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News de Nous – 4/10/19

April 10, 2019
Nous aimons aller à l’école !
Bonjour ! Unlike the main character in our Pre-K students’ favorite book, “Simon ne veut pas aller à l’école” (Simon doesn’t want to go to school), our FASTBians (new word) came willingly and ready for another busy week!
Wide ranging activities in our Elementary & Pre-K classes, plus our Suzuki Concert and more; and, looking ahead, Grandparents & Special Friends Day, Jazz Day, Camp FASTB and 2019-20 enrollment info. This week’s Nous de Nous… starts now!
Grandparents and Special Friends Day – This Monday!
Grandparents and Special Friends Day is just a few days away and we are very excited to begin what will be an annual tradition, celebrating the integral role these family matriarchs, patriarchs and friends play in the lives and education of our students, and, by extension, our school!
The start time is 10:00 and grandparents & special friends will be able to sit in class with their student and get an up close look at what they are doing in the classroom – and our students will be very happy to show you all they know!
We look forward to seeing everyone on this coming Monday, the 15th – if you have any questions or need any special considerations, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 727-800-2159. Merci !
FASTB Hits The Airwaves
National Public Radio affiliate WUSF 89.7FM put FASTB front and center Monday with 2 airings of Kerry Sheridan’s wonderful feature about our school. If you haven’t had a chance to hear it, read the article, or see the photos, please visit the WUSF website to check it out. Everyone Kerry interviewed did a great job (students in class too!) and it was very nice to hear and read independent voices speaking to the benefits of bilingual and multilingual education!
Thank you to Kerry and NPR/WUSF for recognizing the value in what we offer here at FASTB and telling our story!
Suzuki Students Use Bow, Take Bow
Audience interaction and solo playing were among the highlights of our second Suzuki Violin performance last Friday. Students began the event by using pencils to teach audience members the proper way to hold the bow (below).
Performers then proceeded to grasp violin & bow and play a mix of solo and group pieces (above and below) with their fearless leader, Miss Jenny, accompanying on keys.
Excellent job by all – progress continues as the final six-week group lesson block has begun, leading to our final performance in May. For those interested in a peek at what the future holds for our hard-working students, Miss Jenny’s private studio students will be performing in the Suzuki Strings Spring Concert Saturday, April 27th at 11am – all are welcome, a great inspiration for our young players!
Camp FASTB – Sign Up on FASTB.org!
We are finalizing things for this summer, but it’s not too late to throw your name in – visit our Camp FASTB page on FASTB.org to get information and access to our camp online inquiry form. Please fill that out and submit so we can get an idea of enrollment. Even if you have already contacted us informally about your interest, we ask that you fill in the form so that we have consistent information for everyone – Merci!!
Camp FASTB Details: Beginning June 10, we will offer up to 6 weeks of French Immersion camp broken down as follows:
  1. Full Day – 9am-3pm $300 per child, per week
  2. Half Day – 9am-Noon $200 per child, per week
  1. Extended care will be available at an additional cost. We are targeting the weeks beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22.
Campers must be at least 5 years old before 9/1/19
We are also accepting applications for French speaking camp counselors so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know – merci!
2019-20 Enrollment: Online Application Form & Steps to Enroll
We are in the middle of our enrollment period for 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour. Below is the sequence of events for our application process (please note that there is a new online application form):
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Click here for our new online Enrollment Application which offers the convenience of applying and paying the fee entirely online
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
Pre-K – Elevating Body & Mind
Another active week among the Pre-K set as they incorporated plenty of physical play both outdoors (above) and in (below). As students count in these games, they naturally do so en français – bravo !
Counting and other math activities emerged in the classroom as well (below) with students matching up the correct number of clothes pins to the number on the card (and loving it!), and also applying the correct number of bottle caps to each row in their activity center.
An important part of each day is group play as students learn to cooperate, take turns and work together as they are in the puzzle below. Yes, we know where that piece goes too 🙂
Elementary Class – Day in the Life
Mornings in Claire’s Elementary class include writing (above), reading and math (below). The cursive writing of our students has improved greatly over the course of the year, developing a skill that has great value (fine motor skills, improved neural connections, learning retention, self-discipline) but is largely lost in US.
Students continue to improve in both speaking and reading in French and also work through French math problems and grouping exercises – all making for busy mornings, with recess, Music & Me and Suzuki there to help add some variety!
After lunch (and recess #2), poetry, science and Discovery of the World kick things off before students make their way to the art tables – in the examples below, some artistry for the upcoming Grandparents & Special Friends Day (left) and FASTB Jazz Day (right) – Bravo les étudiants !
All That Jazz
Speaking of jazz, our first-ever FASTB International Jazz Day Jam, co-sponsored by our friends at Music & Me, is coming up on April 30th at 1:30 right here at FASTB. International Jazz Day will see hundreds of events in 190 countries around the world that day – you’ll see FASTB among those in the U.S. here on the official site. We’re also on the map on the home page. Jazz Day is presented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.
We will have more info as the big day draws closer, but mark the date – jazz is all about inclusiveness and bringing cultures together so we plan to involve everyone in the jam!
FASTB Calendars 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
Cultural Exchange – Host a French Student
Peggy Labat (center) with Constance (right), a French student who visited Florida in February, and Zsofia (left) whose family hosted Constance
Recently, we enjoyed a visit from Peggy Labat, who has developed a new high school exchange program between her hometown of Le Havre, France and Tampa Bay, through which students spend a few weeks with a host family, completely immersed in a new language and culture!
Are you interested in hosting a French student for a few weeks? Do you, or someone you know, have a high school child that might want to visit France for a few weeks? If so, please take a look at this summary of Peggy’s program and feel free to reach out to her by email at peggy@englishnstuff.com. We also have a few pamphlets that describe the program here at the school if you’d like to stop by and pick one up. Merci !
It’s Spring In Maine Too
Sometimes it’s hard to tell… snowed yesterday! To keep tabs on activities of our hearty friends up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 4/3/19

April 3, 2019
Poisson d’avril !
 Bonjour ! Students delighting in decorating unsuspecting director’s backs with fish is merely one of the newsworthy items in this week’s News de Nous – also, upcoming events such as Suzuki concert number 2, Grandparents & Special Friends Day, and FASTB Jazz Day; plus lots of art, math and vocabulary in our classrooms; FASTB on NPR; camp & school enrollment info and more…
Suzuki Surprise Guest Helps Prep for Performance
Our students are in final preparation mode for this Friday’s Suzuki Violin Performance at 12:30 – family and friends are welcome to join us and see our young violinists expand their repertoire before your eyes.
Students enjoyed a special treat last Thursday as Elise LeBihan (above), daughter of Beth and Willy, joined in on our class to play with students and perform some pieces, such as the familiar Harry Potter melody in the video below. Elise began Suzuki lessons at age 4 and has grown to be a highly accomplished violinist, studying in France last year, and performing her final college recital this weekend before graduating in May. A great inspiration for our students – Merci Elise !!
