Echo Info #4

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

Please be sure to return the Acknowledgement Form to Stéphanie ( and to use Magnus App for passive screening each morning. See instructions below.

Acknowledgement 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

Magnus App

Magnus Health Screening App

**URGENT Action Needed!**For the parents who have not downloaded the Magnus app, 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, Anna Forester 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


Rules for bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles in and around the dirt lot

Upcoming Events

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

September-October Events

High School Info: The Nuts and Bolts (Zoom webinar)
Wednesday, September 23 – 5:30 – 6:30 pm

High School Info: Alumni Panel (Zoom webinar)
Wednesday, October 7 – 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Individual and Class K-8 Pictures with Lifetouch
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 and Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Make-up day: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 (no retake this year)

PK0, PK1 and PK2 pictures by Alexandra Borbolla 
January 11th – January 12th – January 13th

October Break
October 16th – October 25th

After careful consideration, it has been decided that we will not be offering an October Break vacation camp this year. Unfortunately, we do not have enough personnel available over the break to avoid intermingling among cohorts, and to ensure the safety of the children. We will reassess the situation if anything changes between now and the October break, and again in January to consider the possibility of winter and spring camps.

School Calendar

Online After-school Activities for the 1st Trimester

Classes begin Monday, September 21st, and will be held via zoom. We are currently working on making Nightingale Music and Playball available for PK0-PK2. For now, our roster includes the following activities:

Albion Soccer

  • PK0-PK1 –Tuesdays at 3:45 pm
  • K-2nd grade – Wednesdays at 4:15pm
  • 3rd-5th gradeMondays at 4:15pm
  • Register here


  • K-2nd grade – Thursdays at 4:15pm
  • 3rd-5th grade – Tuesdays at 4:15pm
  • Register here

Hawaiian Music and Dance

  • K-2nd grade – Mondays at 4:15pm
  • 3rd-5th grade – Thursdays at 4:15pm
  • Register here

Balkan Music and Tradition

Please email Ariel Arsac-Ellison ( if you have any questions or concerns, or if you are interested in sitting in during a class to decide whether or not it is something you would like to sign up for. Enjoy your weekend!

Social Emotional Learning with Responsive Classroom

Overview of the SEL Program at SDFAS

Contact Erin Stoller, with questions regarding Responsive Classroom. Erin has taken on the role of SEL Coordinator, in addition to her role as High School Placement Counselor. She is a great coaching and feedback resource for our teachers and administrators and has already made a great impact during the early implementation phase last year.


For questions about Preschool, please contact Babeth Esterly, and Sophie Ricouard,

Important Information

Back to School Presentations

What have we done this week?

  • PK0 – This week we continued with establishing our routines: holding the train when going outside, sitting calmly on the carpet and waiting for our turn. Our circle time is always great as we always get to sing our favorite “Frère Jacques” song and to ring the bells while singing. We were also learning about controlling our emotions and not biting friends. Miss Natalie read a book about it in English class. In motricity, we discovered a parachute and what we can do with it. We also discovered finger painting, that was really fun…
  • PK1 – After covering happy and sad, the PK1s discovered this week fear, with our little Mascotte Gaston and other books. We talked about what makes us afraid and how we can overcome our fears. While playing and singing “Promenons-nous dans les bois” they developed their gross motor skills such as running away from the wolf and jumping in their house to be safe.
  • PK2 – This week we started our big unit on Emotions by reading La couleur des émotions. The children will learn to identify and express emotions, and find some ‘ tips’ to manage them. We assigned new roles to each student in the classroom (attendance/calendar…) to give them responsibilities and get familiar with numbers, days of the week…. With masking tape the children went to a’ vertical lines hunt’ in the classroom. In some classes, we focused on fine motor skills like how to cover everything and not going outside the lines when we are coloring with markers, we did collaborative work in finger painting and we played with balls in motricity. 

