Newsletter Issue No 4
October 11, 2018 
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Girard Gourmet Lunches

Access to Grades
Ask Stéphanie for login info

Parenting  Workshop -

FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP at SDFAS with  Hilde Gross on  Thursday October 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Auditorium.

Registration to the conference is mandatory:
Sign up at the front desk or email Stéphanie at
 Deadline to register: Thursday October 11th 2018 by 12:00 noon

Ciné Club - Tomorrow

PETIT PAYSAN Bande Annonce
PETIT PAYSAN Bande Annonce

Minimum Day October 19
Grade PK0-5: Dismissal at 11:45 am

Middle school: Dismissal at 12 pm

Extended Care: 12 pm - 6 pm
Register before October 12th by sending an email to EXTENDED CARE.

Grade K-8th: Pick up in lunch area 
Preschool: Pick up on playground

There is no Girard Gourmet school lunch service on minimum days, so if your child is staying in extended care, please provide a lunch.

Contact Valérie if you have questions:

Vacation Break October 22-26

SDFAS vacation camps 
PK0-8th grade
Oct. 22- 26 
8:30 - 4 pm

Click HERE for more information and  reserve your spot online.

Contact Valérie if you have any questions:

Order your Yearbook 2019 now!

It's never too early to order the 2019 Yearbook, in which teachers and students come together to show what it means to become a global citizen.

Parents will be able to choose their options at YBPAY.LIFETOUCH.COM with ID code: 12766719.

Questions? Contact Isabelle Senecal


Parents are Welcome: 

Mondays 2:45 - 3:00 pm
Wednesdays 8:30 - 9:30 am


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.

Have you thought about ordering online?
In an effort to reduce our paper consumption, we are no longer distributing the monthly flyers. But remember to go online and enjoy the flyer as well as a much larger selection of wonderful books. And you'll save a check J!   
* ENTER   the Class Activation Code 

* CHOOSE   from thousands of print titles, value packs, books in Spanish, and much more!
* SUBMIT   the order and pay with a credit card.
* EARN   FREE Books for the library too!
Thank you for your orders!


Every Wednesday:
Baguette, Pain-Choco
Baguette and Pain-Choco Sales are back on Campus

What:  Baguette from Prager Brothers and Pain-choco (Lindt bar & piece of bread). Baguettes will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
When : Every Wednesday afternoon from 2:45 to 4:15 pm.
Why: The Baguette and Pain-Choco sales 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. 
Where: Outside on the K-8 blacktop

Calling for volunteer 8th parents: we still need coverage, especially between 2:30 pm and 3:15 pm to help Bénédicte with the set-up and the sale to the Elementary students.To be sustainable, the fundraising initiative needs active commitment from volunteer 8th grade parents. Thank you to those who already signed up! By giving a little bit of your time to the community, you will make the Montreal trip affordable to all students while modeling engagement and leadership to your child!

Please use the link to sign up.
How to subscribe to Calendar:
Go to SDFAS website
Scroll down to the bottom of the page

For Google calendar:
Right click on Subscribe to Calendar
Click on Copy link address
Open your Google calendar
Click on the + sign at the right side of Add a calendar on the left side of the screen
Click on From URL
Paste the link address
Click on Add Calendar

For Microsoft outlook:
Click on Subscribe to Calendar on the right corner
Open the file basic.ics

Other ways to contribute
When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and  convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to SDFAS. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need
to select San Diego French-American School to receive donations from eligible purchases
before you begin shopping.

Mabel's Labels offers sticky and clothing labels that are dishwasher, microwave and laundry  safe, and customized with a child's name. Purchase from Here , select our school and part of the proceeds will go to SDFAS.

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SDFAS High School Information Night - sept 2018 -
SDFAS High School Information Night - sept 2018 -
Parent Information Evening - The SDFAS Experience from A to Z
Soirée d'information parentale - L'expérience SDFAS de A à Z

At a recent parent evening, the Head of School and Division Directors gave an overview of SDFAS from PreK through Middle School. This presentation is available to you as a PREZI.  Click here: A to Z.


