1: Word of the Month -April ・・・"Itte kimasu. (I am going.)"
2: April Events
3: April Goal
4: Song of the Month
5: Our Spring Break
6: From the 30th Anniversary Committee
Newsletter April 2017
Word of the Month -April ・・・"Itte kimasu. (I am going.)"
Spring Break is now over and the children have returned to school full of energy and joy. Everything at school, from the jasmine flowers by the gate, to the bunnies, gold fish, and turtles, has been waiting for your return. Teachers have been enjoying hearing stories from your fun spring break.
Although it's still cold in the mornings and evenings, we get to enjoy the sun’s warmth during the day. Let's go outside to look for signs of spring! The bugs in the schoolyard, like the caterpillars, butterflies, roly polys, and ants, are waiting to play with you.
Children's Day, Mother's Day and Sports Day are coming. We are going to have many fun events in the third trimester. What a fun!
4/3 (Mon), 4/4 (Tue), 4/7 (Fri), 4/8 (Sat) - Third Trimester begins
4/3 (Mon) - Hiyoko no Kai (Mommy and Me) resumes
4/12 (Wed), 4/13 (Thur), 4/14 (Fri) - April Birthday Parties and Donation
4/15 (Sat) - Bible Study at Japanese School
4/19 (Wed) - Kiku Class to visit Keiro Nursing Home (to be changed to a later time)
・Enjoy outdoor activities under the warm spring sun
・Watch small creatures in the schoolyard (e.g., butterflies, ants, ladybugs, roly polys, worms, earwigs), and develop scientific curiosity.
・Prepare for Children's Day by making Koinobori (carp shaped windsocks).
・Learn appreciation for mothers by making presents for their mothers.
・Prepare for Sports Day by practicing the programs.
・Continue to complete "Ganbari chart” (Sakura class) and "Jump rope chart” (Kiku and Ume Classes)
・Continue to develop good habits in hand washing and mouth washing.
Song of the Month
Ara doko da (Where is it?)
Ohana ga waratta (The flower laughed)
Ahiru no Koushin (The Duck’s March)
Haru ga kita (Spring has come)
Utae Ban Ban (Sing, Bang Bang!)
Koinobori (Streaming Carps), Okaasan (Mother), and Sports Day Song
Our Spring Break
I visited Japan which was still very cold. The cherry blossom buds in the Kansai prefecture were still tight and waiting to bloom. My 94 year-old mother is still healthy. I am grateful that she is still has the strength to do what she has to do on her own. At the 10 year memorial for my late husband, I was able to meet with my close friends. Spending time with my grand children, whom I have not seen for a while, gave me courage and refreshed my vitality.
A friend of mine from high school came to visit me and we visited famous spots in LA such as Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, the Griffith Observatory, Disneyland, and more. Our feet hurt at the end of each day from walking, and we were sleep deprived from talking until late at night. But we were so glad to spend time together and share our good old memories.
I had a little adventure on my spring break. I traveled to San Diego by myself and rented a small camping car for the first time, and had an exciting three days. The view of the beautiful beach was so enchanting. I feel ready for the third trimester, fully energized by the power of the sun.
I went back to Japan to attend my big sister's wedding. It was wonderful to reunite and spend time with my family. My big sister and a friend of mine are both expecting a baby, which was a big surprise! Overall, I had a very nice and relaxing time in Japan.
I went to Lake Arrowhead since I did not want to stay home. I drove to Lake Arrowhead by myself. The one-hour drive was not easy, but when I saw the beautiful scenery, all my fatigue just disappeared. If I have another chance to do so, I would like to visit Lake Arrowhead again.
Since I was tired from going out, catching up with a friend I haven't seen in 20 years, and with my daughter's friend who went back to Japan, I decided to take it easy for during spring break. Since many of my piano students came for lessons everyday, we worked hard together to practice. *We will have a recital in the sanctuary on 5/7. Please come and see us!
From the 30th Anniversary Committee
30th Anniversary Tote bag and t-shirt sale started.
Artist Mirai Yokoyama, a Kodomo No Ie alumni whose artwork you may have seen on the walls of the piano room, drew her memories of Kodomo No Ie for this special occasion. The drawing was printed onto 100% cotton fabric made by a Japanese craftsman working for POP FACTORY in the Los Angeles Arts District. Please purchase them!
On sale from April 5th, Wednesday
・Natural (large) 21inx16inx5in $12 40
・Natural (small) 15inx15inx4in $10 30
・Denim (small) 15inx15inx4in $10 30
*For those who are interested in purchasing these items, they will be on sale in the Kodomo No Ie office. Please bring exact amount in cash.
*Sale period 4/5 – 4/15
*The sale will end when items sell out.
We have kids sizes (toddler and youth) and adult sizes. The toddler sizes will have pink as one of the choices and the youth size will have an additional color also, with a total of 7 colors.
Please take a look at the order form for more details.
**All profits will go toward supporting the 30th Anniversary committee.
Notice and Appreciation
The 30th Anniversary committee received $400 to support the event with the approval of the Parent Association. These funds will be used for the 30th Anniversary Celebration on August 19th, for the students presently attending Kodomo No Ie. We would like to take this opportunity to show our appreciation for all your understanding and support.
As for cash donations, we are continually accepting it through gofundme. If you are interested in supporting us, please go to into the Kodomo No Ie website and click on the pink tag showing 30th Anniversary Celebration.