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KPSF News

KPSF at The Persian New Year Festival By Iranian American Community of Orange County, March 2016

KPSF at Farhang Foundation Nowruz Celebration, March 2016

KPSF Celebrates 34th Annual Student Nowruz Celebration, March 2016

Last day of school, June 2015

KPSF Featured in Daily Pilot coverage of Nowruz Celebration in City of Irvine

KPSF Students Perform at Bowers Museum's Norouz Family Festival



KPSF Nowruz 2012 Celebration featured in Orange County Register
Photo by Jeff Antenore, for The Orange County Register

KPSF students perform traditional Persian dance at Mehregan 2011
October 2011 - Students perform a traditional harvest dance from Lorestan province, Iran. Dance was choreographed by Negin Kordbache.

KPSF students attend Irvine City Council proclamation of Nowruz
March 20, 2011 - Students joined the Mayor, City Counsel members, and members of the Iranian-American community for recognition of the Persian new year



Annual Nowruz Celebration at Turtle Rock Community Park
March 12, 2011 - Students performed dances, recited poetry, and sang traditional songs at the annual Nowruz celebration

KPSF students perform at Mehregan 2010
September 25-26, 2010 - KPSF students perform traditional persian dance at Mehregran 2010, choreographed by Golsanam Fazel.


KPSF Director to participate in Heritage Language Teacher Workshop at UCLA
July 19-23, 2010 - Hoori Ghahremani will attend UCLA's Heritage Language Teacher Workshop, a workshop designed to help language teachers face the challenge of teaching heritage language students. The workshop is sponsored and presented by National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA.

Are Native Languages Worth Saving? A Globetrotting Scholar Says Yes
Geography Professor and Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond, the author of books on how societies succeed and fail, argues in a lecture that being bilingual or multilingual is good for cognitive skills, for memory in later years and probably for your country.

KPSF Director discusses "sizdah bedar" celebration to Irvine World News
April 1, 2010 - KPSF Director, Hoori Ghahremani, explains the tradition of "sizdah bedar" (the 13th day after the Persian New Year) in Irvine World News article.

KPSF Director appears on front page of Irvine World News
March 25, 2010 - KPSF Director, Hoori Ghahremani, appears on front page of Irvine World News for a story on Persian New Year (Norooz) celebrations at Woodbridge High School.

Annual Noruz Celebration draws enthusiastic students and family
March 13, 2010 - Annual Noruz Celebration draws 250 enthusiastic parents and family members for our students' poetry, music, and dance performances

KPSF to discuss Persian heritage language teaching at UC Davis heritage language conference
March 8, 2010 - KPSF will present about challenges and issues concerning teaching Persian as a heritage language at The Real California Gold": Indigenous & Immigrant Heritage Languages of California, to be held at the University of California, Davis on May 7-8, 2010.

KPSF President, Hoori Ghahremani, speaks at PARSA Community Foundation workshop
September 18, 2009 - The workshop, titled Working with K-12 Schools for Persian Culture and Education, is part of a series of capacity-building workshops intended "to create a cohesive group of nonprofits working together to empower our communities." Other speakers included Mr. Ali Sadr, Principal, Iranian School of San Diego, part of Persian Cultural Center.

KPSF joins in promoting US Census 2010 among Iranian-Americans
September 9, 2009 - KPSF has joined other Iranian-American organizations to promote US Census 2010 participation in our community. Our goal is to make sure Iranian-Americans residing in the United States are accurately counted. Other organizations promoting this effort include: PAAIA's 2010 US Census Project Center, NIPOC, and others.

Golestan serves as an exemplary Persian immersion program for children
August 2, 2009 - KPSF supports Berkeley-based, Golestan Center for Language Immersion & Cultural Education, which offers a quality immersion program for children 18 months & up. Read Oakland Tribute article.

KPSF offers summer Persian dance classes for children
May 30th, 2009 - KPSF offers traditional Persian dance classes this summer taught by Golsanam!

Annual Norooz Celebration
March 14th, 2009 - Annual Norooz Celebration! We will have children's poetry, music, and dance performances plus, our special guest, Haji Firooz!

Persia Summer Institute for IUSD teachers was a great success!
July 17th, 2008 - Irvine Unified School District teachers completed a three-day intensive course on Persian culture and history. See the website and read the teachers' comments about their experiences.

KPSF to help teach school teachers about Persian culture
April 25th, 2008 - Khayam Persian School Foundation (KPSF) received a grant from PARSA Community Foundation to familiarize Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) teachers with Persian culture. The program is part of the Irvine Public School Foundation's (IPSF) "Program to Advance Cultural Education" (PACE) and is a collaboration between KPSF, IPSF, and Fullerton International Resources for Students and Teachers (FIRST). The "Persian Summer Seminar" for teachers will be held this July 15-17th in Irvine.

Norooz Celebration on Saturday, March 15, 2008
Our annual Norooz celebration was held at Turtle Rock Community Park, Irvine. It was filled with traditional dances, animated singing, and poetry recitals that were enjoyed both by our children and parents. The performances included a skit in which the children explained the significance of objects displayed in the haft-seen. Our thanks go to Golsanam Fazel, our guest coreographer (and haji-firouz!), Sahba Motallebi who's student sang and performed the setar, and our dedicated teachers and parents. A DVD of the event has been made; please contact us if you are interested.

Khayam Persian School Foundation students at the annual Norooz celebration dressed in traditional Persian clothingKhayam Persian School Foundation students at the annual Norooz celebration dressed in traditional Persian clothing


Other News

"Persian for Persian Speakers": UCLA to teach Persian to Persian-speaking high school students in Summer 2008
The UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures will offer a class for high school students who speak Persian at home and want to learn to read and write or wish to develop their literacy.
Dates: June 23-August 1, 2008 (6 weeks)
Time: Mon. and Tues. 9-12; Thurs. 9-11
Credits: 6 UCLA credits
Course fee: $336
Note: Only high school students will be allowed to enroll.
To register, see the UCLA Summer Sessions web site

Cal State University, Fullerton offers intensive summer Persian language program with full scholarship support
CSUF is offering an Intensive Immersion Language Program in Persia in summer 2008 through the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Accepted students will have all expenses paid, including tuition, room & board, and field trip expenses. Program dates are May 27-July 3 2008.

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