Newsletter Issue No 13
March 28, 2019 
In This Issue
The 2019 Gala has begun!
Science Fair

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Girard Gourmet Lunches

Access to Grades
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School Council Minutes

The School Council met on January 14, 2019.

Minutes are now available online.



You registered your child(ren ) for the Winter 2019 lunch program. You will need to register for the next session SPRING 2019, for your preschoolers. 

Lunch start April 1st, 2019 for the Spring session.

Please note that you can choose from 3 options: 2 days (Tues. & Thur.), 3 days (Mon., Wed. & Fri.) or 5 days/week. Vegetarian option 3 days/week or only on Friday. 

Let me know if you have any questions:

Ciné Club - April 5
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) - Trailer
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) - Trailer

Wednesday, April 17

Parents must register their children before April 10th for extended care on minimum day, if you cannot pick up your child by 12 noon. 
Please send an email to:

Extended care is available from 12:00 noon until 6 p.m. Children that are not picked up by noon will go to the lunch area. So please pick up your children in the lunch area for K-8 and from the playground in preschool. 
Remember to bring lunch as on all minimum days there is no Girard Gourmet lunch.

Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m. for PK0-PK1-PK2 and K-5 and at 12 noon for middle school.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions:

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.

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Gala 2019: Nuit Blanche

Class art projects are in the auditorium until Friday 9 a.m.. Please take a moment to admire them.

If you are unable to attend the gala and are interested in placing a bid on art projects, teacher experiences, live auction items, or the Fund-A-Need, we invite you to preview the catalog and contribute to our Party with a Purpose by filling out the absentee bidding form below and returning it to the Development Office by Friday March 29th at noon Absentee Bidder Form
Mr. Yamashita's visit on campus

Mr. Yamashita is a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb, a UN Peace ambassador, and an artist. He lives on Mexico. 

On March 19, 2019, all students from 5th to 8th grades had a chance to listen to his testimony as he shared his story in the auditorium. Then, he went into all middle school classrooms, and students were able to address their questions in a more intimate space. 

The event, carefully prepared by the 6th graders with Mr. Prud'homme, was a unique opportunity to raise awareness on how important it is for each of us to make a stance for world peace and the destructions of atomic weapons. 

Congratulations to all 6th graders for their excellent introduction to our speaker at the presentation, and thank you to Teresa Sekiguchi who made this possible.


As always, March has been a busy month and brought many events and celebrations to SDFAS. In mid-March the La Jolla Playhouse came to SDFAS and presented a theatre piece to grades 3 - 8. Also in mid-March, on 3.14, we celebrated Pi Day in grades 5-8, a fun and exciting event for students. On a more serious note, we recently welcomed a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb, Peace Ambassador Yasuaki Yamashita, who addressed grades 5-8 and spent time in classrooms with students. SDFAS also welcomed a World War II veteran who visited the 5th grade as part of the History-Geography curriculum. Today we had a very special event -  the school's first ever Laundry Art Day (La Grande Lessive) - a celebration of artwork done throughout the year by our students from every school division and displayed on strings and clothes lines all across the campus.

This week, as an appropriate run up to our annual Gala, SDFAS has been celebrating Spirit Week in the Middle School. During Spirit Week, students dress up each day in a fun, creative way, culminating on Friday with Crazy Hair Day during which all SDFAS students are invited to participate. This coming Saturday evening, March 30, will be the SDFAS annual Gala at the Pendry Hotel! I look forward to seeing many of you at our Nuit Blanche as we celebrate our school's present success and future development. The Fund-a-Need this year focuses on people: our teachers and our students. Through the creation of a multi-year fund to support professional development and financial aid, we will together ensure the most cutting-edge training for our teachers and the diversity of our student body. Together, through your presence and your generosity, let's make this year's gala an unforgettable event!

