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School Ecomobility Challenge, October 2021

We would like to invite you to take part, with the School, in the ‘School Ecomobility Challenge’, which takes places next week from Monday 11 to Friday 15 October. Every morning during the week, your child’s teacher will make a note of the type of transportation they used to come to school.

What’s the goal?

  • To increase awareness about nicer ways (walking, cycling, using scooters, public transport, carsharing, etc.) to travel to and from school;
  • To increase awareness about the beneficial effects of these alternatives for our health and for the environment;
  • To reduce, throughout this ‘ecomobility’ week, the amount of car traffic around the School;
  • To make getting to school safer for pupils and parents.

How?

By traveling to School by a means other than the personal car. Doing so just on one day in the week would make a real contribution to meeting this Challenge!

Where and when?

Several routes/dates setting off from the following locations:

  • Saint Vincent Church in Marcq-en-Barœul by bike on Monday 11,
    Tuesday 12, Thursday 14 and Friday 15 October
  • Saint Maurice Pellevoisin by bike on Friday 15 October
  • Quesnoy-sur-Deûle by bike on Tuesday 12, and Friday 15 October
    You can see the detail of the proposed routes in the attached document.
    And you can create your own route if you wish with other families (and don’t forget Cmabulle might help you to do so).

With whom?

TFull details of the routes are available on the forum.

You can help us meet this Challenge!

Parents remain responsible for their children.And last but not least, don’t forget to wear a yellow vest and a helmet!

For those of us who do not have a child or adult safety vest, the PA is selling EELM-customized neon vests for 9 euros each.

Child and adult sizes available!

This will allow as many people as possible to be visible, and thus make our journeys and the area around the school safer.

Delivery scheduled the week of 11 October.

Interested ? Flash the below QR code for ordering !

https://www.payassociation.fr/ape-eelm/gilet-de-securite-ape-eelm

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BACK TO SCHOOL

The members of the APE EELM (parents’ association) would like to welcome the families joining the school, and to welcome back the families returning after the summer break.

Here you will find some important upcoming events to put in your diary for the month of September.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

From the 6th of September, the extracurricular workshops will be starting up for M1/M2 and P1/P2/P3 students. In total 16 workshops are full and 168 students will be able to enjoy them. We are currently working on the possibility of proposing specific workshops to secondary-level students. Thanks to members of the ‘périscolaire’ working group who have worked really hard during the holidays to organise a wide range of activities and get everything ready for the beginning of September !

If you have any questions, you can write to this address: periscolaire@ape-eelm.eu.

INFORMATION MEETING ABOUT THE APE (PA)

For parents who would like to know more about the association, the way it works, the members of the bureau and administrative board, as well as the many different ways in which you can get involved, a virtual meeting
will be held on September 16th from 8 to 9.30pm on Teams. You will receive a link and an invitation by email very soon.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Our association is young, and we rely on the contributions of parents who are keen to get involved with life at the school. We are looking for parents interested in joining the bureau, the administrative board or one of the working groups of our association.

If you are interested in joining the team, please let us know before the 20th of September by writing to the follwing address: bureau@ape-eelm.eu.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE ASSOCIATION

Those families who have registered their child or children for an extracurricular workshop must be members of the association. It is also necessary to be a member in order to vote at the General Assembly. It is not compulsory to make a financial contribution in order to join the association.

You are invited to complete the membership form.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The General Assembly of our Association will take place on September 29th at 8pm at the Centre Social in Marcq en Baroeul (69 boulevard Clémenceau). During this meeting we will inform you about last year’s
activities including the financial situation of the association and the projects developed by the working groups. We will also elect the members of the new bureau and the new administrative board for the 2021-2022 school year.

You will receive an invitation to the General Assembly, a copy of the Activity Report and the Financial Report on September 15th.

For those parents who are unable to attend the meeting it will be possible to cast an electronic vote in advance.

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION WE WISH YOU ALL A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR !

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Yearbook : Pre-order

Here is a preview of the first EELM Yearbook.

What is the Yearbook?

The Yearbook is a book that gathers pictures of all the classes that make up our school, mini-portraits of all the students. You will also find the highlights of each section and the actions carried out by the APE.

This yearbook will allow students and their parents to keep vivid memories of ending year with their class but also all the other ones.

