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:
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 12, 2018

TIME. YEARBOOKS. BOTH ARE RUNNING OUT!

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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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The Phoenix March 22, 2018

OPEN HOUSE

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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…
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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

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

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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