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News de Nous – 2/13/19

February 13, 2019
Searching High & Low for the News de Nous !
 Bonjour ! Another big week in FASTB land and lots to tell you about – from Open Houses and Family Days to Suzuki Concerts and Valentine’s Day, we have it covered…
New Event! Family Craft & Crêpe Day – March 2
Attention families throughout Tampa Bay – Saturday March 2nd from 10-noon, FASTB will be hosting our first-ever Family Craft and Crêpe Day! People will ask, “Isn’t it risky to combine something very fun with something really tasty?” Maybe, but our News de Nous research team has determined it is a risk worth taking.
We’re happy to partner with Krepelicious and their food truck will be on hand to make crêpes of your preference that you can purchase and enjoy in our shaded picnic area. Our playground will also be open to all and if anyone wants to peek inside the school to look around, we can make that happen too!
You don’t need to know French to come to this event – but don’t be surprised if you pick up a little while you’re here! Please RSVP to admission@fastb.org or on our Facebook event page so we can make sure the Krepelicious folks bring enough yumminess. See you March 2nd!
Open House Rewind
Thank you to all who attended our Open House last Thursday! We enjoyed meeting all of our first-time visitors and we hope to see you all again soon! Special thanks to our musical entertainment provided by Suzuki Strings: Jennifer Diedrich’s two violin students, Cole and Briana did an outstanding job (more on them below).
For those who could not attend, hopefully you can make it to our March 2nd event and you can always set up a private tour by calling the school at (727) 800-2159. Merci!
Bourse Scolaire for French Citizens-Deadline Approaches
We are thrilled to be approved to receive French scholarships beginning in 2019-2020! The Bourse Scolaire is a need-based financial aid program administered by the French government for citizens with educational expenses at accredited French schools outside of France. To apply, you must be registered with FASTB and you can click here for application instructions. The deadline to apply is next Wednesday, February 20 – feel free to contact us with questions.
2019-20 Enrollment: Steps To Apply
We are in the middle of our enrollment period for 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we have had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
Camp FASTB – Coming This Summer!
We are pleased to announce that Camp FASTB will debut this summer for ages 5 and up! Beginning June 10, we will offer up to 6 weeks of French Immersion camp broken down as follows:
  1. Full Day – 9am-3pm $300 per child, per week
  2. Half Day – 9am-Noon $200 per child, per week
Extended care will be available at an additional cost. We are targeting the weeks beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22. If you are interested, please contact us by replying to this email with the following information:
  1. Your name and contact information
  2. Your child’s or children’s name and date of birth*
  3. Number & dates of the weeks you intend to enroll
* Must be at least 5 years old before 9/1/19
Ultimately, enrollment will dictate what we will be able to offer so please let us know as soon as you can.
We are also accepting applications for French speaking camp counselors so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know – merci!
Vendredi Violons
Final preparations for our first Suzuki Violin performance for parents and families this Friday at 2! Jennifer’s students are working hard and will be ready to perform a piece, demonstrate proper positioning and share their knowledge of their instrument. Can’t wait to see what they’ve learned!
Jennifer will open another 6-week group session beginning next week – please contact her with your plans moving forward.
Peek into the future: last week, Jennifer’s private studio students performed very well with the Pinellas County Schools All-County Orchestra. Congratulations to the whole Suzuki Strings group!
Suzuki Strings students and their proud leader: from left, Ashley Gielazyn, Hailey Touchton, Jennifer Diedrich, Cole Kountoupis, Briana DeStoppelaire
Elementary Class – Hearts, Butterflies, Ladybugs and Picasso
Claire’s elementary class had a busy week – hard to know where to begin! The caterpillar above tried to get away but he was restored to his proper position to join his fellow butterflies-to-be, getting ready for their breakout moment (below). We are still waiting… Thank you to Wendy Risk for providing the plant and the opportunity to witness the transformation!
With nature’s drama looming on the shelf, students turned their attention to two upcoming Thursday events: Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and our 100 Days Celebration next Thursday (marking our 100th day of school this year!). With lots of hearts roaming about for V-Day, Claire decided to combine the two celebrations, so students are all chipping in to create 100 hearts with their 100 favorite French words – vocabulary & math mixed with a little fun!