This collection is a complementary souvenir to the class photo that you may have already ordered.

Orders for the Yearbook will open on June 1st and close on June 10th at 8 p.m., as it will go to press early June. It will be distributed in class on June 25. You will receive the link to order it in a few days.

As with every action taken by the APE, the profits collected will be used to finance projects for our children’s school.

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Newsletter #2

Winter is finally over, and we all want to get out and about more. And there’s no shortage of ideas to keep us busy.

The Parents’Association has lots of projects on the boil which, with the help of the many families who volunteer their time, are contributing to make our school a place where our children are happy and where we all want to get together.

As in the first newsletter, you will find updates about what’s been going on since January and our plans for the coming months.

Mobility Group

Our aim to work towards greener ways of getting around, a more accessible school and to ensure everyone’s safety.

The P1 and P2 students are thrilled about the new cycle racks which have been installed near their gate. The Region has promised to supply bike shelters before the end of the school year.

This month you have the opportunity to get involved in the challenge organized by the Lille Metropolitan Authority (MEL) : “Ensemble en selle”. You can create an account on the website https://www.naviki.org/fr/naviki and join the team “Ecole Européenne Lille Métropole”. 90 participants had already registered on May 9!

Every kilometre counts, to come to school, go to work or out on a ride at the weekend. Let’s try to beat last year’s record, when we clocked up more than 2000 km.

You can track the results on https://challengevelo.lillemetropole.fr, and we’ll certainly be celebrating our success, cyclists and non cyclists all together.

Fundraising Group

We’ve had the pleasure of organising two “easy mercredi” sales so far this year : pizzas on January 13th and Pad Thai on March 31st. Each event raised about 500 euros for the association. This money will be used to purchase equipment for the school yard (outdoor games equipment such as balls, circus equipment, …) and supplies for the after school clubs. There will be a third “easy mercredi” before the end of the year with a new destination.

As you know, we worked with Sylvain David (photographer and M1 EN parent) to organise the class photos. For the end of the year we are also preparing a Year Book. It will include photos of the school’s pupils, the different projects which the classes and the Parents’Association have worked on, and also the highlights of the school year. We hope with this first edition to provide you with a souvenir of your child’s year at the EELM 2020 2021.

Eco School Group

Many parents have got involved in the eco school group, working on projects which highlight the importance of sustainable development for our school.

One of the most important events of recent months : the Parents’ Association has been working with the school and the City of Marcq to create a small vegetable garden. The first fruits and vegetables will be ready to pick before the end of the school year.

To contact the group or to get involved: ecoschool@ape eelm.eu.

Culture & Diversity Group

As we mentioned in the first newsletter, we are very excited about our Virtual and Multilingual Library. We will be inaugurating it very soon, so watch your e-mails all the information about how to access the library will be sent out very soon.

At our school we are lucky to have families of many different nationalities. We would like to make this diversity visible by creating a large scale map of the world representing the countries of origin of our school’s families. We are currently working on this, and we hope to be able to tell you more before the end of the school year.

The culture and diversity group is always looking for new ideas and contributions from the school’s families, please get in touch with your ideas! Feel free to contact us at culture diversity@ape eelm.eu.

Communication Group

Over the last few months we have been working behind the scenes on improving the forum and making it more user-friendly. We have drawn up a user’s charter, and we are setting up channels of information for each of the association’s working groups.

We also hope, before the end of the year, to create a new section entitled “helping hand”. This section will be aimed at any families who may occasionally need help with dropping off or picking up their kids, for example, but who don’t have any family or friends in the region to call on. It will also be useful for families who have recently arrived, don’t necessarily speak French, and may need help with some administrative procedures. We’ll keep you up to date as this project takes shape.

Library Group

Parents, accompanied by municipal staff, will offer nursery and primary children access to their library during lunchtime. The opening will be one day a week and will be extended according to the mobilization of parents. NOTICE TO VOLUNTEERS!

Other projects are underway and will soon allow children to benefit even more from this library.

Extracurricular Activities Group

Despite the sanitary conditions we have been able to maintain the activities. They will, as far as possible, take place outdoors until the end of the year.

Many thanks to all the parents who completed the survey about the extracurricular activities!

We’ll be in touch soon with more information about next year’s activities.

