We are a PTSA….a Parent Teacher STUDENT Association. That’s right! Students can join our unit and have an active voice and vote in determining the direction and actions of our Association.
PTSA dues are $15 per member. By becoming a member, you show support for your community middle school, provide funds to the PTSA to pay for valuable programs on campus, and make your voice heard by attending and voting at PTSA meetings. You don’t need to be a PTSA member in order to make donations or volunteer your skills. However, a large and active PTSA membership helps significantly when we apply for grants and other outside support and generally indicates a high level of parent and community involvement in the school. We have a GREAT unit! Routinely, our membership ranks in the top five of the 28 schools that make up the Bayside Council of PTAs, our parent organization, and it has grown about 25% over the last three years!
What is PTA? PTSA?
PTA stands for Parent Teacher Association. PTSAs allow students to join the Association. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
Our unit is an Association run by bylaws, and is comprised of parents, guardians, staff and students. We support the students, staff, guardians and parents of KMS by providing volunteer time, financial resources, parent education, legislative involvement and serving as advocates for the students of KMS. Our role is to support the school’s mission of ensuring that every student has the opportunity to learn in a safe, supportive environment and that all students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to leave KMS as productive citizens.
Where Does the Money Go?
$9.35 of every membership stays here on campus where we fund a math tutor available to every student, parent and guardian affiliated with the school, math pull-outs, classroom and department supplies, buy disaster prep supplies, fund library expenditures, contribute generously to STEM classes among other expenditures. We also host the yearly Back-to-School Ice Cream Social, the yearly Back-to-School Picnic, the school-wide Fright Write contest. We host the monthly Teacher Treat Day and pay for 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony activities. We are on hand for Information Night, pay for and maintain this website, and send out the weekly e tree. To learn more, view our Volunteer Opportunities page and get involved. To volunteer, contact us! We’d love to have you join us! Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
$5.65 of every membership leaves our local unit for Council, District, State and National PTAs.
Bayside Council of PTAs uses funds for officer training and support and district-wide events such as school board candidate forums.
Thirty-Second District PTA empowers councils through training and leadership development and supports council advocacy, membership, and program efforts with materials, technology and communication tools.
California Association of PTAs (CAPTA) uses funds for child advocacy, training, conventions, scholarships and more.
National PTA aims its efforts in Washington, DC and advocates on behalf of children and family engagement.
As written in our bylaws, we meet on the second Tuesday of September, November, January, March and May. Our meeting time is normally 7:00 p.m. Notice of Meeting is publicly announced 10 days prior to the meeting date – generally through email and posted on campus. Subscribe to our calendar for automatic notices of date, time and location.
PTSA Board Members
President: Manu Wong
Executive Vice President: Stacey Steele
Secretary: Michelle Fillingim
Treasurer: Sarah Thielen
Financial Secretary: Evelyn Smith
Vice President Fundraising: Negar Souza
Membership Chair: Anita Miller
Auditor: Jenny Jensen
Volunteer Chair: June Pangelinan
Parliamentarian: Bobbie Dowling
Historian: Chris Sterba
Yard Sale Chair OPEN
Annual Giving Co-chairs: Judy Chin & Meg Sherman
Restaurant Fundraisers Coordinator: Beth Dawson
Golden Gate Fields Coordinator: OPEN
Info Night Chair: Becky Jonas
Teacher Luncheon Day Chair: Astrid Broberg
Yearbook Chair: OPEN
Parent Librarian: Kim Paige
Fright Write Chair: OPEN
Fright Fest Chair: OPEN
Science Fair Chair: Jeff Walker
Math Club Co-Chairs: Becky Jonas & Jen Treuting
Band Parents Association Chair: Jen Treuting
Fairmont Elem Comm Liaison: Saidah Said
Harding Elem Comm Liaison: Beth Dawson
Kensington Elem Comm Liaison: Kim Paige
Madera Elem Comm Liaison: OPEN
Stege Elem Comm Liaison: OPEN
Washington Elem Comm Liaison: OPEN
ELAC Parent Liaison: OPEN
Website Maintenance/Development: Doug Diego
To contact the PTSA or sign up for the PTSA e-tree, please email:
Four Ways to Join:
Make Checks payable to the Fred T. Korematsu PTSA. Each membership is $15.00.
DROP OFF AT REGISTRATION
Fill out the Korematsu PTSA Membership Form, attach your membership dues, and turn it in at the PTSA table during August registration.
DROP OFF IN THE KOREMATSU MAIN OFFICE
Fill out the Korematsu PTSA Membership Form, attach your membership dues, and drop it off at any time in the Korematsu Main Office. Ensure the papers are addressed to: PTSA Membership.
MAIL IT IN!
Fill out the Korematsu PTSA Membership Form, attach your membership dues, and mail it directly to Korematsu Middle School, 7125 Donal Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530, ATTN: PTSA Membership.
SIGN UP ONLINE!
Sign up over our website. Go to KorematsuMiddleSchool.org. Click on the yellow Donate button, which will take you to our PayPal link. In the “Comments” field, enter “PTSA Membership” and we will do the rest!