I belong to Christ. With Jesus as my creator, sustainer, redeemer, lord and brother, I find joy and satisfaction in my roles of wife, mom, friend, grandmother, teacher and feeder of 2 felines. I also love to read, hike, speak French, share ideas, cook and write!
Maria has written 42 posts for Bienvenue au Café Cochrane

Final French Club for 2012-2013

Three Summit grads spoke at our last French Club meeting for the year.  Kate Fitzgerald, who has just completed her first year at Virginia Tech, shared about her three French classes this past year.  She found that her ability to speak easily and comfortably plus her wide vocabulary were real benefits. Reading a fair number … Continue reading

Vichyssoise keeps us cool

  Vive la Vichyssoise! French Club joined the Culinary Arts Club on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 to sample and discover the origins of this famous thick cold soup.  Our second annual joint meeting got started with 8th grader Elissa Newton from CA club sharing the surprising US roots of this soup. In the summer of … Continue reading

French Club samples ‘Fromage’ and ‘Baguettes’ – 5 March 2013

Homemade baguettes and a rich assortment of Fromage Français (including some in the ‘fondu’ format – savory, hot, melty cheese – yum!) was enjoyed AFTER math & French teacher Mme Van Zandt shared some historical background on the varieties of cheese.  Even our French exchange student for the year, Loïc, was salivating, anxious to have … Continue reading

French classes raise $105 for missions

Students from classes French 1-4 baked sweet treats and sold them at break and lunch over two days the last week of February (2013), raising $105.  (Some generous members of the Summit family simply donated money to the cause! )  These funds will go toward spreading the Gospel among French-speaking people in North America!  Un … Continue reading

French classes cook up a storm

How French can be a career field

Maria Reynolds, a French-speaker from Texas, spoke at French Club on Tuesday, 5 February 2013.  She shared with about 15 students how she left college after 2 1/2 years, joined the Navy and trained as a French linguist in Monterey, California.  Using her French in such exotic places as Spain and Guantanamo Bay, Maria talked … Continue reading

Burger King retourne en France

un Court Metrage de l’amour pour BK Regardez le petit film de 9 minutes et envoyez-moi un email qui décrit ce qui se passe…….

French Club’s Great Fall 2012

        December’s grand finale was our all levels French Lunch.  Thank you for researching recipes and preparing tasty French food for us all to share.  The other students at Summit were envious!  Right above are Dr. Bill Griffin and wife Linda who shared about their dental mission trip to French-speaking Togo in West Africa.  … Continue reading

Why Learn French – video

So you are thinking about studying in France?