Newsletter Issue No 16
May 23, 2019 
In This Issue
Fête de la Musique at SDFAS
Volunteer and support our community
Kindergarten graduation
Responsive Classroom
8th grade graduation
Elementary Show
Pre-Elementary Show

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Girard Gourmet Lunches

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The School Council met on May 13.

Minutes are now available online.


Friday, May 24

Parents must register their children  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. Please pick up your children in the lunch area for K-8 and from the pre-school 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:

June 19, 20 and 21

For PK0 - 8th grade

As a service for working parents we will have 3 days Extended Care pre-summer Break on June, 19, 20 & 21, 2019
Please remember to bring a lunch as there is no Girard Gourmet lunch. Children will mostly play outdoor & indoor and do activities related to summer. 

Full Day available from 8:30-4 pm $85, or from 8:30-5 pm $95. We need a minimum of 5 children for each side otherwise we will have to cancel it by June 6th, 2019, if the minimum is not met.

Register HEREby June 5th. Scroll down to the bottom of the page (Diamond Mind form) and select the Extra Optional Care. You can register for one day, 2 days or 3 days, please specify which day by sending an email to Valerie.

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

FACT-B -  May 29

French Ameri-Can Climate Talks - Biodiversity on Wednesday, May 29

4:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Location: the Scripps Seaside Forum
8610 Kennel Way, 
San Diego CA 92037

Ciné Club - June 7

A Bag of Marbles / Un sac de billes (2017) - Trailer (English Subs)
A Bag of Marbles / Un sac de billes (2017) - Trailer (English Subs)

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International Day of Living in Peace Together

May 16, 2019, was the climax of our International Week celebrations! K and 1st graders sang two songs, preschoolers paraded around the school, and then they visited middle school classrooms. They travelled to Canada and experienced a traditional folk dance, to Guatemala where they exercised their memory skills, to India where they enjoyed a dance performance from 6th grade girls and tasted food, to Norway where they admired wonderful landscapes, and Haiti where they learned about the country and played games. Thank you to all involved, hosts and guests, and all teachers!

Art Fair

The art fair was a huge success with over 60 entires from all ages. The theme "recycling" inspired some very creative artists to explore their ideas on the topic in impactful and thought provoking ways with the audience. Each participating artist received a certificate of participation, as we congratulate all of our aspiring artists!  Bravo!  We look forward to the art fair next year and the art that our talented students will create!
Short film festival: Our 5th graders won best comedy

Un pays sans mesure - SDFAS CM2 A_B
Un pays sans mesure - SDFAS CM2 A_B

The 3rd annual San Diego Short Film Festival ceremony took place last Monday at SDFAS.

Our 5th graders won the prize for "Best Comedy". The jury also liked also that all students had a big role in the movie making process.

If you want to see all the short films, click  HERE

Congratulations to them!


As you may recall, our recent CAIS accreditation recommended implementing a school-wide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) program, highlighting our need to 1) deepen and harmonize the SEL work already being done at all levels of the school, and 2) choose a school-wide program adaptable to our PreK - 8 bilingual environment with shared language, values, rituals, routines, processes, techniques and approaches to incorporate in the classroom and in the community. To that end, a SEL Task Force was formed this year to reflect on what we are doing already, what is working, and what could be improved. The task force also conducted research on top SEL programs and gathered feedback from peer schools. Our goal was to choose a school-wide program that would not be an add-on curriculum but rather integrated into teaching and learning. 

After careful consideration we have chosen Responsive Classroom, an evidence-based program that focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and Social-Emotional Learning. The Responsive Classroom approach empowers educators to create safe, joyful, and engaging learning communities where all students have a sense of belonging and feel significant. ( 

We will be offering two information sessions for families interested in learning more about Responsive Classroom, both on Monday, June 3: one from 8:50 - 9:20 a.m. and one from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. in Room C-14. We hope that by offering a morning and an evening option, most schedules will be accommodated. More sessions for interested parents will be offered in the new school year.

