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  Tuesday, February 20, 2018

3D Training in 4th grade

By Francis Carlier

The fourth graders were exposed to a 3D training on the platform Minecraft with François Tregouet in history class. They were shown how to manipulate a self-created world including building 3D structures. Students, who are skilled in this field, were given the opportunity to run workshops to support their peers. The students are encouraged to use this platform as an option to build their California Mission Project.

Cathleen Anderson

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  Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Social and Emotional Learning in 1st grade

By Francis Carlier

Today we spoke about these key words: prejudice, tolerance, intolerance, feelings, mean, bully, violence and self-esteem.

The goal of this lesson was to teach kids that words have the power to hurt and to heal.  Our words have power and they have meaning.  Our words impact those around us.
After introducing the class to their new classmate “Charlie”, each child said something kind to Charlie and then something unkind to Charlie.  As they said unkind things to Charlie, Charlie was taken apart and the piece was given to the student who said the unkind words.
After Charlie was in pieces, it was time to put Charlie back together.  Each child who said something mean to Charlie had the opportunity to apologize to Charlie and then tape the doll back together.
When the torn body is fully repaired — no matter how hard the students have tried to piece him back together — Charlie will not look the same as when students met her/him for the first time.

Charlie’s feelings were hurt, and the scars remain. Chances are those scars will never go away.

Charlie serves as constant reinforcement of a vivid lesson in kindness.

Sarah Le Boyer

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  Thursday, February 8, 2018

Kindergarten/4th grade Project

By Francis Carlier

Kindergarten students had the pleasure of working with the 4th graders on Wednesday afternoon. They identified geometric shapes traced by Probot (programmed by the 4th graders). With the 4th graders, they differentiated cursive letters, lowercase or capital letters … etc. The 4th graders encouraged, aided, assisted them, and showed kindness and a lot of support.

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  Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Day at the Museum

By Francis Carlier

The Second grade went to the Museum of art in Balboa. They enjoyed the tour very much with Maria who spoke in French with them, kept them entertained and raise their curiosity. The group was very focused. The highlight of this field trip was the exhibition of Frida Kahlo. Frida and Me is a playful circuit with a series of fun activities.The Second Grade A and B were immersed  in the life and work of this famous artist. Even the teachers and chaperon had a wonderful time.

Murielle Brimaldi Jensen

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  Thursday, January 18, 2018

Science in 4th grade

By Francis Carlier

The fourth graders have been working on changes to Earth’s surface in science. Mrs. Jacoway (American Science Teacher in Middle School) helped organize a multi-stationed experiment so that the students could work with a variety of types of erosion. They worked collaboratively in groups reading instructions, performing the experiment, and analyzing the results to answer questions.

Cathleen Anderson

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  Friday, January 12, 2018

3A – Science STEM Experiment

By Francis Carlier

Science Exploration:  The 3A students really put on their thinking caps today! Photos our students designing, building, and testing their bridges. Record so far = 175 pennies!

Alice Kong


  Friday, January 5, 2018

Cross disciplinary teaching in 1st grade

By Francis Carlier

At SDFAS, students are exposed to a diversity of learning situations. Teachers use cross-disciplinary methods in order to help students build meaningful knowledge. For instance, part of the science program in 1st grade is dedicated to practicing the scientific approach (questioning, observing, experimenting, describing…). During the same activity, students reinvest the vocabulary they have learned and incorporate their knowledge on size and measurement, which is a part of the mathematics program.


Students feed phasmids


Oral activity: students use the new vocabulary they learned.


Measurement in centimeters.

  Tuesday, December 12, 2017

5th Grade Chorale

By Francis Carlier

A memorable musical moment shared with our SDFAS community. Many thanks to Claire and the 5th graders students choir who sang extracts of the French opera “Nous n’irons pas à l’opéra” (we will not go to the opera), written by Julien Joubert.

Claire Selva


  Thursday, November 30, 2017

Life Science – “Animal Adaptations” in 3rd Grade

By Francis Carlier

In Period Two, the 3rd graders learned about animal adaptations in Science. The students conducted individual research on various animal adaptations: Scientific Names, Climate, Habitat, Diet, Physical Adaptations, Behavioral Adaptations, and Interesting Facts. The research project was designed to enhance the students’ research, artistic, reading, and writing skills as they learned about animal adaptations.
Alice Kong
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  Friday, November 17, 2017

5th and 6th grades Math Project is embellishing the blacktop with giant geometric shapes

By Francis Carlier

In September, Mr. Moncelet (5th grade) and Mr. Giot (6th grade) decided to embark on a fun and innovative project that would give students opportunity to work together on their geometrical skills.

After a few workshops on Math class time, students were ready to apply their skills to the drawing of giant geometric shapes on the blacktop. On Monday November 13 and Tuesday November 14, the two groups (6B/5B on Monday and 6A/5A on Tuesday) were tracing giant 2-meter diameter shapes on the blacktop, using chalk and ropes for measurement.