The Phoenix, April 20, 2017

SBAC CONTINUES

Students will continue sitting for the SBAC tests. Please remind students to work hard and do their best. It’s also very important for students to try to get enough sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.

The PTSA is proud to sponsor snacks and water for all students during the testing period. Many thanks to Clif Bar for also helping to support Korematsu students.

EARTH DAY FUNDRAISER AT FLOWERLAND: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, APRIL 22 & 23

In honor of Earth Day, Flowerland, a garden center located at 1330 Solano Ave, Albany, has generously offered 10% of their proceeds back to local schools! This means ALL weekend any purchase made in honor of OUR school will earn us money!! All you have to do is MENTION OUR SCHOOL name PRIOR TO CHECK OUT so we get credit.

Flowerland is a locally-owned business so not only do you support a community member, you also support your child’s school!

The coffee cart located their has also offered a donation of their proceeds as well! So again, you must mention our school at check out.

Go enjoy a cup of coffee, shop for incredible plants and gifts and support your child’s education!! Win-win!

TIKI PARTY FUNDRAISER (A CELEBRATE KOREMATSU AUCTION ITEM)

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 6-9:30 PM

Come enjoy yummy tiki inspired tasties and some tropical libations at the “Schulze’s Tiki Lounge” right here in El Cerrito. More tickets are available — so if you know people you would like to party with and who might also enjoy supporting Korematsu, please contact Carrie at cafabfam@gmail.com . $25 per person, $50 per couple. Adults only.

Host families: Souza, Craner, Veitch, Johnson, Treuting/Sokolowski, Dunn and Schulze.

STILL LOOKING FOR NEXT YEAR’S LEADERS

We are recruiting chairs for: Fright Write, College + Career Week, and Rights + Respect Week

If you like writing, consider chairing the Fright Write writing contest next year. It’s Korematsu’s tradition to hold a creative writing and art contest with a Halloween theme every October. As chair, you coordinate a team of volunteer judges who will read and review original stories written by our students.

It’s never too early to open our students’ eyes to what lies beyond middle school and high school. Try coordinating the College + Career Week, usually held in October, which includes a series of lunchtime career talks.

As coordinator of Rights + Respect Week, usually held in February, you will organize events that allow students to ponder and discuss the breakthroughs and setbacks in the progression of civil rights in this country, as well as contemplate respect as a cultural value.

If you are interested, please get in touch with our Nominating Committee Head Eowyn Mader as soon as you can. Her email is eowyn.mader@gmail.com .

ALL-DISTRICT JAZZ FESTIVAL: THURSDAY, APRIL 20, ECHS THEATER, 7 PM

This event showcases the growing number of middle and high school jazz groups around the district. Korematsu’s Jazz Ensemble will perform, as will the ECHS Jazz Ensemble and a number of other area groups. Come support our Jazz Ensemble!

 

4TH ANNUAL BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE: APRIL 25

The West Contra Costa Unified School District will host the 4th annual Best Practices Conference on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Dejean Middle School. Parents, teachers, administrators and community members will discuss issues affecting classrooms, and share best practices. Click here to see the flyer for more information.

YOU’RE INVITED TO MADERA’S 60TH ANNUAL AUCTION: MAY 6, 5:30 PM

See the flier!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADERA!



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The Phoenix, April 13, 2017

SBAC TESTING STARTS ON APRIL 18

Students will sit for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests over eight days starting Monday, April 18. Students will generally test in first period classes, from 8:30-11 AM.

Before Spring Break, students received a brochure that contains their test scores from the past two years. The school has asked students to set goals and share those with their parents.

Doing well on the SBAC tests is important. It will help teachers know how much a student has learned. If the scores indicate “Exceeded” or “Met Standard” then the student will know that he or she has mastered that subject area according to California’s standards. High enough scores can assure the student’s placement in appropriate courses that him or her you on track for future academic success and college acceptance.

A Message From Principal Matthew Burnham:

Beginning in April, all students at Korematsu Middle School will take the SBAC tests. You are probably familiar with these tests since you have been taking them for several years. This is the test you have been taking on computers or tablets.

What you might not know is why the tests are important. The SBAC measures how well students are learning compared to students in other schools in California.

Your SBAC scores are a reflection of yourself and your community. The scores of Korematsu students will be compared with other schools in the district.

The SBAC tests are the perfect opportunity to show off what you know.

The SBAC scores of all students at Korematsu are a big factor in determining our school’s overall performance. Every student counts and every correct answer counts. If every Phoenix gives 100% during SBAC testing, our group efforts will lead to success!

Matthew Burnham, Principal

What Can Students Do?

Everyone’s efforts count. As a student, you can do a number of things to help reach your goal.

Take a look at some of these ideas:
1. Make sure to get enough sleep before testing. Getting a good night’s sleep and being well-rested before testing can make a big difference in helping you give your best effort.

2. Eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast on the days you test. This will give you energy and help you think clearly.

3. Talk to your parents about the tests you will be taking. Share your personal testing goals and let them know how important your scores are for helping you succeed.

4. Make sure you study hard and ask your teachers if you have questions about what is likely to be on the test.

 

DESPERATELY SEEKING SPRING-INSPIRED DISHES: FRIDAY, APRIL 14

Let’s crowd the buffet table with favorite Easter or spring time dishes this Friday! Anything simple and delicious is welcome!! PLEASE CONTRIBUTE. Sign up here.

 

KOREMATSU AT THE 52ND WCCUSD ART SHOW RECEPTION: THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 5-7 PM

RICHMOND ART CENTER, 2540 BARRETT AVE, RICHMOND

There will be a reception celebrating the art show on Thursday, April 13. It is free and open to the public. Please come out with your friends and family to support students Emiko T., Sara H., Tristan M., Morgan L., Cecelia M., Honesty R., and Valerie W. who are exhibiting their art work.

JOIN US!

We are still actively recruiting! To look at all the other positions that we have to fill, please click here.

We hold elections in May, so please get in touch with our Nominating Committee Head Eowyn Mader as soon as you can. Her email is eowyn.mader@gmail.com .

 

HOLD THE DATE: EIGHTH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 6 PM, KMS

Promotion Ceremony happens because of 8th Grade Parent Volunteers

Please help if you can: Volunteers are meeting TUESDAY, APRIL 18TH, 6:00pm, KMS, MPR

Join us, with Mr. Burnham, at our ONLY Organizing Meeting

*7th Grade Parents, it is tradition to have 7th grade parents work the event so that 8th grade parents can enjoy the moment (and so you can learn how it all works for the following year). We could use a few more hands on promotion day to set up, take tickets and hand out flyers.

Click HERE to see what jobs are open. Please sign up for what you can.

Questions?

Call/text or email 8th grade parent, Kerry Radcliffe

kradcliffe@mac.com

415-225-2432

 

THIRD ANNUAL SPEECH AND DEBATE SHOWCASE
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, ECHS PERFORMING ARTS THEATER, 7 PM

Please join the El Cerrito Speech & Debate Team for an evening extravaganza! Debate will be demonstrating their talents, while Speech will provide laughter, heartache, and unbridled energy as team members perform their award-winning monologues and dialogues, concentrating classic and contemporary literature and plays to just a few minutes each. This will be our 3rdAnnual Speech Showcase, and the only public performance of these pieces!

For further information, please contact showcase@leonardoslab.net. Please find flyer attached.​
Speech&DebateShowcase2017_Flyer_d.pdf

 

FREE TICKETS TO “THE LOST YEARS” THIS WEEKEND

MESSAGE FROM CONTRA COSTA CIVIC THEATER:

Giving you some love to share, to come and to invite friends to enjoy THE LOST YEARS, our new show. You (and/or your friends, too) can have two complimentary tickets for this weekend.

