Echo Info #27



March, 26th 2021


Are you ready to get into the SPIRIT? The event kicks-off this Monday! The fun runs from Monday to Friday with Maternelle and Elementary joining in on Monday and Thursday! A special “thank you” to the Middle School Party Planning Committee for all their great efforts in putting this event together.

Look out for photographs on Instagram @sdfrenchschool, our Facebook page …and in the ECHO of course! 

Spotlight – Spring Break Camp

You’ve got the sun, we’ve got the fun! Spring break and summer camp registrations are now open! $30 off early bird special for all summer camp registrations before May 1st. Click below for full details.

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp registrations are now open! There’s no better place than SDFAS as we offer fun daily activities that will help your child stay active and engaged during the school break.  An excellent alternative for working parents, our vacation camps provide children with additional opportunities for a bilingual school break!

When? 2021 Spring Break camp: April 19th to the 23rd 

How to register?


  • Half-day rate: $275/week for 1st child, $250 for 2nd/3rd child registered
  • Full-day rate: $350/week for 1st child, $315 for 2nd/3rd child registered

Please note

  • Cohorts will maintain their regular school schedule
  • Pre-K classes are limited to 6 students per cohort. Kindergarten classes are limited to 8 students per cohort
  • Space available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • No extended-care during camps

Summer Camp Registrations Also Open


  • Summer camps begin June 21st through July 30th 
  • No camp on July 5th
  • Click here to learn more about our weekly themes


  • $260 half-day rate (5 days); $220 half-day rate (July 6-9)
  • $360 full-day rate (5 days); $320 full-day rate (July 6-9)
  • Discounted rate for early registration until April 30th: $320/week (full days only)
  • Discounted rate for full summer package: $1870/6 weeks (full days); $1520/6 weeks (half days)
  • Half days available for ages 2-5 

Cancellation Policy Cancelation is fully refundable up to June 7th. Cancelations between June 8th-June 14th incur a $50 cancelation fee per child. No refunds after June 14th. Sick days are refunded if a note from the family physician, pediatrician, or primary care doctor is provided. SDFAS reserves the right to combine or cancel camps if a minimum of 6 registered children (per cohort) is not met.

More information? Please contact coordinator Ariel Arsac-Ellison at

Outdoor Movie Night!

Where? Middle school deck area


  • 6th grade: Wednesday, March 31 @ 7 pm
  • 7th grade: Thursday, April 1 @ 7 pm
  • 8th grade: Friday, April 2nd @ 7 pm

(Pick-up time: 9 pm)

What to bring? We will provide snacks and hot cocoa as well as seating but feel free to bring your own outdoor chairs. Warm clothes and/or blankets are recommended.

Vote! Students still have time to choose the movie. Email Ariel Arsac-Ellison at with the name of the movie you’d love to see — he’ll collect all suggestions and send out a survey to determine the winner.

Last time! Here’s a photo from December’s fun with students performing the iconic Macaulay Culkin face during Home Alone. For true fans of the movie, it’s the scene where he puts aftershave on his face and burns himself.

“Défis Maths” in Kindergarten

Défi Maths is an annual event in March organized by the Agency for French Education Abroad for all North American French schools. This year the theme was “Mathematiques et société” (Math and American culture).

We asked the students to take a picture of something typical of American culture — the school lunch box! We then challenged them to express a math situation with words, and use their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to come up with a question and a solution.

The major challenge students this age have is to be able to think about all the parameters involved in the photograph and extract what could be used for a math problem, and express it clearly with words, especially using French!

Take a look at some photographs and videos on our Google album here.

Order the combined 2019-20/2020-21 Yearbook!

Only if you haven’t already ordered the 19-20 Yearbook. Families who have paid for the 19-20 Yearbook will receive the combined Yearbook automatically (no need to order a new one). We have received the list of last year’s orders from Lifetouch.

K-8th Grade 2019-2020 School Pictures!

If you haven’t received your free 2019-2020 class photo, please contact Stephanie at We will make sure your child gets one.

Upcoming Events by Date

Monday, March 29th
COVID-19 Screening

April (Ongoing)
Community Association Board Nominations

Click here to nominate yourself or nominate others for a CA governance role!

Click here for the full list of responsibilities.

