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!)

1.    Please email Julie Harris, before May 20th Subject: Creepy Crawlies!
2.    Participation fee: 12 euros, must be paid in advance to secure your spot.
        Check payable to Gifted in France, Address: 39 ave de Versailles, 75016. First come, first served.
        Please note that payment is non-refundable as we have fixed costs associated with this activity.
3.    Location: 75015, Near Metro Commerce (Line 8)

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 at

This is the last session with Matt, until we start up again in the fall. We are indebted to Julie Harris for welcoming the little mad scientists into her home. As you know, Julie will soon be moving to another country, and leaving a gaping hole in our community. Thank you Julie for everything you've done to help us make the Little Mad Scientists' Club with Matt such a success.  We will miss you so much!   We will be looking for another centrally located host for future activities with Matt beginning in the fall. 

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. 

Don't miss our next community event when we organize the screening of Race to Nowhere on Thursday June 7, at 18h30 at the American University of Paris.

Best regards,
Helen Sahin Connelly

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