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Caitlin Johnson

SOS! Grade 7 & 8 forum

Grades 7 & 8 presented their creative learnings, stories and designs at their bilingual forum last week. Grade 8 students shared what they’ve learned about plastic pollution in our oceans and how they’ll help during their trip to Bermuda in May. Grade 7 students shared skits about being stranded on a desert island and displayed 3D models of their own island designs.

Grade 6 forum on Greek Mythology

Our Grade 6 students have been studying the classic Greek myths, and they acted out some of their favorite stories at their bilingual forum last week. Through these forums, students learn to present stories in an articulate, interesting, and sometimes comical way to an audience.

Middle School students share stories with Maternelle

Continuing all year, our middle school students take turns visiting the Maternelle classrooms to read stories in French and English. Here are the books that students enjoyed reading and listening to this time:

Books read in Preschool:

Love Monster Grosse colère

Books read in Pre-K:

White Rabbit’s Color Book La brouille

Books read in Kindergarten:

The Mitten Tree Les contes du château

Jersey Day at FASP

Our students and staff showed their enthusiasm for their favorite teams during Jersey Day at FASP. Sports jerseys from teams around the world were represented, though a favorite was the French soccer team after winning the World Cup last summer!

“Coups de coeur” at the FASP library

Students have been recommending books to their friends by adding a heart sticker which explains why they loved the book. It’s great to discover new reads!

Parents Association Coffee Break & General Meeting – January 2019

The Parents Association hosted it’s January coffee break and general meeting today. Today’s coffee was complemented by a galette des rois, a traditional French treat this time of year.

The PA discussed past events such as the Maternelle playdate, Middle School bowling party, sweatshirt sales (with another sale coming up in March), the Book Fair, Michel Cluizel chocolate sales, and purchases made by the PA for Maternelle cooking, the Winter Festival decorations, and elementary school workshops.

Upcoming events include the Ice Skating party on February 24th and Book Sale during the Parent-Teacher conferences on March 2nd. Stay tuned for more details about those and other events!

Design in the IB program

As part of the implementation of the IB (International Baccalaureate) program at FASP, our students are learning about the design process. They’re working with a graphic designer and special equipment to create and 3D print their own designs, learning about the concepts and skills related to the field.

Click here to learn more about Design in the IB program:

https://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/curriculum/design/

Galette des rois celebration

A common French tradition in January is the galette des rois, or kings cake. At FASP, we continue this tradition with our students every year. Our maternelle and middle school students baked their own cakes this year, and many elementary school parents also generously volunteered to make cakes. As always, it was a fun (and delicious!) moment to share together!

Rallye Mathématiques 2019 has begun!

Every year, the AEFE (network of French schools abroad) organizes a Math Rally for participating schools. Again this year, FASP’s elementary students are taking part! This year, the rally takes place over several weeks with three separate challenges. The first challenge was to play the game MasterMind, learning math skills which help you be successful in this puzzle-solving game. Stay tuned for details about the next challenge!

Afterschool Activity: Tennis & Golf

A new series of afterschool activities started in December, and some of our maternelle (Preschool-KG) students have been enjoying the Tennis & Golf class! They’re learning foundational techniques and muscle movements for tennis and golf, using kid-friendly equipment in a high-energy and very positive atmosphere.

Grade 5 Reader’s Theater performance

Grade 5 students put on a Reader’s Theater performance for younger students, featuring the myth of Demeter and Persephone and how the seasons came to be. Bravo for an enthusiastic performance!

Thursday Workshops continue with new projects

The Thursday Workshops in elementary school are continuing all year. Students learn to plan and execute a project while learning new skills using new materials and techniques. Several new workshops have started recently, including work with microscopes, knitting, weaving, painting techniques, and theater.

Middle School technology supplies provided by the PA

The School Project for 2018-2021 is “Live together, imagine, create: express yourself.” One of the many components of this project is to help our Middle School students develop their critical thinking and conceptual skills. To that end, new projects have been put in place in which students design and create using a mix of art and technology.

The FASP Parents’ Association has allocated an annual contribution of $8,000 for the purchase of supplies and materials to be used by all grades. For the Middle School, these funds have mainly been used to purchase technology equipment such as a solar tracker and electricity power meters.

Maternelle cooking supplies provided by the PA

The School Project for 2018-2021 is “Live together, imagine, create: express yourself.” One of the many components of this project is to nurture our Maternelle (Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten) students’ exploration of their world. To that end, monthly cooking projects and shared meals have been put in place. Students learn about healthy eating habits and cooking skills by preparing and eating a meal together on a monthly basis.

The FASP Parents’ Association has allocated an annual contribution of $8,000 for the purchase of supplies and materials to be used by all grades. For the maternelle, these funds have mainly been used to purchase tools and utensils for cooking.

Maternelle Winter Festival 2018

Our Maternelle parents enjoyed a festive holiday show by our Preschool, PreK, and Kindergarten students. Students danced and sang in French and English about snowballs, sleigh rides, penguins and seals, and more to really get us in the holiday mood. Everyone enjoyed treats together in the classrooms afterwards. Thank you to all our students and their teachers for a wonderful show!