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Nowruz 1403


Words cannot convey the extent of our gratitude to the Anjoman, Norooz (Nowruz) Committee, past and present parent, and student volunteers, as well as the instructional staff and students for offering our community another memorable Norooz (Nowruz) celebration. Your ingenuity, tireless work, generosity with your time, excellent communication and coordination, and above all your love of the children and your cultural heritage resulted in an event that was no less than perfect. During the one-hour and forty-five-minute program, students of all ages, from kindergarteners to high schoolers, took pride in performing the best of the unique Iranian culture, from songs to dances, performances, a play, and music. Needless to say, that throughout the program, many past and present parent and student volunteers worked also behind the scenes to ensure that everything went smoothly and as planned so nothing interfered with the students’ performances. Warm and welcoming reception that followed exemplified also perfect planning and excellent management.  

Throughout the years your unwavering support has been an integral part of shared efforts in preserving our cultural heritage. The vibrant ICEC community that we have the privilege of being part of and working with today is testament to your resolve in passing this heritage onto the second and third generations. This year’s Norooz (Nowruz) celebration was another reminder of that resolve for which we are more than thankful to you.

نوروزتان پیروز، هر روزتان نوروز

Happy Norooz 


ICEC Newsletter 2023 -2024 No 5 – School Closing Saturday Jan 20-2024

بسته بودن کلاس های مرکز  روز شنبه  ۲۰ ماه ژانویه ۲۰۲۴

 خانواده های گرامی
به سبب هوای نا مناسب، کلاس های مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران  شنبه ۲۰ ماه ژانویه برگزار نخواهند شد. به امید دیدارتان در روز
.شنبه آینده، ۲۷ ژانویه

Due to ongoing snow and ice removal, all school buildings and offices are closed for Saturday, Jan. 20. All MCPS-sponsored events including athletic, academic programming, field trips and community events are canceled.
The Community Use Bridge / CUPF Weather Emergencies and Alerts:

مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران

School Closing on Saturday January 20, 2024

Dear ICEC Community,

 Due to inclement weather, ICEC classes will not be held on Saturday January 20th.
 Look forward to see you on Saturday Jan 27th, 2024.


Due to ongoing snow and ice removal, all school buildings and offices are closed for Saturday, Jan. 20. All MCPS-sponsored events including athletic, academic programming, field trips and community events are canceled.
The Community Use Bridge / CUPF Weather Emergencies and Alerts:


ICEC Newsletter 2023-2024-4

Yalda Celebration

Dear Parents,

Community and School Association of Iran Cultural and Educational Center (ICEC) and the instructional staff invites you to attend annual Yalda Celebration. This program aims to familiarize students with this ancient cultural celebration.

Students may wear traditional clothes.  


          Saturday December 16, 2023

          11:00 – 11:30 A.M.

          Richie Park Elementary School Cafeteria

 Parents entrance time:  10:30 – 10:45 A.M.






 جشن شب یلدا

،مادران و پدران گرامی

برای آشنا کردن دانش آموزان با جشن های ملی، آموزگاران و انجمن خانه و مدرسه مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران برنامه ای به مناسبت  شب یلدا در سالن گرد هم آیی مرکز برگزار خواهند کرد

.از شما خانواده های گرامی در خواست می کنیم با فرزندان خود در این جشن شرکت کنید

.دانش آموزان می توانند در آن روزلباس های محلی بپوشند

 زمان برنامه:

        روز شنبه ۱۶ دسامبر۲۰۲۳ 

        ساعت ۱۱:۰۰ تا ۱۱:۳۰   

ورود خانواده ها به سالن:   ۱۰:۴۵ – ۱۰:۳۰ بامداد 


     داستان مادر بزرگ و پدر بزرگ

       شعر و آواز

       رقص و موسیقی

ICEC Newsletter – 2023-2024 – 3


بازدید از کلاس های مرکز

،مادران و پدران گرامی

 مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران از شما دعوت می کند
.در روز شنبه ۲۱ اکتبر ۲۰۲۳ از کلاس های فارسی این مرکز دیدن کنید
.روز بازدید از کلاس ها بهترین زمان برای آشنایی شما با آموزگاران فرزندانتان و آگاهی از برنامه های آموزشی مرکز خواهد بود