In 1599, near Lancashire, England, the Thomas household is abuzz with elaborate wedding preparations for their only daughter, Isabelle. When a guest of the groom’s family becomes ill at the festivities and the renowned actor Richard Burbage shows up to provide the celebration’s entertainment, things quickly and hilariously spin out of control.

Let us know by Thursday 4/13 to reserve tickets (2 seats – adult and/or youth for either Fri. 4/14, 8pm or Sat. 4/15, 8pm or Sun. 4/16, 2pm).

FYI…We’re again partnering with Bay Area Rescue Mission collecting pantry items to help our community.

To reserve, contact Holly Winter, Patron Services Manager at ccct@ccct.org or 510-524-9012

More about the show:
http://ccct.org/the_lost_years/

WARRIORS GIRLS SKILLS CLINIC: REGISTRATION AVAILABLE

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Girls Skills Clinic @ Walnut Creek Intermediate School – May 6
Clinic to feature Olympic Gold Medalists – Ruthie Bolton & Jennifer Azzi
Warriors Basketball Camp, powered by Under Armour, will be offering a special one day Girls Skills Clinic at Walnut Creek Intermediate School on Saturday, May 6. The four hour clinic is for girls, ages 7-15, of all skill levels and abilities. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the game, improve their skills and hear from two WNBA Legends and Olympic Gold Medalists – Ruthie Bolton and Jennifer Azzi.
Warriors Basketball Camp – Girls Skills Clinic*
May 6, 2017
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Walnut Creek Intermediate School, Walnut Creek
Our special guests will lead demonstrations, assist with drills and share their knowledge & experiences with the young female athletes in attendance. Participants will also have the opportunity to take photos and receive an autograph from both Ruthie and Jennifer!
*In addition to instruction on the court, each participant will receive two (2) tickets to a 2017-18 Golden State Warriors preseason game.
To ensure that each camper receives ample individual attention from a knowledgeable and dedicated camp staff, a limited number of spots will be open for this session, so SIGN UP NOW. Sign up by April 12 and receive the early registration discount ($15 off the session). Multiple session and sibling discounts are also available. To see a list of all available sessions, click here.

 

4TH ANNUAL BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE: APRIL 25

The West Contra Costa Unified School District will host the 4th annual Best Practices Conference on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Dejean Middle School. Parents, teachers, administrators and community members will discuss issues affecting classrooms, and share best practices. Click here to see the flyer for more information.

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The Phoenix, April 6, 2017

SBAC TESTING

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing will begin on April 18. All students received a testing brochure that contains their test scores from the past two years. The school has asked students to set goals and share those with their parents.

Testing will be a school-wide and community-wide effort with all students testing at the same time each day.

SPRING-INSPIRED LUNCH FOR TEACHERS

Do you have a favorite dish for Easter or spring time? Let’s share it with our teachers. For more information, please contact Friday Treat Day coordinator Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com

To contribute food, please sign up here

JOIN US!

We are still actively recruiting! To look at all the other positions that we have to fill, please click. 

We hold elections in May, so please get in touch with our Nominating Committee Head Eowyn Mader as soon as you can. Her email is eowyn.mader@gmail.com .

EIGHTH GRADE PROMOTION ACTIVITIES

The committee is looking for volunteers for promotion activities planned for our 8th graders from June 2 to 7. Please click HERE to sign up to volunteer for activities. If you have any questions regarding the jobs, please email committee chair Kerry Radcliffe atkradcliffe@mac.com .

 

THIRD ANNUAL SPEECH AND DEBATE SHOWCASE
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, ECHS PERFORMING ARTS THEATER, 7 PM

Please join the El Cerrito Speech & Debate Team for an evening extravaganza! Debate will be demonstrating their talents, while Speech will provide laughter, heartache, and unbridled energy as team members perform their award-winning monologues and dialogues, concentrating classic and contemporary literature and plays to just a few minutes each. This will be our 3rdAnnual Speech Showcase, and the only public performance of these pieces!

For further information, please contact showcase@leonardoslab.net. Please see:​
Speech&DebateShowcase2017_Flyer_d.pdf

PLANNING FOR SUMMER?

Now is the time to start exploring options for your student for this summer. Here are some programs to think about:

El Cerrito Swim Center Spring Break Junior Lifeguard Camp for students ages 13-14 (by June 12th). Students who complete the camp can apply to volunteer at the Swim Center during the Summer. Scholarships are available for the camp. Please see:  Junior Lifeguard Spring Break Camp

UC BERKELEY GIRLS IN ENGINEERING SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITY

All Bay Area girls who are currently in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade are invited to apply to the UC Berkeley Girls in Engineering Summer Camps. They’ve also extended the deadline for scholarship applicants (full scholarships!).

Families are automatically awarded full scholarships if they demonstrate financial need (by qualifying for free or reduced price lunch, CalFresh, or Medi-Cal). All girls need to complete the normal camp application, but no additional scholarship application is required.

In the summer of 2017 there will be four camp sessions:

  • June 19–23
  • June 26–30
  • July 10–14
  • July 17–21

Program schedule: 8:30am – 4:30pm daily

More information about the program, and a link to the online application, is available on: http://girlsinengineering.berkeley.edu/

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The Phoenix, March 30, 2017

SPRING BREAK

School will be closed from April 3 to 7. Enjoy the Spring Break and see everyone again on Monday, April 7!

 

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL INFO NIGHT : THURSDAY, MARCH 30, ECHS THEATER, 6 PM

Learn more about A-G requirements, the block system, and life at ECHS at the ECHS info night tonight. It’s held in the ECHS Performing Arts Theater.

ECHS also hosts parent tours every third Thursday of the month. The tours will be from 9 to 11 AM. The tour will start with a question and answer period with Principal McCormick and end with classroom visits lead by Leadership students. Please check in at the main office. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at 510-231-1437.

“OUTSPOKEN” AT KOREMATSU: FRIDAY, MARCH 31

Korematsu students will enjoy a special assembly this Friday. YouthAware, a program by San Francisco-based New Conservatory Theater Center, will perform “OUTSPOKEN,” a youth-centered play on identity and diversity. Here’s a description of the play: “OUTSPOKEN,” by Prince Gomolvilas, builds on San Francisco Unified School District diversity curricula to help start productive, solution-focused conversations on the identity and diversity issues facing most schools. In fast-paced scenes and monologues, engaging characters present varied perspectives to help teens examine stereotypes, labels, self-esteem, peer pressure, identity, and respect for differences in their own peer groups. More info here: http://www.nctcsf.org/youthaware/plays/Outspoken

SBAC TESTING

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing will begin on April 18. All students have received a testing brochure that has their test scores from the past two years. The school has asked students to set goals and share those with their parents.

Testing will be a school-wide and community wide effort with all students testing at the same time each day.

CHAPERONES NEEDED

Mr. Kunz is seeking a couple chaperones for a field trip to Cal Academy of Sciences May 2. This is for students who won at the science fair.

 

SPRING-INSPIRED LUNCH FOR TEACHERS

Do you have a favorite dish for Easter or spring time? Let’s share it with our teachers. For more information, please contact Friday Treat Day coordinator Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com

To contribute food, please sign up here

JOIN US!

We are still actively recruiting our next generation of leaders. Please consider taking on a leadership position in the PTSA. We urgently need folks to fill key positions of president and treasurer; without these positions filled by mid-May, we cannot have a PTSA next year.

To look at all the other positions that we have to fill, please click here.

May is a pivotal month when we hold elections, so please get in touch with our Nominating Committee Head Eowyn Mader as soon as you can. Her email is eowyn.mader@gmail.com .

EIGHTH GRADE PROMOTION ACTIVITIES

The committee is looking for volunteers for promotion activities planned for our 8th graders from June 2 to 7. Please click HERE to sign up to volunteer for activities. If you have any questions regarding the jobs, please email committee chair Kerry Radcliffe at kradcliffe@mac.com .

