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Hosting FAQs

Have questions about hosting an intern? Find your answers here.

 

Questions about host family obligations:

Q: Do host families need to provide a private bedroom for the intern?

A: Yes, but not a private bathroom.

Q: Do host families need to provide food for interns?

A: Yes. All meals must be provided. During the week, families can either fund school lunches or provide food for interns to bring from home.

Q: Should the host family pay for the intern if they go out to dinner?

A: Yes. Host families are responsible for providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for their intern. However, it is acceptable to set a limit for all family members as well as the intern when you eat at a restaurant.

Q: Do host families need to live in St. Paul?

A: No; however, the closer to St. Paul and public transportation, the better.

Q: How do interns get to/from school and other activities?

A: For going to/from school, interns either ride the school bus or are transported by their host family/car pool. For other activities, interns generally take the city bus or are driven by host or partner families.

Q: Can an intern drive a host family car?

A: Most host families do not allow this, and sponsor organizations such as Amity require a written agreement to be signed between the host family and intern, outlining insurance issues and potential damages. Because of the complexities, LNFI discourages intern use of host family cars. Minnesota law requires that an intern have either a Minnesota or international driver’s license, and the intern would need to be added as a driver on the host family’s insurance policy. In addition to a signed, written agreement, responsibilities (filling the gas tank, how far they can drive, etc.) and differences in road rules would need to be discussed before an intern uses a host family vehicle.

Q: Do host families need to provide health insurance for the intern?

A: No. Interns arrive with health insurance.

Q: How much does it cost to host an intern?

A: It is hard to give an exact figure, as different families lead very different lifestyles. Some go out to eat frequently and do a lot of activities outside of the house while others do not. The cost can be estimated as the cost of feeding one adult for five months, plus the cost of utilities for an additional adult, as well as some incidental expenses.

 

Questions about hosting logistics:

Q: How many host families are needed for the 2022-2023 school year?

A: To host six interns, we need 12 families (two per intern), plus an additional 2-3 back-up families to cover unforeseen changes to families’ ability to host.

Q: Do host families need to host for the whole school year?

A: No. Hosting is for 5 ½ months (one intern in either the fall or spring) or all year (2 separate interns, one in fall and one in spring). Fall is mid/late-August through mid-January, spring is mid-January through mid-June.

Q: Is it better to host in the fall or spring?

A: There is no right or wrong answer; it comes down to personal preference. Factors to consider include schedules, seasons and the intern’s changing needs during the year. If you’re really busy with work travel or other obligations during one semester, it may be better not to host then. You may have activities or family traditions in the fall or spring that you would like to share with your intern. Interns needs tend to change throughout the year. In the fall, interns are new to the U.S. and you have an opportunity to introduce them to the Twin Cities and our culture. They tend to need a bit more guidance. In the spring, interns have had time to acclimate. They are often more independent and have established friendships with the other interns, so may not be at home as much as they are in the fall.

Q: How old should our children be to host an intern?

A: Children of all ages benefit from an intern. Some host families have said that they have more time to spend with the intern when their children are a bit younger. Older children tend to have more activities, which can make schedules busier. But older children also benefit from the hosting experience, as they can speak French with the intern and do more independent activities with them.

Q: What if we have a vacation planned in August when the intern arrives?

A: The host family coordinator will help make temporary living arrangements for the intern until your return.

Q: Can we host if we plan on taking a vacation during the time we’re hosting?

A: Yes, there are many options. Interns frequently make travel plans for school break periods too, so they may be gone at the same time as you are. However, if an intern does not have travel plans, some families invite their intern along with all expenses paid. Some families offer to include the intern and explain what expenses they are and are not able to pay for the intern. Other families explain to the intern that they cannot afford to bring the intern along on vacation. All three options are equally acceptable. If you’re not able to afford to bring the intern on vacation, they may be able to stay with their partner family.

