The Phoenix, Thursday, October 31, 2019

10/31 IS A MINIMUM DAY

School dismisses at 1:25 p.m.

TEACHER TREAT DAY IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH!

Friday, November 8, 2019
Drop by 10:30 a.m. in the Teacher Lounge
Teacher luncheon time is here! This is staff’s favorite Friday of the month. It is Thanksgiving soon. So let’s give thanks to our wonderful teachers and staff. Bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish for them to try. Salads are always welcome, and sides like baguette, sourdough or any other yummy bread. Please contribute to make this event a success again.If no time to cook?no problem. Bring what you can.

Questions to: liissaUSA@aol.com. Thank you .

SIGN UP TO DONATE IN THIS LINK!

BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS!

BOYS Grade 7:
Monday, Nov 4 @ 2:30pm
Wednesday, Nov 6 @ 1:30pm

BOYS Grade 8:
Tuesday, Nov 5 @ 4:30pm
Thursday, Nov 7 @ 4:30pm

Contact: Chuck Harris charrisjr@gmail.com
Thank you!

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Please share the following schedule for Girls Basketball:

Nov 12 @ 5:00pm
Nov 18 @ 4:00pm
Nov 22 @ 5:30pm
Dec 05 @ 5:00pm

Please come out to support girls basketball at Korematsu.

Here is the team calendar link:
http://bit.ly/2WqT3eo

GIFT GIVING IDEA….. YEARBOOKS!

Buy Your Yearbook Today! Only $35

Don’t wait till it’s too late or until after the price goes up. Right now you can purchase the 2019-2020 yearbook for just $35. Just go to https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/

While you’re there, consider adding your student’s name or other personalizations. They cost a little bit more, but add a lot to make the book your own. If you’re even thinking about personalizations, act now — the deadline for these falls several months before the end of school, making it very easy to miss!

Add Your Photos! The yearbook cannot happen without the contributions of everyone in the Korematsu community. We rely on photos submitted by parents, students, and staff. The easiest way to help is to visit our Dropbox and add your photos. http://bit.ly/yearbookKMS

Thank you for supporting the Yearbook!

KOREMATSU SPIRIT WEEK

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PENNY DRIVE COMING

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We’re looking for about 17 of these. Got one?
Drop in the main office.

THANK YOU!!

SUNDAR SHADI’S GIFTS

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JENNY K

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BASKETBALL CAMP

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The Phoenix, Thursday, October 24, 2019

TEACHER TREAT DAY COMING UP!!!

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Friday, November 8, 2019
Drop by 10:30 a.m. in the Teacher Lounge
Teacher luncheon time is here! This is staff’s favorite Friday of the month. It is Thanksgiving soon. So let’s give thanks to our wonderful teachers and staff. Bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish for them to try. Salads are always welcome, and sides like baguette, sourdough or any other yummy bread. Please contribute to make this event a success again.If no time to cook?no problem. Bring what you can.

Questions to: liissaUSA@aol.com. Thank you .

SIGN UP TO DONATE IN THIS LINK!

BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS AROUND THE CORNER!!

Basketball

BOYS Grade 7:
Monday, Nov 4 @ 2:30pm
Wednesday, Nov 6 @ 1:30pm

BOYS Grade 8:
Tuesday, Nov 5 @ 4:30pm
Thursday, Nov 7 @ 4:30pm

Contact: Chuck Harris charrisjr@gmail.com
Thank you!

GIFT GIVING IDEA….. YEARBOOKS!

Buy Your Yearbook Today! Only $35

Don’t wait till it’s too late or until after the price goes up. Right now you can purchase the 2019-2020 yearbook for just $35. Just go to https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/

While you’re there, consider adding your student’s name or other personalizations. They cost a little bit more, but add a lot to make the book your own. If you’re even thinking about personalizations, act now — the deadline for these falls several months before the end of school, making it very easy to miss!

Add Your Photos! The yearbook cannot happen without the contributions of everyone in the Korematsu community. We rely on photos submitted by parents, students, and staff. The easiest way to help is to visit our Dropbox and add your photos. http://bit.ly/yearbookKMS

Thank you for supporting the Yearbook!

FIRST BAND CONCERT OF THE YEAR

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Come on our and support our musicians at the first band concert of the year!
FUN FOR THE LITTLER KIDS!
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Beginning Band, Orchestra, Concert Band and Symphonic Band will be performing. Call time/doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come in a Halloween costume or a Halloween-themed hat!

