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2019–2020 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 Co-Chairs of the Board of Trustees Board of Trustees Highlights from the Year Volunteer Award Recipient A Message from the Finance Team A Development Message Solidarity Fund Thank You to Our Donors Special Gifts Alexander Mills Library Fund EB Says Goodbye Faculty and Staff Recognition Graduating Class of 2020 Graduating Class of 2016 EB Alumni Spotlight Awardee Alumni Stories Parents’ Association Room Representatives In Memoriam EB By the Numbers 2019–2020
EDITORIAL COMMITTEE: Mei-Lin Ha Byers, Gaëlle Feliz, Véronique Jordan, and Sara Nicklès PHOTOGRAPHY: Cécile Gregoriades, Véronique Jordan, and many others LAYOUT: Véronique Jordan
2019–2020 Annual Report
Message from the Head of School
Dear EB Community, As I enter into my fourth and final year as EB’s Head of School, I feel proud of what we’ve accomplished together, despite, or perhaps in light of, the multiple challenges we have faced. These challenges remind us that education matters more than ever, that it is not only a fundamental right but a necessity, and the most powerful tool to fight misconceptions, global issues, and social injustices. Our students will remember these times, and they will be better prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. The world is fast changing and our students, through their multilingual education and multicultural mindset, and their social, emotional and analytical skills, will succeed as the next generation of critical thinkers and leaders. The 2019–2020 year started off strong, as we kicked off the second year of our Strategic Plan. We dove right in with our International Track at the Middle School, which successfully completed its pilot season and entered into its second year. This program continues to be an asset to EB as new families look for that individualized instruction, international community, and small-school feel. I am excited to see it continue growing and becoming a hallmark of EB’s Middle School. Likewise, our Toute Petite Section class of two-year olds thrived with a full roster and waiting list, emphasizing parents’ appreciation of the value of bilingualism from a young age.
Then, the pandemic hit. Thanks to our amazing team of faculty and staff, in partnership with our parents, our students continued receiving high quality instruction in a completely
new way. We developed, adapted, and refined our distance learning program so that each grade level could make the most of the situation. We trained our teachers, expanded our technology library, and got to work on our reopening plan. With the collaboration of our Board of Trustees, facilities team, and the whole community, we made smart investments and placed a huge emphasis on safety on campus. In addition to supporting our teachers and learners, we knew that being there for our families was a top priority and the right thing to do. Our community blew us away with your support of the spring Solidarity Fund, created as an emergency tuition assistance fund to assist families experiencing economic hardship due to COVID-19. Parents, faculty and staff, alumni parents, grandparents, and alumni came together to contribute over $145,000 to ensure our EB family could remain whole. Thanks to you, we were able to provide emergency aid to 32 students. This generosity is so indicative of this amazing community and the strength of our bonds. While the pandemic raged, racial unrest surged into the national spotlight with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. EB remains strongly committed to an antiracist education— we have started to have deep and meaningful conversations about what it means to be an antiracist school. We launched affinity groups and a DEI committee, and invited Dr. Derrick Gay to come work with us and engage the whole community in the creation of a DEI plan. With solid enrollment for the 2020– 2021 school year, EB has proven
to be strong and has a bright future ahead. Our school is in stable financial standing and offers an education that rivals any top-performing school. Our Board of Trustees works diligently to continue moving the school forward. Our Parents’ Association has also been a steady partner as we work on creating a supportive and inclusive community for all our members. Our staff members care deeply about each individual child and they work tirelessly to support, educate and inspire our students. They are among the highest caliber professionals I know, full of love, integrity, and passion. They are devoted to the whole child and to the mission of our school. It is a pleasure and an honor to call them my colleagues. While I embark on a new chapter in life, my family and I will truly miss EB and its Berkeley setting next year. I have grown accustomed to the unparalleled warmth, familiarity, and uniqueness that I have found in this corner of the world. I am very confident about the future of this amazing school, its full potential to achieve excellence, its lasting impact, and its special community. This school is full of outstanding students and families and I know that with you by its side, EB is poised for more great achievements and successes ahead. I thank you for your trust and support as we tackle this next year together. Warmly,
Dr. Mehdi Lazar Head of School
Message du Chef d’Etablissement
Voici déjà arrivée ma quatrième et dernière année en tant que directeur d’EB et je suis fier de ce que nous avons accompli ensemble, malgré, ou peut-être à la lumière des multiples défis que nous avons dû relever. Ces défis nous rappellent que l’éducation a plus que jamais son importance, qu’elle n’est pas seulement un droit fondamental, mais aussi une nécessité et l’outil le plus puissant pour lutter contre les idées fausses, les problèmes mondiaux et les injustices sociales. Nos élèves se souviendront de ces temps difficiles et seront mieux préparés pour les défis de demain. Le monde change rapidement et nos élèves, forts de leur éducation multilingue et de leurs modes de pensées multiculturelles, auxquels s’ajoutent leurs compétences sociales, émotionnelles et analytiques, réussiront en tant que prochaine génération de penseurs et de leaders dotés d’un esprit critique. L’année 2019–2020 a commencé fort avec le lancement de la deuxième année de notre plan stratégique. Nous avons plongé directement dans la phase pilote du Cursus international au collège ; celle-ci s’est terminée avec succès et la deuxième phase vient de commencer. Ce programme continue d’être un atout pour EB : de nouvelles familles recherchent cette instruction individualisée, cette communauté internationale et cette ambiance de petite école. Voir ce programme évoluer et devenir un fer de lance pour le collège de EB m’enthousiasme. Par ailleurs, la rentrée de notre Toute Petite Section et de ses enfants de deux ans s’est faite à effectif plein et sur liste d’attente, soulignant l’estime que les parents portent à la valeur du bilinguisme dès le plus jeune âge. Et puis, la pandémie a frappé. Grâce à notre remarquable équipe formée par les enseignants et les membres du personnel en étroite collaboration avec nos parents, nos élèves ont continué à recevoir un enseignement
de haute qualité de façon inédite. Nous avons développé, adapté et affiné notre programme d’enseignement à distance afin que chaque niveau scolaire puisse tirer le meilleur parti de la situation. Nous avons formé nos enseignants, élargi notre bibliothèque technologique et planifié la réouverture de l’école. Avec la collaboration de notre conseil d’administration, de l’équipe responsable des installations et de l’ensemble de la communauté, nous avons fait des investissements intelligents et mis l’accent sur la sécurité sur le campus. En plus d’offrir un soutien à nos enseignants et à nos élèves, nous savions qu’être là pour nos familles était une priorité absolue et la meilleure façon d’agir. Au printemps, nous avons été époustouflés par le soutien de notre communauté au Fonds de solidarité créé en tant que fonds d’aide d’urgence aux frais de scolarité pour venir en aide aux familles en difficulté financière en conséquence du COVID-19. Les parents, les enseignants et le personnel, les anciens parents, les grands-parents et les anciens élèves ont uni leurs forces et levé plus de 145 000 dollars pour assurer que notre famille d’EB reste entière. Grâce à vous, nous avons pu apporter une aide d’urgence à 32 élèves. Cette générosité est pour le moins révélatrice de notre incroyable communauté et de la force des liens qui l’unissent. Alors que la pandémie faisait rage, les troubles raciaux ont déferlé sur la scène nationale avec la mort de George Floyd, Breonna Taylor et Ahmaud Arbery. EB reste fermement engagée en faveur d’une éducation antiraciste —nous avons initié des conversations approfondies et constructives sur ce que cela signifie d’être une école antiraciste. Nous avons lancé des groupes d’affinité et un comité DEI (Diversité, Équité, & Inclusion) ; nous avons invité le Dr Derrick Gay à venir travailler avec nous et à impliquer toute la communauté dans la création d’un plan DEI.
Le taux d’inscriptions pour l’année scolaire 2020–2021 est stable, EB s’avère saine et a un bel avenir devant elle. L’école se trouve dans une situation financière stable ; l’enseignement qu’elle dispense rivalise avec celui des écoles les plus performantes. Notre conseil d’administration travaille avec diligence pour continuer à faire progresser l’école. Notre association de parents d’élèves s’est aussi avérée un solide partenaire dans nos efforts à la création d’une communauté solidaire et inclusive pour tous ses membres. Les membres de notre personnel ont chaque enfant profondément à cœur et travaillent sans relâche à soutenir, éduquer et inspirer les élèves. Ils s’inscrivent parmi les professionnels du plus haut calibre que je connaisse, débordant d’amour, d’intégrité et de passion. Ils sont dévoués à l’enfant dans son intégralité et à la mission de notre école. C’est un plaisir et un honneur de les appeler mes collègues. C’est dans un nouveau chapitre de la vie que je m’apprête à embarquer ; EB et le cadre de Berkeley vont beaucoup nous manquer à ma famille et à moi l’an prochain. Je me suis aisément accoutumé à l’esprit chaleureux, à la familiarité et au caractère unique et sans égal que j’ai trouvés dans ce coin du monde. J’ai grande confiance en l’avenir de cette école remarquable, en son plein potentiel pour atteindre l’excellence, en son impact durable et en sa communauté exceptionnelle. Cette école regorge d’élèves et de familles d’exception et je sais qu’avec vous, à ses côtés, EB a devant elle de nombreuses et grandes réalisations et réussites. Je vous remercie de votre confiance et de votre soutien à l’aube de cette nouvelle année que nous allons entreprendre ensemble. Chaleureusement,
Dr. Medhi Lazar Chef d’établissement
2019–2020 Annual Report
Chère communauté d’EB,
Message the Co-Chairs of the Board Volunteerfrom Spotlight
Dear EB Community, The 2019–2020 school year was an unprecedented one. Before the spring, 2019–2020 saw a festive World Celebrations event, amazing Annual Fund participation, and the launch of the International Track for Middle Schoolers with no French language experience who sought a bilingual learning environment. The school was on track for a banner year when the COVID-19 pandemic came to the Bay Area. Our swift and decisive response showed the strength of the EB program and the adaptability and creativity of our faculty and staff. In the fall of 2019, we launched our new Middle School International Track (IT Track). The IT Track serves families who want their children to experience the rich, bilingual, multicultural environment of EB, but have not previously had any French language experience. Unlike a traditional Middle School, IT Track students have four times the second language exposure, while concurrently learning with their counterparts in the English-taught portion of the curriculum. The program is studentcentered, focused on internationalism and has been a great success, with new families feeling the warmth and individualized attention of EB’s learning environment.
Our Annual Fund campaign was wonderfully strong, with over $438,000 raised and 87% of parents joining in. We sincerely thank you for your support of this critical fund. Having the exemplary participation of our community meant that we were able to pivot quickly and make the necessary adjustments to transition to distance learning, purchase the needed safety
equipment, prepare our campus, and continue supporting staff and families in the spring. Your contributions of funds and volunteer time help to sustain our children’s rich experiences.
“We are grateful
for the school’s quick reaction and nimble transition to online learning. The dedication of the teachers, administration, and staff of the school earned all of our respect and admiration.”
and parents’ needs. We think we can speak for all of us when we say that we are grateful for the school’s quick reaction and nimble transition to online learning. The dedication of the teachers, administration, and staff of the school earned all of our respect and admiration. While the end of the school year never afforded us the chance to return to campus, EB held its first socially distanced event for our 8th grade graduates. We congratulate them on their poise, perseverance and their move to high school! Finally, a huge thank you to the Board members whose service came to an end in spring 2020. Their drive and dedication to EB are much admired. They include Aaron Ross, Alexandra Thusy-Privat, Brian Thomas Turner, Alexandra LaGatta, and Patrice Zauret. They have made and continue to make innumerable contributions to the school and their influence will be long lasting.