 

Questions about household dynamics:

Q: May host families request a male or female intern if they have a preference?

A: Yes. On the host family application, there is a question asking about gender preference.

Q: Do host parents have to speak French in order to host?

A: No. Most interns appreciate the opportunity to improve their English by speaking with their host parents.

Q: Will the intern speak French with our children?

A: LNFI encourages this; it is one of the benefits of having an intern in your home. It is acceptable to ask the intern to speak exclusively in French to your children.

Q: I’ve heard that interns are not allowed to babysit. What if I need to run to the store for a few groceries, may I leave the intern at home with our children?

A: Yes. It is acceptable to run a short errand and leave the intern in charge if the intern is willing to stay home with the children.

Q: We want to host an intern, but have a busy, “on-the-go” household. Can we still host?

A: There are questions on the host family application about family interests, activities, and lifestyle. This helps the Intern Committee match each intern with the most suitable family and not place a “homebody” intern with an “on-the-go” family.

 

Questions about Host Family Support:

Q: What support does a host family have from the Intern Committee?

A: The host family coordinator is always available to provide confidential help and will check in monthly with each host family. If a problem arises that cannot be solved directly between the intern and host family, the host family coordinator and intern liaison can help facilitate a resolution. If it becomes necessary, a new home will be found for the intern. However, talking through issues is often enough to resolve them.

Please contact interncommittee@lnfi-pto.org  for answers to any additional questions related to hosting an intern.

 

 

Meet our Interns

Lower Campus

Mlle Chloé Trouche

My name is Chloé Trouche and I’m 21 years old. I’m French and I live in Ussel! It’s a little cute city in Corrèze close to Clermont Ferrand and Limoges. I have one older sister whom I am close to even if she lives in Paris. This year I finished my third year in College and after the internship I would like to integrate a master degree in education in France to become French teacher! I always wanted to work with children, that’s why I try to spend a lot of my time in summer camp or in associations. I really believe in the education power to improve the future. That’s for that reason that I’m so happy to join L’Etoile du Nord: to share many moments with all of you and to gain in experience! A few words about me: I love travelling, reading, listening music, going out with friends, cooking, going to cinema. And I also like to go swimming, and my favorite hobby is snowboarding! Chloé’s classroom assignment is with Mmes Rddad and Ananou.

Mlle Fanny Murer

Bonjour à tous, my name is Fanny Murer, I’m 25 and I come from Mulhouse, a city in the East of France next to the German and the Swiss Border. I’m really excited about this position at l’Etoile du Nord and I’m looking forward to experience a new life in St. Paul! I have a Bachelor in Education and I lived in Lyon for two years where I finished a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. In addition to my studies, I was working as a senior advisor assistant in a high school. I also spent a year as an Au pair in New Jersey in 2015 and a month as an Elementary school teacher in Illinois in 2018 – they were both great experiences living the American life, that I’ll always remember of! Back in France after my year as an intern I want to take the national test to become an Elementary school teacher and start my career. I can’t wait to meet the LNFI students to share the French culture with them and also the staff of the school to learn about new classroom practices that I will use with my future students. Fanny’s classroom assignment is with Mmes Harberts and Rivard.

Mlle Bambou Touzé

Hi! My name is Bambou Touzé, I am 21 years old. I live in Normandie, right next to the Mont-Saint-Michel. I live there with my mother and my three rescue cats. I have an older brother who is a research assistant in Quebec city. I am quite a good cook and I love to prepare big meals for my family. I also enjoy every activity related to the sea: scuba diving, surfing, sailing, etc. I just completed a double degree, majoring in French language and literature, and minoring in communication and journalism, at the Catholic Institute of Rennes, Brittany. Next year, if everything goes smoothly, I am planning to do a MEEF master, a degree that prepares future teachers. Indeed, I got the chance to enjoy my school years and to spend it in the best conditions possible thanks to passionate and considerate teachers. This made me want to give back everything they taught me with the same enthusiasm and to become a teacher myself. At L’Etoile du Nord, I hope to discover a new school system, with different ways to study and to teach. Bambou’s classroom assignment is with Mmes Handley and Stephenson.

