News de Nous – 9/19/18

September 19, 2018
One Week In – Thumbs Up!
Bonjour! Among the top stories in News de Nous this week:
We have hit the one week mark and our busy elementary class is learning a lot and is involved in a lot of fun activities; we had great turnout for our Open House last Saturday morning and we have a weekday evening version with a musical twist coming up; and Founder Willy LeBihan was talking FASTB at a big bash in Boston. On to the details…
Première Semaine
Stepping into the elementary classroom, our teacher, Claire, opens a typical day by going through the morning routine (rituel du matin), which includes greetings, each student’s responsibility in that day’s morning activity and lots of student participation in calendar, time and weather identification – all en francais.
Math is also incorporated into this time, during which familiar concepts are utilized to help students naturally build vocabulary with every day words.
There is also plenty of time in the day for writing in French, reading and, of course, recess and play. Art is a big part of the afternoons as the children tap into their creativity as you can see below – our big art boards are starting to fill up!
A great week indeed – what a wonderful group of students we have!
Open House Next Week – Tours et Musique
Thank you to all who attended our Open House last Saturday – it was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones! We know that some of you could not make it that day so we are hosting a special evening Open Housenext Tuesday, September 25th from 6-8pm. We are particularly excited because our Suzuki music instructor, Jennifer Diedrich, will be there to discuss the violin and piano lessons she will be teaching this year (starting soon!). As a special treat, Jennifer will bring students from her private Suzuki studio, who will perform a couple pieces.
As always, you will have an opportunity to meet teachers, tour the building, ask questions and enjoy some light refreshments and live music so feel free to bring the whole family. Please RSVP by replying to this email – we hope to see you there!!
FASTB In Boston
FASTB Co-Founder Willy LeBihan (center) with Anne Miller (left), Director of Corporate Affairs at Keolis North America and former Cultural Attache at the French Consulate in Boston, and French Senator Claudine Lapage (right), who has worked on Education affairs and Francophone issues in the Senate since 1991.
On Saturday, Willy LeBihan, Co-Founder of The French American School of Tampa Bay, met with three French senators in Boston: Mrs. Claudine Lepage, Mr. Jean-Yves Leconte and Mrs. Hèléne Conway-Mouret.
Mrs. Hèléne Conway-Mouray served as Minister for French Expatriates in President François Holland’s Cabinet from 2012 to 2014 and has been a member of the Senate of France since 2011, representing French citizens living abroad.
During the reception, which was held at the residence of the Consul General of France, Willy officially announced the recent opening of FASTB and welcomed the three members of the French Senate to visit the school!
Senators Lepage and Conway-Mouret have visited many French schools around the world and were very pleased by the opening of our school on the west coast of Florida, the only school of its kind between Atlanta and Miami.
Openings for 2018-19 & Steps To Apply
School may be in session but we are continuing to enroll students for 2018-19, so if you are thinking about applying, or know someone who may be interested in applying, you are not too late and 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 – of course, you can always email or call us to set up a meeting as well. 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 – if you missed it last week, please note that we have moved our school picnic to Friday, October 5th. You can also check the Events tab on periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci!
Maine is Open
To keep tabs on the opening week 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 underway!!
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
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School
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