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  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


  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.


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Oral activity: students use the new vocabulary they learned.


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  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