Newsletter Issue No 15
May 03, 2018 
In This Issue
Art Fair
Fête de la Musique
Summer camps 2018
Science Fair 2018
Math project Video
Science Challenge
San Diego Air and Space Museum's Fly
French Writing Contest
Writing to France
Chess Peace movie Premiere
Art Program
San Diego Library
Maritime Museum
Botanical Garden
Strawberries picking
Sports League
ASA Jiu Jitsu

Quick Links

Girard Gourmet Lunches:



SDFAS Parent Survey 2018
The SDFAS Parent Survey 2018  is now open. Please take time to complete. A message was sent to you on Wednesday May 2 via MSP from the Head of School. The survey will remain open only for one week until 4 pm on Wednesday May 9. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. 


Thank you in advance for your time and feedback !

School Council - May 7th

Our last school council will take place on May 7th. 
All constituents of the school are represented on the School Council: the students, the parents, the administration and the teachers. It is chaired by the Head of School. The Council is informed and debates on campus life and projects. It approves the school calendar every year in January.

If you have any request you would like to present to the Council.

According to their grade, they should  email their questions  to the following representant,  no later than Friday, May 4th.

Cycle 1 (PK0 to Kinder): Amaparo Young.
Cycle 2 (1st, 2nd & 3rd): Heloise Brodin
Cycle 3 (4th & 5th): Luana McAuliffe
Cycle 4 (6th, 7th & 8th): Patty Soto

Thank you very much for your help in that matter.

Intro to High School - May 8
Cine Club - May 11
Jappeloup - Bande annonce
Jappeloup - Bande annonce

Parenting Seminar at SDFAS

Haiku - Art - 1st grade

"Monstre rigolo
Mandalas aquarelle
Éléphant caché."

"Une  reine et un roi
Peinture  comme un arc-en- ciel
Tableau très  joyeux  !"

The "Fête de la Bretagne / Gouel Breizh" at SDFAS - May 26th

The Breizh Amerika collective will perform a 2 hours set of Celtic music mixed with Swing, Jazz, Latin and Folk music.
They might even teach the audience Breton dances.

Remember the date: May 26th at 3 pm

The Breizh Amerika collective will be composed this year by 4 talented and experienced musicians:

Thomas Moisson - accordion

Gweltaz Rialland - Saxophon and bombard

Julien Le Mentec - Piano

Joe Kyle Jr. - Bass

Since its creation, the Breizh Amerika Collective has travelled to NYC, Chicago, Detroit, St Louis, Cleveland, Rochester, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Arnaudville and Scott, Louisiana to celebrate la Fête de la Bretagne.
Don't miss the opportunity to see them in SAN DIEGO this year!

Actor Sean Penn promotes new book in La Jolla

Pictured: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Harmony Moussighi, 9, starts to read Sean Penn's new book "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff",
bought by her mother Symphony Moussighi, left, as they wait for Sean Penn to arrive at D.G. Wills Books in La Jolla.


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Teachers Appreciation Lunch

Pictured: Anne, Laurette, Anne-Sophie, Géraldine et Valérie.

On behalf of all teachers and Staff, a huge   MERCI  to the P.A. and the parents for organizing the Teachers Appreciation Lunch this week. We are all very touched by your support and messages of appreciation.
2018 High School Admission Results

Pictured: San Diego French-American School - 8th Grade Class of 2018
4th Row (Left to Right): Dante Schrantz, Ellie Coalier, Liam Sylvada, Anouk Guilhemfouert, Sidonie Laing Begin
3rd Row: Juliette Faline, Maya Satterberg, Alba Mendis, Chloé Gross, Louna Ripart, Massin Ihs
2nd Row: Liam Sapochnick, Ariana Giauque, Nolwenn Garcia-Jasso, Emma Berman, Apolline Picard, Sonny Gontran
1st Row: Philippine Maury, Alexander Price, Léonie Shapiro, Lexine Arambulo, Patricia Gomez-Lopez, Zachary Walker
Not pictured: Seiji Ayala-Sekiguchi

Congratulations to the SDFAS Class of 2018!

