The Phoenix, August 2, 2018

WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

We’ll see you next week for Registration!

7125 Donal Ave

El Cerrito

MPR:  Tuesday and Wednesday

GYM:  Thursday

August 7, 8, 9, 2018

PACKETS ARE IN THE MAIL!

Packets containing registration materials are in the mail.

Here is a link to what is included in the packet.

If you need to print something, print in black and white because these pages are ink-intensive!

Link to Registration Documents

Got a question?  We’ve got an answer!

Check out our Frequently-asked Question Sheet!

FAQ Sheet

PLEASE RESPECT THE NEIGHBORHOOD

WHEN VISITING THE CAMPUS!

Parking

To alleviate some neighborhood congestion, please consider parking a few blocks from the school and walk to the campus.

Except for one or two lonely short-term parking spots, there is no parking on the school side of Donal Avenue. Please park legally on Lawrence, Gladys or Norvell Streets.

Please respect our neighborhood and our neighbors.  Please refrain from blocking any driveways …. even for a minute … and always follow traffic rules and regulations.

HELP WANTED FOR WALK-THROUGH REGISTRATION!

A few helping hands are needed and appreciated for walk-through registration.

Whatever time you can afford is appreciated!

Please sign up in the link!

Volunteers for Walk-through Registration

Contact:  tiffany.jamison@wccusd.net

SAVE THE DATE!

PTSA-SPONSORED

ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

JOIN OUR PTSA!

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.

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.  A large and active PTSA membership generally indicates a high level of parent and community involvement in the school.  We have a GREAT unit!  Last year, we were #1 in membership out of the  30+ schools that make up the Bayside Council of PTAs, and it has grown over 200% over the last five years!

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!

MORE HERE! 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED (AND APPRECIATED)!

We’ve got lots of ways for you to be involved in our school.

Read on, and if anything interests you, please contact us at korematsuptsa@gmail.com and we’ll tell you all about it!

Here are a few featured spots…..

Teacher Treat Day Coordinator

This is THE MOST LOVED teacher and staff activity at the school.   

Coordinate the once-monthly teacher and staff luncheon.

The position involves publishing and maintaining a spreadsheet of food donations and volunteers.

It is helpful if you can be there (second Friday of most months), but this is not required.

Donations are plentiful and volunteers always help out.

We just need someone (or two) to head it up.

FUNDRAISING CHAIR

Head up the PTSA’s fundraising efforts.

Coordinate our Annual Giving campaign,

restaurant nights and assemble our Celebrate Korematsu team.

Have you worked on an auction for one of our elementary schools?

You are perfect!

Other projects can be added as well.

REFLECTIONS CHAIR

Reflections is PTA’s visual and performing arts contest.

The Reflections chair assembles a team to promote the Reflections contest,

communicates rules and due dates, and works to coordinate the arts showcase.

This is a great opportunity to work with students and encourage and showcase their artistic creativity!

INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE THREE?

Contact us!   korematsuptsa@gmail.com

CALENDAR!

We are already populating the calendar!

We are already populating the Korematsu calendar.

The calendar is available in this link.

https://korematsumiddleschool.org/?page_id=13

NEVER MISS AN EVENT!

You can subscribe to the calendar by clicking on the “+Google Calendar” button at the bottom of the calendar.

Korematsu events will automatically be added to your personal Google calendar.

RECRUITING HOST FAMILIES FOR A TEACHER INTERN

West County Mandarin School (WCCUSD’s new Mandarin immersion school) is recruiting host families for a teacher intern coming from Taiwan this coming school year. Hosting an intern is a wonderful opportunity to create Mandarin learning at home! The host period is very flexible. You can choose eight weeks, half a year, or the whole school year!  So if you are interested in hosting this teacher intern, have any questions, or if you know another family who would love to have a Mandarin-speaking young person stay with them, please email Dr. Eric Peterson, Principal at West County Mandarin School at epeterson@wccusd.net.

The Phoenix. June 21, 2018

Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year

Save the DateNote: You must be zoned for Korematsu or be pre-approved through the transfer process

August 7, 8, 9
9:00 a.m. – Noon

August 7th = 7th graders
August 8th = 8th graders
August 9th = Transfers and anyone not able to make it the first two days.

If these dates don’t work for you, don’t worry.

Come in the following week.
No one is penalized or shut out of classes if they are unavailable to attend.