Hearts also found their way into Art this week (above) with students creating coccinelles (ladybugs) and they also studied a piece from Picasso (below) called “Les Mains aux Fleurs” (Hands with Flowers). Claire explained that “the meaning is to offer a gift to someone we love. Perfect for Valentines Day!”
Music & Me Parachutes In
Mr. Alex introduced a new element to his weekly Music & Me sessions and the excitement could be felt in Fort Lauderdale. The parachute was a big hit – our News de Nous analysts believe that there will be parachute requests in future sessions.
Event Notice: Our friends at Music & Me have an upcoming event at Cage Brewery called Sip N Sing, an old style family sing-a-long, Sunday February 24th at 5pm and would love to have our FASTB extended family join them! To find out more, you can visit their Facebook event page – hope to see you there!
Pre-K Class – Beaucoup de Valentine’s Day
Priscilla’s Pre-K class was also busy preparing for Valentine’s Day with lots of artwork involving shapes (above and below) plus a few surprises for parents…
Students also worked on forming letters during an exercise in which they used sand to write with their fingers.
FASTB Calendars 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
Snowing In Maine
To keep tabs on activities up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us on the News de Nous staff wish you a great week and a Happy Valentin’s Day – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 2/6/19

February 6, 2019
Happy (Lunar) New Year !
 Bonjour ! Chinese New Year is just one of many items on the News de Nous newsfeed this week – tomorrow’s Open House, Camp FASTB details, reports from Pre-K, Elementary and Suzuki music classes, and an animal rescue operation all made headlines as well – here we go…
Open House – Tomorrow Evening 6-8pm
We are transitioning from counting down the days to counting down the hours to our Open House, tomorrow evening, February 7th from 6:00-8:00pm. The 2019-20 enrollment period is underway so if you are considering our school, we urge you to attend and please spread the word. We will be conducting tours and answering questions, plus you will have a chance to meet teachers and parents. A great opportunity to explore the lifelong gift of language for your child!
Watch parents from our school in Maine in our Power of Immersion video series discuss our immersion approach and its impact on their children and families:
The Power of Immersion - It's Magical
The Power of Immersion - What if it Works?
The Power of Immersion - Why Was I Worried?
Refreshments, wine, appetizers and desserts will be served so please RSVP to admission@fastb.org or on our Facebook event page. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening!
Bourse Scolaire for French Citizens
We are thrilled to be approved to receive French scholarships beginning in 2019-2020! The Bourse Scolaire is a need-based financial aid program administered by the French government for citizens with educational expenses at accredited French schools outside of France. To apply, you must be registered with FASTB and you can click here for application instructions. The deadline to apply is February 20 – feel free to contact us with questions.
Camp FASTB – Framework & Details
We are pleased to announce that Camp FASTB will debut this summer for ages 5 and up! Beginning June 10, we will offer up to 6 weeks of French Immersion camp broken down as follows:
  1. Full Day – 9am-3pm $300 per child, per week
  2. Half Day – 9am-Noon $200 per child, per week
Extended care will be available at an additional cost. We are targeting the weeks beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22. If you are interested, please contact us by replying to this email with the following information:
  1. Your name and contact information
  2. Your child’s or children’s name and date of birth*
  3. Number & dates of the weeks you intend to enroll
* Must be at least 5 years old before 9/1/19
Ultimately, enrollment will dictate what we will be able to offer so please let us know as soon as you can.
We are also accepting applications for French speaking camp counselors so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know – merci!
FASTB Rings In The Chinese New Year
Yesterday’s inaugural FASTB Chinese New Year event was a big success. Thanks to the terrific and informative presentation by Dr. Linda Carroll, a former USF Chinese language professor and current instructor at the Tampa Bay Chinese School, students tried on some traditional Chinese clothing, learned about the Chinese Lunar New Year and why it is different from the western calendar and also learned the zodiac animal that is associated with their year of birth.
