Bilingual Summer Camp

Everyone is having so much fun at our bilingual Summer Camp!
The kids and camp counselors have been busy playing games, making arts & crafts, and enjoying the outdoors- but most of all, they’re enjoying being together. Some of our favorite camp activities have been playing tag, enjoying the sandbox, finding gems and minerals, playing musical chairs, building forts, and making friendship bracelets and other crafts while listening to stories.
It’s been wonderful to have such great interest and to see all of the smiling faces. Many campers will be with us for several weeks, and others are adding on weeks because they are enjoying it so much! Bravo to Elise, Ava, Sydney, and Zoé for your creative planning and for making EFDM’s first annual summer camp experience such a success!!! Fantastique!
It’s not too late to have your child join us, please see the enrollment form below for more information and a link to sign up!
Look what I found!
We can build it!
Time to do some serious creating! Each child has their own materials
to work with and we’re social distancing in the classrooms.
Make your own rattlesnakes and caterpillars  – you choose and pick your colors
…and let’s hear you name them in French!
Making Hedwig Owls while listening to Harry Potter – en français, bien sûr!   Très chouette!!!
Summer Camp and Childcare: Enroll Now! (link below)

Hours:
8:30-3:30, with extended day from 3:30-5:30.
Pricing per week: 
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
Summer Camp Staff:
Camp Director and French Instructor: Elise LeBihan
Elise is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and she currently teaches creative writing at LEcole 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.
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 aftercare program at Waynflete School this past year, as well as being a teacher’s assistant for a K-1 classroom.
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 an 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 the 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 a 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 they are good health daily.

 

One small school offers lessons in safe return

LEcole Française du Maine was featured on the front page of The Maine Sunday Telegram and other Maine newspapers in a piece highlighting the school’s safe reopening.  PDF: Article by Rachel Ohm

2020/2021 School year starting on August 17, 2020
The school community overwhelmingly supports the idea of beginning the school year in August instead of the traditional post Labor Day start in September. This will allow us to bank the most possible in-person school days before we potentially face a second wave of COVID-19 that could possibly result in another school closure.
 We are glad the school community supports the idea of doing whatever it takes to give the children the most possible in-person school days. They need to play, be with their friends, and just be kids again. We want them to return with enthusiasm and experience success, so the main focus of the first month of school in August will be to make the most of the fine weather, speak French, get outdoors as much as possible and have fun. We will ease back into the curriculum in a way that ensures every child is able to enjoy a positive school experience.
In the meantime, we wish you a wonderful summer!!!
– and we look forward to seeing many of you at our Summer Camp program!!
Implementing Maine CDC Protocols Safely

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

Yearbooks have arrived- please stop by to pick up your order!