Board Meeting December 4, 2018

We had a lovely meeting on a rainy Tuesday evening.  

There are many events coming up and your help is needed!

Teachers and Sensei have begun preparations for our annual Gakugeikai (Performing Arts Night) and we need your help too! Please sign up  here to help your child's classroom or the general program. The performance is Friday, December 14th, 2018 from 6:30 pm at Gateway High School. Gateway High School located 1430 Scott Street San Francisco, CA 94115.

We need volunteers to pop popcorn and organize holiday catalog orders on Saturday December 15th.  You can sign up to help here.

Fundraising plans have begun for the auction.  Please mark your calendars for the auction on Saturday March 9th.  We need kindergarten through 2nd grade families willing to help with the auction.  Tickets will be $45 early bird and $60 at the door. Childcare will be available and will cost $35.  

We are looking for host families for 25 (10-11 years old) students from Seiko Gakuen in Japan.

Please be available from Tuesday 3/19-Friday 3/22. You will meet with the students on 3/19 right after the dismissal and be a host until Friday 3/22. The students will be leaving on the morning of Friday 3/22 from school.

Please know:

1. It is very important that you will be available for all the dates of hosting.

2. Please provide breakfast, lunch (for school), and dinner and a place to sleep.

Host family information meeting: TBA (around February) for those who are asked to become host families.

For more details please see the posted notes at Rosa Parks and/or the link in the blast.

See you at Gakugeikai!

Next meeting is General Meeting on January 15th at 8 am.  

Board Meeting November 6, 2018

We had a productive meeting on Tuesday evening, election night.  

Speech Taikai was a great success!  The second through fifth grade speakers did a great job and the whole JBBP student audience was extra polite!

Fundraising plans have begun for the auction.  We need kindergarten through 2nd grade families willing to help with the auction.  Please see the link in the blast to volunteer. The PTCC and PTA Holiday catalog is coming out this week!  Keep an eye out! Orders will be due before Thanksgiving. Popcorn popping for the holiday catalog will be December 15th.  

Mark your calendars for Gakugeikai at Gateway on December 14th.  There will be bento available to order soon and a bake sale on the day of.  

For more details please see the posted notes at Rosa Parks and/or the link in the blast.


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October 2 PTCC Board meeting summary

10月2日(火)に行われたPTCC-JBBP 役員会議の概要の日本語版です。

初めに今学年度の最終予算が決まりました。(詳細をご希望の方は総会の記録を英語のみですがご覧ください)

運動会が今年も無事終了しました。お手伝いを含め、参加して頂いたご家族の方、ありがとうございました!

日本旅行について。夏休み期間に本校より団体で日本訪問を計画しています。対象の御家族は現在学5年生、もしくは本校卒業生で現在6年生のお子様をお持ちの御家族で参加を募っています。この旅行のお知らせ会は本日10月25日(木)、本校カフェテリアにて午後6:30より行われます。

恒例のPTCC オークション、又 PTCC/PTA 合同ホリデーカタログの実行計画が始まりました。

来年度入学希望者の学校訪問(スクールツアー)が始まっています。保護者の方でツアー参加、もしくはツアーのお手伝いをしていただける方を募っていますのでお知らせください。

役員会議の詳細をウェブにリンクしているので、是非ご覧ください。次回の役員会議は11月6日(火)午後6:30よりカフェテリアで行われます。6時から食べ物を持ち寄りで開かれますので、どなたでもご参加下さいませ。

(会議要約の翻訳はPTCC役員で保護者の志田薫より。ご質問のある方はお気軽にお問い合わせ下さい。)

Board Meeting October 2, 2018

We had a productive meeting on Tuesday evening.  We had our final budget discussion and approved the budget for the year.

Undoukai was a great success last week. Thank you to all of the volunteers!  Japan trip: there will be a planning meeting on October 25th at 6:30 in the cafeteria for current 5th graders and graduated 6th graders who are interested in going to Japan as a group in June of 2019.