Mark Rosenblum, Head of school and Erin Stoller, SEL Coordinator

Chers parents,
Comme vous vous en souvenez peut-être, notre dernière accréditation CAIS nous a recommandé de mettre en place un programme d'apprentissage socio-émotionnel (Social-Emotional Learning, SEL) pour toute l'école, soulignant ainsi la nécessité pour nous de 1) approfondir et harmoniser notre programme SEL existant, à tous les niveaux de l'école et 2) choisir un programme SEL adaptable de la maternelle au collège dans un environnement bilingue partageant un langage commun, des valeurs, des rituels, des routines, des procédés, des techniques et des approches à incorporer dans la classe et dans la communauté. Pour cela, un groupe de travail a été formé cette année qui a réfléchi à ce que nous faisons déjà et ce que nous pouvons améliorer. Le groupe de travail a comparé les meilleurs programmes SEL et a recueilli les témoignages d'écoles similaires à la nôtre. Notre but était de choisir un programme qui ne serait pas un supplément à notre curriculum mais plutôt partie intégrante de notre enseignement et des apprentissages.
Après de longues considérations, nous avons choisi  Responsive Classroom , un programme qui a fait ses preuves et qui se concentre sur la relation entre la réussite académique et l'apprentissage socio-émotionnel. L'approche de Responsive Classroom habilite les éducateurs à créer des communautés d'apprentissage joyeuses et stimulantes dans lesquelles les élèves se sentent à l'aise et toujours pris en considération. ( ) .
Nous offrirons deux réunions d'information à destination des familles qui souhaitent en savoir plus sur la Responsive Classroom, le lundi 3 juin, soit de 8h50 à 9h20, ou bien de 17h30 à 18h00 dans la salle C-14. Nous espérons qu'en offrant une réunion le matin et une autre le soir, nous satisferons tous les emplois du temps. D'autres réunions seront offertes aux parents l'année prochaine.
Merci de votre soutien,

Mark Rosenblum, Chef d'établissement et Erin Stoller, Coordinatrice SEL

May 29:  Fête de la Musique at SDFAS

For any questions please contact:   Claire Selva, 1st grade teacher or   Anne Ferton, PK2 teacher.
May 30:
Volunteer and support our community for 2019-2020

Put your skills to work and collaborate with parents, teachers and the administration to provide vibrant events for our community. Show your kids that you love our school, too! 

Please join us, May 30th, at 8:45 am in the Sun Room, for our volunteer kick-off! We will talk about all community events for the 2019-2020 school year. A fun time to meet new friends and connect; coffee will be served. 

If you cannot attend, and are interested, please sign up HERE for the opportunity to create memories for our children, together.
May 31: Kindergarten graduation

June 3:
Responsive Classroom

We will be offering two information sessions for families interested in learning more about Responsive Classroom, both on Monday, June 3: one from 8:50 - 9:20 a.m. and one from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. in Room C-14. We hope that by offering a morning and an evening option, most schedules will be accommodated. More sessions for interested parents will be offered in the new school year.
June 13: 8th grade graduation

June 14: Elementary Show

June 18:
Pre-Elementary Show at 9:00 AM

June 18:  Kermesse


We are excited to finish this successful school year with our annual  Spring Fair and International Food Fair, June 18 (12 to 3 p.m.).  
You have many options to help make this event fun for all:

- Share savory dishes from your country on one of the tables of the International Food Fair.
- Donate a dessert for the dessert table 
- Chaperone a game / activity/ booth / bbq 
- Bring material
- Set up
- Clean up
- Donate your unsued toys and books for prizes: bins will be located at the entrance of the school to collect items the week of June 10.

To participate, click  HERE!

Should you wish to represent another country at the International Food Fair, please contact Nahid Awad at (858) 232-1825. If you have an idea for a Carnival booth, contact Lydia Inostroza at (858) 230-5367.

Parents' Day

Video: PK1 with Valérie.

Our PK0 to PK2 celebrated SDFAS parents on Friday May 10th. All of our students prepared delicious snacks for their parents and had some surprises for them. They proudly performed for their special guests by singing or saying a poem.
Thank you all for your support and dedication all year long for all of our SDFAS programs. One day is not enough to express our gratitude! 