Mark Rosenblum, Head of school

Chers parents,
Comme toujours, il s'est passé beaucoup de choses ce mois-ci à SDFAS. Mi-mars, les comédiens de La Jolla Playhouse sont venus nous rendre visite et présenter une pièce de théâtre aux élèves du CE2 à la 4ème. Le 14 du mois (3.14) nous avons célébré le nombre Pi avec les élèves du CM2 à la 4ème, une belle journée pleine de surprises. Dans un domaine plus sérieux, nous avons accueilli récemment un survivant du bombardement atomique de Nagasaki, l'Ambassadeur de la Paix Yasuaki Yamashita qui a témoigné auprès des élèves du CM2 à la 4ème. SDFAS a également accueilli un vétéran de la seconde guerre mondiale qui a rendu visite aux élèves de CM2 dans le cadre de leur cours d'histoire. Aujourd'hui, pour la première fois à SDFAS, a été organisé La Grande Lessive , une célébration des oeuvres d'art créées par les élèves de toutes les classes tout au long de l'année, oeuvres qui ont été suspendues à des fils à linge tendus à travers tout le campus.

Cette semaine, comme il se doit dans les derniers jours précédant le Gala annuel, les collégiens de SDFAS ont célébré Spirit Week : chaque jour, ils se sont déguisés de manière amusante et créative, avec comme point culminant, la journée des cheveux fous vendredi, journée à laquelle tous les élèves de l'école sont invités à participer. Ce samedi soir, le 30 mars, le Gala annuel de SDFAS se tiendra à l'Hotel Pendry! J'ai hâte de retrouver beaucoup d'entre vous à cette Nuit Blanche pour fêter la réussite présente et les futures améliorations de notre école. La campagne Fund-a-Need cette année est consacrée aux personnes , nos enseignants et nos élèves. Grâce à la création d'un fonds sur plusieurs années nous pourrons financer le développement professionnel et l'aide financière, assurant ainsi les meilleures formations pour nos enseignants et une plus grande diversité parmi nos élèves. Ensemble, grâce à votre présence et votre généreuse participation, faisons du Gala de cette année un événement inoubliable!

Mark Rosenblum, Head of school

Laundry Art Day

We are all looking forward to this first ever Laundry Art Day display on clothes lines all over campus of beautiful student art work from all ages and classes!

March 30: The Countdown to the 2019 gala has begun.
Don't miss this Party with a Purpose!

April 8: Science Fair 2019
Calling all aspiring scientists!

The science fair is coming. Do your experiments. Display your results. Tell us what you discovered.

Questions, contact Echo Jacoway or Anne Laure Denis


Miniforum PK1 2019

The PK0 and PK1 classes performed on stage for their parents and the rest of the preschool. After a warm-up with yoga poses, the PK0 tried to sing a little song while following the gestures. The PK1 learned how to dance two by two and song in French and in English a song about chicks.


Science in Preschool

Pictured: Mia, Gabriel and Yasmin.

The best way for preschoolers to learn about the natural world is through hands-on activities and experiences. They learn about science by practicing science. PK1s are working this month on planting and growing. First we sorted out what we thought were seeds and not seeds, which led us to wonder: "What is a seed?", and "How do we know it is a seed?". After a lot of talking, the students agreed we could plant the seeds and the other little objets and see if they were growing. Now we are waiting for them to grow (or not!).

Interview: Thomas McDowell, an American WW2 veteran

Visit of Thomas McDowell, WW2 veteran-Part1
Visit of Thomas McDowell, WW2 veteran-Part1

5th graders were honored to welcome Thomas McDowell, an American WW2 veteran, in relation with the History curriculum.


Science in 4th grade

The fourth graders have started learning about energy transfers in science. They were able to use toy skateboards to demonstrate the effect that mass has when transferring kinetic energy. They documented and collected the data of the distances that the skateboards traveled when "transferring their energy" (ie crashing) and took the average to learn which collision had the greatest impact.



- Quatre statues mangent / Femmes aux couleurs mélangées / Elles nous regardent
- Un papillon gris / Vole et imagine un monstre / Aux cornes pointues.

