Newsletter Issue No 11
February 21, 2019 
In This Issue
Plastic Awareness Event
Book Fair
Science Fair

Quick Links


Girard Gourmet Lunches

Access to Grades
Ask Stéphanie for login info

School Council Minutes

The School Council met on January 14, 2019.

Minutes are now available online.


Minimum Day Tomorrow
Grade PK0-5: Dismissal at 11:45 am

Middle school: Dismissal at 12 pm

Extended Care: 12 pm - 6 pm
Register by sending an email to  EXTENDED CARE.

Grade K-8th: Pick up in lunch area 
Preschool: Pick up on playground

There is no Girard Gourmet school lunch service on minimum days, so if your child is staying in extended care, please provide a lunch.

Contact Valérie if you have questions.

SDFAS 2019-2020 
Re-enrollment Timeline

Friday, February 1st, 2019: The Admissions Office sends re-enrollment contracts to SDFAS families. 

Sunday, February 24th, 2019: Deadline to sign the re-enrollment contract and pay the deposit.

 The school will not be able to guarantee a space in the school for any re-enrollment request logged after Sunday, February 24th

Siblings of current students need to follow the same admissions process as new applicants and submit a complete application before February 1st, 2019.

Financial Assistance Process and Timeline

SDFAS offers tuition assistance to qualified applicants, based entirely on demonstrated financial need. Application are submitted via School and Student Services (SSS), a service of NAIS, the National Association of Independent Schools.
Be sure to create your account before  February 1st, 2019 to show your intent. Applications received after February 1st will be reviewed on a fund-available basis. 
All supporting documents have to be uploaded as early as possible and no later than  March 31st, 2019. Information provided during the Financial Assistance process is kept in strict confidentiality.

School's SSS code: 1698

Useful links:

How to Apply for Financial Aid via SSS - This flyer gives helpful tips on completing the PFS and submitting additional documents.
PFS Workbook - A guide to completing your PFS from start to finish.

20 février 2019 avec 
Emmanuel Poulain, notre Directeur des Finances et Opérations pour valider le dossier. 

Plus d'information sur le site du consulat :  Bourses Scolaires
Isabelle Gilet , Admissions Office

Ciné Club - March 8

9 Months Stretch / 9 mois ferme (2013) - Trailer English Subs
9 Months Stretch / 9 mois ferme (2013) - Trailer English Subs

Free Yoga / Mindfulness Classes at SDFAS

Babeth Esterly and Bénédicte Brouder are excited to offer to our community (staff and families) free yoga/mindfulness community classes at SDFAS.

- Tuesdays: Benedicte, 7:30 am to 8 am, auditorium 

- Wednesdays: Babeth, 7 to 7:30 am, auditorium 

Children are welcome to participate with parents if able to stay patient and focused. 

Follow the link below to register: 

Middle school students can attend without their parents. Limited to 20 yogis.

French Intern in search of SDFAS host family for the month of May
SDFAS will be welcoming Amandine Camoin during the month of May for an internship.

Amandine is currently in her last year of a Bachelor in Economics and Social Administration at the University of Aix-Marseille. Her goal is to become a teacher in primary schools and enroll in a master of education program next year.
Amandine would like to stay with an American family during her stay in San Diego. If you are interested to host Amandine during that time, please contact her directly and click HERE to read more about her.

Thank you!

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SDFAS NEWS - Les nouvelles de SDFAS

Les nouvelles de SDFAS #2
Les nouvelles de SDFAS #2
SDFAS News is back with the second broadcast. It is very well done and we hope you enjoy it!
Jog A Thon 2019 - A BIG THANK YOU!

Congratulations and a big thank you to our students, teachers, volunteers, and sponsors for another successful Jog-A-Thon!

We are still waiting for some pleadges to be fulfilled, but so far, our student's enthusiasm and perseverance made it possible to raise close to $11,500.00.

50% of the funds raised will go toward local charities and 50% toward the renewal of SDFAS sports equipment.
Talent Show 2019

Talent Show Final Pt1
Talent Show Final Pt1

Talent Show Final Pt2
Talent Show Final Pt2

Talent Show Final Pt3
Talent Show Final Pt3

The video of the Talent show is ready for you. Please note that the video exists as 3 parts. We hope you enjoyed the show and look forward to seeing you next year.

Please share a photo of your child with  Isabelle Senecal, the person handling the talent show page in the yearbook.

