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ANNOUNCEMENTS & NEWS
JAPAN CLUB 日本部
NEXT MEETING: Monday, May 21st --- FINAL meeting of 2017-2018
We will host our annual Gakunenkai (Academic Year-end Party); all dues-paying members and all those who attended our Showcase may join us, as long as they bring food or drink to contribute to the party. Please contact the officers or Sensei to let us know what you plan to contribute.
General Minutes from 4/23/2018 - Our Japan Showcase event was a great success! Thank you to all who contributed their time to organize and present: Aayushi Kini (Calligraphy), Logan Luczek (Ukelele, Japanese Diet Discussion), Bradley Vincent (Yu-Gi-Oh culture), Gabe Wesley (Sports in Japan), Collazo-sensei (Kendo) and a special thanks to Lauren Arnold (Cosplay). We appreciate all who contributed food and drinks to the event as well!
We also announced the results of our elections for our 2018-2019 Club Officers:
President-elect: Veema Jhagru
Vice President-elect: Ilene Reyes
Secretary-elect: Aayushi Kini
Treasurer-elect: Bradley Vincent
Historian-elect: William Collazo
Sergeant-at-Arms-elect: Leila Plummer
For more information about the club and and to get onto our email list, you can email the officers at email@example.com for more information.
Looking ahead to 2018-2019...
Japanese National Honor Society Candidates
WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES IN CLASSES. Qualified students in Levels 2, 3 & 4 will be notified in advance. More information to come.
Kizuna Across Cultures - Global Classmates Program
Last year, and for 3 previous years, our Level 3 & 4 students participated in the 2016-2017 Global Classmates Program sponsored by Kizuna Across Cultures. We were paired up with Misaki High School in Ehime Prefecture (on Shikoku Island) to discuss a variety of topics of common interest online using Schoology as our platform for exchange. We exchanged gifts by mail and discussed topics online, ranging from school and community events to slang/buzzword expressions. The students learned a lot from their peers across the ocean!Although we did not participate in this program in 2017-2018, we have re-applied for 2018-2019 and will hopefully be accepted. Announcement to be made later this month.
Golden Week Holidays & Events in Japan
Pictured Upper Left (Emperor Hirohito in Traditional Garments):
Showa Day - 昭和の日（しょうわのひ）- ４月２９日
Pictured Upper Right (Celebratory Flags in Commemoration):
Constitution Memorial Day - 憲法記念日（けんぽうきねんび）- ５月３日
This is a national holiday that commemorates the establishment of the 1947 post-WWII Constitution. This holiday is part of "Golden Week." Find out more on both the Office Holidays website and the Kids Web Japan site.
Pictured Lower Left (Garden Landscape):
Greenery Day - 緑の日（みどりのひ）- ５月４日
This is a national holiday that celebrates nature appreciation, and specifically the country's greenery; it is a lot like Arbor Day in the United States. This holiday is also part of "Golden Week." Find out more on both the Office Holidays website and the Kids Web Japan site.
Pictured Lower Right ("Koi-nobori" - Carp Streamers/Wind Socks):
Children's Day - 子供の日（子どものひ）- ５月５日
For more information on festivals and school events in May, click here [courtesy of Kids Web Japan]
Schedule of After School Activities & Events
5/14 (M): No Activities Scheduled --- Final Japan Club Meeting on 5/21 (M)
5/15 (T): No Activities Scheduled due to AP Testing
5/16 (W): JNHS Japanese Tutoring
5/17 (Th): No Activities Scheduled
5/18 (F): No Activities Scheduled
5/21 (M): Final Japan Club Meeting --- Gakunenkai (bring your party contribution)
5/22 (T): No Activities Scheduled
5/23 (W): AP Japanese Alternate Exam --- JNHS Japanese Tutoring
5/24 (Th): No Activities Scheduled
5/25 (F): TEACHER PLANNING DAY --- NO SCHOOL
Click here for the Red(A)/Gold(B) Calendar for this academic year
Click here for the official bell schedules for this academic year