March 28, 2013
Around the World with Arborland’s International Culture Day
FULLERTON, CA - Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy is holding its annual International Culture Day on April 4, 2013 for the Valencia Campus, and April 5, 2013 for the Hughes Campus. The celebration will be from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, and is open to everyone in the community.
The event starts off with a program featuring performances of traditional songs and dances from all over the world. Following that, a potluck lunch will be held at every classroom, headlining dishes from different regions. Guests can then visit all the classrooms, which are richly decorated according to the respective cultures they are representing, and fill up their “passports.” Once completed, attendees can head over to the UN booth to get wonderful prizes!
International Culture Day (ICD) is the yearly celebration of the different cultures of the world at Arborland. Before the day itself, students get to explore the wonders of a specific continent assigned to the class throughout the school year. This, in turn, gives them a more intimate knowledge of the area. Then, the teachers will choose a traditional dance or song from a country of that region to perform on ICD. It is an event that is well-received and well-loved by children and parents alike.
Arborland is proud to be a place where many people from different backgrounds can come together to work and study. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that we are all citizens of the world, and we gain a better understanding of the world and its peoples by sharing and celebrating our cultures.
Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy is a private school serving families in Fullerton and neighboring cities. Children from 18 months until the sixth grade enjoy the personalized curriculum, nurturing environment, and the excellent faculty at Arborland.
To know more about Arborland and other events, please call (714) 871-3111, visit www.arborland.com, or send a message to
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March 6, 2013
Let’s Party with Arborland!
FULLERTON, CA – Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with “Let’s Party!”, an event filled with fun, food, entertainment, and freebies. It will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Hughes campus from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The celebration is open to everyone in the community. There will be a program during the first hour of the event, which will be hosted by Dr. George Giokaris, superintendent of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. Students and staff will provide entertainment at the event.
Attendees are invited to have a personal tour of the school and classrooms from one of the teachers. They can even experience Montessori materials first-hand! From the visits, guests will be able to visualize how the classes function, and also talk to the teachers and ask any questions.
Tour participants will automatically be entered into a raffle, where they can win complimentary arts or sports lessons, and other great prizes. Souvenirs will also be given away to all attendees.
“As we celebrate our 25 years of success, we are thankful to many people,” says Dr. Sueling Chen, Arborland principal, “and this celebration is a great opportunity to extend our gratitude.”
Dr. Chen is not only grateful for her wonderful staff, but she also sings praises to the parents, and, more importantly, to the students and alumni who are the “best Ambassadors of Arborland.” “We are proud to add value and to provide choices to this reputable ‘Education Community’,” Dr. Chen continues.
Arborland opened its Valencia campus in the fall of 1988, with one classroom and seven children. Now the school has grown into two full campuses, with toddler, primary, and elementary classrooms. Arborland also has the Education & Youth Activity Center, and the Academy of the Arts.
For more information about this and other Arborland events, please call (714) 871-2311, send a message to
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January 22, 2013
Alumni Homecoming at Arborland Montessori
FULLERTON, CA – Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy held an Alumni Homecoming last Saturday, December 22, 2012, starting at 12 noon. The event was held at the Arborland Academy of the Arts on Hughes Drive.
Twenty-five years’ worth of alumni gathered together and reminisced about their formative and fun moments at Arborland. Dozens of former students came from all over the country to share their successes with their beloved childhood mentors.
These reunions are a joy not only for the students, but also for the teachers. “It is reaffirming as a teacher to see your former students grow into accomplished adults,” said Kandy Weidman, Arborland dance teacher for almost two decades. “It feels good,” Weidman added, “to think, ‘I may have had a hand in their success’!”
The afternoon was filled with nostalgia and pride, as teachers and students walk down memory lane hand-in-hand.
Arborland Montessori was first established in 1988, with the campus on Valencia Drive. From the humble beginnings of one classroom and seven children, Arborland flourished into two Montessori campuses, and the Academy of the Arts.
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December 21, 2012
Arborland Celebrates 25 Years with an Ode to Children’s Literature
FULLERTON, CA – Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy is celebrating its 25th anniversary this school year, and to commemorate these wonderful years of educational excellence, the school dedicated its Winter Recital to a variety of children’s literature. The event was held last Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at the Plummer Auditorium.
