The Phoenix, June 8, 2017

NEXT YEAR’S SHIFT

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

THANK YOU, COMMUNITY!

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

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

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

Have a great summer!

— Saidah Said, PTSA President, 2016-17

 

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



flyer hit and run.pdf

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BUILD YOUR BRAIN: CCC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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The Phoenix, June 1, 2017

SCHOOL MEMO ABOUT 8TH GRADE PROMOTION

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

DATE: TIME:
Eighth Grade Picnic Friday June 2nd, 2017 12:40 – 2:25 PM
Promotion Rehearsal Tuesday June 6th, 2017 Period 2 and 3
Promotion Ceremony Wednesday June 7th, 2017 6:00 PM Sharp

ATTIRE
Dressy attire (e.g. suitable for church/synagogue/mosque) is recommended; however, tuxedos, long gowns, and other formal attire are inappropriate. Clothing with spaghetti straps or that exposes bare shoulders and/or torsos will NOT be acceptable. We caution against shoes with tall heels since students will be going up and down stairs.

PRACTICE / TICKETS / LOCATION
Student practice will take place June 6th during periods 2 and 3. Students will receive two tickets only due to the size of the class. There will be space for more audience members but we cannot guarantee seating. There will be standing room. The ceremony will be outside on our upper-yard area. Parents will be able to sit on the short concrete walls/steps, at the picnic tables and in all the available chairs we can provide, and we are requesting and encouraging parents to bring camp/portable chairs. The setting is stunning and should provide our students with a great outdoor promotion experience, but you may want to dress warm.

ARRIVAL / STUDENTS
Parents: Drop off students at Korematsu. Students must arrive at 5:30 PM and report to the gym. This is very important. Students who are not in their area when they begin lining up will not be allowed to participate in the processional. Students must be lined up by 5:45PM. Students should take all personal belongings with them or give them to their parent/guest to hold before reporting to the line-up area.

ARRIVAL / PARENTS
After dropping your student off, parents/guests should present their tickets at the Lawrence street gate above the upper-yard. We will be accepting tickets from 5:15 – 5:55 PM. Many areas of the school will be cordoned off. The Lawrence gate entrance is the only place that parents/ guests should be gathered. NO one may enter the upper-yard through a different door. There will be NO parents / guests allowed near the “line-up” area while students are lining up. Parents/guests must present a ticket to gain admission to the ceremony.

PROCESSIONAL
Parents and guests must be seated when the processional starts (6:00 PM Sharp). NO one will be allowed to enter once the processional starts. Please remain within the designated seating areas during the processional and for the remainder of the ceremony. While students are in line or in their seats, PLEASE DO NOT DISTRACT THEM by calling out names or other cheers until all of the certificates have been given out. We are all looking forward to the Promotional Ceremony. We need the cooperation of both Parents and Students for the ceremony to run smoothly.

PARKING
Parking is limited at Korematsu and we will be closing off the upper lot to accommodate guests. Please park along the school and next to the park. Please carpool if possible.

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

EXTRA COPIES OF YEARBOOK

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

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

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

Potluck reception follows the concert.

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

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

 

LA for a Day

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

Read all about their adventures here:

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

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

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

 

 

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL: JUNE 3-4

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

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

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

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

For details, click here

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BUILD YOUR BRAIN: CCC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM

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

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

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

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

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The Phoenix. May 25, 2017

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

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

Potluck reception follows the concert.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL: JUNE 3-4

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

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

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

 

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

Details here

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The Phoenix, May 18, 2017

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL SURVEY

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

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE SURVEY

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

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

Access Code: VM32PN

BEYOND MEASURE FILM SCREENING: SUNDAY, MAY 21

From Tehiyah Day School:

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

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

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL: JUNE 3-4

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

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

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

 

DANCE PERFORMANCE AT ECHS: MAY 19 & 20

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


4th Annual El Cerrito Hillside Festival

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

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

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

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The Phoenix, May 11, 2017

KOREMATSU ULTIMATE FRISBEE TEAM DID US PROUD!

The Korematsu Ultimate Frisbee team placed 2nd in the 1st division of the State Championships on May 6th. Congratulations to KORE Ultimate!

 

GREAT AMERICA FIELD TRIP ON PHYSICS, MATH & SCIENCE DAY

From Mr. Jackson Lee:

On May 5th, 55 students and 8 chaperones went to California’s Great America for Physics, Math, and Science Day. Students competed in project building contests that had an emphasis on STEM. It was the ultimate test of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. I believe a significantly-supported, strong project-based learning curriculum is important.

I am very proud of my group – Kai S., Michael K., Gabriel M., and Tino E. for their performance in the Cardboard Boat Race which resulted in 3rd place against some of the top high schools and middle schools across the Bay Area. Shout out to Kai for his creativity in designing a cardboard boat that turned into a PFD (personal flotation device) when water got inside, and to Tino for his performance in the race. All the hours they put in with me after school paid off.

