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 item as "up to $7500" and just for a one year commitment and with updates from the PTA of the final amount needed.  

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 full meeting minutes, click here.

 

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 $10,000 expenditure to help fund the school’s garden coordinator. The question was raised whether this a diversion of solicited funds as well as not aligning with the mission of PTCC. 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.

 

 

 

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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! 

 

Board Meeting April 6, 2017

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 2, 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

KQED.org 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).

Article on KQED.org

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!

Post-election messages to the Rosa Parks & JBBP community

November 15, 2016

Dear Rosa Parks Community:

Rosa Parks Elementary School is a community rooted in the Western Addition of San Francisco that is deeply committed to justice for all. Staff and families are committed to emulating Rosa Parks, Fred Korematsu, and people who have stood for what's right. 

We want to assure our staff, families, and students that Rosa Parks School is continuing to work together to make our school a safe place where people of all identities and heritages are welcomed, valued, and respected, and we will advocate for justice and equity for all of our students and families. 

We have begun a series of conversations about equity in our community, and we encourage you to participate, share, and learn with us, as we continue to work together to make our school even better. Please keep checking the weekly Wednesday newsletter for details.

Sincerely, 

Principal Jacobsen, PTA Board, and PTCC Board


Founded 43 years ago, the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program was inspired by the values of the civil rights movement and the need to preserve and celebrate the Japanese/Japanese American community’s cultural and linguistic heritage.  JBBP is painfully aware from many of its families’ histories how a president's actions can adversely impact a community, but also how a community can nonetheless learn to endure and persevere.  Given the feelings arising from the recent national election, JBBP wants to reaffirm both its founding value –the essential dignity of all peoples and their cultural heritages – and its commitment to justice and equity for all students and families in San Francisco.

PTCC Board of Directors, November 16, 2016