Suzuki Special Guest
Grandparents and Special Friends Day – April 15
Many people associate April 15 with taxes but not here at FASTB – for us, it is Grandparents and Special Friends Day and we are very excited to begin what will be an annual tradition, celebrating the integral role these family matriarchs and patriarchs play in the lives and education of our students, and, by extension, our school!
The start time is 10:00 and grandparents & special friends will be able to sit in class with their student and get an up close look at what they are doing in the classroom – and our students will be very happy to show you all they know!
We look forward to seeing everyone on the 15th – if you have any questions or need any special considerations, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 727-800-2159. Merci !
April Fish!
Quite a colorful aquarium developed on the back of our director Monday as students took great delight in tapping him on the back and saying, “Comment ça va?” as if nothing unusual were happening. All part of the French April 1st tradition of “Poisson d’avril” or April Fish. Both classes were in on the joke, preparing all week to get the fish ready – some at maximum concentration (below).
Camp FASTB – Sign Up on FASTB.org!
It’s not too late – visit our Camp FASTB page on FASTB.org to get information and access to our camp online inquiry form. Please fill that out and submit so we can get an idea of enrollment. Even if you have already contacted us informally about your interest, we ask that you fill in the form so that we have consistent information for everyone – Merci!!
Camp FASTB Details: Beginning June 10, we will offer up to 6 weeks of French Immersion camp broken down as follows:
  1. Full Day – 9am-3pm $300 per child, per week
  2. Half Day – 9am-Noon $200 per child, per week
  1. Extended care will be available at an additional cost. We are targeting the weeks beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22.
Campers must be at least 5 years old before 9/1/19
Ultimately, enrollment will dictate what we will be able to offer so please let us know as soon as you can.
We are also accepting applications for French speaking camp counselors so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know – merci!
2019-20 Enrollment: Online Application Form & Steps to Enroll
We are in the middle of our enrollment period for 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour. Below is the sequence of events for our application process (please note that there is a new online application form):
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Click here for our new online Enrollment Application which offers the convenience of applying and paying the fee entirely online
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
NPR To Air FASTB Feature Monday
After a couple of delays, we now have word that NPR will air its feature on FASTB this coming Monday, April 8th, at 7:44am and 5:44pm on WUSF 89.7FM. There will also be an article on the WUSF website. Special thanks to reporter Kerry Sheridan, who visited our school a few weeks ago to do the story.
Class Action
Art and math topped the charts in Priscilla’s Pre-K class this week as students converted egg crates (above) into flowers (below).
Students also spent time with Pauline boosting math skills by using objects to help provide meaning to the numbers they are learning (below).
Meanwhile, in Claire’s elementary class (above), students played a fun bingo-style game using syllables to help bolster vo-ca-bu-lar-y. Students listen for the syllable and find it on the card – then try to create words. Claire subtly injected some math in there too asking how many spaces are left on the card – very sneaky.
In Art, students worked on mixing colors within the ocean theme of “Nos petits poissons” (below).
All That Jazz
Our first-ever FASTB International Jazz Day Jam, co-sponsored by our friends at Music & Me, is coming up on April 30th at 1:30 right here at FASTB. We will have more info as the big day draws closer, but mark the date – jazz is all about inclusiveness and we plan to involve everyone in the jam!
FASTB Calendars 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
Cultural Exchange – Host a French Student
Peggy Labat (center) with Constance (right), a French student who visited Florida in February, and Zsofia (left) whose family hosted Constance
Recently, we enjoyed a visit from Peggy Labat, who has developed a new high school exchange program between her hometown of Le Havre, France and Tampa Bay, through which students spend a few weeks with a host family, completely immersed in a new language and culture!
Are you interested in hosting a French student for a few weeks? Do you, or someone you know, have a high school child that might want to visit France for a few weeks? If so, please take a look at this summary of Peggy’s program and feel free to reach out to her by email at peggy@englishnstuff.com. We also have a few pamphlets that describe the program here at the school if you’d like to stop by and pick one up. Merci !
It’s Spring In Maine Too
Sometimes it’s hard to tell… even in April. To keep tabs on activities of our hearty friends up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 3/27/19

March 27, 2019
On Tour With FASTB
 Bonjour ! A couple of excursions headline this week’s News de Nous, including today’s field trip to an urban farm in downtown St. Pete. Also, FASTB dropped in on the big Francophonie Day celebration in Lakeland over the weekend.
 Plus, class reports, Camp FASTB enrollment info, 2019-20 school enrollment info and April will be our most musical month yet! Let the scrolling begin…
FASTB On The Road
Our elementary class ventured off campus today, spending the afternoon at the 15th Street Agrihood, a beautiful half-acre vegetable farm in Downtown St. Pete, as guests of Urban Food Park Founder Emmanuel Roux (below). With Mr. Roux, who is French and also owns and operates Gateau O Chocolat, students, parents and FASTB staff toured the farm and discovered many tasty items along the way.
The produce, fruit and herbs are grown organically, using regenerative agricultural principles. Tasting tours such as today’s, are designed to reconnect students with the cycles of nature and explain where our food comes from – and also illustrate the wide variety of textures, flavors and nutritional properties of fresh vegetables.
Students not only had a chance to dig up some root vegetables but Mr. Roux also dug into the soil and explained the role of worms, like the dozen or so that he held in his hand (below). An added bonus for the FASTB crowd was that Mr. Roux conducted today’s tour en français !
If you’re interested in looking around the 15th Street Agrihood, stop by on a Wednesday or Sunday and pick up some fresh organic vegetables – right in St. Petersburg at 310 15th St. North. Check out this link for more information. Merci Mr. Roux for a wonderful afternoon!
Lakeland & La Francophonie Day: Celebrating All Things French
This past Saturday, FASTB Founders, Elizabeth & Willy LeBihan, visited the Polk Museum in Lakeland to participate in La Francophonie Day 2019, part of a worldwide celebration of French language and culture.
Dignitaries from five French-speaking countries attended the ceremonies, including the Consul General of France in Miami, Clément Leclerc (pictured above between Willy and Elizabeth), Consul General of France in Miami, Susan Harper, and two consuls from Haiti – Myrlande Lafont Pillet in Miami and Pierre Max Charles in Orlando (pictured below with Elizabeth).
Also attending were Honorary Consul of Belgium in Miami, Manuel Molina, Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Orlando, Luc Berkhardt, Honorary Consul of France in Orlando, Brigitte Dagot Jensen, and Honorary Consul of France for the Florida west coast, Jean-Charles Faust.
Throughout the day, attendees visited the Edgar Degas exhibition, “The Private Impressionist,” and enjoyed performances by Pearl of Nation Haitian Creole Dance and Poetry members (above), the Florida Southern College Woodwind Quintet and Voice/Opera performers, and from members of the Florida Dance Theatre.
