The countdown is on to the Great Gatherings evening fundraiser. The highlight of Great Gatherings will be “first dibs” to sign up for various community events that help raise money for PASI while having fun and learning something new!

What do you have to look forward to signing up for? Here is a teaser with events that have been submitted thus far:

Enjoy an evening of Tapas and Spanish Cuisine prepared by Chef John Noel Gilbertson. Attendees will receive details regarding date, time, and location closer to the actual event.

Intended for: Adult only
Date: March/April 2020

Do you want to learn or brush up on your Spanish so you can interact easier with teachers, interns, and/or Spanish-speakers in our community? Come join us for a beverage or treat as we practice: greeting others, introducing ourselves, asking someone a few questions, giving appropriate responses, farewells, and other conversational pleasantries! Tamee Tolly is the current Resource and Interventions Education Asst. at SSE, as well as a former professor of Spanish for Law Enforcement at Southeast Technical Institute and high school Spanish teacher.

Intended for: adults
Date: 1/21/2020

Dads, bring your daughters to Chameleon Hair Design for a 1 hour how-to including hands-on practice braiding hair and solutions for simple, quick hairdos. A great way for dads and daughters to bond and spend some extra time together!

Intended for: K-5
Date: 3/5/2020

Join us for a private viewing of The Greatest Showman at the West Mall 7 Theaters. This family friendly event will also include soda and popcorn for each attendee.

Intended for: Family friendly
Date: 1/10/2020

Honey is one of the most – if not the most – regional, seasonal substances in the world. Honey’s color, flavor, and aroma all derive from the plant pigments and other materials secreted in the nectar, making the honey from each floral source unique. You will taste at least 6 varieties of honey during a guided tasting. You will learn about honey discuss the flavor, color and aroma of each unique sample. You will try some honey from our bees on this property and paired hors d’oeuvres. For those over 21, mead (honey wine) may be sampled as well.

Intended for: All ages
Date: 1/12/2020

Our Teddy Bear Sleepover will be held in Mrs. Groen’s English classroom (Rm 233). Each participant may bring one special teddy bear friend, or other favorite stuffed animal, for an afternoon of fun! We’ll start with a snack and songs and then we’ll create a craft with our stuffed friends. Before the students leave at 4pm, we will read a bedtime story and tuck our special friends in tight for their sleepover at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School! On Friday morning, students can come to Mrs. Groen’s room to pick up their special friend, their craft, and see photos of what kind of mischief their animals got into overnight.

Intended for: K-1
Date: 1/23/2020

Learn the art of salsa dancing from third grade teacher Jennifer Castello. Come alone, in pairs, or in groups for an evening of dancing and fun!

Intended for: Adult
Date: 12/13/2019

Join third grade teachers for a fun viewing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Intended for: 2-3 grade
Date: 12/6/2019

Makerspaces and Popcorn: Come join Mrs. Erickson and Mrs. Egstad in the Library for MakerSpace time! We will enjoy a popcorn treat before creating, engineering, and exploring!

Intended for: 2nd-5th
Date: 11/25/2019

Book Folding Art: Come join us for cocoa and cookies as we fold pages to create book art with Mrs. Erickson and Mrs. Egstad.

Intended for: 3rd-5th
Date: 12/12/2019

Learn to cook and enjoy a typical Colombian breakfast with arepas, huevos pericos and chocolate prepared and served by teachers Sr. Bohorquez and Sra. Renteria.

Intended for: Adults only
Date: 4/11/2020

Join the second grade teachers for an afternoon of board games! Students from 1st through 4th grade are invited to play board games and drink hot chocolate.

Intended for: 1st Grade to 4th Grade
Date: 4/8/2020

Come for coffee, leave with confidence! Come socialize, meet other kindergarten moms & dads, and share immersion stories while enjoying breakfast. This is a weekday morning event and your preschool aged children are welcome. Hostess is an immersion mom/former immersion kindergarten teacher.

Intended for: $15/Adult Please notify hostess of preschoolers attending and age(s).(no charge for preschoolers)
Date: 12/10/2019

Join other Spanish Immersion parents for fun and fellowship at an Adult Prom!

