Tuesday, October 6, 2015

les insects

We learned so much about butterflies and moths: about their development, their diet, their environment, how they use camouflage... The butterflies of Peru and Papua New Guinea were gigantic and magnificent! We adored the "owl butterfly", the "peanut headbug" and the "walking leaves". It was interesting to see the scorpion and the "camel spiders", and to touch the centipede, and the enormous tarantula! Thanks to Jim for this interesting visit!

Grade 2 English Language Arts with Dr. Seuss

In English class, Grade 2 students have been studying Dr. Seuss.  This unit is well underway as students have already read many Dr. Seuss books, learned about his writing style and illustrations, and facts about his life.  After completing an in depth study of The Lorax which also included writing about how to help the earth, students made their own Lorax mustaches. 
As the Lorax would say "Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not."

apple picking outing

The preschool and kindergarten students had fun picking apples in Cumberland. Upon their return to school, they made baked apples and apple cake in the following days. A tasty good time!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Renewed Accreditation with French Ministry of Education !

L'Ecole Française du Maine holds triple accreditation: by the French Ministry of Education, as well as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the Maine Department of Education (DOE).

Students release Monarch Butterflies

Kindergarten and first grade students are studying insects and life cycles. Teachers Philomène Rossini and Yassine Merchi found Monarch caterpillars and milkweed for students to feed them. Their butterfiles are on their way for the long migration.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Bienvenue Chantal !

L’Ecole Française du Maine is pleased to welcome Chantal into the school in the fall of 2015 as Assistant Teacher and Yoga & Fitness Instructor.
Chantal grew up in the suburbs of Paris, where she graduated from high school with a baccalaureate in science. She started University in Paris, then moved to Boston MA where she finished her education at Bentley College with a Bachelor's in Accountancy. 
Chantal has several years of experience in banking as a manager but her heart lies in Yoga. She is a 10 year certified yoga instructor with a variety of teaching experience with adults and children. Chantal recently moved back to New England from Florida, where she had her two daughters. She is very happy to be part of our school's staff, she enjoys spending time with children and looks forward to building a new life in Maine with her family.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Welcome Aline Dussart

Aline was born and raised in the north east of France close to the Belgium border in a department called « les Ardennes ». This region is known as the “Heart of Europe” because of the proximity with Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg.
She graduated from the University of Reims and went on to pass the French National Teaching Exam to become a Certified Teacher. Aline is a seasoned teacher with 10 years of experience teaching for the French Ministry of Education to many ages and grades. She is known for her natural and easy contact with children and families and for her smiling and positive personality. Aline demonstrated enthusiasm for taking on projects in the schools where she taught. 
Aline has always been interested in learning about other cultures and languages. To satisfy her desire to discover the world, she took a year of sabbatical to travel with her husband to many countries, most of the time perfecting her English with other travelers or getting a taste for the local culture by discovering the local language with residents of the countries visited. Having had this chance to travel, she knew teaching abroad was something she wanted to pursue. 
In her spare time, Aline enjoys reading, listening to music, travelling, doing sport, cuisine and the wilderness. L’Ecole Française du Maine is pleased to welcome Aline into the school in the fall of 2015.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bienvenue à Aurelia Chanteur

L'Ecole Française du Maine is thrilled to welcome Aurelia Chanteur to its faculty in the grade 4/5/6 classroom in the fall 2015.  Aurélia was born in Paris and grew up in Asnières-sur-Seine (Hauts de Seine, France) and Martinique. After earning her Baccalauréat / French High School Degree in Science, she attended a Preparatory School where she studied Physics and Chemistry for three years in preparation for a Grande Ecole d'ingénieurs (Engineering School). She changed her mind and decided to study Economics at university for a year. Meanwhile, she prepared the entrance examinations for acceptance into a Grande Ècole de Commerce (Business School). She joined ICN Business School at Nancy (France) where she studied marketing, accounting, law and human resources. After completing a foreign exchange semester in HEC Montréal (Canada) and 2 years apprenticeship as a Project Manager at Thales Airborne Systems at Bordeaux (France), she was awarded a Master's Degree in Business with a major in Supply Chain Management in 2011.

Although she has a business background, she wanted to explore new horizons and became a journalist for a while before becoming a teacher in 2012. Since 2012, she has settled into her teaching career and has enjoyed teaching elementary school in Martinique. Moreover, as she loves travelling and extending her teaching skills, she worked as an English teacher in Thailand for grades 1, 2 and 3 for a semester during the 2014-2015 academic year. She enjoys practicing sports and is really happy to join the team of l'Ecole Française du Maine.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bienvenue à Dahlila Hadjeras

L'Ecole Française du Maine is thrilled to welcome Dahlila  Hadjeras to its faculty in the grade 2/3 classroom in the fall 2015.
Dahlila was born in Besançon in the east of France in Franche-Comté. After completing high school, she began her studies in geology until changing gears to work in the Cité de l'Espace in Toulouse in the south west of France. There, for the next 4 years, she led educational workshops on the solar system for students from ages 6 to 11. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Education and passed the national teaching exam in Versailles to become a fully certified teacher. She then taught elementary school for 8 years in Hauts de Seine, just outside of Paris in Boulogne-Billancourt. She loves the versatility of the teaching profession and has a particular interest in teaching science with an emphasis on experimentation using the scientific method. She also enjoys theatre and she loves ancient civilizations and Greek mythology particularly. Dahlila is a physically active person. She has played volleyball and practiced Savate / French boxing, for several years. She likes to discover different cultures and enjoys learning languages. She is currently learning literary Arabic. She cannot wait to discover Maine, its restaurants, beautiful landscapes and its inhabitants.
Boulogne-Billancourt along the Seine river, in the background Paris

Sunday, June 7, 2015

End of Year Family Picnic at Winslow Park 6/5/2015

Another great school year is winding down and what better way to part for the summer than with a Family Barbecue? Thanks to the many volunteers who made the event such a success. While the teachers were playing field games with the kids, the parents were busy cooking hamburgers and hot dogs, slicing watermelon and setting up for lunch. Meanwhile, Joelle Morris and Peter Dugas, music faculty of the school, were braving the weather to gear up for a performance of French songs by artists such as Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet. This was no small accomplishment as the cold and wind made it quite a challenge, but these professionals still pulled it off (with breaks to warm up in the car)!  The students even joined in for a couple of songs - Bravo ! Dancing was also part of the fun. Everyone had plenty to eat and there were plenty of smiles all around- Merci beaucoup!! Thanks for coming, it was a great turnout despite the chilly temperature, and thanks for making the day so memorable!
Teachers and students organizing the games

Joelle Morris singing with the students - Peter Dugas at the keyboard...Bravo!!