Dear Friends,

June is such a busy time for FAIS as we wrap up another exciting school year. As the outside temperatures start to increase, so does the pace of life on campus. Our 8th graders have returned from their international trips and enjoyed a memorable graduation ceremony – an exciting milestone indeed. Our entire campus celebrated Fête de la Musique this week, final classwork was sent home, and suddenly summer break has arrived. I have witnessed amazing growth in the students this year as they experienced the joy of discovery, took some risks, and learned to work together toward common goals. As we look ahead to the summer months, I am already missing the "kid" energy they bring to our campus.

Educating young students is some of the hardest yet most rewarding work there is, and I wish to thank all of our faculty and staff for the commitment and passion they bring to the classroom. Their dedication and professionalism benefits our students each and every day. And of course, FAIS benefits daily from the time and energy our parents bring to campus. Thank you, parent volunteers, for all you do for the School. Your involvement means the world to the School and our students!

I would like to wish our entire FAIS community a peaceful summer - full of exciting adventures, interesting discoveries, and time for quiet reflection. I look forward to welcoming you back to campus in September, well-rested and ready for a new year of growth and learning. Enjoy your summer!

Pam Dreisin, Head of School

Our 5th graders are winging their way back to the States after two marvelous weeks in Paris. Each day of their exchange trip was filled with a balance of activities, whether educational, cultural, or just plain fun. Bonding with their host families, our students experienced life à la Parisienne, playing games with their French counterparts and experiencing the intimate rhythms of their family lives. Visits to all the famous sites--Nôtre Dame, Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre—were complemented by tours of the Maison de Victor Hugo, the Picasso Museum, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Institute du Monde Arabe, to name a few. A significant backdrop to all their activities was the unseasonable heat in Paris during their trip, with temperatures in the 90s. Welcome home, 5th graders! View photo gallery here.

Our seventh graders conducted a survey of their fellow classmates, recording their travels outside the U.S. and to what countries they traveled. They transformed their findings into graphs and wrote analyses on the results:

For FAIS students and their friends from other schools who are looking for some fun activities for this long, hot summer, registrations for Summer Camp and Summerfest are open until the very last day of camp, and many of them still have openings. Check out the offerings here.

La Gazette Archive

Click here to view archived La Gazette articles.

5th Grade Trip to France


Check the parents webpage over the summer for back-to-school information. The following forms and documents are currently available:

The final draft of the printable FAIS academic calendar is available for download here. Visit the calendar page of the FAIS website to view more details and to sign up for event alerts.


    • WedAug30 New Parent Orientation
    • TueSep05 Welcome Day

      Lower School

      Lower School parents / guardians stay with their children to visit classrooms and meet teachers. Families with Maternelle (PS-K) students may come any time between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM, and families with 1st-5th grade students may come anytime between 12:00 and 3:00 PM. FASCA (after-school childcare) is not available for Lower School Students.

      Middle School

      Mentors meet at 7:50 AM in Room W-7. Sixth grade students meet in the gym at 8:30 AM and attend a full day (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM). All new 7th and 8th graders need to arrive at 10:30; returning 7th and 8th graders attend a half day (11:45 AM - 3:30 PM). FASCA is available for Gilkey students only.

    • WedSep06 First Day of School
      PS-K8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. (12:15 half day)
      1st-5th8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      6th-8th8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

      Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM. FASCA (after-school care) is available after school until 6 PM.

    • ThuSep07 Gilkey Volleyball Begins
    • FriSep08 Gilkey Soccer Begins
    • SatSep09 Wallace Park Gathering for New FAIS Families 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM1600 NW 25th Avenue

      Bring a snack to share with other new and current families at the park. Look for the FAIS banner at the park to find our location. Hang out at the park or organize groups to walk to shops and eateries on NW 23rd Avenue.

    • MonSep11 Fall PM Classes Begin
    • ThuSep14 Middle School Back-to-School Night 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • FriSep15 Photo Day 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • MonSep18 PS-1st Grade Back-to-School Night 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • TueSep19 2nd-5th Grade Back-to-School Night 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • WedSep20 Kathryn Otoshi - Children's Author Visit
    • WedSep20 Middle School Parent Meet & Greet 5:00 PM to 6:00 PMCFA Flex Space
    • FriSep22 New Lower School Parent Café 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMJardin de Jeu
    • WedOct04 Middle School PLC Meeting 8:30 AM
    • ThuOct05 New Parent Reception
French American International School 8500 NW Johnson Street, Portland, Oregon 97229
Ph: (503) 292.7776 Fax: (503) 292.7444
powered by finalsite