Wednesday, April 25, 2018

EFDM School Store

Let's show off our EFDM school pride!
 We are thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of the EFDM Gear Store!

We currently have 4 stylish shirts for sale with 2 adult options and 2 youth options. 
Adult shirts are $20 and Children's shirts are $15.  

Inventory will be changing throughout the year. Supplies are limited so get your shirt while you can!

A heartfelt thank you to Kip and Mariah Stone, proud parents of Theo, for their generosity and expertise with the creation of the store.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

International Jazz Day April 30!

Every year, EFDM is invited to participate in the celebration of International Jazz Day through the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz.  On Monday April 30, the school will attend a workshop about Jazz taught by our fabulous Suzuki music instructors Peter Dugas and Gary Wittner.  
 Merci Gary and Peter!

School Carnival June 16!

Save the date: Our annual school carnival will be on Saturday June 16th! 

Because of the 'delayed spring' forecast that is predicted for May with cool temps and plentiful rain, we have decided to air on the side of caution and move our beloved carnival to:

 Saturday June 16th 

This is a great event that will surely be fun for all ages!  And what a perfect way to celebrate after graduation!

Stay tuned for sign up sheets for volunteers at the carnival.  Your help makes this carnival a huge success! 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

English Language Arts Wax Museum

We couldn't be prouder of our CM1/CM2/6ieme students who performed at the English Language Arts Wax Museum last week.  This annual event included famous Greek Gods and Goddesses as well as Revolutionary War figures. Students recited speeches and shared information to classes and guests that attended the museum.  Bravo to all students that participated in the 3rd Annual English Language Arts Wax Museum!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

More Greely High School French Students

This week we continued our partnership with Greely High School students Izzy and Kylie, who came to read to our GS/CP students.  Merci Izzy and Kylie!

Welcome Jérome Train!

Left to right:
Kelly Valdmanis: EFDM School Director
Jérome Train: Pedagogical Coordinator for MLF America
Victorien Rami: EFDM Directeur des Programmes Français

Last week we welcomed Jérome Train, Pedagogical Coordinator from Dallas International School, back to L'Ecole Francaise du Maine for a 2nd visit this year.  Again, he observed teachers, classes and held afternoon professional development workshops.  Jérome offers teacher training sessions to more than 17 French Schools on the east coast of the United States for the 
Mission Laïque Française (MLF - America).  Merci Jérome!

Lobster and Fish Presentation

This week Suzannah Raber, owner of New England Fish Company and proud parent of Wyatt in CE2, came to speak to the 2nd and 3rd grade students about the lobster and fish industry in Maine.  

Currently our 3rd grade students are learning about the state of Maine in English Language Arts classes. 

Thank you Suzannah and Jess for your informative and fun presentation!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Wolf, Wolf, Are you there?

This month for our recipe day, Early Childhood made salt dough! 
After that students sculpted their first 3D project by making pigs based on the story we're reading in class, Wolf, Wolf, Are you there? 

The kids did a wonderful job! Bravo!

Monday, April 2, 2018

State of Maine Study

Students in CE2 enjoyed a trip to the Yarmouth Visitor and Information Center as part of their study of Maine in English Language Arts with Kelly.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Trip to Augusta

Last week students in the CM1/CM2/6ieme classroom took a trip to Augusta for a tour of the State House and Museum.  For this visit, students participated in 3 different guided tours about Maine History and also visited the State House and State Museum.

Partnership with Greely High School French Students

On Wednesday we welcomed Maggie McCormick, a former EFDM graduate, back to school to read to our GS/CP class.  Maggie is currently in the advanced French program at Greely High School.
Merci Maggie!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Greely High School French Students

Last week we welcomed students from the Greely High School French program to exchange 'en francais' with our students.  High school students read aloud to our GS/CP classroom and also spoke with our students.  Bienvenue Greely students!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Rallye mathématiques!

Last week students participated in the North American Rally Mathématiques contest!  Bravo students!

Capture the Flag

It's something quite special to see our entire upper grade classes all playing collectively at recess.  What a school!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Le Bonheur - March Performance

As with past years, this show is an opportunity for EFDM to showcase its talented students and their proficiency in French. This performance allows us, in a very enjoyable way, to see the returns on the investment that we have all made in providing our children this education. It is also a time to recognize the accomplishment of these students, not just in their language skills, but in their ability to perform on stage at such a young age. It is something that we encourage and require as a way to build up their confidence, and we know it will serve them well in the future.

Every year at EFDM, the entire school performs in March at the Gendron Franco Center for Heritage and Performing Arts in Lewiston.

This years show was the result of collaboration among every member of our staff – not just a handful of them, but ALL of them. Our dedicated teachers all helped to put this performance together, meeting on a weekly basis since the fall to figure out all aspects of the planning, scripting, choreography, and props. It is a true testament to their teamwork, and we thank them for all of their efforts to make this happen. 

We are extremely grateful for the Gendron Franco Center for Heritage and Performing Arts for its continued partnership – it is an honor for the EFDM community to be invited here each year.

This year's show, Le Bonheur, was a museum of happiness.  2 student tour guides, Maeve Mechtenberg and Leela Hidier, took us on a tour throughout the 4 different happiness rooms.  The first room, was happiness is when we celebrate.  The 2nd room was happiness in sunny weather.  The 3rd room was happiness from the simple things in life.  And finally, the 4th room, was happiness is when we are together.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

State of Maine Study

In English Language Arts class, the 3rd graders recently began their State of Maine study!  This is a fun and engaging unit that students love, year after year.  To begin the unit, students use The Maine Atlas to discover Maine. Stay tuned...more Maine excitement coming soon!

Monday, March 19, 2018

2nd Grade How-to Books

In English Language Arts class, the 2nd grade class recently completed a How-to unit.  In this unit, students surveyed various How-to books, followed How-to directions on how to do something, and then brainstormed personal ideas on a skill that they could teach someone.  Students then completed a graphic organizer that helped them write their own How-to book.

When the books were finished, students shared their books with the GS/CP classroom. Kelly is very proud of her young authors!