Upper Campus

Mlle Justine Segard

My name is Justine Segard and I am 21 years old. I come from Strasbourg, a very beautiful city by the border with Germany. I have lived there my whole life and love it very dearly. After high school, I studied for two years in “classe préparatoire” before going to college where I got a Bachelor’s degree in English. To me, this internship at L’Etoile du Nord is an amazing learning opportunity as it is an introduction to teaching, which is a unique profession as it also involves having a good relationship with the students, but also a way to discover a different country, with its own history and traditions. This will be my first time in the United States! I love traveling and have actually volunteered in a couple hostels this year in Ireland and Portugal. My hobbies also include sports (more precisely swimming and scuba-diving), reading and going to the cinema or concerts. Justine’s classroom assignment is with Mmes Scholl & Klein.

Mlle Camille Boscher

My name is Camille Boscher, and although I was born in the north of France, I was raised in the south west where my heart lies. I love in the countryside near Bordeaux, a beautiful city that I would recommend everyone to visit! I am also a huge nature lover, I love to wander in green and pleasant spaces. I would describe myself as a social, lively person and I love sharing with kids. I love music, I have been singing since as long as I can remember and I can play the piano and guitar a bit. As for my studies, after three years of preparatory school for the French Grandes Écoles, I eventually turned to and English Master’s Degree that I will continue after my year at l’Étoile du Nord. I am passionate about American culture and I applied to this program to discover it fully through this year in immersion but also to bring insights and knowledge on my country and its beautiful culture. The twin cities seem to be a very agreeable place to live and I look forward to meet the children, teachers, families and all the other encounters that this adventure will bring. Camille’s classroom assignment is with Mmes Dubaille and Swann.

Mlle Justine Monféfoul

My name is Justine Monféfoul. I am a French girl of 21 years old. I live in Nanterre, a city near Paris (10 min, in subway) but I spent my childhood in countryside, in the Southwest of France, in Dordogne. I am only child but I enjoy life in community ! I just got my bachelor this year. I studied history at Pantheon Sorbonne University in Paris. I applied to this program because I’d like to become a history teacher. Being an assistant at L’Etoile du Nord gives me the opportunity to discover the US educational system and to learn different methods of pedagogy. It is also a way to discover the US culture (because I have never been to the US before) and of course to improve my English! I am fond of cinema. I enjoy reading and be informed about current events. I often go to exhibitions and performances. I draw a bit and I like manual works. I also like hiking and racket sports. I’m really excited to meet you all! Justine’s classroom assignment is with Mmes Tavernier and Tran

M. Clément Ramognino

My name is Clément Ramognino and I’m 21 years old. I live in a small town near Toulon in the South-East of France, one of the most beautiful region!  I am born in Tahiti (French Polynesia), a little paradise, and left the island with my parents, my new-born sister and my dog when I was 3. I’m French with Polish origins by my mother and Italian origins by my father. In June of this year, I got a Bachelor degree in English language, literature and civilization with the aim of becoming an English teacher in secondary school.  Becoming a teacher turned out to be an obvious choice since I grew up with many little cousins and my little sister, always being the taller and then taking care of them. What’s more, I still thought the education was part of an important phase in the child’s construction. I am very proud and glad to take part in this project, first because the American educational system is one of the best by providing very great support for students. Then, by becoming a member of L’Etoile Du Nord, it is also a very good opportunity for me to improve my English and learn from this educational system in which I will be pleased to work as well as bringing my culture and my help to the kids. Lastly, a few words about me. I am a positive as well as a calm person, being patient but also dynamic in what I do. I genuinely like to encourage the pupils at any time in order to show that there is always someone to support them and not to be disheartened or bored with the educational system. I am fond of travelling, discovering new places, new cultures and obviously meeting new people. Another hobby for me is sports, especially rugby that I like to practice and watch on TV. Eventually, I also like to go out with friends and family to do any type of activities whether it is indoor or outdoor. Clément’s classroom assignment is with M. Mang and Mme Vang.

