kodomo No Ie

KNI Newsletter June 2014

1: The word of the month - “I am sorry. (Gomen nasai)”
2: June Events
3: Goals of this month
4: Welcome, Ms. Yamamoto!
5: Farewell to Ms. Iino. Thank you!
6: Thank you from Tom-sensei
7: Thanks to Committee members


The word of the month - “I am sorry. (Gomen nasai)”


We anticipated scorching weather for Sports Day but we were blessed with beautiful weather with a refreshing breeze throughout the day. I would like to thank the Sports Day Committee who worked tirelessly to make this event a big success. I would also like to thank all the parent volunteers. Without their help, some of the events would not have been possible. Thank you very much for all your support.

Now, we are approaching the end of the year. We would like to make a note of the changes we have seen in each child since the beginning of the year and try to make use of the information in the coming year. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your understanding and cooperation throughout this past year. We wish you a nice summer vacation, and look forward to seeing you in the fall.

June Events

6/5 (Thur) Sakura class field trip to Lacy Park (2:30- 4:54pm)
6/6 (Fri), 6/9 (Mon), 6/10 (Tue) June, July, and August birthday celebration/offerings.
6/11 (Wed), 6/12 (Thur), and 6/13 (Fri) Renge, Kiku, Momo, Sumire, and Ume class promotion ceremony (in the chapel)
6/14 (Sat) Sakura class Graduation Ceremony (3:30-4:30pm)
6/21 (Sat) Saturday Japanese school last day of class/promotion ceremony.
6/23 (Mon) Summer school begins.
8/8 (Fri) Last day of summer school.

Goals of this month

1. June 4th is Cavity Prevention Day. Increase awareness of brushing teeth and help develop good oral hygiene.
2. June 10th is Japanese Time Day. Work to foster appreciation for numbers and time.
3. June 15th is the Father’s Day. Encourage appreciation for fathers through activities for Fathers’ Day.
4. Sakura (Senior) Class – Highlight memories of various activities in preparation for graduation. Recognize the joy of graduation and look forward to the next stage in life.
5. Junior and Middle Classes – Understand the meaning of upcoming class advancement in the fall and look forward to the next level.


Registration for new students has started. We are also accepting registration for summer school.

Welcome, Ms. Yamamoto!


How do you do? My name is Keiko Yamamoto. I just arrived from Japan recently. When I visited KNI earlier, I was touched by how happy the children were and how the parents seemed to enjoy having their children here as well as the great atmosphere the teachers created. I am so glad to be part of KNI. I will appreciate your support as I get my bearings around the school.

Farewell to Ms. Iino. Thank you!


Thank you for all your support for the past two years. I will always treasure the time I spent with your children here at KNI. I believe children have special powers. Your children cheered me up and helped me grow. I am really grateful for all your support throughout my time here. These two years confirmed that my choice to become teacher was the right one. Thank you!


Thank you from Tom-sensei


Dear Parents,
As we come to the end of another school year here at Kodomo No Ie it is my hope that you and your family have been blessed by our preschool ministry here at First United Methodist Church.It is an honor to be apart of your child's growth and development as they prepare for many years of schooling they are about to embark upon. While it is true that your child has been with us for only a few years it is my prayer that this experience will last a lifetime.
There is a story in the bible that tells of a time when people were bring their children to Jesus so that he might touch them. Seeing this, the disciples of Jesus were upset and sternly ordered the people to stop. In biblical times children were people of no social status, and the disciples would not want the important time of their rabbi taken up with blessing them. Well, you could imagine what Jesus did. As it was his custom, he took what was accepted as the norm and turned it upside down. Jesus said to his disciples, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." (Luke 18:16)
The kingdom of God belongs to children? The disciples must have been shocked! But it is so true!
The kingdom of God belongs to people who, like a child, trust in their heavenly father to provide all their needs,trust that what he says is true, trust that he will protect them. May you and your child learn to trust in the one who has promised to be with us in the midst of the storms of life.
Rev. Tom

Thanks to Committee members


Thank you to the KNI Board members and class mothers (listed below) who worked very hard throughout the year.

Board Members

President - Mrs. Itaya (Sakura class)
Vice Presidents - Mrs. Murdock (Sakura), Mrs. Mortimer-Lamb (Kiku, Renge)
Treasures - Mrs. Yamada (Sakura), Mrs. Lin (Sakura)
Recording Secretary - Mrs. Tsai (Sakura, Renge), Mrs. Katsu (Sakura), Mrs. Noborio (Sakura, Sumire), Mrs. Yamada (Sakura)
Translation - Mrs. Hakushi (Sakura)

Class Mothers

Sakura- Mrs. Bolen, Mrs. Panjanon, Mrs. Kimura, Mrs. Pierce, and Mrs. Tagami
Kiku - Mrs. Dorio, Mrs. Machida, and Mrs. Kiyose
Renge - Mrs. Mordini, Mrs. Tanabe
Momo - Mrs. Ogawa and Mrs. Okamoto, Mrs. Backer
Ume - Mrs. Ying, Mrs. Isoda, and Mrs. Yobiko
Sumire - Mrs. Yushin, Mrs. Arias, Mrs. Tabuchi
Japanese School - Mrs. Irihara

Event Committee

Christmas Pageant: Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Koppers, Mrs. Kato, Mrs. Tanuma and Mrs. Hyou
Mochi Event: Mrs. Gaddes, Mrs. Yamamoto, Mrs. Monma, Mrs. Bishop
Sports Day: Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Cariaga, and Mrs. Shamhart


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