The recital is composed of different performances by each of the classes from both the primary and elementary levels. Childhood favorites like Brown Bear, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan were acted out and presented by the children. The event was very well enjoyed by not only the audience, but also by the children.
The theme of children’s literature was handpicked by the school’s principal and founder, Dr. Sueling Chen. “Words are very powerful,” Chen said, “we are celebrating the magic of words and how they make every day special.” Every word has a meaning, and that is why people should be selective in the words they use. “Drama,” according to Chen, “is a great way for children to practice self-expression and to realize its value.”
Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy first opened its doors in 1988 at Valencia Drive in Fullerton. The school started off with seven children in one classroom. After 25 fruitful years, Arborland has expanded to two Montessori campuses, with both primary and elementary levels, and the Academy of the Arts.
The Winter Recital is an annual celebration that features the children’s wonderful talents, the themes vary with every year. For more information about this and other Arborland events, please call (714) 871-3111 or visit www.arborland.com.
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October 11, 2012
Arborland Costume Photo Contest
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Arborland Montessori Children's Academy, the school is hosting a costume photo contest on its Facebook page. To qualify, photographs should be sent to the Arborland Facebook page by Sunday, November 4, 2012. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 26, at 1:00 p.m.
The first place winner, the photo that will garner the most "Likes," will receive $200. The second and third placers will get $100 and $50 respectively. The next top seven entries will receive Arborland T-shirts.
The contest rules are simple. Contestants should first "Like" the Arborland Facebook page and send their entries as a private message. Photo submissions have to be original shots of family members or relatives in their spookiest, craziest, or cutest costumes. Please also include the name of the submitter, contact information, and a short caption about the entry. The voting period will start on Wednesday, November 7, until November 26, when winners are chosen.
Please visit the Arborland Facebook page for more information about the contest and other Arborland events. For additional questions, please call (714) 871-3111 or send a message to
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April 3, 2012
Arborland Principal Awarded Woman of the Year for 2012
SACRAMENTO, CA – Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy founder and principal Dr. Sueling Chen was awarded Woman of the Year 2012 on Monday, March 26th. The honor was presented by Assemblyman Chris Norby for his North Orange County Assembly District.
Dr. Chen was “the best choice for Woman of the Year,” Assemblyman Norby said, “her civic, education, cultural and business contributions have made an immeasurable and lasting impact on North Orange County.”
Aside from her duties as principal for both Arborland campuses, Dr. Chen is also the director for the Arborland Education Center and Academy of the Arts. She is also a founding member of the Fullerton Chinese Cultural Association and the Fullerton Chinese School.
Dr. Chen’s passion is education. Besides working daily with children, parents, and staff, she is keen on serving the community. Her volunteer work included serving on the advisory committee for both Fullerton Joint Union High School District and Fullerton School District, Southern California College of Optometry, and City of Fullerton Parks and Recreation Commission.
Because of her many involvements and achievements, Dr. Chen has been recognized several times by different organizations. In 2002 she was awarded Educator of the Year by Fullerton Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, she was recognized as Woman of the Year by California Assembly member Lynn Daucher. In 2006, YWCA recognized Dr. Chen as Woman of the Year, and in 2010, the United States Congress gave her a special recognition for her contribution in education.
Dr. Chen is incredibly honored to receive this award. She believes that it was team work and dedication that created the excellent results. She wants to thank her staff, students, parents, and the community for working with her as a team. Last but not least, she also appreciates Martha and Chris Norby for the recognition.
March 6, 2012
Arborland to Celebrate International Culture Day 2012
FULLERTON, CA – Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy will be celebrating International Culture Day on April 5 and 6, 2012, at the Hughes and Valencia campuses, respectively.
The show will start at 10:30 a.m. for both campuses and will end around 12:30 p.m. The show is comprised of educational performances from each of the classes, who are all representing different continents and regions. It will be followed by lunch at the classrooms, featuring delicacies from their specific areas. The learning continues as the rooms are adorned with artifacts and information that visitors can enjoy. In fact, guests are encouraged to visit the rooms and get their “passports” stamped. Once completed, the passports can be exchanged with wonderful prizes.
Special guests from Instilling Goodness Elementary and Developing Virtue Secondary Schools of Northern California will also be sharing their culture. They will be performing a traditional Chinese Dragon Dance.
