The Phoenix, December 15, 2016

SCHOOL IS CLOSED
Monday, December 19th – Monday, January 2nd
SCHOOL RESUMES ON TUESDAY, January 3rd
ENJOY THE TIME OFF!

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It’s not too late to make your contribution! Please join your fellow Korematsu families to support our students and donate today. There are 24 hours left to make a difference in our children’s education. Your contribution will help pay for many programs that support all our students. For more information, please see our flyer. Every donation is gratefully appreciated, so donate now!screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-9-30-51-pm

NOMINATE A TEACHER FOR TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD!
DEADLINE IS TOMORROW
FRIDAY, DEC. 16

Over the past year or two, a Korematsu teacher has made a difference in your student’s life. It’s time to nominate him or her for the Ed Fund Teaching Excellence Awards! The Ed Fund is looking for teachers who inspire growth mindset, active learning, and college and career readiness. Winning teachers receive a $500 cash award, are honored at the Ed Fund’s Annual Soaring to Excellence Gala, and are recognized by the West Contra Costa Unified School Board. Nomination forms are due by Friday, December 16, 2016. http://edfundwest.org/nominate/
ADDITIONAL CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR FIELD TRIPS

Ms. Renee and Ms. Krug are looking for a few more parent chaperones for two field trips to the Oakland Museum to see the Black Panther exhibit.

Ms. Renee’s English students will attend on Thursday, January 5th. Please contact Ms. Renee at crenee@wccusd.net ASAP.

Ms. Krug’s classes and some of Ms. Renee’s newer students will attend on Friday, January 13th. Please contact Ms. Bogie at abogie@wccusd.net or Ms. Tanise Smith at tanise.smith@wccusd.net by January 3rd.

There will be buses to take the students to the museum. Chaperones could choose to meet the group(s) at the museum in lieu of riding on the bus. Although it is a full-day field trip, partial day help is also acceptable. Must have WCCUSD-issued volunteer badge or be willing to get one prior to the trip.

Thanks for your consideration!

FRED T. KOREMATSU SPEECH CONTEST

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SUBMISSIONS DUE AT KOREMATSU MAIN OFFICE BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16

All students are invited to participate in the Fred T. Korematsu Speech Contest, which is organized by the Korematsu Institute as part of the Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution celebration. This special day is celebrated every January 30th on Mr. Korematsu’s birthday. On this day, schools across the state are encouraged to remember the life of Fred Korematsu and recognize the importance of preserving civil liberties.

This year’s speech contest question is: How has Fred Korematsu’s quote, “Stand Up for What is Right,” influenced you in your life? How does this relate to current events today?

The speech must be 3-5 minutes in length. The finalist will present the speech at the Fred T. Korematsu Day event in San Francisco on January 29th.

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!

ECHS WINTER CONCERT

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL

THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 7:30 PM

FREE FOR KOREMATSU MUSIC STUDENTS

Featuring Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble!
Don’t miss Sleigh Ride with Gaucho alumni! Hope to see you there!

Tickets are $8 General, $5 Children/Students, Korematsu Music students & 5 yrs & under free.

NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR RIGHTS/RESPECT WEEK

JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 3

The PTSA is planning a series of activities for a Rights/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.

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!

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

See you there!

CHIPOTLE 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.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TOTAL HEALTH DAY OF SERVICE

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 us at KP-MLK-Event@kp.org.

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