We have entered an online Haiku contest on Tw'Haiku . Since the beginning of March, we have been receiving one picture per week and we have created one haiku per week describing what we feel. 
We have shared our haikus with other schools via Edu Twit (a microblog dedicated to pedagogical purpose and to class). A Haiku is a three-lined poem, originally from Japan. 
You need to respect these rules to create one: the 1st and 3rd lines have 5 syllables each and the middle line has 7 syllables. It doesn't have to rhyme and it can speak about nature or seasons. 
This year, Elisabeth chose the theme of Art. First, Elisabeth read us Haikus written by adults and kids, like us. Then, each of us wrote our first Haiku by using a line bank of 5 and 7 syllables. We shared our poem with our classmates. Later, Elisabeth showed us a modern painting, we told her what we saw and felt while admiring this picture and she wrote it down on the white board. After, we created a haiku with the whole class. A week later, Elisabeth showed us a picture of a sand sculpture. First we wrote down our ideas, then we shared our ideas with a partner and worked in pairs to create a poem. Finally, we read our poems aloud to the class and we voted to select our favorite haiku. We can only post one haiku per class per week. Today, we worked on a picture of street art painting and we produced another Haiku with a different partner.  On Friday, we can check if our week's poem was liked by other schools.

P i Day Celebration

Pictured: Fay and Juliette - Maelig, Julie and Nicolas - Jorge - Fay, Virgil, Alex, Linden, Ava, Jorge, Angelina, Julian, Matthew and Paul.

On March 14,2019, SDFAS celebrated Pi Day with fun math activities, a Pi number Contest, a Pie Baking Contest... and the tasting of the pies! All winners got well-deserved awards. 

Congratulations to all participants and winners, and thank you to Mr. Giot, our middle school French Math teacher and the Math Club for organizing the event for our enjoyment and delight!


Science in French

Pictured: Aurelio and Adrien - Chloe, Emi and Sofia.

7th graders are studying the digestive system. 
They first researched, and then came the time to discover the organs of a frog. They did well!

SDFAS Track & Field Place 1st

On March 19th, the Boys and Girls Track & Field Teams dominated the competition at the league's first meet of the season.

The Boys 5th/6th Division, Boys 7th/8th Division, Girls 5th/6th Division, AND Girls 7th/8th Division ALL placed first overall as a team, beating out Encinitas Country Day, The Cambridge School, Chabad Hebrew Academy, The Rhoades School, and Nelson Middle Years.

Track Events: 4 x 100m, 1600m, 400m, 100m, 800m, 200m, 4 x 400m
Field Events: Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump, Triple Jump

Next Track & Field Meet: Monday, April 8th @ SDFAS, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM


Girls Basketball Win Season Opener

The SDFAS Varsity Girls Basketball team defeated The Grauer School, 22 - 2, in their season opener.

The girls executed team offense as their "sauvage" defensive pressure forced turnovers. SDFAS controlled the tempo of the game from tip off, leaving no chance for their opponent to catch up.
The team was led by Tahlia Zadeyan, Sophie Diamond, Chloe Vargas, Lily Baglin-Bunod, Jade Messaoudi, Saliha Choma, Amaia Navarro, and Lia Benshlush.

April 18-26 (7 days) from 8:30 - 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. for PK0 to 8th Grade. 

Deadline registration April 10, 2019 on April 11th a $50 late registration fee will be added to your total. 

You can choose from Surf Camp, ALBION Soccer camp for K-8th or regular camp for PK0-8th grade. 

If you need one day or a few days only, register for regular camp. 

The theme is based on the season Spring activities. Children will do arts and crafts projects using nature, fun stories and activities. Children will get familiar with different songs and participate in outdoor activities. 

Click HERE for more information and to reserve your spot online 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. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at

The Summer camps Around the World - Le Tour du Monde 2019 is now available to you! 

New! French Intensive Summer Course for Teens June 24-August 2 

- Morning 9 am-12:30 pm: Beginners 
- Afternoon 1 pm-4:30 pm: Intermediate students

A certificate of completion will be provided.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at

- March 28:  La Grande Lessive (Laundry Art Day)
- March 29: Crazy hair and Hat day
- March 30: Annual Gala
- April 5: CinéClub #7 
- April 8 - 11: Science Fair and Science Fair 
- April 10: Conservatory of Music Spring Concert Recital from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
- April 12: Deadline to purchase a Yearbook
- April 17: Minimum Day 
- April 29 - May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week