Registration Packet

Registration Packets
Registration Packets mail home in July.
Look for them!
Documents will also be available online.

INCOMING STUDENTS IMMUNIZATION RECORDS NEEDED!

Immunization RecordsPlease bring immunization records to registration

There are new-ish (a few years old) requirements for incoming 7th graders,
Check with your physician to be sure.
Most likely, they will need immunizations before entering 7th grade.

Click here for more info

ALL-SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Ice Cream SocialSAVE THE DATE!

PTSA – SPONSORED

Meet new friends and catch up with old

Saturday, August 18, 2018

3:00 -5:00 p.m.
Castro Clubhouse
1420 Norvell St, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Around the corner from Korematsu Middle School. Click on the address above for a map.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED (AND APPRECIATED)!

Help WantedWe’ve got lots of ways for you to be involved in our school.
Read on, and if anything interests you, please contact us at korematsuptsa@gmail.com and we’ll tell you all about it!

Here are a few featured spots…..

Teacher Treat Day Coordinator
This is THE MOST LOVED teacher and staff activity at the school.
Coordinate the once-monthly teacher and staff luncheon.
The position involves publishing and maintaining a spreadsheet of food donations and volunteers.
It is helpful if you can be there (second Friday of most months), but this is not required.
Donations are plentiful and volunteers always help out.
We just need someone (or two) to head it up.

FUNDRAISING CHAIR
Head up the PTSA’s fundraising efforts.
Coordinate our Annual Giving campaign,
restaurant nights and assemble our Celebrate Korematsu team.
Have you worked on an auction for one of our elementary schools?
You are perfect!
Other projects can be added as well.

REFLECTIONS CHAIR
Reflections is PTA’s visual and performing arts contest.
The Reflections chair assembles a team to promote the Reflections contest,
communicates rules and due dates, and works to coordinate the arts showcase.
This is a great opportunity to work with students and encourage and showcase their artistic creativity!

INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE THREE?
Contact us! korematsuptsa@gmail.com

CALENDAR!

We are already populating the calendar!

We are already populating the Korematsu calendar.
The calendar is available here

NEVER MISS AN EVENT!
You can subscribe to the calendar by clicking on the “+Google Calendar” button at the bottom of the calendar.

+ Google CalendarKorematsu events will automatically be added to your personal Google calendar.

KOREMATSU MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER BAND CAMP

KOREMATSU MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER BAND CAMP

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DUFFY LEADERSHIP CHANGE EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL

June 19, 2018

Dear ECHS Community,

I hope you are enjoying your summer break. I am writing to let you know that next year, there will be a new principal at El Cerrito High School. Edith Jordan-McCormick will be working in a different leadership position in the district. We will immediately undertake the process to select a new principal and I look forward to your participation in that process.

Meetings with parents, students and staff are scheduled for Monday, June 25th at ECHS. The staff meeting will take place at 4:30 pm in the library and a wider community meeting at 6 pm in the auditorium. If enough students are present, we will also make special time for them toward the end of the meeting.

These meetings will be specifically tailored around input regarding skills and competencies the community would be looking for in their next leader. The position will be posted on Wednesday and interviews will be planned for July 9 and July 10. The interview process will be community based,meaning that a few teachers, parents and community will be invited to participate in the process via stakeholder groups. Details of that process will be shared during the meetings and by email following the meeting.

Next year, El Cerrito High School will be supervised by two executive directors, Julio Franco and Anne Shin, as part of a shift to a Secondary Schools office to better support middle and high schools. Both of them are experienced principals and leaders in the District. You will have an opportunity to meet them later this summer.

The school is also hiring an additional vice principal. We will be interviewing for that position in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during these changes. I look forward to the continued success of the students and staff at El Cerrito High School.

In partnership,

Matthew Duffy
Superintendent

MENSAJE DE SUPERINTENDENT DUFFY CAMBIAR DE DIRECTOR DE ESCUELA EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL

Estimada Comunidad de ECHS,

Espero que estén disfrutando de sus vacaciones de verano. Les escribo para informarles que el próximo año, habrá un nuevo director(a) en El Cerrito High School. Edith Jordan-McCormick estará trabajando en una posición de liderazgo diferente en el distrito. Inmediatamente comenzaremos el proceso para seleccionar un nuevo director y espero su participación en ese proceso.

