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

screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-10-12-49-pm

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

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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

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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
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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, January 26, 2017

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-10-40-17-pmKOREMATSU RIGHTS + RESPECT WEEK

JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 3

Next week is the PTSA-sponsored Rights + Respect Week. It is time where students can 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. Events during this week include:

~ Fred T. Korematsu Tribute on Korematsu Day – Monday, Jan. 30

Who is Fred T. Korematsu? On Jan. 30, which is Korematsu’s birthday, learn about his achievements in advancing civil rights. A special exhibit in the MPR will reveal the story of the man behind the name.

~ Korematsu Assembly – Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, 2nd and 3rd Periods

Authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi present their new book “Korematsu Speaks Up.” Joining them are Japanese internment survivor Toru Saito, the Sakura Kai Senior Center taiko group, and the winner of Korematsu speech contest. Wear KMS colors — red and gold.

~ Three Walls of Respect – All Week

Students recently wrote a few things about what respect means to them. Follow their thoughts on this important cultural value on the Three Walls of Respect in the school hallways.

~ Films on Civil Rights – All Week

Reflect on the efforts of civil rights activists. The films will be screened in the MPR during seventh and eighth grade lunch periods.

~ National History Day Showcase – February 2, C 212 (Mr. U’s Room), 5 to 6 PM. (More info below)

 

URGENT APPEAL: VOLUNTEER AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

This is a fun-raiser! Mark off a few hours for us on that day and come down to Golden Gate Fields and work Dollar Days. We serve hot dogs and beer, (and sneak off to place a few bets). Your PTSA earns $1,000 + tips. It is fun! Really!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fPmnn__ee3SZ8U7P5dGLvvluRJCTp9PhAEZFrBKIk80/edit?usp=sharing

 

national-historySAVE THE DATE: NATIONAL HISTORY DAY SHOWCASE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, C212 (MR. URIOSTEGUE’S ROOM), 5 TO 6 PM
Learn from projects by 8th graders that explore the theme “Taking a Stand.”

 

SAVE THE DATE: KOREMATSU SCIENCE FAIR NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, MPR, 7 TO 8 PM
The Science Fair is coming! A Korematsu tradition that’s not to be missed!

 

IMPORTANT CELEBRATE KOREMATSU UPDATE

celebrate-korematsu-2015TICKETS: Celebrate Korematsu is officially sold out. If you have reserved CK tickets that you won’t be able to use, please email celebratekorematsu@gmail.com so we can make those tickets available to parties on the wait list.

CALL FOR DESSERTS: Contribute one dessert in the coming year to the Dessert of the Month auction item! Click here to access the sign up sheet.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEER WITH TRUCK: Delivery person needed for larger furniture items after the auction! Truck required. Email negarsouza@comcast.net with questions.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: To help out, click on this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uoNtlEIc6v4u1zqflWPCak-fwcprnXfhfBz-e06_Vfo/edit#gid=0

2016-2017 YEARBOOK — ORDER NOW!

Lowest Price in History for 2016-2017 Yearbooks! 64+ colored pages! $30 until Feb. 26, 2017. Prices are scheduled to go up midnight Feb 27, 2017.

Online orders only accepted now. Please go to http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/

Orders can be placed via cash/check in the school office after January 19th until February 26th for $30. Forms will be available in the office.

VALENTINE’S DAY ACTIVITIES
Organized by Ms. Renee & Leadership

Valentine’s Day Dance, Tuesday, February 14, 2:30-4PM, MPR

Tickets sold 2/9 through 2/14. Must have ID and signed permission slip to purchase ticket. Permission slips available in office or in Ms. Renee’s room A221 starting in February. Prices: 2/9=$2; 2/10=$2.50; 2/13=$3; 2/14=$4…and $5 @ the door.

