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, October 17th.
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.