You have also received a request for authorization to use your child’s photo. Our aim is to be able to share with you some pictures and videos of the after school workshops.

A final word

Despite the covid-19 restrictions, the working groups have enables many families to get to know each other and to get involved with the association. But of course we all want to meet up and have some fun together. We hope to be able to do that very soon. We are working on the possibility of organising small-scale gatherings (by school level) at the end of this year, and we are planning a fantastic picnic for September to allow us to meet up and give the new families a warm welcome.

We thank you all for your energy and your contributions which make the EELM such a unique and friendly place.

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Easy Mercredi #2

Dear parents,

The PA is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2nd Easy Mercredi this year, organized to facilitate the preparation of your family meals on Wednesday noon.

Let’s take a trip to Thailand, in partnership with “La compagnie de Charlie”, caterer in Roubaix. 

4 Pad Thaï choices to : Beef, Chicken, King Prawns or Vegetarian. 

450/500g servings are offered at the price of 10 Euros.

Place your orders before Friday 26 March 8 pm, for delivery after school on 31 March between 11.40 am and 12.40 pm, by following the link:

https://www.payassociation.fr/ape-eelm/easy-mercredi-2

Enjoy your meal !

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Forum – it’s available again

22/03/2021 : The technical issues were resolved and the forum is available again.

Enjoy 🙂

10/03/3021 : Due to technical problems with the web host provider, the association’s forum is currently unavailable.

A gradual return to normal is expected from March 22 according to the provider.

https://www.ovh.com/fr/news/presse/cpl1785.incendie-notre-site-strasbourg

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Edible garden

Hello everyone,

You’ll be pleased to know an edible garden is going to be created at the EELM very soon! Some bird feeders have also been placed near the raised beds and some bird houses and a shelter for hedgehogs will be added soon.
The education around this garden is obviously managed by the teaching staff. However, the set up, the materials and the maintenance will require some help from motivated parents or families!
To make sure this garden is a success, you can help by:

If you can help, do not hesitate to contact us on at this address : ecoschool@ape-eelm.eu
We are looking forward to starting this exciting project, a huge thank you in advance for any help you can offer!

Take care,
See you soon,

The EELM PA team / Eco School Group

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Happy new year

Dear Parents,

January is already coming to an end.   In our December newsletter we highlighted all the great projects we completed together over the past few months and I can only thank you again for your generosity and for the support that you regularly show : 

  • Nearly 500 books and games were donated for the associations Ludopital and Enfance et Vie
  • 242 copies of our recipe books were sold
  • 142 pizzas were also sold during ‘Easy Mercredi’

These two latest projects have enabled us to collect more than 1 800 euros.

The money raised by the Parents’ Association is mainly intended to finance travel and cultural activities for the children, but in this unusual year we will also make a contribution for the  purchase of equipment for the playground, materials for the M&P after-school club, and the chess club which will be set up by the “S” pupils in the coming weeks. 

On behalf of the bureau and all the members of the C-APE, I wish you a happy 2021 with lots of laughter, dreams, good health and the desire to share great projects for our children.

Bénédicte Ciscato

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Newsletter #1

As every year, September is the time for the review of the previous year, the constitution of the new team with its share of important formal moments: organization of the General Assembly, presentation of the financial and activity report of the previous year and the election of the parents’ representatives within the Association.

The work carried out by the Association is done through working groups, open to all parents and organized around defined themes.

At the beginning of this year, a little more than 60 parents are actively involved in CAPE and in the working groups. Here is a summary of their main actions:

Extracurricular

The extracurricular activities are still largely managed by the municipality (especially the morning and evening day care for the nursery and primary schools) but in two years’ time the APE will have to take over all the extracurricular activities for the school.

So, this year, we have started… and it’s going well: 78 students registered, 4 workshops on different themes for the primary and nursery schools. Despite the lockdown we managed, thanks to the flexibility of the parents, to maintain the activities by reorganizing the groups.

After this start, and for the second part of the year, we are planning, with the agreement of the school, to open one or two workshops for the “S” students and we are also preparing a wider range of activities for the next school year. Watch your emails, we will tell you more in January.