3RD ANNUAL HAUNTED HOUSE

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BASKETBALL CAMP

Basketball

The Phoenix, Wednesday, October 9, 2019

SCHOOL IS OPEN

Check official WCCUSD channels for school news and information:

WCCUSD Website: https://www.wccusd.net/
WCCUSD Facebook West Contra Costa Schools
WCCUSD Twitter: https://twitter.com/WCCUSD
WCCUSD will Robocall to home:

We will forward anything we hear from official channels:

Follow us:
Korematsu website: www.korematsumiddleschool.org
Korematsu Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KorematsuMiddleSchoolPTSA/
Korematsu Twitter: https://twitter.com/KorematsuPTSA/followers
Not on our e tree? email us and ask to be added! korematsuptsa@gmail.com

TEACHER TREAT DAY FRIDAY

Friday, October 11, 2019
Teacher luncheon time is here! Colder weather starts to draw in.
Let’s treat the teachers to some warming soups and stews. Also salad works well with that. And sides like baguette, sourdough or any other yummy bread.
Please contribute to make this event a success again.
If no time to cook ,no problem.
Bring what you can.
Questions to: liissaUSA@aol.com. Thank you .

SIGN UP IN THIS LINK!

REFLECTIONS!

Reflections 2019CALL FOR ENTRIES
Are you an artist?
A photographer?
Do you like to write music?
Enter your work in the National PTA Reflections Program!
2019-2020
National PTA Reflections® Theme
LOOK WITHIN

Deadline for entries: October 15, 2019
Entries from all grades and all abilities welcome.

To download entry forms visit https://tinyurl.com/kms2019reflections.
Entry forms also available in the front office in English and Spanish.

To contact the Reflections® chair, email korematsu.reflections@gmail.com

SPRING-HEELED JACK

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HARDING CARNIVAL

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SAVE THE DATE!!!
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!

Harding Carnival

GIRLS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

Girls Basketball Tryouts to be held on the following dates/times in the Korematsu gym:

Thursday, October 17: 2:30 – 4:30pm
Tuesday, October 22: 2:30 – 4:30pm

Players must attend both days. Contact Chuck Harris at charrisjr@gmail.com with questions.

KOREMATSU’S FREE 5th/6th GRADE BAND CLASS

6th Grade Band

BASKETBALL CAMP

Basketball

PLAY-A-THON

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El Cerrito High School Play-a-Thon
Saturday, October 19, 7am-7pm

Presented by the Friends of El Cerrito Music

All events are FREE to the public and everyone is welcome!

Join us for a 12-hour music marathon aimed to raise $15,000. This event will provide funds for new instruments, equipment, and support various musical activities that include band festivals, clinics, coaches, and travel opportunities.

The Play-a-thon will include ongoing musical performances and activities featuring the El Cerrito High School Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, and Gaucho Band.

Highlights include the Gaucho Band’s 1pm outdoor Pops Concert in the quad (where lunch from Koja Kitchen and smoothies from Jamba Juice will be available for purchase beginning at 12:30pm) and a 6pm concert by the EC Wind Ensemble with special guests, the Diablo Valley College Symphonic Band

To make a pledge, come to the lobby of the ECHS Performing Arts Theater on the day of the event or go to echsbands.com/play-a-thon/

The Phoenix, Thursday, October 3, 2019

TWO DROP DAYS/TIMES LEFT

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Got stuff for the sale? You can drop it
DROP-OFFS
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Friday, October 4, 2019

In front of the school (7125 Donal)
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
PLEASE DO NOT DROP BEFORE THE SCHOOL BELL RINGS.
THERE ARE NUMEROUS BUSES THAT NEED TO DROP STUDENTS AND THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL NEEDS TO BE CLEAR
After the bell rings, we will have volunteers that will help to unload and move goods.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Do you have some time on Saturday to help with the sale?
Please contact us! Any amount of time that you have on Saturday is appreciate. The morning is the time we need volunteer most. 7:00-10:00 a.m.
Please contact us!

Email: palgb@yahoo.com
cell #: 510-706-5436

Korematsu Ultimate Frisbee

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Come join KORE, the Korematsu ultimate frisbee team! The team is super welcoming to players who have never played before. Our awesome coaches love teaching the game to complete beginners.

Boys and girls play together in a great team environment. Come on out to one of our practices (no commitment!) to see if you like it.

Practices at El Cerrito High School:
Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm
Saturdays 10am – 12pm

If you have questions, contact Julie Barr at juliefinnbarr@gmail.com or Jon Mires at jonmires@gmail.com.

