The Phoenix, July 27, 2017

REGISTRATION REMINDER!

Registration packets are arriving at homes now and include information about the on-site registration that takes place during the second week of August. The information covers textbooks, student ID, after school program, lunch, PE, and more.

Tuesday, August 8 — 7th graders
Wednesday, August 9 — 8th graders
Thursday, August 10 — Anyone who could not make the first two days.

If you cannot make it during our official registration days, please come to the Main Office the week following 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For all 3 days, the schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.: Last names starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

GET A JUMP-START ON REGISTRATION #1

POWERSCHOOL 101!

Powerschool is the District’s grade, attendance and assignment management system. Both students and parents will eventually establish Powerschool accounts. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with Powerschool now.

Two video links are included below.

NOTE: THE DISTRICT’S POWERSCHOOL IS ON SUMMER BREAK AT THIS TIME.
YOU CANNOT LOG IN AND ESTABLISH ACCOUNTS JUST YET.
THE VIDEO LINKS BELOW ARE INFORMATIONAL AND ARE PROVIDED ONLY AS FAMILIARIZATION TOOLS.

POWERSCHOOL OVERVIEW
http://tinyurl.com/korematsu18

WCCUSD Login
http://tinyurl.com/korematsu17

GET A JUMP-START ON REGISTRATION #2!


PARENT CONTACT FORM
How do you want to receive information?
Please take a moment to fill in your contact preferences here!

http://tinyurl.com/parent-contact-pref

GET A JUMP-START ON REGISTRATION #3!

CONSIDER JOINING THE SCHOOL DIRECTORY!

Missing homework?
Don’t understand the assignment?
Want to hang out with friends?

1. Enter your information here!

2. Access the directory on our website!
* www.korematsumiddleschool.org.
* On the right hand side find “KMS LINKS”
* Click on “ACCESS SCHOOL DIRECTORY HERE”

This directory is accessible only to Korematsu families that have entered their information.
Your email address must be in the directory before access is granted.

GET A JUMP-START ON REGISTRATION #4!

JOIN PTSA!

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.

You don’t need to be a PTSA member in order to make donations or volunteer your skills. However, a large and active PTSA membership helps significantly when we apply for grants and other outside support and generally indicates a high level of parent and community involvement in the school.

We have a GREAT unit! Routinely, our membership ranks in the top five of the 31 schools that make up the Bayside Council of PTAs, our parent organization, and it has grown about 25% over the last three years!

Click to find out more! Four ways to join are listed in the link!
Everything you ever wanted to know about our PTSA!

IMMUNIZATION RECORDS NEEDED

ALL STUDENTS must bring updated immunization records to registration.

7th …..  8th …..  Transfers ….  EVERYONE.

California laws have changed in recent years around the requirements for 7th grade, personal exemptions and Tdap!

Helpful website here, but CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO BE 100%
SURE YOU ARE UP TO DATE!

https://cchealth.org/immunization/school- requirements.php

ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

The Korematsu Annual Ice Cream Social will be held on August 19th from 3:00 – 5:00, in front of the Castro Clubhouse 1420 Norvell Street, El Cerrito, CA, right around the corner from Korematsu.

This free, fun event is open to all incoming and returning students and their families and siblings. It is a great opportunity to catch up with classmates and meet new friends before school starts the following week.

We are also in need of parent volunteers for the event for set up, scooping and clean up.

Please contact stacey.steele@logolabpromo.com to volunteer.

All School Back to School Pizza Dinner


Evening of Thursday, August 24th
Family and Siblings invited!
Nominal cost!
Catch up with old friends and meet new!
Details Coming!

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY HELP PTSA AT REGISTRATION!

We are looking for parents to volunteer on August 8th, 9th and 10th to cover the PTSA table. You’ll collect money and checks for membership and help people sign up for the etree.

We need 2-3 parents for each of the 3 slots on those days. Hours are 9:00 am- 12:00 PM.

Please note the times for your child to register to make sure your volunteer times don’t clash with your registration times:
August 8th- 7th Grade
August 9th- 8th Grade
August 10th- All who missed the first two days

9 a.m.: Last name
s starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

Necesitamos padres que hablan Espanol para traducciones.

Please contact stacey.steele@logolabpromo.com to volunteer.

Headed to El Cerrito High?

Still on our Mailing List?
El Cerrito High School

2017/2018 Walk-Through Registration

Large Gym

All forms needed for registration will be supplied at the walk-through. See dates below to determine when you should attend.

Forms will also be available on the El Cerrito High School Website and in the school office on August 1, 2017. Completed forms can be brought to the walk-through registration.

If you are unable to attend the walk-through registration, please complete forms and turn into the school office. Class schedules, for students not participating in walk-through registration, will be available starting August 14, 2017*.

*Please note: students who have incomplete paperwork or unpaid fines will not receive a schedule.

Liz Smith

Office Manager

El Cerrito High School

540 Ashbury Avenue

El Cerrito, Ca. 94530

510-231-1437 x 26401

Source: ECHS E Tree

 

WANT INFORMATION ON EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL?

GET ON EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL’S E TREE

email echsetree@gmail.com and ask to be added to the e tree!

 

FREE DEBATE CAMP

JULY 31 TO AUGUST 4, LANEY COLLEGE

My name is Mya Whitaker and I am the program director for the Bay Area Urban Debate League. Last year BAUDL expanded to serve WCCUSD, starting policy debate teams at Richmond and Kennedy High School. With the success of these teams, Richmond winning the entire Novice division for 2017, we would like to invite more of Richmond to our annual debate camp. This is year 10 of us hosting the Julia Burke Debate Camp.

