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2018–2019 Annual Report
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Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley nurtures creative, multilingual learners, equipped to confidently embrace the delights and challenges of an interconnected world. Notre Philosophie L’Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley forme des élèves créatifs et multilingues, prêts à se saisir avec confiance des bienfaits et des défis d’un monde interconnecté.
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Message from the Head of School Message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees Board of Trustees Highlights from the Year Learning Beyond the Classroom Graduating Class of 2019: Off to High School Graduating Class of 2015: Off to College Alumni News EB Says Goodbye Remembering Mary Havemann Eco-Turf Campaign A Message from the Finance Team A Message from Development Thank You to Our Donors Special Gifts Gala and Gourmet Week Supporters Fund For the Future Volunteer Highlight Parents’ Association Room Representatives In Memoriam EB By the Numbers 2019–2020
EDITORIAL COMMITTEE: Mei-Lin Ha Byers, Gaëlle Feliz, and Véronique Jordan PHOTOGRAPHY: Cécile Gregoriades, Véronique Jordan, and many others LAYOUT: Véronique Jordan
2018–2019 Annual Report
Message from the Head of School
Dear EB Community, As I start my third year at EB, I am honored to continue this journey as EB’s 8th Head of School. Over the past year, I have had the chance to better understand, and truly appreciate, what a special place our school is. The 2018–2019 school year was an important year for EB. After celebrating its 40th anniversary the year before, the school launched its 2018–2023 strategic plan. The plan is a bold and exciting vision for our school moving forward, honoring our rich history, impressive growth, and tested expertise. Our entire community—students, alumni, alumni parents, current and former teachers, and, of course, parents—came together to prepare, launch, and create this five-year vision to ensure our position as an international bilingual school of reference in the Bay Area. This strategic plan revolves around three major goals: deepening our programs, advancing the school, and enhancing our facilities and finances. So much has been accomplished over the last twelve months already. From improving our facilities, to developing new standards for teaching and learning, to creating new partnerships with prestigious institutions, to name a few, we are proud of the work that has been done so far.
One of our major achievements last year was the preparation for the opening of the school’s international track, a completely new program at the school. The opening of a new point of entry for non-French speakers in 6th grade was a major point of focus last year, falling under the “Advance the School” goal in the strategic plan. The Middle School International Track students split their instruction time between accelerated French-language classes and math in
a small group, and English-language classes with the larger 6th grade cohort. In the Lower School, with the arrival of our new division director Sébastien Robert, a lot has been happening in our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program. We welcomed a new STEM Specialist and introduced a completely new robotics curriculum at EB. With lessons on programming and basic coding architecture, robotics encourage students to work through problems sequentially and visually, while also developing coordination, critical thinking, logic, problem-solving, and troubleshooting skills. Students in 1st to 3rd grades started programming with Bee-Bots, while students in 4th and 5th grades are programming with DASH. In addition, our fully bilingual preschool is as dynamic as ever, with the highest enrollment in EB’s history. The successful opening of a “Toute Petite Section” class, welcoming two-year-old students, highlights how parents value a true bilingual education at a very young age. We continued our commitment to the three vital concepts in a bilingual school, which are: collaboration, harmonization and co-teaching. Last year, in the Preschool and Kindergarten classes, we began adding one coteaching session per week for each class. During this time, the French and English teachers come together to teach the class simultaneously. There are many different options for co-teaching lessons: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, grammar, reading aloud a story in both French and English, mathematics, science or social studies. Teachers can use their co-teaching lessons as a jumping off point for a bilingual project or as the culmination of one.
We can also be proud of what our entire community has achieved through defining a new mission, a new vision, and a new set of core values for our school. A strong values-based education provides our students with a dynamic moral compass, nurturing the development of good character, deep thinking, and altruistic behavior. Consequently, we were excited last year to begin exploring our new core values with our community members: Unity, Reflection, Integrity, Zeal, and Endeavor (U-RIZE). These values are present in every initiative created to complement EB’s programs. As you can see, EB is continuing its exciting development and I invite you— parents, teachers, students and alumni— to join me in supporting the school in this worthy endeavor. The whole EB learning community joins me in wishing you an outstanding school year. Warmly,
Dr. Mehdi Lazar Head of School
“One of our major achievements last year was the preparation for the opening of the school’s international track…”
Message du Chef d’Etablissement
C’est le début de ma troisième année à École bilingue (EB) et un honneur pour moi d’y poursuivre mes activités en tant que 8e Chef d’Établissement. L’an dernier, j’ai eu la chance de mieux comprendre et de vraiment apprécier combien notre école est un lieu unique. L’année scolaire 2018–2019 s’est avérée d’une grande importance pour EB. Après les célébrations de son 40e anniversaire l’année précédente, l’école a lancé son plan stratégique 2018–2023. Ce plan propose une vision audacieuse et excitante pour l’avenir de l’école, à l’honneur de notre riche histoire, de notre croissance impressionnante et de nos compétences confirmées. Notre communauté toute entière— les élèves, les anciens élèves, les anciens parents, les enseignants actuels et les anciens et, bien entendu, les parents—s’est réunie pour préparer, lancer et créer cette vision quinquennale afin de garantir notre position d’école internationale bilingue de référence dans la région de la Baie de San Francisco. Ce plan stratégique s’articule autour de trois grands objectifs : renforcer nos programmes, faire progresser l’école et améliorer nos installations et nos finances. Beaucoup a déjà été accompli au cours des douze derniers mois. Qu’il s’agisse d’améliorer nos installations, d’élaborer de nouvelles normes d’enseignement et d’apprentissage, ou de créer de nouveaux partenariats avec de prestigieuses institutions, pour n’en citer que quelques-unes, nous sommes fiers du travail qui a été réalisé jusqu’à maintenant. L’an dernier, l’une de nos réalisations majeures fut de préparer la mise en œuvre du cursus international, un programme totalement nouveau à l’école. L’ouverture d’un nouveau point d’entrée en 6e pour les non-francophones était l’un des principaux objectifs de l’année dernière, relevant de l’objectif du plan stratégique « Advance the School ». Au Collège, l’enseignement pour les élèves du cursus international se répartit entre cours de français accélérés et mathématiques en petits groupes, et cours en anglais pour la cohorte plus importante des 6e.
À l’École Primaire, il s’est passé bien des choses dans notre programme de sciences, technologie, ingénierie et mathématiques (STEM) avec l’arrivée de Sébastien Robert, le nouveau directeur de l’Elémentaire. Nous avons aussi accueilli un nouveau spécialiste STEM et introduit un tout nouveau programme d’études en robotique au sein d’EB. Avec des cours de programmation et d’architecture de codage de base, la robotique encourage les élèves à résoudre les problèmes de manière séquentielle et visuelle, tout en développant leurs compétences en coordination, réflexion critique, logique, détection et résolution de problème. Les élèves des Cours Préparatoire au CE2 ont commencé à programmer des Bee-Bots, tandis que les élèves des CM1 et CM2 programment des robots DASH. Par ailleurs, notre école maternelle entièrement bilingue s’avère plus dynamique que jamais, avec le plus grand record d’inscriptions de l’histoire d’EB. L’ouverture réussie de la « Toute Petite Section », qui accueille des élèves âgés de deux ans, montre bien la valeur que les parents attachent à un véritable enseignement bilingue dès le plus jeune âge. Nous avons maintenu notre engagement concernant les trois concepts essentiels d’une école bilingue, à savoir : la collaboration, l’harmonisation et le coenseignement. L’an dernier, nous avons ajouté, dans chaque classe de maternelle, une session de coenseignement par semaine. Lors de ces classes, les enseignants de français et d’anglais se réunissent et enseignent en simultané. Il existe de nombreuses options pour les cours de coenseignement : la conscience phonémique, la phonétique, le vocabulaire, la grammaire, la lecture à voix haute d’une histoire en français et en anglais, les mathématiques, les sciences ou sciences sociales. Les enseignants peuvent utiliser leurs cours de coenseignement comme le point de départ ou l’aboutissement d’un projet bilingue. Nous pouvons aussi être fiers de ce que l’ensemble de notre communauté a accompli en définissant une nouvelle mission, une nouvelle vision et un nouvel ensemble de valeurs fondamentales pour notre école. Une solide
éducation fondée sur des valeurs offre à nos élèves une guidance morale dynamique, favorisant le développement d’une bonne éthique, d’une réflexion approfondie et d’un comportement altruiste. En conséquence, c’est avec grand enthousiasme que nous avons commencé l’année dernière à explorer nos nouvelles valeurs fondamentales avec les membres de notre communauté : l’unité, la réflexion, l’intégrité, l’enthousiasme et l’effort (U-RIZE). Ces valeurs sont présentes dans toutes les initiatives créées pour compléter les programmes d’EB. Comme vous pouvez le constater, EB continue de se développer de façon passionnante et je vous invite—parents, enseignants, élèves et anciens élèves—à me rejoindre pour soutenir l’école dans ses importantes réalisations. L’ensemble de la communauté enseignante d’EB, dévouée à l’enseignement, se joint à moi pour vous souhaiter une excellente année scolaire. Cordialement,
Dr. Medhi Lazar Chef d’établissement
“L’an dernier, l’une de nos réalisations majeures fut de préparer la mise en œuvre du cursus international…”
2018–2019 Annual Report
Chère communauté d’EB,
Message the Chair of the Board Volunteerfrom Spotlight
Dear EB Community, 2018–2019 was my fourth and final year serving as Board Chair. It is a job that I’ve very much enjoyed. I’m excited to be handing over the reins with the school at a strong and exciting stage. Our strategic plan was launched in September 2018, and since then, the Board has been busy working to support the administration putting it into action. The International Middle School track has excitedly opened this fall for G6 newcomers, and over the summer the school received a colorful face lift. The future looks strong for EB and the success of this past year’s Annual Fund is a powerful indicator of this. We finished with 89% parent participation —a wonderful marker of support and we easily cleared our goal with over $419,000 raised. This accomplishment is due to all of you—thank you so much for your support of EB, not just in the Annual Fund but in all the volunteer contributions and donations made each day and over many years, to sustain our children’s rich experiences. As this is my last year as Chair, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone, from my fellow Board Members, past and present, the Head of School, members of the Administration, Teachers and Parents, for supporting me in this role. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to become more deeply connected with an institution and community that I treasure. These last few years working on the Board have been personally very fulfilling and enriching for me. To quote from past parents and strong supporters of EB, Tom and Renée Clyde:
“When you give your heart to something, it has a way of becoming a part of your heart.”
These words very much resonate with my experience and I hope that your time with EB can be or was also as rewarding, as you feel the love reflected back to you through your support and inclusion. It’s a very special thing that EB is creating and offering—our mission speaks to it well: Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley nurtures creative, multilingual learners, equipped to confidently embrace the delights and challenges of an interconnected world. I take real solace and hope in knowing that the work that EB is doing is not only incredibly valuable in helping prepare our children for the future, but more importantly giving them the tools to find the solutions and positively impact their worlds whether near or far. I am delighted that Mark Westover and Pria Hidisyan will together be taking over as Board Chair. It’s something new for us to have Co-Chairs—they will share the role, divvying up some of the tasks, but also doing together a number of critical ones, such as the weekly meetings with the Head of School. I know Pria and Mark will be an excellent team as they are a great compliment to each other. I wish them all the very best as they take over this role and I look forward to watching EB prosper under their leadership. Finally, I have some additional important thanks and farewells to make. I have seven outgoing Board members to thank for their talent and dedication: Paul Abboud, Jaime Araujo-Bézian, Jeff Loustau, Stephanie Sullivan, Stephanie Walton, Karine Tripier and Emma Ragot. They have all made innumerable important contributions to the school and their influence will continue to be felt. Jeff Loustau deserves a special mention for his many years of service —six years, including three as Secretary
of the Board and five as Chair of Buildings and Grounds. His wisdom and collegiality were tremendous assets to the Board. I sign off for the last time, greatly appreciating EB and you! Warm Regards,
Emma Gimon Board Chair
“…the work that
EB is doing is not only incredibly valuable in helping prepare our children for the future, but more importantly giving them the tools to find the solutions and positively impact their worlds whether near or far.”
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L’année 2018–2019 représente ma quatrième année en tant que Présidente du Conseil d’Administration, et aussi la dernière. J’ai beaucoup aimé ce rôle. Je suis ravie de passer les rênes alors que l’école vit une phase solide et passionnante. Notre plan stratégique a été lancé en septembre 2018. Depuis lors, le Conseil d’Administration a oeuvré à soutenir l’administration dans sa mise en place. Au collège, le cursus international a débuté cet automne au grand enthousiasme des nouveaux arrivants de 6e. De plus, au cours de l’été, l’école s’est embellie de nouvelles couleurs. L’avenir semble prometteur pour EB, comme en atteste pleinement le succès de la levée du Fonds Annuel de l’an dernier. Au final, 89% des parents y ont participé—un formidable indicateur de soutien qui nous a permis d’atteindre facilement notre objectif, la collecte s’élevant à plus de 419 000 USD. Cet accomplissement vous revient à vous tous. Merci infiniment de votre soutien à EB, non seulement lors du Fonds Annuel, mais aussi pour toutes les contributions et le bénévolat accompli chaque jour et au cours de nombreuses années pour soutenir les expériences enrichissantes de nos enfants. Dans le cadre de ma dernière année à la présidence, je voudrais prendre un moment pour remercier tous les membres du Conseil d’Administration, anciens et actuels, le Chef d’Établissement, les membres de l’administration, les enseignants et les parents de leur soutien dans le rôle qui était le mien. Je serai à jamais reconnaissante d’avoir eu l’occasion de tisser des liens profonds avec une institution et une communauté que je chéris. Ces dernières années au sein du Conseil d’Administration m’ont été personnellement très gratifiantes et enrichissantes. Pour citer Tom et Renée Clyde, d’anciens parents et de fervents ambassadeurs d’EB :
« Lorsque vous donnez votre cœur à quelque chose, cette chose trouve moyen de faire partie de votre cœur ». Ces mots font tout à fait écho à mon vécu et j’espère que le temps que vous passez ou passerez à EB vous sera aussi enrichissant, lorsque vous ressentirez l’amour qui vous est renvoyé dans le soutien et l’inclusion.
secrétaire du Conseil d’Administration et cinq en tant que Président du Conseil des Bâtiments et Terrains. Sa sagesse et sa collégialité se sont révélées d’immenses atouts pour le Conseil. Je signe pour la dernière fois, en rendant un grand hommage à l’École Bilingue et à vous tous !
