Sunday, April 24, 2011

SILC: Weekly Digest (04/24/11)

Dear SILC Students, Parents, Teachers and Volunteers:
Have you started making use of SILC library? Please note that we have added 4 more books to SILC library collection.

1. Culture Smart! India: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette

2. The Discovery of India By Jawaharlal Nehru

4. The Bollywood Cookbook: The Glamorous World of the Actors and Over 75 of Their Favorite Recipes


The last few weeks of SILC are always busy and exciting times with the entire SILC community preparing and getting ready for many events.
 Here is the rest of SILC schedule
* Regular Classes  (April 30)
* Vibha taal (dance competion) event for Tweens (Neelam's students) (April 30)
* Festival of Nations (May 7th)
* Deadline for receiving the nominations for Uma Namboodiripad award (May 7th)
* Deadline for receiving the articles for SILC year book (May 7th)
* Holi celebrations (May 14th) and
* Graduation Day (May 21st) 
* Volunteer Appreciation Day (May 22nd)
April 30:  Vibha taal:  We have 11 students from Neelam's class registered for Vibha taal event.   We are not told about our slot yet, but we are requesting them to allocate after 2 PM.  So, all the participants need to plan to go to vibha immediately after SILC. This event will be held at COFFMAN MEMORIAL UNION Theater, 300 Washington Ave. SE. Minneapolis, MN 55455-0110.  Please visit for more details
7th May (Festival Of Nations):  Please take note of the detailed schedule of SILC Performances at FON.
* SILC Youth (Neelam's students): 11:30 AM
* SILC Children (Aishwarya's students): 1:30 PM
* SILC Adults (Lata's students): 7:00 PM
If you have not gone to FON before, it can be daunting task to navigate through the crowds and rooms to reach the dance venue where SILC students will be performing. Please ensure that you reach the venue at least 1 hour before the schedule time so as to give the performer some settling time (and also to participate in any last minute rehearsal at the venue)
Deadline for receiving the nominations for Uma Namboodiripad award (May 7th)
This permanent annual award was instituted in March 2008 to honor the memory of Uma Namboodiripad, a dedicated volunteer at SILC, who demonstrated immense commitment to its students and its mission. 
Volunteers are life blood of this organization and are the primary reason for the success of SILC all these years. Please take a moment to recognize a teacher or volunteer and send your nominations to our volunteer coordinator  Natarajan Raman – Volunteer coordinator (  or hand over a printed/written copy to Raman in person at SILC
You can review the nomination form and guidelines in the last week's digest (or at
Deadline for receiving the articles for SILC year book (May 7th)
Share your experiences of the your time at SILC! Write a review of a movie or book you have recently seen or read on India!  If you are first time teacher at SILC, what are your experiences in the class room?  Share a picture or art you have done at SILC? There are many way you can unleash your creativity to contribute to the year book.
Graduation Day (May 21st):
You must all be busy in preparing for the event - doing projects, practicing plays/rhymes and preparing the material to show.  If you have not already done so, please let us know the details of what you need (projector? speaker? mike? any other?) to present what you have learned at SILC.  We will ensure that we have it ready for you.
Wishing you all another wonderful week.

Siva Jasthi

School of India for Languages and Culture
(mobile) 612.217.4821

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