Pria Hidisyan Mark Westover Board Chairs Then came the global pandemic of COVID-19. In March, EB’s leadership took the difficult decision to close the school’s campus and move to online learning in the face of mounting cases in Alameda County. The school has been held as a local model for its outstanding response. Our teachers were creative and proactive in rising to the overnight challenge of implementing virtual learning. As the shelter-in-place remained in effect, the school continued to adapt its programs to adjust to students
Annual Message des Co-Présidents du Conseil d’Administration Message duFund Président du Conseil d’Administration
L’année scolaire 2019–2020 s’est avérée sans précédent. Avant le printemps, 2019–2020 a été témoin de notre événement des Fêtes du Monde, d’une participation incroyable au Fonds annuel et du lancement du Cursus international pour des collégiens sans aucune expérience de la langue française et à la recherche d’un environnement d’apprentissage bilingue. La voie d’une année record était toute tracée pour l’école lorsque la pandémie de COVID-19 est arrivée dans la région de la Baie de San Francisco. Notre intervention rapide et décisive a montré la force du programme d’EB ainsi que l’adaptabilité et la créativité de notre corps enseignant et de notre personnel. À l’automne 2019, nous avons lancé notre nouveau Cursus international au collège. Le Cursus international s’adresse aux familles qui souhaitent que leurs enfants fassent l’expérience de l’environnement riche, bilingue et multiculturel d’EB, mais qui n’ont aucune expérience du français. Contrairement à un collège traditionnel, les élèves du Cursus international sont quatre fois plus exposés à la deuxième langue et participent simultanément avec leurs homologues à la partie du programme enseignée en anglais. Le programme est centré sur l’élève, axé sur l’internationalisme et s’est révélé un grand succès, les familles nouvellement arrivées étant très réceptives à l’esprit chaleureux et l’attention personnalisée qu’offre l’environnement pédagogique d’EB. Notre campagne du Fonds annuel a été un succès, avec plus de 438 000 dollars récoltés et une participation de 87% des parents. Nous vous remercions sincèrement pour votre soutien à ce fonds essentiel. La participation exemplaire de notre communauté nous a permis de réagir rapidement et d’apporter les ajustements nécessaires à la transition vers l’enseignement à distance, d’acheter le matériel de sécurité requis, d’aménager notre campus et de continuer à soutenir le personnel et les
familles au printemps. Vos contributions financières et le temps que vous avez consacrés bénévolement à l’école ont contribué à maintenir des activités enrichissantes pour nos enfants.
que nous sommes tous reconnaissants envers l’école pour sa prise en main rapide et la souplesse de sa transition vers l’apprentissage en ligne. Le dévouement des enseignants, de l’administration et du personnel de l’école leur vaut tout notre respect et notre admiration.” Puis sont survenues la COVID-19 et la pandémie mondiale. En mars, la direction d’EB a pris la difficile décision
de fermer le campus de l’école et de passer à l’apprentissage en ligne au vu de la montée des cas dans le comté d’Alameda. L’école a été considérée comme un modèle local pour sa réponse exceptionnelle. Nos enseignants ont été créatifs et proactifs et ont relevé, du jour au lendemain, le défi de la mise en œuvre de l’apprentissage virtuel. Alors que le confinement était de rigueur, l’école a continué d’aménager ses programmes pour s’adapter aux besoins des élèves et des parents. Nous pensons que nous sommes tous reconnaissants envers l’école pour sa prise en main rapide et la souplesse de sa transition vers l’apprentissage en ligne. Le dévouement des enseignants, de l’administration et du personnel de l’école leur vaut tout notre respect et notre admiration. Bien que la fin de l’année scolaire n’ait jamais permis un retour sur le campus, EB a organisé son premier événement social à distance pour nos diplômés de 3ème. Nous les félicitons pour leur sang-froid, leur persévérance et leur entrée au lycée ! Enfin, un immense merci aux membres du Conseil dont les mandats ont pris fin au printemps 2020. Leur dynamisme et leur dévouement à EB méritent toute notre admiration. Merci à Aaron Ross, Alexandra Thusy-Privat, Brian Thomas Turner, Alexandra LaGatta et Patrice Zauret. Les contributions qu’ils ont apportées et continent d’apporter à l’école sont innombrables et leur influence perdurera longtemps. Bien cordialement,
Pria Hidisyan Mark Westover Co-Présidents du Conseil d’Administration
2019–2020 Annual Report
Chère communauté d’EB,
Board of Trustees 2019–2020
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 Pria Hidisyan, Co-Chair Mark Westover, Co-Chair Antoine Carrière, Member at Large of ExComm Michael Pincus, Member at Large; Organization & Governance Committee Chair Alexandra Thusy-Privat, Member at Large of ExComm Nick Waugh, Treasurer; Finance Chair
David Abernathy Alexandre Bayen Christine Beliveau Alexandra Erman Pascal Hoffmann Jean-Philippe Kouakou-Zebouah Alexandra LaGatta, PA Francophone Co-President Mehdi Lazar, Head of School Steve Levine Michelle Mebine, Faculty Participant Aaron Ross Kristen Sidell Hannah Stott-Bumsted Brian Turner, PA Anglophone Co-President Patrice Zauret, Faculty Participant
Incoming Trustees 2020–2021
became the Francophone Co-President of Parents’ Association in the 2020–2021 school year. He is the founder and owner of Souvenir Coffee, an independent coffee company in the Bay Area. He previously worked as an Analytics Manager (IT) in The Permanente Medical Group. He was born and raised in Berkeley and is an alumnus of Berkeley High and Carleton College in Minnesota. Along with his wife Katherine, he has three daughters at EB.
became the Anglophone Co-President of the Parents’ Association in the 2020–2021 school year. As Senior Counsel for the University of California, Rhonda handles litigation matters on behalf of the campuses, medical centers and laboratories within the UC system. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. Along with her husband Jacob, she has two children at EB.
holds a certificat d’aptitude professionnelle pour les aides spécialisées, les enseignements adaptés et la scolarisation des élèves en situation de handicap (CAPA-SH) and has three years of experience working as a support teacher at a Paris middle school. Since 2016, Elodie has been teaching French in the Lower School, and has been part of the Support Team, helping provide individualized instruction for students who need it. For the last two years, she held the position of French as a Foreign Language teacher at EB. Elodie loves to understand how students are learning and gives to all students the same knowledge by using multiple approaches so they can find the one that suits them best.
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Highlights from the Year
Distance Learning Program Last spring, we saw an incredible shift in the way we instruct students at EB. No one could have predicted the immense impact that the pandemic would have on our instructional model. “Normal” in-person learning was disrupted. But, that didn’t mean that EB education came to a halt. Academic staff and faculty worked diligently to craft learning that successfully blended online and off-screen opportunities while adhering to the promise of individualized learning. Due to the transition to distance learning, EB teachers had to turn to a variety of technological tools to facilitate learning while students were at home. In the academic remote setting, educational technology was absolutely necessary to provide a continuity of learning. One major challenge was maintaining “regular” classroom time and a sense of connectedness between teachers and students. Zoom, the now ubiquitous web conferencing platform, gave students an opportunity to participate in live classroom sessions with their teachers and classmates which promoted community building, oral language practice, small and large group direct instruction, and office hours for answering questions. EB teachers had to evolve their use of Zoom for instruction over the course of the spring semester: they sought to balance live Zoom sessions with other asynchronous learning modalities depending on the age and needs of the students. To better address unbridled screen time and to offer more flexible scheduling for assignments, teachers began to implement SeeSaw. SeeSaw, a digital portfolio, allowed for enriching, interactive asynchronous learning where teachers could post assigned activities, while students could use a variety of tools (audio, video, photos of paper/pencil work, drawing tools, etc.) to demonstrate their learning. Teachers were able to offer lessons by video, so that students could complete assignments during their free time based on their household schedule. Teachers could also give feedback by editing assignments or leaving comments in text or audio form. The variety of audio and video tools allowed the faculty to continue to develop oral language skills in French.
Jean-Phillipe Filhol, a beloved teacher in G2, used the platform to share video recordings of himself reading French stories. Head of Lower School Sébastien Robert and English Curriculum Coordinator Maggie Schoon teamed up to bolster support for non-French speaking families, by creating several Défis français, or French challenges. Using weekly themes, like Pirate Week, they used Seesaw to help families set up objectives to speak in French, which were simultaneously fun and educational.
Marion Tobie, a G4 teacher, said “In these moments of isolation, one of our objectives was to create a connection between the students and organized activities that would allow us to enjoy ourselves.” She combined her in-class online tools, like Seesaw and Zoom, as well as other online platforms, to make learning French fun! In May, her students participated in a Getty Art challenge, in which everyone had to recreate an art piece, while incorporating a French writing portion. It was a pretty successful endeavor, so much so, that one student saw their art recreation retweeted by the Getty Art Museum! Like SeeSaw for the younger grades, Google Classroom served as our student portal for grades 5–8. With this tool, already in use at the Middle School, teachers provided assignments, students submitted work, and received feedback quickly and effectively. In addition, students were able to build their typing skills simultaneously since many of their assignments are submitted using Google Docs. The volume of reading at the “just right” level is one of the greatest factors in reading achievement. Luckily, teachers were able to assign students books through RAZ Kids, an application where students have access to leveled books in French and English, as well as other languages. Teachers used assessment data through RAZ Kids to determine the appropriate reading levels for each student. Students were able to read fiction and non-fiction books and then take quizzes on those books to assess comprehension. Through the application, teachers could hear students record themselves, which was helpful in assessing their progress. Epic, another source for digital books, offered an amazing collection of nonfiction
books that included high-quality books with beautiful imagery covering almost any topic of interest. With public libraries closed, Epic provided a wonderful variety to supplement the books parents had at home and nurture a child’s curiosity. In math, EB students between first and fifth grade used an Anglophone mathematics-based program website called Zearn, which is based on the American program standards in math. It aligns well with EB’s bilingual math program that is inspired by the Singaporian curriculum. Zearn focuses on units of study to gain mastery, uses a concrete-pictorial-abstract philosophy, and incorporates mathematical models such as number bonds and bar models. Students used math manipulatives to explore conceptual knowledge with different strategies. Research shows that math manipulatives online are just as powerful as realobject manipulatives and activate the same part of a child’s brain.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion This last year has presented us with many challenges, and at the same time, many channels of opportunities have opened. We have learned to deeply empathize with our children’s teachers, figured out how to work from home, and discovered the best times to go to the supermarket! Many of us are also learning more about how to be in solidarity with Black people in deeper and more meaningful ways. EB continuously strives to be a community where all students, faculty, staff and parents feel happy, safe, and recognized. A school community that is diverse and inclusive. Those goals are deeply embedded in our mission, vision, and values. Every day, our teachers bring these values to life in the classroom and we see this especially present in our social-emotional learning (SEL) programs, which focus on mindfulness, restorative justice, and social justice issues.
In January, the theme was “Power of Words.” Students learned that their words have power and can have a harmful impact on others, but they can also be used to empower themselves and others. They discussed how words can either divide or build bridges. They practiced empathy and how to apologize meaningfully. During the month of February, Black History Month, students learned about Black scientists and inventors while also exploring and celebrating their own sense of racial identity. Our Diversity Counselor, Carla Maia, and SEL coach, Christopher Colebourn, collaborate together to ensure that they provide meaningful programming to students so they understand and build on inclusion and equity. Two years ago, the Parents’ Association (PA) established the role of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) chair. This volunteer role within the PA Board is charged with reflecting on, including, and fostering the rich diversity within the school community, the local community, the nation and the world. As reflected in EB’s core value of “Unity,” a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community seeks not only to acknowledge differences but to embrace them. As such, the community endeavors to understand how our differences shape our experiences in the world, in order to build healthy relationships and community. In January, Carol Swainson, recognized for her highly accredited work in diversity by the National Association for Independent School’s (NAIS) People of Color Conference, was invited by the PA to EB to lead a workshop, “How to Talk to Children about Race.” She provided participants with experiences, practice, resources, and tools to navigate conversations about race with their children. Participants also gained an understanding of the historical and psychological factors that make it difficult to engage in this critical discourse.
