Newsletter Issue No 2
September 14, 2017 
In This Issue
Back-to-school is Fun!
First Meeting for the PA
Thanks to you!
2018 GALA in celebration of our 30th Anniversary
Library News
360 Classroom
Imaginary trip
Classroom Economy Program
Spanish Elective
After school activities

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Girard Gourmet Lunches:



Minimum Day Friday,
September 15
Our first minimum day is Friday, September 15.
Dismissal is at 11:45 am for PK0-5, 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 Wednesday September 13, 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:
Back to School Night


Back to School mandatory registration before Friday Sept. 15
th . One hour of Extended care will be charged per family per day. Please send an email to: 

School Pictures

Class pictures and individual pictures: This year, school pictures will again be done by Lifetouch ( K-8 ), the professional company we also use for the yearbook. School pictures for PK0-PK1-PK2 will be taken this year by Alexandra Borbolla.

Ordering will take place ONLINE only this year and payment will be by credit card only . Information for ordering photos K-8
is as follows: and school ID - CK957187Y0. You will receive an email with ordering instructions for PK1 and PK2 (and in January for PK0). We will let you know when photos have been processed and uploaded to Lifetouch's website for viewing and ordering, and when they are ready from Alexandra Borbolla.

Picture days for PK1 and PK2  are Wednesday September 20  and Thursday September 21  (make-up day on Friday September 22). Picture days for grades K-8  school are  Wednesday, September 27th  and  Thursday, September 28th (make-up day Friday, November 3). Picture day for PK0  which will occur on Thursday, January 11 .

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:
Tuesday September 19
Tuesday October 10
Friday November 17
Tuesday December 5
See you there if you are interested and able to make it on one of these dates!

High School Information Night

Wednesday, September 27  from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the auditorium.

Highly recommended and designed especially for 8 th Grade students and parents, but all SDFAS families from 5th through 8th Grade are invited.

The presentation is divided into three parts:

1 - Alumni Panel

2 - What you need to know about applying to public and private schools, Getting to know the IB, AP, What do colleges like to see?

3 - Time for Questions

Parent Information Evening - The SDFAS Experience from A to Z

On  Monday, October 3 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm in the auditorium.

Recommended for all families interested in learning more about the full SDFAS curricular sequence from Pre-Elementary to Elementary and from Elementary to Middle School, including High School Placement counseling. The presentation is divided into two parts (Pre-Elementary/Elementary and Middle School/High School Counseling) and parents are welcome to attend either or both sessions:

5:30 - 6:15 pm

1 - Introduction: SDFAS mission and philosophy; benefits of bilingualism

2 - Pre-Elementary curriculum & experience

3 - Elementary curriculum & experience

6:15 - 7:00 pm

4 - Middle School curriculum & experience

5 - High School Placement Counseling

Preschool: On our way to the Dynamic Tripod Grasp

Pictured: Gabriel and Larkin

Moving through the different stages of pencil grasp development is an important part of Early Childhood Education. At SDFAS, we start in PK0 through a lot of fun gross motor skill activities which will make the shoulders and arms stronger, and help your child's pencil grasp to mature along the way.

Pictured: Gisele and Madeleine

Looking at our PK2 students, we can see already such confidence and control while holding their pencil! 

The final aim is to reach the Dynamic Tripod Grasp. Such a grasp is characterized by holding the writing tool with the ends of the thumb, index and middle finger. The pencil is controlled with finger movement rather than the hand or arm.

Science in 6th Grade

6th grade students worked hard this week in Science class in French: they were asked to draw a timeline featuring the history of space conquest and major scientific discoveries. One of the major objective of the class was the collaborative work. 

French Film Club
Max & Leon 
Friday, September 29


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Back-to-school Picnic
Le pique-nique de rentrée

Many families, both new and returning, as well as many teachers, administrators and Parents Association members attended the Back-to-school Picnic on campus this past Saturday. Under a beautiful sunny sky, everyone enjoyed an international potluck meal consisting of various delicious foods and desserts. Children played soccer and volleyball on the new field, many games on the renovated playground and had their arms and faces painted all while being entertained by a balloon artist. Simply a fun community building event!
Preschool: Scavenger hunt
Maternelle : Jeu de piste

Pictured: Victor, Amélia, Aurélie and Nathan.

