Spouses / Partners / Families Newsletter

 

 

 
NEWSLETTER
FOR STANFORD SPOUSES, PARTNERS & FAMILIES
AUGUST 25, 2014
Hi everyone,

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend!

This coming weekend is an important holiday in the US: Labor Day! It falls on the first Monday of September in celebration of the American Labor movement. It is also a symbolic end to the summer. It used to mark the return to school for children, though many schools are now returning earlier. In recent years, Labor Day has also become an important sale weekend, so this is an opportunity to shop during one of the biggest sale events of the year. Several parades and festivals are held in the area to mark this weekend, so join in the festivities! This weekend is also a time when lots of people make the most of nature and travel to see our beautiful suuroundings. It is worth planning ahead and making arrangements early if you are thinking of travelling as traffic in and out of the Bay Area can be very congested. Enjoy!

We have a lovely week ahead at the Bechtel. Even though we are now officially on our Summer break, several classes are still meeting. If you are thinking of joining Yuko for one of her popular yoga classes, please note that they have now moved to a Wednesday instead of a Thursday!

For more information, check the ‘Upcoming spouse program events’ section below. Make sure to also keep checking the I-center calendar for up to date information.

Wishing you all a wonderful week and long weekend - 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


 
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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!

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I-Center Web Calendar
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Social Digest List
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HAPPENING AROUND CAMPUS
NANNY SERVICE - HELP NEEDED WITH APP
Dear friends, I am working for a start-up to search nanny service in your neighborhood. I would really appreciate if you guys can spare 1 minute to complete the survey and give me your feedback. I am working on the market research and your response is valuable to us because only the new parents know the actual need. I would really appreciate if you can forward the survey links to your friends, mother's club and who has kid and their response will help us to know the area. The link is below for your convenience. Thank you, Anika.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KHQJW2F

RECEPTION DESK VOLUNTEERS
We always need volunteers to help at the Reception Desk at the Bechtel Mon - Thu 10am-1pm! If you are interested, please contact Rob davedewes@gmail.com

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

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
CANCELLED! YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
Monday, August 25th
5:15-6:45
Levin Fields
With Magdalena
Free

THIS WEEK'S CLASS IS CANCELLED DUE TO A ONE-OFF SUMMER EVENT AT LEVIN FIELD. PLEASE NOTE - there will be no class next Monday September 1st as this is Labor Day. The next Yoga For Beginner's class will be September 8th.

 
NEEDLE WORKSHOP
Tuesday Aug 26th
10:00 – noon
Outdoor tables at CoHo - near Tresidder
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
Every Wednesday
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.
PLEASE NOTE - AS OF OCTOBER 6TH, THE BABY & TODDLER GROUP WILL MOVE TO A MONDAY


YOGA ALL-LEVEL VINYASA
Wednesday Aug 27th
10:15-11:45
Levin Fields
With Yuko
Free

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CLASS HAS MOVED FROM A THURSDAY
This Yoga class is from level 1 to level 2. Vinyasa flow moves steadily from pose to pose in sequences of movements synchronized with ujjyayi pranayama, often pausing to hold poses for various lengths of time while maintaining the rhythmic flow of the breath. Please wear comfortable clothing that is suitable for stretching and ease of movement. Please don’t eat anything heavy 3 hours before the class. A light snack is ok. Bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water! Free. To keep yourself updated on the yoga schedule please email Yuko: yukosj@yahoo.com


PRE/POSTNATAL YOGA
Wednesday Aug 27th
12:00-1:00

Levin Fields
With Yuko
Free

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CLASS HAS MOVED FROM A THURSDAY
This is a prenatal and postnatal Yoga class for moms with babies! Please wear comfortable clothing that is suitable for stretching and ease of movement. Also bring some baby toys and an organic blanket. Please don’t eat anything heavy 3 hours before the class. A light snack is ok. Bring your yoga mat! Free. To keep yourself updated on the yoga schedule please email Yuko: yukosj@yahoo.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
 

FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE
Every Friday
10:00-12:00pm
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. We encourage everyone to use name tags during Friday Morning Coffee. Please make a name tag on your first visit, and use our board to keep your tag safe until next time!

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!

 
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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