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  October 2011 printable version

 In Focus   

The Back to School in numbers!

The start of the 2011-2012 school year: welcome, preparations, more and more advanced teaching methods in an updated environment, and the LFNY ship is ready with a new captain!
> article and slideshow

 In Pictures   
> Primary Sports Day
> Welcome Fair!
> Pontiac 2011
> Grandes Sections Breakfast
> Annual Fund Launch Party
> Cultural Center

Sean Lynch
New Head of School

"What I appreciate most about the position of Head of School is the opportunity which doing so affords me to serve and advance all aspects of student growth at once."
> Read the interview

 In Short   
ALUMNI    The Year of the Class Captain
The Alumni Office of the Lycée Français de New York has developed the Class Captains program to deepen and to strengthen the connection between alumni and the school. Class Captains will liaise between the alumni of their class and the Alumni Office to ensure that their classmates remain connected with the Lycée and are kept up-to-date with alumni-related news and events, as well as general Lycée community events. If you are interested in serving as a Class Captain for your class or know someone who is interested, please contact Claude Aska, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at caska@lfny.org.
ART    Hula hoop for the Grandes Sections and the 6th graders
On September 12, 2011, Mr. Loumbrozo (Music Teacher Secondary) was absent and was replaced by Mr. Letalon (Music Teacher Primary) who taught the music class to the 6th graders (6ème 4) in his place. When our class joined together with the Grandes Sections (K), there was a woman named Vanessa who was a hula hoop expert. She showed both classes how to play little games with a hula hoop. We really had fun. Zoè Gamet, 6th Grade student
Christine Pluta, Director of College Counseling, and James Boobar, Associate Director of College Counseling, were both panel presenters in the 67th National Conference of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC). Ms. Pluta’s panel was entitled “Beyond our Borders…New Frontiers in Admission,” which addressed current trends in international admissions with fellow panelists from Brandeis University, University of Rochester, UNIS, and SAR High School. Mr. Boobar presented “Global Destinations: The Best of British Higher Education” with representatives from University of Edinburgh, Oxford University, University of Glasgow, and Institut Le Rosey. The conference was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from September 21 to 25, and was attended by over 5,500 college counseling professionals from all over the world. Chris Pluta, Director of College Counseling
COMMUNITY EVENT     Walk to cure diabetes
My daughter has type 1 diabetes. She constantly has to check her blood sugar by pricking her fingers several times a day. When you eat, your body releases insulin naturally but she has to wear a pump that delivers the insulin. She also has to calculate the number of carbohydrates when she eats. One of the most frustrating and persistent problems during adolescence is the inability to control blood sugar.
An alternative to insulin injections is the insulin pump. The pump is a computerized device, about the size of a beeper or pager, often worn on a belt or in a pocket. The pump delivers a continuous low (basal) dose of insulin through a cannula (a flexible plastic tube), which attaches to the body through a small needle inserted into the skin. The cannula is taped in place and the needle is removed. Common insertion sites on the body include the thighs, buttocks, upper arms, and other areas with fatty tissue. When a person wearing a pump eats, he or she pushes a button on the pump to deliver an extra amount of insulin called a bolus. On October 2nd, we participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk (JDRF). The 8th graders joined us to walk for a cure for Diabetes. My daughter is the captain of “Eloise’s team”. Thank you for your help and your support! Anne Santos, Elementary teacher
CULTURE    Cultural Center
The Cultural Center of the Lycée Français de New York presents conferences, debates, concerts and films throughout the year. The programming is organized well in advance of the school year with the input of teaching staff and parent members of the Cultural Counsel to ensure the relevance with Lycée curriculum. The featured speakers will discuss subjects which complement the programs being taught, while offering students the opportunity to discover the richness of French and francophone culture. We are delighted to welcome physicist Etienne Klein (October 27th) and author Ishmael Beah (November 10th). Some of our guests, such as literary journalist Olivier Barrot, will work directly with the 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.
We will present three exceptional concerts. On November 15th, we will welcome Mino Cinelu, once a percussionist for Miles Davis, for an evening of jazz and gospel. The concert will feature 27 musicians and singers from the Stefanie Minatee Jubilation Choir. Surprise guests will be Rémy Loumbrozo’s Lycée choral group! Get your tickets or a subscription to the concerts as early as today on the second floor.
Lastly, this year for the first time we are launching a series of debates on global citizenship to raise our children’s awareness of the important challenges facing our world today. For the first debate on December 15th we will welcome Brice Lalonde, former French Minister of the Environment and Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development for the Secretary-General.
Our free movie nights are back on the first Wednesday of every month. See the program on www.lfny.org! Pascale Richard, Cultural Event Coordinator
After the Lycée's Environmental Task Force heard an increase in interest for the installation of solar panels at school, the decision has finally been made! Set to be assembled in early November, solar panels will now adorn the top of the primary tower, on the level above the primary playground. The panels, which were donated at no cost to the Lycée through the organization Solar 4R Schools, will provide a unique learning tool for our students, as well as a source of renewable energy. Parents attending the Welcome Fair might have noticed the students manning the green committee's information table. All of those who learned about the new solar panel development were very impressed and were happy to learn that the Lycée was getting increasingly involved in the effort to green the New York community. This is but one of the many efforts that the Environmental Task Force is undertaking this year to reduce the Lycée's carbon footprint. Last year, the ETF made another large improvement to the school, partnering with the graduating class of 2011. Dozens of flowers and plants were installed on the 6th floor balcony on the secondary side of the school, and a Green Wall was installed in the cafeteria. If you would like more information on the ETF's developments, or would like to make suggestions, please contact Terrence Kennedy, the Director of Facilities and head of the ETF.
Millie Christie, 12th Grade student
EVENT    Fall Festival on November 11 and 12!
Friday, November from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Parents! Come eat, drink and mingle at our second annual Soirée Dégustation featuring a selection of New York's top restaurants and catering companies. Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping while the kids play and have fun with their friends. It's the Fall Festival Vendor Bazaar and Family Day! With over 30 vendors showcasing their unique products and gift ideas, our exclusive French Book Fair, a variety of delectable food and activities for the children, it's a fun day for the whole family. For more information on volunteering, underwriting opportunities or participation as a restaurant or vendor, please contact Marysella Castillo at (212) 439-3853 or mcastillo@lfny.org. See you at the Fall Festival!
EVENT    Remembering September 11
On Monday September 12th, the LFNY commemorated the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11. The Chair of the Lycee Board of Trustees, Stephan Haimo, the Head of School Sean Lynch, French Deputy Consul General Patrick Lachaussée and three representatives from the New York Fire Department started the commemoration by sharing a few short thoughts and testimonials with all of our secondary students, from the 6th Grade through the 12th Grade. Several members of the community - parents, students, teachers, members of the staff - who lived through the experience of 9/11 evoked their memories of that day. All of the LFNY, from 1st Grade through 12th Grade, shared a minute of silence. In conclusion emotional moment, the choir sang the French and American national anthems. Pascale Richard, Cultural Event Coordinator

