5th Grade Parent Resources

Important Links and Resources

  • Register your student(s) for the 5th grade cultural exchange!
    Use this link to register your student(s) for the exchange. You can also upload forms and make payments right from this link.
  • Apply for a scholarship
    If you think a scholarship would help your family participate, please don’t self-select – send in an application ASAP! This year’s scholarship application deadline is: October 17, 2023.
  • 5th Grade Trip FAQ
    This is a living document that will be updated frequently as questions arise. Last update: 9/25/2023.
  • Preparing Your Child
    Traveling to another country—without your parents!—can be a scary thing for kids. Here are some tips to help your child feel more comfortable.
  • Travel Insurance
    Travel insurance is required for all trip participants.
  • Sign in to your Oya No Kai account
    Once you have registered, you can use this link to access your family’s account. You’ll see everything your family is registered for here, including exchanges, camps, and family memberships.

Pre-trip forms and Surveys

  • Location and classmate preferences
    Use this form to indicate your student’s preferred travel destination in Japan and mention any travel companion requests. Please note that we cannot guarantee your student’s first choice!
  • Volunteer tracking hours
    This year, to help distribute the planning workload from a few individuals to many, we are requiring that each family contribute a minimum of 20 hours (10 hours for single-parent families) of volunteer time to the Cultural Exchange, or pay the equivalent of $20 per hour. Log your volunteer hours here!

Presentations & Meeting Recordings

This section will contain recordings of Zoom meetings as well as any meeting presentations.

Yen Exchange

Portland Public Schools does not fund, sponsor, or endorse this travel study program. The District is not responsible for conducting or supervising this trip. Portland Public School employees who participate in travel study programs are not acting in their capacity as District employees and do so at their own risk. Students participating in travel study programs do so at their own risk.