High School Immersion Camp Registration Open!

Dear WATJ Members,

明けましておめでとうございます。Greetings from the WATJ High School Immersion Camp committee!


The purpose of Immersion Camp is to strengthen students’ skill and confidence in the Japanese language, and share with them the culture of Japan in a setting outside of school. This is a unique opportunity, and last year the WATJ High School Immersion Camp reached 110 students!


The 2018 WATJ High School Immersion Camp is scheduled for Saturday, March 10th at Chief Sealth International High School from 9:00-2:00. We hope that you will consider bringing your students to spend the day with us.


We are offering culture classes in slang, shodo, sado, taiko, cooking, and more! Students will enjoy a Japanese lunch and participate in a new and improved stamp rally relay to earn prizes. In addition, campers will receive a specially designed camp t-shirt!


Each school is invited to bring up to 10 students to the WATJ High School Immersion Camp. While our guest teachers instruct classes, classroom teachers support students in their learning or assist in the logistics of camp. The cost of camp is $20 per student, and a limited number of $10 scholarships are available for students in need. There are no refunds except under extraordinary circumstances. There is no cost for teachers!


How do I register?

Step 1: Register your school at https://goo.gl/forms/ekdibz6vSzXyydjN2

Step 2: Show the attached PowerPoint to your students and distribute the attached Student Registration Forms

Step 3: Collect Student Registration Forms and Payment

Step 4: Enter Student Registration Information at https://goo.gl/forms/gt222LkQeqjeGdl63 by February 16, 2018

Step 5: Receive an email confirmation from the camp committee


Can I register MORE than 10 students?

Please register only 10 students. We may be able to accommodate more students after the deadline if spots are available. Contact Sarah Antoncich at smantoncich@seattleschools.org if you have questions or concerns.

What if a student becomes unable to come?

Unfortunately, there are no refunds. You may substitute another student at your discretion, but the original t-shirt size and class choices will stand.

Can I just come to help?

Of course! Immersion Camp only runs because of the generosity of our volunteers! If you or another Japanese speaker would like to volunteer, please contact Chizuru Imase at cimase@seattleschools.org.

How is a student’s need determined?

We leave that up to the teacher. Please use your best judgement as there are a limited number of scholarships available. Many schools determine need by a student’s qualification for the Free/Reduced Lunch program.

Can a student change classes?

Once the students have been assigned to a class, we will not change class schedules except under extraordinary circumstances. We work to balance classes so that culture class teachers can teach effectively, and some supplies or materials are limited.

What if a student needs to leave early or arrive late?

Please see your school’s field trip policy. Unfortunately we cannot prorate the camp cost.


Thank you for your time and interest! If you have any questions, please contact a WATJ High School Immersion Camp Committee member.


We hope to see you soon!

Sarah Antoncich        smantoncich@seattleschools.org

Gwen Johnston          mgjohnston@seattleschools.org

Joshua Hansell           jjhansell@seattleschools.org

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