News de Nous – 11/7/18

November 7, 2018
Nouveau en Novembre!
 Bonjour! Welcoming in Thanksgiving month with a lot on the FASTB plate including not one but two Open Houses, a prestigious Medal Ceremony, all kinds of classroom activities and more in this week’s News de Nous!
Open House This Friday 9-11am
We are looking forward to seeing you this Friday, November 9, for our FASTB Open House Morning Session. Doors open at 9am – it’s a great chance to explore French Immersion for your child as you will have the opportunity to peek in on classes, meet teachers, tour the school and ask all the questions you can think of! The whole family is welcome!
Refreshments will be served – we ask that you RSVP to admission@fastb.orgso we can make sure we have enough. Please help us spread the word – Merci!
If the timing of this Open House does not work for you, we will have an Open House Evening Session on November 28 from 6pm-8pm, and we are always available for private tours as well, so if you or someone you know has an interest in their child becoming bilingual, please contact us.
Légion d’Honneur Ceremony at FASTB November 29
French Consul General Clément Leclerc, on behalf of French President Emmanuel Macron, has selected FASTB to host a ceremony in which two local American World War II veterans, Joseph Corbin and Francis Smith, will be awarded the French Republic’s highest order of merit for military and civil conduct, the Légion d’Honneur, for their service in France during the war.
This event also has an educational element as area college and high school students will be attending and participating. We hope you will join us in honoring these two heroes. The ceremony is November 29 at 2:30pm – please click here for the press release with more details.
En Classe – Pre-K
There’s just something about painting, isn’t there? Our Pre-K students love it and they are learning to paint different ways: with fingers, brushes, cotton and sponges; plus learning the colors in French develops language skills naturally within an activity. Smocks are sharp looking too!
Speaking of vocabulary… Each day, the students gather in a welcome circle (above left) around Priscilla and Pauline, and they say hello, introduce themselves and tell their age, all in French. They learn weather and calendar words in French, and all can count to dix!
En Classe – Elementary
Better watch out, our new Elementary class giraffe doesn’t care that the class theme of the month is Autumn, he just wants a bite of that nice big leaf!
Autumn is everywhere in Claire’s Elementary class – a focus on the many Autumn colors in Art, developing French vocabulary within the context of the season and reading Autumn-themed books and poetry. Students will also now have an opportunity to borrow a book from the class library each weekend.
Info Session A Success
Last Thursday, Jade Associates from Miami conducted an information session at FASTB for French citizens living in the U.S. regarding international pension rules. Those who attended learned a lot during the session and were treated to some tasty treats afterward. Thank you to Jade Associates CEO Olivier Sureau (speaking at right) for choosing FASTB to host this event!
Suzuki Follow Up
Please contact our Suzuki music instructor, Jennifer Diedrich, if you’re interested in beginning lessons – she will go over billing, scheduling, instrument selection, etc. Parents will pay Jennifer directly for the lessons, which take place during school hours in our music room.
At left is a PDF that provides an overview of the Suzuki method and Jennifer’s contact information is at the bottom of the document. We’re looking forward to your child filling FASTB with beautiful music – Merci!
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 attending one our Open House events (see above) 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. Please note recent changes in the calendar: we will have school on November 12 and February 18, and there will be no school on November 19 & 20, resulting in a full week off for Thanksgiving.
Please also check the Events tab on periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci!
It’s Getting Chilly 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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