High School Immersion Camp Deadline Extension

Dear Sensei-gata,

Due to the timing of mid-winter break, we have decided to extend the application deadline for the H.S. Immersion camp on Saturday, March 18th at Chief Sealth.  If you would like to register your students who have applied for the camp, please go the following link and complete for all students by Friday, March 3rd.

https://goo.gl/forms/WynwLEXlsipodfHF3

Please also remember that if you have any students who wants to come but say the cost is too much, we can offer ½ price ($10) to the first 10 students who are free/reduced lunch (confirmed by you).

Please bring the hardcopy paperwork and payment with you on camp day, and we’ll collect it then.

We hope this application deadline extension will allow more schools to participate and we look forward to having a great camp this year.

Sincerely,

Gwen Johnston — mgjohnston@seattleschools.org

Sarah Antoncich — smantoncich@seattleschools.org

Joshua Hansell — jjhansell@seattleschools.org

WATJ Annual Conference Pre-Registration Extension

Dear Sensei,

Please come and join our annual WATJ Conference on Saturday, February 11th at Bothell High School!  We can still reserve your Kisaku Lunch Bento if you register by Feb 1st Plus Early Bird price!!   Please register online now follow our Conference Registration Link HERE. Online registrants may send their check to Inoue-sensei OR pay by cash or check at the conference.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our conference. We are excited to welcome Chinen-sensei to be our keynote speaker and have an afternoon of wonderful workshops (and door prizes)!
If you have any questions, Please email Kayoko Kasai or Raeanna Mason-sensei
Kayoko and Raeanna

WATJキャンプボランティア募集

WATJの皆様
キャンプコミッティーでは高校生向け日本文化キャンプのボランティアを募集しています。ご存じの方、興味の有りそうな方をご紹介していただけますか?以下宣伝文です。
井上

日本語を学ぶ高校生向けの日帰りキャンプ(3月18日土曜日チーフシルス高校)のボランティを募集します。
以下の条件を満たす方で、興味がお有りの方は、御連絡ください。

1)日本語で、高校生を指導できる。
2)18歳以上(高校を終了されている方)
3)特技(何かあれば)日本文化、武道、料理(日本食、お菓子)、芸術、IT関係、趣味
4)打ち合わせ会議と当日参加できる


登録はこちらから、
https://goo.gl/forms/cTLcaDp0p5CtX1oG3

WATJ Annual Conference

Dear WATJ members:

Our annual conference will be on Saturday, February 11 at Bothell High School.
If you would like to register online, please follow our Conference Registration Link HERE. Online registrants may send their check to Inoue-sensei OR pay by cash or check at the conference.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our conference. We are excited to welcome Chinen-sensei to be our keynote speaker and have an afternoon of wonderful workshops (and door prizes)!
Please email Kayoko Kasai-sensei or Raeanna Mason-sensei directly with questions about the conference.

High School Immersion Camp

Dear WATJ Members,

For many of us, the semester is closing and we are looking forward to the second semester. This is an opportunity to re-energize ourselves and our students with an opportunity to learn Japanese language and culture outside the traditional classroom!

 Immersion Camp offers students the chance to practice communication in the Japanese language while getting hands-on learning of the Japanese culture. Camp will be held on Saturday, March 18th at Chief Sealth International High School from 8:30-4:00. For $20, students will get to experience two culture classes, Japanese lunch of katsu and curry, and a stamp rally AND get a great-looking t-shirt.  This year, we are also excited to offer a limited number of partial scholarships for students in need.

 Please consider bringing your students this year! You’ll find attached a promotional PowerPoint and student registration form. A link to register your students will come next week. The general guideline is up to 8-10 students per school, but if you’d like to bring more, please email an Immersion Camp Director to discuss.

 Please contact an Immersion Camp chair with any questions!

 

What: Immersion Camp for grades 9-12

When: 3/18 from 8:30-4:00

Where: Chief Sealth International High School

Cost: $20/student

Reg: Online – link to come next week

 

We are looking forward to another great year of Immersion Camp!