Intended for: adults only
Date: 4/25/2020

One more time we will play soccer at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary! Put on your soccer shoes and get ready to have fun with the most popular Spanish sport! Una vez más vamos a jugar a fútbol en Sonia Sotomayor! Ponte tus botas de fútbol y prepárate para pasarlo en grande con el deporte más popular de España!

Intended for: 1st to 5th grade
Date: 2/8/2020

Reiki I – Reiki is sometimes called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. In this 30 minute session you will receive an individual Reiki treatment with your host and leave feeling better than ever.

Intended for: All ages
Date: 2/8/2020

Reiki II – Reiki is sometimes called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. In this 30 minute session you will receive an individual Reiki treatment with your host and leave feeling better than ever.

Intended for: All ages
Date: 2/8/2020

Reiki III – Reiki is sometimes called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. In this 30 minute session you will receive an individual Reiki treatment with your host and leave feeling better than ever.

Intended for: All ages
Date: 2/8/2020

Reiki IV -Reiki is sometimes called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. In this 30 minute session you will receive an individual Reiki treatment with your host and leave feeling better than ever.

Intended for: All ages
Date: 2/8/2020

Reiki V -Reiki is sometimes called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. In this 30 minute session you will receive an individual Reiki treatment with your host and leave feeling better than ever.

Intended for: All ages
Date: 2/8/2020

Reiki VI -Reiki is sometimes called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. In this 30 minute session you will receive an individual Reiki treatment with your host and leave feeling better than ever.

Intended for: All ages
Date: 2/22/2020

Reiki VII – Reiki is sometimes called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. In this 30 minute session you will receive an individual Reiki treatment with your host and leave feeling better than ever.

Intended for: All ages
Date: 2/22/2020

Reiki VIII – Reiki is sometimes called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. In this 30 minute session you will receive an individual Reiki treatment with your host and leave feeling better than ever.

Intended for: All ages
Date: 2/22/2020

Reiki IX – Reiki is sometimes called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. In this 30 minute session you will receive an individual Reiki treatment with your host and leave feeling better than ever.

Intended for: All ages
Date: 2/22/2020

Reiki X – Reiki is sometimes called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. In this 30 minute session you will receive an individual Reiki treatment with your host and leave feeling better than ever.

Intended for: All ages
Date: 2/22/2020

Pizza Fun! Come and join us to make your own personal pizza. Play games and have a funtastic afternoon!!!!

Intended for: 1st / 2nd graders
Date: 1/18/2020

Come join Sra. Ruiz and learn how to cook a typical Colombian bread, pandeyucas!

Intended for: kindergarten
Date: 4/25/2020

You don’t want to miss out on this once every four year opportunity to sled on Leap Day! Join fellow second and third graders for an afternoon of outdoor fun, leap year games, and hot cocoa and treats.

Intended for: 2-3 grade
Date: 2/29/2020

Join Srta. Triadú and learn how to play the fun game of Koob: Viking chess on the Sonia Sotomayor Elementary playground.

Intended for: 4th and 5th grade students
Date: 5/3/2020

8th grade end of year POOL PARTY! Please join the entire 8th grade Spanish Immersion class to celebrate end of middle school. Pool party at the home of Champ Baumgarten, on the first warmish Friday in May. Heated pool, hot tub, snacks, inflatables, and a bonfire with all of your friends.

Intended for: 8th graders
Date: 5/8/2020

Come make a color wheel out of frosted treats. Students will explore color theory as they mix frosting of primary colors into secondary and tertiary colors.

Intended for: K-5
Date: 1/14/2020

The Greatest Kids Obstacle Course I – Come run, jump, hop, skip and crawl your way to a fun afternoon with your classmates. We will have an out of sight fun obstacle course and relay to help beat your winter blues! In addition, your child will receive an energy drink and snack. Come break a sweat with us at Burn Boot Camp.

Intended for: K-First grade
Date: 1/25/2020

The Greatest Kids Obstacle Course II – Come run, jump, hop, skip and crawl your way to a fun afternoon with your classmates. We will have an out of sight fun obstacle course and relay to help beat your winter blues! In addition, your child will receive an energy drink and snack. Come break a sweat with us at Burn Boot Camp.

Intended for: Third Grade
Date: 1/25/2020

Make and take fairy garden

Intended for: Kindergarten
Date: 4/17/2019

Farm-to-Table meal and experience at The Jensen hobby farm and residence. Enjoy freshly picked fruits and vegetables and time of fellowship at the Jensen Hobby Farm. Bring the entire family out to enjoy the Jensen petting zoo, tree house, kittens and terrific food!