Cultures of the world are celebrated every spring at the school. It is a tradition at Arborland since its inception, and parents and students enjoy it as a great carnival showcasing cultures of the world in song, dance, food tasting, and a chance to dress up in clothes representing other countries.
We are happy to have the opportunity to welcome parents, relatives and friends join us to enjoy the event in a relaxed atmosphere. Classes are assigned different regions at the start of every year, which they will study in-depth. The study of these continents is incorporated into the Social Science curriculum throughout the year. By doing this, the students get a deeper understanding of the culture of that specific region, which will result to a better appreciation of the nations and their people. The children have fun preparing for the great carnival of International Culture Day, and the lessons learned in the process are priceless!
Arborland’s Hughes campus is located at 2121 Hughes Drive Fullerton, CA 92833. The Valencia campus is located at 1700 W. Valencia Drive Fullerton, CA 92833. For more information about this or other Arborland events, please call (714) 871-3111 or visit our website at www.arborland.com.
February 14, 2012
Violin Lessons Now Available at Arborland
FULLERTON, CA - We are delighted to announce that Arborland Education and Youth Activity Center will now be offering violin lessons. The classes will be taught by the talented Ms. Beata Kardewicz.
Ms. Kardewicz is a professional violinist, with experiences as both soloist and orchestra member, in Europe and the United States. She has also imparted her expert knowledge of the stringed instrument to many children through private music classes and her book, The Violin Course, which specializes in teaching children from four to seven years old.
Born in Katowice, Poland, Beata learned violin at the renowned Frederick Chopin School of Music, and made her orchestral debut as a soloist at the age of fifteen. She went to pursue her musical studies at the University of Silesia, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction in Violin Performance and Education. Beata was also a prizewinner of the Silesia Violin Competition and a member of the Polish Symphony Orchestra.
With her dedication and impressive talent, Beata was granted a full scholarship to study with Professor Ernest Salem at the California State University in Fullerton for her Masters degree. During her studies, she also acted as the university orchestra concertmaster and was awarded another scholarship for orchestra-conducting. On top of all that, Beata is a prizewinner of the American String Teacher Association Competition held in Los Angeles.
To schedule or to get more information about the classes, please call (714) 871-3111, or visit www.arborland.com
January 27, 2012
Arborland Celebrates "A Night in Shanghai" with the Fullerton Elks
FULLERTON, CA - Arborland Education and Youth Activity Center celebrated another Chinese New Year with the Elks of Fullerton on January 21, 2012. The event was held at the Fullerton Elks Lodge at 1400 Elks View Lane. The celebration, aptly called "A Night in Shanghai," was well-attended and very well enjoyed.
Dinner was served first, followed by a variety show by Arborland, Lightning Tai Chi and Ling-Fong Dance Group. Stunning dance performances, impressive musical presentations and amazing martial arts exercises peppered the celebration. It was truly a night of magic and friendship that will no doubt bring another fantastic lunar new year to all.
Aside from these yearly collaborations, the Fullerton Elks are avid supporters of the Arborland institutions. Earlier this year, Arborland was one of the recipient schools of the dictionaries donated by the Elks. This generous gesture is greatly appreciated.
For more information about this and other Arborland events, please call (714) 871-3111 or visit www.arborland.com.
January 24, 2012
Arborland Montessori will be holding Elementary Tours for both campuses
FULLERTON, CA - Arborland Montessori Children's Academy will be hosting tours for its elementary programs. The Valencia campus tour will be held on Friday, January 27, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., at 1700 W. Valencia Drive. For more information about the tour and to RSVP, please call (714) 871-2311.
The Hughes elementary tour will be held on Friday, February 24, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., at 2121 Hughes Drive. To know more about the tour and to RSVP, please call (714) 871-3111.
Along with a tour of the campus, visitors will also get to observe classes to get a better understanding of the daily classroom schedule. Scientifically-designed Montessori materials, those that help students to fully comprehend abstract concepts, will also be in view.
Everyone is invited to come and appreciate the wonderful nurturing environments of the campuses. Dedicated Montessori teachers are eager to share their knowledge and their love. Arborland prides itself for providing quality individualized attention to its students, and with its guaranteed small class sizes, children will surely receive instruction that is attuned to their particular needs.
For more information about the tours and other Arborland events, please call (714) 871-2311 for the Valencia campus and (714) 871-3111 for Hughes or visit www.arborland.com.