Echo Info #16

Winter Show 2020 – I Have a Dream


Upcoming Events

January/February Events

COVID-19 Screening
Monday, January 4th
Testing on one day, Monday, January 4th (see schedule below) for a return on campus for all students on Wednesday, January 6th (with 1 hour and 45 minutes delay if needed). Students will be in distance learning on Monday, January 4th and Tuesday, January 5th. New students will start on January 6th, 2021.
 
La Galette des Rois Virtual Workshop
Saturday, January, 9th at 2 pm
 
Individual and Class K-8 Pictures with Lifetouch
Tuesday, January 12th and Wednesday, January 13th
Make-up day: Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 (no retake this year)
 
SAVE THE DATE 
Bilingualism, A presentation by Ellen Bialystok, Canadian psychologist and professor.
Thursday, January 28th
 
PK0-PK1-PK2 Pictures by Alexandra Borbolla
February 3, 4 & 5th starting at 8:30 am
 
Friday, February 19th (Minimum Day)
 
February Break
Monday, February 22nd – Friday, February 26th – HALF DAYS ONLY (until 12:15 pm)
Camp for PK and Kindergarten (see the registration form in the ASA Program rubric below)
 
Reminder: Minimum Day Pick-up times
PK0 Vesna – 12:00 pm
PK1 Gladys/Emilie/ Cindy – 11:45 am
PK2 Gaelle – 11:30 am
PK2 Stephanie and Pauline – 12:00 pm
Kindergarten – 11:45 am
1st & 2nd grade (main gate) – 12:15 pm
3rd, 4th & 5th grade (dirt parking lot) – 11:45 am
Middle School (dirt parking lot) – 12:15 pm
 
We encourage you to subscribe to the events calendar, so you can get automatic reminders.

Covid-19 surveillance testing on Monday, January 4th

Testing on one day, Monday, January 4th for a return on campus for all students on Wednesday, January 6th (with 1 hour and 45 minutes delay if needed). Students will be in distance learning on Monday, January 4th and Tuesday, January 5th. New students will start on January 6th, 2021.

Mark Rosenblum’s communication (December 18th)

Return-to-Campus Plan on Wednesday, January 6th

Testing Schedule on January 4th

New Students: The School Nurse submits the new students’ information to the Excite Lab every Thursday for them to get registered for the next week. If not testing with us, students have to get tests either at their doctor’s office or at a county site and have a documented negative test prior to joining us for in-person learning.
 
Please make sure to complete the following to be enrolled for testing at school:
(1) Link here to register
(2) Link here for the Excite Lab consent form to download, complete and return by email to nurse@sdfrenchschool.org
(3) Link here to give your consent via a separate Google form if you would like SDFAS staff to do the nasal swab on your child(ren) (instead of you each week). This form is not mandatory. If this form is not submitted, parents need to come each week at the designated date and time and swab their children for the test sample.
Once signed, these forms will be valid for all future screening tests.

“À table” virtual series – A community-building initiative

With 20 participants, the Chocolate Yule Log Workshop was a lot of fun last weekend. Google Photo Album

 

 
 
 
 
On Saturday, January 9th at 2 pm, join your SDFAS family in the kitchen to bake your own Galette des Rois!
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an exclusive taste of French cooking!
Thank you to Gregory Rivalan for accepting to share his recipe for this traditional French dessert with the SDFAS community. We will send you the list of ingredients and required tools ahead of time and you will be able to make your own galette, as Gregory demonstrates all the steps.
Registration Bon appétit!
 
 
We are still looking for volunteers to assist with the zoom meeting series. We are starting with a series of cooking courses highlighting traditional French dishes and customs and will add other themes as the project progresses. Volunteers are needed for each individual episode as well as the logistics of the overall project. Let us know if you are interested in the concept and/or if you would like to volunteer: SDFAS Team Connection!

