Echo Info #19

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While meteorological forecasting is notably difficult at the top of La Jolla, we do note some forecasts for heavy rain next week. We would be remiss if we did not remind our families that, in case of heavy weather on campus, students might need to remain indoors more than usual. We will make every effort to give each student opportunities to get out into the fresh air. We advise you to equip your children with rain boots and waterproof coats with hoods. Please note that the afternoon pick-up might be affected and slower than normal. 

A quick reminder about arrival and departure times

3rd, 4th, and 5th grades: classes start at 8:15 am
1st and 2nd grades: classes start at 8:45 am

When the middle schoolers are not on campus, the dirt parking lot gate is closed after 8:15 am. If your child arrives late, please use the main school entrance. In the afternoon, the dirt parking lot gate closes at 3:15 pm.

Safety Reminder

Please be extra cautious when entering the dirt parking lot by car (speed limit: 5 mph).
The children under parents’ supervision should avoid running on the dirt parking lot, as cars are regularly parking and leaving.

Upcoming Events by dates

Monday, January 25th – Tuesday, January 26th
COVID-19 Screening
Tuesday, January 26th at 4:15 pm
School Council #2 (virtual event)
Wednesday, January 27th at 5:30 pm
State of the School (virtual event)
Thursday, January 28th at 12:00 pm
Room Parents Meeting (virtual event)
Thursday, January 28th at 5:30 pm
Cognitive Development in Bilingual Children, A presentation by Ellen Bialystok (virtual event)
Sunday, January 31st at 2 pm
Why boost your immune system and why? (virtual event)
February 3, 4 & 5th starting at 8:30 am
PK0-PK1-PK2 Pictures by Alexandra Borbolla
Saturday, February 6th at 2 pm
À Table Series – Savory and Sweet Crêpes Workshop (virtual event)
February 8th – February 21st
Book Fair
Friday, February 19th
Minimum Day
Monday, February 22nd – Friday, February 26th
February Break – Camp for PK and Kindergarten
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 (by the auditorium)– 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.


On January 29th, following the State of the School Address, the school will send a communication to all current families to share the calendar and the tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 school year. The enrollment contracts will then be accessible in the Family Portal in FACTS for online submission.

Deadline for priority enrollment: February 19th, 2021.

Past the February 19th deadline, a $250 late fee will apply.

Contact Isabelle Gilet, if you have questions.

Financial Aid for 2021-2022 (deadlines coming soon)

1) Financial Aid Allocated by SDFAS (deadline February 1st) SDFAS offers tuition assistance to qualified applicants based entirely on demonstrated financial need. Make sure to submit your application before February 1st, 2021. You will be able to upload your tax return or other supporting documents later. More Information: Financial Aid.
2 ) Bourses scolaires françaises pour l’année scolaire 21-22: (deadline February 19th) The French government awards scholarships to French nationals, three years and older, who demonstrate financial need. The timeline for 2021-2022 has now been published on the consulate website. More Information: Financial Aid.
Message from Emmanuel Poulain:
Comme annoncé dans notre communication hebdomadaire (Echo Info # 17 du 8 janvier 2021 – echo-info-17), la campagne des bourses scolaires 2021-2022 est ouverte à compter de demain 15 janvier avec une date limite de dépôt des dossiers fixée au 19 février 2021. Comme chaque année, nous sommes prêts à vous soutenir dans votre démarche. Il est impératif que nous puissions revoir votre dossier avant sa transmission ou tout au moins disposer d’une copie. Du fait des circonstances particulières liées à la pandémie, je vous propose soit de déposer une copie de votre dossier à l’école à mon attention soit de m’adresser par email le formulaire et les pièces obligatoires. Nous nous efforcerons de revenir vers vous dans les 24 heures de la transmission. Veuillez trouver les formulaires et brochures du Consulat de France à Los Angeles ci-dessous. Elles sont également accessibles sur leur site internet. (bourses-scolaires-2021-2022).
4) Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) for Military/DoD Fee Assistance programs. New! We are now accredited by Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) for Military/DoD Fee Assistance programs.
More Information: Financial Aid.

Contact Isabelle Gilet, for more information.

From the Development Office

SAVE THE DATE! May 15, 2021

2021 GALA – TRUE COLORS The Gala directly benefits our students and faculty. Funds raised help us improve our campus (auditorium, track & field, etc.), preserve the socio-economic diversity of our student body through financial aid, invest in expert educators through professional development, foster innovation through programs and facilities (innovation lab), and much more. We look forward to having you join the Gala Committee on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 26th at 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 16th at 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 23rd at 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 27th at 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 11th at 11 a.m.

Join our first Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 331 052 0338 – Passcode: 6550

For questions, contact Ana Walsh, 2021 Gala Chair at or Véronique Rahmati, Director of Development at

Covid-19 surveillance testing

January 25th and 26th Surveillance Testing Schedule
To register for the screening test program on campus with the Excite lab, please submit the following forms. Once signed, these forms will be valid for all future screening tests. Please note that the new students’ information is submitted to the Excite lab to be registered every Friday. Newly registered students will not be eligible for testing until the NEXT Monday, 10 days later.
(1) Register HERE
(2) Link HERE for the Excite Lab consent form to download, complete and return by email to Marilyn Rakow, our school nurse
(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). 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.

School Council #2 (virtual event)

Tuesday, January 26th at 4:15 pm
School Council – Purpose/Structure/Process
Room Parents’ Contact Information
Share your feedback

Cognitive Development in Bilingual Children by Ellen Bialystok (virtual event)

Thursday, January 28th, 2021 5:30 pm-7 pm
Please join us for a discussion with Ellen Bialystok, Ph.D., one of the world’s foremost authorities on bilingualism. Dr. Bialystok will lead a discussion on the cognitive effects of bilingual education, neural activity in bilingual children, and the effects of bilingualism across the lifespan.

