kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

December 2009

1: Goals for this month
2: Let's sing! This month's songs:
3: From the pastors
4: Omochi Pounding Festival
5: Master Mochi Pounder Ando
6: Do you know how to check out books from our library?
7: Lost and found
8: November donations


Now that winter is here, the days are getting shorter and colder.
The mulberry trees' leaves in the schoolyard have changed their color and started falling. The children have enjoyed going for walks to appreciate the fall season. The end of the year is just around the corner…
Have a wonderful holiday!

Goals for this month

Let's celebrate Christmas together and enjoy the winter season!
・Play outside and enjoy the change of season
・Pay attention to the growth of daikons in the garden
・Practice Christmas songs, ensembles, the Nativity play for the KNI Christmas Party
・Craft Christmas decorations
・Understand Christmas through Christmas stories and the Nativity play
・Learn how to wash hands and gurgle properly to stay healthy during winter

Let's sing! This month's songs:

Renge, Momo, Sumire … Santa no ojiisan ( Santa the grandpa ), Songs for Christmas Party
Kiku, Ume …Kitano kuni kara ( from the North country), Sorewa Santa Clause ( Santa Clause)
Sakura … Yatta~Santa ga Yattekuru (Yeah the Santa's coming ), Songs from Nativity play

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

From the pastors

Christmas trees traditionally have a star placed at the top. Why?
The answer is found in the Bible, in the book of Matthew:
"The wise men…asked, 'Where is the one who has been born
king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to
worship him.' "
The star is a symbol of Jesus,
God's gift of love for all the peoples of the world.
This year as you celebrate this holiday season may each star
you see remind you that God Loves you.
Merry Christmas!
Pastors Tom and Samuel

Omochi Pounding Festival

Date: Sunday, January 10 12:30-15:30
Place: Parking lot adjacent to the church hall

Come join us at our omochi (sticky rice cake) pounding festival!

Master Mochi Pounder Ando

The festival will feature Mr. Ando, the father of an alumnus who attended Kodomo no Ie when it was on the premises of Sozenji temple back in 1988. Grown up with a family running an omochi store in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, he lent us a helping hand at an omochi festival one year and has since been going to the trouble of adjusting his work schedule to come and manage our mochi festival every year. Mrs. Ando will also join us in the kitchen. Mr. Ando's daifuku (mochi stuffed with red bean paste) is fantastically yummy! Come taste the excellent daifuku at the festival.


Do you know how to check out books from our library?

There is an information sheet explaining the self-checkout procedures on the table by the bookshelves. Please read and follow the policy, and enjoy the books!! We have a number of books about Christmas too. Please note that the last check-out date for this year is Dec. 4, and return all the books you have checked out before the winter break.

Lost and found

Please check the lost-and-found box before the winter break.

November donations

We collected $49.60 in November. Thank you for your contributions.


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