Pictured: Léo and Parents' - Nola and Parents'


Hiking and a solar oven for camping

The PK2 students have been learning about camping and hiking this Spring. Each classroom has a tent and camping supplies. We went on a field trip to Rancho Penasquitos where we went hiking and had a picnic. The student hiked 2.5 miles, we had to navigate multiple trails and cross a river twice using a bridge and stones. Some students even got to feed a horse that we met along the way. They learned about reading trail maps and trail etiquette (making space for horseback riders and other trail users). We studied the local insects, plants and wildlife and kept records of what we observed. After our hike we had a picnic at the Los Penasquitos Ranch House. The students did a great job hiking and we had a wonderful day outside. Thank you to our amazing parent chaperones for coming on this adventure with us!!
A solar oven for camping:  
When we started our unit on camping, the students identified that cooking marshmallows in the fire was a key composent of camping,
As we, obviously, could not use a regular campfire we, therefore, worked on building a solar oven to cook our marshmallows !
We have had some serious issues with the weather recently, as clouds and rain did not provide optimal conditions needed for our solar oven.
We discussed that we would need some sun at noon, just before Lunch, and it would take all afternoon to cook with our oven.
Finally, after a week of waiting, right after Lunch time, the sun came out. So we decided to give it a chance and try to cook our S'Mores.
We prepared them carefully. Then we put it outside right in the sun..... and we waited until right before pick up time... to discover that the chocolate had melted and the S'mores were almost ready to eat !!!
One more layer of cracker... YUMMY !!!
It was a great success and a fun experience of discovering that in certain conditions the sun can warm up things and melt some chocolate.

Field trip to Rawhide Ranch

Pictured: Sylvia Aka & Cathleen Anderson.

Each year the 4th Grade students attend an eventful, 3-day and 2-night field trip to Rawhide Ranch located in Bonsall. They gain confidence and independence while learning new skills and information during activities and work collaboratively to take care of the animals present at the Ranch. They always leave with fun and lasting memories of their horse, friendships, and accomplishments.

* Local day field trips are fully funded by the Annual Fund


Field trip to the Zoo

Pictured: 2nd grade A and B

A note from 2nd grade:  "Dear Anne-Emilie and Taylor, 

Thank you for coming to school and bringing us these pretty plants that smell good. Thank you for teaching us how to plant a plant. Everyday, we smell the plants when we leave the classroom and that makes us happy. One of our favorite plants is lemon thyme (and also lavender). 
We set up a new job: water the plants once a day. 

* Local day field trips are fully funded by the Annual Fund

Les nouvelles de SDFAS #3

Les nouvelles de SDFAS #3

Our journalists present you their 3rd broadcast of the year. They are always enthusiastic about introducing you to their many interviewees and they have a lot of ideas! More news will be broadcast in the coming days. To finish the year, they are preparing a special edition about "Africa".

Track and Field Finals

Congratulations to the SDFAS Boys and Girls Track & Field teams for finishing the season as undefeated league champions! SDFAS beat out 6 other middle schools as they competed in the 4 x 100m relay, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 4 x 400m  relay, long jump, triple jump, discus, and shot put.
This marks the 6th consecutive year that the Girls finished the season as undefeated league champions! For the Boys, this was their first year to win the league championships!

Prix Albertine Jeunesse

Qu'est ce qu'un héros, en moyenne section de maternelle ?
Vidéo: Qu'est ce qu'un héros, en moyenne section de maternelle.

"The Prix Albertine Jeunesse, a reader's choice award, invites children between 3 and 11 years of age to choose their favorite book from a selection of works of Francophone youth literature that are available in English translation. The prize seeks to reinforce the practice and love of reading among children."


Summer camps are 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

- May 24: Minimum Day
- May 27: Memorial Day - No School
- May 29:  Fête de la Musique
- May 30: M eeting: Calling All Volunteers! 8:45 in the Sun Room, coffee will be served
- May 31: Kindergarten graduation
- May 31: The last MS Dance of the school year
- June 3: Responsive Classroom one from 8:50 - 9:20 am and one from 5:30 - 6:00 pm in Room C-14
- June 7: Ciné Club #9 
- June 13: 8th grade graduation 
- June 14: Elementary Show 
- June 14: ASA Musical Theater Production at 6:00 pm 
- June 18: Pre-elementary Show 
- June 18: Kermesse - Last day of school