Las reuniones con los padres y el personal docente están programadas para el lunes, 25 de junio en ECHS. La reunión del personal docente tendrá lugar a las 4:30 p.m. en la biblioteca y una reunión más amplia de la comunidad a las 6 p.m. en el auditorio. Esta reunión se enfocará específicamente sobre las habilidades y competencias que la comunidad quiere en su próximo líder. El puesto se publicará el miércoles y las entrevistas se planificarán para el 9 de julio y el 10 de julio. El proceso de entrevista será comunitario, lo que significa que algunos maestros, padres y miembros de la comunidad serán invitados a participar en el proceso. Los detalles de ese proceso se compartirán durante las reuniones y por correo electrónico después de la reunión.

El próximo año, la escuela secundaria El Cerrito será supervisada por dos directores ejecutivos, Julio Franco y AnneShin, como parte de un cambio a una oficina central de Escuelas Secundarias para apoyar mejor a las escuelas intermedias y secundarias. Ambos son directores con experiencia y líderes en el Distrito. Tendrán la oportunidad de conocerlos más adelante este verano.

La escuela también está contratando un subdirector adicional. Estaremos entrevistando para ese puesto en las próximas semanas.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo y paciencia durante estos cambios. Espero con interés el éxito continuo de los estudiantes y el personal de El Cerrito High School.

En asociación,

Matthew Duffy
Superintendente

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL ETREE

Headed to El Cerrito High School?

Get on the e tree!

EMAIL: ECHSETREE@gmail.com
and ask to be added to the e tree.

NOTE: Email from the high school can be quite voluminous.
Consider opening up a separate email account to receive that communication stream.

The Phoenix May 17, 2018

FIRST ANNUAL KOREMATSU DANCE PERFORMANCE

Dance
Who: Level Two dance students
When: Wednesday 5/23 & Thursday 5/24
Time: 7:00 pm show (doors open at 6:30)
Where: Korematsu MPR
Tickets: Suggested $4.00 donation at the door

PTSA SURVEY

Hello fabulous Korematsu families,

Thank you to those who participated in our parent workshop on executive function, at the last PTSA meeting.

We’d be grateful for some (brief) feedback from you. If possible, please complete this 2-minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7LXXY3H

Here is the link to the video we watched: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/inbrief-executive-function-skills-for-life-and-learning/

Thank you for passing it on.

Please let me know if you have any questions. We’d be happy to come back in the fall!

In community,
Lisa Miller
Director

2436 Sacramento Street
Berkeley, CA 94702

1050 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
510.540.8646
www.classroommatters.com

TEACHER LUNCHEON THANK YOU

We want to say Thank You to our hard working Teacher Luncheon coordinator, Astrid Broberg, and all of you who helped out and contributed to the monthly teacher/staff luncheons at Korematsu. The staff really appreciates and looks forward to it and it wouldn’t happen without your efforts. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

EMBRACING DISCOMFORT

ThePracticeSpace 85You are invited to “Embracing Discomfort: The Practice Space Celebrates Community Voices,” a community-centered event focused on celebrating public speaking and performance.

Join us for a showcase featuring speeches and stories by students from El Cerrito High School, and The Practice Space, a non-profit helping people communicate and speak effectively. Celebrate our one-year anniversary with dinner, music, community booths, speeches, and stories! This event is free to all – RSVP at embracingdiscomfort.eventbrite.com.

When: Sunday, May 20, 2018, 6:30pm Dinner Reception, 7pm-9pm Student and Adult Performances

Where: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Community Theater, 339 11th Street, Richmond, CA 94801.

Who We Are: The Practice Space is a non-profit that builds confidence and community voice through communication skill development. We provide educational content and supportive practice experiences to improve the culture of communication in schools and communities. Our programs help people of all ages communicate effectively, address social anxieties, be authentic, and feel connected to others. We develop leaders who can help people feel comfortable speaking up, learn from each other, and elevate underrepresented voices. Visit www.practice-space.org for more information.

ARE YOU HEADED TO EL CERRITO HIGH? COME CHECK US OUT!!

ECHS Spring FestEl Cerrito High School’s Leadership Class invites you to…

El Cerrito High School’s SPRING FEST

Thursday, May 24, 2018
3:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
El Cerrito High School Quad
540 Ashbury Avenue El Cerrito, CA 94530

Let’s celebrate SPRING!

