Sunday, May 1, 2011

SILC: Weekly Digest (5/1/2011)

Please take note of the detailed schedule of SILC Performances at FON. In earliest digests, I listed children's (Aishwarya's students) dance timing incorrectly. Children will be dancing at 12:30.
Dear SILC Students, Parents, Teachers and Volunteers:
Does "Gurukul" ring a bell?  "Guru" means Teacher and "Kul" means Extended Family. "Gurukul" in Indian culture reflects the traditional schooling system. On behalf of SILC Board, I am excited to announce that our registration process for next academic year will be completely online and it will be called "Gurukul".  We are working with NGIN - a twin cities based vendor providing the backend support for secure processing of registrations for many schools and communities.  If you have registerted your child for basket ball, la crosse, soccer classes online in your community/school district, you will get an idea of how the "Gurukul - SILC registration system" is going to work.  Big thanks to Raj Menon and Baiju Sadanandan - who have spent lot of time in translating the SILC needs into detailed requirements and ensuring that these get implemented in "Gurukul". We are working towards a goal of having some initial demo of this process by the graduation day. Please stay tuned for further details.
Hers is rest of SILC schedule:
Not that we do not have classes next week due to Festival of Nations event (May 5th to 8th). Please visit for the event details and direction.
All three dances from SILC are scheduled for Saturday May 7th. We will not have SILC classes on that day. 
* SILC Youth (Neelam's students): 11:30 AM
* SILC Children (Aishwarya's students): 12:30 PM
* SILC Adults (Lata's students): 7:00 PM
Please ensure that you reach the venue at least one hour before the start time to ensure that you reach the back of the stage to meet with your dance group. 
Note from Shiv Bhatia - Assistant Principal on SILC Year Book
Dear Students, Parents and Volunteers,

As we come to the end of yet another academic year, we eagerly await the graduation day.

One of the events on graduation day is the release of "Year Book". The year book includes articles from students, volunteers and parents....and acts as saved memories of another SILC year gone by. 

The contribution for the year book has been scant. I would like to request all of you to tickle the literary part of yourself and write something. It could be anything related to SILC or India.....Festival of Nations, SILC Mela, your experience at SILC as a parent or student or volunteer.......a trip to India............just about anything. 

Also note that we are looking to chose a photo or art or drawing from your submissions to be placed on the back cover page of graduation book. There will also be $10 gift card to be given out to the winner of the back cover page on the graduation day.  Please pull out the pictures you have taken during the school year or draw some picture - and send in those for a chance to see your creation on the back cover of graduation book.

Please send in your articles to info@silcmn.comor to Shiv Bhatia ( on or before May 7th. 
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
Camp Masala (June 10th - June 12th): Registration deadlie is May 6th. Some of you may be interested to register for Camp Masala - Indian Heritage camp. Note that the last day to registger for the camp is May 6th. You can see the details of Camp Masala at
Wishing you all another wonderful week.

Siva Jasthi

School of India for Languages and Culture
(mobile) 612.217.4821
* Festival of Nations (May 7th) - we will NOT have regular SILC classes.
* Deadline for registering for Camp Masala - Indian heritage camp (May 6th) 
* 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) 
Festival of Nations (May 7th) - we will NOT have regular SILC classes.

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