Julia Burke Debate camp is hosted July 31st- August 4th at Laney College from 9am-4pm. Camp is free for WCCUSD youth ages 6th-12th grade. We provide FREE breakfast and lunch, as well as reimburse students for their travels.At debate camp we teach students the foundation of debate, as well as help them prepare for the upcoming season with us. We would like to come to any events your office is hosting this summer to bring more awareness to your community.

https://goo.gl/forms/dFnb9tAwwhWn3PRJ3

Mya K.Whitaker

Program Director, Bay Area Urban Debate League
(c) 510. 798.1417
(e) mwhitaker@baudl.org

Voted League of the year 2016

National Urban Debate League Champions 2017

Source: ECHS E Tree

STILL ON OUR MAILING LIST?

RICHMOND RESIDENT? HIGH SCHOOLER?
READ ON!

AFRICAN AMERICAN ACCOMPLISHMENTS CLASS

STARTING THIS FALL

High school aged students who live in Richmond are eligible to participate in the classes.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Justice Alford at info@4richmond.org or 510-260-0290.

MORE INFO IN THE LINK!

http://4richmond.org/african-american-accomplishments-clas…/

SOURCE: 4Richmond Newsletter

 

JOIN THE CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE!

Are you a young programmer? Do you live in the 11th Congressional District? Read on from Rep. Mark DeSaulnier!

The challenge will run from July 26, 2017 to November 1, 2017. All eligible high school students who live or attend school in California’s 11th Congressional District are invited to design, create, and submit their own software application for any platform (mobile, web, desktop, etc.).

Below is a summary of the Congressional App Challenge Rules:
Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four.
Submissions must be original, and created within one calendar year of the closing of the submission period.
Students entering the competition must submit a short video demonstration explaining their app and a completed questionnaire online by 12:00 p.m. EST on November 1, 2017.
Submissions will be judged by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol exhibit and featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website.
Established in 2013 by Members of Congress, this competition is intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. By recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, we hope to highlight the growing importance of these skills to the future of our country.
I hope that you or someone you know will consider participating in this exciting challenge. To join the competition or for more information, please click here. Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my district office at 925-933-2660.
http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/

SOURCE: DeSaulnier Newsletter

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The Phoenix, July 20, 2017

GET A JUMP-START ON REGISTRATION #1


POWERSCHOOL 101!

Powerschool is the District’s grade, attendance and assignment management system. Both students and parents will eventually establish Powerschool accounts. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with Powerschool now.

Two video links are included below.

NOTE: THE DISTRICT’S POWERSCHOOL IS ON SUMMER BREAK AT THIS TIME.
YOU CANNOT LOG IN AND ESTABLISH ACCOUNTS JUST YET.
THE VIDEO LINKS BELOW ARE INFORMATIONAL AND ARE PROVIDED ONLY AS FAMILIARIZATION TOOLS.

POWERSCHOOL OVERVIEW
http:/tinyurl.com/korematsu18

WCCUSD Login
http:/tinyurl.com/korematsu17

GET A JUMP-START ON REGISTRATION #2!

PARENT CONTACT FORM
How do you want to receive information?
Please take a moment to fill in your contact preferences here!

http://tinyurl.com/parent-contact-pref

GET A JUMP-START ON REGISTRATION #3!

CONSIDER JOINING THE SCHOOL DIRECTORY!

Missing homework?
Don’t understand the assignment?
Want to hang out with friends?

1. Enter your information here!

2. Access the directory on our website!
* www.korematsumiddleschool.org
* On the right hand side find “KMS LINKS”
* Click on “ACCESS SCHOOL DIRECTORY HERE”

This directory is accessible only to Korematsu families that have entered their information.
Your email address must be in the directory before access is granted.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

The Korematsu Annual Ice Cream Social will be held on August 19th from 3:00 – 5:00, in front of the Castro Clubhouse 1420 Norvell Street, El Cerrito, CA, right around the corner from Korematsu.

This free, fun event is open to all incoming and returning students and their families and siblings. It is a great opportunity to catch up with classmates and meet new friends before school starts the following week.

We are also in need of parent volunteers for the event for set up, scooping and clean up.

Please contact stacey.steele@logolabpromo.com to volunteer.

All School Back to School Pizza Dinner​

Evening of Thursday, August 24th

Family and Siblings invited!
Nominal cost!
Catch up with old friends and meet new!
Details Coming!

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – HELP PTSA AT REGISTRATION!

We are looking for parents to volunteer on August 8th, 9th and 10th to cover the PTSA table. You’ll collect money and checks for membership and help people sign up for the etree.

We need 2-3 parents for each of the 3 slots on those days. Hours are 9:00 am- 12:00 PM.

Please note the times for your child to register to make sure your volunteer times don’t clash with your registration times:
August 8th- 7th Grade
August 9th- 8th Grade
August 10th- All who missed the first two days

9 a.m.: Last name
s starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

Necesitamos padres que hablan Espanol para traducciones.

Please contact stacey.steele@logolabpromo.com to volunteer.

Headed to El Cerrito High?

Still on our Mailing List?
El Cerrito High School

2017/2018 Walk-Through Registration

Large Gym

All forms needed for registration will be supplied at the walk-through. See dates below to determine when you should attend.

