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
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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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