Newsletter Issue No 6
November 16, 2017 
In This Issue
Thanksgiving Lunch
Annual Food Drive
Le Marché de Noël
Giant Geometric Shapes
Alternative Seating
Junior Model United Nations
History/Geography French Elective
Cross Country
Skateboard Marathon
The 9th Annual Talent Show

Quick Links

Girard Gourmet Lunches:



School Council Minutes
The School Council met on October 9.
Minutes are now available online.


Monthly Morning Coffee with Mark in the auditorium

Meet and greet opportunities. Parents are invited to join new Head of School Mark Rosenblum for morning coffee in the auditorium, for all or part of an hour, from 8 - 9 am on the following dates: 

Friday November 17
Tuesday December 5
See you there if you are interested and able to make it on one of these dates!
Minimum Day Wednesday,
November 22
Dismissal is at 11:45 am for PK0-PK1- PK2 and K-5 and at 12 noon for middle school.
Extended care is available from 12 noon until 6 pm.
Parents must register their children for extended care on minimum days before Friday November 17th, by sending an email to EXTENDED CARE if you cannot pick up your child by 12 noon.
There is no Girard Gourmet school lunch service, so if your child is staying in extended care, please provide a lunch. Children who are not picked up by noon will go to the lunch area. Please pick up your children in the lunch area for K-8 and from the playground in preschool.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions:
French Film Club
Friday, December 1st
Amazon Smile
Support us when you shop this holiday on Amazon using AmazonSmile. 
It's a free and an easy way to have Amazon donate a small percentage of your purchase amount back to SDFAS at no cost to you!!! 
First, link your amazon account here, and then start any future Amazon shopping at 
Every Wednesdays: 
Baguettes, Pain-

What: Baguette and Pain-choco (Lindt bar & piece of bread) from Prager Brothers will be sold at SDFAS every Wednesday afternoon. Baguettes will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Why:  This year, these sale are part of a 8th grade fundraising initiative "by the students / for the students" in order to help partially fund the 8th grade students' graduation trip which will occur in June 2018. 

When: Every Wednesday afternoon from 2:45-4:15 pm.

Where: Outside on the K-8 blacktop

Please come support them!

Book Fair
The French Book Fair continues online! SDFAS and Bookwitty affiliate program.
I would like to thank all the students, parents and grand-parents who visited the French Book Fair and contributed to make it a success. It is always a pleasure to see some excitement around literature. 
Although we received a hundred more books compared to last year, we know that the French Book Fair seems small to you compared to the English one. That's why Anne Ricart, our librarian, SDFAS and the Parents Association are proud to announce our affiliate program with Bookwitty.
A dedicated page for SDFAS has been created on their website, which includes the book selections from the fair as well as other French book recommendations. You can also find literature for grown ups, art, travel, etc. Purchase the books online and have them delivered directly to your home!

Any purchase made on the site using the link below will automatically give our school a 10% discount to grow the SDFAS library collection.

How does it works?
Once you click on the link for the first time, a "cookie" is installed on your computer. What this means is that every time you go to , no matter the page, it will always link back any purchase made to our school account. And this will be the case for up to 45 days after the first time you clicked on that link.

The link to use for this page is HERE

To create an account and order books, follow those three easy steps.
1 -  Click on the link provided
2 -  Create an account. Shop!
3 -  Any purchase made will be linked back to the school. No code needed.
We hope this new system will give you the chance to get the books you love.
We also would like to warmly thank the volunteers who helped run the book fair all week long: Ann Amukele, Keri Belhon, Melanie Christie, Karen Gibson, Vanessa Hamilton, Chris Monghal, Linda Morales, Dima Saab, Berna Sidal, Céline Theano, Angela Whiteside. From SDFAS: Stéphanie Humbert, Laura Durant and the facility staff.
Happy reading everyone and see you next year!
Aurélie Demotier-Maillard
French Book Fair chair and P.A. member

Documentary Discussions
 November, 25

Our first session of sailing went very well! The students were so happy even though they had a lot of theory this time (learning the parts of the boat, about wind direction, how to navigate and cooperate on the sabot, and more). 
All students passed their mandatory swim test and were able to enjoy sailing and practice their emerging skills.

If you need more informations Click HERE

ASA Skateboard
 Thank you!

Pictured: Zakary

Carole, Marie Pegulu's mother, kindly donated three skateboard ramps to the school. We can now make more combinations for ramps which will increase the level of skateboarding for the children.


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Middle School: Robotics Elective
Collège : Robotique

Video: Jimmy, Jaxon and Alexander

Every week, students gather in the Robotics Elective* class with Mr. Tregouet. In the Trimester 1-"Robotics Foundation" elective, students are able to use computer science and coding skills to create and program robots (WeDo). This is a fantastic way to understand the use of applied mathematics and computational science, as well as get a foothold in the engineering world.

