The Phoenix April 5, 2018

TEACHER LUNCHEON FRIDAY APRIL 13TH 2018

Help appreciate the teachers with your favorite spring dishes.
Bring on the salads, sandwiches, quiches, frittatas, fruits and yummies.
What’s your favorite dish to bring to a potluck or a picnic?
Let’s share it with our teachers and staff.
Questions to Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com.

Click here to sign up!

EARTH DAY – APRIL 21ST 2018 – VOLUNTEER EVENT

UnnamedCelebrate Earth Day in El Cerrito by volunteering at the Earth Day Work Party
Saturday April 21st 2018
9am – 12pm
Free volunteer luncheon will be provided!

Earth Day Flyer

Release for City Volunteer Program

Join our 2018-19 Korematsu PTSA Board!

Unnamed 1The Korematsu PTSA Board has a number of vacancies for the next school year due to 8th grade parents leaving.
Here’s the list of what is needed.

PLEASE JOIN US!
We are a great group!
You’ll meet people, share your skills, learn new ones and support our students, school and community.

President: Manu Wong
Executive Vice President: Stacey Steele
Secretary:OPEN
Treasurer: Filled
Financial Secretary: Evelyn Smith
Vice President Fundraising: OPEN
Membership Chair: Anita Miller
Auditor: Jenny Jensen
Volunteer Chair: OPEN
Parliamentarian:OPEN
Historian: OPEN
Yard Sale Chair: Cindy Spade
Annual Giving Co-chairs: OPEN
Restaurant Fundraisers Coordinator: Tiffany Hill
Golden Gate Fields Coordinator: Jody Lengyel
Info Night Chair: OPEN
Teacher Luncheon Day Chair:OPEN
Yearbook Chair:Tim Warner
Parent Librarian: Kim Paige
Fright Write Chair: OPEN
Fright Fest Chair: OPEN
Science Fair Chair: OPEN
Math Club Co-Chairs: OPEN
Band Parents Association Chair: FILLED
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

If you, or someone you know, would be able and willing to fill a vacancy, and for any corrections, suggestions and questions,
please reply to this email ASAP.
korematsuptsa@gmail.com

We will have Elections for the Board Members at our May meeting.

2ND ANNUAL BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES CAREER FAIR

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53rd ANNUAL STUDENT ART SHOW

Community members are invited to attend the 53rd Annual Student Art Show Tuesday, March 27 through Sunday, April 22 at the Richmond Art Center to see art created by middle and high school students throughout the District.

More than 300 pieces will be displayed during the exhibition, and select students will be recognized and awarded for their artistic talents and creativity from local organizations, including the El Sobrante Art Guild. Students and art teachers will be honored at the Art Show Reception Tuesday, April 17, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Who: Middle and High School students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

What: 53rd Annual WCCUSD Student Art exhibition showcasing over 300 student art pieces.

When: Exhibition opens Tuesday, March 27, 2018 and ends Sunday, April 22, 2018. The Art Show reception is Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 5 p.m .- 7 p.m.

Where: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave. Richmond, CA 94804.

Why: To showcase student art work and honor and award students for creativity.

Visit the Richmond Art Center website for more information.

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WACAC College Fair

Friday, May 4, 2018.
Cal State East Bay, University Gymnasium.

You will be able to meet with representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities.
It is a FREE event admission and there is FREE parking.
You can pre-register at wacaccollegefair.com

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The Phoenix March 29, 2018

SPRING BREAK

HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK!

SCHOOL CLOSED : APRIL 2ND – 6TH

KOREMATSU TAKES HOME MEDALS FROM THE GOLDEN GATE STEM FAIR!

The 2018 Golden Gate STEM Fair was held March 19th-23rd 2018 at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. For some 50 years, the GG STEM Fair (San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair) has celebrated student science in a highly competitive regional competition.

Beginning with science fairs at public and private junior and senior high schools, the 300 top Bay Area projects are selected from almost 50,000 student projects spanning 8 Northern California counties including San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, West Contra Costa and Mendocino.

Korematsu had a strong contingent of young scientists this year, with the following students invited to present (each having first won a ribbon at our school fair, and then again at the West Contra Costa Science Fair):

8th Grade
Maya Escalante
William Flowers
Ayaz Earley
Milan Willett

7th Grade
Rika Adam
Eleanor Addison
Lauren Bjeldanes
Tobias Classen
Sophie Gillern
Grace Maguire
Johan Phan
Ben Pilling-Chappelear
Tess Roorda
Henry Warmerdam

In an exciting awards ceremony Thursday evening, students and parents watched as Marcus Wojtowiak of the Randall Museum, and philanthropist and founder of the Museum of Mathematics, Dr. Glen Whitney, presented medals and ribbons to our winners:

7th Grade
Eleanor Addison, 1st Place, Physical Science
Sophie Gillern, 3rd Place, Behavioral Sciences
Ben Pilling-Chappelear, 3rd Place, Biological Sciences
Johan Phan, 3rd Place, Mathematics
Tess Roorda, 4th Place, Biological Sciences
Rika Adam, Bill Tobin Memorial Award

8th Grade
William Flowers, 3rd Place, Behavioral Sciences
Ayaz Earley, 4th Place, Physical Science

Our first place winner Eleanor Addison goes on to represent Korematsu, WCCUSD, and the Bay Area at the California State Science and Engineering Fair, April 23-24 in Los Angeles. She also was nominated to represent us at the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), the national science and engineering competition for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, being held in Washington, DC this fall.