 

LNFI PTO ByLaws

Bylaws

LNFI PTO Bylaws – Revised and adopted May 2016

ARTICLE I. NAME. The name of the organization shall be the L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion Parent Teacher Organization, LNFI PTO.

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE. The purpose of the organization shall be to aid the students of L’Etoile du Nord by providing support for their educational and recreational needs and to promote open communication between the administration, teachers, parents and students.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP. All parents and/or legal guardians of students who are currently attending L’Etoile du Nord and all current faculty/staff of L’Etoile du Nord will be eligible for general membership in the PTO. Regular general members shall have the right and are encouraged to attend all PTO meetings and activities for the organization.

ARICLE IV. MEETINGS.

Section 1. There shall be one general meeting each month of the school calendar on a specified day and time. This meeting is open to all PTO members.

Section 2. Notice of meetings of the members shall be convened pursuant to written notice given by backpack communications, email, and/or social media postings.

Section 3. Special meetings of the PTO general membership may be called by the President, at such time and place as the President may determine. Notice shall be communicated to the members as soon as practicable in advance of the meeting, but in no case less than 48 hours before the meeting.

ARTICLE V. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1. Membership. The membership of the Executive Committee shall consist of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and Standing Committee Chairs.

Section 2. Election. Currently, all officers and committee chairpersons are serving in these roles on a volunteer basis and will continue to do so until such time as the current Executive Committee establishes election procedures, which will be voted upon by the PTO general membership.

New officers and chairpersons will be solicited annually at the May PTO meeting.  These volunteers will become officers- and chairpersons- elect after being voted in by the membership. They will officially assume their full duties as of 12:00am June 1st of the year in which they are voted to the position, at which time the former officer/chairperson in the position will officially step down.

Section 3. General Powers. The Executive Committee shall manage the affairs, activities, and operation of the organization. The Executive Committee shall transact necessary business during the intervals between the meetings of the membership. It may create Standing and Special Committees, approve the plans and work of standing and special committees, present reports and recommendations at the meetings of the membership, prepare and submit a budget to the membership for approval, and, in general, conduct the business and activities of the organization. The members of the Executive committee are voting members of the PTO.

Section 4. Meetings. Regular meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held during the year as needed.

Section 5. All binding action of the Executive Committee shall be by the majority vote of the members present.

Section 6. Removal Of Officers

An officer may be removed if unable to perform their duties as outlined in Article VI.  Indications of this inability include, but are not limited to:

  1.  More than five absences from general or executive committee meetings
  2. frequent unwillingness or failure to complete assigned or required tasks
  3. a lack of interest in or opposition to the PTO’s vision, priorities, or actions as defined by its charter and members

Officers may also be removed for conduct causing disrepute to the organization including failure to fulfill ethical, legal and moral obligations with respect to their duties.

The process for removal of an officer shall be as follows:

  • The Executive Committee will discuss and vote, in person or electronically, to determine whether the officer in question is failing to fulfill their duties as outlined above.
  • A member of the Executive Committee will discuss with the officer in question the committee’s concerns regarding the officer’s duties and their ability to perform these duties. The Executive Committee may ask the officer in question if they need or are willing to step down. If the officer believes that he/she can perform their duties, then the officer will continue to serve during a one month probation period.  After this period, the Executive Committee will discuss and vote again regarding the officer’s performance and possible removal from office. If a majority of the Executive Committee remains in agreement, the officer or chairperson in question is removed from office.

ARTICLE VI. OFFICERS. The officers of the PTO shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.

