Echo Info #21 – February 7

Dear SDFAS Families,

We are preparing for the Book Fair next week. See you there!

We have news about the city’s Soledad Mountain Road Pump Station project. More information here. 


Thank you to all families who have already completed the re-enrollment process. This fun student video will help get us all in the mood to re-enroll. Presenting… Go to FACTs!

Financial Assistance Application via SSS
  • March 30th – Deadline to upload required documentation in SSS for Financial Aid Applications. Funds will be allocated on a rolling basis as we receive completed applications.
Bourses Scolaires 2020-2021 – French Citizens Only – French Government Scholarship Applications 
  • 21 février 2020 – Date limite de dépôt des dossiers.
  • Click here for complete information about Bourses Scolaires.
  • Il est impératif que toutes les familles faisant une demande de bourses françaises auprès du consulat français de Los Angeles prennent rendez-vous et partage leur dossier avec Emmanuel Poulain, DFO,

Upcoming Events

Calendar 2020-2021

Book Fair
  • February 10th to February 13th
  • Cultivate your family’s love of reading by stocking up on new books in French and English. The fair will begin Monday and take place before and after school each day. Proceeds fund our school and class libraries.
  • We still need volunteers to help out during the morning shifts: Book Fair Volunteers.
No ASA during Parent-Teacher conferences
  • February 10th – 14th
  • No after-school activities during conferences due to limited classroom space (unless otherwise notified by Valérie).
Spirit Day
  • February 14th
  • Wear your SDFAS apparel to participate in the Valentine’s Day spirit theme: “Wear your heart on your sleeve!”
Ciné Club 
February Break – Minimum Day
  • February 14th 
  • For child care, sign up here  by February 9th.
February Break
  • February 17th – February 21st
  • School not in session.
February Break Camp
  • February 17th – February 21st
  • SDFAS is offering a vacation camp for PK0-8th grade from 8:30 am to 4 pm or 5 pm.
    Deadline to register: February 7th ($50 late registration fee applies after February 8th).
    During the vacation breaks there is no bus transportation and no lunch with Girard Gourmet.
  • Sign up for camp by February 7th 
Mardi Gras
  • February 25th
  • Wear purple, gold and green.
Coral Bleaching Awareness Day – LIVE Club
  • February 28th
  • Wear white and gray.
Yearbook 2019 – 2020

Gala – March 21st, 2020

Buy your Gala Tickets Now!
Click to Buy your tickets online or stop by the development office for more information.
Congratulations to the Dayno-Sedloff Family for winning the early-bird ticket purchase lottery! They will enjoy a fabulous bottle of wine compliments of the Gala team…

Volunteers Needed on March 21st
Are you interested in volunteering in either the morning or evening of the Gala? Sign up to be an active participant in this spectacular SDFAS party benefitting our students. The need? Assisting with the setup and/or recording of the Gala’s live auction… Please contact Logistics Chair, Anne-Emilie Gold at or Véronique Rahmati at

Bakers Needed
We are looking for bakers interested in preparing a dessert to be auctioned off at the Gala. To sign up and for questions, please contact Dessert Auction Chair, Michelle Landin, at or Véronique Rahmati at

Community Association

Camping with SDFAS
  • April 3rd – 5th 
  • Reserve your place.
  • Bring your backpacks, tents, pads and sleeping bags.  We will take care of the food. Plan to hike and enjoy nature with SDFAS friends!
  • Act fast, we only have 23 spaces left!

If you have questions contact Sarah Le Boyer 



We would like to remind you of the school protocol regarding tardiness from the Parent-Student Handbook (p.31).

Mardi Gras
  • February 25th – 9 am
  • Wear purple, gold and green.
  • Preschool and Kindergarten parade and festive snack.
    • Parents are welcome to stay for the parade and leave before the snack.
All PK Parents – Sign In/ Sign Out Permission
  • Due to new regulations, if ever a student is present at school and not signed in or signed out, we now need parent permission for SDFAS staff to sign children in & out of school.
  • Permission Slip 

Contact Babeth Esterly, Administrative Director of the Pre-Elementary School, or Sophie Ricouard, Director of the Pre-Elementary School with questions.

Elementary School

2nd Grade Speaker
  • February 11th
  • As part of our current social studies unit, Frédéric Fournier will highlight the evolution of transportation from the time of our great-grandparents to the present day.
3rd Grade – Field trip to the Birch Aquarium
  • February 13th 
  • FISH DIVERSITY connects with our bilingual research project “Animal Adaptations”: Through hands-on exploration of bio facts and specimens, students will develop an understanding of the roles that adaptations in body shape, coloration, and teeth play in enabling fish to survive in diverse habitats.
3rd and 6th Grade Timeline Presentation  
  • February 14th
  • Parents are invited for the presentation of this collaborative and interdisciplinary History, Geography & Math Timeline Project.
3rd Grade Forum
  • February 27th – Auditorium
  • Parents are invited!
3rd Grade Yoga
  • February 28th 
  • Students will enjoy a 45-minute Yoga class with a professional instructor in the auditorium.

Parent Teacher Conferences

February 10th – 14th

FLE avec Catherine Newnam
ESL avec Amelia McCurdy
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade  
  • Each 15-minute conference will be with both teachers present.
  • PTC Sign up – 3rd Grade – 2nd Trimester
  • Note: For families that have more than one child in 3rd grade, kindly reserve two slots to ensure sufficient time.
4th Grade
5th Grade
5th Grade Star Party
  • February 25th – 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm – Blacktop
  • Student attendance is required at least until 6:15 pm, as this activity is part of our unit on the Universe. An exciting opportunity to interact with astronomers…
  • Reminder: The 5th Grade Star Party is a “students-only” experience.

