Newsletter Issue No 5
November 8, 2018 
In This Issue
Thanksgiving lunch
Annual Food Drive
Le Marché de Noël
Yearbook 2019

Quick Links


Girard Gourmet Lunches

Access to Grades
Ask Stéphanie for login info

School Council Minutes
The School Council met on October 8.

Minutes are now available online.


Part Time Position
for School Health Aid
SDFAS is looking for a part time health aid (2 X 4 hours per week) for its students PK0 through 8th  grade.
Main functions but not limited to will be: 
Care to all students in need, regular lice check, counseling and health education.

Education: Minimum of two years completed in the nursing program and continuing towards the RN diploma  
Certification: CPR certification.
Good written and verbal communication skills required.  

To apply for this position please submit resume to:  Babeth and Stephanie.

The SDFAS Experience from A to Z

Available on Vimeo!

Ciné Club - Tomorrow
Bande Annonce : LE RETOUR DU HEROS
Bande Annonce : LE RETOUR DU HEROS

Sign in/out extended care/study hall

the Pre-elementary mandatory Kinderlime sign in/out for PK0-PK1-PK2in the event that you have not signed in or signed out your child on a particular day, any one of the extended care/administrative staff will sign in or out your student.

1st-8th Study Hall
Study Hall (SH) ends at 3:30 p.m. for 1st graders and 3:45 p.m. for 2nd-8th grade. Parents are not allowed to walk to SH to get their children; please respect the ending time of SH, as it disrupts the class, and wait your children on the playground.

The fees for extended care and study hall are the same and we bill per 30
minute  increments.

K-8th Extended Care
When you pick up your children on campus, they must stay with you at all times and you are responsible for them. Children waiting for their MS siblings need to wait in the lunch area until parents pick them up before 3:30 p.m.; after 3:30 pm a charge will apply if they are not picked up.
When picking up your children after study hall or after an ASA, please first stop by the front gate and we will call them using our radio system. Children are either in C8 or on the field. When you exit school with your children, please stop by the gate to sign out with the extended care staff on duty.

Emergency lunch and field trip
If your child is registered with Girard Gourmet they will get a bag lunch for their field trip on the day they are registered.
Emergency lunch orders are not for field trips. As we have to coordinate the field trips/GG orders a week in advance, it is best to pack a lunch for your children for their field trips if they are not registered with Girard Gourmet.

Contact Valérie if you have questions:

Minimum Day November 21
Grade PK0-5: Dismissal at 11:45 am

Middle school: Dismissal at 12 pm

Extended Care: 12 pm - 6 pm
Register before November 16th 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:

CONCERT November 27 at SDFAS
Armelle Yons & l'Oiseau Joli
Armelle Yons & l'Oiseau Joli "La vie en rose" Cover Edith Piaf


French singer Armelle Yons to come to SDFAS on Tuesday November 27 in the auditorium. La Vie en Rose and other standards. Doors open at 7pm and music begins at 7:30pm until 9pm.

Pictures PK1-PK2

Pictures are ready, to view and order please open the following link:

   PK1B (Emilie)  

If prompted, enter this password:  SDFAS2345

For class pictures,  contact Alexandra Borbolla

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 grade 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.
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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Halloween Celebration Grandparents and Special Friends Day at SDFAS
La fête d'Halloween, la journée des Grands-parents et Amis à SDFAS

Elementary Flash mob - Halloween 2018
Elementary Flash mob - Halloween 2018

SDFAS pre-elementary celebrated grandparents and special friends by inviting them to participate in our Halloween parties. We started with potlucks in the classrooms. Then we did a parade for our elementary friends, before watching them perform their famous Flash Mob. We took a lot of pictures in our nice costumes in the beautiful setting created by Patty, Elise and the Kindergarten students. What a day!

We also had a pumpkin-carving contest. Congratulations to the students for your creativity! The winner is Mirabelle Egilmez (3rd grade) with her original witch.

Pictured: Mr. Giot, Mme Addo, Ms. Aseltine.

Congratulations to the Student Party Planning Committee (PPC), and thank you to Mme Addo for coaching the PPC and to all parents for their help! The potluck was a hit, with very scary dishes, and the costume contest awarded best students' costumes... and best teacher's costume!

The photo booth was a huge success, enjoy the pictures!  