Dr. Carroll also demonstrated how to write Chinese characters and wrote each student’s name (thank you to Claire for providing the calligraphy kit). All in all, it was a great afternoon for everyone involved. The beginning of a FASTB tradition – Merci Dr. Carroll !
Elementary Class – Well Prepared For The New Year
Whether posing behind the Pre-K class’ Chinese Hanfu creation (above), or working on their own art projects, Claire’s Elementary class was ready for yesterday’s Chinese New Year – and much of their art work was used to decorate our lobby for the event (below).
The Découverte du monde (Discovery of the world) Chinese theme also had students hard at work in math, geography and writing as they studied Chinese maps, language, food, literature and traditions. Lots on their plate, but still time to smile for the camera – love it!
SPCA To The Rescue
We had a little animal drama yesterday after we discovered an injured squirrel on the FASTB campus. Ashley from the Pinellas County SPCA came right over and, before a crowd of onlookers, explained what she was doing and took the squirrel to receive care. Bravo !
Pre-K Class – Art, Sport et Crêpes
The Pre-K week was a balancing act of indoor and outdoor activities… and eating. Priscilla made good use of the playground for sport as students navigated a course that involved balancing, climbing and obstacles (below).
With the appetite built up, students (and teachers) munched on crêpes Monday in honor of the French holiday, La Chandeleur (below).
And with physical energy spent and bellies full, the creative juices were flowing as students made dragons, some even channeling their inner dragon in the process.
Suzuki Practice = Suzuki Progress
A little over midway through our inaugural 6-week group session, Suzuki violin instructor, Jennifer Diedrich, reports that students are progressing toward our February 15th performance, learning the finer points of positioning, the bow & violin holds and the “Mississippi Texas” rhythm. Key is repetition and practice – and also listening to the book one music!
2019-20 Enrollment: Steps To Apply
While we continue to enroll students for 2018-19, we are very focused on 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we’ve had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
FASTB Calendar 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
What’s Going On Up There?
To keep tabs on activities up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us on the News de Nous staff wish you a great week – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 1/30/19

January 30, 2019
The News Is Piled High!
Bonjour ! So much to tell you about this week both in and out of the classroom so let’s get right to it…
Open House – February 7th 6-8pm
Our next Open House is just 8 days away – Thursday, February 7th from 6:00-8:00pm. We are in the midst of our enrollment period for 2019-20 so if you are considering our school, we urge you to attend and please spread the word. We will be conducting tours and answering questions, plus you will have a chance to meet teachers and parents. A great opportunity to explore the lifelong gift of language for your child!
Refreshments, wine, appetizers and desserts will be served so please RSVP to admission@fastb.org or on our Facebook event page. We look forward to seeing you on the 7th!
Bourse Scolaire for French Citizens
We were very pleased this week to be approved to receive French scholarships beginning in 2019-2020! The Bourse Scolaire is a need-based financial aid program administered
by the French government for citizens with educational expenses at accredited French schools outside of France. To apply, you must be registered with FASTB and you can click here for application instructions. The deadline to apply is February 20 – feel free to contact us with questions.
French Schools Invade New Orleans
Heads of School from the 54 North American schools accredited by the French Ministry of Education in New Orleans this week. Can you find FASTB’s Willy LeBihan? (Clue: top railing, a little left of center)
FASTB Founders, Elizabeth & Willy LeBihan participated in this week’s 3-day conference in New Orleans for the 54 schools in North America accredited by the French Ministry of Education. Beth, Willy and all of the directors worked together to design and plan staff development for teachers in 2019-20 academic year and shared pedagogical projects.
Elizabeth & Willy LeBihan with Francis Carlier, Director of the San Diego French American School
Workshops were led by Vincent Sciama, Consulate General of France in New Orleans, Laurent Signoles, Secretary of the AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad), Jean-Christophe Deberre, General Director of MLF (Mission Laïque Française), Bruno Eldin, Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy and Sophie Beaumont, AEFE Pedagogical Inspector for North America. Willy and Beth reported that there was a particularly interesting session on Innovation and Pedagogy, led by David Instance, Professor at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.
“This was a great opportunity to collaborate with other Heads of Schools and Pedagogical Directors in our network!” said Willy.
