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May 6, 2022

Weekly Letter from Jean-Yves - No School Is An Island

The definite article might lead one to believe that The École stands alone (we are pretty unique after all) whereas we are, in fact, a member of several educational networks. Today, I would like to talk to you about two of them: the AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad) and the MLF (French Non-Denominational Mission).

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April 29, 2022

Weekly Letter from Jean-Yves - Of Houses and Homes

Because I had to stay at home almost all week to avoid spreading a virus that I ended up not catching, the timing struck me as felicitous to talk to you today about a project we are putting in place next year that is very close to my heart. It’s got nothing to do with COVID but plenty to do with homes or more specifically houses. We are introducing a house system, which, let me reassure you, does not mean that I’ll be working from home from now on or that the children will be following classes from home either!

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April 8, 2022

Weekly Letter from Jean-Yves - Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

I had the pleasure of saying a few words to all of our Elementary and Middle School students yesterday via Zoom–you case it still needs to be clarified–at the end of the last assembly before the break. Benoît and Rachel presented awards and the Climate Change Club created by Chloe, Tyler, Tess, and Victor from 5th Grade made a short presentation. The winners of the poetry recitation contest were also announced and we were delighted to hear Nahel and Tiera recite their poems once more with the same emotion and talent as last Friday.

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April 1, 2022

Weekly Letter from Jean-Yves - Curing the Consequences

First, with some trepidation, came the lifting of the mask mandate, next, field trips, and then, this week, live performances. With Shanghai shutting down and the case numbers in France shooting through the roof, we are still experiencing a moment of relative calm in New York—a moment that allows our school to operate (almost) as it did before.

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March 25, 2022

Weekly Letter from Jean-Yves - The Finnish Line

Finnish is one of the 49 nationalities represented at The École. For a head of school, Finland is one intimidating country, on account of the excellence of its educational system—one that harmoniously couples academic success and student well-being in a way that no other country can rival. When you discover that you have a Finnish family at your school the pressure is on!

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