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 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!

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.


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