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International School of Paris: The Contact Newsletter



 
 ISP's Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Students and Staff

In This Issue:

Message from Audrey Peverelli, Head of School

Dear ISP Community,  

What a week this has been!  I am so very proud of our students and the learning they have demonstrated so ably at both the MYP Personal Project presentation night, and the Grade 12 Vernissage held in an art gallery at Place des Vosges in the Marais.

Both events were extremely well-attended by parents and staff and demonstrated the incredible ingenuity, creativity, talent and intelligence of our students. And, of course, it was the teaching staff who helped them get there, so my thanks go to Stacy Chandler, Jonathan James, Lianna Wittenberg and Helen Wenham (the MYP team) for such a stimulating Grade 10 Personal Project evening, and to the art teachers Emma Cooch, James Chedburn, Matleena Hanninen and Brian McCrosson for supporting and guiding the students up to the Vernissage; to Philip Anderson for playing music; and to Marie Lechantre, Deborah Gregory, Francois Gentil, Rachna Sharma and Jenny Letard as well as the Building Maintenance team for their behind-the-scenes work.

At the Primary School, we began the week with a workshop about French in the PYP which was also very well attended and hopefully helped all understand language delivery in the PYP. Many thanks to Sean Walker and the French team for that. Today, we are also welcoming back home a group of exhausted, yet happy Grade 4 students who spent the week in Normandy. Thanks to John Hatch and his team for leading the students in a week of adventure and fun.             

Next week is the Grade 6-8 play, Arabian Nights.  I encourage you all to attend this theater performance, which promises to be very special this year.  Many thanks go to our volunteer parent, Shauna Salomon, for her direction of this production assisted by Becky Fox, Matleena Hanninen, Lianna Wittenberg and a team of able parents. Sadly, the Salomon’s are leaving Paris at the end of this year, so this will be Shauna’s “last time” directing/supporting ISP productions, and we will be very sad to lose her professional input, so I hope many of you will attend!

Enjoy this three-day weekend!

Audrey Peverelli
Head of School

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Calendar of Events

Fri 6 April


G5-6 Step-up: G5 Experiments with the Secondary School Science Team & G6 Buddy Tour of the Secondary School
Secondary PTA Grade Rep & LTSS Meeting, 9:30

Mon 9 April

Easter Monday, School Closed

Tue 10 April

Junior Performing Arts Performance of The Tempest, 16:00 and 17:30, By Invitation Only

Wed 11 April           

PTA Teacher & Staff Appreciation Breakfast
Grade 6-8 Play "Arabian Nights", 19:00, Salle Adyar (4 Square Rapp, 75007, Paris)

Thu 12 April

Grade 6-8 Play "Arabian Nights", 19:00, Salle Adyar (4 Square Rapp, 75007, Paris)
Poetry Reading by Geoffrey Nutter, NY Poet and Professor at Columbia, 19:00, Ranelagh - Open to all members of the community

Fri 13 April

Last Day of Classes for Grade 12
Lower Primary Sports Day
Beginning of Spring vacation after last classes. Classes resume for students on Wednesday, May 2

Thu 3 May

***ISP Career Fair Day - RESCHEDULED TO MAY 23***

Fri 4 May

International Storyteller in the Primary School

Please refer to "University News" for specific dates and times related to upcoming college visits.
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Message from Eco Ecole

 

Earth Day on Friday, April 22   

Earth Day will be held on Friday, April 22 while we are all on April vacation. We hope that many of you will celebrate Earth Day and take a moment to reflect upon ways we can work together to preserve the earth’s natural resources.

Even if Earth Day is held just once a year, we can still take daily steps to reduce our impact on our limited natural resources. For more information, please visit: http://www.earthday.org/


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Whole School News

Free Spanish Language & Culture Classes

Thanks to everyone who sent in an email expressing interest in enrolling their child in FREE Spanish language and culture classes, provided by the Spanish Ministry of Education and ALCES (Agrupaciones de Lengua y Cultura Españolas en Francia).

We will be contacting you shortly to give you more information about this opportunity.