Recently, the school held its annual High School Night and welcomed back a panel of SDFAS graduates who are now at various stages of their high school careers. They were inspiring as they fielded questions about academics, extracurricular activities, clubs, preparation for college, and leisure time. They were equally inspiring as they reflected back on their time at SDFAS and all that they learned and became during their years at our school. This panel of talented students confirmed to us the aptness of our school's "portrait" of its 8th grade graduates (co-developed by last year's graduating class) as truly "skilled and ready." This portrait was shared with the community at the end of the recent presentation entitled "SDFAS Experience from A to Z" (available to you via link in this Echo to a Prezi presentation).

Portrait of SDFAS 8th grade graduates:

They are bilingual, bicultural and bi-literate at minimum, with a good base in Spanish as a 3rd language.

They are globally aware, and embrace multiculturalism.

They are self-disciplined and have strong study and work habits.

They are knowledgeable.

They are collaborative.

They are well rounded.

They are able to think creatively from different perspectives.

They are prepared for Honors classes and/or pre-IB classes in 9th grade.

They are likely candidates to obtain the full IB diploma in High School.

They are likely candidates to take and pass AP classes/exams in High School.

We wish our current 8th graders great success as they embark on their own High School application journeys. The school, as always, is here to guide and assist them along the way.

Mark Rosenblum, Head of school

Chers parents,

Récemment s'est tenue à l'école notre High School Night annuelle, un événement qui permet à un groupe d'anciens élèves de SDFAS de venir nous parler des différentes étapes de leur vie de lycéens. Leurs réponses aux questions concernant les cours, les activités extra-scolaires, les clubs, les préparatifs pour l'université et les loisirs furent très instructives. Nous avons également beaucoup appris en les écoutant parler de leur années à SDFAS et de tout ce que notre école leur avait apporté. Ce panel de talentueux élèves a confirmé la justesse du "portrait" des 4ièmes (établi grâce à la promotion de l'an dernier), portrait les décrivant comme "qualifiés et prêts." Ce portrait a été partagé avec l'ensemble de la communauté suite à une récente présentation intitulée "L'Expérience SDFAS de A à Z" (disponible dans cette édition de l'Echo via une présentation Prezi).

Portrait des diplômés sortant de SDFAS :

Ils sont bilingues, biculturels et au minimum capables de converser et d'écrire dans les deux langues, avec de bonnes bases en espagnol, leur troisième langue.

Ils sont informés des cultures du monde et les ont adoptées.

Ils ont une bonne auto-discipline et d'excellentes habitudes de travail.

Ils sont informés.

Ils savent collaborer.

Ils sont responsables.

Ils sont capables de réfléchir de façon créative prenant en compte différentes perspectives.

Ils sont prêts à suivre des cours Honors et/ou des cours de pre-IB en 3ème.

Ils sont tout à fait capables d'obtenir un diplôme IB au lycée.

Ils sont tout à fait capables de suivre et de réussir des classes et examens de AP au lycée.

Nous souhaitons à nos élèves de 4ième de cette année une superbe réussite tandis qu'ils commencent leurs inscriptions au lycée. Comme toujours, l'école sera là pour les guider et les aider tout au long de ce processus.

Mark Rosenblum, Chef d'établissement

On October 31st:
Grandparents Day - Halloween 2018 Program

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Our grandparents and special guests will participate in the school's Halloween celebration. Costumes are welcome!

Festivity schedule:

- Breakfast potluck in the classroom upon arrival.

- 9:15 am: Pre-Elementary school parade

- 9:30 am: Elementary school "flash mob"

- 10 am - 10:30 am: Vote for the Pumpkin Contest

We know that some grandparents will not be able to join us, and we would like to find ways to make them feel more involved in the SDFAS community. We will broadcast the event on October 31st, so that they will be able to watch it from the comfort of their homes. We kindly ask you to provide their contact information to allow us to reach out directly to them with invitations, pictures, movies and news from the school. Thank you for completing the following form.


