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November 3, 2015 | Lower School Weekly

  French American International School  

Reminder: Scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences, Fall 2015

Please remember to sign up for Parent-Teacher conferences through FAIS' page on PTCFast. Follow the link below, select your child(ren)'s teacher(s), and press "Submit."  You will be asked to register your name and contact info. This will then create a registration for each conference and you will be sent a confirmation email with a link to choose appointment times. The deadline to schedule your conference is Wednesday, November 18. All teachers will bei n their classrooms except for the following changes:

  • Anne-Marie Luckett - Préau Conference Room

Parents of students in Cycle 3 teachers (3rd, 4th, 5th grades): Cycle 3 teachers will be having joint conferences with their English teachers, and will therefore have extra conference times available on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20. Their particular extra conference times will be indicated on their conference page.

Link to schedule conferences:


FAIS+ Childcare: November 23 & 24

For the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conference days, the Extracurricular Department will be partnering with Game Education PDX to offer special programming for students attending all day, and also for students attending only during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Don't miss out and register now! 

Middle School Open House--This Thursday

The FAIS Office of Admissions is kicking off Open House season with a Middle School event on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. This Open House is for 6th-8th grade admissions for fall 2016. There will be a presentation about Gilkey by the Middle School Division Head and an opportunity for Q & A with teachers, current students, and parents. Please invite your friends and colleagues--word of mouth is our best advertising! Prospective students are welcome to attend with their parents, and there is no need to RSVP. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions at or (503) 292-7776 ext. 310


Emergency Notification System Test

FAIS will be testing its emergency notification system this Thursday, November 5 around 1:30 p.m, at which time you will receive a phone call, text message (if you have previously opted-in), and email. FAIS uses this system for urgent communications, including school closures due to inclement weather. If you have any questions, please email Penelope.


La Fête du Vin--This Saturday

La Fête du Vin is this Saturday at Montgomery Park. Online ticket sales are closed, but there are still a few spots available. Contact Cris Gilman to get your tickets today.

Unable to attend this year's event? You can still order wine for the holidays and support FAIS at the same time. Vintners donate 30 to 50 percent of all wines sales to support the school. Order forms are due in the Front Office by Friday, November 13. Questions? Contact Cris Gilman


Multi-Magnum Wine Raffle

Drop by the Front Office (or by the Maternelle courtyard at pick-up Wednesday through Friday) and get your raffle tickets. There is a grand prize and a runner-up prize of four magnums of wine each. The total value of each is over $300 and would be a great way to kick off the holidays. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50 and only 200 will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn at the November 18 PLC meeting and you need not be present to win.  


Parents' Night Out

Attention preschool to 1st grade parents! The PLC is happy to announce the upcoming "Parents' Night Out" on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy a night out while your children are well taken care of by FAIS staff. This is a perfect opportunity to go out with other parents by coordinating a group outing or to simply enjoy a date night--whatever suits you best! Drop off your preschool to 1st grade child and FAIS siblings in the Commons at 6:30 p.m. and pick them up by 9:00 p.m.

You can provide a snack to share and pack your child's pajamas, as the night ends with an animated film.

RSVP to the PNO invitation sent from your room parents. Feel free to contact Stephanie Fernandes, PLC Chair, at, if you have more questions.

Family Enrichment Series: All About Maternelle

Please join us on Friday, November 6 at 8:30 AM in the Rose Préau Commons for the latest in our Family Enrichment Series, All About Maternelle. This informative hour will be devoted to features of child development during the Maternelle years (ages 2-1/2 to 5). Coffee will be served. 


Wednesday Open Tours in November

Do you know someone who is interested in learning more about FAIS? Encourage them to visit campus- it’s the best way to gather information and see our programs in action! The Office of Admissions hosts Open Tours at 9:00 AM most Wednesdays, October through May. As Open Houses for both the Lower School and Middle School are taking place during the next two weeks, the only Open Tour scheduled for this month will be on the 18th. No RSVP necessary

Lower School Open House--Wednesday, November 11

The first Lower School Open House of the year will take place on Wednesday, November 11 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. This event is for preschool-5th grade admissions for fall 2016. The Director of Admissions will make a presentation about our program and immersion education, which will be followed by tours of campus led by current parents and a Q & A session with administrative staff. Please invite your friends and colleagues— word of mouth is our best advertising! No RSVP necessary. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions at or (503) 292-7776 ext. 310.

Important Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

As we move into November, campus traffic is flowing smoothly with few problems. There are just a few things to remember: do not park along the red curbs during drop-off and pick-up, make sure that the car behind you can pass if they need to, and please do not block the entry to the parking lot between the Center for the Arts and the Préau. Additionally, the two reserved parking spots are reserved 24 hours a day, and may only be used by the DeLong and Vloon families. Many thanks for keeping our campus safe and congenial! 


PM Classes

Spring PM Classes start January 25th. If any parents with niche talents are interested in teaching a PM Class, please contact Laura Birshan for more information. This is a great way to fulfill volunteer hours!


Important Dates

  • November 5 - Gilkey International Middle School Open House, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • November 6- Family Enrichment Series: All About Maternelle, 8:30 AM, Rose Préau Commons
  • November 6- Scrip Orders Due
  • November 7- La Fête du Vin
  • November 11- Lower School Open House, 9-11 AM
  • November 13- Scrip Available for Pick-Up
  • November 18- Lower School PLC Meeting, 8:30 - 9:30 AM, Rose Préau Commons
  • November 23 - 24- Parent-Teacher Conferences, French Book Fair, FAIS+ Video Game Days
  • November 25 - 27- Thanksgiving Break

Volunteer Corner

Staff Appreciation Breakfast

Plans are underway for the Staff Appreciation Breakfast on Monday, November 23. This continental breakfast is hosted courtesy of the Parent Liaison Committee and FAIS parent volunteers. You don't need to be a gourmet cook to make a difference--we still need volunteers for set up and clean up that day! Set up starts at 6:45 AM, clean up starts at noon. Shifts are approximately 1.5 hours each. Contact Lena Braun ( to offer your assistance. Thank you!

Hospitality Help Needed

Two to three volunteers needed to help with hospitality for the upcoming NWAIS accreditation visit. Volunteers will be needed Sunday, November 15th from 4 to 7:30 for set-up, clean-up, and some pick-up of supplies. One volunteer needed on Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th before and after school for set-up and clean-up of Visiting Team conference room. Please contact if you are interested.



Sweets by Nadia

It`s getting cold outside and the holidays are rolling in. I`m offering for a limited time delicious Middle Eastern desserts that you can treat yourself or others to this holiday season. If you`d like to make an order, you can do so via my website:
Also find Sweets by Nadia on faebook:


Undergarmet Drive

I'm doing a drive for CODA's transitional housing, helping women in recovery successfully reunite with their children. Toys and decor for CODA's six childcare centers and new or gently used bras and underwear and unopened packages of feminine products and toiletries are greatly appreciated. Through Nov 15. FAIS Director of Development Candice Smith has generously offered to collect items for me to pick up. Contact Katrina Wheeler at for more information.


PT Nanny & Familly Helper

FAIS family with 1st and 2nd graders looking for PT Nanny and Family Helper, approximately 12 hours a week, including transport from school to home in N. Portland/Overlook, childcare and some meal preparation and light housekeeping. Monday - Thursday weekly; and possibly a few nights where care is extended past 6:00pm for evening activities, or request for care during school closures - these will be pre-arranged. Please contact Megen Brundage or 503-866-1199.

French American International School

8500 NW Johnson Street, Portland, Oregon 97229
Ph: (503) 292.7776  |  Fax: (503) 292.7444


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