Results of Community-Wide Survey & Focus Groups

The ISP Board of Trustees sent out an email earlier this week with the results of the community-wide survey and focus groups.

If you missed the email or would like to read again the results of the survey, you may access it online here.

Thank you again to everyone for responding so enthusiastically to the Community-Wide Survey and for such great participation in the Focus Groups we held last month.

Next Board Meeting on May 15th

The next Board meeting will be held on May 15th. Let me remind you that the Open Session takes place for parents and staff before each Board Meeting at 19:00 for parents and 18:30 for staff. We ask you to please let us know no later than Friday, May 11th if you plan to attend, with an indication of your specific interest (all detailed info is available at the ISP's Board of Trustees webpage).

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send me an email at trustees@isparis.edu.

Poetry Reading at Ranelagh on April 12, 19:30

Geoffrey Nutter, New York poet and NYU and Colombia professor of poetry, will recite his poetry with French translators next Thursday, April 12 at 19:30 at the Primary School (96 bis rue du Ranelagh).

The reading is open to all members of the ISP community and to the general public.

ISP Board Scholarship for Excellence

The Board of Trustees will be sponsoring full IB Diploma scholarships for two outstanding DP students entering Grade 11 in September of 2012.

This two-year scholarship will be given to two students with demonstrated financial need, who will remain at ISP to finish their diploma and who will be living in Paris with their parent or guardian for the duration of the scholarship.  

The students should also exhibit the values which we hold dear at ISP, including: high academic achievement, international mindedness and an open spirit. Applicants should also be able to speak and write English fluently.

More information about this scholarship, including how to apply, is available on our website.

The application deadline is May 31, 2012 for a student entering the IB Diploma programme in September of 2012.

We encourage applications from both inside (i.e. current ISP families) and outside the community.

Purchase Your Yearbook Now

There is still time to order your yearbook although the discounted pre-order price is no longer available.

You may still purchase a yearbook for 50 Euros ($65 dollars online) in one of two ways:

  • Online through the Josten’s ISP website.
  • By returning the Yearbook Order Form with a check for 50 Euros made payable to the "International School of Paris" to either the Primary Reception or in Matleena Hanninen's pigeonhole in the Secondary School. 

For any yearbook questions, please contact Matleena Hanninen at Mhanninen@isparis.edu.

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Secondary School News

9-13 April: Week 1

Grade 10 Personal Project Evening

Thanks to everyone who took the time to attend the MYP Personal Project evening on Wednesday evening.

The students were thrilled to be able to share with you their Personal Projects, which represents the culmination of the 5-year MYP Programme.

The evening was a great success and a wonderful testament to the merits of the MYP, and the students clearly demonstrated hard work, passion and dedication to their projects.

 

Grade 12 IB Art Vernissage

For those of you who missed last Thursday's Vernissage, please click on the photo on the left to see a slideshow with some of the student work that was displayed at the event.





ISP Students Participate in Rock Climbing Competition

Last Saturday, the ISP rock climbing team participated in its second ever rock-climbing competition hosted at the Ecole Active Bilingue.

4 schools participated with 15 teams of 3 climbers each. Overall, ISP students did very well, finishing 11th, 6th, and 3rd!

Please congratulate the students who participated!

G6-8 Performance of Arabian Nights on Wed. April 11 & Thu. April 12

The Grades 6-8 performance of Arabian Nights will take place next Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12 at 19:00 at the Salle Adyar (4 Square Rapp, 75007 Paris). 

Tickets are on sale in the Secondary School at lunchtimes and may be purchased at the Primary School from Katarina Hodgson at the following prices:

  • 5€ –Child/Student
  • 10€ –Adult
  • 25€ –Family – 2 kids and 2 adults

Tickets will also be on sale at the door.

Please contact Lianna Wittenberg, Producer, if you have any questions.

Latest IB Newsletters

See below for the latest IB Diploma newsletters, sent out recently.

Grade 11 IB Diploma Newsletter - 4 April  2012

Grade 12 IB Diploma Newsletter - 4 April 2012

These newsletters, created for students but also sent to parents, contain important dates and information about the IB Diploma Programme.

