kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter

April 2013

1: Word of the Month - いってきます
2: Goals of this month
3: Let's sing! - Songs of this month
4: Children's Day Celebration
5: Sport Day Information
6: Next School Year Registration
7: SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION
8: We need your help for making compost!
9: MY SPRING BREAK
10: Letter from Shishiori Elementary School


Jasmine at the school gate is at its full bloom and producing such a nice aroma.
After harvesting all Daikon (Japanese radish), the field looks empty until we plant summer vegetables. But as we plow the field, we found it was full of earth worms, earwigs, pill bugs and bright yellow-green caterpillars! We had such fun looking for them. We see a sign of new life as new leaves are coming out on the mulberry tree.
How was the spring break? The final semester has started. We, all the staff, being all refreshed, want to do our best to finish this school year strong.


Word of the Month - いってきます

April’s word of the month is “Ittekimasu” (“I’m leaving” as you leave from a place you are going to return later).


Goals of this month

- Play hard in nice spring breeze
- Be interested and study growth of small animals and the way insects such as bugs, butterflies, ladybugs and pill bugs move.
- Be excited about “Kodomo no Hi” Children’s Day (Japanese holiday) through making Koinobori
- Develop thankful hearts towards moms through making Mother’s Day gifts
- Grow encouraging hearts as they think about the children that suffered earthquake in Japan


Let's sing! - Songs of this month

Renge …Hana no Okuni no Kisha Poppo (Choo-Choo train in flower kingdom)
Momo …Ohana ga Waratta (A flower smiled)
Sumire …Zou-san (Little Elephant)
Kiku …Jungle Gym no Uta (Song of jungle gym)
Ume …Buranko Kemushi (Swinging worm)
Sakura …Tomodachi tte Iimonda (Friends are precious)
All classes … …Koinobori, Oka-san (Mommy), Undoukai no uta (Song for the sports day), Enka (KNI school song)

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


Children's Day Celebration

We invite you to “Kodomo no Hi” (Children’s Day Celebration) event at Huntington Library

Date and Time: May 5th (Sun.) 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Place: Huntington Library Japanese Garden
Program: Singing by participating children, Storytime, and Origami workshop

We are planning to sing songs listed below, so please have your children practice at home.
Koinobori
Katatsumuri
Inu no Omawari-san
Kawaii Kakurenbo
KNI School song


Sport Day Information

Date: May 19 (SUN) 9:00 - 1:30
Place: San Gabriel Academy
8827 E. Broadway, San Gabriel

Please save the day ahead, and join us!


Next School Year Registration

We are going to start registration for next school year. We wish your children will continue with us next year. If you have any concerns, please consult with us.
※ Kids age: 2 years and 9 months old and older.
※ Continuing students have priority, please register as soon as possible.
※ There will be no changes in the schedule for Home Class and Saturday Classes.


SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION

We are also going to start the summer class registration. The information for three major events is below. These are very exciting and fun activities. Please join us for those classes too. We will update our cooking classes (Fridays) later on.
July 17, 18, 19 --- Market activity
August 2 --- Over Night at KNI
August 8, 9 --- Giant Maze


We need your help for making compost!

We are preparing the compost for our vegetable garden. We would like you to bring the left overs and we also would be appreciated if you can bring the water which you used to wash the rice. It helps the soil to decompose faster. Please bring it in bottles and pour the water onto the garden by yourself.


MY SPRING BREAK

I had a quick and short trip back to Japan during this beautiful cherry blossom season. My mother who is over 90 years old welcomed me with joy of smile. Everywhere I went, it was always cherry blossom and cherry blossom. I had a wonderful Japanese cherry blossom experience this time. Due to the unexpected warm weather, all the cherry blossoms bloomed at once but the cold weather came back right after that, the cherry blossom season stayed longer than usual. I viewed this traditional
Japanese New School Year Entrance Ceremony driving by. While driving in my car I enjoyed seeing the traditional beginning of the school year ceremony for a school. By the way, coming back to California was a problem. Due to the bad weather, it caused a lot of delays and cancellation upon transitions included my flights. My scheduled flight was also cancelled.
I got to come home after this trouble. I thanked God for protecting me and bringing me back to California safely. I was very lucky to be back on time.

Ms. Umehata


Letter from Shishiori Elementary School

As it has been 2 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, their recovery is still on-going with many obstacles.
We have received a thank-you letter and CD from the Shishiori Elementary School in Kesen-numa City, which we have been keeping our friendship. Students with Saturday Japanese School wrote their letters for them. KNI Bazzar Saturday Class booth made $66.00 by selling the Kanji cards and the Hiragana plastic sheets. Monthly birthday offering has been saved up as a part of the fund as well. Sakura class made 150 copies of the year 2013 paper relief print calendar and raised $ - - - thanks to everyone who purchased them. It is truly our pleasure that we have been able to grow the friendship with the Shishiori Elementary School in many different ways, since Encho sensei visited them last spring and promised that we would give them long-lasting support for them. We will continue our support in the future, and truly appreciate everyone's cooperation.





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