Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community

Mochi Tsuki Planning Meeting

We are planning on hosting Mochi Tsuki 2024! We are awaiting confirmation from the school district, but are currently targeting:

Set-up: Friday January 5, 2024 from 4-7 pm
Event: Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 11am-3pm

A planning meeting will be held Sunday, September 24th from 5-6:30 at Woodward in the Commons. Feel free to invite anyone else who may be interested in this level of planning. Please look at and bring the attachments (SignupGenius Template and 2023 Action Plan) – this will help our discussion.


  • Verify dates, times
  • Verify your role and any changes needed in the sign-up genius for # of volunteers and timing
  • Verify Action plan items and any major changes needed to make things run even more smoothly.

Woodward Middle School

Woodward Middle School opened in December of 1994 as a 6th – 8th grades middle school. A community-wide grand opening celebration was held on Saturday, November 5th, 1994 featuring a dedication ceremony, barbecue, tours and entertainment. The first principal was Jerry McLaughlin. Grade levels were reconfigured with increasing student enrollment at the elementary and middle school levels, and Woodward Middle School changed to a grades 7-8 school when Sakai Intermediate opened as a grades 5-6 school in 2000.

The school was named after Walt & Milly Woodward, publishers and owners of the Bainbridge Review from 1941 to 1988. Walt Woodward was the only publisher on the west coast to take a consistent stand against the internment of the Japanese during World War II. His courage and dedication to fair and accurate reporting during and beyond this challenging time on Bainbridge Island remains an inspiration to Woodward Middle School staff and students.

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