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 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 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 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
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School
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