Monthly Archives: September 2016

Our Sister School is Coming!

Mark October 15, 5pm-8:30pm on your calendars!

Three teachers and four Japanese students from our sister school in Hiroshima, Japan, Eisugakkan, will visit us from October 14th to October 16th.  The students will stay at the homes of our 6th grade students, who in turn will be hosted by Eisugakkan students when they visit Japan next summer.

Eisugakkan students will visit Great Falls ES on Friday, October 13th.  The 6th graders are currently working on a project to plan their entire visit, and the 4th graders are in charge of decorating the room where a small student celebration will be held.  During the visit, Ms. Harper will also be signing a document to renew and enhance our sister school relationship.

On Saturday, October 15 from 5:00pm-8:30pm the JCC will host a social event to welcome our sister school at the McLean Old Firehouse Teen Center.

The JCC will celebrate Eisugakkan’s visit with some good ol’ American fall fun, and is planning an evening full of fall-themed activities and crafts, a “bring your own pumpkin” carving station, popcorn, Halloween costume photo booth, etc.  The JCC is asking some creative parents to volunteer to plan and organize this event.  Interested volunteers, please email us ( to sign up.  Also, if you have any old Halloween costumes to share for the photobooth, please let us know (we need all sizes).

This year is the 10-year anniversary of the Great Falls ES-Eisugakkan sister school relationship, and the JCC hopes to take this opportunity to increase our interaction with them.

Thank you for your help and contribution in making this a successful and memorable evening.

Fall Fundraising Campagin

For the first time, the JCC is asking you to help raise some much-needed capital so that we can sponsor a social event in honor of the Eisugakkan (our sister school in Hiroshima, Japan) students and teachers who will be visiting us in mid-October, and Japanese language and cultural enrichment activities for students attending the Japanese immersion program at GFES throughout the school year.   Our goal is to raise $3,000 by October 15.

Click HERE to donate!

Here are some of the ways your generous contribution will be spent:  1) Welcoming events for visiting Eisugakkan (our sister school in Hiroshima, Japan) students and teachers; 2) Japanese Art Project; 3) JCC Social Events; 4) Classroom support; 5)  Supporting the JCC website.

To date, JCC events and activities have been funded and operated solely by a handful of generous parents.  We would like to take this opportunity to spread the burden a little bit so that the JCC can continue to bring more exciting and engaging activities that will encourage students’ love of learning Japanese.  Please consider donating cash through this campaign or your time by volunteering at one of our upcoming events.


The JCC has put together a list of resources that JIP families can access to enrich the Japanese learning experience of our students.

Welcome Packet for incoming JIP families
This document includes important information about the Great Falls Elementary School Japanese Immersion Program, study guides for the Japanese langauge, and where you can learn more about Japan and its culture.

Download a copy of the Welcome Packet

JCC Welcome Packet September 2015 v2.pdf

Presentations on Cultural Celebrations
Click HERE for some presentations that you can show students in class when celebrating cultural traditions and holidays in the classroom.  Craft and activity ideas are also included.

Japanese Songs 
Click HERE for songs that students are learning at school, as well as some we are learning in Japanese Conversation Club


Let’s Go!

Sign up for Go Club, a new JCC-sponsored after school program.  For the fall session, we will meet every Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm on the stage at the gym.

First class is Thursday, September 29th.

JCC Launching After School Programs

This fall the JCC is offering two after school programs:

The Japanese Conversation Club
Former JIP student Grace Moore, with the help of JCC parent volunteers, will be leading an after school club where GFES students will hae the chance to learn Japanese or practice the Japanese that they have been learning.  All levels are welcome! Click HERE for more information.

Go Club
GFES students (Gr 3-6) who are interested in learning the ancient game of GO are invited to join the GFES Go Club.  Click HERE for more information.