Echo Info #23

 

ECHO INFO – February, 26th 2021


Valentine’s Day Celebration – Hopes and Loves 

 

 

  


SDFAS Community Association celebrates faculty and staff on Valentine’s Day with chouquettes and coffee! Thank you for this sweet treat!

Google Photos Album


Spotlight on Distance Learners in Preschool


Spotlight on 1st graders: 100 jours d’école

Thursday, February 11, 2021, was the 100 day of school. The first graders organized a very special moment for that event. Since the beginning of the school year and every morning, the children count each day of school till 100. They use color sticks in class to represent ones, tenths, and hundreds. A routine the children love and an occasion to plan a beautiful event for the 100 days. This year, the first graders solved 100 math challenges, made collections of 100 objects, and decorated T-shirts for this occasion.

Jeudi 11 février 2021, nous avons célébré en CP notre 100ème jour d’école. Chaque jour, depuis la rentrée, les enfants comptent les jours passés à l’école jusqu’au 100ème jour d’école. Un rituel qui permet d’échanger dix unités contre une dizaine puis dix dizaines contre une centaine, chaque jour étant représenté dans la classe par des bâtonnets de couleurs. Un rituel que tous les élèves adorent et qui donne aussi l’occasion d’organiser une très jolie fête autour du nombre 100. Pour cet événement, nous avons compté en groupe jusqu’à 100, réalisé 100 défis mathématiques, créé des collections de 100 objets et décoré des T-shirts.


The Jerusalema Dance Challenge

The song Jerusalema is full of joie de vivre! Our students spread Peace and Positivity through dance. The challenge was introduced to reflect the difficult time we all travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and as you can see our students are truly amazing. Sylvia Aka, 4th-grade teacher.


Presentative measures keep us healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infection Prevention Tips: Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Marilyn Rakow, RN

Upcoming Events by dates

Tuesday, March 2nd
COVID-19 Screening

PK0-PK1-PK2 Individual and Class Pictures by Alexandra Borbolla, Photographer
  • Wednesday, March 10: PK1 Gladys, PK1/2 Karima, PK2 Stephanie
  • Thursday, March 11th: PK0A Vesna & PK0B Margot
  • Friday, March 12th: PK1 Emilie, PK2 Pauline, PK2 Gaelle

Saturday, March 14th at 3 pm
À Table Community Event: L’Atelier Tiramisu

Calendar 21-22

Calendar 21-22


Tuition and Fees 21-22

Tuition and Fees 21-22


Financial Aid for 2021-2022

Financial Aid Allocated by SDFAS

The deadline to apply was February 1st. Please submit your application as soon as possible, as we are starting to allocate funds. SDFAS offers tuition assistance to qualified applicants based entirely on demonstrated financial need. You will be able to upload your tax return or other supporting documents later. More Information: Financial Aid.

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) for Military/DoD Fee Assistance programs

We are now accredited by Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) for Military/DoD Fee Assistance programs.
More Information: Financial Aid.

Contact Isabelle Gilet, admissions@sdfrenchschool.org for more information.

From the Development Office

2021 GALA – TRUE COLORS – SAVE THE DATE! May 15, 2021

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.

For questions, contact Ana Walsh, 2021 Gala Chair, anaswalsh@aol.com and Véronique Rahmati, Director of Development, development@sdfrenchschool.org

When you shop at smile.amazon.comAmazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to SDFAS. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select San Diego French-American School. Support us when you shop! 


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

Come and join SDFAS Community on Saturday, March 13th at 3 pm for another baking experience. À Table series is traveling to Italy! Bianca Romero and Luigi Pigliacelli will be sharing their family recipe during a live demonstration. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an exclusive taste of Italian cooking! 

Register HERE. We will send you the list of ingredients and the Zoom link during the week prior to the event.


“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. New exciting events coming soon!

Let’s Go Hiking 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. REGISTER HERE. We hope to see you soon on the trails! We will confirm the first event as soon as the county lightens 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!

Science Fair

April 5th and April 7th, 2021

More Info

We are hosting our annual school science fair between April 5 and April 7, 2021. During these days, we will have student display boards set up on campus, and we will also have a virtual science fair for students who wish to share slide presentations about their experiments. Seventh graders will be presenting their projects. Participation for all other grades is optional. Science fair is an opportunity for students to use research and experimentation to explore topics of interest. As such, we invite and encourage all interested students to develop and share a science project. Students who participate will conduct an experiment and gather data in a journal. They will then compile their information into a slide presentation and/or display board. For safety purposes, experiments must be conducted off-campus. As such, parents and guardians are responsible for supervising and procuring materials. We would like students to make their own discoveries, so we encourage them to work as independently as possible. Between the days of 4/5/21 and 4/7/21, SDFAS community members will have the opportunity to look at all submitted projects, either virtually or in person. In addition, students will vote on the projects they found to be most interesting. If you are interested in participating in our annual science fair, please reach out to your student’s homeroom teacher. We will follow up with additional information. Some helpful resources for project ideas and guidelines are sciencebuddies.com and gsdsef.org. If you have questions, please contact Suneeta Cohen, scohen@sdfrenchschool.org.


Middle School

The Middle School Blog is back! Read about our students’ success on the AMC8 and MOEMS math competitions here. Watch this space!

Academic Newsletters from September through February

Math Olympiads

We are pleased to invite all students interested in entering the Math Olympiads (MOEMS) competition to please sign up here. The contest will take place online after school and is open to all students, on-site and DL. We will determine the exact date of the contest based on feedback from interested participants.

For questions related to the middle school, please contact Tom Faure, Director of the middle school, tfaure@sdfrenchschool.org.

High School Placement

Updates from Erin Stoller – February 19th


Library

Lightbox Subscription

Our Lightbox 1-year subscription is active now: https://sub.openlightbox.com/Lbxaccess/Login?tokenId=6ffa8fcb-b993-48a2-9756-00ee4d9f872e

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.

My French Festival

From January 15 through February 15, 2021

Check out books with our new Online Library 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.

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


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

Ellen Bialystok’s presentation: Cognitive Development in Bilingual Children

 
In January, over 100 people attended Ellen Bialystok’s presentation on the cognitive effects of bilingual education, neural activity in bilingual children, and the effects of bilingualism across the lifespan. For those who did not have the chance to join us, Ellen kindly gave us permission to share the recording of the event:
 

State of the School: January 21

Webinar Recording
Webinar Slide Deck

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 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/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 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, 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 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! 


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