Newsletter Issue No 16
June 6, 2019 
In This Issue
8th grade graduation
Elementary Show
Pre-Elementary Show

Quick Links


Girard Gourmet Lunches

Access to Grades
Ask Stéphanie for login info

The School Council met on May 13.

Minutes are now available online.


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)

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:

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.


Give your child the gift of a safe, fun and educational TV program in French and contribute to raising funds for our school! We are partnering with the premier source for French TV programming in the United States, TV5MONDE USA. This TV network is composed of 6 channels, all available to watch live and on demand instantly. SDFAS families will particularly appreciate TiVi5, the only 24/7 French language children's network delivering cartoons, educational shows, animations and teen series - 100% commercial-free. 
For each family that subscribes to the annual package (only $10/month), the school will receive a donation of $100 from TV5MONDE.
To sign up for great content en français that will entertain the whole family, Click HERE (make sure you access through this link only and then sign up so your annual subscription is trackable and the school receives the donation!). 

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Fête de la musique

Fête de la Musique 2019 - Anne Laure
Fête de la Musique 2019 - Anne Laure

May 29, was presenting on May 29 the fifth edition of the music festival  "  La fête de la musique". This was a very successful, high professional community event. Our school shined thanks to the amazing musical talent of our students, faculty, staff and parents. There were a total of 26 performances where  n otes, voices, musical instruments were encouraged and applauded. 
>> More video to the Facebook San Diego French-American School

Thank you to all the participants, the public and to Claire Selva and Anne Ferton who organized this show!
Kindergarten graduation

Graduation Kinder 2019

Our Kindergartners graduated from preschool last Friday, earning their diplomas to enter Elementary School! We are so proud of our children, not only for learning to read and write but most of all for growing into loving and empathetic beings. We are happy to know they have gained the emotional stability, the confidence, and the educational tools they will need to keep growing next year. Congratulations, Kindergartners! We have no doubt that you will be successful in First grade. We wish you all the best!
The last MS Dance of the school year: Tropical Twist Dance

On May 31, the middle schoolers celebrated the 8th graders with a Tropical Twist Dance. This was the third and last dance of the 2018 / 2019 school year. We applaud and commend the awesome energy and work done by the Student Party Planning Committee (PPC) which was in charge of all festivities in middle school this year. Thank you to all the students of the PPC and special and heartfelt thanks to Mme Addo who kindly lead the group throughout the year!


We have already arrived at the second to last Écho!  Every year I say to myself that time speeds up... 

It has been a pleasure to share all the events that happen at school in your favorite newsletter, "l'Écho", during the year.

I would like to take a moment to thank all the contributers who help make the Écho possible.

For me, a page is turning at the end of the school year.  After 4 years of Echos, I will focus on my future in graphic design and art for and outside the school. 

I will still love seeing you all at school as a Mom.

Thank you for this wonderful experience!  Next year, the format will be different but will still allow you to stay informed.

Enjoy this issue and I wish you a very happy end of the school year.

Audrey Blanchard, Communications Officer

Hello from the Communication Office,
It is with gratitude that we thank Audrey for the vibrant Echo she creates!
As we continue on, we will adjust our strategic approach to communication.  We will strive to send coordinated e-mails and share consistent streamlined communication making what is important to you clear and accessible, so you will be able to, quickly, access the information you need.
Starting in September, families will rely primarily on the  Echo-Info, sent through FACTS-SIS, for each week's upcoming information. This will be sent out on Friday evening each week.
Monthly, by theme, in the   Echo-Magazine, we will highlight the school's mission.  
As usual, you will be able to see pictures of what is happening around the school on social media and teacher blogs.  Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo!
The parent portal will become an essential part of your school life.  Here you will find, report cards, tuition information, the calendar and more.  
We look forward to a great year and great communication with you.
Isabelle Gilet and Sarah Le Boyer

Chers parents,
Déjà l'avant-dernier Écho ! Chaque année je me dis que le temps passe de plus en plus vite... 

C'est un plaisir de vous faire partager tous les évènements, qui ont ou auront lieu, dans l'école à travers votre newsletter favorite "l'Écho", durant cette année. 

J'en profite pour remercier toutes les personnes qui contribuent à la réalisation de chaque Écho. 

Pour moi une page se tourne en cette fin d'année. Après 4 années d'Échos, je vais plus me focaliser sur mon avenir artistique et graphique en dehors de l'école et parfois pour l'école. 

J'aurai toujours le plaisir de vous croiser entant que maman. 

