Our registration for September 2020 is now open.
In-person classes will start later based on the Shrewsbury School Guidelines, and our building expansion completion.
--Ruchi Chauhan & Shiamin Melville
We have completed one week of classes , and are happy to announce that we have more than 120 kids signed up for 9 different sessions. Fortunate to have so many volunteer student teachers, and the subjects range from Math, Hindi, Python, Games, Origami, and Indian Cooking.
Thank you to Shivangi Das Gupta, Arnav Mishra, Tanvi Gahlot, Abhiram Singh, Safalta Shukla, Mohini Gera, Aryan Berube, Mansi Gera, and Sumer Shinde.
We are excited to announce the ISW Masti Online Summer series starting July 6. It will run on weekday afternoons, and there will be classes for different ages ranging from 6- 14 years. These classes are offered free of charge and kids can register for multiple classes. All we ask that their attendance be consistent.
We will need a minimum number of students enrolled to start a class.
Here is a tentative schedule for 6 sessions starting July 6th until August 15.The schedule and classes time are tentative only and may change.
Tuesday (rotating classes)
Math for 7th-8th Grades
To register, please send an email to Ruchi Chauhan firstname.lastname@example.org with name, age and whatsapp number and class session
Ruchi Chauhan and Shiamin Melville
Hi Parents, In today's changing time when we are trying to connect more virtually online, we may sometimes feel that we need to learn more about safe online practice.
ISW member Sarita Deshpande, Math Teacher at AMSA and language teacher ISW Marathi Shala is offering a webinar session on digital citizenship and how to avoid Scams and Phishing for kids especially for middle school and parents of all ages.
Its open to everyone at 4:00 PM-4:50 PM on July 8th. Wednesday
Please send an email to register to Ruchi Chauhan and Shiamin Melville at email@example.com. Learn about Digital Citizenship, Digital Etiquette, Digital Rights and Responsibilities, Digital Security, Digital Communication.
We are excited to announce that we have one more class added to our ISW Summer program. It is oriented towards 5th and 6th Grade students. The class will run for 40 min. The tentative start date is July 9th (depending on the registrations received).
To register, please send an email to Ruchi Chauhan firstname.lastname@example.org with name, age and whatsapp number and class session.
मराठी शाळेचा (virtual) गुढीपाडवा कार्यक्रम (एप्रिल १९, २०२०)
दरवर्षी प्रमाणे या वर्षी ही आपल्या ISW मराठी शाळेने गुढी-पाडव्याच्या कार्यक्रमाची तयारी महिनाभर आधी पासून चालू केली होती. सर्व मुले, त्यांना सादर करायच्या कविता , गाणी , उतारा वाचन यांची जय्यत तयारी करत होती. पण फक्त थोडासा फरक हा होता , की दर वर्षी आम्ही आमच्या शाळेच्या ठिकाणी मोठ्या हॉल मध्ये जमून, पॉट लक करून सर्वजण ( शाळेची मुले, पालक , शिक्षक आणि परिवार ) एकत्र जेवण करतो, तसे न करता, या करोना च्या वातावरणात हा सण आम्ही virtually साजरा केला.
शाळेच्याच वेळेत सर्व मुले आणि त्यांचे पालक नटून सजून कॉम्पुटर समोर बसून या समारंभात सहभागी झाले.
आमच्या सगळ्या मुलांनी ‘ गणपती तुझे नाव चांगले’ ही गणपतीची प्रार्थना म्हणून कार्यक्रमाला सुरुवात केली.सगळ्या उपस्थित असलेल्यांना गुढी पाडव्याच्या शुभेच्छा दिल्या, आपल्या जवळ खास यानिमित्ताने ठेवलेल्या छोट्याश्या गुढीला वंदन केले.