As we are all only too aware, a week and a half ago, a horrible act of hatred and bigotry occurred at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA, leaving 11 dead. How do we address such events with our children? Do we dare to do so? What do we say? What will they think? How will they feel or react? Below are a few useful resources that have been shared with us by the National Association of Independent Schools:
- Talking to Children about the Shooting (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
- Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)
Speaking to an upper elementary student I know well who had questions about the tragedy, he stated pridefully at the end of our conversation, "You know, the open mindedness value at our school really is so important." I could not agree more! At SDFAS we do everything we can to support our students in their development of open mindedness, tolerance, and a genuine curiosity about those who are different. Through our bilingual curriculum and multicultural community, our students are taught not to harbor fear of the "other" but instead to reach out and connect, offering friendship and demonstrating a desire to learn from our differences.
In the wake of this latest tragedy, we are reassured by all who have stood by the Jewish community nationwide, unified in our collective grief and outrage. People and community leaders of all faiths, political persuasions and walks of life... Indeed, San Diego has been no exception in its response and for that we can all find some bit of comfort in the face of the unthinkable.

Mark Rosenblum, Head of school

Chers parents,

Comme vous le savez, il y a une dizaine de jours, un horrible acte de haine et de bigoterie s'est déroulé à la synagogue Tree of Life dans le quartier de Squirrel Hill à Pittsburgh en Pennsylvanie, faisant 11 morts. Comment parler de tels événements à nos enfants? Osons-nous même en parler? Que dire? Que vont-il penser? Comment vont-ils réagir? Vous trouverez ci-dessous quelques ressources utiles fournies par la National Association of Independent Schools:
- Talking to Children about the Shooting (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)
Un élève de CM que je connais bien et avec qui je parlais de cette tragédie récemment a déclaré fièrement : "Vous savez, la valeur d'ouverture d'esprit de l'école est vraiment importante." C'est tout à fait mon sentiment! A SDFAS nous faisons tout notre possible pour aider nos élèves à développer leur ouverture d'esprit, leur tolérance et une réelle curiosité envers les autres et leurs différences. A travers notre programme bilingue et notre communauté multiculturelle, nos élèves apprennent à ne pas craindre "l'autre", mais au contraire à créer des contacts en offrant son amitié et en montrant un désir d'apprendre à partir de nos différences.
Suite à cette récente tragédie, nous sommes rassurés par tous ceux et celles qui à travers tout le pays se sont montrés solidaires de la communauté juive, unis dans le chagrin et l'indignation partagés. Des gens et des responsables issus de toutes les institutions religieuses, politiques et sociales.... En fait, il en a été de même à San Diego et cette réaction nous apporte à tous un peu de réconfort face à l'impensable.

Mark Rosenblum, Chef d'établissement

On November 21: Thanksgiving lunch at SDFAS
Le repas de Thanksgiving à l'école

Every year SDFAS celebrates Thanksgiving with a traditional family lunch. The lunch will be prepared and served by Girard Gourmet on Wednesday, November 21 (minimum day). Free range organic turkey will be served. See the menu in the attached form. There is also a vegetarian option, so please specify. 

This lunch is NOT included if your children are registered with the Girard Gourmet program as it's a minimum day.

The lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. for PK0-PK2 and 12 p.m. for K-8.

- If you and your family would like to participate in the event please fill out the registration form attached and bring it with your payment to the office. You can pick up your children from their classroom at 11:45 a.m. for PK0-PK2 and from the blacktop at 11:45 a.m. for K-8. 

- If you have a child in pre-elementary and elementary or middle school you can choose either to eat at 11:45 a.m. or 12 p.m. and pick up your children accordingly.

I n order to have a smooth event, please fill out the form
and return it before Friday, November 16 to Valérie, Stéphanie or Babeth.

- If you will not be having lunch, we still need to know if your child will be present at school or in Extended Care on Wednesday, minimum day, so please fill out the second part of the attachment or send me an email to  Valerie Asensio.

Please let Valérie know if you have any questions.
On November 19 - 20: Annual Food Drive at SDFAS
Collecte Annuelle de nourriture
On December 2: La Jolla Xmas Parade
On December 14: Le Marché de Noël
Yearbook 2019
Le livre de l'année 2019

Dear parents,

We would like to thank all the students who submitted their designs for the yearbook cover contest. We are excited to announce that we have received 11 entries

- During the week of November 12th, a jury, consisting of faculty members, will choose the best 3 among them and the SDFAS students will then choose the one who will be the cover for our 2018-2019 yearbook.