Adult Chaperones are needed and welcome. Here are jobs available:
–Lobby Help…watch bathroom traffic and sell latelings tickets
–Backpack watch…supervise use/access of backpacks, esp at beginning & end of dance
–Pizza…take raffle ticket from student and exchange w/pizza slice
–Refreshments…help keep drink/snack table from being too messy

Please contact Ms. Renee if you can come at crenee@wccusd.net or text me: 510-495-5274.
We also welcome any contributions of red/pink/white decorations for the dance. They can be dropped off at the office or at Ms. Renee’s room A221. AND…we could use 2-3 adult helpers to come decorate with about a dozen kids period 7 on the day of the dance, Feb. 14th.1:35-2:25PM. Contact Ms. Renee.

Candy Grams–Sold at lunctime in MPR Wed. Feb 8th-13th and Distributed period 7 at the end of the class period. Items sold: Bag of Chocolate Kisses, or Heart-Shaped Stress Ball, or Chocolate Rose $1.50 each. Student should find out their friends’ last period room number or teacher. Any adult who’d like to help distribute these to teachers on Feb. 14th would be welcome. Let Ms. Renee know.
cmeaKUDOS TO KOREMATSU JAZZ

The Korematsu Jazz Ensemble scored Excellent in every category in last week’s California Music Educators Association festival and competition in Walnut Creek.
OPEN ENROLLMENT INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER
JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Open Enrollment Flyer 2017-2018.pdf
SEVENTH ANNUAL FRED T. KOREMATSU DAY OF CIVIL LIBERTIES AND THE CONSTITUTION EVENT, “STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT”
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2 PM, PARAMOUNT THEATER, OAKLAND
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The Fred T. Korematsu Institute presents the 7th Annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution event, “Stand Up For What Is Right”. Commerating the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 that authorized the forced removal and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. Our topic this year is “Mass Incarceration Across Communitites: What’s Next?” Featured guest speakers include Alicia Garza, Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter; Farhana Khera, Executive Director of Muslim Advocates; Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender and documentary filmmaker, and David Ono, anchor ABC7 News, Los Angeles who will be our MC. Also, performances from spoken word group, Young, Gifted & Black; rapper, spoken word artist and music by Ruby Ibarra; Cal Raijin Taiko of UC Berkeley, the Fred T. Korematsu Middle School speech contest winner, and including other special guests.

Tickets: http://www1.ticketmaster.com/fred-korematsu-day-of-civil-liberties-oakland-california-01-29-2017/event/1C00522BE6B13626?artistid=2325847&tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search

 

FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP BOOK LAUNCH

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2 TO 4 PM

J-SEI, 1285 66TH STREET, EMERYVILLE, CA

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi; illustrator Yutaka Houlette; and Director of the Korematsu Institute, Karen Korematsu, Fred’s daughter, to learn about Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. This event is for children, families, teachers, librarians, and anyone who wants to join. Light food and drinks, plus the sale of the books.

To find out more and to RSVP, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fred-korematsu-speaks-up-book-launch-tickets-30106809277

UPCOMING: JOHN DAVERSA’ S JAZZ BAND AT EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, ECHS, 6:30 PM

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EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL THIRD ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017

screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-49-57-pmECHS will host its third annual Jazz Festival featuring high school jazz programs throughout the Bay Area. The festival include workshops, master classes, clinics, and adjudicated performances. The culminating event will be an evening concert with the Donny McCaslin group at 7pm. Evening concert is $15 which includes festival all day pass. Festival only passes are $10. Tickets can be purchased at http://echsbands.com/festival/

CLEAN ENERGY
Go 100% Renewable to Celebrate El Cerrito’s 100th Anniversary!
For its 100th anniversary, El Cerrito has a lot to celebrate. As an El Cerrito businesses or resident, you can celebrate your energy options and celebrate taking action toward a cleaner, greener planet for future generations. For just a penny more per kilowatt hour, MCE customers can get 100% Deep Green renewable electricity sourced from solar and wind power. Sign up today at mceCleanEnergy.org/ElCerrito.

ED TALKS: DOES ADDRESSING BIAS DISRUPT BULLYING?

FEBRUARY 8, 217C W RICHMOND AVE, 7 TO 8 PM

The Ed Fund is a nonprofit organization focused on developing collaborative groups that provide resources and support to aid students with college readiness, access, and completion. Come learn about our current work and activities while engaging in a lively conversation around different education topics at the Ed Talks information session. This month’s guest collaborative partner is the Anti-Defamation League. Held on the second Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:00pm at the Ed Fund offices at 217C West Richmond Avenue in Point Richmond. Register for the February 8th Ed Talk at www.edfundwest.org/event.