The LeBihan’s also caught up with retiring Director of MLF in North America, Jean-François Genay (above). A great mentor to Beth & Willy, Mr. Genay was also Principal and Head of School of several prestigious institutions, including: Lycée Français de New York, United Nations International School and Lycée International de Los Angeles. We wish Mr. Genay well in his retirement!
Pre-K Class: Art de la Fourchette
Have you ever had a fork and some paint and wondered what to do? Problem solved: create a panda! That’s among the many art projects that Priscilla’s Pre-K class was involved in this week, exploring their creativity and learning about animals. The class also worked in some math and counting while engaged in play, plus a little writing as well (below left).
Looking ahead, February 2nd is La Chandeleur, a French holiday perhaps best known for eating crêpes – lots of them! Since it’s Saturday, parents in Priscilla’s class will be bringing in crêpes for their children on Monday (another way to use a fork). Tasty recipe posted below:
Chinese New Year – February 5
FASTB is marking the Chinese New Year next Tuesday at 12:45 with an event featuring a special guest. Dr. Linda Carroll, a longtime professor of Chinese and Japanese at USF and currently an instructor at the Tampa Bay Chinese School, will do a presentation on the new year and the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, Chinese culture & language and will also bring some traditional Chinese clothing. Parents are welcome – please let us know if you will be attending.
Elementary Class – New Year Prep and Butterflies
Elementary students also enjoyed a great session last Thursday with volunteer Wendy Risk (below), who brought in some caterpillars and a butterflies! Ms. Risk raises monarchs and for many years was a French, English and ESL teacher of students ranging from middle school to college.
Claire’s Elementary class has been preparing for the Chinese New Year with some lantern art work (above) and a geography lesson to find China on the world map (left). Additionally, students learned to write Happy New Year in Chinese (below) and have been learning Chinese history in the book, “La Légende du Cerf-Volant”.
Thank you, Wendy, for sharing with our students. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this week!!
You may recall that students studied the book, “La Chenille qui Fait des Trous” (“The Hungry Caterpillar”) earlier this year, so this was a perfect way to bring to life all of the lessons Claire taught related to that book, including the stages of life from caterpillar to butterfly.
Summer Camp On The Way
As we mentioned in last week’s News de Nous, we are planning our first Immersion Summer Camp! The plan is for one or two 1-week full-day sessions, depending on enrollment, and will be entirely en Français ! Dates are to be determined – we invite your input so please don’t hesitate to reach out with your thoughts and your interest. We look forward to hearing from you – Merci !
2019-20 Enrollment: Steps To Apply
While we continue to enroll students for 2018-19, we are very focused on 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we’ve had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
FASTB Calendar 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
Check in on Maine
To keep tabs on activities up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagramof our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us on the News de Nous staff wish you a great week – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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French Scholarship Deadline UPDATE

January 29, 2019
Bonjour!
 For those interested in applying for the bourse scolaire at FASTB for 2019-20, the Consulate in Miami has just announced a deadline of February 20. Please click here for the deadline update and here for details on applying for the bourse scolaire.
Please also keep in mind the two important steps we announced yesterday:
  1. Contact us to register your child with The French American School of Tampa Bay for admission.
  2. Contact the French Consulate in Miami as soon as possible to complete your bourse application. The Consulate can assist you with any questions and advise us as to any documents that may be required.
Our complete contact information is at the bottom of this email and contact information for the Consulate is here:
Consulat Général de France à Miami
Service des Affaires sociales
1395 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1050
Miami, FL 33131
Tél : (305) 403-4172
Merci !
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
Located at: 2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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FASTB To Receive French Bourse

January 28, 2019
Big News For French Families!
 The French American School of Tampa Bay is thrilled to announce that we have just been approved to receive French scholarships starting in the 2019-20 school year. Deadline to apply is in February.
The French Bourse Scolaire is a need-based financial aid program administered by the French government to assist French citizens with educational expenses at accredited French schools outside of France.
