Newsletter Issue No 9
January 18, 2018 
In This Issue
Congratulations to the 4 finalists
Brazilian Music Presentation
Math Project
An author in our school!
How do we expand our learning around a theme
Life Science
Science STEM
Program and registration for the After School Activities
Spanish elective

Quick Links

Girard Gourmet Lunches:



School Council Minutes
The School Council met on January 8.
Minutes are now available online.


Demande de bourses scolaires :

Nous vous informons de l'ouverture de la première campagne de bourses scolaires pour l'année scolaire 2018-2019.
Les formulaires et l'ensemble des informations utiles sont consultables en suivant ce lien
Afin de les approuver, ces dossiers sont à retourner au plus tard le mercredi 21 février 2018 à l'école.

Merci de contacter Stéphanie Humbert pour plus de renseignements: 

Calling Student Actors to perform

Since September, SDFAS and the  German Pacific School have entered the contest collaboratively, and are making a 5 to  8 minute-movie on the theme "Peace in War" to be submitted in the Spring. 
This initiative is meant to promote peace among young generations, in light of the terrible events of WW1, for which we celebrate the 100th year anniversary.

This is a fun and unique opportunity for your child and your family to contribute to a complex and inspiring initiative, which involves not only individuals but also two school communities!  

If you are willing to perform, please click on the link to get more details, and contact Benedicte Brouder at 
before January 19, please.

We need your help and support, and would be extremely grateful for your participation!

Thank you

Middle School: Chapeau Ticket Store in middle school on December 14, 2017

Thank you for shopping at the Chapeau Ticket Store! 

On December 14, students were able to use their chapeau tickets at the store run by Diesa Seidel. They enjoyed snacks, sweets, books and were also able to stock on foosball balls and ping pong balls!

The 9th Annual Talent Show

Annual Blood Drive
Gillispie School is hosting its ninth annual blood drive on February 1, 2017! Once again, we would like to formally invite the SDFAS community of parents and teachers to donate blood. Here is the live appointment link 

Your donation of blood could make a big difference! 


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Winter Performances Pre-Elementary and Elementary 
Maternelle : Sur un air de musique Africaine

Pictured: Zebra: PK1, Giraffes, Elephants, Crocodiles: PK2 and African Sorcerers: K.

We discovered so many wonders during our trip to the African Savannah. We roared with some very cute lions, and danced with elephants and zebras. We celebrated the sun, and paddled down a river. We all celebrated the lion, king of the animals. So hakuna matata everyone!
SDFAS Winter Show MATERNELLE 2017-18: Part 1 - Part 2 

Elémentaire : De Paris à San Diego... 

SDFAS Winter Show ELEMENTAIRE 2017-18: Part 1/4
SDFAS Winter Show ELEMENTAIRE 2017-18: Part 1/4

All the elementary classes, French and American teachers, worked together to create the elementary winter show. The original idea discussed since October was to create an event around the school's core values (respect, freedom, friendship, tolerance, integration, equality...) and to express them when singing. The different classes chose two songs one in English and the other in French with their teachers and then worked vocals and choral techniques with Claire Selva (1st grade teacher). Julien Moncelet (5th grade teacher) wrote the story to link all the songs ("a French family who decides to leave Paris to go to San Diego to join our school - San Diego French-American School") and asked his 5th graders students to act out on stage when on stage this family's story.
The result of this team work and collaborative effort was definitively a great success!
Pre-Elementary: Exploring another French Tradition: 
La Galette des Rois

Pictured: Mattin, Sophie and Stella.

With the arrival of January comes another French celebration with the galette des rois - the "king cake." It's a flaky, sweet cake served warm, straight out of the oven. But the pleasure brought by a galette des rois isn't merely due to its delicious taste - it's also the anticipation of wondering whether you will be the lucky one to discover  la fève , a tiny charm, buried inside one of the slices. If you are, you're "king for a day" and take your place in a 700-year old French tradition! Each class had a galette des rois, and we had a lot of royalty this week at SDFAS. In Sophie's class, the king was Mattin, and he picked his queen, Stella.

During this week in which we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, it is important to recognize the importance of talking with our children, in age appropriate ways, about freedom, equal rights, kindness, patience with others, community service and standing up for what is right.  As we are all aware, the SDFAS mission strongly embraces multiculturalism and diversity and with it recognition and respect for all individuals. The curriculum and culture in our school seek to model and reinforce these values for our students and are part of what make SDFAS such a special place.
2018 is off to a busy start at SDFAS. Upcoming community events include the State of the School address on Friday, January 26 during the morning from 8:30 - 9:30 am with coffee and croissants in the auditorium to celebrate together the school's achievements as well as reflect upon opportunities and challenges for the future. Otherwise, the Jog-a-thon will take place in the morning on February 2 and the Talent Show in the evening on February 9. On February 8, all elementary school parents are invited to come in the morning for a presentation about the SDFAS Middle School Experience - La vie du collège à SDFAS.
I hope to see you all soon on campus!

Mark Rosenblum, Head of school

Chers parents,
Suite à cette semaine où nous avons célébré le travail et l'oeuvre du docteur Martin Luther King, Jr., il est important de reconnaître l'importance d'échanger avec nos enfants sur les thèmes de la liberté, de l'égalité, de la gentillesse, de la patience, de la justice et du service à la communauté. Comme nous le savons tous, une partie intégrale de la mission de SDFAS est de promouvoir le multiculturalisme et le respect de tous les peuples. Les programmes et la culture de notre école cherchent à renforcer ses valeurs auprès de nos élèves et font de SDFAS une institution remarquable.
L'année 2018 débute avec beaucoup d'activités à SDFAS. Un événement important de la communauté à ne pas manquer aura lieu le vendredi 26 janvier de 8h30-9h30 dans l'auditorium: le café-croissant matinal pour le discours annuel sur "l'état de l'école", occasion de célébrer ensemble les progrès de l'école et de réfléchir à son avenir.
Par ailleurs, le Jog-a-thon aura lieu le matin du 2 février et le Talent Show le soir du 9 février.
Le 8 février, tous les parents de l'élémentaire sont invités le matin pour une présentation du collège intitulée SDFAS Middle School Experience - La vie du collège à SDFAS.
J'espère vous voir tous prochainement sur le campus !

