Spouses / Partners / Families Newsletter

 

 

 
NEWSLETTER
 

April 13, 2015

Hi everyone,

Thank you all so much for coming to the Spring Celebration last Friday, and for bringing snacks, home made cakes and other delicious treats! What an amazing day! It was great to be able to enjoy some food together outside, and celebrate the arrival of Spring and the sunshine. A big thank you also goes to our wonderful volunteers who helped put on some great activities, and always do such a beautify job of preparing everything. The day would not have happened without your energy and creativity. Thank you to all!

SPOUSE PROGRAM CLASSES
This week, we have plenty more of exciting classes and programs. You can read all about our new class 'History of American West', our German classes and many others in the Spouse Program Highlights section below!


Hope to see you all soon at the I-Center!

Warmly,

Magdalena Bull
Coordinator of Classes & Programs for Stanford Spouses, Partners & Families
Stanford University
Bechtel International Center
584 Capistrano Way
Stanford, CA, 94305
mbull@stanford.edu

  

SPOUSE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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.

BABY & TODDLER GROUP
Monday, Apr 13
Back Lounge
10.30am-12.00pm
With Marta
Free

This is a great opportunity to meet other Bechtel parents, and to have fun with the little ones! Come along for different activities together. Free. Contact Marta with questions mgwiazdowska@gmail.com





FAMILY GROUP
Tuesday, Apr 14
Back Lounge
5.00-6.00pm
With Cris
Free

This is a great opportunity to meet other Bechtel parents, and to have fun with the little ones! Come along for different activities together. Free. Contact Cris with questions reikignv@hotmail.com




BASIC GERMAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE
Tuesday, Apr 14
12.45-1.45pm
Back Lounge
With Jasmin
$5 for photocopies on the first class

This class is for everyone who wants to speak, read and write simple German while exploring this interesting culture. This class is a great way to figure out what German and Germany is all about. It aims to equip the students with sufficient language, vocabulary and grammar skills to be able to visit Germany as a tourist. Contact Jasmin with any questions jasmin.steiner1@gmail.com





CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
Tuesday, Apr 14
10.30am - 12.00pm
Career Development Center
With Jessica & Janet
Free

Come participate in 8 career development workshops. Topics will include job search strategies in the US, interview preparation, resume review, networking, and so much more! Participants are required to meet one-on-one with a career counselling intern outside of class for at least one session. Maximum number of participants is 15. These will be allocated on a first-come-first serve basis. Please email Jessica for questions and to secure a space jmli3512@stanford.edu





HISTORY OF AMERICAN WEST
Wednesday, Apr 15
12.30 - 2.00pm
Conference Room
With Jasmin
Free

What do we talk about when we say American West? What myths, legends, and historical events created the narrative of the rugged frontiersmen ‘exploring’ America? What observations have you made about Western American culture? This class is designed to introduce the most important historical events from roughly the 1850s to 1950s and will cover topics such as westwards expansion, Indian removal, homesteading, gold rush, and the development of California as the frontier of leisure. Each class will be accompanied by a reading (usually a textbook available at the Stanford library) that reflects the latest historical trends in discussing the American West. Completing all or any reading is absolutely not mandatory for participating in the class – they will only structure the lecture and following discussion. Contact Jasmin with any questions jasmin.steiner1@gmail.com




SPANISH: INTERMEDIATE
Wednesday, Apr 15
9.30-11.00am
Post Room
With Daniela
Free

With Daniela Lucia Jaume Raggio. Wednesdays 9.30-11.00am. Starts Apr 8. This class is for those that took Spanish for beginners before at the I-Center, or for anyone that already knows some basic grammar and vocabulary. We are going to learn grammar and vocabulary about this exciting language. We are going to learn grammar, vocabulary and any other interest that you bring up in class. The teacher will provide the books for free. Email Daniela with questions dalu09@hotmail.com.