A warm thank you to Kerry Riché for all of her dedication, time, love, effort and encouragement of our children over these past many years as the organizer of our beloved talent show.


I'd like to highlight in this EDITO some recent and upcoming SDFAS events:

Jog-a-thon: Thanks to the energy of our students and the generosity of their sponsors, the community this year on February 8 raised the impressive amount of $11,500 in one morning. Of this amount, 50% of the funds will go to different local charities, and with the other 50% Ms. Seidel will order new sports and recess equipment. Thank you to all parents, family and friends for their support!

Talent Show: Because of the hard work and preparation efforts of many students and parents, and to the vision and organizational efforts of Kerry Riché and her team, the Talent Show (our biggest ever) was again a huge success this year. Thank you to all the students who participated, to their parents and friends who supported them, and to everyone who came to the show!

French an American Book Fair: Our first ever combined French and English book fair has been going on all week in the auditorium and will end tomorrow. A big thank you to all of the parent volunteers and to Anne Ricart for their organization and execution of this event which delights our students.

Film evening Brainious - "Le cerveau des enfants" : In the evening of Tuesday, February 12, SDFAS held a screening of a most incredible documentary film that is an absolute must-see for all parents and educators! You can rent the film online for just $9.99 and please trust me, it is well worth it. Click here.

La Grande Lessive ("Laundary Art" day): On Thursday, March 21st, the school will hold a wonderful event called La Grande Lessive ("Laundry Art" day) during which student art work from across the entire school will be "hung out" on lines for public viewing all over campus. Mark your calendars as you won't want to miss it.

The Gala: The gala is fast approaching! Tickets are on sale. This is our annual opportunity to enjoy each other's company, celebrate our community spirit and spend the evening supporting the school in the new venue of the Hotel Pendry. Bring your friends. Visit the gala website  to purchase tickets, to reserve a table, or participate in the online auction from March 15 - 25... Remember to purchase your tickets at the cheaper rate by March 12, 2019. I hope to see you all at the Gala NUIT BLANCHE  on March 30 ! (It is not necessary to dress in white - Nuit Blanche means "all night party"...).

Keep reading Écho, have a great February Break, and enjoy the month to come!

Mark Rosenblum, Head of school

Chers parents,

Dans cet ÉDITO, j'aimerais mettre en lumière quelques événements récents et futurs proposés par SDFAS :

Jog-a-thon : Grâce à l'énergie de nos élèves et à la générosité de leurs sponsors, la communauté a levé en une seule matinée (le 8 février) la somme impressionnante de 11500$. La moitié de cette somme ira à des oeuvres de charité locales et avec l'autre moitié, Mme Seidel commandera de nouveaux équipement sportifs et jeux pour la récréation. Merci à tous les parents, les familles et les amis pour leur soutien !

Talent Show : Grâce à l'incroyable travail de préparation de nombreux élèves et de leurs parents, ainsi qu'à l'impeccable organisation de Kerry Riché et son équipe, le Talent Show (notre plus élaboré) fut à nouveau un énorme succès cette année. Merci à tous les élèves qui ont participé, à leurs parents et amis qui sont venus les soutenir, ainsi qu'à tous les spectateurs venus admirer le show !

Marché aux livres franco-américain : Notre premier marché aux livres franco-américain se tient toute la semaine dans l'auditorium. Un grand merci à tous les parents volontaires et à Anne Ricart pour l'organisation et la mise en oeuvre de cet événement qui plaît beaucoup à nos élèves.

Soirée cinéma Brainious - "Le cerveau des enfants"  : Le mardi soir 12 février, SDFAS a projeté un documentaire absolument incroyable que tous parents et enseignants devraient voir! Vous pouvez louer le filme pour 9,99$ et croyez-moi, ça vaut vraiment le coup.   Cliquez ici.

La Grande Lessive : Le jeudi 21 mars, l'école proposera un merveilleux événement intitulé La Grande Lessive. Ce jour-là, les oeuvres d'art de tous nos élèves seront accrochées à des fils sur le campus pour être vues par tous. Notez cette date dans votre calendrier: c'est un événement à ne pas manquer.

