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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.

  Monday, March 19, 2018

Values of the school

By Francis Carlier

Since January, students from 1st to 5th grade have had regular class councils. This important moment of Citizenship allows the students to listen to each other, to share their opinions and to debate with respect. This week, teachers have asked them to think about what they value the most at SDFAS. These values will be collected and will contribute to a bigger school project.


In 3rd grade, delegates are in charge of the debate. For the 3rd B, the most important school value is: Friendship.

  Thursday, March 15, 2018

Visual Art

By Francis Carlier

Visual Arts are parts of our program from 1st to 5th grade. During the past trimester, the 4th graders have experimented original ways to express themselves with forms and colors in a calm and serene ambience.


  Monday, March 5, 2018

Peter and the Wolf

By Francis Carlier

On February 23rd, Kindergarten to 3rd grade students were pleased to listen to the Philharmonic Wind Quintet , performing Peter and the Wolf.

Six students were invited to read as Special Guest Narrators.

At the end of the presentation, students were able to ask questions and to know more about the instruments they heard.


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  Thursday, February 22, 2018

100 Days in 1st grade

By Francis Carlier

“100 great school days!  Explained in 100 words…

Tuesday, February 13, the two first grade classes celebrated the hundredth day of school in color!  Each student was to dress from “head to toe” in the color of their choice.  The multicolored students posed in front of cameras to make a rainbow of kids.  This nice event was the culmination of the work done in English and in French since the beginning of the school year with the album, Emily’s first 100 days of school (Les 100 premiers jours d’école d’Emilie). A great team work done in 1st grade!”

Sarah LeBoyer, Claire Selva