Bonjour FASTB Families,
I hope this message finds you well and that you join me in my enthusiasm for
another year at The French American School of Tampa Bay.
There has been a lot to plan and a lot to consider, but we have set our
coordinates, lifted anchor, and are ready to sail! The waters ahead may be
rough, but we have plotted our course carefully and are ready to embark. We
are thankful for our crew of talented teachers, eager students, devoted
administrators, and supportive families. With some new additions on board,
Audrey and Cécile, we strengthen our forces as we sail into the 2020-2021 school year. Please see their bios below and join me in welcoming them warmly into the FASTB family.
Since breaking for the summer, a lot has happened. We are so proud of the
entire school community, our staff, and students, for all of the milestones we’ve
reached and the accomplishments we have made together! In just two short
years of operation, we have achieved full accreditation from AEFE, The French
Ministry of Education, and this is no small feat! Additionally, we are now a fully
licensed Florida Childcare Center, and, as you will read in this edition of NdN,
our students have ranked nationally for their performance in a national French
Starting out is never easy, and along the way, challenges can be expected and
we have weathered our share, not the least of which we currently face –
navigating a pandemic. But we are ready, and we are looking forward to
to Dr. Gaetaene Michaud for her expert contributions to this plan – our goal is to offer a safe school experience for all and she certainly has the knowledge to
guide us. We will be opening August 28th with these protocols in place. Our
I am extremely grateful for the support of our families throughout this journey.
The creation of FASTB is now behind us and we venture on, always setting
new goals for growth and development with our students’ best interests in
mind. It is with great pleasure that I announce we are now an approved IB
candidate school. Our next goal is to become an IB World School offering the
PYP (primary years programme) and eventually MYP (middle years
programme). FASTB is now officially an International Baccalaureate IB PYP
candidate and a member of the Florida Association of IB World Schools.
We look forward to continuing this FASTB adventure together, to watching
your children grow and learn, to nurturing them in their development in
partnership with you. This is not a task we take lightly and we thank you for the
trust you place in us.
I take this opportunity to welcome our new families aboard and to welcome back our returning families. Our ship set to sail !
Head of School
Friday, August 7: Teacher Assignments, School Forms, Medical Requirements
We have staff meetings this coming week and will finalize teaching assignments for the upcoming year. Some of our school forms will be revised and medical requirements adjusted due to COVID-19 and this communication will have all of the details. We will also be including the 2020-21 edition of the Parent-Student Handbook.