THANKS TO OUR GOLDEN GATE FIELDS TEAM

Heartfelt thanks to Jody Lengyel for coordinating the Dollar Day fundraiser at Golden Gate Fields last Sunday. Kudos also to the following people who volunteered their time and energy at the event: Steffi Kaiser, Adam Willett, Larry Madden, Kathryn Tomaeno, Tiffany Carrico, Rosa Leon, Nathan Clark, Kyoko Bischof, Leandra Johnson, Tigran Johnson, Terri Lynn Sullivan, Carrie Schulze, Gina Golledge, Karen Thompson, and Christian Thompson.

PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF

Please make sure students are not dropped off in front of the school or in the parking lots. Students should be picked up and dropped off on Lawrence or Norvell and always travel around the school in a clockwise direction.

 

KOREMATSU AT THE 52ND WCCUSD ART SHOW

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 23

RICHMOND ART CENTER

Catch the works of student artists from Korematsu Middle School at the 52nd WCCUSD Art Show. The show will take place at Richmond Art Center’s Community Gallery, located at 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA, and is open from 11 AM to 5 PM from Tuesday to Saturday.

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 5 to ­7 PM, there will be a reception celebrating the show. It is free and open to the public.

THIRD ANNUAL SPEECH AND DEBATE SHOWCASE
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, ECHS PERFORMING ARTS THEATER, 7 PM

Please join the El Cerrito Speech & Debate Team for an evening extravaganza! Debate will be demonstrating their talents, while Speech will provide laughter, heartache, and unbridled energy as team members perform their award-winning monologues and dialogues, concentrating classic and contemporary literature and plays to just a few minutes each. This will be our 3rdAnnual Speech Showcase, and the only public performance of these pieces!

For further information, please contact showcase@leonardoslab.net. Please find flyer attached.​ Speech&DebateShowcase2017_Flyer_d.pdf

PLANNING FOR SUMMER?

Now is the time to start exploring options for your student for this summer. Here are some programs to think about:

El Cerrito Swim Center Spring Break Junior Lifeguard Camp for students ages 13-14 (by June 12th). Students who complete the camp can apply to volunteer at the Swim Center during the Summer. Scholarships are available for the camp. Please see: Junior Lifeguard Spring Break Camp

UC BERKELEY GIRLS IN ENGINEERING SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITY

All Bay Area girls who are currently in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade are invited to apply to the UC Berkeley Girls in Engineering Summer Camps. They’ve also extended the deadline for scholarship applicants (full scholarships!).

Families are automatically awarded full scholarships if they demonstrate financial need (by qualifying for free or reduced price lunch, CalFresh, or Medi-Cal). All girls need to complete the normal camp application, but no additional scholarship application is required.

In the summer of 2017 there will be four camp sessions:

  • June 19–23
  • June 26–30
  • July 10–14
  • July 17–21

Program schedule: 8:30am – 4:30pm daily

More information about the program, and a link to the online application, is available on: http://girlsinengineering.berkeley.edu/

FREE IMMIGRATION CLINIC

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Jubilee Immigration Advocates is hosting a Free Immigration Clinic & Know-Your Rights presentations on Saturday, March 25th, 9am-1pm in partnership with New Hope Covenant Church and Harbor House Ministries. The clinic will be held at the Youth Employment Partnership at 2300 International Blvd. in Oakland. We are encouraging folks who want an attorney consultation to pre-register.

Jubilee Immigration Advocates, Tel: 415.813.1958

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The Phoenix, March 23, 2017

JOIN US AT OPEN HOUSE TODAY, THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 6:30 PM

JAZZ PERFORMANCE – 6 PM, AMPHITHEATER

DANCE PERFORMANCE – 7 PM, DANCE STUDIO

DRAMA PERFORMANCE – 7:40 PM, MPR

Visit classrooms and watch performances to get an idea of how much our students have achieved in the past months and what to expect next year! Everyone welcome!!

HERE’S A NEW CHALLENGE: READING WITHOUT WALLS

From now until May 10th, our students are encouraged to do the “Reading Without Walls” challenge by: reading a book about a character who doesn’t look like them or live like them; reading a book about a topic they don’t know much about, and reading a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun.

The main goal is for kids to try reading outside their comfort zone to build empathy and gain new knowledge. They need to read at least one book and submit a confirmation to Ms. Bogie in order to qualify for the ice cream party and raffle.

For more info on Reading Without Walls, click here: tinyurl.com/rwwkms

SCIENCE FAIR

Woohoo!!! Korematsu students grabbed prizes at the Intel-affiliated Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA, this past weekend.

  • Second Place — Jenna W., Luke T., Ella B., Ayaz E.
  • Third Place — Davis L., Vivien W., Josephine F., Kai S.
  • Fourth Place — Vivian H., Eamon O., Genevieve Q.
  • Honorable Mention — Samuel W.

Seventh grader Jenna W. also won a special award from the U.S. Metric Association.

JOIN US!

With more than half of our board members moving on to high school next year, we are actively recruiting our next generation of leaders. Please consider taking on a leadership position in the PTSA. Two of the positions still open for next year are president and treasurer; without these positions filled by mid-May, we will not have a PTSA next year.

At Korematsu, the PTSA does everything from organizing assemblies to Teacher Treat Days. We administer classroom grants, contract with a math tutor and an after school library supervisor, fund field trips and academic contests, and so much more. We would like to see the work we’ve been doing continue and expand.

Support the school, lend your varied talents, meet fellow parents and guardians, and spend some time on campus with students, teachers and staff. It really is an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

To look at the positions that we have to fill, please click here.

May is a pivotal month when we hold elections, so please get in touch with our Nominating Committee Head Eowyn Mader as soon as you can. Her email is eowyn.mader@gmail.com .

 

A FEW MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: GOLDEN GATE FIELDS ON MARCH 26

Thank you so much to those who have already signed up to volunteer on the Golden Gate Fields’ Dollar Day. We still need a handful of people to work on Sunday, March 26. Please consider volunteering at this fun-raiser! We serve hot dogs and beer, (and sneak off to place a few bets). Your PTSA AND the band program will earn $1,000 + tips.

Sign up for a few hours here

 

SAVE THE DATES: EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL INFO NIGHT AND TOURS

El Cerrito High School will host parent tours every third Thursday of the month the next two months. The tours will be from 9 to 11 AM. The tour will start with a question and answer period with Principal McCormick and end with classroom visits lead by Leadership students. Please check in at the main office. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at 510-231-1437.

The high school is also planning an info night at the ECHS theater on March 30 from 6 to 8 PM.

KOREMATSU AT THE 52ND WCCUSD ART SHOW

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 23

RICHMOND ART CENTER

Catch the works of student artists from Korematsu Middle School at the 52nd WCCUSD Art Show. The show will take place at Richmond Art Center’s Community Gallery, located at 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA, and is open from 11 AM to 5 PM from Tuesday to Saturday.

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 5 to ­7 PM, there will be a reception celebrating the show. It is free and open to the public.

 

ECHS MUSIC DEPARTMENT PRESENTS: SPRING CONCERT
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 7:30 PM

Hear the wonderful ECHS Concert Band, Symphonic Band, & Wind Ensemble play this Friday. Tickets are: $8 for Adults, $5 Students/Children (under 5 yrs free). Reception immediately following.​  Spring Concert Flyer

THIRD ANNUAL SPEECH AND DEBATE SHOWCASE – THURSDAY, APRIL 13, ECHS PERFORMING ARTS THEATER, 7 PM

Please join the El Cerrito Speech & Debate Team for an evening extravaganza! Debate will be demonstrating their talents, while Speech will provide laughter, heartache, and unbridled energy as team members perform their award-winning monologues and dialogues, concentrating classic and contemporary literature and plays to just a few minutes each. This will be our 3rdAnnual Speech Showcase, and the only public performance of these pieces!