General costumes guidelines:

- For safety reasons, children are asked to not wear their masks when coming to school, at recess time and during class time: teachers and staff need to be able to identify each student. Masks may be worn for the parade, the flashmob (Preschool and Elementary School) and costume contest(Middle School).

- Avoid potentially harmful accessories such as weapons, swords, spears, sticks, etc.

- No offensive, discriminatory and political references.

For each division, please note additional specific recommendations (see below).

Thank you for your cooperation!

Maternelle - Pre-Elementary

Please, no gory, scary costumes or fake blood. Thank you!

- 8:15 - 8:45 am: Children Arrive at school in their costumes (please don't forget a change of clothing for the afternoon as this is a full day schedule)

- 8:30 am: Kinder Potluck Breakfast in the classes.

- 8:45 am: PK0, PK1 and PK2 Potluck Breakfast in the classes. 

- 9:15 - 9:30 am: The Preschool Parade on the blacktop.

- 9:30 am: Flash Mob -  Parents, grandparents and special friends are welcome to stay through the flash mob but in order to alleviate any separation anxiety that can arise on special days we ask that you say goodbye before the children go back to the kinder/preschool areas for class photos. Don't worry we will share the photos with you!

Ecole Elémentaire - Elementary School

- 8:15 - 8:30 am:  Children Arrive at school in their costumes (please don't forget a change of clothing for the afternoon as this is a full day schedule)
- 8:30 am: Elementary Potluck Breakfast in the classes.
- 9:15 am: Elementary students are on the blacktop to cheer the  Preschool Parade
- 9:30 - 10:00 am: Elementary Flash Mob

- 10:00 am: Recess on the field

Fifth graders are invited to participate in the Middle School costume contest and attend the Middle School potluck. 

Collège - Middle School

Students are welcome to come to school in costume (no mask on so we can identify everyone) and no masks during class. Masks and props can be left in Ms. Brouder's office until the costume contest. 

- 8:30 - 9:10 am: Class will be in session

- 9:15 - 9:30 am: Middle school students are on the blacktop to cheer the Preschool Parade.

- 9:30 - 10:00 am: Middle school students are invited to watch the Elementary Flash Mob.

- 10:00 - 10:20 am: Potluck organized by the Party Planning Committee.

- 10:20 - 10:40 am: Costume Contest on the deck + flash "events"Costumes will be judged by faculty acording to categories decided by the Party Planning Committee.

- 10:40 am: Classes resume

Click Here for more information on the role of the Party Planning Committee.
NEW AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITY: Musical Théâtre for 1st-5th grade

The school is pleased to offer a whole year Musical Theatre ASA starting Tuesday October 30th from 4:40 to 5:40 pm. For all students 1st-5th grade, program taught in English by Susan Hall. "What a Knight" performance will include roles in both French and English, and will take place on Friday June 14th at 6 pm. Please see attached flyer and register before Oct. 19th online at:

The cost is $450 (30 sessions).


We need 3 more children ( 1st-8th) to open the new ceramic class on Monday, October 15th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Price $200 for 8 classes.
Clay is a wonderful medium that allows children to explore, create independently and express themselves. Students will learn how to shape clay, join wet sections, understand glaze application and learn about what happens during firing. They will be exposed to a wide range of ceramic techniques, like pinch pots, coil pots, hard slab hand building and learn about the importance of dedication and follow-through.
Participants will need an apron or smock to protect their clothing.
Instructor : Jana Kenney

Taste Week in Preschool!

Pictured: Gladys (Eliot's mum) and Eliot - Edgar Sierra (Manao's dad) - Tyles and Clement.

Taste Week was off to an awesome start with a lot of great experiences for our pre-elementary students. Dave and Amparo Young brought to school two barrels and grapes that our PK0 students trod. What an experience! Then Edgar Sierra, parent in PK2C and chef, gave up his day off to prepare with 5 classes a yummy guacamole that our students enjoyed for snack. Our K students cooked a quiche Lorraine and with a pastry chef made a "mousse au chocolat". The PK1A class had so much fun making Swedish chocolate balls rolled in grated coconut and sprinkles with Gladys, Eliot's mum. Let's see what the rest of the week will bring!