SHAKE YOUR BEAUTY 2018

Thursday, 3/29, 4 – 5:30 pm

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Ms. La Due is looking for parents who can help build sets for the spring musical!

The Drama Club will be having a set-building day for Annie Jr. on Saturday, March 31st starting at 11am in the Korematsu MPR.

We are REALLY in need of folks who are handy with tools and know a bit about construction! Our biggest need is to build risers like the ones seen in this video — we will need to build six 6×4 risers in total. Ms. La Due will purchase the wood and supplies but will need folks to bring tools and know-how!

We will also be painting our existing flats from the previous production and working on some of the props needed for this productions, so there will be jobs for our kids to do that don’t involve powertools!

Finally, we really need someone with a truck who can help us transport some furniture. Particularly, we have some furniture that needs to be returned to CCCT in El Cerrito and some other donations for this show that need to be picked up. Please let Ms. La Due know if you can help with this!

Contact Ms. La Due at sarah.ladue@wccusd.net if you can help!

TEACHER LUNCHEON

Our next Teacher Luncheon will be on April 13th 2018.

WACAC College Fair

Friday, May 4, 2018.
Cal State East Bay, University Gymnasium.

You will be able to meet with representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities.
It is a FREE event admission and there is FREE parking.
You can pre-register at wacaccollegefair.com

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2ND ANNUAL BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES CAREER FAIR

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53rd ANNUAL STUDENT ART SHOW

Community members are invited to attend the 53rd Annual Student Art Show Tuesday, March 27 through Sunday, April 22 at the Richmond Art Center to see art created by middle and high school students throughout the District.

More than 300 pieces will be displayed during the exhibition, and select students will be recognized and awarded for their artistic talents and creativity from local organizations, including the El Sobrante Art Guild. Students and art teachers will be honored at the Art Show Reception Tuesday, April 17, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Who: Middle and High School students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

What: 53rd Annual WCCUSD Student Art exhibition showcasing over 300 student art pieces.

When: Exhibition opens Tuesday, March 27, 2018 and ends Sunday, April 22, 2018. The Art Show reception is Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 5 p.m .- 7 p.m.

Where: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave. Richmond, CA 94804.

Why: To showcase student art work and honor and award students for creativity.

Visit the Richmond Art Center website for more information.

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The Phoenix March 22, 2018

OPEN HOUSE

UnnamedPlease join us

Thursday, March 22 for Open House
Korematsu Middle School
7125 Donal Ave.
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

Arrive early and watch the
Korematsu Jazz Ensemble performance at 6:10 p.m.

All current, prospective and incoming students are warmly invited to join us.

All are welcome to visit our classrooms and meet our teachers and staff. We look forward to meeting you!

PLEASE EXERCISE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN YOU VISIT.

Please observe all traffic rules and regulations.
Never block a driveway! Consider parking a few blocks away and walking to the school so that parking congestion is alleviated.

See you there!!

KOREMATSU TAKES FIVE MEDALS IN THE COUNTY NATIONAL HISTORY DAY COMPETITION!!

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WISH THEM WELL AS THEY MOVE ON TO STATES!

CONGRATS TO OUR STUDENTS!

From Mr. U:

Our annual History Day competition was held this year in Moraga on March 10th. For the past two years, I have held a History Day competition at Korematsu. The projects that are considered the best are often chosen to compete at the county competition. This year Korematsu entered 6 projects into the Contra Costa County competition and walked away with 5 medals. Four of the five medal projects will be competing in the state competition in Rocklin, Ca on May 5th/6th.

National History Day or NHD is a competition that centers around a theme. This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise.” Students worked for three months on researching, organizing, and creating their projects. These students have worked diligently the past few months and are thrilled to continue their competition. Please read about their projects in the links below.

NO MONEY IS NEEDED!

PROJECTS HAVE BEEN PAID FOR BY GENEROUS DONORS AND YOUR PTSA!!

READ ABOUT PROJECTS HERE!!

