Making crêpes is just plain FUN!
It seems like making crêpes is a lot of FUN! You don't just have to make them for mardi gras either! Crêpes are a popular dessert on French menus! Check out our latest Chef Emilie who actually had a special crêpe pan! If you are at school, then check out Chef Aiden W.'s photos on my French bulletin board in the front hallway next to the world map (to the right of cafeteria doors)! Petit déjeuner (breakfast), déjeuner (lunch) or dîner (dinner), or even goûter (snack) for that matter, are perfect times to enjoy a delicious crêpe! Magnifique (magnificent)!!! Bon appétit!
Making Crêpes à la Chef Carson!
Please scroll down to the Discussion Topics section down below and click on: 'Our very own Chef Carson'! Following our recent class discussion about mardi gras (fat Tuesday), Carson decided to make his very own crêpes with the help of his maman (mom) of course! I do believe I can smell cinnamon just by looking at the photos!
Miam miam (yummy yummy)! Bravo Chef Carson! Job well done! Magnifique!
Mardi gras (Shrove or Fat Tuesday)!
Mardi gras is coming early this year: it is actually on Tuesday, February 9! In New Orleans, where some of the French explorers settled many years ago, mardi gras is a great time for parades and masks and beads and costumes! For me, I remember fondly my 'maman' cooking crêpes for us for dinner! Crêpes are of course a very popular French dessert filled with all sorts of delicious fillings such as strawberries and cream or chocolate. For mardi gras though, my maman would cook savory paper-thin pancakes filled with ham & cheese or chicken and mushrooms. These were amazing but the best ones were the dessert crêpes: they were sprinkled with powdered sugar and a little bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice and then rolled up! Magnifique (magnificent)!
If you would like to make crêpes, just scroll down below to the Files section and then look in the Recipes file! Students should not try to do this on their own; an adult should be around to help and/or supervise! If you take photos, please feel free to share those with me and I will attach them to this announcement! Just send them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org!
La Fête des Rois: le 6 janvier
Bonne Année tout le monde (Happy New Year everyone)! January 6 is la fête des rois (Feast of the Three Kings). I wore a crown for all of my classes today specifically to spark some interest as we kick off the New Year! This holiday is also known as l'Epiphanie (Epiphany) or the Feast of the 3 Kings. It is in fact the 12th day of Christmas! In France, neighbors or families celebrate by baking a Galette des Rois (Kings' Cake) from December 25 through January 6. The cake contains a little baby (typically made out of porcelain), or sometimes a coin or a bean (wrapped in foil of course) before being baked. Whoever gets the slice of cake that has the little porcelain baby or coin in it, gets to wear the crown and decide what party games we will play!
I have to say that all of my classes today were thrilled learning about this today! I figured that some may even want to bake their own galette! You will find the recipe to make a Galette des Rois down below under my Files Section in the Recipes folder. Enjoy and bon appétit! :)
Update on Rockin' the PINK 2015!
Bonjour Signal Hill! Oh my everybody sure is rocking the PINK during Breast Cancer Awareness 'Rocktober'! Hope you have checked out the photos from the last 3 weeks! Just scroll down to the DISCUSSION section below and check out our students, our teachers, our staff, even our substitute teachers and parents rockin' the PINK Signal Hill Elementary style!
We have two weeks left to Rock the PINK 2015 and I hope to take YOUR photo if I haven't already!
Please keep collecting those rinsed, dry Yoplait pink breast cancer yogurt pot lids and bring them in and drop off in the bag in my classroom! All students are welcome to participate in this venture; remember each lid is worth 10 cents and it all goes to breast cancer research!
Just to keep you updated on our 12th Annual Signal Hill Elementary Breast Cancer Drive, we have raised $1,015 so far towards our $1,000 goal! AWESOME! Remember we have two weeks left to raise funds for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation! Merci beaucoup (thank you very much) to all who have donated so far!!!
Kids Euro Festival 2015!!!
Bonjour! Feel free to check out links as I add them to the right side of my classroom page (it is a constant work in progress)!
I am excited to tell you about the upcoming KIDS EURO FESTIVAL 2015 which will be taking place in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and offers all sorts of fun and free activities for the whole family to enjoy! This is the 8th Annual Kids Euro Festival and it will happen from October 24 - November 8, 2015! Some activities require that you reserve so be sure to reserve FAST as spaces tend to run out quickly! There are over 150 free activities to choose from and they include plays, music, acrobatics, storytelling, and even movies! I found that there were three different activities that were specifically from French-speaking countries: Jack's Acrobatics (Belgium) on November 2 and 3 (fun way to spend Teacher Workday!), 'A Monster in Paris' (animated film in English) on November 7, and Drum Bommel (Luxembourg) which is all about music and percussion on October 31 and November 2! Check out the whole program by clicking on the link down below on the right side of my classroom page!
Amusez-vous bien (Have a great time)!!!
Pacing Guide for French Curriculum for 2015-16
Bonjour! I have just posted my Pacing Guide for French for 2015-16 in the FILES section which you will find at the bottom of my classroom page. It is certainly a curriculum-filled document, filled to the brim, but I do hope to meet all of these objectives as best as I can!
Rockin' the PINK 2015!
Bonjour Signal Hill! It is almost time to ROCK the PINK at school! We will be kicking off our annual Rock the PINK event this coming Thursday, October 1st! In fact, we will be rockin' the PINK every Thursday in October to show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! By 'we' I mean everybody at Signal Hill: teachers, staff, students (yes the boys too!) and even parents! We are going to try and PINK-OUT Signal Hill every Thursday: October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, and October 29! Remember, even the tiniest bit of pink counts! I will be taking pictures every week and posting on my classroom page (check out Discussion Topics section below)!
October is also when I begin collecting the YOPLAIT pink breast cancer yogurt pot lids! There is a collection bag in my classroom for the students. Teachers have their own collection bag in the teachers' lounge! Each lid is worth 10 cents, which may not sound like a lot but watch and see how much our students can raise for breast cancer research! I enter the code number from each lid directly onto the Yoplait website and keep track of how much money we have raised. I will collect the YOPLAIT lids through January/February 2016! Kindly remember to rinse the yogurt pot lids and make sure they are dry before putting into a small ziploc snack or sandwich bag. The students can drop off their lids every day or once a week and they can bring their little bag back home to collect some more lids!
Parents, if you would like to donate to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, I am going to direct you to go to the Signal Hill Elementary PTA Facebook page where you will find a Donation Link to our Signal Hill fundraising drive. I had posted a link here earlier but it didn't take you to the donation page, it brought you to komen.org. If I can get this issue resolved, then I will repost the donation link here on my classroom page.
Merci beaucoup (thank you very much) for supporting these worthy causes!
Bienvenue (welcome) to all our students, both new and returning! It is wonderful to see SO many students! I am looking forward to jumping in to our new school year 2015-16! Right now, we are busy going over les règles (the rules), classroom management, fire drill & emergency procedures for my classroom, discipline, rewards, quality French student/quality French teacher, and labeling our folders or notebooks for Français (French)!
French is spoken in 48 countries worldwide; 28 of these countries officially speak French meaning the laws of their countries are written in French as well. In fact, French is spoken on 6 out of 7 continents; it is not spoken on l'Antarctique (Antarctica) however!
I hope you will check out my classroom page for periodic announcements as well as cool websites with games and information about fun kid-friendly activities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. I will also write about French cultural holidays and how they are celebrated, and will even include recipes, when I can find them! Finally, I will also keep you posted about what we are doing en français (in French); just check the file 'What are we up to en français? (scroll down to bottom of this page) beginning in October!
Stay tuned! Madame Ballvé