C’est une chose très spéciale que crée et offre EB—notre mission en parle bien : EB accueille des apprenants créatifs et multilingues, équipés pour relever avec confiance les joies et les défis d’un monde interconnecté. Savoir que le travail d’EB est non seulement extrêmement utile pour préparer nos enfants à l’avenir, mais surtout pour leur donner les outils nécessaires pour trouver les solutions et avoir un impact positif sur leur monde, proche ou lointain, me réconforte et me remplit d’espoir. Je suis ravie que Mark Westover et Pria Hidisyan prennent ensemble la présidence du Conseil d’Administration. La coprésidence est une nouveauté pour nous—ils en partageront le rôle, se répartiront certaines des tâches, mais en assumeront aussi ensemble d’autres cruciales, telles que les réunions hebdomadaires avec le Chef d’Établissement. Je sais que Pria et Mark formeront une excellente équipe ; ils sont très complémentaires. Je leur souhaite tout le succès possible dans leur rôle et je me réjouis de voir EB prospérer sous leur direction. Enfin, j’ai quelques remerciements et des adieux importants à faire. Je tiens à remercier les sept membres sortants pour leur talent et leur dévouement : Paul Abboud, Jaime AraujoBézian, Jeff Loustau, Stephanie Sullivan, Stephanie Walton, Karine Tripier and Emma Ragot. Ils ont tous apporté d’ innombrables contributions à l’école et leur influence perdurera. Jeff Loustau mérite une mention spéciale pour ses nombreuses années au sein du Conseil—six ans, dont trois ans en tant que
Emma Gimon Présidente du Conseil d’Administration
“…le travail d’EB
est non seulement extrêmement utile pour préparer nos enfants à l’avenir, mais surtout pour leur donner les outils nécessaires pour trouver les solutions et avoir un impact positif sur leur monde, proche ou lointain…”
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Chère communauté d’EB,
Board of Trustees 2018–2019
Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Consul Général de France Sophie Laffite, Consule Générale Adjointe Thierry Bognon, Chef de Chancellerie Juliette Donadieu, Attachée Culturelle Jean Charconnet, Attaché de Coopération pour le Français Emma Gimon, Chair Jeff Loustau, Secretary; Buildings & Grounds Committee Chair Michael Pincus, Member at Large; Organization & Governance Committee Chair Nick Waugh, Treasurer; Finance Chair Mark Westover, Vice Chair, Chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee
Paul-André Abboud Jaime Araujo-Bézian, Marketing Committee Chair Christine Beliveau Antoine Carrière, Member at Large of ExComm Pria Hidisyan Pascal Hoffmann Jean-Philippe Kouakou-Zebouah Mehdi Lazar, Head of School Steve Levine Alexandra Thusy-Privat, Member at Large of ExComm Emma Ragot, Faculty Participant Aaron Ross Stephanie Sullivan, Development Committee Co-Chair (until December 2018) Karine Tripier, PA Francophone Co-President Brian Turner, PA Anglophone Co-President Stephanie Walton, Development Committee Co-Chair (until December 2018) Patrice Zauret, Faculty Participant
Incoming Trustees 2019–2020
Alexandre Bayen joined the Board in 2019. He is the Liao-Cho Professor of Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is currently the Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). He is also a Faculty Scientist in Mechanical Engineering, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He received the Engineering Degree in Applied Mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique, France, in 1998, the M.S. and Ph.D in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1998 and 1999 respectively. He was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center from 2000 to 2003. Between January 2004 and December 2004, he worked as the Research Director of the Autonomous Navigation Labora-
tory at the Laboratoire de Recherches Balistiques et Aérodynamiques, (Ministère de la Défense, Vernon, France), where he holds the rank of Major. He has been on the faculty at UC Berkeley since 2005. Bayen has authored two books and over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences. Alexandra Erman joined the Board in 2019 after three years on the Finance Committee. Alexandra is French and has been in the US since 2006. She currently serves as Agorapulse’s Head of People, Finance and Administration, she also helps SMBs as a consultant. Prior to this, she was with CeramConcept as Head of Finance and Administration. She started her career as an art dealer and small business owner. Alexandra was a lifer at Ecole Active Bilingue Jeanine Manuel in Paris. She has two boys at EB. Alex LaGatta has been a member of the EB community since 2014 and joined the Board in 2019 as PA Co-President. She teaches Geology and Environmental Science at St. Mary’s College. She holds a BA, Economics from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D, Geology, from Columbia University. Michelle Mebine currently teaches 4th grade at EB and has been a teacher here since 2006. She has also taught in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, as well as in ESL. She was born and raised in Berkeley, and graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in French. She continued her studies at San Francisco State University, where she received her multiple subject teaching credential. Nature is her sanctuary and
backpacking is the best hotel in the world. She loves working at EB—where she gets to ignite children’s curiosity and travel the world everyday by connecting with so many different cultures right here in her classroom. Kristen Sidell joined the Board in 2019 and serves as the Chair of the Buildings & Grounds Committee. She is a principal at Sidell Pakravan Architects, where she designs a range of residential and commercial spaces. Kristen also teaches architecture as an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Kristen received her M.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts and holds a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University. She and her husband, Paul Abboud, have two children at EB. Hannah Stott-Bumsted joined the EB Board in 2019. She is currently a partner at the Brunswick Group. Hannah joined Brunswick from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was the Counselor to the Deputy Secretary and advised on a number of high-profile policy and programmatic issues. Before joining the Department of Health and Human Services, Hannah was a senior official at the Department of the Treasury. Prior to joining the government, Hannah practiced law at Williams & Connolly and represented dozens of companies in adversarial matters, including litigations, investigations, and arbitrations. Hannah has two sons at EB.
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David Abernathy joined the Board in 2019. David is an alumnus of Ecole Bilingue—he attended the school for 10 years and graduated in 1999. He now works as Executive Vice President for Business Solutions at a cannabis data, analytics, and research firm and has spent more than a decade in the fields of cannabis investment and market research. Since his time at EB, David has founded and/or led three companies and five nonprofit organizations. In addition to his position on EB’s Board of Trustees, David sits on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit cat rescue and serves as CoChair of the Finance Committee at the Minority Cannabis Business Association. He also teaches Economics at Oaksterdam University and co-owns a miniature golf company called Subpar Miniature Golf.
Highlights from the Year
program, the popular comic series Boule et Bill, and much more! With five shows produced and released last year through the EB website, the Web Radio program is anticipating another successful year. And who knows, maybe one of our students will become the next world renowned journalist in the future!
Launching Musical Theater at EB
Web Radio Since its invention over 100 years ago, radio has been used by many to spread crucial information to the public and to inspire audiences to reflect on issues in a different way. Podcasts and radio storytelling have been quickly expanding over the last decade or so, and now, EB has dived into the world of radio and launched its very own radio show! Studies show that creating podcasts and radio shows in the classroom has many educational benefits, including strengthening skills in research, writing, sound engineering, and collaboration—and in a bilingual school, it provides an opportunity for students to apply their French oral skills in a fun and alternative way. Beginning last fall, students between 1st and 5th grades were introduced to radio production by Sylvie Le Meur, the Lower School Librarian. Earlier last year, Sylvie received a web radio training through the Mission Laïque Française, one of EB’s educational partners, to prepare for the launch of EB Web Radio.
When preparing for the radio show, students are primarily responsible for preparing and writing their news stories and content in French, with the mentorship of their teachers. Moreover, they learn various kinds of radio formats and apply them during their recording sessions, such as chronicling, interviewing, storytelling and crafting guessing games. Not only do they strengthen their presentation skills, but they also end up working collaboratively with their peers in preproduction and during their broadcasting, all the while providing feedback to one another to ensure that the stories are relevant to EB audiences. For their inaugural episode, one 3rd grade class co-hosted the show with EB parent and radio show host of NPRs’ Ted Radio Hour and How I Built This, Guy Raz, exploring topics such as the Paradise Fire, the new robotics and coding
Musical theater made a mark this past year at EB. Music teacher, Anne Kuhry, and English Curriculum Coordinator and Instructional Coach, Maggie Schoon, joined forces to launch their new musical theater enrichment class, inviting students to learn the basics of musical theater every week. Last spring, the EB Gala’s Fund for the Future was dedicated to improving the school’s performing arts capabilities to support students in exploring creative outlets, building teamwork, and reinforcing their social emotional skills. This year, EB students from all grade levels worked diligently to produce two musical productions, performing magical tales of adventure, family, justice, and freedom, entirely in French! In the fall, twenty 3rd, 4th and 5th graders presented a production of Le Roi Lion (The Lion King). After a tremendously successful season, 46 students, including some from the Middle School, worked on an adaptation of Les Mille et Une Nuits (Arabian Nights). Not only did students learn basic theater terminology and skills in acting, singing, and dancing, but they were also tasked with learning their lines and songs in French, which greatly enhanced their language skills. Musical theater helps kids cultivate other practical skills and values, including cross-functional collaboration, perseverance, teamwork, and practice. Our students were able to showcase their creative talents in other ways as well. Out of the seventeen songs adapted for
“Lucas has learned so much
about the value of hard work through this show. Such a great opportunity for him to learn the challenge and the value of working with a large team to pull off a complex production.
Brian Turner, parent
At EB, we want to ensure that we foster the talents and interests of every unique student and give them opportunities to integrate academic learning with the arts. These students were successful this year thanks to the invaluable support of the show’s directors, Maggie Schoon and Anne Kuhry, who wrote and adapted the original stories. Thank you Maggie and Anne!
Environmentalism at EB Environmental science and sustainability at EB has steadily grown to become a significant part of the EB curriculum. Even at the youngest age, students are taught to reflect on their impact on the environment, and to learn to take action to make this world a healthier and better place for all. An early highlight in Preschool is the field trip to Adventure Playground. There, children have the opportunity to design and build whatever they desire, with tools and recycled materials. Before the field trip, the PS and MS classes began collecting garbage, to learn how to properly dispose of different kinds of waste and to understand why reusing, recycling, and composting are
At the Lower School, Jean-Marie Letellier, the devoted garden teacher, conducted weekly lessons with groups of students from ages two to nine. They explored an array of topics throughout the year, including the life cycle of plants, growing vegetables, and respecting nature. The first part of class is spent instructing students on a topic as they ask questions. During the second part, students engage in a hands-on activity in the garden. Inspired by nature at a very young age, Jean-Marie is focused on teaching respect and love for the environment through his classes. With this approach, students are able to learn to cultivate a sense of stewardship for nature. Greta Thunberg inspired a global youth movement with her passionate speeches, calling out the need to take action now. Our students heard her cry. On March 15, Middle School students took action and took to the streets, standing outside for hours with signs reading “The climate is changing. Why can’t we?” or “Make Earth cool again.” At once practicing their civil right to protest, and engaging in matters important to them, our Middle Schoolers made us proud. This focus on environmentalism and sustainability has allowed our students to engage in collaboration, creative thinking, activism, organization, and hands-on learning. This is the beginning of EB’s transition to develop a greener curriculum and school environment! Stay tuned!
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Les Mille et Une Nuits, “Le Paradis Enfin” was written by current G5 students two years ago, during a visit by composer Jean No at EB. Other students were able to lend a helping hand backstage, and learned different aspects of organization and technical support. Research shows that engaging children in the arts positively impacts their academic, social and emotional outcomes, which aligns with our current strategic plan.
crucial to the sustainability of our planet. Additionally, they read books on what they could do to help the planet, such as bringing reusable bags to the supermarket, and reusing house materials for crafts. We know starting this foundation early is the key success!
Highlights from the Year
and friends of EB were able to score great items thanks to over 70 donors, such as a Laotian cooking class, gift certificates to fabulous restaurants and cafes (Chez Panisse anyone?), or a Guided Tour at KQED. Thanks to you, $13,000 in Gourmet Week proceeds went towards equipping our students and teachers with the resources they need. We thank all of our amazing sponsors, donors, bidders, and friends for making this a truly fabulous week at EB, and we look forward to next year! Miam!
