Category Archives: Activities

Japan Care Fund Bazaar

The Japanese Conversation Club has been invited to sing Japanese songs at the annual Japan Care Fund Bazaar, which will take place on Sunday, November 20th at the American Legion Fairfax Post (3939 Oak St. Fairfax, VA  22030).  GFES students will be singing from 12:00-12:15pm.  Japanese goodies, including food and fresh vegetables from Suzuki Farm, will be sold.

For more information and to sign up your child to perform, please visit out sign up sheet HERE.

Songs (music and lyrics) we are learning and will be performing can be found HERE.

Eisugakkan Visit Oct 2016

On October 13-16, the GFES JCC community hosted four Japanese students and two teachers from Eisugakkan.  During that visit, Japanese students stayed with GFES families for three nights, visited the school Friday afternoon, toured the city with host families and attended a JCC-sponsored fall-themed event.  During this visit, GFES and Eisugakkan signed an agreement to expand out sister school relationship and received a collection of Japanese books to add to our library.

Many thanks to all those who contributed to our Fall Fundraising Campaign.  Please know that your donations made all of this possible.

Reminder: GFES-Eisugakkan Fall Friendship Festival

Thanks to the generous contribution by some JIP families, the JCC is able to host a Halloween-themed fall festival potluck event this Saturday from 5pm to 8pm at the McLean Firehouse Teen Center (MAP) in honor of visiting Japanese students from our sister school in Hiroshima, Eisugakkan.

Come and enjoy some games and activities, and bring an American-style fall food to share (chili, macaroni & cheese, Thanksgiving foods, ham, stews, etc…).  We want our Japanese guests to have an experience that they cannot have Japan.  Each dish should be large enough to serve at least 6 people.  The JCC will provide plates, napkins, cutlery and bottled water.  Also, please consider volunteering for an hour or two to help run some of the activities so that everyone can enjoy some fun and games.

Sign Up HERE to join us for a great evening.

Our Sister School is Coming!

Mark October 15, 5pm-8:30pm on your calendars!

Three teachers and four Japanese students from our sister school in Hiroshima, Japan, Eisugakkan, will visit us from October 14th to October 16th.  The students will stay at the homes of our 6th grade students, who in turn will be hosted by Eisugakkan students when they visit Japan next summer.

Eisugakkan students will visit Great Falls ES on Friday, October 13th.  The 6th graders are currently working on a project to plan their entire visit, and the 4th graders are in charge of decorating the room where a small student celebration will be held.  During the visit, Ms. Harper will also be signing a document to renew and enhance our sister school relationship.

On Saturday, October 15 from 5:00pm-8:30pm the JCC will host a social event to welcome our sister school at the McLean Old Firehouse Teen Center.

The JCC will celebrate Eisugakkan’s visit with some good ol’ American fall fun, and is planning an evening full of fall-themed activities and crafts, a “bring your own pumpkin” carving station, popcorn, Halloween costume photo booth, etc.  The JCC is asking some creative parents to volunteer to plan and organize this event.  Interested volunteers, please email us ( to sign up.  Also, if you have any old Halloween costumes to share for the photobooth, please let us know (we need all sizes).

This year is the 10-year anniversary of the Great Falls ES-Eisugakkan sister school relationship, and the JCC hopes to take this opportunity to increase our interaction with them.

Thank you for your help and contribution in making this a successful and memorable evening.

Let’s Go!

Sign up for Go Club, a new JCC-sponsored after school program.  For the fall session, we will meet every Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm on the stage at the gym.

First class is Thursday, September 29th.

Japanese Garden Spring Cleanup

Calling all members:  Spring Garden Clean Up!

When:  Saturday, April 2nd, 10 AM to Noon

Where: GFES Japanese Garden

Its time to clean up the garden beds at school. Bring a friend and your favorite garden shovel or rake. Lots of tools on hand. Coffee, snacks & drinks provided.

Contact Tim Lapham at for more information

If it rains a little, we’ll start a little later. If it’s an all-day downpour, the rain date is Sunday, April 3rd, Noon-2 p.m.

Japanese Garden Cleanup

We had about ten wonderful volunteers turn out for the twice-annual garden clean up party on Saturday, October 17th from 10 to noon. Thanks again to Tim Lapham who organized the event as part of the greater-PTA grounds maintenance committee. The Japanese garden in front of school is now ready for winter!