kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

July & August 2010

1: Tanabata (Star Festival) event at the Huntington Library
2: KNI Marketplace
3: Sleepover
4: Giant maze
5: KNI News 1
6: KNI News 2
7: KNI News 3
8: Thank you!
9: Announcements


How are you in these hot days?
We hope you had a wonderful summer vacation, and look forward to seeing how the children have grown during the break when they come back to KNI in September.

Our fun-filled summer school ended with lots of wonderful memories.
Though there were chilly days in early July, soon we were blessed with good weather, and had a fun-filled, exciting summer school. For those who joined our summer school for the first time and will start KNI next month, we were pleased to have this opportunity to introduce our school to them before the school starts. We truly appreciate parent's cooperation.

Tanabata (Star Festival) event at the Huntington Library

Our annual Tanabata event was held at the Huntington Library on July 3rd.
Though it was a hot day, with nice breeze once in a while, we enjoyed the event, with the wonderful view created by people wearing Yukata and bamboo leaves swinging.
The children and guests enjoyed working on Japanese paper crafts such as origami, Tanabata ornaments and more.
The children enjoyed story time, where they learned about the origin of Tanabata, and sang Tanabata songs on stage.
They all brought a bamboo stem decorated with their favorite tanabata ornaments home as souvenir.
(Ms. Morishita)

KNI Marketplace

The long-awaited KNI "Marketplace" was open on July 28th, Wedensday.
Food, clothes, bags, electric products and more were displayed for sale! They were all made by the children in the summer school class. First, they got toy money, a purse, and a shopping bag at "the KNI Bank", and off they went shopping! Some couldn't make up their minds what to buy, some purchased more than they could carry, some looked for presents for families and friends. One student bought a dress and tried it on at the fitting room, but it didn't fit to her. So, she went back to the store to return and get the money back! What a negotiation skill! Game corner was popular again this year! When "Hotaru no hiker" song was on the speaker, that was a sign to end shopping. They all had a fun time!
(Ms. Kanno)

Sleepover

On the long-waited “KNI Sleepover” day, the children showed up at school, carrying huge bags.
First, they went grocery shopping for dinner. After coming back to the school, some cooked curry, and some made dessert, Watermelon Boat, while they were busy making Japanese lanterns, “Andon”. Soon the whiff of curry being cooked in the pot surrounded everywhere. You are probably wondering, “How did it taste?” It was extraordinary, and many asked “Okawari” extra bowls.
When the night fell, the children headed to “Obakeyashiki ( the Hounted House)” with their hand-made lanterns. Each of them had a very different reaction: some insisted not to go in, some encouraged their friends to go along...
After that, we enjoyed fireworks, and went to sleep.
Through sleepover, all the children seemed to be a little more mature than the day before. A big applause to everyone!
(Ms. Kagawa)

Giant maze

In the Church Hall was set up the Giant Maze made with tall newspaper walls. The children paired up and enjoyed the maze. Some got lost, looping around the same route, not knowing which way to the goal… Once they succeeded getting out of the maze, they all ran back to the maze entrance.
In the Friday class, the children took a little more challenging course which required them to break codes and answer questions. After reaching the goal, they all enjoyed ice cream treat. The maze was filled with the children's laughter.
(Ms. Yamashita)

KNI News 1

Thanks to your cooperation and your kitchen waste, we made plenty of compost, and our garden got very fertile. This year, we had so many cucumbers. They were so big, shaped like an baseball bat, and tasted wonderful. We also had many white corns, even though we were warned earlier that we probably wouldn't have more than one ear per stalk. On the contrary, they grew so huge, and had many ears on each stalk. We also had Shishito more than we had expected. Tomato took a little extra time to get ready, but we were very pleased to enjoy our vegetables on Friday cooking class.

KNI News 2

One of our baby bunnies kept hopping out of the cage everyday in July!
But somehow she was able to find her way back to her cage by herself every time. What a bunny!
Now that she grew too big to sneak out of the cage, she stays in the cage happily ever after...

KNI News 3

We adopted silkworms,
Luckily our mulberry tries are full of green leaves now, silkworms gets plenty of food and have grown so much and some started spinning cocoons!

Thank you!

Thank you, Akiko Onesan!
Akiko, sister of Kento Tsukamoto in Sumire class, came along with him to the every class, and helped the children as a volunteer. She did such a wonderful job so that some children thought she is a real teacher! We really appreciate her help.
We also had a wonderful help from the KNI graduates, Hiroshi and Kei Mori on Tuesday and Friday morning, and they were very helpful, too.
On Sleepover day, many KNI graduates came to help us.
We would like to thank all of them, and truly appreciate their work from the bottom of our heart.

Announcements

- Please let us know if you have changed your address during the break.
Tell # 626- 286-4572 ( 9:00am – 5:00pm)
- If you need to change the class for your child, please call us as soon as possible so that we can rearrange your child's schedule.
- The school starts as follows:
Renge, Kiku – September 15th, Wednesday
Momo, Sakura – September 16th, Thursday
Sumire, Ume – September 17, Friday
Saturday Janapese class – September 18, Saturday, 9:00am
Hiyoko no Kai – September 27th, Monday, 9:30am

- Please submit the Physician's report ( which we will mail to you later) by the end of September.
We will accept a copy of the report you have submitted to other preschool
If you information hasn't changed from last year, please write “No change” by pencil on the paper.



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