Newsletter Issue No 11
February 15, 2018 
In This Issue
Class Art Project - Gala 2018
Baking contest
English Book Fair
Concours J'aime écrire Spécial USA
Talent Show 2018
Winter Camp: February 26 - March 2
Science Fair
Middle School: Auction Day
Elementary: Day at the Museum
Pre-Elementary: Exploring the North Pole
Kindergarten and 4th Grade Project
Middle School: Coding in French Math
Pre-Elementary: Another Example of Active learning
MakerSpace Elective
Eustory Project: final filming
High School Admissions Update
Sports League

Quick Links

Girard Gourmet Lunches:



School Council Minutes
The School Council met on January 8.
Minutes are now available online.


Friday, February 23rd

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 Friday February 16th, 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:

Pizza Flash Sale!

The 8th graders will run a "PIZZA FLASH SALE" 
on Friday February 23, 2018
on the blacktop 
from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

This is a fundraising initiative "by the Students, for the Students" in order to fund their Montreal trip in June 2018.

  One slice: $3.00

Two slices : $5.00

One juice (Caprisun): $1.00

You can pre-order your pizza before Wednesday, February 21 by sending an email to

Please include the name and grade of your student(s)
Precise your choice of pizza: Cheese or Pepperoni
And choose between:

1 whole pizza - cheese/pepperoni = $20

1 slice of cheese/pepperoni pizza = $3

Combo:  1 slice of cheese/pepperoni pizza, drink and cookie = $5
Your pizza is guaranteed with your order!

Demande de bourses scolaires :

Nous vous informons de l'ouverture de la première campagne de bourses scolaires pour l'année scolaire 2018-2019.
Les formulaires et l'ensemble des informations utiles sont consultables en suivant ce lien
Afin de les approuver, ces dossiers sont à retourner au plus tard le mercredi 21 février 2018 à l'école.

Merci de contacter Stéphanie Humbert pour plus de renseignements: 

2018-19 Re-enrollment via DocuSign
You have until   February 28th, 2018   to complete your re-enrollment process for the 2018-19 academic year.  Enrollment agreements have been sent via DocuSign. Enrollment agreements will not be complete and your child(ren) space(s) will not be reserved without Parent 1   and   2 (if applicable) signature(s) and without registration fees payment.  
This year more than ever, we are expecting wait lists for a few grades in preschool, elementary and middle school. If you have any questions, please email Catherine Olive .

New Facilities Manager

Please welcome the school's new Facilities Manager, Mr. Matt Baranowski. 
Matt brings decades of experience in capital project management, construction, contracting, and security and facility enhancement.  Matt is excited to be a part of the SDFAS team and we are excited to have him on board.

PA plenary meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2018
Dear SDFAS families, 
The PA Plenary meeting is scheduled for  March 8th between 5.30 and 6.30 PM . Please come with your questions and concerns. If you're interested in participating in the PA or would like to spearhead an activity, this is a wonderful opportunity to share your vision. 

The agenda will cover: 

- a review of this academic year's past PA activities 
- a presentation of the PA activities coming up
- a summary of the updated bylaws
- the announcement of the elections 
We will have light snacks and refreshments.
We all look forward to seeing you there!
Warm Regards, 

Lydia Inostroza
President of the Parent Association

State of the School

State of the School SDFAS - January 26, 2018
State of the School SDFAS - January 26, 2018

In the recent State of the School address this past Friday January 26, we showed examples of curricular innovation and creativity within each school division and the fine work of our students, teachers and administrators. We also discussed among other topics the school's strategic objectives, enrollment, budget and financial health, tuition, fundraising, and upcoming Gala in March.  The event was filmed and is available for you to view on Vimeo.


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Edeline Project: Edeline visited SDFAS


As part of the Edeline project spearheaded by Ms. Addo, 7th graders sent letters to penpals in Haiti. On February 8, 2018, they had the privilege to meet Edeline in person, as she came to their class. Edeline handed over the response letters from the students from Haiti. The penpal experience was a fantastic way to build bridges between our community and a school community in Haiti. Students will now explore the history and culture of Haiti, as they decided to pick Haiti as their theme country for the upcoming International Day on March 22!
Language Parade on International Day at SDFAS
Défilé des langues pour la Journée Internationale à SDFAS 

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 during Forum time from 9 - 10am, there will be a community-building event to kick-off international day. The event will be a grand Défilé des Langues (Language Parade) organized in the Auditorium. Students in PK0-8th grade, Faculty and Staff are invited to participate alone or in small groups to take turns comes before the entire school community to speak in a language other than French or English or in a regional accent or dialect of French or English, introducing themselves, saying their language, the country they are representing, any thing else quick, and wishing the audience a wonderful international day. Sorry, no parents, as the auditorium will already be at capacity with the entire student body plus all teachers and staff plus CAIS accreditation visiting team.
We will video the event...

