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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

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Pasko Comes to SI

Allyson Abas '16

Christmas is in the air! The lights are shining, the bells are ringing, and everyone is waiting for winter break to finally commence. As Maryjo Nuñez '16 exclaimed, “I can’t wait for the lights, the food, the sleep, everything!” How does SI nourish the Christmas spirit at school? Pasko is just one way.

Pasko was introduced by SIPAC (Saint Ignatius Parents Asian Club). The group itself was established in 2006 by a group of parents under the guidance of former president Father Robert Walsh. The first Pasko was held in 2009 and has grown and become more vibrant ever since. The SIPAC members wanted the Asian community to partake in more cultural activities besides the Chinese Lunar New Year Luncheon.   

So what is the purpose of Pasko? “We want everyone in our school community to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas the way it is celebrated in the Philippines,” explains Mr. Noel Carzon, current president of SIPAC. “It is our way of sharing with SI and our SIPAC community the nostalgia of this yearly celebration with prayer, family, good food, and lots of entertainment.”

This year, Pasko will be celebrated on December 7th in the Commons from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. There will be endless dancing and plenty of time to converse with many new or familiar faces. SI students will be providing the entertainment through SI “Awkapella’s” marvelous singing, Dance & Drill’s and parents’ dancing, and a fabulous International Fashion Show. To top it all off, there will be a raffle drawing and a sumptuous catered Filipino and Asian buffet. I guarantee that everyone, parents and students alike, will enjoy the night.

As Mr. Carzon said, “Sama sama tayong mamasko ngayong 2013! (Let us all celebrate the 2013 Pasko together!).  To attend this “salo-salo” (festive gathering), go buy your tickets online today. You will be amazed!

 Maligayang Pasko! (Merry Christmas!)

Posted by on Wednesday December, 11, 2013

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