Tuesday, October 28, 2014

At work and play today !


 The rain did not stop the kids from keeping busy, learning and having fun, whether reading with friends, building a block tower or making letters with play dough, there is always an activity to enjoy at "l'école".

Portland Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert

Our students were fortunate to attend the sold out performance on October 27th at Merrill Auditorium of Britten's Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Fugue Finale)
They listened selectively under the guidance of their music teacher Joelle Morris: the brass, woodwind, string, and percussion instruments on this journey through the orchestra! 
Each section plays excerpts from Britten’s classic Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, plus familiar favorites from Harry Potter and Jurassic Park.
Quite a program:
BRITTEN Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Introduction)
GABRIELI Canzone septimi toni, No. 2
WILLIAMS Nimbus 2000 (from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)
BARTOK Rumanian Folk Dances
ROUSE Ogoun Badagris
TBD work by winner of Composition Competition
WILLIAMS Theme from Jurassic Park
BRITTEN Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Fugue Finale)

Monarch Butterfly

Students in the Kindergarten classroom have been studying caterpillars and watching them turn into butterflies. The caterpillar tank has been the center of class activities. Throughout this process, we made caterpillar art projects with a variety of materials. Using a paint brush, sponges and strips of colored paper, we made all sorts of caterpillars.

Click to see video => http://youtu.be/M9n4PpzjHzY 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Firefighters visit L’Ecole

To the delight of the children, fire safety week was highlighted by a visit from the Fire Department of Freeport. Firefighters showed the students the equipment and taught them fire safety tips. Best of all, the children were able to get into the fire truck and were given a souvenir fire hat. Thank you firefighters for this visit and for all you do to keep us safe!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Grandparents and Special Friends of students in all grades spent the morning at L'Ecole Française du Maine. After a tour of the school, they enjoyed a choral performance from the preschool - grade 1 led by Music Teacher, Joelle Morris. 
Our guests then spent time in their grandchild's classroom where they participated in activities and were able to see first-hand what their grandchildren experience each day. Next, they were invited to sit for refreshments and enjoy more student performances by the upper elementary grade chorus and violin strings students of Shaina Graff. 
Parent, Merritt Carey, spoke to the audience about why her family chose an international education for their children and what it means to them. Discussion about the school's mission and programs was presented by Founder and Head of School, Willy LeBihan. Founder and Director of Admissions, 

Beth LeBihan, spoke about the Suzuki music program and why Dr. Suzuki's "Mother tongue approach" is such a good fit for the school. It was a wonderful day and the school thanks our parent volunteers, Kristin Casey and Merritt Carey for all they did to make our first Grandparents and Special Friends Day such a success. 

This was a great opportunity for the school to thank the grandparents for all they do to support their grandchildren all year long. 
Merci beaucoup!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Chebeague Island Biking Trip

An amazing trip! We began by breaking the record for the number of bikes ever loaded onto the ferry. The day was spent biking around the island, going to the beach, having a picnic, stopping to see school friends who reside on the island, and enjoying Maine as it should be. Thanks go to our wonderful parent volunteers, it was fun to have you with us, and to the teachers for a perfect day. The kids had great time, and that's what it's all