Forms will also be available on the El Cerrito High School Website and in the school office on August 1, 2017. Completed forms can be brought to the walk-through registration.

If you are unable to attend the walk-through registration, please complete forms and turn into the school office. Class schedules, for students not participating in walk-through registration, will be available starting August 14, 2017*.

*Please note: students who have incomplete paperwork or unpaid fines will not receive a schedule.

Liz Smith
Office Manager
El Cerrito High School
540 Ashbury Avenue
El Cerrito, Ca. 94530
510-231-1437 x 26401
Source: ECHS E Tree

WANT INFORMATION ON EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL?

GET ON EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL’S E TREE

email echsetree@gmail.com and ask to be added to the e tree!

FREE DEBATE CAMP

JULY 31 TO AUGUST 4, LANEY COLLEGE

My name is Mya Whitaker and I am the program director for the Bay Area Urban Debate League. Last year BAUDL expanded to serve WCCUSD, starting policy debate teams at Richmond and Kennedy High School. With the success of these teams, Richmond winning the entire Novice division for 2017, we would like to invite more of Richmond to our annual debate camp. This is year 10 of us hosting the Julia Burke Debate Camp.

Julia Burke Debate camp is hosted July 31st- August 4th at Laney College from 9am-4pm. Camp is free for WCCUSD youth ages 6th-12th grade. We provide FREE breakfast and lunch, as well as reimburse students for their travels.At debate camp we teach students the foundation of debate, as well as help them prepare for the upcoming season with us. We would like to come to any events your office is hosting this summer to bring more awareness to your community.

https://goo.gl/forms/dFnb9tAwwhWn3PRJ3

Mya K.Whitaker

Program Director, Bay Area Urban Debate League
(c) 510. 798.1417
(e) mwhitaker@baudl.org

Voted League of the year 2016
National Urban Debate League Champions 2017
Source: ECHS E Tree

REGISTRATION REMINDER!

Registration packets are arriving at homes now and include information about the on-site registration that takes place during the second week of August. The information covers textbooks, student ID, after school program, lunch, PE, and more.

Tuesday, August 8 — 7th graders
Wednesday, August 9 — 8th graders
Thursday, August 10 — Anyone who could not make the first two days.

If you cannot make it during our official registration days, please come to the Main Office the week following 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For all 3 days, the schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.: Last names starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

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The Phoenix, July 13, 2017

ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

The Korematsu Annual Ice Cream Social will be held on August 19th from 3:00 – 5:00, in front of the Castro Clubhouse 1420 Norvell Street, El Cerrito, CA, right around the corner from Korematsu.

This free, fun event is open to all incoming and returning students and their families and siblings. It is a great opportunity to catch up with classmates and meet new friends before school starts the following week.

We are also in need of parent volunteers for the event for set up, scooping and clean up.

Please contact stacey.steele@logolabpromo.com to volunteer.

Back to School Pizza Dinner

​Evening of Thursday, August 24th

Family and Siblings invited!
Nominal cost!
Catch up with old friends and meet new!
Details Coming!

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – HELP PTSA AT REGISTRATION!

We are looking for parents to volunteer on August 8th, 9th and 10th to cover the PTSA table. You’ll collect money and checks for membership and help people sign up for the etree.

We need 2-3 parents for each of the 3 slots on those days. Hours are 9:00 am- 12:00 PM.

Please note the times for your child to register to make sure your volunteer times don’t clash with your registration times:
August 8th- 7th Grade
August 9th- 8th Grade
August 10th- All who missed the first two days

9 a.m.: Last name
s starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

Necesitamos padres que hablan Espanol para traducciones.

Please contact stacey.steele@logolabpromo.com to volunteer.

 

Headed to El Cerrito High?

Still on our Mailing List?
El Cerrito High School

2017/2018 Walk-Through Registration

Large Gym

All forms needed for registration will be supplied at the walk-through. See dates below to determine when you should attend.

Forms will also be available on the El Cerrito High School Website and in the school office on August 1, 2017. Completed forms can be brought to the walk-through registration.

If you are unable to attend the walk-through registration, please complete forms and turn into the school office. Class schedules, for students not participating in walk-through registration, will be available starting August 14, 2017*.

*Please note: students who have incomplete paperwork or unpaid fines will not receive a schedule.

WANT INFORMATION ON EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL?

GET ON EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL’S E TREE

email echsetree@gmail.com and ask to be added to the e tree!

 

FREE DEBATE CAMP

JULY 31 TO AUGUST 4, LANEY COLLEGE

My name is Mya Whitaker and I am the program director for the Bay Area Urban Debate League. Last year BAUDL expanded to serve WCCUSD, starting policy debate teams at Richmond and Kennedy High School. With the success of these teams, Richmond winning the entire Novice division for 2017, we would like to invite more of Richmond to our annual debate camp. This is year 10 of us hosting the Julia Burke Debate Camp.

Julia Burke Debate camp is hosted July 31st- August 4th at Laney College from 9am-4pm. Camp is free for WCCUSD youth ages 6th-12th grade. We provide FREE breakfast and lunch, as well as reimburse students for their travels.At debate camp we teach students the foundation of debate, as well as help them prepare for the upcoming season with us. We would like to come to any events your office is hosting this summer to bring more awareness to your community.

https://goo.gl/forms/dFnb9tAwwhWn3PRJ3

Mya K.Whitaker

Program Director, Bay Area Urban Debate League
(c) 510. 798.1417
(e) mwhitaker@baudl.org

Voted League of the year 2016

National Urban Debate League Champions 2017

Source: ECHS E Tree

East Richmond Heights – Rolls Out First-Ever Art & Music Fest: July 16

If you hear the sound of a steam train toot-tooting in the vicinity of East Richmond Heights this Sunday, it’s not your imagination. It’s just the star attraction of the hillside neighborhood’s first-ever festival, well, letting off a little steam.