Group 1: Katherine H., Cassie C., Azusa J.
Young group of women who centered their project around the 6 days war.
Link: https://www.gofundme.com/9wz8nt-national-history-day-competition

Group 2: Miya E., Jacob K.
Duo who focused on the British Taxes.
Link: https://www.gofundme.com/korematsu-nhd-competition

Group 3: Juliet D. Carrie L. Emma G.
Another group of young women whose project was centered around “Second Wave Feminism”
Link: https://www.gofundme.com/nhd2018

Group 4: Finn K.
Solo documentary by Finn focuses on the Pullman Strike.
Link: https://www.gofundme.com/j7et9-nhd-state-competition

KOREMATSU TAKES THE TROPHY AGAIN!!

Congratulations to the Korematsu Battle of the Books team!
They narrowly edged out Hercules Middle School to win the district Battle of the Books.
The winning team was made up of 7th graders Abigail Manila, Cali Fong, Maya Maoz, Amelia Allen, and Molly Tsutsui.
Together they read ten books, beat the other Korematsu teams at the school competition, and then went on to claim the first place trophy for Korematsu Middle School in an academic bowl-style competition.

MOVIE NIGHT

Korematsu Staff, Students and Families : The Hispanic and Chicano committee invite you to their 3rd Movie Night,

Friday March 23rd 2018 at 6:15 pm in the Multi Purpose Room
Movie Night March Cesar Chavez.pdf

Ceasar Chavez

Angst

Join us for a special FREE PTSA-sponsored screening of the documentary film…
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“Angst is inspirational; the courageous effort made by teens in the film to face their fears and become competent in coping is heart-warming and breathtaking.”

– Dr. Laura Kastner

Subtitulado en Español/Subtitled in Spanish

Suggested for parents, caregivers, and kids age 10 and up

Tuesday, March 27th 7-8pm

Korematsu Middle School Multipurpose Room

Discussion following film for those who would like to stay.

An RSVP will allow us to better prepare for the event but it is not required. https://www.showclix.com/event/angst-at-korematsu-public-middle-school

More Info:

Angst is a one-hour film that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. It features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

Visit the Angst Movie website

Watch “What people are saying about the film”

JR. LIFEGUARD TRAINING

NewImageEL CERRITO SWIM CENTER is offering Junior Lifeguard training during Spring Break for 13-14 year olds.

Details: El Cerrito Jr Lifeguard Training Flyer 2018.pdf

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Unnamed 4Mr. Burnham’s Twitter Feed: @KorematsuMS

Korematsu PTSA Twitter Feed: @KorematsuPTSA

The Phoenix, March 15, 2018

THANK YOU

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Thank you to all that helped to create this safe space so that our students could express themselves!

TRACK & FIELD SEASON BEGINS

UnnamedAn informal meeting for all students interested in joining Track & Field will be held in Room C-212 on Thursday, March 15 after school.

* Practices start March 19 – June 1, and will be held after school from 2:30 – 4:30
everyday, except Wednesday.
* Mr. Uriostegue will hold a parent orientation meeting will be held Tuesday, April 10
at 6:00pm in Room C-212.
* For more information contact Megan Sherman at megan@shermanwong.com

FRIDAY!!!! – Volleyball game

7th Period
Faculty vs. Students
Volleyball game

OPEN HOUSE

Please join us
Thursday, March 22 for Open House
Korematsu Middle School
7125 Donal Ave.
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

All current, prospective and incoming students are warmly invited to join us.

All are welcome to visit our classrooms and meet our teachers and staff. We look forward to meeting you!

PLEASE EXERCISE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN YOU VISIT.

Please observe all traffic rules and regulations. Never block a driveway! Consider parking a few blocks away and walking to the school so that parking congestion is alleviated.

See you there!!

YEARBOOK

Don’t let the memories get away.
Order your yearbook today!

Only a limited supply of Korematsu yearbooks remain. Order yours to make sure you get your hands on your very own book of memories.

And a bonus! Order your yearbook online by March 16 and you’re automatically entered for a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card*.

Order Yearbook

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY | SEE RULES

A Conversation with Matthew Duffy

NewImageTuesday March 20th 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Harding Elementary School Auditorium

We are proud to present with our neighboring PTAs…..
Join us for a Conversation with our School Superintendent Matthew Duffy.

Duffy Invite English

Duffy Invite Spanish

Hispanic and Chicano committee Movie Night

The Hispanic and Chicano committee will be hosting their 3rd Movie Night

March 23rd 2018 at 6:15 pm in the Multi Purpose Room

Details: Movie Night March Cesar Chavez.pdf

Angst

Join us for a special FREE PTSA-sponsored screening of the documentary film…
NewImage

“Angst is inspirational; the courageous effort made by teens in the film to face their fears and become competent in coping is heart-warming and breathtaking.”

– Dr. Laura Kastner

Subtitulado en Español/Subtitled in Spanish

Suggested for parents, caregivers, and kids age 10 and up

Tuesday, March 27th 7-8pm

Korematsu Middle School Multipurpose Room

Discussion following film for those who would like to stay.

