During their bilingual forum last week, Grade 7 students taught us about famous physicists like Blaise Pascal, John Dalton, and Henri Becquerel. Grade 8 students highlighted a few interesting elements like sulfur and neon. Students practice their public speaking skills while switching between French and English throughout their presentation. Well done everyone!
This month, Grade 5 & 6 students are coming together to solve math problems during the Défis Mathématiques. Working in groups, they get to know students in a different grade while honing their critical thinking and teamwork skills. This competition is organized by the AEFE, the organization which unites the network of French-accredited schools around the world. Our students join in with those of many other schools worldwide!
With activities like the Défis Mathématiques, our Grade 5 students become more familiar with the Middle School space and teachers, which facilitates an easier transition to Middle School next year. Awards will be given at the end of the month to the highest-scoring team!
This year, elementary students are participating in Thursday afternoon Workshops. For several weeks, students work on developing a project or skill. Examples of these workshops include mosaics, basket weaving, orienteering, 3Doodler 3D drawing, film, sewing, robot programming, and more.
The goal of these workshops is for student to work on a project from start to finish, to develop their artistic sensibility, expression, motor skills, and ability to communicate. They also acquire a specific vocabulary on a new subject.
Our students proudly presented the fruits of their workshops so far this year during the Workshops Exposition this week. Now begins a new round of exciting workshops!
Again this year, all our elementary students are participating in the Reading Rally, a month-long reading competition in which students read and answer comprehension quizzes for as many books as they can. Both French and English books are available, and our students enjoy keeping track of their progress throughout the month.
Once a month, our Maternelle students will prepare and share a well-balanced meal together. Preparing these meals teaches students to follow instructions, use a variety of tools and materials, and taste and discover new healthy, seasonal foods. In addition, sharing a meal together promotes thoughtfulness toward each other and appreciation for finishing a project well.
The Maternelle students’ first meal was a huge success: grilled cheese sandwiches on homemade bread by the Preschool class, tomato and butternut squash soups by the Kindergarten class, and pumpkin-chocolate cake by the PreK class. Mmmm!
Coach Suzanne had many great things to say about our soccer players during their awards ceremony. Our team really learned how to play together, students grew in their roles on the team, and many fun memories were made. Thanks to dad Jean-Luc Dao for the wonderful photo slide show, and to all the other parents who volunteered to help make the season a success! GO FASP FLAMES!!!
At their bilingual forum, our Grade 5 students taught us about Veterans’ Day/Armistice Day, a day that commemorates the end of WWI 100 years ago. The students read letters from soldiers, enacted an interview with Moina Michael, imagined the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, shared a song, and more. Bravo!
Grade 3 students taught us all about the properties of water and the water cycle, which they’ve been studying via experiments, art projects, and even poetry. Their bilingual forums this week were a wonderful recap and a creative presentation in which students practice their speaking skills while sharing what they learned.
Our Grade 5 students took a trip to the Pocono Environmental Education Center last week. They enjoyed three days of nice fall weather while they explored and studied the surrounding nature. Activities included orienteering, team-building games, seeing snakes, turtles, and eagles in person, hiking, campfires, and more.
Students acquire French in a variety of ways in our new En Route program in Grade 1.
By listening to audio books in French, students practice their listening skills and become more familiar with pronunciation and vocabulary.
In art class, students learn to follow directions in a dynamic setting.
In French class, students practice their handwriting in “écriture” (writing) books.
Middle School students visited the maternelle classes to read autumn-themed stories in French and English – a treat for everyone! They will continue this regularly throughout the year.
Books read in Kindergarden
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night Citrouille, ma citrouille