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E-News for Tuesday, November 13, 2018

E-News for Tuesday, November 13, 2018

JLHS Ethnic Studies Department Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Please join us at tonight's Board Meeting as the JLHS Ethnic Studies teachers, past and present, are recognized in celebration of the department's establishment in 2003. James Logan High School has offered Ethnic Studies since the 1970's and was the first to require an Ethnic Studies class towards graduation as early as the 1990's. Logan High is the only High School in the nation to offer a variety of Ethnic Studies courses, with an official department. The Board Meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Attached here are slides for reference.  

Kitayama Choir to Perform at Candlelight Vigil, Thursday, November 15
The Kitayama 4th and 5th Grade Choir will be singing at the Abode Services annual Candlelight Vigil on Thursday at 7pm at St. James Episcopal Church in Fremont on Thursday.  Information about the event can be found here.

This Candlelight Vigil honors those homeless people who have passed away during the past year. Dignitaries from the Tri-City area, including Fremont Mayor Lily Mei, will be speaking at the event. Outside, candles will be lit as we remember some forty individuals who have passed away this year. The choir will sing "Candle On the Water" from Pete's Dragon during the ceremony.

All are welcome to attend.

Former NHUSD Teacher and Current Principal of NorCal Elementary School Needs Our Help

Former Hillview Crest Elementary, Kitayama Elementary, and Cesar Chavez Middle School teacher Renee Henderson is currently the principal at Cedar Elementary School in Magalia, CA, a job she loves.  She has lost her home to the Camp Fire currently devastating Paradise, Magalia, and the surrounding communities. Her school is a TK-6th grade, and 78% of her students are on free or reduced lunch. She has a strong connection to the families of her students, the vast majority who have lost their homes as well.  In addition, she has dedicated staff members who have also lost their homes. Renee says, "Our district is going to be the glue that keeps our community together in this horrific tragedy. Our support will continue as it always has."

A New Haven teacher has started a GoFundMe in order to raise money to help Renee and her tight-knit school community with some vital essentials needed to help them survive over the next weeks and months. They will greatly appreciate your support in helping them put their lives back together.

November is Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month

The California State Legislature has designated November as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.  During the month of November, the local Sikh community will be showcasing Sikh Heritage and highlighting Sikhs in history through a series of galleries across the city.  Sikhs have lived in the United States for more than a century, with many settling in Union City over the past few decades. They have made vital contributions to the life and economy of California for many years.  The main goal of these galleries is to educate and bring awareness to the local community about Sikhs.

More information about the galleries can be found here and below:

1) City Hall - carries most of the historic artifacts particularly from the Sikh Empire, Sikhs in World Wars and other items related to Sikh history. Special thanks to Sonia Dhami, Harpreet S. Sandhu and Amrinder Singh for lending us their collections

2) Mark Green Sport Center - carries images of Sikhs from around the globe to right here at home in Union City. We also have an exclusive display of Indian miniature painting and Gurmukhi Calligraphy by a renowned artist, Rupy C. Tut

3) Union City Library - will carry artifacts relevant to literature and youth

Union City Family Center (formerly Kids' Zone)
Please consider donating to the Union City Family Center (UCFC).  We are currently in need of cleansing and hygiene products for families in need: Toothpaste, Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, and Bars of Soap.

The Union City Family Center is now an Alameda County Food distribution site! Food will be distributed every Tuesday that school is in session from 3:30 pm - 5:30 p.m. UCFC is located at 725 Whipple Road, Union City, CA (on the Barnard-White Middle School campus). Volunteers are welcome!

Take the Challenge for New Haven!
Once again, the New Haven Schools Foundation (NHSF) has been selected as a beneficiary of the Rotary Chili Pepper Challenge! The Rotary Club of FUN Sunset and other Tri-Cities Rotary Clubs match donations two-to-one!

Foundation President John Shockley took the Challenge at our recent board meeting to get the ball rolling. It's super-easy to participate and donations of any size are appreciated.

Eat a pepper or a cookie... we don't care! Shoot a video and challenge friends. Make a donation at  You can watch NHSF President John Shockley’s video here.

Skip the video and just make a donation. But please tell your friends. You can mail a check payable to the Niles Rotary Foundation to our PO Box below, OR make a credit card donation here.