Special thanks to the PTSA, Ms. Tiffany Jamison, and Ms. Tanise Smith for supporting Mr. Douglas and I to make this happen!

TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON: FRIDAY, MAY 12

This Friday’s Teachers Luncheon is the last one of the year. We’ll haveg a belated Cinco de Mayo celebration. Sign up here before the item you want to bring is taken!

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM MS. LA DUE, WHO WON THE TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD THIS YEAR:

Korematsu Community,

I wanted to let all of you know how thankful I am to work at this school, and for the amazing students and families I get to work with every day. I have been incredibly honored to receive the Teaching Excellence award this year — it is wonderful to be recognized, but more than that, it is a reminder of how much love and support there is in the Korematsu community. I am deeply appreciative of it.

Sadly, I am unable to attend this Friday’s Soaring to Excellence Celebration where they will be honoring the award recipients, which is why I wanted to send out this note to all of you. Friday is opening night of the play that I am currently acting in, The Elephant Man at Altarena Playhouse, which is a commitment I cannot miss, no matter how much I would love to be at the EdFund event with all of you. Please forgive my absence, and know that I am extremely grateful for your never-ending support! It has been an amazing three years for me at Korematsu, and I’m already looking forward to meeting next year’s 7th graders!

With love and gratitude,
Ms. La Due

GRAZZY BURGERS & ALBANY TAP ROOM FUNDRAISER
— LUNCH AND DINNER, DINE IN OR TAKE OUT —

Get a midweek break from cooking by dining out at Grazzy Burgers and/or chilling at Albany Tap Room. Just mention Korematsu and the two establishments when you pay and they will donate 15% to our school.

 

 

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

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

 

CONGRATS TO THE NEWLY ELECTED PTSA BOARD!!!

  • Manu Wong, President
  • Stacey Steele, Executive Vice President
  • Sarah Thielen, Treasurer
  • Evelyn Smith, Financial Secretary
  • Michelle Fillingim, Recording Secretary
  • Negar Souza, First Vice President Fundraising
  • Chris Sterba, Historian

 

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

We could use 10 more 7th grade parents (or 5 parents and their 7th grade students!) to allow the 8th grade families enjoy the ceremony.

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

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL SURVEY

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

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE SURVEY
1) Copy the access code
2) Click on the survey link
3) Enter the access code
4) Complete one survey for each child you have in school

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

Access Code: VM32PN

BEYOND MEASURE FILM SCREENING: SUNDAY, MAY 21

From Tehiyah Day School:

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

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

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL: JUNE 3-4

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

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

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

DANCE PERFORMANCE AT ECHS: MAY 19 & 20

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

 

4th Annual El Cerrito Hillside Festival

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

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

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

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The Phoenix, Thursday, May 4, 2017

FINAL PTSA MEETING: TUES., MAY 9, MPR, 7 PM

WE NEED YOUR VOTE!

NOTICE OF ELECTION AND MEETING

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Fred T. Korematsu Middle School
7125 Donal Avenue
7:00 p.m.

MPR

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

Slate for Executive Board:

  • Manu Wong – President
  • Stacey Steele – Executive Vice President
  • Sarah Thielen – Treasurer
  • OPEN – Financial Secretary
  • Michelle Fillingim – Recording Secretary
  • Negar Souza – First Vice President Fundraising
  • OPEN – Second Vice President Volunteer Coordinator
  • Chris Sterba – Historian

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

Click here for Agenda

KOREMATSU AT PEACE AND UNITY CINCO DE MAYO PARADE: SATURDAY, MAY 6

Korematsu will celebrate Mexican culture at the Cinco de Mayo parade in Richmond this Saturday! Korematsu students AND parents, come march with the band in this fun event. Email Ms. Soto at ysoto@wccusd.net . The plan is to meet Ms. Soto and Ms. Carrico at the Richmond Civic Center at 24th Street and Barrett at 9:30 AM. If you have Korematsu spirit wear or t-shirts in Korematsu’s colors of gold and red, wear them!

Or just come out and support our parade participants! The parade starts at the Richmond Civic Center and travels north on 23rd Street, turns right on Market Ave, and ends at St. Paul Church, 1835 Church Lane in San Pablo. The parade is followed by a festival with performances, music, food, games, and much more. Admission is free.

 

CINCO DE MAYO DANCE: MAY 4, MPR, 2:30-4 PM

TICKETS ON SALE AND MS. RENEE NEEDS CHAPERONES

From Ms. Renee:

Tickets on sale lunchtime in MPR lobby = $4

At the door/after school = $5

In order to purchase a ticket:

  • must not be on exclusion/suspension list as of February 14th
  • must have current Korematsu student ID/lanyard
  • must have cash for ticket
  • must have signed permission slip (available in office or Ms. Renee’s room A221

I’m also looking for chaperones!! Please contact Carol Renee @ crenee@wccusd.net to let me know.