For further information, please contact showcase@leonardoslab.netFlyer.

 

RYSE PRESENTS RICHMOND RENAISSANCE – MARCH 6 & 7, ECHS PERFORMING ARTS THEATER, 6-8 PM

RYSE will debut its third annual production, Richmond Renaissance, this May. Written and performed by Richmond youth, the play is set in AnnaBelle’s, a Black-owned juke joint in 1940s North Richmond, where history’s Blues and roots of love inspire communal growth. Our multimedia theatrical performance will counter the traditional Richmond narrative of poverty and violence by highlighting the community’s wealthy cultural past as an epicenter for blues, jazz, and zydeco. Please come and support this youth-led ode to the City of Pride and Purpose!

  • Advanced tickets: $10 youth / $15 adults / $50 VIP *Adults: 24 & up
  • At the door tickets: $15 youth / $20 adults
  • Group discount (for 5+): $5/person (for groups of youth & adult chaperones), $10/person (for groups of adults)

Please go to http://tinyurl.com/richmondrenaissance to purchase your tickets!

PLANNING FOR SUMMER?

Now is the time to start exploring options for your student for this summer. Here are some programs to think about:

El Cerrito Swim Center Spring Break Junior Lifeguard Camp for students ages 13-14 (by June 12th). Students who complete the camp can apply to volunteer at the Swim Center during the Summer. Scholarships are available for the camp. Flyer.

UC BERKELEY GIRLS IN ENGINEERING SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITY

All Bay Area girls who are currently in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade are invited to apply to the UC Berkeley Girls in Engineering Summer Camps. They’ve also extended the deadline for scholarship applicants (full scholarships!).

Families are automatically awarded full scholarships if they demonstrate financial need (by qualifying for free or reduced price lunch, CalFresh, or Medi-Cal). All girls need to complete the normal camp application, but no additional scholarship application is required.

In the summer of 2017 there will be four camp sessions:

  • June 19–23
  • June 26–30
  • July 10–14
  • July 17–21

Program schedule: 8:30am – 4:30pm daily

More information about the program, and a link to the online application, is available on: http://girlsinengineering.berkeley.edu/

FREE IMMIGRATION CLINIC – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Jubilee Immigration Advocates is hosting a Free Immigration Clinic & Know-Your Rights presentations on Saturday, March 25th, 9am-1pm in partnership with New Hope Covenant Church and Harbor House Ministries. The clinic will be held at the Youth Employment Partnership at 2300 International Blvd. in Oakland. We are encouraging folks who want an attorney consultation to pre-register.

Jubilee Immigration Advocates, Tel: 415.813.1958

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The Phoenix, March 16, 2017

JOIN US!


It is recruiting time!
With more than half of our board members moving on to high school next year, we are actively recruiting our next generation of leaders. Please consider taking on a leadership position in the PTSA. Two of the positions still open for next year are president and treasurer; without these positions filled by mid-May, we will not have a PTSA next year.

It’s no secret that the administration is supportive, faculty appreciative, and the community amazingly generous. But the bottom line is, the school needs parents to step up into leadership positions.

At Korematsu, the PTSA does everything from organizing assemblies to Teacher Treat Days. We administer classroom grants, contract with a math tutor and an after school library supervisor, fund field trips and academic contests, and so much more.

We would like to see the work we’ve been doing continue and expand.

Support the school, lend your varied talents, meet fellow parents and guardians, and spend some time on campus with students, teachers and staff. It really is an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

Take a look at the positions that we have to filled.

May is a pivotal month when we hold elections, so please get in touch with our Nominating Committee Head Eowyn Mader as soon as you can. Her email is eowyn.mader@gmail.com .

 

A FEW MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: GOLDEN GATE FIELDS ON MARCH 26

Thank you to those who have already signed up to volunteer on the Golden Gate Fields’ Dollar Day. We still need a handful of people to work on Sunday, March 26. Please consider volunteering at this fun-raiser! We serve hot dogs and beer, (and sneak off to place a few bets). Your PTSA AND the band program will earn $1,000 + tips.

Sign up for a few hours here

 

SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 6:30 PM

See how much our students have achieved in the past months. Visit classrooms and watch performances.

KOREMATSU CLINCHES TOP SPOT IN DISTRICT SPELLING BEE

Korematsu won the District Spelling Bee once more! After going through 15 rounds, eighth grader Ghouran C. placed first, while Jacob K. came in third place. The second spot was taken by Pinole. The winning word — riotous. Kudos to all spelling bee participants! And go Korematsu!!!

 

PTSA MEETING THANKS

Thank you to El Cerrito High School Principal Mrs. McCormick, and Assistant Principals Mr. Eirvin and Ms. Betson for fielding questions from Korematsu parents at the last PTSA meeting on March 14. Thank you also to ECHS students Itzel D., Audrey D., Arlo V., Tenzing L., Tenzing C., and Surangana J. for sharing their Gaucho experiences with Korematsu students and parents. Finally, thanks to Ying-Tsu Loh for moderating the panel.

 

SAVE THE DATES: EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL INFO NIGHT AND TOURS

El Cerrito High School will host parent tours every third Thursday of the month the next two months. The tours will be from 9 to 11 AM. The tour will start with a question and answer period with Principal McCormick and end with classroom visits lead by Leadership students. Please check in at the main office. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at 510-231-1437.

The high school is also planning an info night at the ECHS theater on March 30 from 6 to 8 PM.

 

UC BERKELEY GIRLS IN ENGINEERING SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITY

All Bay Area girls who are currently in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade are invited to apply to the UC Berkeley Girls in Engineering Summer Camps. They’ve also extended the deadline for scholarship applicants (full scholarships!).

Families are automatically awarded full scholarships if they demonstrate financial need (by qualifying for free or reduced price lunch, CalFresh, or Medi-Cal). All girls need to complete the normal camp application, but no additional scholarship application is required.

In the summer of 2017 there will be four camp sessions:

  • June 19–23
  • June 26–30
  • July 10–14
  • July 17–21

Program schedule: 8:30am – 4:30pm daily

More information about the program, and a link to the online application, is available

KOREMATSU AT THE 52ND WCCUSD ART SHOW MARCH 21 TO APRIL 23 RICHMOND ART CENTER

Catch the works of student artists from Korematsu Middle School at the 52nd WCCUSD Art Show. The show will be taking place at Richmond Art Center, located at 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA, and is open from 11 AM to 5 PM from Tuesday to Saturday.

Congrats to the following students whose works will be in the exhibit:

  • Emiko A.T. — Indonesian Inspired Mask (Paper Mache) and Grandpa (Charcoal)
  • Honesty R. — Galaxy Dress (Watercolor)
  • Cecelia M. — Loft Room (Acrylic Paint) and Star Girl (Charcoal)
  • Valerie W. — Chester Mask (Paper Mache)
  • Tristan M. — Northern Lights (Watercolor)
  • Morgan L. — Summer Pod Migration (Soft Pastel) and Cratus Gorenius-Castello (Watercolor)
  • Sara H. — Genevive (Charcoal)

 

ECHS SIXTH ANNUAL SWING DANCE SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 6:30 PM, EC COMMUNITY CENTER

Everyone’s welcome to participate in the Sixth Annual Swing Dance, which is a fundraiser for the band program. The evening includes great appetizers, a group dance lesson, and live swing-era music performed by ECHS Jazz Ensemble and Workshop.

