Thursday, April 13, 2017

Journée Mirò pour les GS et CP

Wednesday was a very special day for their class: Mirò!
In the morning, the students prepared delicious marble muffins that they later decorated "à la manière de " Mirò. They used similar colors and the results were amazing!

Beautiful works of art!

In the afternoon, the students and their teachers went to the Portland Museum of Art for a guided tour with francophone docents. 
They observed abstract and realist works, painting of different sizes, sculptures, mobiles, photographs...
They discussed, tried to put words on their emotions when observing art, and even created stories...
It was fascinating. What a great afternoon! 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Medieval Banquet

We had a wonderful Medieval Banquet. Parents and students gathered at the Community Hall around 5pm and were greeted with beautifully decorated tables. We tried to be as authentic as possible, not using utensils, having wooden plates and no napkins (you would wipe your hands on the table cloth..)

There were wooden trays of bread and cheese with grapes followed by simple salad and carrots. There was then a delicious ember day tart, roasted vegetables, turkey legs and grilled chicken with spices. The students made 4 types of desserts: pain d'épices, darioles de crème, pasté de poires and petits pâtés aux fruits.

We were treated to Medieval music by our talented music and voice teacher and a few other musicians. When everyone was done with dinner, the dancing began! How fun was that!

Thank you all so much for coming and having fun! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Dymkovo Toys

The 3rd Graders created Dymkovo toys in art class. Colorful Dymkovo figurines and toys represent the most famous and one of the oldest clay handicrafts of Russia, which still exists in the village of Dymkovo near Kirov. Traditionally, the Dymkovo toys were made by women for the annual holiday (Svistunya) or "Whistling", a Spring fair celebrating the Sun. They were shaped as birds, lambs, pigs, horses, horse riders, nannies, noble ladies, elegant gentlemen, female water-carriers etc... and were painted with colorful geometric patterns. There were purchased during the fair to make whistling noises and to be kept as a souvenir. The Dymkovo toy handicraft still has no serial production, which makes it different from other folk arts and crafts.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

4th Grade Inventor Unit Kickoff

The 4th Graders have started the Famous Inventor Study in English class. Lots of excitement in the air!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ode to Joy in music class

The CE1 have been playing the xylophone with our music instructor Joëlle. This is the result of their hard work, BEAUTIFUL! Bravo les enfants!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mark your calendars : Carnival on May 6th

This is a lot of fun! Bring your friends and families! The more the merrier! :)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Bienvenue Douglas!

We are thrilled to welcome Douglas Neveu at l'Ecole Française du Maine. Douglas is finishing his Master's in French as a Foreign Language at the Université du Maine in France and as part of his requirements, he has to do a long training in a French school. He will be with us till the end of the year. He will observe and get familiar with the organization of our classes first and then will spend more time with a specific class and participate in the class's life.

Douglas loves sport, hiking, cinema and is very excited to be part of our school for the next few months.

Bienvenue Douglas!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cinéma à l'école

Today, the whole school had the privilege of watching the "world premiere" of Pierre et le Loup, a short film created and made by the class of GS and CP. The film was inspired by the musical tale by Prokoviev. The students created the costumes and accessories. They also worked on dialogs inspired by the story.

The result was amazing! Congratulations to the students and their teachers for their hard work and creativity!

What a treat it was! It felt like a movie theater as students were served popcorn. A very special moment today!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


The CE1 and CE2 designed parachutes at home and experimented the way they fly in class this afternoon. There was a variety of very inventive parachutes made with cardboard, plastic and other material.

The flight time was timed to see which material and design were the most practical and efficient.
Bravo to all our little designers for their inventively and dedication!