Monthly Archives: October 2014

Autumn Expedition

The other day, Andrea and I were fortunate to get to take Classes IV and pre-K on a walk to the local village Bagar. Their excitement as we departed was explosive, and it was awesome to hear their stories, watch … Continue reading

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Happy Diwali!

Photos of our bright and lively Diwali festivities by Tenzin Norbu (Class VII): Ornate decoration made of colored powder by the entrance to the new building. The community performing a pooja. Rajib (Kitchen Manager) serving a delicious dinner. Children sitting … Continue reading

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Timely Reminder

Words of wisdom from articulate and insightful ninth grader, Pema Drolma ‘A’, posted to our “Words We Love” bulletin board last month, just in time to resonate with Class IX beginning their much-anticipated first round of half-yearly government exams at … Continue reading

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An Opener on Interbeing

Class VIII begins a unit on human relationship with the natural world by responding to a provocative quote by Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. Phurpa Lhamo I like this idea because it is very creative writing paragraph and in … Continue reading

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Walnut Shell Clavicles

This week, Classes IV and pre-K collaborated to study the internal workings of our bodies by building models of the skeletal system out of found objects. Check out their diverse resourcefulness below!

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Wedding and a Show

We always have plenty to celebrate here at Jhamtse Gatsal, and this weekend was no exception. The kids performed a remarkable program of dances to honor the visit of five special members of our community, whom we are lucky to have joining us for a few weeks from Jhamtse Canada, and to recognize especially the marriage of Adarsh Mehta and Jeff Jenner.

A local astrologer performed the wedding ceremony, and then the students blew us all away with a spectacular set of songs and dances.

The highlight of the musical program was undeniably the long-awaited Lion Dance, premiering the brand new costumes for which the eighth and ninth grade boys raised an astounding $6,000 through Kickstarter, with great thanks to your generosity. After each song the entire morning, all the young children gathered on the steps eagerly predicted, “Next Lion Dance?” and when Rinchen, Langa, Dorjee, Sangey, Dawa and Raju finally took to the stage, the performance was well worth the wait. The kids were thrilled and enthralled and the adults all speechlessly impressed. After the show, Raju came out to dance with the adoring and exuberant kindergarteners, still wearing his baby lion outfit. Continue reading

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85 Hugs and Immeasurable Things Like Love

I arrived at Jhamtse Gatsal a bit nervous and not sure what to expect, but when I left a year and a half later, I felt as if I was leaving my home and my family. What makes Jhamtse Gatsal … Continue reading

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