Dear Peralta Community,

The D-U Dance Party

The D-U Dance Party

I don't know about you, but I can't stop humming those words from the 5th graders' performance of the Mosaic Project song or visualizing those kids with their fists in the air singing in Spanish about working for peace.  Los ninos are 'el futuro'.  Those kids give me hope for the future, and they inspire me now.  I am proud of them, and I'm proud of us all for taking some time out from our jobs, our worries, our commitments, and yes, even our passion for soccer to come together in the place where we live.  ("oh oh oh oh")

I want to send a multi-lingual thank you to the whole community for making the Diversity-Unity Committee's 2010 Diversity Dinner such a multi-sensory, multi-cultural, multi-generational success.  As was the case last year, I found that one language does not express sufficiently the gratitude I feel and the thanks that are in order.  So....

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Gracias

to all those who attended Saturday's dinner with good spirits and good appetites.

Arigato

to those who brought dishes from their heritage, their family cookbooks, or their favorite take out spots.

Xie xie

to those of you who shared your bounty even further by dropping canned goods in the food drive bins and/or who signed up for the meal train.

Shukran

to those of you who haven't yet but will participate in the meal train and food drive over the next few days.

Danke

to the dozens of volunteers who helped set up, welcome, serve, guard, craft and clean.

Toda

to those who donated or acquired donations of furniture, heat lamps, or coffee (or all of the above ala Sonia Perez )

Merci

to Rosette and Paul who allowed and enabled us to transform the school site into a night cafe/club/wall ball court.

TYSVM

to DJ DelicaTess'n aka Tess Unger for taking requests and serving up the platters.

Salamat

to the Diversity-Unity Committee and the dinner sub-committee (see below), many of whom put in countless hours of prep work to create such a special night.

Mahalo

to the entire Peralta community.  I am truly grateful to be part of such a diverse community united in our desire to give all our children the best education possible and in so doing enrich our lives all the more.

I hope you are inspired to seek out more of what the Diversity/Unity Committee does to come together in this place we share.   Stay tuned for more community building, advocacy, and education!

With love,

Marjorie Stamper-Kurn

Diversity-Unity Committee Chair

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AuthorSteve Mundro

Just two weeks to go until Peralta's feel-good event of the season! The 2010 Diversity-Unity Dinner is on Saturday, November 13, from 4-7:30 p.m. It's a chance to hang out with your Peralta friends, share a little bit of your family's culture in the form of some tasty food, and celebrate the amazing diversity we have at our school. It's exciting to see how many countries are represented on the world map that is posted at the event.

For the past two years, the dance party has been a highlight! This year we'll add a drum circle as well. Got a song to request? Click on the D-U Dinner image at left, and our own in-house spinmistress (and Peralta mom) DJ DelicaTess'n will add it to the mix!

Got a canopy or a rain/sun shelter to lend? Contact David Montes de Oca at papamontes AT yahoo DOT com, and bring it to Peralta by 3 p.m. Nov. 13.

Got a talent to share? A song to sing, a dance to dance or a magic trick to dazzle? Demarris Evans is lining up entertainment. Contact her at demarris AT sbcglobal DOT net.

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AuthorSteve Mundro

Mark your calendars now—Peralta’s fabulous Diversity Dinner is coming up fast. This is not a fundraiser, just a fun-tastic party!

The Diversity Dinner is a chance for the entire Peralta community to gather together in celebration of our cultures, to meet new friends and greet the old, and to eat, drink, and be merry. You don’t want to miss it!

Everyone brings a favorite family dish to share. You can burn off the calories at the dance party, presided over by Peralta’s official DJ, DJ DelicaTess'n! Stay tuned for more details on the activities and performances that we'll throw into the mix too.

EVERYONE is invited to come out and share whatever culture they identify with--or just come and enjoy.

When: Saturday, November 13, 2010

Where: Peralta Elementary School Multipurpose Room

Time: 4-8 pm (stay posted for time confirmation—exact time to be confirmed!)

Who: This is a family event--children, extended family, and neighbors welcome

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AuthorSteve Mundro