Mark Rosenblum, Chef d'établissement

Let's get ready for the Jog-a-Thon! 
Entraînons-nous pour le Jog-a-Thon !

Our students from PK0 to Kindergarten are getting ready to run on February 2nd for our next Jog-a-Thon.

The SDFAS Annual Jog-a-thon will take place on Friday, February 2nd from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon at SDFAS.
Students will run to raise money for local and international charities and SDFAS.  Parents are welcome to attend this event and cheer on our young runners.  Stay tuned for more detailed information coming next week!

Thank you for your support!
Brazilian Music Presentation
Elémentaire : Sur un air de Musique Brésilienne

Bazilian Music Presentation
Brazilian Music Presentation

After working one full trimester on Brazilian percussion and songs in Portuguese with Stefanie Schmitz (from La Jolla Word Music Program), the talented 1st graders presented to their parents what they have learned.

*World Music Program is financed by the Annual Fund
Middle School: 6 th grade Field Trip to the Nutcracker
Collège : Sortie scolaire avec les 6èmes au Théâtre de San Diego

On December 15, 2017, the 6th graders enjoyed a Nutcracker performance at a Downtown San Diego Theater. They were supporting one of their classmates, who was on stage dancing and performing. 
Thank you to their 6th grade teachers, Ms. Reagan and Ms. Bunod, for organizing this ever enjoyable and beautiful show!

*Local day field trips are partly financed the Annual Fund

Middle School: 7th grade Science Field Trip to Torrey Pines
Collège : Excursion à Torrey Pines avec les 5èmes

On December 15, 2017, 7th graders went to the Torrey Pines Reserve in order to study erosion, They were able to experience the impacts of water, wind, rain, invasive plants, animals and humans.
Elementary: Cross Disciplinary Teaching in 1st Grade

At SDFAS, students are exposed to a diversity of learning situations. Teachers use cross-disciplinary methods in order to help students build meaningful knowledge. For instance, part of the science program in 1 st  grade is dedicated to practicing the scientific approach (questioning, observing, experimenting, describing...). During the same activity, students reinvest the vocabulary they have learned and incorporate their knowledge on size and measurement, which is a part of the mathematics program.
Pre-Elementary: PK2 students in a P.E/Math active learning activity

Pictured: Mylène and Zoe - Penelope and Viggo

This week our PK2 students discovered a classic game "le beret" or "steal the
bacon". Each player has a number written in his/her hands. The « bacon » is placed in the center of the playing area. A teacher calls out a number and all students with that number run to pick up the « bacon ».
The game is a lot of fun and a great way to demonstrate the advantages of kinesthetic learning. In kinesthetic learning, movements and actions replace more passive forms of learning, such as simply listening to the teacher explaining a concept. Our young students work on numeration, are active participants in their learning and even more important in PK, they enjoy learning!
Elementary: Science STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Experiment

Science Exploration: The 3A students really put on their thinking caps these past few days! Enjoy these photos of our students designing, building, and testing their bridges. 
The record so far is 175 pennies!
Middle School: JMUN welcomes SDDC delegates

This past Friday January 12, 2018, students from the JMUN club had the opportunity to welcome 20 delegates from the San Diego Diplomacy Council on campus. This was a unique chance to discuss with international citizens about topics related to issues they are exploring within the scope of the JMUN club experience.
Thank you to Ms. Aseltine and the students, for their carefully crafted and deep questions! Thank you to Ms. Addo and Mr. Baron for their presence and help, and thank you to our visitors, whom we were delighted to welcome at SDFAS!
SDFAS Middle School Experience - Calling all Elementary School parents!
Les années collège à SDFAS - Un appel à tous les parents de l'élémentaire !

All elementary school parents  are invited to attend with the 5th graders a presentation entitled SDFAS Middle School Experience on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 8:30 to 9:20 am in the auditorium. This will be an opportunity to gain an understanding of the middle school years at SDFAS with respect to:
· Academics and Visible Learning (Curriculum, Schedule, Electives, Clubs, Projects)
· Community Atmosphere
· Academic Learning and Personal Growth
· Character Development and Social Learning
· Global citizenship: Self-Reflection, Collaboration, Leadership, Tech Skills
· Preparation and transition to High School
Those who attend will be able to get a "feel" of what it is like to live the SDFAS Middle School experience: 8th graders, teachers and directors will inform you and even challenge you with some engaging activities. Questions will be answered.
All Elementary parents are welcome !
Sports League

Our teams are now playing their second Sports League season of the school year. Enjoy the girls' soccer and the boys' basketball pictures! Congratulations to all players and coaches, Ms. Seidel (basketball) and Mr. Moncelet (soccer)! 

- Monday, January 22 - Friday, January 26: Parent-Teacher Meetings PK-K
- Friday, January 26: Café Croissants / State of the School for parents and trustees (8:30 - 9:30 am)
- Friday, February 2: Jog-a-thon (morning)
- Thursday, February 8: SDFAS Middle School Experience for all Elementary Parents (8:30 am)
- Friday, February 9: Talent Show (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
- Thursday, February 15 - Friday, February 23: English Book Fair