The last days of school!

School ended for AJ, Austin and Tristan the week of June 22nd.  The last day of school was not until July 3rd, but at their ages the kids do not stay that last week and a half. Schools stay open because most parents work and it is a form of governmental babysitting.  Most working families do not have their vacation until the beginning of July. Most French vacations last anywhere from three weeks to six weeks.  So, schools stay open until July 3rd so working parents do not need to find another form of “day care” for their children.

The three boys were happy to be finished with school.  They had a day that was dedicated to turning in their books and a conseil de classe (class meeting) when all students get to see their final grades.  Overall AJ, Austin and Tristan did a great job this school year!  Many teachers commented on how well they integrated and communicated.  They will miss their friends they have made here, the delicious school lunches, a few of the teachers, riding the public bus, playing the tennis ball game during class changes, two week vacations every 6-8 weeks… but they will not miss the long days of school!

The last day of school for Jack and Sophie was July 3rd.  They had field trips, water game days and just a last few weeks of school filled with so many fun activities.  It has been sad for these two cuties to say goodbye to the Sanilhac Sagries school.  Jack was very disappointed when he was advanced to the next grade (CP) with his friends and he knew he would not be with them next school year.  It is a dilemma for Jack.  He enjoys his life here but also wants to return to America.  Sophie had mixed emotions too.  She was a little melancholy the last few days of school.  She is so young to be able to understand what she is feeling, but she is taking all the changes with happiness mixed with a few tears!

Aaron and I are so grateful that our children have had this schooling.  Most of them are bilingual as the end of our time in France is approaching.  Now onto the next challenge… retaining the language!

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This is Sophie’s “report card”.  It has pages of all the things she accomplished and the page where her teacher advanced her to the next grade, moyenne section.

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Sophie et Maîtresse Sylvaine

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Sophie et Elza

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Jack, le directeur Gault (principle), et Sophie

5th Place!!!

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About a month and a half ago, Tristan took a countrywide English test.  All students in his grade throughout France are required to take an English test.  We, and all of Tristan’s class thought it wasn’t fair that Tristan take the test.  Tristan’s english teacher insisted that Tristan take the test.  I will tell you why… the boys have been studying “British” english this year.  The english curriculum in France is based upon what is taught in England, because that is the most common english that would be spoken in this part of the world.  Quite frankly, I enjoy the “proper” english over America’s versions of english!  The test consisted of sentence structure, vocabulary (which is often different), factual information about education in England, and a few questions of English history.  Tristan had to study for this test because there were definitely things about the english language he did not know. Naturally because english is his native language he had the advantage over every student in his school.  But, again, the teacher really wanted Tristan to take the test.

It had been announced that the first 5 highest scores in the country would receive prizes, first prize being a laptop.  Tristan was a little nervous on test day because he wanted to win that laptop!  He came home upset because he knew he had answered one question wrong:  “Mr. Pond calls to speak with Tristan (I am inserting his name because he could not remember the name of the person on the test.)  Tristan answers the phone and says:”. There were four choices and he did not answer with the correct, “Speaking”.  Tristan had never heard that expression before, which I was surprised because that is what I learned from my Dad growing up.  I guess I never taught him proper phone etiquette!

Just last week the test results were announced and Tristan came in 5th place in all of France!!!  He found out that the four students that placed higher than him were all British students.  How funny is that!!!!  Hooray for Tristan!!!  Because he came in 5th place his prizes were not as glamorous as a laptop, but the trophy and clock sure put a huge smile on his face!!!  Way to go Tristan!  Everyone at the boys’ school were talking about the student who won 5th place!  What a fun memory and souvenir to bring back to America!

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