Toute Petite Section Thrives
Gourmet Week: A New Tradition! Responding to our community’s love of food, and with a desire to “spice up” our online auction, we launched our first-ever Gourmet Week this year, a celebration of all things gourmet in the Bay Area. For one week in March, all thoughts turned gourmet with a French and California slant: our families got to taste different foods and bid on a fabulous selection of gourmet goodies (think tasty treats, restaurant gift cards, lifestyle goods, and family-fun activities), all in support of our students and programs. Gourmet Week coincided with the school’s Semaine du Goût, a tradition in France where students explore different tastes, foods, and culinary arts from all over the globe. From trying veggies fresh from the garden, to baking cakes from different countries, to conducting experiments involving food and science, our students loved exploring Gourmet Week as much as their parents!
Thanks to our “Super Gourmet” and “Generous Foodie” sponsors, each day of Gourmet Week offered a snack (goûter) or lunch to bring excitement and deliciousness to our kids. EB parent-owned Roli Roti started off the week by preparing a delicious lunch of rotisserie chicken and potatoes, while Petit Pot, St. Michel, and Michel et Augustin offered yummy snacks afterschool, and we rounded out the week with TPS parents’ delectable cheese tasting. It’s crucial to expose children to various kinds of foods at a young age. Not only do they discover new flavors and textures, they learn the nutritional benefits in having a varied, healthy diet. And really, who doesn’t love free snacks, especially when they’re French? It was wonderful to see our community come together to support our online auction and bid on enticing lots! Parents
TPS, or Toute Petite Section, was fully launched this year, after a successful pilot program in 2017–2018. The TPS program is a fully differentiated program from the other Maternelle programs, which enrolls little ones beginning at the age of two. These tots spend their days working on arts and crafts, singing songs in French, developing their growth and fine motor skills, and engaging in connective play and social emotional learning. At this age, children begin to develop their talking capabilities. Typically by age two, kids are constructing simple phrases, are able to identify common objects, and follow simple commands. Being able to expose these kids to French at a younger age will help them anchor the language better in their growing brains. Part of the EB strategic plan is to advance the school, and opening a new section for toddlers to immerse themselves in the French language aligns perfectly with this objective. Generally, it takes between five to seven years to become proficient in a second language, and bilingual children often have an academic advantage. Because of their dual language background, bilingual children are able to focus more intently on the subjects at hand, avoid distractions and demonstrate
Due to such a successful year, EB is opening a second TPS classroom, where we will be able to expand our offerings to more families who seek to immerse their children in a bilingual curriculum.
Coding allows students to better understand the world around them. Studies also show that learning how to code can improve problem-solving, creativity, discipline and collaboration. Understanding how laptops, websites, and smartphones work provides kids at EB an advantage when they inevitably delve into the world of technology.
higher levels of cognitive flexibility and adaptability based on environment.
Robotics and Coding
Coding and robotics help our kids develop a set of specific skills that help them problem-solve in different ways. Students are able to deconstruct big problems into digestible parts, which is known as decomposition. Coding, like any language, has a set of rules for solving a problem, which is the foundation of algorithm design. In addition, students look to find the right solution that might work for different problems, which is also called abstraction. Pattern recognition is equally gained, where students begin to pick up on repeating sequences. Whatâ€™s great about interacting with these tools is that it makes coding fun. It helps our students become creative, and engage in play with something that might otherwise seem daunting.
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SĂŠbastien Robert, Head of Lower School, has always been fascinated with robotics and wanted to bring that passion to EB. So this year, he helped initiate the coding and robotics program at the Lower School. There are countless programming languages like Python and Java, that have shaped the way we interact with technology. As a bilingual school, we know the value of learning languages, and coding is the language of computers. In order to begin preparing our students to learn those languages, Mr. Robert introduced a specific kind of block-structured programming catered to young learners, called Scratch. Scratch, developed by MIT, enables students to develop their computational reasoning through drag-and-drop programming basics, a precursor to other programming languages. 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students were introduced to sequencing through Bee-Bot. By planning a course for their robot, students in these levels were tasked to analyze and solve directional problems. In G4 and G5, the students used a slightly more advanced robot called DASH. Students had to apply mathematical concepts to their coding projects to complete a series of challenges and calculate certain angles, lengths, and speeds they needed to orient their robots. Students were set to complete a series of challenges. By the end of this academic year, students were expected to understand conditionals and variables, with the objective to be able to design a video game.
Learning Beyond the Classroom
G3: Marin Headlands In 3rd grade, students spend three days and two nights in the Marin Headlands, exploring Rodeo Beach and trails nearby. Students spend the day in small learning groups and identify native marine life in the wild and in the lab. During their night hike, they even observe bioluminescent plankton reproducing.
“They challenge themselves physically and build meaningful and caring relationships with the environment and nature around them.
Hannah Lê, 3rd grade Teacher
G4: Coloma Our 4th graders proudly stand at Sutter’s Mill, where gold was found, launching the California Gold Rush craze. For three days, the kids camp in the Sierra foothills where gold was first found over 160 years ago, and they are able to immerse themselves in the history of the Gold Rush, indigenous peoples, and ecosystems of the region.
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G5: France Our 5th graders enjoy their first trip abroad in the Bordeaux countryside of France. Not only do they live with host families, applying their linguistic and cultural skills, but they also visit parks and attractions, like the Lascaux Caves and the Dune of Pilat, the largest dune in Europe.
return empowered, more independent, self-confident, and ready to tackle the new challenges that await them in Middle School.
Marion Tobie, 5th grade Teacher
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“Most of our students
Learning Beyond the Classroom
G6: Catalina Island The sixth graders have an incredible opportunity, connecting with nature during this five-day, science-focused expedition. This trip is filled with natural science education, kayaking to deserted beaches, snorkeling, and team-building activities.
G7: Washington DC Our 7th graders visit the countryâ€™s capital, where they visit historically-significant monuments and learn about ethics and civics through project-based activities.
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G8: France Our 8th grade class in front of the Basilique du Sacré Cœur in Paris. They visit many sites and museums, such as the Centre de Pompidou and the Musée du Louvre, walk along the Seine, and even visit the miniature Statue of Liberty. Their second class trip to France offers more opportunities to explore their cultural and linguistic studies, and bond with their peers before they head off to high school.
students realize they can navigate both languages and cultures with ease and that this skill is precious and not given to everyone—they realize how much of an advantage it is.
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Graduating Class of 2019: Off to High School
Congratulations to our Class of 2019 heading off to high school! Paige Arnold Jack Bell Felix Bloemraad Sara Borchani Maia Brockstedt Charlotte Carmany Cosette Charron Mia Chocron Gaspard Choquet Eva Despret Nheletie Donovan Angelie Estill Ivan Ewers Nartan Frucht Leonor Garre Mauro Green Alizé Griffin
Charles Hall Hanna Harrelson Jaylen Hett Nicole Keller Alex Kelly August Kennedy Katherine Kot Eytan Le Pape Celeste Martin Meara McCarthy Jayden Moore Nikola Nikolin Kira Rao-Poolla Clarisse Ritter Xavier Thornton Niepa Westerman Eneko Valenzuela-Aperribay
CHOSEN HIGH SCHOOLS Alameda High School Albany High School Berkeley High School Bishop O’Dowd High School Collège-Lycée Honoré de Balzac (France) College Preparatory School El Cerrito High School Head-Royce High School Holderness Academy (NH) International High School Lycée Marie Curie (France) Marin Academy Saint Joseph of Notre Dame Oakland School of the Arts Saint Mary’s College High School Sainte-Croix des Neiges (France) San Francisco School of the Arts Skyline High School
Graduating Class of 2015: Off to College
Congratulations to our Class of 2015 heading off to college! Louise Largier Katalina Lee-Righter Marcus Lukan Margaret Martin Colin Milliken Komyarr Misaghi Ebony Morris Eric Murray Steven Ndedi Grace O’Keefe Bridget O’Kelly Gaetan Pelletey Luna Ragot Iman Safi-Eddine Alix Sivolella Brad Stimpson Katusch Strich Cate Tam Amanda Van Sickle Roxane Vay
CHOSEN UNIVERSITIES Carnegie Mellon University Harvard University Northeastern University Pomona College San Jose State University University of Florida University of Pennsylvania St. Olaf College UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Los Angeles UC Santa Cruz UC San Diego University of Wisconsin Tufts University Washington University, St. Louis
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Toby Anderson Olivia Arizmendi Andre Assadi Sophia Bourdrel Liam Carroll Lola Chandler Jack Clydesdale Julie Deléger Ava Dove Cameron Faulkner Logan Gade Isabella Gargani Lena Gaultier Sarah Gougeon Magda Gourinchas Julien Henderson Jessie Hundel Maelie Jaffrin Lyra Johnson Haley Kirtland Jack Korcuska
EB Alumni Spotlight Awardee: Eli Marienthal, Class of 2000
offer ceremony-based, skill-building backpacking adventures in the Yosemite wilderness for teenage boys, and design nature connection programming for schools and organizations. I was previously a doctoral candidate in geography at UC Berkeley, where my love of this planet and my vocation as an educator were nurtured. 3. How do you feel EB has influenced you or led you towards your choice of profession?
Eli Marienthal, class of 2000, was chosen as EB’s second recipient of the Alumni Spotlight Award for his impact in connecting Bay Area youth with nature and guiding them through the transition to adulthood, and his desire to be a positive force for good in the world. He demonstrates the EB’s values of unity, reflection, and integrity. 1. What did you enjoy most about your time at EB and why? My tenure at EB was long and happy, from Pre-K through 8th grade, so there were many phases and many favorites. What stands out to me now is how serious my education felt to me in Middle School. I had always been taken by the idea of a certain kind of old world rigor, an emphasis, not exclusive but pronounced, on the lost arts of form, presentation, memorization, accuracy. I recall that as a theme throughout my studies at EB that gave me an early sense of scholarship as a calling. 2. Please describe your current work/studies.
I am a co-director and co-founder of a wilderness guiding and outdoor education company called Back to Earth, based here in the East Bay. We
While it’s not exactly a straight shot from the good study habits of Middle School to my life as a wilderness guide and outdoor educator, I feel in my being the connective threads of my early education and how I show up for the young people I work with now. As an EB student I was encouraged in my curiosity, and was given good tools of inquiry. And whether one is teaching medieval history in a classroom or plant identification in the backcountry, these same principles apply. 4. Describe your favorite memory from EB. When I was in 6th grade, my English teacher, Doctor Hecht, saw something in me, the way my mind worked, my appetite for connecting the details and the grand sweep of history, that prompted her to gift me a copy of Willem Hendrick van Loon’s Story of Mankind. I devoured it then, and several more times through high school. And well into my education at Brown and my post-graduate studies at UC Berkeley, I realized that I still hung a great deal of what I read on the conceptual backdrop provided by that one book, and the formative ways in which it trained me to see historical continuity and rupture. So the book itself was a big deal. But so was being recognized by a teacher at that age and encouraged in my love of learning.
5. Do you feel that EB adequately prepared you for life after EB? Do you feel you are a citizen of the world? I feel that I was prepared by whatever the circumstances of my creation were, my karma, my genes, to love EB, and to love all that’s come since. In some very practical ways, having grown up bilingual has changed the course of my life. I’ve been able to work and study across the world in French, from Montreal to Dakar to Port-au-Prince. That I have had the experience of thinking, singing, and dreaming in more than one language, has molded my mind in ways I cannot define precisely but is no doubt of considerable import. 6. Anything else you’d like to add? I’m grateful after so many years to have been woven back into the EB fold through my participation in TEDx and receipt of the Alumni Spotlight Award. Last summer I had the first EB student join me in the backcountry, which was another connection I always hoped for and a milestone in reconnecting with the EB community. And this fall, I’m looking forward to collaborating with Richard Lyon to see about deepening my work with EB Middle Schoolers in and out of the classroom.
“As an EB student
I was encouraged in my curiosity, and was given good tools of inquiry.”
Alumni Profile: Alexandra Krzyzosiak, Class of 2004
2. Please describe your current work/studies.
me to develop natural curiosity about the world and empathy for different types of people, which has proven to be a great asset in my job.”
I currently work in London as a User Researcher and Digital Product Designer. To sum up what I do, I observe human behavior—specifically how people engage with digital interfaces and I design human-centered experiences for people. I’ll be moving from London at the end of August 2019 to Seattle to do a Masters of Human-Computer Interaction + Design at the University of Washington. 3. How do you feel EB has influenced you or led you towards your choice of profession? To be honest, I don’t feel that EB directly influenced me towards my choice of profession but I do think the exposure that EB gave me to different experiences such as through class trips to Yosemite, France, and Washington DC, that allowed me to develop natural curiosity about the world and empathy for different types of people, which has proven to be a great asset in my job. 4. What would you say to parents just starting out at EB? Give yourselves and your children the space and permission to try new things and fail. Don’t treat failing as a bad thing but rather as a positive learning experience. Encourage them to take risks
5. Describe your favorite memory from EB. My favorite memory from EB was going to Washington DC in 8th grade. It was really great to be able to spend time with my friends while learning and visiting places like the Holocaust Museum and the Lincoln Memorial. 6. Do you feel that EB adequately prepared you for life after EB? Do you feel you are a citizen of the world? I feel that EB gave me the educational foundation that I was able to build upon as I continued onto my studies in high school and at UC Berkeley. In addition to this, from a language point of view, EB gave me the opportunity to truly be bilingual (which can be hard when everyone speaks English). It has essentially opened up opportunities for me overseas to work and conduct research with customers for global clients such as Nissan in France.
