A key school-parent partnership
At ASP, we love our Parent-Faculty Association! For new and returning families alike, getting involved in the PFA is an important way to take advantage of all that ASP has to offer, to meet fellow families, and to help enrich the community with unique perspectives, activities, and opportunities!
While all parents who are part of the ASP community belong to the PFA, there are different levels of involvement and volunteering to suite the needs of each family. From the executive board, led by President Lisa H., to grade-level liaisons, neighborhood coordinators, and country liaisons, parents can get involved in any language and across academic divisions.
Throughout the year, parents work on the initiatives that spark their interest, like coordinating year-long activities for our graduating Grade 12 students, or seasonal celebrations. The PFA in Lower, Middle, and Upper School coordinate regular coffee hours for parents in each grade and division to come together and exchange ideas, ask questions, and engage with the school community. Neighborhood liaisons organize similar meetings closer to home for parents who want to meet the ASP families in the neighborhood.
From the beginning of the year, the PFA helps new families adjust to life in France and integrate into the ASP community through their work at Orientation Day and the Back to School BBQ.
As part of the welcome experience at ASP, the PFA presents a workshop in September and January on essential living skills in France. They offer tips and tricks to everyday experiences like the marché and public transport, and provide key insight into services like finding a family doctor.
In addition to programming geared toward new families, PFA volunteers coordinate short-term French classes, which are especially useful to parents who can't attend the full beginner and intermediate classes offered at ASP. To sign up for an upcoming workshop, click here.
With a diverse mix of cultures on campus, our community celebrates a number of seasonal events, from Trunk or Treat at Halloween (a safe, on-campus Halloween event) to Winter Fest and Spring Fest which celebrate the holiday seasons and the beginning of the year.
Most recently, our PFA parents organized a lion dance on campus to celebrate Lunar New Year. Our students, led by Ms. Bui in the Middle School, shared how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in China, Vietnam, and Korea, before the dancers delighted students from the Lower and Middle School with an incredible performance.
With a huge array of activities to choose from, PFA volunteers organize workshops and bring speakers to campus. Earlier this term, our PFA offered "From Conflict to Collaboration" on different parenting techniques. Our PFA also participates in regular, on-campus service opportunities where students, faculty, staff, and parents come together to make sandwiches to be distributed in the north of Paris near refugee centers.
Later in the year, events like division-level cocktails, end-of-the-year celebrations for graduating seniors, and International Day keep the PFA busy across campus. The next event on the calendar is a Lower School cocktail––see the ASP Weekly News for more information!
International Day is a joyful event, combining qualities from a BBQ, a block party, and a cultural festival that allows anyone from our community to host a booth serving food from their home country. Stay tuned for details on how to participate this year!
If you'd like to get involved in the PFA, come to one of the monthly meetings (February 11, 9:00 a.m. in the Community Room or March 10 at 9:00 a.m. in the Community Room), email your grade-level liaison, or reach out to Lisa directly to get involved.