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 Receives Curriculum Grant
SILC was awarded a grant to further our Social Studies Curriculum. "The Asian Pacific Endowment of The Saint Paul Foundation has approved a grant to SILC - School for Indian Language and Culture in Minnesota in the amount of $4,800 for SILC SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL." Thank you to our SILC board members for writing and earning this grant proposal!
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 email@example.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
Diwali Celebration and Family Photo Day
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.
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.
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.
Planning is underway for the SILC Mela
** The date for the SILC Mela has been
changed to February 25.**
What's the Mela??
We also have a sale of gently used Indian clothing - Start cleaning out your closets and see if you have any gently used Indian outfits to donate to our clothing sale.
The students love this event and look forward to it every year. Look for new games this year and new events!
Yearbook Help Needed!
Students and Adults! We need volunteers for the Yearbook committee to create the SILC yearbook for this year. Volunteers create a amazing memories for years to come! Please reach out to Sonja Agarwal at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Diwali Celebration Photos Are Here!
The Diwali Pictures are ready to download! Many thanks goes to Peter Sandgren for taking great pictures and to Andy Harwood for uploading them!
Click HERE to see and download (free!) your pictures:
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:
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.
"Be the change you want to see in the world"
Looking for teachers for Hindi - Level 1 as well as Gujarati
We have so many students in the HIndi Level 1 class, we may need to split it into 2 classes. We are looking for 1-2 more volunteers to help teach the additional class.
Sameer has done an amazing job with curriculum and would work with you for lesson plans for each week so both classes would be learning the same content.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these classes, or have any questions, please contact Sonja Agarwal (email@example.com)
SILC 2016-17 Class Calendar
For a printable PDF of the 2016-17 year, click HERE.
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!
The SILC Library is becoming
a reality as we speak
Leader: Anu Kumble
The SILC Library survey is the next step towards creating a Catalog of books which can truly help our teachers, students and parents by creating a cohesive pool of knowledge which we can all drink from. Your timely input (within a week) in answering the 8-11 questions for the survey will be greatly appreciated as I am working towards a fast approaching deadline.
Using the answers in the survey will help me to streamline the Library process, order books for library amongst other things. Details about where the library will be functioning from, timings etc will be updated in the coming months.
I am using Google forms for the survey and also will include a Pinterest link for you to see what kind of books I am trying to collect/buy based on your input. Please click on Pinterest links after you have answered the questions on the Survey.
Survey Link : https://goo.gl/forms/um5rKBzmb5PcXPDw1
Pinterest Fiction books : https://www.pinterest.com/silclibrary/childrens-fiction/
Pinterest Non Fiction books : https://www.pinterest.com/silclibrary/childrens-non-fiction/
Parent's interest books : https://www.pinterest.com/silclibrary/parents-interest/
Thank you and here's to a successful SILC Library with your help,