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Weekly Announcements

August 18th/19th 

Welcome to Chinmaya Mission D/FW (CMDFW) Balavihar 2018-19:

Welcome to all the new and returning children/parents as well as teachers and volunteers!! We are excited to start the Balavihar year 2018-19 following the summer break marked by (a) Children’s camp in June by Br. Yatindraji in June, and (b) Youth Empowerment Program, batch-V (June/July) at Chinmaya – Mangalam that produced a record 33 YUVA VEERS!

We’ll go over some important information and house rules for the benefit of new members, in particular:

BV Class materials (BV Handbook/folders, textbooks etc.) for Children:

Will be distributed in their respective classes. Adults can download the handbook/folder from our website cmdfw.org. Please look for BV Handbook 2018-19 on the Home Page.

Registration:

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll have a team of volunteers available at the front desk to help with your registration needs, in person. As you probably know, with the exception of two Sunday morning sessions at Frisco (F1 & F2), seats are available in all remaining 7 sessions at Saaket/Chitrakoot/Frisco. You can also register online at cmdfw.org (Click on registration tab and complete the registration process). In case you run into issues with your registration, please contact membership@cmdfw.org.

Pre-K Class: New this year, we’re offering Balavihar to Pre-K children at our Saaket and Chitrakoot facilities! Eligibility Criteria: Potty-trained, age 4 and above children who do not qualify to enroll in KG. Need a minimum of 5 students to start a class. Need available parent volunteers to take rotations in the class, per teacher requirements. Pre-K seats are available at both Saaket and Chitrakoot!

Open House: Per our tradition, we will have Open House the two weekends including this one (Aug.18/19 and Aug. 25/26), at Saaket and Chitrakoot locations only. During the open house we welcome prospective members to Chinmaya Mission and allow their children to attend Balavihar classes, without being members, while parents attend adult sessions. It gives the whole family an opportunity to understand what Chinmaya Mission is all about. Of course, we encourage you – the prospective parents/children – to register today itself at the front desk and inform your friends to do so as well. Also, after the assembly and opening prayers, one of the board members will be available to talk about all the programs we offer and answer any questions you may have, while children are attending Balavihar classes.

cmdfw.org, CMDFW’s online portal for CMDFW resources and information/updates on festivals, programs and activities. Make it a habit to visit cmdfw.org on a regular basis! Weekly announcements and special events will be posted there!

  • Labor Day Camp at Chinmaya-Mangalam (Friday August 31 thru Monday September 3): Details are available on our website, cmdfw.org. You can register for this camp, one of the very popular events of the year, at: https://cmdfw.z2systems.com/np/clients/cmdfw/eventRegistration.jsp?event=783&  … contact membership@cmdfw.org with any questions or issues you may have registering for this camp

Interested in language, music, geeta chanting classes outside of BV? For most of these classes, sign up with the membership management system over the next couple of weeks. Based on the interest and availability of teacher volunteers, we’ll decide and let you know about these classes.

Beginner’s Sanskrit Classes:

Classes start Saturday, September 8, 2018 and are open to all CMDFW members, above 16 years. Free for Parivar Members; for others, recommended donation is $150/- 

Where: Chinmaya-Saaket, 17701 Davenport Road, Dallas, TX 75252 

When: Saturdays between 9:00 AM to 10:20 AM  Pre-requisite: Must know how To Read & Write Devanagari Script (Hindi/Marathi)

Deadline for registration: Saturday, September 22, 2018. If you’re interested, please register by sending an email to pbghate@aol.com as soon as possible, with the following information: Full Name, Email ID, and Telephone Number

 

Kerala rains and floods:

You may have seen an email sent to your Inbox about the recent devastation – due to heavy downpour – in Kerala that impacted Chinmaya Mission Centers there. We appeal for your help in support of the relief work in the region. Members can write checks to CMDFW with “Kerala Floods” in the memo section. We’ll then consolidate the amount collected and send one check to CMW, umbrella organization of Chinmaya Mission Centers in the West.

House Rules – key highlights [Swamiji/Yatindraji/Ashaji will go over the rules]:

  • One parent must stay onsite during the session.
  • Children in grades KG through 2nd grade must be picked up by parents from their classrooms.
  • Keep your shoes on the designated shoe racks only!
  • Parents and children should read (&follow) the house rules in the folder that your children will bring home.

[CM Saaket only] Saaket Parking: please Park in the CM parking lot or on Davenport road.  Do NOT park on Stedman or Nutwood roads or along the fire lanes. You may park all along Davenport Rd, in both directions.