PTSA International Culture Committee

Volunteers for International Culture Night

The Dows Lane and Main Street School families will have an amazing opportunity to participate in the International Culture Night: A Celebration of Global Togetherness, which will be held at Dows Lane on Friday, March 1st, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m

This is a friendly PTSA event. Children in the elementary grades will get an opportunity to expand their knowledge about foreign cultures, and thus help them develop a sense of global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity. As the title indicates, it is about celebrating all nations and our belonging to one planet. 

COUNTRY COORDINATORS

We are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers among our families to become Country Coordinators who will create country-specific stations, which will feature various cultural highlights of the selected country - architectural and natural beauty, games, music, art work, popular sports, fun facts etc. We encourage several families to run one station so that they can brainstorm together on how to best represent the country and help each other successfully manage the table. Families do not have to be from the specific country, just a special interest is welcome. Now is a great time to begin thinking about this event as many of you will be heading to different parts of the world for the holidays. Let’s bring back interesting authentic objects to display at the event!

Each student will "travel around the world" with a special passport and will obtain a stamp after learning interesting facts at each country station. 

INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT

In addition, with the help of the community, we would like to create an International Food Court showcasing the cuisine of as many countries as possible.  If you would like to make something traditional to share, or donate food made elsewhere, we would be grateful for your contribution. Wow your friends with your delicious authentic meals. PLEASE NOTE A NEW SIGN UP LINK for everyone who would like to donate food:

https://docs.google.com/forms/u/1/d/1ZRKzI9WG_sSBmxTOhefHpG-FukipXQcRvpzzf1a30-4/edit?ts=5c32c36c

CULTURAL PERFORMANCES

In the main Dows Lane auditorium, we are planning to hold cultural performances (individual or groups). The children and their families will be able to show their international talents through music and dance performances, sports such as Korean Taekwondo, Japanese Karate or Chinese Tai Chi, local rituals, fashion shows with traditional dress etc. The performances should be under 5 minutes long.

Sign up for "Country Coordinators" ended on December 20, 2018. Food donations are still open. 

It may seem far away, but we need many hands to make this night a success! 

Thank you very much for your help! We cannot wait to celebrate with everyone! 

Please contact us with any questions at [email protected].

Jasena Sareil and Liz Daly Unis, Co-chairs, PTSA International Culture Committee

Date: 03/01/2019 (Fri.)

Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm EST

Location: Dows Lane Elementary School
6 Dows Ln, Irvington, NY 10533

Created by:   PTSA Int'l Culture Committee
 
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Available Slot

Country Coordinators (49)

Please specify the country you will represent and do not get discouraged if you see someone else mentioned it first. We would like parents to work in groups.

 
All slots filled
Jaci Sirulnik
The Netherlands
Andreza Rushton
Andreza Rushton ( Brazil )
Marie Trinh
Vietnam
Jennifer Vidalon
Peru
Nadia Fante
Peru
Laura Coronado
Bolivia
Mimi Sheng
China
Laura Bird
South Africa
Stacy Pisani
Philippines
Marta Bahr (2)
Egypt & Poland
Lisa Wade
Italy
Neerja Patel
India
Sarah Wynter Peres
Australia
Venera Giannetto
Italy
Jane Hodges
United Kingdom
Keerti Mohin
India
Ayano Hosoda
Japan
Kate Whitney
Australia
Kimberly Mosca
Sweden
Jenn Bayliss
Denmark
Nancy Silverman
Japan
Katrina Choi
South Korea
Kerri Kimball
Chile
Elizabeth Unis
Syria
Maria Feng
China
Rebecca Rikon
Colombia
Suzie Fromer
Ethiopia
Amanda Reant
England
Vanessa Cairo
Brazil
Arlene Burgos Magallon (2)
Puerto Rico and Mexico
Shiran Pasternak
Israel & Russia
Sudha Gundugola
India
Liz Tapia
Peru- tradditional food
Amy Barger
Would love to paired up with another family representing Brazil :)
Danielle Farber
Israel
Anastasia Amelchakova
Russia
Jodi Cohen-ansari
Iran
ariella toeman
Egypt & Lebanon- would like a partner
Mohab El-Hakim
Egypt and Canada - We'd like to partner with other families from both countries
Milena Schmidt
Colombia
Denisa Trifoni
Albania
Marife Anover
Please call me to be reminded if possible at 914426-1434
Jennifer Park
I'd be happy to coordinate on Korea.
Natalie Guerrero
Philippines
French IMS Club
France
Margaret Fynn-Kahn
Pakistan
Eva Edibe
Poland

Authentic food donations (44)

Please specify the name of the dish, country your food will represent, and if it will be homemade or purchased, number of servings or pieces. Please remember that all food needs to be nut-free. Both savory meals and sweet baked goods are welcome. 

 
43 of 44 slots filled
Anda Bordean
Romania
Marie Trinh
Vietnam
Vanessa Korb
Italian Dessert
Marta Bahr (4)
Egyptian sweets and Polish savory
Mimi Sheng
China
Laura Bird
Rooibos (Redbush) Tea
Stacy Pisani (2)
Philippines and Armenia
Katrina Choi
South Korea
Christine Chan
Something Chinese I'll figure it out
Kerri Kimball
Purchased savory and sweet foods
Natalie Guerrero
Philippines - Lumpia (Filipino egg roll), Puto (dessert)
Nicole Crystal
Peruvian Alfajores
Jean van der Spuy
Ireland - soda bread, South Africa - rusks, possibly Holland - pepernoten
Debbie Green
Canadian; food to be determined (will be homemade)
Maria Feng
China
Rebecca Rikon
store bought arepas
Suzie Fromer
Ethiopian lentil stew, beef stew and teff porridge for many (savoury; homemade))
Amanda Reant
French (Cheese & Ham Crepes)
Vanessa Cairo
Italian dish
Sudha Gundugola
TBD
Amy Barger
something Brazilian
Danielle Farber
Israeli - Falafel and hummus
Diana Feinstein
Filippino Spring rolls
Jodi Cohen-ansari
Persian Stew
ariella toeman
Egypt & Lebanon - something homemade- tbd
Mohab El-Hakim
Falafel
Milena Schmidt
Colombia
Maria Perselis
Greek food
Laura Coronado
Bolivia - possibly quinoa will decide for sure and let you know
Suzanne Lau
Chinese desert
Denisa Trifoni
Pickles
Gladys Sawhney
Indian-TBD
Mareen Marinopoulos
TBD
Jennifer Park
I'd be happy to coordinate on Korean treats
Rosie Cortese
Italian dish
Beth Ludlum
German - clove cookies
Kathy Harcsar
TBD - let me know what’s needed
Jaci Sirulnik
Dutch Stroopwafels
Anastasia Amelchakova
Russian dumplings (pelmeni) - store bought

Cultural performances (10)

Individual or group performances. Please specify student's name and grade, type of performance, approx. length in minutes.

 
9 of 10 slots filled
Neerja Patel
Kids Dance 3 - 4 minutes.
Sarah Reilly
Irish Dance performance by Cavan Reilly (MSS)
Maria Feng
Martial art - wushu
Sudha Gundugola
Indian traditional dance (kids)
Diana Feinstein
Filippino candle dance
Daniel Markunas
(Japanese) Judo performance
Denisa Trifoni
Deborah Markolaj 2nd grade - singing Albanian songs
Jennifer Parks
Taekwondo
Nadia Fante
Peruvian folklore dance


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