Thank You for a Successful Celebrate Korematsu Evening

On behalf of the Korematsu PTSA board, congratulations and thank you so much to the Korematsu community that came together on January 27th for Celebrate Korematsu!

It was an amazing evening and it was so successful because of the meticulous advanced planning of the Celebrate Korematsu Team led by Judy Chin and Joanne Okano. We deeply appreciate your time, effort and dedication.

A huge thank you also to the Auction Coordinators Negar Souza and Rula Craner. The Silent Auction was great! The Live Auction was awesome!

And of course to all the parents that pitched in, in any way, in all the different aspects, to make the event as successful as it was, from transporting and setting up chairs and music stands to feeding the musicians, to cooking and serving the food to guests. Months of meeting and planning culminated in an evening enjoyed by all.

And last but not least, thank you so much to Ms. Carrico and Mr Burnham, for your continued work and support of our Korematsu community.

Thank you all,
Manu Wong

The Celebrate Korematsu Team would like to acknowledge and thank all you helped and here’s the link to their message.

The Phoenix January 25, 2018

RIGHTS & RESPECT WEEK EXHIBITION

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To commemorate Rights & Respect Week this year, the school and PTSA are collaborating with the El Cerrito Historical Society to exhibit photographs from the society’s Japanese American collections.

The photographs are portraits of Japanese American families who owned flower nurseries in El Cerrito and Richmond before World War II. Two years after the photographs were taken, these families were removed from their homes and sent to Internment camps. Their portraits are a moving document of the tremendous impact the war had on more than 110,000 Japanese Americans living in the United States.

The exhibition will be on display starting Friday, January 26th during regular school hours. For non-students who are interested in seeing the exhibit, please go to the school’s main office (7125 Donal Ave.) to sign in and get a Visitor’s Pass.

FROM MS. BOGIE

We will be honoring Fred Korematsu in the library this coming week in several ways.

1) There will be an announcement about Korematsu in the front office on Tuesday for the students to read.
2) There will be a book display about Fred Korematsu and the Japanese incarceration during WWII in the library.
3) There will be a trivia competition during 7th and 8th grade lunch on Tuesday.
4) There will be a bulletin board where kids can put their ideas of how they currently do, or how they would, stand up for what they believe in.

AUCTION ITEMS ARE CLOSING SOON

TICK TOCK…TIME TO SHOP!! The Celebrate Korematsu Online Auction closes in 2 days!!! Hurry and place your bids!

So MANY items are up for sale and have NO BIDS!! What a steal!

Help the local middle school bands & educational programs and get some awesome items!

A wonderful way for family & friends to support your children. Spread the word!

Here are some of the items that have no home!

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BID NOW!

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.

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

ANNIE JR

UnnamedMs. La Due is looking for parents who are willing to help with costumes and sets for the spring musical, Annie Jr.! She is especially looking for people who are handy with tools and have a little bit of basic construction experience to help with a few more difficult-to-make set pieces. If you are able to help, please fill out this form and Ms. La Due will be in contact with you! You can find more information about the musical at Ms. La Due’s drama website.

VALENTINES DAY DANCE

The new Korematsu Dance Committee, made up of a few staff members, are putting together a Valentine’s Day Dance for the students on Wednesday February 14th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, at Korematsu.

They are looking for parent volunteers to chaperone, set up, and clean up. They would also like donations of cookies for about 40 students, Valentine’s Day Decorations and two $5 Starbucks gift cards, which will be the prizes for a couple of fun competitions they will have at the dance.

If you’re able to help out, here’s the link for the Sign up. If you have any questions contact malcocerruiz@gmail.com

The Phoenix January 18, 2018

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU

Celebrate korematsuThe Celebrate Korematsu online auction is NOW OPEN!

This is the very first EVER online auction and we were so excited,
we opened it even earlier than anticipated! Remember this closes 12:00 AM, January 27th (the night before the event)
so make sure you start bidding NOW before it’s too late!

To begin bidding click here: https://charityauction.bid/CelebrateKorematsu2018

If you’ve already purchased your Celebrate Korematsu tickets, log in to your account, click catalog and then begin bidding!
If you have not bought tickets, please register, (of course buy tickets if you plan to come to the event) and then click catalog
and begin bidding!

If you don’t plan to join us at the event but don’t want to miss these fabulous items, just scroll to the bottom of the page and register as a bidder!

Go to the catalog and begin bidding!

CALLING ALL BAKERS

We are looking for a few more desserts for our auction item “Desserts for a Year.”

If you are interested, please email Tammy Garretson tammylou@sbcglobal.net to sign up.

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!

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/

KOREMATSU CHOIR

Korematsu Choir

To secure your student’s spot for the Spring Session, submit $150 payment (total payment for all of the 16 class) soonest OR let us know your student will be on scholarship (or payment plan). For more information, contact korematsusings@gmail.com

2018 CCCT Drama Camp Registration Now Open

Summer drama campMake plans now for the best summer of your life at CCCT’s Drama Camp. No matter if you’re a budding young actor or a seasoned performer, CCCT has something for you.

Whether you’re meeting new friends, learning theatre skills like improv, makeup, acting, and stage combat, or performing an original play on CCCT’s Main Stage, the fun is guaranteed, and you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.

Science of Baseball Education Day

Science gameThis great new program will take place on Wednesday April 18th and is a unique learning experience for students K-8.