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The Phoenix, January 19, 2017

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU

celebrate-korematsu-2015SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, ALBANY VETERANS’ MEMORIAL BUILDING, 1325 PORTLAND AVE, ALBANY, CA
5:30 TO 9:30 PM
Get Your Tickets NOW — ONLY AROUND 50 TICKETS LEFT!

Please join us for Celebrate Korematsu, a fundraiser for our school, our community and our fabulous bands. Enjoy great food, a silent and live auction, and music performed by our great, young musicians, as well as the talented Ms. Sarah La Due.

Celebrate Korematsu is a community wide event and everyone — not just band folks — is welcome!

Adults $25, Youths under 18 $15 until Friday, January 27

Adults $30, Youths under 18 $20 after Friday, January 27

Tickets may be ordered in one of three ways:

  1. E-mail celebratekorematsu@gmail.com . Please indicate your name, # of adults, and # of youths. An e-mail reply will confirm your order and include payment details.
  2. Order online at https://korematsumiddleschool.org/bands/. Pay by clicking “I Heart Music.” Please indicate in comment section “Celebrate Korematsu,” your name, and # of tickets.
  3. Return stub on the flyer attached with payment in envelope addressed to “Celebrate Korematsu Tickets.” Turn in to Ms. Carrico in the Band Room.

CK Flyer 2017.pdf

All proceeds support our music and PTSA programs, including math tutoring, teacher and classroom grants, and so much more!

Questions? Contact us! celebratekorematsu@gmail.com

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU: CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

It takes a village to put on a big fundraiser like this so please volunteer to help out if you can. Click on this link

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU: CALL FOR DONATIONS

Do you have a special talent, service, own a business or a vacation rental? Consider donating to the Celebrate Korematsu event to help raise money to ensure key programs such as the music, writing coaches, disaster preparedness supplies, classroom supplies, library books, as well as reading and math tutoring programs continue to be funded!

Are you a professional chef? Donate a cooking lesson or a gourmet dinner.

Do you like to host events or parties? Host a barbecue, garden or cocktail party.

Do you have a business to promote? Donate a gift certificate.

Please contact Rula Craner at rula_craner@yahoo.com or 415.297.8380 for ideas or any questions about your donation. Or complete a Donor Form (attached) and leave in the office.

Celebrate Korematsu Donation Form 2017.docx
CELEBRATE KOREMATSU: DESSERTS, ANYONE?
Want to do something small that makes a big impact for our school auction? Contribute one dessert in the coming year to the Dessert of the Month auction item! The winner gets a dessert every month delivered to their door. Each contributor makes just one dessert, but the winner of the item gets 12 desserts!! Click here to access the sign up sheet. Email Alonn at alonnilan@gmail.com with questions.

 

PTSA WORKS GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

This is a fun-raiser! Mark off a few hours for us on that day and come down to Golden Gate Fields and work Dollar Days. We serve hot dogs and beer, (and sneak off to place a few bets). Your PTSA earns $1,000 + tips. It is fun! Really!

Details

 

2016-2017 YEARBOOK — ORDER NOW!

Lowest Price in History for 2016-2017 Yearbooks! 64+ colored pages! $30 until Feb. 26, 2017. Prices are scheduled to go up midnight Feb 27, 2017.

Online orders only accepted now.

Orders can be placed via cash/check in the school office after January 19th until February 26th for $30. Forms will be available in the office.

IMPORTANT INFO ON PSAT 8/9 SCORE AND MORE!

college-board-logoEvery October, students in 8th and 9th grades take the PSAT 8/9. This is a standardized test that measures students’ college and career readiness as they enter high school. The test is taken at school.

The PSAT 8/9 serves as a warm-up to the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) taken at high school. The PSAT/NQSMT itself is a precursor to the SAT, a college-entrance exam that measures student aptitude in reading, writing and math, and optional subjects of science, history and languages.

