kodomo No Ie

KNI News Letter December 2011

1: December Schedule
2: The Goals for this Month
3: This Month’s Songs
4: Warm Christian Greetings from all of us at First United Methodist Church
5: Mochi Pounding Festival
6: Change of Information Forms


Since Daylight Saving Time has ended, the sky is getting dark sooner. The temperature is coming down quickly in the morning and at night, and it is in fact cold out. However, the children’s hearts are full of joy for welcoming the Christ and Mr. Santa! The daikon radishes in the garden have been growing bigger, despite encountering some accidents. Let’s watch over and cheer the growth of the adorable daikon sprouts. Mr. Santa is watching over the children at KNI from the North Pole, while preparing the gifts for everyone.

December Schedule


12/7 (Wed), 12/8 (Thu), & 12/9 (Fri) … December Birthday Party, Offering Day
12/14 (Wed), 12/15 (Thu), & 12/16 (Fri) … Christmas Party Rehearsal. Parents can take pictures of the children at rehearsal(s).
12/10 (Sat) … The last day of the semester for Saturday Classes (Winter Break begins. Spring semester resumes January 7th).
12/17 (Sat) … KNI Christmas Party at First United Methodist Church Sanctuary. 9:00 – 12:00. We will let you know the details later.
12/19 (Mon) ~ 1/3 (Tue) … Winter Break. Spring Semester begins 1/4 (Wed).

The Goals for this Month


“Let’s celebrate and enjoy Christmas together!”
• Play outside and notice the changes of the season during winter (temperature, wind, Sun, air, etc.)
• Observe and enjoy the growth of daikon radishes in the garden through the cheering and the watering of the sprouts.
• Look forward to the KNI Christmas Party by practicing the Nativity play, Christmas songs, and ensembles.
• Enjoy making Christmas crafts and decorations.
• Learn the true meaning of the Christmas through watching the Nativity play and listening to the Christmas stories.
• Learn to stay healthy during winter by practicing hand washing and gargling.

This Month’s Songs


Renge, Momo, Sumire … Santa Clause, Santa Clause, Sore wa Santa Clause (It’s Santa Clause)
Kiku, Ume … Awatenbo no Santa Clause (Flustered Santa Clause), Utao yo Santa san (Let’s sing, Mr. Santa)
Sakura … Yatta ~ Santa ga yatte kuru (Yes, the Santa is Coming), Songs from the Nativity Play



Warm Christian Greetings from all of us at First United Methodist Church

Do you pray? In this world of economic turmoil we need to lift our hearts to Got for those in need both in this country and the world.
These are times when our prayers resemble the mischievous tricks of town children, who knock at their neighbor's houses and then run away.
We often knock at Heaven's door and then run off into the spirit of the world instead of waiting for entrance and answer, we act as if we were afraid of having our prayers answered. May this Christmas be a season of time spent with family and friend's and time spent with God as we once again celebrate of the birth of the child who is God With Us!
Blessings to you and your family
Rev. Thomas Kendall
Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church of San Gabriel


Mochi Pounding Festival


Date and Time:
January 8, 2012 (Sun) 12:30-15:30

Place:
The small parking lot in front of the church hall


Bring your family and come join us!

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. Raised in a family running a mochi store in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, he lent us a helping hand at a mochi festival one year and has since been going to the trouble of adjusting his work schedule to come and organize 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.

Change of Information Forms

If your address, telephone number, email address or other information currently on file should change, please remember to notify us promptly using the Change of Information Form (henko todoke). Change of Information Forms can be found to the left of the payments box. Please be sure to also inform your class mother about the change so that the communication from them is not disrupted.

Dear Parents,
The current semester is about to end. I hope each of your children has developed his or her own daily rhythm.
Christmas is upon us. Whenever I ask children what Christmas is, they answer back with happy cries of “Santa Clause!” “Presents!” and “Christmas tree!” Parents, are you ready to pose as Santa for your kids? I firmly believe in letting children continue to believe in Santa unconditionally for as long as they can. Indeed, I hope we too will continue to believe in things we cannot see—thoughtfulness, kindness, and love and ties between people. I want each and every one of our precious children to have the chance to believe in such things, just as I hope that children in Japan affected by the March disaster will also be able to experience the joy of Christmas.
Kazuko Umehata




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