Pre-K Class – Shining Bright
With the sun shining indoors and out, our preschool students were particularly bright this week. Artwork continues to carry a spring theme (above and below) and, though they tried, the artists struggled to hold back their smiles.
Priscilla’s display mat of hands and feet, right and left, kept students on their toes (above), while outside, tending our “jardin des papillons” (below) with Pauline was an important chore that students carried out to perfection.
In the end, we’re left pondering the age-old question – how many FASTB students can fit into a 4-wheel, covered playground vehicle?
Camp FASTB – Sign Up on FASTB.org!
Visit our Camp FASTB page on FASTB.org where you will find a camp online inquiry form. Please fill that out and submit so we can get an idea of enrollment. Even if you have already contacted us informally about your interest, we ask that you fill in the form so that we have consistent information for everyone – Merci!!
Camp FASTB Details: Beginning June 10, we will offer up to 6 weeks of French Immersion camp broken down as follows:
  1. Full Day – 9am-3pm $300 per child, per week
  2. Half Day – 9am-Noon $200 per child, per week
  1. Extended care will be available at an additional cost. We are targeting the weeks beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22.
Campers must be at least 5 years old before 9/1/19
Ultimately, enrollment will dictate what we will be able to offer so please let us know as soon as you can.
We are also accepting applications for French speaking camp counselors so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know – merci!
2019-20 Enrollment: Online Application Form & Steps to Enroll
We are in the middle of our enrollment period for 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour. Below is the sequence of events for our application process (please note that there is a new online application form):
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Click here for our new online Enrollment Application which offers the convenience of applying and paying the fee entirely online
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
Parent-Teacher Conferences This Friday
We will have an early release at 11:45 this Friday to allow time in the afternoon for Parent-Teacher conferences, which align with the end of our second trimester. Times went out to everyone last week, but if you need to confirm your block, please give a call.
Elementary Class – Ready for “Poisson d’avril”
Well, we knew April 1 would come eventually – Monday, our staff braces for poisson d’avril (April Fish), the French tradition of children sticking paper fish on the backs of adults and running away. Our director’s back provides a fairly large target and our News de Nous prognosticators expect him to have an aquarium back there by the end of the day.
Life is not all practical jokes in Claire’s class, however – above, they are learning their new spring poem “Qu’elle heure est-il ?” In “découverte du monde” (below), they studied the different states of water: solid, liquid and gas, and also discussed why we call earth la planète bleue (the blue planet).
Musique d’avril
April is a big month for music here at FASTB, starting April 5th with our second Suzuki Music performance. Our group class will be building on their repertoire, refining previous pieces plus adding something new as well! We will get started at 12:30 and families and friends are welcome to join us.
We wrap up April with a celebration of jazz at our first-ever FASTB International Jazz Day Jam, co-sponsored by our friends at Music & Me. Details to be worked out but the date is April 30 and we will get started at 1:30 right here at FASTB. Keep News de Nous close at all times for further info as the big day draws closer. Special thanks to Claire for the design of our official event poster above!
Cultural Exchange – Host a French Student
Peggy Labat (center) with Constance (right), a French student who visited Florida in February, and Zsofia (left) whose family hosted Constance
Recently, we enjoyed a visit from Peggy Labat, who has developed a new high school exchange program between her hometown of Le Havre, France and Tampa Bay, through which students spend a few weeks with a host family, completely immersed in a new language and culture!
Are you interested in hosting a French student for a few weeks? Do you, or someone you know, have a high school child that might want to visit France for a few weeks? If so, please take a look at this summary of Peggy’s program and feel free to reach out to her by email at peggy@englishnstuff.com. We also have a few pamphlets that describe the program here at the school if you’d like to stop by and pick one up. Merci !
FASTB Calendars 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
It’s Spring In Maine Too
Sometimes it’s hard to tell… even in April. To keep tabs on activities of our hearty friends up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 3/20/19

March 20, 2019
Joyeux Printemps !
 Bonjour ! Spring is here and we’re back from vacation, so all is right in le monde de FASTB!
 This week, News de Nous proves conclusively that it’s never too late to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Also: parent-teacher conferences and La Francophonie Day celebrations are on the horizon, spring fever hits both classrooms, enrollment for 2019-20 and Camp FASTB continues and the natural world turns in yet another impressive week.
 Plus, Suzuki Strings finds a new home this week and NPR talks FASTB next week… details below!
It’s Easy Being Green, Even on March 18th
Vert was the word of the day Monday as we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day a day late, but with all of the appropriate enthusiasm. Our Pre-K class went on a treasure hunt that yielded gold to fill the pot at the end of our rainbow…
(Caution: reaching into pirate ship cannons to find gold is not recommended without proper supervision)
Claire’s elementary class also got into the act with Claire herself taking home first prize in the oversized hat competition…
Students also enjoyed some tasty Irish soda bread (with French confiture, of course). They couldn’t finish it all, but no worries – it is for a situation such as this that schools have directors. Hope you all had a happy St. Patrick’s Day too!
“Canard Mère… Still There!” And Other Nature Stories
Our old friend, Mother Duck, was waiting for us after spring break, eggs still unhatched. Our teachers estimate March 26 for the duckling great escape but we are keeping an eye on them every day in case they try to sneak out early.
We enjoyed another wonderful visit today from our volunteer, and butterfly expert, Wendy Risk (above), who spoke to the students about the life cycle of butterflies, shared a couple of monarchs with the class (below)…
…and then helped us plant a “jardin des papillons” in our playground, with plants that she donated (below). Students will be able to further study the amazing transformation of caterpillar to butterfly right in our own backyard! Thank you, Wendy, for your time and contributions to our school!
La Francophonie Day: This Saturday
If you are out and about Saturday and wish to celebrate French language and culture, consider visiting Lakeland for La Francophonie Day – admission is free, there will lots of fun things to do and see, and the Consulate General of France in Miami, Clèment Leclerc (pictured below, middle), and other French dignitaries will be on hand as well – as will our own Founders Elizabeth & Willy LeBihan. Click here for all the details.
FASTB Considered: NPR to Air Feature on School Monday
We have received word from Kerry Sheridan (above, interviewing Beth & Willy LeBihan) that FASTB will be featured during NPR’s “All Things Considered” this coming Monday, March 25th, between 4pm and 6pm. Kerry spent a couple of hours with us on March 1st doing interviews and sitting in on our elementary class. The local NPR affiliate is WUSF, which can be found at 89.7 FM or on the WUSF website.
Camp FASTB – Sign Up on FASTB.org!
Visit our Camp FASTB page on FASTB.org where you will find a camp online inquiry form. Please fill that out and submit so we can get an idea of enrollment. Even if you have already contacted us informally about your interest, we ask that you fill in the form so that we have consistent information for everyone – Merci!!
