PM Classes

The Extracurricular Department creates a diverse list of structured activities and classes taught by FAIS teachers and outside contractors, many of whom continue to teach their class in French.

Register for Spring PM Classes here.

This is a way for each student to sign up for an activity of interest and then practice their French in a different context. These classes are offered to grades PS through eight. All extracurricular classes must be paid for separately. If you have any registration questions please contact Katie Márquez. For all other inquiries please contact Jonathan Mascaut.

The PM Class term runs in semesters. FASCA Plan semesters correspond to the PM Class semesters; however, the spring FASCA Plan runs through the end of the school year. 

Fall: September 9 — January 17  
Spring: January 27 — May 23 

Katie Márquez
Extracurricular Department Administrative Assistant
kmarquez@faispdx.org
(503) 292-7776 x410

Jonathan Mascaut
Director of Extracurricular Programs
jmascaut@faispdx.org
(503) 292-7776 x401

Spring Semester PM Class Descriptions

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Monday Classes

Discover the LEGO® World: Grades PS-K (French)

This class serves as an introduction to building with LEGO blocks. Students will use their creativity and imagination, while working on problem solving and basic construction, to discover and explore the world of LEGO.

Instructor: Cédric Strapart
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: 1-C
Price: $190 + $10 material fee

 

I Heart Fine Art: Grades PK-K (English)

Students will create works of art inspired by some of the most iconic artists of our time. At the end of the class, you'll have framed, personalized pieces of art to treasure for years to come.

Instructor: Genna Robertson-Hall
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: CFA-20
Price $190 + $30 material fee

 

Chinese Cooking and Art: Grades K-2nd (English and Chinese)

In this class students will get to make and taste authentic Chinese foods, play classic Chinese games, and make traditional Chinese art.  Students will also learn the basic Chinese words and sentences associated with their cooking and activities.

 

Instructor: Portland Language Arts
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: Kitchen
Price $190 + $40 material fee
Waiver B required

 

 

 

Puppet Productions: Grades 1st-5th (French) CLASS CANCELED

Experiment with the different aspects of making puppets and puppet shows. Write scenes, design storyboards, and create your own characters. We will make team and individual puppets to star in our very own puppet productions.

Instructor: Marc Bescond
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: CFA-21
Price $190 + $10 material fee

 

 

 

Rugby: Grades 1st-3rd (French) CLASS CANCELED

As an initiation to Rugby, this class will provide the skills needed to learn basic Rugby movement and rules. Rugby is a contact sport, but rules will be modified for younger players. This class will be fun for all regardless of experience and will be a great way to channel energy while encouraging sportsmanship.

Instructor: Thibault Prat
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: Field
Price: $190 + $10 material fee
Waiver A required

 

 

Bollywood Dance: Grades 1st-5th (French)

Learn Bollywood dance moves and choreography. We will work on both body and facial expressions, and study extracts of Bollywood music videos and movies for inspiration.  The last class of the term will feature a show complete with costumes.

Instructor: Jennifer Reineck
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: CFA-10
Price: $190 + $10 material fee
Waiver A required

 

Sewing and Knitting: Grades 1st-5th (French) CLASS CANCELED

This class will teach the basic skills of sewing and knitting, and offer support for students completing their own exciting projects and creations. All skill levels welcome. 

Instructor: Nadia Khazem
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: 1-I
Price: $190 + $20 material fee

 

 

Mon Ami Monet: Grades 3rd-5th (French) CLASS CANCELED

This class is an invitation to express yourself in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Specifically, we will work on easel painting with a focus on mixing color, light and shadow, texture, and use of imagination.

Instructor: Stephanie Martin-Sewall
Time: 3:45-5:00
Location: 4-K
Price: $235 + $50 material fee

 

 

Badminton: Grades 4th-8th (French)

Badminton is an Olympic sport that promotes fitness, aerobic stamina, agility, strength, speed and precision. It is also a technical sport, requiring good motor coordination. This class will focus on learning the rules and basic skills of badminton, while playing both singles and doubles. New and experienced players welcome.

Instructor: Vincent Brès
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: Gym
Price: $130 + $10 material fee
Waiver A Required
Special Dates: March 3rd-May 19th

 

Photography: Grades 6th-8th (English) CLASS CANCELLED

In this introduction to photography we will start from the premise that creating compositions with intentionality is what photography is all about. The course will contain three main parts: classroom learning, exploratory photography, and digital editing. Students will learn the technical basics of photography and apply them to out of classroom photo sessions. They will then edit them on the computer to obtain a collection of photos that they can be proud of. Select photos will be part of an end of term exhibit. Students will need to bring their own camera to class. Any digital model is fine, but will need to have manual shutter speed and F-Stop.

