The Phoenix, November 10, 2016

NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, VETERANS DAY
See everyone on Monday, November 14!

TRAFFIC REMINDERS FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY
Please drive around the school in a clockwise direction, so that you are already on the school side of the road when you get there. This traffic direction is assigned by the city. If driving down Donal, proceed around the corner to Norvell.

Please drop and pick up students in the white pick up/drop off zones on the sides of the school on Norvell and Lawrence. Pull all the way forward to relieve congestion in the intersections.

korematsu-traffic-pattern
Please be considerate of the neighbors and refrain from dropping students off in front of houses or on the wrong side of the street.

Please refrain from dropping and picking up students directly in front of the school on Donal Avenue, which is used by AC Transit and other buses.

Please move through each intersection very carefully! There will be students walking and biking to school, parents arriving for meetings and volunteer work, and neighbors out to walk the dog or head to work.

If you are parking to come into the school, please do not park in loading zones or block neighbors’ driveways.
Respect the neighborhood. Remind students who are walking or biking to stay on public property like sidewalks and to cross streets

carefully. Let’s raise good citizens and model good behavior to our children.

NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
The faculty council has completed their Honor Society admission decisions. Congratulations to the new members! Students should pick up their decision letters in the library beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Please read the letters carefully. If students are admitted, they are required to return a letter of acceptance signed by the student and a parent or guardian, and also sign up for a Remind.com group. These are due by Tuesday, Nov. 15. Please contact Ms. Bogie in the library at abogie@wccusd.net or (510) 231-1449 ext. 29314 with questions.

50 IN 50
Please help us reach our goal of $50,000 in 50 school days! All donations will support programs to help our Korematsu students. Every donation is greatly appreciated, so please donate now! To learn more see our flyer.

YEARBOOK COMMITTEE: THURSDAY, NOV. 11, BOTH LUNCHTIMES
The Yearbook Committee is still looking for both student and parent members to help document and publish the 2016-17 Korematsu Yearbook. The committee meets on most Fridays at both lunchtimes in Rm. A217, both lunchtimes. However, for November/December, please note:

  • Thursday, Nov. 10, instead of Friday, Nov. 11 (no school on Veteran’s Day): Yearbook meeting in Rm. A217
  • Friday, Nov. 18: Yearbook meeting in Rm. A217
    Thanksgiving Week: No Yearbook Meeting
  • Friday Dec. 2: Yearbook meeting in Rm. A217
  • Any questions, please email Cecie Mendoza, who is the Korematsu Yearbook Advisor for the third year running at cecie_mendoza@yahoo.com .

Also, if you have any photos of school-related events, please email to korematsuyearbookphotos@gmail.com . Thank you!

ELEVATION 66 FUNDRAISER, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
elevation66Dine at Elevation 66 in El Cerrito on November 15, mention Korematsu Middle School, and a percentage of your bill will go to Korematsu. Elevation 66, at 10082 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, is a local neighborhood nook offering seasonal, gourmet sandwiches, & mains, as well as house & local brews.

SHOP AT JENNY K & SUPPORT KOREMATSU MIDDLE SCHOOL: NOVEMBER 13 TO 18
jenny-k-fundraising-flyerGet an early start on the holidays by shopping at Jenny K! And Jenny K will donate 20% of your purchase total toward Korematsu PTSA, which provides funds for math intervention, enrichment, and tutoring; extended library hours; teacher grants; and more.

WHEN: ALL WEEK from Sunday, November 13th (9am to 4pm) through Friday, November 18th (9am to 9pm)

WHERE: Jenny K, 6921 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito. http://jennyk.com/ phone: 510-528-5350

This year, Jenny K will support multiple schools during this time. At the point of sale, ballots will be available for you to indicate your school preference to receive the 20% donation.

Not only will you support Korematsu Middle School, but you’ll support local business, too!

Come to the Fundraiser Mixer on Friday evening, November 18th, 6pm to 9pm. Shop at Jenny K and enjoy free finger food and water, and discounted wine and beer at Well Grounded Tea & Coffee Bar next door.

Meet other parents from our local schools: share your experiences at Korematsu with them.

See you there!!

Korematsu PTSA thanks you, Jenny K!!!

KOREMATSU INFO NIGHT: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, MULTIPURPOSE ROOM, 6:30 PM

Please spread the word that Korematsu will hold an info night for new/prospective families on Thursday, November 17.

Prospective students and their parents will learn about course offerings, after school program, PTSA events and programs, as well as hear one of the school bands play.

Want to help welcome new/prospective families to KMS? Please consider donating items for refreshments at KMS Info Night on 11/17. You can find a sign up sheet here. If you will not be attending Info Night, you can leave contributions in the staff lounge on the shelf marked “Info Night”, or contact me and I’ll pick it up from you (alonnilan@gmail.com). Thanks for considering donating to the next generation of Korematsu families!

TEACHER LUNCHEON: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, A220
Thanksgiving will soon be upon us, and in the spirit of gratitude and appreciation for our staff’s dedication, the PTSA would like to offer a November luncheon that’s Thanksgiving-themed. Please consider contributing any Thanksgiving favorites or Fall comfort food to the luncheon. Please sign up here.

We also need helping hands to set up, re-stock, and break down. Scroll down the sign up sheet to sign up to volunteer on the day of the luncheon. Please email our Teacher Luncheon Coordinator Astrid Broberg at liissaUSA@aol.com if you have any questions.

SAVE THE DATE: ENGLISH NIGHT, NOV. 30, TIME TBD
Message from English Department:

At the Korematsu English Night, we will briefly cover the Common Core ELA standards and talk about how we are helping our students meet those standards in 7th and 8th grade. We will then turn our attention to a Common Core-aligned writing rubric and take a look at actual (anonymous) student writing samples. Parents will get a chance to practice scoring short essay responses with the rubric. Parents should leave at the end of the evening with a better understanding of how to help their students improve their writing!

WCCUSD COMMUNITY GATHERINGS: PARENTS WELCOME
Our district is holding WCCUSD Community Gatherings: A Series of Critical Conversations About Our Students and Schools over the next few months, starting November 15th. Details on time and place to be announced shortly. If you are interested in attending, please email Korematsu Community Worker Tanise Smith at tanise.smith@wccusd.net

Date: November 15, 2016
Topic: African American Student Achievement: Discussion, Data, and Current Program

Date: November 29, 2016
Topic: LCAP Townhall Meeting (English/Spanish)

Date: December 14, 2016
Topic: English Learners, LTELs, Discussion, Data, and Current Programs

Date: January 11, 2017
Topic: LCAP Townhall Meeting
(English\Spanish)

Date: February 28, 2017
Topic: Personalized Learning: Our Current Status and Where We Want to Go!

ELECTION RESULTS
MEASURE T PASSED WITH A SOLID 74.85% YES VOTE

This is a small, but very important funding stream for our schools.

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

PROP 55 PASSED WITH a 62% YES VOTE!

Welcome new West Contra Costa County School Board Members

  • Mister Phillips 23.3%
  • Tom Panas 19.9%
  • Contra Costa Board of Ed
  • Fatima S. Alleyne 43.3%

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