Monthly Archives: January 2017

Call the School Board by Feb 9

We got very reliable intelligence from the School Board that some sort of decision on language immersion will be made by Feb 9.  NOW is the time to make those calls and send those email of support for immersion to School Board Members.   Calling is preferable!! The only thing you have to say is that you want them to keep and/or expand language immersion programs. You can have your kids leave messages too!

Contact your School Board member immediately and let him/her know that language immersion should be expanded, not eliminated. Jane Strauss represents schools in the GFES pyramid. Email her at Jane.Strauss@fcps.edu AND call 571-423-1087.

Also call the at-large representatives:

Ryan McElveen
Phone: 571-423-1089 E-mail: Ryan.McElveen@fcps.edu

Ilryong Moon
Phone: 571-423-1090 E-mail: ilryong.moon@fcps.edu

Jeanette Hough
Phone: 571-423-1091 E-mail: jhough1@fcps.edu

January 30 (6pm at Jackson Middle School) is the next public hearing by the School Board on the budget.  Please consider attending to show your support.  Some GFES students are scheduled to speak.  We welcome more students to support them by holding signs.

To stay up to date on immersion – join JCC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1231513710211703/ and Fairfax FLAGS on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fairfaxflags/

Budget Battle 2.0

We just learned today that a decision has to be made by the School Board in January about programs that affect classroom sizes/placement. Language immersion is included in that group. The last Budget Task Force also voted for the cancellation of immersion.

This quick pace of decision making by the School Board is alamring.  Thus, all parents and students who support the program to consider the following actions immediately:

1) Register to speak at the School Board Meeting next Monday, January 30 ASAP. Registration will close soon. https://www.fcps.edu/school-board/citizen-participation Register for the public budget hearing.

2) Contact your School Board member immediately and let him/her know that language immersion should be expanded, not eliminated. Jane Strauss represents schools in the GFES pyramid. Email her at Jane.Strauss@fcps.edu AND call 571-423-1087.

Call the at-large representatives:

Ryan McElveen
Phone: 571-423-1089 E-mail: Ryan.McElveen@fcps.edu

Ilryong Moon
Phone: 571-423-1090 E-mail: ilryong.moon@fcps.edu

Jeanette Hough
Phone: 571-423-1091 E-mail: jhough1@fcps.edu

Calling is preferable!! The only thing you have to say is that you want them to keep language immersion programs.

3) To stay up to date on immersion – join JCC on Facebook HERE and Fairfax FLAGS on Facebook HERE.

JCAW Shinshun Matsuri 2017

The Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC is hosting its annual Shinshun Matsuri (early spring festival) at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park (2660 Woodley Road NW Washington District Of Columbia 20008) on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 11:00am to 3:30pm.

There will be live performances (GFES first and second grade JIP students will be performing at 11:55am), cultural games and activities and Japanese street food for sale.  Performing students will receive a free ticket.  Accompanying adults can purchase tickets early online or at the door.  For ticket and other information, please check out the WEBSITE.

To sign your first or second grader up to perform and to volunteer, please Click HERE.

JCC Dec 2016 Meeting

On December 9, 2016, the JCC held its monthly meeting to discuss a number of issues, including:

  • Creation of a uniting logo for Japanese language education
  • J-LEARN (advocacy) activities
  • FCPS Budget
  • J-LEAP-Japanese assistant teacher application
  • Japanese Conversation Club
  • Japanese Summer Camp at GFES
  • Japan Trip 2017 Update

Meeting notes can be found here:

JCC Monthly Meeting-12-9-16.docx

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