I enjoyed the deep relationships I developed with my friends and teachers while at EB. It truly is a tight-knit community and these are people you are going to know for years to come. I also really enjoyed the trips that we went on as well—I think this was a really enriching experience for all of us.
and push boundaries. Failing is all part of learning and growing as a person and teaching them to be comfortable with failure will help prepare them for the real world. Being a good student and being an A student is overrated.
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1. What did you enjoy most about your time at EB and why?
Alumni Profile: Merrick Kingston, Class of 1999
1. What did you enjoy most about your time at EB and why?
4. What would you say to parents just starting out at EB?
Superficially, my 14-and-under self enjoyed things that many—albeit not all—like-aged children enjoy. The EB playground was superb. I enjoyed my friends’ company. I adored co-running and co-editing the EB Jeebie Journal. We were allowed to leave campus and purchase food from the Home Café, a small eatery that was located kitty-corner to the Middle School. Only as an adult have I realized that EB steeped us in an environment that was characterized, intrinsically, by cross-cultural exchange and respect…concepts, of course, that whooshed right over the head of pre-teen yours truly!
A bilingual education is a singular gift. Just be aware that some children may latch onto the concept of internationalism, and from early adulthood, run off to and settle in lands foreign from their own.
2. Please describe your current work/studies.
“I realized that EB
steeped us in an environment that was characterized, intrinsically, by cross-cultural exchange and respect….”
I work as a consultant in the media and tech space. We help companies from across the value chain—be they distributors of media, technology vendors, or financial institutions—to understand how the industry is changing, where opportunity is being created, and to formulate all manner of product, service, and market-entry strategy.
5. Describe your favorite memory from EB. Our middle school French Math teacher —Emmanuel Coup—is seared into my memory. He was kind, empathetic, motivational, unequivocally brilliant, often patient, but on occasion, a tad eccentric! I distinctly remember his jumping—with both, leather bootclad feet simultaneously—onto his desk and, gesticulating wildly—hands and fingers rounded into the shape of spectacles; voice elevated—attempting to communicate to us that “si vous regardez AVEC VOS YEUX,” an understanding of the problem he was presenting surely would be bestowed upon us!
3. How do you feel EB has influenced you or led you towards your choice of profession? I’ve often felt that were I given the chance to replay the semi-random, pinball-game-of-life, I would strive to become a teacher. I’ve no doubt that EB imbued me with deep respect for teaching.
Current EB alumni
Alumni Profile: Clara Davis, Class of 2007
1. Please describe your current work/studies. I’m currently working as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at a local non-profit hospital in Hayward, CA. I volunteer on the Pediatric Task Force Committee to make our ER more pediatric friendly. The population I work with are mainly uninsured, recent immigrants, and English is their second language. I also teach CPR/Basic Life Support as a part time job. I had the opportunity to come back and teach CPR to the professors at Ecole Bilingue last year which was fun! 2. How do you feel EB has influenced you or led you towards your choice of profession?
no patients speak French where I work, it has allowed me to pick up various languages and cultures subconsciously.”
I feel much more prepared for my job because of EB. Although almost no patients speak French where I work, it has allowed me to pick up various languages and cultures subconsciously. Being able to speak French has allowed me to speak Spanish with a somewhat appropriate accent, since my mouth is familiar with sentence structure from the French language. I’m also very attuned to various cultural needs and preferences, and this is extremely important in healthcare. I was shocked to see how many healthcare professionals are confused by various religious practices and cultural norms, and I have had to be a translator/buffer between families and healthcare providers to find a solution that works for both. 5. Would you consider sending your children to EB? Why? Of course! I felt learning a second language has helped me value other cultures greatly and I am able to connect with so many more people through language—regardless of the language I can actually speak!
3. Describe your favorite memory from EB. All the field trips; mainly Catalina Island, Pioneer Camp, and Marin Headlands. As an adult I can’t believe we went on trips that elaborate! These trips would be my bucket list items now. I have a very distinct memory of night swimming in Catalina island, where we were encouraged to wiggle our hands in the water and make the phytoplankton glow. It was like something out of a sci-fi movie.
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I pretty much owe most of my passion for science towards Michael Rossman and the after-school electronics class. I had never been to a class that let you be so close to science. We got out of the classroom. He turned dirty mud puddles into science, a dead shrub was somehow brought to life. He brought in crystals, rocks, live animals, and tactile demonstrations to the classroom which made science fun. He let you touch everything, it felt like there were no boundaries. I felt almost all of my classes at EB were very hands-on.
4. Do you feel that EB adequately prepared you for life after EB? Do you feel you are a citizen of the world?
Alumni Profile: Stephanie de Souza, Class of 1999
Jose field office. I have the privilege to work for the Federal agency that grants citizenship benefits, and permanent legal residency status to new immigrants from all over the world. Through my agency, I also had the opportunity to assist FEMA with recovery efforts in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the months following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 3. How do you feel EB has influenced you or led you towards your choice of profession?
1. What did you enjoy most about your time at EB and why? My favorite part of EB are the friendships that I forged which have now turned into family, and instilling a deep appreciation for French food and wine! Of course I always had fond memories of all the field trips, any excuse to get out of the classroom, whether it was Pioneer Camp and making corn husk dolls, or speeding down the ski slopes on the overnight ski trip. 2. Please describe your current work/studies. Currently I work as an Immigration Officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services out of the San
EB has had a tremendous influence on my choice of profession. Being exposed to many different cultures, languages, and diverse people from such a young age, has given me a unique ability to be able to identify and find common ground with people of a different cultural background than my own. Plus, I am able to communicate with applicants in their native language. What I love most about my job is that I get to interview people from all walks of life that I typically would not meet in my personal life. I have interviewed people ranging from professional athletes, to refugees fleeing persecution. I am forever grateful to the fundamental role EB had in my life, which has now led me to my dream job. 4. What would you say to parents just starting out at EB? If I had kids, they would be attending EB right now! EB will expose your child to unique experiences otherwise not possible at a conventional school. EB will challenge and encourage your child to think independently and outside the box. 5. Describe your favorite memory from EB. How do I pick just one?! Playing Ginger Spice from the Spice Girls in the school
talent show. Or holding my own as one of just three girls on the championship worthy Middle School flag football team. Or lastly the 8th grade graduation trip to DC was my favorite and also bittersweet, since we knew our time at EB was nearing an end. 6. Do you feel that EB adequately prepared you for life after EB? Do you feel you are a citizen of the world? Without a doubt. Given my choice of profession, I am constantly affecting so many lives all around the world. Thanks to my time at EB, I am much more empathetic and compassionate to the variety of immigrant journeys I listen to every day. 7. Would you consider sending your children to EB? Why? Absolutely! I feel lucky that the friendships I have forged almost 30 years ago have become more like family over the years. Even though my classmates and I came from truly diverse backgrounds, EB created a welcoming environment that celebrated what made us all unique.
a welcoming environment that celebrated what made us all unique.â€?
Wesley Ellison-Labat (2005) • is finishing up law school at USF. Ivan Friedman & Nathalie Lowenthal-Savy (2004) • have maintained a strong connection over the years and are planning to get married in June 2020. Félicitations ! Hannah Lê (1995) • who has been a teacher at EB for the past fourteen years, had her very own daughter start in Maternelle this fall! Like mother, like daughter!
Clara MacLeod (2009) • moved to Kenya last year and works as a Research Assistant sampling water quality for an innovative sanitation company, Aquaya. Julian Moore (2005) • has been working as Associate Director, Legal at Twitter for the last three years. Angela Pearson (2005) • began work at MHP Quartet, helping ensure people with mental health conditions get the right care at the right time.
Tara White (2011) • graduated from UCLA, and is interning at Lyon Martin Health Services/Woman’s Community Clinic in San Francisco, learning and practicing transaffirming and LGBTQ-affirming models of healthcare. She hopes to become a Nurse Practitioner to continue being a health advocate for discriminated populations.
David Pruess (1995) • joined EB’s Middle School faculty as part of the International Middle School track, teaching French as a second language to a cohort of sixth grade students. This is part of the new International Middle School track where nonFrench-speaking students entering 6th grade can delve into EB’s rigorous bilingual curriculum. Andrew Schreyer (2006) • currently works as the Director of Operations for the Biden Presidential Campaign. Anne Sept (2002) • graduated from Haas Business School last year, and is working for Uber as part of the UberEats program. Olivia Truffaut-Wong (2005) • was promoted to Associate Entertainment Editor at Bustle, a popular online women’s magazine, that focuses on politics, beauty and fashion, this past year.
Atesh Worthington (‘05) • has been working on a Ph.D at UC Santa Cruz in the Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology department. Nadia Zaks (‘91) • enrolled her daughter at EB two years ago, and started a new job as a French teacher at the Athenian School.
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Gabrielle Dreyfus (1993) • currently works for the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, and she advises the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, working to slow global warming by improving the energy efficiency of cooling equipment and cutting emissions of HFCs (greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and conditioning) in 197 countries.
Alumni Stay in Touch
A Time to Remember and Come Together Reunion is a special time here at EB! It’s a chance for alumni students and parents, from all ages and experiences, to take a moment to reminisce on their remarkable education with their EB friends and peers. Our 18 and over alums spent their reunion at Stella Nonna (owned by one of our very own EB alumni parents!) in Berkeley once again, while our high school cohort gathered together in the MPR where they took a plethora of photos and celebrated the holiday season with galettes des rois. It was a great way to spend a part of the holiday season with the EB family! Alumni students and parents at the 18+ reunion at Stella Nonna
Alumni students and teachers at the all-ages EB reunion
EB Alumni Reconnect David Abernathy, class of 1999, recently joined the Board of Trustees this year. He has become an incredible leader in the East Bay Community, where he leads many companies and businesses in the Bay Area. We look forward to David’s leadership and guidance during his tenure as a Trustee member!
Eli Marienthal, class of 2000, came back to EB to participate in our fourth Annual TEDxYouth conference, who asked the core questions, “Who are you?” and “What are you here for?” Eli took his audience on a journey of self-discovery and invited people to think about our own “personal ripples.” He was also the recipient of the EB Alumni Spotlight Award, which he accepted at the “Roaring 20s” Auction & Gala this year. Thank you Eli for sharing your inspiring ideas with us!
The Alumni Committee in Action
Vivian Lopez and husband Alfredo at the Auction and Gala 2019
Tina Meyer helps with Alumni Reunion preparations
Brenda Ogburn and Vicki Schumb at the Alumnni Reunion for 18+ alumni, at Stella Nonna in Berkeley
The Alumni Committee has unique insight on the traditions at EB—they help carry the legacy of students and families who have spent countless years at school. The Alumni Committee is comprised of mostly alumni parents who maintain an active role in supporting the school. They are a steadfast group of members who attend and volunteer for EB events, and meet on a regular basis to stay-up-to date with the school’s evolution. The Alumni Committee plays an active role in organizing two annual alumni reunions, a barbeque for graduating EB alumni high school seniors, an 8th grade tribute party honor the 8th grade families, and the 8th grade graduation dinner. This committee also inaugurated its “EB Cinéma” French movie nights, which have been a hit with our alumni and Berkeley communities! We want to thank our Alumni Committee Co-Chairs, Nasi Maghsoudnia White and Karoline Robbins for their fearless leadership! With their wealth of institutional knowledge and the passion to serve current families, the Alumni Committee is an integral piece of our EB pie. We cannot thank them enough for their contributions, time and effort in creating a legacy of committed alumni parents. Merci ! Interested in being part of the Alumni Committee? Reach out to our Director of Development, Mei-Lin Ha Byers, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you have a new email address? New school or job? New exciting project? Go to the Alumni Section at eb.org and click on “Stay in Touch.” You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram, @eb_alumni.
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Susan Acquistapace Becky Andersen Brigitte Bastrenta Anne Brandon Pat Burns Christine Chapon Tina Chen-Chardonnet Awatif Chirar Steve Cook Tamara Daney Luz de la Riva Fériel El Ghaoui Fabiola Etienne Joan Finnie Douglas Gostlin Amy Gordon-Risz Hülya Gürtuna Mei-Lin Ha Byers Ann Hasse Brooke Hauch Joyce Hemmer Elizabeth Herzberg Virginia Hoyt Devyani Jain Véronique Jordan Florence Kragen Kathleen Letellier Steve Levine Vivian Lopez Nasi Maghsoudnia White, Co-Chair Michelle Maguire Johnelle Mancha Tina Meyer Susan Nehme Kim Nogay Brenda Ogburn Fatima Osman Gloria Polanski Natalie Powell Rick Richetta Karoline Robbins, Co-Chair Karma Roberts Cottie Rood Roberte Rountree Marie-José Sat Vicki Schumb Joan Steele Nathalie Stringfellow Nathalie Valette Jacqueline Van Lang Susan Vinluan-Morrison Priscilla Wanerus Azadeh Yazdi
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Carine Lapicque Most importantly, during her tenure Florence developed close and meaningful relationships with our parents and alumni families, always ready with a sympathetic ear and a quick smile. She helped instill the concept of giving within this community, growing the culture of philanthropy at EB. In addition to her leadership and fundraising skills, Florence will be missed for her warmth and intelligence. We wish her all the best in her retirement!
Florence began her journey with EB many years ago, first as a parent, then as a trustee, and later as a key member of the school’s administration. She headed EB’s Development Department for sixteen years, during which she grew our fundraising efforts to an unprecedented level, including the development of a strong and growing Annual Fund program. Florence also played a key role in the execution of the largest capital campaign in the history of the school, raising $2.8 million to finance the purchase and expansion of our facilities. Additionally, she planned three of our important milestones: the 25th, 30th and most recently, EB’s 40th anniversary celebrations and implemented multiple community development initiatives.