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Distance Learning was by no means perfect, and it was a constant work in progress, a series of trial and errors, small adjustments based on feedback, and figuring out what worked best in this new format. Every child learns differently, and online learning proved no exception. We salute our teachers who, through their commitment and creativity, were able to continue delivering quality instruction in a format unheard of before a few months ago. Our community at EB is resilient. Teachers, staff, parents, and students have been able to adapt and continue to learn, despite the changing conditions of our society. We might not know what the future holds, but we are sure that we can face it together.
Highlights from the Year
In July, the current DEI chair, Laura Guevara, invited students and families to use their artistic talents to show solidarity with the BLM movement. Over 21 families participated and created posters and portraits expressing their ideals and support for Black lives, while dismantling some of our culture’s most damaging racist ideas. Around the same time, Will Hammond led an informal discussion with some of our Black and POC families, to create a safe space for these families to share their thoughts and experiences. Kids also had a chance to learn about how they can make a positive difference in their city. One of our EB students led a workshop on how to engage in civic matters, knowing that most EB students cannot vote yet. They learned about different levels of government and what each one is responsible for, how to find their local representatives, and how to write and address effective letters. EB seeks to interact with respect and kindness with everyone in the community and beyond. The school is committed to recognizing and valuing the contributions of all people, and to approach activities, programming, and messaging with mindfulness in terms of respecting and appreciating differences.
Ramzi Adek At the end of January 2020, French pop artist Ramzi Adek came to EB as part of our artist-in-residence program. This program invites artists from France or Francophone countries to visit EB and spend time directly with our students—teaching them about their art form and encouraging them to think about art in new ways. Our fifth, sixth and seventh grade students were thrilled to spend time with Ramzi, a well-known graffiti and pop artist. They learned about the emerging French pop art genre and modern art, and worked on the unconventional use of varying paint media and tools. For almost two weeks, Ramzi Adek led a workshop with the fifth graders to create a mural on the basketball court representing the school’s mascot, the EB Jaguar. Sixth and seventh graders created Ramziinspired art by customizing shoes or jackets using spray paint and markers. Ramzi Adek grew up in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France, where he was first introduced to the visual arts by his
aunt and uncle. Feeling inspired as a teenager, he moved to Paris and his passion for drawing turned into one for street art, influenced by American culture and pop culture icons of the 80’s and 90’s, like Sesame Street and the Simpsons. As his art developed, he turned to music production, where his success as a DJ and promoter led him to establish his own record labels, which helped nourish his current artistic focus of pop art and painting. While using mixed techniques of spray, acrylic and oil painting, he uses vibrant colors to interpret animated popular characters, like Mickey Mouse, bringing the viewer into his playful and mysterious world, while challenging the viewer on the allegory of the human condition. Ramzi’s visit was an enriching experience for all and a reminder of our wonderful, long-running artist-in-residence program, which aims to expose students to French and Francophone culture. Teaching through the arts can present difficult concepts visually, making them easier to understand. Head of Lower School Sébastien Robert adds, “Art is invaluable in that it strengthens children’s critical thinking and connects them to a larger art world.” Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and creativity. Ramzi Adek has one wish, “what I hope is to inspire students to make art, and why not, to become artists themselves!”
Renee “Coley” Clyde Inspirational Volunteer Award Recipient: Karoline Robbins
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 recipient of the 2019–2020 award is Karoline Robbins. Ask around and you’ll find that Karoline’s name has become synonymous with friendly, welcoming, and superstar volunteer. She is well known to fellow parents, volunteers, teachers, and staff: she has been a member of the EB community for over twenty years, and has been an active participant and leader for countless events and projects during every one of those years! Her warm and welcoming personality have made her the perfect fit as Welcome Committee and Buddy Program Chair for many years, helping to make our new families feel part of our community.
With three EB alumni also making Karoline an alumni parent, she co-chairs the Alumni Committee, describing this role as the second “bookend” of her volunteer roles, seeing parents both at the beginning and towards the end of their EB journey. Karoline embodies the spirit of a truly selfless volunteer and encourages others to join in with her gracious and generous example. Karoline—we are so grateful to you for sharing your warmth, creativity, energy, and devotion with us. You inspire us all!
Renee Cole Clyde (left) and Karoline Robbins
“Karoline embodies the spirit of a truly
selfless volunteer and encourages others to join in with her gracious and generous example. Karoline—we are so grateful to you for sharing your warmth, creativity, energy, and devotion with us. You inspire us all!”
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Karoline was instrumental in creating and organizing our beloved World Celebrations event, celebrating the amazing diversity at EB—always representing the UK with pride and fabulous tea! She has been a Room Representative for nearly every year for the last two decades—always a welcome and recognizable sight on campus as she brought food into classrooms for celebrations, showed up to decorate for events, and even made sure the beloved second-grade birds had a place to stay during vacations! Karoline’s creative spirit led to some memorable and beautiful Online Auction projects, as well as playing in-house photographer with a keen eye at events like the gala. She has taken the reins as Room Rep Coordinator and yearbook editor, not to mention opening her home to host many EB events.
A Message from Our Finance Team
The 2019–2020 school year was challenging on several levels. The Finance Committee and Business Office worked tirelessly to strengthen and stabilize the school finances once COVID-19 forced us to transition online in March 2020. With the school in distance learning mode, auxiliary programs, such as After Care Enrichment, Spring Camp, Summer Camp and the Gala were unfortunately cancelled due to the risks posed by the pandemic. As a result, our overall revenue was significantly impacted. The administration was quick to secure a $1.5 million Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan from the federal government, meant to help small businesses and non-profit organizations, such as independent schools, maintain their employment levels. The loan was equivalent to 2.5 months of payroll and benefits for EB’s employees, and continues to help our school navigate the financial impacts of the pandemic. We expect the PPP loan to be forgiven during the 2020– 2021 school year. Due to outstanding fundraising results from the Annual Fund and from the emergency Solidarity Fund, established in April to support families in this unprecedented crisis, we successfully continued to support our teachers and families through the end of the 2019–2020 school year.
into dollars, EB’s current assets surpassed its current liabilities by $2.6M which corresponds to approximately 2.25 months of expenses. While we continue to work together to ensure that EB maintains a high quality education and its invaluable diversity, the Board remains confident about EB’s financial future. Thank you for partnering with us as fellow stewards of EB. Nick Waugh Treasurer
Antoine Portales Director of Business & Finance
Simultaneously, EB increased its level of financial assistance in response to additional requests from families, while preparing for a reduction in fall 2020 enrollment, as well as increased costs of operating the school in order to be safe and COVID-compliant. EB ended the 2019–2020 year with an operating surplus of $240,000 (EB’s budget was $14.4 M). EB’s current ratio was 1.42 as of June 30, 2020 (fiscal year end). In other words, EB’s current assets (mainly cash) were 1.42x higher than its current liabilities (mostly tuition prepayments, vacation compensation owed to faculty and staff, and the PPP loan). Translated
Nick Waugh Treasurer
Antoine Portales Director of Business and Finance
Revenues 92.58% 3.68%
Gross Tuition and fees Ancillary Programs (Enrichment camps, after-school classes, interests)
Events and Other Gifts
Gross Tuition and Fees
Ancillary Programs and Other Revenues
Events and Other Gifts
Salaries and Benefits
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Plant $1,088,142 Debt Service
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A Development Message Mei-Lin Ha Byers Director of Development
EB has faced many challenges in its 43-year history, from recessions to leadership changes to the most recent Coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, time after time, the EB community has always proven itself to be resilient and ready to band together to face any obstacle. As an EB alumna and the Director of Development, I’m honored and privileged to be able to witness the dedication and generosity of this phenomenal community, who is able to rally at a moment’s notice to strengthen our school and support our students, staff, and families. Thanks to your incredible efforts, $698,567 in total fundraising revenue has directly supported our teachers, students, and programs over the 2019–2020 school year. We started the year off strong with a well-established Annual Fund, with ample community support and steadfast leadership. Our delectable Gourmet Week, which features an online auction and after school “goûters” for the students, was also a favorite this year. Then in March, everything changed and our plans had to be readjusted. Our Run-aThon went virtual, and our Gala was canceled. All of us were concerned and unsure about the future—and some of our members were hit hard. As a response, the EB Solidarity Fund was established to provide emergency relief to families who were financially impacted by the virus. This inclusive community amazed us by springing into action, contributing over $145,000 to support our families and keep our community whole. Thank you for your incredible support! To help maintain school spirit, the Parents’ Association, Event Chairs and the Admin team were quick to brainstorm and implement fun, creative, and educational virtual activities for both parents and kids. Between online Scattergories, webinars on home learning, conversations about race and virtual dance parties, there was something for everyone to feel uplifted and connected to the EB world.
We would like to thank our countless parent volunteers for supporting in-school events in the Fall and early Spring, like World Celebrations, Teacher and Staff Appreciation, and Family & Friends’ Day. Although many of our favorite events had to be postponed this year, we felt your dedication
and warmth—thank you for strengthening and uplifting our vibrant school community! We’ve been so moved by your ongoing acts of enthusiasm and kindness towards families, students, teachers and the school, in general. We have achieved so much together, even in the face of adversity, and I know EB will continue thriving with you by our side. Here’s to looking forward! Mei-Lin Ha Byers Director of Development
Unrestricted Annual Fund
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Run-a-Thon $20,324 Retail Programs/ Place du MarchĂŠ
Artificial Turf Campaign
Library General Fund
Mary Havemann Library Fund
Mary Havemann Library Fund
Artificial Turf Campaign
Alex Mills Library Fund
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The definition of solidarity is “unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.” When the pandemic hit and upended all our lives, we didn’t know what to expect. We couldn’t have predicted the impact it would have on our community. Most of all, we weren’t prepared for the outpouring of love and support from our entire community, showing us the true meaning of solidarity. The EB Solidarity Fund was quickly established as an emergency tuition relief fund for parents in early April, when it became clear that the pandemic was having devastating effects on our economy and many of our families’ livelihoods. The goal was to provide emergency aid to support students and families to enable them to stay at EB, despite financial hardships created by the pandemic. Thanks to our community’s amazing response, we were able to support 32 students in continuing their EB journey. Together with faculty, staff, grandparents, alumni parents, alumni, and grandparents, our families contributed over $145,000 for the Solidarity Fund. This amazing generosity truly humbled us and highlighted just how much our community cares for one another. We are so grateful to be part of this special group and for the love, support, and generosity of all of you. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers and special thanks to Pria Hidisyan, Loy Sheflott, Maria Reyes, and Jeremy Bled who helped make this a successful campaign. Thank you to each and every one of our community members who made a gift to the Solidarity Fund!
