1: Words of the Month – “Douzo” (Here you go)
2: January Events
3: January Goals
4: To All My Favorite Children
5: January Songs
6: New Year's Greetings from the Teachers
7: Thank you and Announcement Regarding Christmas Pagent
Newsletter January 2016
Words of the Month – “Douzo” (Here you go)
Happy New Year!
Has everyone welcomed peaceful new year? Thank you very much for your support and understanding with different occasions last year. "I did -- on New Year's Days" "I went to ---"; We have been hearing those fun winter break stories with happy smiles from everyone. The 2nd seminar has began. We are conitnuing to work very hard and we will do our best to keep up with the powerful children this new year.
Thank you all for your support and continue to support us.
1/4 (Mon), 1/5 (Tue), 1/8 (Fri), 1/9 (Sat): 2nd semester commences.
1/10 (Sun) Mochi tsuki (Mochi pounding) festival (at the church parking lot) 1：00pm～3:30pm
1/13 (Wed), 1/14 (Thu), 1/15 (Fri): January birthday party and offerings
1/16 (Sat) Japanese Language School: Bible Story by Rev. Horiuchi (Mission Valley Church)
1/18 (Mon) HOLIDAY- Martin Luther King Jr. day
1/29 (Fri), 1/30 (Sat) Setsu-bun: Bean-throwing ceremony
•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), Hane-tsuki (a badminton-like game with smaller wooden racket and a harder and smaller shuttlecock) 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 Pretend Post Man.
•Pay attention to and enjoy daikons' growth as they cheer for a healthy growth.
•Develop the routine of washing hands and gargling during the winter.
To All My Favorite Children
Did everyone enjoy their winter break?
The daikon in the garden grew bigger and bigger during the winter break. I’m sure you were surprised to see how big they became. Did everyone get the Year of the Monkey New Year card?
Let’s stay healthy and have a fun new year! In order to do so, we must wash hands and gargle well. From your teachers.
Yuki no Penkiya-san (Snow Painter)
Yagi-san yubin (Goat’s Mail)
Tako no uta (Kite Song)
Kodomo wa kaze no ko (Kids are children of wind)
Mochitsuki no uta (Mochi-making Song), Mame-maki (Bean Tossing)
New Year's Greetings from the Teachers
“First, I would like to be healthy and take good care of myself, so that I can have room to breathe and be myself. My goal is to laugh with the children, and for us to all grow and learn together. Best wishes.”
“This is my fourth time spending New Years in the US. This year’s Chinese zodiac is the same as the year of my birth. In my personal life, I would like to try to be more physically active and invest in my girly side, which has been a bit neglected these days. (LOL) I look forward to using the energy I get from spending time with the kids to strengthen me in 2016. Thank you in advance!”
“Thank you very much for your support last year. During the first semester, I was energized by the children’s voices and laughter. As I’ve grown more accustomed to life at KNI, I am more excited to see everyone again. This year, I’d like to prioritize taking care of myself and my health, and I’d like to spend each day joyfully, with a smile on my face.
“Last year, I spent countless hours playing with children outside, but was often out of breath. In 2016, I plan to be full of energy so I can keep up with the children!!! I appreciate your continuing support this year.”
“Thank you very much for your support last year. I think that all the children’s energy has rejuvenated me. I look forward to continuing to be invigorated this year. I wish all of you a happy year.”
Director, Ms. Umehata
“I’m very pleased and thankful to have had such a great, incident-free year, both at work and private life, with the support of those inside and outside KNI. In this upcoming year, I look forward to being energized by the children and working hard. I also ask for your continuing support. I aim to do my best to continue to make KNI a loving place for all the children.”
Thank you and Announcement Regarding Christmas Pagent
We were blessed with lovely weather for our annual Christmas Pageant held on December 19th. It was a joyful gathering, full of many smiles and much applause. Sakura Class accomplished their play even though they did not have enough time to rehearse. Nensho Classes showed us adorable performance and the songs. Nenchu Classes had a very solid performance and sang well. Then Sakura Class sang their Nencho-Class (oldest class) songs admirably. All of those great performances touched many in the audience without doubt. The Christmas Event would not have been possible to operate without the Christmas Committee, the Class Mothers, those of you who worked on producing DVD, and the volunteers who projected the English schedule on the monitor. I would like to truly thank all of you for your great work. Thank you also for the gifts to each one of our teachers from the Parents’ Association, as well as the cards and gifts from individuals. I truly appreciate your kindness. I should be thanking each individual personally, but I would like to use this opportunity to show my gratitude. The donation collected during the Christmas service totaled $564.70 and will all go to the Church. Thank you very much for your contributions.