Sincerely,

Joshua Hansell, Chief Sealth International High School; jjhansell@seattleschools.org

Gwen Johnston, Garfield High School; mgjohnston@seattleschools.org

Sarah Antoncich, Garfield High School; smantoncich@seattleschools.org

Oshogatsu meeting last Saturday

Dear WATJ Members:

We had a wonderful showing of members for our 2017 Oshogatsu meeting last Saturday. A big thank you to Zach Epsil-sensei for hosting us at Shorecrest High School!
Attached are the PowerPoint slides Kim and Noah used in their presentation. The file is quite large, so if you have trouble accessing them, please let me know.
Also attached is the information from Noah-sensei about the Washington Global Issues Network Conference. For more information, visit the WAGIN website at www.wagin2017.org or contact Noah Zeichner at nczeichner@seattleschools.org.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our annual conference on Saturday, February 11th at Bothell High School! Please remember to send in your early bird registration by next Friday to ensure your discounted registration and your bento lunch!
-Kei
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Renew your WATJ/AATJ membership Now!

Your AATJ membership brings many benefits:

— opportunities to attend and present at two national conferences each
year: the Spring Conference, which will next be held in March 2017 in Toronto
in conjunction with the Association
for Asian Studies (AAS); and the Fall Conference in conjunction with the
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), which will
be held the third week of November in Nashville.

— four issues of the quarterly AATJ Newsletter (past issues are posted
on our website; please check http://www.aatj.org/newsletter, for links);
as well as regular e-mail bulletins [to ensure that you receive e-mail
communications from AATJ, please add “aatj@aatj.org” to your address
book or list of approved senders, especially if you use a K-12 school
email address];

— (for an additional $15 per year) two issues of AATJ’s internationally
recognized journal “Japanese Language and Literature”;

— the opportunity to participate in activities of AATJ’s Special
Interest Groups (SIG) and other workshops, seminars, webinar, meetings,
and advocacy events;

— to enroll your students in scholarship programs and activities like
the Japanese National Honor Society, the Nengajo Contest, and the
National Japanese Exam (NJE);

— information on job openings in our field, via the AATJ website, and
on professional development opportunities such as our JOINT online
courses and webinar programs for Japanese language educators;

— membership in one of AATJ’s state and regional affiliates;

— the chance to work with other professionals to advance our field and
build and maintain strong programs at all levels in Japanese language,
literature, linguistics, and culture.

Please go to our home page, http://www.aatj.org, to read more and to
stay informed. Check us out on Facebook, at “American Association of
Teachers of Japanese,” for frequent news updates.

If you selected one of the 24 regional or state organizations that has
decided to become official AATJ affiliates, your information will be
sent to the officers of the affiliate, and they will contact you; but
they may not reach out immediately, so please take a look at their
website for news on their activities. The list of affiliates (with links
to their websites) can be found on our home page; please click on
“Affiliates” under the “About Us” tab at the top of the page.

We would be delighted to hear your comments or suggestions for improving
our member services, so please feel free to contact us.

全米日本語教育学会(AATJ)会員の皆様、

2017年度のメンバーシップの更新、ありがとうございます。日本語教育へのご支援とご尽力、
心より感謝いたします。

AATJ会員の方々には以下のような特典があります。

— AATJ年次大会が年2回行われ、日頃の実践・研究成果を学んだり、発表したりする機会が
あります。2017年の春の大会は Association for Asian Studies(AAS)と一緒に3月
にトロントで行われます。秋の大会は11月にナシュヴィルで開かれる American Council
on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)であります。

— AATJ Newsletter が年4回発行されます。なお、
バックナンバーは http://www.aatj.org/newsletter に掲載されています。さらに、
AATJから定期的に日本語教育に関するメール連絡が送られてきます。AATJからのメールが確実に
届くよう、お使いのメールのアドレスブックに aatj@aatj.org を加えていただくようお願いい
たします。特に、K-12の学校のアカウントをお使い会員の方々に、AATJからのメールがSPAMと
して認識されたり、ブロックされたりすることが多いようです。

— 普通会員年間費に15ドルを追加するだけで、国際的に認められているAATJ学会誌「Japanese
Language and Literature」を年2回購読していただけます。

— 特定の目的で集まった AATJ Special Interest Groups(SIG)、ワークショップ、セミ
ナー、オンライン勉強会、会合、日本語教育推進活動など、様々な研修会に参加していただけます。

— 学習者のために、奨学金、 Japanese National Honor Society(JNHS)、年賀状コンテ
スト、 National Japanese Exam(NJE)を提供しています。

— ウェッブサイトでは、日本語教育関係の雇用、求人広告サービス、オンラインによる JOINT
コースやセミナーなど、教師養成のための様々な研修機会を提供しています。

— お住まいの州や地域の日本語教師会の会員となることができます。

— 他の地域やレベルで活躍する会員の方々、さらに、全米はもとより国際規模で日本語、
日本文学、言語学、日本文化などの分野で活躍する会員の方々とのプロフェッショナル・ネット
ワークの輪が広がります。

