Category Archives: Activities

Japanese Summer Camp at GFES

The JCC is working with the O-en Network to bring the very popular Japanese immersion summer camp experience to Great Falls Elementary School.  The day will consist of instruction and review of written Japanese and basic conversation. Through an immersive environment, student will learn, speak, and play in Japanese.

Find more information about O-En Summer Camps


Conversation Club Fall Session Ends on a High Note

The fall session of the Japanese Conversation Club ended on a high note with some students performing at the Japan Carefund Fall Bazaar on November 20, 2016.

Conversation Club will start its winter session in January. The winter session will meet after school on Tuesday, but the location will likely change.  Keep an eye out for the sign up sheet!

In January we will start training interested kids to compete in the Junior Japan Bowl.  Japan Bowl is a national Japanese language competition that is held at the high school level every year.  I have been working with the Japan-America Society to sponsor a Japan Bowl competition between GFES and Fox Mill ES.  Junior Japan Bowl will be held at the Fox Mill Matsuri (Festival) in May 2017.  Training should be a lot of fun, and the winning school gets to take home a trophy!

Change the World with Onigiri Project

On Monday, November 14th, GFES students will participate a service project called “Change the World with Onigiri.” Participating students will help feed needy kids around the world by making an Onigiri (Japanese rice ball) and posting a picture of their Onigiri.  For every Onigiri picture posted, Table for Two will donate five meals.  If you do not want your child’s picture to be posted on a public website, please let your JIP teacher know. 

We need JCC members to volunteer their time and/or Onigiri-making supplies to make this service project a success. Please see the sign up sheet HERE.

The “Change the World with Onigiri” project supports World Food Day (October 16), which was established by the United Nations as a day for everyone to think about food problems in the world.  More information about the campaign HERE.