KNI Newsletter April
1: Word for the month "Ittekimasu いってきます - I am leaving. "
2: April Event
3: Goals of this month
4: Sports Day Information
5: Let's Sing! - Songs of the month
6: Did you know?
9: Registration for the next school year
10: Summer School
11: Our Spring Break
Word for the month "Ittekimasu いってきます - I am leaving. "
A lot of new buds in bright green color are shooting out from the mulberry tree that was almost bare until recently. It's one of the moments when I feel the cycle of life in Spring. I hope you had a wonderful spring break. Each of the teachers had their own great break and has returned to the KNI feeling refreshed. The third semester at KNI is filled with exciting events such as Children's Day, Mother's Day, and Sports Day. We will do our best to be as energetic as the kids!
April 9 - Third Semester begins (Renge, Kiku, Momo, Sakura, Sumire, Ume)
April 12 - Third Semester begins (Japanese School)
April 16, 17, 18 - April Birthday Parties and offering
April 19 - Bible Story at Japanese School by Horiuchi Sensei
April 23 - Kiku class to visit Keiro Home for Easter
Goals of this month
- Enjoy outdoor activities under the nice spring sunlight.
- Watch small creatures in the garden (ie. butterflies, ants, lady bugs, roly-polies, worms, etc), and develop scientific curiosity.
- Anticipate the "Children's Day" celebration through making Koinobori, the flying carp banners.
- Learn an appreciation for our mothers through creating presents for Mother's Day.
- Look forward to the Sports Day by practicing.
- Continue to complete the "Ganbari Charts" and "Jump-Rope Charts"
- Continue to develop hand washing routines.
Sports Day Information
Date: May 18 (Sunday) 9:00-1:30
Location: Oak Avenue Middle School
Please save the day and join us!
Let's Sing! - Songs of the month
Renge … Hana no Okuni no Kisha Poppo (Choo-Choo train in flower kingdom)
Momo … Ohana ga Waratta (A flower smiled)
Sumire … Zou-san (LIttle Elephant)
Kiku … Jungle Gym no Uta (Song of jungle gym)
Ume … Ahiru no Koushin (Duck's March)
Sakura … Un Pa Pa
All Classes … Koinobori (Carp Banner), Oka-san (Mommy), Undoukai no uta (Song for the Sports Day), Enka (KNI School song)
Did you know?
A small tree has been planted by the gate. It's a Sakura tree, a commemorative gift from the graduating class of this year. We are looking forward to seeing this tree grow up. Let's take a good care of it together.
Please make sure to write your kids' names on their belongings, including tooth brushes and cups (for those who are in the class with lunch).
Our annual "Children's Day Event" will be taken place at the Huntington Library. We look forward to seeing you there.
Date: Sunday, May 4, 1:30- 3pm
Location: Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library
Event details: Origami workshop for Children's Day, Kamishibai story time, children's songs (ie. Koinobori, Katatsumuri, Inu-no Omawari-san, Kawaii Kakurenbo, KNI song) * Please have children practice these songs at home.
Registration for the next school year
KNI is accepting applications for the 2014 school year first among existing KNI families in April, then among any new families starting in May. We look forward to having many children back at KNI.
KNI is hosting summer school as usual. The schedule is relatively flexible, designed to meet various needs of the families. We hope you will sign your kids up to our fun-filled summer school.
Our Spring Break
- I toured wineries in Paso Robles. It was very interesting to find out that each wine tastes different depending on the wineries even if they are same type of wines. I also stopped by the Hearst Castle, and was impressed by the scale of this country again. (Ms. Kanno)
- I was able to visit one of the places that I've wanted to visit, Sea World! Children at KNI told me a lot about it in advance, and gave me a good preview of the visit. One of their popular shows, Orca Show was so powerful that I became a fan of Orcas immediately! I really like the beautiful towns of San Diego, too. (Ms. Iino)
- This was my first spring in the US. I explored nearby parks, enjoyed the cherry blossoms and new leaves. The tall palm trees and massive oak trees made me imagine about the history of America. Also, I was able to feel Jesus very close to me by spending a lot of time reading the bible.
- I visited San Diego, and went to Legoland and Sea World for the first time. Especially at Legoland, I had so much fun that I felt like being a child myself again! I got my energy recharged during the spring break, and am ready to work hard and cherish the time with KNI children in the third semester. (Ms. Hashiba)
- I visited Japan in Spring Break, and was able to catch the sight of cherry blossoms in full bloom. One of the main purposes of the trip was to spend time with my 92-year-old mother. She slowed down quite a bit, but is very healthy and looked very happy to play with her 8-month-old great grand daughter. I felt a great relief and an encouragement during the three days I was able to spend with her. I was surprised that she was still able to remember very old nursery rhymes and sing to her great grand daughter, Yuri-chan, in a nice higher-pitched voice with a full smile. I accompanied her with my clumsy piano, and I feel I can still hear her voice in my mind.