We are very proud of this year's high school admission results and wish every  single one of our 24 graduating 8 th graders the very best for their high school  years and beyond.
We are lucky to live in an area with a multitude of excellent high school options.  Many of our students applied to both public and private schools; many applied to  more than one school; nearly all of our students received an offer of admission at  their first choice school; and several students had multiple offers of admission.
As you can see below, finding the right individual fit for student and family results  in varied results for high school. Bravo!
IN THE SAN DIEGO AREA (schools listed in alphabetical order)
- Bishop's - 2 offers of admission given - 1 will attend
- Canyon Crest Academy - 2 offer of admission given - 2 will attend
- Cathedral Catholic - 2 offers of admission given - 1 will attend
- Francis Parker School - 3 offers of admission given - 2 will attend
- The Grauer School - 2 offers of admission given - 1 will attend
- La Costa Canyon - implementing IB Program - 1 will attend
- La Jolla Country Day - 3 offers of admission were given - 2 will attend
- La Jolla High School - 4 to 5 plan to attend 
- Mission Bay High School for IB Program  - 4 to 5 plan to attend
- San Diego High School for IB Program - 1 will attend
- Scripps Ranch High School - 1 will attend
- Torrey Pines High School - 1 will attend
Planning to leave the San Diego area - 2
Whether our graduates choose private or public, AP's or IB, our 8th graders are
ready for the challenge that awaits them next year.

Congratulations to our graduates and their parents and teachers!


This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I would like to thank you for your generosity and kindness on behalf of all of the SDFAS teachers and staff. On Monday, our classrooms flourished with wonderful bouquets, which are now illuminating each room on campus! Also, thanks to parent volunteers who took over lunch duties in each division of the school, all teachers enjoyed a delicious meal served at elegantly decorated tables. Teachers are also receiving very candid and thoughtful appreciation notes from their students. For alI of these reasons, I am honored to express on behalf of our teachers, the most sincere gratitude for your constant support of their every day actions.
The month of May arrived, it is time to focus on a few major events in Middle School occurring in the weeks to come.
The Spanish theater company will perform its adaptation in Spanish of The Three Little Pigs on May 10th, 2018 in the auditorium from 9 am to 9:30 am, for the enjoyment of the SDFAS preschoolers. Parents are of course welcome to attend. The Spanish Theater company is a new initiative for the 2017-2018 school year, and Yuriko Patino has been deftly and energetically running the club since September 2017.
La Troupe, the French drama company, will perform its play in the auditorium as follows:
- on May 24th, 2018 during Forum time from 8:30 to 9:20 am for all students
- on May 21st, 2018 from 6 to 7 pm for the parents and community
La Troupe has again this year been energetically led by Marion Addo.
In addition, our students in the Junior Model United Nations Club will attend the San Diego JMUN Conference on May 23rd and May 24th, 2018, under the leadership of Shelby Aseltine, our Middle School English Teacher.
On June 1st, 2018, all Middle School students will enjoy the last MS Dance of the school year. This MS Dance will celebrate the Class of 2018 graduates!
Then, our 8th graders will travel to Canada from June 3 to June 8, 2018. The program was carefully crafted and organized by Diesa Seidel, our Athletics Director. Our students will visit Montreal and Quebec City, immersing themselves in Canadian French language, history and culture.

Finally, shortly after the trip to Montreal, it will be time for the 8th grade graduation ceremony. The Class of 2018 will receive diplomas on June 14, 2018 at 5 pm in the auditorium. We will celebrate their accomplishments, and wish them all the best for their future endeavors in High School!

