GET PUBLISHED IN FRIGHT WRITE!
All Korematsu students are invited to participate in“Fright Write,” an annual story, art, and comic strip contest sponsored by the PTSA. Winning submissions will get published in this year’s Fright Write anthology. The contest ends on Friday, October 7 (send submissions to office or English teacher).
⧫ Simply participate and you will get a chance to win a Basket of Halloween Goodies
⧫ Get published and you will receive a copy of Fright Write and earn instant celebrity status.
Rules & Guidelines:
Each student may submit ONE original entry on a Halloween-related theme in EACH of the following categories.
Story/Poetry Category— Length: One-page MAX.Format: Typed on 8-1/2” x 11” paper, no smaller than 10 pt. font size.
Comics Category— Length: One-page MAX. Format: Must be on 8-1/2” x 11” paper, with original hand-drawn artwork in BLACK INK. NO pencils or computer-generated graphics.
Art Category — Materials/Media: Must be on 8-1/2” x 11” paper, with original hand-drawn artwork in BLACK INK. NO pencils or computer-generated graphics. Format:
a) Front cover: artwork must fill up a page of 8-1/2” x 11” and include the title “Fright Write 2015-16.” b) Back cover : artwork must fill up a page of 8-1/2” x 11”.
EXTENDED LIBRARY HOURS AT KOREMATSU LIBRARY!!!
Good news for students who need a quiet and safe place to read, write, or study after school. Funded by the PTSA, the Korematsu library hours are extended after school. On Monday and Thursday, it is open until 4:45 PM. (Note: After 4 PM, no new students can come, and if there are no students at 4 PM or if the last students leave before 4:45 PM, the library will close for the day.) On Wednesday and Friday, it will stay open until 3 PM. LibraryRATS will take place on Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:30 PM (register with Ms. Bogie). The number of students will be limited to 25. Students who are in after school program may come to the library with permission from program staff. No textbooks will be available for loan. Students must use their own copy of textbooks that they can keep in their lockers.
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.
JOIN THE 50 DAY CHALLENGE! HELP PTSA RAISE $50,000 IN 50 SCHOOL DAYS!
It’s time to show you care about public education, which is still underfunded in California. Please donate to our Annual Giving Campaign 2016. Our goal is to raise $50,000 by December 16 to support programs that will help our students. 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. 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.
SAVE THE DATE: KOREMATSU BENEFIT YARD SALE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 9-4 PM
We need donations of gently-used household items, toys, sports gear, small furniture, ETC. Please drop off items at our Parent’s Room in Building A, right across the main office. The next drop-off time is Thursday, September 29, 6-8 PM . Future drop-off times: 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 email@example.com .
SAVE THE DATE: ZACHARY’S FUNDRAISER ON OCTOBER 6, 11 AM to 9:30 PM
Ready for a mid-week break from cooking? Dine at Zachary’s on Solano Ave in Berkeley on Thursday, October 6. Present flyer at time of payment and Zachary’s will donate 15% of your bill to Korematsu PTSA.
NEW SPIRIT WEAR: ORDER NOW
Show your school spirit by donning our t-shirts and hoodies. The deadline for orders is October 10.
Ways to order:
- Drop off completed order form and check (payable to Korematsu PTSA) at the office.
- Mail completed order form and check (payable to Korematsu PTSA) to Korematsu PTSA, Korematsu Middle School, 7125 Donal Ave. El Cerrito, CA 94530
- Order Online with a Credit Card at: www.korematsumiddleschool.org Click on the “DONATE” button. In the “NOTES TO SELLER” section, enter the size and the quantity.
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY AT KOREMATSU
The Fred T. Korematsu Middle School National Junior Honor Society is now accepting applications for membership. All 8th graders who earned a 3.0 average or higher for at least one semester of 7th grade can apply. Members of the NJHS are required to attend one lunch meeting per month and complete two group service projects. Find application forms here KorematsuMiddleNJHS.weebly.com , due October 20.
UPDATE ON BASKETBALL
Basketball sign-ups and tryouts are coming soon! Save these dates:
- October 13 & 14 — Girls Basketball Sign-Ups
- October 17 to 20 — Girls Basketball Tryouts
- October 18 & 19 — Boys Basketball Sign-Ups
- October 31 to November 3 — Boys Basketball Tryouts
After School Expanded Learning Coordinator Darrell Cockerham will be coordinating sign-ups during lunchtime.
SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS
The new parent/community members of theSchool Site Council are — Lila Banuelos and Carolyn Day Flowers.
GET YOUR VOLUNTEER BADGE
To volunteer at schools, you require a volunteer badge. Take advantage of one of the remaining Saturday fingerprinting parties. No appointments are needed, but online applications must be completed BEFORE the date of the event. Click here: https://www.beamentor.org/linkpages/mentorasp/specialprojects/wccusd/Default.asp
Upcoming Fingerprinting Events:
- Saturday, October 1 – Lupine Hills Elementary – 1919 Lupine Rd. Hercules 94547 – MPR 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
- Saturday, October 22 – Lavonya DeJean Middle School – 3400 Macdonald Ave., Richmond 94805 – MPR 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
WCCUSD SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM, MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, HARDING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 7230 FAIRMOUNT AVE, EL CERRITO, 6:30 PM
This year, 40% of the seats on our school board will be new as Todd Groves and Randy Enos will not seek re-election. Who sits in those seats matters. The school board sets the tenor and tone of activities, sets the districts’s priorities. PTA can never endorse a candidate for office, but we can make them available to you. Please join us at this forum especially designed for parents and teachers!
WE WANT YOUR QUESTIONS! Please email us with the questions you want to ask the candidates! We’ll ask for you! email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EL CERRITO JUNIOR MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAM
The El Cerrito Junior Mountain Bike Team is recruiting students in grades 6 to 8. Although interested students should know how to ride a bike; no off-road experience is necessary. Season starts on October 16, with a skills clinic.
Commitment entails Sunday morning team rides (9am – 1pm) from mid-October thru May, and Wednesday late afternoon practices from January – May. Fees are $120/year; scholarships and loaner bikes are available for motivated riders who need assistance. Riders are from El Cerrito and neighboring communities. The Junior Team is registered with the NorCal High School Racing League and insured through the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.
The Jr. Team was started 2 years ago as a way to give younger kids an avenue to explore an alternative, lifelong sport in a controlled environment, with the added benefit of feeding kids into the El Cerrito High school Team. Questions? Contact Cort Cooper at 510-521-1231 or Gary Hill at 510-681-9096.