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!
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.
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“.
Binetou Badiane Maggio, Alice Kong
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.