SILC is the School for Indian Language and Culture in Minnesota, established in 1979. Its mission is to promote community for those whose family or culture includes India and to promote deeper understanding of its rich diversity, history, culture, natural resources, festivals, games, food, art, dance, music and more!

SILC strives to develop well-informed individuals in a secular setting. Become a part of the SILC family and enjoy India's rich experience, even from afar! 

SILC classes are held at Como Park High School: 740 Rose Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55117

SILC is a 501c3 non-profit organization; its Tax ID # is 41-1405687.

The 2016-17 SILC Handbook for students, parents and volunteers is available HERE. Updates and additions to this document will continue!

SILC's Great Gatherings!

"Great Gatherings" are individual social and fundraising events hosted by our own SILC families.The events have ranged from craft afternoons to evening meals to events outside of people's homes. The host (or hosts) covers the cost of the event and the participant fees go directly to SILC programming.  The most important part of this prorgram is not the money raised but the building of our SILC community.

If you would like to host a gathering, email Veeti Tandon at veetitandon@gmail.com

For more information, see our 2016-17 Great Gatherings page - events are happening soon!


SILC Families Come From 
All Over the Metro Area!


Ask your friends and neighbors if they'd like to learn more about our program!

Special Events with SILC

Fall:

Diwali Celebration


Winter:

SILC Mela: Our only Fundraiser - the SILC Mela (or Fair) features the chaos of an Indian Mela with lots of fun for children in the form or games, fortune telling and other activities for children. What is a Mela without food? Vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is made by our SILC families. We are also presenting SILC's Great Gatherings: tickets will be sold at the Mela to later events hosted by SILC families: great dinners and parties!

St. Paul Winter Carnival

SILC hosted a booth at the St. Paul Winter Carnival to showcase our community to all Carnival visitors.

Spring:

Holi Celebration

Social Studies Day: Social Studies students present their learning to the entire SILC Community.

SILC Graduation Day: It is the last day of the SILC School Year. Children present the language skills they have picked up during the year - on stage. Graduation certificates and SILC yearbooks are passed out - children get autographs from teachers and fellow students. The onstage academic presentations are enriched by the presentation of dances prepared for the Festival of Nations by the Youth and Adults of SILC. The event culminates in a community potluck and friends say goodbye for the summer!

Festival of Nations , River Center, St Paul Downtown

SILC has participated at this prestigious multi-national program for over 30 years.

Summer:

IndiaFest , St. Paul Capitol Grounds

SILC has participated at this show case event of the India Association of Minnesota from almost its inception and plays a key part in organizing this event.



The SILC 2016-17 school year is ready to begin: 
Registration is STILL OPEN!

Click HERE to register: begin by creating a new account if you do not already have one. Please add all family members, then complete class registration

If you have ideas about programming or outreach, please connect with one of our SILC board members - their contact information is HERE.

Teachers needed!

"Be the change you want to see in the world"


SILC is looking for volunteers to help teach the following classes:

  • Chess

  • Social Studies Level 1 (age group 1-2nd grade)

  • Social Studies Level 3 (additional helper)

  • Substitute teachers for all Classes


SILC has developed a curriculum for Social Studies so you will not have to develop all of the content for the Social Studies classes.


If you are interested in volunteering for any of these classes, or have any questions, please contact Sonja Agarwal (sonjaar@hotmail.com)

SILC 2016-17 Class Calendar
September 10 First Day of Classes/Registration
September 17 Regular Classes
September 24 Regular Classes
October 1 Regular Classes
October 8 Regular Classes
October 15 Regular Classes
October 22 No classes - MEA weekend
October 31 Regular Classes
November 5 Regular Classes
November 12 Regular Classes
November 19 Regular Classes
November 26 No classes - Thanksgiving
December 3 Regular Classes
December 10 Regular Classes
December 17 Regular Classes
December 24 No classes - Winter Break
December 31 No classes - Winter Break
January 7 No classes - Winter Break
January 14 Regular Classes
January 21 Regular Classes
January 28 Regular Classes
February 4 Regular Classes
February 11 Regular Classes
February 18 Classes + SILC Mela
February 25 Regular Classes
March 4 Regular Classes
March 11 Regular Classes
March 18 Regular Classes
March 25 Regular Classes
April 1 Regular Classes
April 8 Regular Classes
April 15 Regular Classes
April 22 Classes + Social Studies Day
May 6 No classes - Festival of Nations
May 13 Classes + Holi celebration
May 20 SILC Last Day

For a printable PDF, click HERE.

SILC Calendar


https://www.facebook.com/silcmn

Visit the SILC Facebook page for updates, photos and more!




Snack and Cooking Class Signups

We hope that all registered families will take a turn bringing snack for the community. Sign up HERE!


Want to lead the cooking class for one week? Have a special dish you would like to share with the cooking group? Sign up HERE!



Board members needed!
Join now, and be ready to lead us into the 2016-17 year at SILC. Contact Surya Iyer at iyers@polarsemi.com for more information.

The 2015-16 SILC Board of Directors