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Undokai Committee

Undokai Committee assists teachers with Undokai preparation, setup, cleanup (includes washing/ironing of headbands afterwards) so this cultural experience runs smoothly.  Undokai is a traditional Japanese Sports Day held in the fall every year. We would like to share this experience with our students in both JIP & SIP programs.  The theme of the Undokai is cooperation, sportsmanship, and competition.



Undokai is held usually the first or second week of November.  The Undokai for 3rd grade through 5th grade is held from 9:00am-11:30am; and TK, Kindergarten through 2nd grade is held from 12:40pm – 2:45pm.  Teachers and PTA setup for Undokai from 7:30am on the day (Upper grade parents are welcome to help.) Cleanup (taking down tents, etc) is done by PTA and Lower grade parents (no teachers are available due to instructing our children).

This committee helps teachers with providing volunteers, materials/devices necessary for this event such as sound systems, sand bags, caution tapes, cardboards, heavy duty duct tapes to construct caterpillars, and so on.  We also make sure that we have medical staff (parent doctors/nurses aside from our school nurse) and parent photographers for both morning and afternoon shifts so the event is safe and fun for everyone involved. We check in with the teacher months leading up to the event to better prepared for Undokai.

Volunteer Sign Up:

We have used Bloomz in the past, but we used Signup.com for the year 2018-2019.  We also post the volunteer requests on Dolphin Splash. If anybody is interested in volunteering as one of the medical staff or event photographers, please let our committee know.  We also need general volunteers in which does not require prior experience/knowledge of Undokai or Japanese culture. We are in need of more committee members as some of us will be graduating.