Section 1. President. The President will have the responsibility of running the PTO. The President shall be available for questions and will provide leadership to the PTO in general. All agendas and ideas for meetings shall go through the President for final approval. The President shall be the principal executive officer of the organization and, subject to the control of the Executive Committee and the direction of the membership shall in general supervise and control all of the activities of the organization.

Other duties of the president shall include, but not be limited to:

  • representing the PTO outside of the school community, such as at school board meetings, at the state legislature, or in meetings with other external organizations, and to disseminate information from those meetings to the LNFI community.
  • developing PTO meeting agendas in cooperation with the Executive Committee and to facilitate PTO meetings.
  • to represent or assign a representative to attend staff meetings, or prepare PTO notes to send to the school principal.

Section 2. Vice-President. The Vice President will have the responsibility of assuming the duties of the President as defined above in the event that the President is absent or cannot otherwise perform his or her duties. The Vice President shall serve as advisor to the President.

Other duties of the vice-president shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Serving as a liaison between the LNFI community at large and the Executive Committee through active participation in events involving LNFI community members.

Section 3. Secretary. The secretary shall keep the minutes of the proceedings of the membership and the Executive Committee meetings.  The secretary shall prepare meeting minutes or notes to upload to the PTO website no later than 8am the Monday following the PTO meeting.  The secretary will also be responsible for collecting all committee reports for the PTO’s records and reporting them to the Newsletter Coordinator. The secretary will determine the due date for committee reports at the beginning of the year.

Section 4. Treasurer. All money for the PTO will go through the treasurer. The treasurer shall have charge of and be responsible for all funds of the organization and shall receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the organization from all sources and shall deposit such funds in such bank or other organizations as are recommended by the treasurer and approved by the Executive Committee. The treasurer shall make disbursements as budgeted annually by the PTO, or additionally as approved by the Executive Committee, in a timely and responsible manner. The treasurer will reconcile all PTO bank accounts monthly and submit a written Balance Sheet and Income Statement at each general meeting of the PTO. The treasurer shall also oversee the preparation of and timely submission of the annual LNFI PTO tax filing. The treasurer must also sign all approved PTO meeting minutes.

ARTICLE VII. FINANCES. The financial records of the PTO are to be open for viewing by the membership at all times, with minimal prior notice. In order to provide checks and balances in the financial systems of the PTO, all bank statements and other bank correspondence shall be received by the President, who shall open and examine them for any irregularity before giving them to the treasurer. The President and the treasurer are both to be signers on the accounts of the PTO; checks are to require one signature. At such time as the annual expenditures of the PTO meet or exceed $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars), any check written for $500 (five hundred dollars) or above is to require two signatures.

Section 1. Fiscal year. The fiscal year will begin on July 1 and end on June 30.

Section 2. Non-budget requests over $500. Any expense over $500 not included in the annual budget approved by the General Membership must have the full approval of the majority of the Executive Committee prior to being incurred and/or reimbursed. This approval must be written, although e-mail forwarded among the members and acknowledged by each is considered sufficient. If the approval is made in person, the minutes shall be considered the written record thereof.

Section 3. Non-budget requests less than $500.Any expenses less than $500 not included in the annual budget approved by the General Membership must have the approval of the Treasurer and the President prior to being incurred and/or reimbursed. The approval will follow the same process as listed in Section VII, Article A.

Section 4. Contracts valued in excess of $500.All contracts valued in excess of $500 into which the PTO shall enter shall have the full approval of a majority of the Executive Committee The President and one other officer must both sign all contracts valued in excess of $500.

Section 5. Contracts valued under $500. All contracts valued under $500 into which the PTO shall enter may be approved by the President and the Treasurer.

Section 6. PTO dissolution. The Articles of Incorporation provide for contingencies in the event of the PTO’s dissolution as stated in the Minnesota Nonprofit Corporation Act, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 317A, and further outlined in Article XI of the Articles of Incorporation.

