Students at Cynwyd Elementary School traveled abroad today, without ever leaving Bala Cynwyd. The school hosted its annual "Festival Francais" (French Festival), which has been a favorite Cynwyd tradition for decades.
The gym was turned into a vibrant French street market, where students -- many wearing berets and sporting French mustaches -- were able to shop for books, flowers, pastries, cheese and jewelry, as long as they conducted their transactions entirely in French. An accordionist provided French music to add ambiance to the lively scene.
Students also had the opportunity to dine in a French cafe, where they could enjoy crepes and madeleines, and to meet a number of famous French-speakers, such as Marie Curie, Coco Chanel, Auguste Rodin, Napoleon Bonaparte, who were portrayed by fifth graders. Each character shared biographical information and answered questions about themselves in French.
All elementary schools in Lower Merion take part in the FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) program, where students learn either French or Spanish.
To see a slide show of photos from the French Festival, please click below.
LMSD's Strategic Plan, "All Forward," provides a framework for a collective, intentional and positive approach to change. Its five aspirational pathways guide us toward continual innovation and transformation to further educational excellence for every student. The French Festival is a student-driven example of Strategic Pathway #2: Transformative Curriculum. To learn more about #LMSDAllForward and the Strategic Pathways, click here.