Intended for: Family-friendly, all ages encouraged to attend
Date: 6/20/2020

Drills & Skills Baseball Clinic Boys and Girls in grades 1 and 2 are invited to participate in Drills & Skills Baseball Clinic. Attendees can look forward to focusing on baseball fundamentals and further developing their skills. Hosted by Matt Sage and Jake Studer, both with years of coaching and playing experience across all levels. Only 25 spots available. Register before it’s full!

Intended for: 1st and 2nd Graders
Date: 4/28/2019

Escape the Classroom! Join us for a fun time trying to escape the classroom. Teams will collaborate and use their best skills to beat the clock and unlock the BreakOut EDU boxes in order to escape. It will be a blast!

Intended for: 4th and/or 5th graders
Date: 12/6/2019

Kendra Brouwer has been teaching yoga since 2008. This session is geared toward elementary age children and will be a great introduction to yoga and all of its benefits.

Intended for: Elementary
Date: 2/23/2020

Enjoy French toast, bacon, mimosas and more! Leave with a batch of homemade granola.

Intended for: Families
Date: 3/28/2020

Join ornithogist Katie Barnes on a springtime hike through Sertoma Park during which you will learn about the birds of our area.

Intended for: 1st Grade or 5th Grade
Date: 5/2/2019

Doggie Play Date — Always wanted to introduce your good boy or girl to your school friends? Its time to unleash the party animals! Bring your family – both two-legged and four-legged – for a doggone good time. The dogs will run and play and enjoy the great play area at Paws Pet Resort, including a bone-shaped dog swimming pool! Don’t miss out – this pawty is going to be so fetch! Party space generously donated by Paws Pet Resort (Paws Resort suggests this Gathering is best for dogs who are used to and enjoy being in groups with other dogs).

Intended for: any age
Date: 5/17/2019

Join Sr. Bartolome and Srta. Petersen as they face off in a game of kickball on the Sonia Sotomayor Elementary playground!

Intended for: 3rd-5th grade
Date: 4/4/2019

Get to know other Spanish Immersion parents while playing Settlers of Catan. Snacks and drinks provided.

Intended for: Adult Only
Date: 1/11/2020

The annual Kool 4th grade end of year party at 2205 W. Sleigh Creek Trail . We will have inflatables, beverages, food and the candy bar! Will be in May 2020

Intended for: 4th graders and their families
Date: 5/22/2019

The annual Kool 7th grade end of the year celebration. Inflatables, beverages, food and the candy bar! Will be in May 2019

Intended for: 7th grade
Date: 5/22/2019

A Leap Day Gathering – Let’s Get Outside to Celebrate Because this day is oh so rare, We find it only to be fair, To invite ALL first graders to the Good Earth State Park, to explore, adventure and play all before dark! Come join us for some leap day fun, we will have an outdoor adventure (dress weather appropriately) and an indoor craft. Snacks and a drink will be provided. Good Earth State Park is located at: 26924 480th Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57108 If you drop your child off for the event, you will not need a state park pass but if you stay for the event you need your annual state park pass or a daily park pass ($6).

Intended for: 1st Graders
Date: 2/29/2020

Does your child like video games? Robots? Circuits? Code Ninjas is the place for them! Your child will program their own video game, have the opportunity to play with robots, learn about building circuits and have a ton of FUN! Gathering Hosted at: Code Ninjas – 513 W 85th St

Intended for: Ages 7 – 14
Date: 2/1/2020

Learn how to make (and get a chance to taste) a variety of Swedish cookies at the Hein home and leave with some samples to share.

Intended for: Adults
Date: 12/6/2019

Learn how to make (& get a chance to taste) a variety of Swedish cookies at the Hein home and leave with some samples to share.

Intended for: KG – 2nd grade
Date: 12/7/2019

Learn how to make (& get a chance to taste) a variety of Swedish cookies at the Hein home and leave with some samples to share.

