The Phoenix, May 30, 2019


It is time to plan 8th grade activities!

In this link, you will find three tabs:  

* Picnic
* Promotion Rehearsal
* Promotion Ceremony

Please sign up to volunteer if you are able!

We do ask that 7th Grade parents help with 8th grade rehearsal and promotion so that the 8th grade families can enjoy the events!

Sign up for 8th Grade Promotion, Picnic and Other Activities in this Link!!


Please read the attached letter outlining promotion ceremony expectations.

The highlights:

  • Dressy attire for church, synagogue, mosque etc. is recommended. Long gowns, high heels, spaghetti straps are inappropriate.
  • Due to the size of the class, only two tickets per student are given. The ceremony is outside of the MPR. Bring a camp chair, or you can stand. Dress warmly, and encourage your student to do the same.
  • Students arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. and report to the gym.
  • Parents arrive at the Lawrence Street Gate 5:15 – 5:55 p.m.
  • Processional starts 6:00 p.m. sharp. No one enters after that time so that we can all enjoy the ceremony.
  • Parking is extremely limited. Please respect the neighborhood. Please carpool, and please park several blocks away and walk to the campus.

The Letter is here


7th Grade Parents

7th Grade Parents, it is a tradition to help with 8th grade promotion actives. You watch the kids and facilitate so that the 8th grade parents can enjoy the event.

Sign up in this Link!


There is a lot going on!

The Calendar:


  • Awards Night 5/30 @ 7:00 MPR
  • Study Trip (Ms. Davis) “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 5/31
  • Art and Jazz Festival 6/3 @ 6:00PM Courtyard
  • Promotion Rehearsal 6/5 Morning
  • 8th grade Picnic and Softball game 6/5 Lunch – dismissal
  • Promotion Ceremony 6/6 @ 6 Courtyard
  • LDOS 6/7 – Noon Dismissal
  • August 6, 2019 9:00 a.m. – Noon 7th Grade Registration
  • August 7, 2019 9:00 a.m. – Noon 7th Grade Registration
  • August 8, 2019 9:00 a.m. – Make-up Day Registration
  • It is very helpful if you can come and register during the above days/times. It allows us to get the bulk of the paperwork/organization done. If you are out of town for registration, don’t worry. You can come in the following week and take care of things. Dates and times will publish over the summer.



Great work community, and THANK YOU ALL for stepping up. We were able to fill many key positions last week. We are looking much better for next year.


Thank you band parents for stepping up. We have one opening left…..

Jazz Ensemble E-Tree
Contact Nancy Kawase

Your involvement is really important. We really do make a better school!

PTSA Positions

HUGE shout out to everyone that stepped up to leadership last week. THANK YOU !!! There are still more opportunities Please review the list below:


Vice President of Fundraising – Oversee the various fundraising campaigns of the school year. These include: Annual Giving Campaign, Cookie Dough Fundraiser campaign, Restaurant Night Coordinator, Golden Gate Fields Events, You do not run all of these events; you oversee them.

Restaurant Night Coordinator – Contact area restaurants and arrange “Restaurant Night” events. Promoted the events through the etree. You are not reinventing the wheel. We have all the contacts. You just plug and play. Your new ideas are very much welcomed, however.

Cookie Dough Coordinator – Run Fall Cookie Dough Fundraising Campaign. Contact Vendor, pass out and collect forms, organize the distribution of product when it arrives. You are not reinventing the wheel. We have all the contacts.

Celebrate Korematsu Chair – Head up a team that collects and processes donations for the Celebrate Korematsu auction. The majority of the work is December/January. The majority can be done from home sending out donation letters and entering donations into online software. You are not reinventing the wheel. We have all the contacts. You just plug and play. Your new ideas are very much welcomed, however.

Back-to-School Picnic – Welcome new and returning families to Korematsu by chairing the Back-to-School picnic. Order food, gather volunteers, promote the event through the e tree.

Korematsu E Tree Editor – Do you like to write? Work to write this weekly newsletter.

Korematsu Volunteer Coordinator – Find volunteers to staff events.

Yard Sale Coordinator – We’ve participated in the El Cerrito Citywide Yard Sale from time to time. You would organize a team to collect donations, price items and be on hand the day of sale.


Korematsu PTSA President
Coordinate and oversee the unit’s activities. Plan the year’s calendar, approve the budget and along with the EVP, run five meetings a year. FILLED. THANK YOU!