Humanitarian Team Fundraising

The humanitarian team, composed of 15 students from Grades 9 to 11 would be pleased to help you do babysitting, dog walking, tutoring, and more. The money raised will be used to change the lives of children in Ghana and would help us buy new things like clothes and school supplies for them.

If you are interested in our services, please contact us directly.

Name and Email Address

Services Proposed

Alexis: alexisr2013@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting, Tutoring (French, Math, English)

Bryan: bryanc2013@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting

Dyna: dynae2015@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting

Gabriel: gabrielg2014@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting

Jacques: jacquesa2013@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting

Jared: jaredl2013@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting, tutoring (English)

Kelly: kellya2015@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting

Khaled: khaleda2013@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting, English tutoring

Lachlan: lachlanm2015@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting

Laetitia: laetitiah2014@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting, voice / piano tutoring

Sean: seanr2013@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting

William: williams2014@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting, dog sitting, guitar tutoring

Lou-Anne: louannel2014@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting, dog sitting

Margaux: margauxh2014@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting, dog sitting, French tutoring

Lorelei:loreleig2014@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting

Jodie: hirokak2014@isparis.net

Baby-Sitting, dog sitting

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University News

UNIVERSITY INFORMATION:

  • Career Day at ISP – CHANGE IN DATE

The annual ISP Career Day has been re-scheduled to Wednesday, May 23 from 13:15 to 16:15. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Diane Hopkinson: dhopkinson@isparis.edu.

PRESENTATION & UNIVERSITY NEWS

  • UK Presentation – University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham will discuss university student life, making course choices, and the UCAS application. Both parents and students are invited to attend this presentation on Wednesday, April 11 at 16:30 in the A building (classroom to be announced). Please RSVP to Diane Hopkinson (dhopkinson@isparis.edu)

  • Save-the-Date – Presentation on American College Application Process on Wed. May 23

Parents and Students in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to a presentation with Joyce Slayton Mitchell on the American College Application Process and An Expert’s Strategies for Choosing the Right Colleges. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 from 17:30 to 19:00 in the gym. Please RSVP to Hilda Tormos at htormos@isparis.edu.

Ms. Slayton Mitchell is a frequent speaker in the USA and abroad, as well as the author of several books including: Winning the Heart of the College Dean;  Eight First Choices: An Expert’s Strategies for Getting In; The Best Guide to the Top Colleges: How to Get Into the Ivies or Nearly Ivies.

She has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the College Board Review and on the school committee of U.S. News & World Report’s special college issue. She is an experienced college advisor who was the counselor for many years at Nightingale-Bamford, a prestigious independent female university prep school on the Upper East side in New York City. Currently, she is the Director of College Advice USA and works in Sino-American Education, a consultancy for Chinese students interested in attending US universities. 

  • Grade 10 and 11 Students: Free Admission Information from CIS Member Colleges & Universities

Students who are interested in receiving free admission information from CIS Member Colleges and Universities, are encouraged to participate in the annual CIS International Student Registry Service.  There is no cost to students. Please register online at the following direct link: http://www.cois.org/page.cfm?p=266. Our school CEEB code is 731668.

  • Summer School Opportunities

Interested in attending a class at a college or university in the US or the UK? Find out what campus life is like at a US or UK college and broaden your interests in different subjects by taking a summer course. Most schools offer summer programs from one week to several weeks. To find out more, look on the college and university websites and also check out the Summer Courses section in the ISP Library Summer Program display.

  • SAT TEST DATES AND REGISTRATION:

Test Dates:     May 5   Registration Deadlines:  Early - March 27  Regular - April 6

                        June 2  Registration Deadlines:  Early - April 24   Regular - May 8

 For more information and to register for the SAT, please visit: www.collegeboard.org 

  • ACT TEST DATES AND REGISTRATION:

Test Dates:    June 9    Registration Deadline: May 4

For more information and to register for the ACT Plus Writing, please visit www.act.org

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Primary School News

ECA Registration in Term 3 - REGISTRATION CLOSES on FRIDAY, APRIL 6 (tonight) at 20:00

The ECA registration process closes on Friday, April 6 (tonight) at 20:00. After this time, no requests regarding ECAs will be processed.

