Newsletter Issue No 3
September 27, 2018 
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Healthy Families at SDFAS
Wednesday, October 3
2 Sessions: 8:45 am or 6:00 pm in Auditorium

Free workshop

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Sibling Pictures

Alexandra Borbolla will be available for the sibling pictures during the weeks of October 1-5 and 8-12, as well as on Saturday, October 6. The package of sibling pictures will be $95.

Click   HERE for more information and to book a time and day,  entering your family name and children's names in the "comment" box of the Sign Up Genius.

Slots are available before class from 7:30 to 8:40 am or on Saturday 10 am to noon.

Note that the school pictures with the company  Lifetouch are only for the individual and class pictures in grades K-8.

Every Wednesday:
Baguette, Pain- 
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.

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

Parenting  Workshop
Thursday, October 11

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 - October 12

PETIT PAYSAN Bande Annonce
PETIT PAYSAN Bande Annonce

Minimum Day October 19

The next minimum day will be on October 19.

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 October 12, 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:

Vacation Break October 22-26

SDFAS is offering vacation camps for PK0-8th grade at the following dates: Fall: Oct. 22- 26 from 8:30-4 pm

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


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.

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 28th

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 

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 can pick up a Scholastic Canada flyer with books in French at the library. The books are delivered at school. 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 15th OF THE MONTH. No cash please. 
For books in English, visit the Scholastic USA website and order directly online  sign up, and 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 and Happy Reading!


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

On Tuesday, October 2 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the auditorium

Recommended for all families interested in learning more about the full SDFAS curricular experience across Pre-Elementary, Elementary and Middle School. The presentation will be theme-based and will last for approximately one hour.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day on October 31st
La journée des Grands-Parents et des Amis, le 31 Octobre

Pictured: Grandparents Day 2017

Our special guests will participate in the Halloween celebration. They will be the judges of the pumpkin contest, enjoy the Preschool parade with us and the school-wide elementary "flash mob". Of course, costumes are welcome!

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 could watch it from the comfort of their home. 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.

When you will click on Continue to submit the info you will be asked to enter your name and email address. Please do not click on Same as entered. Thank you!

I hope everyone's school year is off to a good start. A week ago, we celebrated the inauguration of the Innovation Lab for Coding and Robotics with a brief ribbon cutting ceremony. It is truly a beautiful space and its look, feel and functionality have exceeded expectations. The design and building of this wonderful teaching and learning space would not have been possible without the generous support of the entire SDFAS community and the students. Thank you.
We live in a fast-paced technological world. At SDFAS we think it is important to integrate technology into teaching and learning to accomplish curricular goals.  We don't use technology for technology's sake, and we certainly don't want students glued to gadgets when they have so many opportunities all day to grow and learn through human interactions.  Students gain know-how with different kinds of software and collaborative tools as well as with coding and robotics. We seek to use technology to provide an essential 21st century skill set and a foundation upon which to cultivate curiosity, creativity and wonder.
The school is blessed with excellent teachers, a talented STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics) coordinator, great IT support, and a well-aligned team of directors. And we are now blessed as well with an Innovation Lab in which the students are already learning an enormous amount and having fun while doing so. Once again then, warm and heartfelt thanks to the community for making this vision a reality.
Wishing everyone an excellent school year.