Le Gala : La date du gala approche à grands pas ! Les tickets sont en vente. Cet événement annuel nous permet de passer une soirée tous ensemble, de célébrer l'esprit de notre communauté, et de soutenir l'école, le tout dans un nouveau lieu : l'hôtel Pendry. Invitez vos amis. Visitez le site web du gala  pour acheter vos tickets, réserver une table, ou participer à la vente aux enchères en ligne, du 15 au 25 mars... Notez bien que vous bénéficiez d'une réduction si vous achetez vos tickets avant le 12 mars 2019. J'espère vous voir tous au Gala NUIT BLANCHE le 30 mars  ! (Il n'est pas nécessaire d'être vêtu de blanc -- Nuit Blanche signifie simplement "faire la fête toute la nuit"...).

Continuez à lire l'ÉCHO, passez une très bonne semaine de vacances de février et profitez du mois à venir !

Mark Rosenblum, Chef d'établissement

Plastic Awareness Event - Forum: Thursday February 7

Grades 5-8 all attended the school's first ever Plastic Awareness event, fully conceived of and organized by the Middle School L.I.V.E. club under the faculty guidance of Shelby Aseltine. This 90 minute event was hugely successful and inspiring. 

-> Click to view the short narrated video montage, which explains the event in full and provides highlights. A big thank you to the L.I.V.E. club for their courage and leadership!

And now: use the form attached  to calculate your plastic footprint and take action!
Thank you to all for their participation and engagement, and a big round of applause for the LIVE club, Ms. Aseltine, Mr. Niebelschuetz and Ms. Koch!
For further information about our speakers, please visit:
And Coast 2 Coast's website Festival Somos Mar
- Malte Niebelschuetz:  
February 15 through February 22: French and English Book Fair
April 8: Science Fair 2019
Questions, contact Echo Jacoway or Anne Laure Denis
April 12:
Deadline to purchase a Yearbook

Le livre de l'année 2019:
Theme: "We, Citizens of the World"

Yearbook cover design 2019 by Aimée and Aidan Desrosiers 

Order yours now!  Online ONLY!  

Prices start at $40. YBPAY.LIFETOUCH.COM 

Use ID code: 12766718

>> Deadline to purchase a yearbook is April 12th, 2019 <<

Don't forget to add lovelines or a personalized yearbook ad to recognize and congratulate your child's work for this school year, for his or her achievements, or for completing his or her 8th grade middle school year. 

If you would like to add one in your yearbook, your options are: 

Lovelines - These lines are limited to up to 20 words with no photos to accompany them. - Price - $35

Yearbook - Personalized ads: 

- Full page: $300 - you can submit up to 6 photos and a message up to 300 characters. 

- ½ of a page: $150 - You can submit up to 3 photos and a message up to 200 characters. 

- ¼ of a page: $100 - You can submit one photo and a message up to 100 characters. 

If you have already purchased a yearbook but would like to buy a personalized ad for your child, you can still do so under "Purchase an advertisement for my student (without a yearbook)." If you have already purchased a yearbook but would like to add a loveline, contact Isabelle. 

>> Deadline to purchase a Loveline or a personalized ad is March 29th, 2019 <<

Any questions ? Please contact Isabelle Sénécal

PK2 and Kinder Miniforum

In this video the PK2 students are taking off with Patty's BLAST OFF song

Our Kinder students had their first mini-forum! They worked on the theme of the forest. So they sang a beautiful forest song "Tic Toc"  in French and "Down by the bay" in English. They also presented poetry written in class that emphasized their rhyming skills.


Active learners

Pictured:  Carla, Murphy and Cala - Kiana, Mahalet and Alexis.

After working on the story "Les trois petits cochons", the students played some games where they have to escape from the wolf and hide in their house ( hoola hoops). Then, three 4th graders came and built a house in front of the class. The PK0 loved to play inside  and enjoyed pretending to be the three little pigs. The 4th graders inspired some of our little ones to build their own house. 
A big thank you to the students.

Garden Creation

Pictured: Sloan, Sixten, Marilou, Liya, Julia, Ella, Russell, Maya, Jack, Theodore and Anders.

The 2nd grade students are in the process of creating a garden in the Elementary School area near the 2nd grade classrooms. Beyond just cultivating plants and learning about the life cycle of plants, this activity will enable the 2nd grade students to approach nature, to understand biodiversity, to be empowered, and to raise their awareness about the importance of biodiversity in the environment (the utility of plants and water management for instance). 
In San Diego, the climate is Mediterranean - it rarely rains (except a number of times, uncharacteristically, these past days) - and it will be necessary to manage the use of water. Presently, the class is experimenting with the possibility of growing a plant from a direct cutting (la bouture) of a succulent. Students have been observing the development of that plant in the classroom and now it is time to plant it outside. They hope to see it grow. The children also hope that our garden will attract insects and bees after having selected the best flowers and pollinating plants.