Click here for specific information and bourse application criteria on the French Consulate in Miami site
Click here to download the application
The deadline for the 2019-20 bourse scolaire is February, 2019. You will need to act quickly. Important steps:
  1. Contact us to register your child with The French American School of Tampa Bay for admission.
  2. Contact the French Consulate in Miami as soon as possible to complete your bourse application. The Consulate can assist you with any questions and advise us as to any documents that may be required.
Students in any grade from preschool through grade 5 are welcome to apply for assistance.
Families who are registered with The French American School of Tampa Bay and whose children are French citizens may apply for the bourse if their child is three years or older before December 31 of the year for which they are applying (12/31/19 for the 2019-20 school year). The French government establishes its own criteria for awarding the bourse.
Feel free to share this with any French families you know and don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.
Merci !
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
Located at: 2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 1/23/19

January 23, 2019
Parent Captures Super Blood Wolf Moon!
 Bonjour ! Some nice telescopic photography from one of our parents Sunday night turned into some lessons in our Elementary class this week – News de Nous has that story, plus shapes, paints and language improvement in Pre-K; Summer Camp and Open House plans and much more…
Elementary Lunar Lesson
Special thanks to Joe Barry for the fabulous photos of the éclipse lunaire (lunar eclipse) overnight on Sunday! Claire took it from there, creating lessons about the phases of the moon in Discovery of the World and recreating the recent eclipse in art (below). Bravo !
Work continued this week on vocabulary and writing as well, and another art project wrapped up about the reading hour, l’Horloge Chat (below)
Open House – February 7th 6-8pm
Please mark your calendars for our next Open House – Thursday, February 7th from 6:00-8:00pm. We are in the midst of our enrollment period for 2019-20 so if you are considering our school, we urge you to attend and please spread the word. We will be conducting tours and answering questions, plus you will have a chance to meet teachers and parents. A great opportunity to explore the lifelong gift of language for your child!
Refreshments will be served so please RSVP to admission@fastb.org so we will be prepared. We hope to see you on the 7th!
Some Summer Camp Info
In this year of FASTB Firsts, we are planning our first Immersion Summer Camp! What we know is that it will consist of one or two 1-week full-day sessions, depending on enrollment, and will be entirely en Français ! Dates are to be determined – we invite your input so please don’t hesitate to reach out with your thoughts and your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!
Pre-K In Good Shape
Priscilla’s Pre-K class not only did a lot of work with shapes, particularly circles, but also discovered, through activities and painting games, the many objects (above & left) that can be used to make the shapes!
Plenty of time for some good old fashioned paint rolling too (below left) and some impressive math concentration with a hungry reptile lurking (below right).
Priscilla has also noticed improvement in students’ use of French to communicate – in November, students would understand but usually answer in English; now, they are speaking more in French, particularly in the day to day rules of the class (washing hands, putting on shoes, going to lunch etc.). Bravo Pre-K-ers!
2019-20 Enrollment: Steps To Apply
While we continue to enroll students for 2018-19, we are very focused on 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we’ve had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
FASTB Calendar 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
Somewhere Under That Blanket of Snow is Maine
To keep tabs on activities up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us on the News de Nous staff wish you a great week – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 17 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 1/16/19

January 16, 2019
A Balanced Week
 Bonjour ! We all lived a balanced FASTB life this past week when it came to work and play, arts, music & yoga, and even the colorful foods our preschoolers brought for lunch as you’ll see below. We also released our calendar for next year but we begin with an Open House recap and preview of one to come…
Open House – Past and Future
Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our Open House yesterday! It was great to meet you and we look forward to many more meetings to come. We know weekday mornings are not always the most convenient time for families so we will be holding an evening Open House on February 7th from 6-8pm. More details to come on that but you can count on tours, refreshments and lots of Q&A time! Please mark the date.
As always, the invitation to set up a private tour is always open so please feel free to contact us – (727) 800-2159 or email Dan Hannigan at dan.hannigan@fastb.org Merci !!
Elementary Time
The theme of the week in Claire’s Elementary class is time, and students above are learning how to read the time on a clock – a bit of a lost art in 2019. As the week progresses, time will work its way into Art and Discovery of the World subjects. Students are also continuing to take advantage of the classroom Bibliothèque, borrowing books on weekends and returning to share what they read with the class.
