News de Nous – 10/24/18

October 24, 2018
Going Up!
 Bonjour! Lots going on this week in our Elementary and Pre-K classes (besides defying gravity!), especially in the art department, plus a video that will add a little drama to your typical News de Nous read – enjoy!
A Caterpillar in Claire’s Class
Claire’s class has been very busy this week, utilizing Eric Carle’s famous story and applying it to art, science, math and reading (and French). One would think from the photos at right and below, that the art piece might be the most fun, but Claire says the students have gotten a lot out of this approach in all subject areas!
Montessori-style activities are also a part of each day (below left & right), as students tap into their creativity with various individualized modules.
FASTB Transformation
Our Founders, Elizabeth & Willy LeBihan, have a vision: a school where children become bilingual through French Immersion, in a beautiful, caring environment. An important part of that vision became reality this past summer with the complete renovation of our building at 2100 62nd Avenue North in St. Petersburg. This video captures the dramatic makeover that allowed us to open our doors this fall. For best results, view full screen, sound full :).
FASTB: The Transformation
Special thanks go to Scott Ferris & John Retsos and the whole team at Axis One Construction and architect Alex Rios for doing so much in such a condensed period of time! Aerial video courtesy of Beth Cullen at Melon Sky Media.
The Artist’s Touch In Pre-K
No shortage of Halloween spirit in Priscilla’s Pre-K class – just blink your eyes and something new is up on the wall!
To the right, creativity with leaves, a baggie and a pair of eyes and, voila – an owl! And he fits right in when it comes to taking a nap during the day.
Priscilla and Pauline also incorporate a lot of singing into their activities – en français of course – all part of the natural absorption of the language.
Suzuki Follow Up
Some of you were able to speak with Jennifer Diedrich, our Suzuki music instructor, last Thursday at drop-off time, and some were not able to stay – either way, please feel free to contact Jennifer directly to ask questions or to discuss moving forward with private piano or violin lessons during the school day.
Jennifer’s contact information is on the document at left, which she handed out at the session and it delves a little deeper into the Suzuki method. Merci!
One Week to the Halloween Parade
Next Wednesday is October 31 and it is Halloween Parade day! The Parade will begin at 2pm and all families are welcome. We will have more details for you in the next couple of days.
Open House & Openings for 2018-19 & Beyond: Steps To Apply
Soon we will be announcing dates for Open Houses this Fall & Winter, as we continue to enroll students for 2018-19, and also look ahead to 2019-20. So if you are thinking about applying, or know someone who may be interested, please consider attending one of these sessions or contact us directly for a private 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 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. You can also check the Events tab on 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!!
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
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School
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