Thursday June 16, 2016
Today the 6th grade students received their award for the short stories contest in 5th and 6th grade. There was three prizes per class, and two additional students selected and commended for their excellent story.
6th grade winners were joined by the winners of the 5th grade classes for the picture.
More about then contest: In the auditorium, the 5th and 6th graders have two hours to write a short story on a given theme. The 7th graders define criteria and categories and organize a vote for the “best” ones. The contest may be linked with the “semaine de la francophonie.” The main goal is to create an opportunity for older students to read the short stories written by 5th and 6th graders, who can help younger students correct their mistakes and then choose an external jury to select the winners.
On the pictures below, the winners of the contest with Aline Bunod. The “Concours de Nouvelles” was coordinated this year by Aline Bunod and Bertrand Bago.
Many parents, grand-parents, teachers, members of the administration, alumni and friends of SDFAS enjoyed a very moving and joyful celebration yesterday in the auditorium.
This year, 29 students graduate after completing 8th grade. They are with no doubts Multi-lingual, Multi-talented and World Ready!
Congratulations to Class of 2016, all the best in your new school next year!
Enjoy some of the pictures taken yesterday at the graduation!
Thursday June 9, 6th and 7th grade students assembled in the Auditorium to receive their awards for “Le Grand Concours”, a contest organized every year by the American Association of Teachers of French and allowing students to compete in their category. SDFAS students are placed in the advanced French speakers category.
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On the pictures, you will recognize the three groups with Bronze, Silver or Gold medals, and David who won the Platinum media and plaque.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Today, students spent the day enjoying the historical Quebec city, but also went to “les chutes de Montmorency” the waterfalls.
The day has included geocatching in the city center, historical revival of the Independent Council of New France (Conseil souverain de la Nouvelle France), pizza and ice cream party… the hotel is very nice and teachers are proud of the good spirit of the students.
Tomorrow, it’s back to Montreal and San Diego…
Each year, SDFAS students partner with “I Love A Clean San Diego,” San Diego’s most influential advocate for sustainability and environmental education. For the 2nd consecutive year, students adopted Windansea Beach as our targeted annual beach clean-up. The Adopt-A-Beach program is not just about trash. It’s about the need for clean oceans, shorelines, and waterways. It is about Californians acting together to create lasting solutions to marine pollution. The harmful effects of marine debris are severe: negative economic and aesthetic impacts, harm and risk to human health and safety, injury and death to animals through entanglement and ingestion, and habitat destruction.
This afternoon, the 7th grade class worked together to scavenge the shores for non-organic waste, recyclables, and man-made debris. The students did a fantastic job fulfilling their civic duty by cleaning and caring for their local environment.
There was a very rich program today, even ending with a soccer game between Toronto and Montréal, two rival teams, very much like OM and PSG in France…
In the morning, due to a strike of the Science Center, Mme Denis had organized the visit of the new Planetarium. Very nice presentation of the universe and the northern lights.
The day also included a very nice orientation course in old Montreal, where students had to take leadership roles, and guided the teachers in a competition!
La “Crêperie des Rillettes” was a nice reward for dîner, with “galette complète” and ” beurre au caramel salé”…
Now back at the hotel, the students are preparing their bag as tomorrow they leave for Quebec city.
I add more pictures taken yesterday during the Kayak adventure!
Meeting with Nicolas and Liette in the Laurentides and students getting ready to embark…
It was a beautiful day today for the group as, against all odds, no rain disturbed the plan, but sunshine helped for the kayak trip!
The day has been full of fulfilling experience and friendship: kayak and cycling in the Laurentides, joined by former SDFAS student Nicolas Leblanc, shopping in old Montreal (a moment students had been waiting for), pizza diner with another long time friend, Christopher who was in Kinder with some students and was still in touch!
The group went to see the documentary “Demain”, a big success in France for a film in that category:
According to the chaperons, students enjoy the trip very much so far and become more independent and responsible every day!
The students have really enjoyed their first day!
This morning, they visited Montréal during three hours, and the tour included Mont Royal. The weather was nice and the group even enjoyed lunch outside. Then they went to Radio Canada to see the studios and record a program (A video will come later).
They still had energy to spend on a laser tag game later in the day, before tasting the famous Poutine, a typical dish in Montreal.
Tomorrow, the kayak trip will depend on the weather forecast…
Slide show (it may take some time to load):