11ぴきのネコの日本旅行 | Kitty’s trip to Japan

Making the plane ready for the trip
飛行機を作って日本へ行こう

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一つひとつのシートにも色が塗られた素敵な飛行機の完成。ネコたちを乗せた満席の飛行機、出発いたしました。 Working together, students made and decorated this special airplane, which is full of kittens flying to Japan! 

東京タワー作り | Making the Tokyo tower

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手遊び「おてらのおしょうさん」にも出てくる東京タワーを作成!
Then we made Tokyo Tower, about which we’ve been singing in a hand-gesture song.

お花見 | Watching the Cherry blossoms

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日本の春と言えばお花見。桜を作ると、早速ネコたちはお弁当を持ってお花見開始です。
Springtime in Japan means Cherry Blossom watching… Right after kids finish making cherry blossoms, the kittens came to see the flowers with their Obento boxes! 

富士山 | Mt.Fuji

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1月に、折り紙カレンダーで作った富士山。ネコたちも富士登山成功!
Here’s Mt. Fuji (which they’d already made using Origami on their January calendars). Kittens climbed up to the top! 

Frozen fantasy trip to Tokyo!

にじ組が作ったエルサ、アナ、オラフが、そりに乗って、東京ツアーへ!  
Elsa, Anna & Olaf leave the castle and go to Tokyo tower on their sled… where’s Christof??

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Cars (Niji Class)

車遊びが大好きなにじ組のこどもたち。ひまわり恒例の段ボールでの車作りは、今年はカーズ!車の製造から塗装、パンクの修理もお手の物です!
What can you find in Detroit? CARS!! Here at the Himawari Engineering And Design Studio (HEADS), we find some of our top engineers working on car testing and performance.

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Time for repairs and maintenance!
And now we’re ready to race!!!

節分 | Setsubun 2021

クラスごとに大きな鬼を作り、豆まきをしました。
また、一人ずつ鬼の面を作りました。そら組では、デカルコマニーで左右対称の面白いお面ができましたよ!
Making Big Oni (demon) together and throwing beans at them on Setsubun day (Feb 2).
Also making Oni masks using a decalcomania design transfer process.

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How dangerous is Covid-19 for my child at Himawari?

This is a difficult question that many parents are facing right now.  Is it safe to send my preschool child to Himawari Preschool?

As of today (August 11) I think the best answer is to compare Covid-19 to something similar we have had in past school years:  the Flu (Influenza).

Here is a link to the CDC website for Covid-19      For everyone tested in the US and having Covid, 1.6% were ages 0-4 and 5.9% were ages 5-17 (as of Aug 10).  Only 0.025% of infected children ages 0-4 (30 kids) and 0.037% of infected children ages 5-17 (43 kids) have died from Covid so far.  If we use March 10 as the beginning of the pandemic, then we’ve had 155 days, or 42.5% of a year:  so yearly deaths could be estimated at 71 deaths ages 0-4, and 101 deaths ages 5-17.

Here is a link to the CDC website for Influenza     The CDC thinks that there were 35.5 million cases of the Flu in the US in 2018-19.  Of these, 10.2% were ages 0-4 and 21.6% were ages 5-17.   0.8% of infected children ages 0-4 (266 kids) and 0.6% of infected children ages 5-17 (211 kids) died from the Flu.

Comparing the US rates of these 2 diseases, kids ages 0-4 are much more likely to get the Flu and have serious complications, as well as kids age 5-17.

Also, the general population positive rates for Covid-19 tests in over a 7-day average in Wayne (4.7% as of 8/9/20) and Oakland (4.6% as of 8/9/20) are both below 5%.  The statewide positivity rate is currently at 2.3%, and you can see an updated number at this link.  This is a good (low) rate and acceptable for opening school.

So preschool age kids 3-5 years old have more personal risk from the Flu than from Covid.  This should help us understand the risk of sending our kids to Himawari Preschool this year.

ひまわり幼稚園2020-21年 申し込み状況 – Himawari 2020-21 Enrollment Status

The current enrollment status (as of 4/12/2021)

Sora class 4, 5 day (ages 4-5):  full (waiting list)
4-5才児 そら組4-5日クラス 定員を満たしております。

Hana class 3 day (ages 4-5):  still openings available
4-5才児 はな組3日クラス 募集中

Niji class 4-5 day (ages 3-4): full (waiting list)
3-4才児 にじ組4-5日クラス 定員を満たしております。

Kotori class 3 day (ages 3-4):  still openings available
3-4才児 ことり組3日クラス 募集中。