Fundraising plans have begun for the auction and the PTCC and PTA Holiday catalog.  We need volunteers to help lead the school tours! Please see the link in the blast to sign up.  

For more details please see the posted notes at Rosa Parks and/or the link in the blast.


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General Meeting Sept 18, Japanese translated summary

多くの方に参加していただいた、JBBP(日本語バイリンガル/バイカルチャープログラム)第一回目のPTCC一般会議の報告要約をさせていただきます。まず、校長先生より今年度PRESの参加しているPITCHプログラムの説明がありました。このプログラムの目的は校内の目標達成のギャップを縮めることにあります。

SET ASIDE について。(参照 http://www.sfusd.edu/en/assets/sfusd-staff/enroll/files/2018-19/JBBP_FAQ_re_New_Set_Aside_10-11-2017_En.pdf )

20席枠当てされているJN(JAPANESE NATIVE:日本語を第一言語として話す)席のうちの19席が埋まりました。残りの一席はJNのみによって満たされることが決まっており、キャンセル待ち名簿のJAPANESE AMERICAN (日本語を第一ヶ国語としない日系人)の生徒には当てられないとのことでした。このSET ASIDE のシステム自体、校長先生をはじめPTCC理事、会員は反対派にあるようです。

運動会は9/28です。(報告書翻訳の時点で運動会は無事終了しました)生徒家族は仕事を休んでの参加も勧められる行事の一つでした。

次の大きな行事は12月14日にゲートウェイ高校の講堂にて行われる学芸会です。

今年度予算について。現時点で利益確定が$46、000。そのうち日本語教員に当てられる資金を含めた今後の資金割り当ての決算をしていく予定です。今年度の特別費用には日本語ソフトウェアのアップデートに$15、000、その他100席の折りたたみ椅子とそれを運ぶカート。今現在ある椅子用のカート。そしてポスターの製作機。これらの費用にも当てられます。様々な学校支援の方法があるので各家族に再確認すること。(例:アマゾンスマイルをはじめとする企業献金)

今年度のJBBP祭り/オークションは3月9日です。オークション委員会義はこの秋に開始します。桜祭り委員会は1月に会議をはじめます。

来年度の学校見学を率いてくれるボランティアの方々、またPTCCの伝達報道を日本語に翻訳してくださる方を探しています。(このような議事会記録の翻訳なども)

生光学園の短期留学生の皆様が3月19により22日にかけて来られる予定です。ホームステイを提供してくださる方はご連絡ください。

顧問委員会は前年度のほとんどをSET ASIDE法に当てておりました。今年度は校舎の補修/改造、STEAMと JBBPの関係、両プログラム間の達成率のギャップ萌えに含め学校全体が抱える問題について助言していただきます。

次回の会議は10月2日に行われる予定です。

General Meeting September 18, 2018

We have a good turnout for our first PTCC-JBBP general meeting of the year. Principal Kawaii described the PITCH program that RPES is participating in this year to help shrink our achievement gap.

We discussed the Japanese native language Set-Aside.

Undoukai is 9/28. Families are encouraged to take some time off work and join the festivities!

Gakugeikai will be 12/14 at Gateway High School.

We had a preliminary discussion of the 2018-19 Budget. We are hiring accountant. PTCC Board will vote on budget at the next board meeting.

JBBP Matsuri/Auction will be 3/9. The auction committee will begin meetings this fall. Cherry Blossom committee will begin meetings in January.

We are looking for volunteers to lead school tours, and volunteers to help translate PTCC communications from English to Japanese.

Seiko Gakkuen students will be here 3/19-22. Some families have already signed up.

Our Advisory Board spent most of their time last year addressing the set-aside. This year they will also address school renovations, relationship with STEAM, achievement gaps, and other whole school issues.

For more details please see the posted notes at Rosa Parks and/or the link in the blast.

Next PTCC Board meeting: 10/2.



Board Meeting August 14, 2018

We had our final transitional board meeting of the summer on August 14. 