Mark Rosenblum, Head of school

Chers parents,

J'espère que cette nouvelle année scolaire a bien démarré pour vous tous. Il y a une semaine, nous avons coupé le ruban pour célébrer l'inauguration du Laboratoire d'Innovation pour la programmation et la robotique. C'est un espace magnifique dont l'aspect et les fonctionnalités ont dépassé nos espérances. La conception et la construction de ce superbe nouvel espace d'enseignement et d'apprentissage n'aurait pas été possible sans le généreux soutien de toute la communauté et des élèves de SDFAS. Merci.
Nous vivons une époque où la technologie progresse très vite. À SDFAS, nous pensons qu'il est important d'intégrer la technologie dans les enseignements et les apprentissages pour atteindre les objectifs de nos programmes. Nous n'utilisons pas la technologie pour la technologie, et nous ne souhaitons certainement pas voir nos élèves collés à des gadgets toute la journée quand ils ont de si nombreuses opportunités de grandir et d'apprendre au travers d'interactions humaines. Les élèves acquièrent des savoir-faire grâce à différents programmes et travaux en équipe ainsi que par la programmation et la robotique. Nous souhaitons utiliser la technologie afin d'offrir un ensemble de compétences indispensables au 21ème siècle, ainsi qu'une base sur laquelle cultiver la curiosité, la créativité et l'émerveillement.
L'école a la chance d'avoir d'excellents enseignants, un talentueux coordinateur STEAM (Science Techonology Engineering Art and Mathematics), un superbe soutien IT, ainsi qu'une harmonieuse équipe de directeurs. Et à présent, nous sommes également équipés d'un Laboratoire d'Innovation dans lequel les élèves apprennent déjà tout en s'amusant. Permettez-moi donc de remercier à nouveau très chaleureusement toute la communauté pour avoir aidé à transformer notre vision en réalité. 
Je vous souhaite à tous une excellente année scolaire

Mark Rosenblum, Chef d'établissement


Pictured: Diego,  Anya, Gabriella, Jackson, Magno and Raphaël.

Children are enjoying some time with no screen, and play games, some good old traditional board games: UNO, playing cards and monopoly to name a few... there is still space for your child to join, on Monday from 3-4 pm for 2nd-8th grade.


Parents are invited on  Friday, October 5th at from 8 am to 8:45 am  in the Auditorium to watch the collaborative work of the PK0, PK2 and K classes .
Design Thinking in Early Childhood Education
San Diego French American School celebrates creativity by providing an opportunity for its youngest students to play and learn by using simple materials to build the things they imagine. The theme of the Cardboard Challenge this year is Transportation.
We encourage our children to explore their interests and passions and use this as a way to reinforce language and work on valuable "21st Century" skills such as critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork.



The annual Semaine du Goût or Taste Week is scheduled from October 8th to  12th. It is a celebration of flavors, good food, and nutrition. Numerous events are organized throughout the week.
SDFAS pre-elementary students will experience "taste lessons", explore textures and colors, compare and contrast fresh fruits and dried fruits, and identify basic flavors (sour, bitter, salty, savory and sweet).

This event would not be possible without the contribution of our parents' volunteers, who cut, slice, dice, and cook for our students. Our teachers and rooms parents will contact you to see if you can help.

On behalf of the Pre-Elementary team, thank you!



During quiet time, Kindergarten students engage in relaxation activities like yoga, meditation, and massages. These massages are done with slow and gentle movements. The gestures we choose are based on natural elements from the weather such as rain, sun, wind... In that way, a mental picture is created.

Massages help to reduce the chance of cumulative fatigue in the morning. They also build new interactions between classroom peers, as we reinforce what we know about Social Emotional Learning. 

This quiet activity happens once or twice a week in French and in English. It's a time that students appreciate a lot because they can relax and recharge their battery for the rest of the day!


2nd grade has been studying rules and why they are important. They keep us safe and make life fairer at school. We read the story "Officer Buckle and Gloria" which taught us more about why rules are important. Just like in the book, the 2nd grade classes met two officers and their partner, a German Shepard named Nero. He showed us his talent: smelling money hidden in suitcases. We were very impressed with how smart Nero is. We also got to pet Nero and he posed for pictures with us.


Pictured: Jane, Aimée, Eleanor, Aidan, Alessandro, Anouk, Amaia - Annabelle, Sophie-Elysée, Harmony, Sylvia, Sonia, Olivia, Mélina and Julian.

The idea started when the incoming 5th grade class at the San Diego French American School heard the news: Back to School was postponed at Ecole de Rhé, their twin sister school in the South of Haiti.  The reason for the delay: parents could not afford to purchase shoes for their children!

