Echo Info #22 – February 14th

Dear Families,

We wish each of you a restful and fun February break! 

Enjoy the Talent Show 2020 video. Congratulations to all of our talented students! 


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

Ciné Club 
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 students from 8:30 am to 4 pm or 5 pm.
  • During the vacation breaks, there is no bus transportation and no lunch with Girard Gourmet.
  • Sign up for camp 
Mardi Gras
  • February 25th
  • Wear purple, gold, and green.
Coral Bleaching Awareness Day – LIVE Club
  • February 28th
  • Wear white and gray.
Ciné Club 
  • March 6th – 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Film to be confirmed.
  • Contact Olivier Pasco,, and Amelie Catheline, with questions.
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.

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 year’s spectacular SDFAS party benefitting our students. How is your help needed? 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 

Event Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer for one of our upcoming events, please sign up here.

Sarah Le Boyer,



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

Mardi Gras
PK2 – Sculpture Workshop
  • February 28th – 8:45 am to 11:30 am
  • For the past few weeks, we have hosted sculptures in our classes. Jon Koelher, the artist, will come to the school auditorium to present a short movie of himself in action, in his shop. Following this, he will answer the students’ questions. In the second part of the visit, each class will have time to create a sculpture “à la manière de” Jon Koehler. The teachers will be in charge of these activities. Jon will look at the children’s work, give advice, and help with creating a sense of movement in each work of art. 
  • Permission Slips: PK2 A – Stephanie     PK2 B – Alexandra    PK2 C – Cindy
PK2 – Mini Forum
  • March 4th – 9 am 
  • Parents are invited to come see the students’ sculptures “à la manière de” Jon Koehler.
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

1st Grade – 100 Days of School
  • February 25th
  • First grade will be celebrating the 100th day of school. The students will be bringing in their own collection of 100 items, and we will combine the two classes in the morning to do activities all relating to the number 100. We are also going to make the number 100 using our bodies.
3rd Grade Forum
  • February 27th – 8:30 am – Auditorium
  • Our forum focuses on the Responsive Classroom approach.
  • Parents invited!
3rd Grade Yoga
  • February 28th 
  • Students will enjoy a 45-minute yoga class with a professional instructor in the auditorium.
5th Grade Star Party
  • February 25th – 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm – Blacktop
  • Student attendance is required 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.
5th Grade Forum
  • March 5th – 8:30 am – Auditorium
  • Students will present their collaborative math projects in which they used geometry and modeling skills to design and create “vehicles of the future.”
  • Parents invited!

Middle School 

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 three 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 to 7:30 pm – Blacktop
  • Optional: The Middle School students are invited to join the 5th graders (not before 6:15 pm) to enjoy a wonderful time gazing at the stars.
  • Reminder: This is a “students-only” experience.
3rd Trimester Middle School Electives Begin
  • February 25th and 27th 
Mrs. Ghattas Absent from:
  • February 26th to February 29th
  • Mme Ghattas will be off campus and in Philadelphia representing SDFAS at the NAIS Conference. 
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: 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. They also need to learn 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, or 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, you must:  1- accept or decline and  2- if you accept, 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.


FACTs SIS:       
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