Category Archives: News

Springtime stories in Maternelle

Every month, a few of our middle school students visit the Maternelle for story time. This time they chose spring-themed stories and enjoyed the young students’ reactions and questions to the stories.

New afterschool activities: Chess

A new trimester of afterschool activities has just started, including a new chess class. Students learn the basic rules of the game or new strategies. They practice spatial skills, creative solutions, and logic all while having fun!

Lasagna and crêpes – bon appetit!

This month, our maternelle students learned how to make lasagna, salad, and crêpes for their baking and shared meal project. Students learn new cooking skills, how to work together, and to enjoy new tastes by preparing healthy meals.

Grade 1 Postcard project

Our Grade 1 students have been corresponding with students from a school in France. They wrote about themselves and their school and decorated postcards to be sent to their new pen pals.

Visit by local artist Carole Jury

Local artist and FASP parent Carole Jury visited FASP recently to talk with our Grade 8 students about her work and career. She shared how her business started, what her art techniques are, and together they learned a bit about working with oil paints. Thank you, Carole, for a fun and informative lesson!

Maternelle Celebrates Spring

Our Maternelle (Preschool, PreK, and Kindergarten) classes recently put on a presentation all about spring for their parents and friends. Songs, poetry, and dance performances about spring and new growth were accompanied by bright and beautiful art projects. The Spring Celebration is a great opportunity for families to witness their children’s progress in two languages and connect with one another. Our students and teachers really enjoy bringing parents in to what they’ve been up to, too.

Marc Boutavant visits FASP

Author/Illustrator Marc Boutavant recently visited FASP for artist workshops and a book signing! 

Boutavant is well known for his bestselling children’s series “Around the World with Mouk” as well as his monthly “Ariol” comic strip in J’aime lire, a magazine for young readers. During his visit, he spoke about the creation of his newest series “Chien Pourri” (Dumpster Dog) and answered our students’ questions about his characters and career. He also held a special book-signing time for our students to meet him and have their books signed.

Co-sponsored by the French American School of Princeton, the Princeton Public library and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Grade 8 Fundraiser: Lunch by Parents

Our Grade 8 students will be taking a trip to Bermuda in May, to experience the culture there and to work on their community project around plastic pollution. As a fundraiser, they offered a homecooked meal to our school community with the help of their parents and the PA. The food was a delicious, and the event was a success!

Middle School Science Fair

Our middle schoolers put on an engaging Science Fair on Friday, displaying their research, calculations, experiments, and creativity. The whole school visited to learn about how plants grow in different light, how temperatures affect solar panels, and much more. Several judges will choose winners based on many aspects of students’ work, display, and presentation. Winners will be announced at the end of the year. Great work!

Students discover new books at FASP’s libraries

FASP has extensive collections of French and English books in the Maternelle and Elementary/Middle School libraries. Students enjoy visiting once a week, where they can browse and borrow books to take home and enjoy. Maternelle students often read a story together, and older students share books they’ve enjoyed with the “coups de coeur.” Reading, and learning to love it, is important for building vocabulary, expanding the imagination, improving memory, and encouraging concentration.

How’s the weather? Grade 5 forum

At their forum this week, Grade 5 students presented about weather phenomena. They shared historical facts about hurricanes, scientific reasons behind lightning, showed how a tornado works, and more! Switching between languages to share their learnings, their hard work was evident!

Grade 1 forum: Circuits

Our Grade 1 students shared their recent projects with their parents at the forum this week. They used their public speaking skills while demonstrating how a circuit works. Parents got to see up-close the models students built of their classrooms with working lights! Bravo!

PA hosts Book Sale for local charities

On Saturday during Parent-Teacher conferences, the PA hosted a Book Sale of French and English books for kids and adults. Money raised at the sale will go to charities chosen by our middle school students: Action contre la faim, Save, and Embrace Kids. Thanks to all who attended and donated books!

Take Flight at the Grade 2 forum

Our Grade 2 students presented their bilingual forum all about air. They described their experiments to discover the properties of air, like building kites and parachutes, submerging something in water, and weighing a balloon. They also talked about air pollution and sang the French song Vert L’Univers. Bravo!

Handwriting techniques in Kindergarten

At FASP, students learn the foundations of handwriting starting in Preschool. Once in Kindergarten, they begin working specifically on handwriting skills through a workbook and activities. Our Kindergarten students have been developing these fine-motor skills with word-building puzzles, white boards, and lessons in their workbooks.

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