Latest updates from the Director's Office
Registrations for the year 2017-18 have begun and you're requested to contact the Director's Office for more details. Some of the new initiatives we are implementing this year are as follows:
- More electives are being introduced this year to enhance our kid's potential creativity.
- On parents' request we are starting a new group of Pre-Sanskriti Tiny tots for the parents of Sanskriti School kids and that will be absolutely free.
- Two Special Electives (Public speaking and Art / 6 weeks' batches) will be available without any extra fees from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.
- We are planning to form a PTA forum this year. Please come forward to join it.
- A compulsory meditation training will be a part of kids' spiritual and stress-free learning.
- Special sessions for Vedic Philosophy and meditation will be conducted for the teachers and parents during the school hours. These are typically paid classes but are being made available to the parents, teachers and volunteers free of cost to encourage them to learn about our values for further development of our kids
- We have a new extended building for the kids this year.
- Enhanced security measures are being implemented to provide your child a more secure atmosphere.
- Teachers and volunteers trained in CPR.
D. A. V. SANSKRITI SCHOOL
DAV Sanskriti School is committed to bring East and West together with their best. As our children grow in the wonderful land of opportunities in the USA, we ascertain that they pick up the time tested ancient Indian values so that they maintain a high moral ground based on Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya and Aparigraha – desisting from hurting, telling falsehood, stealing/cheating, lust and hoarding – the five elements of Yama in Patanjali's Yoga-Darshanam. Also, they inherit strong family bonding that they pass on the value of united family to their next generation – sarvebhavantusukhinah. They inspire their minds and actions from the Supreme Consciousness – Dhiyoyo nah prachodayat. They will learn to be proud of themselves with a healthy body in a strong and calm mind.
How the DAV Sanskriti School helps in making a good human being:
Strong and Healthy Body: We have a body. We eat food and drink water for the body. Our body should be strong so that we can play well and for long. But strength is not enough, it should be in good health too. We should not fall sick. Health and strength of our body is the first requirement to be a good human being.
Intelligent and Cool Mind: We may be weaker than big animals like horse, camel, elephant, etc. in body but our mind is more powerful than any animal's. To be a good human, our mind should be intelligent. But it does not help if we get angry even if we are intelligent. Nobody pays attention to an angry person. Be Cool, too.
Morality: Well, I have a strong and healthy body with an intelligent and cool mind then I should be a good human being. Yes, I am a fantastic person but only as an individual. But I live in a family and interact with my friends and so many others. If I speak lies then I will lose others' trust; I must be honest and truthful. If I bully or hit then it hurts; I must be friendly and kind to others including animals and birds as they too feel the pain.
Does it now make us a good human being? Well, it almost does. We can think of a person with all the above qualities but not believing in God. There is still room for some development. Let us understand by looking at a family with two kids. They have developed with a strong and healthy body; an intelligent and cool mind and live by the moral conduct. They don't fight and keep their things clean and tidy. But do they love and respect their parents? If they don't hug their parents at least once a day then there is something missing.
Spiritual Growth: As kids grow, they need to connect to God - the mother and father of all - not to submit a list of things they want as no parent will be happy to see a child connecting to them only in need. It should be out of pure love and gratitude for so much that we receive from Her every moment. That connection will empower kids with subtle inner strength, power and energy that they will be able to face every circumstances in the future with a sense of confidence and determination. That comes by knowing the true spiritual principles of the eternal entities of God, Soul and Matter following a rational and logical approach.
Cultural Bonding: Besides the subtle spiritual science in the Naitik Shiksha classes, Sanskriti School gives them the cultural moorings via Hindi conversation, Indian instrumental music including Tabla, Vedic Math, public speaking, Yoga, music and dance. They participate in a number of cultural events and contests. They must learn the beautiful culture that has three (and not just one!) unique features: 1) Indian civilization is the only ancient civilization that survives, 2) only one country bears its name among the oceans, the Indian Ocean and 3) the only culture that celebrates the brother-sister pure love!
Be a Part of the Sanskriti School: Under the care of 80+ teachers and volunteers, every child of the Sanskriti School is destined to become a good human being!
- Acharyaa Dr. Kavita Vachaknavee
Underlying Guidelines From Vedic Scriptures Are Followed
Vedic wisdom through Naitik Shiksha (Ethical/Moral Education) Classes for students and through Satsang for Parents. Families are the base units wherein all-round development of children takes place and since students spend most of their time at home,parents are encouraged to join Satsang (Sunday congregation) for Vedic konwledge.
Families are the base units wherein all-round development of children takes place and since students spend most of their time at home, parents are encouraged to join Satsang (Sunday congregation) for Vedic knowledge.
न हि ज्ञानेन पवित्रमिह विद्यते (Na hi jyaanena pavitramih vidyate)
Nothing is more purifying than Knowledge.
Righteousness- the core of Vedic Dharma, through Naitik Shiksha (Moral /Ethical Education) to develop noble human beings, thereby ennobling the whole society and the world at large thereafter, as ordained in Vedas.
स्वस्ति पन्थामनुचरेम सूर्य्याचन्द्रमसाविव// Rig.५.५१.१५
May we always walk the righteous paths for the good of all like the sun and moon!
कृण्वन्तो विश्वमार्यम्//(Krinvanto Vishvam- Aryam)
Lets make the world righteous (noble)!
Character development to pomote highest moral values such as Truth, Service, Respect for parents/teachers/elders, Non-violence and respect for others' opinions/beliefs.
अहं अनृतात् सत्यमुपैमि// Yaj.१.५
Accept the truth, give up the untruth.
अभिवादनशीलस्य नित्यं वृद्धोपसेविनः, चत्वारि तस्य वर्धन्ते आयुर्विद्या यशोबलम्// Manu ४.१२१
Respecting & serving the elderly are rewarded with long life, knowledge, name & fame, and power & strength.
मित्रस्याहं चक्षुषा सर्वाणि भूतानि समीक्षे// Yaj.३६.१८
(Non-violence) May I see all Living beings with friendly eyes!
Respect for other's opinions/thoughts (as we like for ourselves).
आत्मनः प्रतिकूलानि परेषां न समाचरेत्// MahaBharat
Lets not do to others what we do not want done to us.
Enhancement of Charitable disposition and Philananthropy.
शतहस्त समाहर, सहस्रहस्त सं किर// Ath.३.२४.५
May we earn with hundreds of hands and give with thousands.
Hindi classes: To facilitate communications to create closer bonds with family members, Indian community at large and to bring students closer to Indian Culture and Vedic heritage. Hindi is not only the most commonly spoken language in India but it is also instrumental in uniting the Indian students in US amongst themselves and with Bharat- their cultural & ancestral motherland.
संगच्छध्वं सं वदध्वम्(Sangachchhadvam sam vadadhvam) Rig.१०.१९१.२
May we walk together! May we Speak alike!
Indian Arts: Music/Dance/Yoga Classes (Optional) to promote Indian Arts
Yajna : Havan, the essential Vedic ritual is performed by students.
यज्ञेन यज्ञमयजन्त देवाः // यजु ३१.१६
सह यज्ञाः प्रजा सृष्ट्वा पुरोवाच प्रजापतिः // गीता ३.१०
DAV Sanskriti school is to dispel ignorance and to lighten up the mind of our students with true Vedic knowledge-the Vedic wisdom.
The main objective of DAV Sanskriti School is to impart Vedic values to DAVSS students- aged 6-18 yrs, mentoring tcchem in a way that they achieve their full potential- academically, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Arya Yuva Mandal (AYM)
AYM youth interact closely with their peers, while reaffirming the Arya Sanskars. AYM activities include participation in Havan and various cultural programs such as Diwali, Holi, Republic Day, Gandhi Jayanti, Janmashthami, and Arya MahaSammelan, which boosts their appreciation of Indian customs and celebrations and enhances their understanding of Vedic culture and philosophy. At the same time, AYM engages with local community by participating in activities like ILEAD, Thanks giving Meals on Wheels as well as open dialogue sessions with youth from other religions. AYM fundraising activities include planning and organizing events such as Diwali Raffle and Spring Car Wash. AYM features an Annual Family Campout with and includes lots of fun, adventure and learning.
Meet Our Staff
Hi I'm Ranju Patel, I belong to an Arya Samaji family and am the sister of Acharya Praveen Ji.Read More
Ankit Bhatla is a structural engineer working at WorleyParsons in Houston, TX. Originally from Delhi, India.Read More
Sanjay R Chadha
I love teaching at DAV Sanskriti School because it is rewarding to reconnect young childrenRead More
Sushma Badri Mani
I love teaching at DAV Sanskriti School because, it gives me immense peace and happinessRead More
I strongly believed that Dance will connect you to the values of Love, Harmony, RespectRead More
Teaching is my passion, and when it comes to my mother tongue its even more satisfying.Read More
Roop Prasad, Ph.D
My teachers and mentors have impacted my life tremendously, and continue to make differenceRead More
I love teaching at DAV as Promoting our ideology and instilling the teachingsRead More
I have been in teaching for more than twenty years. I have a degree in English literature and vocal classical.Read More
I love teaching at DAV Sanskriti school children because they absorb knowledge like a sponge as you teach and reciprocate with their love.Read More
I am originally from Pune, India. I enjoy volunteering at DAVSS and particularly like teaching Yoga.Read More
I am originally from Indore, India. I am a sangeetvisharad (in Sitar) from Allahabad University.Read More
We came to the US when our kids(twins) were 4 years old. We were away from our country and I was worried that my kids would forget their language, values and traditions. We found Arya Samaj when the kids turned six. Not only the kids but we started to love coming here. Our kids learnt so many things .... Performing the havan, learning about Vedic values, traditions, cultures, festivals and knowledge of their motherland. They also learnt how to volunteer and give back to the community.
