Spouses / Partners / Families Newsletter

 

 

NEWSLETTER
FOR STANFORD SPOUSES, PARTNERS & FAMILIES
AUGUST 18, 2014
Hi everyone,

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend!

Thank you all so much for your feedback regarding the newsletter format. Based on your suggestions, we have now moved on to this current format. As always, your feedback and comments are most appreciated!

Please note that most of our classes have now taken a break until the end of September. However, some classes such as yoga, the needle workshop, Italian lessons, the book club and the baby and toddler group will continue. This week, we also have our Women's Night Out on Tuesday as well as the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts this weekend. For more information, check out the ‘Upcoming spouse program events’ section below. Make sure to also keep checking the I-center calendar for up to date information.

If you want to teach a class in the fall quarter, please send me an email this week! I will need all the class information by this Friday, August 22nd, so I have time to book the rooms. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about organizing an activity or class at the I-Center. Email me at mbull@stanford.edu

Finally, check out Jasper's most recent blog post 'Geek Guide to Silicon Valley: Part 1', a great way to get familiarized with Silicon Valley. Enjoy!

Hope to see you soon at the I-center!

Warmly,

Magdalena Bull
Coordinator for Classes & Programs for Stanford Spouses, Partners & Families
Stanford University
Bechtel International Center
584 Capistrano Way
Stanford, CA, 94305

mbull@stanford.edu


 
STAY CONNECTED
Check out our very own blog!
www.life-in-the-bay.com
Great tips & tricks for settling into life the San Francisco Bay Area and Stanford Community.
RESOURCE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES
Be sure to stop by the Resource Center, located along the hallway that leads to the back lounge! Our advisors offer basic information for new arrivals, including the spouse handbook. We also have information on driver licenses, shopping, classes, schools, employment volunteering, and recreation. Whether you have just arrived at Stanford, or have been here for a while, we look forward to seeing you!

HOURS: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Spouse Program
The Spouse Program
Bechtel International Center
Bechtel International Center
Classes & Programs
Classes & Programs
I-Center Web Calendar
I-Center Web Calendar
Social Digest List
Social Digest List


 
OPPORTUNITIES AROUND CAMPUS
STANFORD CCARE JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research in Education are still looking to fill several temporary roles, find out more here: http://ccare.stanford.edu

OCTOBER WELCOME FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE
If you have a lot of free time, please consider volunteering for our big Welcome Friday Morning Coffee on Friday, October 3rd. We need volunteers to help prepare for the day and meet and greet the newcomers. If you want to join our Welcome Committee please email me mbull@stanford.edu

TEACHING A CLASS AT THE I-CENTER THIS FALL?
If you want to teach a class in the fall quarter, please send me an email this week! I will need all the class information by August 22nd so I have time to book the rooms. I will help you with any questions you might have about organizing an activity or class at the I-Center. Email me at mbull@stanford.edu

FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE VOLUNTEERS
We always need volunteers to help greet our newcomers during our Friday Morning Coffee. We need help to set up from about 9:30am, and to put things away afterwards. If you would like to help out, please let me know: mbull@stanford.edu

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Please note that the below is only a snapshot of upcoming classes and NOT a complete list of all the classes going on in the program. Please make sure to check our website for a complete list, updates and changes. You can also stop by the I-Center to check our bulletin board and sign up for events. The I-Center Web Calendar is also a great resource to check and make sure your class or event is taking place. Finally, you can also sign up to the social digest list, another email list for events at the I-Center.
BECHTEL BOOK CLUB - ADVANCE NOTICE!
Monday, September 8
7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
Living Room
With Jessica
Free


Reading for this month consists of three short stories: The Killers, Ernest Hemingway; Where I'm calling from, Raymond Carver; The bear came over the mountain, Alice Munro.

The Bechtel Book Club meets once a month on Monday evenings for a friendly and informal discussion of a novel we have read (or, occasionally, short stories) over a glass of wine and snacks. It's a great way to think more deeply about why you loved or disliked a particular book, and to hear different perspectives on it from other Book Club members. Novels are chosen by Book Club members, so you will have a chance to put forward books for discussion that you are particularly interested in reading. The Book Club is also open to partners - please bring your significant other along if you would like to! For any questions or to join the mailing list, please email Jessica at bechtelbookclub@gmail.com. Book Club is free, but members are responsible for sourcing a copy of the book each month.
 
