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  October 2010 printable version

 In Focus   

75th anniversary of the Lycée Français de New York:
An unforgettable birthday!


The back-to-school days in September are always a happy and exciting time at the Lycée. However, this year is particularly special as the Lycée celebrates its 75th back-to-school! To commemorate this important milestone, the Lycée has organized a series of celebrations that will take place throughout the 2010-2011 school year. These celebrations will offer something for everyone. So, please come and get involved with the anniversary to be remembered!
> article and slideshow

 In Pictures   
> The 75th New School Year at the Lycée!
> Welcome Fair!
> Pontiac 2010, a record set!
> Philippe, first day in 6th grade!
> Théodore's first day at school!
> Conferences!

 Interview   
Lauren Bedell
New Chief Administrative and Financial Officer (CAFO)

"If I had to describe the Lycée in ONE word, I would say "Adventure"."
> Read the interview

 In Short   
CULTURE    The Back-to-School of the Cultural Center
The Cultural Center of the Lycée Français de New York offers a rich cultural program thanks to a diverse repertoire of public lectures, films, concerts and plays targeted to the students and the Lycée community. It is a great way to take a plunge into the French and francophone culture. Two conferences organized for the Sports Day launched the Cultural Center season. On September 28, in "Exploring the Great North", Nicolas Vanier inspired the students through his tales of his expeditions in the Great North. To the older students from Y11 and Y12 and to the not-so-old from Y9 and Y10, he said: "Better to live your dream than dream your life". On September 30, in "What is your Everest?", Maxime Chaya, an accomplished mountain climber who scaled the Seven Summits and among them the highest, Everest, talked with great warmth to the 6th, 7th and 8th graders giving them a lesson for life: everyone can find his own Everest, his inner mountain to climb, you just have to look for it. These conferences were part of a series entitled "Celebrating Humanity around the Globe" sponsored by two parents from the Lycée, Dr. Ghassan et Dr. Eileen O'Reilly Abou-Alfa. The first movie night took place on October 6th with All That Glitters. 240 people came to see this comedy by Géraldine Nakache and Hervé Mimran. The next movie will be No Hard Feelings with Thierry Lhermitte on November 3rd. For more information about the Cultural Center. > Click here Pascale Richard

TRIP    Breaking cultural barriers in Beijing
LFNY 7th-grade student Peter Vanderslice is a 13-year-old American with a very Chinese attitude. Peter started to learn Mandarin at the Lycée and shortly after he became fluent, he decided to immerse himself entirely in the Chinese culture. Last year, he attended a five-week summer camp in China; afterward he participated in a half-year program at the Beijing Talent academy and performed a comic skit knows as 'Xiangsheng-crosstalk'. This is an impersonation of a foreigner who speaks fluent Chinese, but with the mannerisms of a true Beijinger. The lines revolve around language misunderstandings. Everything is meant to look spontaneous. According to Peter, the most enjoyable part was to be able to entertain Chinese people and feel as though it helped to break cultural barriers. Billed by his teacher as the next Dashan (the first foreign Xiangsheng performer) and firm in his desire to grasp one of China's foremost performing arts, Peter has been featured on CCTV, Beijing TV and in several talent competitions. In his spare time, he does homework from school and enjoys riding his bike. Looking ahead to the future, Peter hopes to continue his studies in China while learning Arabic and possibly Lebanese or Spanish. He would like to be an expert connecting Europe, America and China.
EVENT    Join us for our Fall Festival on November 12 and 13
Friday, November 12th 6:30pm – 9:00pm: Soiree Degustation Sample a selection of NY's top restaurants and a selection of spirits from Pernod Ricard. Saturday, November 13th 10:00am – 4:00pm: Vendor Bazaar and Family Day Over 30 vendors showcasing the perfect food and gift items and presenting activities for the kids! Our exclusive French Book Fair including the premier of the LFNY Community Cookbook À Table! * Please note: Vendors will showcase their products and services on Saturday, November 13th only. For further information on volunteering, underwriting opportunities, and participation please contact Marysella Castillo at mcastillo@lfny.org or 212-439-3853. See you at the Fall Festival!
ANNUAL FUND     Your opportunity to volunteer
Are you looking for a way to become more involved at the Lycée? Become a Grade Ambassador! We are looking for additional parents to join our team and help throughout the year to encourage other parents to support the Annual Fund. Activities include: acting as a liaison between your class and the Co-Chairs/Development Office; sending emails to your class asking for Annual Fund support; and participating in feedback sessions with the Co-Chairs & the Development Office. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Kristin Kilbourne at 212-439-3852 or kkilbourne@lfny.org
ACHIEVEMENT    Congratulations to our Terminale student Eric Bolton!
Eric was just named one of 16,000 Semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2009 PSAT exam. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of US twelfth graders, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win one of 8,400 scholarships worth in total more than $36 million. Congratulations and Good Luck to Eric! Chris Pluta
SALE    Are You Looking For a Great Holiday Present? Get our new Cookbook and Enjoy!
The LFNY Community Cookbook À Table representing more than 40 countries with over 250 recipes will be available at the Fall Festival. Make sure you pick up one or two copies! Great for gifts!
CDI    A new learning tool for students
The CDI librarians Ms. Lesourd and Mr. Kermabon have created a database that provides an inventory of all the web sites available for Lycée students. For each subject, students can find resources to complete class work, explore areas of curiosity or complete practice exercises. The inventory is a useful tool to deepen knowledge about a topic, review research methods, read French and American press and much more.You can find this database on > http://www.netvibes.com/cdilfny 

LETTER
> Happy 75th anniversary !!!!!!!

TALENTS
> Grégory Aschenbroich, second prize for English in the "Concours Général des Lycées"

COMMUNITY
> A full summer of service

PSYCHOLOGY
> Giving a sense of responsibility for students entering the Secondary
CULTURE
> Teachers' favorite books

75TH
> 75th Initiatives

SAVE THE DATE!

October 27, 7pm
Pumpkin Picking

October 28, 6:30pm
75th Anniversary Speaker Series

October 29
Halloween Parade

November 3, 7pm
Movie: Sans Rancune with Thierry Lhermitte

November 10, 7:30pm
Concert Opera Francais of New York

November 12, 6:30pm
Fall Festival: Soiree Degustation

November 13, 10am
Fall Festival

>>See general calendar



QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Anniversaries are worthwhile if only they create an opportunity to throw bridges across the future."

Jacques Chirac



505 NEWS – Lycée Français de New York – 2010-2011
Head of school: Yves Thézé / Editor: Céline Yvan cyvan@lfny.org / Contributors: Fabienne Aschenbroich, Justine Belval, Deborah Bertrand, Deborah Bradley, Blandine du Sordet, Christina Gerstgrasser, Scott Hunt, Nicolas Kermabon, Vivianne Kurzweil, Claire Lansac , Julie Lesourd, Hugues O'csay, Chris Pluta, Pascale Richard, Yves Thézé, Frédéric Yvelin/ Translation & proofreading: Deborah Bertrand, Deborah Bradley, Marysella Castillo, Danielle Colletti, Nicole Efros, Sarata Kaba, Kristin Kilbourne, Pascale Richard, Céline Yvan / Photography: Marie-Odile Couture, Dan Loh, Darryl Nitke, Terry Noiran, Emmanuel Rouy, Christophe Petit Tesson, Céline Yvan / Technical support: Jon Linn, Netcare.