:برنامه روز شنبه ۲۱ اکتبر ۲۰۲۳ به ترتیب زیر خواهد بود

۱ – از ساعت ۱۰:۰۵ تا   ۹:۵۰     بامداد:     بازدید از کودکستان وکلاس اول آمادگی

۲ – از ساعت ۱۰:۲۰ تا   ۱۰:۰۵   بامداد:     بازدید از کلاس های اول  و دوم

۳ – از ساعت ۱۰:۳۵ تا  ۱۰:۲۰   بامداد:       بازدید از کلاس های سوم٬ چهارم٬ پنجم٬ ششم٬ هفتم٬و هشتم

به امید دیدارتان در روز شنبه، ۲۱ ماه اکتبر  ۲۰۲۳ 

مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران


Back-To School Day

Dear Parents,

Iran Cultural and Educational Center (ICEC) invites you to visit the classes on Saturday, October 21st, 2023.

Visiting the classes will be an opportunity to meet the teachers and become familiar with the Programs of Study.

Back to School Day schedule on Saturday, October 21st, 2023:

  1. 9:50 – 10:05 A.M. Visiting kindergarten, pre-first grade
  2. 10:05 – 10:20 A.M. Visiting first, second grades
  3. 10:20 – 10:35 A.M. Visiting third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 21st, 2023.


2023-2024 Iran Arbabi Scholarship Award

The Iran Arbabi Scholarship Program, established in 2014, continued its annual scholarship awards for the academic year 2023-2024.  In August 2023, an independent Panel of Experts, appointed by the ICEC Board of Trustees, using specific criteria, evaluated the qualifications and merits of all applicants. It is a great pleasure to announce that the Scholarship Committee has decided to award this year’s scholarship award of $1,500 to Mr. Armon Emtiaznoori who has been so notified. Armon will be attending University of Maryland at Baltimore Country (UMBC) in the 2023 Fall semester.

In his acceptance note to ICEC Armon wrote: “…being part of ICEC community, I learned a great deal about my family’s homeland, Iran, got to know and participated in the wonderful ICEC community initiative, Camp Koohdareh, through which I made new friends, learned and practiced how to be a leader, appreciate my cultural diversity and felt closer to a community of people that are just like me…”

Congratulations Armon and have a successful academic year !

ICEC Newsletter – 2023-2024 – 1

We would like to welcome you and your children to the 2023-2024 academic year. As a community, we very much look forward to working closely with you to provide our students with the best learning environment where they will thrive and enjoy learning.
Please find below important guidelines:

Drop off and Pick up Area and Schedule
Please drop off and pick up your children in front of the School Main Entrance. Upon their arrival students will be greeted by their teachers and volunteered and directed to line up next to their teachers.
To avoid overcrowding in the morning and at the end of the day the following schedule will be in place:

• Kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 will line up from 9:20 to 9:30 in the morning and be released at 12:20 PM.

• Grades 3 and higher will line up from 9:30 to 9:35 and be released at 12:30.

This year, all public facilities users such as us are required to lock all the doors 15 minutes after the start of their programs. If you arrive after the start of the classes, please ring the bell at the All-Purpose Room Entrance. Volunteers will accompany your children to their classes.
Also, parents who need to meet with the administration or wish to pick up their children before the end of the classes, may enter the building through the same door.