Suzuki Chin Music & Teacher Recognition
Outside the elementary classroom, Suzuki group lessons continued as students became better acquainted with the instrument, learning that there are three places for the violin:
  1. In the case
  2. Playing Position (left)
  3. Rest Position (below)
Playing Position is tricky and requires assistance at first – students learn the proper position by balancing a soft object, like the pink eraser in the photo, for 5 seconds and then return to Rest Position.
While students make progress with their violins, we need to give a big News de Nous congrats to our Suzuki Instructor Jennifer Diedrich, whose Suzuki Strings studio was recognized with a great article in the latest Northeast Journal, which you can see here. Well done and well deserved, Jennifer!
Colorful and Tasty in Pre-K
A color filled week in Priscilla’s Pre-K class as each day represents a different color, not only in Art (above and left) but also in the food students are bringing to lunch! Monday was Verte (green), Tuesday was Orange, today is Bleu, Thursday and Friday will be Jaune (yellow) and Rouge (red), respectively.
Our News de Nous body language experts have determined from the photos below that Monday tasted better than Tuesday.
Music & Me Yoga Debut
Priscilla’s class led into their colorful week with the debut of our Yoga class Monday morning. Instructor Anne Vaurie will be teaching both Pre-K and Elementary classes on Mondays through the end of the school year. Pre-K parents please note: the class begins at 8:45 so we ask that you have students here on time to take full advantage of this program. Merci and welcome Anne !!
Openings for 2018-19 & Beyond: Steps To Apply
As we continue to enroll students for 2018-19, we are also lookling ahead to 2019-20, if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we’ve had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
FASTB Calendar 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that it is more in line with area schools (no construction project this summer!) To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
Keep an Eye on Maine
To keep tabs on activities up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us on the News de Nous staff wish you a great week – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 17 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 1/9/19

January 9, 2019
We’re Baaaack!
 Bonne Année !! We hope everyone in our extended FASTB family had a wonderful holiday and new year. It’s great to be back and we’re right in the swing of things: this week’s News de Nous includes a preview of our Open House, a review of our Congressional visit, the launch of our Suzuki Music session and updates from the Pre-K & Elementary classes. Let’s catch up…
Open House – Tuesday, January 15 10:00am
We hope to see you all at our January 15th Open House, from 10-Noon. The timing provides an opportunity to see our classes in session and witness the immersion environment first-hand. Plus you’ll have a chance to meet teachers & parents, tour the school and ask as many questions as you’d like! Refreshments will be served.
Whether you are still thinking about this current year, or looking ahead to next year, we are happy to discuss either option with you. Please RSVP to admission@fastb.org. See you next Tuesday – Merci !
Congressional Oversight
We were very pleased to have Congressman Charlie Crist visit FASTB Monday along with two members of his staff. Congressman Crist toured the school and also spent some time observing and interacting with our Elementary class (left), as well a chatting with us about education in general, and our approach in particular, which he found to be an “innovative learning experience”.
Thank you to Congressman Crist for reaching out and visiting.
Pictured at right, from left to right, FASTB Parent Rhatia Carr Murphy, FASTB Founder Elizabeth LeBihan, US Representative Charlie Crist and FASTB Director Dan Hannigan
2019 Takes Shape in Pre-K
Priscilla’s Pre-K students celebrated the new year in song and working with shapes in their Montessori workshops – recognition first and then putting them in the right place
As always, there was a lot of enthusiasm when it came to donning the smock and wielding the brush. Come to think of it, there are very few things they are not enthusiastic about! Priscilla and Pauline wish all a happy 2019.
Elementary Class Has Heart
Claire’s Elementary class returned from break with lots of smiles and hugs – and Claire echoes Priscilla & Pauline in wishing you all a happy new year.
The class kicked off January working on primary and secondary colors as well as warm and cold colors, and the work in the above photo represents Kandinsky-inspired Heart Art. Elsewhere, students jumped back into math and they are progressing toward the end of their phonétique book. The new class poem for January is “La Nouvelle Année” and students began work on that by copying the text as a writing exercise.