Camp FASTB Details: Beginning June 10, we will offer up to 6 weeks of French Immersion camp broken down as follows:
  1. Full Day – 9am-3pm $300 per child, per week
  2. Half Day – 9am-Noon $200 per child, per week
  1. Extended care will be available at an additional cost. We are targeting the weeks beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22.
Campers must be at least 5 years old before 9/1/19
Ultimately, enrollment will dictate what we will be able to offer so please let us know as soon as you can.
We are also accepting applications for French speaking camp counselors so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know – merci!
2019-20 Enrollment: Online Application Form & Steps to Enroll
We are in the middle of our enrollment period for 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we have had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process (please note that there is a new online application form):
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Click here for our new online Enrollment Application which offers the convenience of applying and paying the fee entirely online
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
Parent-Teacher Conferences March 29
On Friday, March 29, we will have an early release at 11:45 to allow time in the afternoon for Parent-Teacher conferences, which align with the end of our second trimester. We have spoken with most of you about time slots and once that is all confirmed, we will send a schedule to all of you.
En Classe – A Whole New Season
Spring brings lots of artistic possibilities to Priscilla’s Pre-K class, where students weren’t afraid of bypassing the paintbrush for the finger (above & below)…
…and they were very careful in the creation of the leaves (below) for the “arbre de printemps” pictured at the top of this News de Nous!
Meanwhile, Claire’s elementary class seamlessly transitioned this week from the study of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day (above) – which included geography, history, writing and even a game of “les chaises musicales” (below)…
…to artistically ushering in the new season of spring (below).
Bienvenue Suzuki Strings !
Our Suzuki music instructor, Jennifer Diedrich, has relocated her private studio, Suzuki Strings, to the music room right here at FASTB! We welcome her and all of her talented students – great role models for our beginning Suzuki students.
Hard to believe our students are over half way through their second 6-week group session – our performance will be April 5th and we’ll have more information on that in next week’s News de Nous.
Jennifer also passed along information about this summer’s Florida Suzuki Institute and you can learn about that by clicking here.
Cultural Exchange – Host a French Student
Peggy Labat (center) with Constance (right), a French student who visited Florida in February, and Zsofia (left) whose family hosted Constance
Recently, we enjoyed a visit from Peggy Labat, who has developed a new high school exchange program between her hometown of Le Havre, France and Tampa Bay, through which students spend a few weeks with a host family, completely immersed in a new language and culture!
Are you interested in hosting a French student for a few weeks? Do you, or someone you know, have a high school child that might want to visit France for a few weeks? If so, please take a look at this summary of Peggy’s program and feel free to reach out to her by email at peggy@englishnstuff.com. We also have a few pamphlets that describe the program here at the school if you’d like to stop by and pick one up. Merci !
FASTB Calendars 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
It’s Spring In Maine Too
Sometimes it’s hard to tell… To keep tabs on activities of our hearty friends up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 3/6/19

March 6, 2019
Lots to Smile About!
 Bonjour – News de Nous staff worked overtime this week to compile the latest from a busy and fun FASTB week! Among the highlights: Family Craft & Crêpe Day brightened faces and filled bellies; Mardi Gras brought out the best in student costumes and performances; USF St. Pete students dropped in for a visit, as did NPR for an upcoming FASTB feature!
 These stories, plus class updates, Camp FASTB, Enrollment 2019-20, an opportunity to host a French student and our most recent brush with wildlife – let’s dive in!
Super Saturday!
Crêpes, Face Painting, Families, Crafts, Balloon Animals, Crêpes (did we mention that already?) – all made for a fabulous first-ever Family Craft & Crêpe Day Saturday, and the weather was perfect too!
Thank you to all who attended – our FASTB families and also many new faces! Special thanks to Krepelicious, who definitely lived up to their name, and also the face painting and balloon artists from Tony the Balloon Guy! Our teachers and students worked very hard to prepare for this event as well – merci beaucoup !
USF St. Pete Chips In Too
Friday marked the first of what we hope will be many volunteer visits from USF St. Pete French students – Liliane Tran and Corey Kimer went right to work, speaking French and helping Claire’s class create signs for the Craft & Crêpe Day. Merci Liliane & Corey – see you again later this week!
Merveilleux Mardi Gras
Great costumes on display yesterday for our big Mardi Gras celebration – students AND teachers showed up ready to go! We gathered together in the afternoon to make some masks…
… And the PreK capped the day with a Spectacle de la Marionnettes…
Spectacle de la Marionnettes
FASTB On The Air
Intrigued by our school and approach to language immersion, Kerry Sheridan (pictured above right), reporter from National Public Radio affiliate WUSF, visited us last Friday to do a feature story on FASTB – very exciting! Kerry spoke with Founders Elizabeth & Willy LeBihan (above) and with some of our parents, and she spent some time in our elementary class (below).
The feature is scheduled to air sometime the week of March 11 during All Things Considered. We will send out more specific information as we get it. WUSF can be found at 89.7 FM or on their website. Merci, Kerry !
Camp FASTB – Sign Up on FASTB.org!
Visit our Camp FASTB page on FASTB.org where you will find a camp online inquiry form. Please fill that out and submit so we can get an idea of enrollment. Even if you have already contacted us informally about your interest, we ask that you fill in the form so that we have consistent information for everyone – Merci!!
Camp FASTB Details: Beginning June 10, we will offer up to 6 weeks of French Immersion camp broken down as follows:
  1. Full Day – 9am-3pm $300 per child, per week
  2. Half Day – 9am-Noon $200 per child, per week
  1. Extended care will be available at an additional cost. We are targeting the weeks beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22.
Campers must be at least 5 years old before 9/1/19
Ultimately, enrollment will dictate what we will be able to offer so please let us know as soon as you can.
We are also accepting applications for French speaking camp counselors so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know – merci!
2019-20 Enrollment: New Application Form & Steps to Enroll
We are in the middle of our enrollment period for 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we have had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process (please note that there is a new online application form):
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Click here for our new online Enrollment Application which offers the convenience of applying and paying the fee entirely online
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
En Classe – Elementary and Pre-K
Even with all of our fun celebrations going on the past week, Claire’s elementary class focused on math, vocabulary and art in the classroom this week, with math projects involving rulers (above) and word connection exercises enhancing their vocabulary (below).
As noted in last week’s News de Nous, March is the international month of La Francophonie 2019 and our Elementary (above) and Preschool (below) classes highlighted the big annual celebration with some artwork. Claire’s students also studied the geography and the reach of French language and culture in the world – 220 million French speakers on five continents!!
Priscilla’s Pre-K class was treated to a close-up view of monarch butterflies (below), courtesy of our volunteer butterfly expert, Wendy Risk. The Papillons were very comfortable with our students, and Priscilla too!
