Sunday, February 13, 2011

SILC: Weekly Digest (02/13/2011)

Dear SILC Students, Parents, Teachers and Volunteers:

Hope you have all made note of the changes in SILC calendar and/or collected the new calendar yesterday. If not, you can download the calendar from

SILC days are moving fast with "Literature and Social Studies" day ahead of us as our next big event (on March 26).

Some of you who have joined SILC family this year might be wondering about this day and what will be done on that day. This is the day where our Literature and Social Studies students show case what they have been learning at SILC.  You can see the summary of last year's event at the link below to get an idea of this day

As you recall, our friends from Indian Association of MN have visited us at SILC and released our first SILC News letter. And some of you have become members of IAM as well.
If you are interested to attend IAM's ConnectIndia event, please see below for more details.  You can also touch base with Raj Menon, Shalini Tadani, Kusum Gosain at SILC for more details and tickets.


India Association of Minnesota (IAM) is organizing Connect India, a premier annual event, on March 12th 2011 at Crowne Plaza, Bloomington from 5-9 PM. Connect India attracts participants from a wide audience and presents the opportunity to interact with community, business, and political leaders. Some of the attendees at Connect India 2010 included Sam Prabhakar (VP IBM), Jack Truong (VP, 3M), Governor Mark Dayton, Speaker of the MN House Margaret Kelliher, Mayor R.T. Rybak, Ashwin Madia, Senator Juliane Ortman & Sheriff Rich Stanek.

Time                      5 – 9 PM, Saturday, March 12 2011.
Location               Crowne Plaza (formerly Holiday Inn Hotel) 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN 55425
India Association of Minnesota is a non-profit organization that has existed in Minnesota for over 30 years. The Indian American community has grown remarkably in Minnesota, especially in the Minneapolis - St. Paul region. India Association of Minnesota represents people with an interest in the culture and heritage of India to build a sense of cohesiveness within this community, represent the community to the population at large, and serve as the focal point for advancing the education, cultural, and charitable interests of the community.
We invite you to leverage this unique opportunity to network with prominent community leaders in Minnesota, participate in a thought-provoking panel discussion, honor the IAM Achievement Awardee for excellence in community service, enjoy a delicious Indian dinner & an enthralling cultural performance
With your participation, you make a three-fold impact by:
•             Demonstrating your support for the Indian Community and Diversity
•             Gaining visibility for your organization within an influential and diverse community
•             Enabling the Indian community to be more connected with culture, art, business and politics

You also have a unique opportunity to sponsor and advertise at this event to obtain visibility within a very influential group of Minnesotans, while supporting the Indian community.
Connect India Event Leads:
Manohar Shintre                                     (651-815-0099,
Sunoj Narayanan                                    (952-393-7908,
For more details, please visit us at:


Many of you or your children are now enrolled in a language class at SILC. Do you know how to say "I love you" in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Nepali, Malayalam? And how to write it out in native language?

Google for it and put your knowledge to practice on this day.

Happy Valentines Day

Siva Jasthi

School of India for Languages and Culture
(mobile) 612.217.4821

Sunday, February 6, 2011

SILC: Weekly Digest (02/06/11)

Dear SILC Students, Parents, Teachers and Volunteers:

Hope you have all enjoyed your weekend - and watching the super bowl (and commercials)

[1] There are some important changes in SILC schedule (done due to the availability of the auditorium at como school, cancellations due to bad weather, Festival of Nations event moving out by a week).
Please note down these changes.

19 March 2011 - Regular SILC classes
26 March 2011 - Social Studies & Literature Day
30 April 2011 - Regular SILC classes
07 May 2011 - No SILC (Festival Of Nations)
14 May 2011 - Holi Celebrations
21 May 2011 - Graduation

[2]  Here are several ways you can get the updated calendar

*  Mark these changes in calendar in your SILC folders
*  Pick up a new printed copy of the SILC Calendar from SILC next Saturday
*  Download the calendar from SILC web site
*  Visit  to see the changes in the calendar

[3]  All dance students - Please see the note from Raj on Festival of Nations auditions.

The SILC auditions by the Festival of Nations is scheduled for Sunday March 20th as follows:

    * SILC adults - 2.00 pm (arrive at Intl Inst of MN, 1694 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108 by 1.30 pm)
    * SILC teens  - 2.00 pm (arrive at Intl Inst of MN, 1694 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108 by 1.30 pm)
    * SILC kids    - 2.30 pm (arrive at Intl Inst of MN, 1694 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108 by 2.00 pm)

Please try to attend if at all possible, we need to show as close to full strength as possible and present a dance we are all proud of !
All question can be directed to Raj Menon 952-890-7909 or (email preferable)

Raj Menon

[4] Please welcome -  Natarajan Raman  ( who has joined SILC Board as Volunteer Coordinator.
We are still looking for many volunteers to run SILC operations to join SILC Board.
 If any of you are interested and want to make a difference in the way SILC is running, please contact Natarajan Raman.

    1. Official Photographer – 2 volunteers, 1 year commitment
    2. Official Videographer – 2 volunteers, 1 year commitment
    3. SILC HOLI: Co-Chairpersons – 2 persons, 1 year commitment
    4. SILC MELA : Co-Chairpersons – 2 persons, 1 year commitment
    5. SILC Yearbook: Owner is , 1 year commitment
    6. SILC web registration system for next year -programmers, web-page designers, 1 year commitment
    7. SILC Outreach Director: – 1 volunteer, 2 year commitment
  i.      Keeping the “Friends of SILC” group alive & well
   ii.      Making sure SILC Newsletter reaches “Friends of SILC”
  iii.      Forwarding invites to “Friends of SILC” for the HOLI, MELA, FON performances etc
  iv.      Reaching out to Community Organizations as needed

Siva Jasthi

School of India for Languages and Culture
(mobile) 612.217.4821