PICTURE DAY IS FRIDAY!!

Friday October 5th!

Pictures will be taken in P.E. Class.

PLAY-A-THON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

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El Cerrito High School Play-a-Thon Community Event
Saturday, October 19

On October 19, 2019 the El Cerrito High School Bands will participate in a 12-hour music marathon aimed to raise $15,000. Presented by the Friends of El Cerrito Music, the Play-a-thon will provide funds for new instruments, equipment, and support various musical activities that include band festivals, clinics, coaches, and travel opportunities. The Play-a-thon will include ongoing musical performances and activities featuring the ECHS Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, and Gaucho Band. Highlights include sessions for elementary and middle school band students, an outdoor pops concert, and an evening concert in the Performing Arts Theater. All activities are FREE! COME CHECK IT OUT!!

Elementary & Middle School Session Registration

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7:00am: Jazz Standards w/ Jazz Workshop
8:30am: Open Rehearsal w/ Concert Band
10:00am: Sight-reading Session w/ Wind Ensemble
11:30am: Elementary School Band Session w/ Symphonic Band
1:00pm: Concert: Pops in the Quad!
2:30pm: Middle School Band Session ww Wind Ensemble
4:00pm: Concert: Arnie Co Nonet
6:00pm: Fall Concert w/ Special Guests DVC Symphonic Band

Make a pledge by clicking HERE!

MORE HERE

WCCUSD NEWS

SEPTEMBER MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DUFFY

SUPERINTENDENT’S BLOG, TALK SUPE

MESSAGE ABOUT INCIDENT FOLLOWING DEANZA-PINOLE FOOTBALL GAME

OCTOBER AT THE EL CERRITO LIBRARY

El Cerrito Library invites the Teens and Tweens to our programs for high school students in October.
Everything is free, open to the public, and some programs even include snacks! Just come to:
El Cerrito Library
6510 Stockton Ave
El Cerrito, CA
(510) 526-7512

Check out our online calendar for even more events for people of all ages.

Book Bingo: All Month Long
For the month of October, we are challenging T(w)eens aged 10-18 to take part in our Reading Bingo Challenge! Pick up a game board from the teen corner of the library, and read read read! Get bingo vertically, horizontally, or diagonally by connecting three boxes. Once you have bingo, return your card any time in October to receive your prize, OR, fill in the whole sheet and be entered to win the Grand Prize!

Teen Advisory Group Wednesday, October 2nd, 4-5 pm
Get community service hours, help plan library programs, design displays, hang out with friends, and eat snacks!!!

Dogs for Teens Monday, October 7th, 4-5 pm
Need to decompress? Teens ages 10-18 are invited to cuddle, hang out with, or read to the beloved doggies from Therapy Pets during this special library program. Invite your (human) friends

Litquake at the Library Saturday, October 12th, 2-4 pm
San Francisco’s Litquake comes to El Cerrito, in honor of the event’s 20th anniversary!
Join host and former El Cerrito Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win for 20-in-20: an afternoon of readings by local poets laureate, including:
Dani Gabriel, El Cerrito Poet Laureate | Rebecca Black, Albany Poet Laureate | Aileen Casinetto, San Mateo County Poet Laureate | Lisa Rosenberg, San Mateo County Former Poet Laureate | Ciera-Jevae Gordon, Richmond Poet Laureate

El Cerrito Trail Trekkers Trek to El Cerrito Library Monday, October 21st, 5-6 pm
El Cerrito Trail Trekkers are on a mission to “build, maintain, publicize and use the little known urban trails of El Cerrito.” Join us to learn about how YOU can become a Trail Trekker too. Everyone will get to preview – and take home – their new map of El Cerrito Trails, and meet Eddie Dunbar (aka Eddie the Bug Guy) of the Insect Sciences Museum, who will share photos and bug tales from local parks, including some from right here in El Cerrito!

College Budgeting 101 Monday, October 21st, 6:15-7:15 pm
Parents and high school students are invited to a presentation hosted by local independent college counselor, Barbara Harris, to learn about the basics of funding their college experience. Learn the fundamentals of financial aid, budgeting, and choosing a college based on realistic financial expectations. This presentation builds off of a previous College Admissions presentation by Harris College Advising at El Cerrito Library. Reserve a seat by pre-registering, or drop in on the night of the presentation.

