kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

May 2009

1: Goals of this month
2: Songs of the month
3: Announcement about summer school
4: Announcements
5: Request
6: To mothers
7: April offering


It is the season for Carp flags (Koi nobori) again. Two carps swim in the spring breeze above our playground. Our mulberry trees are full of young and shiny yellow green leaves. They are full of life.
Sports Day is around the corner, and our children are looking forward to it. Let's enjoy the athletic games on that day. Hopefully the day will be cool with a nice breeze.

Goals of this month


- Children celebrate Kodomo no hi (children's day) through stories about it, and special food for the day: kashiwa mochi.

- Children celebrate Mothers day with their mothers. They will make presents for their moms with appreciation to their moms.

- In our garden we will observe and study trees, flowers, and vegetables as they grow and change with the seasons. We will also look at the small animals and insects moving around. We also read books about these subjects.

- Children exercise and practice for the upcoming sports day.

Songs of the month

Renge: Chick song
Momo: Soap san
Sumire: Balloon
Kiku: Green March
Ume: To be a swallow
Sakura: Let's go to the playground
All the classes: Mother, undoukai song, school anthem.

Please take a sheet of music and practice singing those songs at home (located by attendance sheets).

Announcement about summer school

July 6 to August 21
We are looking forward to your participation in summer school.

Announcements

- Saturday June 6 11:00-12:00 at the church hall:

Mrs. Douglas will give a talk about 'Japanese school at Kodomo no ie'. Anybody interested in the subject are welcome to join.

- Saturday June 20:
Graduation ceremony
We will hold the 22nd KNI graduation ceremony.
Please mark your calendar.

Request

We are practicing athletic activities outside for sports day. Please put sneakers or tennis shoes on your children. Slippers and flip flops are not appropriate.


To mothers

I finished my surgery on April 10, and came home on the 14th.
It was a major surgery with a lot of mercy from God, and warm prayers from everyone.
I could not decide until the very end about the method of surgery, but we ended up choosing the open hip surgery. The easier microscope surgery was very attractive to me, especially in regards to recovery time. But doctors found the situation much worse than expected when they opened up my hip. They were going to use 2 screws but I needed 4, and these are what hold my spine now.

I was hoping that the surgery will happen successfully and at a convenient time, and God supported me in this. On the 2nd day after the surgery I was already walking in my room. I learned to use bathroom and change my own clothes with the aid of therapists, and I did not even need the walker that I prepared. I could take care of myself if the doctor would allow it.

If the surgery happened later in my life, I would not recover so quickly. God really did help me with the timing. I was sure that God was there. My doctors will not allow me to do any of what I used to do normally, such as cooking or cleaning; in fact, I can do little except for holding a coffee cup. "No bending, No twisting, No lifting" was the promise I made to the doctors. I have been helped by many friends, and neighbors. God is always with us and gives us encouragement and what we need.

Now I must acknowledge God's mercy by taking the situation seriously, resting, and recovering. The severe pain that I withstood on my left leg is completely gone. It is miracle. I am going to rest and recover until I can achieve my dream to run around the school with children like I did before. I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but I beg for your understanding.

Director, Umehata

April offering

April offering totaled $59.96. Thank you very much.


Thank you: Ms. Fujita, Ms. Kono



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