KNI Newsletter March Issue
1: March Schedule
2: Song of the Month
4: How the Hina Doll Crafts Are Made at Each Class
5: Dear Parents
March words --- "Dou-shita-no?' (What's happened?)
Jasmines are at full bloom in this season every year by our school's entrance gate. They are covered with small pale pink flowers, and deliver such sweet smell to us when we walk through the gate.
Our newly added Sakura tree right by the Jasmine also shows many buds this year. The tree was a gift to us from last year's graduates. Several soft pink flowers are already blooming, though it's weeks earlier than sakura season in Japan. We are happy to feel that spring has arrived here.
Our school's spring break is scheduled at the end of this month. I hope everyone will be able to enjoy the spring season wherever you will be.
MAR 1(Su) Hinamatsuri Event at the Huntington Library
by Sakura class from 1:30pm
MAR 2 (M) Open House for Renge and Kiku Classes
MAR 3 (Tu) Open House for Momo Class
MAR 11-13 (W-F) March Birthday Parties and Offering
MAR 14 (Sa) PTA sponsored Bazaar at KNI Playground
MAR 21 (Sa) Japanese school Spring Class Presentation at 9:00 - noon
MAR 25 (W)-APR 4(Sa) Spring Break
Third semester begins on Monday, April 6th.
Song of the Month
--- Shaberu de hoi (Dig with a shovel)
---Kawaii Kakurenbo (Cute hide and seek)
---Renge mo Sumire mo Sakimasitatte (Astragalus and Violets are blooming)
---- Inu no Omawari-san (Puppy Police)
--- Yama no Warutsu ( Waltz in the mountain)
---A-i-u-e-o no Uta (A-I-U-E-O song) - same as February
-- Ureshii Hinamatsuri (Happy Girls' Day Festival)
You can find the music sheets for these songs on the Attendance Table. Please feel free to take them and enjoy singing with your children.
We are happy to announce that we sent the donation to Shishiori Elementary School in Kesennuma City in Miyagi prefecture. We have been supporting the school for its recovery from the Great Tohoku Earthquake.
We were able to send them a total of $1000. Breakdown of the total is $475 from donation at last year's Bazaar, $238 from Sakura Class Calendar sale, and the rest from September - December birthday parties. Thank you very much for your continuous support. We received a thank you letter from the school, which says that they are still struck by flashbacks even though they almost forget about the devastating event in their daily lives. They appreciate many people continue to think of them and cheer for them to strive.
How the Hina Doll Crafts Are Made at Each Class
Wall hanging Hina Dolls --- Dolls are placed on a stage, made from a pink To-Go paper box with torn pieces of colored origami paper as decoration.
Swaying Hina Dolls --- Dolls' bodies are made from round construction paper folded in an half circle. Face and kimono are glued to the body. They sway side to side.
Paper Roll Hina Dolls --- Faces and decorations are attached to the bodies made from toilet paper rolls cut in half crosswise.
Paper Hina Dolls -- Bodies are made from paper boxes for Japanese sweets. Faces and the decorations are glued to the bodies.
Yogurt Hina Dolls --- Faces and decorations are attached to the empty yogurt cups used as bodies.
(Their crafts are displayed at the Huntington Library's Japanese Garden)
Standing Hina Dolls --- Materials vary each year, for example, spools, egg shells, empty Yakult plastic bottles, pine cones and milk cases have been used as bodies in the past.
"When I find the children having some conflicts at the playground after school, I hesitate to scold other children that are not my own. I wonder what I am supposed to do," asked some parents during the parent-teacher conferences
and class meetings.
I bet many of you must have experienced this similar situation.
Here's my suggestion. "Please scold all of the children equally including my own," once said a master of a sumo stable on a TV interview. According to him, it used to be a common practice among people in a neighborhood to watch out for each other's children, but it is not anymore these days.
I agree with his point. Please, feel free to give all of the children a warning if they did something that's worth being corrected. All of those who play at our playground are children of "Kodomo no Ie". We are a family who come to the same school. Please know it's perfectly ok to scold all children equally.
It might be difficult to change at first, but if everyone shares the same understanding, it will be easier for each of us to act without hesitation. Why don't all of us help raise our precious children together?! I would love all of the parents to be part of the growth of all of our children. Thank you very much."