Join us at this free community-centered event!

Entertainment and Performances by our school’s classes and clubs!

Light food and beverage will be sold. Tickets will be available day of on the Quad.

This is the perfect opportunity to find out what’s happening at your local high school.

We’ll see you there!

Sponsored By ECHS Leadership
Questions? Please contact us at: gaucholeadership@gmail.com, or by phone at (510)-231-1437 ext. 26520 or Pat Jimenez at 510-381-1092

The Phoenix May 10, 2018

Last teacher luncheon of the school year

Mexican FodTomorrow – Friday May 11th 2018

Let the teachers know how much we appreciate their work this year! This month’s theme is Cinco de Mayo! Bring your favorite Mexican dishes. Tamales, Floutas, burritos, salads, tacos, so much to choose from.T hanks for all the help during this school year. Questions email Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com

Sign Up

PROMOTION TO HIGH SCHOOL

Dear Korematsu Families,

Can you believe we only have 3 weeks until graduation? This year has zoomed by!

Graduation is a special time for 8th grade families. Many of them move on together to El Cerrito High, and some fly off to other schools, so for our 8th graders, the graduation commencement events are vastly important.

That being said, we can not pull off all the activities without your help!

There are 3 events that need 7th AND 8th grade families to help with. We have included a link to a google doc that you can sign up.

The events are as follows:

6/5
1. Promotion practice: Before the picnic, parents are needed to help organize and supervise the 8th graders as they practice for the promotion ceremony.

2. Help with the 8th grade picnic: This happens prior to the kids vs. teachers softball game. We have 3 point persons already and need people to sign ups for food, set-up, clean-up etc. BOTH 7th & 8th Grade families can help!

6/6
3. Graduation: This is a huge event where the kids cross the stage. Tradition has been 7th grade families sign up to help with some of the larger day of jobs so 8th grade families can watch their babies cross the stage! Then next year, we continue that tradition and you get to sit back and watch your babies cross the stage!

There are other day/night-of items for 8th grade families as well as a sign-up to help order, pick-up & deliver appetizers, drinks & desserts to the school.

Please note there are 3 tabs on the sign up sheet!

Please contact either Rula Craner at rula_craner@yahoo.com OR Negar Souza at thesouzafamily@comcast.net for more info, clarification or questions.

CLICK HERE TO HELP!

WE NEED YOU! We cannot do this without your help!

Thank you,
Rula & Negar

BRIGHTBYTES AND WCCUSD

brightByesWCCUSDDear WCCUSD Parent/Guardian,

During the 2014-15 school year, our district started a partnership with BrightBytes, an educational software company in order to learn more about our technology use for student learning. Our goal is to gather data on a continuing basis regarding technology access and skills, and on our district’s technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement.

To gain these insights, we provide BrightBytes with a complete picture of technology use at school and at home within our district. Students, teachers, and parents are asked to complete an online questionnaire twice a year to help us gather this data.

Your participation and support is important to us and will give us a more complete understanding of our district’s technology use. Our first step is to gather data from you, the members of our parent community. Below is a link to the parent survey, as well as a QR code which can be scanned with a mobile device running a QR code reader. This will allow you to access the survey on your smartphone or another mobile device (such as a tablet). Please note that the survey is short and should only take about 5 to 8 minutes of your time.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this valuable survey.

Sincerely,

Matt Burnham, Principal

Korematsu Middle School Parent Survey

Click on this link to take the survey

brightBytes Survey

The Phoenix May 3, 2018

LIBRARY AFTER SCHOOL HOURS

Library after school hours will end on May 4th. After that, the library will only be open for 15-20 minutes after the end of the school day. We are moving into tablet and textbook collection time. Thanks.

KOREMATSU PRESENTS THE MUSICAL ANNIE

AnnieOver 50 Korematsu students have been working hard onstage and behind the scenes to put on our spring musical! Bring the whole family for a fun night of musical theatre.

