The Phoenix, July 13, 2017


The Korematsu Annual Ice Cream Social will be held on August 19th from 3:00 – 5:00, in front of the Castro Clubhouse 1420 Norvell Street, El Cerrito, CA, right around the corner from Korematsu.

This free, fun event is open to all incoming and returning students and their families and siblings. It is a great opportunity to catch up with classmates and meet new friends before school starts the following week.

We are also in need of parent volunteers for the event for set up, scooping and clean up.

Please contact to volunteer.

Back to School Pizza Dinner

​Evening of Thursday, August 24th

Family and Siblings invited!
Nominal cost!
Catch up with old friends and meet new!
Details Coming!



We are looking for parents to volunteer on August 8th, 9th and 10th to cover the PTSA table. You’ll collect money and checks for membership and help people sign up for the etree.

We need 2-3 parents for each of the 3 slots on those days. Hours are 9:00 am- 12:00 PM.

Please note the times for your child to register to make sure your volunteer times don’t clash with your registration times:
August 8th- 7th Grade
August 9th- 8th Grade
August 10th- All who missed the first two days

9 a.m.: Last name
s starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

Necesitamos padres que hablan Espanol para traducciones.

Please contact to volunteer.


Headed to El Cerrito High?

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El Cerrito High School

2017/2018 Walk-Through Registration

Large Gym

All forms needed for registration will be supplied at the walk-through. See dates below to determine when you should attend.

Forms will also be available on the El Cerrito High School Website and in the school office on August 1, 2017. Completed forms can be brought to the walk-through registration.

If you are unable to attend the walk-through registration, please complete forms and turn into the school office. Class schedules, for students not participating in walk-through registration, will be available starting August 14, 2017*.

*Please note: students who have incomplete paperwork or unpaid fines will not receive a schedule.



email and ask to be added to the e tree!




My name is Mya Whitaker and I am the program director for the Bay Area Urban Debate League. Last year BAUDL expanded to serve WCCUSD, starting policy debate teams at Richmond and Kennedy High School. With the success of these teams, Richmond winning the entire Novice division for 2017, we would like to invite more of Richmond to our annual debate camp. This is year 10 of us hosting the Julia Burke Debate Camp.

Julia Burke Debate camp is hosted July 31st- August 4th at Laney College from 9am-4pm. Camp is free for WCCUSD youth ages 6th-12th grade. We provide FREE breakfast and lunch, as well as reimburse students for their travels.At debate camp we teach students the foundation of debate, as well as help them prepare for the upcoming season with us. We would like to come to any events your office is hosting this summer to bring more awareness to your community.

Mya K.Whitaker

Program Director, Bay Area Urban Debate League
(c) 510. 798.1417

Voted League of the year 2016

National Urban Debate League Champions 2017

Source: ECHS E Tree

East Richmond Heights – Rolls Out First-Ever Art & Music Fest: July 16

If you hear the sound of a steam train toot-tooting in the vicinity of East Richmond Heights this Sunday, it’s not your imagination. It’s just the star attraction of the hillside neighborhood’s first-ever festival, well, letting off a little steam.

This Sunday, July 16, 2017, will mark the “1st Annual East Richmond Heights Art & Music Festival,” a free, family-friendly festival with tons of fun on the day’s roster. Set to run from 12-6 p.m., the event will naturally feature art and music, as well as baked goods/food items, drinks and rides on a mini steam train for the littles.

Adding to the event’s allure is its singularly unique locale: It will be staged against the beautiful backdrop of the neighborhood’s resident Buddhist monastery, the Gyuto Foundation, on Bernhard Avenue between Cypress and Elm Streets in East Richmond Heights.

And the BEST part? All festival proceeds will benefit Mira Vista School’s art and music programs and also the “Save the Elm Street Oak” project.

According to East Richmond Heights’ neighborhood/event organizer Natalie Kniess in an email correspondence, “We have over 15 performing artists and our list of exhibitors keeps growing; I expect [the] roster to be around 30 exhibitors.”

Per Kniess, performing artists currently slated to appear at the festival include the Mira Vista School Glee Club, The Elm Street Blues Band, Dave Ridnell, Pete Madsen, Jenny Jup Benorden, Turpentine Remedy, Steve Gibson Band, Matthew Heulitt, Eli De Yoe, Balianese Gamelan Musicians, Jan & Mike, The Ghost Kings and The Secret Identities.

Exhibiting artists representing a variety of mediums who will be selling their creations at the festival will include Ross Holzman, Mike Chavez, Jr., Chico Coelho, Gary Becker, Ugandan Artists, Rebeca Gonzalez, Mark Conrad, Alex James, Johanna & Amanda, A&J Jewels, John Moore and Linda Ruiz-Lozito.

Festival organizers are still on the lookout for volunteers willing to work at the event and/or participate in it in one way or another. Those interested in pitching in can access the volunteer sign-up list here.

For info, contact Natalie Kniess at




Registration packets are arriving at homes now and include information about the on-site registration that takes place during the second week of August. The information covers textbooks, student ID, after school program, lunch, PE, and more.

Tuesday, August 8 — 7th graders
Wednesday, August 9 — 8th graders
Thursday, August 10 — Anyone who could not make the first two days.

If you cannot make it during our official registration days, please come to the Main Office the week following 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For all 3 days, the schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.: Last names starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

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