JANUARY 23 – 27,2017
LUNAR NEW YEAR
Year of the Rooster
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: LUNAR NEW YEAR OR CHINESE NEW YEAR: Chinese New Year is the longest national holiday in China and New Year’s day is the most important date in the Chinese calendar.
Although China has used the Gregorian calendar since 1912, Chinese New Year is based on the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, falling on the second new moon after winter solstice — meaning it changes each year.
It is pronounced “Gong Xi Fa Cai” in Mandarin and “Gong Hey Fat Choy” in Cantonese, although both are written the same way.
Roughly a sixth of the world will observe Chinese New Year, with celebrations in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, along with other countries with significant Chinese populations.
London and San Francisco both claim to host the largest celebrations outside of Asia. Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is known in modern Chinese as the “Spring Festival” (simplified Chinese 春节; traditional Chinese 春節; Pinyin: Chūn Jié) in Mainland China, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February. In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year is on Saturday, 28 January, initiating another year of the rooster.
The New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Hong Kong (officially as Lunar New Year), Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Mauritius, and the Philippines. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours.
Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. Among about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.
Chinese New Year was set to coincide with the slack time just before a new year of farm work begins, as a time of preparation.
When most Chinese were farmers this made sense. Now 55% of China’s population is urban (a generation ago it was 25%), but 100+ million return to their rural roots for CNY.
Chinese traditionally celebrated the start of a new year of farm work, and wished/prayed for a good harvest. This has now evolved into celebrating the start of a new business year and wishing for profits and success in various vocations.
**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES: Please email bulletin notices to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am. Mrs. Grinnell
SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM: The Substitute System’s phone number: 345-0064. The on-line system remains the same. If you have any questions please let me know.
SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION: Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late. See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $25–checks or cash welcome! Social Committee
PARKING COURTESY: Please do not block other cars in both the Bay Street and the Polk Street parking lots. If you have to block a car, do it only for a few minutes and leave your Galileo Parking Hanger in plain sight in your car. If you do not have a Galileo Parking Hanger, see Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office. Mrs. Grinnell
ASB CARD STICKERS: are sold at ASB office (room 150) @ $5.00. Discount for dances, sweatshirts, lanyards, & other school spirit items.
ASB STUDENT STORE: in room 150 is selling healthy drinks, snacks, hand towels, mugs, poms poms, and other school spirit items.
STUDENT ID CARDS: Our Student ID Card software has been updated with the latest student pictures and is now up and running. If you know any current students or new/transfer students in need of an ID card, please direct them to Ms. Rivera in the Counseling office (258E), where our ID printer is located.
For any new/transfer students, first ID card is free of charge. All replacement ID cards will cost $2.
VARSITY BASEBALL NEEDS GIRL MANAGERS: To keep book and help with team functions. Please see Coach Papa in Room 263.
COLLEGE & CAREER ANNOUNCEMENTS 1/23 – 1/29/17
La Petite is hiring swimming instructors for children: You don’t have to have prior experience working with children; training will be provided. Hourly pay is between $16-$28. For more details or to apply: http://www.swimlpb.com/
Oasis for Girls: This is a non-profit organization that provides 10-week long after-school program for young women who are between the ages of 14-17. The program will provide a $300-$500 stipend for participating in their programs. You can learn life skills such as communications, social issues, and career explorations. Application deadline is 1/27/17 @ 5pm. To apply: www.sfoasis.org
1/28 Menlo College Open House @ 9am-1pm @ 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton: This is a very small private college with main focus on business. Go check it out if you’re interested in business majors.
2/4 Pathways to Law: Getting A Law Degree & Beyond @ 9am-4pm @ UCB Hastings College of the Law @ 200 McAllister Street: This is an annual free event for any students who might be curious about studying law in college. For more details: www.legallyasianlaw.com To register: http://aaba-bay.com/event-2404962
4/6-4/9 Vietnamese Student Association’s (VSA) VISION Program @ UC Berkeley: This is a college student run FREE annual program for HS students. They create different workshop themes every year. The theme for this year is Tenacity. Workshops will explore how you can use your cultural roots to achieve goals. You will network with other HS students. Room & board at UC Berkeley and BART tickets to Berkeley will e included. For any HS students with any GPA. Application deadline: 2/24.