Tickets are $25 and are available at http://echsbands.com/swing-dance/

Poster:​ 2017 Swing Dance Poster.pdf

 

KOREMATSU SUMMER BAND CAMP

June 19-23 & June 26-30

At this summer camp, Korematsu band director Tiffany Carrico offers young musicians the opportunity to develop their music skills while making new friends. For more information on times and prices, please click on the flyer below: ​

Korematsu summer band camp flyer 2017.pdf

If you would like to reserve a spot for your child, or have any questions about the camp, please contact Ms. Carrico at scrappyslap@hotmail.com or on 510-717-0718.​

 LUNAFEST EAST BAY

ECHS PERFORMING ARTS THEATER

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 7:30 PM

It’s our 10th anniversary season of LUNAFEST East Bay and we hope you’ll join us for another inspiring evening featuring nine new short films by, for and about women! LUNAFEST comes to El Cerrito High’s Performing Arts Theater on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are available online or by cash/check now. Visit us at http://www.lunafest.org/elcerrito0318 for more information. $20 General ($25 at door), $10 Seniors 65+/Handicapped, $5 Teachers & Students w/ID, $60 VIP Reception + Films. 100% of net proceeds from the event benefit EC High’s IT Academy, the EC Community Foundation and the Breast Cancer Fund.

The evening will kick off with our signature Filmmaker Panel with local author Patty Enrado who will chat with two of this season’s talented filmmakers in a brief onstage interview before the films.

ECHS graduate and 2016 Lunafest filmmaker, Anna Schumacher, will be the evening’s MC.

Please note: While LUNAFEST films are not formally rated, we recommend that attendees be age 16+.

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The Phoenix, March 9, 2017

OPPORTUNITY TO GO ON STEM FIELD TRIP TO GREAT AMERICA
STUDENTS MUST APPLY AND ATTEND AN INFO MEETING ON
March 9th, 7:45 – 8:05 AM OR March 10th, 2:25 – 2:45 PM in Rm. C 310

KOREMATSU YEARBOOK: LAST CALL ON PHOTO ENTRIES

MARCH 13TH DEADLINE

From Korematsu Middle School Yearbook Staff:

Hi Everyone! If you have photos from any of the events below, PLEASE SEND ASAP!!!

 

  • Sports
    • Volleyball
    • Basketball
    • Flag Football
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Mountain Bike Team
    • Soccer
    • Softball
  • Band Events
  • Celebrate Korematsu
  • Science Fair
  • Assemblies/Rallies
  • Field Trips
  • Classroom Photos/Candids
  • Spirit Week
  • Halloween
  • Dances
  • Clubs
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Writing Workshops
  • Etc…

Tips on proper photo submission:

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

Email photos to: korematsuyearbookphotos@gmail.com

 

FOOD CONTRIBUTIONS STILL NEEDED FOR TEACHER TREAT DAY

FRIDAY, MARCH 10

Spring weather calls for a salad-and-pizza buffet luncheon for our staff and teachers. Let’s fill up the buffet table with starters, salads, breads, and pizza, using fresh in-season fruit, vegetables, and herbs. To contribute dishes, please sign up here: salad+buffet luncheon.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: GOLDEN GATE FIELDS ON MARCH 26

The PTSA and band have been given another date to work a Dollar Day at the Golden Gate Fields. Please consider volunteering at this fun-raiser! We serve hot dogs and beer, (and sneak off to place a few bets). Your PTSA AND the band program will earn $1,000 + tips.

Sign up for a few hours here

 

PTSA MEETING FEATURING SPECIAL SESSION “LOOKING AHEAD: WHAT TO EXPECT AT ECHS” AND BAND PARENTS MEETING

TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 7 PM, MULTI PURPOSE ROOM

How does the block system work? What electives, sports, and club activities are offered? How will the high school prepare my child for college? What kind of academic support is available at the school?

These are just some of the questions that will be answered in the special session on ECHS at the next PTSA meeting on Tuesday, March 14. After covering PTSA business briefly, we will invite ECHS Principal Edith Jordan-McCormick and Assistant Principal Jay Eirvin to talk about academic and administrative matters, as well as extra curricular programs at the high school. The session is organized along the lines of “what to expect,” which is specially designed to help 8th graders and their families navigate their way through the first few months of high school.

Learn also about what it’s like to be a Gaucho from our panel of student speakers coming from freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes.

ALL, INCLUDING STUDENTS, ARE WELCOME!

Preceding the PTSA meeting is the Band Parents meeting in the band room, starting at 6 PM.

See you there!!!

Agenda attached here​

 

KOREMATSU SHINES AGAIN AT DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR

Congratulations to Korematsu students for their great performance this year’s District Science Fair. We had five 1st Place winners who received $50 as well as an engraved medal (the engraving was done in the district Fab Lab!) with their names, and an impressive list of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners. Special mention to Josephine F. for receiving the Hal Magarian Special Award for her project titled “Breaking Down Protein with Fruit.”

Nine judges reviewed each poster using the following criteria: purpose of the experiment; quality of science (experimental design, data collection, and discussion of results); and presentation.

List of Winners

Biological Category:

  • Jacqueline D., 3rd Place, 7th grade
  • Sydney G., 3rd Place, 7th grade
  • William D., 4th Place, 7th grade
  • Josephine F., 1st Place, 8th grade
  • Genevieve S., 3rd Place, 8th grade
  • Milla N., 3rd Place, 8th grade
  • Riley D.W., 3rd Place, 8th grade
  • Brinda A., 4th Place, 8th grade
  • Caden C-B., 4th Place, 8th grade
  • Eric D., 4th Place, 8th grade

Engineering, Math, Technology Category:

  • Eamon O., 2nd Place, 7th grade
  • Samuel W., 2nd Place, 8th grade

Physical Category:

  • Vivian H., 1st Place, 7th grade
  • Davis L., 2nd Place, 7th grade
  • Jenna W., 2nd Place, 7th grade
  • Katherine H., 3rd Place, 7th grade
  • Will F., 3rd Place, 7th grade
  • Joshua M., 4th Place, 7th grade
  • Cassie C., 4th Place, 7th grade
  • Ryan T., 4th Place, 7th grade
  • Ella B., 1st Place, 8th grade
  • Ryan G., 2nd Place, 8th grade
  • Luke T., 2nd Place, 8th grade
  • Vivien W., 2nd Place, 8th grade

Social & Behavioral Category:

  • Kai S., 1st Place, 7th grade
  • Ayaz E., 2nd Place, 7th grade
  • Malorie D., 3rd Place, 7th grade
  • Catherine F., 4th Place, 7th grade
  • Piper G., 4th Place, 7th grade
  • Genevieve Q., 1st Place, 8th grade
  • Nicole M., 3rd Place, 8th grade
  • Olivia R., 3rd Place, 8th grade

KUDOS, EVERYONE!

 

SAVE THE DATES: EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL INFO TOURS EVERY THIRD THURSDAY OF MARCH AND APRIL 9 TO 11 AM

El Cerrito High School will host parent tours every third Thursday of the month the next two months. The tours will be from 9 to 11 AM. The tour will start with a question and answer period with Principal McCormick and end with classroom visits lead by Leadership students. Please check in at the main office. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at 510-231-1437.

SAVE THE DATE: KOREMATSU AT THE 52ND WCCUSD ART SHOW MARCH 21 TO APRIL 23

RICHMOND ART CENTER

Catch the works of seven student artists from Korematsu Middle School at the 52nd WCCUSD Art Show. The show will be taking place at Richmond Art Center, located at 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA, and is open from 11 AM to 5 PM from Tuesday to Saturday.

 

EXTENDED OFFER: ORDER 2016-17 YEARBOOK BEFORE MARCH 31

The memories are forever. This low price is not. Purchase ONLINE by March 31, 2017 to make sure you get a yearbook for just $30.00. After this date, the price increases to $40.

Order a yearbook for your student today here: BUY A YEARBOOK

 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: EIGHTH GRADE PROMOTION ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

With 8th grade promotion only three months away, it’s time to plan the promotion activities this year. While supported by the PTSA, promotion activities will only happen if 8th grade parents step forward. If you would like to lead the committee or be actively involved in the planning of promotion activities, please email korematsuptsa@gmail.com and we will help you set a committee up.