At Korematsu, every 8th grade student will be able to view his or her PSAT 8/9 score with the assigned 8th grade counselor during the counselor classroom visit, which this year will take place in the last week of January during Math class.

During this visit students will:
a) Receive an Individual Score Report booklet that will provide a personal access code that is required to retrieve the PSAT scores online through the College Board website;
b) Be shown how to create a Khan Academy account at https://www.khanacademy.org/sat . This resource can also be used to prepare for PSAT/NSQMT, a warm-up to the SAT, which will be administered in high school;
c) Guided to visit bigfuture.org to learn more about careers and college majors.

How to Access the PSAT 8/9 Scores Online
1. Go to collegeboard.org
2. Click on “Sign Up” to create a College Board account

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* However, the College Board currently does not collect personal information for students under the age of 13. PSAT 8/9 test takers under 13 can review their results on the paper score report or can review their scores in school with their counselor (see above).
3. Once you have created an account, log in with your username and password.
4. If you don’t see your scores on your dashboard after logging in, click the Add Score(s) button and use the access code that is shared with you by your counselor during the counselor classroom visit.
5. Click on PSAT 8/9
6. Click on “Get Your Scores.” Once your account is linked to your scores, it will look something like this:

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If you run into problems accessing the test scores, please read more here:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/about/scores/score-report-help#troubleshoot-missing-scores

How to Understand the Scores
The online score report shows students how they performed on the test, which will give them an idea on what to improve on as they prepare for the SAT. The report score contains scores, percentiles, and benchmarks. Students will also see the questions they have got wrong and which skills were tested.

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For more tips, watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzCSIilL3WQ&feature=youtu.be

Ways to Use Your PSAT Score Report
a. Your score results will indicate the areas you need to focus on as you prepare for the SAT.
b. Your score results will allow you to create a free, personalized SAT practice plan by linking your College Board and Khan Academy accounts to access SAT practice recommendations based on your performance on the PSAT.

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BRIGHTBYTES AND WCCUSD

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Dear WCCUSD Parent/Guardian,

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

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

Your participation and support is important to us and will give us a more complete understanding of our district’s technology use. Our first step is to gather data from you, the members of our parent community.

Below is a link to the parent survey, as well as a QR code which can be scanned with a mobile device running a QR code reader. This will allow you to access the survey on your smartphone or another mobile device (such as a tablet). Please note that the survey is short and should only take about 5 to 8 minutes of your time.

Korematsu Middle School

Take the survey in English: www.BByt.es/XH2UP

Encuesta para los padres en español URL: http://goo.gl/pQRIFQ

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER

JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 4, 2017

If you wish for your child to be considered for a transfer to a school that is not your resident school, please read the guidelines stated in the attached flyer, complete the Open Enrollment Transfer Application form, and provide one current utility bill as address verification.

Transfer applications may be obtained starting on January 31st through February 14th, 2017 from the office of any school, the Transfer Office, or the district’s website at wccusd.net. Transfer Office hours during the Open Enrollment Transfer Period is Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Applications can be submitted in the following ways:

• Mail or in person: 1108 Bissell Ave, Room 108. Richmond, CA 94801

• Fax: (510) 620-2085 – received applications by fax will not be confirmed

• Email: transferoffice@wccusd.net

Open Enrollment Flyer 2017-2018.pdf
FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP BOOK LAUNCH

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2 TO 4 PM

J-SEI, 1285 66TH STREET, EMERYVILLE, CA

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Fred Korematsu challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans when few others did. A new children’s book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, explores this civil rights hero’s life and its relevance today. Join authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi; illustrator Yutaka Houlette; and Director of the Korematsu Institute, Karen Korematsu, Fred’s daughter, to learn about Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. This event is for children, families, teachers, librarians, and anyone who wants to join. We’ll have activities for kids and short presentations by the authors, the illustrator, and Karen Korematsu. Light food and drinks, plus the sale of the books.