They have been blessed to have been surrounded by teachers, uncles and aunties at Arya Samaj who showered loads of love and encouragement. Not only our kids, but us as parents also have made many lifelong friends at Arya Samaj. They are graduating now and leave for college this year but with a promise to keep coming back whenever they are in town.
Arya Samaj has now become a part of our lives and we, as parents, are looking forward to staying connected as volunteers.
- Kiran & Sanjay Ahuja (Parents)
We started coming to Arya Samaj in July of 1994. We were looking for a Sunday School for our children. Both my children joined DAVSS at the same time. The DAVSS school used to be really small. Praveen Gulati Ji and Munish Gulati Ji used to Naitik Shiksha teacher and Ramesh Dwivedi Ji used to be Hindi teacher. Both our children attended DAVSS regularly for almost 10 years. We are really grateful to DAVSS. my children still remember Sanskriti School for ingratiating all the good Indian values. Charu graduated from DAVSS in 2000 and Sidharth continued to be at the school till 2004. Minu has been associated with DAVSS for almost 20 years and I have tried to do my part in the last 3 years.
- Minu and Ashutosh Garg (Parents)
Our sons Bobby and Neil were one of the first students who graduated from DAV Sanskriti school. They learned Indian culture and values which have continued to shape their lives. They are in San Francisco and New York, highly successful in lives and are still attached to Arya Samaj.
- Aruna and Brij Kathuria (Parents)
Over the years we have found its the best place to have peace and action at the same time! Great learning center for the Hindu culture, for the kids as well as parents!
- Neetu and Gaurav Gupta (Parents)
I will always be grateful for the fact that DAV Sanskriti school gave me a community of both peers who shared the desire to learn more about our heritage and culture and teachers who were willing to impart their knowledge on those topics. The festivals and community events, the weekly satsangs, and the meaningful bonds that I formed in my time in DAVSS (whether friendships or mentor-mentee relationships) have made a positive impact on how I carry myself today.
- Neha Srivastava (Ex. Student)
What impresses me most about DAV school is that it's always growing. When I started in 9th grade, we had a single building and two classes, Naitik Shiksha (moral studies) and Hindi. When I went back to visit after graduating college, the building had doubled in size, and the kids were schooling me in Vedic math and tabla! It's clear the teachers and administrators care deeply about the students, and I'm proud of the continuous improvement of DAV.
- Akash Gupta (Ex. Student)
DAV Sanskriti School is an incredible opportunity for youth to understand their religion, culture, and heritage. It is also a forum for youth to interact and build community with those from similar backgrounds. Ultimately, DAVSS is a shining example of what is possible when folks come together with a common goal of supporting students! Incredible program that changed my life and helped me discover more about my own heritage.
- Neeraj Salhotra (Ex. Student)
I truly enjoy the DAV Sanskriti School's commitment to excellence in education and student development. Having been a part of the school from nearly the inception, I witnessed its development from initially a class size of 5 students sitting in the back of the lunchroom and practicing the Hindi alphabet to now having over 150 students with a dedicated school building, volunteer teachers, and a focused curriculum. Throughout this tremendous growth, DAVSS has been a haven for connecting with my Indian culture, developing language skills, and building lasting relationships. I value the principles I learned during my time with DAVSS and apply them in my every day decision making.
- Aashish Jain (Ex. Student)
We feel lucky to have DAVSS, as the integral part of Arya Samaj of Greater Houston. Arya Samaj of Greater Houston is one organization, which breaths the philosophy extracted from Vedas. The goal of this organization is to inculcate the human values that are universal not based on one religion or caste. Vedas teach us how one should be leading the life. That is what DAVSS teaches children. The institution tries to keep the children connected to their vedic roots. The treasure of learning Hindi, singing classes, Tabla lessons and much more is the essence of Arya Samaj. We feel so fortunate to have Dr. Kavita ji and Dr. Harish ji imparting their life time spiritual learning with all the students and adults every Sunday. I have been part of DAVSS, in the role of a volunteer for many years.
- Vinita and VK Arora (Parents)
When we moved to Houston we were looking for a place where our kids could learn about Indian culture and values. Luckely we discovered Arya Samaj of Greater Houston. Our kids started coming to DAVSS from Fall 2010. Our the years they have learned about India History and culture, moral education, Hindi conversation, Hindi reading and writing. They also benefited a lot from the Vedic math class taught at DAVSS. Our son took a tabla class at DAVSS and has continued it outside for the last four years. Our daughter is now an active member of Arya Yuva Mandal (AYM). AYM has provided her a great venue to do community service and help help the other members of our community less fortunate then us. Annual participation in Jeevan Prabhat Readathon has taught our kids to be thankfull to god for what be have and empowered them to help the kids at Jeevan Prabhat Pondichery. My wife and I also volunteer in Arya Samaj and DAVSS. Arya Samaj and DAVSS has become an extended family for us.