The Phoenix, October 13, 2016

WEAR IT LOUD, WEAR IT PROUD: ORDER NEW KOREMATSU SPIRITWEAR NOW

korematsu-spirit-wearSupport Korematsu by wearing our new cool spirit wear. It has our motto: Believe It! Achieve It! The Japanese script in the background stands for one of the basic founding thoughts of Judo and says, “Mutual Welfare and Benefit.” Deadline for order is extended to Monday, October 17.

Shown above is the Unisex t-shirt. We carry Adult-Sized t-shirts in Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large. For each X after XL, please add $2. Prices: Unisex t-shirt–$15. Ladies fitted t-shirt–$20. Hoodie–$30. For more details, click HERE.

Ways to order:

  1. Order online with a credit card by clicking HERE. Enter the size and the quantity in the instructions/comments section of the page.
  2. Email to korematsuptsa@gmail.com and leave a check (write spirit wear on the memo line) at the office.
  3. Drop off completed order form and check (payable to Korematsu PTSA) at the office.

Availability will be guaranteed only for orders with payment.

KOREMATSU CELEBRATES COLLEGE AND CAREER WEEK OCTOBER 17 TO 21

It’s never too early to start planning for college and career. From October 17 to 21, colleges will take centerstage at Korematsu as teachers and staff don their college spirit wear. PTSA is sponsoring a series of fun and informative lunchtime talks on college pathways by a college counselor and different career possibilities — high tech jobs, nursing, pet services, education, etc by experienced professionals.

EIGHTH GRADERS TO SIT FOR PSAT 8/9: OCTOBER 19

8th graders will take the PSAT 8/9 in the morning of October 19, from 8:10 to 11:15 AM. PSAT 8/9 is a standardized test that measures students’ college and career readiness as they enter high school. See it as warm-up to the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) that they take at 10th grade and beyond, which is a precursor to the SAT, a college-entrance exam that measures student aptitude in reading, writing and math. There is no cost to take the test at Korematsu. For more information, go to https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9

ANNUAL GIVING

ptsa-giving-header-1The Korematsu PTSA is excited to launch “50 in 50,” our annual giving campaign, where we will try and raise $50,000 in 50 school days! Between now and December 16, 2016, please donate to enable our school to offer the best possible programs for our students.

Learn more about what your donation to our PTSA supports.

Flyers with more details are going home with your student today, so please look for them. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. We will celebrate with an ice cream party for our students when 50% of our families have contributed to the “50 in 50” campaign. Please give now to help us reach our goal!

COOKIE DOUGH FUNDRAISER: NOW TO OCTOBER 24

Message from VP Fundraising, Negar Souza:

Dear Korematsu families,

We are excited to launch our cookie dough fundraiser! This is a wonderful event because not only does the school make money to support our educational programs but YOU get special treats too!

Your student will get a packet to take home TODAY and it will include the catalog, order form and envelope to return the money. If your student did not get one, please ask for one in the office or email the contact listed at the end of this email.

We ask all families commit to selling 10 or more items. If you sell 10 items you get one free to keep!

ALL order forms & money are due in the office to Miss Christie by October 24 (and NO later!) All goods will be delivered by November 4 ready for you to pick up at school! (FYI- If payment is not received by the October 24 deadline the order will not be placed).

Please mark these dates on your calendar and help us reach our goal! Korematsu is an incredible school but fundraisers like this allow us to fund programs beyond the districts ability.

Please help, enjoy and have fun! For any questions please contact Negar Souza at thesouzafamily@comcast.net . Thank you in advance!

KOREMATSU BENEFIT YARD SALE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 9-4 PM

We still need donations of gently-used household items, toys, sports gear, small furniture, ETC. Please drop off items at our Parent’s Room in Building A, right across the main Korematsu office.

The final drop-off times are Thursday, October 20, 6-8 PM and Friday, October 21, 5-9 PM.

We need many volunteers to sort out items on Friday, Oct. 21, 5-9 PM & on Saturday, Oct. 22, to work shifts during the sale itself. Please sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1S2ZOshp9FGqxWCUW3NyfcOh8VVMMpEDNDflKyH-R2W0/edit#gid=0

Contact Lisa at 510-750-8163 or lmcdbj@gmail.com .