An RSVP will allow us to better prepare for the event but it is not required. https://www.showclix.com/event/angst-at-korematsu-public-middle-school

More Info:

Angst is a one-hour film that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. It features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

Visit the Angst Movie website

Watch “What people are saying about the film”

JR. LIFEGUARD TRAINING

NewImageEL CERRITO SWIM CENTER is offering Junior Lifeguard training during Spring Break for 13-14 year olds.

Details: El Cerrito Jr Lifeguard Training Flyer 2018.pdf

CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR 8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

Mr Vedder has been busy organizing the 8th Grade end-of-the-year field trip, to celebrate the students’ success in achieving their reading goals this year.
The field trip will be to Kennedy Grove Park. It will be on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 9:30-1:00.
They will be going by bus.
As you can see, he has firmed up most of the details for the field trip,
and he needs help with the most important part of it – CHAPERONES!
He needs 5-6 more parent chaperones, without whom this field trip cannot happen.
Thank you to those who have signed up!
If you can chaperone, please click HERE TO SIGN UP!
Contact Mr Vedder for all the details.

First Wednesday Celebration

on Wednesday, April 4 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM
at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito.
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The Phoenix Thursday March 8, 2018

TEACHER LUNCHEON

NewImageTHE TEACHER LUNCHEON IS TOMORROW FRIDAY MARCH 9TH
THERE’S STILL TIME TO SIGN UP TO CONTRIBUTE!

The theme this month is Salad Bar.
Bring your favorite salad to share with the teachers.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

THANK YOU TO THE FAMILIES WHO ALREADY HAVE!!!

KOREMATSU STUDENTS SUCCEED AT DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR

Congratulations to Korematsu’s students on their success at the District Science Fair! Here is the list of winners:

Biological Science
Jayden Balmaceda, 4th place, 7th grade
Lauren Bjeldanes, 3rd place, 7th grade
Tess Roorda, 2nd place, 7th grade
Ben Pilling, 1st place, 7th grade
Piper Gillern, 4th place, 8th grade
Milan Willett, 2nd place, 8th grade

Engineering/Math/Technology
Johan Phan, 2nd place, 7th grade
Caroline Zwiebach, 1st place, 8th grade

Physical Science
Sean Stokowski, 4th place, 7th grade
Rika Adam, 3rd place, 7th grade
Eleanor Addison, 3rd place, 7th grade
Tobias Glassen, 2nd place, 7th grade
Henry Warmerdam, 1st place, 7th grade
Kathryn Hennig, 4th place, 8th grade
Chloe Liang, 4th place, 8th grade
Miya Escalante, 3rd place, 8th grade
Eamonn O’Leary, 3rd place, 8th grade
Ayaz Earley, 1st place, 8th grade

Social Behavioral
Christopher Hill, 4th place, 7th grade
Sophie Gillern, 2nd place, 7th grade
Grace Maguire, 1st place, 7th grade
William Flowers, 2nd place, 8th grade

In addition, Ben Pilling and Grace Maguire took home $50 Bio-Rad awards, and Ben Pilling also won the Norm Seraphin Award!

YEARBOOKS

Don’t let the memories get away.
Order your yearbook today!

Only a limited supply of Korematsu yearbooks remain. Order yours to make sure you get your hands on your very own book of memories.

And a bonus! Order your yearbook online by March 16 and you’re automatically entered for a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card*.

Order Yearbook

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY | SEE RULES

MARCH 14 “CALL OUT” TO END GUN VIOLENCE

NewImage‘On March 14, California State PTA is asking for your help to “call out” our federal legislators and demand stronger gun-violence prevention legislation.

Stand together with the voices of students and call your federal legislators on March 14 to demand stronger gun-violence prevention legislation including:

* Prohibiting the sale and possession of assault weapons including automatic and semi-automatic weapons
* Mandatory background checks
* Waiting periods for all firearm purchases.

https://www.votervoice.net/CAPTA/campaigns/57206/respond

Once you enter your name and address, the site automatically generates the names and numbers of your legislators and a script that you can use when you call.

PLEASE RESERVE A FEW MINUTES ON MARCH 14th and make calls to your legislators. Calling can be a very effective way to bring about change. Legislation offices do note the number of calls, the areas from which the calls originate and the caller’s positions – for/against.

California State PTA has a number of resources on its website.

http://capta.org/

Additional Resources:

* California State PTA Position * Statement “Firearms and Assault Weapons”
* California State PTA Position Statement “Student Participation in Public Demonstrations”
* National PTA Position Statement “Gun Safety and Violence Prevention”
* Checklist to Prevent Violence in Schools
* National PTA FAQs on Gun Violence
* National PTA Press Statement
* Talking Points for PTAs – Gun Violence and Student Voice
* Proposition 63 “The Safety for All Act of 2016” Support Full Analysis

CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR 8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

Mr Vedder has been busy organizing the 8th Grade end-of-the-year field trip, to celebrate the students’ success in achieving their reading goals this year.
The field trip will be to Kennedy Grove Park. It will be on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 9:30-1:00.
They will be going by bus.
As you can see, he has firmed up most of the details for the field trip,
and he needs help with the most important part of it – CHAPERONES!
He needs 5-6 more parent chaperones, without whom this field trip cannot happen.
Thank you to those who have signed up!
If you can chaperone, please click HERE TO SIGN UP!
Contact Mr Vedder for all the details.

KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING

FEATURING SPECIAL SESSION
“LOOKING AHEAD: WHAT TO EXPECT AT El Cerrito High School” AND BAND PARENTS MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 13

The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the Multipurpose Room.

Agenda

After covering PTSA business, we will hold a session on ECHS, along the lines of “what to expect,” which is specially designed to help 8th graders and their families navigate their way through the first few months of high school. This year, ECHS Principal Edith Jordan-McCormick and Assistant Principals Charlotte Betson and Jay Eirvin will be on hand to talk about academic and administrative matters, as well as extra curricular programs at the high school.

Learn also about what it’s like to be a Gaucho from our panel of student speakers.

So come with questions and get your answers.

Preceding the PTSA meeting is the Band Parents meeting in the band room, starting at 6 PM.

See you there!

NEW DATE!!! BLACK MOVIE NIGHT

Image1The African American Committee will be hosting our

Black History Movie Night on

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:15pm in the

Multipurpose Room (*This is a FREE Event*).

We will watch

MARSHALL – (pg-13) – About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Food from Southern Café and drinks will be provided.

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and pillows.*

ID and PERMISSION SLIP REQUIRED*

A Conversation with Matthew Duffy

Tuesday March 20th 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Harding Elementary School Auditorium

We are proud to present with our neighboring PTAs…..
Join us for a Conversation with our School Superintendent Matthew Duffy.

Duffy Invite English

Duffy Invite Spanish

The Hispanic and Chicano committee will be hosting their 3rd Movie Night

March 23rd 2018 at 6:15 pm in the Multi Purpose Room

Click on the link for the details: Movie Night March Cesar Chavez.pdf

JR. LIFEGUARD TRAINING

NewImageEL CERRITO SWIM CENTER

is offering Junior Lifeguard training during Spring Break for 13-14 year olds.

Click on the link for detail: El Cerrito Jr Lifeguard Training Flyer 2018.pdf

The Phoenix March 1, 2018

GIRLS IN ENGINEERING

Girls in EngineeringUC Berkeley’s Girls in Engineering program is actively recruiting applicants who are eligible for our need-based scholarships. If you work with girls in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade, I hope you will share this opportunity with them! Applications are due TODAY March 1st.

Families are automatically awarded full scholarships if they demonstrate financial need (by qualifying for free or reduced price lunch, CalFresh, or Medi-Cal). All girls need to complete the normal camp application, but no additional scholarship application is required.

Information about our program, and a link to the online application, is available on our website: http://girlsinengineering.berkeley.edu/

TEACHER LUNCHEON

MARCH 9TH IS COMING UP SOON!
SIGN UP TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE TEACHER LUNCHEON!

The theme this month is Salad Bar. Bring your favorite salad to share with the teachers.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR 8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

Mr Vedder has been busy organizing the 8th Grade end-of-the-year field trip, to celebrate the students’ success in achieving their reading goals this year.
The field trip will be to Kennedy Grove Park. It will be on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 9:30-1:00.
They will be going by bus.
As you can see, he has firmed up most of the details for the field trip,
and he needs help with the most important part of it – CHAPERONES!
He needs 15-16 parent chaperones, without whom this field trip cannot happen.
If you can chaperone, please click HERE TO SIGN UP!
Contact Mr Vedder for all the details.

KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING

FEATURING SPECIAL SESSION
“LOOKING AHEAD: WHAT TO EXPECT AT El Cerrito High School” AND BAND PARENTS MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 13

The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the Multipurpose Room.

Here is the Agenda

After covering PTSA business, we will hold a session on ECHS, along the lines of “what to expect,” which is specially designed to help 8th graders and their families navigate their way through the first few months of high school. This year, ECHS Principal Edith Jordan-McCormick and Assistant Principals Charlotte Betson and Jay Eirvin will be on hand to talk about academic and administrative matters, as well as extra curricular programs at the high school.

Learn also about what it’s like to be a Gaucho from our panel of student speakers.

So come with questions and get your answers.

Preceding the PTSA meeting is the Band Parents meeting in the band room, starting at 6 PM.

See you there!

NEW DATE!!! BLACK MOVIE NIGHT

Image1The African American Committee will be hosting our

Black History Movie Night on

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:15pm in the

Multipurpose Room (*This is a FREE Event*).

We will watch

MARSHALL – (pg-13) – About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Food from Southern Café and drinks will be provided.

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and pillows.*

ID and PERMISSION SLIP REQUIRED*

A Conversation with Matthew Duffy

Tuesday March 20th 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Harding Elementary School Auditorium

We are proud to present with our neighboring PTAs…..
Join us for a Conversation with our School Superintendent Matthew Duffy.