This Sunday, July 16, 2017, will mark the “1st Annual East Richmond Heights Art & Music Festival,” a free, family-friendly festival with tons of fun on the day’s roster. Set to run from 12-6 p.m., the event will naturally feature art and music, as well as baked goods/food items, drinks and rides on a mini steam train for the littles.

Adding to the event’s allure is its singularly unique locale: It will be staged against the beautiful backdrop of the neighborhood’s resident Buddhist monastery, the Gyuto Foundation, on Bernhard Avenue between Cypress and Elm Streets in East Richmond Heights.

And the BEST part? All festival proceeds will benefit Mira Vista School’s art and music programs and also the “Save the Elm Street Oak” project.

According to East Richmond Heights’ neighborhood/event organizer Natalie Kniess in an email correspondence, “We have over 15 performing artists and our list of exhibitors keeps growing; I expect [the] roster to be around 30 exhibitors.”

Per Kniess, performing artists currently slated to appear at the festival include the Mira Vista School Glee Club, The Elm Street Blues Band, Dave Ridnell, Pete Madsen, Jenny Jup Benorden, Turpentine Remedy, Steve Gibson Band, Matthew Heulitt, Eli De Yoe, Balianese Gamelan Musicians, Jan & Mike, The Ghost Kings and The Secret Identities.

Exhibiting artists representing a variety of mediums who will be selling their creations at the festival will include Ross Holzman, Mike Chavez, Jr., Chico Coelho, Gary Becker, Ugandan Artists, Rebeca Gonzalez, Mark Conrad, Alex James, Johanna & Amanda, A&J Jewels, John Moore and Linda Ruiz-Lozito.

Festival organizers are still on the lookout for volunteers willing to work at the event and/or participate in it in one way or another. Those interested in pitching in can access the volunteer sign-up list here.

For info, contact Natalie Kniess at nataliekniess9@gmail.com.

Source: 4Richmond.org

 

REGISTRATION REMINDER!

Registration packets are arriving at homes now and include information about the on-site registration that takes place during the second week of August. The information covers textbooks, student ID, after school program, lunch, PE, and more.

Tuesday, August 8 — 7th graders
Wednesday, August 9 — 8th graders
Thursday, August 10 — Anyone who could not make the first two days.

If you cannot make it during our official registration days, please come to the Main Office the week following 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For all 3 days, the schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.: Last names starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

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The Phoenix, July 6, 2017

ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

The Korematsu Annual Ice Cream Social will be held on August 19th from 3:00 – 5:00, in front of the Castro Clubhouse 1420 Norvell Street, El Cerrito, CA, right around the corner from Korematsu.

This free, fun event is open to all incoming and returning students and their families and siblings. It is a great opportunity to catch up with classmates and meet new friends before school starts the following week.

We are also in need of parent volunteers for the event for set up, scooping and clean up.

Please contact stacey.steele@logolabpromo.com to volunteer.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY- HELP PTSA AT REGISTRATION!

We are looking for parents to volunteer on August 8th, 9th and 10th to cover the PTSA table. You’ll collect money and checks for membership and help people sign up for the etree.

We need 2-3 parents for each of the 3 slots on those days. Hours are 9:00 am- 12:00 PM.

Please note the times for your child to register to make sure your volunteer times don’t clash with your registration times:
August 8th- 7th Grade
August 9th- 8th Grade
August 10th- All who missed the first two days

9 a.m.: Last name
s starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

Necesitamos padres que hablan Espanol para traducciones.

Please contact stacey.steele@logolabpromo.com to volunteer.

 

PRIME DAY IS COMING!!!!!!!

Support Charity While Shopping for Prime's Day

Amazon’s third-annual Prime Day is on Tuesday, July 11 and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Fred T. Korematsu Middle School.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support us every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, the same Prime benefits, the same vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How does it work?

  • Log into AmazonSmile with your existing Amazon password.
  • Choose Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, El Cerrito, CA as your charity.
  • Shop as you normally would, and we collect .5% on eligible purchases.
  • Consider installing the Amazon Assistant to your Chrome bar so that AmazonSmile is always a click away.

Shop for great deals at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6173241

 

REGISTRATION REMINDER!

Registration packets will be mailed home in July and include information about the on-site registration that takes place during the second week of August. The information covers textbooks, student ID, after school program, lunch, PE, and more.

Tuesday, August 8 — 7th graders
Wednesday, August 9 — 8th graders
Thursday, August 10 — Anyone who could not make the first two days.

If you cannot make it during our official registration days, please come to the Main Office the week following 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For all 3 days, the schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.: Last names starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

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The Phoenix, June 29, 2017

CITY OF RICHMOND’S 3RD OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW

The City’s free annual celebration will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Marina Bay Park, located at Marina Bay Parkway and Regatta Boulevard. The fireworks will hit the sky at 9:15 p.m. and the festivities will include music, dancing, food and games. For more info, call 510-620-6973 or click here. Source: For Richmond newsletter.

