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  • BLOOM! GALA TICKETS

    By Cris Gilman, Development and Events Coordinator
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    Don’t miss out! Tickets are on sale now through Tuesday, April 8 at midnight for Bloom! FAIS’ 26th Annual Gala, Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Governor Hotel. Tickets are not available at the door so join in the fun and purchase your tickets today!

    This year’s Gala brings back some old favorites and some amazing new adventures! Group dinners, sports, international travel, and unique experiences await you at this fun and festive event. Click here to preview auction items in our catalog!

    Unable to attend the Gala this year, but interested in bidding on a package or art project? Fill out a Proxy Bidder form and turn it in to the front office no later than April 9 at 5 p.m. and we will bid for you.

    Stay the night at the Governor and take advantage of a 15 percent discount. Just call their reservations department at 503-224-3400 and request the “French American School Gala” group in order to receive the group discount.

    Dance to the music you want to hear – send in your song requests and we’ll forward them to our post-Gala DJ. But send them soon – the deadline is April 8, 2014.

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    Don’t miss out! Tickets are on sale now through Tuesday, April 8 at midnight for Bloom! FAIS’ 26th Annual Gala, Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Governor Hotel. Tickets are not available at the door so join in the fun and purchase your tickets today!

    This year’s Gala brings back some old favorites and some amazing new adventures! Group dinners, sports, international travel, and unique experiences await you at this fun and festive event. Click here to preview auction items in our catalog!

    Unable to attend the Gala this year, but interested in bidding on a package or art project? Fill out a Proxy Bidder form and turn it in to the front office no later than April 9 at 5 p.m. and we will bid for you.

    Stay the night at the Governor and take advantage of a 15 percent discount. Just call their reservations department at 503-224-3400 and request the “French American School Gala” group in order to receive the group discount.

    Dance to the music you want to hear – send in your song requests and we’ll forward them to our post-Gala DJ. But send them soon – the deadline is April 8, 2014.

  • Fourth Graders Visited by Tennis Star

    By Mireille Nett, Physical Education Teacher
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    During their unit on tennis in PE this month, our fourth graders were treated to a visit from a former French tennis champion. Pierre Barthes (grandfather of FAIS student Timothé) was a player on the international tennis scene during the 1970s. He gave our students some expert tips and told them about his experiences as an athlete.

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    During their unit on tennis in PE this month, our fourth graders were treated to a visit from a former French tennis champion. Pierre Barthes (grandfather of FAIS student Timothé) was a player on the international tennis scene during the 1970s. He gave our students some expert tips and told them about his experiences as an athlete.

  • Spotlight on Summer: Parisian Musician Eric John Kaiser Returns to Teach "Rock Band"

    by Genna Robertson-Hall, Summerfest Coordinator
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    Do you have a young musician in your family? You're in luck! We're pleased to welcome back musician Eric John Kaiser to teach a series of unique, week-long music camps.

    Eric's shared the stage with musicians from around the world, including Welsh super stars The Stereophonics, French star Tété, and the French band The Revolver. He now calls Portland his home, where you will regularly find him collaborating with local and foreign talents around town. To hear music from his latest album "Le Pari" (2013), and to keep up with where Eric's playing next, visit www.ericjohnkaiser.com for his latest collaborations.

    During the camp -- "Rock Band: Jam, Perform, Record" -- Eric will share his recording and touring experience as a professional musician to help students build a stage presence, work in/with/as a band or as a solo performer, and build self esteem through music creation and performance. Students will work on writing, covering and practicing songs of their choice to perform live during an exclusive performance for friends and family in a real concert venue. The concert will also be recorded and students will get a copy of their performance.

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    Do you have a young musician in your family? You're in luck! We're pleased to welcome back musician Eric John Kaiser to teach a series of unique, week-long music camps.

    Eric's shared the stage with musicians from around the world, including Welsh super stars The Stereophonics, French star Tété, and the French band The Revolver. He now calls Portland his home, where you will regularly find him collaborating with local and foreign talents around town. To hear music from his latest album "Le Pari" (2013), and to keep up with where Eric's playing next, visit www.ericjohnkaiser.com for his latest collaborations.

    During the camp -- "Rock Band: Jam, Perform, Record" -- Eric will share his recording and touring experience as a professional musician to help students build a stage presence, work in/with/as a band or as a solo performer, and build self esteem through music creation and performance. Students will work on writing, covering and practicing songs of their choice to perform live during an exclusive performance for friends and family in a real concert venue. The concert will also be recorded and students will get a copy of their performance.

    This summer, our students have two opportunities to learn from Eric:

    • Week 2: July 21 - 25
    • Week 6: August 18-22

    We welcome young musicians of all skill levels and styles, which includes this year's 5th graders entering Gilkey next year. To register for "Rock Band: Jam, Perform, Record!" and to see our full summer line-up for Gilkey students, visit the Summerfest webpage here.

