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  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 a stipend 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!


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 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.

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


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.



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  

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

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 ( 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,,  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,,  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.





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 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