News de Nous – 12/7/20

December 7, 2020
Meanwhile, On the Otter Side of the Fence…
 Our FASTB wildlife team grew by one this past week with a friendly otter joining the cast of ducks, birds and turtles (and unofficial dinosaurs who reside in our preschool class). Our students have enjoyed observing the movements of la loutre d’école.
 In this edition of NdN, we had some artistic inspiration from Brittany, while butterflies made a grand entrance and exit, plus – we have news on how you can take a virtual tour, a review COVID holiday guidelines and more…
FASTB Holiday Guidelines
With two big holidays arriving as COVID cases increase nationwide, and in accordance with the CDC and our medical advisor, Dr. Gaetane Michaud, we have implemented guidelines for safely returning to school after these breaks, as outlined below. So far, so good – thank you to all of our families for doing a great job with the Thanksgiving break!
Holiday Celebrations and Travel
  • The CDC continues to strongly recommend that we avoid holiday travel this year
  • The CDC also strongly recommends that we all stay within our households, i.e. the people we currently live with. Dr. Michaud is in full agreement with these recommendations.
School Policy to Return After Holidays
  • Families and staff who avoid travel and stay within pods may return to school without quarantine or testing.
  • Families and staff who choose to travel and/or mix with those outside their household** (visiting or hosting) may do one of the following to return to school:
  1. Get a PCR test on the 4th day following your return from travel or your last day of mixing and return with the negative result
  2. Quarantine 14 days following your return from travel or your last day of mixing
**There is no way to confirm that people we encounter during travel or outside our households in holiday gatherings do not have the virus, so we have to err on the side of caution – finding out after a return to school is too risky and could seriously threaten our entire community.
As an example, looking ahead at the upcoming break and a timeline to return safely on January 4, we have:
-December 27 – last day of travel/mixing
-December 31 – get PCR test
-January 2 or 3 – receive result
-January 4 – return to school
For the latest holiday tips from the CDC, you can click here. Thank you for your continued cooperation with our efforts to keep our school in-person and thriving!
FASTB Admissions – Looking to 2021-22, Still Space for This Year Too
During this holiday period, we have families looking at FASTB for next year, and some still looking to join us midyear. If you want a school for your child that is small and adaptable, with COVID protocols in place, and offers full language immersion in an authentically French environment with excellent teachers and a supportive community, we would love to hear from you !
Private Virtual Tours
Our Director of Admissions, Audrey Talarico, is regularly conducting virtual tours that take you right into our dynamic classrooms to give you a live look at our school in action – see and hear what French immersion is all about, observe the structure and content of lessons, view our welcoming environment and student artwork and tour the rest of the school and playground as well. You will see what makes our school unique in this region, so please contact Audrey to schedule a virtual tour.
You can also feel free to visit our Admissions page and website to further explore what we have to offer, and learn about our admissions process.
Additionally, FASTB also accepts Florida scholarships through Step Up for Students, which is still accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year for grades K & up, and we also accept French Bourses for students with a French passport.
We look forward to hearing from you soon – merci !
FASTB En Classe: Invasion des Papillons et Plus
FASTB friend and butterfly expert Wendy Risk recently dropped by the school and dropped off 4 butterflies who had just emerged from their chrysalises, getting ready to launch.
This gave our students an opportunity to allow the butterflies to perch on their fingers (above) or elsewhere (below)…
…before eventually releasing them to the wild (below). Nothing like butterflies to capture everyone’s attention – merci, Wendy !
Middle School Art – René Quillivic
Magali and our middle schoolers ventured into the artwork and unique style of sculptor and landscape painter René Quillivic (1879-1969) of Brittany, as seen below:
Students dove right in as you can see below – bravo!
With that, we hope you have a great week – passez une bonne semaine !
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director
Audrey Talarico: Director of Admissions
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and CFO
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School
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