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Volunteer with the Intern Committee!

The Intern Program wouldn’t exist without our wonderful host families. However, essential support from parents is also needed to make this program flourish at LNFI!

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities, ranging from helping set the future course of the program to small jobs.

Intern Committee activities include:

  • Overall management of the intern program with LNFI teachers and Administration
  • Host family recruitment
  • Event planning (Intern/host family orientation, host family recruitment and intern social/cultural events)
  • Website management

If you’re not able to join the Intern Committee, we also need occasional help providing food and helping with intern activities.

If you are interested and able to help in any of these ways, please email Andrea Plautz @ for more information or sign up here to help us make the Intern Program more successful than ever!

LNFI Student Trip to France

The brochure below is a sample brochure. You can sign up on the Language and Friendship website at

Please contact Mme Vang at with any questions.

Volunteer with the PTO

While events require a number of volunteers on a specific date, there is a lot of background planning, committee work, and discussion about what is best for the PTO. PTO VOLUNTEERS:

-coordinate and plan events like the carnival, family dance, family service night, art adventure, bowling and rollerskating parties, spring party, book fairs
-recruit volunteers
-participate on PTO committees (intern, financial, communications, social, fundraising)
-communicate with LNFI families (newsletter, class liaisons, website, Facebook, emails, backpack flyers)
-attend PTO meetings
-work on the budget – how to meet program needs via fundraising
-collect and prepare Box Tops for Education for submission
-support the intern program (interview applicants, coordinate and plan with teachers, determine the best route for getting interns, coordinate the interns’ stay, host interns, partner with an intern host family)

In conjunction with the school, VOLUNTEERS also:

-help in the classroom
-chaperone field trips
-plan and coordinate fundraisers, like the LNFI garage sale, to support overnight field trip scholarships
-talk to prospective families

Thank you, volunteers, being a part of your child’s school life!


To sign up for a specific event or activity, follow the specific links below or go to and choose the event for which you would like to sign up.  If you’re not sure how you can help, send an email to, so we can discuss the possibilities.

Upper Campus book fair: Sign up at or

If you would like to volunteer or need more ideas on what volunteer activities would best fit your schedule and interests, please send an email to

SPPS French Immersion Pathway

[blockquote author=”” link=”” target=”_blank”]Thank you to Teresa Vibar, Principal of Ramsey Middle School, and Maureen Peltier, French teacher at St. Paul Central High School, and their colleagues for presenting information on the St. Paul Public School’s French Immersion Pathway at the December PTO meeting. It’s an impressive progression! [/blockquote]

What comes after L’Etoile du Nord for students who want to continue their French studies in the St. Paul Public Schools?

At Ramsey Middle School, French immersion students take two French immersion classes each year. One class relates to French language and literature and focuses on reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and presenting. The other is a social studies class – Minnesota studies for sixth graders and history and global studies for seventh and eighth graders. (The seventh and eighth graders have a combined social studies class.)

At St. Paul Central High School, French immersion students have the opportunity to pursue a French Immersion Certificate of Accomplishment. The French Immersion Certificate of Accomplishment is considered a highly demanding, focused study of French. The program requires 24 high school credits of French (12 semesters) of a mixture of required and elective courses, as well as service learning, a senior capstone project, four years of the National French Exam, and either the IB Language B higher level exam or the IB Language A standard level exam. A commitment to speaking French in the classroom is required.

For further information, please see the presentations below.


Notes were taken at the December PTO meeting and can be viewed under the PTO Info/Meetings tab.