Section 7. The word “written” in the Articles of Incorporation in Article X shall include handwriting, fax, or email.

ARTICLE VIII. STANDING COMMITTEES

Section 1. Communications Committee. The Communication Committee shall be responsible for the development and timely delivery of the school newsletter, school directory, parent fair resource materials, PTO web site and handouts. The Webmaster will work with the Communications Committee to help maintain the PTO web site and school directory. The Grade Liaison Coordinator will work with the Communications Committee to identify and provide grade liaisons who will work to create personal connections with and pass on PTO and school information to families in each grade.

Section 2. Fundraising Committee. The Fundraising committee is responsible for raising all monies needed for the PTO and will create sub-committees as necessary throughout the year.

Section 3. Intern Committee. The Intern Committee is comprised and managed jointly by LNFI teachers and parents. Committee responsibilities include recruiting interns, working with a visa sponsor organization to secure intern visas, recruiting host families, placing interns in classrooms and coordinating intern activities throughout the school year.

Section 4. Social Committee. The Social Committee shall be responsible for planning and coordinating school-wide social activities for L’Etoile du Nord families. Sub-committees will be formed as necessary for social events throughout the year.

Section 5. Finance Committee. The Finance committee is responsible for managing the financial policies and procedures of the organization, including but not limited to creating a yearly budget for the LNFI PTO earnings and expenditures. The committee shall be chaired by a chair and the Treasurer.

Section 6. Meetings. All standing committees shall have meetings with all members when there is active, pending business. Meetings can be conducted in person, telephonically, or electronically.

Section 7. Committee Chairpersons. Each standing committee shall have a chairperson or co-chairs to coordinate and ensure completion of  Committee objectives. It is the duty of a chairperson to schedule timely committee meetings as needed to complete committee business. Committee chairpersons shall attend monthly PTO meetings and report on committee plans and accomplishments or send a representative to do so. In the event that no committee representative is able to attend a PTO meeting, a progress report should be sent to a PTO Officer for them to update the Membership. Committee progress shall be recorded in each month’s PTO meeting minutes.

Section 8. Removal of Chairpersons.

A chairperson may be removed if unable to perform their duties as outlined in Article VIII.  Indications of this inability include, but are not limited to:

  1. frequent non-attendance of PTO meetings or a failure to send a representative or committee report in their absence;
  2. documented failure to complete required tasks
  3. an inability to collaborate successfully with a co-chair or committee members
  4. a lack of interest in or opposition to the PTO’s vision, priorities, or actions as defined by its charter and members

Committee Chairpersons may also be removed for conduct causing disrepute to the organization including failure to fulfill ethical, legal and moral obligations with respect to their duties.

The process for removal of a committee chairperson shall be as follows:
* A committee member shall inform the Executive Committee in writing of their concerns about a Committee Chair’s performance, providing examples of how they meet the criteria for removal. Following the same procedure, an Executive Committee member can also bring forth concerns about a chairperson’s performance to the Committee. The Executive Committee will discuss and vote, in person or electronically, to determine whether the chairperson in question is failing to fulfill their duties.

* A member of the Executive Committee will discuss with the chairperson in question the committee’s concerns regarding the chairperson’s duties and their ability to perform them. The Executive Committee may ask the chairperson in question if they need or are willing to step down. If the chairperson believes that he/she can perform their duties, then the chairperson will continue to serve during a one month probation period.  After this period, the Executive Committee will discuss and vote again regarding the chairperson’s performance and possible removal from office. After the month probationary period, if a majority of the Executive Committee remains in agreement, the chairperson in question is removed from office.

PTO Meetings

LNFI PTO meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. and will be on Zoom until further notice. Please check your e-mail or our PTO Facebook Page for the meeting code. 

 

When meetings resume to in person, they will be held at the Lower Campus media center/library. Free child care is provided in the gym for toilet-trained children. We hope you can join us! If you have questions at any time, send an email to communications@lnfi-pto.org.