kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

October 2012

1: From the director
2: This month’s goals
3: Let's sing! - Songs of this month
4: Class Profile
5: Kodomo No Ie Library
6: Reminder


From the director

It seems that the weather finally has started changing with a hint of fall.
We are about two weeks into the new school year, and this could be a challenging time for both the children and the parents since everyone needs to adjust to new routines. I hope that this transition will go smoothly for all of you.
In the midst of the autumn breeze, the school yard is filled with the children's laughter!
At the school garden, which produced so many vegetables during the summer, you can see the sign, "Thank you, garden!" The garden is resting now until we seed it with the next crop, daikon!


This month’s goals

Junior Class
- Enjoy school activities with teachers and classmates,
and get used to spending time at school without parents

Middle Class
- Learn how and where to put away toys after use

Senior Class
- Show interest in what other classmates do,
and learn how fun it is to do things together with friends

All Classes
- Recognize the change of the season
( e.g., the cloud's movement, the color of the sky, the sound of the wind )
- Show an interest in how the school garden looks


Let's sing! - Songs of this month

Renge … Yama no ongakuka ( I'm a fine musician )
Momo … Debuimochan chibiimochan (Chubby potatoes, tiny potatoes)
Sumire … Kurinomi bouya (Chestnut)
Kiku … Kinoko (Mushroom)
Ume … Yuran bus ( The tour bus)
Sakura … Tomodachi ni narutameni ( To be a friend )

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


Class Profile

Renge-Class
This year's Renge-Class is just full of energy!! Big laughter, singing their heart out, and I also hear their cheerful answers "Ha-i!" when I talk to them! On top of that, they can also cheer for their classmates with "Gambare!" I am truly looking forward to what kind of fun things are ahead of us. I will be full of energy as much as they are, and enjoy the every moment with them. (Ms. Hachiga)

Momo-Class
There are many brand-new KNI students in Momo Class. All seem to have learned where to place shoes and bags already. They all try hard to do things by themselves. Many of them love to listen to stories. Every time I start reading a picture book to the class, they are listening to it really well, and being seated quietly. I will try to build trust with each one of them by close communication, and hope everyone comes to school thinking "I love KNI!" (Ms. Kanno)

Sumire-Class
I saw a variety of faces on the day of the entrance ceremony - the face that was having a hard time to say bye to mom, the face that was just being nervous, the face that was having fun playing with familiar friends, and so on. Children in this class are in a wide range of ages. I would like to support everyone so they can be at their best at different ages and also they can be caring and sharing to each other. (Ms. Kanno)

Kiku-Class
Kiku-Class is full of Mr. & Miss 'Wanna-Do". They are very curious and looking forward to activities at school "What are we going to do next, teacher?". They already have circles of friends, and are able to play in groups. Everyone is really caring - if someone is having a hard time, they all try to help out by coming to me and say "teacher, he/she is crying!" They have grown a lot over the summer! "The small seeds" in their hearts are growing so much every day! (Ms. Iino)

Ume Class
Children in Ume Class came to KNI cheerfully, looking forward to seeing their friends once a week.
They are especially cheerful during lunch time laughing a lot and eating a lot! Although there are still a few who are not totally feeling at home yet, I see children trying to help them by talking and playing with them. Such caring and energetic Ume-Class! Let's make a lot of good memories together. (Ms. Hashiba)

Sakura Class
Very energetic class since the first day. Many children come to Sakura Class after they study at their local kindergarten. Although some children have very full days with many activities, everyone will get used to the new schedule gradually. Hope each child grows 'a small seeds in his/her heart' while they participate in many different activities and interact with friends. (Ms. Umehata)

Dear Parents
We, the teachers and children are very excited with a new school year! Did you know that children need some 'transition time' in order to get familiar to new circumstances? Each child has their unique pace of 'transition' - some children get used to it right away, others need a lot longer time. Please take it easy and be patient. Please trust you child and stay with your child in his/her own transition time. Once their mind is ready, I assure you that they will start their engine to move forward. And let's share the great joy of finding each small thing your child learns to do! (Ms. Umehata)


Kodomo No Ie Library

You are allowed to check out up to five items ( e.g., books, videos ) per family at a time for two weeks. When you check out, please fill out your information in the check-out book, a black three-ring binder in the library room.
Also, children can borrow books with a small black sticker on the spine without checking out.
Please return books and other items from the library to the return box near the shoe box.

Reminder

- Those who need a receipt for monthly tuition, please write down "Receipt needed" on your child's tuition envelope.
- Please submit the documents we have handed out to you earlier if you haven't done so.
- Please label all of your child's belongings. Please be sure to check our lost & found box regularly.



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