  • Tenth Annual Game Night

    By Beth Clifton, Gilkey Science Teacher
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    You know an event is a success when middle school students can say comments about it like, “Awesome!”, “I had a great time!” and “It was spectacular!” The tenth annual Gilkey Game Night on March 14 was truly a triumph for the student council planners and the 140 students who were treated to a memorable evening with their friends. Over 50 people made this indoor carnival possible (student council members, parent donators, parent volunteers, and teacher and parent chaperones). The main building was swarming with a variety of activities that were challenging, enticing, and encouraged a sense of community. Carnival activities included an inflatable obstacle course, skee ball, bottle smash, a high striker, food-eating contest, door prizes for all, and a generous raffle at the end of the evening. Athletic challenges included Just Dance, basketball, dodge ball, ping pong, and Twister. Traditional party activities included musical chairs, Time’s Up, card, and a professional photo booth run by Keene Studio.

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    You know an event is a success when middle school students can say comments about it like, “Awesome!”, “I had a great time!” and “It was spectacular!” The tenth annual Gilkey Game Night on March 14 was truly a triumph for the student council planners and the 140 students who were treated to a memorable evening with their friends. Over 50 people made this indoor carnival possible (student council members, parent donators, parent volunteers, and teacher and parent chaperones). The main building was swarming with a variety of activities that were challenging, enticing, and encouraged a sense of community. Carnival activities included an inflatable obstacle course, skee ball, bottle smash, a high striker, food-eating contest, door prizes for all, and a generous raffle at the end of the evening. Athletic challenges included Just Dance, basketball, dodge ball, ping pong, and Twister. Traditional party activities included musical chairs, Time’s Up, card, and a professional photo booth run by Keene Studio. No students went home hungry with nutritious choices like tandoori chicken and palak paneer from Swagat Indian Cuisine, fruit and vegetable platters with hummus, and some junk food choices like chips, soda, and the highlight: slushies and snow cones. All of this craziness was squeezed into just two and a half hours! See photo gallery for photos of the evening's activities.

    Second semester student council members spent just four short weeks planning this special event. Seventh and eighth graders shared the responsibility. Four committees researched, planned, designed, and prepared their space and events. They were accountable for set-up, training chaperones, clean-up, putting away equipment, and analyzing the success of their event. All of this hard work is compiled by each student in a design folder that records their journey through the process of crating Gilkey Game Night. Through this process of improving on past efforts, student council members have helped Game Night evolve into the fun it is today (see schedule from 2006.

    Special appreciation goes to Keene Studio, Swagat Indian Cuisine, the eleven food donators, the seven door and raffle prize contributors, and the ten underwriters for the catering.

  • Gods and Goddesses Come to Life

    By Helen Townes, Director of Development
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    In their unit on Greek and Egyptian gods and goddesses, each of Jennifer Reineck’s third graders came up with an original and creative presentation on the god or goddess of their choice. Their presentations were an imaginative collection of theater (skits), videos, a PowerPoint presentation, a diorama, and posters. One student chose Demeter, and made a little handmade doll in a mini garden to illustrate her chosen goddess. Quelle imagination!

    View Kevalin's video on Hephaestus and Akira's video on Hades below:

    Hades by Akira from FAIS Portland on Vimeo.

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    In their unit on Greek and Egyptian gods and goddesses, each of Jennifer Reineck’s third graders came up with an original and creative presentation on the god or goddess of their choice. Their presentations were an imaginative collection of theater (skits), videos, a PowerPoint presentation, a diorama, and posters. One student chose Demeter, and made a little handmade doll in a mini garden to illustrate her chosen goddess. Quelle imagination!

    View Kevalin's video on Hephaestus and Akira's video on Hades below:

    Hades by Akira from FAIS Portland on Vimeo.

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  • FASCA Features T-Shirt Production Workshop

    By Ryan Scheel, Assistant Director of Extracurricular Programs
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    The Makehouse, a Portland-area screen print and design studio, visited the FAIS campus during March to host a workshop. In the weeks leading up to the event, students in FASCA were asked to create a logo for FAIS Plus using only markers and paper and—most important—their imaginations. Two logos, done by Oliver and Gabriella, were chosen to represent the group’s efforts. On the day of the workshop the kids learned the production process of pulling the different colors and drying the shirt. It was an awesome experience for all and the T-shirts turned out great!

Upcoming Events

14April

Artist Visit: Pierre de Vallombreuse

To 4/18/2014
18April

Maternelle Family Day

Eve's Class Breakfast

Classroom 1-K 8:30am - 9:30am
21April

Spring Break

To 4/25/2014