It’s September in Ann Arbor. Students swarm the streets, lines at Ulrich’s are endless, professors enter classrooms with syllabi in hand – and, best of all, PALMA starts back up again!
Our mass meeting will be September 9th at the Ann Arbor District Library. That’s a Tuesday. Pairings and regular tutorials will begin the following Thursday, the 11th. The mass meeting is for new and prospective tutors, but everyone, including returning tutors, are welcome to drop by! We’ll just be going over some of the details about PALMA, introducing the eboard, and answering questions.
We’ll try to keep up with posting updates here, on the website, as well as via email. If you’re not on the email list, you can send a message to email@example.com and we’ll get you set up! If you’re on the email list and wish to be removed, same deal.
Un abrazo, y nos vemos pronto!
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Thursday will be our LAST PALMA TUTORIAL OF THE SEMESTER. We said a different date before, so mark this new one in your calendars. After tutorials today, Cristhian and a few tutors were talking, and realized that attendance might be low on the 22nd, since it’s the last day of classes. To make it simpler, we’re going to cancel the 22nd – so Thursday is our last PALMA! Please make sure to let your students know!
If you’re bummed that PALMA’s ending, don’t be! For the first time ever, we’re offering SPRING PALMA from May 8-June 16! It’ll meet from 6-7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays as usual. Cristhian will also be teaching an ELI class (in English) about PALMA, so if any of you are looking for spring credits, that’d be a great class to take!
Either way, we get to celebrate our hard work this semester with the PALMA PICNIC!!! It’ll be April 25th from 5-10pm at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3109 Scio Church Road. Our marvelous and brilliant Audrey Sharp will be organizing a carpool, so keep an eye out for an email from her in the next week! Bring a tupperware, bring an empty stomach, bring your dancing shoes, etc.
That’s all for now. Thank you all so much for the wonderful work you’ve done this semester.
Spring PALMA will start May 6th and will meet until the end of June. If you’re available to tutor in the spring, please email Cristhian Espinoza-Pino
. Cristhian wants to get a good count on who can tutor, so please email him right away!
- PALMA Picnic: April 25th, 5-10pm. Get excited for the best food of your lives! Be on the lookout for emails about rides.
- Last winter PALMA tutorial: Tuesday, April 22.
- Keep PALMA in mind when scheduling for classes for next semester!
As always, email me if you have any questions!
Here are some exciting PALMA updates for the rest of the semester!
1. PALMA Picnic
It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start getting ready for the PALMA picnic! The picnic will be on Friday, April 25th from 5-10pm. We’ll be setting up a carpool like we did last semester – so be on the lookout for those emails. Like last semester, the Latin@ community will be providing all food and drinks – no need to bring anything but an empty stomach. Everyone should plan on coming at least for a little bit. We’ll have a real, professional DJ this year, so start practicing your dance moves!
2. Spring PALMA
For this first time this year, PALMA continue during spring semester! This actually makes a lot of sense, since all of the k-12 kids are in school until June. If you’ll be around this spring term, I hope you continue doing PALMA as much as your schedule permits! We need at least 20 tutors to keep PALMA going. It’ll be the same time and place as it is during the year – 6-7:30 at the AADL.
3. Scheduling Fall 2014
As most of you have probably figured out, the LSA course guide is out for next fall! As much joy/despair that might bring you, I hope you consider PALMA in your plans. Obviously, I know that sometimes unavoidable classes fall over a Tuesday or Thursday evening – but try to keep PALMA in mind when you’re scheduling!
If anyone feels super strongly about making a t-shirt this winter, let us know. Otherwise, I think we’re planning on having our t-shirt come out next fall. Artsy people, we would LOVE any designs you have for a cool PALMA shirt! It’s never too early to get started designing!
Alright, that’s all for now! Please contact me with any questions, ideas, or concerns.
Winter semester has started with a bang! Despite the polar vortex, and the cancellation of our first tutorial due to a midday blizzard, PALMA is finally going smoothly. Our first tutorial was Tuesday, and we’re back to meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7:30 in the AADL!
If you or someone you know is interested in PALMA, make sure they email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to see if we can pair you up, we need to know three main things about you:
1. Your availability. We give preference to tutors who can do PALMA both days each week. Are you free from 6-7:30 every Tuesday and Thursday?
2. Your Spanish ability. How comfortable do you feel speaking, reading, and writing? Spanish proficiency is NOT required for PALMA, but it guides us in matching you up with a student.
3. Your preferred age group. Do you prefer to work with pre-k, k-12, or adults?
If you have any questions about your pairing, you should contact the coordinator of your age group. Grace is coordinating pre-k, Sam coordinates k-12, and Cesar coordinates adults. You can always contact anyone else on the eboard if you have questions, too!
See you tonight at the AADL!
As this semester’s PALMA comes to a close, I want to thank everyone who participated – from tutors to tutees – in making this semester such a meaningful and productive experiences. PALMA is such a unique, special community, and I am so grateful for everyone involved.
For the tutors who weren’t able to attend PALMA last night, please fill out a quick evaluation form here. It asks basic information, including whether or not you want to return to PALMA next semester. If you didn’t fill out an evaluation form at PALMA, and you don’t fill this out online, we might not pair you with a student for next semester.
Prospective tutors: hello! If you are thinking about joining PALMA, our mass meeting for Winter Term will be Tuesday, January 14th, at 6pm in the Ann Arbor District Library. We will be meeting on the fourth floor. Can’t wait to see you there!
Returning tutors: you rock! Regular tutorials will begin again on Thursday, January 16th, at 6pm in the AADL.
Additionally – if anyone is interested in doing PALMA for credit, Cristhian will be offering a 1-3 credit class. I’m pretty sure the class counts for Spanish majors, and is also a good way to make your PALMA experience even more meaningful!
I hope everyone has a relaxing and safe winter break! Stay warm!
Here are some upcoming dates and events to keep in mind:
Tuesday, November 26: PALMA CANCELLED, enjoy Thanksgiving!
We won’t resume PALMA until December 3, when we have our end-of-semester PALMA picnic! The picnic will be from 5:30-7:30pm. Keep an eye out for an email with the location!
IMPORTANT: We will be arranging a carpool to go to the church. If you need a ride or want to volunteer to be a driver, please let me know ASAP.
Finally, just because we’re having the picnic doesn’t mean that PALMA is quite over yet. Please come back to the AADL on December 5 for tutorials.
Please contact me with any questions, and about the carpool!