Please note that in order to participate, a sign-up sheet MUST be completed ( attach flyer and sign up as a link to PDF ) and handed in to the child's teacher or to Stéphanie in the main office by Monday, March 19, 2018 - 3:30 pm.

The Défilé des Langues to launch international day 2018 will be a fun and moving experience for everyone!


OMG, the 30th Anniversary Gala is almost here! Mark your calendars for Saturday March 24!

The countdown to the 2018 Gala has begun! It's our biggest fundraiser, our biggest party, and the most fun we have all year -- all in one amazing night at the historic Hotel Del Coronado. This year we'll have our cocktail reception at the beautiful ocean-view Vista Walk and the big party in the stunning Oceanfront Ballroom. This venue has played host to countless presidents, dignitaries, and Hollywood elite, and now it's our turn. Don't miss it!
As usual, we'll have an array of fabulous silent-auction items for perusal during the cocktail reception, and then it's on to the main event -- the live auction in the ballroom. 
As this is our 30th Anniversary, this will be an extra special Gala featuring one-of-a-kind vacation packages, events, and many other delights. And of course, champagne! 

More info and tickets: -- all parents are strongly encouraged to attend!


Scott Crosby and Erica Murphy, Gala Co-Chairs

Chers parents,
Venez célébrer avec nous les 30 ans de l'école! Marquez vos calendriers pour le samedi 24 mars!

Le compte à rebours du Gala 2018 a commencé. C'est notre plus grande levée de fonds et notre plus grande fête. C'est LA soirée à ne pas manquer! Cette année, le gala aura lieu une dernière fois à l'hôtel Del Coronado. Nous commencerons le cocktail en extérieur avec une vue imprenable sur l'océan et continuerons avec le dîner dansant dans la salle de bal. Ce lieu a accueilli d'innombrables présidents et célébrités, et c'est maintenant notre tour!!
Comme d'habitude, nous aurons un éventail de fabuleux lots pour les enchères. 
Pour célébrer notre 30ème anniversaire, nous trinquerons à la 3ème décennie de SDFAS au champagne!

Pour plus d'infos et pour acheter vos billets, visitez

Nous vous attendons tous, parents, grands-parents et amis le 24 mars.
Scott Crosby and Erica Murphy, Co-Présidents du Gala

Class Art Project - Gala 2018

Pictured: Mireille Des Rosiers.

You will soon be able to preview the class art projects that will be auctioned off online at   and at the Hotel Del on March 24th. The children, with the support of their teachers and their curators Mireille Des Rosiers, Sonja Donahue, Jacob Johnston, Nicoletta Mazis and Luana McAuliffe have again produced this year some stunning art pieces.

Thank you to each and every one of you!
Baking contest on Friday February, 9 was a success!
Le concours de Pâtisserie par les enfants était un vrai succès !

Thank you to all participants.  The buffet of desserts we obtained exceeded our expectations! It was amazing !

In consideration the quality of the desserts and the very tight voting, we decided to select the first 7 desserts.
Here is the list of winners:  Mélia (1st grade) -  Farah & Maya (1st grade) -  Iris (2nd grade) -  Sylvia (4th grade) -  Luca (5th grade) -  Tom (5th grade)  -  Grégoire, Jean-Baptiste & Gaspard (7th grade)  

Congratulations! All winners will again make their dessert for the Gala on March 24. Guests will be able to bid on them during the dessert auction.

Congratulations to all! Thank you for all the time and passion you put into making your desserts. Parents, students and teachers enjoyed tasting all the desserts.

The Gala Sweet Team
English Book Fair
Marché aux Livres en Anglais

If you are interested in volunteering, please check the sign in sheet below:

Concours J'aime écrire Spécial USA

Bayard-Milan, a French publisher of books and magazines organized a writing contest specifically for French schools in the US.  
The 4th   grade B and I decided to give it a go. We were given the first chapter of a story and had to imagine what happened next. After several weeks of work during library hour, our students came up with an excellent text which we emailed on Friday February 9th.  
In response, I received an email from the organizer saying:   C'est un plaisir de lire la prose de vos élèves. Félicitez-les pour nous!   It's a pleasure to read your students' prose. Congratulate them for us!) We should hear back in a few weeks with the results... Wish us good luck!
Anne Ricart
Talent Show 2018

Pictured: We even had SDFAS Alumni students make an appearance to open the second half of the show singing the YMCA theme (Gaby Riché, Lana Awad, Sonia Redon, Celia Glezer) - Last photo was a teacher spoof act

For the show there was a packed house full of positive energy. The children brought their best and made the show a success. I am very pleased to give the children an opportunity to express themselves artistically through music and performance.