Merci pour cette belle aventure, qui continuera l'an prochain avec quelques petits changements qui vous permettront de toujours rester informés. 

En vous souhaitant une bonne lecture et une heureuse fin d'année scolaire !

Audrey Blanchard, Responsable de Communications

June 13: 8th grade graduation

June 14: Elementary Show at 10:15 AM

June 17: Annual SDFAS FIELD DAY

On MONDAY, JUNE 17th, 1st though 8th graders will participate in our Annual SDFAS FIELD DAY from 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm!
Pictured: 2017-2018 

Field Day is an event filled with friendly competitions, fun games, and silly relay races!
Classes will compete against each other (i.e. 5A vs 5B, 6A vs 6B, etc.), and rotate activities together every 5-10 minutes.
All " A " classes will need to wear a RED t-shirt, and all " B " classes will need to wear a BLUE
t-shirt. Any t-shirt is fine. It does not need to be a school issued t-shirt.
Additionally, ALL STUDENTS MUST BRING A WATER BOTTLE to Field Day. Students will not be allowed to leave the field for water breaks.
Students are expected to come to Field Day with a joyous, playful attitude. Laughter and giggling will be strictly enforced, win OR lose. Points will be given at random to teams having the most fun. Students who fail to comply with these rudimentary expectations will be sent to "Field Day Headquarters" (me) until they are ready to conform with Field Day protocol.
1) Please remind your A (red) and B (blue) classes which color t-shirt to wear - and to bring their water bottles (hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen too!).
2) Please stay with your class on the field during the periods that you normally would be teaching (if you normally have a prep period, you do not need to be with your class).
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are looking for volunteers who are interested to help run Field Day activities.
Qualified volunteers include: parents & relatives, SDFAS alumni, or teachers who have prep on Monday afternoons.
There will be 8-10 activity stations, and we are planning for 2 volunteers to work together at each station. Each grade will rotate to each activity throughout the afternoon. Each activity will take between 5 - 10 minutes to complete. Volunteers will stay at their assigned activity station, and teachers will stay with their classes as they rotate. Volunteers will be in charge of explaining & organizing the activity, saying "ready, set, go", declaring a winner after each round, and informing "Field Day Headquarters" (me @ center field) of the winner.
Volunteers will meet on the field at SDFAS on MONDAY, JUNE 17th at 12:00 noon for debriefing and activity assignments.
If you would like to volunteer for this afternoon of fun and excitement, please contact Diesa Seidel, by Friday, June 14th.
Thank you for helping to make FIELD DAY extra special for all of our students!

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.

Transition between Kindergarten and 1st garde

This past week our kindergartens visited the first-grade classes to start transitioning towards elementary school. The first graders showed the kindergartners around the classroom and taught them what will be new and different about first grade next year. The kindergartners have also now transitioned to the elementary recess in the afternoon. Children have the option to play on the kinder playground or elementary playground until the end of the year!


Robotic in PK0

This year, SDFAS started implementing robotics as early as PK0. As stated in previous articles, robots are a very efficient tool to let children speak. There is no pressure to talk in front of everyone or to have all eyes on them: they just use a robot that follows simple lines and the language follows naturally. Two year old children really enjoy sharing what they are seeing and doing, not only with others, but also by talking to themselves. A great way to work on vocabulary (colors, lines, behavior...)!

Robotics and History

The Fall of the Western Roman Empire is part of the 3rd Grade History curriculum. Students learn about how multiple populations from Asia and Eastern Europe attacked Rome and its structure to define what became the Medieval period. We call this chapter "The Great Invasions". Understanding the power relations in 5th-century Europe can be challenging for 8 years-olds. That's why we used robots and large maps to better visualize this important transition. Using the same Ozobots as in PK0 - the ones that can follow color lines - 3rd graders traced the migrations of the different populations. They used each robot as a different power (Visigoths, Francs, Vandales...), researched the paths they followed and traced them on a large map they had prepared. Another example that we can use Robotics as a tool to create more exciting lessons, to learn more and to be more active!


Field trip to Astrocamp

The 5th graders had their final field trip last week to Astrocamp. In the beautiful town of Idyllwild, students worked on many different science activities. They had fun, they learned, and they made wonderful memories during a unique experience shared with their classmates.

* Overnight Filed Trips are partially funded by the Annual Fund.