FUTURE BOOK CLUB BOOKS AND MEETINGS
8th September: The Killers, Ernest Hemingway; Where I'm calling from, Raymond Carver; The bear came over the mountain, Alice Munro.
6th October: The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt (NB this is a very long one, so start it early!)
3rd November: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote
8th December: Snow Country, Yasunari Kawabata
YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
Monday, August 18th
5:15-6:45
Levin Fields
With Magdalena
Free

PLEASE NOTE - Yoga for beginners will carry on through August and September in Levin Fields just across the road for the Bechtel. Join us for a playful class with a focus on conscious and mindful exploration of movement. Bring yourself, a yoga mat and a bottle of water.



WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT
Tuesday, August 19th
From 8:00pm
Coupa Cafe, Palo Alto
With Sally


Women's night out is on again this Tuesday at Coupa Cafe in Palo Alto from 8 pm. This is a great chance to catch up with other spouses.  If you would like to come, or would just like to join the mailing list, please email Sally at wnostanford@gmail.com.



ITALIAN CLASSES
Wednesdays 4:00-5:30pm
Thursdays 2:00-3:30pm
Check with Francesca for details on location!
With Francesca
Free


PLEASE NOTE: The Italian classes will carry on for a few more weeks. Please email Francesca for more information about times and locations! francy0770@gmail.com


 
NEEDLE WORKSHOP
Tuesday Aug 19th
10:00 – noon
Check with Judi for details on location!
With Judi


PLEASE NOTE: The popular Stanford souvenir keychain needlepoint workshop will be carrying on throughout the summer! If you are interested in continuing, please email Judi at judichun@stanfordalumni.org for more information, times and location!



BABIES AND TODDLERS GROUP
Wednesdays
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 pm
Patio at the I-Center
With Diana
Free


If you're looking for buddies for your baby/toddler to play with and you also want to make connections with other parents at Stanford, you're all welcome to the group. We meet every Wednesday at Bechtel's patio at 10:30h. We have free play inside or outside (depending on the weather) and we finish with story time! Bring a song or a tale from your own country and explain it to all of us (you can bring a book, or puppets, ...whatever you want!!!) it would be wonderful for our kids to hear tales and sing songs from all around the world! And it's also a nice experience for moms too. Contact Cris/Diana (bechtel4kids@gmail.com) with questions or suggestions.


YOGA ALL-LEVEL VINYASA AND PRE/POSTNATAL YOGA
CANCELLED THIS WEEK AUGUST 21st
Will start again August 28th
Thursdays 10:15-11:45 (all-levels vinyasa)
Thursdays 12:00-1:00 (pre/postnatal)

Levin Fields
With Yuko
Free


PLEASE NOTE - Thursday's yoga classes are cancelled this week, but will be back again next week and will carryon through August and September in Levin Fields across the road from the Bechtel. Bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water!
 


FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE
10:00-12:00pm
This week we will meet in the livingroom / patio / lawn
Free


This informal gathering is an ideal way to meet other spouses and learn about the many options for enriching your stay in the Stanford area. Join us every Friday, between 10 a.m. and noon! We each bring a snack or fruit or juice to go with the drinks provided by the I-Center. Volunteers are always needed to help set up (at 9:30 a.m.) and put away afterwards. Everyone (with and without children, new and returning) is equally welcome. Conversation tables offer an informal way to meet others, practice English and share experiences.

SINGING FOR KIDS WITH CRIS - Please note that our singing for kids will now take a break as Cris is away on holiday. She will be back to singing during FMC from September 12th onwards. We wish you a wonderful break Cris!



THE PALO ALTO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
August 23-24
10:00am - 6:00pm
University Avenue, Palo Alto
Free

This weekend, Palo Alto hosts their Festival of The Arts, a community -friendly event that attracts over 150,000 people every year. There is free parking, but expect it to be busy!
"The backbone of the festival and the key to its success are the three hundred fine artists and crafters whose display booths are placed back-to-back along University Avenue. These exhibitors are the reason why this festival attracts such a high percentage of fine artists and crafters whose work you'll see only at a few select shows on the West Coast."
For more info, visit www.mlaproductions.com


 
Do you have a schedule change or a new class that you would like to highlight? Maybe a photo you would like to share with our community?

Please send me an email by Friday, and I will make sure include it in the next newsletter!

 

 

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I-CENTER RESOURCES FOR SPOUSES & PARTNERS:
Magdalena Bull, Coordinator of Spouse Classes & Programs mbull@stanford.edu
Resource Center for International Families http://icenter.stanford.edu/families/resources.html
For advice please send an email to stanfordfamilies@gmail.com
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