A Message From Head of School Eric Thuau
Dear FASPS Alumni Students & Parents,
I hope this message finds you healthy and safe, and managing the stress and anxiety that may be heightened with the various closures, shutdowns, and changes that we are all experiencing locally and across the globe. As we all begin to address the many repercussions this illness and these changes have set in motion, I wanted to take a moment to remind you, our alumni students and parents, that you have a community in the French American School of Puget Sound, and that I encourage everyone to reach out to that community should you need assistance or should you be in a position to offer assistance yourself (see tutoring announcement below). We remain incredibly grateful to everyone for demonstrating in so many ways over the past several days and weeks how fundamentally important community is to all of us as people and as a school; thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being there for each other, especially in times like these. We have amazing, talented, and giving students (current and alumni), families, faculty, staff, and trustees who always want what’s best for each other, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Eric Thuau
Head of School
Coping Techniques in Times of Stress
Many of us have been experiencing different degrees of anxiety of late due to the spread of COVID-19. To help in these unprecedented times, please find below a few resources and suggestions we can all benefit from:
  • Don't panic. Set up simple guidelines for yourself that will help you feel motivated and organized while keeping your social distance at home.
  • Keep your body moving! There are excellent videos for dance, Pilates, and sports conditioning you can do from your living room. Try this one or this one!
  • Stay connected with your loved ones by calling or FaceTiming them.
  • Instead of diving down a social media rabbit hole, listen to books on tape or create a playlist of your favorite tunes, and share it with your friends!
  • Take a few moments to breathe deeply; this is a fun website to get you on track. Even better, get outside and take a deep breath of fresh air and sunlight. These times will change, and keeping a positive outlook will help you feel good in the long run, physically and emotionally.
Head of School Eric Thuau Taking Advantage of the Weather Last Weekend to Get in Some Snowshoeing at Snow Lake
Calling Our Helpful and Brilliant Alumni!
Dear Alumni: Many of our FASPS families with students currently learning from home (Distance Learning) are looking for amazing people like YOU to help them with tutoring, childcare, and/or French conversation services during our school closure (and, who knows, maybe longer).

You Set the Terms: If this is something you may be interested in offering, let us know what you feel comfortable doing, the days and times you’re free, how much you'd charge by the hour (or if that's something you'd rather negotiate), contact information, etc., and we’ll post your offer to our private community resource board (not accessible by the public). Please email KyleL@FASPS.org if you're interested or have any questions. Note: Childcare would, obviously, have to be in person, but there's no reason tutoring and French conversation couldn't happen virtually (see below). Merci !
Our Students' Reaction to Distance Learning: "We Got This"
Alumni Students: If you're able to offer tutoring and/or French conversation for current students, don't forget that those activities can be done virtually! Below are a few pictures of our students over the past week doing their lessons online and checking in with their teachers and classmates.
Former FASPS Teacher Named Head of Vashon Island School
Teri Rutledge, former FASPS third-grade teacher (2006 2010) has been named head of school at the Harbor School on Vashon Island. After her tenure at FASPS, Teri served as director of curriculum at Villa Academy in Seattle and will begin her new position at Harbor School this summer. Bravo, Teri!
Iris Araujo's Directorial Debut
Iris Araujo, Class of 2017, went behind the camera to direct this wonderful short film based on the 1951 poem « Je suis comme je suis » by Jacques Prévert ( click here to watch the film in full). Excellent work, Iris!
Margaux Gjurasic Working to Improve Lives for Refugees
Margaux Gjurasic, Class of 2012, was featured in a recent post by SAFAR , where she works as a strategy and performance manager. SAFAR is a web app that aims to empower refugees by providing them with critical information and resources. Margaux is currently a senior at USC, double majoring in international relations / global business and public relations. Half French and half American, Margaux has lived around the world, growing up in Asia, Europe, and America. She is a Warren Bennis scholar and hopes to continue pushing global cooperation and integration in her career. Merci, Margaux, for working hard to make the world a better place!
FASPS's 2020 Gala Postponed Until May 30: Join Us Then!
Please join us for a very special Gala on May 30, 2020, at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Seattle. We would be honored and delighted to welcome our alumni students and their parents as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. Last year we were able to fill an entire alumni table, and from the looks of it, they definitely enjoyed themselves (see picture below)! Visit the Gala website to learn more and to purchase tickets, and email Gala@FASPS.org if you have any questions. Venez nombreux !
Sign up to Be a Youth Volunteer for FASPS's Summer Programs
Are you a high school student who’s looking to fulfill volunteer hours? Are you looking for a fun and rewarding way to spend the summer? Volunteering for Summer Programs at FASPS is a great way to do both! Ideal volunteers for Summer Programs have experience with or interest in working with children and speak some French. We have room in both our French immersion programs as well as our French bilingual program. We are seeking volunteers for all eight weeks of summer (June 22 –August 14), but you aren't required to volunteer for all eight weeks. Click here to download an application. Please email your completed application to Summer@FASPS.org (applications are due by April 30). Volunteers will be selected and informed by the end of May. Thank you!
Internships, Jobs, and More! Alumni Students: Connect With the FASPS Parent Professional Community on Linkedin
Connect with FASPS's professional parent community by joining our "FASPS Alumni and Parents Group" on LinkedIn. Email KyleL@FASPS.org to be sent an invitation.