* Project financed in part by annuel fund "Giving Week"
Elementary: Robotics
Elémentaire : Robotique

Left picture: Miles, Carolyn, Nathan - Right picture: Parisa, Mila, Andrew, Joseph

Started last year, the robotics program* continues this year from 1st to 5th grade. During the November-December period, 2nd and 3rd grades work on their geometry and draw figures and shapes using Pro-Bot.

* Project financed in part by annuel fund "Giving Week" 

The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here. And this means the school's annual Food Drive sponsored by the Humanitarian Group is in full swing. I encourage all of our students and families to participate! It feels good to help and give back. It is a great way to express our gratitude for all that we have. Indeed, in our SDFAS community, we have much for which we are thankful  and it is important to step back and recognize some of those things.

We are thankful for our wonderful teachers, who are dedicated, hard-working and inspiring. We are thankful for our students, who come to school every day, ready to learn and to do their best. And, I know that at SDFAS, we are all thankful for our community that is dynamic, diverse, and inclusive. Not to mention the "pains-choco" on Wednesdays for which we are all grateful! At your family's Thanksgiving meal this year, I encourage you to ask your children to name those people and things for which they feel particularly thankful. And also ask them what it is about their school that makes them feel happy. On behalf of SDFAS, and whether you celebrate with a French-style meal, American-style meal, or meal representing one our community's 45 other nationalities, I wish you all a very happy and meaningful Thanksgiving holiday.

Mark Rosenblum, Head of school

Chers parents,
Le festival de Thanksgiving approche à grands pas. Et cela veut dire que la Collecte de Nourriture annuelle sponsorisée par le Groupe humanitaire est en cours. J'encourage tous nos élèves et familles à y participer ! Aider et donner aux autres est toujours bénéfique. C'est un moyen formidable d'exprimer sa propre gratitude pour tout ce que nous avons. Par ailleurs, dans notre communauté à SDFAS il y a bien des choses qui méritent notre remerciement et il est important de prendre du recul pour en reconnaître un certain nombre.

Nous exprimons notre gratitude pour nos merveilleux enseignants qui sont dévoués, travailleurs et enthousiastes. 
Nous exprimons notre gratitude pour nos élèves qui viennent à l'école tous les jours disposés à apprendre et à donner le meilleur d'eux-même. Et je sais qu'à SDFAS nous pouvons tous exprimer notre gratitude à faire partie d'une communauté si dynamique, diverse et inclusive. Sans oublier de mentionner les "pains-choco" du mercredi que nous apprécions tant ! Chez vous au repas de Thanksgiving cette année, je vous encourage à demander à vos enfants de nommer les individus et les choses pour lesquels ils ressentent une gratitude particulière. Et de leur demander également ce qui les rend heureux dans leur école. De la part de SDFAS, et que vous célébriez par un repas de style français, de style américain ou d'un style issu de l'une des 45 autres nationalités de la communauté, je vous souhaite à tous et à toutes une très joyeuse fête de Thanksgiving.

Mark Rosenblum, Chef d'établissement

Thanksgiving Lunch at SDFAS
Le repas de Thanksgiving à l'école

Every year SDFAS celebrates Thanksgiving with a traditional family lunch. The lunch will be prepared and served by Girard Gourmet on Wednesday, November 22 (minimum day). Free range organic turkey will be served. See the menu in the attached form. There is also a vegetarian option, so please specify.

This lunch is NOT included if you registered your children with the program as it is a minimum day.

- If you will be having lunch: The lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. for PK0-PK2 and 12:00 noon for K-8. If you and your family or friends would like to participate in the event, please fill out the registration form attached and bring your filled-out form along with your payment to the administration office.

- If you will not be having lunch: We still need to know if your child will be present at school or in extended care on Wednesday as it is a minimum day. If so, please fill out the second part of the attachment.

 - If you have a child in pre-elementary and also in elementary or middle school, you can choose to either eat at 11:45 a.m. or at 12 noon and pick up your children accordingly. 

Pick up:  For PK0-PK2: Parents are welcome to pick up the children from their classroom starting at 11:45 a.m. For K-8: Please pick up from the blacktop starting at 11:45 a.m. In order to have a smooth event, please fill out the form and return it before Friday, November 17 to Valérie, Stéphanie or Babeth. 

Please let me know if you have any questions at:
Annual Food Drive at SDFAS
Collecte annuelle de nourriture
Le Marché de Noël
Holiday Market & Fair
Middle School: Math project: Giant Geometric Shapes
Collège : Projet de mathématique sur les formes géométriques géantes

In September, 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.
After a few workshops during Math class time, students were ready to apply their creativity and rigor to designing giant geometric shapes on the blacktop for all the community to enjoy!
On Monday November 13 and Tuesday November 14, the two groups (6B/5B on Monday and 6A/5A on Tuesday) traced giant 2-meter diameter shapes on the blacktop, using chalk and ropes for measurement.
The next exciting stage of this project will occur in two weeks, with the design of 10-meter diameter shapes. This time, students will use the sands of Pacific Beach and La Jolla Shores as their drawing canvas !
Pre-Elementary: Alternative seating in SDFAS K-C learning environment
Maternelle : Apprendre en mouvement

A growing number of studies suggest that routinely incorporating movement will likely increase student engagement in the classroom , and support their learning. Alternative seating is a way to work on that goal, and a tool to assist teachers with behavior management and on-task behavior. It provides the movement needed within the classroom to improve a child's sensory modulation and attention.