Solidarity Fund Donors David Abernathy Marie-Anne Allain Arnaud Allezy and Robin Brewer Bassem Al-Sady and Hana ElSamad Laura Altieri Rebecca and David Andersen Jonathon Angell and Suna Yalaz-Angell Samuel and Magali Arons Andrea Bacigalupo-Lee and Robert Lee Ahmed Badawi and Dinara Seitova Shaka Bahadu and Melodie Kinet Anthony Barker Robert Bartlett and Victoria Plaut Brigitte Bastrenta and Rudolph Walter Christine Beliveau and Neill Knox Neil and Rosemarie Bell Jebel and Ghessycka Bennett Richard and Lynn Bentley Jadon Biskintawi Naomi Black Jeremy Bled and Katherine Dawson Edward and Margarita BoenigLiptsin Natasha Boissier Geneviève Boissier-Dreyfus Tarak and Christine Borchani Eric Bottino and Sara Buckelew Maxime Boulet-Audet and Fujia Chen Jerome Bouvard and Stephanie Poulain Anne Brandon Jessica Bylo Chacon Susan Campbell and Doug Oakley Bianca Cano Nakamura and Shizen Nakamura
Christopher Harrelson and Sara Rahimian Marc and Melanie Hartenfels David and Yvette Hatton Pia Hauch Pria Hidisyan and Benjamin Gold Emmanuel and Sarah Hislen Pascal and Tegan Hoffmann Andrew Honan and Anne Chapelle Justin and Brooke Howell Jocelyn Jaigirdar and Amanda Jacobsen Manon and Adam Johnson Véronique and Sean Jordan Philip Kaminsky and Lisa Materson John and Janice Kirk Emily Knell Spaeth Florence and Jules Kragen Olivia Kragen Alexandra LaGatta Cécile Laurent Mehdi and Caroline Lazar De Hieu and Phuong Lê Isabelle Le Blanc and Voytek Okreglak Kenn and Anya LeGault James Levine and Angela Jacobson Jack and Kathie Longinotti Mindy Longinotti and Michael Roberts Vivian and Alfredo Lopez Jeffrey and Eileen Loustau Cameron Luby and Natalie Kassab John MacFarlane and Colleen Boyle David Macquart-Moulin and Laura Mitchel Guevara Antoine and Chase Martin Lloyd Martin and Elmas Kilincdemir-Martin Kirill Mazin and Gwen Coyne John McCarthy and Sodabeh Fazlollahi
Mark and Claire McPherson Laurent Menut and Kate Chomsky-Higgins Michael, Tina and Joshua Meyer Carol Montgomery Alain Montiel Filomene Morrison Gideon Myles and Stephanie Battle Karen Nelsen and Frederick Choate Gregory Nemitz and Sarah Sawyer Adam Noily and Maia BeylerNoily Sean Nolan and Kristen Koblik Ilya Oparin and Nadège Oparin-Thorez Trang Pawlowski Yael Perez Michael Pincus Mark and Tracy Poff Andrea Popa Olga Popova and David Gay Antoine and Melissa Portales Jano and Troy Porter Matthew Potts and Céline Pallud Richard and Lina Przybyla Xavier and Evelyn Quan Emma and Xavier Ragot David and Françoise Rees Jeffrey and Karoline Robbins Sébastien and Marjorie Robert Matthew Roder Aaron and Stéphanie Ross Matthew Schriock and Margaux Bennett David and Victoria Schumb David and Laura Schummers Anya Schwin Gibson and Casey Gibson Angelica Searles Daniel Seeman Dirk and Marjorie Setchko Loy Sheflott and Stuart Russell Kapil Shrikhande and Sylvia Ratnasamy
Kristen Sidell and Paul-André Abboud Harold Stevens and Edward Sweet Madeleine Stokes Timothy Stokes and Anya Lewis Jon Strich and Catherine Dower Ning Tang and Qingfang Wu Panayiotis Thomakos and Susan Collier Thomakos Sylvie Thomas-Droz and PierreYves Droz Donald Thompson and Laura Kuhlemann Alexandra Thusy-Privat and Guillaume Privat Misikir Tilahun and Misgana Bogale Brian Turner and Emilie Mazzacurati Zia Tyebjee and Coley Dale Matthew Wadlund Gordon and Berna Watson Nick Waugh and Riley Bove Mark Westover and Barbara Galligan Jonathan Whitney and Rachel Stern Dan Widmaier and Aimee Aikin Arlena Winn Stephen and Laura Wong Valeriy and Florence Zakharov Nadia Zaks and Aaron Rust Patrice Zauret Artur Zawadzki and Anna Zawadzka Anonymous (2)
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Antoine Carrière and Irina Wolf Carrière Stève Chaillou and Olivia Chaillou-Rodes Ender Choo and Cheah Hui Siow Pierre-François Choquet and Stéphanie Long Choquet David and Fiordalissa Cooper Freddy and Lisa Corbin Michael Cruse Thiago Da Costa and Suzy Lord Ted and Tania Davis Jean-Pierre De Oliveira Phillip and Lorraine DeMello Kelly Dempski and Rachel Scherrer Peter Dillon and Deidra Moss Jean Drapp and Jena Parson Randall Elarco and Camille Winet Alexandra Erman Rose Fall Jérémie Febvre and Charlotte Attry Anthony Fejes and Elaine Lau Gaëlle Feliz Daniel Fragiadakis Ivan Friedman Ladan Gehring Oleg Gidirim and Bahar Ozgur Emma and Eric Gimon Mathew Glaser and Maureen Cane Mamadou Moustapha Gning and Fatou Ba Matthew Goff and Dushka Hernandez Jacob and Rhonda Goldstein Benjamin Grant and Kelley Kahn Brian and Lauren Gzowski Mei-Lin Ha Byers and Wayne Byers Reginald and Sherryl Hairston Jennifer and William Hammond David Harding and Minsu Longiaru
Thank You to Our Donors
The Annual Fund is one of the most pivotal fundraising campaigns of the year. It reinforces that we are collectively committed to the prosperity of the school. This year, our fantastic team of volunteers, led by co-chairs Maria Reyes and Jeremy Bled, ran a 26-day campaign, galvanizing parents to give back to the school. Thanks to the perseverance of the team, 87% of parents contributed to the Annual Fund. Together with faculty, staff, Board members, grandparents, alumni and friends, parents contributed a total of $438,413 for our students and teachers. It’s no question that this past year was especially challenging—and the funds raised were even more significant, as they helped sustain the budget, indispensable to EB’s operations. Thank you all for striving for the best for our children’s futures! Maria Reyes and Jeremy Bled, Annual Fund Co-Chairs
Président ($10,000+) Apple Inc. Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Google Kenn and Anya LeGault Jamie Robertson and Anna Wiesenthal-Birch Anonymous (3)
Arnaud Allezy and Robin Brewer Alexandre Bayen and Zoe Abrams Christine Beliveau and Neill Knox (MG) Rene Bilodeau, Naomi Black and Kendra Lockman (MG) Natasha Boissier Benjamin De Cock and Jessica Maus de Rolley Gap Inc. Emma and Eric Gimon David Harding and Minsu Longiaru David and Yvette Hatton (MG) Emmanuel and Sarah Hislen (MG) Andrew Honan and Anne Chapelle
Jean-Philippe Kouakou-Zebouah and Jesica GoldhammerZebouah Max Kozlov and Tatiana Pavlova (MG) Mehdi and Caroline Lazar (MG) Steve and Ann Lefkovits Cameron Luby and Natalie Kassab (MG) Mark and Claire McPherson Gideon Myles and Stephanie Battle (MG) Adam Noily and Maia BeylerNoily Mark and Tracy Poff Olga Popova and David Gay (MG) David and Laura Schummers Loy Sheflott and Stuart Russell Kristen Sidell and Paul-André Abboud Mike and Katie Slemmer (MG) Alexandra Thusy-Privat and Guillaume Privat (MG) Visa Nick Waugh and Riley Bove Anonymous (1)
Consul ($2,000–3,999) Jonathon Angell and Suna YalazAngell (MG) Autodesk
Robert Bartlett and Victoria Plaut Bank of America Bank of the West Richard and Lynn Bentley Jeremy Bled and Katherine Dawson Eric Bottino and Sara Buckelew Antoine Carrière and Irina Wolf Carrière (MG) Pierre-François Choquet and Stéphanie Long Choquet (MG) Cisco Thiago Da Costa and Suzy Lord Ted and Tania Davis Phillip and Lorraine DeMello (MG) Dropbox Gartner Genentech Ismael and Audrey Ghozael (MG) Marc and Melanie Hartenfels Pria Hidisyan and Benjamin Gold Justin and Brooke Howell Ashley and Anneliese Jameson (MG) Charis Kaskiris and Vanessa Arce-Kaskiris (MG) Cheick Keita and Amalia Rothschild-Keita John and Janice Kirk
Serge Kogan and Stephanie Profitt Goran and Koraljka Kukic Carl Langford and Wendy Bernstein James Levine and Angela Jacobson Stephen Levine Karen Lind and Fiona Barriac Alex Liu and Crystal Yu Mindy Longinotti and Michael Roberts Jeffrey and Eileen Loustau Michael Lukan and Laura Pantaleo John MacFarlane and Colleen Boyle David Macquart-Moulin and Laura Mitchel Guevara Laurent Menut and Kate Chomsky-Higgins Alain Montiel Roger Myers and Erin McCormick MyIMPACT Gregory Nemitz and Sarah Sawyer Paypal Marc Piette and Arum Kang Antoine and Melissa Portales Matthew Potts and Céline Pallud David and Françoise Rees (MG) Charles and Karmela Richey (MG)
n 100% Trustees n 100% Administration & Staff n
Sources of Giving for the 2019–2020 Annual Fund n 65% Parents n 15% Other* n 14% Board n 4% Faculty/Staff n 2% Alumni/Alumni parents *Grandparents, corporations, friends
In-Kind Donations Mario and Sarah Assadi, GreenerPrinter Aykut Akcaoglu Jeremy Bled, Souvenir Coffee Stève Chaillou and Olivia Chaillou-Rodes Christopher Colebourn Véronique Jordan Michael Marx Sarah Nasgovitz, Stella Nonna
Attaché ($1,000–$1,999) Adobe Keith Beattie and Michelle Strand-Beattie Edward and Margarita BoenigLiptsin (MG) Dirk Brockstedt Patrick and Hannah BrownLopes Hélène Cahen Chevron Pierre Chew and Kristin Nolan Matthieu Couturier and Katherine Gora Samir Dzankic and Golriz Ghassem-Ardebili Alexandra Erman Rose Fall Mamadou Moustapha Gning and Fatou Ba (MG) Jacob and Rhonda Goldstein (MG) Michael and Danielle Greene Randolph Griffin Reginald and Sherryl Hairston Christopher Harrelson and Sara Rahimian Pascal and Tegan Hoffmann (MG)
Charles and Virginie Holive Philip Kaminsky and Lisa Materson Michael and Elizabeth Kersten KeyBank Foundation Alexandra LaGatta Jack and Kathie Longinotti Robert Madison and Alexis Tjian Nasi Maghsoudnia White Erik Marinovich and Dana Johnston Marinovich (MG) Kirill Mazin and Gwen Coyne (MG) Matson John McCarthy and Sodabeh Fazlollahi Kaveh Mehrjoo and Simone Ehrlich (MG) Michael, Tina and Joshua Meyer Sean Nolan and Kristen Koblik Thomas Odermatt and Yumi Nakao Ilya Oparin and Nadège OparinThorez (MG) OSIsoft, LLC Robert Petrossian and Melineh Ohanjanian Richard and Lina Przybyla Phil Purdom and Jennifer Dawson Joseph and Susannah Rose Christopher and Heather Saulnier Angelica Searles Zachary Sifuentes and Claret Vargas Bruce and Pat Strand Karine and Jean-Yves Tripier Camille Trou Amee Tsai Workday, Inc. Valeriy and Florence Zakharov Artur Zawadzki and Anna Zawadzka (MG) Anonymous (5)
Diplomate ($400 to $999) Robert Abbott and Katherine Fairbanks Abbott David Abernathy Bassem Al-Sady and Hana ElSamad Laura Altieri Matt and Kate Arnold Maer and JoAnna Ben-Yisrael