To find out more and to RSVP, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fred-korematsu-speaks-up-book-launch-tickets-30106809277

ED TALKS: DOES ADDRESSING BIAS DISRUPT BULLYING?

screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-9-32-02-pmThe Ed Fund is a nonprofit organization focused on developing collaborative groups that provide resources and support to aid students with college readiness, access, and completion. Come learn about our current work and activities while engaging in a lively conversation around different education topics at the Ed Talks information session. This month’s guest collaborative partner is the Anti-Defamation League. Held on the second Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:00pm at the Ed Fund offices at 217C West Richmond Avenue in Point Richmond. Register for the February 8th Ed Talk at www.edfundwest.org/event.

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The Phoenix, January 5, 2017

KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING (7PM) + BAND PARENTS MEETING (6PM) TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the Multipurpose Room. After covering PTSA business, we will hold a special session:

“A YEAR LATER: AFTER ACTION REVIEW – THE NEW KOREMATSU BUILDING”

This session is devoted to giving comment on the building process, communications, the move and the after! How did it go? What do we love about our new building? What would we do differently? For about 30 minutes we will open the floor to your comments.

We will have WCCUSD District Engineering Officer, Luis Freese and consultants from EIP2 in attendance.

ALL ARE WELCOME. TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS TOO!

Agenda is attached here: January 10 Meeting – Google Docs.pdf

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

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10th, 4:30 PM TO 8 PM

Come in to the Chipotle at 9901 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito on Tuesday, January 10th between 4:30pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Korematsu Middle School. Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer

KOREMATSU SCIENCE FAIR, CALL FOR JUDGES!

Are you a science fan? Or simply someone who would like to support or inspire budding scientists? We are looking for parents, guardians or other community members to grade science fair projects. No experience is necessary and we have a grading rubric to guide you!
When: Tuesday, January 17th

Choose arrival times for judging: 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 4:00 -5:30 p.m. Give yourselves a total of 3 hours to judge 40-45 posters.

Where: Korematsu Middle School, location TBD

Sign up at: http://bit.ly/KMSscience

Don’t want to judge? We also need help with food purchases in the morning and evening for the judges. Other opportunities to help — Korematsu Science Fair Night in early February, the WCCUSD Science Fair in late February, and the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair in March. Contact us! korematsuptsa@gmail.com

Please help grow our science tradition!

NEW YEAR TEACHER LUNCHEON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th

Let’s provide some warmth to our teachers and staff on these cold winter days. Do you have a favorite soup or stew to share? Or perhaps a comforting salad? To contribute a dish or to help, please click on this link.

WCCUSD LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP) TOWN HALL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 6:30 TO 8 PM

PINOLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
1575 Mann Dr.
Pinole, 94564

WCCUSD welcomes students, families, staff, and community members to learn more about the 2016-17 LCAP and provide feedback on each goal and its actions and services.

Korematsu needs at least 3 parents to represent the school. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Principal Burnham at mburnham@wccusd.net . Thank you!

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
ALBANY VETERANS’ MEMORIAL BUILDING, 1325 PORTLAND AVE, ALBANY, CA
5:30 TO 9:30 PM

NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!
WOO-HOO!

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

Please join us for Celebrate Korematsu, a fundraiser for our school, our community and our fabulous bands. Enjoy great food, a silent and live auction, and music performed by our great, young musicians, as well as the talented Ms. Sarah La Due.

Adults $25, Youths under 18 $15 until Friday, January 27
Adults $30, Youths under 18 $20 after Friday, January 27

Tickets may be ordered in one of three ways:

  1. E-mail celebratekorematsu@gmail.com . Please indicate your name, # of adults, and # of youths. An e-mail reply will confirm your order and include payment details.
  2. Order online at https://korematsumiddleschool.org/bands/. Pay by clicking “I Heart Music.” Please indicate in comment section “Celebrate Korematsu,” your name, and # of tickets.
  3.  Return stub on the flyer attached with payment in envelope addressed to “Celebrate Korematsu Tickets.” Turn in to Ms. Carrico in the Band Room.

All proceeds support our music and PTSA programs, including math tutoring, teacher and classroom grants, and so much more!