शारव ने गुढी- पाडव्याचे महत्व यावरील एक उतारा वाचून हा सण का व कसा साजरा केला जातो, त्याचे आपल्या मराठी वर्षाच्या कॅलेंडर प्रमाणे असलेले महत्व, त्या दिवशी घरोघरी कशी गुढी उभारली जाते, हा दिवस हिंदू वर्षातील पहिला दिवस आहे, पुराणात सांगितलेल्या साडेतीन मुहूर्तांपैकी एक मुहूर्त म्हणजे हा दिवस आहे, अशी बरीच माहिती दिली.आरुष, स्वानंद , प्रांजली यांनी मिळून अवयवांचे गाणे अत्यंत छान पद्धतीने सादर केले, सादर करताना त्यांच्या एकत्रित काम करण्याच्या पद्धतीचे सर्व पालकांकडून भरपूर कौतुक झाले. त्यानंतर आमच्या लहान वर्गातील अवनी , सान्वी, विवान , अनिशा , श्रेया या मुलांनी ‘ तूच माझी आई का?’ नावाचे एक छोटुकले नाटक सादर केले.सगळ्यांनीच खूप छान मेहनत घेऊन, सगळे अंक, बाराखडी , वार , तिथी याचे पाठांतर करून ते या नाटुकल्या अंतर्गत सादर केले.सगळ्या मावश्या, काका, यांनी या छोट्या शिलेदारांचे मनापासून कौतुक केले.
आपल्या bmm पाठ्यपुस्तकातील सगळ्याच मुलांचे लाडके असलेले ‘ घड्याळाचे गाणे ‘ साकेत ने अगदी खणखणीत आवाजात तोंडपाठ म्हणून सगळ्यांचीच शाबासकी घेतली तर त्याचीच मोठी बहीण तृष्णा हिने ‘ एक छानशी ‘ बबलगम’ नावाची कविता अस्खलित आणि स्पष्ट पणे सादर केली. आर्यन ने ‘शुभंकरोती कल्याणम आणि भीमरूपी महारुद्रा ‘ हे दोन श्लोक - जे त्याचे बाबा त्याच्याकडून रोज म्हणवून घेतात, मनापासून म्हणले. शमिका ने या सध्याच्या करोना lockdown मध्ये घरी राहून ती काय वेगवेगळ्या गोष्टी करत ती हा घरात बसून राह्यचा वेळ कसा सत्कारणी लावते, तसेच या परिस्थिती बद्दल तिचे काही विचार हे सगळे लिहून त्याचे वाचन सादर केले.
तर ध्रुव आणि स्वरा या आमच्या विद्यार्थ्यांनी त्यांना नेमून दिलेले ‘ कपिला आणि जेनी ‘ आणि ‘पाहुणे’ हे उतारे स्वच्छ, शुद्ध आणि स्पष्ट उच्चरात वाचून सादर केले.
एकूण कार्यक्रम जरी ऑनलाईन साजरा होत होता तरीही प्रत्येक मुलाची उपस्थिती आणि सहभाग हा वाखाणण्याजोगा होता. कार्यक्रमाला आमच्या शाळेच्या इतर काही शिक्षिका आणि आमच्या डायरेक्टर मॅडम ही उपस्थित होत्या. प्रत्यक्ष रित्या जरी भेटता आले नाही, तरीही या अशा आगळ्या वेगळ्या स्वरूपात गुढी पाडव्यानिमित्त भेटून मुले आणि पालक मंडळी एकदम खुश झाली यात मात्र शंका नाही.
गुढी उभारली सुख-समृद्धीची, जमुनी आगळ्या स्वरूपे
मराठीची गोडी वाढवू, उन्नत करू, बालचमू रूपे
More Pictures and Videos link - https://photos.app.goo.gl/1yqtQY7cMnWxgESd8
ISW Marathi Shala Gudhi Padva Event
This year, as every year, our ISW Marathi school had started preparations for the Gudi-Padva program a month in advance. All the children were preparing for the poems, songs and transcripts to be presented. The only difference was that every year we gather in a big hall at our school premises, with potluck, (school children, parents, teachers and family) lunch together, without doing so, we virtually celebrated this festival in this Corona environment.
We celebrated this event during our regular school hours on Sunday. All the children and their parents sat in front of the computer and participated in the ceremony.
