Monday, November 5, 2018

Transitioning from Passion Project to Sustainability


World Dance Party Shake-Out
A Fundraiser for World Language Initiative - MT
Saturday January 26th, 2019 6:30-10pm
SMALL BITES | SILENT AUCTION | RAFFLE | LIVE MUSIC & DANCING | CASH BAR | 21+
Join us at The Baxter Hotel downtown Bozeman for a fun evening out: a fundraiser where we celebrate and generate sparks for language learning through a world dance shake out.
World Dance Party 2019 ~ Full schedule of events.

Only 3 days left, it's your last chance to
PURCHASE WORLD DANCE PARTY 2019 EVENT TICKETS ($40ea.)
Come dressed to dance!
Can't come to the party?
ENTER INTO OUR JIM DOLAN STATUE RAFFLE ($50ea.)
Drawing @ event. Only 50 to be sold. Need not be present to win
A BIG thank you to everyone who is helping make this a great event.
WORLD DANCE PARTY 2019 SPONSORS

Not a dancer?
There is still time to come anyway, as there will also be "non-dancer" activities and a world disco lounge area in which to sit. Win raffle prizes from purchasing "sweet" re-usable disco cups (Free signature event cocktail with each purchase). Enter into one of 3 "fish bowl" raffles for bigger prize items. Participate in our SILENT AUCTION. AND, purchase raffle tickets for a one-of-a-kind Jim Dolan statue. Thank you so much to Jim, as he graciously created it especially for this event.


One of a kind, metal horse sculpture, by artist Jim Dolan









Monday, October 22, 2018

Sacajawea's Arabic Club Continues, on Tuesdays starting October 23rd!

Our free after-school Arabic Club at Sacajawea Middle School (SMS) continues starting Tuesday, October 23rd!

This class will run during the 2018-19 academic school year on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 in the Technology Room adjacent to the SMS school library.

For 2018-19, this club will be taught by Teacher's of Critical Languages Program 2017-18 Arabic educator,  Sayed Keliey. Sayed is here for Year 2 of our U.S. State Department, TCLP grant, awarded to the Bozeman School District and Irving Elementary.

So Sayed will know how many to expect, please register your intent to join the club here!

Irving's TCLP & SMS Arabic Club Instructor, Sayed Keliey
Read more about Sayed.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Enrollment begins September 1 2018-19

World Language Enrichment k-5 Classes

Classes begin the week of October 1!

Registration is now closed

For additional information, or to see if any spots become available for 2018-19 Spring Session- which begins in late January, please email us at worldlanguageinitiativemt@gmail.com

Give the gift of language and culture to your child and student. Create life long learners and foster the next generation of 21st global citizens!

Our program is dedicated to fun and exciting after-school language classes and fostering a love and affinity for language learning. Did you know? Students who are exposed to second language in elementary school are statistically more likely to fluent in a second language as adults!


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Program Overview
  • Cost: This year's program will continue to be an 18 week program. Full cost is $216 per student. All payment options are available at the end of the registration form and on our class payment page.
  • Scholarships: Some scholarships available and are based on financial need. To be considered for a scholarship you must register and fill out a scholarship application by September 10th. 
  • Program Dates: Fall sessions begins October 1 and runs 8 weeks. No classes on PIR days and the week of Thanksgiving. Classes continue the week of January 28th and run 10 weeks until mid-April. No classes on PIR days or over Spring Break.
  • Instruction: Visit our World Language Coaches page to learn more about our instructors.
An additional note: Although we try our very best to avoid it, classes are cancelled when there is less than 6 students enrolled. So please encourage your family friends and students at your school to participate in language and culture learning classes!

  • 2018-19 is an 18 week 1 hr/week continuous program for grades k-5. See schedule above.
  • Program begins the week of October 1. For Fall, world language classes meet 8 times, once a week. Makeups, due to coach absence or PIR days, are last 2 weeks before Winter Break. Program restarts the week of January 28th. In Spring, classes run for 10 weeks. Depending on class day and PIR days, Spring make up weeks begin either April 15th or April 22nd.
  • No world language classes are held on PIR days, Thanksgiving Week, Winter Break & Spring Break. See BSD 2018-19 Calendar.
  • Individual class schedule may vary slightly based on class day due to PIR and coach sick days.  If there is concern, please check with your world language coach for the exact schedule of your child's world language class.
  • Snack is provided on day of class.
  • Aftercare is available for world language class students on the day of class for all Bozeman GGUW kidsLINK families. Contact Karen DeCotis (406-587-2194 / karen@greatergallatinunitedway.org) if you need to register and/or to discuss payment rates.
  • Friday k-3 classes run 2:10-3:10. You will need to either pick up your child at 3:10 or arrange to attend kidsLINK aftercare on that day.
  • Refunds are available up until the first week of classes. After that date they are available on a case by case basis up until the 2nd week of class. After that date, refunds are no longer available.
  • Reminders! Before classes begin please email your child's in-school teacher to let them know the day your child will be going to world language class. This will help the teacher and school tremendously with dismissal plans and ensure the smooth transition of your child from end-of-school day to world language classes.
  • Cost is $216 for the 18 week program. Payment options are: One-time full payment; two payment installments (you will be billed for second half in January); $16 off for multiple class / sibling discount. Unless you a requesting a scholarship, payment is due upon registration. Additional after class kidsLINK care is not included in class fee, but is available at each school.
  • Scholarships are available based on financial need of family. Option to request is available at end of registration form. You must apply for a scholarship before September 10th to be considered.
  • Class size is a maximum of 12 students per class.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Support world language education in Bozeman with Bozeman's Cosmica Boutique during Give Big May 3 & 4, 2018!


