International Cultural Exchange Center After School Program
COVID-19 Reopening Updates
Dear Parents, According to the Millbrae school district, this school year will start on August 26th. Classes will be held online for at least two months, and perhaps till the end of the year. We understand that certain jobs are in the process of reopening, while other jobs’ futures are uncertain. Each family circumstance is different, but we would like to accommodate any of your needs when it comes to your children’s education. We are offering on-site daycare from 8:30-6:00pm (full day) and 2:00-6:00pm (half day). Students will have a space to work or take online classes. We have internet connection, but we only have four computers, so students will have to bring their own devices usually. In terms of safety, we are going to be operating under a group system, like the school districts, where we keep assigned groups of students strictly separated. Groups will consist of 12 students at most. Students from the same family will be assigned to the same group. Groups will stay the same throughout the year. We have eight large classrooms, as most of you may know. Obviously, mask wearing and social distancing still applies. We will have sanitizing supplies at the ready, and we will be taking temperatures daily. Also, staff will be tested on a regular basis. Roughly speaking, the first half of the day will be dedicated to online classes and homework, and in the afternoon we will continue to offer enrichment classes like Chinese and math. Before, we offered packages on a monthly basis. Now, since everything is subject to change at short notice, we will be operating under a slightly different day-to-day system: Full Day (8:30-6:00) $80 per day 10% off siblings Half Day (2:00-6:00) $38 per day 5% off siblings To try to be as safe as possible, and to discourage mixing groups, we insist that your child will not participate in any other group camps or programs. We are uncertain of how many parents would be interested in our on-site services, so please reach out ASAP to me if you are at all interested in participating. During this time, we are still offering two and a half hours of online enrichment classes. These are the rates:
2.5 hours $695 per month Please approach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and concerns about reopening. We look forward to cooperating with you and the school district to ensure the safety of our community. Cathy
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"My children have tried pretty much every Chinese school from Foster City to San Mateo to Burlingame to Millbrae and by far ICEC is the best fit for us. It has a nice balance of academics, extra-curricular and fun activities. They are welcoming to all students even those students who have different learning styles. I love that they accommodate everyone and have classes that meet different needs. ICEC is also able to accommodate students at different fluency levels in Mandarin. There are classes for students who are fluent or near fluent in Chinese as well as classes for those who are beginners. Most importantly, ICEC makes learning Chinese fun.
My daughters actually ENJOY going there and ask me not to pick them up early. When I do pick them up, they are reluctant to leave. They are busy learning to write in Chinese, do Chinese calligraphy, sing songs in Chinese, do skits in Chinese and Converse in in Mandarin.
There is also homework help, art activities, snack and outdoor time. On top of this, there are extra-curricular classes that students can choose from. Art, science, basketball, piano, violin, computer coding, and abacus.
I am extremely impressed with the abacus class for the instructor is extremely knowledgeable and skilled at teaching this subject. It is amazing the mental calculations students are able to do including dividing and multiplying multiple numbers of more than 3 digits within less time than it takes to plug those numbers into a calculator. I have one child who loves math and one who struggles with math and they are both taking abacus for different reasons. My math-phile is excited to learn advanced calculations and being able to do these things in her head. My other child who struggles at math is learning new skills and strategies to help her advance in ways that she has not been able to in traditional school math classes.
Another thing I love about ICEC is that my children really like their teachers who they say are super nice.
Another plus about ICEC is that they are super duper convenient. They are located right off the 101 exit/entrance, right near the BART station in Millbrae and jut a few blocks from El Camino. Plus there are lots of places to eat nearby or pick up food for dinner. PrimeTime is nearby as well so a parent can get a quick workout in before 6pm pick up time if their schedule allows. I also love that housed in the same building as ICEC are other schools such as an absolutely WONDERFUL art school, a Russian Math school, and a Martial Arts School that my children really enjoy. The teachers at ICEC will walk my children to the classes at these next-door school for me. This is so convenient! I don't have to drive my children around to various classes, it is all in one location!
Most importantly, ICEC will pick up my children from their day school. They even pick up students from Burlingame Intermediate school. I am so grateful for this since there are not many after school options for students this age and I am a bit over protective and don't want my 6th grader wandering alone after school.
I recommend ICEC to anyone looking for a warm, fun, educational after school program that also adds the benefit of Chinese language learning as well."
Mara Burlingame, CA
"Cathy has created a wonderful, unique after school program that has exceeded my expectations. Both are energetic, enthusiastic, nurturing and highly experienced teachers. ICEC has given my daughter the opportunity to experience a rich mix of academic and enrichment activities, taught by excellent teachers. At ICEC, kids also have adequate time and support necessary for completing homework assignments from school. My daughter loves spending her afternoons there with her friends and teachers. I highly recommend ICEC as an after school program."
Isabelle Millbrae, CA
"I.C.E.C. has been a great resource for our family. My child loves attending, seems to be learning and I feel that she is well supervised there. I am very grateful to Cathy for working so hard to provide this wonderful community resource. My child loves Neal's writing class, and in the short time she has been attending, her writing has improved remarkably.Thanks Cathy!"
Best to you,
Kathryn Millbrae, CA
"The ICEC after-school experience provides my two children with a perfect balance of additional academic tutoring, homework support, and enrichment opportunities. Cathy has cleverly designed ICEC to deliver a broad range of after-school learning opportunities to children, offering skill development programs such as Chinese language, abacus, academic tutoring, dance, art, piano, violin, and more. For working parents, the convenience of such activities being so accessible under one roof is absolutely fantastic, especially given the excellent caliber and creativity of the ICEC staff and teachers. School homework is always a top priority, and any necessary tutoring is provided to help children accomplish their homework in a timely fashion. Our children are extremely happy at ICEC, and we are thrilled to be part of the ICEC family.”