> Dear members of the Lycée Français community,
> Annual Fund Volunteers Needed

> A full summer of service

> Teachers' favorite books

> Culture of Respect

> News from the Cafeteria


October 14
UN Day

October 14 - 24
Mid-term Recess

October 27, 8:15am
Conference Who Are Those Neutrinos with Etienne Klein

October 28
Pumpkin Picking

October 31
Halloween Parade

November 2, 7pm
Movie: Her Mother's Eyes by Thierry Klifa with Catherine Deneuve (2011)

November 10, morning
Conference Memoirs of a Boy Soldier with Ishmael Beah

November 11, 6:30pm
Fall Festival: Soiree Degustation

November 12, 10am
Fall Festival

>>See general calendar


"Teachers are the gardeners of human intelligence. "

Victor Hugo

505 NEWS – Lycée Français de New York – 2011-2012
Head of school: Sean Lynch / Editor: Céline Yvan cyvan@lfny.org / Contributors: Claude Aska, Vannina Boussouf, Mary-Hope Chauvirey, Millie Christie, Danielle Colletti, Zoè Gamet, Scott Hunt, Nadine Kaston, Ashley Kaufman, Terrence Kennedy, Vivianne Kurzweil, Claire Lansac, Jack Lopez, Sean Lynch, Chris Pluta, Pascale Richard, Anne Santos / Translation & proofreading: Maurice Caillouët, Christine Coleman, Nicole Efros, Christine Janin, Kathryn Morlet, France Pizenberg, Pascale Richard, Céline Yvan / Photography: Eric Cielenou, Isabelle Correa, Sébastien Freland, Cécile Guillermin, Florence Leyret-Jeune, Laure Littoz-Monnet, Roddy Rapson, Emmanuel Rouy, Irène Sajot, Céline Yvan / Technical support: Jon Linn, Netcare.