Maxime Boulet-Audet and Fujia Chen Susan Campbell and Doug Oakley Rodrigo Castaneda and Adriana Parcero Erica Chan (MG) Jason Cohn and Camille ServanSchreiber Jean-Gaël Collomb and Maria DiGiano Freddy and Lisa Corbin Alexandre and Cécile Cottus (MG) Delta Dental Anthony Fejes and Elaine Lau Frank Fletcher and Elisabeth Hruska Todd Gehring (MG) Matthew Goff and Dushka Hernandez Richard and Gretchen Grant Mei-Lin Ha Byers and Wayne Byers Brian Hallinan and Terry Solomon-Tilley Joshua and Kelley Hinds Paul Johnson and Joan Steele Kaiser Permanente Niklaus Largier and Karen Feldman Brian and Alexandra Lied Alfredo and Vivian Lopez Sylvestre and Angela Marlaud Carolyn Mason Louise B. McGowan NetApp, Inc. Magali Noth Erich Pfeifer and Kelly EvansPfeifer Andrea Popa (MG) David and Nadège Pouncy Made Putrayasa and Annette Hackett (MG) Muna Shadfar Kapil Shrikhande and Sylvia Ratnasamy Alistair Sinclair and Nataliya Libina Paul Sullivan Manning Sutton and Hilary Goldman Nicolas Tackett and Kan Liu Panayiotis Thomakos and Susan Collier Thomakos Union Bank Evelio Vila Sanchez and Marianne Vila
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James Robertson and Daniela Strijleva Aaron and Stéphanie Ross Salesforce Matthew Schriock and Margaux Bennett Timothy and Micah Stilwell StreamSets, Inc. Edward Sweet and Harold Stevens Ning Tang and Qingfang Wu Donald Thompson and Laura Kuhlemann TIAA Brian Turner and Emilie Mazzacurati Rafael and Yani Vargas Todd Vollmerhausen and Denise Glagau Wells Fargo Jonathan Whitney and Rachel Stern Dan Widmaier and Aimee Aikin Yahoo! Patrice Zauret Anonymous (5)
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Stephanie and Zachary Walton Fair Wang and Hui Chuan Liao Mark Westover and Barbara Galligan Ben Wiseman and Sophie Vergnaud Wiseman Xiang Wu and Yi Chen Nadia Zaks and Aaron Rust Anonymous (6)
Membre (Up to $399)
AAA Ben Abadi and Christina Coleman Abadi Marie-Anne Allain Floriane Anglio Javier Arizmendi and Odile Leland-Arizmendi Hiwot Atakilti Shaka Bahadu and Melodie Kinet Anthony Barker Brigitte Bastrenta and Rudolph Walter Neil and Rosemarie Bell Hafiz Adebari and Anne Meije Bello Jebel and Ghessycka Bennett Caroline Bertier Mark Blake and Sally Stephens Micheline Bogey Emmanuel Bouquillion Jérôme Bouvard and Stephanie Poulain Anne Brandon Robert and Lillian Brewer Kendall and Cheryl Brown Hervé Bruckert and Emari Dimagiba Chauncey Burnett Bénédicte Cambon-Ritter and Mark Ritter Bianca Cano Nakamura and Shizen Nakamura Andrea Cavallo and Kyle Jeffers Stève Chaillou and Olivia Chaillou-Rodes Damien and Holly Charlety Ender Choo and Cheah Hui Siow Jean-Baptiste Cochereau Sally Cohen Christopher Colebourn David and Fiordalissa Cooper Michael Cruse Blake and Deanna Davis
Alfonso De la Torre Jean-Pierre De Oliveira Marc and Abeba DeArmey Natalia Del Pozo Garcia Alexandra Destler Ivar Diehl Peter Dillon and Deidra Moss Wilfried and Lorena Eisinger Stephen and Theresa Englehart Cédric Espenel and Megan van Overbeek Hervé Estimbre and Caitlin Campbell Abraham and Elizabeth Estrada Fabiola and Jacques Etienne Fatimatou Fall and Moussa Dia Virginie Falquerho Howard Feight Gaëlle Feliz Florian Franceschini Boris and Marie Frochen Setenay and Kenneth Frucht Miguel and Mayra Garcia Michael Geddes and Mmakgantsi Mafojane Stavros Gkantinis and Katerina Linos Mathew Glaser and Maureen Cane Casimira Gorce Jerome and Lieu Gorelzky (MG) Douglas Gostlin Jean-Michel Graillat and Laura Draetta Benjamin Grant and Kelley Kahn Douglas and Sarah Greenholz Cécile Gregoriades and Paco Link Lilia Hadjeb Jennifer and William Hammond Nichele Harris and Patrick Kennedy Ann Hasse Laurent Hautefeuille and Daniela Cronembold Ramin and Amy Hedayatpour Gabrielle and Marc Hedlund Joyce Hemmer Shikiri and Bela HightowerGaskin William and Mijo Horwich Nghi Huynh Joseph Imwalle and Bridget Dolfi Jesse Jablonski and Sarah Rae Wannier
Majda Jenison Yong Jeon and Cathy Kim Manon and Adam Johnson Véronique and Sean Jordan Carrie and Charlie Kahl Katherine Keeler-Hodgetts Donald Kelley and Susan Getman Hana and Naji Khabbaz Mirza Kopelman Florence and Jules Kragen Bruce Kuhlemann Anne Kuhry Fanny Labadie Richard and Marie-Paule Laden Thibaut Laffite Cécile Laurent Mohamad Lawassani and Alma Osseiran Isabelle Le Blanc and Voytek Okreglak De Hieu and Phuong Lê Hannah Lê and Edmund Lee Sylvie Le Meur Remi Lehe and Anna Venancio Marques Serra Hayne and Kit Leland Vanessa Lerude Brigitte Little Fred Lonsdale François Luong Richard and Blanca Lyon Bob and Jackie MacFarlane Virgile and Véronique Machenaud Carla Maia Steven and Janice Marcom Jerri Mariott and Michael Silpa Thomas and Merideth Marschak Antoine and Chase Martin Lloyd Martin and Elmas Kilincdemir-Martin Rosa Materson Kevin Matthews and Géraldine Le Roux Kili McGowan and Jeremy Townsend Heather McWhinney Michelle Mebine Howard Menashe Fahim and Rachida Merzouk Filomene Morrison Frank Morrison and Susan Vinluan-Morrison Virginie Mounkala-Nkodia Ian Mountjoy and Emma Uwodukunda
Matthew and Joséphine Nadler Sara Nicklès Julien Niwinski and Eleonora Patricola Carolyn Nodolf Yousef Nouri and Ann Winterman Coretta Ondongo Joe Parreira Trang Pawlowski Matthew Pech Marc-Antoine Pignon and Camille Rossi Michael Pincus Roy and Olga Plaut Corinne Pluche Jano and Troy Porter Erik and Lauren Rainey Laurent Rigobert and Ethel Brennan Jeffrey and Karoline Robbins Sébastien and Marjorie Robert Dominique Roddier and Wendy Sitler-Roddier Helen Roder Matthew Roder Jeffrey Rodriguez Mauricio Rojas-Sandoval and Stéphanie Debourg Catherine Ronneberg Melissa Rossi Vadim Rozenbaum and Jekaterina Osipova David Rust and Joy Smith Marie-Elise Sallat and José-Luis Villasante Yves and Estela Sallat Orville and Baifang Schell Maggie and Jason Schoon Victoria and David Schumb Philip and Michele Schurman Dirk and Marjorie Setchko Alan and Sophie Shabel Ajey Shah and Shimoni Kacheria Reid Sherman Peter and Mary Kay Sidell Noelle Simmaly Gary Smith and Coline David Bernard Smits and Theresa Nelson Sarah and Andy Spear George Speckman Spencer Stevens and Karine Boukezzoula Stephanie Sullivan Jean-Luc Szpakowski and Gloria Polanski
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Pauline Tajchman Lorelei Tarricone Virginie Téjéro Sarah and Chad Thompson Misikir Tilahun and Misgana Bogale Michael Ting and Stephane de la Rue du Can Marion Tobie Isabelle Toujet Laura Truffaut-Wong and Stephen Wong Glenn Valenzuela and Itziar Aperribay Domonique Veasley Gisele Villiger-Nielsen Elodie Voleau Myrna Walton Heather Ware Gordon and Berna Watson Minsong Wei and Mei Yang Eric Wilkins and Maureen Akika
From left to right: Gaelle Feliz, Mei-Lin Ha Byers, Suna Yalaz-Angell, Yvette Hatton, Emari Dimagiba, Greg Nemitz, Maria Reyes, Mehdi Lazar (Head of School), Jeremy Bled, Stéphanie Long Choquet, Pria Hidisyan, Hal Stevens, Stephanie Sullivan, Sarah Sawyer, Will Hammond.
Jamie Williams and Nancy Dinh Arlena Winn Danya Winterman Brian Wu and Ellen Yu Ari Yampolsky and Emmanuelle Soichet Michael Yarwood and Adelaide Papazoglou Azadeh Yazdi Anonymous (20) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, so that our records can be corrected.
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Paul-André Abboud Bobby Bartlett Anna Birch Jeremy Bled, Co-Chair Natasha Boissier Riley Bove Alexandra Destler Emari Dimagiba Golriz Ghassem-Ardebili Reggie Hairston Will Hammond Yvette Hatton Pria Hidisyan Janice Kirk Max Kozlov Ann Lefkovits Kenn LeGault Stéphanie Long Choquet Greg Nemitz Doug Oakley Laura Pantaleo Tracy Poff Stephanie Profitt Maria Reyes, Co-Chair Heather Saulnier Sarah Sawyer Hal Stevens Stephanie Sullivan Todd Vollmerhausen Stephanie Walton Suna Yalaz-Angell
Citizenship Award At EB, we celebrate students who seek to uphold the school’s values and who aspire to be a force of good in their community. The Middle School Citizenship Award was created in 2011 to honor a student or group of students for acts of leadership small or large, for inspiring others to higher levels of civic engagement, and for their commitment to building community.
day out they worked hard to support other students, both classmates and non-classmates. If the measure of an individual is how they treat others, how they make others feel, then the measure of these two students is great indeed. A well earned congratulations to these two outstanding citizens. We thank them for being such positive role models at EB!
Recognized by the entire Middle School body, this year’s award was proudly granted to two students: Axel Hanley and Katya Gay. The two students were acknowledged for their established reputation for giving their time and energy to benefit others and the school in a multitude of ways. Katya and Axel were instrumental in putting the yearbook together this year, which was made even more complicated with the challenges that distance learning presented. Axel served ably as Middle School Secretary, often filling in for the co-Presidents when circumstances made it difficult for them to be active. These two students worked extremely hard this year for the school, but just as importantly, day in and
Axel Hanley (left) and Katya Gay received the 2020 Citizenship Award
Gifts in honor of… • Sebastian Barker Gabriela Gonzalez Pineda • Arthur H. Bernstein, J.D. Carl Langford and Wendy Bernstein • Renee Cole Clyde Loy Sheflott and Stuart Russell Made Putrayasa and Annette Hackett
• Lulu and Toby Largier Niklaus Largier and Karen Feldman • Mickael Lavassani Mohamad Lawassani and Alma Osseiran • Frieda Levine Stephen Levine
• Daisy Cooper David and Fiordalissa Cooper
• Sitka Luong-Slecer François Luong
• Grand-mère Fritzy and grandmère Irène Angelica Searles
• Tish Moore Made Putrayasa and Annette Hackett • My mother Phyllis and my grandmother Assunta Jeremy Fanucchi and Paola Meta
• Fong Ha Mei-Lin Ha Byers and Wayne Byers • Colin Hasse Ann Hasse • Mary Havemann Ann Hasse Mehdi and Caroline Lazar
• Flo, David and Keri Kersten Michael and Elizabeth Kersten
• Lewis Howell Justin and Brooke Howell • Joshua Kaminsky Rosa Materson
• Michael Roder Helen Roder • Ella Zaks Rust David Rust and Joy Smith • Ethel Scar Myrna Walton • Delois Wilkinson Steven Wilkinson
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. 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. Class of 2020 Raises $3,355 for EB’s Endowment In 2008, the graduating class and their parents created an EB tradition of presenting the school with their legacy gifts to the EB endowment through the EB Class Gift Endowment Fund. While the traditional campaign was paused this year due to the pandemic and the need for support of the Solidarity Fund, in which 8th grade families generously participated, students made their contributions to the class gift in the fall, totaling $355. Other parents and alumni parents joined in giving to the Endowment, for a total of $3,355. Thank you Maria Reyes for your leadership and encouragement throughout this process!
