Echo Info #2

Dear Families, 

The first week went smoothly on campus! We are proud of how the students K-6 are adapting to the new safety guidelines. Big kudos to our distance learners who are working hard from home! 

The Middle School team and the SDFAS faculty and staff are pleased to formally announce the return to campus for all interested 7th and 8th grade students on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 !


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 for Grades 1-8 and to Babeth Esterly at besterly@sdfrenchschool.org for PK-K.


Magnus Health Screening App **URGENT Action Needed!**

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.


Drop-off and Pick-up Protocols

Update for Grades 3-8 pick-up: In order for traffic to be more fluid, we encourage parents to pick up their child without exiting their car. On Tuesday, we will give parents a sign with their child’s name and grade. Please display the sign on your car dashboard during pick-up to be visible to the staff. 

Map, Schedules, and Videos explaining Drop-off


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

 


Preschool

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

Important Information

  • PK0 – In English this week we have been learning to clean up our toys and bring our bodies to the rug ready for English circle time! We have enjoyed learning lots of new songs including our welcome songs in English and French, Three Little Monkeys, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Frère Jacques with bells.  We love moving our bodies to the music and are learning to clap our hands! 
  • PK1 – This week we have been reading lots of stories about coming back to preschool to ease our separation anxieties and have been reminding ourselves that our parents always return to take us home at the end of the day!  We thought about our favorite activities and shared our ideas with our friends.  We have been learning new songs and dances for five little monkeys and these are my glasses and have enjoyed moving our bodies to the music.  
  • PK2 – In English this week we have been reading lots of stories about coming back to preschool.  We also read the story ‘It’s Okay To Be Different’ by Todd Parr.  We started to think about our own differences and what makes us unique and special.  We talked about our different attributes and completed our own self portraits.  We enjoyed sharing our masterpieces with our friends and learnt that being different is okay!

PK Drop-off and Pick-up Protocols

Preschool Sign in Procedure with Procare App

Girard Gourmet: Girard Gourmet is offering individual boxed meals and stays committed to providing variety and quality food. Please contact them directly. As vendors are not allowed on campus during school hours, Girard Gourmet will not serve food to the students in the lunch area as it was done before. 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. September Menu Registration


Kindergarten

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

Important Information

In kindergarten this week we’ve been discussing the importance of handwashing and staying safe from germs while learning at school. These discussions will launch our back to school unit where we’ll create our classroom rules together focusing on: doing our best work, showing respect to our learning space and others, and looking and listening to the person who is talking. We’ll continue with a unit on emotions where students learn to identify and begin to regulate the feelings they experience everyday.

K Drop-off Protocols

Girard Gourmet: Girard Gourmet is offering individual boxed meals and stays committed to providing variety and quality food. Please contact them directly. As vendors are not allowed on campus during school hours, Girard Gourmet will not serve food to the students in the lunch area as it was done before. 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. September Menu Registration


Elementary School

For questions about Elementary School, please contact Francis Carlier, fcarlier@sdfrenchschool.org.

Important Information

Spotlight on 1st grade:

Extended Care and After School Activities: As of now, we are not offering extended care, after school activities, study hall, or homework help.

Girard Gourmet: Girard Gourmet is offering individual boxed meals and stays committed to providing variety and quality food. Please contact them directly. As vendors are not allowed on campus during school hours, Girard Gourmet will not serve food to the students in the lunch area as it was done before. 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. September Menu Registration

1st and 2nd Grade Drop-off Protocols

3rd to 5th Grade Drop-off Protocols 


Middle School

For questions about Middle School, please contact Marion Addo, maddo@sdfrenchschool.org.

6th Grade

6th Grade Academic Newsletter #1

Middle School Back to School Webinar – September 8th – 5;30 pm – 6:30 pm

Please watch the following Back to School Videos to get an overview of the 6th grade curriculum before joining the Middle School faculty for a Back to School Night Q&A. 

Middle School Drop-off Protocols 

Distance Learning: The DL schedules with zoom links have been sent to the students’ email address and added to the Advisory’s Google Classroom.

Extended Care and After School Activities: As of now, we are not offering extended care, after school activities, study hall, or homework help.

Girard Gourmet: Girard Gourmet is offering individual boxed meals and stays committed to providing variety and quality food. Please contact them directly. As vendors are not allowed on campus during school hours, Girard Gourmet will not serve food to the students in the lunch area as it was done before. 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. September Menu Registration

7th Grade

7th Grade Academic Newsletter

Return on campus after Labor Day Tuesday, September 8th: If you have not already submitted the following survey, please take a few minutes to do so, as we need to know how many students will come back on campus for in-person learning and how many will stay home for distance learning. Let us know if you changed your mind.