Korematsu PTSA Vice President
Ideally be a 7th grade parent ready to be the president in 20/21. Along with the president, coordinate the unit’s activities – mainly Celebrate Korematsu. Plan the year’s calendar, approve the budget and along with the President, run five meetings a year. FILLED THANK YOU!

Korematsu PTSA Membership Chair
Process PTSA memberships. Most of the work occurs in August and September. The work is largely online, and can be done from home. FILLED THANK YOU!

Korematsu Teacher Treat Day Coordinator(s) – Coordinates monthly teacher luncheon. Use email to solicit donations of food and volunteers. Set up staffing schedule. FILLED THANK YOU!

Golden Gate Fields Coordinator – Contact Golden Gate Fields to secure at Dollar Days Date, promote event to ensure enough volunteers are on hand, attend event and assure its smooth running.FILLED THANK YOU!

Science Fair Coordinators – Work with the science teachers to grade science projects and plan Korematsu’s science night. Order awards if necessary. Assist when projects move to District, County and State science fairs. FILLED THANK YOU!

Yearbook – Work with Korematsu staff and teachers to produce the yearbook. Advertise various deadlines to the school community. FILLED THANK YOU!

Incoming School Mixer/Ice Cream Social Chair – Welcome new and returning families to Korematsu by chairing the August Ice Cream Social. Ensure we have treats on hand, promote the event through the e tree. FILLED THANK YOU!



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WCCUSD May Newsletter


WCCUSD May Newsletter in this Link!

Youth Summer Camps for Public Speaking THE PRACTICE SPACE!


If you enjoy debating, acting, telling stories, or giving speeches, join our summer camps! We build your confidence through fun activities so you can share your voice with the world. Spaces are limited, so register today at

We offer 4 camps:

Young Speakers Camp, Ages 8-11, June 17-21, 8:30am-2:30pm. This one-week camp for elementary students builds confidence through presentation, basic debate, and storytelling, with games imagination and fun. Learn to speak your mind, tell your story, and listen to what others have to share. This camp helps students of all levels, whether they are shy or outgoing.

Middle School Speakers Camp, Ages 11-13, June 24-28, 8:30am-3:30pm. This one-week camp for middle schoolers is for beginning debaters and actors who want to develop confidence and improve their speaking skills. Choose between basic debate or dramatic monologues, so this camp helps you whether you are more argumentative or more creative at heart. This camp is a good option for those who want to try public speaking through a gentle introduction.

Persuasive Debaters Camp, Ages 13-18, July 22-26, 8:30am-3:30pm (optional add-on week: July 29-August 2). This in-depth debate camp builds skills in argumentation, logic, and strategy through parliamentary-style debate. It is helpful for students interested in debate competitions during the year – sign up for 1 week of classes or 2-week option with advanced practice rounds.

Confident Communicators Camp, Ages 11-18, August 5-16, 8:30am-3:30pm. This two-week camp helps middle and high school students express themselves and find their unique voice. Choose to major in persuasion and debate, performance and acting, or podcasting and storytelling. Meet students from all over the Bay Area and receive lots of coaching to improve your skills.

Check out our website for more information!

Or email us at:


Are there students at your school interested in architecture, design, or urban planning? Registration is now open for the 2019 SFNOMA Project Pipeline camp. Now entering its ninth year in the San Francisco Bay Area, the camp introduces middle school students ages 11-14 to the environmental design profession and strengthens STEAM skills with fun and creative design thinking curriculum, while also building confidence in public speaking and interest in civic engagement.

We would love to have a couple of young people from your school attend the camp this year. We have full scholarships available for families who need it and have a promising student that wants to attend. This year we will have a shuttle bus leaving from the West Oakland BART station to bring students to and from camp, which is held at the California College of the Arts San Francisco campus.

The scholarship application is the last page of the registration application. Scholarship applications need to be submitted by June 5th, and regular applications need to be submitted by June 14th.
To see a video of a previous camp and to register for the camp please go to

If there are any questions on the camp, please email, or if you would like someone to give a presentation about the camp to your students, please let know.

Thank you for spreading the word.

Prescott Reavis
SFNOMA Project Pipeline Camp Director & Co-founder

Annette Diniz
SFNOMA Project Pipeline Volunteer Coordinator


Tuesday, August 6, 2019
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Incoming 7th Graders

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Incoming 8th Graders

Thursday, August 8, 2019
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Make-up Day

It is very helpful if you can come during the above days and times.

It allows us to get the bulk of the paperwork/organization done. If you can’t make it, don’t worry.
You can come in the following week and take care of things. Dates and times will publish over the summer.

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