Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mirò in GS and CP

The students of GS and CP have been studying the artist Mirò in class. This afternoon, they painted their productions and used black thick markers to trace lines again.

Beautiful work children!

Strong Support from Consul Général of France, Valéry Freland

from left to right: Consul Général of France: Valéry Freland; 
Willy LeBihan, Founder and Head of School and Elodie LeNezet, School Director.
The Consul General of France, Valéry Freland came especially from the French Consulate in Boston to attend the school performance and gave an inspiring speech underlining the profound bond uniting France to the State of Maine, the importance of the French Language in Maine and the major role played by the Franco Center. The consul congratulated the school community for the opéra and reminded everyone of the powerful significance of France's motto: 
Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bon appétit!

It is lunch time at school! Everyone is having a great time eating lunch and sharing stories and laughs with friends!

Bon appétit les enfants! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rallye Maths for the CM1 and CM2

Today was the Rallye Mathématiques for our fourth and fifth graders. They have been training for months in class with different exercises, problem-solving activities.

The Rallye Maths is a competition organized for French schools in the United States. It encourages students to work together to solve a few different problems and exercises, work also on negotiating as they have to discuss together to choose an answer; they might have to defend and justify their answers as peers might disagree.

Great job kids!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Parcours de motricité avec les PS et MS

This morning, the PS and MS did a "parcours de motricité". They had to jump in hoops, go through the fabric tunnel, get back up and jump in more hoops, go back down on their stomach and pass under bars, go up and walk on the bench, jump off the bench and walk back to the beginning.

So much fun!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

The school celebrated St Patrick's Day today. There was a sea of green in the whole school because you do not want the Leprechauns to pinch you. Those had caused a mess in the PS/MS classroom...all benches and chairs were upside down and many green objects were all over the floor when everyone arrived at school this morning...

 The whole school had a delicious snack between 9.39 and 10.30am with tea, Irish soda bread, butter and marmelade. Willy played traditional Irish music and everyone had a wonderful time!

Our big performance was a success!

After months of preparation and hard work for the students and the staff, the performance of Les Musiciens de Brême took place on Thursday March 16th in a full Franco Center in Lewiston. Many families and friends of the school attended with special guests as well as the people of La Rencontre, a group of Francophones who meet once a month at the Franco Center to speak French.

Every year, we perform at the Franco Center during la Semaine de la Francophonie, Francophone Week, in order to celebrate our French language and culture! We were very honored to welcome Valéry Fréland, the Consul Général de France in Boston who enjoyed the show tremendously. We also thank Mitch Thomas and the Franco Center for welcoming us in this beautiful space to perform for la Rencontre, merci to all the people who work everyday to preserve the rich Franco American culture and heritage. We are very proud to be part of it. 

The show was based on the opera by Julien Joubert but details and story lines as well as other songs were added to the project by the artistic director or music teacher of the school, Joëlle Morris. Joëlle created a masterpiece of a performance and we are very thankful to all her hard work and vision. The show would not have been the same without the talented Dasha Betts, our art teacher who created all the stage props, costumes and accessories with the help of the students. Your talent is immense Dasha and we are so fortunate to have you as our art teacher!

A very special thank you to Antonio Jesus Benitez Mateos and Julie Bouyer who organized training for the teachers as well as a 2-week workshop for the students of the whole school. Thank you so much for your dedication and for sharing your passion for circus with the school. The "talent show" was absolutely mind-blowing!

A HUGE thank you to all the teachers who have put all their heart and time in this project : Aline Dussart, Sylvine Brun, Philomène Rossini, Yassine Merchi, Estelle Pettier, Patrice Larivière, Julie Bouyer, Kelly Valdmanis, Chantal Joubi, you were the beating heart of the opera. 

Thank you so much to Peter Dugas for the wonderful accompaniment, we are very thankful for your dedication and help. Thank you also to Julie Fryer for all the work behind the scenes, you are a gem. 

From the bottom of my heart, MERCI MERCI MERCI to our talented teachers, to you, families, for your support and BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO to all our little artists!

And now, a few pictures of this brilliant show!