To apply on: http://tinyurl.com/VISION2017mentee
Digital Arts, Film, & Animation Competition for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Students: Enter your artwork and win a cash prize of $250. Award categories are: Web Design, Graphic Media, Film, 3D animation, Interactive Media, & Photo Imaging. For more details or to enter for the competition:www.rit.edu/NTID/DAFAC Competition deadline is 3/1.
Pathways Career Ahead: Would you like to be prepared for a paid internship or part-time job for the summer or during the school year? If so, check out this program: https://enterpriseforyouth.formstack.com/forms/pathways_info_session_signup or to apply: https://enterpriseforyouth.formstack.com/forms/pathways_application
American Legion invites HS students to compete in speech contest: If you’re interested in this contest, depending on which round you get into, there is a possibility of winning college scholarships of $1,500 and more. For more info., please see either Speech & Debate team coach, Ms. Ung in room 316 or uAspire advisor, Michael in room 209, or College & Career Counselor, Ms. S. Chan in room 258F.
Free classes at CCSF’s Chinatown Campus in the spring semester. If you are interested, please see Ms. S. Chan in the Counseling Center in room 258.
For 11th & 12th:
1/24 College Ambassador Meeting @ 12:20pm @ RM 104: This is your weekly meeting.
1/25 College Ambassador strongly encouraged to attend @ 2:15pm @ RM 104: CSU Placement Exams Registration: Come learn more about what these placement exams are about, how to register and when you must register by.
Moody’s Mega Math Challenge: This is a nation-wide math competition for high school juniors and seniors. You create your team of 3-5 students with 1 teacher-coach. The teams that make it to the finalist can win between $5,000 to $20,000 as a prize and in addition be invited to apply for a 10-week summer internship at the Moody Corporation in a few big cities in the nation. For more details:https://m3challenge.siam.org/challenge/prizes
For 11th & 10th:
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a world-wide leadership training program for teens & young adults. It recognizes young people for their services to their communities and gives them opportunity to gain insights into their personal development. They offer a FREE 3-day leadership camp to students who live in Marin, SF, and San Mateo counties. You will do fun, interactive activities at this camp. Application deadline is 1/31. To apply: www.ryla5150.org
Juma Venture: This is a youth development program that breaks the cycle of poverty by paving ways to education, work, and financial capability. We work with first-generation, low-income students who are planning to pursue a college education. Juma offers academic counseling, employment at the AT&T Ballpark, and college saving account so students can work towards college. If you are interested, application is available starting January 2017. For more details: www.juma.org
1/25 Genesys Works Info. & Application @ 11:45am-12:25pm @ RM 104: Are you interested in earning up to $10,000 during your senior year, get support with the college applications, FAFSA and scholarships during your senior year? Come learn more about GENESYS WORKS!
The deadline to apply is February 24th! Click following link to apply and/or learn more:http://www.genesysworks.org/bayarea. If you have questions feel free to email us email@example.com
1/25 CSU Placement Exams Registration @ 2:15pm @ RM 104: Come learn more about what these placement exams are about, how to register, and when you must register by. This is super important if you plan to attend a CSU next year.
1/26 Homeroom Assembly: Important scholarship announcements will be made.
1/26 FAFSA/ CA Dream Act Workshop @ 2:15pm-4:15pm @ RM 104: Come work on your FAFSA or CA Dream Act application for financial support for college. If your family has the 2015 or 2016 income tax return, please bring it with you. If your family doesn’t have it, come anyway to get started.
uAspire can help you with financial aid related questions, please see Michael in room 209 if you have any questions.
Scholarships: A current list is sent via SchoolLoop. A hard copy will be posted in the Counseling Center. If you’re interested, please check out the details in the attached list ASAP. See examples below:
TACT Scholarship: Up to $2,000. To qualify: include Community volunteer service, 2.5 minimum GPA, Participation in extracurricular activities, Demonstrated leadership in school, & Unusual circumstances. For more details: http://www.tactsf.org/ or you can pick up an application from Ms. Chan in room 258 or Michael in room 209. Application deadline: 2/15/2017
Rotary Club of Fisherman’s Wharf Scholarship: $2,000. To qualify: graduating senior of Galileo HS, a US citizen, min. GPA of 3.0, and actively participated in at least 3 community service projects while in HS. For more details, pick up an application form from either Ms. Chan in room 258 or Michael in room 209. Application deadline: 3/8/2017
Supporting you every step of the way for the college application process, just ask for help!
Ms. S. Chan
College & Career Counselor