Echo Info #10

Have a great weekend! Remember to wear your mask, keep your distance, and wash your hands!

Upcoming Events

November Events

Spirit Day
Friday, November 13th
November Theme: Sock Day – Show your SDFAS pride by wearing crazy socks/accessories!
Spirit day will take place on the second Friday of every month. Be on the lookout for fun themes every month!
Grandparents Day
Wednesday, November 25th
Do not hesitate to reach out to your Room Parent if you have questions regarding this event. Room Parents List
Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 25th (Minimum Day) – Monday, November 30th
We encourage you to subscribe to the events calendar, so you can get automatic reminders.

From the Development Office

Philanthropie is our school’s annual report on giving. It provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge the generosity of our community and illustrate how last year’s fundraising dollars were used. Your support is impactful as you will see by flipping through these pages. We hope that you will be inspired by this outcome, and that you will renew your support to the Annual Fund, this year again by visiting:

Welcome Ariel!

Each week, in this new section, we will present new staff and faculty members or employees who have changed position within the school.

Ariel Arsac-Ellison-Manager of extracurricular programs and Lead Supervisor

I grew up in the Bay Area, California and attended a French-American School from Pre-K through 8th grade. It was at this international school that I grew my love and appreciation for academics. I had the privilege of working with some amazing, passionate teachers, which inspired me to pursue my own career in education. While working on my B.A. in English at San José State University, I worked at the same international school where I spent my formative years. Upon graduating, I started teaching French and Spanish in middle school until I moved down to San Diego. I was thrilled to find another French-American school to call home, and it’s been pleasure working here ever since.

From the Financial Aid Office

School Financial Aid, Bourses Scolaires and CCAoA

SDFAS offers tuition assistance to qualified applicants based entirely on demonstrated financial need. Applications are now available for 2021-2022 on SSS. Don’t miss the deadline!

The French government awards scholarships to French nationals, three years and older, who demonstrate financial need. The timeline for 2021-2022 has not been published yet. We will keep you posted.

New this year! We are now accredited by Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) for Military/DoD Fee Assistance programs.

Contact Isabelle Gilet, for more information.


For questions about Preschool, please contact Babeth Esterly, and Sophie Ricouard,

What have we done this week in Preschool?

PK0:This week we continued working on our “Big Green Monster” theme. We created a giant “Monster Poster” and we also made individual mirror painted monsters. We learned about parts of the face while assembling them. In gross motor skills we explored ribbons.

PK1: We started our new theme THE BODY with our album “La Promenade de Flaubert”. We are focusing on the number 1 in math and we are discovering the lines in patterns. In gross motor skills this month we are crawling and going over obstacles.

PK2: We wrapped up our Halloween theme. We learned the names, shapes and sounds of the “ straight letters” EFHILT. In Art, we did different projects using vertical and horizontal lines.

Drop-off protocol reminder for Preschoolers: Please respect the safety distance with other parents when waiting in line. and drop off your child promptly at the classroom door (without entering in the classroom). Be mindful of parents who may be waiting for their turn. If you feel the need to engage in a longer conversation with the teacher, please make an appointment. Thank you all for your cooperation.


For questions about Kindergarten, please contact Babeth Esterly, and Sophie Ricouard,

What have we done this week in Kindergarten?

We have started to work on our desert theme and have learned a lot about the rattlesnake and the scorpion. We have written our first letters in cursive writing.

Elementary School

For questions about Elementary School, please contact Francis Carlier,

Middle School

For questions about Middle School, please contact Marion Addo, Please refer to Mark Rosenblum’s 28th of October communication for important MS information.

Clubs: Overview and Online Registration

  • MS Club offerings with first sessions to begin the week of November 2 (next week!).
  • Master Schedule for Clubs and Electives showing days and times for all after-school clubs & math electives.
  • Register here – Enrollment for each group is limited and is determined on a first come, first served basis.
  • To sign up for Math Electives please contact Suneeta Cohen,
  • Once the rosters will be finalized, we will send a link for online payment for the fee-associated clubs.