Bénédicte Brouder, Middle School Director

Chers parents,
Cette semaine est la semaine d'appréciation pour les enseignants et je voudrais vous remercier pour votre générosité et votre gentillesse au nom des enseignants et du personnel de SDFAS. Ce lundi, les salles de classe se sont fleuries de magnifiques bouquets qui illuminent maintenant chaque classe sur le campus ! Aussi, grâce aux parents volontaires qui ont supervisé les récréations du midi et les déjeuners pour chaque division, tous les enseignants ont pu profiter d'un délicieux repas servi à des tables élégamment décorées. Les enseignants reçoivent aussi des mots d'appréciation sincères et touchants de la part de leurs élèves. Ainsi, je suis réellement honorée d'exprimer la gratitude profonde des enseignants envers votre soutien constant à leurs actions au quotidien.
Maintenant nous voudrions mettre en exergue quelques événements majeurs à venir au collège dans les semaines futures.
Le Club de théâtre en espagnol fera une représentation dans l'auditorium d'une adaptation des "Trois Petits Cochons" en espagnol le 10 mai 2018 de 9h à 9h30, pour le plus grand plaisir du public des élèves de maternelle. Les parents sont chaleureusement invités à venir assister à la représentation. Le club de théâtre en espagnol est une initiative nouvelle de l'année scolaire 2017/2018, et Yuriko Patino a conduit le club avec gentillesse et énergie depuis septembre 2017.
La Troupe, la compagnie de théâtre en français, fera deux représentations dans l'auditorium de sa pièce en français comme suit:
- Le 24 mai 2018 - temps forum de 8h30 à 9h20 : pour les élèves
- Le 21 mai 2018 de 18h à 19h : pour les parents
La Troupe a été énergiquement menée par Mme Addo cette année encore.
Les élèves du club Junior Model United Nations participeront aussi à la conférence JMUN de San Diego les 23 et 24 mai 2018, sous la conduite de Shelby Aseltine, notre professeure d'anglais au collège.
Le 1er juin aura lieu la troisième "Boum" de l'année scolaire. Cette danse célébrera la Classe de 2018 !
Puis ce sera au tour des 4ème de partir en voyage scolaire au Canada du 3 juin au 8 juin 2018. Le programme a été soigneusement créé et organisé par Diesa Seidel, directrice athlétique. Nos élèves visiteront Montréal et Québec, en immersion dans le français québécois.

Enfin, rapidement après le voyage à Montréal, il sera temps pour la cérémonie de graduation qui aura lieu le 14 juin 2018 à 17h dans l'auditorium. Nous célébrerons les succès de la Classe de 2018 et nous leur souhaiterons le meilleur pour leurs prochaines aventures au lycée !

Bénédicte Brouder, Directrice du Collège

Art Fair 2018 at SDFAS
Fête des Arts 2018

Fête de la Musique 2018

For any questions please contact Claire Selva, 1st grade teacher: or Anne Ferton, kindergarten teacher:
Summer camps 2018 at SDAFS 
Camps d'été 2018

The Summer camps Around the World - Le Tour du Monde 2018 is now available to you!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at
Science Fair 2018 

The SDFAS Science Fair was an excellent experience of scientific exploration and discovery this year. Students conducted experiments in a wide ranges of fields; from circuits to memory to goo to chemical reactions to solar cookers. Each participant shared his or her project with the judges and other contestants in that age range. Classes visited and those than participated got the opportunity to show off their learning to their peers. Awards were presented during forum in front of the whole school with winners being announced for each division. Overall it was incredibly impressive and we thank all the students that did a project and their families for teaching us about the topic they chose. We hope that you are inspired to try something out for yourself now.
Math project Video: Giant Geometric Shapes
Vidéo du projet de Maths : Les géantes formes géométriques

Video by M. Giot

Mr. Moncelet (5   th   grade) and Mr. Giot (6   th   grade) decided to embark on a fun and innovative project that would give students  the   opportunity to work together on their geometry skills.
Pre-Elementary: Science Challenge

Pictured: Akhil, Penelope and Zoey.

Our pre-elementary students are participating in a science challenge with the AEFE network of French schools in North America. For the " défi science " they were asked to make 3 objects: one that shows the presence of the wind, one that shows the wind's direction and one that can measure the wind's strength.
SDFAS PK2 scientists are at work: observing, making hypothesis and experimenting: They tried to trap air in bags, blew through straw to do art, and build a rocket balloon that flew across the room.

Science is fun!
Elementary and Middle Schools: MOEMS - Math Olympiads

MOEMS  is  a large and popular mathematics problem solving competition for students in grades 4-8, run by a non-profit organization. Last year nearly 170,000 students from 6,000 teams worldwide participated in the Olympiads. All 50 states and about 30 other countries were represented.
Our own French Math Teacher, Nicolas Giot, organized a MOEMS tournament on our campus on Friday, April 13, inviting students and teachers from two local independent schools, The Grauer School and Warren Walker School, to participate. Altogether, we had 6 teams of 5 to 6 students, along with their math teachers. It is worth noting that the MOEMS competition is for teams, not for individuals, and that each team in our organized MOEMS event was composed of members from each of the three schools.
Beyond the mathematical component, the tournament strengthened the links between our schools, created an opportunity for students who did not know each other to develop their collaborative skills by working together to solve problems, and opened the door for new friendships to begin.