Our PK1 students are getting familiar with their school and its school life. To help them discover the playground, Emilie and Isabelle organized a scavenger hunt: KoKo the class mascot went into hiding!  Fortunately, he left some clues, and our students did a great job at following them! Each new clue allowed each of students to identify a new area of the playground. This is great example of learning at SDFAS in our pre-primary program: The PK1 students worked on matching pictures to locations, getting oriented in the playground, and following a path described in pictures, all while having fun!


In this edition of L'Écho, the second one of the school year, I will inform you on all campus events and share with you some information to help ensure you and your children get the most out of the SDFAS educational experience!
My name is Audrey Blanchard, and I am in charge of publishing L'Écho, which you should receive twice monthly. I also design some of the school's posters. As a Creative Director by formation, I like to paint when I can find the time. I have two active children: Mark, now 6 years old and in 1st grade and Clara now 2 years old, who just joined SDFAS this year in PK0.
The purpose of this newsletter is to give you a regular overview of all what the school has to offer to our children in many different areas and at many different levels.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments.
Enjoy reading L'Écho, and I wish you all an excellent school year!

Audrey Blanchard, Communications Officer

Chers parents,
Dans ce nouvel Écho, le deuxième de l'année scolaire, je suis heureuse de vous faire découvrir les événements sur le campus et de partager les informations qui vous permettent de mieux profiter avec vos enfants de l'expérience éducative de SDFAS !
Je m'appelle Audrey Blanchard, je me charge de l'Écho, que vous devriez recevoir deux fois par mois, et également du design de certaines affiches de l'école. Je suis à l'origine Directrice Artistique et je fais un peu de peinture quand je trouve le temps... J'ai deux enfants actifs : Mark, 6 ans, en CP et Clara, 2 ans, maintenant en prématernelle.
Je souhaite que l'Écho vous permette d'avoir une vision plus complète de ce que l'école offre à nos enfants dans différents domaines et sur les différents niveaux.
N'hésitez pas à me contacter si vous avez des questions ou des remarques.
Bonne lecture et bonne année scolaire à tous !

Audrey Blanchard, Responsable de Communication

Back-to-school is Fun!
La rentrée, c'est amusant ! 

Pictured: James, Théodore and Raphaël.

The first week of school went very well. Everybody is already in the routine: learning, experimenting, sharing and enjoying!
Don't miss the First Meeting of the Parents Association
Ne manquez pas la 1ère réunion de l'Association des Parents

Hello beautiful SDFAS families!
Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year! We, at the Parents Association, are very excited about our upcoming events and look forward to discussing our activities and our mission with all of you at the next plenary meeting.
The plenary meeting is scheduled for Monday September 25th at 5:15 pm in the auditorium.  Head room parents, key members of the Parents Association, representatives from the Board of Trustees as well as members of the administration will be in attendance.
This meeting is meant to:

- Provide a platform to parents and answer some of their questions and concerns in regards to school spirit and activities which are meant to make our school the wonderful place in which our children thrive.
- Introduce the chair of each PA activity and discuss any challenges and/or required improvements.
- Go over the budget from last year and this coming year.
- Address the bylaws and how they should be updated.
- Finally, discuss our vision for the PA and how we can better involve parents and liaise between the administration (the Board) and the parents.
We will have snacks, drinks and smiles galore! Come with your questions, concerns, suggestions and ideas or simply come!
Let's continue to make SDFAS a fun and special place where all our families can live and thrive in the culturally diverse and vibrant community that is ours.
See you all Monday the 25th at 5:15 pm.
Heartfelt Thanks to The Community!
Merci à tous !

Photo credits: Julien Moncelet and his drone.

