TJ Community Celebrates Diwali . . . at TJ
After a year’s absence, one of the TJ community’s best parties returned on Saturday, November 5th, thanks to organizer Shikha Dixit, Parent ’20. With singers, games, henna, party favors, student dancers and emcees, and delicious food catered by Kiran Gunnam, Parent ’20, TJ’s Diwali Celebration is better than ever.
Festive lights and decorations transformed TJ’s Nobel Commons into a fantastic party venue. Principal Glazer, PF Board Chair Srikant Sastry, Parent ’17, and seniors Josh Rutzick and Sveta Jagannathan spoke about TJ’s unique opportunities and special community. Over 250 people attended, and there’s already talk of an even bigger event next year.
Other Fall Parent Events
Freshman Parent Reception,
Sunday, September 11th
An elegant model home by Classic Homes of Virginia was the venue for the 2016 Freshman Parent Reception. Owner/President Vivek Puri, TJ ’92, who hosted last year’s event in another McLean model home, told the freshman parents that he owes much of his success to having attended TJ (and mentioned how impressed he was by the star TJ intern who worked for him this past summer).
Over 200 guests enjoyed refreshments while they met and mingled with Principal Glazer, TJ staff, experienced parents, and each other.
The Parent Class of 2020 has a great vibe. Special thanks goes to Class Liaisons Yuyan Zhou, Parent ’16, ’20, Tricia Su, Parent ’20, and Michelle Khoury, Parent ’20, along with PF Matching Volunteer Amy Reich, Parent ’20, all of whom spoke at the event. They have already been joined by PF Volunteer Chair Shaista Keating, Parent ’20 and Diwali Celebration Committee Chair Shikha Dixit, Parent ’20 (see above), both of whom volunteered at the reception — after only four days as TJ parents — for these important leadership roles.
Tuesday, October 18th
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time. They just have the heart.” Elizabeth Andrew
Moderated by freshman parent Shaista Keating, who sprinkled inspirational quotes throughout the morning session, the Navigating TJ panelists shared how volunteering has helped them understand what their own children — and others — are going through, get the inside scoop on TJ news, and meet other parents with whom they have a lot in common.