Carine started working at Ecole Bilingue in 1994 as a 1st grade teacher, and has since worked in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Carine’s students have benefitted from her structured and traditional teaching approach. She has encouraged her students to be organized and thorough in their work. Carine has taught through inquiry and has led her students in the discovery of concepts through questioning. As a teacher, she has empowered her students to find answers on their own whenever possible. She has enjoyed a reputation for being fair, and her consistency is appreciated by her students. She understands the strengths and challenges of her students, and has striven to find the best approach for each of them. As a colleague and member of the faculty, Carine is valued for her candor and willingness to find practical solutions for the challenges that face EB in our pedagogical journey. Thank you Carine, for your many years at EB, for your dedication to your students, for your common sense, and your sly sense of humor. We wish you the very best in your house by the sea in Brittany.
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Jocelyne started working at Ecole Bilingue as a teacher in 1999. She is the only EB educator who has taught all grade levels in her twenty years at EB. Jocelyne is a creative teacher who dives into the interests of her students through conversation, and has often amazed us with her in-depth knowledge of child development. She is particularly interested in understanding how the brain of the child works, and connects the latest research to her teaching. An avid learner, Jocelyne has attended many professional development workshops and lectures to expand her pedagogical approach. Jocelyne’s classroom is lively, and she favors hands-on activities. She often focuses her classroom work on art and science, which provides meaningful discussion for the concepts that she introduces to her students. Jocelyne has high expectations for her students, pays particular attention to their linguistic development and engages them in conversations to attain her goals. Thank you, Jocelyne, for moving EB’s bilingual mission forward, and for your many years of dedication at the school. We wish you the very best in your future endeavors, and trust that your grandchildren will greatly benefit from your presence and knowledge.
Janice McKenzie Janice joined the EB family in the 2011–2012 school year. An East Bay local, she began her career at EB as a part-time lunch and recess supervisor. She was admired by the students and her colleagues, and over time, she became a full-time extended day supervisor. She was considered a good team player, as well as being able to develop structured fun. She has always had a passion for crafts, especially knitting, and enjoyed imparting her knowledge with students of all ages. She had extensive training with the Montessori school of thought, and has developed an affinity with the youngest EB students. We will miss her enthusiasm and friendly smile. Goodbye Janice! We thank you for all of the love and enthusiasm that you brought to so many children over the years. Please come back to visit and do crafts with us!
Christophe, who left EB in January 2019, started at the school eleven years ago to head our Facilities Department. During his tenure, beyond the day-today needs on both campuses, he oversaw major renovations at the Lower School, Middle School and in the gardens and playgrounds. Christophe in many ways embodied what EB is about: having traveled and worked in multiple countries, and being himself fluent in three languages, Christophe has enjoyed speaking to many of us in French and understood the French culture very well. Christophe is missed for his knowledge in construction, creative solutions, his cultural fluency, his ready sense of humor, and his dedication to our school. 2018–2019 Annual Report
Remembering Mary Havemann
were to her and how she inspired so many students to love books as she did. To honor Mary’s passion, her family, in combination with alumni families, have come together to create the Mary Havemann Library Fund, which will serve to renovate and provide new books for EB’s library. In this way, Mary’s strong commitment to her students and EB will never be forgotten. We will miss her greatly and treasure her spirit. Mary Havemann Library Fund Donors ($61,463 raised*) Mary Havemann (09/22/1936–02/28/2019)
Most of us have that special teacher we will always remember—the one who taught us not only what we needed to learn, but who inspired us to love learning, who made the classroom a fun and thrilling place to be. Mary Havemann was one of those teachers. For 25 years at EB, Mary touched the lives of countless students, parents, faculty, and staff. Few can forget her smile or the way she made EB students feel important and valued. When we think of Mary, we can remember her passion for books, her enthusiasm for Pioneer Camp, and her great Midwestern accent. She encouraged many to read more, to challenge themselves with new and varied books. She made class visits to the library a frequent and anticipated treat. Everyone who knew Mary knew how important reading and literacy
Thank you to our generous donors! David Abernathy David and Rebecca Andersen Jon and Deborah Bancks Robert and Jane Bancks Brigitte Bastrenta and Rudolph Walter Roy and Susan Bogas Anne Brandon Judith Davey Geno De Hane Barbara Geary Douglas and Sarah Greenholz William Griffin Christine Grisot d’Allancé Mei-Lin Ha Byers and Wayne Byers Rebecca Halligan Ann Hasse Carol Havemann Lynch Gregg Havemann and Anita Schafer Havemann Lynn Havemann and Mark Connelly Scott and Suzie Havemann Thomas and Judith Havemann Richard and Heidi Hintz Eric Hughes and Priscilla Wanerus Benjamin Hunt Allen and Mary Jacobson Andrew Jacobson Kyle Jacobson William Jacobson
Melinda and Tiffany Johnson Véronique and Sean Jordan Georgette and Karl Kasten Stephen Kealhofer and Janet Luck Donald Kelley and Susan Getman Wayne Kraft Florence and Jules Kragen Jack and Kathie Longinotti Fred Lonsdale Elisa Malin Nathalie Marie Odile and Alain Marie Andrée McGiffin Louise B. McGowan Alexander and Kaye McKleroy Michael and Tina Meyer Christine Miaskowski Raymond and Wendy Mitchell James Moore Edith and Guy Morrow Kristine Nelson Lui Jean Parera Amy Petersen Dave Petersen Antoine and Melissa Portales Rick Richetta and Thierry Durandard Norman Ronneberg Roberte Rountree Douglas Roy and Kay Maxwell Victoria and David Schumb Daniel Seeman Sue Simmon Anne Spalding Brian and Julie Suhl Don Suhl and Beverly Larue Suhl Judith Tidrick Linda Underwood Jack and Sharon Van Nice Kurt and Becky Van Nice Steven Van Winkle Christopher and Pamela Vance Janet Vetrovec Margaret Vitry William Weir and Dawn Dial Weir Judy Winkel Jane and George Wood Michele Yeazle Anonymous (2) * Will be reported in 2020–2021
Over a span of seven years, the field experienced a fair amount of wear and tear, between active use (recess, PE, after-school sports, summer camps, etc.) and Bay Area weather conditions. Due to heavy rainfall last winter, soccer matches and practices were postponed, the field was not draining properly and was off limits for our kids. “We want a new field,” pleaded the students after a seemingly endless rainy season. Inspired by the students’ fiery passion, the Building and Grounds Committee researched and decided a brand new artificial and eco-friendly turf field was the best solution. The science behind turf technology has evolved tremendously over the
last decade or so, offering greener options, such as natural cork infill, which our new field utilizes. This turf represents a new chapter in the EB legacy—a commitment to making our school more environmentally friendly. Not only is the turf made of recyclable plastics and natural cork infill, but the turf requires low maintenance, no water or resodding and is the most cost-effective option for our school and for our ever-increasing climate change. Once the turf reaches the end of its lifetime, there are recycling options available for the turf, infill, and shock pad. The EB community was excited about this project and generously contributed $23,330 for the turf field. Over the summer, the turf was installed, just in time for the new school year! We are deeply grateful to our EB community who is committed to seeing our kids prosper!
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When the Outdoor Learning Environment in the Lower School was designed in 2014, the soccer field was a key component to the plan. One of the original goals was separating intensive ball sports from the rest of the playground, creek, and lawn areas. For field sports, the best natural grass system available was installed.
A Message from Our Finance Team Nick Waugh Treasurer
The Finance Committee and the Administration work diligently every year to ensure that EB has the resources to deliver on its mission while strengthening the school’s financial position and sustainability. The Board remained committed to maintaining a robust financial aid program, investing in EB’s future while limiting the tuition increase to no more than 2% above CPI. Thanks to outstanding fundraising results, better than anticipated Extended Day Care income and interest income, we ended the 2018–2019 year with an operating surplus of $225,000 (after annual principal repayment) which represents 1.54% of EB’s $14.5M budget. The surplus contributed to financing the numerous summer 2019 facilities improvements, which were part of the facilities master plan. Among the improvements was the new turf field, which was partially funded by your donations, and a space that our students can now enjoy year-round. The new flooring, exterior paint, and bathroom remodel at the Lower School all contribute to enhancing our kids’ experience.
Revenues 90.37% 5.04%
Nick Waugh Treasurer
Antoine Portales Director of Business and Finance
Gross Tuition and fees Ancillary Programs (Extended Day, camps, after-school classes, interests)
Events and Other Gifts
Gross Tuition and Fees
Events and Other Gifts
EB’s current ratio is 1.41 as of June 30, 2019. In other words, EB’s current assets (mainly cash) were 1.41 higher than its current liabilities (consider tuition prepayments and vacation compensation owed to faculty and staff). Translated into dollars, EB’s current assets surpassed its current liabilities by $2.3M, which corresponds to over two months of expenses. The Board remains confident about EB’s financial future, and we are excited as we continue to develop the Middle School International Track, implement our facilities plan, and attract more students at multiple entry points. Thank you for choosing to be a part of this unique school and community.
Antoine Portales Director of Business and Finance
Salaries and Benefits
General and Administrative
Salaries and Benefits
Plant $1,035,132 Debt Service
General and Administrative
A Message from Development Stephanie Sullivan Development Co-Chair
As an EB alum, it still amazes me to be able to work in a place I used to come every day as a student. I have been honored to be in a position to witness the passion, generosity, and dedication of this amazing community for the last eight years as an employee, and especially in my new role. Every year, it seems that this community continues to grow stronger, becoming more inclusive, more welcoming, and more equipped to overcome any challenge. Thanks to you, $621,734 in total fundraising revenues has had a direct impact in our classrooms, for our teachers, and most importantly, for our students.
With another robust Annual Fund with fantastic leadership and community support, and a record-breaking “Roaring 20s” Gala that had us dancing late into the night, our community showed up stronger than ever. We launched a fun new Online Auction with a zesty twist: Gourmet Week, which garnered over 70 sponsors and was a hit with our foodie audience; and our Run-a-Thon continued to empower students in its second year.
Lastly, I’d like to take a moment to recognize our two outgoing Development Committee Co-Chairs, Stephanie Sullivan and Stephanie Walton, who have worked diligently these last three years (and more!) to help us reach our goals and continue to grow. We deeply appreciate the extraordinary “Stephanies” for all their service to the school! Our volunteers are at the heart of our school, and we are so grateful for your support. All this goes to say: YOU make the EB difference. Thank you to each of you who helped make this year a success! I look forward to our continued partnership in creating this exceptional EB experience for all our students and their families! Mei-Lin Ha Byers Director of Development
Mei-Lin Ha Byers Director of Development
Unrestricted Annual Fund
Auction and Gala
Run-a-Thon $36,627 Retail Programs/ Place du Marché
Fund For the Future
Artificial Turf Campaign
Library General Fund
Field Mithoefer Memorial Financial Aid Fund
Various Funds (Jeannette Rouger, Security,Yard, Author visits)
Auction and Gala
Fund For the Future
Artificial Turf Campaign
Library General Fund Field Mithoefer MFA Fund
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Fundraising and friendraising go hand in hand, and the myriad events and activities help make EB the special place it is today. Thanks to the enthusiasm and tireless efforts of our Parents’ Association, Event Chairs, and countless parent volunteers, our students, parents, and alumni community reveled in World Celebrations, the Place du Marché, Alumni Reunions, First Friday Coffees, and much more. You truly stepped up to the plate this year to bring our vibrant school culture to life and enrich our children’s experience.
Stephanie Walton Development Co-Chair
Thank You to Our Donors
The Annual Fund helps create the EB difference! Thanks to this fantastic community, the Annual Fund continues to sustain the budget year-to-year, which is indispensable to EB’s progress. Our wonderful CoChairs, Jeremy Bled and Pria Hidisyan, were at the forefront of coordinating and encouraging our amazing team of Annual Fund volunteers with the goal to make this year’s 25–day campaign a roaring success. An impressive 89% of parents contributed to the Annual Fund, and combined with donations from faculty, staff, Board members, grandparents, alumni, and friends, we exceeded our goal, collaboratively contributing a total of $419,169, (of which $55,250 came from matching gifts), all to serve our students and school. Thank you for being the driving force behind EB’s success!
