Summer News Bulletin crafts. Please attend the upcoming board Idaho Families with Children from meeting or email Linda Worden at Asia firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. http://www.idahofca.org/ Charitable Outreach Through Half Thank You, Diane and Monica! the Sky Foundation Diane Tappen has completed her term as We are continuing to support Dang president of IFCA, and will continue FuHong through Half the Sky’s Little serving as a regular board member. Sisters program. Dang FuHong, Diane served faithfully during a time of however, is a little brother. We have great personal challenge, and we deeply supported him since his birth in 2005. appreciate of all she has done to support His early pictures indicate he was born IFCA. Monica Clements has graciously with some kind of cleft condition. agreed to serve as our new president. Current pictures show that his lip has Kristen Gratalo, MeDenne Jones, Donna been repaired. Our reports from HTS Tappen, and Linda Worden remain on are pretty brief, and we have never the board. Erik Kingston and Jeannie learned about his treatment for the cleft Swenson have retired from the board condition. Only the pictures show that a after years of creative and thoughtful lip repair, at least, was made. service. All this change means we would welcome new board members. The translated reports from his nanny Any IFCA member is welcome to attend indicate that he is talking and a board meeting. We are always open to progressing developmentally in a input from our members! The next preschool setting. HTS asks us not to meeting will be held August 10, at send out pictures of sponsored children Monica Clements’ home, from 6:30 to via the Internet, but we have a binder 8:00 P.M. Please contact Monica at with all the updates on Dang FuHong, email@example.com for directions to which will be on display at the Autumn her home in Eagle. We will be planning Moon Festival. The latest HTS report, the Autumn Moon Festival at this dated May 13, 2009 is translated as meeting. follows from the Chinese: Autumn Moon Festival This quarter, FuHong’s physical development is well. Our annual Autumn Moon Festival will be held Saturday, September 19 from When we organized the children 4:00 – 7:00 at Eagle Island State Park. to carry out activities through This is always an enjoyable event for the which they could exercise their whole family. Mark your calendar now small muscles. the children took and plan to spend the afternoon with us. turns to toss a ball. When it was FuHong’s turn, he picked up the This event is a potluck. Kid-friendly ball in front of him anxiously. foods are welcome—you don’t need to But after a try, he failed to toss bring an Asian dish. We always need the ball into the basket. He stood volunteers for setup, cleanup, games and there, frowned and thought about the reason. I asked him to have as dramatically as possible, and sold another try. He suddenly knew candy to add to the entertainment as well something. He picked up the ball as make his living. again and lifted it a little. He stared at the place of the basket. The kamishibai cards we have came Then he tossed it right toward the from http://www.kamishibai.com. Each basket. When the ball dropped set of cards is described on this Web into the basket, FuHong smiled site. There is more in-depth information happily. He was proud of about kamishibai as well. We have four himself and we are also proud of sets of kamishibai story cards that can be him. used to tell the following stories: The Story of Tanabata Educational Materials Available to Borrow This is an Asian folktale that is also widely known as the story of the For some years, IFCA has circulated a herdsman and the weaving girl. It tells Lunar New Year ―suitcase‖ of the story of two lovers who are separated educational materials and art supplies. and placed in the sky to shine as We purchased this from the Portland individual stars, meeting only once a Chinese Garden for parent volunteers to year, when magpies form a bridge use in presenting Lunar New Year between them. customs in elementary classrooms. If you would like to use the ―suitcase‖ The Mouse’s Wedding during the LNY season, contact Monica Clements at firstname.lastname@example.org. Popular in many countries, this folktale shows the power of persistence. Through the generosity of the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, The Bamboo Princess we now have additional materials that can be used in preschool or lower This is a charming story revolving elementary classrooms at any time of the around the particularly Asian images of year by parents who would enjoy the moon and bamboo. presenting Asian culture through folk tales. Some of you may be familiar with Nya-on, the Kitten the picture book, Kamishibai Man, by the Asian-American author Allen Say. This is a moon tale suitable for Kamishibai are picture story cards— preschool children. An English perhaps the forerunner of manga—that language picture book by Kevin were used by street storytellers in Japan Henckes, Kitten’s First Full Moon, before television was widespread. The recounts another version of this story. kamishibai man would bicycle around with his sets of story cards, which he To borrow a set of kamishibai cards, displayed in a little wooden stage. As he please contact Linda Worden at displayed the cards to a crowd of email@example.com, or at 362-8482. children, he told the accompanying story Preschool Playgroup Summer Reading If you have a preschool child and can The Rediscovered Bookshop is hosting a participate in a playgroup that meets discussion of Socialism is Great: A Friday mornings, contact Joelle Worker’s Memoir of the New China by Holmquist at Lijia Zhang at their Eclectic Reader’s firstname.lastname@example.org. book club meeting on Monday, July 27 at 6:30 P.M. The bookshop is located at The playgroup meets in Boise and 7079 Overland Rd., in a strip mall near Meridian every week during the Cole Rd. Their phone number is 376- summer. At the end of September, the 4229. Copies of Socialism is Great are group will meet every other week. available for $13.50. Activities for Elementary and Middle Year of the Tiger is Coming! School Youth Yes, it’s hard to think about Lunar New IFCA facilitates casual gatherings of Year in the middle of the summer, but young people in all grades beyond the time to prepare our annual party is kindergarten. Giggling Dragons is coming. If you are interested in generally a younger group, while ASIA participating in any way, please let us is for fourth grade and up. The activities know. We could not do it without the are organized by parents and do not have many who have volunteered in ways to have a specific Asian cultural theme great and small over the years. The and can merge with other community LNY party may be the only event groups. Groups have bowled, visited the organized specifically for families with Discovery Center, participated in the Asian adoptees that some people are able ―Girls’ Night Out‖ program at the to fit into their busy schedules. The YMCA, and painted ceramic items at LNY party is not meant to be a substitute Artist For A Day. Kristen Gratalo for studying Asian culture and organized a Memorial Day bicycle ride languages. It’s a time when families can along the Greenbelt, which was a major belong to a unique group of people who hit, especially as it ended at the Viking have a very special adoptive experience Drive In on State Street for soft-serve in common. Please contact Joyce cones and other refreshments. Mauck at 322-7172 if you can serve on the planning committee. Let’s greet the If you are interested in participating, Year of the Tiger with a great even in just one event, get in touch! If celebration! you would like to organize an event, do it! The Giggling Dragons has a private listserve on Yahoo, which you can join by contacting email@example.com. ASIA has no listserve, but you can get involved by contacting Renee Montagne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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