kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter January 2014

1: Happy New Year!
2: January Event
3: January Goals
4: January Keyword ・・・ “Douzo”
5: Let’s Sing! – Song of the Month
6: New Year's Greetings from the teachers
7: Recap of Christmas Pageant


Happy New Year!

We hope everybody had a great holiday season and a nice New Year’s Day.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation for your tremendous support last year, and hope 2014 will be a wonderful year for all of you. We will keep doing our best to help cultivate your children’s potential and growth.

The daikons in our field are also working very hard to grow in the cold wind!

January Event

1/6 (Mon), 1/7 (Tue), 1/9 (Fri), & 1/10 (Sat):
School, Japanese School, and Hiyoko-no-Kai begin

1/12 (Sun): Mochi Pounding Event (Mochi-Tsuki)
​ Location: Church Hall Parking
Please come join us for our mochi event!

1/15 (Wed), 1/16(Thu), & 1/17(Fri):
January birthday parties and monthly offerings

1/20 (Mon): MLK Holiday – School Closed

1/30 (Thu), 1/31 (Fri), 2/1(Sat), and 2/3 (Mon):
“Setsubun” Day and bean-throwing ceremony



January Goals


•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 their own tops and kites and playing with them.
•Be familiarized with Japanese letters and get interested in letter exchanges via playing “postal service”
•Pay attention to and enjoy daikons' growth.
•Develop the routine of washing hands and gargling during the winter


January Keyword ・・・ “Douzo”

(Used as a polite version “Here you go” when you give something to others, or “After you” when you kindly yield to somebody)

Let’s Sing! – Song of the Month


Renge … Yuki no penkiya-san (Snow Painter)

Momo … Yagi-san yubin (Penpal Goats)

Sumire … Tako no uta (Kite Song)

Kiku … Takibi (Bonfire)

Ume … Kodomo wa kaze no ko (Kids are kids of wind)

Sakura … Tenohira wo taiyou ni (Hands up to the sun)

All classes … Mochitsuki (Mochi-pounding), Mamemaki (Bean-throwing)



New Year's Greetings from the teachers


Happy New Year!
Did you make anything for this year’s zodiac symbol, “Horse”?
They say “Horse” is considered the symbol of social climbing and success in life in the zodiac calendar. We hope this year will be full of advancement and hopes for everybody.


Ms. Hashiba
Happy New Year! Best wishes to you all. Now that more than a year has passed since I came here, I would like to make 2014 a “Year of Challenges”! I wish to cherish each and every single day and make this year full of everyday happiness.

Ms. Kanno
Happy New Year! I spent my New Year’s Day in Japan this year. Meeting my family and friends was a true joy. I felt genuine warmth and returned to the U.S. truly refreshed. With this warm feeling in mind, I am ready to keep going in this new year, enjoying time with the children and staying healthy. I wish you all the best for the year 2014.

Ms. Iino
2013 was a real fun year for me being surrounded by KNI children's smiles and energy. My goal for the new year is to return my smile and energy back to them, and to keep up with their high energy!! Also, I hope to grow personally through doing my best on everything and using 100% of the energy I can offer.

Mr. Narikawa
Happy New Year! It's been already six months since I joined KNI. I am grateful for seeing each and every child's growth through playing sumo, tag or the many other daily varieties of play. My personal goal for 2014 is to improve piano and English. I hope to make a step forward along with children, and with God.

Director, Ms. Umehata
I am full of gratitude for being able to run KNI thanks to the wonderful staff's support. As I age, I can't help being frustrated with myself on many occasions, but I hope to do my best to keep up with children who are all full of energy, especially those of Sakura class. Also, my personal goal is to accept my own age!

Recap of Christmas Pageant


Thank you very much for your warm support and cooperation to the KNI Christmas Pageant. I am grateful that the day was filled with children's smiles, joy and peace. Especially Sakura class children who performed the Nativity Play and did such a great job. Despite a short period of practice, each and every child did their best and made such a successful performance.
Other classes also sang from their hearts, and played the instruments so well. They were all wonderful. I believe that the loud cheers from the audience have helped children raise their confidence level and gave them a chance to grow one step further.

I would like to express my special thanks to the Christmas Committee members and the volunteers who helped with sound system, photography, videography, lighting and projecting the program. It's not enough to express my gratitude in words, but "Thank you very much"!

Thank you very much for the gifts to teachers from PTA, and holiday cards and gifts from individual families.
Donation during the church service was $714.10, and the full amount will be sent to the church. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
by Umehata


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