Pria Hidisyan and Jeremy Bled Annual Fund Co-Chairs
Président ($10,000+) Kenn and Anya LeGault Anonymous (2)
Ambassadeur ($4,000–$9,999) Paul-André Abboud and Kristen Sidell Christine Beliveau and Neill Knox Richard and Lynn Bentley Naomi Black, Rene Bilodeau, and Kendra Lockman Natasha Boissier Antoine Carrière and Irina Wolf Carrière Scott Chacon Emma and Eric Gimon Dean Hanley and Hélène Cahen David and Yvette Hatton Emmanuel and Sarah Hislen Andrew Honan and Anne Chapelle Charis Kaskiris and Vanessa Arce Kaskiris Max Kozlov and Tatiana Pavlova Cameron Luby and Natalie Kassab Mark and Claire McPherson Gideon Myles and Stephanie Battle Aaron and Stephanie Ross
David and Laura Schummers Loy Sheflott and Stuart Russell Alexandra Thusy-Privat and Guillaume Privat Robert Tjian and Claudia Belcher David and Virginia Vogel Stephanie and Zachary Walton Anonymous (1)
Consul ($1,950–3,999) Arnaud Allezy and Robin Brewer Jonathon Angell and Suna Yalaz Angell Matt and Kate Arnold Julianne Balmain Alexandre Bayen and Zoe Abrams Jeremy Bled and Katherine Dawson Dirk Brockstedt Pierre-François Choquet and Stéphanie Long Choquet Antonio Fragale and Gaybrielle Greene Randolph Griffin David Harding and Minsu Longiaru Pria Hidisyan and Benjamin Gold Joshua and Kelley Hinds Pascal and Tegan Hoffmann Ashley and Anneliese Jameson Casey and Catherine Keller
Paul and Robin Kirby John and Janice Kirk Jean-Philippe Kouakou-Zebouah and Jesica GoldhammerZebouah Carl Langford and Wendy Bernstein Mehdi and Caroline Lazar Steve and Ann Lefkovits James Levine and Angela Jacobson Stephen Levine Mindy Longinotti and Michael Roberts Jeffrey and Eileen Loustau John MacFarlane and Colleen Boyle Musa Mawanda and Digne Nahimana Michael, Tina and Joshua Meyer Alain Montiel Roger Myers and Erin McCormick Gregory Nemitz and Sarah Sawyer Sean Nolan and Kristen Koblik Ehssan Omarzad and Mina Amir Mark and Tracy Poff Olga Popova and David Gay Antoine and Melissa Portales David and Françoise Rees James Robertson and Daniela Strijleva Mike and Katie Slemmer Nicholas Szeto and Gordon Runnels
Karine and Jean-Yves Tripier Rafael and Yani Vargas Jonathan Whitney and Rachel Stern Dan Widmaier and Aimee Aikin Ben Wiseman and Sophie Vergnaud Wiseman Patrice Zauret Anonymous ( 2)
Attaché ($1,000–$1,949) Robert Abbott and Katherine Fairbanks Abbott Christopher and Anne Anderson Jeffrey Appell Jaime Araujo-Bézian and Stéphane Bézian Patrice Aymé and Constance Ramos Robert Bartlett and Victoria Plaut Maer and JoAnna Ben-Yisrael Eric Bottino and Sara Buckelew Patrick and Hannah Brown Lopes Susan Campbell and Doug Oakley Peter and Catrine Charron Pierre Chew and Kristin Nolan Vincent Cocula and Kartika Palar Samir Dzankic and Golriz Ghassem-Ardebili
n 100% Trustees n 100% Administration & Staff n
Sources of Giving for the 2018–2019 Annual Fund n 62% Parents n 16% Board n 13% Other* n 5% Alumni/Alumni parents n 4% Faculty/Staff *Grandparents, corporations, friends
In-Kind Donations Mario and Sarah Assadi, GreenerPrinter Aykut Akcaoglu Jeremy Bled, Souvenir Coffee Olivia and Stève Chaillou Sarah Nasgovitz, Stella Nonna Jane Pantsyr, Fireclay
Catherine and Robert Watters Isaiah Weiner and Anna Kozlachkova Aaron and Kate Weiss Bill Woodcock and Audrey Plonk Nadia Zaks and Aaron Rust Artur Zawadzki and Anna Zawadzka Anonymous (4)
Diplomate ($400 to $999) Aykut Akcaoglu and Maria del Pilar Reyes Mark Blake and Sally Stephens Jérôme Bouvard and Stéphanie Poulain Michael Cohen Jason Cohn and Camille ServanSchreiber Jean-Gaël Collomb and Maria DiGiano Freddy and Lisa Corbin Alexandre and Cécile Cottus Phillip and Lorraine DeMello Wilfried and Lorena Eisinger Rose Fall Anthony Fejes and Elaine Lau Setenay and Kenneth Frucht Laurent Garre and Agnès Douillet Richard and Gretchen Grant Mei-Lin Ha Byers and Wayne Byers Christopher Harrelson and Sara Rahimian Nichele Harris and Patrick Kennedy William and Margaret Hart Rob Hilbun Paul Johnson and Joan Steele Ernest and Julianne Knell Alexandra LaGatta Sylvestre and Angela Marlaud Matt McCarthy and Anna Kern Louise B. McGowan Lauren McKinney Jon McManis and Carol Moore Ian Mountjoy and Emma Uwodukunda Magali Noth and Micheline Bogey Yousef Nouri and Ann Winterman John Pomfret and Mei Zhang
David and Nadège Pouncy Richard and Lina Przybyla Phil Purdom and Jennifer Dawson Made Putrayasa and Annette Hackett Sébastien and Marjorie Robert Matthew Roder Dirk and Marjorie Setchko Kapil Shrikhande and Sylvia Ratnasamy Larry Southern and Erica Chan Larry and Jean Southern David St. Jean and Irene Bloemraad Stephanie Sullivan Nicolas Tackett and Kan Liu Brian Turner and Emilie Mazzacurati Nick Waugh and Riley Bove Jamie Williams and Nancy Dinh Camille Winet and Randall Elarco Valeriy and Florence Zakharov Anonymous (4)
Membre (up to $399) Ben Abadi and Christina Coleman Abadi Marie-Anne Allain Cyril and Lorien Allouche Floriane Anglio Samuel and Magali Arons Robert Badame and Mary Margaret Rodocker Shaka Bahadu and Melodie Kinet Darryl and Khadija Bartlow Jamie Bascom Nicolas and Darlene Bearde Neil and Rosemarie Bell Valérie and Daniel Bishop Michael Biskintawi Andrew Bissell and Laura Brennan Bissell Natalya Blair Mark Bostick and Marna Mignone Byron and Sarah Bowers Eleanor Boyle Alexis Brandon Anne Brandon Ethel Brennan and Laurent Rigobert Kendall and Cheryl Brown Hervé Bruckert and Emari Dimagiba
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Frank Fletcher and Elisabeth Hruska Michel and Barbara Girerd Jacob and Rhonda Goldstein Benjamin Grant and Kelley Kahn Brian and Lauren Gzowski Reginald and Sherryl Hairston Brian Hallinan and Terry Solomon-Tilley Ramin and Amy Hedayatpour Charles and Virginie Holive Philip Kaminsky and Lisa Materson Patrick Kirtland Serge Kogan and Stephanie Profitt Boyan Kovacic and Yasmin Naira Sharif Kovacic Florence and Jules Kragen Goran and Koraljka Kukic Alex Liu and Crystal Yu Jack and Kathie Longinotti Suzy Lord and Thiago Da Costa Michael Lukan and Laura Pantaleo David Macquart-Moulin and Laura Mitchel Guevara Robert Madison and Alexis Tjian John McCarthy and Sodabeh Fazlollahi Kili McGowan and Jeremy Townsend Kaveh Mehrjoo and Simone Ehrlich Steven Moore and Carla Vasques dos Santos-Moore Brent and Nezha Nickerson Adam Noily and Maia BeylerNoily Robert Petrossian and Melineh Ohanjanian Erich Pfeifer and Kelly Evans Pfeifer Kameshwar Poolla and Radhika Rao Matthew Potts and Céline Pallud Christopher and Heather Saulnier Alan and Sophie Shabel Shahin and Muna Shadfar Alistair Sinclair and Nataliya Libina Amee Tsai Todd Vollmerhausen and Denise Glagau Gordon and Berna Watson Brian Watt and Daisy Nguyen
Thank You to Our Donors
Chauncey Burnett Sandra Cabouat Patricia Camacho Bénédicte Cambon-Ritter and Mark Ritter Timothea and William Campbell Edric and Ethelwynne Cane Bianca Cano Nakamura and Shizen Nakamura David and Laura Carmany Rodrigo Castaneda and Adriana Parcero Andrea Cavallo and Kyle Jeffers Olivia and Stève Chaillou Rodes Maurice Charrière Martha Chase Ender Choo and Cheah Hui Siow The Clorox Company Michael Cohen and Josiane Saunier Sally Cohen Christopher Colebourn Marie-Claude Colker Patrick Corcoran and Susanna Stromberg Corcoran Patrick Coulon Emilie Crofton and Elisee Sare Addy and Nelly da Silva Lopes Djamel and Rebecca Dahmani Blake and Deanna Davis Jean-Pierre De Oliveira Luc and Leah DeArmey Natalia Del Pozo Garcia Clémence Demoncheaux Gabriella Dentamaro and Josh Andersen Alexandra Destler Francis and Ann DiGiano Clélia Donovan Gaspard Duchêne and Laura Sterponi Julie Elie Stephen and Theresa Englehart Alexandra Erman Matthew and Flore Estill Hervé Estimbre and Caitlin Campbell Syltin Etienne Fatimatou Fall and Moussa Dia Virginie Falquerho Jeremy Fanucchi and Paola Meta Howard Feight Aurélia Filato Jean-Philippe Filhol Paul Fogel and Yvette Chalom Belinda Fromson
Miguel and Mayra Garcia Michael Geddes and Mmakgantsi Mafojane William Gehring Oleg Gidirim and Bahar Ozgur Michael Gill and Caryn Augst Mathew Glaser and Maureen Cane Nicholas Gleiter Matthew Goff and Dushka Hernandez Gabriela Gonzalez Pineda Casimira Gorce Douglas Gostlin Andrée Graham Jeroen and Katherine Grasman Steve and Jessica Green Cécile Gregoriades and Paco Link Jennifer and William Hammond Ann Hasse Laurent Hautefeuille and Daniela Cronembold Gabrielle and Marc Hedlund James and Cassiopée Hett William Higgins and Susan Knecht Higgins William and Mijo Horwich Phil and Virginia Hoyt Eric Hughes and Priscilla Wanerus Nghi Huynh Joseph Imwalle and Bridget Dolfi Jocelyn Jaigirdar and Amanda Jacobsen Majda Jenison Manon and Adam Johnson Véronique and Sean Jordan Sidharth Kapila and Ritu Rai Donald Kelley and Susan Getman Hana and Naji Khabbaz Matthieu and Christine Kohlmeyer Charles and Alix Koliha Mirza Kopelman Yat Hung Kot and Bo Fun Yuan Olivia Kragen Bruce Kuhlemann Anne Kuhry Emmanuel Labadie Fanny Labadie Richard and Marie-Paule Laden Carine Lapicque Hannah Lê Isabelle Le Blanc and Voytek Okreglak Sylvie Le Meur
Leland Arizmendi Family Hayne and Kit Leland Vanessa Lerude Jean-Marie and Kathleen Letellier Stéphane Lintner and Marta Calvo Brigitte Little Fred Lonsdale Alfredo and Vivian Lopez François Luong Richard and Blanca Lyon Janice MacKenzie Nasi Maghsoudnia White Carla Maia Steven and Janice Marcom Jackeline and Hugo Mariz Antoine and Chase Martin Geoffroy and Pascale Martin Gautier and Candis MaryDauphin Rosa Materson Anaïs Mazzoleni and Saqueo Hernandez Heather McWhinney Howard Menashe Octave Patrick and Beatrice Midy Kamran and Anosha Misaghi Luc Molitor Kai Moore Erica Morales and Ariel Toran Virginie Mounkala-Nkodia Clarence and Ayrika Mure Serban Nacu and Nilufar Hossain Matthew and Josephine Nadler Chudi Ndubaku and Nicole Blaquière NetApp, Inc. Jane Newhard Parks Sara Nicklès Carl and Carolyn Nodolf Thomas Odermatt and Yumi Nakao Luigi Oldani Coretta Ondongo Christopher Osborn Benjamin Padilla and Tamara Garcia Joe Parreira Michael Pincus Roy and Olga Plaut Corinne Pluche Hervé and Rebecca Pluche Andrea Popa Igor and Lauren Popov Jano and Troy Porter David Pruess and Chloe Le Marchand
Javier Quintero Emmanuelle and Xavier Ragot Erik and Lauren Rainey Paul and Ondine Rangel Bénédicte Remaud and JeanChristophe Martin Laurent Rigobert Jeffrey and Karoline Robbins Al and Pam Roberts Dominique Roddier and Wendy Sitler Roddier Jeffrey Rodriguez Mauricio Rojas-Sandoval and Stéphanie Debourg Catherine Ronneberg Norman Ronneberg David Rust and Joy Smith Hugh Salamon and Beverly King Marie-Elise Sallat and José-Luis Villasante Yves and Estela Sallat Subhas and Ratna Sarkar Orville and Baifang Schell Maggie and Jason Schoon Alexander Schopff and Emma Pollack Victoria and David Schumb Sherry Shannon Budd and Ann Shenkin Peter and Mary Kay Sidell Zachary Sifuentes and Claret Vargas Noelle Simmaly Michael Skubic Gary Smith and Coline David Bernard Smits and Theresa Nelson Robert Spear Sarah and Andy Spear John and Cynthia Stephan Sébastien and Audrey Strebelle Paul Sullivan Jean-Luc Szpakowski and Gloria Polanski Virginie Téjéro Donald Thompson and Laura Kuhlemann Sarah and Chad Thompson Dylan Thornton and Jennifer Sorensen William Thornton Michael Ting and Stéphane de la Rue du Can Marion Tobie Glenn Valenzuela and Itziar Aperribay Domonique Veasley Thomas and Sharon Vialle Gisele Villiger Nielsen Elodie Voleau
Noor Wais and Awatif Chirar Rudolph Walter and Brigitte Bastrenta Steven Weinberg and Georganne Ferrier Stephan Wenger and Asli Apkan Michael and Evelyne Westerman Mark Westover and Barbara Galligan Russell Whismore Eric Wilkins and Maureen Akika Arlena Winn Danya Winterman Stephen and Laura Wong Michael Yarwood and Adelaide Papazoglou Anonymous (23)
From left to right: John Kirk (guest), Janice Kirk, Golriz Ardebili, Florence Kragen, Ann Lefkovits, Susan Campbell (guest), Douglas Oakley, Jeremy Bled, Yvette Hatton, Emma Gimon (Board Chair), Paul Abboud, Stephanie Sullivan, Zachary Walton (guest), Mei-Lin Ha Byers, Reginald Hairston. Front: Stephanie Walton, Pria Hidisyan, Maria del Pilar Reyes, Mehdi Lazar (Head of School)
Please Note: Every effort has been made to avoid errors, misspellings, and omissions. If, however, your name was in some way listed incorrectly or omitted, please accept our sincere apologies. At a convenient time, please notify Véronique Jordan at the EB Development Office at (510) 809-0619, so that our records can be corrected.
