The Phoenix, January 5, 2017

KOREMATSU PTSA MEETING (7PM) + BAND PARENTS MEETING (6PM) TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

The PTSA will meet at 7 PM in the Multipurpose Room. After covering PTSA business, we will hold a special session:

“A YEAR LATER: AFTER ACTION REVIEW – THE NEW KOREMATSU BUILDING”

This session is devoted to giving comment on the building process, communications, the move and the after! How did it go? What do we love about our new building? What would we do differently? For about 30 minutes we will open the floor to your comments.

We will have WCCUSD District Engineering Officer, Luis Freese and consultants from EIP2 in attendance.

ALL ARE WELCOME. TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS TOO!

Agenda is attached here: January 10 Meeting – Google Docs.pdf

Preceding the PTSA meeting is the Band Parents meeting in the band room, starting at 6 PM.

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10th, 4:30 PM TO 8 PM

Come in to the Chipotle at 9901 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito on Tuesday, January 10th between 4:30pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Korematsu Middle School. Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer

KOREMATSU SCIENCE FAIR, CALL FOR JUDGES!

Are you a science fan? Or simply someone who would like to support or inspire budding scientists? We are looking for parents, guardians or other community members to grade science fair projects. No experience is necessary and we have a grading rubric to guide you!
When: Tuesday, January 17th

Choose arrival times for judging: 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 4:00 -5:30 p.m. Give yourselves a total of 3 hours to judge 40-45 posters.

Where: Korematsu Middle School, location TBD

Sign up at: http://bit.ly/KMSscience

Don’t want to judge? We also need help with food purchases in the morning and evening for the judges. Other opportunities to help — Korematsu Science Fair Night in early February, the WCCUSD Science Fair in late February, and the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair in March. Contact us! korematsuptsa@gmail.com

Please help grow our science tradition!

NEW YEAR TEACHER LUNCHEON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th

Let’s provide some warmth to our teachers and staff on these cold winter days. Do you have a favorite soup or stew to share? Or perhaps a comforting salad? To contribute a dish or to help, please click on this link.

WCCUSD LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP) TOWN HALL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 6:30 TO 8 PM

PINOLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
1575 Mann Dr.
Pinole, 94564

WCCUSD welcomes students, families, staff, and community members to learn more about the 2016-17 LCAP and provide feedback on each goal and its actions and services.

Korematsu needs at least 3 parents to represent the school. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Principal Burnham at mburnham@wccusd.net . Thank you!

CELEBRATE KOREMATSU

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
ALBANY VETERANS’ MEMORIAL BUILDING, 1325 PORTLAND AVE, ALBANY, CA
5:30 TO 9:30 PM

NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!
WOO-HOO!

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

Please join us for Celebrate Korematsu, a fundraiser for our school, our community and our fabulous bands. Enjoy great food, a silent and live auction, and music performed by our great, young musicians, as well as the talented Ms. Sarah La Due.

Adults $25, Youths under 18 $15 until Friday, January 27
Adults $30, Youths under 18 $20 after Friday, January 27

Tickets may be ordered in one of three ways:

  1. E-mail celebratekorematsu@gmail.com . Please indicate your name, # of adults, and # of youths. An e-mail reply will confirm your order and include payment details.
  2. Order online at http://korematsumiddleschool.org/bands/. Pay by clicking “I Heart Music.” Please indicate in comment section “Celebrate Korematsu,” your name, and # of tickets.
  3.  Return stub on the flyer attached with payment in envelope addressed to “Celebrate Korematsu Tickets.” Turn in to Ms. Carrico in the Band Room.

All proceeds support our music and PTSA programs, including math tutoring, teacher and classroom grants, and so much more!

View the Invitation Here!
THIS EVENT ALWAYS SELLS OUT.
BUY TICKETS IMMEDIATELY.
Questions? Contact us! celebratekorematsu@gmail.com

RIGHTS + RESPECT WEEK

JANUARY 30 (KOREMATSU DAY) TO FEBRUARY 3

Events to include a school-wide assembly focusing on Fred T. Korematsu’s fight for universal rights; film screenings; and an evening celebrating student history projects that explore the theme “Taking a Stand.” If you are interested to help, please email korematsuptsa@gmail.com .

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY PROJECTS BY 8TH GRADERS

The History Department will showcase the National History Day projects by eighth graders in an evening event, date TBD, during the Rights + Respect Week, January 30 to February 3.

2016-2017 YEARBOOK — ORDER NOW!

Lowest Price in History for 2016-2017 Yearbooks! 64+ colored pages! $30 until Feb 26, 2017. Prices are scheduled to go up midnight Feb 27, 2017.

Online orders only accepted now. Please go to http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003883/Fred-T.-Korematsu-Middle-School/

Orders can be placed via cash/check in the school office after January 19th until February 26th for $30. Forms will be available in the office.

