Sign Up for Japanese Convesation Club

Sign up for Japanese Conversation Club’s Fall 2017 Session!

We will meet Tuesdays (3:30-4:30pm) starting September 19.  This session we will be reviewing  Hiragana and Katakana, singing some new songs, and learning some new vocabulary words and phrases that will be helpful when you travel to Japan!

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Japanese Art Project 2017

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!

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.