Duffy Invite English

Duffy Invite Spanish

MARCH 14 “CALL OUT” TO END GUN VIOLENCE

NewImage‘On March 14, California State PTA is asking for your help to “call out” our federal legislators and demand stronger gun-violence prevention legislation.

Stand together with the voices of students and call your federal legislators on March 14 to demand stronger gun-violence prevention legislation including:

* Prohibiting the sale and possession of assault weapons including automatic and semi-automatic weapons
* Mandatory background checks
* Waiting periods for all firearm purchases.

https://www.votervoice.net/CAPTA/campaigns/57206/respond

Once you enter your name and address, the site automatically generates the names and numbers of your legislators and a script that you can use when you call.

PLEASE RESERVE A FEW MINUTES ON MARCH 14th and make calls to your legislators. Calling can be a very effective way to bring about change. Legislation offices do note the number of calls, the areas from which the calls originate and the caller’s positions – for/against.

California State PTA has a number of resources on its website.

http://capta.org/

Additional Resources:

* California State PTA Position * Statement “Firearms and Assault Weapons”
* California State PTA Position Statement “Student Participation in Public Demonstrations”
* National PTA Position Statement “Gun Safety and Violence Prevention”
* Checklist to Prevent Violence in Schools
* National PTA FAQs on Gun Violence
* National PTA Press Statement
* Talking Points for PTAs – Gun Violence and Student Voice
* Proposition 63 “The Safety for All Act of 2016” Support Full Analysis

The Phoenix, Thursday February 22, 2018

THE ULTIMATE CRAB FEED!!!

El Cerrito High School/Korematsu Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club presents its
Third Annual Ultimate Crab Feed!!
WHEN? Saturday February 24th, 5:30-9:30 pm
WHERE? El Cerrito Community Center.

Come stuff your face with crab and support the EC High and Korematsu Ultimate Frisbee teams all in the same night!!! This is not your typical fundraiser of burritos and pizza. The “Ultimate Crab Feed” will be a night of delicious all you can eat crab, pasta, salad and bread. Yuuuuuummmy!

There will be fantastic raffle prizes, including authentic signed Golden State Warriors jerseys by “Splash Brother” Steph Curry and the best basketball player on the planet, Kevin Durant. The tickets are going fast so be sure to get your tickets today before they sell out.
$50/person.

For tickets: eccrabfeed2018.eventbrite.com
For information: eccrabfeed2018@gmail.com

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2017-2018 YEARBOOK

THERE’S STILL TIME BEFORE YEARBOOK PRICE GOES UP, SO BUY TODAY!

You have a couple more days to buy your 2017-2018 Yearbook for the lower price of $30.
So ORDER TODAY!

The price goes up to $40 between Feb 26, 2018
and mid-April, when sales end.
Reserve your 64 page, full-color memory book now
and save $10.

Order online now

Click on “2018 Yearbook”

Many customizations are available for additional fees, including your student’s name.

Paper order forms are also available. Just drop into the school office.

Black History Movie Night

Image1The African American Committee will be hosting our

Black History Movie Night on

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 6:15pm in the

Multipurpose Room.

We will watch

MARSHALL – (pg-13) – About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American

Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Southern Café Soul Food and drinks will be provided!
Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and pillows.

* ID and PERMISSION SLIP REQUIRED*

POWERSCHOOL

The bugs have been fixed and online registration is now available in PowerSchool for incoming 9th grade students. Once you’ve logged on to PowerSchool, on the left hand side there is a tab for Class Registration. Click that and follow the directions on the screen. Be sure to hit submit when you have finished. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Eirvin at jeirvin2@wccusd.net.

A Conversation with Matthew Duffy

Tuesday March 20th 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Harding Elementary School Auditorium

We are proud to present with our neighboring PTAs…..
Join us for a Conversation with our School Superintendent Matthew Duffy.

Duffy Invite English

Duffy Invite Spanish

The Phoenix February 15, 2018

PRESIDENTS WEEK RECESS

School is closed February 19 to February 23, 2018. Classes will resume on Monday, February 26.

Enjoy the break!

THE ULTIMATE CRAB FEED!!!

El Cerrito High School/Korematsu Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club presents its
Third Annual Ultimate Crab Feed!!
WHEN? Saturday February 24th, 5:30-9:30 pm
WHERE? El Cerrito Community Center.

Unlimited crab with salad, pasta and bread, and fantastic raffle prizes!
$50/person.

For tickets: eccrabfeed2018.eventbrite.com.
For information: eccrabfeed2018@gmail.com.

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Black History Movie Night

Image1The African American Committee will be hosting our Black History Movie Night on

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 6:15pm in the

Multipurpose Room.

We will watch

MARSHALL – (pg-13) – About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Southern Café Soul Food and drinks will be provided!

