Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the 2023 school year. The home page is full of important information for a successful school year, especially as we transition into our second year. Please take time to read it together as a family because it contains our school policies and rules.
We are looking forward to an exciting educational year, in which we have the opportunity and privilege of working with your children. We believe in fostering a fun and nurturing environment. Our goal is that all students will be able to communicate in Bangla language and as such connect with their roots and know their heritage.
Parents are such an important part of your child’s education, so we would love to have you participate in the various volunteer roles we will have to support us in running the program successfully. Volunteer time might include moderating a class, reading with students, helping with projects. We will update information on the many ways you can be involved as and when opportunities are available.
We feel honored to be part of this program and providing this platform for our next generation. Thank you in advance for your partnership. Here’s to a safe, happy and rigorous year of learning!
Uttoron Executive Committee
Seats are limited, maximum 40 seats for 6-10 age group and maximum 20 seats for 11-18 age group. Registration will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis by the student registration system. Registration consists of two steps:
|First||Log-in as a member. Make sure you have purchased kid membership in your account.|
|Second||Fill out the registration form for each student. We may keep the registration open even after we reach capacity.|
|Provide education on Bangla Language, Literature, Culture, and History to familiarize with the language for communication, connect with their roots and know their heritage.|
|Foster our youth’s love for learning Bangla by giving them a solid foundation to build on and a supportive learning environment.|
|Foster an environment that values Diversity, Respect and Collaboration.|
|Increasing awareness about different aspects of our Bengali heritage and inspiring the young mind to imbibe the values embedded in it.|
|Eligibility||Parents and kids must be member of Uttoron.|
|Registration||To maintain a healthy teacher student ratio we will have maximum 20 students per class. Total seats in a school year is limited and derived based on available volunteer teachers at the start of the school year. For school year 2023, we will have maximum 40 seats for 6-10 age group and maximum 20 seats for 11-18 age group. Registration will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Waitlist will be maintained if classes become full and students will be notified if an opening occurs in the order of waitlist registration received.|
|Behavior||Be respectful, disruptive behavior will result in communication to parents. Repeated violations will result in suspension.|
|Attendance||Absence of 3 consecutive classes, without any prior notice will lead to communication to parents. Repeated violations will result in suspension.|
|Photo / Video||School may wish to use photographs and videos of students on Uttoron’s platforms (Website, Facebook page, Annual Magazine or educational publications) for sharing activities or for school’s promotional purposes.|
|Lost / Damaged Materials||Use school materials in an appropriate manner. Students who lose or damage any school materials are required to pay a replacement fee.|
|Day||Weekly every Sunday|
|Time||7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (online), 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (in person)|
Online classes (weekly)
In-person classes (once a month)
|Moumita Ghosh, has made Redmond her hometown for 17 years. She has been an integral part of YOU encouraging youth members of Uttoron in various activities, bringing them together as they learn and grow. She is happy to support Bangla School, wherein bringing together teachers and students, all with a common purpose - love for learning Bangla.|
|Nilanjana Ganguly lives in Sammamish, Washington and is involved in teaching Bangla to our kids in this land faraway from the heart of Bengal. She is the mother of a teenager and also has a day job in a tech company. She is an avid follower of Bangla books, movies and music both traditional and contemporary, and has also been involved in editing and proofing Uttoron’s sharodiya magazine in the past. She is looking forward to sharing, teaching and learning with Uttoron’s Bangla school.|
|Rohit Banerjee is from Kolkata, West Bengal. Currently he is in Seattle working as a data analyst at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Rohit loves Bengali language and has a passion for writing poems, short stories in Bengali. He is also trying his hand in wildlife photography and collecting old Bengali books. He is looking forward to sharing the Bengali culture and teaching Bangla to the students through Uttoron’s Bangla school.|
|Rumela Ghosh Born and brought up in Calcutta, Bengali language plays an integral role in Rumela's life. She has actively contributed to several magazines and digital platforms over the years. A Software Developer by the day, Rumela loves to spend time with the upcoming generation and has volunteered to be a teacher with the Uttoron Bangla School with the aim to inculcate our culture among the YOU talents.|
|Shuvendu Lahiri is a computer science researcher based in Seattle. Raised as a probashi Bangali, he was active in Bengali club activities during his school years. He recently became passionate about Bangla education in search of a Bangla school for his kid. He helped co-lead Uttoron's short-course on conversational Bangla in 2020, and is looking forward to learning and contributing further to advance Bangla education for our next generation.|
|Sujata Sen Sharma is an engineer by profession. She started teaching bangla in Seattle Ankur way back in 2007 to get her two kids acquainted with the rich heritage, culture & literature. She is excited to join the bangle school again after her kids are grown and flown.|
|Tapas K. Das holds a BS from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India, and PhD from Bradford University, Bradford, England, both degrees in Chemical Engineering. Since 2005 Prof. Das has been teaching at the School of Engineering at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. Now, he is also looking forward to teaching at the Uttoron Bengali School.|
|Tiasha Datta was born and brought up in Seattle, Washington. She is a teacher at a Spanish immersion school. Tiasha has a passion for education, and also leads Latin dance classes. She is thrilled to be able to give the gift of language to Bengali youth who were once in her shoes, yearning to access their mother tongue.|
|Sritapa Dutta is a software engineer by day and currently based in Seattle for the past 7 years. Hailing from Kolkata, she has been always looking for ways to remain connected to her homeland and enjoys reading Bengali literature ,practicing Bengali elocution, Bengali voice/dance dramas whenever she gets a chance. She enjoyed conducting a Bengali elocution workshop for YOU in 2021 and looking forward to make meaningful contributions to this Bangla School initiative by Uttoron.|
|Rupa Dhar is a software engineer by profession. Originally from Kolkata and presently residing in Seattle. While raising her daughter she found how important it is for children to know their roots; respecting own culture gives strength to oneself. She thinks our school will give our little ones a glimpse to our rich language and heritage. She wishes to join hands with other teachers in this commendable effort.|