True sense of community!
Winter Camp: February 26 - March 2 (5 days)

SDFAS is offering vacation camps for PK0-8th grade at the following dates Feb. 26-March 2 (5 days).
Deadline registration Feb. 18th, 2018 on Feb. 19th a $50 late registration fee will be added to your total.

- For full day camp week 8:30-4 p.m. the price is $315 per week.

- Half day camp week from 8:30-12:30 p.m. is $275 per week. 

- Surf camp is from 9:30-12:30 p.m. ($340 per week). 

Albion Soccer camp for 1st-3rd grade from 9-12pm is $250, for 4th -8th grade from 9-2pm is $300. If you need camp until 4 pm, your child can join the afternoon camp; price is an additional $100/week.

Drop in full day from 8:30 am - 4 pm. $85 per day or half days 8:30 am - 12:30 pm $75/half day are available only for preschool.

For more info about the camp themes please  download the pdf form .
Click HERE to register online
Science Fair
Middle School: Auction Day in 6th grade: Classroom Economy Program

6th grade auction Sdfas2018.
6th grade auction SDFAS 2018.

The Classroom Economy Program has been implemented in 6th grade since September by Ms. Regan, the English and Social Studies Teacher.
The classroom economy system is 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.
Enjoy auction time in this video!
Elementary: Day at the Museum
Elémentaire : Une journée au Musée

The Second grade went to the Museum of art in Balboa Park. They enjoyed the tour very much with Maria who spoke in French with them, kept them entertained and piqued their curiosity. The group was very focused. The highlight of this field trip was the exhibition of Frida Kahlo. Frida and Me is a playful circuit with a series of fun activities.The Second Grade A and B were immersed in the life and work of this famous artist. Even the teachers and chaperones had a wonderful time.
Murielle Brimaldi Jensen 

* Local day field trips are funded by the Annual Fund
Pre-Elementary: Exploring the North Pole: How does the polar bear manage the cold?

Last week, our Kindergarteners came up with lots of questions regarding the North Pole. By reading different books, watching videos, and making science experiments they will find answers. For instance they were curious about the way the polar bear stays warm.
The first hypothesis was that bears had some warm fur.
In order to test this hypothesis, SDFAS students put their hands in very cold water and then inside a fur mitten then back into the cold water to compare. Indeed, the water was much colder without the fur.

Another experiment showed them that if they put their hands in blubber, they could not feel the cold anymore. Active learning is fun!

Pictured: Nylayah & Samir
Kindergarten and 4th Grade Project

Kindergarten students had the pleasure of working with the 4th graders last Wednesday afternoon. They identified geometric shapes traced by Probot (programmed by the 4th graders). With the 4 th  graders, they differentiated cursive letters, lowercase or capital letters ... etc. The 4th graders encouraged, aided, assisted them, and showed kindness and a lot of support.
Middle School: Coding in French Math class - Probot in 6th grade

Curricular programs in Math incorporate applications of technology through an introduction to coding. The goal is to learn to create computer programs, and to start learning data encryptions or the programming of robots.

The main components of the curriculum allow students to be fully prepared for our society's evolution in technology and to continue developing necessary 21st century skills.

The discovery of algorithms begins with basic instruction of sequences on Probot which code for patterns of movement. The goal of this activity was to draw angles, to study their nature and draw complex patterns. They had to think about differences between protocols: give instructions to give a direction to a robot, draw something that they wanted. While solving this problem, student discovered the notion of supplementary angles.

At the end of the activity, they were all able to code robots to draw a representation of a famous constellation.

Here are pictures of the 6th graders enjoying their very first coding experience with M. Giot!

 *  Probots were acquired thanks to a grant from the Wattis Dumke Foundation 

Pre-Elementary: Another Example of Active learning in PK0

Pictured: Adeline

Our PK0 are using the Album "Toutes les couleurs" d'Alex Sanders as a starting point to introduce the vocabulary of the body. In the album, a cute little rabbit is playing outside, and ends up with a green button from the grass, a red mouth from the strawberry, brown feet from the mud and so on. Our students are creating their own album, painting the background, and acting the part of the adventurous rabbit.
MakerSpace Elective

Pictured: Ava & Gloria.

This school year, Ms. Jacoway is running an exciting, fun and engaging MakerSpace Elective. The MakerSpace class enables students to use their imagination to turn materials available into something unique, fun or practical. This is an opportunity to combine science, engineering, art, math and technology, and embrace your endless creativity and practical sense.
Eustory Project: final filming session

On Saturday January 27, 2018, all participants from both schools, the German Pacific School and the San Diego French American School, gathered on the field for the final filming of the battlefield/chess board scenes of the movie that will be submitted as our entry to the Eustory contest.

