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  Thursday, May 24, 2018

RawHide Ranch

By Francis Carlier

Every year, the 4th graders go to an overnight field trip. For the last five years, children have gone to Rawhide Ranch, in Bonsall.

This year, Cathleen Anderson and Sophie Nehoua’s students spent three days and two nights at the camp. Children have enjoyed taking care of the animals, learning more about horses, team building, climbing… and many more fun activities.

This experience will stay in their memory and will prepare them for more challenges and discoveries next year.

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  Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Art Fair

By Francis Carlier

The SDFAS Art Fair took place from June 14th-18th as a positive space to proudly display our finest art work. There were 73 entries in the Art Fair this year from students and teachers from pre K, elementary and middle school. A variety of materials were used by the artists including paint, paper, canvas, clay, recycled materials, wood, paper plates, pencils, clear tape, sunflower seeds, plaster, silk flowers, origami paper and even Shopkin toys! Excitement and joy buzzed around the auditorium-turned-museum as others viewed the work of our talented students and staff. Bravo SDFAS!

Emily Loomis

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  Tuesday, May 15, 2018

PK1 to 2nd grade

By Francis Carlier

At SDFAS, students can enjoy exchanges with other classes from other grades. These moments of sharing and collaboration favor the development of the oral skills of each one. Thus, the PK1 were able to visit the 2nd graders, to discover a world famous artist: Frida Kahlo.
The visit of the CE1 to the San Diego Museum was an opportunity for each child to better understand this artist. Now, the whole class is offering a guided tour of Frida Kahlo’s universe.
Spoken expression, art history, cooperation are at the heart of this exchange project that all students really enjoyed.

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  Monday, May 7, 2018

3rd Grade Forum

By Francis Carlier

At SDFAS, we strive to provide the best education to our students. Our students not only thrive academically, they are also mindful of the potential positive impact they have on our communities and world. During the forum, the 3rd grade students presented their hopes and dreams in both French and English. The students also beautifully song “Pourquoi Cest Beau” and “Rainbow Connection“.

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  Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Writing to France

By Francis Carlier

The class of CE1A is exchanging emails and pictures with a class of CE1- CE2 in Villefranche de Lonchat, Dordogne, France. They are very curious about the life of these students in a little school in France and wanted to know how different it is from our French American School. Example: Do they have a library in the classroom? Or do they use a behavior chart?
It is a fun and very constructive project, our student from Second grade realize how lucky they are to learn in two different languages.
– Murielle Brimaldi-Jensen –
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  Friday, April 13, 2018

Maritime Museum

By Francis Carlier

On April 11th to the 12, the 5th graders spent 18 hours on the Californian.

They re-lived the year of 1774 experiencing the struggle of merchant mariners sailing the triangle trade route between New England and the Caribbean. They role-played with the maritime instructors, raised sails, loaded cargo and protected the vessel from pirates.

A wonderful experience that they will remember for years.

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  Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Willy’s Stories in 1st grade

By Francis Carlier

Thursday morning our first graders presented their forum on Willy’s Stories by Anthony Browne, also known as les Histoires de Marcel, in French.  This has been the subject of our fun bilingual project.  We worked on presentation of a text in French and English, art, public speaking, and story completion.
In the story: Anthony Browne takes a monkey named Willy on adventures through an open window and through classic fairy tales. He never gives us the end of the story. The students imagined the end of each story and that is what they shared with us.
Thank you to Sarah, Claire and Elisabeth for this great project and for everyone who came to see us!
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  Friday, March 30, 2018

Pierre-Yves Plat

By Francis Carlier

On Friday morning, at 8 :30, the 4th and 5th graders had the chance to listen to Pierre-Yves Plat, “a brilliant improviser, willingly iconoclastic, humorous, and an amazing pianist”. Pierre-Yves Plat played classical and jazz pieces, interacted with the students and shared his passion for music.

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  Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mission Project in 4th grade

By Francis Carlier

Each year the fourth graders dive into the history of California. They learn about the first inhabitants and then the Spanish colonization, which includes the famous California missions. The students are asked to independently research one of the twenty one missions. They write a report, create a project, and orally present their knowledge in front of their peers. This year students chose from a variety of project ideas including the traditional 3D model, a detailed powerpoint, Prezi or Keynote, a poster, or even generate an online 3D form of their mission using the platform Minecraft.

Cathleen Anderson

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  Friday, March 23, 2018

Music Program in 4th and 5th grade

By Francis Carlier

This past week, our Music program has started for 4th and 5th graders.

In 4th grade, Sufi Raina taught her first class of Indian Kathak Dance. Students were very engaged and focused in this new and specific way to discover a new culture.