To contact this group or get involved you can write to:

periscolaire@ape-eelm.eu

Library

The Nursery and Primary Library (“BCD”) is managed entirely by the APE and a great team of parents, who last year had already sorted and covered the books and set up a referencing system, and which continues this year to allow easy and structured access to all primary and nursery classes. This year the objective is to allow students to borrow books. We are working on it.

The Library group is also supporting the teaching team in the setting up of a CDI for Secondary students, and at the beginning of the year organized a campaign of book donations to expand the collection and offered financial support for the purchase of books in English.

To contact this group or get involved you can write to:

library@ape-eelm.eu

Culture & Diversity

Culture and diversity are cross-cutting topics that are found in all our projects, but the idea of a multilingual virtual library was born last year and has enabled us to collect videos of children’s stories read by parents of various nationalities. This library already has some videos, and we would like to continue to expand it and find a way to share the works with our children.

Another successful project this year has been the “Family Lessons” :these are conversation groups in English or French on various topics, aimed at parents who want to improve their skills in one of these langages at the same time as getting to know other parents.

To contact this group or get involved you can write to:

bureau@ape-eelm.eu

Eco-School

In the Eco-school group, many parents are involved in projects that all want to put the values of sustainable development at the heart of our school.

Concretely, they have enabled the participation of primary and nursery classes in the World Clean up Day, the organization of a reverse Advent calendar action, an action to raise awareness of sharing for our little ones and which allowed us to collect toys for an association, Ludopital.

The team is also working jointly with the school and the town hall on the implementation of a small vegetable garden for next spring

Already set up last year, the eco-boxes for sorting waste at the school are again this year in the spotlight and used to raise awareness among children and parents about waste sorting.

Other themes are also on the agenda, such as raising awareness of biodiversity and intergenerational aid.

To contact this group or get involved you can write to:

ecoschool@ape-eelm.eu

Mobility

A gentle start for a group that wants to emphasize soft mobility, but not only.

They are working to improve the smooth flow of transportation to and from the current school and are looking at the mobility and transportation issues once the school has moved to the new building and will accommodate a larger number of children.

To contact this group or get involved you can write to:

bureau@ape-eelm.eu

Fundraising

Following last year’s success, we wanted to relaunch our “Easy Wednesday” actions in November, but we will have to wait until January… but we promise you super Easy Wednesdays… The first Easy Wednesday will take you to Italy…

We can’t travel, we can’t meet each other, never mind! The whole team has been busy to allow you to travel with a great book, with almost 80 recipes, from the four corners of the world. A delight!

An incredible collaborative work, in record time, a bilingual FR/EN book, of which we sold nearly 250 copies: one word of praise to all of you and thank you!

To contact this group or get involved you can write to:

fundraising@ape-eelm.eu

Communication

No blah blah blah but a lot of ideas to better share, exchange and inform… especially at the beginning of this year:

The redesign and implementation of a new website which aims to keep parents informed of current projects and centralize essential information.

We are also working on a better use of the forum and a communication memo to guide parents who have questions about the school, the association and daily problems.

This group also created a newsletter (quarterly) of which we are very proud to present this first issue.

To contact this group or get involved you can write to:

wg-communication@ape.eelm.eu

Only one word of conclusion is necessary for all the parents who made this possible, for all the other parents who support and encourage us, as well as for the team of teachers and management who are overflowing with energy and effort in a difficult health context:

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Ludopital : Collecting toys

The approaching festive season is associated with sharing, generosity and solidarity. We want these strong civic values, so dear to the European Schools, to take on a real dimension in the eyes of our children.

We invite you all to join us in a campaign to collect second-hand toys for a local children’s charity called : Ludopital.

Toys can be donated from December 7th to December 11th. Children put their toy or game in the boxes provided in their classrooms. The aims of Ludopital and the reasons for this project will be explained to the children in class.

This initiative includes all classes (M – P – S). To help you, here is a list of toys your children can donate :

  • Baby toys and games (sensory toys for example)
  • Soft toys (CE standard)
  • Small vehicles (cars, trucks…)
  • Role-playing toys (dolls, characters, animals, costumes…)
  • Books, comics, manga
  • Jigsaw puzzles (<250 pieces)
  • Board games
  • Games and books for teenagers

All toys donated must be in very good condition, clean, and with no missing pieces.
Many thanks for your generosity.