Pathshala Academic Year 2017-18

Academic Year 2017 – 2018: 
Class dates will not be finalized until end of August.  We plan to have the first two classes on Sept 10th and then immediately following on Sept 17th.  For Oct, Nov, Dec, we plan to have Pathshala on every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday.

Cloverly Elementary School
800 Briggs Chaney Rd
Silver Spring MD 20905

09:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Followed by Lunch

Pathshala Director:
 Monica Shah
Food Coordinator:Sunil Dharamsi

Tentative Pathsala Schedule for 2017-18 (subject to rental approval from school)

Coming soon…

Class Information
We have a great team of about 36 teachers who teach the JAINA curriculum emphasizing the Jain way of life. Our teachers are a key to success and we would not have such a vibrant Pathshala without the dedication and hard work of our teachers.

Name (Grade) Teachers Contact Curriculum
Nursery (Age 3) Dhruti Shah
Rupa Mehta
Pre-Alpha (Age 4) Shilpa M Shah
Nishma Shah
Rupal Doshi
Class A (KG & 1st) Bela Gandhi
Nirali Mehta
Sheetal Rao
703-554-2142 or 703-793-3049
Class A
Class B1 (2nd) Nita Shah
Nayana Gangar
Class B
Class B2 (3rd) Pallavi Dharamsi
Chhaya Shah
Class B
Class C1 (4th) Monica Shah
Jhalak Mehta
Class C
Class C2 (5th) Ami Shah
Minal Shah
Class C
Class D (6th & 7th) Rupal Shah
Sonal Ajmera
443-812-8233 or 443-535-8340
Class D
Class E (8th & 9th) Megha Doshi
Manna Shah
Class E
Class G (10th) Kamlesh Shah 301-838-9778 Class G
Hindi Class Shweta Jain
Vishal Jain
Hindi Class
Gujarati Class Sonal Ajmera
Mehul Doshi
Hemangini Shah
Gujarati Class
Sutra Class Shilpa P Shah
Ripal Shah
Ami Doshi
Minal Shah
Abha Parekh
Savita Jain
Adult Class Pravin Dand
Dr. Atul Shah
Class Schedule @ Cloverly Elementary School
09:15 – 10:15 a.m. Hindi/Gujarati Classes
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Prayer, Aarti / Mangal deevo in Gym, Assembly in Gym
10:35 – 12:15 p.m. Pathshala Classes
11.50 – 12:15 p.m. Sutra Classes in Gym (Class B1 to G students)
12:15 p.m. Class-wise Dismissal for lunch
Class Schedule @ Jain Center
10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Adult Pathshala by Dr. Atul Shah & Pravin Dand
12:30 p.m. Parents Lunch in School Cafeteria

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Lunch Sponsorship Sign-up / Lunch Sponsors list / Lunch RSVP
Please contact our Lunch Coordinator, Sunil Dharamsi if you wish to sponsor Pathshala lunch and/or need help forming a group.

Please click here to view the Pathshala lunch sponsorship list (names and dates).

Lunch Guidelines:
Please make sure that the food served qualifies Jain criteria and following ingredients are NOT used or included in any form.

  • Non Vegetarian items including eggs and gelatin.
  • Root vegetables / Anantkaya like onion, garlic, potato, carrot, eggplant, brinjal, spinach, mushroom
  • “Dwidal” – Dicotyledons i.e. any grain [or flour of that grain] which can be split into two when mixed with raw milk, curd, lassi, shrikhand or other milk item leads to Dwidal.  Yogurt / Milk / Buttermilk have to be nicely warmed before mixing it.
    Some examples of “Dwidal” include
    – Making “Kadhi” by mixing besan in buttermilk without nicely warming it
    – Making “Dahi Bundi” or “Rayatoo” without nicely warming yogurt
    – Making “Dahi wada” by putting wada in yogurt without nicely warming yogurt
    – Dicotyledons include all “kathol” & all “Dal” & their flours, Methi – seeds or leaves
  • Green vegetables on “tithi.”

Pathshala PTA
Pathshala PTA helps organize various social events at the Pathshala. We encourage parents to join and/or participate in these events.

For any questions / suggestions regarding Pathshala, please contact Monica Shah at