 

ECHS SIXTH ANNUAL SWING DANCE SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 6:30 PM, EC COMMUNITY CENTER

Everyone’s welcome to participate in the Sixth Annual Swing Dance, which is a fundraiser for the band program. The evening includes great appetizers, a group dance lesson, and live swing-era music performed by ECHS Jazz Ensemble and Workshop.

Tickets are $25 and are available at http://echsbands.com/swing-dance/

Poster:​
2017 Swing Dance Poster.pdf

KOREMATSU SUMMER BAND CAMP

June 19-23 & June 26-30

At this summer camp, Korematsu band director Tiffany Carrico offers young musicians the opportunity to develop their music skills while making new friends. For more information on times and prices, please click on the flyer below: ​

Korematsu summer band camp flyer 2017.pdf

If you would like to reserve a spot for your child, or have any questions about the camp, please contact Ms. Carrico at scrappyslap@hotmail.com or on 510-717-0718.​

 

MEET STAN YOGI AND LAURA ATKINS, CO-AUTHORS OF “FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP”

Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland, California

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 12 PM

Another opportunity to hear Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins talk about their book at Center for Asian American Media Festival (CAAMFEST). Watch, listen, and learn.

 

SAVE THE DATE: LUNAFEST EAST BAY ECHS PERFORMING ARTS THEATER SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 7:30 PM

It’s our 10th anniversary season of LUNAFEST East Bay and we hope you’ll join us for another inspiring evening featuring nine new short films by, for and about women!LUNAFEST comes to El Cerrito High’s Performing Arts Theater on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are available online or by cash/check now. Visit us at http://www.lunafest.org/elcerrito0318 for more information. $20 General ($25 at door), $10 Seniors 65+/Handicapped, $5 Teachers & Students w/ID, $60 VIP Reception + Films. 100% of net proceeds from the event benefit EC High’s IT Academy, the EC Community Foundation and the Breast Cancer Fund.

The evening will kick off with our signature Filmmaker Panel with local author Patty Enrado who will chat with two of this season’s talented filmmakers in a brief onstage interview before the films.

ECHS graduate and 2016 Lunafest filmmaker, Anna Schumacher, will be the evening’s MC.

Desserts from Braxton’s Boxes and coffee from Well Grounded will be available during intermission. A raffle with amazing prizes from local vendors will round out the evening.

A VIP Pre-Reception with catered hors d’oeuvres, fine wines and refreshing beers at a private residence just minutes from the theater. Please join us in celebrating our 10th anniversary!

Please note: While LUNAFEST films are not formally rated, we recommend that attendees be age 16+.

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The Phoenix, March 1, 2017

SALAD AND PIZZA BUFFET LUNCH TO WELCOME SPRING

screenshot-2016-08-04-06-14-57FRIDAY, MARCH 10

Spring weather calls for a salad-and-pizza buffet luncheon for our staff and teachers. Let’s fill up the buffet table with starters, salads, breads, and pizza, using fresh in-season fruit, vegetables, and herbs. To contribute dishes, please sign up here: salad+buffet luncheon.

 

KOREMATSU EXCELS AT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY COUNTY LEVEL OF COMPETITION

national-historyKudos to our students who did Korematsu proud at the National History Day county level of competition last weekend. All of our entries were either first place, first runner up or honorable mention.

Qualifying to the state level of competition on Saturday, May 6, at William Jessup University, 333 Sunset Boulevard, Rocklin, CA 95765, are:

Muhammad Ali (Performance) — Caden C.

Jesse Owens (Group Exhibit) — Maxwell F., Daniel P., Eric G., and Vivien W.

Women’s Education: The Malala Project (Group Website) — Allie G., Matthew C., Norman C., Alondra C., and Jessica H.

Runner Ups:

Fred Korematsu and the Fight against Racism (Individual Exhibit) — Isabel L.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and His Opposition to the Nazi Regime (Historical Paper) — Lewis H.

John Muir (Group Website) — Finlay S-W., LukeT., and Steven V.

Honorable Mention:

Tesla’s Stand in History (Historical Paper) — Eric J.

The Bielski Brothers (Group Website) — Ella B., Anna T., Emily D., and Mia T.

From Mr. Uriostegue, who spearheaded Korematsu’s first year of participation in the NHD:

“Lots of shoutouts to all students as well as Mr. Lehman-Winters for supporting his students, and Ms. Bogie for supporting both Mr. Lehman-Winters and myself!”

Korematsu’s participation in the NHD county competition was sponsored by the PTSA.

 

PTSA MEETING FEATURING SPECIAL SESSION “LOOKING AHEAD: WHAT TO EXPECT AT ECHS” AND BAND PARENTS MEETING

ptsaTUESDAY, MARCH 14

The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the Multipurpose Room. After covering PTSA business, we will hold a session on ECHS, along the lines of “what to expect,” which is specially designed to help 8th graders and their families navigate their way through the first few months of high school. This year, ECHS Principal Edith Jordan-McCormick and Assistant Principal Jay Eirvin will be on hand to talk about academic and administrative matters, as well as extra curricular programs at the high school.

Learn also about what it’s like to be a Gaucho from our panel of student speakers.

So come with questions and get your answers.

Preceding the PTSA meeting is the Band Parents meeting in the band room, starting at 6 PM.

See you there!

 

SAVE THE DATES: EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL INFO TOURS EVERY THIRD THURSDAY OF MARCH AND APRIL 9 TO 11 AM

El Cerrito High School will host parent tours every third Thursday of the month the next two months. The tours will be from 9 to 11 AM. The tour will start with a question and answer period with Principal McCormick and end with classroom visits lead by Leadership students. Please check in at the main office. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at 510-231-1437.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: GOLDEN GATE FIELDS ON MARCH 26

screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-10-12-14-pmThe PTSA and band have been given another date to work a Dollar Day at the Golden Gate Fields. Please consider volunteering at this fun-raiser! We serve hot dogs and beer, (and sneak off to place a few bets). Your PTSA AND the band program will earn $1,000 + tips.

Sign up for a few hours here

 

EIGHTH GRADE PROMOTION ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

With 8th grade promotion only three months away, it’s time to plan the promotion activities this year. While supported by the PTSA, promotion activities will only happen if 8th grade parents step forward. If you would like to lead the committee or be actively involved in the planning of promotion activities, please email korematsuptsa@gmail.com and we will help you set a committee up.

 

CASINO NIGHT – FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 7 PM

EL CERRITO COMMUNITY CENTER

screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-6-27-50-am“Casino Night” is this Friday! It will be held at the El Cerrito Community Center. This is an adult event open to anyone in the community. We need as much participation as we can get. Get your friends and head on down to our ECHS Fun-Casino! The music is great, there is black jack, poker, craps, and roulette, and the silent auction is awesome!!! —One night only—

What: ECHS Safe & Sober Grad Night
When: Friday, March 3, 2017
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane , El Cerrito, Ca

Tickets: $40 per person or $60 per couple
Tickets can be purchased at the ECHS Cashiers window or search ECHS at
www.brownpapertickets.com 21 yrs & older only. Tickets can be purchased at the door, email us to reserve so we have enough food and drinks.

Leandra Johnson & Jenny Parks
echsseniorclass@gmail.com

ECHS SIXTH ANNUAL SWING DANCE
SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 6:30 PM, EC COMMUNITY CENTER

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Everyone’s welcome to participate in the Sixth Annual Swing Dance, which is a fundraiser for the band program. The evening includes great appetizers, a group dance lesson, and live swing-era music performed by ECHS Jazz Ensemble and Workshop.