RICHMOND|OAKLAND EAST BAY SYMPHONY & INDEPENDENCE EVE FIREWORKS

Another excellent option for third of July fun is at Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion. Located at 1414 Harbour Way South—nearby Marina Bay Park—the pavilion’s waterfront locale makes it another ideal spot for taking in the City of Richmond’s fireworks while listening to musical accompaniment by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. The event runs from 6:30-10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Free to the public, the event will have food for sale; spectators are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. For more info, click here. Source: For Richmond newsletter.

 

ARE YOU A BUDDING FILMMAKER?

Richmond’s RYSE Youth Center is calling on young filmmakers between the ages of 13-24 to submit their work to its 2017 Film Festival with the theme, “Truth be Told: Justice Through My Eyes.” The deadline for entering film submissions is Sept. 15, 2017.

According to festival organizers on RYSE’s website, “It was created to highlight and empower youth voices and visions through film” with the aim of “[engaging] 13-24 year olds in social justice issues.”

Young filmmakers are encouraged to submit films with themes focusing on a variety of topics including: Gender equity/equality, human rights, food justice, education, economic justice, criminal legal system, environmental issues, immigration, worker rights and other similar topics.

Festival guidelines dictate that film submissions should be 12 minutes or less, with RYSE recommending eight minutes in length.

Per RYSE, shorts can be submitted in the following categories: Documentary; narrative; music video; and animation and experimental.

According to the organization, successful films designated “official selection” will debut to the public in Oct. 2017 during the film festival at a location (TBD) somewhere in Richmond, CA. A panel of media industry and social justice judges will select the winners, as will a viewers’ choice award.

Certificates will be awarded in each age group for “Best Narrative Short,” “Best Documentary,” “Best Music Video” and “Best Experimental.”

The Truth be Told festival will award a “Grand Prize” of $275, a “Runner Up Award” of $175 and a “People’s Choice” prize of $100.

“For Richmond enthusiastically encourages Richmond’s youth to cease this excellent opportunity to share their voices,” said For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy re: RYSE’s film fest. “Film is a powerful medium that is only intensified when seen through the prism of social justice. We eagerly await the opportunity to view our youth’s films on the important topics at hand.”

For more info regarding the film festival’s rules, or to submit a film for consideration, click here. Questions? Contact RYSE at youthjustice@rysecenter.org or call 510-374-3401. Source: For Richmond newsletter.

 

NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT DAY CAMP

JULY 31 TO AUGUST 4
9:00am – 3:00pm @ Camp Herms
1100 James Place, El Cerrito CA

Open to: Boy Scouts | Venture Scouts | Adult Leaders (not a Cub Scout event)
Event Cost: $325 per participant

The day camp is centered at Camp Herms and nearby East Bay Regional Park lands. Participants will investigate the Wildcat Creek watershed and see for themselves how biotic and abiotic forces shape and change the watershed’s ecology. This is an in depth and hands-on way to learn from expert University of California instructors how ecological science is done.

Participants will study insects, birds, grasses, water courses, micro-climates, and so much more.

Motivated participants can complete most of requirements for the Nature, Soil and Water Conservation and the Environmental Science merit badges, and for the coveted World Scout Environment Badge.

Participants will be responsible for their own meals. Camping facilities are available for the week at Camp Herms for groups with BSA approved adult leadership. Merit badge work may be completed with approved counselors from 3-5:00 with a $50/week fee.

For applications and more information, go to: http://www.mdscbsa.org/events/nature-environment-day-camp/

REGISTRATION

Registration packets will be mailed home in July and include information about the on-site registration that takes place during the second week of August. The information covers textbooks, student ID, after school program, lunch, PE, and more.

Tuesday, August 8 — 7th graders
Wednesday, August 9 — 8th graders
Thursday, August 10 — Anyone who could not make the first two days.

If you cannot make it during our official registration days, please come to the Main Office the week following 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For all 3 days, the schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.: Last names starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

WCCUSD NEWSLETTER IS HERE!!

Click here to read!

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The Phoenix, June 22, 2017

BE FABULOUS! THE FAB LAB IS OPEN! COME VISIT!

Richmond Fab Lab at Kennedy High, 4300 Cutting Blvd.

A Fab Lab (or fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering personal digital fabrication – true project-based learning! Community members as well as students and teachers can create new products using fab lab equipment. Fab Labs are equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”.
The Fab Lab program was started in the Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a collaboration between the Grassroots Invention Group and the Center for Bits and Atoms, broadly exploring how a community can be powered by technology at the grassroots level. The fab lab concept also grew out of a popular class at MIT named “How To Make (Almost) Anything.”

Fab labs have spread from inner-city Boston to rural India, from South Africa to the North of Norway, and now to WCCUSD. Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training to local problem-solving, to small-scale high-tech business incubation to grass-roots research. Projects being developed and produced in fab labs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of machines.