Our children started the program by praying Ganapati, 'Ganapati, Tuze Nav Changale’
The reading on ‘Why and how this festival is celebrated, importance of Gudhi-Padva, how Gudi is erected at home on that day, this is the first day of Hindu Calendar, one of the auspicious days of the year, etc’ was presented by Sharav.
Arush, Swanand, Pranjali performed songs on ‘body parts’ together in a very nice way, while their method of working together was appreciated by all the parents. After that, Avni, Sanvi, Vivan, Anisha, Shreya from our Junior Class, performed a short play called 'Tuch Mazi Aai Ka?’
Everyone worked very hard, recited all the numbers, alphabets, verses, dates and performed it under this play. All the aunts and uncles appreciated this little wonder.
Saket recited a poem which is favorite of all the students. The poem was’ Ghadyalache Gaane’. Triashna performed a beautiful poem called 'Bubblegum' which applauded everyone as she recited it in a loud and clear voice
Aryan recited the two verses ‘Shubhankaroti Kalyanam and Bhimrupi Maharudra’ - which his father recites with him as an everyday ritual.
. Shamika shared her readings on how she makes the most of her time at home in the current Corona lockdown, as well as some of her thoughts on the situation.
Our students Dhruv and Swara read the excerpts 'Kapila and Jenny' and 'Pahune' assigned to them in clear, pure voice and in an efficient manner.
ISW Cultural and Language School News
Hindi 4 Students compile a Magazine
The Hindi 4 students of ISW Culture and Language School created a magazine in Hindi as part of their year-end project. Students worked on different articles that included a poem, sport's article, cartoon, crossword puzzle, a story and multiple translated recipes. They typed their articles in Hindi using Google Hindi transliteration. We hope the eSandesh readers will enjoy this magazine and appreciate the hard work put in by these budding Hindi writers!
Sonia Gera & her Hindi 4 students
ISW Cultural and Language School Annual Day 2020
On May 24, we had our first online ISW Annual Day program. It lasted more than three hours with each class joining in for an assigned 15 minute time slot. It was very successful, and we were happy that we could recognize the kids and their hard work. Carolyn mailed individual certificates to over 100 student’s homes. They were presented to the student by their parents at the end of each session. It added the perfect touch. We were fortunate to have grandparents and relatives join in from India and across the US. Congratulations to Abhiram and Aaryan for graduating Hindi 4 and for their acknowledgement speeches. We really are excited that we were able to complete our academic year virtually and with style. Kudos to all the teachers, parents and parents who supported our Webex calls and, of course, the students who made it possible. You can see some of the graduation Webex photos below.
Ruchi Chauhan & Shiamin Melville, email@example.com
Namaste. Here are the details for ISW Annual Day Sunday May 24, 2020. We need your support for this program, since we are all new to online meeting format, (fingers crossed).
(a)School certificates have been prepared by Carolyn Passey and mailed Monday May 18 to your homes PLEASE PLEASE hide it from your kids, and present it only to them when their name is called
(b) Please use laptop or ipad to login and not the phone, download webex before meeting
(c) The list of 116 student names & time slots is saved at this link below
(d) Change name on screen from your email label to your child name to reflect the Child's Name and teachers name as per the green and red group list This way we can call on them during their class time slot
(e)Please only login during your 15 mins time slot not for the whole 90 mins. Each class will have approx 15 mins with their teachers, it may move faster or may be delayed, so do be there on time.We have scheduled meeting for 4 hours, but you have to be there only for your timings. Teachers are welcome for all slots. I was hoping we could have everyone attend, however my webex account does not let me 'pin' only 14-15 kids at a time If you are not attending, its ok, we will just wait and move to the next time slot, no stress
(f) Emcee will be Ruchi, helped by each teacher. For online meeting issues, call Shiamin 508-353-4316
Huge Thank you to Carolyn for preparing and mailing the certificates and to all the teachers this year & our webex/zoom parents. We also say bye to Ragini, as she moves to Houston in July 2020, after a couple of decades at ISW School
Beena K has also prepared the attendance prize list
Neena, Beena, Sonia, Ruchi and Shiamin
Meeting number (access code): 126 871 7772
Meeting password: ISW2020 (4792020 from phones and video systems)