Lessons in Equality

Chers Amis,

L’Ecole Française du Maine stands with everyone facing injustices and is committed to challenging and changing the biases that lead to discrimination. This past week the world was shaken by the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
We share the pain and sadness of this tragedy and recognize the School’s important role in making our would a better place. This starts by teaching peace and kindness at a young age and helping to foster a new generation of global citizens who value each and every person equally. We need to teach children to embrace differences and celebrate the beauty of all cultures and backgrounds.

Our mission is “to offer an educational experience entirely in French, instilling in our students a constant curiosity towards foreign languages and the diverse cultures of the world. It’s through this commitment to language and culture that we’re able to provide a diverse, mind-opening educational experience in an atmosphere of understanding and discovery.”

In light of what we witnessed this past week, we feel more committed than ever to that mission. Thank you for joining us in our efforts, together we can make a lasting difference- one child at a time.

Sincerely,
Willy LeBihan
Head of School

Lessons in Racial Equality

We expanded our library with books for various age groups to help our students navigate and understand recent events. In English, students have been having age appropriate discussions and are learning about how Americans throughout our history have stood up for what is right. This week they have talked about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman and will continue to have these conversations throughout the remainder of the school year.

Implementing Maine CDC Protocols Safely

Everyone gets their temperature taken at the start of the day- Even Emily!

How to Help Families Affected by COVID-19

Many families have faced financial hardship at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic in our own community. If you are in a position to help, your support could not come at a better time. We have set up a special financial aid appeal for our families during these trying times.

Click here to donate now: COVID-19 Scholarship Fund

Wacky Week Starts Monday!
Next week is our annual Wacky Week at EFDM and we are looking forward to seeing all of your outfits!

Lundi : Tie Dye Day

Mardi : Pajama Day

Mercredi : Hat Day

Jeudi : Inside Out Day

Vendredi : Stripes and Polka Dots Day
Mount Mica Mine Gravel Pit …transported to South Freeport
As part of their physical science curriculum, our elementary students are studying rocks and minerals. The pandemic may prevent our elementary students from traveling to Oxford County this spring, however, they will still explore the gravel of the most famous mine of Maine: Mt. Mica of Paris; (Yes, Paris of all places!)
Head of School, Willy LeBihan, a lifelong geology buff who is always looking for an opportunity to go dig in the dirt, traveled to Mt. Mica in West Paris, Maine. He collected enough sand and gravel for our students to look for minerals (such as tourmaline, quartz and beryl amongst many)
Our little “geologists” had so much fun searching for gems, and some with great luck! They begged to do it again this Friday !
EFDM Summer Camp and Childcare: Enroll Now! (link below)
Bilingual Childcare/Summer Camps at L’Ecole Française du Maine
We are open and are offering summer childcare/camps starting June 22, 2020-August 14, 2020. If you are looking for a safe place for your kids to enjoy the summer, please join us! Mornings will include a fun French activity and afternoons will be filled with arts & crafts, games and plenty of time for free play.
Hours:
8:30-3:30, with extended day from 3:30-5:30.
Pricing: 
Ages 3-4 $325- full day or $ 245 half-day (8:30-12:00)
Rising K-5: $300 week (8:30-3:30)
Aftercare from 3:30-5:30: $85 week
Introducing Our Summer Staff:
Camp Director and French Instructor: Elise LeBihan
Elise is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and she currently teaches creative writing at L’Ecole Française du Maine. She is bilingual and is looking forward to planning fun interactive activities in French this summer! Students adore Elise for her playfulness and creativity and her warm and kind heart.
Camp Counselors: 
Ava Farrar (June session only)
Ava attends Skidmore College where she is studying psychology and philosophy. She loves working with children and has extensive experience as a Camp Counselor at Waynflete School where she led many artistic and engaging activities with kids of all ages for several years. Ava is currently working as a preschool/kindergarten assistant at L’Ecole Française du Maine and is excited to help start the camp before transitioning to her preplanned summer employment at the Desert of Maine in July.
Sydney Sullivan:
Sydney graduates from Waynflete School this June, 2020- (Congratulations Sydney!) and plans to attend Occidental College in LA in the fall. She attended a Waldorf School in Montréal for a year when she was in grade 1, where she was fully immersed in French. In grade 8, she completed a cultural exchange with a host family in Normandy, France and studied French throughout high school. Sydney has been babysitting since grade 7 and absolutely loves being around kids! She finds there is so much to learn from their unwavering curiosity and ability to stay present. She worked for the after care program at Waynflete School this past year, as well as being a teacher’s assistant for a K-1 classroom.
Zoé LeBihan:
Zoé is a bilingual graduate of L’Ecole Française du Maine and a rising junior at Waynflete School. Zoé loves kids and she worked last summer as a Camp Counselor at The French American School of Tampa Bay. She is looking forward to helping out at EFDM this summer. Zoé’s sweet and friendly manner and ability to interact in both French and English will be a huge hit with the kids!
We are accepting enrollment now and slots are limited.
Please indicate which weeks you are interested in and your child’s age.
Link to enroll and secure your child’s slot: Click Here!
Payment may be made by checking/savings account or credit card.
Fees are non-refundable (unless we face and unlikely need to close due to COVID-19, in which case a total refund will be issued)
Other Considerations:
Please send snacks only if attending half day, and snacks and lunch if attending full day. An ice pack should be included in the lunchbox.
Once enrolled, you will receive the necessary health forms to be completed and submitted prior to the start of camp.
Please also apply sunscreen and insect repellent before arriving each day and send along with a note if you wish us to reapply.
In strict adherence to CDC guidelines related to COVID-19:
Please also send mask for your child to wear during indoor activities.
If you need us to provide a mask, please let us know and we will be happy to do so.Your child’s temperature will be taken and you will need to confirm their good health daily.
Merci beaucoup!
The French School of Maine   /  L’Ecole Française du Maine
PO Box 737 | 99 South Freeport Rd | South Freeport, ME 04078
207-865-3308                   https://efdm.org