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



SILC has a LIBRARY!

Hello SILC families, 
We are very proud and excited to announce that our SILC Library is ready to share with all of you! We had a library ribbon cutting ceremony on Mar 11th to celebrate this momentous occasion!

The Library consists of over 400 books of Children's Fiction and Non Fiction genre's which Parents and Teachers alike can borrow, after registering and paying the (refundable) deposit at the Library Info center in the cafeteria.

Come see part of the colorful and exciting collection of books! The first installment of books will be about 150 titles. The rest of the books will be phased in. Tell your family and friends about this exciting addition to your opportunities at SILC.

To participate:

1) Visit the Library Information Center in the cafeteria from 11:15 am onwards. Here you can get more info regarding the Library hours, web access, which books are available etc. 

2) Register with your email and other info. To complete registration we would also need a Library Deposit of $10/child registered. We can take cash or a undated check made out to SILC. This Deposit is refundable at the end of the school year, or can be rolled over to the next school year. 

Click HERE for the LINK TO THE LIBRARY CATALOG.

Thank you,
Anu Kumble and Shailesh Koppikar


Special Events with SILC

Fall:

Diwali Celebration and Family Photo Day

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.


For information about the fascinating Indian Immigration project that SILC participated in at the Minnesota Historical Society, click HERE.



Register for the SILC 
2018 - 2019 School Year!

SILC has opened up its registration for the upcoming year. What's more, the first 25 families will receive a free canvas tote bag with the SILC logo.

            

Please register asap here if you have not already, and spread the word to your friends, family, students... First come, first served!


 
We need following Volunteers for the 2018-19 school year:
a) Social Studies Teacher - Level 1 (Tiger)
b) Social Studies Teacher - Level 3
c) Hindi Level 2 Teacher
d) Computer Science Teacher (Back-up)
e) General Volunteer Help for school activities - More details to come.
Please connect with Venkat Seemakurthy at 952-334-5176 for more details.


Did You Know??

SILC has a Board that meets once a month.  The board consists of the SILC executive board along with several at-large members.


Some of the board's responsibilities include:

  • Teacher Recruitment

  • Curriculum Planning

  • Long term planning for SILC

  • Day to day operations at SILC

  • Looking for ways to improve the SILC experience

  • Partnering with outside organizations for events (i.e. IAM, Minnesota History Center, Festival of Nations)

  • Planning for SILC Special events

  • Working with the Como High School administration to coordinate school use


If you have any questions/ suggestions/ ideas, please feel free to reach out to any one of the board members: for contact information, see the SILC Board page of this site.


SILC Families Come From 
All Over the Metro Area!


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

August 2018: Letter from the SILC President

To the SILC Community,

Welcome back!!! Happy 72nd Indian Independence Day.


Hope you had a great summer to do some camping, visit to India or spend time with family on a fun trip. Summer is going fast and we are fast approaching the School year along with SILC school opening day on Sep 8th 2018.


The school registration site is open. I encourage each of you to register at the earliest and introduce new friends/families to SILC. SILC will be participating at India Fest in the State Capital Grounds on Aug 18th. Please join the SILC team in parade @ 1:00 pm. Also please check on some SILC Volunteer Needs section and appreciate if you can contact me to help teach or co-ordinate the activities for the school year 2018 -2019.


Thanks to Varsha Bhatia's and other SILC Board members relentless effort through this summer we are pleased to announce following new/restart classes this year:-

Languages - Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil

Social Studies - Bi-Lingual Computer Science Level 2

Electives - Arts, Carnatic Music


Enjoy the remaining days of summer and soak all the warmth the air. Have all the fun and use the time left before school to do your school supplies shopping, couple of road trips and off-course visit to the MN State Fair.


Waiting to see you all soon and enjoy another year of collective learning.


'Be the Change you want to see in the world.'  - Mahatma Gandhi


Venkat Seemakurthy

SILC President 2018-2019



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SILC 
Families: Register with Be The Match!!

My name is Harshit Sahay.My wife and I, had the great fortune of becoming parents to a darling baby girl on December 15th. We've named her Vartika, as she is the light of our life. We also affectionately call her Vicky.

A few days after her birth, Vicky was diagnosed as suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID). This effectively means that she has a very weak immune system. The cure for her condition is Bone Marrow transplant. She's presently in an infection-controlled unit in a children's hospital in Minneapolis. Me and my wife are rooming with her. We can touch Vicky only after wearing gloves, a mask, and a gown. Visitors can see her through glass door. We will be here until Vicky has recovered. Entire process will take at least 6 months assuming we find a suitable donor timely.

Vicky needs bone marrow transplant urgently, to provide her with a functioning immune system. Otherwise, the smallest of infections can prove fatal. Ideally, the transplant should be done before end of March 2018. Given that Vicky does not have any siblings, it is likely that we will need to find an unrelated donor for the bone marrow transplant.

Currently there is a 72% chance for Asians to find a match on donor registries.We are encouraging more and more Indians to register as ethnicity plays an important role in finding the right donor.

We would be very grateful if you could 1) consider registering as a donor, and 2) reach out to as many people you can, in your professional and personal networks worldwide, and request them to register as well. In case the registry asks, Vicky's full name is Vartika Sahay. Registering is painless and free and even if you are not a match for Vicky, you could end up saving someone's life.

Details on the registries are below:

Be The Match is the donor registry in the United States:
https://bethematch.org/support-the-cause/donate-bone-marrow/

The FAQs on Be the Match's website outline the process and impact on the donor:
https://bethematch.org/support-the-cause/donate-bone-marrow/donation-faqs/


Snack and Cooking Class Signups

We hope that all registered families will take a turn bringing snack for the community. A paper sign up is available at SILC on Saturdays.


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