G8 Class Gift Student Donors
G8 Class Gift Parent Donor
Claire Abboud Leyla Akcaoglu Ian Choo Christian David Cahyani Dewi Jacqueline Estimbre Katya Gay Sébastien Gorce Axel Hanley Caelan Jeon Magdalena Johnson Rahul Kapila Alexandra Kozlova Marcus Lefkovits André Lintner-Calvo Alec Loustau Aidan Myers Stella Pfeifer James Poff Sasha Privat Kevin Rojas-Debourg Megane Rojas-Debourg Margot Saulnier Sonia Sullivan Naia Valenzuela-Aperribay Darragh Westover
Jeffrey and Eileen Loustau
Endowment Donors Tanny Keeler and Ken Hodgetts
Most G8 families supported the Solidarity Fund this spring, as efforts for the Endowment were paused.
Current Value of Endowment Funds*: Silver Jubilee Endowment Fund EB Class Gift Endowment Fund EB Fund for Excellence
$195,123 126,597 $67,759
*As of June 30, 2020
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The total G8 Class Gifts to the EB Endowment (from 2008 to 2020) are now equal to $126,597. We are grateful for the continued support of the EB Endowment, and for carving the foundation for a strong future!
G8 Students visited the MOMA and the Mission District in San Francisco Seventh and eighth graders participated in EB’s TEDxYouth event
Investing in the long-term sustainability and health of a school promises a brighter future for students and families. We are fortunate to have had past and present donors who believe in and uphold the value of a bilingual education, and decide to support the EB Endowment. The EB Endowment is composed of three funds.
Alexander Mills Library Fund
Alex Mills, EB class of 2009, was an avid reader and writer and in his early days, a fan of adventure novels. To honor Alexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory, his family created the Alex Mills Memorial Fund, in support of EBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library. Funds contributed by family, friends, and community members will go towards building a new amphitheater in the Lower School library, inviting students to sit back and relax with a book, much as Alex used to do. A portion of the funds was also used this past fall to purchase a special collection of books for the library, focused on diverse protagonists and perspectives. We are very excited to have these books accessible for teachers and students to enjoy and be inspired by, and to remember Alex as bookplates in honor of him grace the front pages of this collection. EB will remember his spirit through this special collection and amphitheater, inspiring a new generation of readers and writers. In loving memory of Alex Mills.
Gifts in memory of Alex Mills
Rendering of the Alex Mills amphitheater
Terri Canepa David Dunphy and Karen Dunphy K. Robert Dunphy Lisa Freeman and Jeff Freeman Linda Hildebrant and Craig Hildebrant Ra-Chel Jordan-Moore and Jude Moore Stephen Kanter Nancy Levine and David Levine Vivian and Alfredo Lopez Claire McCarthy Bruce Mills Cheryl Mills Philip Mills and DaLee Mills Roger Mills and Amy Mills James Shankland and Leslie Landau Sarah Thompson and Chad Thompson Sara Villat
EB Says Goodbye
Sylvie Le Meur and Patrick Coulon This year we said goodbye to two faculty members who have been a big part of our EB lives for many years. Sylvie Le Meur and Patrick Coulon left EB in November to return to France, and they are and will continue to be greatly missed. In her 23 years at EB, Sylvie taught preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade, and also worked as the French Curriculum Coordinator and the Lower School librarian. After years of being EB’s travel agent, Patrick started as a teacher’s assistant in the Maternelle in 2009. Both Sylvie and Patrick leave us with so many wonderful memories through the strong connections they’ve made within the EB community. They also leave us with wonderful souvenirs in the form of Jean and Marie, our feathered, plucky friends in the Lower School courtyard who continue to entertain, amuse and gift us with fresh eggs!
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Sylvie and Patrick, we thank you for your great work and the happy times we’ve shared with you. We wish you much luck and love and look forward to hearing new stories about your life in France.
Faculty and Staff Recognition
We know that EB is a special place. We wouldn’t be the amazing bilingual school we are without the steadfast support and commitment of our teachers and staff throughout the years. They have shown up in so many ways for students and families, past and present, and really are the heart of our school. Un grand merci—a big thank you—to all of our teachers and staff who continue to make a difference at EB!
26+ years at EB
Coach Jeffrey Rodriguez
21 to 25 years at EB
Bénédicte Cambon Ritter
Sylvie Le Meur*
Faculty and Staff Recognition
16 to 20 years at EB
Marc De Armey*
11 to 15 years at EB
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Faculty and Staff Recognition
6 to 10 years at EB
Luc De Armey
Mei-Lin Ha Byers
1 to 5 years at EB
Alfonso De La Torre
30 Nichele Harris*
Faculty and Staff Recognition
Isabelle Le Blanc*
Gisèle Villiger Nielsen
* No longer at EB
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Welcome to our new 2020–2021 faculty and staff
Graduating Class of 2020: Off to High School
Congratulations to our Class of 2020 heading off to high school! Claire Abboud Leyla Akcaoglu Ian Choo Christian Davis Cahyani Dewi Jacqueline Estimbre Katya Gay Sébastien Gorce Axel Hanley Caelan Jeon Magdalena Johnson Rahul Kapila Alexandra Kozlova Martin Langford Marcus Lefkovits Kyler LeGault André Lintner-Calvo
Alec Loustau Clarissa Mure Aidan Myers Stella Pfeifer James Poff Sasha Privat Adrien Rees Kevin Rojas-Debourg Megane Rojas-Debourg Isaac Russell Margot Saulnier Sonia Sullivan Babacar Sy Naia Valenzuela-Aperribay Loic Villasante Sophie Vollmerhausen Darragh Westover
CHOSEN HIGH SCHOOLS College Preparatory School (3) Bishop O’Dowd High School (2) International High School (2) Saint Mary’s College High School (7) Berkeley High School (9) Albany High School Head-Royce School (2) Oakland School for the Arts Oakland Technical High School Le collège bilingue de Dakar (Senegal) Campolindo High School Castro Valley High School Maybeck High School Pinole Valley High School (2)
Graduating Class of 2016: Off to College
Congratulations to our Class of 2016 heading off to college! Samantha Myers Joseph Nadeau Kahyela Racinet-Schmalle Diego Salgues Medea Sanabria Shiven Sankalia Andrew Schurman Adriana Schurman Andrei Secor Xanthe Setchko Holden Smith Maxime St. Jean Parker Sutton Addison Sutton William Villarina Reda Wais Kassim Wesley
CHOSEN UNIVERSITIES* Brown University Harvard University McGill University University of California, Berkeley University of California, Santa Barbara University of Florida University of Southern California Vassar College Wesleyan College *Not a complete list. Information as of November 2020.
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Isabel Anderson Liam Burns Alixe Chandler Malcolm Clemons LyLy Colebourn LĂŠo Cramer Peter Davis Ethan Ford Jeremy Hansen Isadora Hester Maia Jeanneau Monique Jonath Sidhanth Kapila Callum Lerner-Thomas Anaya Matthews Ailish McGiffin Felix Moses Jordan Mure
EB Alumni Spotlight Awardee: Dr. Lisa Schipper, Class of 1986
weren’t real schools. The children didn’t listen to the teachers—how could that be possible? So—from the advantage of hindsight now I can see that stability and rigour were the things that I valued most. Of course, at the time I saw this as enjoying my routines and my friends. It set a standard for me that is very high, but I think reasonably so. Please describe your current work/studies.
Dr. Lisa Schipper was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Alumni Spotlight Award for her work as a social scientist striving to tackle climate change. Her efforts to understand the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities are commendable and reflect EB’s values. Congratulations Dr. Schipper! What did you enjoy most about your time at EB and why? I was at EB from age 5 to 11 (1-5 grade, CP–CM2), although I was in Sweden for part of CE1 and in the UK for half of CM2. Probably because of these moves, EB represented stability for me, and the standard against which I measured everything else. Compared with the Swedish school that I attended in the UK, EB was strict and very advanced. The teachers at the Swedish school didn’t understand how I could be two school years ahead in my math already at age 11. It felt to me like the other schools I attended away from EB th
I am a social scientist doing research on the relationship between climate change and development. I look at how and why people are vulnerable to climate change in developing countries, and what they are doing to adapt to it. For the last fifteen years, I have been doing research in Central and South America, south and Southeast Asia, east and west Africa. I started off looking at climate change already for my undergraduate degree (Environmental Science at Brown University), and then looked more specifically at development for my subsequent degrees (MSc and Ph.D in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia) so I have been doing this long before it was a trendy topic. I am really glad to see that the public have picked up on how urgent it is to solve climate change. Right now, I work in the Environmental Change Institute in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, so I also teach and supervise at under- and post-graduate levels, which I love. I edit an academic journal called Climate and Development and since 2018 I am co-leading a chapter for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will be published in 2021 as part of the 6th Assessment Report.
How do you feel EB has influenced you or led you towards your choice of profession? Attention to detail and valuing academia have been two things that I have no doubt were first implanted in my mind by EB. These are not things that you can find anywhere. I think it is the combination of the French rigour in schooling with the creative and ‘out of the box’ spirit of Berkeley that allow for the development of people who are driven but also independent. We don’t want to be cookie-cutter professionals —we want to find our own pathways toward making a difference. My choice of profession has probably most been influenced by my father, who was a researcher at Berkeley. He worked on household energy efficiency and sustainable transport, and instilled a value for the environment in me that I am now trying to transfer to my daughter. But I had and have better focus that he did, and I think this is because I am super-organised— something I attribute to my French schooling. This has helped me with time management and work-life balance, my father was hopeless at that! What would you say to parents just starting out at EB? My parents put me in EB because they were preparing to go to Switzerland with us to take up a Fulbright fellowship that my father had been offered and they thought I should have some French. He eventually declined it and we never went, but my Swedish mother really liked the European/international atmosphere at EB and so I remained there, and eventually my sister also started in EB (and was lucky enough to be there when the school was expanded all the way up to 8th grade). I think that all parents who put their children in EB have different
Describe your favorite memory from EB. I have so many memories that are so clear in my mind and that fill me with happiness. The way we had to play inside when it rained (and the musty smell that accompanied that—probably coming from us children!). When we had an earthquake in third grade and had to duck and cover under our desks. The artwork and singing that we did, especially with the chorus (I still sing in a choir). Jan’s wolfdog puppies. Michael’s dissection experiments, where I think he was the most excited of us all. My energetic teachers—how did they cope with us?! The time we spent as a 4th grade class in a temporary room by the playground (while construction was going on for our new classroom)… But I suppose that all of these memories are alive because of the best part of all —my EB classmates, most of whom I still have frequent contact with.
Sometimes when I have a low moment of poor confidence (as all academics do… c’est comme ça !), I remind myself that I have hidden assets—the most important of these is my many languages. The French that I got at EB gives me an enormous advantage. I recently did fieldwork in Benin for a month, and of course it would have been impossible if I hadn’t had such fluent French. But I also use the language on a daily basis with parents of my daughter’s classmates, colleagues in the office, and other colleagues with whom I work closely. This opens doors and creates trust. This, coupled with the Spanish I started learning at FAIS and the German that I learned during my undergraduate study, gives me five languages that I can move in and out of with relative ease. This does indeed make me feel like a global citizen. This has been put to the test by having lived in 9 countries, including 3 countries in Asia and 5 in Europe. Every time anyone asks me ‘Where are you actually from, I cannot make out your accent/culture/ background?’ I am ecstatic—this is exactly what I want! Would you consider sending your children to EB? Why? Of course—if I lived in Berkeley. My daughter is trilingual (Swedish, German and English) and would of course benefit from French too. When we lived in Vietnam from 2016–2018, she had a French classmate who spoke little English and that inspired her to want to learn French as well.