New MS schedules with added period of French across the division

Art for DL students by Zoom

A cross-grade DL Art course online by Zoom by Julie Ducloux has been added as a required offering within the curriculum. The course will begin November 5 (with one virtual session weekly each Thursday at 1.30pm for all DL students during the Directed Studies portion of the third block of the day).

Cell Phone Policy on Campus - Please reinforce at home!

  • Phones stay turned off and out of sight.
  • No usage of phones without prior permission.
  • Act with integrity at all times.

October Academic Newsletters

High School Placement

Please contact Erin Stoller, High School Placement Counselor/SEL Advisor at for questions regarding high school placement.

Message from Erin Stoller, HS Placement Counselor

Meet Erin Stoller here by video.

Letter from Erin Stoller – Update #10 – November 6th

Important dates (see links in the Update Letter)

  • Choice Application Window closing soon November 16th
  • Mission Bay High School Virtual Tour – November 12th at 9 am

    Tracy Borg is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
    Topic: Tour
    Time: Nov 12, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 834 8385 8399


For questions related to the library, please contact Anne Ricart, Librarian,

See below for updates on how to check out books.

Online library catalogue

In order to reserve books for your children, you will need a login and a pin. Send an email including your first and last names as well as your email address to, and Anne Ricart will create them for you.
Once you have made a reservation (click the ‘Reserve’ button under the picture of each book cover), the librarian will be notified. The books will be checked out in your name and you’ll receive an email letting you know when the books will be handed to you (usually at pick up time). 
More information on the library webpage.


Here is a new resource to help your students build up their language skills in French, English, Spanish (and more!) while playing fun progressive games:
login: sdfas1
password: ocean

From Girard Gourmet

November Menu and Registration Girard Gourmet welcomes feedback. For suggestions and more information, contact Jesus or Diana at Girard Gourmet, (858) 454-3325 or by email at

SDFAS Apparel

Order Required Red Polo and Navy Blue T-Shirt and other Spirit Wear

There is no school uniform at SDFAS; however, the school does have a Dress Code, as outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook. For the 2020/21 school year, we are excited to partner, again, with Land’s End, a provider of high-quality school clothing and spirit wear.

  • All Preschool students must wear their red polo during field trips and school events.
  • All students from Grade 1 through 5 must wear a red polo during field trips and school events and a navy-blue T-shirt for Physical Education classes.
  • All students Grade 5 through 8 must wear a navy-blue T-shirt for Physical Education classes.

Here is the Land’s End SDFAS webpage (900190869) where you will order:

  • A red polo with the SDFAS logo (required for grades PK0 through 5) 
  • A navy-blue PE t-shirt with the SDFAS logo (required for grades 1 through 8). The school will reimburse one navy-blue PE t-shirt per child if purchased before September 30th.  Your FACTs tuition account will be credited in October.  

More Info here.

Please remember to label your child’s clothing and personal belongings.


School Calendar

2020-21 Calendar

Digital Citizenship

From Alice Kong, STEAM Coordinator. It is more important than ever to talk to children on a regular basis about online safety and digital citizenship.

Family friendly activities

Social Emotional Learning

Responsive Classroom

Responsive Classroom teachings remind us that in order to be successful in and out of school, students need to learn a set of social and emotional competencies – cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control — and a set of academic competencies – academic mindset, perseverance, learning strategies, and academic behaviors. Overview of the SEL Program at SDFAS

Acknowledgement Form

Return-to-School Documents for Acknowledgement and Signature

All parents with children enrolled at SDFAS for the 2020-2021 school year are required to review and acknowledge with signature the following documents using this ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM:

**URGENT Action Needed!**Click here for the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM to print, complete, sign, scan to pdf and return by email to Stephanie Humbert at

Emergency Contact and Pick Up Authorization Update

How to Update Contact Information and Pick-Up Authorization in FACTS?