We voted on officers for the 2018-19 school year. They are as follows:
Co-chairs: Gayle Kojimoto-Hume and Kiyomi Noguchi
Treasurer: Jon Withrington
Co-secretaries: Laura Schmidt-Nojima and Michi Toki

The Advisory Board suggested we hire an accountant. Jon will distribute the new budget this week. The board will review and vote on it prior to the first PTCC general meeting. 

Fundraising: Kiyomi submitted the SFJF grant application. The teachers have suggested increasing the time spent with Anthony Brown Orchestra and perhaps adding taiko classes. Tais and Yuki will have the online store ready to take orders for delivery at Friday coffee and Back to School night. Proceeds from this year's Japanese American Religious Foundation's Curry Cook Off will be donated to Rosa Parks JBBP!

This year's cultural events calendar has been set. The next big JBBP event is Undokai on September 28.

Rosa Parks has several new teachers this year including Colleen Tate, a JBBP alumna who is teaching 1st grade while Ms. Noguchi is on sabbatical. PTCC board member Laura Schmidt-Nojima joins the RPES staff at Literacy Coach. Ms. Nakamoto will be sending out information regarding the 5th grade Seiko Gakuen trip to Japan. She will be inquiring about student interest and chaperone volunteers. Morioka sensei reported that 3 college students from Japan will be visiting Rosa Parks for 2-3 weeks.

The Advisory Board will be meeting with Mr. Kawaii to discuss the set-aside. The Advisory Board has begun thinking about a possible video for JBBP’s 50th anniversary.

This year's PTCC general meetings will be Tuesday mornings: 9/18; 1/15; 5/7. Board meetings will be first Tuesdays of each month beginning 10/2. 

For more details please see the posted notes at Rosa Parks and/or the link in the blast.

General Meeting May 11, 2018

We had a nice meeting on Friday morning, May 11, in the Rosa Parks cafeteria!

Cherry Blossom Festival went very well. We had a good group of volunteers from USF, UCSF and SF Foundation as well as JBBP families (but would always like more!) We popped over 1400 bags and sold approximately 1300. The parade was a lot of fun! Many of the family members learned the dance, marched with the group and looked great! Thank you to everyone who helped!

Friday, May 11 is the last day to vote for PTCC Board of Directors.

Ms. Ina’s uncle and aunt spoke to students about the internment camps. The students really enjoyed the talk!

A new sound system for the auditorium, to be integrated into the remodel, will be put in the budget. Teachers said thank you to families and volunteers for a successful Cherry Blossom Festival.

Mr. Kawaii said thank you for a great year, and a special thanks to 5th grade families. He hopes to work closely with both parent groups next year.

Owakareshiki will be May 31. Following the ceremony, 5th grade families will plant a sakura tree in the yard and have a potluck.

We discussed the Set aside. The Advisory Board is working on a strategy to move forward with a response to SFUSD and also a strategy regarding how we recruit.

Final numbers are not yet in for Cherry Blossom, but overall our revenue is up from last year.

Our online store did well selling popcorn and parade shirts. Eventually we’ll have all of our products online for sale. Tais will be doing a complete inventory of the apparel.

Summer playdate planning is beginning. Ryoko Chernomaz will be hosting June’s date. June’s and July’s dates will be held at a to-be-determined playground because of the construction at school.

We will be posting meeting synopsizes and other JBBP news on our website blog so those who do not receive our email blasts can stay up to date. An opt-in form can be found on our contact page.

JBBP students’ Japanese software is being redesigned. Bob Smolenski has designed the prototype and the sensei will do the voiceovers.

The date for the next PTCC meeting is TBD.

For more details please see the posted notes at Rosa Parks and/or the link in the blast.