Spooky Stories Writing Workshop for Teens & Tweens, Wednesday October 23rd, 3:30-4:30 pm
Do spooky, scary, suspenseful tales enchant and excite? Would you like to create some of your own? Then this is the workshop for you! Come fill the page with tales of ghosts, haunted houses, witches, goblins, zombies, and other supernatural phenomena and “curious incidents.” Thrills and chills will inspire our creative journey!
For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Registration recommended. This free program is brought to you by the Friends of the El Cerrito Library.

Teen Movie Matinee Wednesday, October 30th, 3-5 pm
Teens, come to the library for an afternoon movie matinee! This month’s theme is Halloween! Vote for your favorite movie (Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, or The Addams Family) in the teen section of the library, and come by on Wednesday the 25th to see the winner. All movies rated PG-13 or under. For special accommodations, please contact the library with 72 hours notice.

Celebrate TeenTober!
TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teentober)

TeenTober – Get Your Game On! Thursday, October 3rd, 3-4:30 pm
T(w)eens, come by the library for an afternoon of gaming. We have board games and card games on hand but you are also welcome to bring your own games and handheld devices (Switch, 3DS, etc.). Just make sure to have your own headphones too if you plan to have the sound on! No sign up is required but we do ask that participants be ages 10-18 years old.

TeenTober – Mask Making Tuesday, October 15th, 3-4:30 pm
Make a mask or pair of ears for Halloween or just for fun! For t(w)eens aged 10-18. Supplies generously provided by the Friends of the El Cerrito Library.

TeenTober – Code a Bot Wednesday, October 16th, 3-4 pm
Learn how to use basic programming skills to control the actions of our adorable Cue Bots! Whether you’re using block-based coding or writing your own Javascript, you’ll have a blast. T(w)eens 10-18. This program is brought to you along-side our Wednesday Wonderings series. Kids younger than 10 are welcome to come and play with our Bee Bots. Robots for everyone!

TeenTober – Bath Bombs Thursday, October 24th, 3-4:30 pm
Learn how to make scented bath bombs to use for yourself or give as gifts!
For ages 10-18. Supplies generously provided by the Friends of the El Cerrito Library.

Please note the library will be closed October 14th for a Staff Training Day.

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kbuder@ccclib.org | Follow us on facebook

The Phoenix, Thursday, September 26, 2019

THANK YOU

Thank you to our Golden Gate Volunteers for coming out to the races and supporting our fundraising efforts! We appreciate you!

SCHOOL FORMS

Please submit school forms online. You can do so here in this link. You must establish a PowerSchool account to do so. If you need a PowerSchool login, please call the Korematsu office for assistance. 510-231-1449. If you have a PowerSchool account, you may submit forms through this link.
Link to School Forms

More Here: https://www.wccusd.net/domain/2594

PICTURE DAY RESCHEDULED!

Picture Day- Friday, 10/4/19

Make Up Day- Friday, 11/8/19

REFLECTIONS! CALL FOR ENTRIES

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Are you an artist?
A photographer?
Do you like to write music?
Enter your work in the National PTA Reflections Program!
2019-2020
National PTA Reflections® Theme
LOOK WITHIN

Deadline for entries: October 15, 2019
Entries from all grades and all abilities welcome.

To download entry forms visit https://tinyurl.com/kms2019reflections.
Entry forms also available in the front office in English and Spanish.

To contact the Reflections® chair, email korematsu.reflections@gmail.com

SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE!

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There are still a few spaces available for the Spirit of ’76’ers Washington Tour.
This tour is a rite-of-passage for 8th graders and space is still available. Please contact Tim Shaw:707-642-5672 or timj.shaw@yahoo.com

Flier Here: Spirit of 76’ers 2020 East Coast Flyer-Announce

TEXTBOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE EL CERRITO LIBRARY

Looking for textbooks? Find them at the El Cerrito Library!

GET YOUR DONATIONS READY FOR THE EL CERRITO CITYWIDE YARD SALE

We are participating in the El Cerrito Citywide Yard Sale.
Please save your gently-used items for donation. Please only donate what you yourself would buy.
Drop-off days will post shortly.
Thank you for your support!

Multipurpose Family Income From Online Today

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Even if you think you do not qualify for a free or reduced lunch, please take a moment to look at the form.
If people qualify and sign up, those students get extra supports and school and school district to receive more money from the state of California.

http://www.myschoolapps.com

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DUFFY ON THE BUDGET

En Español

Dear Community Members,

It is no secret that California does not fund education at a level commensurate with its standing in the global economy. While school districts throughout the state make do with what is available, it leaves us walking a fine line between a budget surplus and a deficit. Over the last few years, this District has made significant investments in the education of the children and families it serves. We have also been burdened with increased costs for retirement and health benefits, insurance premiums, special education services, utilities and supplies.

