Fabrice Jaumont of the French Embassy and I met with Principal Barbera and the School Leadership Team to discuss the French Dual Language Program initiative for PS 20. The School Leadership Team is very interested in further exploring how this program could potentially benefit the school. Ms. Barbera also expressed her commitment to working toward making this happen for the school if there is enough demonstrated interest within the school and community at large. Submitting the bilingual/dual language grant application is an example of her commitment. The next step in this process is that parents interested in the French DLP with children entering Kindergarten in September 2013 must show their support by submitting an application at PS 20 for their child by the end of this month. This is very important because it will show PS 20 that the interest is not just hypothetical, but real. It will also allow for PS 20 to request additional budget from the DOE to hire a French dual language teacher and expand the school’s Kindergarten program from two to three classrooms. If you’ve already submitted an application to PS but but didn’t indicate on the application that you’re interested in the French Dual Language program, please email me so that I can make sure your child’s application is included. The address of the school is 225 ADELPHI STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11205, (718) 834-6744. They are accepting applications M-F, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm between now and February 28. Please write on the back of the application that you’re interested in the French Dual Language program so that we can contact you about language testing. (The school is closed on Monday, Feb 18, and Tuesday, Feb 19 for the Presidents’ Day). Please help get the word out by forwarding this to friends, colleagues, preschool teachers, etc. Merci! Shareen 347-731-4003

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  • I am going to visit the school on Tuesday to submit a kindergarten application and put that we are specifically interested in the french dual language program.  I just got off the phone with the school office and she was saying that if we are not zoned for the school, it may be difficult to get in.  I am hoping that the dual language program does happen and that my son can be a part of it!

    ETA:  Although I am fluent in french and we do speak some french in our home, our son would be applying for an anglophone seat in the program.


    Kara Angèle

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