Anything else you’d like to add? Out of the many achievements in life so far, this Award stands out because it was not the result of something that I made a conscious decision about or did myself—it was my parents who put me in EB. Since both of them have died in the last few years (both to cancer, both falling ill very rapidly despite healthy lifestyles and relatively young ages), I cannot help but feel that they would have been the proudest of this Award. Given how conflicting and impossible many parenting decisions are, it would surely have been extremely comforting for them to know that they made the right decision back in 1981!
they [children who attend EB] will be global citizens who feel their identity is not constrained to a nationality, but instead feel that they are advocates for a global society where we look out for each other and the environment.”
Current political movements around the world are fostering citizens to become more insular, afraid of the unknown, and anti-global. Children who attend EB will turn out the opposite: aware of the world and eager to explore it; curious about the unknown and keen to make new friends; and, without doubt, they will be global citizens who feel their identity is not constrained to a nationality, but instead feel that they are advocates for a global society where we look out for each other and the environment.
Do you feel that EB adequately prepared you for life after EB? Do you feel you are a citizen of the world?
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reasons, and different expectations: to put academia in focus; to give their children an international worldview; or to make sure their children can speak fluent French.
Alumni Profile: Atesh Worthington, Class of 2005
What did you enjoy most about your time at EB and why? I feel so fortunate to have grown up in the nurturing, supportive and stimulating environment that is EB. It is hard to pinpoint just one thing I enjoyed the most since there are so many aspects of my time there that I loved while I was there and ones that I have come to appreciate as I experienced the world outside of those walls. Please describe your current work/studies. I am a Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Cruz where I study how fetal blood stem cells regenerate to better understand pediatric leukemias and potentially improve bone marrow transplantation therapies. How do you feel EB has influenced you or led you towards your choice of profession?
“I gained the intellectual and emotional tools to thrive beyond the comforts of my known world. EB sowed the seeds of resilience in me, and it is that resilience that I continue to rely on…” 36
My love of science and the scientific method were first developed and fostered by the incredible science and math teachers I had throughout my time at EB! They gave me the confidence to take advanced science and math classes in high school which was integral to building my STEM identity and pursuing a degree in science! And my experience in their classrooms has inspired me to pursue a career in both research and teaching! What would you say to parents just starting out at EB? EB provides not just an outstanding education for you children, it is a second home for them as they learn how to navigate the world. As parents, you also gain a home with the other parents and a social network that also lasts beyond your years at EB. Some of my parents’ closest friends were also made in the narrow hallways and on the playgrounds of EB.
Describe your favorite memory from EB. Some of my favorite memories at EB are during the many overnight field trips we took, from the Marin Headlands, to Yosemite and France! These trips solidified my curiosity in the world outside the classroom and have inspired life-long friendships! I am actually still in touch with my correspondent from 8th grade and I visited her a couple of years ago when I was in Paris. Do you feel that EB adequately prepared you for life after EB? Do you feel you are a citizen of the world? I gained the intellectual and emotional tools to thrive beyond the comforts of my known world. EB sowed the seeds of resilience in me, and it is that resilience that I continue to rely on while living through a global pandemic, evacuation from wildfires and the countless curveballs life throws at us. I credit a lot my success to EB and do feel that I am citizen of the world! Would you consider sending your children to EB? Why? I would, without a doubt, send my children to EB! The bilingual education is second to none and foundational knowledge and skills children learn make them set up to thrive and be successful in whatever direction life takes them. Anything else you’d like to add? I still feel very connected to EB! A more recent memory that I cherish is being invited to give a talk at the TEDx Youth@EB event last year, seeing the many bright and excited faces in the audience and reconnected with the very teachers that inspired my pursuit of science.
Alumni Profile: Malcolm Clemons, Class of 2016
I really enjoyed meeting students from many different cultures and becoming a global citizen. I appreciate the life long bonds I built with many former students. Please describe your current work/studies. This year, I will be attending the University of Florida as a studentathlete. How do you feel EB has influenced you or led you towards your intended choice of profession? My time at EB has given me many avenues where I can pursue my career in the field of Sports Management both domestically and internationally. What would you say to parents just starting out at EB? You will be very surprised how quickly your children will learn to speak French fluently, just trust the teachers and the results will come. Describe your favorite memory from EB. My 5th grade trip to France was my favorite memory because it was my first time leaving the country and I was confidently able to use my French in a public setting around French citizens.
Do you feel that EB adequately prepared you for life after EB? Do you feel you are a citizen of the world? Yes, I was given tools that I utilized after graduating from EB and will continue to use throughout my life. I know in the future I will be conducting business in French. EB and my travel abroad for sports has molded me in to global citizen. Would you consider sending your children to EB? Why? It would definitely be a great investment for children to attend EB. It gives the gift of an excellent education, strong diverse friendships and bilingualism that they will carry through life. Anything else you’d like to add? I encourage all EB children to be great in whatever you do and remember practice makes perfect!
“I was given tools that I utilized after graduating from EB and will continue to use throughout my life.”
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Alumni Profile: Madeleine Stokes, Class of 2003
able to adapt and translate between audiences, cultures, places, that has been so important to my career and my ability to think critically. Please describe your current work/studies.
What did you enjoy most about your time at EB and why?
Elementary and middle school were not always an enjoyable experience for a headstrong, redheaded girl. Of course, I made good friends, had some good laughs in class, and loved playing team sports. But I think what I enjoyed most was the intellectual exercise of learning in a diverse group of kids. EB engrained an internationalist perspective in me. A learning environment that didn’t center on America as the best country in the world contributed to the respect and openness for others that I try to bring into everything I do. Learning in two languages built a super strong mind,
Two years ago, I left the international development sphere, where I spent the first five years of my career focused on supporting civil society in the Middle East. While I left part of my heart in Beirut, I knew there were issues here at home that I couldn’t ignore. After getting an MBA to enable me to be more savvy in how I help empower communities, I moved to Baltimore to help make a difference at the local level. Today, I work at Johns Hopkins University working to grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem and infrastructure on campus, in Baltimore, and around the world. I wear a ton of hats in this job (development, program management, communications, strategic planning, internal consulting), but what I like doing best is building programs and partnerships that can expand our collective impact. How do you feel EB has influenced you or led you towards your choice of profession? As I mentioned, EB put me on an international path, with a love for exploration and digging into complex global issues. EB, along with the privilege of coming from a family with the means, encouraged me to travel and live abroad. Those experiences have forever transformed my point of view and the people with whom I surround myself. And this path has also led me back to the States to learn and live in other cities and bring my international lens to local problem solving.
What would you say to parents just starting out at EB? It is an incredible privilege to be able to go to a private, bilingual elementary school. It would be rather disappointing if that privilege were used for selfpromotion alone, though. I hope parents encourage their kids to use the power that comes from such a special education to be open-minded and increase opportunities for others who have not been as lucky. Describe your favorite memory from EB. All of my favorite memories center around the incredibly diverse personalities and quirks of EB teachers: from almost falling out of my chair from laughing so hard about some French saying Mr. Coup used to use, to talking about Niners vs. Raiders with Coach, to falling in love with writing with Ms. Campbell. Those teachers gave me a love for people and all our unique features. Do you feel that EB adequately prepared you for life after EB? Do you feel you are a citizen of the world? A citizen of the world—YES. 100%. Adequately prepared? In many ways yes, but I know that EB is a better school today than it was when I was there. The process of continual improvement is absolutely critical to education. For example, I remember learning about the African continent through the eyes of French colonialism and I know that we can do better than that. Would you consider sending your children to EB? Why? It freaks me out to even think about that. First would have to come the baby. Let’s see.
Alumni Profile: Jesse Gerstin, Class of 1999
The immersion and bilingual experience at EB is really an unparalleled way to learn. I remember feeling impressed even as a Middle School student that we were taking Math, Geography, Music, Spanish and other subjects in French. It was not only the ease with switching between languages that felt special, but also the difference in pedagogical approach between the French and American teaching styles that made for a rich learning experience. Please describe your current work/studies. My career has centered around the issue of climate change, and what we can do to solve it. I managed the Clinton Foundation’s climate program for the better part of a decade, and recently I joined a renewable energy company, SimpliPhi Power, as the Director of Sustainability. We manufacture
Grade graduation ceremony. I had formed a rock band with two classmates and we rehearsed for weeks in preparation to sing the song “Today” by the Smashing Pumpkins. I was the lead vocalist, mostly because I couldn’t play an instrument.
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When we got on stage in front of a vast sea of classmates, teachers and parents I completely froze and forgot every word to the song. All I could do was yell “Today” into the microphone while our guitarist jumped in to fill in the rest. Somehow we got through it—and I was still invited back to Middle School the following year!
EB was always about seeing the world through multiple perspectives. Climate change is a human problem, and being able to empathize and communicate with all kinds of people is deeply rooted in the education I was provided. What would you say to parents just starting out at EB? As a parent myself who is teaching my kid French, I would urge as much reinforcement of second languages as possible at home. Even if French, or English, is not your native language, there are many resources available from books, TV, games, social groups and more that you can encourage your child to take advantage of. The more a foreign language can be heard on a regular basis, the more normalized it becomes—and the value of speaking another language will stay with you throughout life! Describe your favorite memory from EB. Well, my most embarrassing memory was from our Lower school/5th
Do you feel that EB adequately prepared you for life after EB? Do you feel you are a citizen of the world? I feel we are all citizens of the world, sometimes we just don’t realize it enough. Would you consider sending your children to EB? Why? Absolutely! I wish there were an EB in my current hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Anything else you’d like to add? I want to give a shout out to Coach Rodriguez who helped me discover a love for athletics, and gave me confidence during a period when I needed it most. Also for singing our walk up songs as we stepped up to the plate for kickball. Thanks Coach!
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advanced batteries to pair with solar installations—for homes, businesses, or entire communities. I also teach sustainable finance and accounting to MBA students, training the next generation of leaders to think more holistically about the actions businesses take.
Alumni Profile: Lauren Schumb, Class of 2008
allowed me to be open and curious. I believe that speaking French fluently has been an invaluable asset throughout my education, and for my profession—in fact, one of the reasons I was hired for my position was because my company was looking for a researcher who was fluent in French. In addition, I do not believe that I would have been as open and eager to living and working abroad if I had not attended EB.
What did you enjoy most about your time at EB and why? There are many things that I enjoyed about my time at EB. However, I particularly enjoyed the close-knit group of friends that I developed over the years. EB truly feels like a community that you will always be part of. Please describe your current work/studies. I am currently enrolled in a master’s program at Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. I am studying the Sociology of European Studies and will complete my master’s thesis this October. In addition to my studies, I work full time as a User Experience Researcher at a gaming company. Previously, I studied at UCSB and received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Global Studies. I spent a year abroad in Paris studying at Sciences Po.