Continued assessment and placement

The first few weeks of the classes, we will continue to assess students’ language skills to determine the best possible placement for them. We will discuss with you if we determine that such change is to the best interest of your child/children.
You will be receiving a welcome message from your child/children’s instructor/s.
Looking forward to a very productive and safe academic year,

خانواده های گرامی،

پیش از هرچیز سال آموزشی ۲۰۲۴ -۲۰۲۳ را به شما و فرزندانتان خوش آمد می گوییم و بسیار خوشحالیم که با پشتیبانی شما یک سال پربار و آموزنده دیگر را آغاز می کنیم.
چند نکته عمده
درخواست داریم فرزندانتان را جلوی در اصلی مدرسه پیاده کنید و در پایان کلاس ها بردارید. دانش آموزان پس از ورود و پیش از رفتن به کلاس هایشان در جاهای مشخص شده صف می بندند و همراه با آموزگارانشان به کلاس می روند.
: آغاز و پایان کلاس ها
کودکستان و کلاس های اول و دوم از ساعت ۹:۲۰ تا ۹:۳۰ در صف آماده رفتن به کلاس هایشان می شوند و ساعت ۱۲:۲۰ دقیقه مدرسه را ترک می کنند.
کلاس های سوم به بالا از ساعت ۹:۳۰ تا ۹:۳۵۰ در صف آماده رفتن به کلاس هایشان می شوند و ساعت ۱۲:۳۰ دقیقه مدرسه را ترک می کنند.
پیرو آیین نامه جدید دولت مونتگمری همه درها ۱۵ دقیقه پس از آغاز کلاس ها بایستی بسته شوند. دانش آموزانی که دیرتر از آغاز کلاس ها به مدرسه می آیند پس از فشار زنگ از در کافه تریا وارد می شوند. همچنین، خانواده ها یی که پرسشی دارند و یا بایستی فرزندانشان را پیش از پایان کلاس ها بردارند می توانند به همین گونه وارد ساختمان مدرسه شوند

در پایان یاد آور می شویم که در چند هفته آغاز کلاس ها، دانش آموزان ارزیابی خواهند شد و چنانچه نیاز به جا به جایی آنها باشد با شما .تماس گرفته می شود
.دانش آموزان از آموزگارانشان پیام خوش آمد دریافت خواهند کرد
با بهترین آرزوهای تندرستی و به امید سالی پر بار
مرکز فرهنگی و آموزشی ایران

Newsletter 2023-2024 – 9 -Scholarship Update

Extension of Deadline for ICEC Scholarship Application  

ICEC Scholarship Selection Committee has learned that some potential applicants may not be able to meet the requirement of provision of their latest transcripts by the current June 30th deadline. As such, the Committee has extended the deadline to July 31st, 2023.   

تمدید زمان فرستادن درخواست کمک هزینه اموزشی 

با توجه به اینکه برخی از درخواست کنندگان کمک هزینه آموزشی ممکن است نتوانند ریز نمره هایشان را تا آخر ماه ژوئن از نهاد های  آموزشی خود دریافت کنند، تاریخ فرستادن درخواست ومدارک لازم به ۳۱ ماه زوئیه تغییر داده شده است

The Iran Arbabi Scholarship Program

2023-2024 Scholarship

Iran Cultural and Education Center (ICEC) accepts applications for the award of The Iran Arbabi Scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year.  Up to two separate scholarships, each for $1500, will be awarded to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and are selected by the Selection Committee. This scholarship is a financial assistance for selected student(s) of Iranian descent entering or attending an accredited post-secondary college or university (undergraduate or graduate school program).  For complete information please visit ICEC Website at and for downloading the application forms visit


The application and other required document should be mailed (postmarked) by June 30, 2023.

ICEC scholarship committee will announce selected awardees by August 15, 2023.


مرکز فرهنگی و اموزشی ایران برای دریافت کمک هزینه اموزشی سال ۲۰۲۴-۲۰۲۳ ایران اربابی درخواست می پذیرد. این کمک هزینه به حد اکثر دو دانشجو برخودار از ویژگی های گزینش به ارزش ۱۵۰۰ دلاربرای هردانشجو که در دوره های دو ساله ، لیسانس و یا بالاتردر یکی ازنهادهای دانشگاهی شناخته شده سرگرم آموزش باشد داده خوااهد شد. آگاهی های بیش‌ترو فرم درخواست در تارنمای
.مرکز موجود است

فرم درخواست و دیگر مدارک باید تا پیش از ۳۰ ژوئن ۲۰۲۳ فرستاده شود

.کمیته ارزیابی نتیجه نهایی را تا ۱۵ آگوست ۲۰۲۳ به آگاهی درخواست کنندگان خواهد رساند