Sign in Procedure with Procare App


For questions about Kindergarten, please contact Babeth Esterly, and Sophie Ricouard,

Important Information

Back to School Presentations: Kelly DanielAnne Ferton and Laurette Reinhardt

What have we done this week? After reviewing how to trace vertical and horizontal lines, we have worked on interrupted lines in order to trace our letters in the best way possible in the coming weeks. We have used play dough, sticks, white boards and finally made a piece of art using markers.

Elementary School

For questions about Elementary School, please contact Francis Carlier,

Important Information

This week, teachers of all levels have started diagnostic evaluations and will continue next week: they allow the pedagogical team to draw up an inventory of the students’ needs, their challenges and their strengths. More than ever, the “mistakes” made by students allow us to gain valuable information. It is important that these assessments are carried out without stress and without assistance. Information will be shared with parents during parent-teacher conferences or sooner if needed.

Back to School Night videos

1st Grade – Birka Nielsen – Claire Selva – Elisabeth Perdereau

2nd Grade Caroline Dumas – Violaine Esteve – Sarah Le Boyer

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Middle School

For questions about Middle School, please contact Marion Addo,

Back to School Night General Information
You can find the information shared during MS BTS night on the document here.

Playground/Recess games
Students can bring their own ping pong paddle to play when they have recess in the MS area. Student’s name must be written on the paddle. 

6th Grade

6th Grade Academic Newsletter #1

Back to School Videos – Overview of the 6th grade curriculum

7th Grade

7th Grade Academic Newsletter #1

Back to School Videos – Overview of the 7th grade curriculum

8th Grade

8th Grade Academic Newsletter #1

Back to School Videos – Overview of the 8th grade curriculum


High School Placement

Please contact Erin Stoller at for questions regarding high school placement.

HS Placement Counselor

High School Info: The Nuts and Bolts (Zoom webinar)
Wednesday, September 23 – 5:30 – 6:30 pm

  • Part 1 – Public High School Information + Q/A
    Part 2 – French in High School + Q/A (Mme Addo)
    Part 3 – Private School + Q/A (no obligation to stay for Part 3 if not relevant for your family)
  • Zoom link:
  • Presented by Ms. Stoller, Mme Addo, and Mr. Rosenblum.
  • The webinar will be recorded and shared afterwards. Parents and students should tune in!

High School Info: Alumni Panel (Zoom webinar)
Wednesday, October 7 – 5:30 – 6:30 pm

  • Hear from SDFAS alumni about their high school experiences now and in pre-Covid times
  • Plenty of time for Q and A
  • Will be recorded and shared afterwards
  • Parents and students should tune in!
  • Link to follow

Letter from Erin Stoller – Update #4 – September 18th


French Literature Subscriptions

The Milan/Bayard West coast representative is proposing a little contest with magazine subscriptions as prices:

Milan/Bayard West Contest

Parents may buy French reading material for their children via l’Ecole des loisirs, a book subscription for the school year, and Bayard-Milan, a variety of magazine subscriptions.
This year, l’Ecole des loisirs offers to all subscribers a free unlimited access to their online resources.

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.

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.



Consult our Covid-19 webpage at any time to see our most recent updates.

Video of the First Day of School 2020 in 1st grade

Parent Webinars by Mark Rosenblum, Headmaster – SDFAS Reopening Overview

Drop-off and Pick-up Protocols

In order for traffic to be more fluid, we encourage parents to pick up their child without exiting their car.  Please display the provided sign with your child’s name and grade on your car dashboard during pick-up to be visible to the staff.

Drop-off and Pick-up 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 September Menu Registration

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! 

Preschool and Kindergarten School Supplies for Fall 2020

Elementary School Supplies for Fall 2020

Middle School School Supplies for Fall 2020

Emergency Contact and Pick Up Authorization Update

To update Emergency Contacts and Pick-up contacts, please go to 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.

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 

Yearbook 2019-2020

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,, with any questions.  Thank you for your patience.

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