kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

April 2009

1: Educational goals for April
2: Sports Day Information
3: Let's Sing: Songs for April
4: The foot washing deck
5: Many Thanks to Mrs. Yu and Mrs. Kwata
6: Invitation to Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi) Event
7: Summer School: Enrol now!
8: Kodomo no Ie Now Enrollling New Students!
9: Dear KNI Mothers (Message from the Director)
10: March Offering



Standing in the garden, I feel from time to time the spring wind carry the intense aroma of jasmine. The jasmine by the gate is just gorgeous! The little flowers are in full bloom. With the sign of spring, the children have added a ' bug hunt' to their activities. They keep their eyes peeled and look and look in search of little bugs. Pill bugs, earwigs, ants, ladybugs etc -- Fun is the thrill of catching them. Full of bugs and more bugs are in the container. But as you go home, let's send the bugs home. Their mamas and papas might be worried about them. Sports Day is around the corner. I can hardly wait!!

Educational goals for April

- In the gentle spring wind, get plenty of outdoor exercises
- Show interest in the growth of small animals (baby bunnies) and the movement of butterflies or ladybugs
- Through Koinobori crafting, get ready for Kodomono-hi (Children's Day) with excitement
- Nurture the feeling of appreciation toward Mother through present making for Mother's Day
- Enthusiastically participate in Sports Day practices

Sports Day Information

Date and Time: Sunday, May 17, 2009 9:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Location: Jefferson Middle School
1340 E. Live Oak Ave., San Gabriel

Please mark your calendar and come to the Sports Day.


Let's Sing: Songs for April

Renge: A train in the flower county
MoMo: Flowers smiled
Sumire: Mary had a little lamb
Kiku: Jungle Jim Song
Ume: Swing caterpillars
Sakura: Friends, the greatest (with the melody of The Battle Hymn of the Republic)
All classes: Koinobori (Carp song), Okasan (Mother), Sports Day Song

Notes to the above songs are available next to the attendance sheet. Please help yourself and sing together at home.

The foot washing deck

It has been completed and in high demand. It is very convenient as you can adjust the water pressure with both the water faucet and the hand-held showerhead. After playing with dirt, the children head to the deck, clean and wipe their feet with towels which are provided on the deck. I ask please not to let the children play with the water. Thank you for your cooperation.


Many Thanks to Mrs. Yu and Mrs. Kwata

Two mothers from our school, Mrs. Yu and Mrs. Kuwata gave a violin and Japanese koto performance during Sunday church service at San Gabriel Church on March 22. Their excellent performance brought tears to my eyes. People from the church, of course, were very happy to have people from Kodomo no Ie at their service and were also moved by a Japanese traditional koto performance that is one of the rare occasions here in the U.S. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Mrs. Yu and Mrs. Kuwata and their families.

Invitation to Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi) Event

at Huntington Library

May 3rd (Sun) from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at Japanese Garden, Huntington Library
Songs by participating Children, Picture Story Show, Origami Workshop
We are planning to sing the following songs. Please practice singing these songs with your child(ren) using an audio-tape and so on.
Koinobori (Japanese Carp Streamers-Children's Day Song), Katatsumuri (Snail), Inu no omawarisan (Doggie the Police), Kawaii Kakurenbo (Cute Hide n Seek), and KNI anthem.


Summer School: Enrol now!

We will have summer school. Please see the application form and recommend our summer program to your friends. Hope lots of children will have opportunity to experience our fun and exciting Japanese summer and our school.



Kodomo no Ie Now Enrollling New Students!

We are now enrolling new students for the School Year 2009-2010 (September, 2009-)
We are here to help you to provide the safe learning environment and fun school life for your child(ren).
Please recommend our great school to your friends!


Dear KNI Mothers (Message from the Director)

My mother used to say about this early springtime : "Many things happen around the budding season." March and April are the time for farewell and departures, and the time to embark on a new chapter of one's life." When I look back at my life, I, too, have had major turning points around this season.
On my twentieth spring, I graduated from college and started working as a preschool teacher. I also got married then.
Then, in Feburary of the year I turned 30, I lost my 3rd child who suffered severe psycosomatic disorder.
In the Spring when I turned 40, I joined my husband who was a expatriate here in the U.S. and that is how my life in America started by chance.
In March when I turned 50, my daughter got married at San Gabriel Church and I had a stroke right after the ceremony. Therefore I missed her reception in Japan feeling so helpless and miserable. However, I was fortunate enough to recover with hardly any after effects and came back to work for children at our school.
In the spring when I turn 60, everyone at our school celebrated my 60th birthday.
Well, now, I am about to have my first surgery this spring. My strong desire to work with children without pain in my leg and many people's prayer helped me to make this decision. Thank you very much for your support and I apologize any inconvenience caused by my surgery.

March Offering

The total amount of March contributions was $65.28.
Thank you so much for your contribution!





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