100 Days in 1st Grade

The 1st grade classes celebrated 100 days of school on February, February 15! To commemorate the achievement, all three classes participated in a variety of activities in French and English dealing with the number 100. Their first project at home to was to make a collection of 100 items and bring it to school. Students were so creative and artistic! They made collections of 100 legos, bows, and pennies. There were 100 unicorns, flags and chocolates! Students all dressed in a color of the rainbow, worked together in groups to write the number 100 using their bodies and even observed 100 seconds of silence. With the theme of 100, students had sporting events where they jumped rope 100 times, did 100 summersaults, took 100 "ant" steps and played leap frog, hopping 100 times! The students worked on 100 math problems and created a variety of 100 projects such as: building with 100 legos, making necklaces using 100 fruit loops, tying 100 ribbons and creating 100 tissue paper flowers. The whole school got involved during recess when our 1st graders had to collect 100 names. 

Congratulations to all of our students on completing 100 days of school! 

8th grade ESL Field trip: Learning made relevant and useful in real context

Our 8th grade ESL students were responsible for planning and implementing a tour of the Stuart Collection at UCSD. Students researched various art installations and guided their teachers around the campus, providing detailed descriptions of each art piece in English. We were lucky to have such motivated English learners as tour guides.
During their time on campus, students successfully located all art installations, asked detailed questions regarding the projects, solicited directions from campus staff, and were able to contribute to a collaborative chalk installation. Be sure to ask them about their adventure (in English)!


Robotics Challenge in Robotics Elective

Students have engaged their robots in a fierce tournament for the past few weeks. Working in pairs, they programmed and coded their robots, while the students in the MakerSpace elective kindly built and painted round flat circular wood platforms on which the robots were able to compete.  On February 14, the challenge culminated with the championship finals (robotic sumo wrestling).


Black History Month Celebration: Reflecting on bias, stereotypes and preconceived ideas

Ms. Aseltine and Ms. Addo organized an all-middle school forum on February 14, 2019 on the theme of stereotypes, bias, and preconceived ideas. Students were invited to work in groups of 5 or 6, and tasked with the objective of producing a collective drawing of what a "social loser" and a "social winner" are. After 20 minutes of teamwork, all students gathered in a full assembly, and discussed two drawings. The drawings were an opportunity to reflect on the bias of judging people upon their appearance, and how we assess others through the filters of assumptions based on preconceived representations.


Rallye Math

Please find attached the videos from the North America Math Rally and the 5th grade / 6th grade link.

Event 3 will be organized on Pi Day (3-14) with a collaboration between the CM2 and 6eme students.
These videos will be posted on the Math Rally website by the event coordinators.

ASA Minecraft Wednesday

Last week in the Minecraft ASA on Wednesday, students worked on two monuments: the Parthenon in Greece and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.


Winter Break: February 25 - March 1

SDFAS is offering vacation camps for PK0-8th grade from 8:30 am - 4 pm or 5 pm.

You can choose Surf camp, ALBION Soccer camp for K-8th, or regular camp for PK0-8th grade . If you need only one day or jus few days of camp only, please register for regular camp. Surf and Soccer camps are weekly camps only.  For information click  HERE and to r eserve your spot click  HERE

Please plan ahead and be mindful of the deadline as we might have to cancel the camp if we don't have 6 registered children.

Deadline registration Feb. 15th (10 days before camp starts) after that a $50 late registration fee will be added to your total.

I remain at your disposal for any questions you may have.

Thank you!


Girls Soccer Team

Chloe, Tahlia, Sophie, Emeraude and Marie Pier Goulet (teacher) -
Lia, Anabel, Stella, Julie and Francesca -
Lily and Laudine.

Congratulations to the SDFAS Girls Soccer Team for finishing their season with an 8-2 record.

- February 15 - 22: Book Fair 
- February 18 - 22: Parent-Teacher Conferences 1st - 5th
- February 21:
Parent-Teacher Conferences Middle School
- February 22: Minimum Day
- February 25 - Friday March 1: Winter Break
- March 8:  CinéClub - 7pm
- March 15:
Middle School Dance; St. Patrick's Day (Green day)
- March 21: La Grande Lessive (Laundry Art Day)
- March 21:  8th grade cap and gown graduation photos with Lifetouch