View the Invitation Here!
THIS EVENT ALWAYS SELLS OUT.
BUY TICKETS IMMEDIATELY.
Questions? Contact us! celebratekorematsu@gmail.com

RIGHTS + RESPECT WEEK

JANUARY 30 (KOREMATSU DAY) TO FEBRUARY 3

Events to include a school-wide assembly focusing on Fred T. Korematsu’s fight for universal rights; film screenings; and an evening celebrating student history projects that explore the theme “Taking a Stand.” If you are interested to help, please email korematsuptsa@gmail.com .

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY PROJECTS BY 8TH GRADERS

The History Department will showcase the National History Day projects by eighth graders in an evening event, date TBD, during the Rights + Respect Week, January 30 to February 3.

2016-2017 YEARBOOK — ORDER NOW!

Lowest Price in History for 2016-2017 Yearbooks! 64+ colored pages! $30 until Feb 26, 2017. Prices are scheduled to go up midnight Feb 27, 2017.

Online orders only accepted now. Please go to http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/

Orders can be placed via cash/check in the school office after January 19th until February 26th for $30. Forms will be available in the office.

OPEN ENROLLMENT INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER

JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 4, 2017

If you wish for your child to be considered for a transfer to a school that is not your resident school, please read the guidelines stated in the attached flyer, complete the Open Enrollment Transfer Application form, and provide one current utility bill as address verification.

Transfer applications may be obtained starting on January 31st through February 14th, 2017 from the office of any school, the Transfer Office, or the district’s website at http://www.wccusd.net/page/550 . Transfer Office hours during the Open Enrollment Transfer Period are Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Applications can be submitted in the following ways:

• Mail or in person: 1108 Bissell Ave, Room 108. Richmond, CA 94801

• Fax: (510) 620-2085 – received applications by fax will not be confirmed

• Email: transferoffice@wccusd.net

Open Enrollment Flyer 2017-2018.pdf

WRITER COACHES NEEDED FOR SPRING SEMESTER

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to be more involved in the ECHS community? WriterCoach Connection (WCC) is a rewarding experience working one-on-one with students at every level of writing ability on their English writing assignments. In partnership with teachers, trained writer coaches help students strengthen their writing and critical thinking skills by giving them constructive feedback, challenging them to think more deeply, and building their confidence as writers. The time commitment is only one class period, two to three times per month. All coaching takes place during the school day.

You don’t need to be a writer or teacher — WCC coaches are parents, guardians, college students, working and retired people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. Our in-depth training will give you strategies and practice to work effectively with students, including your own. If you are unable to coach right now, please tell a friend or neighbor who might be interested.

Upcoming nearby trainings are offered at the following times:

Fridays 1/6 & 1/13 9:30 – Noon
Thursdays 1/12 & 1/19 Noon – 3:00

Upcoming trainings located in Berkeley are offered at the following times:

Tuesdays 1/10 & 1/17 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Fridays 1/20 & 1/27 9:30 – 12:30
Mondays 1/23 & 1/30 12:00 – 3:00
You are welcome to attend any training. To register for a training or for more information, go to www.writercoachconnection.org (click on “Volunteer”) or contact ECHS site coordinator – Lynda Frank (lyndafrankwcc@gmail.com).

MAGICAL NATHANIEL AT ECHS, ECHS THEATER, JANUARY 13, 6 TO 7:30 PM

Come see Magical Nathaniel’s return show at El Cerrito High School! Direct from graduating from UC Berkeley and performing for more than 30,000 people at the commencement ceremony, Magical Nathaniel returns to his high school to put on another incredible magic performance. This mind boggling show will include circus skills and never before seen original illusions that are sure to leave you speechless! Don’t miss this incredible magic experience!

Pre-sale at ECHS Cashier’s office:
Children under 5: free
Children K-12: $4
Students/Seniors: $5
Adult: $7
Brown Paper Tickets ($0.99 + 3.5% service charge)
Child/student: $6.17
Brown Paper Tickets Link: echsmagic.brownpapertickets.com
Adult: $8.24
At the door:
Children under 5: free
Children K-12: $5

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TOTAL HEALTH DAY OF SERVICE

FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS GRADES 6-9
JANUARY 16, 2017, 8 AM TO 2 PM
WATERFRONT HOTEL, OAKLAND

Kaiser Permanente is pleased to host an inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Total Health Day of Service event that will offer interesting and educational workshops to parents and students in grades 6-9. Experts in Financial Literacy, Academia, Mental and Physical Health will lead interactive workshops. Kaiser Permanente leaders also will share insights on Kaiser Permanente’s mission and why we are committed to total health in the communities we serve.

