kodomo No Ie

October Newsletter

1: Goals for this month
2: Let's sing! - This month's songs -
3: From the class leaders:
4: Requests from School
5: From the Library

We are very grateful that our garden responded so well to the children's attention and produced so much vegetables during the summer; we had plenty of shiso leaves for many of you to take home, as well as tomatoes for the children's snacks during the summer school. And where did those four pumpkins go? You'll see… :) Now that we have harvested all the vegetables in the garden and Sakura class did a wonderful job cleaning it up, the garden is resting up for next vegetable, daikon.
By the way, we gave away seeded plant pots on the first day of school. How has it been doing at your home? Has it sprouted yet? Please take good care of it and enjoy observing how it grows with your child!

Goals for this month

Momo, Renge, Sumire class
Get to know the teachers and classmates and enjoy playing with them.
Learn the school schedule and routines.

Kiku, Ume class
Learn how to play with classmates

Sakura class
Show interest in what other classmates like to do, learn to build friendship through those experiences

All class
Enjoy and observe the change of the season; crispy air, the sound of the wind, the movement of clouds, how the sky looks, etc.


Let's sing! - This month's songs -

Renge … Onaka no heru uta (Why do I get so hungry?)
Momo … Debuimochan chibiimochan (Chubby potatoes, tiny potatoes)
Sumire … Kurinomi bouya (Chestnut)
Kiku … Kinoko (Mushroom)
Ume … Donguri korokoro (A rolling acorn)
Sakura … Ojiisan obaasan (Grandpa & grandma)

Please feel free to take a copy of sheet music on the sign-in table and help your child learn this month's song!

From the class leaders:


Renge・・・The children of Renge come to school all cheerful and full of energy. They always greet me with cheerful, ”Good morning, Teacher”. Some friends work as teacher’s assistant telling everybody else the timing of different activities “Exercise time!” ,“Snack time”. Some friends are more laid back and others are very energetic. Everyone is all different and shines in their own way. “ Kaba sensei (Ms. Kaba)”, one of the children called me. Almost!! (laugh) But Renge is full of smiley faces. (Ms. Kawabe)

Momo・・・ Many of the friends in Momo are new to KNI. They seem to be doing well and already know where the shoes and backpacks belong. They are able to put away their own bags without much help. One of children’s favorites is the snack time after the exercise. They all sit down on the chairs quietly and enjoy the snack. My goal for the class is to value the “skinship time (nurturing skin contact time such as holding hands or giving hugs etc.)” with each child and make this into a class that is full of fun and smiles! (Ms. Kanno)      

     
Sumire・・・The children in the Sumire class are still a little unsure when they arrive at school but their uneasiness soon dissolves into smiles while playing with friends or talking with me!! They sing all the songs very cheerful which cheers me up and gives me strength. I am hoping to see more delightful smiles of the children!!(Ms. Hachiga)

Kiku・・・・The Kiku class started out all cheerful and jolly. Everyone looks forward to the lunch time, and cannot help thinking about it while playing hide-and-seek, making colored water, and etc. to kill the time. Pretty much everyone can participate in saying the grace before lunch. (Ms. Yamashita)

Ume・・・・ Many of the friends in this year’s Ume class can say greetings and respond to roll calls. The class is full of energy! Most of the friends in Ume are returning students so they are all comfortable at school. The only thing that seem to be new to some friends is the lunch time. There are plenty of friends who are eating lunch at KNI for the first time but some of the experienced children are willing to help with lunch preparation. This is the class of helping hands.(Ms. Kawabe)


Sakura・・・・ Even though these children come to class after kindergarten, they are still full of energy. They are just so energetic, it's almost overwhelming! The beginning of the school year is for finding their place amongst their peers and for making friends. We'll fill this class with joy and lots of smiles. (Ms. Umehata)


Requests from School


-Help us make compost for our garden by bringing in your kitchen scraps (vegetables, fruit peels, coffee grounds, tea leaves, egg shells, etc.) You'll see a collection bucket near the table with the attendance sheet.

-If you would like a receipt for tuition payments, please write "RYOSHUSHO" or "RECEIPT REQUESTED" on your payment envelope. Please inform us if you would like a TAX-ID, and we would be happy to provide it.

-If you have not yet submitted the required paperwork, please bring them in ASAP.


From the Library


The books and videos in the library are available for you to check out. Each family may borrow up to 5 items at a time for up to 2 weeks. Please write down the required info in the notebook, and take your items with you in a bag. There is a plastic box by the entrance for returning library items.






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