WCCUSD is the first public school system on the West Coast to develop a Fab Lab. The establishment of Fab Lab Richmond has been funded by a generous grant from Chevron to the Fab Foundation. The Fab Lab is housed at Kennedy High School. More info here! https://www.wccusd.net/fablab

SUMMER SCHEDULE: OPEN COMMUNITY HOURS

Thursday, July 6th (10am – 2pm)
Saturday, July 8th (10am – 2pm)
Tuesday, July 11th (10am – 2pm)
Thursday, July 13th (10am -2pm)
Tuesday, July 18th (10am – 2pm)
Thursday, July 20th (10am-2pm)
Tuesday, July 25th (10am-2pm)
Thursday, July 27th (10am – 2pm)
Wednesday, August 23rd (2pm – 6pm)
Wednesday, August 30th (2pm – 6pm)

CAAM SEEKS MUSLIM AMERICAN YOUTH PARTICIPANTS FOR THE MUSLIM YOUTH VOICES SUMMER WORKSHOPS

San Francisco-based Center for Asian American Media is now accepting applications from Muslim American youth (ages 12-18) for our free Muslim Youth Voices Project (MYVP) summer filmmaking workshops. The workshops will be led by Sundance Award-winning filmmaker Musa Syeed and will be held in Dallas, Texas (July 20-26, 2017) and in Portland, Oregon (July 30-August 5, 2017). Apply by June 24, 2017. Applicants will be notified in the first week of July. Muslim Youth Voices Project is CAAM’s national initiative that supports media making from a new generation of storytellers. Click here for more information on the initiative.

 

REGISTRATION

Registration packets will be mailed home in July and include information about the on-site registration that takes place during the second week of August. The information covers textbooks, student ID, after school program, lunch, PE, and more.

Tuesday, August 8 — 7th graders
Wednesday, August 9 — 8th graders
Thursday, August 10 — Anyone who could not make the first two days.

If you cannot make it during our official registration days, please come to the Main Office the week following 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For all 3 days, the schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.: Last names starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

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The Phoenix, June 8, 2017

NEXT YEAR’S SHIFT

In the 2017-2018 school year the school will eliminate the familiar “Advanced” and “Regular” labels from core subject classes in 7th grade. The labels will remain on 8th grade classes, after which they will be removed permanently. Read all about the change in the Principal’s Letter to Community

THANK YOU, COMMUNITY!

On behalf of the PTSA, I’d like to thank every member of our community for making this year a fantastic learning year. As a PTSA, we are thriving and growing every year. In everything we do, we try to support the students, teachers, and staff. This year, we continue to work on three main areas — support for academics, support for teachers, and support for student and community engagement.

Thanks to your time, energy, and financial contributions, the school was also able to accomplish a few firsts this year — send our students to the National History Day Contest, hold a Rights + Respect Week, fund a field trip to Great America on Math & Physics Day, organize a weeklong College and Career event, start a support group for girls, coordinate an art show, open the library after school, and more.

At the heart of it all is our spirit of community and inclusiveness. We always make sure our programs are available and welcoming to everyone. We hope that you will get involved next year.

Have a great summer!

— Saidah Said, PTSA President, 2016-17

 

HIT AND RUN ACADEMY/ RICHMOND BULLDOGS SUMMER/FALL BASEBALL TRYOUTS FOR AGE 9U-14U: JUNE 17-18



flyer hit and run.pdf

ROSIE’S GIRLS SUMMER CAMP FOR GIRLS 6TH TO 8TH GRADE: APPLY ASAP

Rosie’s Girls is a six-week summer camp for girls entering sixth through eighth grades that runs from June 12 to July 22, 2017, in Richmond and includes a four-day overnight trip to Yosemite National Park. Girls who live or attend school in Richmond are eligible to apply.

Rosie’s Girls challenges girls by engaging them in “non-traditional” hands-on, career-exploration activities such as carpentry, welding, police work, engineering and other skilled jobs.

During the camp’s Career Day, participating girls are afforded the opportunity to explore a variety of job roles. In doing so, per officials, they learn to take risks and to thrive and excel in areas that they may have never thought possible—all the while exploring inner dreams, engaging in teamwork, building confidence and learning to envision a bright and productive future.

Those interested in applying to the camp should go to the EM Downer YMCA, 263 South 20th Street, Richmond, ASAP to fill one out.Applications are available in English and Spanish.

Girls eligible for free and reduced lunch at school will have first priority for open spots. Camp officials recommend that girls submit their applications quickly. For more info, contact info@rosietheriveter.org, call 510-507-2276.

 

BUILD YOUR BRAIN: CCC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM

The Contra Costa County Library invites children, teens and library users of all ages to take part in Summer Reading. The program is the Library’s yearly effort to keep kids reading during the summer months, preventing “brain drain.” Summer Reading begins on Monday, June 5 and runs through Saturday, August 5, 2017.

This year’s theme is “Build Your Brain” and the program is filled with activities, events and reading lists designed to exercise your brain. Reading and learning new skills help to challenge your brain and is required for good brain health.
Readers of all ages can participate online or use a paper reading record. Completed reading records or online completion certificates should be returned to one of the 26 Contra Costa County Library branches by Saturday, August 5. All finishers will receive a book prize and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win additional prizes.

Raffle prizes include: GoPro Hero5 4K, Fuji Instant Flix, Polaroid Mobile Zip Printer, Fitbit, San Francisco Giants tickets, board games, Lego sets, and more.

For more information on Summer Reading including a list of prizes, brain challenges and events, visit your local Contra Costa County Library branch or http://www.ccclib.org/summer.

 

Point Richmond Music’s 16th Annual Summer Concert Series: FREE

Friday, June 9th will usher in the return of the popular summertime, street-wide concert series with two Richmond-grown musical acts: Tia Carroll & Her Awesome Blues Band (blues, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.) and Andre Thierry (zydeco/accordion soul, 6:45 – 8:00 p.m.).

The concerts will convene at the corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in downtown Point Richmond—as will the rest of the performances throughout the summer for the Friday night concert series.