In K - C, SDFAS teacher Laurette Reinhardt raised the height of a table so the students can stand. She also added big blue gym balls to sit on while students work. Finally, she lowered a table around which students can sit, crisscross or on their knees.
Students who are engaged, focus better and for longer periods of time. They will learn more efficiently in all academic areas, including reading and language arts.
Middle School: Junior Model United Nations MS Club
Collège : Club JMUN (Simulation Nations-Unies Junior)

Pictured: Ms Aseltine Emeraude Ava Nicolas

The JMUN Middle School club is now in full swing, with students actively researching the country to which they have been assigned . Students also now know on which committee they will participate . Their  hard work and dedication as well as their research and learning will pay off at the San Diego Regional Conference in May 2018!
Pre-Elementary: Mini-Forum

On November 8, 2017 SDFAS pre-elementary parents were invited to see our second mini-forum. Our star  performers this time were the Kindergarteners and for the first time this year our three classes of PK1. The presentation started with a dance from our PK1, and we saw future rock stars!
The Kindergarteners demonstrated their mastery of the French language with poems about the fall season, and closed the show with a classic French song "Dans la foret lointaine".
Middle School: History/Geography French Elective presented during Forum time (Eustory Project)
Collège : Présentation au forum du Projet Eustory (cours élective d'histoire géographie)

On November 9, the students enrolled in the History/Geography French elective shared with their peers an insight of the EUSTORY project they are working on with German students from the German Pacific School at forum time.
Students were then challenged with a quiz on their knowledge of WW1, as November 11, 2017 we celebrated the 99th anniversary date of the end of WW1.
Student participants are Laudine, Jean-Baptiste, Julien, Philippine and Anouk and their teacher is François Baron.
Girls Cross Country sweep finals, Boys place 3 rd !
La finale des coureurs SDFAS

Congratulations to the SDFAS Girls Cross-Country Team on finishing the season as undefeated 1st place champions. The IMSL hosted the Cross-Country finals yesterday at San Dieguito Park through a grueling 1.6 mile course. The girls dominated, sweeping the competition and placing in 1st (Chloe Gross, 8th), 2nd (Lexine Arambulo, 8th), and 3rd (Tahlia Zadeyan, 6th) place overall individually.
On the boys side, the team finished the season in 3rd place overall and was led by John Guckian, Emil Belhon, Nicola Redon, and Zakary Walker.

BRAVO to all on an incredible season!
Skateboard Marathon

Video: Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon 2017 on Fox5 News

This past weekend three of the SDFAS Skate Class students participated in 2017 Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon, Jonathan Atlante, Tom Labbe and Zakary Francillon Wolpe. They all competed in the One-Lap race for kids which consists of 4.37miles.
Tom Labbe came in 1st place in his category!
This was the 7th annual Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon, a 26.2 mile skateboard race to promote health, fitness, action sports and raise awareness and funds for Summit for Stem Cell to fight Parkinson's disease. 
The event took place the morning  of November 11th (Veteran's Day) as early as 6:30am in Fiesta Island, Mission Bay. Longboarders traveled to San Diego from all over the world and different parts of the US. Places like Argentina, Singapore, France, Canada, Sweden, NYC, Chicago, Texas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Arizona.
The Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon consists of six laps around Fiesta Island in Mission Bay, with the top winners sharing a $1000 Prize Purse and  product giveaways from the greatest and latest in the skate industry. There is also an SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Division and a One-Lap Race for kids and beginners.
The Skateboard Marathon is the brain child of the Adrenalina Skate Shop in Bird Rock, La Jolla.
For more information about next year's 2018 Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon please visit

As the skate instructor, I am very proud of the three boys.
Results with the times can be seen HERE

Pablo Lanatta
The 9th Annual Talent Show

Auditions will be in January. Pick up your application in the office with Stephanie or print off from the school website.

- Friday November 17:  Monthly Morning Coffee with Mark in the auditorium
Wednesday November 22:
Thanksgiving Lunch / Minimum Day
- Thursday November 23 - Sunday November 26:  Thanksgiving Break
- Friday December 1st: Ciné Club "In Harmony" - 7pm at SDFAS
- Sunday December 3: La Jolla Xmas Parade
Friday December 8: Marché
de Noël

- Friday December 15: Winter Show PK-Kinder and Elementary / MS Potluck - Noon / Minimum Day