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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