Special Board Meeting May 1st, 2018

We had a special board meeting about the Japanese Native Speaker set aside for seats in Rosa Park’s JBBP program in kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.  According to the district, the purpose of the set aside is to serve native families and to reinforce the peer model (native Japanese speakers can model correct language and pronunciation).  Students qualified as Japanese native speakers if they received a score of 15 or higher on a short assessment In kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year 10 students were offered spots as Japanese native(JN)  speakers, of that group, two did not register and thus there are two open slots for Japanese native speakers for Round 2. Principal Kawaii had a meeting with members from EPC, Multilingual Pathways and the principal of Clarendon about the set aside results so far.  As a result we know that families cannot apply as a Japanese/English (JE) student if they have been designated a Japanese Native Speaker. In the lottery this year, kids who were proficient and labeled Japanese native speakers had a ½ chance in getting in. A Japanese/English speaking student has a 1 in 15 chance of getting into the Japanese/English non-sibling slots. The district has made a decision that all FLES programs and language pathways will likely have set asides for native speakers, if not immediately then eventually.  Instead of the one year review that the district stated there would be last year, there will now be a 3 year review of the program and the set asides. The “immersion” designation on some paperwork was a mistake and has been removed. In terms of next steps, there will be further discussion at the general meeting on May 11th. Some outstanding questions that PTCC and the advisory board have are: If you were Japanese native speaker (JN) and CTIP (Census Tract Integration Preference 1 applies to students living in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores), do you have more priority?  What is the idea of a Japanese native speaker? Is the test rigorous enough and is the cut off score high enough?  

Next meeting date is a general meeting on May 11th at 8:00 am. Please join us!

For more details please see the posted notes at Rosa Parks and/or the link in the blast.

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Cherry Blossom Festival Links

Hi families, 

Because there is so much information regarding the Cherry Blossom Festival, we want to give you a list of all of the sign up links you'll need to get you to all of the fun in the next two weeks. If you want information about these events, please refer to previously sent emails. 

Cherry Blossom Festival: April 21-22

Grand Parade: Sunday, April 22

If you have any questions, please contact Michi Toki jmtoki@mac.com.

Thank you, everyone!

All Things Cherry Blossom

  Here is what you need to know about Cherry Blossom Festival 2018!   Get comfortable, here's a lot of information coming your way!   Sakura Popcorn Popping Days   We had a great turn out of Kinder families, 3rd Grade families and many others on our first popping day last weekend! Let's keep it up this weekend! Festival goers LOVE our popcorn so much that last year we sold out early. This year we want to pop as much as we can to keep our fans happy! Even if you can't make it for a full shift, please come lend a hand. It's FUN!!   Sign up to join the fun:     1st Grade and 4th Grade Popping Day  :  Saturday, April 14     2nd Grade and 5th Grade Popping Day   : Sunday, April 15     Remember, you can sign up for any day!     If, for some reason, you don't want a free hair net, please bring a head covering.    Cherry Blossom Festival Booth   After you've helped produce our Sakura Popcorn, come over to the Food Bazaar to help sell it! (It practically sells itself!) Please let us know if you have a truck or van we can use to transport supplies to and from the booth.   Sign up here!     Grand Parade   Be a part of the Rosa Parks red wave! Every year spectators remark at what an amazing sight it is to see our Rosa Parks community coming over the hill dancing and marching, having a fantastic time!  All students, families, alums and friends are welcome to dance and march in the parade on  Sunday, April 22 . The parade starts at 1pm at Civic Center. Please meet on the north side of McAllister between Polk and Larkin by 12:15pm.  Kindergarteners will join the 1st-5th graders at Post & Octavia Streets near the Carlisle. Please arrive by 1pm. Please let us know if your child will be marching in the parade so we have the appropriate number of happi coats for all students.   Parade Dance!   All students and families who want to march in the parade are strongly encouraged to learn the dances! This year we will be marching and dancing to a great mash-up of two songs:  Sebonzakura  (literally "1000 cherry blossoms") and  Feel it Still  by Portugal. The Man. We're looking for several people to help lead and call out the dance moves as we march in the parade!  Check out the following links so you and your kids can practice!    Dance video    and    lyrics and dance step call outs  And join the students for dance practice, 4/17-4/20, 1:15-1:50 in the yard!    Here   are tips on how to dress in traditional matsuri-style! (Thank you Satoe Haile!) Students should wear navy, black or red shirts under their happi coats and black or navy pants. Adults—please wear your happi coat or wear your parade t-shirt. If you do not have either, please wear red on top and dark on bottom.   Parade t-shirts are available for sale here !  You can choose to send your purchase home with your student or pick up on Friday at Coffee Klatch. You may also pick up from Ms.Nakamoto on certain days. Details on the store site.  We have limited spaces on the  cable car shuttles  from Rosa Parks to the parade start at Civic Center at 11:15am and 11:45am. Confirmed cable car riders will be notified next week.    Parade and shuttle sign ups here  .   Parade volunteers needed!   We need volunteers to:  Distribute, collect and/or wash happi coats  Decorate the cable car  Decorate the truck with sound system  Pass out drinks to students after the parade  Provide water or juice or loan us your cooler prior to the parade. Please drop off at school.    Parade volunteers, please sign up here!     Parking   We have a limited number of parking spots available at the school reserved for volunteers, marchers, and performers only. Please pick up your parking pass, while they last, from Nanayo in the office or when you arrive to pop popcorn.  Cherry Blossom Festival, from the popping to the parading, is a really fantastic and action-packed time for our community. We hope you can join us for all of the excitement!  Thank you, wonderful families!!!!