You may fill out the online form here: http://www.isparis.edu/page.cfm?p=696.

All parents will be sent the new ECA lists by email on Friday, April 13.

Arabic Lessons in the Primary School

After the April vacation, we will be offering Arabic Lessons for both native speakers and beginners. If you would like your child to study Arabic, please contact Marianne Freire,  English Language Teacher & Cross Cultural Coordinator, at mfreire@isparis.edu.

The Tempest – Tuesday, April 10 at 16:00 and 17:30

ISP PRIMARY JUNIOR PERFORMING ARTS will present a musical version of The Tempest on Tuesday, April 10 in the Ranelagh gym.

There will be two performances, by invitation only, one at 16:00 and one at 17:30.

Both performances are by INVITATION-ONLY. Actors are entitled to six invitations each and should collect them from Katarina Hodgson. Early years and Grade 3 students will attend the dress rehearsal during assembly time.

Pre-Primary (Nursery-Grade 1) Sports Day on Fri. April 13

All Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1 students will be participating in the Pre-Primary Sports Day next Friday, April 13 from 12:15 to 14:00.

Children are requested to bring: sports clothes, trainers (sneakers), shorts, cap, water bottle & sun screen.

All grades will be accompanied to the Stade Suchet (Square Henry Bataille, 75016 Paris) by their class teachers and parents.

Schedule

All ACTIVITIES START AT 12:15 and will end at 14:00.

  • Buses to Stade
    11:15 - Pre-K Sylvie Le Jan (to mini-park beside Stade for Lunch/Play)
    11:35 - Nursery Selene Lourenco (to mini-park beside Stade for Lunch/Play)
  • Walking
    11:50 - Kinder classes + Teachers/ Parent helpers.
    11:50 - Grade 1 classes + Teachers/Parent helpers
  • Buses back to school:
    13:50 - Nursery Selene Lourenco
    14:10 - Pre-K Sylvie Le Jan
  • Walking
    14:00 - Kinder classes + Teachers/ Parent helpers.
    14:00 - Grade 1 classes + Teachers/Parent helpers

In the event of adverse weather conditions, Sports Day will be cancelled.

Please contact Nina Wilson, ECA Coordinator and HLP Director, at nwilson@isparis.edu if you have any questions.

Primary School Conundrums

Back by popular demand, we will continue to publish the weekly Conundrums for our ISP community to mull over… Please note that Googling for answers does not contribute to the brain growth that we are aiming for! Have a think, have a guess, grow some dendrites, fire some synapses and create new connections in your grey matter!

Do feel free to give your child hints and clues if they are stuck, but do not give them the answer, no matter how nicely they ask…

New Conundrums: A focus on MATH!

  • Kinder-Grade 1
    How many times can you subtract 10 from 100?
  • Grade 2/3
    Divide 50 by half and add 20
  • Grade 4/5
    How many seconds are there in a year?

Answers from Previous Conundrums: Note there are many possible answers - these are just some! 

  • Kinder-Grade 1:
    What can honk without a horn?
    A GOOSE!!
  • Grade 2/3:
    Can you name three consecutive days without using Monday, Wednesday or Friday?|
    Yesterday, today and tomorrow OR LUNDI, MARDI, MERCERDI!

  • Grade 4/5:
    Two mothers and two daughters went out for lunch, everyone ate a burger, yet only three burgers were eaten in all. How is this possible?
    One mother had her mother and her daughter with her and so: two mothers (mom and grand mom) and two daughters (daughter and mom)= 3 people!

Hot Lunch Menu in the Primary School

Hot Lunch Menu in the Primary School for the week of 9-13 April

For more information about the Hot Lunch program and to sign your child up, please contact Katarina Hodgson at khodgson@isparis.edu.

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PTA News

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS

**SAVE-THE-DATE: Staff Appreciation Breakfast on April 11:  All parents are kindly requested to bring in a dish to either the Primary or Secondary School to show how much we appreciate ISP teachers and staff. Mark the date in your calendar now and more details will follow soon.

