Ready to Face November!

Ready to Face November!

We finally got to see the Jupiter class’ craft hung up in our school! We loved seeing the last few days of decorations leading up to Halloween and Sports Day.

Saturn class has also been able to take part in a mask project with Thom teacher. It was so fun to see everyone’s finished product 🙂

Michiyo-sensei with our White and Red team captains and co-captains

This week, after our long weekend, we came back and congratulated our Mercuries for leading us during Sports Day. Everyone has been able to play a lot this week as a way to reward ourselves for working hard this month!

Now that November has started, we have lot of other events (field trip, Speech Day, and Thanksgiving) to look forward to. It will be a busy few weeks, but let’s enjoy our time together and have lots of fun!

Creeping up on Sports Day

Creeping up on Sports Day

It’s getting more and more festive inside the kindergarten! Spooky season is among us!

Saturns and Mercuries have finished their crafts for Halloween, and WOW! What an amazing atmosphere in the kindergarten this week!

Another decoration in our school this week is not a craft, but is just as exciting!

Every year, leading up to Sports Day, our Mercury class holds a badge drawing contest and the other classes vote for which design they like best. No names are on the front and only underclassmen are allowed to vote.

Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners have been decided, and the winning design will be made into a badge for everyone! Who do you think won the contest? We are so excited to see how it turns out!

Next week Jupiters’ craft will also be ready to hang up in the school. Hmm…what design do you think they made? Stay tuned!

Park! Park! Park!

Park! Park! Park!

10 more days until Sports Day and Halloween!

How are we getting ready for Sports Day?

Lots of park days!

We have been taking advantage of the good weather and going to the nearby parks for lots of practice!

We have also spent the day at Chiku Center to practice our marching and unique class games.

Since we still have over a week left, we still have plenty of chances to get ready before the big day!

頑張りましょう!

October is here!

October is here!

A new month means new crafts!

We have been so excited for October to come! There is so much to look forward to.

At the end of this month is our Sports Day and Halloween celebration. But until then, we spent some time getting creative to celebrate autumn!

At the beginning of the month, we have already made paintings for the new moon viewing holiday. We also are making clay pumpkins and colorful fall leaves this week.

And there are still some more to come!

Happy October!

Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons

How was your long weekend?

Did you spend time with your grandparents for Respect For the Aged Day?

Today was the first cool day we have had in a while! Although it has been a little bit rainy, it feels refreshing.

It makes us think back to our last day of pool…

なつかしい!

Now that fall is coming, we have many things to look forward to…

Sports Day…

Halloween…

cooler weather…

Thanksgiving…

and lots of yummy food!

We also have started a new after school program with Jojo Teacher on Wednesdays this month. A group of kindergarten and preschool students have been enjoying free time, game time, snack time, and craft time together after school.

Jojo Teacher and after-school kids playing duck duck goose

Only a few more days until the end of this month. Let’s enjoy the coming of fall together!

Art Day 2020

Art Day 2020

Last Friday, we participated in a summer Art Day!

Usually, we host our Art Day in February, but due to many other schedule changes, we decided to enjoy the outdoors and get creative with lots of color!

After painting our uchiwas (a sneak peek into what we will be using for our matsuri!), we used body paint on one another and washed ourselves off (partly) with water balloons.

It was a great opportunity to get crazy and have fun together despite the hot weather and social distancing!

End of First Term Already?!

End of First Term Already?!

The end of July has arrived! How quickly this term flew by…

First we hosted our annual Speech Day on Zoom for the parents! We had a total of 11 kids: 3 Jupiters, 4 Saturns, and 4 Mercuries. Everyone was so excited to present and no one had any big blunders!

We also got to celebrate our July birthdays together. Our birthday students received their homemade presents in their shimmery costumes.

Before our last day of the term, we also had Cleaning Day! We have always done cleaning at the end of each term, but from this year, it now has a whole new meaning.

Our kids cleaned their own cubbies, toys, and craft supplies boxes. We also cleaned the floors together and made sure everything was sanitized.

A special thanks to the volunteer mamas who came to clean the harder-to-reach places for us 🙂

And last, but not least, we have been able to enjoy pool time (in low group numbers at a time) every day!

What a hot couple of weeks it’s been. And now it’s summer break! Have a safe time in this heat!

We are looking forward to seeing you again in a few weeks 🙂

Wishes for Tanabata!

Wishes for Tanabata!

Every year on July 7th, we celebrate Tanabata, which comes from an old Japanese tale of two star-crossed lovers:

A long time ago, a princess named Orihime fell in love with a farmer named Hikoboshi on the other side of the Milky Way.

The two got married and were so happy. But since they were so excited to be together, they both stopped working.

This made Orihime’s father force the couple to only meet once a year. But if they meet on a cloudy day, they can’t see where they’re going and it’s dangerous!

Since then, Orihime and Hikoboshi have promised to work very hard until they can see each other again. But they must pray very hard for good weather!

In Japan, we make our own wishes every year, too! We wish for health, happiness, and of course, good weather for Orihime and Hikoboshi!

早くプールできますように!

What do you wish for this year?

Here is our wish!

Big Birthday Party!

Big Birthday Party!

This week, we were able to have our first birthday party after a few months! We were able to celebrate all our spring month birthdays, as well as our June birthday kids!

This was the first birthday party experience for Jupiter class, so it was fun to see them be a part of the fun together.

This year, our gifts are mug cups, of which the kids design and bake in the oven themselves with Michiyo teacher.

After handing out the presents, we all played games together and had a lot of fun. Due to virus precautions, we didn’t eat snacks or dance together, but we were able to make some new traditions together.

We all hope that everyone felt special at our party 🙂