Echo Info #5

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

**URGENT Action Needed, if not done yet!** Please be sure to return the Acknowledgement Form to Stéphanie ( and to use Magnus App for passive screening every 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: Alumni Panel (Zoom webinar) Wednesday, October 7th – 5:30 – 6:30 pm

October Break
October 16th – October 25th
No October Break vacation camp this year.

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

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

Social Emotional Learning with Responsive Classroom

Overview of the SEL Program at SDFAS

Online After-school Activities for the 1st Trimester

Please email Ariel Arsac-Ellison ( if you have any questions about after-school activities or daycare.


Please register by Sunday night for the following virtual after-school 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

Let Ariel know 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!


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

What have we done this week in PK0?

PK0: At the circle, we sang the three little monkeys in French. Also our main highlight of the week was to paint with our hands and to make our first hand prints. We also started to sort objects by colors…

PK0 English: This week in English we have been singing our favorite songs: Three Little Monkeys, Baby Shark, The Wheels on the Bus and Open Shut Them. We enjoyed using a new instrument to accompany the song: Shake your Maracas and continued to sing along to Frère Jacques with bells .  We read lots of books about good choices in preschool and enjoyed the story ‘Will Giraffe Laugh?’

What have we done this week in PK1?

PK1: This week both PK1 talked about the feeling “anger” using our book “Gaston est en colère” and other books. We are starting to dance on “Mélou la Colère”. After doing prints in the playdough, we are doing prints with paint on paper using objects from the classroom.

PK1 English: In PK1 English this week we have been singing lots of songs including two of our favorites; Five Little Ducks and Slippery Fish. We have been referring to our key text ‘How Do YOU Feel?’ by Anthony Browne and completed a project where the children had to identify the monkey’s facial expression and match it to the correct body of the monkey! We have also been reading Glad Monster, Sad Monster.

What have we done this week in PK2?

PK2: This week we continued discovering different emotions with the Color Monster or Gaston the unicorn in particular anger and calm. We also continued working on vertical lines through different activities such as art, building, cutting…

PK2 English: In PK2 English this week we have been singing our favorite songs including These are my Glasses, Down by the Bay and Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer! We have continued to work on identifying emotions and have been referring to our key text ‘The Color Monster’.  We have read lots of other stories in the theme of emotions and have completed several projects this week including: identifying three of our common emotions and drawing the corresponding monster, moulding playdough to create different emotions on a face and completing a guided drawing of the color monster!


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

What have we done this week?

This week in Kindergarten we continued to explore emotions, discover the vocabulary, understand how we can identify and control them. We are also making a review of tracing straight lines (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, broken). We are working on the letter I, recognizing the letter in the different writings, and identifying the sound in words.

Elementary School

For questions about Elementary School, please contact Francis Carlier,

Important Information

Teachers of all levels continue to work on diagnostic evaluations which allow the pedagogical team to draw up an inventory of the students’ needs. 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.

Middle School

For questions about Middle School, please contact Marion Addo,

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

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

High School Placement

Please contact Erin Stoller, High School Placement Counselor/SEL Advisor at for questions regarding high school placement.

Message from Erin Stoller, HS Placement Counselor

Meet Erin Stoller here by video.

Letter from Erin Stoller – Update #5 – September 25th

High School Info: Nuts & Bolts (last Wednesday)

Nuts & Bolts Webinar recording, Passcode: nv4L&.jj

Nuts and Bolts slide deck

Save the date!

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


French Literature Subscriptions

The Milan/Bayard West coast representative is proposing a little contest with magazine subscriptions as prices: Milan/Bayard West Contest. You still have time to participate!

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.

Links to subscriptions:

SDFAS Apparel

Order Required Red Polo and Navy Blue T-Shirt

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:

  • 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.  

More Info here.

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.

School Calendar

Back to School Presentations

Natalie Thorpe Vesna Hunt PK0 (Vesna)

Natalie Thorpe Emilie Ballivy PK1 (Emilie)

Natalie Thorpe Gladys Guesnard PK1 (Gladys)

Natalie Thorpe Cindy Sierra PK1/PK2 (Cindy)

Natalie Thorpe Gaelle Deriot PK2 (Gaelle)

Natalie Thorpe Pauline Dubeaux PK2 (Pauline)

Natalie Thorpe Stephanie Pinel PK2 (Stephanie)

Alexandra Lette – Distance Learning

Kelly Daniel  Anne Ferton and Laurette Reinhardt – Kindergarten

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

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

3rd Grade

4th grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

You can find here the general information shared during the Middle School Back to School Night.

Parent Webinars by Mark Rosenblum, Headmaster – SDFAS Reopening Overview

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

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! 

Sign in/Sign out in Preschool

Sign in Procedure with Procare App

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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