Dr. Bialystok is a world-renowned psychologist who specializes in cognitive and language development in children. She is a professor at York University in Toronto, as well as an associate scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of the Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care. She is currently studying bilingualism from childhood through older adulthood, and the effects of aging on cognitive processes.

This promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking presentation, and we hope you can join us!


Please send questions to Isabelle Gilet,

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

Saturday, February 6th at 2 pm – Les crêpes

Join SDFAS families in the kitchen to make your own Savory and Sweet Crêpes! Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an exclusive taste of French cooking!

“En bonne santé” virtual series

Our community outreach program is expanding to include another series related to health! En Bonne Santé (in Good Health) will consist of a series of zoom events and potential outdoor meet-ups (pending  COVID restrictions) to get our parents and students thinking about and actively pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

Why boost your immune system and how?

January 31st at 2 pm
The first episode of this new series will be dedicated to Why boost your immune system and how? Marie Svet (Elsie Svet, 1st grade) will share her knowledge of essentials oils and their benefits.
1- Overview of the immune system and its defense mechanism
2- Importance of taking care of the immune system in general and especially during this pandemic
3- How to boost your immune system naturally
4- Naturopathy: definition, lifestyle philosophy, and alternative medicines
5- Essential oils: information and misinformation, and safety
6- How to boost your children’s immune system
7- Natural remedies and home remedies that actually work

Let’s Go Hiking

We have decided to postpone the hike at the iconic Torrey Pines State Park to March.
Tired of the pandemic?  Looking to connect with other SDFAS families while enjoying the outdoors and respecting social distance guidelines? Take the family hiking. SDFAS mom, Mony Liquard, is organizing an informal monthly hiking activity as a way to safely get to know other families while leisurely hiking. Each hike will be roughly an hour, and appropriate for all levels.
We hope to see you soon on the trails! We will confirm the first event as soon as the county lighten the restrictions for group gatherings.

We are still looking for volunteers to assist with the community building series. 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!

February Camp for PK and Kindergarten

Monday, February 22nd – Friday, February 26th – Half-days only (until 12:15 pm)
Registration for kindergarten and preschool February vacation camp is now open.
Deadline to register: February 5th.
Students will remain with their current pods and will arrive at school at their regular drop-off time. Limited space is available. A minimum of 3 participants is required for a class to be open during the break.
Half-day price $225 for the first child, and $220 for any additional child.
Please contact Ariel Arsac-Ellison at, if you have any questions about the vacation camps, daycare, 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.
Please contact Ariel Arsac-Ellison for questions related to Girard Gourmet

Preschool – Spotlight on PK1

Elementary School – Spotlight on 3rd Garde B

After mastering addition and subtraction, the students in 3rd grade B (Murielle) learn about multiplication and division. We are using a few different techniques to help them grasp these math concepts and solve word problems. 


Middle School

Music Lessons in Middle School Starting this Monday, MS students will switch to Music lessons during their Art Classes. The lessons provided by the La Jolla Center for World Music will be taught by Ms. Packard. The schedule for each class will be updated with the new Zoom link. NB: 6A DL students will attend the Music class on the last hours of Thursdays so they can continue to attend their DL Art Class with Mrs. Ducloux. For more information, please contact Mme Addo

Black History Month Celebration While diversity and inclusion are a daily, year-long endeavor, the federal government designates certain months to specifically showcase and memorialize the history of certain peoples and communities. Every year since 1976, February is Black History Month.

This month, all students at SDFAS will be offered the opportunity to reflect on the experiences and achievements of Black people around the world. In Middle School, students will be able to attend a book club during which we will discuss a different book by grade level. We may also initiate an analogous film club if students are interested!

The book club is optional and will take place during D.S. time. In addition, each week we will send a set of questions and reflections to discuss at home with your children if you are interested in reading the books with them. To participate, please purchase the book selected for your child’s grade and contact the teacher hosting the book club! For more information, please contact Mme Addo

8th grade: Stamped from the beginning (Young Adult version) by Jason Reynolds/Ibram X. Kendi – Book Club with Ms. Mitchell and Mme Addo
7th grade: Born A Crime (Young Adult Version) by Trevor Noah – Book Club with Mme Addo
6th grade: Ghost by Jason Reynolds – Book Club with Mr. Faure and Mme Toudic

Ambassadeurs en Herbe This year, SDFAS students will have the opportunity to measure their public speaking skills by participating in the Ambassadeurs en Herbe international contest. An email has been sent by Mme Addo to each student with the necessary information. For more information and to participate, please contact Mme Addo

For all other questions relative to the middle school, please contact Tom Faure, Director of the middle school,

High School Placement

Updates from Erin Stoller – January 15th


Lightbox subscription

Our Lightbox 1-year subscription is active now:

All our students, teachers, or parents need to do is click on the link and they’ll have access to all of the Interactive eBooks! The link above offers full, unlimited access to anyone from your school and can be accessed from home, school, or anywhere students, teachers, or parents have a device and internet access.

This account is to be used by our individual school only. Please do not share outside of the SDFAS community.

Book Fair

February 8th – February 21st

You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online. All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.
You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • All orders ship direct to home
  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Stating February 8th, visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:

*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.

My French Film Festival

My French Film Festival 2021 – 11th edition is now open 
From January 15 through February 15, 2021

Online Catalogue

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, 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.

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

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.


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

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

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/Sign out 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 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, login, 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, Marilyn Rakow 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 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! 

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