Update: Travel Policy Revisions

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Yesterday, we received a revised foreign travel policy proposal from Julia Brim-Edwards, the PPS Board member who chairs the Policy & Governance committee. Please take a few minuted to read it.

More info about the travel policy revisions can be found on our Advocacy Page.

PPS Travel Policy Meetings

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onk_5thgradetrip_croppedPlease join us for one of the informational meetings listed below to to discuss PPS’ proposed policy changes on travel programs which could affect 5th, 8th, and 10th grade cultural exchanges. ONK board members will be available to answer questions about these proposed changes.

Wednesday 2/6
6:15 pm
Richmond Cafeteria

Thursday 2/7
5 pm
Mount Tabor Cafeteria

Please visit our advocacy page for more information!

ONK Auction – February 23, 2019

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The Oya No Kai Auction will be held Saturday, February 23rd at Leftbank Annex. There will be silent auctions, live auctions, raffles, live music and much more. The Auction is our most important fundraiser of the year to support having Japanese speaking interns in our classrooms, lower the cost of our cultural exchanges to Japan, provide trip scholarships, and welcome our sister schools from Japan. Just one example . . . auction proceeds have allowed us to provide more than $125,000 in scholarship support to families in need over the past five years!

Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now.  Save $10 per ticket when you order today! https://onk.tofinoauctions.com/auction2019/homepages/show

We Need Your Donations!  Donations of Sports/Entertainment tickets; Art; Restaurants; Services; Massage/Accupuncture; Getaways/Vacation Homes; Technology; Wine; Unique Experiences; or Sign-up Parties. Nothing is too big or small! Contact us for other arrangements or questions – auction-procurement@oyanokai.org. Deadline is February 2nd.

Merchandise on Sale Now.  Auction tees, hoodies, hats, and bags are available for purchase every Tuesday and Thursday morning in the breezeway through the auction.

Need More Info? For more information or to volunteer to help with the auction, just contact auction@oyanokai.org.

5th Grade Parents – Mandatory Meetings

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5th Grade Parents: If your child is planning to go on the trip to Japan in June, we have two mandatory meetings coming up in October so please mark your calendars now (and spread the news).

Oct. 2, 6:30-8p: PARENTS only.
There will be a short meeting after the mandatory meeting for those interested in chaperoning.

Oct. 16, 6:30-8p: ONE parent & child.
Please bring TWO COLOR COPIES of both your passport and your child’s passport to the Oct. 16th meeting.

Both meetings are in Richmond’s Cafeteria.

Any questions? Contact Saori Clark at saoriclark[at]gmail.com or Alison Walcott at onkculturalexchange[at]gmail.com. Thank you!


Camp Westwind

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Camp Westwind Information and Updates

In order to help you plan and be ready for Camp Westwind we have created a set of pages with detailed information about departures/arrivals, directions, packing, meals, sleeping arrangements, and activities.

Departure Planning: Camp Westwind is normally a TWO HOUR drive from Portland.  This page will provide vital information on when to pick you kids up from school, parking, and ferry crossing times.

Packing:  Plan for rain, think about rain proof luggage (heafty bags), and make sure you have walking & beach shoes.  Check out this page for many other packing suggestions.

Directions:  Meeting us at the ferry on Friday or hiking in on Saturday?  This page should provide everything you need to know.

Cabins: You will not be roughing it, but you will likely be sharing a living space.  Details on the cabins, the lodge, bathrooms, etc can be found here.

Meals:  Find out more about meal preparation, serving, and cleanup.  Also if you have not already done so make sure to register your dietary preferences in the Westwind Portal.

Activities:  Hiking, sandcastles, beach volleyball, campfire night, find out more here.

Kurabu Summer Camp 2018

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Kurabu is designed to offer children a bi-lingual summer camp experience that is rewarding, fun and reinforces their Japanese language skills. Our program is rich in cultural diversity and serves Japanese and non-Japanese children from the Portland Metro Region. All of our staff and volunteers have either studied Japanese, are bi-lingual, or native speakers, and come to us from local and Japanese schools, universities and the community. The Japanese Immersion Program interns act as lead teachers each week.

For more info click: Kurabu Summer Camp 2018