Middle School

Coast to Coast
  • February 9th – 12th 
  • SDFAS participants will travel to Rhode Island for Phase 2 of the Coast-to-Coast program, to stay in the families of their FASRI partners, do field work and advance research and analysis in this innovative interdisciplinary, cross-age, cross-country “Ocean Uses” project.
  • Ms. Bertrand et Mr. Erickson will be absent from SDFAS, returning Thursday, as they are chaperoning the Coast-to-Coast experience.
6th and 3rd Grade Timeline Presentation  
  • February 14th
  • Parents are invited for the presentation of this collaborative and interdisciplinary History, Geography & Math Timeline Project.
8th Grade – Aerial Revolution Field Trip
Middle School Valentine’s Day Activities
  • February 13th and 14th
  • “Wear your heart on your sleeve!” – MS students will write cards and enjoy a “photo booth” opportunity on Valentine’s Day.

Parent Teacher Conferences – 6th to 8th grade

February 13th -14th

  • Sign up below:
  • February 13th – 1-6pm 
  • February 14th – 1-4pm 
  • Because Ms. Julie Ducloux will be away at an French School network professional development workshop during parent/teacher conferences, she is not listed on the sign-up lists. Parents are welcome to contact Ms. Ducloux directly,, to schedule an appointment with her.
Support our Haitian Penpals – School Supply Drive
  • February 24th – 28th 
  • 7th and 8th grade students have been writing and supporting Project Edeline in Haiti for 3 years. This year, our annual drive is looking for:
    • Slightly used backpacks
    • All school supplies
    • French books for children
    • Medical supplies; first aid, over the counter meds, children’s vitamins
    • Sports equipment and gear
    • Used shoes in good condition for children
    • Used clothing in good condition for children
Middle Schoolers invited to 5th Grade Star Party
  • February 25th – 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm – Blacktop
  • Optional: The Middle School students are invited to join the 5th graders at 6:15 pm to enjoy a wonderful time gazing at the stars.
  • Reminder: This is a “student-only” event…
8th Grade Cap and Gown Pictures
  • March 19th – 9:30am
  • Cap and gown individual and group pictures.
MS Academic Newsletters

November and December

Contact our Director of Middle School, Micheline Ghattas with questions regarding Middle School.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Resources for Parents:

SEL in homes and communities

This video explains what Social Emotional Learning is from a parent’s point of view, why it is important for schools to include SEL programs to support student well-being and academic growth, and how SEL can build bridges between school and home. We included as a resource when we were researching SEL programs, before ultimately choosing Responsive Classroom. CASEL defines SEL as the process by which children and adults:
  • Understand and manage emotions
  • Set and achieve positive goals
  • Feel and show empathy for others
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships
  • Make responsible decisions

The Greater Good Science Center Parenting Videos:  Greater Good Parenting Series

Responsive Classroom Core Belief: 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; as well as a set of academic competencies – academic mindset, perseverance, learning strategies, and academic behaviors. For more information, go to the Responsive Classroom Website.

Common Sense Media will help you decide if a movie, book, app, game is right for your family. This site provides reviews for what kids want to watch (before they watch it). Trusted ratings created with families in mind…

Contact Erin Stoller, with questions regarding Responsive Classroom, our newly adopted school-wide SEL approach to shaping culture and climate at SDFAS through mindful communication (how we talk to each other); interactive learning structures (knowing that great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction); positive discipline; modeling; connecting with our students and partnering with our families to build trust and a sense of belonging; cultivating in every way we can a safe, joyful, and inclusive school environment.

Enrichment  Program

ASA 2nd session 
Summer Camp “Le Tour du Monde édition 2020″
  • Register before April 30th to get the early bird discount. 
  • Click here  to register.
  • This year our summer camp is open to 2-year olds! 2-year old campers DO NOT need to be potty trained to attend…
  • We are also offering an intensive French-as-a-second language camp for teenage learners. Spread the word!
Extended Care contacts
  • Pre-elementary Grades: (858) 717-5189
  • Kindergarten through Grade 8: (858) 405-9378

Please contact our Director of Enrichment Programs, Valerie Asensio at with questions.

High School Placement, from Erin Stoller

Especially for 8th Grade Families:
  • If you already know you will be attending your neighborhood public high school next year, it is just about time to make an appointment to enroll, register, and choose classes. Schools typically start accepting appointments in February. Students are usually assigned to counselors by last name. For La Jolla High School, if it is your neighborhood school, please click here for more information.
  • To enroll at Mission Bay High School, if it is your neighborhood school, please contact Ms. Gloria Fernandez (See next bullet point below for Choice Application information.)
  • For SDUSD Choice Applications: Decisions may be received as early as mid-February and as late as August. Please let me know if you have any news! Once you receive notification: 1- accept or decline; or, 2- make your appointment to enroll.
  • For private high school applications: Admission decisions will be sent to applicants on Friday, March 13. Please keep me posted about your results!
  • For all high schools: when you know where you are going, make your appointment to enroll and choose classes. This will be a different process at each school. Some schools will require placement tests, others will not.

High School Placement Documents

For questions about High School Placement please contact Erin Stoller,

Sports League

Sports Calendar

Please contact Diesa Seidel with questions.


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