Who: Parents and students grades 6-9 (Please forward or share the flyer with your organization)
Date & Time: January 16, 2017, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, California
How to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607 or email the event coordinators at KP-MLK-Event@kp.org
Agenda:
8:00 am – 8:30 am – Check-in & Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am – Opening Comments
9:45 am – 12:30 pm – Breakout Sessions for Parents and Students
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Closing Comments
Break Out Sessions:
Parents:
Financial Health / Financial Literacy
Physical Health
Mental Health
Students:
Academic Health
Financial Health / Financial Literacy
Physical Health
Sign-up Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607
Or go to www.EventBrite.com and search for “KP MLK Total Health Day of Service”.
If you have any questions, please email KP-MLK-Event@kp.org.

FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP BOOK LAUNCH

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2 TO 4 PM
J-SEI, 1285 66TH STREET, EMERYVILLE, CA
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Fred Korematsu challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans when few others did. A new children’s book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, explores this civil rights hero’s life and its relevance today. Join authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi; illustrator Yutaka Houlette; and Director of the Korematsu Institute, Karen Korematsu, Fred’s daughter, to learn about Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. This event is for children, families, teachers, librarians, and anyone who wants to join. We’ll have activities for kids and short presentations by the authors, the illustrator, and Karen Korematsu. Light food and drinks, plus the sale of the books.

To find out more and to RSVP, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fred-korematsu-speaks-up-book-launch-tickets-30106809277

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The Phoenix, December 29, 2016

SCHOOL WILL RESUME ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2017

Wishing everyone all good things on this new year!

KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING

KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING (7PM) + BAND PARENTS MEETING (6PM)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the Multipurpose Room. After covering PTSA business, we will hold a special session:

“A YEAR LATER: AFTER ACTION REVIEW – THE NEW KOREMATSU BUILDING”

This session is devoted to giving comment on the building process, communications, the move and the after! How did it go? What do we love about our new building? What would we do differently? For about 30 minutes we will open the floor to your comments.

We will have WCCUSD District Engineering Officer, Luis Freese and consultants from EIP2 in attendance.

ALL ARE WELCOME. TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS TOO!

Agenda is attached here:  January 10 Meeting – Google Docs.pdf

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

 

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-9-50-02-pmCHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

4:30 PM TO 8 PM

Come in to the Chipotle at 9901 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito on Tuesday, January 10th between 4:30pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Korematsu Middle School.

Details

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-9-57-41-pmWCCUSD LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP) TOWN HALL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 – 6:30 TO 8 PM

PINOLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
1575 Mann Dr.
Pinole, 94564

WCCUSD welcomes students, families, staff, and community members to learn more about the 2016-17 LCAP and provide feedback on each goal and its actions and services.

Korematsu needs at least 3 parents to represent the school. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Principal Burnham at mburnham@wccusd.net . Thank you!

NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR RIGHTS+RESPECT WEEK

JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 3
The PTSA is planning a series of activities for a Rights and Respect Week around Korematsu Day, which is on January 30. If you are interested in the topic and would like to volunteer your time to either co-organize or support this important event, please email us at KorematsuPTSA@gmail.com . Thank you for your consideration.

AFFORDABLE HOME INTERNET SERVICE

If you have a child who qualifies for the lunch program, your family may qualify for low-cost ($10 and under) internet service under one of the following options:

AT&T Access https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access/ and phone: 1-855-220-5211

Basic Internet https://basic-internet.com/ and phone: 1-855-270-3725

Comcast Internet Essentials https://internetessentials.com and phone 1-855-846-8376

Please review the pros and cons of each offer when you explore the choices.

wccusd-logoOPEN ENROLLMENT INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER

JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 4, 2017

If you wish for your child to be considered for a transfer to a school that is not your resident school, please read the guidelines stated in the attached flyer, complete the Open Enrollment Transfer Application form, and provide one current utility bill as address verification.