Here is what you need to know about Cherry Blossom Festival 2018!

Get comfortable, here's a lot of information coming your way!

Sakura Popcorn Popping Days

We had a great turn out of Kinder families, 3rd Grade families and many others on our first popping day last weekend! Let's keep it up this weekend! Festival goers LOVE our popcorn so much that last year we sold out early. This year we want to pop as much as we can to keep our fans happy! Even if you can't make it for a full shift, please come lend a hand. It's FUN!!

Sign up to join the fun:

1st Grade and 4th Grade Popping Day: Saturday, April 14

2nd Grade and 5th Grade Popping Day: Sunday, April 15

Remember, you can sign up for any day!

If, for some reason, you don't want a free hair net, please bring a head covering.

Cherry Blossom Festival Booth

After you've helped produce our Sakura Popcorn, come over to the Food Bazaar to help sell it! (It practically sells itself!) Please let us know if you have a truck or van we can use to transport supplies to and from the booth. Sign up here!

Grand Parade

Be a part of the Rosa Parks red wave! Every year spectators remark at what an amazing sight it is to see our Rosa Parks community coming over the hill dancing and marching, having a fantastic time!

All students, families, alums and friends are welcome to dance and march in the parade on Sunday, April 22. The parade starts at 1pm at Civic Center. Please meet on the north side of McAllister between Polk and Larkin by 12:15pm.

Kindergarteners will join the 1st-5th graders at Post & Octavia Streets near the Carlisle. Please arrive by 1pm. Please let us know if your child will be marching in the parade so we have the appropriate number of happi coats for all students.

Parade Dance!

All students and families who want to march in the parade are strongly encouraged to learn the dances! This year we will be marching and dancing to a great mash-up of two songs: Sebonzakura (literally "1000 cherry blossoms") and Feel it Still by Portugal. The Man. We're looking for several people to help lead and call out the dance moves as we march in the parade!

Check out the following links so you and your kids can practice!

Dance video and lyrics and dance step call outsAnd join the students for dance practice, 4/17-4/20, 1:15-1:50 in the yard!

Here are tips on how to dress in traditional matsuri-style! (Thank you Satoe Haile!) Students should wear navy, black or red shirts under their happi coats and black or navy pants. Adults—please wear your happi coat or wear your parade t-shirt. If you do not have either, please wear red on top and dark on bottom. Parade t-shirts are available for sale here! You can choose to send your purchase home with your student or pick up on Friday at Coffee Klatch. You may also pick up from Ms.Nakamoto on certain days. Details on the store site.

We have limited spaces on the cable car shuttles from Rosa Parks to the parade start at Civic Center at 11:15am and 11:45am. Confirmed cable car riders will be notified next week.

