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  Tuesday, March 10, 2020

History of California in 4th grade

By Francis Carlier

In fourth grade, students are learning about various landmarks that reveal the history of California. They chose a landmark to research, use visit their landmark, and were offered the chance to construct it using the virtual platform of Minecraft. Students enjoyed being able to “see” their landmark via VR and many chose to use technology to share what they had researched as well as a recreation. They presented their projects to their class to spread the knowledge of these iconic places in California.

-Cathleen Anderson-

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  Wednesday, March 4, 2020

100 days in 1st grade

By Francis Carlier

“The First Graders celebrated the 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 25. Each child brought in a collection of 100 items. Both classes spent the morning working on activities dealing with the number 100. The students worked in teams building the number 100 with puzzles, decorating glasses with the  number 100 and solving 100 math problems. They also worked together to complete physical activities such as 100 jumping jacks, hopping 100 times and touching their heads 100 times. The first graders are proud to have completed their first 100 days of school!”



  Friday, February 28, 2020

Morning Meeting Forum

By Francis Carlier

Morning Meetings are an integral component of Responsive Classroom and Social and Emotional Learning. At SDFAS, we are working to build strong classroom communities where all students feel safe, welcome, respected, supported, and happy.
This morning, the 3rd grade students proudly presented what Morning Meetings look like in their class. The forum began with two students welcoming the audience in French and English. The students then talked about their friendships in groups of two or three. Finally, they shared with the audience what they talked about. It was heartwarming to see these young students speaking so kindly and fondly of their peers.
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  Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Geometry in 3rd grade

By Francis Carlier

In 3rd grade geometry, the students are studying a very unique figure: the circle. In addition to learning to manipulate a compass, they are asked to understand the concept of “the circle”.

Marie-Pier (math coordinator) and Murielle organized an activity for the students to help them better understand what a circle is.

Placing a gift on the ground, they asked all the children to stand at the same distance from the gift.
After several attempts, they naturally found that the best configuration was that of a circle.
In class, the pupils also quite naturally found the definition of the circle: a set of pupils placed at the same distance from a gift also defined as a set of points equidistant from the center.
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  Friday, January 10, 2020

Barona Cultural Center & Museum Visit

By Francis Carlier

In 4th grade, students are learning about the cultural history of California. On Thursday, a representative from Barona Cultural Center & Museum visited our class to share about the Kumeyaay people. The students were able to ask questions and engage in the history as well as present-day lives of the people of this nation.- Cathleen Anderson –

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  Friday, December 20, 2019

2nd A presentation

By Francis Carlier

The 2nd grade A read the story of the Gruffalo in French and decided to present their own musical of the Gruffalo. The class wrote their adaptation of the Gruffalo and worked on acting skills in class.

Students were dressed as mice, foxes, owls, snakes and Gruffalos! The play was enriched with dances and songs. The students were very excited and had a lot of fun during the performance. Thanks to the second graders, the Gruffalos finally had a chance to win at the end of the story! Bravo les CE1!

– Caroline Dumas-

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  Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Bilingual Research and Presentation Project

By Francis Carlier

Life Sciences “Animal Adaptations” – 

Third graders learned about animal adaptations in science in both French and English. Leveraging their knowledge with technology and cyber safety, the students safely conducted research on various animal adaptations, such as: Scientific Names, Climate, Habitat, Diet, Physical Adaptations, Behavioral Adaptations, and Interesting Facts. The research and presentation project was designed to stimulate students’ curiosity, as well as provide opportunities for students to collaborate, communicate, and formally present their findings simultaneously in both languages. The project also enhances the students’ research, artistic, reading, and writing skills in both languages.

-Alice Kong & Murielle Brimaldi –

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  Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Virtual Reality at SDFAS

By Francis Carlier

Via Virtual Reality, the 4th grade History class traveled back in time to visit the ̈Gallo-romans ̈ and see the artifacts they left in France. This new pedagogical tool allowed us to focus on one of the most famous constructions still in place nowadays: the amphitheater of Nîmes.

While a group of students was working on gathering information from a website, another group went to the Innovation Lab and walked through the amphitheater ́s arena, stairs and corridors. They were awed and impressed.

At SDFAS we strive to offer unique experiences to students that reinforce what they learn in a tangible way.

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  Thursday, November 21, 2019

Maintaining Connections

By Francis Carlier

We were happy to welcome Sylvie Jarlov, former Pre-elementary director, and Christian Jarlov, former HOS, to visit our campus this week.

As part of our community, maintaining a strong connection with the Jarlov’s is our privilege. They helped build upon the foundation laid by André and Chandra Bordes and continued us on the trajectory of a thriving bilingual school. They know and love many of our students. They were key in the development of building our identity and are part of who we are today.

They were ahead of the trend and offered “the mindfulness program” that we continue to grow as we implement the SEL program with Responsive Classroom. Their legacy lives on as we continue with a holistic approach to education, work in our gardens, play the musical instruments outside, and marvel in the butterfly garden.

During their visit the Jarlov’s discovered the mindful ¨zen zones ̈ within our classrooms and they even participated in a coding activity in our new Innovation Lab here on campus. The 3rd graders took this opportunity to share a poem with them.




  Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Bilingual Project observing the Solar System

By Francis Carlier

Fourth graders are learning about the solar system in French. To illustrate the concepts, the San Diego Astronomy Association brought telescopes for students to view the clear night sky. The students enjoyed the opportunity to view a full moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury and other bright star clusters- as well as a surprise group of satellites passing by! The students used their knowledge learned in French to ask questions in English to the members. We could hear everyone sharing knowledge in both English and French all night long.

-Cathleen Anderson-


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