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  Friday, February 2, 2018

Exploring the North Pole: How does the polar bear manage the cold?

By Véronique Bevali

Last week, our Kindergarteners came up with lots of questions regarding the North Pole. By reading different books, watching videos, and making science experiments they will find answers. For instance they were curious about the way the polar bear stay warm.

The first hypothesis was that bears had some warm fur.

In order to test this hypothesis, SDFAS students put their hands in very cold water and then inside a fur mitten then back into the cold water to compare. Indeed, the water was much colder without the fur.

Another experiment showed them that if they put their hands in blubber, they could not feel the cold anymore. Active learning is fun!

polar science

  Friday, January 26, 2018


By Véronique Bevali

The Jog-aThon has been an annual event at the French American School of San Diego for more than 15 years. This year again, students will run to raise money for local and international charities and SDFAS. Our Pre-elementary students are getting ready to run on February 2nd for SDFAS 2018 Jog-a-Thon. Each grade will have its own objective: Our Pk0 will challenge themselves  to run for 5 minutes! It will be 7 minutes for our PK1, 10 for our PK2, up to 12 minutes for the Kindergarteners. Parents are welcome to attend this event and cheer on our young runners.

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  Friday, January 19, 2018

Be ready to be impressed!

By Véronique Bevali

SDFAS Pre-Elementary section is getting ready to present its art productions at the annual school Gala. Our students are lucky to get the expertise of some of our talented parents. Let’s look at a couple of projects: Emilie’s class will offer a blue, teal, and turquoise tree inspired by Kandinsky’s round geometric shapes under the direction of well-known artist and parent Kerry Richer.

Anne-Sophie’s Kindergarten will present a collective self-portrait: it’s a rhythmic assemblage of a savvy juxtaposition of colors and shapes completed entirely by the children with the help of another one of our talented artist, Mireille DesRosiers, who is co-chairing the gala art projects committee this year.

Tree en bleu: Specifications: acrylic medium, 36 in x 20 in (app) Portrait: Specifications: acid-free paper strips, paint, wooden box, children’s portraits by Audrey & Anne-Sophie 12 in x 12 Tree en bleu PK1: Specifications: acrylic medium, 36 in x 20 in . Portrait (K): Specifications: acid-free paper strips, paint, wooden box, children’s portraits by Audrey & Anne-Sophie 12 in x 12
  Friday, January 12, 2018

Exploring another French tradition: La Galette des Rois

By Véronique Bevali

With the arrival of January comes another French celebration with the galette des rois – the “king cake.” It’s a flaky, sweet cake served warm, straight out of the oven. But the pleasure brought by a galette des rois isn’t merely due to its delicious taste – it’s also the anticipation of wondering whether you will be the lucky one to discover la fève, a tiny charm, buried inside one of the slices. If you are, you’re “king for a day” and take your place in a 700-year old French tradition! Each class had a galette des rois, and we had a lot of royalties this week at SDFAS. In Sophie’s class, the king was Mattin, and he picked his queen, Stella.

Long live the King!
Long live the King!



  Friday, January 5, 2018

PK2 students in a P.E/Math active learning activity

By Véronique Bevali

This week our PK2 students discovered a classic game “le beret” or “steal the bacon”. Each player has a number written in his/her hands. The “bacon“ is placed in the center of the playing area. A teacher calls out a number and all students with that number run to pick up the “bacon.”

Beret PK2

It is a lot of fun and a great way to demonstrate the advantages of kinesthetic learning. In kinesthetic learning, movements and actions replace more passive forms of learning, such as listening to the teacher explaining a concept. Our young students work on numeration, are active participants in their learning and even more important in PK, they enjoy learning!

  Friday, December 15, 2017

Jingle Bells

By Véronique Bevali


Playing the handbells combines simplicity and challenges at the same time. It supports auditory skills development such as sound awareness and pitch perception, stimulates the brain and builds up memory, including musical memory. In Early Childhood education handbells are often used to enhance gross coordination skills development. But mostly it is fun!

  Friday, December 8, 2017

PK1: how do we expand our learning around a theme (the body)

By Véronique Bevali

Our Pk1 students focused on the body. They started by reading “la promenade de Flaubert”: During a stroll, the wind blows so hard that Flaubert accessories and body parts fly away! He is able to find everything back, though he might just look a bit different. The children love the story

Our 3 classes built Flaubert out of paper, blew on him, put him back together, developing body parts language and space awareness.

You probably saw some of the work derived from the theme in the classrooms. Check the video made by Alexandra in PK1: the students built a ‘child life size” patient. They then transformed in surgeon and operated on different body parts.



  Friday, December 1, 2017

SDFAS at La Jolla Christmas Parade

By Véronique Bevali


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SDFAS will participate in the 60th La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival with a Christmas float reflecting our program values. We will have a strong representation with 40 students and their families. Don’t hesitate to join us; the parade will start at 1:30 P.M from the corner of Girard Avenue & Kline Street.


  Tuesday, November 28, 2017


By Véronique Bevali




3D, answer, ask, background, business, businessman, cartoon, character, communication, competition, concept, confusion, design, doubt, face, figure, find, graphic, hand, help, human, humorous, icon, idea, illustration, information, illustration, information, isolated, male, man, mark, mind, people, pose, problem, quest, question, red, search, sign, silhouette, solution, strategy, symbol, think, white, why, worry.

Clue#1- My first is the note that follows SO

Clue#2 – My second is a jewel in Spanish

Clue#3 – My third is the first syllable of the place where your heart belongs to

Clue#4- My fourth is the family name of a famous martial arts actor and artist

Clue#6 – My fifth is the opposite of night

Clue#7 – My sixth means “step” in French

Clue#8 – My eighth means “two” in French

My whole charade is where we hope to see you marching with us on Sunday December 3, next to a festive decorated float expressing SDFAS global education and international identity!

  Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

By Véronique Bevali

What is Thanksgiving when you are 3? Our PK1 students are maybe a little confused about this wonderful tradition, but they know how special it is.

SDFAS Pre-Elementary team wish you a great Thanksgiving.