Parade and shuttle sign ups here.

Parade volunteers needed!

We need volunteers to:

Distribute, collect and/or wash happi coats

Decorate the cable car

Decorate the truck with sound system

Pass out drinks to students after the parade

Provide water or juice or loan us your cooler prior to the parade. Please drop off at school.

Parade volunteers, please sign up here!

Parking

We have a limited number of parking spots available at the school reserved for volunteers, marchers, and performers only. Please pick up your parking pass, while they last, from Nanayo in the office or when you arrive to pop popcorn.

Cherry Blossom Festival, from the popping to the parading, is a really fantastic and action-packed time for our community. We hope you can join us for all of the excitement! Thank you, wonderful families!!!!

Board Meeting April 3rd, 2018

We had a lovely meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd, in the Rosa Parks cafeteria!

We had a successful auction!  Thank you to everyone who attended and helped.  Specific figures are still being tabulated. If you did not make it this year, check it out next year!

Cherry Blossom Festival is coming in April.  Popcorn will be popped on April 7th (K and 3rd) grade), 14th (1st and 4th)  and 15th (2nd and 5th). Booth sales will be the weekends of April 14-15 and 21-22 and the parade will be on Sunday April 22nd. PTA parking lot fundraiser will be 4/15, 15 and 21.  Signs ups are at www.volunteersignup.org/CYDJ7.  You can come any day, even if your kids are not in the assigned grade for that day!!

Join us in the Cherry Blossom parade on Sunday April 22nd! Keep an eye out for opportunities to buy red adult JBBP parade shirts.  Practice the dance with this video.  Here are the lyrics to both songs paired with the dance move call outs.

Children’s Day is May 5th.  We will need volunteers to help with our table.  Keep an eye out for sign ups.

Elections for PTCC are coming in May!  On May 4th ballots will be distributed.  There is a 5 school day voting period. They will be due around May 11th.  

In other news, Advisory Committee have asked for information regarding this year’s enrollment and the set aside and data is expected this month.  

Next meeting date is May 11th at 8:00 am. Please join us!

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Board Meeting March 6th, 2018

We had a fantastic meeting on Tuesday, March 6th, in the Rosa Parks cafeteria!

Nomination form for 2018-19 PTCC Board will be sent out this week. Nominations are due March 26. Ed Castellanos is leading the nomination committee.

The auction is March 10th! Childcare is sold out. As of 3/7, 150 tickets have been sold. We have enough volunteers to set up, but we need more for clean up. Pre-bid form for teacher experiences will be sent out this week.

Cherry Blossom Festival is coming in April.  If you can help coordinate please email Michi Toki at jmtoki@mac.com.  Popcorn will be popped on April 7th, 14th and 15th.  Booth sales will be the weekends of April 14-15 and 21-22 and the parade will be on Sunday April 22nd. PTA parking lot fundraiser will be 4/15, 15 and 21.  

Teacher report: RP is getting a new ½ time Special Ed teacher. PTCC will be offering $150 for expenses. Sensei report: Seiko Gakuen host families still needed!!!

Advisory Committee: They have asked for information regarding this year’s enrollment and the set aside. No response yet from the district. Public Education Enrichment Fund’s budget is being voted on 3/13. This is where the bulk of the sensei funding comes from. We do not have reason to believe any changes are being made, but we are wondering why they didn’t let us know about the budget. The SF Board of Supervisors is setting cultural heritage districts. We are trying to get the city to conform to the Japantown area as determined by JCHESS which includes Rosa Parks ES, an historic site.

Next meeting date is Tuesday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. (6:30 meeting start) in the cafeteria Please join us!

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Board Meeting February 6th, 2018

We had a fantastic meeting on Tuesday, February 6th, in the Rosa Parks cafeteria!

The treasurer reviewed the budget and we are in the black! 

