Sunday, November 22, 2015
It was probably the best therapy possible for many of us to overcome the senseless atrocities of Paris, two days prior. The turkey with stuffing and all the fixings were once again prepared by our talented parents/chefs Stephanie Brewer and Jason Jellick who spent most of their weekends preparing for the festivities and started the oven at 4am on Monday !
Many hands helped prepare the food, set up the room, bake pumpkin cupcakes, set tables, and serve, while others stayed afterwards to stack chairs, fold away tables and clean up. Many thanks to all who pitched in to help, and to those who took the time to join us. Also a special thank you to Dasha and her art students for the beautiful centerpieces in the form of pumpkins. This was the first Thanksgiving meal for our newly arrived staff and they were very impressed, like some new families, by the friendly and cooperative spirit of the celebrations.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Each Wednesday morning, the School hosts a coffee and conversation gathering. Parents and staff enjoy the opportunity to ask questions about classroom activities or curriculum, and the chance to get to know one another better. It is always a pleasure to start our day with a friendly chat! Please join us soon!
On the day before Halloween, we arrived at School to find there was no electricity due to a power outage. Since the weather was unseasonably warm and no heating was needed, the School remained open and we made the best of the situation by using battery-operated lanterns. The extra darkness that morning got everyone in the mood for the next day's Halloween festivities!!! What fun!
Elodie LeNezet, classroom teacher at L'Ecole Française du Maine, has been teaching at the School for almost 10 years. Last week, during the teacher workshops, all staff pitched in to cover classrooms for one another while the professional development was happening. Elodie found herself back with the preschoolers, where she began so many years ago. We noticed she still has that special quality it takes to work with little ones, and they adored her immediately! Merci, Elodie !
Big thank you to Jean-François Lopez (MLF-North America) for providing inspiring professional development workshops for two days this November for our staff in all grades. Jean-François, from Dallas International School, is the Pedagogical Coordinator for La Mission Laïque Française in North America. He travels to the 22 MLF member schools to ensure common practices and to provide up to date training on various topics. The workshop focused on how to move from oral to written language. Using this year's theme of the Four Seasons, the classrooms will be collaborating to write a school-wide fairy tale following the adventures of a squirrel. With the teaching faculty, there was much discussion about sharing resources and follow-up via video conferencing is planned. Jean-François Lopez will be back this Spring.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
On Wednesday November 4th, the 4th Grade English class proudly presented their Greek God/Goddess. The 4th Grade English class has been deeply engaged in a Greek Mythology unit. Students have been examining Greek Mythology since September. They began the unit with a quick introduction of the most famous Gods and Goddesses and then examined the family tree (which is not easy!). Students then chose a God or Goddess that they would research in depth during class. They then explored some of the many Greek Myths including Pandora's Box, The Chariot and the Sun, Eros and Psyche, and King Midas and his 'golden touch'. Also, during this unit, students have been preparing their 'costumes' at home for the presentation of their Greek God/Goddess. Currently, students are acting out plays in class about the Greek Myths.
Students presented their research in front of all of the school's English classes
Friday, October 30, 2015
On Friday October 30 we celebrated Halloween here at L'École Française du Maine where we enjoyed an afternoon of costumes and fun for our annual costume parade through the village of South Freeport. The parade stopped at the Post Office where we were given candy and finished at the harbor where witches, wizards and jedi alike were greeted with hot chocolate, doughnuts and other toothsome treats. There were some very impressive costumes this year and it was so nice to see all the ghouls and ghosts come out to socialize on such a beautiful fall day.
Everyone including teachers dressed up for the Halloween celebrations
Darth Vader and Princess Leia crossed the galaxy to make special guest appearances
The Hallway was full of creatures and beasts as we all prepared for the parade.
Even the smallest of us showed off our Halloween Spirit
We had so much fun wearing our costumes in the parade
(and especially eating candy)
Happy Halloween and May the Force be With You