Wildlife Recap – 2019
We’ve barely begun 2019 and we have already had numerous encounters with wildlife – butterflies flying free, ducks laying eggs and even a squirrel getting rescued.
Well, this week, we had a new encounter as our Director, pictured in the flattering photo below, engaged in a high speed chase with a turtle around the playground before finally wearing him down and returning him to his luxury lakefront home.
Cultural Exchange – Host a French Student
Peggy Labat (center) with Constance (right), a French student who visited Florida in February, and Zsofia (left) whose family hosted Constance
Recently, we enjoyed a visit from Peggy Labat, who has developed a new high school exchange program between her hometown of Le Havre, France and Tampa Bay, through which students spend a few weeks with a host family, completely immersed in a new language and culture!
Are you interested in hosting a French student for a few weeks? Do you, or someone you know, have a high school child that might want to visit France for a few weeks? If so, please take a look at this summary of Peggy’s program and feel free to reach out to her by email at peggy@englishnstuff.com. We also have a few pamphlets that describe the program here at the school if you’d like to stop by and pick one up. Merci !
Spring Break Around The Corner
Not much to add – picture says it all!
FASTB Calendars 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
Maine Winter Rolls Along
To keep tabs on activities of our hearty friends up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 2/27/19

February 27, 2019
Cercle de la Vie
 Bonjour – One week we marvel as caterpillars become butterflies, the next we help a mother duck watch her 13 eggs along the shore of our lake – the circle of life continues!
Life at FASTB continues as well – and News de Nous has the stories: Family Craft & Crêpe Day is mere days away, mouths already watering; we jump from celebrating 100 Days to preparing for Carnaval – plus class notes and Congressional notes, special guest visits and more…
Family Craft & Crêpe Day – This Saturday!
The countdown has begun – in just three days, FASTB becomes the world focal point for Crêpes! We can’t wait to see you at our first-ever Family Craft & Crêpe Day, this Saturday morning from 10-noon – and eating crêpes from the Krepelicious food truck is just the beginning.
We will have some craft activities set up and the artists from Tony the Balloon Guy will be here to paint faces and bring smiles to faces with their amazing balloon creations. Our playground will also be open to all and if anyone wants to peek inside the school to look around, we can make that happen too!
March is the official month of Francophonie 2019, an international celebration of French language and Francophone culture so what better way to kick it off? You don’t need to know French to participate – but you’ll get a hefty dose of la langue Française so you might just pick up a little while you’re here (don’t worry, the accent only lasts a few days)!
Please RSVP to admission@fastb.org or on our Facebook event page so we can make sure the Krepelicious folks bring enough yumminess. See you Saturday!
Monday Visitors
On Monday, we were very pleased to welcome three special guests to FASTB. Kamel and Chérifa Fekiri will be joining Team FASTB in 2019-20 as teachers and Kamel will also serve as the school’s Director of French Curriculum, which includes the critical role of being the school’s primary contact with the French Ministry of Education and Mission Laïque Française. Currently teachers in schools in Greater Paris, Kamel and Chérifa bring many years of teaching experience with the Ministère de l’Education Nationale (MEN) to FASTB, with Kamel also serving as Principal in his current school. Welcome Kamel, Chérifa and family to our FASTB family!!
From Left: Chérifa Fekiri, 2019-20 FASTB Teacher; Jérôme Train, Mission Laïque Française, Kamel Fekiri, 2019-20 FASTB Director of French Curriculum; and Willy LeBihan, FASTB Head of School
Monday also marked a return visit for Jérôme Train of Mission Laïque Française to meet again with our teachers and continue their professional development. You may recall that Jérôme spent two days with our teachers in November.
The visit also enabled Jérôme to meet Chérifa and Kamel – Jérôme and Kamel will be working together closely in the upcoming year.
Camp FASTB – New Page on FASTB.org!
Visit our new Camp FASTB page on FASTB.org where you will find a camp online inquiry form. Please fill that out and submit so we can get an idea of enrollment. Even if you have already contacted us informally about your interest, we ask that you fill in the form so that we have consistent information for everyone – Merci!!
Camp FASTB Details: Beginning June 10, we will offer up to 6 weeks of French Immersion camp broken down as follows:
  1. Full Day – 9am-3pm $300 per child, per week
  2. Half Day – 9am-Noon $200 per child, per week
  1. Extended care will be available at an additional cost. We are targeting the weeks beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22.
Campers must be at least 5 years old before 9/1/19
Ultimately, enrollment will dictate what we will be able to offer so please let us know as soon as you can.
We are also accepting applications for French speaking camp counselors so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know – merci!
2019-20 Enrollment: New Application Form & Steps to Enroll
Speaking of enrollment, we are in the middle of our enrollment period for 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we have had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process (please note that there is a new online application form):
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Click here for our new online Enrollment Application which offers the convenience of applying and paying the fee entirely online
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
FASTB Adds Digit – Celebrates 100 Days!
Our 100th Day celebration was a lot of fun as both classes were all-in on the big milestone! Art work, math, science, 100 words of vocabulary… you name it, it was all 100, all day!
An Act of Congress
News de Nous regulars no doubt remember Congressman Charlie Crist’s visit to FASTB last month. This past week we received a great note from the Congressman (above), complimentary of our mission and hospitality – a very nice approval rating!
Class Reports – Carnaval & Making Way for Future Ducklings
Next Tuesday, we will be celebrating Carnaval and once again our Pre-K and Elementary classes are enthusiastic participants!
Dressing up is a big deal for this one and Priscilla’s Pre-K class was hard at work with paint brush in hand (below) to create some impressive masks (above)!
Claire’s class isn’t letting the mask-making opportunity go by but they have also added some Carnaval-themed poetry and art work.
It’s also nice when you can walk outside and watch nature at work, which is what happened this week with the discovery of several duck eggs, right next to our picnic area! Mama duck was not far away and moved in to keep her offspring safe as the students looked on. We will monitor this developing story and if news (or an egg) breaks, we will be there!
FASTB Calendars 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
Maine Winter Rolls Along
To keep tabs on activities of our hearty friends up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us on the News de Nous staff wish you a great week and a Happy Valentin’s Day – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 2/20/19

February 20, 2019
97, 98, 99…
 Bonjour – Welcome to FASTB Day 99 ! Big school-wide celebration on tap for tomorrow as we hit triple digits – more on that in our class updates; plus a recap and video from our first Suzuki concert last Friday, Butterfly Madness, Crafts & Crêpes, Bourse Deadline, Camp FASTB and more…
Family Craft & Crêpe Day – March 2
All families are welcome to join us Saturday March 2nd from 10-noon for our first-ever Family Craft and Crêpe Day!
The Krepelicious food truck will be on hand to make crêpes of your preference that you can purchase and enjoy in our shaded picnic area. Not only that, the artists from Tony the Balloon Guy will be here to paint faces and bring smiles to faces with their amazing balloon creations. Our playground will also be open to all and if anyone wants to peek inside the school to look around, we can make that happen too!