Intended for: Adult
Date: 1/10/2020

“Get Your Groove On” Gathering Come join us to shake off the winter blues with live music! The music will be provided by the awesome local Sioux Falls Band “Bad Neighbor”! The dance floor will be open! The first keg will be provided and tapped! Cash bar for any other drink choice. The appetizers available for snacking. The Groove Gathering is a chance to mix and mingle with parents, teachers, volunteers, and friends too! We would love to share a night with you. Location: The Country Club of Sioux Falls 3400 W 22nd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Check out and follow the band Bad Neighbor at: Facebook ~ badneighborbraxton Instagram ~ badneighborsd Twitter ~ badneighborsd

Intended for: Adult only
Date: 2/7/2020

Pokemon & Table Top Game Night Game Chest is partnering with PASI for an evening of fun away from the screen. Learn the game behind those cards your kids are bringing home and collecting. Other games will be made available along with members of the community running tutorials and walk throughs. Best of all, Game Chest has agreed to give a percentage of all products purchased in the store that day to PASI. Game, have fun, and support PASI!

Intended for: All Ages Welcome
Date: 2/6/2020

Holiday Shopping made easy with a Private Shopping Event at the new Child’s Play Toys at Lake Lorraine. Holiday Treats & Refreshments, Personalized Shopping List & Gift Wrapping.

Intended for: Adults
Date: 12/8/2019

Kids Against Hunger-bring your teens for an evening pack at Kids Against Hunger on Tuesday, January 21st from 6:30-8pm. They get to work together and pack meals that are then sent out to provide food for starving children all around the world. It is a great way to give them a chance to socialize and make a positive difference.

Intended for: 6th-12th grade
Date: 1/21/2020

Yoga Friday Fun at Form: Bring your little yogis to Form Studio for a fun one hour class with yoga instructor Lisa Conlin followed by a snack and making yoga bracelets. You can pick up between 8:30-9pm. Studio time generously donated by Form Studio, 2210 W. 69th St.

Intended for: 3rd-5th grade, girls and boys
Date: 3/6/2020

Scandinavian holiday delights I: Come try your hand at making Scandinavian specialties lefse and krumkake. We won’t proclaim to be experts but we have made our share of these in our families and promise a good time in trying out the different griddles and tools and you’ll take a dozen or so goodies home with you. Kids are welcome to come and learn how to make Danish heart ornaments and play while you cook.

Intended for: Adults
Date: 12/14/2019

Scandinavian holiday delights II: Come try your hand at making Scandinavian specialties lefse and krumkake. We won’t proclaim to be experts but we have made our share of these in our families and promise a good time in trying out the different griddles and tools and you’ll take a dozen or so goodies home with you. Kids are welcome to come and learn how to make Danish heart ornaments and play while you cook.

Intended for: adults
Date: 12/14/2019

Succulent gardening – Each student will plant and decorate their own succulent garden. We will also talk about how to take care of these low maintenance plants and propagate new plants. Perfect for beginning green thumbs.

Intended for: 2nd grade students
Date: 4/4/2019

Kindness rocks! We will get together to paint kindness rocks – then hide a few and take a few home to share with others later. We will also make a photo holder and craft self-portraits.

Intended for: Kindergarten students
Date: 5/3/2019

605 Ninja

Intended for: 2nd Grade
Date: 1/10/2019

High School Golf Outing: IT’S A GREAT DAY TO GOLF!!! Join us at the brand new GreatShots golf entertainment center. Spend a cold winter afternoon in a heated golf bay challenging your peers to a longest (or shortest) drive contest. No golf experience necessary, just come with a fun, adventurous attitude! We will also have snacks and beverages. (Transportation provided if necessary)

Intended for: High School
Date: 2/18/2020

Hey Middle School Baseball fans! Come join us for a night at the Canaries game this 2020 season. Cheer on the home team, eat pizza, drink soda with all your friends. Specific date/time sent once 2020 season games have been announced.

Intended for: Middle School Students (6-8)
Date: June/July 2020

Tie dye party. We will help each tie dye at least 2 shirts (more if time allows) and have a pizza party on a nice day in May 2020.

