kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

October 2009

1: Goals for this month
2: What the children are up to:
3: Let's sing! This month's songs:
4: Announcement
5: Please help us compost!
6: September offering


Even though the end of September was so hot it felt like the middle of summer,
it has finally started to cool down.
The cosmos flowers along the field fence have grown taller than us,
and sway in the autumn breeze. In the early morning you can often see many
little birds that look like hummingbirds flying around the flowers.
Now that we're about two weeks into the new school year, has your child built up
his/her new routine? Every child is different. Please let your child take his/her time
to find a comfortable routine.
Please feel free to talk to us if you have any concerns.

Goals for this month

2-3 age group
To get used to the school schedule and daily routine
To feel comfortable away from parents and
spend time at school with teachers and friends

3-4 age group
To learn how to handle toys, where to store them
To feel comfortable spending time with their friends at school

4-5 age group
To enjoy school activities in a positive manner as senior students
To manage to play with friends without teachers' support

To observe the change of the season: how the sky looks, how the wind sounds,
how the air feels, etc

What the children are up to:

Renge
‘Renge’ class has both new classmates and returning classmates.
Returning classmates already seem pretty comfortable at KNI, playing house or playing with trains.
New classmates are observing those returning classmates, still seem to be a little nervous.
I hope the class would be full of everyone’s smiles blooming soon.
(Kagawa)

Momo
‘Momo’ class has many classmates who are new to KNI.
Some faces are sad saying goodbye to mommy in the morning, some faces are little worried…
But by the time the morning exercise starts, more and more faces turn into a big smile. Everyone are all enjoying the ‘Good Morning Exercise (“Ohayoh Taisou”)’.
Everyone learned the song of the month ‘Ari-san no ohanashi (Ants’ talk)’ right away, and singing with a big voice.
I hope the class would be a fun one where everyone comes saying “I love KNI!”
(Kanno)

Sumire
Everyone in ‘Sumire’ class seems to be a little nervous yet.
I wonder they are still having a hard time to be separated from mommy?
It is still too hot to play outside, we have lots of indoor play, such as playing with trains, or playing house.
They all seem to like it!
Many classmates are also sharing stories with us, teachers.
They are all good at singing songs, too.
Let’s play a lot together with your full of energy!
(Morishita)

Kiku
‘Kiku’ class this year is full of smily faces!
Whenever sensei (teacher) says ‘Kiku claaaaass!’, everyone responds by cheerful ‘Haaaaaaaai” .
I see each and every classmate’s “sprout” starts growing little by little through the time we spend together.
(Kawabe)

Sakura
Everyone is fully happy and proud of being ‘the oldest in KNI’.
Some classmates have some nervousness carried over from the morning kindergarten.
Hope everyone gets used to the new routine with kindergarten and ‘Sakura’ class, soon.
(Umehata)

Ume
‘Ume’ class is a very small class compared with other claases. Everyone is playing freely in relaxing and homey atmosphere. Although we wish we have some more classmates…
(Kagawa)

Let's sing! This month's songs:

Renge … Yama no Ongakuka (The mountain musicians)
Momo … Debuimochan chibiimochan (Chubby potato and Little potato)
Sumire … Kurinomi Bouya (Chestnut boy)
Kiku … Ki Ki Kinoko (Mu- Mu- Mushroom!)
Sakura … Donguri Korokoro (Rolling acorn)
Ume … Shojoji no tanuki bayashi (Racoon song in the Shojo temple)

Please feel free to pick up a copy of the sheet music placed on the sign-in table,
and enjoy singing with your child at home.

Announcement

- Please be sure to sign in / out when you drop off and pick up your child.

- Please be sure to hand in all required paperwork (especially the vaccination record)
in this week.

- Please keep the school gate closed.
Please be sure that parents/guardians open and close the school gate and
that children do not open / close the gate.

- Please make sure to label all of your child's belongings clearly.
Our lost and found box is getting full.

- When you return books to the KNI library, please use a plastic bag ( from the supermarket).

Please help us compost!

I started making compost for the vegetable garden. Please help by bringing garbage and placing it into the compost bucket by the table. Make sure it’s chopped into small pieces and is organic (vegetables, fruit, egg shells, fish bones, tea leaves, etc.) We will grow daikon radish this year.

September offering

The September offering totaled $42.60. Thank you for your generosity.
Please note that offering days occur during our monthly birthday party.
Your contribution will be sent all over the world through the church.



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