Instructor: Brian Siperstein
Time: 4:00-5:00
Location: W-18, computer lab
Price: $190 + $20 material fee

Petits Chefs: Grades PS-K (French)

Learn basic, healthy cooking skills with age appropriate recipes. There will also be an opportunity for play time while food (or dessert!) is cooking. 

Instructor: Nadia Khazem
Time: 3:30-4:30
Location: Kitchen
Price: $190 + $20 material fee

 

Creative Cooking: Grades PS-K (English)

Description pending.

Instructor: Julie Duffield
Time: 3:30-4:30
Location: W-8
Price: $190 + $20 material fee

 

 

 

Junior Engineering: Grades K-2 (English)

From building bridges to creating flying machines and rockets, students will learn design and engineering concepts while building, testing and analyzing their projects. Students will get to take home their projects at the end of the program. This class will repeat many of the activities offered in the fall term, so it will be a great choice for students new to the program. Returning students are welcome to repeat.

Instructor: Engineering for Kids
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: W-7
Price: $250
Waiver B required

 

 

 

Chess: Grades K-4th (French)

This class will serve both as an introduction for new players, and as a place where more experienced players can improve. Students will be paired with other students at their skill level.

Instructor: Luc Bouveur
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: 1-N
Price: $190

 

 

 

I Heart Handmade: Grades 1st-5th (English)

With a focus on functional handmade crafts for everyday use, students will be introduced to basic sewing and felting, paper folding, and hand poured candles or soaps. Past projects include block printing, monogram embroidery, handmade playing cards and dominoes, recycled material pencil cases, custom printed tote bags, and finger puppets.

Instructor: Genna Robertson-Hall
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: CFA-20
Price $190 + $30 material fee

 

 

 

Judo I: Grades 1st-8th (English)

Judo, a blend of jujitsu and other martial arts, incorporates the philosophies of mutual welfare, benefit, and efficiency. This class will begin with tumbling and flexibility, and then build on these skills to learn the techniques of throwing and pinning. The goal for this class is to instill self-discipline, responsibility, and accountability, and for students to achieve better fitness while having fun. Students will need to come to class with a Judo uniform (must be a Judo gi as opposed to other martial art uniforms).

Instructor: Julie Koyama
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: CFA-10
Price: $190 + $10 material fee
Waiver B required

 

 

International Music: Grades 2nd-5th (French) CLASS CANCELED

Be inspired by the many shapes and forms of musical creation. Play with movement and music within an international context, and learn and interpret folktales in addition to creating your own songs. In this class we will discover unlimited ways to tell a story through music.

Instructor: Marc Bescond
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: CFA-22
Price: $190 + $10 material fee

 

 

Photography: Grades 3rd-5th (English)

Students will discover the basics of how to use their point and shoot digital cameras and how to take great, fun photographs. At the end of the session, they will have a photography portfolio and participate in an exhibit where they can share their best photos. Each student will be required to bring a USB key to each session. Personal point and shoot digital cameras are optional, the school will have cameras available.

Instructor: Brian Siperstein
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: 3-F
Price: $190 + $20 material fee

Judo II: Grades 3rd-8th (English)

This class is based on the same goals and philosophy as our Judo I class, but is designed for those familiar with Judo. Older students new to Judo may still be comfortable in this class as it overlaps with the beginning class. Students will need to come to class with a Judo uniform (must be a Judo gi as opposed to other martial art uniforms).

 

Instructor: Julie Koyama
Time: 3:45-5:30
Location: CFA-10
Price: $335 + $10 material fee
Waiver B required

Yoga: Grades PS-PK (English)

Guided stretches, creative movement, cooperative games and more blend to encourage body awareness, emotional regulation and focus in this dynamic yoga class. We also practice mindfulness using all five senses. Each class includes relaxation time, positive yoga songs, and calming breathing techniques.

Instructor: Move Yoga Studio
Time: 3:30-4:15
Location: 4-L
Price: $150.00
Waiver B required

 

Ballet: Grades PK-1st (English)

Students will learn the basics of dance and its relevance in their life, along with physical confidence, self-esteem, and the pure joy of movement in a safe environment. Using the basics of ballet technique and our creativity this class supports the idea that children achieve a sense of wholeness when they connect their mind, body and spirit during dance exploration.

Instructor: Zahra Banzi
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: CFA-10
Price: $190
Waiver A required

 

Basketball: Grades K-2nd (French)

With a focus on technical skill building activities appropriate to young players, we will learn to play the game while having fun. 