At last night’s Board of Education meeting, we communicated the latest update on our budget challenges. Dr. Tony Wold, who was recently hired as the District’s Associate Superintendent of Business Services, gave a presentation that outlined a budget situation, that on its face, seems quite dire. According to his best estimates, the District faces a $39.9 million budget deficit for the 2019-20 school year, with an additional $7.9 million deficit for the 2020-21 school year.

While it is normal to react to that number with alarm, I encourage us all to await further information before jumping to conclusions or making wild assumptions. This is a conservative number that we expect to improve as we confirm spending cuts have been implemented and funding promises have been fulfilled for the current school year. This work has already begun, and we firmly believe that we will identify areas within the budget to make mid-year adjustments. In addition, we will prudently use reserves to mitigate the issue moving forward while continuing to provide a top-notch academic program for the students that we serve.

I firmly believe this district will solve this challenge and emerge stronger and better able to provide a high quality education for all of the students it serves.

One thing I promise: I will do everything possible to ensure that we approach this challenge positively. We will look for ways to invest smartly and use our resources prudently to expand educational opportunities for students even though we may need to reduce expenditures in certain areas.

Over the next few months, Dr. Wold and I will present data to our Board of Education and to the community at large. We will show our revenues and expenditures in simple and easy-to-understand language. We will tell our story and listen to your feedback and suggestions. We will talk to students and parents, teachers and classified employees. Your feedback will inform our decisions and the recommendations that we take to the Board of Education.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions feel free to email us at budgetinput@wccusd.net. We will try to answer every question as we move forward and keep you informed as the process moves forward.

Additional information can be found on the District website at www.wccusd.net/budget.

Thank you again for your support of the students in this district.

In partnership,

Matthew Duffy
Superintendent

EL CERRITO SCAVENGER HUNT

Sunday, October 6, 2-4pm, Mechanic’s Bank, 9996 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito

Have fun exploring El Cerrito! Bring your clipboard, pen, smartphone and sneakers, and you will be given a list of questions. Find the answers and win some prizes. This hunt is themed, so come solo or as a team, dressed in your favorite color and be creative. There will be prizes for quickest finishers, best team name and costume and other reasons. At this hunt, everyone wins. This event is fun for all ages and it’s free to participate.

The Phoenix, Thursday, September 19, 2019

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

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ONE MORE!!!
WE NEED A FEW PEOPLE TO SIGN UP IN THE AFTERNOON!
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SIGN UP!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
WE’VE GOT SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR VOLUNTEERS!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

Sunday, September 22, 2019

We’ve been awarded two Golden Gate Fields Days. We go down to the racetrack and hand out beer and hot dogs. In return we receive a $1,000 check and usually $100+ in tips. This is a very fun day.

We are looking for 3 1/2 hour commitments. Sign up in the link and thank you for your support!

SIGN UP HERE!

TEXTBOOKS AVAILABLE AT THE EL CERRITO LIBRARY

7th and 8th grade text books are now available to use at the El Cerrito Public Library on Stockton Avenue

SUBMIT YOUR ABSENCES ONLINE!!

English form
Absence form

Spanish form
Formulario de ausencia

EL CERRITO CITYWIDE GARAGE SALE!

GET YOUR DONATIONS READY!

Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Korematsu will participate in the El Cerrito Citywide Yard Sale.
Start saving your gently used items for donation! Information on drop-offs will post shortly!

EL CERRITO SCAVENGER HUNT

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Sunday, October 6, 2-4pm, Mechanic’s Bank, 9996 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
Have fun exploring El Cerrito! Bring your clipboard, pen, smartphone and sneakers, and you will be given a list of questions. Find the answers and win some prizes. This hunt is themed, so come solo or as a team, dressed in your favorite color and be creative. There will be prizes for quickest finishers, best team name and costume and other reasons. At this hunt, everyone wins. This event is fun for all ages and it’s free to participate.

The Phoenix, Thursday, September 12, 2019

SEE EVERYONE TONIGHT!

You can look up your student’s schedule in PowerSchool.

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MINIMUM DAY

TOMORROW, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 IS A MINIMUM DAY 1:25 p.m. DISMISSAL

FIRST TEACHER TREAT DAY TOMORROW!

