American School of Paris - Community Events

Community Events

Join Us - There's something for everyone!

Throughout the year, a variety of activities are organized by and for the ASP parent and family community. On this page you will find information on recent and upcoming events.

ASP Parents: Please consult school newsletters and e-mails for additional details about these events.

Upcoming Events

Information about 2017-18 New Family Orientation and Back-to-School events coming soon!

Recent Events

International Day

Each Spring ASP celebrates its incredible diversity through International Day, a fun-filled showcase of food, music, crafts and games from around the world, especially from the countries represented in the ASP community. It is a unique opportunity for students, parents, and faculty members to participate in the celebration by exploring different cultures and bringing their own to school. Please contact our International Day Coordinators at for more information.

Organized by the Parent-Faculty Association.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

We Appreciate All That You Do!

A special afternoon at the end of the school year; an opportunity to thank the parent volunteers wholeheartedly for the time and input they have contributed to our school.

Visiting Writer Program

Visiting Writer Program

2017 Honoree - Naomi Shihab Nye

For the past fourteen years, thanks to a generous gift from literary agent Steven Barclay (ASP Class of 1977), ASP has been able to showcase some of the literary world's best known authors at our Visiting Writer Program. This event is one of ASP's premiere community events and is a highlight of the school calendar.

During their visit at ASP, the authors interact with Upper School students, give presentations and are interviewed by members of ASP's student publication Ink. During an evening, they also give a reading for the ASP adult community at a special reception.

Thanks to the continued generous support of alumnus Steven Barclay, in previous years ASP's Visiting Writer Program has also enjoyed visits from: Tim Egan, Michael Pollan, Terry Tempest Williams & Alexandra Fuller, Ira Glass, Sarah Vowell, Amy Tan, Robert Hass, Dr Azar Nafisi, Alexander McCall Smith, Robert Pinsky, Billy Collins, Naomi Shihab Nye, David Sedaris, Marjane Satrapi

Bonne Année Cocktail

Bonne Année Cocktail

American School of Paris - Bonne Annee

This all-school, adult cocktail follows the French tradition of welcoming the New Year in the month of January. This annual gathering of ASP and Extension parents, faculty and staff is compliments of the ASP Board of Trustees. Guests sip champagne, mingle with friends and hear inspiring words from Board President Suzanne Obenshain and Head of School Mark Ulfers. This is always a special evening for the ASP parent community.

Organized by the ASP Communications Office.

Winter Fest

Winter Fest

American School of Paris - Winter Fest

A re-vamped holiday offering, this event will be designed specifically for Lower School families.

For more information about, or to contribute to the special upcoming Holiday Event, please contact

Organized by the Parent-Faculty Association.

LS "Trunk or Treat" Event

LS "Trunk or Treat" Event

American School of Paris - Trunk or TreatLower School students may “trick or treat” in the safe and enclosed area of the ASP parking lot as car trunks are decorated and families gather and enjoy the Halloween spirit. It is a 'real treat' to see so many in costume and such creatively decorated trunks-and lots of candy!

Organized by the ASP Communications Office and our Parent-Faculty Association.

Community Connections Fair

Community Connections Fair

American School of Paris - Community Connections Fair

Each September, as part of our Welcome Program, ASP invites various vendors and service providers to help welcome our new and returning families. You can come and take advantage of more than 50 English and French-speaking groups from the Paris area who will gather to answer your questions. Representatives are on hand from area clubs, religious and service institutions, language and cooking schools, beauty, banking, sports, photography services and much more. Certain vendors have items for sale on this day. There are also many ASP parent groups at the event.

Vendor Information

The Community Connections Fair is an annual event which is part of a comprehensive program to welcome and acclimate the more than 100 new families joining our school, as well as those returning, each Fall. If you would like to particpate in next year's Community Connections Fair, please contact

All Community Back to School BBQ

All Community Back to School BBQ

American School of Paris - Back to School BBQ

Our Back to School BBQ is an all community event sponsored by ASP and the PFA. It is an afternoon filled with food, fun, music and games! So come catch-up with old friends and make new ones. Sports teams, Clubs and Grade representatives will all be on hand to greet you and introduce themselves. We look forward to seeing you there!

Organized by the ASP Communications Office and our Parent-Faculty Association.

Living Skills Seminars

American School of Paris - Living Skills

Each Fall and Winter, ASP's PFA sponsors seminars that provide our arriving families with critical information on how to acclimate to their new home in Paris. The three presentations give details on French healthcare, driving, shopping and much, much more. The Living Skills seminars are also a great way to meet new friends and familiarize yourself with life at ASP. Register here.

Organized by the Parent-Faculty Association.

Fall 2016 Program

Helping New Families Make the Most of their Stay in France

The Living Skills seminars are for new families just arriving and settling into Paris. The goal of the welcome program is to help you integrate into the ASP & Paris communities as quickly and effortlessly as possible. It is also a great way to meet new families just arriving.

The program will include discussion on the following topics:

"Food in France"

A culinary expert will share helpful tips on what to buy and what to look for when shopping at the local market, as well as provide the French equivalents to your favorite foods. A valuable shopping guide will also be provided.

"Healthcare, Security, Transportation," Melissa Bradford & Community Connections Fair

A doctor will explain the French system and approach to healthcare and how to find English-speaking doctors. Learn what to do in a medical emergency in France. An ASP school nurse will discuss the school's medical policy. A member of ASP's security team will provide a presentation. An ASP parent will offer tips on day-to-day travel in and about the city, including public transport and driving. ASP community members will share French etiquette tips and provide the inside scoop on the best and hottest restaurants in town.

This session will also include a special presentation from the author of "Global Mom" Melissa Bradford and the Community Connections Fair (see more information on the tab in this page).

To see information regarding transportation presented at this session, please click here

"Navigating ASP and Paris Shopping Experience" & "Lunch With Friends":

Paris might be a new city, but ASP is also new to you and your children. This session will help you become familiar with specific ASP programs and systems including: school communication tools, library resources, athletics, Excellence Fund, and the PFA's role and opportunities. Also at this session, a local expert will provide shopping tips on where to find something you need-or the French equivalent-saving you time and helping you feel at home right from the start

There will be a special lunch for all participants to become better acquainted with your new friends, meet parents from your own neighborhood, speakers and PFA executive team members, and to exchange stories and ideas.

Questions? Contact