This month is Philanthropy in Action Month, and this week we have highlighted the Annual Fund, which each year provides crucial donations from all of you to support our operating budget, making us the exceptional school that we are. This coming week we will celebrate our latest capital campaign, The Next 40 Years.
Close to four decades ago, FAIS opened its doors in the basement of a local church with just three students, one teacher, and a strong sense of purpose. Today, FAIS supports 550 students, 60 teachers and an equally strong purpose: To develop internationally minded global citizens by harnessing the power of multilingualism, active inquiry, and challenging academics.
Now is the time for FAIS to look toward the next 40 years, as we embark on developing a permanent campus that will match this robust and dynamic community that we call FAIS. Our modular buildings have served us well but they were not designed for permanent, long-term use and must eventually be replaced. A new Middle School building is the first phase of this exciting vision for the future.
I invite you to earn more about this exciting moment in our history and how you can participate. If you haven't yet attended one of the grade-level presentations held over the past four months, please try to attend an upcoming presentation this coming week. All events will take place in the CFA Flex Space.
- Monday, March 20: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 21: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, March 22: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Over the past almost 40 years, our school has only grown and flourished because of the generosity of our community. To honor our donors past and present, March has been named FAIS Philanthropy in Action month. Each La Gazette will feature a family whose generosity to the School has made a difference in our programs, in our classrooms, and on our campus. In this issue, we feature The Next 40 Years Capital Campaign and one of our generous families who made an early pledge to the new Middle School building.
FAIS Family: Fabrice Paillet and JuJu Fung, and their children Luca (kindergarten) and Theo (preschool).
Number of years at the School: Two and a half.
What are some of the things about your experience at FAIS that inspired you to make a pledge to this capital campaign? We are so impressed with the quality of education at FAIS. Our sons have been getting a lot of individual attention, and we are constantly amazed by how much and how quickly they are learning. My kindergartener is starting to learn cursive! In this day and age, FAIS' values of inclusivity and multi-culturalism also are so important. We have been members of the FAIS family for 2.5 years, and plan to remain at the school for 10 more years! We are excited that our children will be able to experience such a well-designed space when they reach Middle School.
Do you have words of encouragement for other families who may have young children and aren't sure about making a gift or pledge to fund a new Middle School? When you compare the tuition at FAIS to comparable schools in the area, it is clear that we are getting a relative bargain. Please consider how much tuition you would be paying at those other schools (or the class sizes in public schools) when you wonder why FAIS is asking for tax-deductible gifts on top of tuition. We were very impressed by the generous donations of the FAIS Board to the Next 40 Years Capital Campaign. We feel it is critical to break ground this summer to keep down the overall costs of the project and minimize disruption to the kids during the school year, and hope our fellow parents will consider a gift or pledge to make this happen!"
The biggest school event of the year, "A Night in Marrakesh" Gala Auction, is coming in less than a month. As April 8 approaches, just as important as that amazing dress and getting the babysitter, is the following checklist:
- Buy your tickets online at www.faisgala.com
- Donate wine ($20 value and over) for the wine toss! Each bottle of wine counts for one volunteer hour, in case you're behind!
- Win a room at the Sentinel Hotel the night of the Gala: purchase raffle tickets at the Front Desk starting next week ($30 apiece or 4 for $100). The winner will be announced the week before the Gala.
- Sign Up in Advance for Salon Parties starting March 27 and Bid early on Class Art Projects. *Remember, only THE TOP 5 CLASS ART PROJECTS (by bid amount) will be in the Live Auction. Bidding on the remainder will continue through the night, however.
As part of the third unit of their IB studies, "People come together to create change" and its line of inquiry "How the French and American Revolutions are linked," fourth graders edited a paragraph of a Vikidia article about Marquis de La Fayette Vikidia is an online resource, similar to Wikipedia but intended for children ages 8 to 13. Our students found that the article could be enhanced based on their own in-class studies of the French and American revolutions. The new-and-improved paragraph they contributed to Vikidia may be found at https://fr.vikidia.org/wiki/Gilbert_du_Motier_de_La_Fayette
Our 3rd graders spent several weeks raising and studying rainbow trout tadpoles in Molly Hamill's science class, before releasing them "into the wild" of a local lake in Commonwealth Park, in Beaverton. Third grader Scarlett D. reflected on the experience, sharing what they learned: "First, rainbow trout need to be in the dark, like the ocean would be. It has to be a lot like the ocean. We also had to check the water temperature every day, because if it was too hot or too cold, they might not be able to survive. A baby rainbow trout still has the egg sack; that is where they get their food. When it's ready to find its own food, it turns transparent." When asked by English teacher Greg Darling, who assisted with the raising and the release of the fish, what it was like to witness the evolution of the fish (also called fry), Scarlett commented, "When we first got them, they looked like pink dots with eyes. The water temperature was always good. They must have had the good life with us! When they were fry, they swam around a lot! I really liked taking care of them here at school, mainly because I got to see the trout and how they grow every day, but also because I liked learning stuff about them."
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