Echo Info #6

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

Elementary School and Middle School Early Pick-up 

We would like to limit the number of visitors in 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!

**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

From the Nurse’s Office

Flu Season is here. Don’t wait to get the flu vaccine. Video from Anna and Mark

Magnus App updates are in the works to include touch ID/Face recognition so the parents do not have to type out their username and password every time! Please do not delete/uninstall the current version of the Magnus Health Mobile App unless specifically instructed to do so by Anna Forester, RN, or a Magnus Health Service Representative in relation to a specific support ticket. The 9/30 Magnus Health Mobile App update has been flagged for review by the Apple and Google Play stores due to mention of COVID-19 in the symptom assessment feature. Magnus is working with both app stores to resolve the issue, but in the interim Android users may receive a notification from Google Play giving them the option to remove the app from their device. Please keep and continue using the current version of the app until the new release is published in the Apple and Google Play Stores in the coming days. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Download 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.

October Events

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

Elementary School Parent-teacher conferences
October 8th through October 15th

Spirit Day
October 9th
October theme: Hawaiian Day – Show your SDFAS pride by wearing accessories to make the day fun! Spirit day will take place on the second Friday of every month. Be on the lookout for fun themes every month!

Preschool Parent-teacher conferences
October 12th through October 15th

Middle School Parent-teacher conferences
October 14th – October 15th

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

School Council #1
Date changed: Monday, October 26th – 4 pm – 5:15 pm – (Zoom meeting)

Online After-school Activities for the 1st Trimester

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


Level up your chess at home with our virtual chess club! Chess has been proven to help students with critical thinking, pattern recognition and spatial awareness.

Social Emotional Learning with Responsive Classroom

We are pleased to inform you that twelve teachers newly arrived to the school will complete a total of 28 hours of Responsive Classroom training throughout the month of October. In parallel, the faculty and staff continue to work within their division level teams to deepen Responsive Classroom practices at SDFAS. Please also be reminded to review the revised Parent-Student handbook sections related to discipline (p.54).

Overview of the SEL Program at SDFAS


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

Parent-teacher conferences
October 12th through October 15th
Details to follow

What have we done this week in Preschool?

PK0: This week we explored new obstacles in the classroom: we walked, crawled, slithered on the benches. We read a story about a book and we used coffee grinds to make the cover for our book.

PK1: Pk1s are finishing their little “book of traces” using different objects from the class. We are starting this week with a new theme: COLORS using the book “Pop mange de toutes les couleurs”. We are working on recognizing our initials and the initials of our friends.

PK2: This week, we continue our discussions about feelings and emotions. We review numbers and quantities. We reinforce our fine motor skills: vertical lines…

Distance Learning: In pre-writing, our Pk1s have been painting to leave traces, we will make a “book of traces” from those experiences. Our Pk2s are working on vertical lines after observing them and creating them in the weeks before, we are now tracing them. Like in the classrooms, we have focused on emotions, identify them on faces and in ourselves. In Maths our Pk1s are focusing on the number and quantity 1 as opposed to a lot, while our Pk2s are starting to review numbers 1,2,3. Our Pk1 and 2s have worked a lot on letters that write their names and we will continue this week and beyond. 


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

Parent-teacher conferences
October 12th through October 15th
Details to follow

What have we done this week in Kindergarten?

This week, we have discovered a new alpha friend, “monsieur o “. We have created his house by putting words that contain the sound [o] in it and we started learning a new song for that sound.

Elementary School

For questions about Elementary School, please contact Francis Carlier,

Diagnostic Assessments

Students are completing their “diagnostic” assessments. They allow teachers to have a clearer idea of the needs of the class as a group, but also to grasp individual strengths and challenges. As a result, specific programs (generally referred to as the Learning Center) are developed to meet these needs. This year, due to the constraints of Covid, we will not be able to have additional teachers helping other students from other classes. The main teachers will therefore differentiate the ways of approaching the same concept, offer manipulative activities specific to each child and carefully monitor each child’s progress. More information will be shared with families during the Parents/Teachers Conferences.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences
October 8th through October 15th

These conferences establish an essential dialogue between families and teachers with the sole goal of the children’s success. The teachers will give feedback on the start of the school year, on upcoming projects and, when appropriate, the academic support or challenge programs. Parents will be able to give feedback on what they observe at home, how their child is feeling after this month and a half of school.
The conferences are organized with the two teachers at the same time and last about twenty minutes.
This year, these conferences will take place by Zoom. The teachers will send you a link to register for time slots and the Zoom link for the meeting.

Middle School

For questions about Middle School, please contact Marion Addo,

**URGENT Action Needed**

Sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences

This year, the Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on zoom and on two different days. Links to the teachers’ Zoom rooms will be shared on Friday the 9th via the Echo and by email. 
  • October 14th – Please click here to sign up for a 10min meeting with:
    • Olivier Prud’homme (History and Geography 6th/7th/8th) 
    • Barbara Regan (English Language Arts 6th)
    • Marion Addo (French Language Arts 7th/8th)
    • Andrew Ericson (US Science 6th/7th/8th) 
    • Nicolas Giot (French Math  6th/7th/8th) 
    • Cara Mitchell (English Language Arts 7th/8th) 
  • October 15th – Please click here to sign up for a 10min meeting with :
    • Yuriko Patino (Espagnol 6th/7th/8th)
    • Sylvie Toudic (French Language Arts  6th/7th)
    • Suneeta Cohen (US Math  6th/7th/8th)
    • Julie Ducloux (French Science  6th/7th/8th)

**URGENT Action Needed**

Join a Club or a Math elective

Share your interest in Clubs and Math Electives with the following survey.

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 #6 – October 2nd

Important dates

  • High School Info: Alumni Panel at SDFAS – Wednesday, October 7th – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 
  • Choice Application Window – October 5th – November 16th
  • Mission Bay High School – October 15th and 29th – 9:00am – 10:00 a.m – Tracy Borg, the International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Mission Bay, will be doing two Zoom tours (link to follow).
  • La Jolla High School – Tuesday, October 26th – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Save the date for a Q & A Session just for SDFAS families with LJHS Parent Association on Zoom (link to follow).


For questions related to the library, please contact Anne Ricart, Librarian,

New online library catalogue

Exciting news! The library catalog is now accessible 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.
Make your reservations (limited to 5 items) by Sunday evening. Pick up and returns will take place at the breezeway gate on Tuesdays from 8:45 am to 9:30 am.
More information on the library webpage. 

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:

  • 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

Individual and Class Pictures

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

Middle School Academic Newsletters

6th Grade Academic Newsletter #2 – September

7th Grade Academic Newsletter #2 – September

8th Grade Academic Newsletter #2 – September

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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