Date: Wednesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 10th
Time: 7pm (House opens at 6:30pm, get there early to get a good seat! Snacks will be available for purchase.)
Place: Korematsu Multi-Purpose Room
Tickets: Available at the door, suggested donation of $4

VOLLEYBALL

Girls Volleyball is coming to Korematsu! Beginning Wednesday, April 25 from 1:30 – 4 pm in the Korematsu gym, there will be an open gym for girls in the 7th and 8th grade. They will continue on a weekly basis for the rest of the school year. The open gyms will be lead by Scott Bishop a local, veteran volleyball coach. He has been coaching volleyball at the High School, Club and Collegiate levels for over 20+ years. If you are interested please contact Scott at cantdigme@gmail.comfor more information.

FINAL PTSA MEETING: TUES., MAY 8, MPR, 7 PM

WE NEED YOUR VOTE! NOTICE OF ELECTION AND MEETING

Tuesday, May 8, 2017
Fred T. Korematsu Middle School
7125 Donal Avenue
7:00 p.m.
MPR

NOTE: BAND PARENTS MEET at 6 PM in the band room.
Please join us as we elect the Executive Board for the 2018-2019 school year.
The term begins July 1, 2017 and runs through June 30, 2018.

Slate for Executive Board:
Manu Wong – President
Stacey Steele – Executive Vice President
Leslie Reckler – Treasurer
Evelyn Smith – Financial Secretary
Sherrod Blankner – Recording Secretary

OPEN
First Vice President Fundraising
Second Vice President Volunteer Coordinator
Historian

All who are members longer than 30 days are eligible to cast a vote.

PRESENTATION ON EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS BY CLASSROOM MATTERS.

Here’s the Agenda

Last teacher luncheon of the school year

May 11th 2018

Let the teachers know how much we appreciate their work this year! This month’s theme is Cinco de Mayo! Bring your favorite Mexican dishes. Tamales, Floutas, burritos, salads, tacos, so much to choose from. Thanks for all the help during this school year. Questions email Astrid Broberg liissaUSA@aol.com

Sign Up

THE PRACTICE SPACE

The Practice SpaceEmbracing Discomfort: The Practice Space Celebrates Community Voices
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Location: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Description: You are invited to a showcase of speeches and stories by students at The Practice Space, a non-profit helping people communicate and speak effectively.. Come celebrate our one-year anniversary with free dinner, drinks, music, and speeches by student and adult speakers! Learn more about our programs and show support for voices from our East Bay community.

This event is free to all and begins with a reception at 6:30pm with food, a photo booth, and community tables with local artists and youth programs. Student performances begin at 7:15pm with two acts and an intermission.

Tickets: Free to all, RSVP at embracingdiscomfort.eventbrite.com

Address: 339 11th St, Richmond, CA 94801

FIELD TRIP THANK YOU FROM MR. VEDDER

Dear Parents,

I want to thank you for all of the work, effort, materials, time, and energy you put in today.

At every turn – in the beginning, when sixty of our kids were without a bus, in the middle, attempting to feed 240 eager teenagers, or near the end, when we fit every one of them into one final photo – you were all ready, and willing to help. You were positive and engaged the entire day, and I couldn’t have asked for a better set of adults to be with.

Today was a real testament to how lucky we are, as a staff, to have such a generous, flexible, and thoughtful community of parents. Thank you for all that you did and put in – I know that the staff, the kids, and I all appreciate it immensely. It was such a fantastic day.

NEXT CHINA TRIP DEADLINE

ChinaThank you to all that handed in applications to meet the Early Bird deadline.
There is still time to think about the China trip. The next deadline is Tuesday, May 15 ($800 rate).
Hand in paper applications to the Main Office.

HEADED TO EL CERRITO HIGH? – THE MOUNTAIN BIKING TEAM WANTS YOU!!

ECHS MTB TeamThe Mountain Bike Team had their fourth league race at Granite Bay on April 15th, placing third just behind Berkeley, and retaining overall second place in league. El Cerrito is up against much bigger teams – we had 20 race while Berkeley had 62! The last league race is less than two weeks and the team will need to be strong to clinch the second place spot!

The course was 6 miles with over 500′ of climbing, and is considered the most technical NorCal (league) course. There was lots of winding single track and several rock obstacles to clear. Our riders did great! Freshman and Sophomore Girls did 2 laps; Sophomore Boys and JV raced for 3 laps, and Varsity Boys 4.

The team is looking for more riders next season and girls are highly encouraged to join. We have a strong group of girls and want to add several more. No experience is necessary – the team trains it’s athletes for fitness and bike handling. Please talk to anyone on the team or text coach John (510-967-1101) and check out the team’s website https://echsmtb.com/.

