Dear JDLI Community,
We are saddened to report that 2020 5th grade Japan trip has been cancelled due to Corona virus threats and subsequent advisement of travel oversight bodies and legal entities. The 5th grade fundraising team, led by Richmond parents participated in a service project in order to earn donated Disneyland entrance tickets with the plan to raise money for their children’s trip.
The service project was completed in January and the earned Disneyland tickets arrived before the Oya No Kai board was advised to cancel the trip. As 5th grade trip families will be faced with sizable penalty fees for cancelling, it has been determined that the raffle will move forward in order to help mitigate cancellation costs incurred by families.
Given the Disneyland tickets don’t expire for almost two full years, our hope is that the pandemic is contained within that window and that the winning bidder has ample time to travel to and enjoy Disneyland. The 2020 5th grade fundraising team appreciates your support.
Please mark your calendars now and reserve Saturday, February 29, 2020 for our Annual Fundraiser Auction, where we’ll be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Japanese Dual Language Immersion Program. Loft / 2010 SE 8th Avenue • Portland, OR 97214.
All donors will be acknowledged in our catalog and on our Facebook page, which reaches our 700+ families in the Portland area. Contact Jill Palmer, Procurement Chair email@example.com for more info and submit your donations by the end of January 2020.
To get more involved with making our auction a success, please contact Yumi Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weekend a few of us will drag all interns kicking and screaming down to central Oregon (where they will proceed to kick and scream when we have to head home!) While we are blessed with donations to make this weekend possible (see stack of spam musubi made by a small group of dedicated ladies), this weekend is not cheap.
If you have wanted to support these events in some way, please consider a small donation to offset the costs to help show the interns the wild side of Oregon.
Tax deductible donations can be made through Oya No Kai, but if you don’t care then you can Venmo/PayPal Sean Egusa (please note “BBR 2019”).
Thanks in advance and happy holidays!
Oya No Kai Hospitality Committee
Please Join Us!
For a Private Concert and Sing-Along with Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini
November 24, 2019
Private Home of Thomas Lauderdale
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Proceeds go to the ONK Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program and the ONK 5th Grade Cultural Exchange.
Questions? Contact Yumi Wong at email@example.com
Welcome back to the new school year!
Urgent Need for Host Families!
We are in a very critical situation, since we still don’t have enough host families for our interns. We are asking for your immediate commitment and would like all host families lined up by the end of this week.
To host an intern, there are two primary requirements. They are:
1. You live within a 45 minute bus ride of one of the three schools (Richmond, Mt. Tabor, or Grant)
2. You have a separate bedroom for the intern. Bathrooms may be shared.
Please email Yoko Niki-Breyfogle at ynbreyfogle[at]gmail.com if you are interested!
Chinook Books/Apps for Sale
Come and get your Chinook Book or App! Find us outside before school in the front, weather permitting. If we are not there, we will be next to Rich Coffee in breezeway. $25 for book. $15 mobile app. Why do we sell Chinook Books? Each year Oya No Kai grants funds to the Cultural Exchanges to Japan, supports the interns, and provides many more programs vital to the success of the JDLI. Questions – email Courtney at Courtney.knudson[at]oyanokai.org
Oya No Kai Auction Needs YOU!
The annual ONK auction, which helps support classroom interns and the cultural exchange trips to Japan, will be on Saturday, February 29. In order to ensure this fundraiser is successful, we need volunteers in the following areas:
1. Procurement: help send out requests to businesses to solicit items/services for our silent auction (a team of 4-5 people would be ideal).
2. Auction Art Project Lead: Manage and support the auction art projects. You do not need to help with the actual making of art, just managing it. Last year, the artworks raised more than $10K.
If you are interested in helping in either of these areas or have any questions, please email Yumi at yumi.wong[at]oyanokai.org. Thank you!
Scrip Volunteers Needed!
An easy and fun way to provide valuable support to the JDLI program’s interns and cultural exchanges is by volunteering to sell scrip one morning in the Richmond breezeway each week or month. What is scrip? Scrip is selling gift cards at face value that Oya No Kai is able to purchase at a discount from stores like Target, New Seasons, Freddie’s, Starbucks, etc. Families buy gift cards for the stores where they already shop, and Oya No Kai raises funds for the JDLI program. It’s a win-win! Questions – email Victoria at scrip[at]oyanokai.org.
Here’s a quick update on the PPS field trip policy revisions and the evolving situation. Many of you saw the WW article that came out this week. We’ve reached out directly to the journalist to formally call out the misinformation, lack of context and over-sensationalized coverage.
However, besides the misleading facts about our program, the article also completely mis-conveyed the status of the current discussion at the committee level. ONK’s singular focus has been continuing our engagement with the PPS board and superintendent to maintain our core programming and assist the district in creating a policy that ensures the safety of students while at the same time, grows comparable experiential learning opportunities (both DLI and non-DLI), particularly in middle school and 8th grade. It was confirmed this morning at the PPS Committee of Policy and Governance that the ONK endorsed revised policy we sent to the JDLI community last week will move forward to first reading at the 2/26 PPS board meeting. Please find the latest revision here.
After first reading of the revised policy, there will be a 21 day comment period. If no substantive changes, it will move forward to a 2nd reading and a vote. ONK will continue to voice our support of the district’s efforts to provide focused educational opportunities for all students by creating capstone (or experiential learning) programs across all middle school curriculum as the best path to closing the opportunity gap and achieving equity.
Stay tuned for updates. https://oyanokai.org/advocacy/
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.
Please 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.
Mount Tabor Cafeteria
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 – firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.