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Contact Sensei using the following email address: dbhssensei@gmail.com

Not sure whether to study Japanese or another language?  Having difficulty convincing your parents why you should study Japanese?  Consider reading this presentation: "Why study Japanese?"  (A special thanks to Ambassador John R. Malott for use of this presentation he made to the delegation of Japanese teachers at the 2014 National Japan Bowl!)


ANNOUNCEMENTS & NEWS


Japan Club Meeting


THANK YOU to all who supported our Chic-Fil-A fundraiser on Thursday, 11/29!

The next meeting of the Japan Club will take place on MONDAY, DECEMBER 10th, from 2:40-3:40pm in Room 116.  It will be an End-of-The-Year Party, known as the BOUNENKAI.  Only dues paying members may attend meetings from now on.

Our most recent meeting was took place on Monday, 11/26.  We made important announcements, including discussing our Chic-Fil-A Pompano fundraiser on Thurs., 11/29 (5-8pm) and planning for the Bounenkai, and then learned how to use chopsticks and culturally appropriate chopstick etiquette.  We had a lot of fun playing games while moving things with chopsticks!

Our meetings always consist of a business and announcements first, then a cultural presentation and/or activity for the rest of the time.  Club membership dues are $16 and you are asked to pay these dues online at BCPS e-store (Deerfield Beach HS).  Pay dues, and come join us for the fun!  


Kizuna Across Cultures Global Classmates


This year our Level 3 & 4 students are participating in the Global Classmates Program sponsored by Kizuna Across Cultures.  We are paired up with Kunori Gakuen High School in Yamagata Prefecture (in northeastern Japan) to discuss a variety of topics of common interest online using Schoology as our platform for exchange.  We have now sent "omiyage" gifts by mail and will continue to discuss a variety of topics online.  We look forward to our continued exchange and have been learning a lot from our peers across the ocean.


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Schedule of School Activities & Events


NEXT WEEK

* All activities take place in 116 between 2:40-3:40pm unless otherwise noted.

12/10 (M)Japan Club BOUNENKAI - Dues-paying Members only

12/11 (T):  Japan Bowl Practice CANCELLED

12/12 (W)JNHS Tutoring

12/13 (Th)Japan Bowl Practice - Alternate Date

12/14 (F)No Activities Scheduled


THIS WEEK

* All activities take place in 116 between 2:40-3:40pm unless otherwise noted.

12/17 (M)NO AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK DUE TO MIDTERM EXAMS

12/18 (T)Period 1 & 2 Midterm Exams - Dismissal at 11:30am

12/19 (W):  Period 3 & 4 Midterm Exams - Dismissal at 11:30am

12/20 (Th)Period 5 & 6 Midterm Exams - Dismissal at 11:30am

12/21 (F)Period 7 & 8 Midterm Exams - Dismissal at 12:00pm


FYI

Click here for the Red(A)/Gold(B) Calendar for this academic year

Click here for the official bell schedules for this academic year

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CULTURAL CORNER


December Holidays & Events in Japan


Pictured Left - Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko

Pictured Right - "Joyanokane" - The ringing of Buddhist temple gongs 108 times on New Year's Eve to purify people of sins to begin the New Year on the right track!


Emperor's Birthday -天皇誕生日(てんのうたんじょうび)- 12月23日

Learn more about this national holiday in celebration of Emperor Heisei's (Akihito's) birthday on the Office Holidays site.  It will officially be observed on Monday, December 24th this year because the 23rd falls on a Sunday.


New Year's Eve - 大晦日(おおみそか)- 12月31日

Learn more about the ushering in of the New Year and the traditions associated with it on the Kids Web Japan site. 


Click here for more information on December events in Japan (courtesy of Kids Web Japan).  This includes information on exams and winter break in Japan for students.


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