At the beginning of the school year, Madame Lefrere hands out forms to the class so they can choose pen pals to write with. Greg checks off the boxes that would get him a pen pal like the one his brother Rodrick had in middle school, but when Madame Lefrere reads over his form, she makes him start over, telling him that his pen pal has to be a French boy his age.
After everyone in the class receives their assignments, she makes them write their first pen pal letters. After getting a letter back from his pen pal, Greg complains that it's dumb that Madame Lefrere won't let anyone email their pen pals because it costs a lot of money to buy stamps.
- Madame Lefrere's last name translates to 'the brother' in English.
- Given her name and the class she teaches, it is likely that Madame Lefrere is of French descent.