Calling Home Times: A Reminder from Brenna Rice, Office Manager at SMC

June 29, 2017

The following is a guest post from Brenna Rice, the Site Office Manager here at Saint Michael's College

Greetings from Vermont! My name is Brenna Rice and I'm the Office Manager at Saint Michael's College this summer. This is my fourth summer with MIL and I'm so excited to be back. I'm even more excited now that the students have arrived!

 

We're having a lot of fun in the site office now that the Language Pledge is underway! In addition to Margaret, our Social Media and Marketing Intern (who's been taking so many lovely pictures of the goings-on around campus!), our office is made up our wonderful Summer Site Manager, Catherine; our Technology Wizard, Garrett; our three incredible Program Assistants, Areej, Cassie, and Gabrielle; and myself. If you've contacted the Site Office this past week, I'm sure you've spoken to one of us! It's been a delight to meet the families of our newly arrived students.

 

We are an office of many experiences and differing linguistic capabilities, but we all share a common passion for learning languages. Those of us who are not fluent in Spanish or Arabic are having a great time learning alongside our students. Our amazing RAs and teachers have been so generous with their time and knowledge, and we're all learning quickly! We have an office Word Wall with expressions like "Good morning!" and "I have a question!" (I'm sure we'll make good use of this last expression!). And whether fluent in Spanish and Arabic or a new learner of these languages, we're all enjoying meeting the students! Many staff members have been lucky enough to sit in on meals, afternoon activities, and Language Pledge ceremonies this week. As I'm sure our students will tell you, every conversation is an experience. As someone who speaks French but not Spanish or Arabic, I'm hoping to pick up some new expressions this summer, as well as master the art of miming! 

 

We're grateful to have the opportunity to work with such engaged and curious students and wanted to pass on some important dates and information to help facilitate their communication home so that you can all hear about all of the amazing things we'll be doing this month. I know everyone is eager for our first Calling Home Time, so please find a list of those dates below. Please also find the addresses for students in the Spanish and Arabic academies at Saint Michael's College. Additionally, the office is glad to print any emails received at SMCacademy@middleburyinteractive.com (subject: NAME - ACADEMY), which will then be handed out during mail time. 

All times below are in Eastern Standard Time. For international calling home times, students will go to the Site Office and have their calling home time from 7:30am - 8:30am (EST) on the same dates as above. Students who arrived without cell phones will be able to use landline phones and Skype-enabled laptops provided by the office. If you have questions pertaining to call home time, please reach out directly to the SMC site staff at SMCacademy@middleburyinteractive.com or at (802) 654-3480.

Saturday 7/1
Arabic - 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Spanish - 5:45 - 6:45 PM

Wednesday 7/5
Arabic - 4:45 - 5:45 PM
Spanish - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
 

Sunday 7/9
Arabic - 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Spanish - 5:45 - 6:45 PM

 

Friday 7/14
Arabic - 4:45 - 5:45 PM
Spanish - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Tuesday 7/18
Arabic - 4:45 - 5:45 PM
Spanish - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

 

Spanish Academy: 

Name of Student - Spanish Academy 

SMC Box 2056 

One Winooski Park 

Colchester, VT 05439 

 

Arabic Academy: 

Name of Student - Arabic Academy 

SMC Box 2066 

One Winooski Park 

Colchester, VT 05439

 

Until next time,

Brenna Rice

Office Manager 

MIL at SMC

Open Minds, Full Stomachs: Exploring Spanish and Arabic Culture Through Traditional Cuisine Telenovelas, and Hieroglyphs, and Soccer - Oh my! Welcome, Bienvenidos, and أهلاً وسهلاً to Saint Michael's College! Welcome Message from Clara Hoellerbauer, Saint Michael's College Spanish Academy Director