- The results will be posted at school on Monday, November 19th 2018

As a reminder all participants in the Yearbook cover contest will be

offered a pizza party for lunch that will take place on We, November 26th 2018.

Thank you as well to all the parents who already purchased their yearbook. If you haven't done so yet and would like to purchase one, just click
HERE and use the ID code:  12766719 .

Among the options available to you in the website, let me introduce you to lovelines and yearbooks ads specifically designed for you parents and grandparents to encourage, congratulate or recognize in a special way the efforts, work or achievements of your child.

Lovelines - You can leave a message such as: "Congratulations Sarah and Brandon on a great year! We are so proud of you. Love, Mom, Papa, Grandma & Grandpa".
These lines are limited to up to 20 words with no pictures to accompany them.
- Price - $35

Yearbook advertisements or ads - You have the option to reserve a space in the yearbook and leave a special message and pictures of your child according to the following:

Full page: $300 - You can submit up to 6 pictures and a message up to 300 characters.

½ of a page: $150 - You can submit up to 3 pictures and a message up to 200 characters.

¼ of a page: $100 - You can submit one picture and a message up to 100 characters.

If you already purchased a yearbook but would like to buy an ad, you still can under "Purchase an advertisement for my student (without a yearbook).

Let me know if you have any questions, Isabelle Senecal

Judo  is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means to self-defense and a way of life. It is all of this and more. Your child will learn traditional Japanese judo skills and values, along with fitness, flexibility, discipline, respect, and confidence in a safe and nurturing environment. The class consists of fun warm up games and exercises, as well as throwing and immobilizing techniques on the ground. Judo is practiced safely and in accordance with the rules. Judo helps the physical, emotional and social development of your child. Duels play down situations, removing blockage or apprehension often felt by children. We will have a free try out class on Monday November 16th or Friday November 19th from 3:30-4:30pm for all grades from K-8th.

This activity will be offered on Monday from 3:30-4:30 pm for K-3rd and from 4:30-5:30 pm for 4th-8th grade in the auditorium, start date to be determined depending on the interest.  (4) Classes from 11/26/18 to 12/17/18. Price $80.  Registration  required for the free trial.

AKA Judo LLC offers a comprehensive Judo Martial Art program designed especially with children in mind. Our Coach is highly qualified in his art. Hervé Aka is from France. He was a former international judoka athlete for the French National Team and he's received several medals from around the world. Now, he is National Coach of USA Judo. Hervé is excited to share his knowledge and success with the SDFAS students.

English Reading Comprehension  with Miss Emily Loomis for 2nd grade on Tuesday from 4-5 pm or Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm, 6 classes $120. We need a minimum of 3 children. The class hasn't started yet and we will prorate the price accordingly. 
If you are interested in any of these classes please register online .


Musical Théâtre for 1st-5th grade
The school is pleased to offer a whole year of Musical Theatre ASA starting Tuesday October 30th from 4:40 to 5:40 pm. For all students 1st-5th grade, program is 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 pmWe have 8-10 children so far, it would be great to have a few more.  The cost is $450 (30 sessions, pro-rated for those who begin after October 30). 

We need 2 more students ( 1st-8th) to open a new Ceramics class Monday, October 15th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.;  otherwise we will cancel the class. Price $125 for 5 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 as well as learn about the importance of dedication and follow-through.  Instructor: Jana Kenney

Robotics, a tool for learning and sharing

Pictured: Zachary, Camille and Leo.

For the last 2 months, Kindergarten students have counted, added and subtracted by programming little robots called "Beebot". Meanwhile, the 4th graders were learning how to code polygons using "Probot", an advanced version of the "Beebot". In addition to the required Geometry skills, they acquired specific coding knowledge: loops, logic and debugging.

All this work led to a meeting between both classes so they could share their new skills during a cooperative lesson. The older students had to program their Probot to trace different polygons. Then, they asked the younger ones to name the figures in French and English, and to point to the correct word among others on a document. This was indeed a great active pedagogical experience, full of kindness and cooperation to learn better.


All about teeth in Kindergarten

Pictured: Luke and Genevieve.

