Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Early Childhood Autumn Walk

Last Friday was a gorgeous day to walk in the woods for our seasonal walk.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Introducing Emily Walsh our Yoga and Relaxation Teacher

We are thrilled to introduce our newest faculty member at EFDM.  Please welcome Emily Walsh, who will begin teaching Yoga and Relaxation classes on January 20!

Emily Walsh is very pleased to be joining the team at L'école, putting her studies of French to good use, having fun through movement, and finding peace in relaxation. Emily graduated from New York University with a personalized degree in Mind and Body Wellness, concentrating in neuroscience and psychology as well as dance and body awareness practices. She believes in finding daily ways to lessen tension, in building new habits to ensure perpetual growth, and assisting youth through the stresses of school-life and the trials of growing up. Her unique style of teaching emphasizes an enjoyment and celebration of each body's capabilities. Throughout her career at NYU, she included in her studies regular courses in French, feeding her passions for growing the mind, language, and culture. Upon graduating, she received her 200-hour yoga teacher's certification from Sanctuary Studios in Plymouth, MA with explicit coursework in children's and teen yoga. For the past five years since moving to Maine, Emily has been working as Mindful Learning Coach at Freeportbased Affect Academics Inc., a tutoring center specializing in research-based learning interventions. She has specialized training and experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to students with various disabilities, and currently holds an Educational Technician III certificate from the State of Maine. As a trained ballet dancer since childhood, in her spare time she performs with Portland based dance company Indie Dance Works, and is also an avid hiker and nature-enthusiast.  Welcome Emily!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Beautiful Autumn and Pumpkin Soup!

We just love autumn in Maine!  There are a lot of autumn inspired artwork and projects around the school these days including some aspiring chefs who made pumpkin soup!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Early Childhood Trip to Wolfe's Neck Farm

Our Early Childhood classroom enjoyed a trip to Wolfe's Neck Farm visiting animals, enjoying a hayride, and learning about pumpkins.  Thank you to Wolfe's Neck Farm for having us!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Thanksgiving Basket Drive

Each year EFDM collects ingredients for Thanksgiving baskets that will be donated to the Freeport Community Center. This tradition is so very appreciated by the Community Center as the need is great; they depend on our baskets each year. We put together an entire Thanksgiving meal for a family in each basket. Let's see if we can break our record this year! 

Your support is needed to prepare our annual Thanksgiving Baskets for the Freeport Community Center.  Please help those in need who are a part of our Freeport community.

If you would like to contribute, here is a list of items that the Community Center has requested:

Canned vegetables (carrots, green beans, peas, corn, etc.)
Potato flakes 
Stuffing mix
Cranberry sauce
Pie crust
Pie filling
Large roasting pans
$10 Shaw's gift cards (for turkeys)
(No perishables please, and any items that are not on the list will be donated to the Freeport Community Center.)

Soon a table will be set up in the hallway so you can donate these items.  (Giftcards should go to the office for safe keeping.) 

Meredith Harrell, proud parent of Cameron in CM1, is overseeing this great event. 
Merci Meredith!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Bike Trip to Wolfe's Neck Farm Grades 2-4

Bike trip Fridays are always so special.  Last Friday our Grades 2-4 students had a great day biking, exploring the shore, and playing games together.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Stonehenge Project

The CE1/CE2/CM1 students are learning about the prehistoric period in art class, specifically the megalithic structures that are made of several stones. 
 In some areas, long and complex alignments of such stones exist; the largest known example located at Carnac in Brittany, France.  Another example is Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England.  Students used rocks, moss and a constructions plan to create small scale models of these structures on our school's playground. This outdoor fun project concludes our series of prehistoric art project along with cave painting and prehistoric sculptures on display in the school hallway.

La Maison

This week's Café and Conversation took place for the very first time at La Maison Française du Maine!  Our weekly Wednesday - 8:30 am informal parent gathering has relocated to the building adjacent to the school.  The conversations focused on exciting projects in Kindergarten and First grade and were lead by Elodie Chancelier (First Grade) and Victorien Rami (kindergarten).  Students have embarked on a journey around the world; each stop along the way will provide an opportunity to learn about the music and the art of these regions.  Several guest speakers and musicians are scheduled to make this journey even more realistic and meaningful.  

Renovation of the house, La Maison Française du Maine, has advanced nicely and its usage has started. Additional work will progress in several phases.  The progression of the improvements and remodeling is relying on the generosity of philanthropists, successful grants and fundraising efforts. Eventually, the building will host a music studio, an art studio, a yoga space, lodging accommodations for teachers and much-needed space for meetings and offices.

At the moment, the basement is used to store all the school supplies and seasonal equipment, such as the carnival games.  This significant savings (of both time and financial resources) has freed the school from relying on storage units on Route One.  The main floor offers a large living room and dining room for gatherings and space used for music lessons and tutoring. The second floor is reserved for teacher lodging.

The house is entirely furnished with antiques and furnishings donated by Anita Choate (Beth LeBihan's mom) and Willy and Elizabeth LeBihan. Mr. Douglas Piehl of MaineHouse.pro of Freeportis supervising the careful remodeling and improvement of this historic building.  Floors and paint look amazing, Thanks to Doug and his talented crew!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Pumpking Art

Look how much fun the Early Childhood classroom is having making pumpkin inspired art!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Friendship bracelets

The GS/CP classroom made friendship bracelets last week as a reward for filling another pom pom jar!  Bravo!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Lorax

In the 2nd Grade English Language Arts class, students have been enjoying a Dr. Seuss author study. After reading The Lorax, students had to make their own Lorax inspired mustache of course!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Welcome back!

Recess joy after October Vacation!

October Break

We hope you all have a glorious October Vacation.  We look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday October 15!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

Grade 3 and 4 students kicked off a creative writing project this week inspired by the mysteries images by Chris Van Allsburg.  Kelly, our English Language Arts teacher, read a story by headlamp while students looked the images, which set the perfect mood. Students will be working in partnerships and will choose an image to write a story about.  Stay tuned... stories will be coming soon!