On May 29 and 30 the JMUN Club attended the 42nd San Diego Regional Junior Model United Nations conference at the University of San Diego. At the conference, they represented the nations of The United States and Pakistan in various United Nations Committees. They fiercely debated global issues, ranging from international collaborative space exploration to the ethics of deep sea mining. They all, then, had to solve a surprise global crisis, involving a "No Deal," or "Hard" Brexit, catastrophic oil well fires in Qatar, and a potential second war over the Falkland Islands. It was a thoroughly exhausting but incredibly rewarding experience for our students. They were able to collaborate and problem solve with hundreds of other middle and high schoolers from the greater San Diego region. Two SDFAS delegates received commendation in their committees; Adrien Rahmati (7th) in 4th Committee and Emeraude Westlake (7th) in Security Council. One SDFAS student received an Outstanding Research Award; Coralie Schmitz (8th). This is not only a great achievement for these delegates, but it is also a great achievement for our school!

Thank you to Shelby Aseltine who has guided the students this year.

* Local Day Field Trips are fully funded by the Annual Fund


Scripps Institution of Oceanography: 8th grade science field trip

On May 23, the 8th graders visited the world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in La Jolla, with a privileged access to three collections. This field trip was part of a series of 3 carefully crafted events designed to inspire the love of science, which were made possible by Chrysa Mineo and Greg Rouse. After thorough study in science class, the 8th graders interacted, in real time, with a team of researchers embarked on a research boat navigating the Gulf of California. Then, the Head of the Science Department came to school in their classroom, and finally, the 8th graders went to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Pier was even open to them! Thank you Chrysa, Greg, and Ms. Jacoway, for making this possible. It was literally inspiring!


La Troupe Theater Club in French

Pictured: Angelo, Mme Addo, Coralie, Lilou, Richardson and Elodie.

In May 2019, La Troupe performed twice, for the enjoyment of a parent and student public. This year, the small group of students performed a play in French they chose, reaching out to the author: Le goeland des mers. They did a fantastic job in this dramatic and humorous 5 actor "huis-clos" on a deserted island. Congratulations to Elodie, Coralie, Lilou, Angelo and Richardson, for their acting and drama skills that shined on stage! Congratulations and thank you to Mme Addo, who is an experienced, talented and inspiring drama teacher!

Music Program in 6th grade: Brazilian Capoeira

Brazilian Capoeira - 6th grade

The 6th graders discovered Brazilian Capoeira this trimester: they learned the music and the dance moves, and really enjoyed it!

Printemps des Poètes - 5th and 6th graders

You might have enjoyed poetry on the blacktop by the main gate on May 30, 2019! 5th and 6th graders took their poems out of the classroom for you to read. Thank you to all students and their teachers, Ms. Bunod and Ms. Goulet, for bringing words to life in beautiful, funny and inspiring calligrams!

Return all Library items!
Les livres aussi ont besoin de vacances !

Please note that all library books/magazines/textbooks/DVD must be returned by JUNE 14th. Your help locating all library items and returning them in a timely fashion is greatly appreciated. 

Merci de noter que tous les livres/magazines/manuels/DVD appartenant à la bibliothèque doivent être rendus d'ici le 14 JUIN. Votre aide pour le retour de tous les livres, magazines et DVD en temps et en heure est très appréciée.


To follow up on the parent information sessions that Mark and I held this week, we would like to share our power point presentation showing our process this year, which culminated in choosing
Responsive Classroom as the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program that we will be implementing school-wide in the fall. SEL is defined as the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. There are correlations between improved academic outcomes and students' sense of well-being, sense of belonging, social skills, self-awareness, self-regulation, and the ability to manage conflict and obstacles. Students participating in SEL programs also show improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others, and school. (Source:

Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach that focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and SEL.  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. (

As a school, we must teach SEL skills in addition to -- and embedded within -- academic teaching and learning, and we know that teachers and staff need professional development in order to efficiently and effectively incorporate teaching these skills into their classrooms and into our school-wide practices. School-wide training sessions will take place beginning in August. 

We thank you for your support as we embark on this project, which is key to supporting our students' academic and social-emotional well-being and growth -- and integral to our mission to prepare students to become confident, responsible and engaged citizens. 

Mark Rosenblum, Head of School Erin Stoller, SEL Coordinator

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

- June 7: Ciné Club #9 
- June 13: 8th grade graduation 
- June 14: Elementary Show 
- June 14: Return all Library items
- June 14: ASA Musical Theater Production at 6:00 pm
- June 17: Field Day from 12:45 - 3:00 pm
- June 18: Pre-elementary Show
- June 18: Kermesse - Last day of school