Tuesday, May 19, 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

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.

Bon Appétit ! Luncheon at " La Petite Jacqueline" followed by a visit to the Portland Museum of Art for grades 5 and 6


Bon Appétit!!! Luncheon at "La Petite Jacqueline" followed by a visit to the Portland Museum of Art for grades 5 and 6

The 5th and 6th graders enjoyed a special outing in the city of Portland. They had a special luncheon at the French Bistrot, La Petite Jaqueline, with their own special menu including escargots, paté, cheeses and charcuterie for starters, followed by French Onion Soup, or a choice of assorted tartelettes and finally, delicious desserts such as Creme brulée or chocolate mousse, to name a few! In preparation for this outing, Beth and Céline practiced table etiquette in the classroom with the students, French style, using real plates and silverware. It was fun learning how to set the table (European fashion), how to hold the fork and knife properly when eat at all times (no, you are never allowed to touch the food with your fingers, not even French fries, or to shovel food with a fork!) and to learn some interesting table manner rules. For example, what is the correct placement of your napkin if you should need to leave the table? (Which, in itself is inappropriate and should be avoided if possible...) Well, you should place it on the back of your chair, (bien sur!), because no one wants your dirty napkin on the table! This fun role playing in the classroom really paid off as these students were absolute young ladies and gentlemen during the meal. It was truly a pleasure dining with such a well-mannered bunch! We can say with confidence these students are ready to accept an invitation to dine at any chateau (or local diner)! The museum and bus ride were lots of fun too!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Best Pottery Store in Freeport !

Forget the glamour of busy downtown Freeport, Kittery or Route 1 -  the new retail scene is in the woods behind the school where a fabulous retail store has just opened. It is not just your traditional outlet, this pottery shop has its own manufacturing components from the crew digging for clay, logistics with high performance tonka trucks,  a crew carrying water across the entire playground, chemists mixing the secret formula,  artistic potters and a retail manager.  Of course, the store includes a bank full of acorns (the preferred currency) and unfortunately.... robbers!  The museum showcases the best pieces of pottery which cannot be sold - not even for 10 acorns - as they are priceless. Best of all, this entire enterprise was realized entirely by the kids! What cooperation and creativity at work!

Check it out ! Once you see for yourself, you'll understand why your kids are begging to stay for aftercare!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The preschool class took their teddy bears on a trip to the hospital on Thursday. The teddy bears suffered a range of illnesses and boo-boos, but in the caring hands of the Mid Coast caregivers, all was soon well and all of the teddy bears were completely cured! There was entertainment to welcome the group, the children left with some keepsakes, and there were plenty of smiles all around. Moms and Dads joined the group and the children got to experience how going to the hospital does not have to be a scary thing. Thanks to Mid Coast Hospital for inviting us, and to the parent chaperones, not only for their company, but for capturing this special day in these lovely photos.

Dental health in Kindergarten with Dr. Debbie Bernier

The kindergarten classroom had a special guest speaker: Dr Debbie Bernier, parent of a student at school. Debbie, a dentist / orthondonthist, explained (with the help of her assistant, Emily), how and why we need to take good care of our teeth. The puppets and various props were a lot of fun ! They had teeth just like ours and they showed us how to brush and flush properly to care for our teeth. 


Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.

It sure is lovely to feel appreciated, and turns out it's tasty too! Heartfelt thanks go to the Parents Association for the delicious lunch provided for all of the staff on Friday, May 8th. 
It was such a treat to have the lunch in the staff room and to eat it outside!. We are all so lucky to work with families as wonderful and thoughtful as you! 
Merci beaucoup!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ben and Me

Students in Grade 5 recently read the novel Ben and Me which is about Ben Franklin and a mouse named Amos. Students had to recreate a chapter from the book in a 3D format. Along with the 3D representation of the chapter, students also had to rewrite the chapter they choose from the point of view of Ben Franklin. While reading this novel, students also created crossword puzzles with vocabulary words from the book and reviewed key events from the Revolutionary War.