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and pillows.

* ID and PERMISSION SLIP REQUIRED*

HEARTFELT THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS

A great big thank you to all who have helped or contributed to the Teachers’ Luncheon, Science Fair, the Valentine’s Day Dance, sports events and everything else that’s going on in our Korematsu community.

SCIENCE FAIR

It was great to see so many families at Science Fair Night! Congratulations to our Korematsu students on their scientific explorations and good luck to those whose projects are moving on to the WCCUSD Science Fair!

Attached is a list of projects and placements from the Korematsu fair.

First, second, and third place winners will move on to the district fair. The district fair’s awards ceremony and viewing night will be on Thursday, March 1 at El Cerrito High School.

SCIENCE FAIR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Chair, Jeff Walker

A big thank you goes to the Science Fair judges for the many hours they spent evaluating projects: Melissa Ehman, Ricardo Gonzalez, Gary Hlady, Jon Lebeck, Kazue Nakahara, Crystal Nie, Jeff Norman, and Marit Oieroset.

Many thanks also go to Susan Gonzalez for helping set up the fair and to Judy Chin for providing refreshments for the judges on judging day.

We owe a special thank you to Mr. Kunz for running the fair every year, for providing his room and for much sound advice.

Finally, thank you to Mr. Burnham for his support of the Science Fair, including the logistics of Science Fair Night.

Korematsu Spelling Bee Winners!

Overall First Place – Kai Sokolowski (8th Grade)
Overall 2nd Place – Dominic Harrington

1st Place 7th grade – Julia Schweitzer
2nd Place 7th grade – Amalia Clark

A Conversation with Matthew Duffy

Tuesday March 20th 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Harding Elementary School Auditorium

We are proud to present with our neighboring PTAs…..
Join us for a Conversation with our School Superintendent Matthew Duffy.

Duffy Invite English

Duffy Invite Spanish

The Phoenix February 8, 2018

Korematsu Middle School Academic Strategies Night Tonight

Thursday February 8th 6:30 – 8pm

Parents and guardians are invited to come and get some tips and tools for supporting your students.

Childcare will be provided!

2017-2018
YEARBOOK — PRICES GO UP THIS WEEKEND SO BUY TODAY!

You have just a few more days to buy your 2017-2018 Yearbook for the lower price of $30. So ORDER TODAY!

The price goes up to $40 between Feb 10, 2018 and mid-April, when sales end. Reserve your 64 page, full-color memory book now and save $10.

Order online now at http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/ then click on “2018 Yearbook”. Many customizations are available for additional fees, including your student’s name.

Paper order forms are also available. Just drop into the school office.

February Teacher Luncheon ~ Valentine’s Brunch ~ February 9th !

In keeping with the theme of February we will treat the teachers to a Valentines’ Brunch.
If it’s waffles or pancakes, sausages or brunch casseroles ,vegan dishes or meat anything is welcome!.
Bring your favorite brunch dishes to share for the teachers.

Here is the link to sign up to help out​

Softball and Baseball To start soon

Monday February 12th during lunch students need to attend an informational meeting.
The softball meeting will be in Room A217 and the baseball meeting will be in room A219.

Baseball tryouts will be Wednesday 2/14 from 2:45 – 4:45

Softball tryouts will be Monday 2/26 and Wednesday 2/28 after school.

Lunchtime Spelling Bee

2/13 – Lunchtime Spelling Bee for top English class spellers.

KOREMATSU SCIENCE FAIR NIGHT 2018!

DON’T MISS KOREMATSU SCIENCE FAIR NIGHT 2018!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 6:30 TO 8:00 PM

KOREMATSU MULTIPURPOSE ROOM

Come see the projects that made the final round of the Korematsu Science Fair at Science Fair Night next week! The first, second, and third place winners will proceed to the WCCUSD Science Fair next month.

Congratulations to our students who worked so hard on their projects!

Valentine’s Day Dance

We still have a need for a few more parents to help at the Valentines’ Day Dance

It’s on Wednesday February 14th 2018 in the MPR 1:30 – 3.00pm

Click on the links to sign up to help create a fun event for the students:

Valentine’s Day Dance Volunteers

Black History Month Movie Night

The African American Committee will be hosting our
Black History Month Movie Night
on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 6:15 pm in the Multipurpose Room

We will watch: MARSHALL (PG 13) About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice,
as he battle through one of his career-defining cases.

There will be food, and drinks will be provided.
Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and pillows.

*ID and PERMISSION SLIP REQUIRED

The Phoenix February 1, 2018

Last chance to get the tickets!

See the NBA champion Warriors live at West Contra Costa Public Education Fund Night on February 22 when Golden State hosts the Los Angeles Clippers. Discounted tickets are available for the WCCUSD community with a portion of the ticket sales benefiting the Ed Fund and the District. Get your tickets here and use the promo code WCCUSD. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, February 2.

