Monthly Archives: August 2012

The School Year Has Begun!

Watch a video of student oriention, which took place on the 29th, 30, and 31st:

Daytime and evening classes begin on Tuesday, September 4th, and weekend classes begin on Saturday, September 8th!


A Message from Michael Hunter

A Message from Michael Hunter, Director of the Adult Literacy Program:

Fall is back and our students are falling into their routine. Let’s bring our books, our smiles, our enthusiasm, and have a wonderful year learning, speaking, and studying English!



Student Orientation!

It’s time for another school year!

As you know, before class starts we always have student orientation. At orientation, you will meet your teacher, get your books, and learn about the rules of our school.


Here’s an orientation schedule for the daytime, evening, and weekend classes:


Wednesday, August 29, 9:00 am: Classes 0A, 0C, 1A, & 2C

Wednesday, August 29, 11:00 am: Classes 0B, 1B, & 2D

Thursday, August 30, 9:00 am: Classes 2A, 3A, 3C, & 4A

Thursday, August 30, 11:00 am: Classes 1D, 2B, 3B, & Work Readiness



Tuesday, September 4, 6:30 pm: ALL CLASSES



Saturday, September 8, 9:30 am: W1 & W2

Saturday, September 8, 1:30 pm: W3 & W4

Please remember to bring $10 for your books!

If you can’t remember what class you’re in or when your orientation is, please call 212-533-6306!


Happy Chinese Valentine’s Day!

Tomorrow is Qing Ren Jie, also known in English as Chinese Valentine’s Day. After you read about it, take the quiz to test your knowledge!


There are two legends surrounding the origins of Chinese Valentine’s Day. Both involve the position of the stars on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar (August 23rd in 2012).

According to the first legend, the seven daughters of the Goddess of Heaven caught the eye of a Cowherd during one of their visits to earth. The daughters were bathing in a river and the Cowherd, Niu Lang, decided to have a bit of fun by running off with their clothing. It fell upon the prettiest daughter (who happened to be the seventh born), to ask him to return their clothes.

Of course, since Niu Lang had seen the daughter, Zhi Nu, naked, they had to be married. The couple lived happily for several years. Eventually however, the Goddess of Heaven became fed up with her daughter’s absence, and ordered her to return to heaven. However, the mother took pity on the couple and allowed them to be reunited once a year. Legend has it that on the seventh night of the seventh moon, magpies form a bridge with their wings for Zhi Nu to cross to meet her husband.

In the second story, Niu Lang and Zhi Nu were fairies living on opposite sides of the Milky Way. Feeling sorry for the two lonely sprites, the Jade Emperor of Heaven actively tried to bring them together. Unfortunately, he succeeded too well – Niu Lang and Zhi Nu became so enraptured with each other that they neglected their work. Annoyed, the Jade Emperor decreed that from that point on, the couple could only meet once a year – on the seventh night of the seventh moon.

Today, star gazers celebrate Qing Ren Jie by gazing up at the star Vega, east of the Milky Way which represents Zhi Nu, and at the constellation Aquila, on the west side of the Milky Way, where Niu Lang waits for his lover to join him.

What about you? How are you going to celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day? Leave a reply!


Another Good Photo

Can you guess who this is? A hint: It’s a University Settlement student who has appeared on this blog before.

Who is she? Where is she? What’s she doing? To find out, Continue reading


Summer Photo Fun

We are still accepting photographs for our Summer Photo Contest that we mentioned a few weeks ago.

If you go to our Flickr page, you can view and comment on summer photos of some of our staff.

Send us your photos and show us what you have been up to. You can email photos to

Have a fantastic and photographic weekend!

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Website Spotlight: StoryCorps

Here’s another good website for you. It’s called StoryCorps.

StoryCorps is a collection of stories told by real people. Some of their stories are funny, some are sad. All of them are very interesting.

You can listen to the stories, and some of them have been animated. To go to StoryCorps, click on the picture below:

Remember to look at the For Students page for more great websites!