Transfer applications may be obtained starting on January 31st through February 14th, 2017 from the office of any school, the Transfer Office, or the district’s website at wccusd.net. Transfer Office hours during the Open Enrollment Transfer Period is Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Applications can be submitted in the following ways:

• Mail or in person: 1108 Bissell Ave, Room 108. Richmond, CA 94801

• Fax: (510) 620-2085 – received applications by fax will not be confirmed

• Email: transferoffice@wccusd.net
Open Enrollment Flyer 2017-2018.pdf

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS:

WRITER COACHES NEEDED FOR SPRING SEMESTER
Looking for a volunteer opportunity to be more involved in the ECHS community? WriterCoach Connection (WCC) is a rewarding experience working one-on-one with students at every level of writing ability on their English writing assignments. In partnership with teachers, trained writer coaches help students strengthen their writing and critical thinking skills by giving them constructive feedback, challenging them to think more deeply, and building their confidence as writers. The time commitment is only one class period, two to three times per month. All coaching takes place during the school day.

You don’t need to be a writer or teacher — WCC coaches are parents, guardians, college students, working and retired people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. Our in-depth training will give you strategies and practice to work effectively with students, including your own. If you are unable to coach right now, please tell a friend or neighbor who might be interested.

Upcoming nearby trainings are offered at the following times:

Fridays 1/6 & 1/13 9:30 – Noon
Thursdays 1/12 & 1/19 Noon – 3:00

Upcoming trainings located in Berkeley are offered at the following times:

Tuesdays 1/10 & 1/17 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Fridays 1/20 & 1/27 9:30 – 12:30
Mondays 1/23 & 1/30 12:00 – 3:00
You are welcome to attend any training. To register for a training or for more information, go to www.writercoachconnection.org (click on “Volunteer”) or contact ECHS site coordinator – Lynda Frank (lyndafrankwcc@gmail.com).

MAGICAL NATHANIEL AT ECHS
ECHS THEATER
JANUARY 13, 6 TO 7:30 PM

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Come see Magical Nathaniel’s return show at El Cerrito High School! Direct from graduating from UC Berkeley and performing for more than 30,000 people at the commencement ceremony, Magical Nathaniel returns to his high school to put on another incredible magic performance. This mind boggling show will include circus skills and never before seen original illusions that are sure to leave you speechless! Don’t miss this incredible magic experience!

Pre-sale at ECHS Cashier’s office:
Children under 5: free
Children K-12: $4
Students/Seniors: $5
Adult: $7
Brown Paper Tickets ($0.99 + 3.5% service charge)
Child/student: $6.17
Brown Paper Tickets Link: echsmagic.brownpapertickets.com
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2730029
Adult: $8.24
At the door:
Children under 5: free
Children K-12: $5

COMMUNITY EVENT:

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TOTAL HEALTH DAY OF SERVICE

FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS GRADES 6-9

JANUARY 16, 2017, 8 AM TO 2 PM

WATERFRONT HOTEL, OAKLAND

Kaiser Permanente is pleased to host an inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Total Health Day of Service event that will offer interesting and educational workshops to parents and students in grades 6-9. Experts in Financial Literacy, Academia, Mental and Physical Health will lead interactive workshops. Kaiser Permanente leaders also will share insights on Kaiser Permanente’s mission and why we are committed to total health in the communities we serve.

Who: Parents and students grades 6-9 (Please forward or share the flyer with your organization)
Date & Time: January 16, 2017, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, California
How to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607 or email the event coordinators at KP-MLK-Event@kp.org
Agenda:
8:00 am – 8:30 am – Check-in & Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am – Opening Comments
9:45 am – 12:30 pm – Breakout Sessions for Parents and Students
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Closing Comments
Break Out Sessions:
Parents:
Financial Health / Financial Literacy
Physical Health
Mental Health
Students:
Academic Health
Financial Health / Financial Literacy
Physical Health
Sign-up Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607
Or go to http://www.EventBrite.com and search for “KP MLK Total Health Day of Service”.
If you have any questions, please email KP-MLK-Event@kp.org.

 

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