Sunday, February 5, 2012

SILC: Weekly Digest (02/05/12)

Dear SILC Students, Parents, Teachers and Volunteers:

Hope you have all enjoyed watching the super bowl.

1] SAP Team and SILC News Letter

Our next big event on SILC Calendar is Literature and Social Studies Day on March 24th. That is also the day when we release our 3rd SILC News Letter. As some of you have noticed, SAP team (Special Achievement Projects classroom students) have taken the lead and responsibility for bringing out the 3rd news letter.  In that context, they are exploring ideas on how it can be improved. With their energy and enthusiasm, I am sure it is going to be better, different and exciting. 

There is a quiz by Divya Vundamati in the last SILC News Letter (released on SILC Mela day). The answers to the quiz are given here.

1. Which Indian emperor had over 9,000 cheetahs? 
Answer: Akbar the Great
2.Which state in India has the lowest population?
A. Sikkim, with a population of 540,851. It is also the second smallest state in India after Goa.
3. Who was the first Indian scientist to win the Noble Prize?
A. Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. He won in 1930 in physics for the discovery of the Raman effect(named after him) and his work on the scattering of light.
4.  What is the highest number of songs in an Indian film?
A. 71, in the movie Indra Sabha. 
5.    What is the significance of the chakra(wheel) on the Indian flag invented by Pingali Venkkaya?
A. It represents Emperor Asoka's Chakra which was created to represent “the wheel of the law”. The 24 spokes in the chakra symbolize the 24 hours per day and the progress by each hour.

2] Musical Talent:

Do you or any of your children play piano or other musical instrument? You may find the attached music sheet on "Vande Mataram" useful.  We are exploring the possibility of leveraging the talent in SILC community to play Vande Matarm and Jana Gana Mana for our annual day and for special events. If you are interested to play, please contact the Principal Shiv Bhatia.

3] Vibha Taal:

SILC is also planning to participate in Vibha Taal 2012 ( to be held on April 21st at St Paul Student Center, University of MN. SILC Youth and SILC girls - these two teams will be participating in this event. Please talk to Neelam Malhotra (Youth team) and Aiswarya Menon (Girls team) if you have any questions on the event or participation.  And most importantly, please block off your calendar for that day. It is a free event you can attend and cheer for SILC team.

4] Lost and Found:

A green and white Adidas back pack with a laptop was left behind in the Como school cafeteria on Saturday. If you have found it, please email us and let us know.

Answers to last week's Quiz:

[Q] National motto of United States is : In God We Trust (Official) and E pluribus unum (Latin, Out of many, one).
What is national motto of India?

[A] "Satyameva Jayate" (satyam-eva jayate सत्यमेव जयते) (Literally: "Truth Alone Triumphs") - is the national motto of India

This week's Quiz:

[Q] What is GandhiCon? How is it related to Linux operating system?

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

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