Instructor: Luc Bouveur
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: Gym
Price: $190
Waiver A required

 

 

Yoga: Grades K-5th (English)

Guided stretches, creative movement, cooperative games and more blend to encourage body awareness, emotional regulation and focus in this dynamic yoga class. We also practice mindfulness using all five senses. Each class includes relaxation time, positive yoga songs, and calming breathing techniques.

Instructor: Move Yoga Studio
Time: 4:30-5:15
Location: 4-L
Price: $150
Waiver B required

 

LEGO® in Motion: Grades 1st-5th (French)

Take LEGO construction to a whole new level! In this class students will collaborate and use their imagination to design and construc tLEGO scenes. Then using stop motion animation we will watch our LEGO creations come alive.

Instructor: Cedric Strapart
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: 2-J
Price: $190 + $10 material fee

 

Atelier d'ecriture (Writer's Workshop): Grades 3rd-6th (French)

How is writing a story different from writing a poem, or newspaper article, or even a recipe? What elements stay the same? In this class students get familiar with the various styles and formats to improve their French writing. Master skills by analyzing and playing with what goes down on paper.

Instructor: Stephanie Martin-Sewall
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: 4-K
Price: $190 + $15 material fee  

Rugby: Grades 4th-6th (French) CLASS CANCELLED

This class will provide the skills needed to learn Rugby’s movement and rules. Rugby is a contact sport, but rules will be modified for younger players. This class will be fun for all regardless of experience and is a great way to channel energy while encouraging sportsmanship. New and returning students welcome. 

Instructor: Thibault Prat
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: Field
Price: $190 + $10 material fee
Waiver A required

 

Beginning LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Programming: Grades 4th-7th (English)

A 6 week programming intensive for students interested in NXT LEGO Robotics. This class is not a pre-requisite for joining a LEGO League team in the fall. Class will use an older LEGO NXT cube, but we do have the newly released software. Students interested in this class may still sign up for another PM Class on this day. Please contact the extracurricular directly to make arrangements

Instructor: Molly Hamill
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: W-8
Price: $85
Special Dates: April 30—June 4 

Music Improvisation: Grades 6th-8th (English) CLASS CANCELED

This class will focus on developing skills, scales and chord progression, and how to play in a group and use song structure to create through improvisation. Moving up from free jam time, students who are interested in playing better can improve while still exploring improvisation. Students should have some skills beyond beginner.

 

Instructor: David Olson
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: CFA-22
Price: $50 for a 5 hour PM Pass
Special Dates: February 12—May 28

 

Open Art Studio: Grades 6th-8th (English)

Have an art project you want to finish? Need access to studio space or supplies? Want some artistic advice regarding composition? The art room has been set aside for an hour every Wednesday for this very thing. Genna will be there for a bit of help and advice, and with a PM Pass you have the freedom to come only when you need to!

Instructor: Genna Robertson-Hall
Time 4:00-5:00
Location: CFA-20
Price: $65 for a 5 hour PM Pass

 

Les Petits Comédiens: Grades PS-K (French)

Through games and improvisation students will explore new worlds by imagining situations and creating stories using their voice, body, and various props. This class helps develop imagination, self-confidence as well as language and social skills. Parents are invited to the last class of the term for a small performance. 

Instructor: Fabulations French Language Theatre Company
Time: 3:30-4:15
Location: 4-L
Price: $150 + $5 material fee
Waiver B required


Ceramics: Grades K-1st (English)

Dig in and let your creativity loose with a fun, hands on art form. In working with clay, we will produce both functional and decorative objects which can be proudly displayed throughout your home. Projects will include pinch pots, coil pots, ceramic boxes, and masks. The course will culminate in a final project in which students design and produce their own unique new cartoon characters. Come put your personal spin on this awesome and ancient activity. 

Instructor: Sia Kruss
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: CFA-21
Price: $190 + $20 material fee 

Gymnastics: Grades K-2nd (English)

This class is designed to provide students with the basic tumbling skills needed for Aerial Movement--including cartwheels, rolls, walk-overs, and handstands. Students will also learn proper stretching and conditioning.

Instructor: Pendulum
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: Rose Préau
Price: $200
Waiver B required

 

LEGO® creator sets: Grades K-5th (French)

Using multiple LEGO Creator sets and the LEGO educationWeDo™ Robotics Construction software, this detail oriented class will afford students the opportunity to work on, not only creativity, but also following step by step instructions and problem solving. We will learn the ins and outs of model building, cumulating in a collaborative effort to piece together an advanced model as a group. Students will also build and program LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors. Level appropriate materials will be made available to all students.