World Language Initiative - Montana (WLI-MT) is being hosted by Cosmica Boutique in downtown Bozeman for Give Big 2018. Come to the boutique between 10am and 6pm on May 4th, donate in person and receive 25% off any item in the store.

You can also donate online at any time 10pm-10pm May 3 & May 4

If you donate in person at Cosmica $50 or more, you will also be entered into our WLI-MT Give Big raffle for a 5-class pass to Zephyr Cycling Studio. Thank you Zephyr Studio owner, Carolyn Williams.


Monday, February 26, 2018

World Language Summer Camps 2018- enrollment opens March 1!

We are now offering World Language Summer Camps in Spanish, French and Chinese. These 2018 half day summer camps are in partnership with the City of Bozeman's Parks and Recreation Department. See below for more details.

Enrollment starts March 1 through the City of Bozeman's online registration system

 Register!

Summary of Summer World Language Camps (p. 18 in 2018 City of Bozeman Summer Camp flyer)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Eat Mackenzie River Pizza on Wed., Feb. 21st and support world language k-5 scholarships and 2018 summer camps!

Print or show this voucher on Wed. Feb. 21st at Mackenzie River Pizza!

 Eating out will help WLI-MT increase their level of world language k-5 after-school scholarships for 2018-19 and launch our 2018 Summer Camps (in French, Spanish and Chinese)!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mahmoud Dahroug
Irving's Arabic teacher, Mahmoud Dahroug instructing 4th grade students during Irving's Friday Hour of Enrichment


Based on a U.S. State Department Teachers of Critical Languages Program, Irving was 1 of 26 schools in the U.S. to receive a grant for Chinese or Arabic teacher to k-5 students for the 2017-18 school year.

As stated by Irving Elementary principal, Adrian Advincula "the goal is to foster global citizens".

For more information about TCLP and the ways Irving Elementary supports early language learning, read the Bozeman Daily Chronicle's January 30th article on Bozeman's Irving Elementary's Arabic language program.




Thursday, January 18, 2018

Note to Parents: World Language k-5 Classes Continue, starting Wednesday, January 24th!

Dear Bozeman World Language k-5 Parents,

You should have already heard from your school's World Language PAC Coordinator and your child's World Language Coach, but we wanted to also remind all parents/students:  Spring Session of the 2017-18 World Language Enrichment k-5 classes resume this coming Wednesday January 24th! Monday/Tuesday first Spring classes will be held January 29/30. Spring Session runs for 10 weeks ending the week of April 16th, with makeup classes (for PIR days and teacher absences only) the following week. 

If you have any questions about your's school's program, please contact your school's coordinator. In addition click here to see the Bozeman World Language Enrichment k-5 2017-18 All-School Schedule. 

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With the start up of the Spring Session, we also wanted to update you on some changes to the Bozeman World Language Enrichment k-5 Program and let you know of some improvement that we are working on for next year! 
  • Established a MT World Language Non-profit: To date, the Bozeman after-school world language enrichment program has been a volunteer initiative, brought to you via a partnership between the Bozeman Friends of World Language (FWL) community group, the Bozeman elementary school PACs and the Bozeman School District. Through this partnership, world language coaches have been coordinated by FWL & the PAC as Bozeman School District part-time district employees. In August 2017, FWL established itself as a formal 501-C3 and changed it's name to the MT World Language Initiative (WLI-MT). As a non-profit, WLI-MT will enable to grow and strengthen the delivery of world language and culture education to the Bozeman k-5 community. Starting in the Fall 2018, via WLI-MT, there will be a paid Overarching World Language Enrichment Coordinator, whose role will be to reduce the work load on the part of the volunteer World Language PAC Coordinators, as well as streamline and strengthen the coordination and delivery of the program. 
  • First WLI-MT Appeal 2017-2018: In December, WLI-MT sent out its first fundraising appeal with the goal of initiating a formal scholarship program, streamlining operations and coach training. If you would like to show your support for this initiative and help jump-start our increased efforts as a 501-C3, please consider making a tax exempt donation by either visiting our Donate webpage or going directly to our PayPal donation page.
  • The Bozeman World Language Enrichment k-5 program: We are now a team of 22 part-time coaches in 8 languages, with 8 volunteer school coordinators and 2 WLI-MT part-time staff! See our World Language Team Contact webpage. We have extended our program to 18 weeks with an 8-week Fall and 10-week Spring Session. In the Fall, we held 35 classes across the 8 elementary schools with 320 k-5 students enrolled. For the Summer of 2018, based on parent feedback and student requests, we area working to set up week-long camps in partnership with the City of Bozeman in French, Spanish and Chinese. Look for more information from us and in the City of Bozeman Summer Program Flyer in March!
  • Improvements for 2018-19: This Spring, we will be working on improvements for next years program. These changes will reduce the workload on the school PAC volunteer coordinator, as well as streamline enrollment and communication. Look for more information about in May.
  • World Languages k-5 2018-19 Schedule/Enrollment: Next year's program will be advertised and distributed to k-5 families before the end of the school year and then again in late August. Classes for next year will again be 18 weeks, with a Fall 8-week and Spring 10-week sessions. Enrollment will begin at the start of the school year and will be accessed for all schools through a centralized portal.

Also, please consider filling out our World Language k-5 parent/student program evaluation and help us continue to improve and strengthen the program!