**Looking for volunteers to help with after school popcorn sales on Fridays at the Primary School: If you can help, please contact Mar Ollero (mar.ollero@gmail.com) or Marianne Freire (mfreire@isparis.edu).

**2011-12 Babysitter List: If anyone would like a babysitter for their children, we have an up-to-date list of Secondary Students. Please contact Katie Knowles at katieknowles@me.com for more information.

**Open PTA Positions for the 2012-13 Academic Year: President, and Vice-Presidents (2 positions) for both the Secondary and Primary School. More details to follow. If interested in any of these fascinating roles, please contact Mar Ollero at mar.ollero@gmail.com. WE NEED YOU!!!

UPCOMING PTA DATES

  • Monday, April 9: NO NORDIC WALKING DUE TO THE HOLIDAY. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Maryvonne (06 30 44 12 15). With or without sticks.

  • Monday, April 9: NO PILATES DUE TO THE HOLIDAY. Please contact barbara.precht@hotmail.com for more details. A new term opens on May 14th for newcomers who want to try Body-Pilates. For more information, please contact Barbara.

  • Tuesday, April 10: French conversation group resumes at 10:00 and 13:00 at Maryvonne’s home. Please contact Maryvonne for further details.

  • Wednesday,  April 11: Nordic walking group will meet at 9:00 in front of the Primary School. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Maryvonne (06 30 44 12 15). With or without sticks.

  • Friday, April 13: The Nordic walking group will meet at 9:00 in front of the Primary School. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Maryvonne (06 30 44 12 15). With or without sticks.

  • German Conversation Group will meet on April 13 at Nathalie's new place. For more information, please contact barbara.precht@hotmail.com.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADDITIONAL PTA ACTIVITIES FOR PARENTS

  •  Vijnana Yoga Workshop at Ranelagh from May 26-27

    For the second year in a row, Florence Dedame, experienced and inspiring yoga teacher, will be hosting a vijnana yoga workshop in English at the Primary School on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27.

    All members of the community are invited to attend for what promises to be an inspirational and stimulating two-day class. The course will run over both days from 9:00 to 17:00.

    Cost for the workshop is 220 Euros (payable by cash or check made out to Florence Dedame). Florence will also be available on Monday, May 28 to offer additional private lessons to any interested individuals.

    Spaces are limited, so please sign up as soon as possible. To reserve your spot, send an email to Shauna Salomon at shauna.salomon@gmail.com.

    For more information about Florence and her courses, please visit: http://www.vijnanafloyoga.com/about.php.
  • Run "La Parisienne" in September: This is a competition for ladies only on September 9, 2012,

    The run start at Trocadero and goes past Alma Marceau, Pont de Passy and around the Tour Eiffel to end Ecole Militaire. You can run or walk the 6km. Barbara Precht, an ISP parent, has already registered and is looking for more women to participate. If you would like to participate, please sign up and contact her at barbara.precht@hotmail.com to perhaps organize training sessions together.

    For more information, please visit their website: http://www.la-parisienne.net/

  • Puressence Yoga and Lisa Laney RYT will be offering a brand new Yoga class every Monday at 9:15-10:15 in the ACP Gym.

    This will be a power yoga style class or a Vinyasa/flow. We will begin with the flow basics and learn how to deepen your practice in a sequenced flowing series of postures/asanas. You will build strength, flexibility and sense of wellbeing while creating a more balanced and centered body.

20 Euros each class

15 Euros for students)

Classes will be held at the American Church in Paris (ACP) 65 Quai d’Orsay 75007. For more information about Puressence Yoga or to register contact lisa.laney@puressenceyoga.com (0649373059)      
www.puressenceyoga.com
 

  • Join us for French classes given by former Berlitz teacher. Learn how to get by in your daily life. Good atmosphere and improvement of your French knowledge guaranteed. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Contact Laetitia 06 81 77 52 86 or laetitiabeser@hotmail.com
  • Indian cooking classes will be held every Wednesday. For more details, contact Rachna Sharma at 06 65 56 61 80.
  • Mamta Sharma, a school parent is a certified Yoga instructor from the Indian Institute of Yoga, Delhi. She is offering Yoga and Meditation Classes at her home (metro line 9-Exelmans) two mornings a week, Tuesday and Fridays, at 9:30. For more information, please contact Mamta at- mamtasharma11@gmail.com.
  • Acupressure Classes by a professional practitioner... Please contact Mrs. Rachna Sharma at 01 40 60 01 47 or 06 65 56 61 80.