STILL TIME TO SIGN UP TO BRING SOMETHING OR VOLUNTEER!

SIGN UP HERE IN THIS LINK!

JOIN PTA

We are far behind. Last year at this time, we had over 250 members, and had over 300 members for the entire year. Today, we are slightly over 150. Please join! Memberships are $15.00. Students can join. Teachers can join. Parents and community members can join.

In the “comments” section, write “PTSA Membership” and list the names of the joining members.

We are also significantly behind in donations. We pay for classroom grants, field trips, math tutoring, drama and more. If you have not done so already, and can afford it, please consider a donation at any level. We appreciate your support.

Join and donate here:
http://www.korematsumiddleschool.org

Click on the yellow DONATE button. You may also send in checks to the office payable to Korematsu PTSA. We humbly thank you for your support.

TEXTBOOKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE EL CERRITO LIBRARY

The El Cerrito Library on Stockton Street has Korematsu 7th and 8th Grade Textbooks. Great for studying after school, or if one is forgotten at school over a weekend or break!

YEARBOOK SALE

ORDER TODAY
NOW $30.00
That’s a savings of $10.00 when you order by Friday, September 13, 2019.
SAVE NOW

LIMITED TIME OFFER
Get four free icons (valued at $16.00) when you upgrade the cover by adding a name, crest, or monogram for $6.00. Offer ends Friday, September 13, 2019.
FREE ICONS

Also! We need your photos! The yearbook relies on parents (and sometimes students) providing photos of Korematsu events throughout the year. If you are in the PTSA, if you are a parent of an athlete, if your child is in the play or another performance, please share your photos with the yearbook staff. Don’t wait! We need great photos before December. So bookmark this link and send photos to our Dropbox: http://bit.ly/yearbookKMS

FIRST PTSA MEETING OF THE YEAR

Please join us Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
MPR
SPECIAL GUEST: Principal Matthew Burnham will give us a “STATE OF THE SCHOOL”
We’ll be discussing the calendar, the budget and more.
VIEW THE AGENDA HERE

BAND PARENTS MEET JUST BEFORE
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Band Room

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SIGN UP!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
WE’VE GOT SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR VOLUNTEERS!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

Sunday, September 22, 2019

We’ve been awarded two Golden Gate Fields Days. We go down to the racetrack and hand out beer and hot dogs. In return we receive a $1,000 check and usually $100+ in tips. This is a very fun day.

We are looking for 3 1/2 hour commitments. Sign up in the link and thank you for your support!

SIGN UP HERE!

CHAIR WANTED: EL CERRITO CITYWIDE YARD SALE

DO YOU LIKE JUNK? We looking for a chair to head up the El Cerrito Citywide Yard Sale. We’ve got volunteers to help. We just need you to head it up. Saturday, October 5, 2019 with a few collection days prior. Interested? contact us! korematsuptsa@gmail.com

TALK SUPE!

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DEEPER LEARNING!

SUPERINTENDENT DUFFY’S BLOG!

The Phoenix, Thursday, August 29, 2019

NO SCHOOL MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2019

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See you Tuesday, September 3, 2019

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SIGN UP!

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WE’VE GOT SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR VOLUNTEERS!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

TWO DATES

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday, September 22, 2019

We’ve been awarded two Golden Gate Fields Days. We go down to the racetrack and hand out beer and hot dogs. In return we receive a $1,000 check and usually $100+ in tips. This is a very fun day.

We are looking for 3 1/2 hour commitments. Sign up in the link and thank you for your support!

SIGN UP IN THIS LINK

PLEASE!! JOIN PTA!!

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WE ARE LOOKING BETTER, BUT ARE STILL WAY BEHIND!

Please join our PTSA. We now have about 135 members. THANK YOU!!! Last year, we had more than 300 members. Please join our association and donate to our organization if you can. We do amazing work on campus, and we really do support the school. We are your forum for school concerns and communications, we organize all the school volunteers, and we raise and spend $40,000 per year on programs that the school and district cannot afford. Our suggested donation is $100. We humbly and gratefully accept donations at any level. PTSA Memberships are $15.00 each.

It is Easy to Join:

Online: https://jointotem.com/ca/el-cerrito/korematsu-middle-school-ptsa

Cash or Check:
Drop a check or cash off in the office. Checks can me made out to the Korematsu PTSA.