In Kindergarten, children often begin to lose their baby teeth. For this reason, it is important to teach them why, and how, to take care of their new teeth. Anne-Sophie organized all her class activities around that very important theme. She developed reading, math and science materials revolving around the teeth. It is a great way to link daily classroom activities, and to reinforce retention of the French vocabulary.

Comic books and Civics in 2nd grade
Pictured: Eloi and Farah - Raphaël and Théodore.

Technology in education allows students to work on multiple skills in one lesson. That's what Caroline Dumas' 2nd graders did, using the BookCreator app. Students were able to write, draw and organize what they had learned during their class delegate elections. They could even record their voices to repeat what they had written: a great way to practice oral language and share their work with their parents! Collaboration was also key in this process: many questions were answered by peers on how to create their very own interactive books.


4th graders Field Trip

In history, the fourth graders have been learning about the natives of San Diego, the Kumeyaay. They have learned about their skills, government, trade systems, and their management of natural resources. Today they were able to see and experience life as a Kumeyaay native at Torrey Pines State Park. The park provided docents who took small groups around the reserve to explore the flora and fauna , encouraging students to take on an archaeologist's perspective regarding those who lived here long b efore us.

Joshua Tree National Park - 6th grade overnight trip

On Tuesday October 16, 6th graders departed early in the morning for their annual overnight trip: four days in Joshua Tree National Park, exploring a beautiful and very special environment. They hiked, rock climbed, and discovered the plants and species of the desert.


Solve the Cube : Math club students innovate and discover the 3D printer

Math club students in Middle School just went through their first project of the month: how to create a model and how to code and print a 3D Puzzle. 
Working in small groups of 4, students are learning how to use the "Tinkercad" software, and model the different puzzle pieces that will be used to build a 3X3 or 4X4 cube. The 3D printer located in the innovation lab will be used to print out the pieces.
Students rely on an array of skills to complete the task: being able to model in space, as well as being extremely precise, organized and logical.

The result will be exhibited on Pi Day!


Broadcast Journalism

Work is in progress for the broadcast journalism editorial team: students have been working on the principles of journalism since the beginning of the year. They are now fully knowledgeable about what a journalist does, how he/she collects information and make decisions. They are now starting another step of the design process with the writing of news. This is meticulous work that requires reflection and teamwork, and builds the ability to express oneself. Our Chief Editor has led her team well so that everyone has had a voice. The students will soon go behind and in front of the camera and record their first broadcast.

Patience, we will enjoy their first edition of the school year in a few weeks!


Girls place 1st, Boys 3rd, at Cross-Country Championships

The IMSL Cross-Country Championship meet took place at San Dieguito Park this past Monday. Over 50 runners, from 8 middle schools,  competed in a technical 2 mile course through the park. The girls team entered the finals tied neck and neck with Encinitas Country Day. The girls raced hard with determination, out running ECD and securing the 1st place team trophy for SDFAS! The team was led by Talhia Zadeyan (2nd place overall/silver medalist), Emi Ayala-Sekiguchi (3rd place overall/bronze medalist), Julie Bavilly, Emeraude Westlake and Lisa Abtmayr. 

The SDFAS boys had a strong presence all season and placed 3rd overall as a team at the finals. Up and coming 6th grader, Noe Pegulu, finished 1st for SDFAS (5th division/11th overall), followed by Gregoire Agnus (12th overall), and Virgil Dempsey (13th overall). 

Congratulations to all the runners and to Ms. Seidel for an exceptional season!



Congratulations to the girls volleyball team  for their accomplishments this season, defeating The Rhoades School (V/JV), Encinitas Country Day (V/JV), Nelson Middle Years (JV) and The Cambridge School (JV).

The young team included (6th graders) Anabel Fournier, Lisa Abtmayr, Capucine Shapiro, Lisa Benshlush, Stella Lee, (7th graders) Angelina Allen, Sophie Diamond, (8th graders) Lily Baglin Bunod, and Jade Messaoudi.

- November 9: Ciné Club #3 at 7pm
- November 12:
OPEN-HOUSE 8:45 am - 11 am
- November 13 - 16: 7th grade trip to Pali Institute
- November 21: Thanksgiving Lunch / Minimum Day 
- November 22 - 25: THANKSGIVING BREAK 
- November 27: French singer Armelle Yons 7:30 pm - 9 pm in the auditorium.
- November 30: Report Cards for 1st - 8th
- December 2: La Jolla Xmas Parade