kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

January 2013

1: Our Goals for January
2: Let's sing! - Songs of this month
3: New Year's Greetings from the teachers
4: Christmas Party


Happy New Year!
Did you have a nice and joyful holiday season?
We would like to express our sincere appreciation for your tremendous support during the school last year, and wish 2013 will be a wonderful one for all of you. We will continue to strive to do our best to work as we work with your children.
The daikons in our field are also working very hard to grow in the cold wind.
Our bunnies, goldfish, and turtles are looking forward to seeing all of you soon, too!


Our Goals for January

- Enjoy playing traditional Japanese New Year's games such as Karuta (cards), Sugoroku (board games), Fukuwarai (advanced version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey), Koma-mawashi (tops), and Takoage (kites), while learning the meaning of following rules.
- Find pleasure in making tops and kites by themselves and playing with them.
- Be familiarized with Japanese letters and get interested in the process of correspondence via playing “postal service”
- Pay attention to the daikons' growth and experience the pleasure of growing life
- Develop the routine of washing hands and gargling during the winter


Let's sing! - Songs of this month

Renge … Kodomo wa kazenoko (Playing in the Winter)
Momo … Yagi-san yubin (Mailing Goats)
Sumire … Yuki no ko-bouzu (Snow Song)
Kiku … Takibi (Bonfire)
Ume … Takotako agare (Kite Song)
Sakura … Oji-san no furudokei (Old Wallclock)
All classes … Mochitsuki (Mochi-pounding), Mamemaki (Bean-throwing)

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


New Year's Greetings from the teachers

Happy New Year!

2012 was such a fulfilling year for me, thanks to the warm support of many people. The time spent with the children was particularly rewarding and full of new learning experiences. My sincere gratitude goes to all of you, and I would love to make 2013 be full of laughter again. I am excited to grow together with the children.
Ms. Iino

This year I would like to treasure each and every moment even more than last year, and have fun with the children. Every day, while remembering to be grateful for how I'm able to just be myself, I will meet each day's challenges with energy and life!
Ms. Hachiga

It is hard to believe it has already been 8 months since I came here. Time does fly and every day is full of learning opportunities. The children's smiles and laughter are my source of energy, and I look forward to another exciting year. My resolution is to stay healthy, strong, and grateful, and hope to make the year 2013 meaningful and memorable.
Ms. Hashiba

Time seems to fly faster every year. I'd like to live each and every day to the fullest, take good care of myself both mentally and physically, avoid working too hard, stay true to myself, and be positive. May the New Year be filled with moments of laughter with the children!
Ms. Kanno

This school year, we've been fortunate to have three staff members working as administrators and accountants, and they have been of great help since it can be challenging to manage all those matters by myself. I truly appreciate their wonderful work.
Also, I have received great news: some of the first KNI graduates are now having children of their own! This news has brought me such joy, and I am grateful that they still feel such ties to the school even so long after they left. I hope to continue developing such relationships with all of our students.
School director Umehata


Christmas Party


I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas Party! The weather was nice, and we had a joyful, heart-warming party. I would like to thank you all for all the support.

The Sakura class children shone in the Nativity Play during the service. The children who were there did a great job covering for the ones who were absent. Children in each grade sang and played instruments during the party. Their cute yet serious performances drew much applause. Even though the children had much less time to practice their performances compared to preschoolers in Japan, their enthusiasm certainly made up for it. The sound system that Pierce-san set up for us made the performances even better -- thank you! The children will remember how it felt when they received the applause, and this memory will help them try new things in the future.

I would like to thank the members of the Christmas Party Committee and all the Class Mothers for helping us run the event smoothly. The offering collected $806.50 and was all donated to the church.

The staff members including myself each received a gift from all the families, and we even received gifts from some families personally. So on behalf of all the staff members, I'd like to say thank you very much. I apologize for not having thanked each of you personally.

I don't even know how to express my gratitude with words. Thank you.

Ms. Umehata


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