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO FIND OUR MEMBERSHIP FORM

FIRST TEACHER LUNCHEON OF THE YEAR

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
DROP IN THE OFFICE NO LATER THAN 10:00 a.m.

Once a month, parents host a luncheon for teachers and staff. These luncheons are a much-loved event. We usually have a theme, but all types of food and beverage are always welcomed and appreciated. You can drop your food donation in the office and someone will take it up to the teacher lounge.

This month’s theme is “back-to-school dinners.” Anything you love that is quick and easy to make when you are short on time is it!

Sign up to donate food, beverage or help to serve or clear.
Check it out in the link!

SIGN UP IN THIS LINK!

PICTURE DAY RESCHEDULED!

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Picture Day- Friday, 10/4/19

Make Up Day- Friday, 11/8/19

FREE VOLUNTEER FINGERPRINTING

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OPPORTUNITIES!!! FROM EL CERRITO YOUTH SPORTS AND PROGRAMS!

Volunteering Opportunities (for community service hours) including Halloween Haunted House building the week of 10/21 or day-off (Sat. 10/26) carnival/face painting/etc.

Environmental Art & Essay Showcase including some awesome prizes like $50 Visa Gift Cards, Museum Passes, Whale Watching Tours and more!

Teen Sports Programs including Girl’s Club Volleyball, Karate, and Swim Team

We are also looking for program suggestions from students and parents. They can submit their ideas online.

Or if they would like to be an Independent Contractor with us and teach a class, workshop, etc. they can learn more HERE as well as submit a Course Proposal.

Jenya Jawad
Youth Sports & Programs Coordinator
City of El Cerrito Recreation Department
7007 Moeser Lane El Cerrito CA 94530
Main Office: (510) 559-7000
http://www.el-cerrito.org/recreation

Back-to School Night

Thursday, September 12, 2019

First PTSA Meeting of the Year

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Phoenix, Thursday, August 22, 2019

DRAMA MEETING FOR PARENTS!

Meeting is in the MPR
Thursday Aug 22, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

PICTURE DAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED

It will be rescheduled shortly.

RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, RESILIENT, BE AN ALLY

You’ll be hearing more shortly!
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GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SIGN UP!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

TWO DATES
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Sunday, September 22, 2019

We’ve been awarded two Golden Gate Fields Days. We go down to the racetrack and hand out beer and hot dogs. In return we receive a $1,000 check and usually $100+ in tips. This is a very fun day.

We are looking for 3 1/2 hour commitments. Sign up in the link and thank you for your support!

SIGN UP IN THIS LINK

THANKS TO ALL OF OUR ICE CREAM SOCIAL VOLUNTEERS!

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PLEASE!! JOIN PTA!! WE ARE WAY BEHIND!

UnnamedPlease join our PTSA. We came out of registration very light with less than 100 members. Last year, we had more than 300 members. Please join our association and donate to our organization if you can. We do amazing work on campus, and we really do support the school. We are your forum for school concerns and communications, we organize all the school volunteers, and we raise and spend $40,000 per year on programs that the school and district cannot afford. Our suggested donation is $100. We humbly and gratefully accept donations at any level. PTSA Memberships are $15.00 each.

It is Easy to Join

Online:
https://jointotem.com/ca/el-cerrito/korematsu-middle-school-ptsa

Cash or Check:
Drop a check or cash off in the office. Checks can me made out to the Korematsu PTSA.
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO FIND OUR MEMBERSHIP FORM

DONATE TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS

We make a real difference in the programs and services that can be offered at Korematsu. We spend more than $40,000 per year on many campus extras. We’ve employed a math tutor, we’ve paid for the track, cross country and drama programs. We’ve paid for field trips. Every teacher at Korematsu gets $400 to spend on classroom supplies. If every family gave $100, we’d have more than enough to provide for our needs. You can set up monthly donations using the Paypal link on our website: http://www.korematsumiddleschool.org

SUPERINTENDENT DUFFY’S WELCOME BACK LETTER

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO READ!

VOLUNTEER FINGERPRINTING

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6th -12th Grade Families……

The East Bay Consortium is hosting their 42nd Annual College Information Day, a FREE college and career event for middle and high school students and their families. More than 50 public and private colleges and universities will be represented, including those within the UC system, California State University, in-state and out-of-state Private Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Community Colleges.

College Information Day

Saturday, October 12th
8:30 am-1:00 pm
Dwinelle Hall – UC Berkeley

Register here!