  • Go to your Family Portal
  • In the menu on the left: Select the “Family” drop-down
  • Click “Family Home”
  • Within the “Contact Info” click the edit pencil to update “Emergency Contacts” and “Transportation (Pick-up) Contacts”.
  • You may add as many “Transportation (Pick-up) Contacts” as necessary.

Drop-off and Pick-up Protocols

Sign in Procedure in Preschool with Procare App

Drop-off and Pick-up Protocols

Rules for bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles in and around the dirt lot

Elementary School and Middle School Early Pick-Up

We would like to limit the number of visitors in the main office. If you wish to pick up your child earlier than regular dismissal time for a medical appointment or any other purposes, please email Stéphanie Humbert at with the date and time of pick-up. Please also copy the teachers so your child will be ready to go. When you arrive in front of the school, please call the front office and we will escort your child to your car. Thank you for your cooperation!

From the Nurse’s Office

Download Magnus Health Screening App

Consult our Covid-19 webpage at any time to see our most recent updates.

Great news from Magnus! They have heard the recommendations from the community and have updated the Magnus application to now include Face ID/ Touch ID. The best way to take advantage of this update is to update the app in the Apple Store (iphone users) or Google Play Store (Android Users). Once updated, log in, and a pop up window will appear asking if you’d like to enable the Face ID/Touch ID feature. You may need to delete the app and download it again if you do not get the pop up upon logging in. Flu Season is here. Don’t wait to get the flu vaccine. Video from Anna and Mark

**URGENT Action Needed!**For the parents who have not downloaded the Magnus app yet, please do so as soon as possible and make sure that you are filling out this prescreening for your student(s) every morning before dropping them off at school. See instructions below. This helps us to move more efficiently in the morning and will help our students get to class on time. Your patience is appreciated as we continue to navigate through this pandemic together and keep our students on campus.
If you are having trouble with the app please contact the school nurse, Anna Forester at :

Instructions to install Magnus App For the upcoming school year, parents will use the Magnus Health Mobile App to complete a daily COVID-19 screening assessment for each SDFAS student from a smartphone in just a few clicks. This screening will need to be done every morning, at home, no later than 7:30 am, before departure for school. On August 27, 2020, parents will be able to set up a Magnus Health account via FACTS. After activating your Magnus Health account via FACTS you will install the Magnus Health Mobile App on your smartphone.  To log in for the first time please follow the instructions below:

  1. Log into your FACTS account
  2. Go to the Family Portal
  3. Under the “Student Tab” Go to “Medical”
  4. Click on Magnus Login button
  5. Hover over your name within Magnus (top left of screen) and choose Change Credentials
  6. Enter a Username & Password that only you know and will remember. This should be the same username & password you use for FACTS
  7. You will see this phrase daily to remind you to complete your Covid-19 screening.
  8. Download the “Magnus Mobile V2” App from the Apple Store or the Google Play store, and log in using your username & password.

At the completion of this initial process, you will be able to download the Magnus Mobile App for free on your smartphone and log in through the app to complete the screening assessment each morning. If you need additional help, you can always reference the parent tutorial. You will access the screening via the button titled “COVID-19.” We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this daily screening as it will be an imperative function of our safety protocols. Upon completion of the quick survey each morning, you will receive a message for the student’s attendance giving instructions for that day.  If your child arrives at school and the screening has not been completed, we will ask that you complete it before the student exits the vehicle. A parent must be the one to fill this out. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us keep the school operational during this pandemic.  Use of this App will help us create the safest possible environment for your children, our faculty, and staff.  For any technical issues with the mobile app such as login problems, or problems completing the screening please contact customer support at Magnus Health SMR by phone at 877.461.6831 or by email at

