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Museums, Bonding (and Tropical Heat) For 5th Graders in Paris
Friday, June 23, 2017
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!

Note from Pam
Friday, June 23, 2017
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.

Gilkey Students Present Issues Research at City Hall
Friday, June 09, 2017
Ten 6th grade students from Ms. McCandless' Public Speaking class recently had the opportunity to provide testimony to Mayor Wheeler and the Portland City Council at City Hall, about community concerns from the youth perspective. The students spent several months researching an issue involving the government or community, then formulated a viable solution. Following were the various issues the students covered:

PT Nanny & Family Helper for 2017-2018 School Year
Monday, June 05, 2017
FAIS family with 3rd & 4th graders (next year) looking for PT Nanny and Family Helper for school year 2017-2018, beginning in September. approximately 10-12 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.

Summer's Almost Here!
Friday, June 02, 2017
Don't let your kids spend the whole summer on the couch playing video games or hashtagging pictures of the family pet! Sign up for Summerfest, Gilkey's summer program that offers six weeks of camps and outings for a variety of interests, in both full and half-day options. Students grades 6 through 12, including students outside FAIS, are welcome. Hurry and register before the camp of your choice fills up!

Suitcase needed
Thursday, June 01, 2017
After a magic year teaching there at FAIS we have to go back to France. We are looking for a very big and light suitcase to bring back home. Thanks to all of you for making this adventure so special ! We will definitely miss you. Claire & Aurélien PETITEAU Contact​

Graduating 8th Grader Offers Summer Babysittting
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Bonjour! Hi! My name is Rachel and I'm an eighth grader this year at Gilkey. I have been going to FAIS since preschool, and I will be going to Jesuit High School next year. I would like to offer my services as a summer babysitter. We all know how the summer slide works, especially since French is not a language that is spoken often in many homes. I can speak both in French and in English with your children and read to or with them to help them keep up with their French. I am a Red Cross certified babysitter and I am very responsible. If you have any questions or would like to hire me, please contact me. My email is You can also contact me on my cell at (971)-801-3263.

Migratory and Resident Birds at FAIS
Friday, May 19, 2017
This time of year, many different bird species are migrating to the Pacific Northwest via the Pacific Flyway. A couple migratory bird species that we could see in our forest this spring and summer are the Swainson's Thrush and the Vaux's Swift. These birds face multiple challenges along their route such as habitat loss, pesticide toxicity, bird strikes, and bright lights that disorient them. Here are a few ways to support migratory birds throughout their journey and once they arrive:

PM Class End Dates
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Please mark your calendars with end dates to your child(rens) PM classes. You will receive a separate email for PM classes that will have an end of semester performances. End dates can also be found on the calendar. Please contact PM Class End Dates: Monday, May 22nd NWCT Sneaky Spiders Motor Skills & Tricycles Petits Chefs (Monday class) Ceramics Aide aux Devoirs (4th-5th) Tuesday, May 23rd Yoga (PS-PK) NWCT Elephants & Pigs Petits Chefs (Tuesday class) Drawing & Painting Parkour Speech and Debate (Tuesday class) Wednesday, May 24th Discover LEGO World Construction Basketball (K-2) Aide aux Devoirs (1st-3rd) Cook it and Take it Home Comic Book Creator Thursday, May 25th Ballet Imagination at Play with LEGO Sewing and Knitting Yoga for Adults Tuesday, May 30th Soccer (K-2) OMSI Wednesday, May 31st Wonders of Art Zumba (PS-PK) Basketball (3rd-4th) Chess Thursday, June 1st Gymnastics Home Ec Friday, June 2nd Acrobits Soccer (K-1st) NWCT Wizard School Fencing Monday, June 5th K-2 Zumba LEGO Creator Set Bollywood Jewelry Making Thursday, June 8th T-ball Friday, June 9th Creativity Beyond Imagination Volleyball Thursday, June 15th Drone Industry Friday, June 16th Speech and Debate (Friday class)

House & pet-sitter needed this summer
Friday, May 05, 2017
We will be away from late July until late August, and need someone to house-sit and look after our two Labradoodles (and some fish). We live within easy walking distance of FAIS. We're looking for someone responsible and able to walk the dogs 1-2 times daily, but they do not have to be home throughout the day. We're happy to pay a reasonable fee in addition to the use of our house.Contact Ursula at or (503) 954-5868.

Gala-Goers Treated to Moroccan Evening
Friday, April 21, 2017
Over two hundred FAIS community members gathered at the Sentinel Hotel on Saturday, April 8 to celebrate together and support the School's academic programs.

Goldfish Sitter Needed
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
We are a French family who will spend this Summer in France. We have a small friend at home, a really quiet goldfish called "Oregon." It will need a new home for two months, from June 26th to August 20th. Duties include taking care of the water (cycle), cleaning the fish tank, and feeding it of course. Even though it's not complicated, we would prefer someone who has managed to keep their pet fish alive. You would keep the fish at your place and enjoy friendship with "Oregon!" For more information, contact : . Thank you!

Run For the Arts
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
This week, students will bring home their Run for the Arts sponsor forms and may begin collecting pledges for the Run, which will be held on the morning of Thursday, May 11. Proceeds from the Run provide workshops, artist and musician visits, and other extra arts programming through the non-profit organization Young Audiences. There will be two prizes per division, one for most laps run and one for most sponsors signed up. Forms are due on May 3, but payment isn't due until after the Run. Volunteers are needed! Please email Diana Fundak at to learn about available volunteer roles and times, and to sign up.

At Your Best: How to Work to Your Potential in School and Still Have a Fun Life!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Two-Day Student Success Workshop for Sixth Graders, April 26-27, 10 am-1pm, with Academic and Personal Success Coach Laura Conklin During this two-day workshop of self-discovery, goal setting, and gathering of helpful study skills and strategies, you will learn to approach your school work—and life!--in a whole new way! Together we will explore new approaches to handling your daily homework and activities; weekly class planning; test prep; managing long-term projects; class participation; reading and writing assignments; organization; computer use; communication with your teachers and parents; down time; and life balance.

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