OPEN ENROLLMENT INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER

JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 4, 2017

If you wish for your child to be considered for a transfer to a school that is not your resident school, please read the guidelines stated in the attached flyer, complete the Open Enrollment Transfer Application form, and provide one current utility bill as address verification.

Transfer applications may be obtained starting on January 31st through February 14th, 2017 from the office of any school, the Transfer Office, or the district’s website at http://www.wccusd.net/page/550 . Transfer Office hours during the Open Enrollment Transfer Period are Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Applications can be submitted in the following ways:

• Mail or in person: 1108 Bissell Ave, Room 108. Richmond, CA 94801

• Fax: (510) 620-2085 – received applications by fax will not be confirmed

• Email: transferoffice@wccusd.net

Open Enrollment Flyer 2017-2018.pdf

WRITER COACHES NEEDED FOR SPRING SEMESTER

Looking for a volunteer opportunity to be more involved in the ECHS community? WriterCoach Connection (WCC) is a rewarding experience working one-on-one with students at every level of writing ability on their English writing assignments. In partnership with teachers, trained writer coaches help students strengthen their writing and critical thinking skills by giving them constructive feedback, challenging them to think more deeply, and building their confidence as writers. The time commitment is only one class period, two to three times per month. All coaching takes place during the school day.

You don’t need to be a writer or teacher — WCC coaches are parents, guardians, college students, working and retired people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. Our in-depth training will give you strategies and practice to work effectively with students, including your own. If you are unable to coach right now, please tell a friend or neighbor who might be interested.

Upcoming nearby trainings are offered at the following times:

Fridays 1/6 & 1/13 9:30 – Noon
Thursdays 1/12 & 1/19 Noon – 3:00

Upcoming trainings located in Berkeley are offered at the following times:

Tuesdays 1/10 & 1/17 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Fridays 1/20 & 1/27 9:30 – 12:30
Mondays 1/23 & 1/30 12:00 – 3:00
You are welcome to attend any training. To register for a training or for more information, go to www.writercoachconnection.org (click on “Volunteer”) or contact ECHS site coordinator – Lynda Frank (lyndafrankwcc@gmail.com).

MAGICAL NATHANIEL AT ECHS, ECHS THEATER, JANUARY 13, 6 TO 7:30 PM

Come see Magical Nathaniel’s return show at El Cerrito High School! Direct from graduating from UC Berkeley and performing for more than 30,000 people at the commencement ceremony, Magical Nathaniel returns to his high school to put on another incredible magic performance. This mind boggling show will include circus skills and never before seen original illusions that are sure to leave you speechless! Don’t miss this incredible magic experience!

Pre-sale at ECHS Cashier’s office:
Children under 5: free
Children K-12: $4
Students/Seniors: $5
Adult: $7
Brown Paper Tickets ($0.99 + 3.5% service charge)
Child/student: $6.17
Brown Paper Tickets Link: echsmagic.brownpapertickets.com
Adult: $8.24
At the door:
Children under 5: free
Children K-12: $5

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TOTAL HEALTH DAY OF SERVICE

FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS GRADES 6-9
JANUARY 16, 2017, 8 AM TO 2 PM
WATERFRONT HOTEL, OAKLAND

Kaiser Permanente is pleased to host an inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Total Health Day of Service event that will offer interesting and educational workshops to parents and students in grades 6-9. Experts in Financial Literacy, Academia, Mental and Physical Health will lead interactive workshops. Kaiser Permanente leaders also will share insights on Kaiser Permanente’s mission and why we are committed to total health in the communities we serve.

Who: Parents and students grades 6-9 (Please forward or share the flyer with your organization)
Date & Time: January 16, 2017, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, California
How to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607 or email the event coordinators at KP-MLK-Event@kp.org
Agenda:
8:00 am – 8:30 am – Check-in & Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am – Opening Comments
9:45 am – 12:30 pm – Breakout Sessions for Parents and Students
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Closing Comments
Break Out Sessions:
Parents:
Financial Health / Financial Literacy
Physical Health
Mental Health
Students:
Academic Health
Financial Health / Financial Literacy
Physical Health
Sign-up Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kp-mlk-total-health-day-of-service-general-tickets-30045736607
Or go to www.EventBrite.com and search for “KP MLK Total Health Day of Service”.
If you have any questions, please email KP-MLK-Event@kp.org.

FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP BOOK LAUNCH

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2 TO 4 PM
J-SEI, 1285 66TH STREET, EMERYVILLE, CA
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Fred Korematsu challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans when few others did. A new children’s book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, explores this civil rights hero’s life and its relevance today. Join authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi; illustrator Yutaka Houlette; and Director of the Korematsu Institute, Karen Korematsu, Fred’s daughter, to learn about Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. This event is for children, families, teachers, librarians, and anyone who wants to join. We’ll have activities for kids and short presentations by the authors, the illustrator, and Karen Korematsu. Light food and drinks, plus the sale of the books.

To find out more and to RSVP, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fred-korematsu-speaks-up-book-launch-tickets-30106809277

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