MOEMS GOALS as explained on :  
  • To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
  • To introduce important Mathematical concepts
  • To teach major strategies for problem solving
  • To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
  • To strengthen Mathematical intuition
  • To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges.
Middle School: San Diego Air and Space Museum's Fly Your Ride Competition

On Saturday April 28th Alex Llewellyn Smith and Nicolas Fischer competed in the San Diego Air and Space Museum's Fly Your Ride Competition.
The goal of the event was to have a vehicle that could jump the biggest gap while staying within the course. The vehicle had to go down a six foot ramp, jump over the gap, land on the ramp on the other side and not run off the sides. To add to the challenge students had to design their own vehicle that had to be constructed without any prefabricated designs or have any sort of motors.  Also the entire vehicle had to fit in a large shoe box and be created on a budget of less than $30.
Nicolas and Alex were excellent representatives of SDFAS. Their car jumped far enough, but had troubles staying on a straight path.  
We learned a lot from watching the teams that had tons of experience with this event and are ready to apply our knowledge to next year's designs!  (Ms. Jacoway)
Middle School: French Writing Contest
Collège : Concours de nouvelles

On April 5, 2018, all 6th and 7th graders took part in a French Writing Contest. Their task was to create a novel using the annually designated "words of the Francophonie". A set of two pictures were presented to students as a kickstart to their inspiration and creativity.
Elementary School:  Writing to France
L'école élémentaire : Correspondance avec la France

The class of CE1A is exchanging emails and pictures with a class of CE1- CE2 in Villefranche de Lonchat, Dordogne, France. They are very curious about  the life of these students in a little school in France and wanted to know how different it is from our French American School. 

Example: Do they have a library in the classroom? Or do they use a behavior chart?

It is a fun and very constructive project, our student from Second Grade realize how lucky they are to learn in two different languages.
Eustory: Chess Peace movie

"Chess Peace" is a beautiful, elegant, smart, profound and powerful 15-minute movie on the theme "Peace in War Time"
Middle School: Art Program

The Music program is in full swing, in partnership with the Center for World  Music. Students also continue, from time to time, to perfect their visual art technique.
6th grade: South African Zulu and Xhosa song, dance, and drumming  Music Show (last class) on June 7 th , 2018
Nomsa Burkhardt is an extraordinary dancer, folk singer and percussionist of Zulu  heritage, born in Soweto, South Africa. Nomsa has taught for the Center for World  Music since 2011.
7th grade: Balinese gamelan  Music show (last class) on June 8 th , 2018  Center for World Music artist-teacher Hirotaka Inuzuka teaches and performs  Indonesian gamelan music. Hiro began studying Balinese gamelan during his  undergraduate studies in Ethnomusicology at UCLA.
8th grade: Persian classical melody and percussion  Open class (last class) on May 29 th , 2018  Kourosh Taghavi was born in Gorgan, Iran in 1965, and has been an artist-in-residence  for the Center for World Music since 2010.

* Fully supported by the Annual Fund Giving Week
Middle School: Field Trip to the San Diego Library
Collège : Visite de la Librairie de San Diego

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7th and 8th graders visited the San Diego Library downtown. The field trip was linked to activities and projects in class, and aimed at developing awareness around media literacy and research method
ology.This activity was an opportunity to widen students ' perspective on how to find, select and use academic sources and media resources.

* Fully supported by the Annual Fund Giving Week
Elementary: Field trip to the Maritime Museum for one night
Elémentaire : Sortie pendant 18h au Musée Maritime

On April 11th to 12th, the 5th graders spent 18 hours on the ship Californian.
They re-lived the year of 1774 experiencing the struggle of merchant mariners sailing the triangle trade route between New England and the Caribbean. They role-played with the maritime instructors, raised sails, loaded cargo 
and protected the vessel from pirates. 

A wonderful experience that they will remember for years.

*Partially supported by the Annual Fund Giving Week
Pre-Elementary: Botanical Garden Field Trip
Maternelle : Escapade au Jardin Botanique

Pictured: Genevieve, Gisele and Eva.

