Board Meeting August 9th, 2017

We had a fantastic summer transitional board meeting on Wednesday August 9th.  We elected new officers: Gayle Kojimoto-Hume and Kiyomi Noguchi will reprise their roles as co-chairs, Michi Toki and Laura Schmidt-Nojima will once again be co-secretaries.  Jon Witherington will again be Treasurer and Robert Rusky join him.  

The board discussed the following additions to the annual budget: funding the garden coordinator in conjunction with the PTA, purchasing a replacement tent for events, increasing the sensei stipends for classroom materials, and installing a new screen in the auditorium.  

We discussed the board Japanese speaking set aside for the 2 JBBP programs next year.  Rosa Parks is opposed to the set aside, however the district is moving forward.  Rosa Parks will need to be active during recruitment to underscore the differences between the programs and the wonderful additional programs at Rosa Parks.

Two events are coming up.  There is a Geary BRT Buchanan crosswalk community meeting on August 14th at 6:30 in the Union Bank Community Room, East Japan Center Mall.  Undoukai is coming on Friday September 29th.  

General Meeting 5/4/17

We had a general meeting on Thursday morning, May 4th. It was well attended. Believe it or not, this is the last meeting for the school year!

It's never too soon to think about next year's auction! Committee meetings will begin early in the next school year, September or October.  Next year is JBBP’s 45th anniversary, so we’ll be planning something special.

Cherry Blossom Festival was a success! We sold all of our ±900 bags by midday on the second Saturday. Thank you to the many who helped pop, sell, and everything in between. The parade was soggy but well attended. We're looking forward to next year hopefully with a streamlined popping process!

We have transferred funds to the Sensei Fund to help ensure the future of our JBBP.

Ballots for 2017-18 PTCC Board will be going out in backpacks on Monday. We have 10 people running for positions on next year's board. 

No replacement has yet been named for Ms. Leslie who will be on sabbatical next year.

Owakareshiki is May 18. We have 37 graduates, up from 18 only 5 years ago. This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the JBBP families and staff over the years. We will be presenting Mr. Jacobsen with flowers and a new happi coat, and a sakura tree will be planted.

Rosa Parks’s response to Clarendon’s proposal was submitted to the district. The Advisory Board put a lot of time and effort into crafting the thorough response. 

Have a great summer! 


Board Meeting April 6th

We had a board meeting on Thursday, April 6th and talked about many items.  The auction on March 11 was a success.  We are still tallying costs.  It seems way may have made less than last year but it was a fantastic time.  If you did not make it this year, come next year!!  In other news, we opened a designated Sensei Fund account as a just in case insurance policy to help ensure the future of our program with our Sensei.  

April is a busy month at Rosa Parks!  Roll up your sleeves and help with the Cherry Blossom parade festivities.  Come pop popcorn, sell popcorn at the booth, help with the parade and march in the parade over the next 2 weekends.  We need your help!  Sign up on the events page! 

The students visiting from Japan were well loved during their stay and had a great influence on our students. They performed for the school, they inspired the 4th and 5th graders to clean, students in all grades wanted the visitors to stay in their classes and the host families said very kind things.  

The next general meeting is May 4th at 8 am in the cafeteria. There will be coffee and pastries or bagels.  Come join us!  


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Board Meeting on March 2nd, 2017

We had a board meeting on Thursday, March 2nd.  March and April are busy months at Rosa Parks!  The auction is coming up on March 11th, buy your tickets on the auction website page through Eventbrite!  

Roll up your sleeves and pop popcorn on April 2nd, 8th and 9th!  We need family volunteers for all 3 days.  

Japanese students are coming from the Koji Prefecture to San Francisco from March 20th to the 23rd.  We have 12 host families and we need 8 more.  

Speech Taikai Bay Area is March 5th at JCCNC, Rosa Parks is sending 6 students!   

The 2016-2017 Gakugeikai videos will be available this Spring.  Look out for order forms or buy them at the auction.   

The next general meeting is May 4th at 8 am.

Day of Rememberance - Dorothea Lange's Image Leads Journalist to Rachel Kuruma has a posted an intimate article on the how one of Dorothea Lange's images led journalist & author Richard Cahan to track down Rachel Kuruma, who attended Raphael Weill ES prior to her family's incarceration in Topaz, Utah. The article also features a photo of Shizuko Ina, grandmother to Ms. Ina (2nd grade JBBP).

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Rosa Parks in the Top Ten Elementary Schools in San Francisco

Our school was written up in the San Francisco Business Times, "Here are this year's 10 best public elementary schools in San Francisco".  Rosa Parks Elementary is a top-ten San Francisco elementary school!

Congratulations, Rosa Parks Elementary - all of our hard work has definitely made a positive impact in our community and the greater San Francisco area!