Summer work has been completed and has transformed our campus! The new SDFAS track & field, viewed from the sky. The new SDFAS playground zone, in a bird's eye view. 
2018 GALA in celebration of our 30th Anniversary
March 24, 2018 at the Hotel Del Coronado - Oceanfront Ballroom


We invite you to attend this party with a purpose, and to join the gala committee to participate in the organization of this fun community celebration.
The first Gala meeting will take place on Friday, September 29 at 8:45 a.m. in the sunroom (behind the auditorium). We look forward to welcoming new and returning parents. If you cannot attend this 1st meeting but would like to participate, please send an email to Véronique Rahmati a .
Library News
Info Bibliothèque 
Parent hour: The library will be open to parents on Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30. You may check out one DVD and two books per child registered at the school.


The school offers different resources for parents to acquire French reading material for their children. Here is an overview with detailed subscription information for each.
This publisher of children's books offers a subscription to 10 high quality French books delivered to the school in the child's name, from November to June. A catalog is distributed at the beginning of the school year. To learn more about the L'école des loisirs collection of books, visit their website:
To subscribe : fill out the Group Subscription form (don't forget to sign and date), and return it with a check to l'école des loisirs. Deadline this year is September 29 th .
These two publishing houses offer a wide variety of French magazines for all tastes and reading levels. The magazines will be delivered at home. A catalog is distributed at the beginning of the school year. The catalog is also available online
To subscribe : Fill out the form and write a check to Coralie Bollier (no credit card). You can return the form and check to the school or mail directly to Coralie Bollier.

Each month, students will find in the library a Scholastic Canada flyer with books in French. Flyers are also available online but to order, fill out the form at the back of the flyer and write a check for the amount in US dollars (prices in the last column). ORDER BY THE 15 th OF THE MONTH. No cash please. 
For books in English, visit the Scholastic USA website and order directly online: sign up at enter the one-time Class Activation Code GRR7D. Once you are registered, you can sign in every month to place your orders. I usually place several orders every month.

Every order benefits children twice: they will enjoy receiving books or magazines of their own, and the school will get free books and magazines to be enjoyed in the library.
Thank you & Happy Reading!
Anne Ricart,  Librarian
Middle School: "360" Classroom

Pictured: Sidonie and Alba

Middle School Classroom C14 has been remodeled over the summer into a 360 Classroom. Each student can stand in small groups and write on boards and windows using special dry erase markers to work on concepts and solutions to problems.
Ms. Jacoway already started to put all resources to good use in Math class, and students have so far enjoyed this new learning format a lot. 
Preschool: Imaginary trip - Camping in the forest 
Maternelle : Voyage imaginaire : Camping en forêt

Our PK2 students went camping today! They had their gear ready and they set out for the forest. Once they selected the perfect location, the next step was to set up their sleeping bags. When the sun went down, they listened to all sort of animals and tried to identify each of them. There were so many animals in this forest, from tiny to enormous, from bees to bears, it was quite a task! The children even identified a dragon! What a great way to work on sound discrimination and vocabulary.

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."  Albert Einstein
Middle school: Classroom Economy Program

Ms. Regan, our English and Social Studies Teacher, has been running a Classroom Economy Program in 6th grade for a few years now.

The Classroom Economy Program enables any educator to teach children financial responsibility through fun, experiential learning.

It is a simple classroom economic system based on the idea that students need to earn school "dollars" so that they can rent their own desks. By bringing real-world scenarios into the classroom, students see the impact of their decisions to save, spend, and budget.

For more information, visit
Middle School: Spanish Elective - let's cook tortillas!
Collège : Apprenons l'Espagnol en cuisinant des tortillas !

Lilou -
Armand, Lilou, Grégoire and Diego

Learning a language is all about using the language in context: hands-on activities such as cooking are a very active, effective and fun way of learning vocabulary and developing language skills. And the rewards are delicious tortillas to snack with!
After school activities (ASA) update
Mise à jour des activités extra-scolaire

For more information and to register online please go to the link below:

For all started activities you should have received an email already from Valérie Asensio.

Full classes: Minecraft on Friday, Kids' Dance Adventure, Tennis for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade.