Medical Forms

Preschool and K  & Medical Forms

  • PK0 New Student Medical Packet Including: Emergency Information Form, Consent for Emergency Medical Treatment, Child’s Pre-admission Health History – Parents Report, Physicians Report, Notification of Parents’ Rights, Acknowledgment of receipt of the Personal Rights, Parent consent for Administration of Medications, and Medication Chart, A copy of the student’s immunizations, SDFAS Emergency Health Card, SDFAS Aggressive Behaviors and Biting Policy, Parent’s Guide to Immunizations (for parents to keep)
  • PK1 Potty Training Policy PK1 and PK2 New Student Medical Packet Including: Identification & Emergency information, Consent for Emergency Medical Treatment, Childs pre-admission Health History Parent‘s report, Physician Report, Notification of Parents Rights, Acknowledgement of Receipt of Personal Rights, Parent consent for Administration of Medications And Medication Chart, A copy of the student’s immunizations, SDFAS Emergency Health Card, SDFAS Aggressive Behaviors and Biting Policy, SDFAS Potty Training Policy, Parent’s Guide to Immunizations (for parents to keep)
  • Kindergarten New Student Medical Packet Including: A Copy of Student’s Immunizations, Parent consent for Administration of Medications And Medication Chart, Report of medical examination for school entry, SDFAS Emergency Health Card, SDFAS Aggressive Behaviors and Biting Policy, Parent’s Guide to Immunizations (for parent’s to keep)
  • Guide to Immunizations – Physician’s Report – Proof of immunization and vaccines must be on file by the first day of the school year. As required by law, a child will not be allowed to attend school if these records are not on file.
  • Food Allergy Action Plan

K-8  & Medical Forms

  • 1st Grade: A School Entry Health Checkup is required for all incoming 1st graders.
  • 7th Grade: Please be reminded that all incoming 7th graders must have their whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination before school starts.
  • Immunization Records for New Students: Proof of immunization and vaccines must be on file by the first day of the school year. As required by law, a child will not be allowed to attend school if these records are not on file.
  • Food Allergy Action Plan
  • Guide to Immunizations 

Back to School Presentations

Grades Pk0-PK1-PK2

Natalie Thorpe Vesna Hunt PK0 (Vesna)

Natalie Thorpe Emilie Ballivy PK1 (Emilie)

Natalie Thorpe Gladys Guesnard PK1 (Gladys)

Natalie Thorpe Cindy Sierra PK1/PK2 (Cindy)

Natalie Thorpe Gaelle Deriot PK2 (Gaelle)

Natalie Thorpe Pauline Dubeaux PK2 (Pauline)

Natalie Thorpe Stephanie Pinel PK2 (Stephanie)

Alexandra Lette – Distance Learning

Grades K

Parent Webinars by Mark Rosenblum, Headmaster – SDFAS Reopening Overview

Grades 1-5

Middle School

6th Grade
7th Grade 8th Grade

You can find here the general information shared during the Middle School Back to School Night.

MS Parent Webinar by Mark Rosenblum, Headmaster – SDFAS Reopening Overview

School Supplies

School Supplies

SDFAS is happy to partner with School Tool Box, for Grades 1 through 8, a service that allows you to do school supply shopping from home! Students will receive quality, name brand supplies that match their school supply list shipped directly home. Not only that, one meal is donated to Feed My Starving Children for every box ordered. It’s easy, visit School Tool Box, select your child’s grade, remove any items you already have, and purchase the rest. If you order supplies online, consider supporting the school by using Amazon Smile and Mabel’s Labels (San Diego French-American School (La Jolla)) to purchase name tags to label your child’s belongings! 

Individual and Class Pictures

Grades K-8

Individual and Class K-8 Pictures with Lifetouch
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 and Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
Make-up day: Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 (no retake this year)

Grades Pk0-PK1-PK2

PK0, PK1 and PK2 pictures by Alexandra Borbolla
January 11th – January 12th – January 13th

Yearbook 2019-2020

The printing and delivery of the 2019 -2020 Yearbook were delayed due to circumstances related to COVID.  Our publishers’ facilities are operating at a greatly reduced capacity which has significantly impacted their production schedule.  We are in regular communication with them.  We anticipate a delivery late fall and will update the community with specifics as soon as they are available.  Please contact our Yearbook advisor Andrew Ericson,, with any questions.  Thank you for your patience.

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