Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
How are you? We hope you had a wonderful summer and are excited for the start of another school year.
Attached please find an updated MERC course list and registration form for your reference. Several new courses will be offered on Saturdays through the 2012-13 school year, such as Performing Arts, Beginning Animation, Chinese typing, conversational Mandarin, and 5-week short term courses for both children and adults.
Students are encouraged to sign up for both Chinese and culture classes. Students may also choose to sign up for either Chinese class or culture class only. To register your child(ren) for the new school year, please print out the registration form, fill it out, attach the tuition payment and mail it to
MERC - P.O. Box 483, Hayward CA 94543.
We look forward to seeing all of you back at MERC Chinese School on Saturday, September 8th.
More good news. The proposal for holding a "MERC Info Night" in the Stonebrae campus was accepted. Mrs. Lisa Nolting, Principal of Stonebrae Elementary School welcomes us to showcase our Chinese language and culture enrichment program to Stonebrae parents. The date for this meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 5th, from 6:30pm-8:00 pm. in the Multipurpose Room.
We will introduce the programs we offer - for school-aged students, their parents - with many other cultural and enrichment options, and have instructors of various classes set up tables to further introduce their courses and answer questions.
Registration for classes will also be available on-site for attendees.
Good news. I am glad to share with you that MERC flyers have been approved by the nearby school districts including Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Castro Valley.
We also had further contact with Stonebrae Elementary School recently and confirmed regarding the classrooms, facilities and internet services that we are entitled to use on Saturdays.
In order to help Stonebrae families become familiar with MERC' s programs, we also requested to hold a "MERC Night - " in the Stonebrae campus before Sept. 8th. This request is pending on approval.
I will keep you updated for any new developments. Thank you for your support of MERC Chinese School.
Dear Stonebrae Parents,
On behalf of the Multicultural Education Research Center (MERC), we are delighted to announce that a Chinese language and culture enrichment program will be taking place at Stonebrae Elementary School on Saturdays, beginning September 8, 2012.
MERC was established as a nonprofit organization in 1995. For the past 17 years, MERC has dedicated to:
• Teach Mandarin Chinese to school-aged students from 5 to 18 years old. The long and short-term enrichment programs are offered on Saturday mornings. The curriculum is designed to be engaging for students to develop Chinese language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
• Cultivate children’s appreciation of different cultures. A variety of classes are designed to help students to learn Chinese culture and gain exposure to other culture groups as well. The current culture classes include Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting, Abacus, Chinese Yo Yo, Drawing, Beginning Animation, Performing Arts, and Conversational Mandarin.
• Provide adults life-long learning opportunities. MERC parents from the Adult Art Class have showcased their artwork in many community art events and won high remarks. A new 5-week Adult Conversational Mandarin Class will be offered this year.
• Support community events with presentations of Chinese culture and customs to increase understanding and appreciation of diversity in the community.
We are excited to be hosted by Stonebrae Elementary School in the new school year. Stonebrae offers a unique “Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program” from Monday through Friday. Attending the above mentioned MERC enrichment program on Saturdays, the students and parents will enjoy a comprehensive learning experience in Chinese language and culture.
Multicultural Education Research Center (MERC)
Mailing: P.O. Box 483, Hayward, CA 94543 TEL: (510) 881-9995
Dear MERC Families,
MERC will again attend the "Hayward Downtown Street Party" on August 16 to promote our Chinese and enrichment courses. The family-friendly Street Party is organized by Hayward Chamber of Commerce, and to be
held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on B Street downtown, between Foothill and City Hall Plaza. More details about the Street Party can be found here:
Our children could only get a meaningful Chinese education when our Chinese school is a successful one. Therefore we are asking for your support to share your MERC experience with the Hayward community.
Please let me know if you could help out for an hour or two at the Street Party next Thursday on August 16. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!