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