Although we were unable to see you walk across the stage, we’re excited to watch you take the next step in your educational journey. We’ll miss you within the halls of FASP, but we’re ready to watch you #SayOui to all the great opportunities that will come your way! #Bravo to you, and good luck in high school next fall!
On January 24th, the FASP Parents’ Association hosted their second coffee break and general meeting of the academic year. The morning meeting started with traditional almond galette and coffee, followed by an open discussion on upcoming events and initiatives set for the remainder of the academic year.
Earlier this week, parents of eighth graders hosted “Lunch by Parents” to help fund their students’ end of the year trip. Parents prepared a meal consisting of Zucchini Velouté, lasagna and a dessert. Take a look at the tasty afternoon below!
During the week of January 13th, students at FASP celebrated the traditional “Galette Des Rois” celebration in the cafeteria. FASP’s kings and queens enjoyed a delicious cake during the celebration.
For elementary and middle school students, the cake was graciously paid for by the FASP Parents’ Association, who purchased them from local caterer “Cuisine, by Anne-Renee.” In maternelle, students prepared the cakes in class during a baking activity.
The book fair brought together the FASP community made up of students, parents and faculty. The day-long event offered a selection of children’s literature, crafts and two special story times read to students. In addition to literature and crafts, the book fair welcomed children’s book illustrators Risa Horiuchi and Mike Moran, as well as author Kelsey Kloss, who specializes in children’s literature.
During the event, Moran led a drawing workshop, which engaged middle-school aged students. Earlier in the day, a special story time gathered the attention of the younger students.
Kloss, author of the book Malty the Blue Tiger, feels honored to have read to the bilingual students of the school.
“We had so much fun reading and signing Malty the Blue Tiger in Princeton,” said Kloss. “It was wonderful to meet all of the fantastic readers and families who joined us!”
Horiuchi, who illustrated Kloss’ book and a number of other children’s books, also read during the story time.
“It was great to see the children’s reactions to Malty the Blue Tiger,” said Horiuchi. “Their reactions really brought the illustrations to life.”
The event, coordinated by the FASP Parents’ Association, is an annual book fair designed to help grow the school’s library through both donated and purchased books.
“All funds raised during the event go toward purchasing additional books for the school library,” said Prisca Tsai, President of the FASP Parents’ Association. “The book fair is one of the biggest events that the association coordinates for the school.”
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.
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.
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.