The A’s are teaming up with Chevron and will have a STEM program presentation followed by an A’s game. Tickets are heavily discounted for this event and are going fast!

Korematsu Panda Express Restaurant Night

Korematsu Panda Express Restaurant Night is on February 6th 2018 3-9pm

Special Education and Beyond: Resources for Families in WCCUSD

West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) In collaboration with Contra Costa County Office of Education Invite you to attend a series of workshops developed to help you navigate the Special Education Process.

SPED_Beyond_English.pdf

SPED_Beyond_Spanish.pdf

The Phoenix, January 12, 2018

TEACHER LUNCHEON!! TOMORROW!!

SIGN UP!

Our first Teacher Luncheon for 2018, on Friday January 12th is a Pizza and Salad Buffet.

NO SCHOOL MONDAY AND TUESDAY….

MLKMonday, January 15th and Tuesday, January 16​th

On Monday, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Tuesday is a middle and high school teacher work day.

We’ll see you Wednesday!

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK

Unnamed 1Now 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.

Get order forms in the school office or better yet, order online! Visit http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/ then click on “2018 Yearbook”.
Many personalizations and customizations are available for additional fees, including your student’s name.

got photos?

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

TICKETS ARE SELLING OUT! ~GET YOURS NOW!!


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KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING : TUESDAY 1/9/2018, 7PM

KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING (7PM) + BAND PARENTS MEETING (6PM)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9TH

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

After covering PTSA business, El Cerrito Chief of Police Paul Keith will talk to us about the School Resource Officer Program.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Agenda: General Association Meeting January 2018 Agenda.pdf

The Band Parents meeting in the band room, starts at 6 PM.

See you there!

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Celebrate Korematsu ~ Get Your Tickets Now!


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There is a limited number of tickets available and two-thirds have already been sold, so get yours now!

And whether you love to dine out, wine taste, catch a movie, or want to grab a few treasures for yourself, the Celebrate Korematsu Live, Silent, and Online auctions will offer you everything you need and more.

See the event website to preview just some of what will be on offer. The catalog will be updated as new items are received, so please check back frequently.

Some items will be available for bidding in this year’s Online Auction, which opens one week before the event.

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Celebrate Korematsu Needs You!

Do you have a product or service you are willing to share with the Korematsu family?

  • A vacation home?
  • A talent to share?
  • A professional service?
  • Even a bottle of wine?

If you have a talent but aren’t sure if it could be used, or are willing to offer a good or service, please contact Rula Craner at rula_craner@yahoo.com or Negar Souza at negarsouza@comcast.net.

The Korematsu Auction is our ONE AND ONLY large fundraiser that supports the music and educational programs at Korematsu. We need your help to make this event our biggest success yet!

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The Phoenix, January 4, 2018

CALL FOR VOLUNTEER JUDGES FOR SCIENCE FAIR – TUESDAY, JANUARY 16

Do you have a background in engineering, science or science education? If so, Korematsu’s Science Fair needs you! Please consider volunteering some of your time to judge the efforts of our young scientists!

Judging hours: 8:30 am – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 16 (Please allow a total of 3-4 hours to judge.)

Where: Korematsu Middle School, C312 (Mr. Kunz’s Room)

If you can volunteer to judge, please email Jeff Walker and Judy Chin at judy_chin@comcast.net.

Or, if you can help purchase food for the judges, please email Jeff and Judy at the same address.

Please help grow our science fair tradition!

CALLING ALL BAKERS!!!

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Or maybe you or your student loves to bake? If so, you should sign up to be a part of our auction item- “Dessert for a Year.”
It really is simple AND it helps raise money for Korematsu.

How it works:
You sign up for a month. When it’s your turn, I send you an email and you coordinate and drop off the dessert to the winner.
This contribution is HUGE!! This is one of our most popular auction items.
Ready to sign up? Email Tammy Garretson at tammylou@sbcglobal.net.

TEACHER LUNCHEON!! SIGN UP!

Our first Teacher Luncheon for 2018, next Friday January 12th is a Pizza and Salad Buffet.

Sign up Now!

GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!

I’m reaching out to you for your support in supplying our Gateway to Technology classes with Computer Mice. Every month the school and myself provide so many computer mice but by the end of the month, most go mysteriously missing. So, I am extending an invite to my students’ parents to donate Computer Mice of any kind during January and February. This is much appreciated.

Cheers,

Mr. Pohl

CHINESE STUDENTS – VISITING KOREMATSU MIDDLE SCHOOL

NEED TEMPORARY HOUSING

Can you help?

Host Families Needed – Korematsu Jan 2018.pdf

Celebrate Korematsu

Celebrate Korematsu 2018

Go to: charityauction.bid/CelebrateKorematsu2018

Questions? Email: celebratekorematsu@gmail.com

Korematsu Choir, Spring 2018

Check it out…. Wednesday, January 3rd @ 1:35pm (in the Band Room)

Spring 2018 Choir’s first class/rehearsal (“trial class”) is Wednesday, January 3rd at 1:35pm.

Singers are welcome to consider/join in up until the second official class on January 17th. To secure your student’s spot for the Spring Session, submit $150 payment (total payment for all of the 16 class) soonest OR let us know your student will be on scholarship (or payment plan). For more information, contact korematsusings@gmail.com

Spring 2018 Korematsu Choir

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