kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

February 2009

1: Educational Goals for February
2: Let's sing: Songs for this month
3: Girl's Day Celebration
4: Gratitude
5: Finger Knitting popularity – Sakura
6: Teacher – Parent Conference
7: Message from the director
8: January offering


The Daikon in our vegetable garden have been growing very fast. The children are excited to see them grow, and cheer them on enthusiastically with chants of "Grow bigger!" The Sakura class is in charge of watering the plants, and they are doing a great job. It will be a great joy to harvest them.
In addition, the Japanese Camellias in our school yard are in full bloom. You can enjoy red and white camellias at their best.
Finally, Setsubun is coming soon, and the children are looking forward to scattering beans as part of this annual tradition.

Educational Goals for February

To learn about Setsubun: make Goblin masks, throw beans, and study the origin of Setsubun
Play Goblin and learn traditional children's songs
Practice jumping rope (for Kiku and Ume class)
Prepare for Hinamatsuri (Girl's Day) e.g. making Hina dolls
Make a habit of good hygiene during this winter illness season

Let's sing: Songs for this month

Renge – Pon pon pon to haruga kita ( Pom, pom, pom! Spring has come!)
Momo – Kon kon kushan no uta ( "Cough, cough... Ahchoo" song)
Sumire – Shovel de hoi ( Dig, Dig, Shovel!)
Kiku – Pachiriko Pachirin Nandarouna ( Pachiriko, pachirin, what is this?)
Ume – Harukazesan to Cha Cha Cha (Cha cha cha with spring wind)
Sakura – Okina Furudokei ( My Grandfather's Clock)
All classes – Ureshii Hinamatsuri ( Happy Girl's Day)

Please feel free to take the sheet music next to the sign-in sheets. We hope you enjoy singing with your children.

Girl's Day Celebration

Date: March 1st (Sunday)
Time: 1:00-1:30 pm and 2:00-2:30 pm (Will be held twice)
Place: Huntington Library Japanese Garden
Sakura class students will perform musical plays at the times shown above.
Please come and join us along with your friends and family.

Gratitude

It was a perfect sunny day for a mochi festival. Many thanks to those who came to the festival and those who volunteered to make the event a big success.
Thank you very much for all your hard work.
Many children had memorable impressions of the event; we are still hearing about it today.

Finger Knitting popularity – Sakura

We are knitting scarves by hand in Sakura.
We will be using it as a tool during free play time. Everyone is very enthusiastic about the activity.
We can't wait to see how everything will turn out…

Teacher – Parent Conference

Have you made your appointment for the teacher – parent conference?
If you haven't done so, please remember to turn in your appointment request form.
Let's talk about the progress of your children together.
We are looking forward to it.

Message from the director

For many years, we were told by the church staff not to track any sand into the church. We didn't have a good solution to make the situation better; however we have tried our best to clean after each event.
We had a "$10,000 project" where we took the wooden frame out of the playhouse area and replaced it with a rubber frame that is known to last very long time. It should help keep the sand within the area.
One of the ideas we received from the PTA was to change out of shoes and into indoor slippers when we enter the Church. The church staff and I were pleased by this.
I was very grateful, especially to everyone who took on this difficult problem as if it were your own.
I ask you to keep in mind how to make Kodomo No Ie a positive environment for all the children and to make the place as wonderful as possible together.

January offering

We received total of $65.27.
Thank you very much.


Thank you: Ms. Pfeiffer, Ms. Ku



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