Extracurricular Activities

February Camp for PK and Kindergarten
Monday, February 22nd – Friday, February 26th – HALF DAYS ONLY (until 12:15 pm)
Registration for February’s winter break camp is now open for grades PK-K!
Half-day price $225 for the first child, and $220 for any additional child.
Space will be limited to 6 students per cohort on a first-come, first-served basis.
Register HERE.
 
Please contact Ariel at aaellison@sdfrenchschool.org, if you have any questions about the vacation camps or after school activities. 

Girard Gourmet

It is time to register for your winter session Girard Gourmet plan! The winter lunch plan starts on January 4th and ends on March 31st. Register here
Holiday cookies are also now available at www.girardgourmetcookies.com!
 
Girard Gourmet welcomes feedback. For suggestions and more information, contact Jesus or Diana at Girard Gourmet, (858) 454-3325, or by email at girardgourmet87@gmail.com.
 
Contact Ariel Arsac-Ellison for questions related to Girard Gourmet aaellison@sdfrenchschool.org.

Library

Le Calendrier de l’Avent de l’École des Loisirs
December 15th-21st
A story every night
 
My French Film Festival 2021 – 11th edition
From January 15 through February 15, 2021
 

Check out books with our new Online Library Catalog-includes a new Guide to how to use the online catalog

 
 
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 library@sdfrenchschool.org, 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.

Linguascope

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: https://www.linguascope.com/
login: sdfas1
password: ocean

For questions related to the library, please contact Anne Ricart, Librarian, library@sdfrenchschool.org.


Preschool

The PK0-PK1-PK2 pictures with Alexandra Borbolla are postponed to February 3, 4 & 5th starting at 8:30 am.

For questions about the preschool, please contact Babeth Esterly, besterly@sdfrenchschool.org, and Sophie Ricouard, sricouard@sdfrenchschool.org.


Elementary School

How to access the report cards in the FACTS Family Portal?

Report cards are available on FACTS Family Portal.

Once you log in to the portal,

Go to Student in the use blue menu on the left,

Click on the arrow on the right to open the drop-down menu,

Scroll down and click on Report Cards.

If you do not have your login and/or password, please contact Stéphanie Humbert at admin@sdfrenchschool.org.

Please, take the time to download and to archive them for future use.

Francis Carlier, Director of the elementary school, fcarlier@sdfrenchschool.org remains available if you have any questions.


Middle School

How to access the report cards in the FACTS Family Portal?

Tom Faure has sent both French and English report cards by email. To access the report cards on FACTS, please follow the following steps:

Log in to the portal: FACTS Family Portal

Go to Student in the use blue menu on the left

Click on the arrow on the right to open the drop-down menu

Scroll down and click on Report Cards.

If you do not have your login and/or password, please contact Stéphanie Humbert at admin@sdfrenchschool.org.

Please download and archive them for future use.

Tom Faure, Director of the middle school, tfaure@sdfrenchschool.org remains available if you have any questions.


High School Placement

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

Updates from Erin Stoller – December 18th


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:

  • Red polo with the SDFAS logo (required for grades PK0 through 5) 
  • 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.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

School Calendar

2020-21 Calendar

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, admissions@sdfrenchschool.org for more information.


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

Parenting Conference by Fusion

Fusion Zoom Webinar recording on Distance Learning Strategies, Learning Differences, School Anxiety, Healthy Relationships in Teenagers, Motivation, Mindful Parenting

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


Acknowledgment 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 shumbert@sdfrenchschool.org.


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 to 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 admin@sdfrenchschool.org 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 nurse@sdfrenchschool.org.

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 service@magnushealthportal.com.

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 Cindy Sierra PK1/PK2 (Cindy)
Natalie Thorpe Gaelle Deriot PK2 (Gaelle)
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! 


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 in late fall and will update the community with specifics as soon as they are available.  Please contact our Yearbook advisor Andrew Ericson, aericson@sdfrenchschool.org, with any questions.  Thank you for your patience.


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