KOREMATSU MIDDLE SCHOOL is better…with YOU!

With your PTSA membership, all things are possible! Thank you to everyone who has joined PTSA! We have 185 members and counting! It’s not too late to join – go to https://korematsumiddleschool.org/join/ and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see different ways to join.

Membership cards for everyone who joined in August and September have been sent via email. If you did not get your card, or there was a typo that you want fixed, please email alonnilan@gmail.com.

With your PTSA membership:

  • You show your children that school matters, and that you are invested in their success.
  • You demonstrate to your child that success in school is the pathway to college, a career and a productive life!
  • You partner with the principal, teachers and staff to make your child’s school safe, welcoming, a hub of learning, and a fun place to be.
  • You share in campus events and experiences that make your child’s school days more memorable!
  • You connect with other parents, and become part California State PTA and National PTA, the largest and most powerful children’s advocacy organization in the country.
  • You help make sure parents and family members voices are heard when important decisions that affect your school are made.

Special deals just for PTA members can be found at http://capta.org/join/member-perks/

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FRIGHT FEST: OCTOBER 27, 28, AND 31

We need volunteers to help inject some ghoulish fun into Korematsu this Halloween season.

Interested in decorating a haunted cookie house? We need help on Thursday, Oct. 27 — 11 AM – 12:30 PM.

Interested in Mummy Wrapping Contest? We need help on Friday, Oct. 28, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

Interested in Costume Fashion Show and/or Pumpkin Weight Guessing? We need help on Monday, Oct. 31, from 10:30 – 11:55 AM.

If you can help on any of these days, please email korematsuptsa@gmail.com.

REMINDER: NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY APPLICATION FORMS DUE OCTOBER 20

The Fred T. Korematsu Middle School National Junior Honor Society is now accepting applications for membership. All 8th graders who earned a 3.0 average or higher for at least one semester of 7th grade can apply. Members of the NJHS are required to attend one lunch meeting per month and complete two group service projects. Find application forms here KorematsuMiddleNJHS.weebly.com , due October 20.

WE ARE SUPPORTING MEASURE T! JOIN US!

screenshot-2016-09-30-05-07-56We voted to support Measure T in November! This measure renews support for our schools by contributing $9.8 million dollars a year to athletics, libraries, counselors and more!

Want to support the campaign? We are going to need your help. Donate money, get a yard sign, sign up to phone bank, “Like” their Facebook page and more!! Learn more here!

SAVE THE DATE: PTSA ASSOCIATION MEETING & BAND PARENTS MEETING, NOVEMBER 1

The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the multipurpose room. After covering PTSA business, academic coach and family therapist Pat LaDouceur, Ph.D, will present a talk on “Parents, Stress, and the Teenage Brain: What Every Mom and Dad Needs to Know to Help Their Student Succeed with Ease in School and in Life.”

PARENTS AS PARTNERS AND LEADERS CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 15

Hosted by the WCCUSD, the “Parents as Partners and Leaders Conference” is lined up for Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, from 9 AM to 2:30 PM at DeJean Middle School, 3400 Macdonald Ave., in Richmond.

Marking its 11th year, the Parents as Partners conference provides a wide array of interactive, engaging workshops aimed at helping parents support their child’s successful educational pursuits. According to conference organizers, a “Community Resource Fair” and more than 20 workshops will be available to local parents as part of the overall event.

To register for the free conference, click HERE or call the WCCUSD’s Community Engagement Department at 510-307-4526. Childcare, breakfast, snacks and translation services will be provided to attendees.

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ED FUND ANNUAL BREAKFAST

The Ed Fund’s Making the Change that Matters Annual Breakfast is on Tuesday, November 1 from 7:30-8:30am at the Richmond Country Club at 1 Markovich Lane in Richmond. Learn more about the importance and the impact of the work that the Ed Fund has done together with its collaborative partners to aid students with college readiness, access, and completion at this free, one-hour breakfast. To confirm your attendance, register at https://wwwedfundbreakfast.eventbrite.com by October 31.

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