2023-2024 Scholarship

Iran Cultural and Educational Center

Iran Arbabi Scholarship

Iran Cultural and Educational Center

Iran Arbabi Scholarship

The Iran Arbabi Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students of Iranian descent entering or attending an accredited post-secondary institution. The scholarship is granted annually to at least one eligible applicant, selected based on the eligibility criteria listed below. An independent Selection Committee consisted of distinguished scholars and chaired by a member of the ICEC Board of Trustees screens applications. Members of the Selection Committee may also interview the finalists. The recipient (s) may use the scholarship to attend an accredited American college or university in a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree program in Maryland, Virginia, or District of Columbia. Scholarships are not limited to any
specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline for undergraduate or graduate studies. 

2023-2024 Scholarship

For the academic year 2023-2024, up to two separate scholarships of $1500 each ($750 each semester) will be awarded to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and are selected by the Selection Committee. One of the two scholarships in 2023-2024 has been made possible by a donation from the National University of Iran Alumni Association.

Basic Requirements

Applicants should meet the following requirements to be considered for the Iran Arbabi Scholarship. They must:

  1. Be of Iranian descent;
  2. Lawfully reside in the Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia, United Sates;
  3. Submit verification of participation in activities that promote Persian culture and heritage to include, but not limited to attendance at a Farsi language school, participation in Persian art or cultural group (music, dance, theater, etc.), volunteer activities for a Persian community-based charity, active participation in a Persian student association, etc.
  4. Attend, or be accepted for attendance, at an accredited American college or university in a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree program in Maryland, Virginia or District of Columbia.
  5. If attending, or accepted for attendance, an undergraduate program:
  •       Possess a high school diploma, or the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma,
  •       Have good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  1. If attending a graduate program: a) Possess proof of successful completion of undergraduate studies, i.e., bachelor’s degree `

All participants need to:

  1. Complete and submit a Scholarship Application Form.
  2. Two letters of recommendation; at least one letter should be from an instructor/professor or other high school/college professional.
  3. An official transcript with the college seal on it.
  4. Two one-page essays each on:
    • What are your dreams and aspirations?
    • How has your cultural heritage formed the person you are, and in what way will this serve you as an asset to promote Persian language and culture in the future?

 Important Application Dates

The Application Form will be available for download from the ICEC website at:


June 30, 2023– Final postmarked deadline in order to be considered for the 2023-2024 Scholarship Program.  Application materials must be mailed in one packet to:

                            Iran Abrabi Scholarship Program

                            Iran Cultural and Educational Center

                            14644 Pinto Lane, Rockville, MD 20850-3536

 Incomplete, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be considered.

 August 15, 2023: Winners of the scholarship will be notified, and names will be posted on the ICEC web site.

Scholarship Conditions

The Iran Arbabi Scholarships may be used to supplement existing benefits from the student’s college or university, or from other foundations or organizations. Funds will be paid to selected candidates upon receiving transcripts and proof of course registration and enrollment. Financial need may be taken into consideration in awarding a scholarship. If the Scholarship Committee determines that financial need will be taken into consideration, the applicant may be required to provide financial information at a later time. 

A recipient’s scholarship can be revoked if the student:

  • fails to graduate from high school.
  • fails to enroll in an institution of higher education in the year for which the scholarship was awarded.
  • fails to comply with the rules, regulations, or conditions of the institution the student attends; or
  • receives the scholarship through error or contrary to law.

Retroactive payment of the scholarship is not permitted.

ICEC Newsletter 2022-2023 No 7- Update of Urgent Note

Dear Parents,

As a follow-up to the previous Newsletter, we would like to inform you that Meta (Facebook) has removed the Instagram page where our students’ performance had been posted without our consent.  We will continue to be vigilant and make every effort to ensure our students’ privacy as well as the integrity of the ICEC as a cultural organization with no affiliation to any political or religious group. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Emtiaz, the Anjoman’s President, for alerting us to the issue and for submitting the initial take-down notice.

Best wishes,