Suzuki Music Underway
Tuesday marked day one of our introductory 6-week Suzuki Music session. Our instructor, Jennifer Diedrich, went over the different parts of the violin to help familiarize students with their new instrument.
Jennifer will contact parents about ways students can listen to Book One music at home to reinforce what is being learned in class and aid in practicing.
Openings for 2018-19 & Beyond: Steps To Apply
As we continue to enroll students for 2018-19, (added a student this week!) and also look ahead to 2019-20, if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we’ve had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
FASTB Calendar 2018-19
Click on the calendar to the right to get our updated schedule for the school year. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events.
We will also be releasing the 2019-20 calendar soon. As many of you know, our calendar this year was impacted by the summer building construction. Next year, the school year will align with all the area private & public schools.
Weather Not Always Nice in Maine – It’s Snow Joke!
Snow day in Maine today, kids love it – we like 70º and sunny! To keep tabs on activities up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us on the News de Nous staff wish you a great week – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 17 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 12/19/18

December 19, 2018
‘Tis The Season…
Bonjour – A pretty jolly final week before the winter break here at FASTB: Pre-K and Elementary students have been hard at work in the classroom, but also excited to perform at our Holiday Fête, and we’re excited that January will bring plenty of action at FASTB as we kick off two new programs and host the first of our two winter Open Houses. News de Nous has all the details below…
Friday Fête
We hope to see parents and families join us for our pre-pick up Holiday Fête this Friday at 2:15. Our undercover investigative team was able to confirm through various unnamed sources that yes, there will be a performance from each class! All the more reason to attend, plus there will be lots of tasty treats to enjoy as well. See you then!!
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2019 Open House Dates
We’re ringing in the new year with two FASTB Open House dates: a morning edition on January 15 from 10 to Noon; and an evening session on February 7 from 6 to 8.
There are advantages to both – the January 15th Open House, however, provides an opportunity to see our classes in session and witness the immersion environment first-hand. We hope you can join us and feel free to bring a friend.
Whether you are still thinking about this current year, or looking ahead to next year, we are happy to discuss either option with you. Refreshments will be served – you can RSVP to admission@fastb.org. Merci !
A Tip of the Chapeau in Pre-K
Priscilla’s Pre-K students are identifying first letters with certain objects, like that fancy hat, or Chapeau, in the photo above, all continuing to build vocabulary – and have fun at the same time!
In the Montessori-style independent activity areas, we see small, medium and large bins with corresponding objects (below left). Differentiating sizes is not easy at first, but that smile on the right says, “Je sais où ça va !” (“I know where this goes”)
Elementary On The Move
Before a yoga session Monday, Claire put together a motor skills course (left) in which students had to maneuver around cones, while dribbling a ball and, preferably, not running into each other (it was a crash-free session!).
In class, independent work focused on math and writing: recognizing and writing numbers in groupings of tens and hundreds, while, at the same time, working on cursive writing. Students have also advanced to be able to independently do their phonology and vocabulary lessons.
In art, Claire introduced them Pablo Picasso’s “The Dove of Peace” (below), which was the emblem of the First International Peace Conference in Paris in 1949.
New Year = New Enrichment
The winter break is a great chance for parents of our first Suzuki Music students to head over to Violin Shop Tampa to get your child fitted for a rental violin. You can call 813-288-8215 and ask for Derek or Ethan – let them know your children are students of Jennifer Diedrich and they will get you all set up. Our first 6-week small group session begins the day after we return from break – January 8th!
Our second new program in 2019 comes from the Music & Me family – yoga with Anne Vaurie (right), who will be joining us Wednesday mornings to conduct sessions with students. Welcome Anne!
Speaking of Music & Me, today we received the books and CD’s that accompany Alex’s music sessions and students will be bringing these home as a way to keep reinforcing the songs and activities Alex does in
his class. Our teachers also have the CD’s and can incorporate some of the music on days when Alex is not there.
Openings for 2018-19 & Beyond: Steps To Apply
As we continue to enroll students for 2018-19, and also look ahead to 2019-20, if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we’ve had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
FASTB Calendar 2018-19
Click on the calendar to the right to get our updated schedule for the school year. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events.