On April 5th, the PK2 classes went on a field trip to the Botanical garden in Encinitas. Students visited different
areas of the garden and learned basic facts about some of the plants. They went through the Bamboo Garden, the Subtropical Fruit Garden, the Herb Garden, the Rainforest, the Desert Gardens, and the Mediterranean Garden.  While visiting they had to draw their favorite plant.

* Fully supported by the Annual Fund Giving Week
Pre-Elementary: Strawberries picking
Maternelle : La cueillette aux fraises

Pictured: Nathan and Lyra.

On April 7th , PK1 A & B went to pick strawberries in Carlsbad. It was the conclusion of their unit on gardening.Each student was given a basket in which to put their harvest. A lot of students put more strawberries directly in their mouths than in their baskets!

* Fully supported by the Annual Fund Giving Week
Sports League

Girls Basketball:

The SDFAS Varsity Girls Basketball Team played a doubleheader against The Grauer School and Soille Hebrew Day. The team's "sauvage" full court press defense forced turnovers and sparked the SDFAS offense. In both games, SDFAS took the lead early in the 1st half and secured both victories with their defensive hustle, precision passing, and team play.

- SDFAS 28, The Grauer School 10.
- SDFAS 12, Soille Hebrew Day 6.

Track & Field:

The SDFAS Girls and Boys Track & Field teams made an impressive mark at their first 3 official track & field meets hosted on the new 250 meter SDFAS track this past month.
Six San Diego middle schools competed in 11 events: 4 x 100, 1600, 400, 100, 800, 200, 4 x 500, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, and Discus.
The girls swept the competition, finishing in first place in both the 7th/8th division (30 points) and 5th/6th division (29 points). The girls were led by Emma Berman (7th/8th 1st place 100, 200, 400), Lexine Arambulo (7th/8th 1st place 1600 & 800), Tahlia Zadeyan (5th/6th 1st place 400), Emeraude Westlake (5th/6th 1st place 1600), Emi Ayala-Sekiguchi (5th/6th 1st place Triple Jump).
On the boys side, the SDFAS 5th/6th division held on to a first place team finish, scoring 29 points, narrowly beating The Rhoades School (27 points) and Encinitas Country Day (26 points). Bravo to our 5th grade newcomers Thomas Vidan, Noe Pegulu, Teva Uteau, Jorge Bas, Richardson Liou, Tom Labbe, and Mattox Kopelman who maximized their talents and secured the team win. In the 7th/8th division, SDFAS placed 2nd as a team behind Chabad Hebrew Day, with outstanding performances by John Guckian, Emil Belhon, Nicola Redon, Seiji Ayala-Sekuguchi, and Dante Schrantz.

Congratulations to all who competed!
ASA Jiu Jitsu 

Last session jiu-jitsu classes focused on teaching techniques and discipline, kids learned how to maintain focus and improve listening skills. Both focus and listening skills are essential for them to be successful students in school, qualities that also carry over to adulthood, making them good employees with flourishing careers.  

Areas we focus every ASA session are:
  • teaches discipline 
  • provides an outlet for energy and stress 
  • promotes self-defense 
  • making more friends 
  • anti-bullying 
  • develops focus, listening and leadership skills 
Jiu-jitsu students are recognized for their progress and commitment not only though their successful execution of techniques, but also with periodic belt and stripe promotions. This gives kids a sense of accomplishment, boosting their self-esteem since they are responsible for their own progress and performance.  

Congratulations to all the Jiu-Jitsu ASA students who recieved stripes last session.  Oss!

- Monday, April 30 - Friday, May 4: Teacher Appreciation Week
Monday, May 7: School Council #3 at 3:20 pm
- Tuesday, May 8: from 6 to 7 pm in the auditorium:  Two-Part Info. Meeting - Intro to High School options + French after SDFAS Part 1: audience: especially 6th and 7th grade families -  Part 2: audience: especially 8th grade families
- Friday, May 11: Cine Club at 7 pm
- Monday May 14 - Thursday May 17: Art Fair 2018
- Tuesday May 15 (May 22, 29 June 5, 12), evenings 6:30pm - 8:30 pm: Parenting  Seminar with Hilde Gross
- Sunday, May 20: Junior Olympics at LJHS
- Monday, May 21: La Troupe in the auditorium 6pm to 7pm
- Friday, May 25: MINIMUM DAY
- Friday, June 1st: Last MS Dance of the school year