Thank you to our generous event hosts Jaime Araujo-Bézian and Stéphane Bézian Jeremy Bled and Katherine Dawson Anne Brandon Michael Cruse Emma and Eric Gimon Pria Hidisyan and Benjamin Gold Chris Harrelson and Sara Rahimian Ann and Steve Lefkovits, Pacific Landscapes Gallery Nasi Maghsoudnia White Tina and Michael Meyer Yousef Nouri and Ann Winterman Karoline Robbins
Emilie Crofton, Class of 1999, with her family at World Celebrations, now teaches 2nd grade at EB
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Paul-André Abboud Matt Arnold Charlotte Attry Bobby Bartlett Jeremy Bled, Co-Chair Natasha Boissier Riley Bove Emari Dimagiba Setenay Frucht Golriz Ghassem-Ardebili Will Hammond Yvette Hatton Pria Hidisyan, Co-Chair Janice Kirk Max Kozlov Ann Lefkovits Stéphanie Long Choquet Greg Nemitz Doug Oakley Laura Pantaleo Tracy Poff Stephanie Profitt Maria Reyes Heather Saulnier Sarah Sawyer Stephanie Sullivan Todd Vollmerhausen Stephanie Walton Berna Watson
Annual Fund Volunteers
Citizenship Award At EB, we value students who aspire to higher levels of civic engagement, who commit to building community, and who perform acts of leadership, small or large. The Middle School Citizenship Award was created in 2011 to honor a student or group of students for exactly that. The goal of this award is to encourage Middle School students to take positive action in the EB community and beyond by modeling EB values. The Middle Scool is pleased to grant this year’s award to eighth grader Meara McCarthy.
was an important one for her to take action, even as a Middle Schooler. She is dedicated to learning and pushes herself beyond the assignment in the classroom, and is always willing to represent the school at parent orientation, speaking at panels or at other recruitment events. Through a gift of $1,000 from an anonymous alumni family to the EB Endowment Fund, the Citizenship Award honors Meara for her commitment and example this year! Thank you for being such a positive role model at EB!
Meara McCarthy was recognized by the entire Middle School faculty and staff for the kindness and respect she consistently displays to her peers and teachers. As Co-President of the student body, a champion of the Feminist Club and as a Spirit Committee member, she leads by example, and advocates for good causes, even when no one else is looking. Meary organized the collection of over $500 worth of gift cards for homeless students at Berkeley High, as well as coordinated a toiletry drive for homeless shelters and for the Building Futures non-profit, which supports women and children who are homeless or suffer from domestic violence. Meara recognizes that the homeless who live in our city are people deserving of kindness, help, and support, and this cause
Gifts in honor of… • Claire and Luc Abboud Peter and Mary Kay Sidell • Sebastian Barker Gabriela Gonzalez Pineda • Clara Bartlett Roy and Olga Plaut • Marielle, Genevieve and Amelie Bled Phil Purdom and Jennifer Dawson
• Lewis Howell Justin and Brooke Howell • Joshua Kaminsky Rosa Materson • Erin Kirby William and Margaret Hart • Patricia Kirk John and Janice Kirk
• Philippa M. Brown-Lopes Kendall and Cheryl Brown
• Katherine Kot Yat Hung Kot and Bo Fun Yuan
• Emmanuel Coup, Erik’s favorite teacher Norman Ronneberg
• Florence Kragen Stephen Wong and and Laura Truffaut
• Maria DiGiano and Jean-Gaël Collomb Francis and Ann DiGiano
• Claire MacFarlane Eleonor Boyle
• Danièle Fogel Paul Fogel and Yvette Chalom
• Ruhella Hossain Serban Nacu and Nilufar Hossain
• Carol J. Moore Jon McManis and Carol Moore
• Max and Alex Girerd David and Virginia Vogel
• Isla Paloma Oldani Robert Badame and Mary Margaret Rodocker
• Gretchen Grant Benjamin Grant and Kelley Kahn
• Antoine Portales Natalia Del Pozo Garcia
Meara McCarthy receiving her Citizenship Award from Mei-Lin Ha Byers, Director of Development (left) and Richard Lyon, Middle School Head • Kat Reinke, Kristina’s favorite teacher Norman Ronneberg • Hank and Eliza Roberts Al and Pam Roberts • Margot Saulnier Michael Cohen and Josiane Saulnier • Lucien and Florian Stephan John and Cynthia Stephan • Enzo Vargas Rafael and Yani Vargas • Luca Vargas Rafael and Yani Vargas • Christopher and David Watters Catherine and Robert Watters • Ella Zaks Rust David Rust and Joy Smith
Gifts in memory of… • Renee Cole Clyde Peter A Charron • Coley Clyde Manon and Adam Johnson
• June Goldsmith Kirill Mazin and Gwen Coyne • Teresa Goodman Olivia Kragen • Grandma Habibe Oleg Gidirim and Bahar Ozgur • Mary Havemann Ann Hasse • Mary Havemann Wendy Mitchell • Colin Hasse Ann Hasse • Phyllis Meta Jeremy Fannucchi and Paola Meta • Pierre Schreyer Béatrice Morand and Ian MacLeod • Harriette and Joe Shakes Ramin and Amy Hedayatpour • Victor Shannon Sherry M. Shannon • Vladimir Yurchak Alexei Yurchak and Melanie Feakins
The EB Endowment
The Silver Jubilee Endowment Fund was created in 2003 by one of EB’s founders in celebration of the school’s 25th anniversary. In 2008, the graduating students and their parents created an EB tradition of presenting the school with their legacy gifts to the EB Class Gift Endowment Fund. Every year, an alumni family generously offers a matching grant tied to student fundraising. The purpose of these two funds is to provide a source of permanent financial security for EB. Most recently, in 2015, alumni parents John Rosenthal and Sally Drach established the Fund for Excellence. Allocations from this fund will support specific expenses intended to enhance the educational experience of EB students.
Endowment Donors Tanny Keeler and Ken Hodgetts John Rosenthal and Sally Drach
G8 Class Gift Parent Donors Matt and Kate Arnold Julianne Balmain Peter and Catrine Charron Pierre-François Choquet and Stéphanie Long Choquet Clélia Donovan Setenay and Kenneth Frucht Christopher Harrelson and Sara Rahimian Casey and Catherine Keller Antoine and Chase Martin David St. Jean and Irene Bloemraad
G8 Class Gift Student Donors Paige Arnold Jack Bell Sara Borchani Charlotte Carmany Cosette Charron Mia Chocron Gaspard Choquet Eva Despret Nheletie Donovan Ivan Ewers Leonor Garre Mauro Green Alizé Griffin Hanna Harrelson Alexander Kelley Katherine Kot Celeste Martin Meara McCarthy Jayden Moore Nikola Nikolin Kira Rao-Poolla Clarisse Ritter Niepa Westerman
Investing in our campus, teachers and students, is the path to ensuring a progressive vision of a bilingual education here at EB. EB has been fortunate to have generous donors who value the long-term sustainability and health of the school. These gifts make up EB’s Endowment, which is currently comprised of three funds.
Class of 2019 Raises $7,971 for EB’s Endowment This year, the 8th grade students and parents continued the tradition of the Class Gift through personal gifts, as well as a strong presence at this year’s Marché. Under the guidance of EB parent Rosie Bell, with the support of Nichele Harris and Chase Martin, the eighth graders embraced the idea of giving back to EB. They created the Bonbons à Gogo table at the Marché, selling a dizzying array of beautiful confectionery! Every student participated, from set up to selling on the go to promoting their candy creations— they truly hustled!
Current Value of Endowment Funds*: Silver Jubilee Endowment Fund EB Class Gift Endowment Fund EB Fund for Excellence
$191,800 126,066 $67,506
*As of June 30, 2019
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Beyond these sales, students made their own financial contributions to their class gift alongside their parents’ gifts. Thanks to the leadership, motivation, and encouragement from Rosie Bell, Laura Carmany, Stephanie Long-Choquet, and Setenay Frucht, our parents and students contributed a total of $7,971 for the G8 Class Gift to the Endowment! We are grateful for their continued support of the EB Endowment. The total G8 Class Gifts to the EB Endowment (from 2008 to 2019) are now equal to $126,066*. Ecole Bilingue is proud of this legacy that our students have left behind for future generations of EB families. Student Council Presidents Meara McCarthy and Nicole Kelley, and Director of Development Mei-Lin Ha Byers, present the Class of 2019 Endowment check
Gala and Gourmet Week Supporters
This year’s “Roaring 20s” Auction and Gala was a whopping success! On April 6, 2019, parents, friends, alumni parents, faculty and staff came together at the Claremont Country Club dressed to the nines in dapper outfits reminiscent of the US’ Golden Age! Through laughter and a good hoppin’ time, the community contributed $78,667 for EB programs, plus an additional $32,200 for the Fund for the Future, in support of flexible classroom spaces at EB!
Ketcham Estate Paul and Robin Kirby La Tourangelle, Christine and Matthieu Kohlmeyer Sophie Le Doré, French Private Chef Ann Lefkovits Steven Lefkovits Les Petits Carreaux, Stéphanie Ross Jimmy Oligney Souvenir Coffee, Jeremy Bled Sphere
Gourmet Week Donors
Stéphanie Ross, Auction Gala Chair
Stéphanie Ross, Gala Co-Chair
Cécile Cottus, Gala Co-Chair
Live Auction Donors
Silent Auction Donors
Jaime Araujo-Bézian and Stéphane Bézian Natasha Boissier Alexandre and Cécile Cottus Michael Cruse EB Board of Trustees FrenchBee Kenneth and Setenay Frucht Paul and Robin Kirby Kokkari, Paul and Robin Kirby Maria Ross Stéphanie and Aaron Ross Marie-Elise Sallat and JoseLuis Villasante Rachel Scherrer and Kelly Dempski Daniela Strijleva Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort Stephanie and Zachary Walton Jamie Williams
1440 Multiversity Amour Vert Jaime Araujo-Bézian and Stéphane Bézian Atelier Prelude Beauty Counter, Lynn Bentley Rosie Bell Calparrio Travel Services Camille Design Alexandre and Cécile Cottus De Novo Wines, Hervé Bruckert Design Within Reach Family Laundry, Laura Guevara and David Macquart-Moulin Frank+Lola Hygges Florence Joliff Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
900 Grayson Acme Bread Adventure Cat Sailing Charters Alliance Française de Berkeley Aplat Wholesale Bette’s Oceanview Diner Natasha Boissier Boulevard Brioche Pasquier Brittany Crêpes Chez Panisse Cécile Cottus, French Dietician CRO Cafe Michael Cruse CuisineByWill Fabrique Délices French Morning The Gardener Gather GlassyBaby Homegrown Oakland Homestead INNAjam LLC Tazuko Iwasaki Christine Kohlmeyer KQED L’Acajou Bakery and Cafe La Farine La Noisette
La Tourangelle Le Central Les Chocolats de Pascale Les Cook’ettes Les délices d’Anne Les Gourmands Bakery Lo Creo Maison Bleue Market Hall Marvin Gardens Real Estate Michel et Augustin Morningtide Daisy Nguyen Keyvan Nouri Oakland A’s Oakland Zoo Origin Brewer Matt Paine Pâtisserie Rotha Petit Pot Rêve Bistro Riva Cucina Roli Roti Souvenir Coffee Stéphanie Ross St Michel Sideshow Katie Slemmer Noelle and Joi Simmaly Terry Solomon-Tilley Stella Nonna Farnaz Tavallaei Téance Karine and Jean-Yves Tripier Versed Walt Disney Museum Brian Watt Winona Foods, Steve Diana Zaytoon Faculty Ticket Sponsors Emma and Eric Gimon Kenn and Anya LeGault Mark and Tracy Poff Michael Roberts and Mindy Longinotti Michael and Kate Slemmer
Gala and Gourmet Week Supporters
Auction & Gala Chairs Cécile Cottus Stéphanie Ross Graphic Designer Lynn Bentley Décor Designer Sophie Vergnaud Wiseman Auction Committee Stéphanie Ross Cécile Cottus Mei-Lin Ha Byers Gaëlle Feliz Héloïse Gruchet Véronique Jordan Stéphane Bézian Event Volunteers Aykut Akcaoglu Jaime Araujo-Bézian Micheline Bogey Michael Elie Marcella Fasso Ladan Gehring Cécile Gregoriades Randy Griffin Héloïse Gruchet Maxence Hulin Robin Kirby Isabelle Le Blanc Stéphanie Long Choquet Josephine Nadler Karoline Robbins Ali Taylor Lange Karine Tripier Gourmet Week Volunteers Stéphanie Ross Cécile Cottus Héloïse Gruchet Gaëlle Feliz Mei-Lin Ha Byers JP de Oliveira Christine Kohlmeyer
Maria del Pilar Reyes Katie Slemmer Terry Solomon-Tilley Gourmet Week Graphic Designer Adriana Parcero, Lo Creo Gift Basket Organizers Thank you to our parent volunteer basket organizers! TPS PS/MS-C PS-A K-3 G1-C G2-A G2-B G3 G4-A G4-B G5-A G5-B G5-C G7 G8 Special Thanks to Aykut Akcaoglu Mario and Sarah Assadi, GreenerPrinter Alanna B. Dittoe and John E. Dittoe, Country Club Sponsor
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Fund For the Future
“It’s making a big difference in the class environment. Students are more engaged... Using the flexible seating arrangements at different times during the class allows for more responsive teaching. Sébastien Robert, Lower School Head
Our Fund for the Future is a special portion of the Gala, where funds raised are dedicated to a specific need for EB. This year, the $32,200 generously contributed by our community has been allocated to improving our students’ sensory experience in the classroom by creating an environment that caters to the individual learning styles of our students. Designing the right kind of teaching environment is instrumental to creating a productive learning space. Studies show that students are more motivated when they learn in an environment where they can be flexible in the way they move, think, and feel. EB teachers are now able to have furniture, such as bean bag chairs and standing desks, to improve concentration in the classroom. Sensory tools such as weighted lap blankets, squiggly seats and headsets keep students engaged and their attention focused. Teachers can reconfigure classrooms, such as adding a designated quiet space, to optimize classroom learning and allow students to self-regulate and select their own learning styles. Students will be able to manage their stress level, improve concentration, and enhance collaboration between peers. With this Fund for the Future, we are providing our students with more choices to explore their learning styles and create a positive relationship with the classroom.