**URGENT Action Needed!** –  7th and 8th Grade Survey

Middle School Back to School Webinar – September 8th – 5;30 pm – 6:30 pm

Please watch the following Back to School Videos to get an overview of the 7th grade curriculum before joining the Middle School faculty for a Back to School Night Q&A. 

Middle School Drop-off Protocols 

Distance Learning: The DL schedules with zoom links have been sent to the students’ email address and added to the Advisory’s Google Classroom.

Extended Care and After School Activities: As of now, we are not offering extended care, after school activities, study hall, or homework help for elementary and middle school students.

Girard Gourmet: Girard Gourmet is offering individual boxed meals and stays committed to providing variety and quality food. Please contact them directly. As vendors are not allowed on campus during school hours, Girard Gourmet will not serve food to the students in the lunch area as it was done before. 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. September Menu Registration

8th Grade

8th Grade Academic Newsletter

Return on campus after Labor Day Tuesday, September 8th: If you have not already submitted the following survey, please take a few minutes to do so, as we need to know how many students will come back on campus for in-person learning and how many will stay home for distance learning. Let us know if you changed your mind.

**URGENT Action Needed!** –  7th and 8th Grade Survey

Middle School Back to School Webinar – September 8th – 5;30 pm -6:30 pm

Please watch the following Back to School Videos to get an overview of the 8th grade curriculum before joining the Middle School faculty for a Back to School Night Q&A.

Middle School Drop-off Protocols 

Distance Learning: The DL schedules with zoom links have been sent to the students’ email address and added to the Advisory’s Google Classroom.

Extended Care and After School Activities: As of now, we are not offering extended care, after school activities, study hall, or homework help for elementary and middle school students.

Girard Gourmet: Girard Gourmet is offering individual boxed meals and stays committed to providing variety and quality food. Please contact them directly. As vendors are not allowed on campus during school hours, Girard Gourmet will not serve food to the students in the lunch area as it was done before. 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. September Menu Registration

SEL


High School Placement

HS Placement Counselor


Upcoming Events

We encourage you to subscribe to the events calendar, so you can get automatic reminders.

Back-to-School Events

Labor Day

Monday, September 7th 

  • No School

Spirit Day

Friday, September 11th 

  • Show your stingray pride by wearing one of your SDFAS PE t-shirts, SDFAS team uniform, or red polo! Add a stingray pin or hair accessory!
  • Spirit day will take place on the second Friday of every month. Be on the lookout for fun themes every month!

Virtual Back-to-School Nights

September 8th – 14th – 5:30pm to 6:30pm 

  • Middle School: September 8th
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades: September 9th
  • 4th and 5th Grades: September 10th
  • Preschool and Kindergarten: September 14th

Individual and Class Pictures K-8

September 23rd and 24th

  • These dates are scheduled tentatively.


School Calendar

2020-21 Calendar


Yearbook 2019-2020

Update

The printing and delivery of the 2019 -2020 Yearbook was 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, aericson@sdfrenchschool.org, with any questions.  Thank you for your patience.  


Les bourses scolaires françaises

Date limite de réception de dossier pour la 2ème commission des bourses françaises

19 Septembre 2020 


SDFAS Apparel

Order Required Red Polo and Navy Blue T-Shirt

There is no school uniform; 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.  

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


Library

French Literature Subscriptions

The school offers two main resources for parents to acquire French reading material for their children : Ecole des loisirs, a book subscription for the school year, and Bayard-Milan, a variety of magazine subscriptions. 
Parents can also buy US books from Scholastic USA and French books from Scholastic Canada.
Anne Ricart, our librarian will have paper catalogs soon for students to take home, but in the meantime, here are the links to the online info.


In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI) 

Videos


Emergency Contact Information & Medical Forms

If you have not already, please complete the documents by August 27th.

Preschool and Kindergarten Students

Please email completed documents to Babeth Esterly, besterly@sdfrenchschool.org by August 27th.

Emergency and Pick up Contacts

To update Emergency Contacts and Pick-up contacts, you may do so via 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.

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

Contact Babeth Esterly, besterly@sdfrenchschool.org if you have questions.

Grades 1 through 8

Please email the completed documents to Stéphanie Humbert shumbert@sdfrenchschool.org by August 27th.

Emergency and Pick up Contacts

To update Emergency Contacts and Pick-up contacts, you may do so via 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.

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 

Contact Stéphanie Humbert shumbert@sdfrenchschool.org if you have questions.


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.

🖍️ Preschool and Kindergarten School Supplies 20/21

🖍️Elementary School Supplies 20/21

💻Middle School Supplies 20/21

If you order supplies online, consider supporting the school by using Amazon Smile and Mabel’s Labels (San Diego French-American School (La Jolla)) if you want to purchase name tags to label your child’s belongings! 


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