Cardboard Challenge was a success! Sharing our creations...

Pictured: Andrew - Mark and Théodore - Rosemund, Hildegard and Audrey.

After a month of working on concepts, picking a vehicle, designing, improving, and building, our youngest students finally shared their creations with SDFAS teachers, students, and parents. They were so proud and everyone had the opportunity to play with a red plane, a bus, a train, a spaceship, a balloon, a pink plane and some racecars.

Two construction stations were also available to allow our visitors to create their own vehicles or contraptions. It was indeed a great celebration of our PreK students' creativity and imagination.


Token system in Kindergarten! All about positive discipline!

Face painting in KB! It was so much fun!
Pictured: Ian, Colton, Lucie, jack, Tazee and Alekssandro.

Painting outside with KA! It was fun and peaceful!
Pictured: Luke, Lucas and Zoey.

In Kindergarten, we learn to be good friends and responsible citizens as part of our school values. Because we believe that positive reinforcement is the key to success, we have put in place a system of tokens and rewards. The children choose a reward as a class and collect tokens by making safe and respectful choices and by taking risks while never giving up. Once they have collected enough tokens, the reward is theirs. 

Science in 4th grade

4th graders are learning about plant structures and how they aid them in their growth, reproduction, protection, and survival. The students were able to dissect flowers in class to learn more about the crucial parts for the reproduction process.



BLANKIDS: Children Help Children International

Last Friday, all Middle School students gathered in the auditorium and made 45 blankets in 1 hour: the colorful blankets will be sent to two orphanages in Haiti, and students hope to make a difference in the lives of the children who will receive a blanket. They also wrote letters and cards in French, and Tatiana Zunshine, the Founder and Director of the Charity Children Help Children Int'l which organizes the blanket operations was touched by the enthusiasm and energy of the SDFAS students.


How to learn science with comics: French science class in 6th grade

6th grade students have put their knowledge and drawing skills to good use by creating comic books telling the story of several famous scientists and the discoveries they made, which changed our understanding of the universe. When learning is fun, acquiring knowledge gets easier!

Fall is the season for Girls' Volleyball and Boys' and Girls' Cross Country. Students are proudly wearing the SDFAS colors. This year again, they will compete against a pool of nearby private independent schools and fierce competitors. Go Stingrays!


Pictured: Nicola -
Emi, Emeraude and Julie.

The boys and girls cross-country teams had their 2nd meet of the season at La Jolla Shores on Tuesday. 58 runners from 8 middle schools competed in a 1.7 mile race on the beach.
 It was a tight finish on the boys side, as SDFAS placed 3rd overall as a team. The boys were led by 8th graders Emil Belhon (4th overall) , Nicola Redon (8th overall), and Arthur Pegulu (11th overall). 
The girls ran a strong race to beat out Encinitas Country Day and finish the meet in 1st as a team. Congratulations to Emi Ayala-Sekiguchi (2nd overall/silver medal upper division), Emeraude Westlake (3rd overall/bronze medal upper division ), and Julie Ballivy-O'Brien (6th overall/bronze medal 5th/6th division) for their exceptional effort and determination.


Congratulations to the Girls Volleyball team for their outstanding win against Encinitas Country Day last week. The girls Varsity team won both sets to secure the match win, 25-18 and 25-23. Junior Varsity followed suit, winning both sets 25-12 and 25-19. The team was led by the resilience of Lily Bagin-Bunod, the power serves of Angelina Allen, and the consistency of Lisa Abtmayr.

Next game: Thursday, October 11th @ SDFAS vs Soille Hebrew Day

- October 11: MS P/T Meetings 1 - 6 pm
- October 11: Parenting Workshop with Hilde Gross 6:30 - 8:00 pm
- October 12: Ciné Club #2
- October 15 - 19: PK-5 th P/T Meetings
- October 15 - 19: Giving Week
- October 16 - 19: 6 th Grade overnight field trips
- October 19: MINIMUM DAY
- October 22 - 26: FALL BREAK

- October 31: Halloween and Grandparents Day
- November 2:  Lifetouch K-8 Make-Up Photos