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SEASONS GREETINGS: Information Letter to Parents

Dear Parents, dear Families

We hope that you are well, that your families are healthy and safe - and that you are looking forward to the holiday season. 

This year is very special and will certainly stay in the memory of our kids and families for a long, long time. We at the APE are keeping business as usual, supporting the School, parents and kids in their endeavours. Alas, we can’t organise our very popular events such as the St Martin parade, Christmas market, workshops, picnics, which were always a great opportunity for families to meet and for kids to play together. So, for now, we work more in the back office, cooperating with the School Administration, keeping the after school service alive (more below), guaranteeing the functioning of the Lunch-Box service and looking for creative ways to connect the school community together. So if you have good ideas, drop us an email to or write on the Facebook page of the APE or visit our (new) website, where you can find the latest news.    


Parents' Association members and elections to the Administrative Council of the EES

The APE General Assembly elected in September the composition of the APE board for 2020/2021.

Subsequently, the election of parents´ representatives to the Administrative Council of the EES took place in October. Many thanks to all of you who participated in the exercise and voted for the APE list (354 parents have cast their vote, with 279 valid votes, 0 blank votes and 75 invalid votes). You can learn more about the “new” and “old” APE board members and the participation in the works of the School in the Who we are and What we do sections on the APE website.  


At present, the French Education Ministry examines possibilities of using new technologies for voting. We remain hopeful that for next elections in 2021 we will use at least some elements of e-voting in order to reduce the carbon print of the operation and also alleviate the human resources required to prepare the election material.



News from from the Périscolaire Working Group of the APE/ UFCV

First of all, we’d like to thank you for all your patience and understanding in these strange times of Covid. And thank you also for continuing to trust that the UFCV team is doing what is necessary to care for your child/children according to all the latest recommendations. 

As you can imagine, the current and ongoing sanitary crisis is quite a challenge to the organisation and running of the afterschool activities. It impacted the daily life of the school. As groups across ages are not allowed to mix, and more social distancing is required, the UFCV had to split the groups differently and hire extra staff. Several physical activities are no longer permitted. New initiatives and activities as well as creative thinking are much needed.

The APE Périscolaire working group remains in weekly, sometimes daily contact with the UFCV team, always looking for best solutions to new challenges, such as the new planning for the S1-S4 Lunch-Box (as the usual premises are being used to conduct exams in the two last weeks). We really appreciate yours and your child’s/children’s flexibility, adaptability and willingness to make things work for the health and safety of everyone. 

Should you have any questions regarding the measures taken, the activities offered or the lunch box arrangements, please don’t hesitate to contact the UFCV-Team directly or the Périscolaire working group


Security questions 

Security issues  are an important topic discussed amongst the APE CD members, as well as with the EES direction and that took a large part of the last Administrative Council. The security report mentioned in some discussions will not be circulated as by nature the issue has to remain undisclosed. However, all measures have been taken and the issue is still under scrutiny with local authorities as well as the Education. The APE is following the issue very seriously and is working very closely with the school. Our coordinate action also consists of putting pressure if necessary to help the school obtain appropriate measures.

Bac and exams 

The school is working, together with other European schools, the parent’s representatives and the Secretary General to organize the Bac 2021 with the current situation in mind. The exams took place as usual in December for S5 and S6 and the pre-bac will be organized in January.


Dear EES families, stay healthy, enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones, even if it may be only with the help of technology.  And remember - we isolate now, so that when we meet again, no one is missing.


Merry Christmas/ Seasons’ Greetings from your APE

Susanne, Carolyn, Robyn, Muriel, Anna, Alexandros, Erik, Beatrice, Annette, Joanna, Marcos, Astrid, Jennie, Nadia, Aniello, Anca, Eleni, Banu, Vidor, Christos  

Periscolaire/after school care - new sanitary rules

The periscolaire applies the new EES safety protocol related to COVID pandemics.


Thus, children can only play in smaller and strictly defined groups. The School provided additional rooms so as to accomodate the subsequently larger number of these groups.


Therefore, the UFCV had to hire more personnel, which resulted in a small increase of the monthly fees to be borne by  parents. These changes will be reflected in upcoming invoices.  


Periscolaire page 

2/10/2020 Election 2020 - Administration Board

Dear Parents, dear Families,

We are the members of the Parents Association of the European School, the APE, and would like to cordially invite you to take part in the upcoming elections of parents’ representatives to the Administration Board of the School. 

What is the Administration Board? 


This is the decision-making body of our School and it is composed of representatives of the Educational Institution. It adopts the school project, rules of procedure and budget - also it decides on all essential matters related to the School, such as school trips and holidays, expenditure on equipment, and educational projects such asF ERASMUS+. 


The APE is putting forward a list of 14 candidates to be elected who will have a say in the Administration Board. There are 7 full members and 7 substitute members who all represent the 3 language sections as well as the kindergarten, primary and secondary levels.


How to vote? 


On Friday 2 October we received, via our (oldest) child, a letter from the School, containing the ballot paper, two envelopes and an explanatory note. Each parent can cast one vote. 


In order to vote, we have to introduce the ballot with the list (one per parent) into the small envelope and put this envelope into the bigger one where we have to write our name, address, name of our child or children and sign it. Your vote goes to the full list, it is important not to mark the ballot in any way. If you wish to cast a blank vote then you may just return an empty envelope. 


The ballots can be sent by post (stamped) or deposited directly by the pupil in a ballot box installed at the main entrance of the school between Monday 5 October 8:00 and Friday 9 October at 12:00, the closing time of the vote. Due to COVID restrictions, parents are not allowed to access the school. 


Why to vote?


With one list of candidates available, the outcome of this election seems clear. However, it is essential that as many parents as possible vote. This will show that parents are involved in school matters and will give validity and a strong mandate to the parents’ representatives on the Administration Board


Class representatives as communication partners


At the moment, all classes are about to elect their parents - class representatives. Congratulations - we are looking forward to working together.  We should have a functioning communication network with you as soon as possible and if you don’t hear from us by the end of October, please contact us at


We are looking forward to an exciting school year 2020/21.


Your APE Team

Preparation for the the election of the administrators board 2020-2021

Here you find more info about the preparation work for the election of the election of the administrators board.

General Assembly 2020-2021

The last APE-EES General Assembly has been held on  Thursday the 10th of September 2020 at 6 p.m. The parents have been asked to renew a part of the Management Committee of the Association of Parents of Pupils.

Parents Letter July 2020

World Cafe 6. Febrary 2020

We say thank you to all parents representatives.

CAPEA conference 2019

The Accredited European School Parents Associations’ Coordination Conference took place this year, 26 September 2019 in Club du Vieux Port, Marseille. The APE-EES was represented by Banu and Carole.

General Assembly 2019-2020

The next APE-EES General Assembly will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. You will be asked to renew a part of the Management Committee of the Association of Parents of Pupils.

Back to school picnic

All parents and children are invited on Wednesday, October 3 from 12:30 to 14:00 to participate in the picnic at the back to school. Everyone is kindly asked to bring one or more dishes to each other. We are calling for help to help you get naughty at school after picnic at 14:00

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