MONDAY, OCT. 31, IS MINIMUM DAY
Happy Halloween! Students may wear Halloween costumes to school, but strictly no masks or weapons. Please note that this is a minimum day for K-8 in our district.
FRIGHT FEST: OCT. 27 TO OCT. 31
Our students will get their dose of ghoulish fun, sponsored and funded by the PTSA, over the next few days:
Today — Haunted Cookie House Decoration
Friday — Mummy Wrapping Race
Monday — Halloween Costume Contest and “How Many Candy Pieces in a Jar” Contest
All activities will take place during 7th and 8th grade lunchtimes at the top level of the amphitheater (outside Building A next to the upper parking lot). In the chance of rain, activities will move to the multipurpose room.
To volunteer, please sign up here:
50 in 50
Please help us reach our goal of $50,000 in 50 school days! Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. Thank you to everyone who has already donated! We will celebrate with an ice cream party for our students once 50% of our families have contributed, so please donate now! To learn more, see our flyer.
SUPPORT MR. VEDDER’S CLASS PROJECT
“EXAMINING IDENTITY AND SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH DIFFERENT LENSES”
8th grade English teacher Mr. Vedder needs copies of two graphic novels — “March: Book One” and “Beyond Magenta” — for classroom use to support his first unit of 2017, which is on identity. Through these graphic novels, students will explore the concept of identity and contemplate different lenses in viewing the world.
To find out more about Mr. Vedder’s project, please go to MrVedderDonorsChoose , where parents may also make a direct donation towards the purchase of the books.
PTSA ASSOCIATION MEETING
“PARENTS, STRESS, AND THE TEENAGE BRAIN,”
BAND PARENTS MEETING: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the multipurpose room. After covering PTSA business (including acknowledgments for volunteer efforts), academic coach and family therapist Pat LaDouceur, Ph.D, will present a talk on “Parents, Stress, and the Teenage Brain: What Every Mom and Dad Needs to Know to Help Their Student Succeed with Ease in School and in Life.” Agenda is attached.
Preceding the PTSA meeting is the Band Parents meeting in the band room, starting at 6 PM.
WE ARE SUPPORTING MEASURE T! JOIN US!
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.
DECORATING FOR THE ELECTION?
MEASURE T YARD SIGNS AVAILABLE HERE!
COMPLETE THE FORM AND ONE WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOUR HOUSE!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR VISIBLE SUPPORT! IT IS IMPORTANT!
WE ARE SUPPORTING PROP 55! JOIN US!
Korematsu PTSA voted, along with the California State PTA, to support statewide Proposition 55 in November! This measure renews statewide support for our schools by extending income tax increases on high-income taxpayers through 2030!
Want to learn more about the campaign? Check out their website, with scores of endorsements here!
SAVE THE DATE: ELEVATION 66 FUNDRAISER, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Dine at Elevation 66 in El Cerrito on November 15, mention Korematsu Middle School, and a percentage of your bill will go to Korematsu. Elevation 66, at 10082 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, is a local neighborhood nook offering seasonal, gourmet sandwiches, & mains, as well as house & local brews.
FIRST-EVER HISTORY COMPETITION AT KOREMATSU: DECEMBER 12-16
The Korematsu History Department is making history! This year, for the very first time, Korematsu will join the National History Day Competition. The theme narrative is “Taking a Stand in History.” Korematsu students are invited to participate in the competition, which will be held school-wide from December 12 to 16. Projects can be turned in under the following formats:
Paper — individual effort
Documentary — individual or group effort (up to 5 students)
Website (Using Weebly) — individual or group effort (up to 5 students)
Performance — individual or group effort (up to 5 students)
Display Board— individual or group effort (up to 5 students)
Specific rules apply to each entry category. For more information on contest rules: http://www.nhdca.org/contest-rules . Here are examples of a scorecard: http://media.wix.com/ugd/189c6c_d7f533eeb77145a99f49693f6ba06f6b.pdf
A total of 10 projects, five from each grade level, will be selected to enter the county competition, to be held on February 25. Winning projects from the county level will then proceed to state and national competitions.
SPREAD THE WORD: KOREMATSU INFO NIGHT, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Prospective students and their parents are invited to the Korematsu Info Night, which will take place on Thursday, November 17, at 6:30 PM, in the multipurpose room. They will learn about course offerings, after school program, PTSA events and programs, as well as hear one of the school bands play.
NOVEMBER TEACHER LUNCHEON, NOVEMBER 18
JENNY K FUNDRAISER, NOVEMBER 12 TO 18