Kana Uemura, a Japanese singer songwriter who is best known for her song トイレの神様 (The Goddess of the Bathroom) will be performing at GFES during a school-wide assembly on April 19th. She will be performing some popular Japanese songs, some of her original songs, and some American songs.
To learn more about Kana Uemura, check out her website.
Prepare for the upcoming second annual J2B (Junior Japan Bowl) Tournament 2018 with this handy study guide prepared by the JCC. J2B18 will take place on Friday, May 11 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s auditorium from 6pm to 8pm.
Contact the JCC if your child is interested in being on the GFES team.
Check out the Study Guide
Quiz yourself using Quizlet HERE.
On November 15, 2017 GFES JIP kids helped feed needy students around the world by participating in the World Food Day Campaign 2017: Change the World with Onirigi.
Check out some of the pictures on our Facebook Page
For more information about #OnigiriAction, click HERE
Come and meet some of your fellow JIP families this Friday, October 6th at 7pm at 616 Tapawingo Road SW Vienna, VA .
There will be pizza and a movie for the kids, and wine for the adults.
On November 5, 2017 at the George Washington University Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, J-LEARN will co-host a seminar that will discuss the current state of affairs with respect to Japanese language education in the Greater Washington DC region (to include VA Beach) in cooperation with J.LIVE Talk.
Through this seminar, we hope to reflect on why studying Japanese is important, examine who is currently studying Japanese, address opportunities and challenges to Japanese programs, and discuss ways in which advocacy for preserving such language programs can be improved.
By bringing together students, parents, educators and key stakeholders with an interest in Japan and Japanese to discuss the importance of continuing, preserving and promoting Japanese language education in the US, we hope to fine tune advocacy techniques and strategies in order to build a more robust advocacy toolbox.
The Seminar agenda can be found below
More information about J.LIVE Talk 2017 can be found HERE.
This year the JCC introduced all GFES students to the wonderful and fun art of performance calligraphy. Using brushes of all sizes (some 2ft long), students learned to make ink the traditional Japanese way, write thier names, and write a kanji word that described thier class, thier mood, etc. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped us out. Also a big shout out to Ms. Giroux for letting us invade her classroom for an entier week. Until next year!
Come to our annual end of year potluck for a chance to get to know other Japanese Immersion families and welcome new ones. This year we will be meeting at Leslie Moore’s house, 828 Constellation Dr. in Great Falls.
There will be crafts and games for the kids, organized and run by some of the older students. There will also be a chance to learn about committees you can be involved in to help make next year even better, such as: Japanese Art, Community Events, Classroom Cultural Celebrations, Social, Website/social media, Fox Mill Liaison, Fairfax FLAGS Liaison.
Sign up HERE to bring a dish to share.
On May 5, 2017, students from Great Falls ES and Fox Mill ES went head to head in Championship Round of the first annual Junior Japan Bowl Competition. Each school sent a three-person team to represent thier school in the Level 1 Division (Grades 1-3) and Level 2 Division (Grades 4-6).
GFES Level I J2B Team consisted of: Eric Loizeau (3), Maya Rodriguez (3) and Sana Rodriguez (1)
GFES Level 2 J2B Team: Claire Kim (5), Bahiyyeh Aghdasi (5) and Julia Moore (6)
After a heated contests, the Level 1 team took home the championship trohpy and the Level 2 team took home the runner’s up trophy.
Great job everyone!
3rd and 5th Grade JIP students had a wonderful time learning some Kyogen techniques (how to laugh and cry) and were treated to a short Kyogen performance.
In cooperation with the Japan Foundation of New York, the JCC is bringing a Kyogen Workshop by the Shigeyama family to GFES on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017. Kyogen (wild speech or mad words) is a 500-year old form of traditional Japanese comic theater that was developed alongside Noh. The Shigeyama family is one of two leading Kyogen families in Japan.
3rd and 5th grade JIP students will participate in this hour-long workshop, that will led by actor, Shigeyama Ippe.