PRACTICING FRENCH BY SINGING
Wednesday, Apr 15
1.45-3.00pm
Various locations on campus
With Patricia
Fee: $5 for photocopies

Do you like to sing and practice the French language? Wouldn’t signing be a great way to improve your pronunciation, increase your vocabulary, experience culture, literature and a little of history of France by singing old traditional or modern popular songs in French? I don’t promise you will become a talented opera singer by joining this class, but I guarantee a lot of positive effects of happiness, well feeling, sharing laughs with friends and knowledge about French. Secondary effect: Starting singing in the shower! No specific music or singing skills required, but basic French is recommended. Email Patricia with questions patricia.boutigny@gmail.com




ALL-LEVELS GERMAN LANGUAGE CLASS
Thursday, Apr 16
10.30am-12.00pm
Back Lounge
With Sabrina
Fee: $5 for photocopies

Open to everyone who is interested in German Language. Primary goals are to introduce beginning and continuing students to basic structures of the German language by developing vocabulary and familiarizing students with sentence structure and grammar through written and oral exercises. Contact Sabrina with any questions sabrina.beirau@aol.com



 
BRAZILIAN MIXED DANCING
Thursday, Apr 16
6.15-7.15pm
Assembly Room
With Juscele
Free

Join us for an exciting class containing the best of Brazil: Samba, Axe and Funk! Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring a bottle of water. Email Juscele with questions jujuduraes@gmail.com





PROFESSIONAL LIAISON PROGRAM
Every Friday
9:30am - 11:00am
With Henry
Back Lounge
Free

Provides opportunity for international spouses who cannot work in the U. S. with an opportunity to talk with local professionals in their career field.  Also learn about other careers and interact with other professionals.  Enhance your English communication skills through presentations, discussion of idioms commonly found in newspapers, and discussion of articles of current interest.





FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE
Every Friday
10:00am - 12:00pm
With Olga
Assembly Room
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. Conversation tables offer an informal way to meet others, practice English and share experiences. Join us every Friday, between 10 a.m. and noon! You are welcome to join the Friday Coffee for Songs for Children, around 11:00 am in the Back Lounge! We each bring a snack or fruit or juice to go with the coffee and tea provided by the I-Center. Volunteers are always needed to help setup (at 9:30 a.m.) and put away afterward. Everyone (with and without children, new and returning) is equally welcome. Welcome!





FRIDAY MORNING SINGING
Every Friday
11:00 - 11:30am
Back Lounge
With Nancy
Free

Come with your baby or toddler and join our singing circle every Friday at 11.00am as part of Friday Morning Coffee in the Back Lounge. We sing songs together and perform finger plays and movement for kids of all ages. You are all welcome to join us and bring your own favorite songs to our circle! Free.





WORKSHOP: HANDMADE PAPER STARS AND FLOWERS
Friday, Apr 17
2.00-4.00pm
Back Lounge
With Sabrina
Fee: $15

This workshop is open to everyone who wants to learn how to make beautiful paper stars (3D bascetta stars) and paper flowers (kusudama flowers) which can be used as decorations or really impressive gifts. It is much easier than it looks, just come along and let’s have some fun together! Maximum 10 participants. Fee: $15. Please contact Sabrina with any questions, to pay and to sign up sabrina.beirau@aol.de



 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS IN THE AREA

Please note that if you are on an F-2 visa, you cannot work, either on or off campus. There are no exceptions to this federal regulation. If you are on a J-2 visa you can apply to the USCIS for work permission which allows you to work in almost any employment you can find. However, this employment must be for your benefit and cannot be used to support your J-1 spouse. Those with J-2 visas can find out how to apply for employment authorization by visiting our website.

 

Do you love to swim, snorkel, or dive and like team sports? Try underwater rugby at Stanford!

Play in a three dimensional space with six players per team. This is a fun, fast paced, sport where players jostle underwater to score goals in baskets on the bottom of the pool. Prerequisites: Must be comfortable in the water and able to swim two lengths unassisted. Classes on Mondays, starting April 6 from 7:30-8:30PM at Avery Recreation Pool at the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC).

More information here
http://cardinalrec.stanford.edu/aquatics/swim-for-classes/underwater-rugby/

 

CCIS FILM SERIES - Hannah Arendt
Friday, Apr 17
6pm dinner
6.30pm film
Assembly Room
With Bob Spears

 

About the film series

This film series is designed to help first year foreign students understand us Americans. For many it is difficult, confusing & frustrating. Who are we? How do we relate to other people?  How do we convey respect or not? We send mixed messages. You are traveling through a minefield. So is everyone else in their first experience in America.  My hope is that through this film series, you can laugh at us & with us in our inconsistencies & poorly conveyed social signals. I want you to be able to understand us as I want to be able to understand you as a person and as a people that you represent. I also chose these films because I find them enormously entertaining.

Upcoming films:

  • Apr 17 - Hannah Arendt
  • Apr 24 - Page one: Inside the New York Times

 

 


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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