You don’t need to know French to come to this event – but you’ll get a hefty dose of la langue Française, so there’s a good chance you’ll pick up a little while you’re here! Please RSVP to admission@fastb.org or on our Facebook event page so we can make sure the Krepelicious folks bring enough yumminess. See you March 2nd!
Suzuki Concert Hits Right Notes
Bravo to our Suzuki musicians who performed at our first-ever Suzuki Concert last Friday after just 6 weeks of group lessons! Under the leadership of our instructor Jennifer Diedrich, students put on display their knowledge of their violins, proper positioning & handling of the instrument and 4 renditions of the piece they prepared, with each student taking a turn leading the group.
With a crowd of supportive parents, teachers and fellow students looking on, our musicians handled themselves very well in their first performance – if there were nerves, they didn’t show!
FASTB - First Suzuki Performance
Elementary Class – Papillon Pandemonium!
The world’s Monarch butterfly population grew by 3 this week thanks to a couple days of chrysalis-busting in Claire’s elementary class. The first emerged Monday and immediately went for our Director’s nose (below), as sympathetic students observed from a safe distance.
Before we knew it, one became three and it was time to release them to the world – not before getting to know them a bit. Having the wonder of life unfold before our students’ eyes was amazing.
Claire’s class wasn’t on a strict butterfly education diet, however – there was work to be done to prepare for tomorrow’s Célébration des Cent Jours (100 Days Celebration) and she incorporated art, math, vocabulary and even Valentine’s Day hearts into one comprehensive lesson!
Deadline Today – Bourse Scolaire for French Citizens
The deadline has arrived to apply for the Bourse Scolaire, a need-based financial aid program administered by the French government for citizens with educational expenses at accredited French schools outside of France. Beginning in 2019-20, FASTB is eligible to receive this scholarship so if you have not done so, please click here for application instructions and call the Consulate. The deadline to apply is today.
2019-20 Enrollment: Steps To Apply
We are in the middle of our enrollment period for 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we have had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
Pre-K Class – Hearts and Hundreds
Back to back weeks of celebrations had our preschoolers hopping, first with Valentine’s Day (above), where students brought gifts for teachers and made gifts for parents and classmates.
Never ones to sit back and say, “we’ve done enough, let’s relax,” the Pre-K class transitioned quickly to preparations for our first 100-Day celebration tomorrow (below). Lots of great artwork and fun will be on display in both classes tomorrow and News de Nous promises in-depth, team coverage for you next week!
Camp FASTB – Coming This Summer!
We are pleased to announce that Camp FASTB will debut this summer for ages 5 and up! Beginning June 10, we will offer up to 6 weeks of French Immersion camp broken down as follows:
  1. Full Day – 9am-3pm $300 per child, per week
  2. Half Day – 9am-Noon $200 per child, per week
Extended care will be available at an additional cost. We are targeting the weeks beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22. If you are interested, please contact us by replying to this email with the following information:
  1. Your name and contact information
  2. Your child’s or children’s name and date of birth*
  3. Number & dates of the weeks you intend to enroll
* Must be at least 5 years old before 9/1/19
Ultimately, enrollment will dictate what we will be able to offer so please let us know as soon as you can.
We are also accepting applications for French speaking camp counselors so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know – merci!
Music & Me Singing Along
Our friends at Music & Me have an upcoming event at Cage Brewery called Sip N Sing, an old style family sing-a-long, Sunday February 24th at 5pm and would love to have our FASTB extended family join them! To find out more, you can visit their Facebook event page – hope to see you there!
FASTB Calendars 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
Maine Winter Rolls Along
To keep tabs on activities of our hearty friends up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us on the News de Nous staff wish you a great week and a Happy Valentin’s Day – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 2/13/19

February 13, 2019
Searching High & Low for the News de Nous !
 Bonjour ! Another big week in FASTB land and lots to tell you about – from Open Houses and Family Days to Suzuki Concerts and Valentine’s Day, we have it covered…
New Event! Family Craft & Crêpe Day – March 2
Attention families throughout Tampa Bay – Saturday March 2nd from 10-noon, FASTB will be hosting our first-ever Family Craft and Crêpe Day! People will ask, “Isn’t it risky to combine something very fun with something really tasty?” Maybe, but our News de Nous research team has determined it is a risk worth taking.
We’re happy to partner with Krepelicious and their food truck will be on hand to make crêpes of your preference that you can purchase and enjoy in our shaded picnic area. Our playground will also be open to all and if anyone wants to peek inside the school to look around, we can make that happen too!
You don’t need to know French to come to this event – but don’t be surprised if you pick up a little while you’re here! Please RSVP to admission@fastb.org or on our Facebook event page so we can make sure the Krepelicious folks bring enough yumminess. See you March 2nd!
Open House Rewind
Thank you to all who attended our Open House last Thursday! We enjoyed meeting all of our first-time visitors and we hope to see you all again soon! Special thanks to our musical entertainment provided by Suzuki Strings: Jennifer Diedrich’s two violin students, Cole and Briana did an outstanding job (more on them below).
For those who could not attend, hopefully you can make it to our March 2nd event and you can always set up a private tour by calling the school at (727) 800-2159. Merci!
Bourse Scolaire for French Citizens-Deadline Approaches
We are thrilled to be approved to receive French scholarships beginning in 2019-2020! The Bourse Scolaire is a need-based financial aid program administered by the French government for citizens with educational expenses at accredited French schools outside of France. To apply, you must be registered with FASTB and you can click here for application instructions. The deadline to apply is next Wednesday, February 20 – feel free to contact us with questions.
2019-20 Enrollment: Steps To Apply
We are in the middle of our enrollment period for 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we have had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
Camp FASTB – Coming This Summer!
We are pleased to announce that Camp FASTB will debut this summer for ages 5 and up! Beginning June 10, we will offer up to 6 weeks of French Immersion camp broken down as follows:
  1. Full Day – 9am-3pm $300 per child, per week
  2. Half Day – 9am-Noon $200 per child, per week
Extended care will be available at an additional cost. We are targeting the weeks beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22. If you are interested, please contact us by replying to this email with the following information:
  1. Your name and contact information
  2. Your child’s or children’s name and date of birth*
  3. Number & dates of the weeks you intend to enroll
* Must be at least 5 years old before 9/1/19
Ultimately, enrollment will dictate what we will be able to offer so please let us know as soon as you can.
We are also accepting applications for French speaking camp counselors so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know – merci!
Vendredi Violons
Final preparations for our first Suzuki Violin performance for parents and families this Friday at 2! Jennifer’s students are working hard and will be ready to perform a piece, demonstrate proper positioning and share their knowledge of their instrument. Can’t wait to see what they’ve learned!
