STUDENTS!

From Mr. U:

Our annual History Day competition was held this year in Moraga on March 10th. For the past two years, I have held a History Day competition at Korematsu. The projects that are considered the best are often chosen to compete at the county competition. This year Korematsu entered 6 projects into the Contra Costa County competition and walked away with 5 medals. Four of the five medal projects will be competing in the state competition in Rocklin, Ca on May 5th/6th.

National History Day or NHD is a competition that centers around a theme. This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise.” Students worked for three months on researching, organizing, and creating their projects. These students have worked diligently the past few months and are thrilled to continue their competition. Please read about their projects in the links below.

NO MONEY IS NEEDED!

PROJECTS HAVE BEEN PAID FOR BY GENEROUS DONORS AND YOUR PTSA!!

READ ABOUT PROJECTS HERE!!

Group 1: Katherine H., Cassie C., Azusa J.
Young group of women who centered their project around the 6 days war.
Link: https://www.gofundme.com/9wz8nt-national-history-day-competition

Group 2: Miya E., Jacob K.
Duo who focused on the British Taxes.
Link: https://www.gofundme.com/korematsu-nhd-competition

Group 3: Juliet D. Carrie L. Emma G.
Another group of young women whose project was centered around “Second Wave Feminism”
Link: https://www.gofundme.com/nhd2018

Group 4: Finn K.
Solo documentary by Finn focuses on the Pullman Strike.
Link: https://www.gofundme.com/j7et9-nhd-state-competition

KOREMATSU TAKES THE TROPHY AGAIN!!

Congratulations to the Korematsu Battle of the Books team!
They narrowly edged out Hercules Middle School to win the district Battle of the Books.
The winning team was made up of 7th graders Abigail Manila, Cali Fong, Maya Maoz, Amelia Allen, and Molly Tsutsui.
Together they read ten books, beat the other Korematsu teams at the school competition, and then went on to claim the first place trophy for Korematsu Middle School in an academic bowl-style competition.

MOVIE NIGHT

Korematsu Staff, Students and Families : The Hispanic and Chicano committee invite you to their 3rd Movie Night,

Friday March 23rd 2018 at 6:15 pm in the Multi Purpose Room
Movie Night March Cesar Chavez.pdf

Ceasar Chavez

Angst

Join us for a special FREE PTSA-sponsored screening of the documentary film…
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“Angst is inspirational; the courageous effort made by teens in the film to face their fears and become competent in coping is heart-warming and breathtaking.”

– Dr. Laura Kastner

Subtitulado en Español/Subtitled in Spanish

Suggested for parents, caregivers, and kids age 10 and up

Tuesday, March 27th 7-8pm

Korematsu Middle School Multipurpose Room

Discussion following film for those who would like to stay.

An RSVP will allow us to better prepare for the event but it is not required. https://www.showclix.com/event/angst-at-korematsu-public-middle-school

More Info:

Angst is a one-hour film that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. It features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

Visit the Angst Movie website

Watch “What people are saying about the film”

JR. LIFEGUARD TRAINING

NewImageEL CERRITO SWIM CENTER is offering Junior Lifeguard training during Spring Break for 13-14 year olds.

Details: El Cerrito Jr Lifeguard Training Flyer 2018.pdf

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Unnamed 4Mr. Burnham’s Twitter Feed: @KorematsuMS

Korematsu PTSA Twitter Feed: @KorematsuPTSA

The Phoenix, March 15, 2018

THANK YOU

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Thank you to all that helped to create this safe space so that our students could express themselves!

TRACK & FIELD SEASON BEGINS

UnnamedAn informal meeting for all students interested in joining Track & Field will be held in Room C-212 on Thursday, March 15 after school.

* Practices start March 19 – June 1, and will be held after school from 2:30 – 4:30
everyday, except Wednesday.
* Mr. Uriostegue will hold a parent orientation meeting will be held Tuesday, April 10
at 6:00pm in Room C-212.
* For more information contact Megan Sherman at megan@shermanwong.com

FRIDAY!!!! – Volleyball game

7th Period
Faculty vs. Students
Volleyball game

OPEN HOUSE

Please join us
Thursday, March 22 for Open House
Korematsu Middle School
7125 Donal Ave.
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

All current, prospective and incoming students are warmly invited to join us.

