Parent Teacher Community Council

The Parent Teacher Community Council (PTCC) of JBBP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Its purpose: to advance the mission of JBBP to preserve and share the legacy of Japanese language and culture for future generations. This includes subsidizing the salaries of "Sensei" and related professional and curricular development, as well as funding Japanese cultural events, supplies, textbooks, and related program expenses. It also serves the vital role of engaging families and the community as partners in the education of its students. 

Synopsis from Meeting on 12/1/16:

Gakugeikai is coming up next week on Wednesday December 14th from 5:30-7:00 at Gateway/KIPP (1430 Scott St.)  Parking is available in the lot off of O'Farrell.  

Students in first through fifth should meet their classroom teacher at 5:15.  Kindergarteners meet at 5:00.  

Have dinner right before the performance by have a Gakugeikai Obento (Meal in a box)!  The 5th grade class is seilling bento boxes from Daily Zen before the performance to support their camping trip.  Order forms went home in the Wednesday newsletter.  Orders and money are due Wednesday December 7th!  Pick up your Bento Boxes from 4:15-5:00 in the Gateway/KIPP cafeteria.  

We still need volunteers for Gakugeikai! We need 2 chaperones 9am-12pm during rehearsal for each classroom.  Right now only 2 classrooms (209 and 212) have enough. In addition, we need 1 more person on Set-Up Crew, 11 more on Clean Up Crew, and 3 more on both Sound Crew and Stage Crew.  This is a very fun event!  Sign Up Here

Also, we had a fantastic JBBP PTCC General Meeting on Thursday, December 1st.  Here are some things to know, keep an eye out for and sign up for:  

Kifu donation letters are coming!!  Please keep an eye out and help support our program and build up the Japanese collection in the Rosa Parks library.  The sensei and Ms. Windell have done a first round of ordering and are excited to get the booksvinto our students hands when they arrive.  Tanka sensei from Presidio Middle School is coming on the evening of Dec. 8th to talk about the Japanese program at Presidio Middle School with 5th grade families.  Our next JBBP Board meeting is January 5th.  6:00 Potluck and 6:30 it begins.  All are welcome! 

JBBP is a fantastic program and we need your help! There are many committees for JBBP activities throughout the year. We need volunteers to help pop popcorn on the morning of Saturday December 10th.  There are ongoing volunteer opportunities on various committees.  LAST CALL we especially need more members for the Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade Committee.   We cannot make and sell popcorn at the festival unless we have enough committee members.  Please, please learn more and sign up here

Meeting Update from JBBP PTCC Board Meeting November 3, 2016

 We had a lovely JBBP PTCC Board Meeting on Thursday November 3rd. Here are some things to know, keep an eye out for and sign up for:

Gakugeikai is Wednesday, December 14th at Gateway/KIPP (Geary and Scott St)! Come and see our students perform and honor Japantown’s 110th anniversary. Look out for order forms in the next few weeks to have a bento dinner before Gakugeikai, all funds will benefit the school.

The Holiday Catalog order form went out this week. You can buy gift cards, bento accessories, greeting cards and shirts and hoodies. Order forms are due 11/22/16 the day before Thanksgiving break. Items will be here by Winter Break!

JBBP History Night was a success! Thanks for coming. If you missed it this year, be sure to come next fall. It will be a yearly event.

Kifu donation letters will go out before winter break. Please keep an eye out and help support our program and build up the Japanese collection in the Rosa Parks library.

Speech Taikai finals were on November 4th. Congratulations to all of the speakers.

We need your help!  We need volunteers to help pop popcorn on Saturday December 10th. Also, there are ongoing volunteer opportunities on various committees; we especially need a committee chair and more members for the Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade Committee.

Learn more and sign up here for a committee:

To help pop popcorn (it is fun!) sign up here

2016-17 PTCC Meetings
All are welcome to attend both general and board meetings of the Parent, Teacher and Community Council.  Potluck dinner at 6 pm, meetings begin at 6:30 pm.
General meeting – Thursday, September 8
Board meeting – Thursday, October 6
Board meeting – Thursday, November 3
General meeting – Thursday, December 1
Board meeting – Thursday, January 5
Board meeting – Thursday, February 2
Board meeting – Thursday, March 2
Board meeting – Thursday, April 6
General meeting – Thursday, May 4

Board of Directors 2016-2017

The Board of Directors of the PTCC is a representative body of families, staff, and community stakeholders elected annually each Spring by the PTCC membership.

  • Kiyomi Noguchi, Co-Chair
  • Gayle Kojimoto-Hume, Co-Chair
  • Laura Schmidt-Nojima, Co-Secretary
  • Michiko Toki, Co-Secretary
  • Tony Tam, Co-Treasurer
  • Jon Withrington, Co-Treasurer
  • Ed Castellanos, Family Representative
  • Erina Kautz, Family Representative
  • Yuki Morris, Family Representative
  • Tais Perpetuo, Family Representative
  • Bob Smolenski, Family Representative
  • Raymond Lum, Staff Representative
  • Taeko Morioka, Staff Representative
  • Naomi Nishioka, Community Representative
  • Robert Rusky, Community Representative

PTCC Committees     sign up here to join a committee

Recruitment Committee

The Recruitment Committee is the school’s public outreach to prospective families.  It is responsible for conducting school tours, staffing enrollment fair booths, calling families assigned to Rosa Parks and welcoming them, hosting a welcome reception in the spring at Rosa Parks, and hosting incoming Kindergarten Family meet-ups the summer before the school year. 

Cherry Blossom Committee

The Cherry Blossom Committee organizes the events for the Cherry Blossom Festival each April.  The committee organizes weekend popcorn popping, booth sales at the festival of popcorn and drinks and the participation of the school in the Cherry Blossom Parade.  

Auction Committee

The Auction in March is the main fundraiser for the year.  The Auction Committee handles logistics such as: acquiring and cataloging auction items, coordinating student art projects to auction off, ticket sales, venue set up and take down, child care and much, much more…

Family Participation

Engaged families that participate actively in JBBP and Rosa Parks is central to our core values and an essential component to the success of each student. We offer a variety of ways to connect with the life of the program so that families can participate in the manner best-suited to them. Whether from home or at school, in a leadership or supporting role, family involvement is what makes JBBP tick. Volunteer opportunies include:

  • Assisting in your child's classroom
  • Serving as a classroom coordinator
  • Chaperoning field trips
  • Organizing cultural events
  • Supporting fundraising and community activities
  • Helping in the front office
  • Yard and lunch monitor volunteer
  • Morning drop off (opening car doors to facilitate traffic flow)
  • Library and technology support
  • School tours and outreach/enrollment events
  • Serving on the Parent Teacher Community Council or subcomittees