Other musical acts lined up this summer for the concert series include Howell Devine (blues) and Second Line (funk) July 14; Delta Wires (blues) and Bicicletas por la Paz (Latin) Aug. 11; Evie Ladin Bank (neo-folk) and Lucky Losers Sept. 8; and Sang Matiz (Latin) and Pangea Futbol Club (Latin) Sept. 22.

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The Phoenix, June 1, 2017

SCHOOL MEMO ABOUT 8TH GRADE PROMOTION

CONGRATULATIONS 8th GRADE STUDENTS (and Parents)! The year is almost over and the Promotion Ceremony is coming up. This flyer contains crucial information; please call (510) 231-1449 if you have questions.

DATE: TIME:
Eighth Grade Picnic Friday June 2nd, 2017 12:40 – 2:25 PM
Promotion Rehearsal Tuesday June 6th, 2017 Period 2 and 3
Promotion Ceremony Wednesday June 7th, 2017 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 6th during periods 2 and 3. 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 we will be closing off the upper lot to accommodate guests. Please park along the school and next to the park. Please carpool if possible.

** STUDENTS ON ACTIVE SUSPENSION ON 6/7/17 ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES PER WCCUSD BASIC COMMITMENT- DISCIPLINE POLICY

EXTRA COPIES OF YEARBOOK

If you have not reserved a copy of the yearbook back in March and would like to get one, the school has a limited number of extra copies of yearbook for purchase. Each copy is $40. Please make payment by cash or check (made out to “Korematsu Middle School”). Bring your payment to the office on Monday, June 5th. They will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. The books will be distributed Monday, June 5th, time TBD.

JAZZ+ART NIGHT AT KOREMATSU MONDAY, JUNE 5, 6:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Come join us at Korematsu’s first Jazz+Art Night, which will showcase artwork from Ms. Alcocer’s art classes and jazz performances by the school’s Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble.

Potluck reception follows the concert.

Please click the link below to contribute something or to help set up or clean up.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QxeDykB-2iM7Aqtd2z7OYgBVfacWMo3GsBZArqwQFD4/edit?usp=sharing

 

LA for a Day

Last week, some of our students were among the 19 from Richmond selected to go on a private flight to Southern California and tour the California Science Center as part of the “LA for a Day” program. With the goal of giving underserved students a peek on the possibilities beyond their neighborhood, the program was organized by For Richmond, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving Richmond, and JetSuiteX, a company that runs short-haul flights from Concord to Burbank and Las Vegas.

Read all about their adventures here:

http://richmondstandard.com/2017/05/24/richmond-youth-head-to-la-for-a-day-thanks-to-jetsuitex-partnership/

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Richmond-students-rise-above-on-a-private-jet-11174566.php

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL YEAR-END CONCERT & AWARDS FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 6:30 PM, ECHS THEATER

 

 

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL: JUNE 3-4

Popular Children’s Authors, Illustrators, Magicians, Jugglers, Book Makers, Science Projects, Live Performances, Carnival Rides, Thousands of Free Books! See schedule: https://www.baybookfest.org/

Now in its third year, the annual Bay Area Book Festival is a two-day indoor/outdoor weekend festival that welcomes 200 local, national, and international authors and speakers in 100 literary sessions (panels, interviews, keynotes and performances) in auditoriums and theaters throughout downtown Berkeley.

A new partnership with Youth Speaks! that includes stage performances and a spoken-word poetry workshop for young people.

HIT AND RUN ACADEMY/ RICHMOND BULLDOGS SUMMER/FALL BASEBALL TRYOUTS FOR AGE 9U-14U: JUNE 17-18

For details, click here

ROSIE’S GIRLS SUMMER CAMP FOR GIRLS 6TH TO 8TH GRADE: APPLY ASAP

Rosie’s Girls is a six-week summer camp for girls entering sixth through eighth grades that runs from June 12 to July 22, 2017, in Richmond and includes a four-day overnight trip to Yosemite National Park. Girls who live or attend school in Richmond are eligible to apply.

Rosie’s Girls challenges girls by engaging them in “non-traditional” hands-on, career-exploration activities such as carpentry, welding, police work, engineering and other skilled jobs.

During the camp’s Career Day, participating girls are afforded the opportunity to explore a variety of job roles. In doing so, per officials, they learn to take risks and to thrive and excel in areas that they may have never thought possible—all the while exploring inner dreams, engaging in teamwork, building confidence and learning to envision a bright and productive future.

Those interested in applying to the camp should go to the EM Downer YMCA, 263 South 20th Street, Richmond, ASAP to fill one out.Applications are available in English and Spanish.

Girls eligible for free and reduced lunch at school will have first priority for open spots. Camp officials recommend that girls submit their applications quickly. For more info, contact info@rosietheriveter.org, call 510-507-2276.

 

BUILD YOUR BRAIN: CCC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM

The Contra Costa County Library invites children, teens and library users of all ages to take part in Summer Reading. The program is the Library’s yearly effort to keep kids reading during the summer months, preventing “brain drain.” Summer Reading begins on Monday, June 5 and runs through Saturday, August 5, 2017.

This year’s theme is “Build Your Brain” and the program is filled with activities, events and reading lists designed to exercise your brain. Reading and learning new skills help to challenge your brain and is required for good brain health.
Readers of all ages can participate online or use a paper reading record. Completed reading records or online completion certificates should be returned to one of the 26 Contra Costa County Library branches by Saturday, August 5. All finishers will receive a book prize and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win additional prizes.

Raffle prizes include: GoPro Hero5 4K, Fuji Instant Flix, Polaroid Mobile Zip Printer, Fitbit, San Francisco Giants tickets, board games, Lego sets, and more.

