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2019 Maternelle end-of-the-year event

What a playful, creative, and impressive show put on by our Maternelle students and their teachers last Friday! This was a great opportunity for parents to see the progress their children have made this year at FASP and to celebrate together. Bravo!

IB Approaches to Learning: Communication

One of the approaches to learning of the IB-MYP (International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program) is to ‘use a variety of speaking techniques to communicate with a variety of audiences.” At FASP, our students practice this in many ways in class, during their forums, in the afterschool program, and more. During their debate sessions, our Grade 5 & 6 students have been working in groups to consider all sides of important topics. Then they present their opinions in a debate format in front of their peers and teachers. Learning to express themselves in two languages and to many types of people will help our students to become effective communicators.

Kindergarteners visit Grade 1

There are a lot of new and exciting things about Grade 1 – a different classroom environment, homework(!), more emphasis on reading skills, and more. To help get our Kindergarten students ready and excited for this new adventure, they recently visited the Grade 1 class to see what it’s like. They met one of the characters in the French books, met the teacher, and talked about how things will be different. They’ll be all set to start in September!

High School Information Session 2019

Transitioning to high school after FASP can seem like a big step, with many options and steps to think about. Admissions officers from local private high schools visited FASP recently to tell us about their admissions process and answer our students’ and parents’ questions. A current Grade 8 family also came to share about their recent experience and offer helpful advice. If you have questions about high school options, please feel free to reach out to us!

Grade 8 trip to Bermuda

This month, our Grade 8 students took a trip to Bermuda after months of preparation. Their goal was to study the effects of plastic pollution, in addition to discovering a beautiful island.

There, they joined a local school in a round-table discussion about environmental issues and did a beach cleanup with the organization Keep Bermuda Beautiful. They visited the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute to learn about the human impact on marine environments. They also got hands-on learning opportunities at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences with a coral reef visit.

Our students came back more informed and motivated to help against plastic pollution!

End of the Year Theatrical Show

Our Middle School students put together a wonderful variety of skits and poetry presentations for their end-of-the-year show. Their parents and siblings came to enjoy a night of laughs through students’ skits in French about life as a teenager and social media culture. Students also recited their original poems in English. Bravo!

End of the Year Exhibit: Elementary

All year, our elementary students have been working with their hands during the Thursday Workshops. They’ve been baking, sewing, making pottery, working with robots, and so much more. Last week their classes put together an impressive exhibit of all these projects for their parents to come and enjoy. Take a look at some of the beautiful work they’ve done!

Debates in Grade 5 & 6

For the last two months, our Grade 5 and 6 students have been working together to consider different sides of current issues. They develop a position concerning topics like family dynamics, the effects of technology on society, our environmental impact, and how to create change. Students then take turns debating an issue and deciding whether they have changed their mind or remain firm in their stance. Thinking critically from different viewpoints and expressing oneself in front of others are important parts of students’ development into global citizens.

Teacher Appreciation Day at FASP

Our school has an amazing team of teachers and staff who work together to bring a bilingual education to our students. Every year on National Teacher Appreciation Day, the team is treated to a delicious home-cooked meal by our Parents Association and volunteer parents. Thank you for your gratitude and for preparing such a nice feast!

Field Trip to the Rainbow Fish

Our Maternelle students recently went to the NJ State Theater to see a fun show of the Rainbow Fish. They love getting to take a school bus, some for the first time! The show was a creative light show retelling the favorite kids book.

Book Sale donation to Embrace Kids Foundation

Thanks to the FASP community and Parents Association, our school is able to send $400 to the Embrace Kids Foundation to help support children facing health challenges. Thank you everyone for coming together for a good cause!

Escape Room at the Franklin Institute

Our Middle School students recently put their teamwork and thinking skills to the test at the Franklin Institute’s Escape Room exhibit. They worked together to solve clues and complete their mission. They also took a tour of the Rodin Museum while in the Philadelphia area.

Field Trip to Dragons Love Tacos

Our Grade 1 & 2 students headed to the Trenton Patriots Theater to see Dragons Love Tacos during their field trip! What a wonderful show!

Grade 8 Class Trip to study and reduce plastic pollution in Bermuda

In mid-May, our Grade 8 students will be traveling to the island of Bermuda for their class trip. The island will be beautiful and the weather will surely be pleasant, but our students are going with another focus: to study plastic pollution in our oceans. They will visit local organizations to learn what work is being done, how to help, and they’ll see firsthand the impact that human activity has on marine life.

In preparation for their trip, our students have been studying the problem of plastic pollution in Bermuda and around the world. Their winter forum showcased some of their research, and they recently visited the Grade 5 class to lead a workshop in reusing recycled plastic materials.

This trip is linked to the students’ community project as a component of their education in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. This community project is an integral part of an IB education, in which students raise awareness of an issue. Our students will return from their trip to share with the FASP community what they’ve learned and to raise awareness of the plastic pollution problem.

Stay tuned for an update after their trip!

Learn more about the IB MYP community project learning goals here: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/curriculum/myp-projects/

The FASP yearbook is coming together!

Our Yearbook team of volunteer parents has been working hard all year to prepare another beautiful book of FASP memories. Last week, class photos and graduation photos were taken on our campus amid flowering trees and green grass. We’re excited to show you the fruits of this hard work in a few short weeks. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek!