Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

May 9, 2010

May 9 Class: Sections 1 and 2

Sevikas: Nanda, Kalpana, Indira, Ruchi and Jacqueline

Home Work Fun:  Print out and color this picture. Discuss with your child who this picture is of — and how we celebrate Gurudev's birthday, which is May 8. There is a great article on Him in this month's issue of "Balavihar" magazine. Take some time and read it to your child!

Rehearsal Photographs: Click here to view pictures taken by our young photographer, Anoushka.

Morning Prayers:
• Saha Naavavatu (click here for text)
• Vakratunda Mahakaya (click here for text)
• Saraswati Namastubhyam (click here for text)
• Shree KrishnaH (click here for text)

Quiet Time: 1 minute 10 seconds of complete silence with very good shell counting — nice work, Kids! The Aunties really tried to trick you this time, but couldn't do it. Guess we'll have to work a little harder next week :-)

Gita Chanting: Congratulations to all of our young friends who entered the Gita Competition. We are very proud of all of your hard work and dedication in learning the first seven shlokas! You guys did great!!

Likhita Japa: none

Letter of the Week: none

Story: none

Activity and Games: none

Comments: Well, first we have to congratulate our young friends on all of their hard work with the Geeta Competition. Even though only one child was selected first place for every group — we have got to say that every single one of you kids went home a winner last weekend! You worked towards the goal of memorizing the first seven shlokas and came to the ashram to participate in the competition. You definitely gave a living example of "V is for Victory." And guess what? We've got a bonus surprise for you — our class, along with the pre-k class won the ice cream party for having the most children enter the competition. So, Double Thumbs Up! We'll be sure and let you know when the ice cream is coming to Balavihar ...

Today we focused our class time on the play rehearsal for the End of the Year Program.  It seems as though we will be doing this from now until the end of the year ... which is only another 3 classes away. We are still working on cues and movement on and off the stage — but those things aside, it feels like the play is definitely moving forward. Once we receive more details regarding rehearsals from Nanda Aunty, we will be sure to post them immediately. Please continue to regularly check back with the blog to see if new announcements have been made. You will find them in the "Announcement" section at the top of this page.

Also, parents please note: next week will be a shortened class because Swamiji will be holding pravacan for the adults in the auditorium, followed by our monthly Balavihar program — which is being performed by the fourth grade class. Please pick your child up in one of the front rows after we have completed our prayers and aarti.

It sure is hard to believe that the year is nearly over. We are certainly going to miss spending Sunday morning with our young friends. We can see how much they have matured over the year — and we couldn't feel more blessed to watch them grow! No question about it, they are really ready for first grade...

Happy Mother's Day to all of our moms!! We hope that you have a very relaxing and peaceful afternoon with your families. And, kids — we hope that you will be an extra help to mom today. Helpfulness is one of the best gifts a person can give ...

Look forward to seeing you all next week for another round of rehearsals and fun.

p.s. Sanjit, we hope you are feeling better ...