Tickets are $25 and are available at http://echsbands.com/swing-dance/

Poster: 2017 Swing Dance Poster.pdf
KOREMATSU SUMMER BAND CAMP

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-10-21-58-pmJune 19-23 & June 26-30

At this summer camp, Korematsu band director Tiffany Carrico offers young musicians the opportunity to develop their music skills while making new friends. For more information on times and prices, please click on the flyer below:

Korematsu summer band camp flyer 2017.pdf

If you would like to reserve a spot for your child, or have any questions about the camp, please contact Ms. Carrico at scrappyslap@hotmail.com or on 510-717-0718.
MEET STAN YOGI AND LAURA ATKINS, CO-AUTHORS OF “FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP”

Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland, California

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 12 PM

Another opportunity to hear Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins talk about their book at Center for Asian American Media Festival (CAAMFEST). Watch, listen, and learn.

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The Phoenix, February 23, 2017

PRESIDENTS’ WEEK RECESS

Hope you are enjoying your break! Classes will resume on Monday, February 27th.

2016-17 YEARBOOK PRICE WILL INCREASE AFTER FEB. 24

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The memories are forever. This low price is not. Purchase by Friday, February 24, 2017 to make sure you get a yearbook for just $30.00.

Order a yearbook for your student today here: BUY A YEARBOOK

 

NOODLES FRESH RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER
TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 4:30 – 9 PM

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Treat your friends and family to this local noodle spot on Feb. 28, mention Korematsu, and 50% of the proceeds will go to our school (DINE IN ONLY, PLEASE).

Noodles Fresh is located at 10042 San Pablo Ave, across from Pastime Hardware. Tel: 898-1710.

 

PTSA MEETING FEATURING SPECIAL SESSION “LOOKING AHEAD: WHAT TO EXPECT AT ECHS” AND BAND PARENTS MEETING

TUESDAY, MARCH 14

The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the Multipurpose Room. After covering PTSA business, we will hold a session on ECHS, along the lines of “what to expect,” which is specially designed to help 8th graders and their families navigate their way through the first few months of high school. This year, ECHS Principal Edith Jordan-McCormick and Assistant Principal Jay Eirvin will be on hand to talk about academic and administrative matters, as well as extra curricular programs at the high school.

Learn also about what it’s like to be a Gaucho from our panel of student speakers.

So come with questions and get your answers.

Preceding the PTSA meeting is the Band Parents meeting in the band room, starting at 6 PM.

See you there!

 

SAVE THE DATES: EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL INFO TOURS EVERY THIRD THURSDAY OF MARCH AND APRIL 9 TO 11 AM

El Cerrito High School will host parent tours every third Thursday of the month the next two months. The tours will be from 9 to 11 AM. The tour will start with a question and answer period with Principal McCormick and end with classroom visits lead by Leadership students. Please check in at the main office. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at 510-231-1437.

 

CALIFORNIA HEALTHY KIDS SURVEY – TAKE THE SURVEY NOW THROUGH MARCH 15

Survey Link:

Access Code: VM32PN

Message from CHKS:

Share your thoughts about your child’s school in the California School Parent Survey. Results are anonymous and will help guide school planning for the upcoming years. Please select your school to begin. This online survey will stay open until March 15, 2017.

The purpose of this survey is to obtain parent perceptions of student behavior and attitudes, school programs and policies, and the overall school climate as they relate to student well-being and learning. It deals with such issues as truancy, safety, harassment, substance use, school connectedness, and learning supports. The survey is a companion to the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), and the California School Climate Survey (CSCS) for staff.

Your participation is voluntary. It is also very important. The information you provide will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, improve student achievement, and reduce health risks that stand as barriers to learning.

This is an anonymous survey. It is designed so that no one can be identified from the data. You do not have to respond to any questions that you feel could be used to identify you. Simply skip any such questions.

All questions apply to this school only.

The results are for the use of your district. CDE/CHKS will preserve data confidentiality and refer any data requests to the district.

Instructions for Accessing the Survey:

If you have more than one child at this school, please complete one survey for each child. Each school has a unique url and access code.

Access the login page for the survey using the following URL. Enter the following school code and click the Take Survey button:

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

Access Code: VM32PN

 

SAVE THE DATE: GOLDEN GATE FIELDS ON MARCH 26

screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-10-12-14-pmThe PTSA and band have been given another date to work a Dollar Day at the Golden Gate Fields. Please consider volunteering at this fun-raiser! We serve hot dogs and beer, (and sneak off to place a few bets). Your PTSA AND the band program will earn $1,000 + tips.

Sign up for a few hours here

KOREMATSU SUMMER BAND CAMP

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-10-21-58-pmJune 19-23 & June 26-30

At this summer camp, Korematsu band director Tiffany Carrico offers young musicians the opportunity to develop their music skills while making new friends. For more information on times and prices, please click on the flyer below:

Korematsu summer band camp flyer 2017.pdf

If you would like to reserve a spot for your child, or have any questions about the camp, please contact Ms. Carrico at scrappyslap@hotmail.com or on 510-717-0718.

 

UC BERKELEY GIRLS IN ENGINEERING SUMMER CAMPS

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All Bay Area girls who are currently in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade are invited to apply to the UC Berkeley Girls in Engineering Summer Camps. For more information, please visit : http://girlsinengineering.berkeley.edu/

Applications are due on March 1, 2017. However, applications may close earlier if there is a strong demand.

While there is a fee for the camps, camp is free for families who demonstrate financial need (by qualifying for free or reduced price lunch, CalFresh, or Medi-Cal). No scholarship application is required.
MEET STAN YOGI AND LAURA ATKINS, CO-AUTHORS OF “FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP”

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-11-06-17-pmOakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland, California

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 12 PM

Another opportunity to hear Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins talk about their book at Center for Asian American Media Festival (CAAMFEST). Watch, listen, and learn.

SAVE THE DATE: EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL SWING DANCE
EL CERRITO COMMUNITY CENTER
MARCH 18, 2017

The El Cerrito High School Band Program will be hosting their annual Swing Dance is taking place on Saturday, March 18, at the El Cerrito Community Center. This popular event features live music to dance (provided by the program’s Jazz Ensemble and Workshop), among others.

 

SAVE THE DATE: LUNAFEST EAST BAY

lunafestECHS PERFORMING ARTS THEATER

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 7:30 PM

It’s our 10th anniversary season of LUNAFEST East Bay and we hope you’ll join us for another inspiring evening featuring nine new short films by, for and about women! LUNAFEST comes to El Cerrito High’s Performing Arts Theater on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are available online or by cash/check now. Visit us at http://www.lunafest.org/elcerrito0318 for more information. $20 General ($25 at door), $10 Seniors 65+/Handicapped, $5 Teachers & Students w/ID, $60 VIP Reception + Films. 100% of net proceeds from the event benefit EC High’s IT Academy, the EC Community Foundation and the Breast Cancer Fund.

The evening will kick off with our signature Filmmaker Panel with local author Patty Enrado who will chat with two of this season’s talented filmmakers in a brief onstage interview before the films.

ECHS graduate and 2016 Lunafest filmmaker, Anna Schumacher, will be the evening’s MC.

Desserts from Braxton’s Boxes and coffee from Well Grounded will be available during intermission. A raffle with amazing prizes from local vendors will round out the evening.

A VIP Pre-Reception with catered hors d’oeuvres, fine wines and refreshing beers at a private residence just minutes from the theater. Please join us in celebrating our 10th anniversary!

Please note: While LUNAFEST films are not formally rated, we recommend that attendees be age 16+.

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The Phoenix, February 9, 2017


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KUDOS TO MS. LA DUE

Seventh Grade English Teacher Ms. La Due won a 2017 Ed Fund Teaching Excellence Award. Making us proud!

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL VISITS KOREMATSU

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16

ECHS Counselors and Assistant Principal Jay Eirvin will visit 8th graders to talk about class choices for 2017/18.

