kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

November 2009

1: Goals for this month
2: Information about Christmas Event
3: Let's sing! This month's songs:
4: From the Garden
5: Thanks Always
6: Attention!!
7: To Parents
8: Donation in October


Around this time of the year, the sky is clear blue, pleasant climate continues, and we notice that we are getting deeper into autumn. Let’s feel the fall by seeing the fall colors, hearing the fall sounds, and enjoy the tastes of the fall. Cosmos that have delighted us for a long time is having the end of the season.
Flu is spreading fast all over the States. Please do take extra care of yourselves.

Goals for this month

・Make crafts and play using the things from nature such as leaves, nuts, and twigs, and so on.
・Enjoy planting daikon radish seeds and watching their growth shoots; and volunteer to take care of them
・Through enjoying a walk and outdoor play, feel the deepening richness of the autumn using one's mind and body
・Learn the origin of Thanksgiving Day and appreciate God's blessings
・Learn about Japanese public holidays including "Culture Day," "Shichi-Go-San (Seven-five-three)," and "Labor Thanksgiving Day"
・Practice Nativity play for the Christmas Event (Sakura)

Information about Christmas Event

9.00am-12.00 pm on Saturday, December 19th at Chapel (San Gabriel Church)
Part I Christmas Service Nativity Play by Sakura Class
Part II Christmas Party Songs from each class and concert

Please mark the date on your calendar now and be sure to come to this event!

Let's sing! This month's songs:

Renge … Kirei na budou (Beautiful Grapes)
Momo … Kisha Poppo (Locomotive Poppo)
Sumire … Momiji (Maple Leaves)
Kiku … Onaka no heru uta ("I get hungry" Song)
Sakura … Clarinet o kowashichatta (Oops! I broke my clarinet)
Ume … Indian ga toru (Indians pass by)
All classes … Kanshasai no uta (Thanksgiving Day song)

Copies of sheet music are placed next to the attendance sheet. Please feel free to take a copy and enjoy singing with your child(ren) at home.

From the Garden

“Grow Bigger, Grow Bigger” the children say to the sprouts in the garden as they come to school every morning. We tell the students that precious life is growing in the garden, and they are helping it to grow. We tell them that each seed that they planted has life in itself, it is listening to their cheers, and is happy when they give water to it. We tell them that they need to pour soil over the planted seeds, if they happen to step on them by mistake. Please talk about the life growing in the garden with your children at home, too.

Thanks Always

We added EM yeast to the kitchen refuse you brought to school, fermented it, and added it to the garden as natural fertilizer. With your efforts, we could grow a lot of cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, watermelons, carrots, and eggplants over the summer in our garden, and we are ready to grow Daikon over the winter. Sakura students just finished seeding the garden, and we are looking forward to the harvest.

Attention!!

1. Please be sure to close the school entrance gate after you open the gate to come in so that the children will not go out on their own freely. It’s the parents and teachers who ensure the safety of our children.
2. Please be sure to supervise your children at our school yard after school at all times.


To Parents

A month has passed since school started. Did your children get used to their new school schedules? It must be a joy for parents to bring your children to Kodomo no Ie when you see them enjoy our school. On the other hand, it must break your hearts to see your children crying and refusing to come to school because they have worries, or have not gotten use to their new schedules. We feel the same. We feel happy for the children who enjoy coming to our school, but we constantly search for ways to encourage the crying children to enjoy our school. Do not be discouraged now, because your children will soon learn to enjoy Kodomo no Ie. Relax and take things easy. Remember, it is fun and joyful to raise a child, and there is no one right answer to child rearing. Remember that each child has a different personality. We will listen to your problems any time if you are worried about how your children are at school. Let's discuss the problems together.

Donation in October

We collected $52.01 in October. Thank you for your
donation. Your donation is sent to UMCOR (United Methodist
Committee On Relief: www.umcor.org) every month
through our church.

UMCOR United Methodist Committee On Relief
www.umcor.org

Give Online www.methodistrelief.org

Give by Phone 1-800-554-8583 8:45a.m.-4:30p.m. Eastern Time,
where credit card donations are accepted

Give by Check Through your United Methodist church or by mail to
UMCOR,PO Box 9068, New York,NY 10087-9068
Please write Advice #982523, Hurricanes Global 2005 on
the memo line of your check.

Relief Supplies Health kits, bottled water, and new or like-new Blankets
are urgently needed.
See gbgm-umc.org/umcor/kits.cfm for health kit and
UNCOR sager Brown shipping information.


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