 

MEXICAN FIESTA UP NEXT FOR TEACHER LUNCHEON: FRIDAY, MAY 12

The next Friday Teachers Luncheon is the last one of the year. We’ll be having a belated Cinco de Mayo celebration. Sign up here before the item you want to bring is already taken!

 

SAVE THE DATE: MAY 16 GRAZZY BURGERS & ALBANY TAP ROOM FUNDRAISER
— LUNCH AND DINNER, DINE IN OR TAKE OUT —

Get a midweek break from cooking by dining out at Grazzy Burgers and/or chilling at Albany Tap Room. Just mention Korematsu and the two establishments when you pay and they will donate 15% to our school.

 

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

We could use 10 more 7th grade parents (or 5 parents and their 7th grade students!) to allow the 8th grade families enjoy the ceremony.

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

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

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

Contact Alonn Illan at alonnilan@gmail.com or Kerry Radcliffe at kradcliffe@mac.com
See details of the 8th grade promotion activities here:​ Middle School Promotion Flier 2017E.pdf

Know Your Rights / Conoce Tus Derechos​

FREE! GRATIS!

Jueves 11 de Mayo, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Lavonya Dejean Middle School
MPR
3400 Macdonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805

Por Favor, únase con nosotros para tener una discusión con expertos sobre sus derechos, y consulta legal gratuita si necesaria.
Please join us for a discussion, a panel with experts, and free legal consultation.

Haga clic aquí para mas información:
More Information here: In English, En Español

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The Phoenix, Thursday, April 27, 2017

KOREMATSU AT PEACE AND UNITY CINCO DE MAYO PARADE:

SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 10 AM

A group of our students will represent Korematsu Middle School in Richmond’s Cinco de Mayo parade! Come out and support them!

The parade will begin at Richmond Civic Center at 24th Street and Barrett. It travels north on 23rd Street, turns right on Market Ave, and ends at St. Paul Church, 1835 Church Lane in San Pablo. The parade is followed by a festival with performances, music, food, games, and much more. Admission is free.

 

READING WITHOUT WALLS CHALLENGE

MS. BOGIE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR ICE CREAM PARTY

Ms. Bogie is looking for five parents to help from 10:45-12:45 on Thursday, May 4. She will be hosting the ice cream party and raffle for the Reading Without Walls participants on that day.

Please contact her in the library, or at abogie@wccusd.net, or at 231-2449 ext.29314 if you can help.

 

CINCO DE MAYO DANCE: MAY 4, MPR, 2:30-4 PM

TICKETS ON SALE AND MS. RENEE NEEDS CHAPERONES

From Ms. Renee:

Tickets on sale lunchtime in MPR lobby.:

  • Monday = $2
  • Tuesday = $2.50
  • Wednesday = $3
  • Thursday = $4
  • At the door/afterschool = $5

In order to purchase a ticket:

  • must not be on exclusion/suspension list as of February 14th
  • must have current Korematsu student ID/lanyard
  • must have cash for ticket
  • must have signed permission slip (available in office or Ms. Renee’s room A221

I’m also looking for chaperones!! Please contact Carol Renee @ crenee@wccusd.net to let me know.

 

FINAL PTSA MEETING: TUES., MAY 9, MPR, 7 PM

WE NEED YOUR VOTE!

NOTICE OF ELECTION

AND MEETING

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, 7125 Donal Avenue

7:00 p.m.

MPR

NOTE: BAND PARENTS MEET at 6 PM in the band room.

Please join us as we elect the Executive Board for the 2017-2018 school year. The term begins July 1, 2017 and runs through June 30, 2018.

Slate for Executive Board:

  • Manu Wong, President
  • Stacey Steele, Executive Vice President
  • Sarah Thielen, Treasurer
  • OPEN, Financial Secretary
  • Michelle Fillingim, Recording Secretary
  • Negar Souza, First Vice President Fundraising
  • OPEN, Second Vice President Volunteer Coordinator
  • Chris Sterba, Historian

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

Agenda

MEXICAN FIESTA UP NEXT FOR TEACHER LUNCHEON: FRIDAY, MAY 12

The next Friday Teachers Luncheon is the last one of the year. We’ll be having a belated Cinco de Mayo celebration. Sign up here before the item you want to bring is already taken!

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 8th GRADE PROMOTION ACTIVITIES

COMING UP IN JUNE

See details here:​

 

 

Flier

BAND THANK YOU

WCCUSD NEWS

The April issue of the WCCUSD Newsletter is now available! Click the links below to view the latest news, events and highlights.

English

Spanish

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AT SPARK POINT

To learn more about debtors’ rights, career pathways, and financial plans, attend a workshop organized by Spark Point Contra Costa. See flyer here:


English2017 May-Aug SparkPointWestCalendar.pdf

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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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