 

screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-9-02-30-pmTIKI PARTY FUNDRAISER (A CELEBRATE KOREMATSU AUCTION ITEM)

APRIL 22, 6-9 PM

Party people, come enjoy planter’s punch and pu pu platters at the Schulze Family Tiki Lounge. $25 per person, $50 per couple. Adults only. Host families: Near Souza, Rula Craner, Karen Veitch, Leandra Johnson, Jen Treuting, and Carrie Schulze. Please email cafabfam@gmail.com if you’d like to join in the fun. Limited spots available.
screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-9-08-41-pmKOREMATSU SOFTBALL TEAM

Parent Randy Sepe is forming a girls softball team at Korematsu for the next two years. Here’s his message:

1) Korematsu Softball Team Informational Meeting

Who: All 7th- and 8th-grade girls are invited

Where: A217

When: Tues, February 14th during lunch time

2) Season Information

First Practice: Monday, February 27th at 3pm

Practices: Monday and Thursday from 3 – 4:15pm

Games: TBD, hope is to play other Middle Schools in the Bay Area (approximately 10-14 games)

Season: Feb 27 – May 26.

Contact: Randy Sepe at randysarah1@yahoo.com or 925-895-9672 for more information

GRATITUDE NOTES:

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU, SCIENCE FAIR, AND RIGHTS + RESPECT WEEK

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Chairs: Judy Chin and Joanne Okano

Celebrate Korematsu was truly a community endeavor, so we would like to thank the many people who helped with the event. We apologize to anyone whose name we have inadvertently omitted!

We particularly want to thank the lead volunteers for their often extraordinary efforts to put on the event and keep it running smoothly: Jen Treuting, Leandra Johnson, Lee Hamilton, Guy Fong, Stephanie Fong, Jeff Walker, Eowyn Mader, Bonney Lynch, Estella Sloan, Estela Banuelos, Carolyn Day Flowers, and Tony Sokolowski.

An especially big thank you goes to Trish McDermott and Marc LaJoie of The Arlington for generously donating so much of their time and expertise to prepare the delicious dinner!

We greatly appreciate the many volunteers who provided hours and hours of help before, during, and after the event or who gave donations to support the event. Thank yous go to Michelle Arakaki, Lauren Low, Saidah Said, Martha Burke, Fiona Grigg, Miriam Henneberger, Farhat Daud, Matt Fillingim, Rosa Leon, Lisha Holmestl, Chris Sterba, Randolph Bush, Larry Madden, Greg Chang, Jenny Han, Roni Bramwell, Carrie Schulze, Patty Osorio-O’Dea, Melissa Ehman, Keri Klein, Stephanie Kaiser, Jon Lebeck, Melissa Ehman, Jackie Kinney, Caroline Escalante, Kent Escalante, Mark Frey, Heather Walsh, Jake Schweitzer, Alonn Ilan, Lynn D’Amato, Cathy Pan, Ellen Hartigan–O’Connor, Gabriela Soriano, Ricardo Velasco, Adam Willett, Christian Thompson, Karen Thompson, Jeff Norman, Louie Mendoza, Cecie Mendoza, Michelle Fillingim, Dave Flowers, Kath Delaney, Erik Johnson, Kelly Bush, Rich Denio, Beckie Denio, Mike Yamauchi, Diana Yamauchi, Ilona Clark, Cindy Mekjian, Eileen King, Karen Robinson, Aaron Escalante, Karen Veitch, Bhrett Lash, Raheela James, Patty Enrado, Kathryn Tomaeno, Alex James, Rachelle Sherris-Watt, Angela Marengo, Marya Davis, Celina Brown, Emil Brown, Demetrio Franklin, Jenna Walker, Miya Escalante, Josephine Flood, Simha Furaha, and all those who simply pitched in to help as needed.

Special thanks also go to our tireless ECHS volunteers: Tamika Whitenack, Miya Keilin, Claire Sterling, Taiyo Keilin, Julia Walker and Ben Ragasa.

Many, many thanks go to auction chairs Rula Craner and Negar Souza and their talented auction team. Please read below for a message of thanks from Negar.

We thank the Korematsu Jazz Band and the Korematsu Jazz Ensemble for a job well done, and Ms. Sarah La Due for a stellar performance; it was a terrific show. Clearly, an enormous thank you from all of us goes to Tiffany Carrico, Korematsu’s amazing band director, for making the music happen.

Finally, thank you to Principal Matthew Burnham for his support of the Korematsu community, including opening the school on Saturday for the Celebrate Korematsu crew.

With great appreciation,

Judy Chin and Joanne Okano

THANK YOU TO THE CELEBRATE KOREMATSU AUCTION TEAM!

Chairs: Negar Souza and Rula Craner

We would like to thank all of the people who helped support the auction portion of the evening. It was a huge success and we are grateful for your time and help!

Alonn Ilan, Beth Lewis, Cecie Mendoza, Tammy Garretson, Larry Madden, Jen Toledo, Carrie Schulze, Karen Vietch, Gaetano Fong, Stephanie Fong, Cali Fong, Lani Stern, Maia Stern

A huge thank you to my partner, Rula Craner, without you we wouldn’t have such a successful event! And if we forgot you, it’s not because we didn’t appreciate you, it’s because we are still mentally recovering!

Thanks again,

Negar Souza

SCIENCE FAIR

Chair: Ying-Tsu Loh

Thank you to the Science Fair Judges and helpers!

Thanks to the judges who put in many hours of work evaluating science posters this year. Judges this year were: Bobbie Dowling, Melissa Ehman, Jon Lebeck, Larry Madden, Jeff Norman, Jeff Walker and Janette Wallis. Thank you’s also go out to Judy Chin and Cindy Mekjian for providing homemade snacks and dinner. A special thank-you to Mr. Kunz for providing his room and helping with poster set-ups, and Luke and Alec Thilmony for helping with the Science Fair Night.

Good luck to the Junior Scientists at the West Contra Costa Science Fair!

RIGHTS + RESPECT WEEK

Chair: Saidah Said

Last week, students learned more about the work of Fred Korematsu and other civil rights activists from a special assembly as well as an exhibit on Fred’s work; gained an opportunity to follow other students’ thoughts on the cultural value of respect from the three Walls of Respect; and given a chance to sit through lunchtime screenings of documentaries on civil rights efforts. Our students and school are fortunate to have the generous support of:

— Authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, who gave a splendid presentation on the Fred Korematsu story, with readings from their new book “Korematsu Speaks Up” ;

— Sakura Kai Taiko group who performed with energy and purpose;

— Toru Saito, a survivor of Japanese internment during the second world war, for his relevant perspective and heartfelt performance;

— Ms. La Due and Ms. Bogie for introducing the participants during the assembly;

— Chris Sterba, who put together the exhibit on Fred Korematsu;

— Korematsu Institute, for making documents and photos available;

— Janice Staubus Wallis, who helped with the Walls of Respect;

— Kazue Nakahara, for her friendly advice;

— Southern Poverty Law Center for the videos;

— and Mr. Burnham for his unfailing support with things technical and administrative during this week.

 

screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-9-04-06-pmKNOW YOUR RIGHTS INFORMATION SESSION

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 5:30 PM — 6:30 PM

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE EAST BAY RICHMOND OFFICE

217 HARBOR WAY, RICHMOND

Get information on your rights in view of new developments regarding immigration. Please see flyer attached. Also attached is flyer on the next Naturalization workshop on Saturday, February 25th in Oakland.

Know Your Rights Flyer for ENGLISH 2.22.17.pdf

Know Your Rights Flyer for 2.22.17 Spanish.

NATZ Feb 25 2017_SPANISH_FLYER.PDF

NATZ Feb 25 2017 ENGLISH_FLYER.PDF
screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-11-06-17-pmMEET STAN YOGI AND LAURA ATKINS, CO-AUTHORS OF “FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP”

Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland, California

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 12 PM

Another opportunity to hear Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins talk about their book at Center for Asian American Media Festival (CAAMFEST). Watch, listen, and learn.

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