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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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