The Ed Fund is also offering up to a $1,000 prize to spend on the arts to the top school within each of our six family of schools that sells or buys the most tickets. More details about the Ed Fund’s announcement is here.
Updated WCCUSD Warriors night flyer

PTSA ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

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Local Control Accountability Plan Community Town Hall Meeting

Saturday 2/3/2018 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Pinole Middle School Cafeteria 15775 Mann Dr., Pinole, CA 94564
WCCUSD welcomes students, families, staff, and community members to attend our
Community Town Hall Meetings!
Attending a town hall meeting is a great opportunity for parents, teachers, and community members to engage in the decisions that impact their children and schools.
District staff will listen to the concerns and suggestions of all stakeholders regarding the development of the LCAP.
17-18 Town Hall Flyer (Sp).pdf
​​17-18 Town Hall Flyer (Eng).pdf

PANDA EXPRESS

Unnamed 1Join us at Panda Express El Cerrito Plaza, next Tuesday February 6, 2018, from 3:00 – 9:00 pm for take-away or eat in. We receive 20% of the proceeds, which we spend on improving classroom, student and teacher experience.
Click HERE for the flyer. You can show paper or digital version of it.
THANK YOU!!! for your support.

2017-2018 YEARBOOK — ORDER NOW!

Now is the time to order your 2017-2018 Yearbook! 64+ colored pages!
The basic book is $30 until Feb. 9, 2018. Order today!
The price goes up to $40 between Feb 10, 2018 and mid-April, when sales end.

We are currently accepting online orders only. Please go to http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/ then click on “2018 Yearbook”. Many customizations are available for additional fees, including your student’s name.

Orders can be placed via cash/check and order form in the school office after January 16th, 2018.

February Teacher Luncheon ~ Valentine’s Brunch ~ February 9th !

In keeping with the theme of February we will treat the teachers to a Valentines’ Brunch.
If it’s waffles or pancakes, sausages or brunch casseroles ,vegan dishes or meat anything is welcome!.
Bring your favorite brunch dishes to share for the teachers.

Here is the link to sign up to help out​

It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking About College…

The Rho Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce their 28th Annual Black College Awareness Fair. This signature event will be held at Stanford University’s Tresidder Memorial Union on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Registration begins at 9:30 AM (continental breakfast will be served), and the fair program begins promptly at 10:00 AM.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR SCIENCE FAIR NIGHT 2018!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM IN THE MULTIPURPOSE ROOM

Don’t forget to mark your calendars! Science Fair Night will be on Tuesday, February 13. This is the only opportunity for families to view the 70 projects that made the final round of the Korematsu Science Fair. Our students have put together some great experiments! First, second, and third place winners will be advancing to the WCCUSD Science Fair in early March.

Valentine’s Day Dance

Wednesday February 14th 2018 in the MPR 1:30 – 3.00pm

Click on the links to sign up to help create a fun event for the students and for the cool flyer from Ms. Alcocer

Valentine’s Day Dance Volunteers
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Valentine’s Day Dance2.pdf

Recruiting teens for UC Berkeley Public Science Center summer programs

Unnamed 2The Lawrence Hall of Science is currently recruiting youth for our Engineering Lab, and Floor and Special Events programs. We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word and promoting these opportunities for young people throughout the Bay Area.

We’re looking for more applicants that will become part of our internship program. Our youths have the option to join a year-round science education and youth development program that helps support STEM exploration and the college admissions process.

Through joining our program, teens have the opportunity to:

  • Fulfill community service requirements
  • Develop job skills that include public speaking and customer service, self confidence and leadership, adaptability and flexibility to manage multiple assignments under changing conditions, and the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work.
  • Learn about communicating science to the public
  • Find a safe way and a place to socialize with other youth and build interpersonal relationships
  • Enjoy the benefits of experiencing a work-related environment with Hall staff, UC Berkeley college interns, and other teens from all around the Bay Area.

Ideal candidates are must be entering 9th grade or above and be
able to attend the Mandatory Teen Orientation on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Youth who demonstrate a passion for science, technology, engineering, math, or education and/or are interested in working with the public are particularly well suited for the program. We hope to serve as the critical difference in our youth’s choice or opportunity to pursue a STEM career and/or education.

Youth can apply HERE; the application deadline is March 24.

YEARBOOK PICTURES NEEDED

Do you have any photos from any school events you have attended, this school year?
Cross country meets? Band Concerts? Performances? Basketball games?
And any other memorable school events.

The Yearbook Committee is still gathering photos for the yearbook, and would appreciate your help, to get more.

If you have any questions and/or photos that you would like to submit for inclusion in the yearbook, you can email them to timwarner@fairmontschool.org or tiffany.jamison@wccusd.net

Tips on proper photo submission:

  • Screen shots do not work!
  • Hi-res quality
  • Please include a narrative/description, date of event, names, and grades
  • Photos including nudity, profanity, copyright violations, etc will immediately be discarded and reported