In the following school year, all classrooms are expected to be equipped with the latest tools and resources to individualize our students’ learning experiences. Differentiated learning is a cornerstone of our program and this is the natural step in providing a learning environment suited to every type of learner at EB. It’s an innovative idea that reimagines the old method of making children sit still at one desk for the school day. Thank you to our community for helping us turn these plans into a reality!
Fund for the Future Donors Paul-André Abboud and Kristen Sidell Aykut Akcaoglu and Maria del Pilar Reyes David and Rebecca Andersen Autodesk Patrice Aymé and Constance Ramos Richard and Lynn Bentley Jeremy Bled and Katherine Dawson Damien and Holly Charlety Pierre-François Choquet and Stéphanie Long Choquet Alexandre and Cécile Cottus Thiago Da Costa and Suzy Lord Alfonso De la Torre Samir Dzankic and Golriz Ghassem Ardebili Cyril Ebersweiler and Yang Wang Randall Elarco and Camille Winet Rose Fall Frank Fletcher and Elisabeth Hruska Setenay and Kenneth Frucht Emma and Eric Gimon Jacob and Rhonda Goldstein Brian and Lauren Gzowski Jennifer and William Hammond Pria Hidisyan and Benjamin Gold Charles and Virginie Holive Justin and Brooke Howell Charis Kaskiris and Vanessa Arce Kaskiris John and Janice Kirk Florence and Jules Kragen Alexandra LaGatta Kenn and Anya LeGault Stephane Lintner and Marta Calvo Alfredo and Vivian Lopez David Macquart-Moulin and Laura Mitchel Guevara Robert Madison and Alexis Tjian Nasi Maghsoudnia White John McCarthy and Sodabeh Fazlollahi Brent and Nezha Nickerson Magali Noth Erich Pfeifer and Kelly Evans Pfeifer
Mark and Tracy Poff Guy Raz and Hannah StottBumsted Sébastien and Marjorie Robert Matthew Roder Aaron and Stéphanie Ross Yves and Estela Sallat David and Laura Schummers Stephanie and Zachary Walton Nick Waugh and Riley Bove Mark Westover and Barbara Galligan Dan Widmaier and Aimee Aikin Ben Wiseman and Sophie Vergnaud Wiseman Nadia Zaks and Aaron Rust Anonymous (1)
Renee “Coley” Clyde Inspirational Volunteer Award Recipients: Maria del Pilar Reyes and Aykut Akcaoglu
recount them all. She left her stamp as the PA’s Francophone Co-Vice President, helping to reorganize the structure itself and codify processes; she spearheaded the creation of the first PA website—serving as Webmaster for several years— streamlining volunteer information and forever changing the sign up process for the better for our parents; and Maria also successfully initiated one of our new favorite traditions in 2018: the Run-a-Thon! From acting as a Room Rep, to supporting the 8th grade graduation, and now moving towards chairing the Annual Fund and the 8th grade Endowment project, no job is too large or too small for Maria. No matter her role (as you can tell, they’ve been numerous!), Maria approaches every project with enthusiasm, creativity, and an incredible work ethic. For Maria, being a part of this community has given her as much as she’s given:
From the first time we visited EB, we knew it was a special place. We saw many parents volunteering and the positive impact it had in the school. We knew right away we needed to get involved—it is a joy to volunteer closely with so many different parents, the faculty, and our kids. Maria and Aykut at the Auction and Gala
The Renee “Coley” Clyde Inspirational Volunteer Award was created in 2018 in memory of a special member of EB’s community, and an incredible parent volunteer. The goal of the award is to honor and recognize a parent or family whose dedication to EB serves as a source of inspiration for our community, as did its namesake. We are thrilled to announce that the recipients of the 2018–2019 award are Maria del Pilar Reyes and Aykut Akcaoglu. Our resident “power couple,” Maria and Aykut joined the EB community in 2010, when their daughter Leyla started in the Maternelle. They quickly became involved in volunteering at EB as an easy entry point into the community, and by the time their second daughter, Ayla, started three years later, they were well on their way to becoming fixtures in EB’s volunteer scene. To say Maria is a well-known parent at EB would be an understatement, to say the least. She’s one of the most recognizable faces on our campus, both at the Lower and Middle Schools. Maria has been instrumental in so many aspects of the school’s volunteer landscape, it’s hard to
Her co-chair in life, Aykut, not only supports Maria’s numerous efforts, but also gives generously of his own time. Aykut is a renowned DJ in the Bay Area, and offers his professional services at a multitude of EB events. If you hear good music playing at an EB function, chances are high that Aykut is behind the turn tables. Whether it’s at the annual Gala & Auction, at our welcoming World Celebrations Potluck, or at the beloved Marché, Aykut spins the jams that make every EB celebration fun, with his signature smile. Not only does he provide the entertainment for the school’s major events, but he’s present for the smaller, and just as important, ones: school dances, Teacher and Staff Appreciation, and our new Run-aThon. His positive attitude is a wonderful asset and he’s always ready to lend a hand when needed. Together, Maria and Aykut always go above and beyond for EB. They want to ensure their daughters’ experience is the best it can be, and that they take advantage of all this amazing community has to offer. Thank you Maria and Aykut for all your efforts and leadership—volunteers are the backbone of our school and we could not function without you. You will have a lasting impact on our school and will continue to inspire future parents, children, teachers and staff. Merci !
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Parents make a difference at EB. They lay the foundation for the culture and the kind of community that each of us gets to enjoy. The Parents’ Association represents and highlights the many voices that make up the diverse, kind, and welcoming parent body of EB. Last year, the PA, led by a committed team—Brian Turner, Karine Tripier, Maureen Cane and Laura Guevara—paved the path for some well-celebrated community and fundraising events. From surpassing our goals in the Annual Fund and the Gala, to launching our first Gourmet Week, to organizing the family-favorite World Celebrations event, the PA was present in these and many other moments that make life at EB shine! Thank you to all of our parents who volunteer their time and energy for EB: thank you for being the backbone of this school. The level of your dedication demonstrates your passion to create something meaningful, long-lasting and genuine here at EB. Merci !
2018–2019 Parents’ Association PA Officers: Anglophone Co-President Brian Turner Francophone Co-President Karine Tripier Anglophone Co-Vice-President Laura Guevara Francophone Co-Vice-President Maureen Cane Secretary Rhonda Goldstein Treasurer Yousef Nouri Communications Secretary Daisy Nguyen Volunteer Coordinator Michael Elie Room Rep Coordinators Sherryl Hairston (PK–G1) Sharon Vialle (G2–G5) Erin McCormick (G6–G8)
Committee Chairs: Annual Fund Pria Hidisyan, Jeremy Bled Live Auction Stéphanie Ross, Cécile Cottus Gourmet Week Cécile Cottus, Stéphanie Ross Run-a-Thon Ladan Gehring, Susie Sodabeh Winter Celebration Christine Borchani Marché Natasha Boissier, Jean-Yves Tripier World Celebrations Golriz Ardebili, Laura Schummers, Amy Hedayatpour Welcome Committee/Buddy Karoline Robbins, Karine Tripier Program Diversity Events Will Hammond EB Spiritwear Libby Hruska Teacher & Staff Appreciation Anna Kozlachkova, Suna Yalaz-Angell First Friday Coffees Erin McCormick, Jeremy Bled Rebates & Scrip Yvette Hatton PA Site Webmaster Maria Reyes
From left to right: Cécile Cottus, Erin McCormick, Brian Turner, Pria Hidisyan, Natasha Boissier, Stéphanie Ross, Laura Guevara, Karine Tripier, Maria Reyes, and Ladan Gehring
When we imagine EB, we think of teachers in their classroom giving a lesson, or kids playing in the yard, but there are some key members of the community that take the time to coordinate the behind-the-scenes magic that is crucial to our everyday life at EB: Room Reps. Between, sending emails and helping to
coordinate field trips, carpool, lice checks, birthdays, event reminder, there’s really nothing these Room Reps cannot do. We want to say thank you to these superheroes of EB—we really wouldn’t be able to cultivate a community without you and we appreciate every single one of you! Merci !
Room Rep Coordinators:
Nichele Harris Gabrielle Hedlund Virginie Holive Nilufar Hossain Anna Kozlachkova Christine Kohlmeyer Isabelle Le Blanc Emilie Mazzacurati Josephine Nadler Autumn Paine Tatiana Pavlova Yael Perez Maria del Pilar Reyes Rachel Poulain
Sherryl Hairston (PK–G1) Sharon Vialle (G2–G5) Karine Tripier (G6–G8) Aimee Aikin Mina Amir Rosie Bell Lynn Bentley Naomi Black Misgana Bogale Colleen Boyle Christine Borchani Marta Calvo
Maureen Cane Coline David Leah De Armey Bridget Dolfi Julie Elie Melanie Feakins Barbara Galligan Tamara Garcia Mimi Gilbert Rhonda Goldstein Gabriela Gonzalez-Pineda Amy Glaze Hedayatpour Randolph Griffin Laura Guevara
Kora Rade Kukic Karoline Robbins Camille Servan-Schreiber Wendy Sitler-Roddier Katie Slemmer Sarah Spear Hannah Stott-Bumsted Amee Tsai Sophie Vergnaud Wiseman Ben Wiseman Crystal Yu Qingfang Wu
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Thank you to our numerous Room Reps who enrich our students’ experience every day!
Fong Ha passed away in September after a long battle with cancer, which he definitely won on his own incredibly courageous terms. Fong was the beloved father of Mei-Lin Ha Byers (’99) and Celine Vega (’01), as well as their siblings Wei-Lin Shaw and Sealfong Ha, and he was an exceptional human being. Fong immigrated to the US from China, in search of a new adventure. He was well-known in the tai chi and qi gong worlds, teaching and lecturing all over the globe, famous for his philosophy of “doing nothing and achieving everything.” His family, and his extended family of students, were of the utmost importance to him and wherever he went, he touched people’s hearts and minds. He will be sorely missed by all those who were lucky enough to know him.
Fong Ha 9/8/1937–9/26/2019
Marc Vellrath, beloved EB alumni parent, husband, father, and brother, has passed away due to cancer, but his spirit lives on with undimmed influence in the lives of a wide circle of grateful friends and family. He is survived by his wife Michele; son, Tristan (’99); daughters Teressa (’06) and Lilla (’10); siblings Andrew and Timothy Vellrath, and Phoebe Lake. Marc was a modern Renaissance man, excelling in the worlds of economic academia, consulting, and finance while simultaneously reveling in the simpler joys of rural life. The EB community will remember him and hold him in our hearts.
Marc Vellrath 1951–2019
Alejandra Villalvazo, mother to Violeta Rivas-Villalvazo (’06), and a longtime janitor and beloved staff member at EB, passed away on July 30, 2019 in Mexico. She will be remembered for her dedication to EB, her sunny personality, love of life and her kindness towards the kids. Alejandra was a wonderful mother and devoted grandmother, always ready for a chat and a smile. She will be sorely missed by the EB community.
Alejandra Villalvazo 1950–2019
EB By the Numbers 2018â€“2019
28% 459 41%
students performed in the Mille et Une Nuit play
students went on overnight trips
children engaged with visiting artists and authors
teachers received pedagogical training
students of color
students and parents attended STEAM night
student hours spent on the Robotics program
nationalities represented at EB
performers in the Talent Show
students participated in National History Day
100% of employees received safety and security training
students received financial aid
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families speak a third language at home
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