Category Archives: Actualités et évènements

A Word From Our HOS: COVID-19 Update

Dear Families,

We must do everything we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 to protect our students, faculty and staff. As Head of School, I will always err to the side of caution to protect all of our families.

As of today, March 16th, we do not have any cases of this virus reported within our community.

However, after much thought, consideration and discussion with several team members, we have decided to close the school until further notice.

While the school is closed, please be assured that students will still be given the opportunity to continue learning remotely starting on Tuesday, March 24th. Monday, March 23rd is reserved for a virtual faculty in-service day. Also during this time, the administrative team will be working remotely to maintain the operations of the school. 

Additionally, this closure extends to all morning and after care activities, school events and meetings. Out of an abundance of caution, all field trips and events are likely to be cancelled throughout April until further notice. A separate email will be sent to all families regarding cancellation notices.

I understand that the current state of affairs around the world seems surreal, and that the school closing may seem frightening. Please know that we are doing this out of an abundance of caution to protect our community. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all try to navigate this difficult situation together.

Corinne Güngör
Chef d'établissement

Consul General of France in New York Visits FASP

On February 11th, the Consul General of France in New York visited the French American School of Princeton (FASP) to meet with fourth through eighth grade students for a conversation on diplomacy.

During the forum-style conversation, students had the opportunity to ask questions directed to Ms. Anne-Claire Legendre, who has served as the Consul General since 2016.

Questions that students asked included, “How often do you meet presidents?” and “How many people work at the Consulate?

In addition to meeting with students, Consul General Legendre also received a tour led by FASP Head of School, Corinne Güngör. During the tour, Legendre and Güngör spoke about FASP’s dual language program offered to students at the school.

To learn more about the Consulate General of France in New York, please click here:

Former United Nations Worker Visits French American School of Princeton for Presentation

Former United Nations worker speaks to FASP students in the cafeteria.

On January 31st, former United Nations worker Suzanne Mandong visited the French American School of Princeton (FASP) for a presentation to students in grades five through eight. During the presentation, Mandong spoke to students about the landlocked West-African country, Burkina Faso.

In 1992, Mandong moved to New York City and worked for the the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). During her career, she had the distinct privilege of working with people throughout the world, making her multilingual in English, French, Russian and Bassa. Now retired, Mandong feels it is important to continue helping those who are in need, while encouraging younger generations to follow in her footsteps.

A woman helping people in need.

“We must engage our youth, and teach them the importance of serving and giving,” said Mandong. Our future relies on young people.”

During her frequent visits to Africa, Mandong provides common personal care items to the citizens of Burkina Faso. To involve the FASP community, Mandong showed a collection of images that displayed the conditions of Burkina Faso. Then, she gave examples on how students can help, even without visiting the country.

“We cannot do everything, but we can do something,” said Mandong. “We can fundraise and collect basic items including shoes, food, school supplies, hygiene products and so much more.”


To donate to Burkina Faso, please consider donating the following: (Closed as of 2-21-2020)

Students in preschool, pre-k and kindergarten classes can provide hygiene products including soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste or mouthwash. 

Élèves dans elementary classes can provide sheets, blankets and towels, as well as school supplies such as pens, pencils, markers or crayons. 

Élèves dans middle school classes can provide summer clothes, such as t-shirts and shorts (all sizes). 

FASP Alumni Spotlight: Zahra Lohoué

An in-depth interview with alumni as they reflect on their time at the French American School of Princeton.

2019 alumni Zahra Lohoué sits in a library while she visits FASP to share her experiences.
Zahra Lohoué, a 2019 graduate at FASP, sits and shares her experiences at the school.

Meet Zahra Lohoué, a 2019 eighth-grade graduate of FASP. Zahra sat with FASP for an in-depth interview to share her experiences during her time at the school. As a current high school student, Zahra speaks about how her experiences at FASP has prepared her for her current school and beyond.

Watch Zahra’s full interview below, or visit FASP’s YouTube channel:

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FASP Alumni Spotlight: Alexandre Cartier

An in-depth interview with alumni as they reflect on their time at the French American School of Princeton

Even after a student graduates from the French American School of Princeton (FASP), alumni are often eager to visit their former teachers and current students who attend the school.

Truth be told, some of our alumni have the best stories to tell!

We are pleased to announce FASP’s Alumni Spotlight Series! The series will include a combination of in-depth interviews, videos and photos as former students share their bilingual-centered learning experience at FASP, and how it has shaped them into prepared, well-equipped students today.

This month, FASP introduces Alexandre Cartier, who graduated from the eighth grade at FASP in 2014. After he relocated with his parents to the United States at the age of 12, Alexandre knew only French and quickly adapted to life in a new country, and more specifically, becoming a part of a close-knit bilingual school community.

“My experience at FASP was different than most students,” said the now college-aged student. “My first year at the school exposed me to new points of view, both academically and socially. Being in a school with multiple cultures is an amazing aspect that you will benefit from.”

Aside from being exposed to various groups of multi-cultural students, Alexandre explained how bilingual learning helped shape his mind, while preparing him for both high school and college, as he currently attends Engineering School in his native country of France

“Looking back at what I learned at FASP, it taught me about having conversations with people of different cultures and viewpoints. Ironically, it has taught me to learn other languages even faster.”

Academically, students at FASP are exposed to an array of subjects including math, science, music and art. For Alexandre, one particular subject piqued his interest.

“The sciences were very interesting,” he said. “Completing the lab projects were challenging yet rewarding. Being in a bilingual English and French school made me feel as if I had one foot back at home in France, and another in my new home in the United States.”

