Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Holy Angels Students Observe National French Week

Demarest, NJ: Members of the French Club and the French Honor Society at the Academy of the Holy Angels recently participated in the 2017 observance of National French Week, an annual event held in various locations across the United States.

AHA students held multiple events beneath the flags of French-speaking nations and an array of posters that showcased information about French culture throughout the world.

Activities held at Holy Angels included a Bake Sale to benefit Association Saint Basile, an organization that provides financial aid to students in Lebanon, one of the world’s many French-speaking nations. This association was founded in Paris in 1990 at the end of the 15-year war in Lebanon.

Students in AHA’s French 1 and 2 classes performed a rap song and a French folkloric song, and “La Vie en Rose“ was played on the ukulele.

During lunch periods, all AHA students had the opportunity to answer trivia questions about French culture. Answers were placed in a box, and the winners were announced at the end of the week.

“The celebration was a lot of fun for the whole student body, and created an awareness of the diversity of the French culture and its worldwide importance,” said AHA World Language Department Chair Samira Mady.

National French Week was launched in 1999 by the American Association of Teachers of French. The concept was to move French beyond the confines of the classroom and allow students to show others the value of studying this world language.

Each year, teachers who spearhead National French Week activities are encouraged to highlight different aspects of French culture each day of the celebration. Themes range from French cuisine, music, arts, and dance, to science, technology, careers, sports, and traditions.

Based in Illinois, the American Association of Teachers of French was founded in 1927 and currently has approximately 10,000 members, making the AATF the world’s largest national association of French teachers. (Source:

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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