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In Illinois, Chinese doesn’t stop just because it’s summer

July 28, 2014

District 220 Brings Chinese Culture to 60010 Students

A successful Chinese Cultural Summer Camp was held in collaboration with the Taipei Economic Cultural Office for over 50 students in the 60010 area.

Barrington 220, together with the Taipei Economic Cultural Office in Chicago, hosted a Chinese Folk Arts Summer Camp at Rose Elementary School in South Barrington.

Open to any student from Kindergarten to 5th grade, the week-long program taught students about the Chinese culture. Through the hands on activities, the students learned about the language and the traditional forms of Chinese folk art.

Over 50 students enrolled in the camp and while most were from the Barrington Area, one student came over from France to take part!

On the last day, family and friends were invited to a cultural exhibition program where the students showed off what they had learned all week. Dances included the WeiZu Plate dance and Atayel Tribal Dance.

The Atayel tribe is based in Taiwan and created ink based tattoos. Other arts featured wereChinese Acrobatics with hula-hoops, flags and balancing plates, Lucky Paper Cutting (with help from some VIP guests) and a tribute to the Chinese New Year with a twin dragon dance.
The twin dragon dance is not frequently performed due to the complexity of it’s moves, but the young students did a great job! The teaching assistants and parents also got involved at the end and joined in with the dances.

A very successful summer camp opportunity, educating interested students in the Barrington 220 area.

Please see more here.

Higley, Arizona to get Mandarin immersion program

July 24, 2014

Higley Unified

New at Higley’s Coronado Elementary is a Mandarin immersion program for kindergarten and first grade. Students will spend half their day learning academics in English and half in Mandarin from a native Mandarin speaker, district spokeswoman Michelle Reese said.

Reese said the program will allow the district to offer Mandarin immersion from kindergarten through high school.

Please read more here.

Group working to start Mandarin immersion program in San Jose, Calif.

July 19, 2014

NOTE: THE MEETING IS JULY 27 The group will be holding a community meeting Sunday July 27 at 3pm.
It will be in Q84 Mary Campbell Room, Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Ave, Campbell CA 95008.
Their website and Facebook information is and

Wei Yu International Charter School

The Wei Yu International Charter School will provide a challenging and comprehensive learning environment for Kindergarten through eighth grade students, preparing them to be lifelong learners and engaged global citizens. The school mission is to:

  • ●  Provide a bilingual and biliterate education that cultivates students’ emotional intelligence, wonder, and curiosity
  • ●  Promote high academic achievement, civic and moral responsibility, and a sense of accountability so that students are primed to be productive citizens in a dynamic global societyWei Yu International Charter School will be a K-8 public charter Mandarin Chinese immersion school located in West San Jose. We are currently petitioning in the Moreland School District. The school is slated to open in the fall of 2015 with two classes of kindergarten and two classes of first grade.We will utilize a Mandarin Chinese immersion model. Students will be offered a challenging, Common Core-aligned curriculum starting with 80% instruction in Mandarin Chinese and 20% in English. Children will initially receive more instruction in Mandarin Chinese because it will take more effort to learn a foreign language in an English dominant society. Based on the model, subjects taught in Mandarin Chinese will gradually transfer to English in upper grades.

    Wei Yu International will offer a well-rounded, world-class education including programs in the arts, music, and physical education. Wei Yu International’s education program will be based on the most current research and best practices in high performing schools. We will employ technology as a tool for learning, research, and production. Our students will develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, creativity, communication, and cultural awareness.

    The founding families of Wei Yu International Charter School include professionals in education, technology, finance, business, and law who recognize that the world is an interconnected environment and are passionate about creating an opportunity for our children to be fully prepared as global citizens in the 21st century.


Louisiana Mandarin program very popular with parents

July 13, 2014

Spots still open for Lafayette language immersion programs

A few kindergartners can still learn French, Spanish

“We have one teacher with fourth and fifth grade and one teacher with second and third grade. Until the numbers get bigger, we’ll continue to do that” Nicole Boudreaux, parish school system’s world language specialist on the Mandarin Chinese immersion program

 The parish school system’s popular foreign languageimmersion programs still have a few spots left for kindergartners to begin learning their subjects in French orSpanish, school officials say.

Nicole Boudreaux, the school system’s world language specialist, said such programs often have waiting lists of varying lengths — shorter at some schools than others.

Please read more here.

NBC News: Asian language immersion schools growing in popularity

July 3, 2014

Getting oh so very close on this book of mine

June 30, 2014

UPDATE: Some folks have asked about pre orders on Amazon. I can’t set that up until I’ve created the book on the Amazon site, which won’t happen for another month. But believe me, I’ll get the word out once it’s ready!



Here’s the final cover. And I’m handing off the entire manuscript to the designer on Thursday. Hoping to have it available as an Amazon ebook as well as a print-on-demand book in August in time for school to start.

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Pioneer Valley Chinese immersion expands by 38,500 feet

June 28, 2014

Chinese Charter School in Hadley celebrates start of expansion that will double the school’s size

Fontaine Brothers of Springfield started buidling a 38,500-square-foot addition to the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley last month. State, school and United States officials celebrated the groundbreaking last week. (Diane Lederman/The Republican)

Diane Lederman | dlederman@repub.comBy Diane Lederman | 

on June 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM, updated June 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

HADLEY – Seven years ago, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School began in a rental space in South Amherst with just a kindergarten and first grade class.

And now the immersion school is on the cusp of seeing a full kindergarten through grade 12thgrade program.

The school, which relocated to space in Hadley soon after opening, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a new 38,500-square-foot space behind the school on Route 9. It will more than double the current space now.

Work on the site began May 1. Fontaine Brothers of Springfield is building and Principal Kathleen Wang said they are hoping the new building will be ready for January 2015.

Please read more here.


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