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Visits French American School of Princeton

Scientist from the NOAA stands on stage in front of middle school students

On November 14th, Princeton’s location of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) visited the French American School of Princeton (FASP) for a presentation to middle school students on climate change, the ocean and marine life.

The presentation, held in the FASP cafeteria, gathered NOAA scientists Dr. Mitch Bushuk and Dr. Vince Saba, as well as middle school students and faculty for an in-depth presentation on “Understanding, Observing and Acting on Climate Change.” During the presentation, students also had the special opportunity to speak with the scientists, ask questions and engage in an open dialogue.

Middle school students listen to the presentation by NOAA

Over the past several years, FASP actively participated in an increased initiative of environmental consciousness. During the 2018-19 school year, former middle school students visited Bermuda to study plastic pollution and the impacts on marine life. This school year, the initiative continued with the effort of eliminating single-use plastics throughout the school during events, classroom activities and projects. Middle school students created posters to remind visitors of the school’s increased effort in caring for the environment.

“We are delighted to have the NOAA visit our school today,” said Head of School Corinne Güngör. “The value of this presentation aligns with FASP’s work in protecting the environment, while keeping our students conscious of the world in which we live.”

During the presentation, 7e grade student Giselle asked a question about the impact that humans have on climate change. “ Dr. Bushuk answered, “Yes, humans are responsible for the impact, as well as natural factors such as active volcanoes.”

Maternelle Students Host Semaine du Goût

Students Host Semaine du Goût in preschool, pre-k and kindergarten!

Two students in presechool learn and taste different foods

Earlier this month, students and faculty in Maternelle presented “Semaine du Goût” and Forum held in the FASP cafeteria! The morning event gathered preschool, pre-k and kindergarten students, as well as their parents, for a presentation of song, artwork and food prepared by the students.

French American School of Princeton Recognizes Student for Figure Skating Win in Egypt

A student ice skating in a rink

The French American School of Princeton (FASP) recognizes eighth grade student Sophia Farajallah for winning a figure skating award in Egypt during a competition held over the summer.

Farajallah, 13, received the award during the Egyptian National Figure Skating Championship. The event, sponsored and organized by Ice Skate Egypt, embraces and raises awareness of winter sports throughout the country. Her mother, Heba Guirgis who also works within the organization, had the distinct honor of awarding Farajallah the first-place medal for girls competing in the 13-15 age group.

“It was quite the experience,” said Farajallah. “It was really special for my mom to present me the award.”

At the age of three, Farajallah started figure skating after she told her mother she wanted to begin the sport. As both an athlete and a scholar, she prepares herself for figure skating through on-ice and off-ice training including ballet, pilates, meditation and even watching competitions on television.

A headshot of a student.

“I like to see what trends are popular among professional ice skaters,” said Farajallah.

Outside of figure skating and school, the 13-year-old student-athlete enjoys painting and spending time with her dog, Joy. At the conclusion of each academic school year at FASP, she also visits family in Egypt yearly and proudly embraces her heritage of the country. “I’m very proud to be Egyptian,” said Farajallah. “It’s a big part of history, and I enjoy going to see my cousins and grandparents each year.”

Back to School Review

Students stand in line before they explore the on-campus garden.

The French American School of Princeton (FASP) opened its doors to students, faculty and staff for the 2019-20 school year! On September 3rd, the school year kicked off with a week full of young, eager and energetic minds who are ready for a year of bilingual learning.

In preparation for the faculty and student return, the FASP administration conducted upgrades and additions to the school over the summer. These upgrades included new windows, a new parking lot located within the FASP campus and the resurfacing of the gym floors. The gym also received new basketball equipment and safety padding which lines the walls.

Before the first day, faculty arrived early to set up their classrooms in preparation for the students. The faculty then met with Corinne Güngör, FASP Head of School, and school administrators for a coffee welcome. The coffee welcome gave faculty and staff the opportunity to catch up on stories from the summer break, and discuss their plans for the new academic year.

Students stand with excitement for the new academic year.

Also prior to the first official day, the FASP Community welcomed new families to the school. During the official welcome, three former FASP students spoke about how attending FASP has shaped them into the successful high school students that they are today. The new students and families then met their teachers while touring the classrooms.

The community at FASP anticipates a successful 2019-20 school year!

Ice Cream Truck at FASP

A sweet treat with friends is a great way to close out another wonderful school year. Thank you to the PA for organizing the ice cream truck visit for our students! Have a wonderful summer and see you at the Rentrée!

Kindergarten Graduation 2019

Graduating from maternelle (pre-elementary) and getting ready to start Grade 1 is a big step! Our Kindergarten students, along with their families and teachers, took time to celebrate at the graduation ceremony last week. Congratulations to our students on all you’ve learned and accomplished!

Field Days at FASP

On one of the last days of school, our students (and teachers!) always enjoy a chance to get outside and have fun together. This year was no different, as our students enjoyed classic games, water activities, team games, and a new Ninja Line activity!

PA End-of-the-year picnic

Always a nice gathering outside of school for our families, the end-of-the-year picnic organized by the PA took place on a beautiful day at Van Horne Park!

Grade 5 & 8 Graduation 2019

Every year, it’s hard to say goodbye to our Grade 8 students as they head on to high school, and hard to believe our Grade 5 students will be Middle Schoolers in a few months! But the graduation ceremony is a special time to celebrate what they have accomplished and what good things they will do on their next adventures. Congratulations to all our graduating students, and best wishes for a bright future!

A breakfast to say Thank You

Every year, many parents volunteer their time to help our school events and activities run smoothly. We took a moment to say thank you to them with a nice breakfast gathering. Thank you again for all your support of the school!