Monday, April 5th – Friday, April 9th
Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, April 5th – Wednesday, April 7th
Science Fair

Sunday, April 11th at 2 pm
Parent stress management and self-care in the COVID unknowns. Is it really possible or just a societal dream?

Wednesday, April 7th at 5:30 pm
When families cook and eat together, children thrive!

Saturday, May 1st at 9 am
Let’s go hiking at Torrey Pines!

Preventative measures keep us healthy!

Mandatory All Campus COVID Surveillance Testing: Monday, March 29th (PK Parking Lot)

Last Names – A to M


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9:00-9:10 K
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9:20-9:30 2
9:30-9:40 3
9:40-9:50 4
9:50-10:00 5
10:00-10:10 6
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10:20-10:30 8

Marilyn Rakow, RN, School Nurse

UPDATE from the Development Office

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

This year, many businesses have been impacted, and subsequently won’t be able to donate to SDFAS as they usually do. Please support your school, and at the same time support your favorite local businesses so that they can remain open and overcome this difficult period.  

· Purchase a gift certificate from your favorite restaurant, store, or service provider OR gift something you already own, like a week at a vacation home or a bottle of wine. 

· Donate your gift to SDFAS to be auctioned during the Gala. Please drop it off at the front office “For the Attention of the Gala Committee.”

 To donate, click here to download the procurement package or use the online donation form:

 Join the growing list of families and companies sponsoring our 2021 Gala! Discover the opportunities to promote your business here by becoming a sponsor, or simply help us underwrite the cost of our virtual event. Contact Véronique Rahmati at development@sdfrenchschool.og for details.

Parenting Sessions and Community-Building Initiatives

Parent stress management and self-care in the COVID unknowns. Is it really possible or just a societal dream?

Sunday, April 11th at 2 pm

Dr. Courtney Giboi is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, balancing her own hat as a mother of a PK-0 student, practicing therapist, and advocate. Join her on April 10th for a Zoom meeting exploring this topic. She will briefly present the underlying science (with links for future reading, if interested), and the rest will focus on practical applications in our balancing quests as parents and human beings. This will include a demonstration of “special time” play between parent(s) and child—a fun way to de-stress, connect, and better yet, it only requires 5 minutes and can make a huge impact! Applications for both youngsters and tweens will be provided. You are not alone in your parenting and life challenges, so let’s connect, explore, and get support as we tackle this topic together. 


When families cook and eat together, children thrive

Wednesday, April 7th at 5:30 pm

Registered dietician and school mother Tara Tousi will give a presentation on the impact of family meals, and the involvement of children in meal preparation on children’s health and well-being. Tara will:

  • Describe three potential benefits to having frequent family meals.
  • Analyze the challenges families face in having frequent family meals.
  • List the potential benefits of involving children in meal preparation concerning dietary quality, weight, and picky eating behaviors.
  • Share some healthy and kid-friendly recipes. 

To learn more about Tara, please click here.


Let’s Go Hiking

May 1st at 9 am at the iconic Torrey Pines State Park

Tired of the pandemic?  Looking to connect with other SDFAS families while enjoying the outdoors and respecting physical distancing guidelines? Let’s go hiking!
As San Diego comes off the purple tier, we’ve decided this will be a good opportunity to safely go hiking as a group.
Mony Liquard, SDFAS mom, 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. The first hike will now be on May 1st at 9 am at the iconic Torrey Pines State Park.
REGISTER HERE if you’re interested in joining the group. Since we changed the date, please register again even if you have done it before. Those on the sign-up will receive separate details for the meet-up point.
We hope to see you on the trails!

Science Fair

April 5th through 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 and If you have questions, please contact Suneeta Cohen,

Elementary School

Read the latest blog from Elementary School by 3rd-grade teacher Carrie Vos on Fractions in 3rd Grade.

Middle School

Middle School Blog

MS Director Tom Faure reflects on the passage of an entire calendar year affected by the pandemic. Visit the Middle School Blog here.
School Attendance
To help the school ensure security/safety and track student attendance on-campus, please make sure a parent or guardian notifies the administration ( and or whenever a student who is not officially on Distance Learning is absent from campus.  As a reminder, while we offer students the DL experience to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19, we recommend students who can do so safely attend school on-campus whenever possible.

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.

Academic Newsletters

6th grade7th grade8th grade 

For questions related to the middle school, please contact Tom Faure, Director of the middle school,


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, 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.

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.

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

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

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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