How do you feel EB has influenced you or led you towards your choice of profession? EB has influenced me in many invaluable ways; in general, it has greatly shaped my perspective of the world, and truly
What would you say to parents just starting out at EB? I would tell them that that my parents’ choice to send me to EB is one that I will be grateful for my entire life—and their child will undoubtedly feel the same. In addition, enrolling your child in a French American school is a great way to learn a second language yourself (it’s never too late!). Describe your favorite memory from EB. Some of my favorite memories involve the yearly trips that we went on with all of our classmates. My favorite trips were our fifth and eighth grade trips to France, when we stayed with French correspondents and their families for two weeks outside of Paris. I look back fondly on these trips. They were invaluable, fun, and global experiences that truly allowed us to grow as individuals and immerse ourselves in the French culture. Do you feel that EB adequately prepared you for life after EB? Do you feel you are a citizen of the world? I definitely believe that EB prepared me for life after EB. From a young age, EB instills in children the idea that
diversity and tolerance is the norm, not the exception. As a child attending EB, I was open to new experiences and different cultures without even realizing that life could be any different. I believe this is one of the truly unique and invaluable opportunities that EB offers to children, and that this mindset allows us to become “citizens of the world.” I am a half-white, quarter-Mexican, quarter-Black woman who speaks English, French, Spanish, and German. I am originally from the Bay Area, but I have lived in California, France, Spain and now Germany. I grew up creating close connections with individuals from varying backgrounds, and this continues to be the case. In this sense, I do feel that I am a citizen of the world, and I very much feel that, in addition to my family background, EB is a primary reason. Would you consider sending your children to EB? Why? I would absolutely consider sending my children to EB—I would love for them to be able to have similar experiences to what I had growing up: for them to be immersed in the French culture, and to speak French fluently at a young age; to meet kids and families from around the world; to go to school in a tight-knit, welcoming community. I would love for them to grow up with experiences parallel to mine as a child, while creating their own.
Anna Boser (2012) was awarded the University Medal from UC Berkeley, the highest honor for a graduating senior. She graduated as a statistics major with a 4.0 GPA. She's planning on pursuing a Ph.D in Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, funded by the National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship and a Eugene Cota-Robles fellowship. Gale Clark (1993) is the Vice President of Development and Origination at Brightmark, the global leader in waste solutions that takes a holistic approach to tackling environmental challenges. John Hasse (2004) is living in San Diego pursuing his passion of Fine Art Photography. Leo Labadie (2012) spent the summer helping EB prepare for a new back-toschool, ensuring that it is safe for everyone to attend class! He is attending the College of Alameda in the Aviation Maintenance Program, where he is obtaining licenses, which count as two majors, in Power Plant
and Airframe. He is also working on getting his private pilot’s license. Isaac Menashe (1995) has been working for Covered California for over 7 years, and for the last 3 years he has been the Associate Director, Evaluation and Research. Filomene Morrison (2003) moved back to the Bay Area last year, and now works as a Research Scientist at BlackThorn Therapeutics, biopharmaceutical company developing novel, targeted treatments for neurobehavioral disorders. Lawrence Peery (2009) graduated from UC Davis this fall and is currently working at an e-sports production company working remotely. Troia ReyesStone (2009) was awarded the Marshall Scholarship, a prestigious scholarship for American citizens to study in the UK. She will pursue a master of science degree in evidencebased social intervention and policy at Oxford University, and a master of public policy degree at the London School of Economics.
Luna (2015) and Salomé Ragot (2012) decided to organize an EB community fundraiser in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement this summer, in which they raised $1,450 with the EB community. Audrey Rood (2013) is studying Biology at the Sorbonne until next year! Chinzalée Sonami (1999) has been busy working on her line of whimsical dinnerware ceramics, Pala Ceramics. Make sure to follow her on @pala_ceramics on Instagram. Chad Thompson (2000) is the Director of SparkPoint and Career Services, at Skyline College, designed to serve individuals and families who are working to achieve financial selfsufficiency. Demir Worthington (2010) is an Engineering Geologist at the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Control Board. During his free time, he DJs and hosts the quarterly EB cinema movie night!
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Sam Arons (1996) has been the Director of Sustainability at Lyft for the last 2 years.
Alumni Stay in Touch
A Time to Remember and Come Together Reunions are 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 school years 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 at the all-ages EB reunion celebrating the “Galette des Rois”
The Alumni Committee in Action
Alumni Committee Vivian Lopez Nasi Maghsoudnia White Michelle Maguire Johnelle Mancha Tina Meyer Susan Nehme Kim Nogay Brenda Ogburn Fatima Osman Gloria Polanski Natalie Powell Ritu Rai Rick Richetta Karoline Robbins, Co-Chair Karma Roberts Cottie Rood Roberte Rountree Marie-José Sat Vicki Schumb, Co-Chair Joan Steele Nathalie Stringfellow Nathalie Valette Jacqueline Van Lang Susan VinluanMorrison Priscilla Wanerus Demir Worthington Azadeh Yazdi
Cassiopée Hett, Thierry Durandard, Vicki Schumb and Karoline Robbins at the Alumni Reunion in December 2019. Traditions can create a sense of belonging and enable people to come together. Tradition can also allow us to pause and reflect on the significance of culture and community. The Alumni Committee has always been committed to sustaining and supporting a legacy of family and students, and more importantly, ensuring that these traditions still hold meaning for present and future generations. The Alumni Committee plays an important role in coordinating alumni reunions, barbeques for graduating EB alumni seniors, and the graduation dinner. This year, while many of our traditions were put on hold, we continued our newest tradition of EB movie night with the support of EB alum Demir Worthington. In addition to putting on two reunions, the Alumni Committee still met virtually to reinforce our sense of community and connect with one another. We would like to thank our longtime chair, Karoline Robbins, for her leadership and her wealth of institutional knowledge. In addition, we would like to congratulate longtime member and newest co-chair, Vicki Schumb, who stepped to the plate and co-led this year’s committee, with curiosity and intent. We cannot thank them enough for their time and efforts in continuing tradition during this time of uncertainty. Merci ! Would you like to be a part of the Alumni Committee? Please reach out to our Director of Development, Mei-Lin Ha Byers, at email@example.com 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
2019–2020 Annual Report
Susan Acquistapace Becky Andersen Brigitte Bastrenta Anne Brandon Pat Burns Christine Chapon Tina ChenChardonnet Awatif Chirar Steve Cook Tamara Daney Thierry Durandard Luz de la Riva Fériel El Ghaoui Fabiola Etienne Gaëlle Feliz Joan Finnie Hilary Goldman 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
The EB Parents’ Association is special. EB is lucky to have a dedicated PA who continually builds upon positive school spirit by creating meaningful and impactful events. As the pandemic threatened our EB spirit, the PA jumped into action to ensure that community building was still happening at school, even though we couldn’t physically be together. Led by Brian Turner, Alex LaGatta, Maureen Cane and Laura Guevara, the PA helped support parents in transitioning to distance learning. PA members organized virtual dance parties, game nights, workshops, parent check-ins, and so much more to keep the EB community engaged and optimistic. The school would not be able to bring together families and build community without the PA. A huge thank you to the PA Board for their guidance, commitment, and dedication to the school and the community. They really set the tone and culture that we love and cherish, virtually and physically, in West Berkeley. We are grateful to have such marvelous members of the community taking on these important roles for the school! 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 !
Clockwise: Laura Guevara, Erin McCormick, Michael Elie, Rhonda Goldstein, Aimee Aikin, Maureen Cane, Daisy Nguyen, Yousef Nouri, Alex LaGatta, Brian Turner
2019–2020 Parents’ Association PA Officers: Anglophone Co-President Brian Turner Francophone Co-President Alexandra LaGatta 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 Aimee Aikin (TPS–G1) Colleen Boyle (G2–G5) Erin McCormick (G6–G8)
Committee Chairs: Annual Fund Jeremy Bled, Maria Reyes Gala Stéphanie Ross, Cécile Cottus Gourmet Week Cécile Cottus, Virginie Holive Run-a-Thon Ladan Gehring, Allie Pembleton Fall Party Bridget Dolfi, Charlotte Attry, Maria DiGiano, Alexis Tjian Parent Enrichment Sarah Buckelew, Eric Bottino Winter Celebration Christine Borchani World Celebrations Golriz Ardebili, Amy Glaze Welcome Committee/Buddy Program Karoline Robbins, Joséphine Nadler Diversity Chair Will Hammond EB Spiritwear Libby Hruska, Rosie Bell Teacher & Staff Appreciation Anna Kozlachkova, Suna Yalaz-Angell First Friday Coffees Jeremy Bled, Erin McCormick, Claire Readhead Rebates & Scrip Yvette Hatton PA Site Webmaster Maria Reyes Teacher/Staff Appreciation Suna Yalaz-Angell, Bénédicte Remaud, Florence Zakharov, Maureen Cane
Thank you to our numerous Room Reps who enrich our students’ experience every day! This year was especially trying for our Room Reps who had to navigate between the classroom, home, and then in midMarch... the virtual classroom! No matter the challenge, Room Reps continued to keep everyone abreast with important information about distance learning, play dates and ways to
keep the community engaged. These classroom warriors help both teachers and parents alike coordinating field trips, teacher appreciation, lice checks, and so much more. We appreciate each and every one of you and all that you do for EB!
Room Rep Coordinators:
Mark McPherson Carol Montgomery Daisy Nguyen JP De Oliveira Céline Pallud Adriana Parcero Jena Parson Tatiana Pavlova Rachel Poulain Maria Reyes Karoline Robbins Mike Roberts Seyyida Saterfield
Hiwot Atakilti Estelle Balme Lauren Barcelon Margaux Bennett Anna Birch Naomi Black Misgana Bogale Bridget Dolfi
Julie Elie Simone Ehrlich Marie-Jeanne Garnier Jesica Goldhammer-Zebouah Rhonda Goldstein Gaby Gonzalez Pineda Lieu Gorelzky Marc Hartenfels Wendy Langford Anya LeGault Katerina Linos Maria Lord Emilie Mazzacurati
Sarah Sawyer Katie Slemmer Emma Soichet Micah Stilwell Hannah Stott-Bumsted Alexis Tjian Amee Tsai Danya Winterman Qingfang Wu Crystal Yu Florence Zakharov 2019–2020 Annual Report
Aimee Aikin (TPS–G1) Colleen Boyle (G2–G5) Erin McCormick (G6–G8)
Vaea Alain Marx passed away from lung cancer on February 28, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Luckin-Marx and son, Sébastien Marx (2003). Vaea was born to French parents in Tahiti. He and his parents left Tahiti only to arrive in France to the horrors of WWII. At the end of the war, Vaea traveled to many countries and settled in Japan, and became the student of Kawai Kanjiro, a profound ceramic artist. After being in the US for one day, he was drafted in the Korean War. Vaea chose to stay in the US after the war. He ended up at UC Berkeley’s Art Department as a ceramic assistant and developed his ceramic sculpture. Finally, his days as the French Co-President at EB were a great joy for him and his family. Vaea Alain Marx 1.7.1929–2.28.2020
Alexander Mills loved music, reading and writing—not necessarily in that order. He was able to combine his love of music and talent for writing as the West Coast contributor to Atypical Beast magazine out of New York. The ‘gig’ didn’t last more than a year, but it gave Alex a career path. Unfortunately, he passed away unexpectedly leaving his hopes and dreams unfinished. Alex will be remembered for his amazing sense of humor and as someone who kept trying, even when life wasn’t making things easy for him. There was a virtual memorial held for Alex earlier this year. Attended by thirty plus classmates and friends, we know that he was watching over everyone and he was laughing at the stories told that night. His marker in the cemetery has a quote from Johnny Cash: “Life and love go on—Let the music play.” He had it on his bedroom wall. It sums things up for those of us missing him. Alex loved Bowie and punk, but he also chilled on Cash. Let the music play. Alexander Mills 8.28.1994–3.30.2020
EB By the Numbers 2019â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2020
10% 440 of students speak a 3rd language at home
21 pieces of art were showcased for the BLM gallery
Middle School students participated in World Savvy
sport games won by the MS athletic teams
nationalities represented at EB
students participated in the virtual Talent Show
technological devices were given out to students
students of color
student hours spent on the Lower School Robotics program
people attended the TEDxYouth Conference
teachers received professional development training
students received extra assistance during the pandemic
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