The auction is March 10th! Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite via the JBBP website.  There are 50 spots available for childcare and you can sign up now for childcare when you get your tickets online. We are currently soliciting and collecting donations. Everyone should have received an auction packet with donation form. Donations need to be received by March 2. Bring cash for bar, cash and carry and Jen-Ken-Po!  

Cherry Blossom Festival is coming in April.  If you can help coordinate please email michi Toki at jmtoki@mac.com. Tentatively, popcorn will be popped the weeknd of April 7th and 8th and 14th and 15th.  Booth sales will be the weekends of April 14-15 and 21-22 and the parade will be on Sunday APril 22nd.  

Teacher report: Oshogatsu went well despite being rushed to accommodate the 5th grade camping trip.  We still need more parents to volunteer for Seiko Gakuen home stay. 7 more! Komi Hata is parent coordinator: Since the home stay coincides with 4th grade camping trip and first weekend of spring break some families cannot host. However, we may be able to work out some creative solutions. Orientation for families will be February 21, 22, or 23.  On March 4th, three English only students and three Japanese speaking 5th graders will participate in the Bay Area for Speech Taikai.

There are several Day of Remembrance events happening over the next few weeks. The day of Remembrance is a at the Kabuki from Sunday 18th 2-4. Nichi Bei Internment films on Saturday Feb 24th at New People Cinema 10-8.  https://www.nichibei.org/films-of-remembrance/.

Next meeting date is Tuesday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m. (6:30 meeting start) in the cafeteria Please join us!

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General Meeting January 16, 2018

We had a productive meeting on Tuesday, January 16, in the Rosa Parks cafeteria.  

Mr. Kawaii updated us on the 90-Day Report from SFUSD’s new superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews. Rosa Parks Elementary was recognized as one of the schools with the largest achievement gap. Our achievement gap in math scores is the greatest in the district. Mr. Kawaii and the staff are creating a strategic plan to address this and other issues. This plan will address how to build a 21st century school, how to foster socialemotional learning, and how to create more targeted instruction to reach each student.

Our school is currently full, with enrollment at 502 students! Bond planning for school building improvements is ongoing.

The auction committee is in full swing. Auction packets, including donation forms, were sent home with students. Please bring in donations by March 2. Volunteers for auction day/night are always welcome. Cherry Blossom Committee is recruiting members. Meetings will begin end of January.

Holiday Catalog net was slightly less than last year due to surplus inventory. Japantown Foundation grant will be spent on materials about the Japanese American Internment and the Japanese American community. Materials may include books, teaching aids, speaker stipends. The final school tour will be scheduled for sometime soon after school assignment letters are received.

Home stay families are still needed for Seiko Gakkuen students!

Sensei still need volunteers for Oshogatsu!

This year is the 90th anniversary of our school building. Together with the PTA and Mr. Kawaii we will be planning a celebration for probably late in the school year.

Next meeting date is Tuesday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m. (6:30 meeting start) in the cafeteria Please join us!

For more details please see the posted notes at Rosa Parks and/or the link in the blast.
 

 

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Board Meeting November 7, 2017

We had a fantastic well attended meeting on Tuesday November 7th in the Rosa Parks cafeteria.  Here are the highlights! 

Mission Statement: Based on previous meetings the board acknowledged that we need to review the JBBP mission statement.  One of the co-chairs drafted a mission statement and the teachers also have a mission statement.  Both statements are similar but not the same.  Next steps are to form a smaller committee.  If you would like to join please email Gayle Kojimoto-Hume at kojimotohume@gmail.com.  

Incoming Applications for Enrollment in Rosa Parks in Fall 2018: Families planning  to apply to enroll in Fall 2018 may be eligible for the Japanese language set aside of seats for Kindergarten only.  Emily Murase requested comments, concerns, questions for the set aside email info@jbbp.org

Holiday Catalog is coming! The holiday catalog came out in the Wednesday newsletter.  Green team catalog also goes out this week.  Holiday catalog orders are due before Thanksgiving.  Popcorn popping will be Sunday December 10th so please keep a lookout for signups to help pop.  

