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!
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
TICKETS: Celebrate Korematsu is officially sold out. If you have reserved CK tickets that you won’t be able to use, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
KUDOS 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
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.
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
You’re invited to a wonderful concert on January 31 at El Cerrito High School featuring John Daversa’s band and our very own Jazz Ensemble! Concert begins at 6:30. Tickets are $10. It’ll be a great night of music, hope to see you there!
EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL THIRD ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017
ECHS 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/
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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.