kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

May 2011

1: Goals for this month
2: Let’s sing – Songs of the Month –
3: Enrolling for the next school year
4: Currently Accepting Applications for Summer School
5: What We Can Do Now
6: Announcement


The two huge koinobori carp windsocks in the school yard are flying as if they are "swimming" in the blue sky, enjoying a spring breeze.
"Wow, they're up now," exclaims one child. "Look at them!" cries another.
With a lot of playtime with the children, the seven baby bunnies are also growing fast.
Now our much-anticipated undokai sports day is approaching. We're going to have a great time! Do your best, everyone!

Goals for this month

- Celebrate Children's Day, watching kamishibai storytelling and eating kashiwa-mochi sweet cake
- Celebrate Mother's Day with one's mother with much appreciation to her
- Develop interest in growth of the vegetables in the school field, water them
- Develop interest in and observe growth and movements of flowers, small animals and insects in the school yard
- Practice and exercise for the sports day and have a great time with family and friends
- Learn how disaster victims in Japan are living a couple of months after the event, feel sympathy for them

Let’s sing – Songs of the Month –

Renge … Buranko (Swings)
Momo … Sekken-san (Mr. Soap)
Sumire... Ahiru no gyoretsu (March of the ducks)
Kiku … Midori no march (Green march)
Ume ... Tsubame ni natte (Sparrows)
Sakura … Sayonara ankoro mochi mata kinako (Good-bye, see you)

All classes … Okasan (Mother), Undokai no uta (Sports day song), Enka (school anthem)

Sheet music for these songs is available by the attendance (sign-in/sign-out) sheet. You are welcome to take a copy and enjoy the songs with your child(ren).

Enrolling for the next school year

We are now enrolling returning students for the new school year.
New students are welcome, so spread the word!

Currently Accepting Applications for Summer School

Summer school begins on July 5. We are planning lots of fun activities so please have your child(ren) attend.

What We Can Do Now

Third semester began after Spring Break. The Saturday Class students are studying about the disaster that struck the Tohoku region on March 11 in Japanese. They were shocked to learn that while they are peacefully studying in school, there is a child still roaming different shelters in search of his/her family…. that the Tohoku region was important for manufacturing Japanese food and mechanical parts…. that the disaster in the Tohoku region directly impacts the students’ lives here in LA…. Most importantly, the students discussed how they are thankful for all that they have here in LA and that they would like to continue to support the victims in Japan.

Saturday Class Students’ Ideas for Raising Funds for the Earthquake Victims

1. Recycling – please do not forget to bring your recyclables. (Middle School Group will be in charge of recycling for May)

2. Helping at the Bazaar
a. Kids Corner
b. Kanji Karuta (Cards) Sales
c. Collecting funds on site

3. Sports Day – Bottled water sales on Sports Day – Please donate. Water bottles can be left on the white table on school grounds.

Announcement

We collected 4500 origami cranes!!! Thank you for all your support. Ms. Lebranc took all the cranes to the Oshkosh store on April 23. Thank you.


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