Few more spaces available in the following activities, classes will start as announced:

Monday: On s'amuse au théâtre !, Les beaux arts, Tennis for PK2-K (1), ALBION Soccer for 1 st -3 rd grade, Skateboard, Soccer for PK0-PK1, French Homework, Italian.

Tuesday: Playball (trying to start the class still we have 5 kids), World Hand Drumming, Percussion & Fun! Chess, Ceramic for 1st-8th, Jiu-Jitsu for PK2-5th, French Homework.

Wednesday : Creative Movement/Pre-ballet, Math Problem Solving (4), Skateboard, Basketball, Planète verte, Soccer for PK2-K, French Homework.

Thursday : Playball, Chinese Foundation, Les petits chefs, Tap & Rhythm Dance.

Friday : Triple Threat minus 1 (Theater), Rhythmic Gymnastics.  

Saturday : Surf.

In order to open the following classes (min. required 6 children), we still need more children to register.

For the following classes we need more children:


- Yogis for 1-5 th grade (need 4 more).
Conversational Chinese (need 4 more).
Spanish for PK2-K (need 4 more).
Spanish for 1-4 th grade (need 5 more).


Little Yogis for PK2-K (need 5 more).
Sewing for 1 st -8 th grade (need 3 more).

Canceled classes:
Jiu-Jitsu (Thursday), Ceramic 2, Skateboard, Cheerleading team SDFAS, Studio Art History, on Thursday, ALBION Soccer for 4-7th grade, eLAB Lego on Friday

We can open another day for ALBION Soccer 4-7 if Friday is not convenient, contact Valérie

French Conservatory of Music contact Skander at

French Adult classes: level A1 beginner Wednesday from 9:15 - 10:45 am, Tuesday from 5 - 6:30 pm, level A2/B1 Intermediate Tuesday from 1:30 - 3 pm or Wednesday from 11:10 - 12:40 pm.
English Adult classes available contact Valérie.
Back to School Night mandatory registration for extended care

During Back to School Nights, you will meet your child's teacher in his/her classroom and learn more about the program and the school year. Extended care will be available for your children. You will be billed later (please do not bring any money that day) for 1h of extended care per family per day either at $10/h or you can buy a 25h package for $162.50.

You MUST register your child by sending an email to with the names of your children, grade and date needed before Friday Sept 15 th . We cannot accept siblings if they are not registered students at SDFAS.
When you come, please drop off your children in the designated classroom (preschoolers children) or auditorium (K-8 th , see table below) and make sure you sign in with our extended care staff.
Please remind your child that it will be a calm time for reading or watching a movie.
Elementary and MS student extended care will be in the auditorium. Pre-elementary please see below.

Please remind your child that it will be a calm time for reading or watching a movie.
Elementary and MS student extended care will be in the auditorium. Pre-elementary please see below.

Back to School Nights 5:20-6:50 pm

Thursday September 14th: MS - P5 or P6
Monday September 18th: PK0, K & 1st - P3 or P2
Tuesday September 19th: PK1, 2nd & 3rd - P3 or P4

Extended care for PK0-PK1-PK2 in Preschool Classroom.

14: BTS Night for Middle school 5:30 - 6:30 pm
15: MINIMUN DAY - dismissal at 11:45 am
18: Back-to-School night for PK0, K 1st gr. 5:30 - 6:30 pm
- Tuesday19: Monthly Morning Coffee with Mark in the auditorium 8 - 9 am
Tuesday 19:
Back-to-School night for PK1, 2nd 3rd 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 20 - Th 21:
Picture day - PK1 PK2 (make-up on Friday 22) with Alexandra Borbolla
- September 25: The First Meeting of the Parents Association in the auditorim at 5:15 pm
Wednesday 27
: High School Information Night 6 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday 27 - Th 28:
Picture Day -
Grades K-8 with LifeTouch

- Friday 29: The First Gala Meeting in the sunroom 8:45 am
- Friday 29: French Film Club of San Diego at SDFAS for "Max & Leon" 7:30 pm
- Week of October 2-6: Sibling pictures  with Alexandra Borbolla
- Tuesday, October 3:All parents information evening: "The SDFAS Experience from A to Z"  5:30 - 7 pm