Updates Week of Sept 19th

JOIN THE 50 DAY CHALLENGE! HELP PTSA RAISE $50,000 IN 50 SCHOOL DAYS!

California K-12 public schools are still underfunded. At our school, your contribution will help pay for much-needed extras such as a math tutor for enrichment, remedial, and after school homework help, classroom grants for 31 teachers, library books, paper, assemblies, and more.

Please give to our Annual Giving Campaign 2016. For 50 days, from now to December 16, our goal is to raise $50,000. Every little bit counts. 55 cents a day would amount to almost $100 over the course of our school year. And if every family donates $100 or more, we would surpass our fundraising goal. Click on our Donate button today!

LibraryRATS RETURNS SEPTEMBER 20!

Ms. Bogie’s LibraryRATS (Reading and Technology Stars) Club is coming back! Library RATS starts Tuesday, September 20, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. In that hour, club members will play games and work on book projects, as well as technology and engineering-related projects (e.g. building circuits). The club is open to ALL students. Interested students must register with Ms. Bogie at the
library.

SAVE THE DATE: KOREMATSU YARD SALE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 9 AM -4 PM

We need donations of gently-used household items, toys, sports gear and equipment, small furniture, etc. Please drop off items at our Parent’s Room in Building A, right across the main office.

Drop-off times are: Thursday, September 22, 6-8 PM; Thursday, September 29, 6-8 PM; Thursday, October 6, 6-8 PM; Tuesday, October 11, 6-8 PM; Thursday, October 20, 5-8 PM; Friday, October 21, 5-9 PM.

Many volunteers are needed to sort out items on Friday, Oct. 21, 5-9 PM & on Saturday during the sale itself. Contact Lisa at 510-750-8163 or lmcdbj@gmail.com .

OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS: FREE ON-CAMPUS AFTER SCHOOL MATH HOMEWORK HELP

The sessions for all grades take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, in Room A201. Hours: Mon 2:30-3:30 Tues 2:30-3:30 Thurs 2:30-3:30. Wednesday and other minimum days 1:30-2:30. Come with math questions and math tutor Brad will help your student figure them out! Students are expected to abide by regular classroom behavior expectations or will be asked to leave. Sponsored and funded by the Korematsu PTSA.

EXCITING AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

The BACR after school program at Korematsu is offering more options to our students. Here is the list of activities and their first meeting dates:

Girls Volleyball – started 9/6;
Flag Football – started 9/7;
Cross Country – started 9/12;
Gardening – started 9/6;
Step Team – started 9/6;
Girls Basketball – Mid September;
Boys Basketball – Mid October;
Yoga – started 9/14 Wednesdays only;
Cooking – started 9/14 Wednesdays only.

Future Enrichments: Debate Team, Dance Team, Drama Club, and Stem Project Team (8 student limit).

Questions about after school activities? Reach Expanded Learning Coordinator Darrell Cockerham at dcockerham@bacr.org .

EXCHANGE STUDENTS AT KOREMATSU: BECOME A HOST FAMILY FOR 10 DAYS

Korematsu will have a group of students from China attending class for 10 days in October. The organizer is in need of homestay families to host students from October 12 to 22. Compensation ($50/day/student) is provided; can be up to 3 students for the total of $150/day. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Joseph Kong at 415-415-860-8101 or sunnyivyedu@gmail.com .

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SCHOOLS: BECOME A WRITERCOACH CONNECTION VOLUNTEER

WriterCoach Connection brings teams of trained volunteers to help students one-on-one with their classroom writing assignments. Coaching is a low time commitment (only once or twice a month for 1-2 hours) but very fun and rewarding. Watch a two-minute video intro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxewKjDID60

We provide all the training you’ll need to be a terrific coach! Register for a free training at http://www.writercoachconnection.org. Please contact  if you have questions.

WE ARE SUPPORTING MEASURE T!

The Korematsu PTSA voted to support Measure T in November! This measure renews support for our schools by contributing $9.8 million dollars a year to athletics, libraries,
counselors and more! You can learn more about Measure T here
http://www.wccusd.net/Page/6803

Want to support the campaign? We are going to need your help. Donate money,
get a yard sign, sign up to phone bank, “Like” their Facebook page and
more!! Learn more here! https://measuret2016.nationbuilder.com/volunteer

Your visible support is really important! Need a sign? Fill out this form and we will get you one! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScF1rLUwUv5zh8nf3TXzoGSfEeyF1DvdidB9PockyedTIcQA/viewform

PARENT’S CHECKLIST

> HAVE YOU JOINED THE PTSA?

Sign up over our website. Go to http://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! For more
information, go to https://korematsumiddleschool.org/join/

> HAVE YOU SUBSCRIBED TO THE GOOGLE CALENDAR?

How to subscribe:

1. Go to our Google Calendar. Click on this link. http://korematsumiddleschool.org/calendar/

2. *Click on the “+GoogleCalendar” button in the lower right hand corner.

3. Follow the Google prompts and the Korematsu events will now populate
your calendar!

> HAVE YOU SUBSCRIBED TO THE E TREE?

The E Tree is the main way news and information is distributed on campus.
You will receive mail every Thursday when school is in session, and
occasionally, reminders. To subscribe, email korematsuptsa@gmail.com .

> HAVEN’T BEEN RECEIVING EMAILS?

We’ve had trouble reading some handwriting, so several email addresses are
bouncing back. Please contact us at korematsuptsa@gmail.com if you are not
receiving the Thursday e newsletter.

> HAVE YOU OBTAINED A VOLUNTEER BADGE?

Becoming actively involved in education can influence the direction and
quality of learning for all students. Any time you are on campus, please
come to the main office and sign in prior to starting your assignment.

If you plan to spend regular time in the classroom or assist in an activity
on a routine basis, you are required to go through the fingerprinting
process.

Free fingerprinting sessions for volunteers are back! Click here for dates:

http://www.wccusd.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=6159&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=12224&PageID=1

> HAVE YOU LIKED THE KOREMATSU FACEBOOK PAGE?

Join the online conversation on issues affecting our children’s lives!
Post. Like. Share. Comment.Tag. Korematsu on Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/PortolaMiddleSchool

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