Upcoming Events:

Anthony Brown/Asian American Orchestra Gift will perform for the 3rd through 5th graders on Nov 17th.  

Gakugeikai is at Gateway and starts at 6:30 on Friday, December 15th.  5th graders are selling bento dinners and there will be a bake sale.  There will be a professional video of the Gakugeikai performances that will be for sale.  Please keep an eye out for order forms coming soon.  

Next board meeting is December 5th at 6 pm in the cafeteria and next general meeting is Friday January 12th at 8 am. Please join us!

Students from a school in Japan, Seiko Gakkuen, will be visiting in March again from the 21st- 24th. We will need over 20 host families.   A flyer will go home this week and the host family information meeting is in February and there is a link to sign up on the flyer. Please consider hosting a student!

The annual Auction will be held on Saturday March 10th at St Mary’s Cathedral.  If you would like to join the auction committee click here.

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Board Meeting October 3, 2017

We had a lively PTCC meeting on Tuesday October 3rd.  We discussed future whole school events Events the 45th JBBP auction and the Cherry Blossom festival.  The auction team will meet this week and then monthly through the end of the year.  In January they will meet weekly until the auction in March.  The auction is so much fun and a lot of work.  Please email Gayle Kojimoto-Hume (kojimotohume@gmail.com) if you want to join.   The Cherry Blossom team will begin meeting monthly in January and then biweekly in March.  The Cherry Blossom committee includes prepping for the Cherry Blossom parade and popping popcorn that we sell in a booth at the Japantown Cherry Blossom Festival in April.  Please email Michi Toki, jmtoki@mac.com,  if you would like to join this committee.  

Our next board meeting is November 7th at 6:30 (6:00 potluck) in the Rosa Parks cafeteria.  

We will once again have the holiday catalog in November.  We will sell gift cards, shirts and hoodies, popcorn and other items.  The popcorn team will probably the pop the first weekend (1 day) in December.  The catalog and opportunities to volunteer will be coming in a month.  

At the General Meeting last month the budget was approved by membership, but the PTCC board has the final vote.  The board approved a revised budget that included funding to support the PTA in paying for the garden teacher for 2018-2019.  Members expressed opinions for and against the garden coordinator line item.  Agreement was reached to keep the garden position budget with provisions.

Undoukai was a great success.  Thank you to the sensei and teachers for organizing it and and thank you to the parent volunteers!

20 Japanese students from Seiko Gakkuen will come to visit again before Spring Break.  We will be looking for host families in the Spring semester. We need someone to lead the committee to organize host families, gift bags/student experience.  Please email Laura Schmidt-Nojima, lsn.sfc@gmail.com,  if you would like to head up this committee.  

For more details please see the posted notes at Rosa Parks and/or the link in the blast.

 

 1st and 2nd grade aka(red) team ball toss at Undoukai.

1st and 2nd grade aka(red) team ball toss at Undoukai.

General Meeting September 12, 2017

We had a fantastic turnout for our first general meeting of the year, a joint meeting with the PTA, on the morning of September 12. We began with introductions of both the PTA and PTCC boards. After the PTA conducted their business, the PTCC meeting began.

The bulk of the meeting was focused on the 2017-18 budget. A concern was voiced regarding the expenditure to help fund the school’s garden coordinator. After a discussion, the budget was approved by the membership with the understanding that the garden program look to develop a Japanese cultural component, and with a notation that the funds given to the PTA for the garden coordinator is a one-time expenditure.

The Advisory Board is working with the school district on an FAQ document regarding the Japanese speaking set aside for both Rosa Parks JBBP and Clarendon JBBP. The document will be ready prior to the school recruitment season.

Undokai is September 29! Please sign up online or send in the form included in the Wednesday newsletter.  

Our next board meeting is Tuesday, October 3, 6:30pm, in the Rosa Parks cafeteria.

For more details please see the posted notes at Rosa Parks and/or the link in the blast.

 

 

 

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Board Meeting August 9, 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 May 4, 2017

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!