Category Archives: What’s Happening

End of the Year Potluck Picnic

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.

J2B 2017: Congratulations GFES!

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!

Conversation Club Spring Session News

We started the Spring Session 2017 of Conversation Club today with four new club members!  We spent most of the time singing to prepare for the upcoming Sakura Matsuri performance (this Saturday!) but after that, we will quickly shift gears to prepare for J2B (Junior Japan Bowl).

Parents, can you please ask your kids to do the following:

  1. If you are attending Saturday’s Matsuri, please review the song “Ai wa Katsu,” which will be performed by the conversation club students
  2. Start studying for the J2B by going to the Study Guides and Quizlets.  A test will be given on April 25th at Conversation Club to determine which 6 GFES finalists will compete on May 5 at Fox Mill ES.  There will be 3 students that make up each team (Gr. 1-3 and Gr. 4-6).  Anyone has a chance to make the team!
  3. We are ordering Team T-Shirts (designed by Claire Kim) to wear during the J2B competition.  Please send your child’s size (measurements HERE) no later than April 14. Costs will be covered by the JCC.

Kyogen Workshop Pictures

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.

Kyogen Workshop 2017

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.

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


Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival 2017

Great Falls ES has been chosen to perform a number of songs at the Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival on the Sakura Stage on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 12:45pm-1:15pm.  Interested students are asked to sign up HERE as soon as possible.


  • Festival Date:  Saturday, April 8, 2017
  • Festival Place:  The Yards/Capitol Riverfront, on the Corner of M St. SE and New Jersey Ave. SE (Metro:  Navy Yard-Ballpark Green line
  • Performance Time:  12:45pm-1:15pm
  • Tickets:  Performing students will get free entry. Children 12 & under are free; Adults are $10 (To pre-purchase tickets online, Click HERE)
  • Check in with a teacher or JCC volunteer at 12:00pm by the Sakura Stage
  • Happi Coats will be handed out to each performing student at the Sakura Stage

Sakura Matsuri is a great opportunity to enjoy the tastes, sounds and feel of Japan. It is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the Washington DC area, with 4 performance stages and demonstrations, cultural exhibitors, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, a Children’s Corner. We encourage everyone to attend.

For more information, ask your JIP teacher or email the JCC at