For more information on Summer Reading including a list of prizes, brain challenges and events, visit your local Contra Costa County Library branch or http://www.ccclib.org/summer.

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The Phoenix. May 25, 2017

JAZZ+ART NIGHT AT KOREMATSU MONDAY, JUNE 5, 6:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Come join us at Korematsu’s first Jazz+Art Night, which will showcase artwork from Ms. Alcocer’s art classes and jazz performances by the school’s Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble.

Potluck reception follows the concert.

Please contribute something or to help set up or clean up.

 

NEEDED: 7TH GRADE PARENT VOLUNTEERS FOR 8TH GRADE PROMOTION ON JUNE 7

We could use several more 7th grade parents to allow the 8th grade families enjoy the ceremony.

Promotion is June 7th, 6:00pm in the beautiful amphitheater outside of KMS’ multipurpose room.

Help includes handing out flyers, taking tickets and manning the dessert table.

This is a great way for 7th graders and their parents to see what is coming next year!!

It is fun evening and light work, please join us.

Contact Alonn Illan at alonnilan@gmail.com or Kerry Radcliffe at kradcliffe@mac.com
See details here:​

English Promotion Flier 2017-1.pdf
​​
Spanishl Promotion Flier 2017.pdf

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL: JUNE 3-4

Popular Children’s Authors, Illustrators, Magicians, Jugglers, Book Makers, Science Projects, Live Performances, Carnival Rides, Thousands of Free Books! See schedule: https://www.baybookfest.org/

Now in its third year, the annual Bay Area Book Festival is a two-day indoor/outdoor weekend festival that welcomes 200 local, national, and international authors and speakers in 100 literary sessions (panels, interviews, keynotes and performances) in auditoriums and theaters throughout downtown Berkeley.

A new partnership with Youth Speaks! that includes stage performances and a spoken-word poetry workshop for young people.

 

HIT AND RUN ACADEMY/ RICHMOND BULLDOGS SUMMER/FALL BASEBALL TRYOUTS FOR AGE 9U-14U: JUNE 17-18

Details here

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The Phoenix, May 18, 2017

SPIRIT OF ‘76’ERS INFO MEETING: MAY 19, KOREMATSU MPR

If you have an 8th grader next year who is interested in participating in the Washington, DC trip, please attend the informational meeting next Friday, May 19. Spirit of ’76ers is a privately run entity that has been organizing trips to Washington DC for Korematsu and Mira Vista students during the President’s Week recess for decades.

 

NEEDED: 7TH GRADE PARENT VOLUNTEERS FOR 8TH GRADE PROMOTION ON JUNE 7

We could use several more 7th grade parents to allow the 8th grade families enjoy the ceremony.

Promotion is June 7th, 6:00pm in the beautiful amphitheater outside of KMS’ multipurpose room.

Help includes handing out flyers, taking tickets and manning the dessert table.
This is a great way for 7th graders and their parents to see what is coming next year!!

It is fun evening and light work, please join us.

Contact Alonn Illan at alonnilan@gmail.com or Kerry Radcliffe at kradcliffe@mac.com

English Promotion Flier 2017-1.pdf
​​
Spanishl Promotion Flier 2017.pdf

SCHOOL SURVEY

California School Parent Survey (CSPS) – parent survey used to foster positive learning and teaching environments, parent involvement, and student achievement, health, and well-being. The CSPS is available to take online now.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE SURVEY

  1. Copy the access code
  2. Click on the survey link
  3. Enter the access code
  4. Complete one survey for each child you have in school

Survey Link: http://surveys.wested.org/csps/EG974GW?lang=en

Access Code: VM32PN

BEYOND MEASURE FILM SCREENING: SUNDAY, MAY 21

From Tehiyah Day School:

Dear Fellow Parents:
Tehiyah Day School is sponsoring the showing of this film because we think it is important to rethink how we educate our children. We hope you will join us for this viewing on Sunday, May 21 at 10AM at the Rialto Theater.

http://beyondmeasurefilm.com/tehiyah-day-school/

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL: JUNE 3-4

Popular Children’s Authors, Illustrators, Magicians, Jugglers, Book Makers, Science Projects, Live Performances, Carnival Rides, Thousands of Free Books! See schedule: https://www.baybookfest.org/

Now in its third year, the annual Bay Area Book Festival is a two-day indoor/outdoor weekend festival that welcomes 200 local, national, and international authors and speakers in 100 literary sessions (panels, interviews, keynotes and performances) in auditoriums and theaters throughout downtown Berkeley.

A new partnership with Youth Speaks! that includes stage performances and a spoken-word poetry workshop for young people.

 

DANCE PERFORMANCE AT ECHS: MAY 19 & 20

Purchase pre-sale tickets here: http://elcerritogauchos.net/dance/


4th Annual El Cerrito Hillside Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 21, 2017.
Free! Gather on Schmidt Lane by EC Recycling Center.

Events throughout the 100-acre Hillside Natural Area: Hikes, Nature Walks, events for kids and families, metal detecting and geology displays, Dog Scouts, Boy Scouts, Historical Talks, Friends of Five Creeks, Garden Giveaways, music and poetry, more. Plus an early evening hillside meditation.

Information
Dave Weinstein, 510-524-1737, davidsweinstein@yahoo.com
Mollie Hazen, mollie.hazen@gmail.com
http://www.ectrailtrekkers.org

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