Workshops on admission requirements, financial aid and scholarships for documented and undocumented students, and requirements to be a transfer student, will be offered in English and Spanish. A Cash for College workshop to help seniors complete the financial aid applications, FAFSA or CA Dream Act, will take place throughout the event.

For more information, please contact Althea Jardeleza at althea@eastbayconsortium.org or (510) 872-1586.

The Phoenix, Thursday, August 15, 2019

KOREMATSU OFFICE HOURS

Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16,

OFFICE HRS: 8AM-4PM
(LUNCH BREAK 12-1PM)

REGISTRATION HRS: 9AM-12PM
If you have any questions, please call 510-231-1449

If you didn’t see us last week, please try to come in Monday – Friday, August 12-16, between 9 am – Noon.

Please bring your student so that we can get ID pictures taken.

7th GRADE FAMILIES – BRING PRINTED IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

7th Grade Families, please bring printed immunization records.

Returning 8th grade families do not need to bring printed copies. Thank you.

WE HAVE A WEB STORE!

Do you need PE clothes? You can order online and pick up in the Main Office.

https://KMS.myschoolcentral.com

If you are taking dance, please wait for teacher instructions!

GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT KOREMATSU? WE’VE GOT ANSWERS!

Check out our FAQ page here!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ALL-SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Castro Park, 1420 Norvell St, El Cerrito, CA 94530.
Join us for the all-school ice cream social!
Catch up with old friends and meet new!
The whole family is invited!
We look forward to seeing you there! FREE!

JOIN PTA!!

Please join our PTSA. We came out of registration light with less than 100 members. Last year, we had more than 300 members. Please join our association and donate to our organization if you can. We do amazing work on campus, and we really do support the school. We are your forum for school concerns and communications, we organize all the school volunteers, and we raise and spend $40,000 per year on programs that the school and district cannot afford. Our suggested donation is $100. We humbly and gratefully accept donations at any level. PTSA Memberships are $15.00 each.

Three Ways to Join:
Online: www.korematsumiddleschool.org
Click on the yellow DONATE button. In the COMMENTS field, please tell us the names of the members.

Cash or Check:
Drop a check or cash off in the office. Checks can me made out to the Korematsu PTSA.

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO FIND OUR MEMBERSHIP FORM

DONATE TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS

We make a real difference in the programs and services that can be offered at Korematsu. We spend more than $40,000 per year on many campus extras. We’ve employed a math tutor, we’ve paid for the track, cross country and drama programs. We’ve paid for field trips. Every teacher at Korematsu gets $400 to spend on classroom supplies. If every family gave $100, we’d have more than enough to provide for our needs. You can set up monthly donations using the Paypal link on our website: www.korematsumiddleschool.org

FALL PLAY AUDITIONS!

Information Meeting

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the MPR

STAY TUNED…NIGHT MEETING FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS BEING SCHEDULED!

Scripts will be available for check-out during the first week of school. Stop by the library and pick one up!

If you have any questions, please email Erin Merritt at erinmerritt1@gmail.com

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

TWO DATES

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday, September 22, 2019

We’ve been awarded two Golden Gate Fields Days. We go down to the racetrack and hand out beer and hot dogs. In return we receive a $1,000 check and usually $100+ in tips. This is a very fun day.

We are looking for 3 1/2 hour commitments. Sign up in the link and thank you for your support!

SIGN UP IN THIS LINK

PICTURE DAY!

Friday, August 23, 2019

See the ordering information on the flier attached!

PICTURE DAY ORDER FORM

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

If you are interested in getting on the wait list for the after school program, the form is included in the link below.

Completed forms can be dropped off in the Korematsu office or emailed to: miranda.taylor@bacr.org

Click on this link to view and print the after school waitlist form

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

The first day of school is
Monday, Aug. 19th, 2019

FIRST BELL 8:10 a.m. – 1:25 pm Dismissal (Minimum Day)

WHAT TO BRING ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

  1. School ID on lanyard.
  2. Class schedule and map of campus.
  3. Sharpened pencils and erasers (mistakes OK!!).
  4. Lunch or meal card or cash to purchase.
  5. Binder with paper inside.
  6. Backpack to hold it all!
  7. Some returning students report they used a composition book for each class. You may need a 5-tab binder with pockets to hold handouts. Teachers will tell students what is required for class. If you buy ahead, save the receipt in case a teacher changes it up.
  8. P.E. Meets in the Gym. You do not change for P.E. on the first day.
  9. Please be patient. There could be schedule changes as we settle into the year and balance classes.