Paris Activities

  • PARISTOURS: ISP parents are offered an opportunity to explore Paris with other ISP parents through exclusive guided tours with highly knowledgeable local experts. Discover more of Paris than the usual and meet (new) parents at the same time. Upon leaving Paris, most people say that they did not see or learn enough, so don’t miss these opportunities! Some past favorites: Chocolate Tour, Sèvres Porcelain Factory, Cruise on canal St Martin, Musée Rodin, Drouot Auction House, the Jewish Quarter, the Basilica of St Denis.

    For registration, send an email to Mona van Opstal at paristours@live.nl. This is a non-profit activity. For the costs, which are not covered by the tour price, the amount of 3€ will be added as a one time registration fee for the whole school year. Mona has a new way of signing up. Please contact her for the new tour schedule (up to June) and to sign up.

Tours April-June 2012

1. Left Bank Chocolate tour – BRAND NEW –different from the ones offered in previous years!

2A. The Resistance & Occupation, to commemorate the Second World War in Paris.

2B. Notre Dame and its hidden treasures

2C. Tuileries, our end-of-the-year happening with lots of surprises and a special farewell to those who will leave.

(Detailed description of each tour below.)

Sign up for either #1 (€27) or #2(A+B+C together) €33 or all €45.

How to Sign Up:

  • Write your name and email address on a piece of paper
  • Mention which tours or options you have chosen
  • Include a check written out to PARISTOURS
  • Put all the information in an envelope clearly marked to PARISTOURS, Mona van Opstal in the PTA box at the reception of either Ranelagh or Beethoven

Please sign up by Monday, April 2 at noon.

Your sign up is definite after you receive a confirmation by e-mail from paristours@live.nl upon receipt of your payment. Once your booking is confirmed no cancellation is possible.


1. Left Bank Chocolate Tasting Tour, 9:45-12:00, Wed. April 4
This tour will cover the story of chocolate and some history of the Left Bank, its old streets and pretty squares. On this tour, you will hear stories not told on the Right Bank tour. We will visit exclusive shops run by master artisans, both the more famous and less well known, to enjoy some of the best chocolate Paris has to offer. You will sample the chocolate voted the ‘Best in the City’, Marie Antoinette’s favorite chocolate “coins” and the best pain au chocolat in Paris, which locals will travel across the whole city to enjoy.

2A. The Resistance & Occupation, Left Bank Circuit 9:45-12:00, Fri. May 11
On this tour, you will discover the story of the Resistance in France during the Second World War and learn about the backgrounds of its members who struggled bravely in difficult conditions. We will begin at the Hotel Lutetia, a German Army headquarters and refugee center after the war, and visit the monument to the infamous Cherche Midi prison where many Resistance leaders were imprisoned. We will hear of the plight of the Jews at this time, the terrible round ups, (as described in the book ‘Sarah’s Key’), and the story of Hélène Berr, the Sorbonne student who wrote a heart-wrenching diary of her experience in Paris until her arrest. You will hear many poignant and moving stories of the daily lives of heroic ordinary citizens during the Occupation, including the stories of the five high school students of the Lycée Buffon. We will visit the location of the most important meeting point of the resistance in Paris, conducted by Jean Moulin just before his capture, and see the location where the battle of Paris played out at St. Michel square and police headquarters in August of 1944.

2B. Notre Dame, 12:30-14:45, Fri. May 25 (afternoon!)
The façade of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris is an icon known throughout the world. There are so many interesting things to see and discover. Join us as we share with you the secrets hidden in the architecture, sculptures and stained glass windows. This tour will help you introduce the cathedral to your visiting family and friends as well as equip you to better enjoy Gothic cathedrals throughout France.

