Please consider donating your outgrown uniforms. We will accept
gently used, tops, bottoms, sweatshirts, anything allowed in the
school uniform policy. Please send to the office by Wednesday,
Judy Lee, who teaches second grade at Matsuyama Elementary
School, began her career in education 23 years ago and today
holds many leadership positions at the Pocket neighborhood
campus. She is a member of the School Quality Review committee,
the site leadership team and is a grade-level leader. She
encourages literacy with a classroom Writers Workshop, during
which kids write and illustrate their own books. Mrs. Lee
encourages positive behavior with “Lee Bucks” rewards. Her
students and parents, many of whom wrote letters to the
eConnection about Mrs.
Karen Gravitz, a fifth-grade teacher at Matsuyama Elementary
School, will receive the Dr. Barbara Schmidt Lighthouse for
Literacy Award from the Sacramento Area Reading Association at a
dinner on May 17. Congratulations!
Matsuyama Elementary School honored its namesake and Sacramento’s
sister city – Matsuyama, Japan – with a traditional Cherry
Blossom Festival on March 16. Japanese heritage and culture were
celebrated through food, crafts, performances and art. The day
also emphasized the school’s warm relationship with Sakura
Elementary School in Matsuyama. A special bento box and
Japanese pastry sold at the event were a huge hit with community
members, families and friends who supported the event. In
addition, the Matsuyama Sister City organization donated a cherry
tree to the school!
Matsuyama Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Lynnette
Chertorisky has been named February’s “Teacher of the Month” by
News 10. Chertorisky, a 30-year classroom veteran, also teaches
band. She is a favorite among students for her sense of humor and
lively teaching style.
The cafeteria of Matsuyama Elementary School was recently
transformed into a magical dance hall for the school’s “Red
Carpet Event,” which raised money for the school’s computer lab.
Students and their parents dressed in elegant attire and
Principal Norm Tanaka crooned a love ballad to the campus. Food,
drinks, photography, face painting, and wonderful raffles made
the event exciting and memorable.
Matsuyama Elementary School yard duty supervisor Regis Farina (he
is also a Matsuyama parent) is a tireless volunteer at the
campus, serving as both the school’s technology go-to person and
as Master of Ceremonies at various events. Mr. Farina has worked
to set up public address systems and PowerPoint displays at
assemblies and events and he even once saved a baby bird that had
fallen from its nest, much to the delight of worried students.
Mr. Farina also donates his yard duty paycheck to the school’s
library for the purchase of books. For all of these reasons, Mr.