May 6, 2012

May 6, 2012
”I loved being outside. We'd hold lightning bugs in our fingers
and pretend they were diamond rings,"
 ~Loretta Lynn
Little Mad Scientists' Club presents 
with Matt Black
(Ages 5-8 years-old)
Sunday June 3, 2012
RSVP: Mandatory before May 20.
First come, first served, space limited to 12 children,
GiF members have priority,

Workshop description:   We may live in the city, but there is a hidden world of animals right in our neighborhood - buzzing bees, crawling ants and creeping critters in every direction. Did you know that for every person living in Paris, there are many thousands of insects living here too? Come join Matt Black, science teacher at the Lennen Bilingual School and children's musician based in Paris, for a close-up investigation of these tiny and wonderful creatures that are all around us. We'll learn to tell the difference between insects, spiders, and "something else's" and then go see what real bugs we can find! 

To reserve your spot: (Event - Full!)

May 4, 2012

"If we don't stand up for children,
then we don't stand for much."
~Marian Wright Edelman
May 4, 2012
Thursday June 7, at 18h30
Schedule: 18h30 reception, 19h00 film, 20h30 discussion
American University of Paris
6 Rue du Colonel Combes
75007 Paris

Dear Parents, Educators, School Administrators, Doctors, Mental Health Professionals and Concerned Friends,

Please join us for the screening of an acclaimed documentary, Race to Nowhere, on Thursday, June 7, at 18h30 at the American University of Paris. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the audience. A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on this link.
While this is an American documentary, its message also resonates with many of us here in France.

"A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children's lives. Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college (university) and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Race to Nowhere is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare our children to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens."
Schedule: 18h30 reception, 19h00 film, 20h30 discussion

"For too many, childhood has become a period of productivity and performance. Children no longer have time to play, to discover passions, to rest, to make mistakes, to reflect, or to build the resilience needed for a balanced and healthy adulthood," said director and parent Vicki H. Abeles. 

Please pass the word to your friends, families, colleagues, teachers, administrators, doctors, and mental health professionals.

We are indebted to The American University of Paris and its president Dr. Celeste M. Schenck for hosting the screening.

If you have interest in bringing Race To Nowhere to your schools or organizations, please visit the film's highly organized website and blog where you will find links, tools and other material to spread awareness and ideas to take action in both small and big ways. The makers of the film are dedicated to helping you find solutions and providing you with resources to do so.

For questions about the June 7th screening or to be involved in our efforts to share this documentary with the community here in Paris, please email, subject: Race to Nowhere.

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Thank you in advance for your support.

Best regards,
Helen Sahin Connelly
President, Gifted in France
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