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  February 2010 printable version

 In Focus   
A School Full of Talent
The event was sold out. But a few minutes before the beginning of the show, thirty-odd people, including students, parents, and teachers are still hoping to score a seat in the auditorium. "I want to see my friend on stage," one student explains. With over 30 numbers scheduled and a house at fever pitch, the 2010 Talent Show promises to be a resounding success.
> article and slideshow

 In Pictures   
> Winter Concert
> CM2 trip to Frost Valley
> MS Fashion Show
> Bridge opening in Vietnam

 Interview   
Robin Aufses
English Department Head

"The fact that students are bilingual is amazing to me."
> Read the interview

 In Short   
RELIEF    Supporting Haiti in every way we can
In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12th, the Lycée community has taken action to show its support to those who have lost family and friends. Since the most urgent need right now is money, special receptacles have been placed in the lobby where monetary donations can be made in the form of cash or checks made payable to the LFNY. These donations, which are not tax-deductible, will then be given to Ecole Saint Rose de Lima in Leogane which was destroyed in the quake. So far, we are glad to announce that all initiatives together have raised over $ 15,000. In addition, the Lycée is opening its doors to a dozen Haitian students from the French Lycée in Port-au-Prince who are staying with relatives in New York. The Board has offered the students free tuition until the end of the school year and the APL is paying $5,000 for their school supplies and meal plans. Thank you for showing your solidarity with the Haitian members of our community.
TRIP    Between Joy and "Ostalgie"
On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. The DDR and the BRD were finally reunited to form one nation. The Germans were ecstatic. As it has now been 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany, Europe and the entire world are commemorating this exceptional event. Thirty-one LFNY students from 10th and 11th grades, accompagnied by Ms. Case, Ms. Prouteau and Mr. Pointud had the immense privilege of participating in the festivities, live at the Berlin Brandenburg Gate. From the old Stasi prison, Hohenschönhausen, to the Wall's Museum, the Mauermuseum, and passing through Checkpoint Charlie during a one-week stay, they retraced East Germany's history, the BDR, forgotten by some and embellished by others. An unforgettable moment in history! Laetitia Case
EVENT    Don't Miss the Skating Party on February 23!
This is truly one of the best school events! Bring your friends and the entire family to the LFNY Skating Party at Wollman Rink in Central Park on Tuesday, February 23rd. Catered kids’ menu and wine and hors d’oeuvre for adults are provided. Tickets sales are going on in the 76th Street lobby at drop off and pick up and all day at the 75th Street 2nd floor reception desk. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the rink. Skate Rental: $5. For more information, please contact: Marysella Castillo at 212.439.3853 or mcastillo@lfny.org
EVENT    Gala 2010: Table Reservations Accepted
Gala 2010 ~ Embracing Tomorrow will take place Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the Park Avenue Armory. It will honor Christine Lagarde, French Minister for Economy, Industry and Employment as the recipient of the Charles de Ferry de Fontnouvelle award for distinguished service to the French-American community. We are now accepting table reservations (Platinum Table $25,000 - Gold Table $20,000 - Silver Table $10,000). Individual Gala Tickets at $400 per ticket will be available Tuesday, February 16, 2010 with a limit of six per family. If you would like to participate by submitting an auction item or by volunteering please contact Marysella Castillo at mcastillo@lfny.org.
CHARITY    We Will Climb To The Top!
An LFNY team composed of faculty, staff and parents has taken up the challenge to climb the 66 flights to the top of Rockefeller Center. Organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, on February 28th, the Climb to the Top will gather more than 1,000 participants willing to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Prior to climbing to the top of the Rock, each participant must raise a minimum of $250 to go towards MS research and programs and services for people living with MS. If you would like to help the LFNY team in its fundraising effort or if you want to join the team, contact our captain Florence Degouge at fdegouge@lfny.org
FRENCH CLASS    A Get Together Around Storytelling
The 5th grade students in M. Gretouce’s class sent letters to Mme. Legrain’s 6th graders to ask them about certain natural phenomena. Why do clouds exist? Why are poppies red? Their older colleagues were pleased to invent fables and stories to explain the phenomena in a tender and humorous way. During a wonderful meeting for both students and for their parents before the winter break, the students met each other and had a chance to read the stories, check out drawings, and the back covers of their stories. It was a nice adventure that allowed students get over their fear of becoming storytellers. Sophie Legrain
BENEFIT    Noah Concert Benefits two Charities
After Yannick Noah's benefit concert last November, we were able to collect $4,000 for two organizations that help children with cancer. We gave $2,000 to "A chacun son Everest," Christine Janin's organization based in France and $2000 to The Ronald McDonald House of NY located at 405 East 73rd Street.
LETTER
> Serenity and Vigilance

CULTURE
> Jazz, Finance, and more

GIVING
> Gala 2010: The Search for Auction Items

COMMUNITY
> So many people count on us!

SAVE THE DATE!

February 8-12
Break

February 15
President's Day, no class

February 23, 6pm
Skating Party

February 26, 4pm
Staff/Students Basketball Game

March 10, 5:30pm
Spring Concert, 3ème-Tle

March 12-13
Theater Festival, Première Scène

March 13, 6pm
Gala 2010

March 17-19
CE1 trip to Greenkill

March 22-26
Cultural Week (Sec.)

>>See general calendar



QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment."

R. Buckminster Fuller, US architect & engineer (1895-1983)



505 NEWS – Lycée Français de New York – 2009-2010
Head of school: Yves Thézé / Editor: Vérane Fradin-Castelnau vcastelnau@lfny.org / Contributors: Robin Aufses, Laetitia Case, Emily Cassignac, Marie-Odile Couture, Stefania Girombelli, Luke Henderson, Vivianne Kurzweil, Sophie Legrain, Silvia McCallister-Castillo, Michael Moyal, Yves Thézé/ Translation & proofreading: Vérane Fradin-Castelnau, Silvia McCallister-Castillo/ Photography: Marie-Odile Couture, Vérane Fradin-Castelnau, Sébastien Freland, Florence Leyret-Jeune, LFNY / Technical support: Sébastien Freland, Jon Linn, Netcare, Kamel Ouazzi.