TIBETAN CULTURE SCHOOL

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Tibetan Culture School, an educational program of Tibetan  American Foundation of Minnesota was founded in 1997 by its members. The  mission of this Culture School is to assist MN Tibetan children to learn their Language,  History, Religion and Cultural Heritage and instill in them basic values of  compassion, humility, respect and nationalism. One of the TAFM board members,  the Chair of Education Committee, is entrusted with the responsibility to  ensure smooth functioning of the school and other educational programs. The  program coordinator, a staff of TAFM runs the Tibetan Culture School with the  helpof dedicated and committed staff members.

Objectives:

  • Read, write and comprehend  the Tibetan text at the grade level
  • Speak Tibetan with fluency
  • understand and become  knowledgeable about basic Tibetan history, religion, and cultural  practices as contained in the textbooks
  • Become competent in Tibetan performing arts
  • Develop and demonstrate unique Tibetan cultural values like compassion, humility, and respect.

School Year and Days:

  1. The  school year consists of 11 months: September (first Saturday) to July (last Saturday) of the following year. Month of August is left for the  parents for camping or visiting other places.
  2. School operates for 4 hours every Saturday from 9:00 Am to 1:00 PM.
  3. School year is divided into two sessions. The First Session starts on September  first Saturday to February last Saturday and the Second Session from March  first Saturday to July last Saturday.

 

Enrollment conditions:

Currently there are 130 students enrolled in the school for the school year 2014-15. Families who want to enroll their child/children  should meet the following conditions:

  1. Child must be 5 years old as of August 31st of the calendar year or older.
  2. Child’s  parent(s) must be TAFM member/s in good standing.
  3. Child’s  parent(s) must be DhanglangChatrelDebchung (Tibetan Green Book) holder/s.
  4. Non-TAFM  members will pay a monthly fee of $ 40/- per child instead of $25.

Enrollment Date:

  • Applications for the  following school year are accepted from August 1 to August 15 with an  enrolment fee of $10:00 per child.
  • Applications  received between August 16 and August 31 will be accepted with a late fee  of $ 25.00 per child.
  • No applications will be accepted for the coming school year after August 31  deadline.
  • Families  that have moved/immigrated to Minnesota recently can enroll their child/children  anytime during the school year paying of $10:00 per child.

 

Curriculum:

Syllabus for each grade level consists of the textbooks (adapted  version) prescribed by Department of Education, Central Tibetan Administration  in Exile, Dharamsala. Supplementary reading materials collected from other  sources including Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala are also used.

 

Classes and staffing for 2014-15

School has grade KG to 8 and thi syear, there are 12 classes. A team of 12 Tibetan language teachers teach these classes. Class assignment and teacher contact information is as follows:

 

S.No Teacher’s name Class Phone No.

1

Sonam lhamo KG-A 612-227-4976

2

Jangchup Lhamo KG-B 952-452-4414

3

Kalsang Dekyi 1-A 612-414-7108

4

Jamyang Thinley 1-B 763-267-2601

5

Ugen Namgyal 2 763-219-3997

6

Sonam Wangchuk 3 612-978-5485

7

Thinly Woeser 4 612-781-2267

8

Yangkyap Norbu 5 612-910-5339

9

Pasang Norbu 6 651-734-5580

10

Tenzin Sherap 7 612-615-8028

11

Ngawang Choedar 8 763-354-0252

12

Phuntsok Wangdue Special class 651-633-6242

 Parent Sub-Committee:

Parent’s involvement and community support are the backbone  of this program. To further increase parent involvement and support, a Parent  sub-Committee has been instituted. The Parents subcommittee members are elected  by the parents for a two-year term.

The responsibilities of this committee include but not  limited to:

  • Organize fundraising events
  • Collect fees and give receipts to the parents
  • Help during mid-year and year-end events
  • Help parents sign up for volunteer work
  • Organize year-end TCS Families Picnic
  • Help program coordinator with any other school  related work

2014-16  Parents Sub-Committee members:

 

S.No

    Parents name       Phone No.

1

Namgyal Norzom &Kunga   Paljor  612-229-8704

2

 Tsewang Sangmo &Tsewang Gyaltsen 612-205-2898

3

Tseten Bhuti & Tenzin   Dadak 612-245-5899

4

 Lobsang Chomphel & Tsering Dolker 612-781-5516

5

Kalsang Dhargyal & Chime   Dolkar 763-268-9294

6

 Tenzin Lhamo & Tsering Samdup 763-291-4973

7

 Tenzin Chodak & Nyima Lhamo 763-287-0508

 

TAFM EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Karma Wangchuk – Co-Chair (612-709-2103)

Lobsang Lhamo— Co-Chair (763) 843-1846

Kalsang Dicky (612) 414-71O8

Samten Choedon (651) 428-2827

Tsewang Gyaltsen

 

Questions may be directed to:

TAFM Office @651-917-9556  Sonam Arti,Education Chair @612-709-9382