Thursday, September 22, 2011

9-11 Memorial Monument

Students of l'Ecole Française du Maine interviewed Douglas Piehl of Freeport Services who designed and crafted Freeport's 9-11 Memorial monument. The replica of the twin towers is made of two 8-foot long steel beams recovered from the elevator shaft of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Senator Susan Collins dedicated the monument on Sept 11, 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The two beams were donated to the Town of Freeport by the Masonic Lodge of Freeport which coordinated with the Deparment of Homeland Security and the National Guard to have the beams delivered from New York City to Maine. All the work and efforts were donated by Freeport Services and others involved.

Doug Piehl explains how the steel beams were cut using an oxygen torch.

Dedication ceremony - Courtesy: Photo: Paul Cunningham / For The Forecaster

Merci beaucoup!

Many thanks to the Parents' Association for decorating the school with beautiful fall decorations. The mums, corn stalks and pumpkins really give the school a welcoming look. Stephanie and Caryn went out to purchase the decorations and were joined by several parents who pitched in to help decorate on Monday afternoon. Thanks to all for your help and for this visible display of support for the school. Thanks also to Aaron who watched children on the playground while parents volunteered. This type of community effort is what makes our school such a special place. Merci beaucoup!

Clichés Instantanés de l'école

Merci madame Sweetser
Art Class
Soccer Clinique
La Chorale des petits
Group discussion
Let's take a break!
English Class discussion
String Ensemble
Monkeys invading Winslow Park
Les petits Chefs

Monday, September 19, 2011

Les loups

Yassine reads us stories about wolves. So, to discover a European artist (Netherlands), we have composed wolves in the Mondrian style. Look at our beautiful paintings on display in the school hallway!

After School Music and Crafts with Amélie

We have fun learning about rhythm and music with Amélie in the after-school club on Monday afternoons. Amélie plays music for us and we tap to keep the beat. We discover all sorts of percussion instruments and we repeat rhythms with the various instruments. Towards to end of the club sessions, we will be making our own instruments. If you would like to join the fun, it's not too late, just stop by the office and sign up!

Ciné-Club: Astérix Mission Cléopâtre

Please join us Wednesday, September 21 at L'Ecole Française du Maine for our first Ciné-club of the year. This is an opportunity to socialize in French and English and see a great French movie.
All films are in French with English subtitles.

6:30 PM: Conversation, food and drinks
7:00 PM: Start of the film
After the film: Discussion and exchange of feelings and thoughts
(Donations are appreciated)

Here is more information on this week's movie: Astérix Mission Cléopâtre
Movie by Alain CHABAT, 2002, comedy, 1h47, with Christian CLAVIER, Gérard DEPARDIEU, Alain CHABAT, Monica BELLUCCI…

Synopsis: Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, decides to build a huge, sumptuous palace in the middle of the desert for Julius Caesar, the head of the Roman Empire, to prove the supremacy of her society over his own. If she completes the task within three months, Caesar has to admit in public that the Egyptians are the greatest of all the people in the world.
Cleopatra calls upon the help of Edifis, an enthusiastic, energetic architect, to help her secure victory. If successful he will be covered in gold, but if not, his fate will be in the hands of hungry crocodiles. Edifis, aware of the great cost of defeat, enlists the help of his old friend Panoramix, the Druid, who travels to Egypt under the protection of Asterix and Obelix.
However, things aren't going to be so simple. Not only does Caesar intervene to avoid public humiliation, but when Cleopatra's official architect Amonbofis gets wind of the fact that Edifis has been chosen in favor of him to complete the task, he will do whatever it takes to foil his competitor.

Pique-nique a Winslow Park

Mardi 13 septembre, nous avons profite d'une belle journée pour nous rendre au Parc Winslow. Au menu: jeux, photos de classe et pique-nique.
Nous sommes partis vers 10h.
On Tuesday, September 13 we took advantage of a beautiful day to go to Winslow Park. On the menu: games, class photos and a picnic. We left at 10AM.

Les enfants ont crié de joie en arrivant!
Nous nous sommes tout de suite mis à jouer à un jeu d'adresse en équipe.
The children were very happy to be there! We started playing team games immediately.

Nous avons également profité de l'aire de jeux.
We also enjoyed all the playground equipment at the park.

Nous avons attendu notre tour pour prendre une superbe photo de classe avec l'océan en arrière-plan!
We waited our turn to take a beautiful class photo with the ocean in the background!

Nous sommes ensuite allés déjeuner: hot-dog, limonade et gigantesque gâteau! Les parents étaient invités à nous rejoindre. Nous avons passé un agréable moment tous ensemble. Merci pour votre bonne humeur!
Then we had lunch: hot dogs, lemonade and a gigantic cake! The parents were invited to join us. We had a good time together. Thank you for all of your positive energy!

Le papa de Daphne joue au monstre! Il a eu un succès énorme!
Daphne's dad is playing monster! He was very popular!

Nous sommes ensuite rentrés vers 13h30, pour travailler un peu en cette journée!
Then we went back to school at 1:30PM to work a little!