Sunday, October 16, 2011

SILC: Weekly Digest (10/16/2011)

Dear SILC Students, Parents, Teachers and Volunteers:

Please note that we do not have SILC next week (on 22nd October) due to MEA weekend and we will meet on 29th october.

SILC Library 2.0:
SILC Library has some educational books, CDs, games which can be borrowed by SILC community. For the current inventory of items in SILC library, please click here or access the link
We are busy looking at reinvigorating the SILC library to become a valued resource for SILC students and families.  Currently, we're investigating both ways to ensure awareness of all that the library has to offer, to make it easy to check out and request materials, and to make it easy to maintain.

We want to leverage technology and also get students involved in raising awareness of the SILC Library Collection, and we'll be asking SILC families to help us understand what they would value and how they could leverage the resource.

More to come on this...look for an early 2012 launch!

SILC Calendar:

One of the parents have asked for a copy of the SILC Calendar. Please note that you can access it from --> click on the Calendar on the left hand side

You can access the calendar directly from this link

Halloween@SILC on 10/29
Everyone is encouraged to dress up in costumes. Class pictures in halloween costumes will be taken during language class. Candy will be distributed at the end of SILC session after Jana Gana Mana

SILC News Letter

The first edition of SILC News Letter for the academic year will be released on 12th November / Diwali day at SILC / Picture Day. Please contribute your articles (book/movie reviews, your experiences at SILC, your works of art, any travel to India experiences, etc.) to the News Letter editor  "Krishnan Nambudiripad" <>

Yoga and Dance at Institute of Himalayan Tradition:

Institute of Himalayan Tradition is holding a fund raiser event on 22nd October; Our Yoga substitute teacher and SILC parent Vaishalee Ballolla will be presenting a solo Bharatnatyam (South Indian Classical Dance) "Bhakti Maargam—Path of Devotion" during this event. Please visit for the details on the tickets and timings. For any further questions, please contact Viashalee Ballolla.

Tabla Class - Rental of Instrument

If you are interested in renting Tabla from SILC, please contact our Principal - Shiv Bhatia ( ; 651-894-2551) to reserve Tabla and for any questions.

Auditing of SILC finances
Financial transparency, accurate book keeping and managing the finances for an effective operation of SILC are important aspects SILC board takes very seriously. SILC financial year is from September 1st to August 31st.  We would like to have SILC finances audited on Second Saturday in November which falls on 12th this year.  We will be inviting one or two folks from the twin cities community (from IAM or other organization); We are also looking for 2 to 3 volunteers / parents from SILC who would like to participate in the audit. If you are interested to be part of auditing SILC, please contact "Raj Menon" <>, .

Upcoming events

22nd October: No SILC due to MEA

29th October:  Halloween at SILC (classes will be held per schedule; all are encouraged to come in costumes)

4th November: Deadline for receiving the articles for SILC News letter 1.

12th November: Diwali celebration / Picture Day / SILC News Letter 1

Answers to last week's Quiz:

1. How many states are in India? 
(28 states)

2. What is the youngest state in India? 

3. What is the largest state (by area) in India?

Quiz of the week

[1] How many regional languages are recognized by Govt of India as "official" languages? What are those languages?

[2] What are the top three (based on the number of speakers) languages spoken in India?

Siva Jasthi
Director - Communications
School of India for Languages and Culture
(mobile) 612.217.4821

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