For almost three years now SDFAS 5th graders have been providing help with tuition to their sister school in the South of Haiti by participating in SDFAS's annual jog-a-thon where a portion of the funds raised are donated to causes. Understanding the urgency and motivated by a desire to help the children in Haiti go back to school, the SDFAS students took immediate "Action thru Art" as promoted by the "International Day of the Girl Child". Parents generously offered to bring their children to school on Saturdays. As if they were for their own use, the children created 20 breathtaking pairs of custom crafted sneakers. The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated annually  on October 11 This year, the custom sneakers will be on display at the Great Hall International House at UC San Diego.

These one-of-a-kind inspired sneakers will ultimately be offered at a fundraising auction and sold to the highest bidders.  The raised funds will be invested by a school committee to further improve the school program at Ecole de Rhé. 
This organic collaborative art project "ACTION" will help provide the right to education with dignity with a long-term vision toward empowerment and economic autonomy.

A bouquet of heartfelt thanks to the SDFAS 5th grade students for their creativity and continued dedication.




Ms. Regan, our English and Social Studies Teacher, is implementing her Classroom Economy Program in 6th grade this school year again.

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.
If you are curious about the program, ask your student and/or visit



Pictured: Sofia.

If you come around the science lab on a Thursday, you will find a group of active builders with tools, enthusiastically banging on nails with their hammers. For what purpose? The middle school students enrolled in Ms. Jacoway's MakerSpace elective are currently building wooden outdoor games to be placed in the middle school area, for the enjoyment of all and everyone to play with!


MIXED MEDIA ELECTIVE: Learning-by-doing

The middle school students were recently making measurements in front of the Administrative building with Mr. Johnston, as part of the mixed media elective program. Wondering why? Surprise! Watch for intriguing Art installations around campus this year!

The art program is fully funded by the Annual Fund

Ms. Seidel's three PE Mantras are in full swing on the field during PE classes as middle school students experience Ultimate Frisbee. The three R are not only the pillars of PE classes but also guiding principles for life on campus and outside of campus:
  • Respect yourself
  • Respect others
  • Respect the environment

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!


Congratulations to the Boys & Girls Cross-Country Team for their excellent performance at our first meet of the season. The teams competed against 6 other middle schools through a technical 1.9 mile uphill course. Medals were awarded to Emi Ayala-Sekiguchi who placed 2nd overall for the girls, Julie Ballivy-O'Brien and Emil Belhon who both placed 3rd in their divisions.  Bravo!

Come cheer on our runners at our "home" meet on Tuesday, October 9th, 3:45 pm @ La Jolla Shores!


Pictured: Stella, Anabel, Jade, Lily, Lisa, Angelina, Lia, Capucine, Sophie and Nicola - Marie-Pier.

Congratulations to the Girls Volleyball team in their 2-1 victory over The Rhoades School. Lisa Abtmayr lead the team during the first set with her stellar serves, scoring 17 points, resulting in 25-6 win. Rhoades took the second set, tying the match 1-1. SDFAS stayed focus and played hard during the tie-breaker, as Sophie Diamond secured the final points to win 15-10.

Next Game: Tuesday, October 2nd, 3:30 pm @ Nelson Middle Years

- September 27: New Family Cocktail
- October 1 - 4: Pictures PK1 & PK2 with Alexandra Borbolla: Oct  1: PK1 A - Oct 2: PK1 B - Oct 3: PK 2A - Oct 4: PK2 B&C.
- October 1 - 5 & 8 - 12: Weeks of Sibling Pictures w/ Alexandra Borbolla 7:30 - 8:30 am
- October 2: "The SDFAS Experience from A to Z" (parent informational meeting) from 6 - 7 pm
- October 3: Healthy Families 2 Sessions: 8:45 am or 6:00 pm in Auditorium
- October 4: Room Parent Meeting at 9:00 am in Auditorium
- October 5: Cardboard Challenge: Exhibit open to the families from 8:00 to 8:45 am in Auditorium
- October 8 - 12: Taste Week in Pre-Elementary
- October 8: School Council #1 at 3:20 pm
- 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