1: Word of the Month: Arigatou (Thank you)
2: Important Events in December:
3: Mochi-Tsuki Event
4: Songs of the Month
5: This Month’s Goals
6: The 30th Anniversary
Newsletter December 2016
Word of the Month: Arigatou (Thank you)
It’s December and we are finally starting to feel a chill in the air. The daikon crops are growing well and responding to the students’ cheering them on every morning, “Ookiku Naare (Grow bigger)!”. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it seems the children’s thoughts have moved onto Santa and what kind of presents they’ll be getting this year. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a new year full of joy.
Important Events in December:
12/6 (Tue): Sakura Class – Birthday Celebration, Donation Day
12/7 (Wed), 12/8 (Thu), 12/9 (Fri): All other classes – Birthday Celebration, Donation Day
12/8 (Thu): Sakura Class – Rehearsal of Christmas Play at Mission Valley Free Methodist Church (Students will meet at the church and leave from the church)
12/11 (Sun): Sakura Class – Performance of Christmas Play at Mission Valley Free Methodist Church
12/14 (Wed), 12/15 (Thu), 12/16 (Fri): Christmas Program Rehearsal - Parents will have an opportunity to take pictures/videos at this Rehearsal
12/17 (Sat): KNI Christmas Program
12/19 (Mon) – 1/3 (Tue): Winter break
The Mochi-Tsuki Event will be held on 1/8 (Sun) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Please invite your friends and family to this event so we can celebrate the New Year together.
Songs of the Month
Santa Claus, Christmas-Kai no Uta (The Christmas Song)
Ooisogi Santa-san (Santa’s in a Hurry), Sore wa Santa Claus (That’s Santa Claus)
Do-re-mi no Uta (The Do-re-mi Song), Yattaa Santa ga Yattekuru (Yay, Santa’s Coming)
This Month’s Goals
• Enjoy celebrating Christmas together.
• Experience the joys of winter while noticing the changes in nature that occur during this season.
• Experience the joy of tending to the daikon plants and watching them grow.
• Work hard to memorize lines for the play and learn the Christmas songs in anticipation of the Christmas Program.
• Enjoy making the holiday crafts and experience pride in their work as they are displayed in the classrooms.
• Take care of your health by thoroughly washing your hands and gargling.
• Understand the true meaning of Christmas by watching the Christmas play and listening to stories.
The 30th Anniversary
Kodomo No Ie opened in October 1987 and will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year! So many memories run through my head, like pictures on an old film reel.
It feels like a dream that this tiny, tiny school that I started, with my simple desire to spend time with children again after moving to the Unites States, has now flourished into a place where countless children have grown up in the past 30 years.
These 30 years would not have been possible without the parents’ support and encouragement, as well as God’s protection.
A committee has been set up to prepare for the 30th anniversary celebration, led by the following individuals (listed below). I am thankful these people have committed themselves to preparing a wonderful celebration for our school.
Thank you for your support and understanding, as we prepare to create a warm and friendly event that will hopefully touch you all.
30th Anniversary Planning Committee:
Committee Chair: Kumiko Dorio
Committee Members: Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Kanemoto, Mrs. Shamhart, Mrs. Takahashi, Mrs. Carmichael, Mrs. Dizon, Mrs. Wang, Mrs. Taylor,
Mrs. Ptashne, Mrs. Bacher, Mrs. Klintworth, Mrs. Mortimer-Lamb, Mrs. Peregon
Kodomo No Ie 30th Anniversary Announcement (for current students)
These are the initial details for Kodomo No Ie’s 30th Anniversary celebration (for current students)
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(anniversary worship service held from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
Place: Kodomo No Ie Playground
Please save the date! We will provide more information as it becomes available.
There is a chance we may ask for your assistance, and we thank you for your cooperation in advance. We look forward to spending this special day with you.
Note: We’re planning to hold an “alumni" event in the afternoon. We will provide more information to families with graduates in a separate communication.
The 30th Anniversary Planning Committee