Intended for: 4th grade
Date: May 2020

Valentine Cookie Decorating with the office gals! Join Ms. Kali, Ms. Andrea, Sra. Greenfield, & Sra. Vik at school for an afternoon of Valentine cookie decorating! Each student will receive 1 dozen sugar cookies to decorate with frosting, sprinkles, candies and more! We will also decorate Valentines! Sonia Sotomayor

Intended for: K-2
Date: 2/8/2020

Wine & Canvas w/ Sra. Esperanza Langle at the Strawbale Winery Sra. Langle is a kindergarten teacher by day, but she has a passion for art. She is an accomplished artist with more than 30 years of teaching art classes! Sra. Vik will provide each participant with a glass (or two) of wine! (Hosted by Esperanza Langle, Tracy Vik & Strawbale Winery)

Intended for: 21 and Over
Date: 2/1/2020

Speed Racing Around the School I: Join Mrs. Conrad, Mrs. Greenfield and Sra. Vik for a wild afternoon of roller-racing speedway throughout the gym and hallways of the school. Navigate the crazy course, take sharp curves, avoid silly obstacles that will get in the way and compete for the best time! Make sure you wear comfortable clothes because this will be a workout! Sonia Sotomayor Gym

Intended for: Grades 1 & 2
Date: 1/11/2020

Speed Racing Around the School II: Join Mrs. Conrad, Mrs. Greenfield and Sra. Vik for a wild afternoon of roller-racing speedway throughout the gym and hallways of the school. Navigate the crazy course, take sharp curves, avoid silly obstacles that will get in the way and compete for the best time! Make sure you wear comfortable clothes because this will be a workout! Sonia Sotomayor

Intended for: Grades 3-5
Date: 1/11/2020

Laser Tag I: Join Srta. Wistuba, Sr. Vasquez, Sra. Conrad, & Sra. Vik for an awesome afternoon of laser tag. The gym will be transformed into a dark dystopian Chicago cityscape in ruins…There will be obstacles, barriers, flashing lights, and more. Who will be victorious?! Sonia Sotomayor Gym

Intended for: Grades 2 & 3
Date: 1/25/2020

Laser Tag II: Join Srta. Wistuba, Sr. Vasquez, Sra. Conrad, & Sra. Vik for an awesome afternoon of laser tag. The gym will be transformed into a dark dystopian Chicago cityscape in ruins…There will be obstacles, barriers, flashing lights, and more. Who will be victorious?! Sonia Sotomayor Gym

Intended for: Grades 4 & 5
Date: 1/25/2020

Flamenco Dancing for adults: Basics of Flemenco dancing. Start with hand rhythms then move to the steps until your whole body is moving to the music. Taught by Interns Carmen & Lola!

Intended for: Adults
Date:

Flamenco Dancing for kids: Basics of Flemenco dancing. Start with hand rhythms then move to the steps until your whole body is moving to the music. Taught by Interns Carmen & Lola!

Intended for: K-5th
Date:

Navidad en todo el mundo! Christmas Around the World! Join the interns for fun Christmas activities from Chile, El Salvador, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Spain! Arts/crafts, games, music, and more! Sonia Sotomayor

Intended for: Kinder, 1st, 2nd
Date: 12/7/2019

Rubik’s Cube Challenge Do you Rubik’s Cube? Is your brain up to a challenge against your peers? Join us for a fun afternoon of Rubik’s Cube races! Bring your own or use one of ours. If you don’t know to solve a Rubik’s Cube, come to learn from others! We will have a variety of styles of cubes to try, but the competition will be with the original! This will be fast, furious, friendly frenzy of fun! Sonia Sotomayor

Intended for: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Date: 1/24/2020

Trap Shooting I – Join us for an afternoon at the shooting range. Learning how to handle a shotgun safely and shoot an entire round of trap. Fun for teens thru adults. *Parents are encouraged to sign up with teen child, but not required.

Intended for: 14 years old thru adult
Date: 4/15/20

Trap Shooting II – Join us for an afternoon at the shooting range. Learning how to handle a shotgun safely and shoot an entire round of trap. Fun for teens thru adults. *Parents are encouraged to sign up with teen child, but not required.

Intended for: 14 years old thru adult
Date: 4/22/20

Gather your friends for a trip around downtown on the Sip-N-Cycle. We have four cycles that hold 16 people each

Intended for: 21 and over
Date: Friday Night, Spring, 2020

Barry’s Gathering This no-charge Gathering will be a time of fellowship, friendship and memory sharing for Barry Grieve’s freshman Spanish Immersion classmates at one of his favorite locations. Hosted by friends of the Grieve Family.

Intended for: Freshman
Date: 11/11/2019