さらに詳しい情報は、AATJホームページ http://www.aatj.org をご覧ください。なお、
フェースブック「American Association of Teachers of Japanese」でも
ニュースを更新しています。

AATJ公式 affiliatesである24の地域の日本語教師会を一つ選択されますと、自動的に
その教師会の会員となり、連絡が来るようになります。ただし、連絡があるまでに多少時間
がかかるかもしれませんので、その教師会のウェッブサイトで最新情報や活動状況などをご確認
ください。AATJのウェブサイトからも AATJ affiliates にリンクされています。AATJホーム
ページのトップの「About Us」下の「Affiliates」をクリックしてください。

ご意見、お問い合わせはお気軽に AATJ までご連絡ください。

Yoshiko Mori 森美子
Vice President / Secretary

Please send your early bird registration forms in by Friday, January 27th!

Dear WATJ Members:
Several teachers have contacted our conference co-chairs with queries about opportunities for other World Language teachers to participate in our annual WATJ Conference on Saturday, February 11, from 9:00-4:00 at Bothell High School.
Non-Japanese teachers are welcome to attend the conference! The keynote speaker, Dr. Kiyomi Chinen, is planning her morning keynote workshop to be in Japanese, and due to the participative nature of the workshop, our conference chairs feel that even those who do not speak Japanese would have opportunities to participate and learn. In addition, we have several English-language workshops in the afternoon.
If your colleagues are interested in attending, please forward the attached registration form. Below are the workshop sessions that will be offered in English.
Please send your early bird registration forms in by Friday, January 27th!
English –

Effective Conversation practice

Nearpodize your Classrooms

Japanese/English

Movie Talk (recap of an ACTFL conference session)

Re-evaluating classroom assessments

Japanese –
Geography 101

Constructing Motivation Questionnaire

チャリティー平和コンサート

 

新年明けましておめでとうございます。
 
広島出身現在シアトル在住10年の堀部といいます。
今回皆様方のご協力、ご支援を得たくメールを差し上げております。
今年415日にUniversity of Washington, Kane Hall において広島ジュニアマリンバアンサンブルによるチャリティー平和コンサートを予定しています。




広島ジュニアマリンバアンサンブルの子供たちは国際平和文化活動推進団体の適応を受け、またユニセフ支援活動の一端として、日本国内はもとより世界各地でピースコンサートを開催、国際親善に努めています。これまでに中国、ベトナムなどのアジアの国々やニューヨーク、オーストリア、フランス、ロシア、オーストラリア等で活動を行ってきました。ユネスコ活動奨励賞、内閣国際貢献賞など受賞、年間100を超えるコンサートをこなし、毎日元気に練習に励んでいます。




何分にも不慣れな一個人の招待による平和コンサートですので、不手際もあるかと存じますが
近日中にポスター等送付させていただき、是非皆様方のご協力を得られれば幸いでございます。
お忙しい中勝手なお願いを致しますが、ご質問、不明な点がございましたらご連絡いただきたく存じます。
 
 
広島ジュニアマリンバアンサンブル シアトル平和コンサート実行委員会

堀部まゆみ

Hello everyone,

I would like to introduce myself and share some exciting news about an upcoming concert. 

My name is Mayumi Horibe. I am originally from Hiroshima but now settled in Seattle for the past ten years.

I am glad to announce that there will be a charity Peace Concert  – “Magical Mallets, Melodies for World Peace” by Hiroshima Junior Marimba Ensemble. The event will take place here in Seattle at Kane Hall, University of Washington on April 15th (Sat) at 2 PM.  

Hiroshima Junior Marimba Ensemble (HJME) was formed in 1991 through the efforts of Ms. Mieko Asada, an accomplished Marimba player. It comprises of a group of talented and dedicated children between the ages of 8 and 17 who play the Marimba and Japanese drums.  The mission of HJME is to promote world peace through the universal language of music and through children as its messengers. HJME was named as Hiroshima International Peace and Cultural Ambassadors in 2002, and since then have visited many countries, including China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, Russia, France, Austria and the USA. HJME performs more than 100 concerts every year in Japan including peace festivals and charity concerts supporting UNICEF and UNESCO. HJME’s marimba performance is amazingly professional, energetic, and entertaining.

 

We would appreciate it if you could support this Peace Concert.

 

Please visit www.hiroshimajuniormarimba.org  for tickets information.

 







Mayumi Horibe, MD

Assistant Professor 

Department of Anesthesiology

VA Puget Sound Health Care System / University of Washington