Varsity: Matt Garrison, 4th (Podium); Evan Garrison, 9th

JV Girls: Madeline Hill, 1st (Podium, Category Leader)

JV Boys: Tal Zvik, 4th (Podium); George Smith, 20th; Rota Maynard, 32nd; Daniel Huebner, 35th; Sebastian Alvarez, 36th

Sophomore Girls: Maria Wallis, 2nd (Podium, Category Leader)

Sophomore Boys: Nitzan Gladstone, 4th (Podium); Keith Emory; 7th; Aiden Dey-Ward, 13th; Senan Hayden, 19th; Fabio Argueta, 26th

Freshman Girls: Elisabeth Cody, 8th; Helen Stephens, 14th

Freshman Boys: Enzo Nelligan, 6th; Simha Furaha, 17th; Eli Tipton, 20th

ALBANY MIDDLE SCHOOL INVITES YOU TO…. COBRA-CHELLA!

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The Phoenix April 26, 2018

TONIGHT!!! Korematsu Orientation Night

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CHINA TRIP APPLICATIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED!

ChinaYOU’VE GOT THE WEEKEND!

Early Bird ($650) Applications for the China Trip are now due in the Main Office End of Day Monday, April 30, 2018.
If you are expediting a passport, please hand in proof that you expedited (copy your payment receipt or other) with your application. If not, you’ve got the weekend to finish that essay or apply for a passport.

Please hand in:
Application for Participation Summer 2018 China
​​China Trip Health and Medical Form 2018.pdf

If you are applying for aid or scholarship, please include:
​China Trip Scholarship Application

Still time to decide if the trip is for you!

Read:
​Minutes China Trip Both Sessions 4:00 and 5:30
​​2018 Summer China Study Tour- Important Travel

Passport information and all the postings on the China trip are on the website:
www.korematsumiddleschool.org

PROMOTION CEREMONY

Dear Korematsu Families,

Can you believe we only have 7 weeks until graduation? This year has zoomed by!

Graduation is a special time for 8th grade families. Many of them move on together to El Cerrito High, and some fly off to other schools, so for our 8th graders, the graduation commencement events are vastly important.

That being said, we can not pull off all the activities without your help!

There are 3 events that need 7th AND 8th grade families to help with. We have included a link to a google doc that you can sign up.

The events are as follows:
6/5
1. Promotion practice: Before the picnic, parents are needed to help organize and supervise the 8th graders as they practice for the promotion ceremony.

2. Help with the 8th grade picnic: This happens prior to the kids vs. teachers softball game. We have 3 point persons already and need people to sign ups for food, set-up, clean-up etc. BOTH 7th & 8th Grade families can help!

6/6
3. Graduation: This is a huge event where the kids cross the stage. Tradition has been 7th grade families sign up to help with some of the larger day of jobs so 8th grade families can watch their babies cross the stage! Then next year, we continue that tradition and you get to sit back and watch your babies cross the stage!

There are other day/night-of items for 8th grade families as well as a sign-up to help order, pick-up & deliver appetizers, drinks & desserts to the school.

Please note there are 3 tabs on the sign up sheet!

Please contact either Rula Craner at rula_craner@yahoo.com OR Negar Souza at thesouzafamily@comcast.net for more info, clarification or questions.

CLICK HERE TO HELP!

WE NEED YOU! We cannot do this without your help!

Thank you,
Rula & Negar

The Phoenix April 19, 2018

WE NEED YOU

Korematsu PTSA has a number of openings for the next school year. 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.

WE CANNOT HAVE A PTA WITHOUT A PRESIDENT, TREASURER AND SECRETARY.
WE’VE GOT TWO OF THE THREE FILLED.
CONTACT US! We are fun!!!!
korematsuptsa@gmail.com

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: FILLED
Stege Elem Comm Liaison: OPEN
Washington Elem Comm Liaison: FILLED
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.

And here’s a spreadsheet you can enter names into.

2018/19 Korematsu PTSA Slate

INFORMATION SESSION for the SUMMER STUDENT AMBASSADOR CHINA TRIP

China
Friday, April 20, 2018

KOREMATSU MIDDLE SCHOOL
LIBRARY
7125 Donal Avenue
El Cerrito, CA

Two Sessions:

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Students and families from these schools are welcome!

