kodomo No Ie
Newsletter November 2016

November’s word of the month is “Arigato (Thank you)”

In October, we made compost with the food scraps donated by the parents. Meanwhile, the children have been talking to the garden, encouraging it to “be strong.” Their cheering has helped make a solid garden bed for the daikon. Now we wait to plant the seeds. The weather has cooled a bit lately, so we will be able to go on our “fall scavenger hunt.” The acorns and leaves are waiting to be collected.

November Schedule

11/16 (Wed), 17 (Thurs), 18 (Fri)
 November Birthday Party, Offering Days
11/18 (Fri), 22 (Tue), 23 (Wed)
 Thanksgiving Festival (A separate informational flyer will be provided)
11/19 (Sat)
 Bible Study in Japanese School (Teacher Tanabe, Free Methodist Church)
11/24 (Thurs), 25 (Fri), 26 (Sat)
 School closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
11/13 (Sun)
 Sakura Class Worship Participation・・・Song and Harmonica Performance

Songs of the Month

Renge Class・・・Yama no Ongakuka (Mountain Musicians)
Momo Class・・・Tsumiki no kisha (Block Train)
Sumire Class・・・Momiji (Maple Leaves)

Kiku Class・・・Basu Gokko (Playing Bus)
Ume Class・・・Osumo Kuma-chan (Sumo Wrestling Bear)

Sakura Class・・・Cularinetto Wo Kowashi Chatta (I Broke the Clarinet)
All Classes・・・Kansha No Uta (Thanksgiving Song)

November Goals

*Develop an interest in and help with the daikon growing in the garden
*Observe the changes of fall through outdoor play
*Play with and make leaves and seeds
*Develop an awareness of others and engage in opportunities to appreciate those around us through cultural days and events like Shichi Go San (7-5-3)
*Learn about the origin of Thanksgiving

Visiting the Keiro Nursing Home


On October 25th, the Sakura Class visited the Keiro Nursing Home in their Halloween costumes. They traveled by school bus. Although we had prepared some games to play and story boards to read on the bus, the noise from the freeway was too loud for the children to be able to hear and we decided to forego the games and stories. The children chatted with their friends nearby and enjoyed the ride over to the Keiro Nursing Home.

As usual, the Keiro Nursing Home was filled with many residents in wheelchairs, waiting for us and warmly welcoming us. The Sakura class students did very well and put a great deal of effort into their performance for these residents. They sung many songs, played Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on their harmonicas (which they only recently learned), together with the residents’ castanets and bells. The residents were truly touched by the performance and praised us tremendously for the children’s crafts, a witch we made by carving and drying apples. It was our first time taking the witches, and the residents were so happy and clapped their hands with joy. At the end, we shook hands with many of the residents and gave them our “genki (healthy energy) power”.

Good job Sakura Class!! To the class mother who supported and helped us, thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts.

Message from the Principal


Dear Mothers,

It has been 2 months since school started. How are you?
Have you been able to get your child into a daily routine? In the youngest preschool class, there are some children who are still having difficulty separating from their parents. Some were fine in the beginning, but are now having difficulties for some reason. However, there are also other children who are now able to come to school without crying. I think about this every year, wondering if there is any other time in a mother’s life where your child needs their mother in such an honest and deep way. There will come a time when your child will simply say goodbye to you. I imagine you will feel a little bit of loneliness when this time comes unexpectedly. It will likely come sooner than you imagine, so try not to rush yourself and your child.
The middle preschool students are beginning to socialize and play with their friends. In addition, there are also children who do not join in and choose to observe from the outside. They are holding in their feelings of wanting to play. As they observe they will go through a cycle like this: “It looks fun”→ “It must be fun to do that”→ “I did it and it was fun.” As they repeat this cycle, the children will start to have feelings of satisfaction and will build confidence. In any situation, the children will take the initiative. Mothers, raising a child is like finding a treasure hidden inside your child. There are many treasures still waiting to be found. One day, those hidden treasures will pop up and surprise us. Won’t that be exciting?
From Mrs. Umehata

Notice for the Christmas Program


As communicated at the meeting held after the Halloween gathering, the Christmas program is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, from 9:00-12:00. The children will sing with their class after the Christmas worship service. Please plan on joining us. Winter break will start on December 19th.



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