2C. Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre from the outside, 9:45-12:00, Thu. June 14
First, we will visit the lovely church of St Germain l’Auxerrois, where royalty worshipped, and learn about the legend of the curse of Catherine de Medici. We will then head to the Pont des Arts for a view and story of the Institute and walk through the Louvre courtyards to discover its history as a palace and see the Arch of Carrousel, at one time the entrance gateway to Napoleon’s palace. We will also visit the site of the Tuileries palace and learn about Catherine de Medici, Marie Antoinette, Napoleon and Josephine, and the fire that destroyed it during the Commune. We will also hear of story of kings and princes who have enjoyed the gardens, their wild parties, the many exciting episodes of the Revolution, the first hot air balloon, Thomas Jefferson who came here to admire the Hotel de Salm and the dramatic escape of Napoleon III. Finally, we will visit some beautiful sculptures by Maillol and see some lesser known but lovely works.

PTA Classifieds

***Experienced, English-speaking Housekeeper Available for Work

Experienced, English-speaking housekeeper looking for full-time or part-time work.  She is the niece of an ISP parent's superb housekeeper of the past four years, is well-trained and has a kind and gentle manner.  She can be contacted at 06 69 54 12 39.  

**ISP Family Looking For an Apartment

We have three children at the Secondary School, and we are looking for an apartment to rent from June/July onwards. At the moment, we are looking in the Auteuil area, but we are open to suggestions. We would prefer three or more bedrooms, light, and some trees nearby – a garden or terrace would be fantastic! If you are leaving ISP, or you would like to rent out your home, and you think your apartment might suit us please call Debbie 06 77 17 01 47 or email dlhdel@yahoo.com.au.

PRICE REDUCED!!! **Brand NEW Canada Goose Bomber jacket**, men's size M, graphite gray for sale for €275. Please contact Mimi Harris at mimiharris321@aol.com for more information.

**House for Rent in Laguna Beach, California

The perfect 'Endless Summer' hideaway, short walk to Thalia surf beach, easy flight into LA or San Diego, available from August

For more information, please contact pieternelkroes@me.com.

**ISP Family Looking for an Apartment

We have three children at the Secondary School, and we are looking for an apartment to rent from June/July onwards. At the moment, we are looking in the Auteuil area but we are open to suggestions. We would prefer three or more bedrooms, light, and some trees nearby – a garden or terrace would be fantastic! If you are leaving ISP, or you would like to rent out your home, and you think your apartment might suit us please call Debbie 06 77 17 01 47 or email dlhdel@yahoo.com.au.

**House for Rent in the South of France

Forget about the cold and wet winter weather and sweeten your days with some holiday preparations for April, May, June or August.

Rent a fantastic villa in the sunny South of France on the outskirts of the idyllic village of Valbonne, 25 minutes from Nice Airport and 20 minutes from Cannes. 

Please check for details: www.darbousson.com

** Tracy Willis is offering a Jazz class for girls, ages 10-15. Time and location to be determined. If interested, please reply to her by email at tracyallison1@live.com or call 06.69.59.84.63. State the days/time of availability.

**English-Speaking Babysitter/ Tutor Available

English-speaking babysitter/tutor available for your occasional childcare needs (no full-time nanny requests, please).  Nick Bian, currently working in ISP’s External Affairs Office, is available to care for your school-aged children between now and the end of June.  Nick is 25 years old, and has been living in Paris for the past 13 months, working towards the completion of his M2 (Masters) from the American University of Paris. He currently teaches English to French children and has also babysat and tutored in social sciences and math in both Russia and the United States – with almost 10 years of experience.

Please feel free to contact him with any questions, to check on scheduling availability or to request a reference. He can be reached at nicholasbian@gmail.com or on his mobile: 06.26.17.35.79.

**American IT professional available for PC, Mac, Linux, network support & more. Extensive experience, reasonable rates.  For more info, contact IT.Randy@gmail.com or call 06.77.98.83.04.

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