December 27, 2012

December 27, 2012

“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; 

The less he spoke the more he heard; 

Why aren't we like that wise old bird?” 


Owls on the Prowl 
Sunday January 27, 2013  at 15h00-16h30
Presented by the Little Mad Scientists' Club 

What animal is armed with razor sharp talons, can fly as silently as a moth, can detect its prey even in pitch darkness, and is strong enough to hunt animals twice its weight?  Owls are among the champions of the predator world, with amazing adaptations that make them some of the most powerful, stealthy and deadly hunters in any habitat where they live.

 Come join Matt Black, science teacher at the Lennen Bilingual School and children’s musician based in Paris, for a first-hand look at these incredible nocturnal predators and some of the special adaptations that make them unique in the animal world.  And for a special treat, we’ll actually dissect their pellets (coughed-up lumps of undigested fur and bones of the animals they’ve eaten) to see what prey they’ve been hunting!  Each student will receive his or her own sterilized pellet to dissect with Matt’s help.
To RSVP, please email Heather at and fill out this online form for “Owls on The Prowl” by January 8, latest. Payment must be received before January 12 to secure your spot. Participation Fee 12 €

To reserve your spot, please be sure to follow steps 1-3 below, by January 8th:

  1. Please note the age group, location and date, then email Heather Duncan-Whiteman at  Subject: Owls on the Prowl.
  2. Registration form: fill out the online registration form by clicking here . GiF members have priority within the given deadline.
  3. Participation fee, 12€, for each activity, must be received by January 12th to secure your spot.  Check payable to Gifted in France. First come, first served. Confirmation is sent once payment is received.   Please note that payment is non-refundable as we have fixed costs associated with this activity.
  4. Location: 75016 Paris, metro Passy, line 6.  Address will be emailed following confirmation and payment.
About Matt Black: Matt Black has been a professional educator for almost two decades, and has always loved making music fun for kids. His interactive performances incorporate humor, movement, silliness, singing, and even some (gulp) learning. Apart from his work as a musician, Matt is a science teacher at the Lennen Bilingual School in Paris, and has previously served as an educator and program director for the Connecticut Audubon Society and the New Canaan Nature Center in Connecticut.  He was formerly on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association, and has also served as a lecturer at Yale University and with the Yale Alumni College Abroad program. You can learn more about Matt
Gifted in France is a loi 1901 non-profit association. GiF does not endorse speakers or their material, but aims to provide a wide variety of ideas and discussions about the educational, emotional and social needs of the gifted and twice-exceptional population.

In addition to meetings for parents, GiF also organizes science and creativity workshops for kids, as well as the annual Paris Spelling Bee, which is a community-wide enrichment event open to children in CE2-4ème.  Please note that registration for the 2013 Paris Spelling Bee is already in progress, and will end January 17, first-come, first served, space is limited to a limited number of applicants. Don't forget about our Family Pizza Bee Movie night at the ALP on January 12, it is almost full. See our Bee blog for more information on how to sign up.

Happy Holidays, everyone! 

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