Instructor: Cédric Strapart
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: 2-J
Price: $190 + $10 material fee

 

Calligraphic Art: Grades 1st-5th (French)

Calligraphy is the art of handwriting, a gesture of self-expression. We will cover a wide variety of traditional calligraphic styles, such as Latin, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, and Japanese alphabets. Students will produce their own personal sketchbook with their graphic design, and they will develop their own invented alphabets taking inspiration from other cultures.  

Instructor: Nadia Lamarti
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: 1-N
Price: $190 + $40 material fee

 

Young Chefs: Grades 1st-5th (French)

Love to cook, bake, or try new foods? This class will provide students with a hands-on culinary experience while learning about healthy and organic ingredients. Cuisine will be predominately French, and will include both sweet desserts and savory items.

Instructor: Nadia Khazem
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: Kitchen
Price: $190 + $25 material fee

 

Improv and Performance: Grades 2nd-5th (French) CLASS CANCELED

This class is an introduction to creative dramatics: theater! We will explore various situations and stories using voice, body, props, and imagination. Class develops language and social skills.

Instructor: Fabulations French Language Theatre Company
Time: 4:30-5:15
Location: TBD
Price: $150 + $10 material fee
Waiver B required

 

Soccer: Grades 2nd-5th (French) CLASS CANCELED

This class will offer challenging drills and scrimmages to improve technical and tactical soccer skills. Players of all levels are provided the opportunity to work on skills while having fun, and without the pressures of competition. 

Instructor: Luc Bouveur
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: Field
Price: $190
Waiver A required

 

Writer's Workshop: Grades 3rd-5th (English)

This PM class will allow you the time and space to get your creative ideas down on paper. It will also give you the opportunity to share your stories with your friends, illustrate, type, or make a hard copy to take home. Time will be provided for free writing and journaling as well. No matter the topic, if you love to write, this class is for you!   

Instructor: Meggie Feutrier
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: 2-H
Price: $190 + $15 material fee
Special Dates: February 6th-May 29th

 

Video Game Design II: Grades 4th-8th (English)

Students will have the opportunity to create their own version of Breakout, a classic game that requires the player to maneuver their paddle to keep the ball from touching the bottom of the screen and simultaneously break the bricks at the top to escape. Our young game-makers will be learning about the principles of game design as they plan, create, and program the aspects of their game that reflect both the classic style and their own creative and new ideas. An emphasis in this course will be on the planning process, critical problem-solving skills, and the quality of the final product. At the end of the course game-makers will be proud to show their friends and family the game that they created. 

Instructor: Engineering for Kids
Time: 3:45-5:15
Location: W-7
Price: $385
Waiver B required

Acrobits: Grades PS-PK (English)

In this introduction to gymnastics, students will learn basic skills such as forward rolls, backward rolls, and handstand progressions,as well as body positions, terminology, and safety rules. There will be a focus on both skills and muscle development. New students welcome; returning students encouraged.

Instructor: Pendulum
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: Rose Préau
Price: $200
Waiver B required

 

 

 

Soccer: Grades K-1st (French)

This class is an entry into organized soccer. Players of all levels are provided the opportunity to work on skills while having fun.   

Instructor: Luc Bouveur
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: Field
Price: $190
Waiver A required

 

 

Urban Art: Grades 2nd-5th (French)

Urban Art refers to a wide variety of art forms created in city areas. In this class we will explore art in the urban landscape. To do that, we will use techniques such as graffiti, spray paint, collage, stenciling and more. These techniques will then be applied to fine art projects. 

Instructor: Nadia Lamarti
Time: 3:45-5:15
Location: 1-N
Price: $285 + $30 material fee

 

Fencing: Grades 3rd-8th (English)

This class is an initiation to Fencing with the fleuret. Learn the all-encompassing basics of this sport such as movement, offensive and defensive strategies, as well as rules and the specific vocabulary and technical language. Students will get to put their skills to use by dueling in bouts and also refereeing.

Instructor: NW Fencing Center
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: Gym
Price: $200
Waiver B required

 

Chinese Calligraphy: Grades 4th-6th (English and Chinese) CLASS CANCELED

In this class students will learn basic Chinese calligraphy skills, both writing and painting. They will learn how to hold the brush properly, to write each stroke of a character, as well as the strategies of Chinese painting. Students will also delve into Chinese culture and its art while they are learning calligraphy.

Instructor: Tien Whyte
Time: 3:45-4:45
Location: 3-P
Price: $130 + $10 material fee
Special Dates: January 31st-May 2nd

 

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