Jennifer will open another 6-week group session beginning next week – please contact her with your plans moving forward.
Peek into the future: last week, Jennifer’s private studio students performed very well with the Pinellas County Schools All-County Orchestra. Congratulations to the whole Suzuki Strings group!
Suzuki Strings students and their proud leader: from left, Ashley Gielazyn, Hailey Touchton, Jennifer Diedrich, Cole Kountoupis, Briana DeStoppelaire
Elementary Class – Hearts, Butterflies, Ladybugs and Picasso
Claire’s elementary class had a busy week – hard to know where to begin! The caterpillar above tried to get away but he was restored to his proper position to join his fellow butterflies-to-be, getting ready for their breakout moment (below). We are still waiting… Thank you to Wendy Risk for providing the plant and the opportunity to witness the transformation!
With nature’s drama looming on the shelf, students turned their attention to two upcoming Thursday events: Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and our 100 Days Celebration next Thursday (marking our 100th day of school this year!). With lots of hearts roaming about for V-Day, Claire decided to combine the two celebrations, so students are all chipping in to create 100 hearts with their 100 favorite French words – vocabulary & math mixed with a little fun!
Hearts also found their way into Art this week (above) with students creating coccinelles (ladybugs) and they also studied a piece from Picasso (below) called “Les Mains aux Fleurs” (Hands with Flowers). Claire explained that “the meaning is to offer a gift to someone we love. Perfect for Valentines Day!”
Music & Me Parachutes In
Mr. Alex introduced a new element to his weekly Music & Me sessions and the excitement could be felt in Fort Lauderdale. The parachute was a big hit – our News de Nous analysts believe that there will be parachute requests in future sessions.
Event Notice: Our friends at Music & Me have an upcoming event at Cage Brewery called Sip N Sing, an old style family sing-a-long, Sunday February 24th at 5pm and would love to have our FASTB extended family join them! To find out more, you can visit their Facebook event page – hope to see you there!
Pre-K Class – Beaucoup de Valentine’s Day
Priscilla’s Pre-K class was also busy preparing for Valentine’s Day with lots of artwork involving shapes (above and below) plus a few surprises for parents…
Students also worked on forming letters during an exercise in which they used sand to write with their fingers.
FASTB Calendars 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
Snowing In Maine
To keep tabs on activities up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us on the News de Nous staff wish you a great week and a Happy Valentin’s Day – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 2/6/19

February 6, 2019
Happy (Lunar) New Year !
 Bonjour ! Chinese New Year is just one of many items on the News de Nous newsfeed this week – tomorrow’s Open House, Camp FASTB details, reports from Pre-K, Elementary and Suzuki music classes, and an animal rescue operation all made headlines as well – here we go…
Open House – Tomorrow Evening 6-8pm
We are transitioning from counting down the days to counting down the hours to our Open House, tomorrow evening, February 7th from 6:00-8:00pm. The 2019-20 enrollment period is underway so if you are considering our school, we urge you to attend and please spread the word. We will be conducting tours and answering questions, plus you will have a chance to meet teachers and parents. A great opportunity to explore the lifelong gift of language for your child!
Watch parents from our school in Maine in our Power of Immersion video series discuss our immersion approach and its impact on their children and families:
The Power of Immersion - It's Magical
The Power of Immersion - What if it Works?
The Power of Immersion - Why Was I Worried?
Refreshments, wine, appetizers and desserts will be served so please RSVP to admission@fastb.org or on our Facebook event page. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening!
Bourse Scolaire for French Citizens
We are thrilled to be approved to receive French scholarships beginning in 2019-2020! The Bourse Scolaire is a need-based financial aid program administered by the French government for citizens with educational expenses at accredited French schools outside of France. To apply, you must be registered with FASTB and you can click here for application instructions. The deadline to apply is February 20 – feel free to contact us with questions.
Camp FASTB – Framework & Details
We are pleased to announce that Camp FASTB will debut this summer for ages 5 and up! Beginning June 10, we will offer up to 6 weeks of French Immersion camp broken down as follows:
  1. Full Day – 9am-3pm $300 per child, per week
  2. Half Day – 9am-Noon $200 per child, per week
Extended care will be available at an additional cost. We are targeting the weeks beginning June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22. If you are interested, please contact us by replying to this email with the following information:
  1. Your name and contact information
  2. Your child’s or children’s name and date of birth*
  3. Number & dates of the weeks you intend to enroll
* Must be at least 5 years old before 9/1/19
Ultimately, enrollment will dictate what we will be able to offer so please let us know as soon as you can.
We are also accepting applications for French speaking camp counselors so if you or someone you know is interested, please let us know – merci!
FASTB Rings In The Chinese New Year
Yesterday’s inaugural FASTB Chinese New Year event was a big success. Thanks to the terrific and informative presentation by Dr. Linda Carroll, a former USF Chinese language professor and current instructor at the Tampa Bay Chinese School, students tried on some traditional Chinese clothing, learned about the Chinese Lunar New Year and why it is different from the western calendar and also learned the zodiac animal that is associated with their year of birth.
Dr. Carroll also demonstrated how to write Chinese characters and wrote each student’s name (thank you to Claire for providing the calligraphy kit). All in all, it was a great afternoon for everyone involved. The beginning of a FASTB tradition – Merci Dr. Carroll !
Elementary Class – Well Prepared For The New Year
Whether posing behind the Pre-K class’ Chinese Hanfu creation (above), or working on their own art projects, Claire’s Elementary class was ready for yesterday’s Chinese New Year – and much of their art work was used to decorate our lobby for the event (below).
The Découverte du monde (Discovery of the world) Chinese theme also had students hard at work in math, geography and writing as they studied Chinese maps, language, food, literature and traditions. Lots on their plate, but still time to smile for the camera – love it!
SPCA To The Rescue
We had a little animal drama yesterday after we discovered an injured squirrel on the FASTB campus. Ashley from the Pinellas County SPCA came right over and, before a crowd of onlookers, explained what she was doing and took the squirrel to receive care. Bravo !
Pre-K Class – Art, Sport et Crêpes
The Pre-K week was a balancing act of indoor and outdoor activities… and eating. Priscilla made good use of the playground for sport as students navigated a course that involved balancing, climbing and obstacles (below).
With the appetite built up, students (and teachers) munched on crêpes Monday in honor of the French holiday, La Chandeleur (below).
And with physical energy spent and bellies full, the creative juices were flowing as students made dragons, some even channeling their inner dragon in the process.
Suzuki Practice = Suzuki Progress
A little over midway through our inaugural 6-week group session, Suzuki violin instructor, Jennifer Diedrich, reports that students are progressing toward our February 15th performance, learning the finer points of positioning, the bow & violin holds and the “Mississippi Texas” rhythm. Key is repetition and practice – and also listening to the book one music!
