During the April break Mr. Parello, the 5th grade English teacher, travelled to the town of Bhavnagar in the state of Gujarat, India. He went to visit the Shaishav program, a child rights program that runs community schools in the town and aims to fight child labor by improving access to education. Shaishav facilitates child directed meetings where the children discuss such issues as gender equality and understanding between the local Hindu and Muslim communities. In early April, the 5th grade students took photos of themselves to show their lives at SDFAS. Mr. Parello brought the photos to Bhavnagar and showed them to the students in the Shaishav program, then distributed cameras so that the children there could take photos of their lives to send to the students at SDFAS. Both before and after the voyage, the 5th grade students have used the exchange project with the Shaishav program to discuss a variety of issues, particularly the common interests enjoyed by children everywhere in the world. The 5th grade class adapted a lesson used in the Shaishav program to promote unity between members of different religions, and used it as a starting point for discussing the treatment of difference in our own society. Students will continue using the photos as a starting point for writing and discussion during this period.
On Sunday, May 21, the 26th Kiwanis Junior Olympics took place at La Jolla High School. 1000 students from Bird Rock Elementary, Torrey Pines Elementary, La Jolla Elementary, The Gilisippe School, The Evans School, Stella Maris Academy, The Children’s School, All Hallows Academy, and SDFAS competed in this annual track & field event.
The all-day event started at 8:00 am, as students ages 5 to 12 competed in the 50 m, 100 m, 200 m, Long Jump, Softball Throw, and Obstacle Course.
At 11:30 am each school’s 4 x 100 m relay team took the track to see who would take home the Gold. Each relay team (girls and boys) are made up of one 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, and 11 year old.
Representing SDFAS for the girls was Norah Zadeyan, Mimi Rebeiz, Victoria DuRoure, and Tahlia Zadeyan. The girls team ran a strong race, finishing in 4th place overall.
For the boys, Andre Guizar, Gustav Westlake, Dorian Pauillac, and Nicola Redon made SDFAS History by becoming the first relay team to finish in FIRST PLACE. It was an outstanding performance with supersonic speeds and flawless baton handoffs. The team also made Kiwanis Junior Olympics history to be the first team in 26 years to beat BOTH Bird Rock Elementary and Torrey Pines Elementary, the reigning champions. Congratulations!
At the conclusion of the Junior Olympics, each school sends their chosen runner to race in the 400 m “Fastest Girl” and “Fastest Boy” race. For her 2nd consecutive year, the multi-talented Tahlia Zadeyan represented SDFAS, and finished the race as the 4th fastest girl in all of La Jolla.
On the boys side, John Guckian, the returning 2016 “Fastest Boy” champion, defended his title for the 2nd consecutive year. John’s hard work, composure, and confidence made him the ONLY boy in Kiwanis Junior Olympic history to win this prestigious title 2 years in a row. Amazing!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this fun-filled exciting day!
We had 55 student participants and 2 teacher participants, our largest group since we have an Art Fair at SDFAS!
Thank to everybody for this success.
The last cm2 / 6th session on Geogebra took place today.
In pairs, the students solved challenging geometric exercises, created by Nicolas Giot, (French Middle School teacher) and accessible online.
Students enjoy the new construction game purchased for the Elementary Recess thanks to the jog-a-thon funds. The game gives students opportunity to be create architectural models with high quality wood pieces.
It has been a busy day at SDFAS on Thursday, April 13th : students have prepared a soup with Girard Gourmet, they have cleaned the campus in the morning and turned the light off for one hour. 3rd to 5th grade students have attended a debate presented by 8th graders regarding climate change.
Students in fourth grade are learning about energy and forces in motion. They experimented with Hotwheels to put into action their understanding of potential and kinetic energy. The students worked together to measure and record the distance their cars traveled under different amounts of force using a data table that they will later graph.
– Cathleen Anderson –
The 2nd grade classes visited Wild Willows Farm in Imperial Beach on March 27th. There the students observed a variety of plants in a sensory garden, noticed different adaptations plants had for survival, and picked vegetables and ate from the garden. Students even tasted flowers, leaves and succulents! We also learned about the best ways to grow and acquire food in the most healthy way for both the consumer and the Earth. The students enjoyed this adventure and learned a lot. There are volunteer opportunities on Saturdays to help out and learn at the Wild Willows Farm if interested.
Emily Loomis – Murielle Brimaldi – Nicolas Margarot
For this last trimester, 5th graders will experiment a traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali. Hirotaka Inuzuka, who has been teaching Gamelan for three years in our school, is pleased to welcome the students in this new adventure.
On March 23, many students participated in the presentation during the International Day. They dressed up in their national costume or presented a famous character or legendary figure from their country.
The guest country this year was India, and students learned about this country at the morning Forum and discovered traditional Indian dance and music in the afternoon.
Enjoy some pictures of the event!