German and French student actors were hard working, and demonstrated dedication, patience, and flexibility. We would like to thank pawns, rooks, queens, kings, knights and bishops, as well as generals and announcers on both teams!

We are also very grateful to parents who helped as script supervisor and continuity supervisor, as well as parents, siblings and students' friends who play the cheering crowds: they sang the "Marseillaise" and the German national anthem with vigor and conviction, supporting their national teams in every chess move of the fierce battle happening on the chess board!

We would like to thank Alexandra, our Director of Photography, Julien, our camera operator who kindly took also many videos with his camera and his drone, and Diane, our Director.

A beautiful banner was also given by Amaia's mother, and we would l ike to thank her for her donation: it made the chess tournament official and important! Not to forget Patricia and Heloise, who brought breakfast for all participants, and also Wiebke, the German Pacific School's principal.

One of our students, Liam, also acted as Assistant Director, directing and instructing the cheering crowds in their roles.

Another of our students nicely took the pictures that you can enjoy on this page. Thanks for your help, Louna.

Overall, it was a team effort, and the fun and sense of achievement we had came from doing our best, together, to film several powerful scenes, in a project that carries deep purpose and meaning to us.

Thank you again!

Benedicte Brouder
High School Admissions Update

As of this writing, which immediately follows the application deadline for independent high schools, here is a recap of where our 8th grade soon-to-be-graduates are applying.

Applied to or assigned to Mission Bay High School IB program - 6
Applied to or assigned to La Jolla High School - 2
Applied to or assigned to San Diego High School IB Program - 1
Likely to attend La Costa Canyon's new IB Program - 1
Likely to attend Canyon Crest Academy - 1
Likely to attend Torrey Pines High School - 1
May return to France / French Lycée - 1

Applied to Bishop's - 7
Applied to Francis Parker - 6
Applied to La Jolla Country Day - 4
Applied to Cathedral Catholic - 2
Applied to The Grauer School - 2

We have 24 students graduating this year. Nine of the 24 have applied to independent (private) high schools, and students often apply to more than one school. We will report admission results once decisions are announced later this spring.

Wishing all of our 8th graders and their families the best of luck as they await their admission results!
Sports League

Boys Basketball:


The SDFAS Boys Basketball Team finished an impressive season, with Junior Varsity finishing in a close 2nd place in the league, and Varsity in 5th. The team was lead by the intensity, hustle, and skill of Dante Schrantz, Seiji Ayala-Sekiguchi, Massin Ihs, Nicola Redon, Emil Belhon, Arthur Pegulu, Colin Guckian, Diego Pardo-Tihanyi,   Jaxon Leach, and Lindy Coalier. Bravo!

Girls Soccer:


Congratulations to the SDFAS Girls Varsity Soccer Team for finishing the season as the #2 team in league with a record of 5-1-2. 
Last week, the team defeated Soille Hebrew Day with a score of 4-1 to secure their spot in the league finals. 
The team controlled the game from kick off with their aggressive play and team effort. 10 minutes in, Juliette Faline hammered the ball into the top left corner of the goal to start the lead, 1-0. Lily Baglin-Bunod's hustle allowed SDFAS to keep possession of the ball for the majority of the first half. With 5 minutes left in the first, Chloe Gross connected on a straight shot making the score 2-0. In the second half, the team kept up the intensity, passing and dribbling by defenders. Tahlia Zadeyan's accurate penalty kick, followed by another Gross goal sealed the victory, 4-1.  
In the Finals, the team rallied hard against the #1 seeded Grauer School. The offense was led by Tahlia Zadeyan, who scored all 3 goals in the team's 3-4 loss.


 Girls Basketball I  Boys Soccer  I Girls and Boys Track & Field 


- Thursday, February 15 - Friday, February 23: English Book Fair
- Monday, February 19 - Thursday, February 22: P/T Conferences 1 st - 5 th grade
- Monday, February 19: President's Day - School in session
- Friday, February 23: Mini-Day / Présentation Pierre et le Loup grades 1
st -3 rd / P-T conferences 1 st - 8 th grade (1-3 pm)
- Monday, February 26 - Friday March 2: WINTER BREAK
- Monday, March 5:  School resumes
- Thursday, March 8: PA Meeting (5:30-6:30pm)
- Monday, March 12 : AF San Diego's "Festinema" PK2 / K field trip to the movies
- Tuesday, March 13:  Middle School 6th to 8th grade performance Meara Scanlon 8:30 am auditorium