Critical Languages Program

Dear CAFAM members,

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP), funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides schools with a language teacher from Egypt or China to teach Arabic or Mandarin for one year.

Join a free online webinar so that you can learn more about TCLP and hear from program alumni about how your school can benefit by hosting an Arabic or Mandarin teacher.

Register for the TCLP Webinar on Tuesday, December 10 at 4:00pm EST: To apply by January 22, 2014, please visit


Waking the Dragon

Nimen hao!

At Chinese School last week, you may have glimpsed the newest, grandest, sparkliest member of our community: WE HAVE A NEW DRAGON! A gift from the Chinese consulate in New York City, the ten-person magical beast arrived by eighteen-wheeler this summer with a drum the size of China itself. We are beyond excited to WAKE the dragon up (in the grand tradition of all ceremonial dragons) and get him limbered up for his DEBUT at Chinese New Year.

So please join us for a Dragon-Waking PARTY on the last day of this fall semester: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 23, at Ocean Avenue School, 150 Ocean Avenue, Portland. AND PLEASE BRING A FRIEND (or EIGHT)! We’ll have ribbon-stick making and dancing for children. Riverview will be doing break-out martial-arts sessions. Everyone’s favorite DUMPLINGS will be for sale (so lunch supports your favorite little Chinese school)! Then Ahkau NG will conduct the dragon-waking ceremony and we’ll give the dragon a little walk-around. (He needs exercise before Chinese New Year!)

COME! ENJOY! BRING SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR COMMUNITY of dragons and drummers, of ribbon dancers and dumpling eaters!


Kelli Prior
for the Steering Committee

Host Family Needed

Dear CAFAM members,

New Oasis International Education is currently looking for loving host family for a student entering Cheverus High School for the spring semester of the 2013-2014 school year.

Host families gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience of cultural exchange, as well a generous monthly stipend as a New Oasis host family. If you are interested, please contact New Oasis’ Northeast Director Jennifer Morrissey at or at 484-634-2958.

The student is an intelligent, generous and passionate 15 year old boy. He enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and cycling in his free time. He looks forward to living with an American host family and looks forward to sharing his Chinese culture with them. He is currently looking for a host family and is eager to attend the 10th grade at Cheverus High School.


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