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Weekly Announcements

Aug 17th/18th 

Welcome to Chinmaya Mission D/FW (CMDFW) Balavihar 2019-20:

Welcome to all the new and returning children/parents as well as teachers and volunteers!! We are excited to start the Balavihar year 2019-20 following the summer break, marked by another successful Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), batch-VI, at Chinmaya – Mangalam that produced 30 YUVA VEERS!

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

Pujya Sw. Swaroopanandaji’s  Visit to CMDFW: 

Pujya Sw. Swaroopanandaji, Global Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, will be visiting Chinmaya Mission D/FW (CMDFW), from August 24 thru 29, 2019.  He will be giving evening discourses on Bhagavad Geeta, Chapter 9, daily from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Chinmaya-Saaket. CMDFW cordially invites you and your family and friends to these discourses.

 

BV Class materials (BV folders, text books 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 2019-20 on the Home Page.

Registration:

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll have volunteers available at the front desk to help with your registration needs. With the exception of two Sunday morning sessions at Frisco (F1 & F2), seats are available in all the remaining 7 sessions at Saaket/Chitrakoot/Frisco. You can also register online at cmdfw.org (Click on registration tab and complete the registration process). Note that it’s a two-step process: first you create a membership account & make your payment, and then enroll your child/children in the available center/session. In case you run into issues with your registration, please contact membership@cmdfw.org.

“Pre-K” Class:

We’re offering “Balavihar” to children of Pre-K and lower age-group, at our Saaket and Chitrakoot facilities! This is a parent/teacher effort and hence need parent volunteers to assist the teachers. Check with your session coordinator and/or Pre-K Lead, regarding pre-k availability/offering in your session (not available at Frisco).

Open House:

We will have Open House the first two weekends (Aug.17/18 and Aug. 24/25), 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. 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!

 

Interested in language/cultural (music, dance, 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 soon about these classes.

  • Cultural classes will begin on Sept 7/8, the weekend after labor day.We expect the registration system to offer them by next weekend
  • Beginner’s Sanskrit Classes: Classes start Saturday, September 7, 2019 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 14, 2019. If you’re interested, please send an email to pbghate@aol.com as soon as possible, with the following information: Full Name, Email ID, and Telephone Number

Indian Floods Relief:

You may have personally experienced or seen reports of the recent floods that impacted several states in India. In order to help in the relief efforts, members can write checks to CMDFW with “India Flood Relief 2019” in the memo section. You may also pay online through credit card (although not the preferred method) at our website by clicking the yellow DONATE button. We’ll consolidate the amount collected and send one check to CMW, who will in turn send it to the appropriate agency in India.

House Rules – key highlights [Swamiji/Ashaji/Session Lead 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 BV 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.

[Chitrakoot and Frisco]

Please add traffic-related guidelines and/or house-rules, if any, specific to the facility.