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  April 2010 printable version

 In Focus   
Gala 2010: Let Us All Embrace Tomorrow
Outside, New York was being shaken by strong winds and incessant rain, but stepping inside the Park Avenue Armory on the evening of Saturday, March 13th was enough to forget the unpleasant weather. The Lycée Français de New York was holding its annual gala and the mood was festive and relaxed. The gala, whose theme was “Embracing Tomorrow,” honored Christine Lagarde, French Minister of Economic Affairs, and helped the school raise over $1.5 million.
> article and slideshow

 In Pictures   
> Record Turn Out at the LFNY Skating Party
> Chut(e)! at the French Theater Festival
> MS Students in Princesses and Knights Costumes
> A Week of Discovery in Spain and China

Emmett Rahn Oakes
Ninth-grade Students, French Theater Festival Award Winner

"I was pleased to know that people were affected by my text."
> Read the interview

 In Short   
LITERATURE    3ème1 Participate in the "Prix des Incorruptibles"
To arouse an interest in reading, French teacher Mr. Dayet and librarian Mr. Kermabon had their 3ème 1 students participate in the French literary award called "Le Prix des Incorruptibles" and study contemporary authors. For 21 years, this award has gathered more that 170,000 student participants from preschool to twelfth grade who are asked to choose their favorite writer out of five nominees. Our young readers went on an extraordinary journey made of escapism, tilts, infuriated debates, etc. It was a great way to experience and enjoy a different kind of reading. Good luck to our jury and to the contestants. Results will be known (inter)nationally on June 2. Jean Dayet, Nicolas Kermabon
EVENT    Don't Miss the Spring Fair on May 15!
Save the Date! The LFNY Spring Fair 2010 will take place at the Lycée on Saturday, May 15th from 10am to 4pm. Join us for a fun filled day: country booths, classes, activities, sports and more! Please remember to drop off your French candy donations and your used French books in the large bins at the 75th and 76th Street entrances. If you are interested in volunteering please email Marysella Castillo at mcastillo@lfny.org.
SUMMER    Register Now for the LFNY Summer Camp!
Enrollments are pouring in for summer camp 2010 (June 21 – July 23) open for students ages 2.8 to 11 years old. Activities include: swimming, karate, sports, music, art, cooking and more! Bilingual French and English environment. And we are also pleased to announce our new extension camps for children ages 9 – 17. We will offer a cinema and theater camp for a three week period – June 28 – July 16 and a music camp for a 2 week period from June 28 – July 9. Activities conducted in French only. Please note that all camps will be closed on July 5th and July 14th. If you are interested in any of these camps, please contact Amy Zuflacht at or at 212-439-3825 azuflacht@lfny.org
TECHNOLOGY    More Classrooms Equipped With SmartBoards
The Lycée would like to thank the Parents' Association (APL) for their contribution which allowed the school to purchase two additional SmartBoards, one for the Primary school library and the other one for the Secondary school library. This generous donation of approximately $20,000 brings us closer to our goal of equipping all classrooms with SmartBoards by September 2010.
CHARITY    We Climbed To The Top!
Twelve LFNY members (8 staff members and 4 parents) took part in a stair climbing event Sunday February 28th at the Rockefeller Center (1,225) to benefit the fight against multiple sclerosis. After multiple training in nearby apartment buildings, the event day came and none of us had ever done the 66 flights straight. Apprehension was visible on a few faces. We were happy to have a few colleagues and friends there to support of us with LFNY signs and cheers. We started to climb, reenergized by the numerous volunteers cheering for us and the few rest stops on the way. As the team captain I am proud to report that all team members made it to the top in less than 20 minutes. We are happy to have accomplished this challenge both physical and monetary as we raised over $4,600 all together to improve the well-being of people living with multiple sclerosis and to help research. The organization MS raised a total of $495,277.82. This was truly a great experience and I hope many of you will join our team next year ! Florence Degouge, Secondary nurse
> Generosity, Culture and 75th School Year

> Cultural Week : Exploring Japan in New York City

> Playing Shakespeare

> "Why I Give To The Annual Fund"

> The Entire School Supports Victims of Haiti's Earthquake

> How To Be Efficient When Taking Notes


April 26-30
CM1 Field Trip to Silverbay

April 27, 11am
Lecture by Renaud Dutreil

April 28, 5:30pm
Spring Concert, Y9-12 grades

April 30, 9am
GS Parade

May 6 & 7, 7pm
Annual Theater Play (in French)

May 13 & 14, 7pm
Annual School Musical

May 14
Science Fair

May 15
Spring Fair

May 31
Memorial Day, school closed

>>See general calendar



> FLIK Communication: Organic and Local Products at the Cafeteria

"The flowers of spring are winter's dreams related at the breakfast table of the angels."

Khalil Gibran, Libanese poet (1883-1931)

505 NEWS – Lycée Français de New York – 2009-2010
Head of school: Yves Thézé / Editor: Vérane Fradin-Castelnau vcastelnau@lfny.org / Contributors: Jiro Adachi, Justine Belval, Béatrice Bonamy, Marysella Castillo, Eric Cielenou, Jean Dayet, Florence Degouge, Margaret George, Luke Henderson, Nadine Kaston, Kristin Kilbourne, Nicolas Kermabon, Marie-France Perrel, Isabelle Pitou-Bichard, Emmett Rahn Oakes, Yves Thézé, Haitham Wahab, Amy Zuflacht/ Translation & proofreading: Claude Aska, Vérane Fradin-Castelnau, Marie Tollon-Everett/ Photography: Jonathan Alpeyrie, Belkis Carrasco, Marie-Odile Couture, Yann Féron, Vérane Fradin-Castelnau, Johnathan Lewis, LFNY / Technical support: Jon Linn, Netcare.