El Cerrito High
Kennedy High
De Anza High
Richmond High
Pinole Valley High
Hercules High
Middle College High
Helms Middle
Korematsu Middle

REMINDER, this trip is open only to WCCUSD students from the above listed schools.

Enter the school through the orange gates.
Follow the orange poles to the Library.

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Preliminary trip information and the application can be found on our website

*VISITING REMINDER*
Please respect our neighborhood when coming to visit.
Please refrain from double-parking, blocking driveways and the like.
Consider parking a couple of blocks away from school and walking to ease some congestion.
Our neighbors thank you!

See you There!

WCCUSD 5th Annual BEST PRACTICES FAIR

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CALIFORNIA HEALTHY KIDS SURVEY

Please take some time to take the California Healthy Kids Survey

bit.ly/koremastsuparent18

6th Grade Students and Families: KOREMATSU ORIENTATION NIGHT

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El Cerrito Parks & Recreation Facilities Master Plan

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To date, the community outreach process for the El Cerrito Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan has included an online survey and online mapping forum, two community workshops, and a series of stakeholder interviews.

Themes that have emerged as important to the community so far include:

Youth recreation – toddler amenities, teen programming, youth enrichment opportunities

To update and improve the City’s existing recreation facilities and programs

The Hillside Natural Area and Ohlone Greenway as valued recreation amenities that are unique to El Cerrito

Improved general maintenance in the City’s parks and recreation facilities

Pedestrian access throughout the City’s parks and recreation network – walking, hiking and biking

A Senior Center as an important recreation amenity

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard. There will be two more Public Meetings on Thursday, April 26th at the El Cerrito Community Center,7007 Moeser Lane and Wednesday, May 23rd at City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave. Both meetings will take place 6:30-8:30pm.

For more information, please visit www.el-cerrito.org/ParksMP

8th Grade Promotion Activities

Dear Korematsu Families,

Can you believe we only have 7 weeks until graduation? This year has zoomed by!

Graduation is a special time for 8th grade families. Many of them move on together to El Cerrito High, and some fly off to other schools, so for our 8th graders, the graduation commencement events are vastly important.

That being said, we can not pull off all the activities without your help!

There are 3 events that need 7th AND 8th grade families to help with. We have included a link to a google doc that you can sign up.

The events are as follows:
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1. Promotion practice: Before the picnic, parents are needed to help organize and supervise the 8th graders as they practice for the promotion ceremony.

2. Help with the 8th grade picnic: This happens prior to the kids vs. teachers softball game. We have 3 point persons already and need people to sign ups for food, set-up, clean-up etc. BOTH 7th & 8th Grade families can help!

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3. Graduation: This is a huge event where the kids cross the stage. Tradition has been 7th grade families sign up to help with some of the larger day of jobs so 8th grade families can watch their babies cross the stage! Then next year, we continue that tradition and you get to sit back and watch your babies cross the stage!

There are other day/night-of items for 8th grade families as well as a sign-up to help order, pick-up & deliver appetizers, drinks & desserts to the school.

Please note there are 3 tabs on the sign up sheet!

Please contact either Rula Craner at rula_craner@yahoo.com OR Negar Souza at thesouzafamily@comcast.net for more info, clarification or questions.

CLICK HERE TO HELP!

WE NEED YOU! We cannot do this without your help!

Thank you,
Rula & Negar

The Phoenix April 12, 2018

TIME. YEARBOOKS. BOTH ARE RUNNING OUT!

Unnamed 1Order your student’s yearbook today.
We only have 50 yearbooks left, so don’t miss your chance to buy one! Order now for $40.00 while you still have time.

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED

TEACHER LUNCHEON FRIDAY APRIL 13TH 2018

UnnamedHelp 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 on this link to sign up!​

ECHS Speech and Debate Showcase

HEADED TO EL CERRITO HIGH? CHECK OUT OUR SPEECH AND DEBATE SHOWCASE!

Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

For over fifty years the El Cerrito High School Forensics program
has introduced new students to high school speech and debate,
and sent students to compete in league, state and national tournaments.
Our philosophy is to support all students who are interested
in exploring the various types of speech and debate events,
not only those who excel and who make speech or debate the main focus of their high school activities.

We Guarantee You’ll Enjoy the Evening!

Website: https://echsspeechanddebate.org/
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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!

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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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