2019-20 Enrollment: Steps To Apply
While we continue to enroll students for 2018-19, we are very focused on 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we’ve had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
FASTB Calendar 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
What’s Going On Up There?
To keep tabs on activities up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagram of our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us on the News de Nous staff wish you a great week – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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News de Nous – 1/30/19

January 30, 2019
The News Is Piled High!
Bonjour ! So much to tell you about this week both in and out of the classroom so let’s get right to it…
Open House – February 7th 6-8pm
Our next Open House is just 8 days away – Thursday, February 7th from 6:00-8:00pm. We are in the midst of our enrollment period for 2019-20 so if you are considering our school, we urge you to attend and please spread the word. We will be conducting tours and answering questions, plus you will have a chance to meet teachers and parents. A great opportunity to explore the lifelong gift of language for your child!
Refreshments, wine, appetizers and desserts will be served so please RSVP to admission@fastb.org or on our Facebook event page. We look forward to seeing you on the 7th!
Bourse Scolaire for French Citizens
We were very pleased this week to be approved to receive French scholarships beginning in 2019-2020! The Bourse Scolaire is a need-based financial aid program administered
by the French government for citizens with educational expenses at accredited French schools outside of France. To apply, you must be registered with FASTB and you can click here for application instructions. The deadline to apply is February 20 – feel free to contact us with questions.
French Schools Invade New Orleans
Heads of School from the 54 North American schools accredited by the French Ministry of Education in New Orleans this week. Can you find FASTB’s Willy LeBihan? (Clue: top railing, a little left of center)
FASTB Founders, Elizabeth & Willy LeBihan participated in this week’s 3-day conference in New Orleans for the 54 schools in North America accredited by the French Ministry of Education. Beth, Willy and all of the directors worked together to design and plan staff development for teachers in 2019-20 academic year and shared pedagogical projects.
Elizabeth & Willy LeBihan with Francis Carlier, Director of the San Diego French American School
Workshops were led by Vincent Sciama, Consulate General of France in New Orleans, Laurent Signoles, Secretary of the AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad), Jean-Christophe Deberre, General Director of MLF (Mission Laïque Française), Bruno Eldin, Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy and Sophie Beaumont, AEFE Pedagogical Inspector for North America. Willy and Beth reported that there was a particularly interesting session on Innovation and Pedagogy, led by David Instance, Professor at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.
“This was a great opportunity to collaborate with other Heads of Schools and Pedagogical Directors in our network!” said Willy.
The LeBihan’s also caught up with retiring Director of MLF in North America, Jean-François Genay (above). A great mentor to Beth & Willy, Mr. Genay was also Principal and Head of School of several prestigious institutions, including: Lycée Français de New York, United Nations International School and Lycée International de Los Angeles. We wish Mr. Genay well in his retirement!
Pre-K Class: Art de la Fourchette
Have you ever had a fork and some paint and wondered what to do? Problem solved: create a panda! That’s among the many art projects that Priscilla’s Pre-K class was involved in this week, exploring their creativity and learning about animals. The class also worked in some math and counting while engaged in play, plus a little writing as well (below left).
Looking ahead, February 2nd is La Chandeleur, a French holiday perhaps best known for eating crêpes – lots of them! Since it’s Saturday, parents in Priscilla’s class will be bringing in crêpes for their children on Monday (another way to use a fork). Tasty recipe posted below:
Chinese New Year – February 5
FASTB is marking the Chinese New Year next Tuesday at 12:45 with an event featuring a special guest. Dr. Linda Carroll, a longtime professor of Chinese and Japanese at USF and currently an instructor at the Tampa Bay Chinese School, will do a presentation on the new year and the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, Chinese culture & language and will also bring some traditional Chinese clothing. Parents are welcome – please let us know if you will be attending.
Elementary Class – New Year Prep and Butterflies
Elementary students also enjoyed a great session last Thursday with volunteer Wendy Risk (below), who brought in some caterpillars and a butterflies! Ms. Risk raises monarchs and for many years was a French, English and ESL teacher of students ranging from middle school to college.
Claire’s Elementary class has been preparing for the Chinese New Year with some lantern art work (above) and a geography lesson to find China on the world map (left). Additionally, students learned to write Happy New Year in Chinese (below) and have been learning Chinese history in the book, “La Légende du Cerf-Volant”.
Thank you, Wendy, for sharing with our students. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this week!!
You may recall that students studied the book, “La Chenille qui Fait des Trous” (“The Hungry Caterpillar”) earlier this year, so this was a perfect way to bring to life all of the lessons Claire taught related to that book, including the stages of life from caterpillar to butterfly.
Summer Camp On The Way
As we mentioned in last week’s News de Nous, we are planning our first Immersion Summer Camp! The plan is for one or two 1-week full-day sessions, depending on enrollment, and will be entirely en Français ! Dates are to be determined – we invite your input so please don’t hesitate to reach out with your thoughts and your interest. We look forward to hearing from you – Merci !
2019-20 Enrollment: Steps To Apply
While we continue to enroll students for 2018-19, we are very focused on 2019-20, so if you are thinking about applying (or know someone who may be interested), please consider a visit and tour – we’ve had a lot lately! Below is the sequence of events for our application process:
  1. Inquiry: Submit the Application Inquiry Form on our web site and we will contact you to set up a school visit to give you more information about FASTB and answer questions
  2. Apply: Print, fill out and mail our Enrollment Application and fee
  3. Interview: After receiving the completed application we set up a parent or guardian and child interview to assess readiness and ability to benefit from our program
  4. Acceptance & Enrollment: Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract must be signed and deposit paid to secure a spot for the upcoming year
Please visit FASTB.org and click on the Admission tab for more on the process, tuition, financial aid and more – we look forward to hearing from you!
FASTB Calendar 2018-19 AND 2019-20
We have released our academic calendar for 2019-20 and you will note that the timing is more in line with area schools (no construction project thissummer!). To access the new 2019-20 calendar, click on the image below left and you can download a pdf. For this year’s calendar, click the image below right. Please also check the Events tab on FASTB.org periodically for more specific information on certain events. Merci !
Check in on Maine
To keep tabs on activities up north, don’t forget to visit the Blog and Instagramof our school in Maine, L’Ecole Française du Maine – Year 18 is rolling along!!
All of us on the News de Nous staff wish you a great week – Merci!
Meet The Founders
The French American School of Tampa Bay, (FASTB), founded in February 2017 by Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, offers a unique immersion school experience to students from Early Childhood through grade 12.
Inspired by their successful creation of L’Ecole Française du Maine: The French School of Maine 18 years ago, the Founders decided to put their experience and devotion for education to work in the Tampa Bay area they have grown to know and love.
2100 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Telephone: (727) 800-2159
Dan Hannigan: School Director dan.hannigan@fastb.org
Elizabeth LeBihan: Founder and Admission Director admission@fastb.org
Willy LeBihan: Founder and Head of School director@fastb.org
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