We will also be releasing the 2019-20 calendar soon. As many of you know, our calendar this year was impacted by the summer building construction. Next year, the school year will align with all the area private & public schools.
Maine School Gets A Break Too
To keep tabs on activities up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us in the FASTB family wish you and your families a joyous holiday and happy new year! See you in 2019 – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 17 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 12/12/18

December 12, 2018
Braving The Cold!
 Bonjour – The recent frigid temperatures have not stopped our dedicated student crew from immersing themselves in the classroom or aboard the pirate ship! This week’s News de Nous takes a peek in the Pre-K and Elementary classes, a look ahead to January/February Open House dates, a look back at the Legion of Honor ceremony through the eyes of high school students, and offers some musings on music – here we go…
2019 Open House Dates Announced
The new year brings with it two FASTB Open House dates: a morning edition on January 15 from 10 to Noon; and an evening session on February 7 from 6 to 8.
More details to follow but please mark your calendars – all are welcome to join us for these opportunities to meet teachers, tour the school and dig deeper into your exploration of language immersion and all its benefits for your child.
Whether you are still thinking about this current year, or looking ahead to next year, we are happy to discuss either option with you. As always, refreshments will be served – you can RSVP to admission@fastb.org. Merci !
Holiday Send-Off
We invite parents and families to join us for a pre-pick up Holiday Fête, Friday December 21 at 2:15. Tasty goodies await – plus rumors are swirling about possible brief student performances. Details are sketchy at this point but our investigative team is on it.
We hope you will join us and kick off the upcoming break with some good cheer!
Art d’Hiver: Elementary Class Embraces Winter
Continuing to build vocabulary through working on seasons in Discovery of the World (découverte du monde), Claire’s elementary class is focused on winter. Working off a winter story, La Pie Bleue (The Blue Magpie), students combined some geometry and art in the creation of the polar bear in the story (left and below)
As students continue to build vocabulary, they are transitioning from observation mode tospeaking more and more en français! Claire is very pleased with their progress – her students also continue to make strides in phonology and are reciting French poetry as well!
Pre-K Students March with the Penguins
Winter is a big theme in the Pre-K class as well, as you can see above & below in the art workshop – cotton ball & glue technology at work with the penguins, while salt was the secret ingredient in creating realistic snowflakes.
Throughout, Priscilla reports that student vocabulary is increasing within the subject of winter and also in the French songs students are learning. Singing and poetry would be a nice addition to a holiday party… Hmmm
Music & Me: Meets and Beats!
We had a Music & Me sighting in both classrooms this past week as Alex made the rounds. The Pre-K debut was met with some hesitation at first but once Priscilla & Pauline joined in (left), everyone got into it!
Meanwhile, Alex drummed up a lot of support from the elementary class as everyone enjoyed their first djembe beats (below).
La Musique Suzuki Commence en Janvier
Very pleased to have the full participation of our elementary students in our introductory Suzuki Violin session, which begins January 8 and will culminate with a performance on February 15. Our instructor, Jennifer Diedrich will contact you with specifics on the violin rentals soon. In the meantime, we patiently await the first notes that will emanate from the music room January 8th!
Area Students Moved by Medal Ceremony
We were very happy to have local college and high school students attend the Legion of Honor ceremony at FASTB on November 29th. Among them were Honors US History students from Shorecrest Preparatory School. Their teacher, Mr. Kurt Wahlgren, recently posted an entry in the Shorecrest newsletter recapping the event and sharing impressions from his students. Thank you, Mr. Wahlgren!
Openings for 2018-19 & Beyond: Steps To Apply
As we continue to enroll students for 2018-19, and also look ahead to 2019-20, if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour. Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
FASTB Calendar 2018-19
Click on the calendar to the right to get our updated schedule for the school year, reflecting the move of the Suzuki performance to February 15. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events.
We will also be releasing the 2019-20 calendar soon. As many of you know, our calendar this year was impacted by the summer building construction. Next year, the school year will align with all the area private & public schools.
If you think it’s cold here…
To keep tabs on activities up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
Have a wonderful week – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 17 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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