All are welcome to visit our classrooms and meet our teachers and staff. We look forward to meeting you!

PLEASE EXERCISE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN YOU VISIT.

Please observe all traffic rules and regulations. Never block a driveway! Consider parking a few blocks away and walking to the school so that parking congestion is alleviated.

See you there!!

YEARBOOK

Don’t let the memories get away.
Order your yearbook today!

Only a limited supply of Korematsu yearbooks remain. Order yours to make sure you get your hands on your very own book of memories.

And a bonus! Order your yearbook online by March 16 and you’re automatically entered for a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card*.

Order Yearbook

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY | SEE RULES

A Conversation with Matthew Duffy

NewImageTuesday March 20th 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Harding Elementary School Auditorium

We are proud to present with our neighboring PTAs…..
Join us for a Conversation with our School Superintendent Matthew Duffy.

Duffy Invite English

Duffy Invite Spanish

Hispanic and Chicano committee Movie Night

The Hispanic and Chicano committee will be hosting their 3rd Movie Night

March 23rd 2018 at 6:15 pm in the Multi Purpose Room

Details: Movie Night March Cesar Chavez.pdf

Angst

Join us for a special FREE PTSA-sponsored screening of the documentary film…
NewImage

“Angst is inspirational; the courageous effort made by teens in the film to face their fears and become competent in coping is heart-warming and breathtaking.”

– Dr. Laura Kastner

Subtitulado en Español/Subtitled in Spanish

Suggested for parents, caregivers, and kids age 10 and up

Tuesday, March 27th 7-8pm

Korematsu Middle School Multipurpose Room

Discussion following film for those who would like to stay.

An RSVP will allow us to better prepare for the event but it is not required. https://www.showclix.com/event/angst-at-korematsu-public-middle-school

More Info:

Angst is a one-hour film that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. It features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

Visit the Angst Movie website

Watch “What people are saying about the film”

JR. LIFEGUARD TRAINING

NewImageEL CERRITO SWIM CENTER is offering Junior Lifeguard training during Spring Break for 13-14 year olds.

Details: El Cerrito Jr Lifeguard Training Flyer 2018.pdf

CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR 8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

Mr Vedder has been busy organizing the 8th Grade end-of-the-year field trip, to celebrate the students’ success in achieving their reading goals this year.
The field trip will be to Kennedy Grove Park. It will be on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 9:30-1:00.
They will be going by bus.
As you can see, he has firmed up most of the details for the field trip,
and he needs help with the most important part of it – CHAPERONES!
He needs 5-6 more parent chaperones, without whom this field trip cannot happen.
Thank you to those who have signed up!
If you can chaperone, please click HERE TO SIGN UP!
Contact Mr Vedder for all the details.

First Wednesday Celebration

on Wednesday, April 4 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM
at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito.
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Korematsu PTSA Presents the Documentary Film – Angst

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“Angst is inspirational; the courageous effort made by teens in the film to face their fears and become competent in coping is heart-warming and breathtaking.”

– Dr. Laura Kastner

Subtitulado en Español/Subtitled in Spanish

Suggested for parents, caregivers, and kids age 10 and up

Tuesday, March 27th 7-8pm

Korematsu Middle School Multipurpose Room

Discussion following film for those who would like to stay.

An RSVP will allow us to better prepare for the event but it is not required. https://www.showclix.com/event/angst-at-korematsu-public-middle-school

More Info:

Angst is a one-hour film that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. It features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

Visit the Angst Movie website

Watch “What people are saying about the film”

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TRACK & FIELD SEASON BEGINS

UnnamedAn informal meeting for all students interested in joining Track & Field will be held in Room C-212 on Thursday, March 15 after school.

* Practices start March 19 – June 1, and will be held after school from 2:30 – 4:30
everyday, except Wednesday.
* Mr. Uriostegue will hold a parent orientation meeting will be held Tuesday, April 10
at 6:00pm in Room C-212.
* For more information contact Megan Sherman at megan@shermanwong.com

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