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Gilkey Students Advocate for Homeless
Friday, December 01, 2017
Are you struggling to find ideas about what to do with your family over Winter Break? Well, we feel your pain, and we have come up with some ideas to spice up your holidays. Our names are Avery and Olivia and we both attend Gilkey International Middle School as 8th graders. As 8th graders, we have to do a community service project and we chose homelessness as our overall concept. One of our main goals is to spread awareness about homelessness and to get people engaged in helping their community. The holidays are the perfect time to get engaged. After all, the holidays are a time for giving back to your community and a time when everyone is in the holiday spirit!

Note from Pam
Friday, December 01, 2017
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. As we enter the holiday season, FAIS is thankful for the number of ways our community is giving back. This past Tuesday was #GivingTuesday, and our social media offered a glimpse into some of the things our students are doing to lead the way. Our Middle Schoolers are working on their MYP Community Projects, which include advocating for the homeless, collecting toys and clothes, and reaching out to the greater Portland community. Third grade students are ensuring that our salmon eggs (featured in last week's La Gazette) stay alive and thrive. And all of you -- our adult community of parents, teachers, grandparents, and friends -- are ensuring that in this season of giving, our students hold the values of global mindedness and caring for our neighbors.

Art and FAIS: Original Fine Art Oil Paintings
Monday, November 27, 2017
Do your walls need art? Do you want to find a unique holiday gift? Do you want to support FAIS? Karen Doyle is a FAIS parent of a 7th grade student, a professional fine artist, and long-time Nike employee. During the week of November 27 - December 3, Karen is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from sales of her original oil paintings purchased by the FAIS community to FAIS. As a Nike employee, she will obtain a Nike matching gift for her donation. So, you can purchase original artwork, 6x6 to 12x16 in size, framed and ready to gift or hang in your home, from a local parent award-winning fine artist, and benefit FAIS at the same time! Contact Karen directly or start by browsing her website or her instagram @karen_paints, or her FB biz page, Karen Doyle Fine Art. Buy local art and support our fabulous school!

Community Service Project: Donations Requested
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Our names are Josephine Koepping and Sofia Braun, and for our 8th grade community service project, we will be distributing menstrual product packages to homeless women in Portland, OR. We would greatly appreciate any unpackaged pads, tampons, or panty liners to put into the period kits. For more information or questions you may have, please feel free to contact us by email : or

International Mindedness
Friday, September 29, 2017
International mindedness is embedded in the culture of FAIS, and it is a central theme of the International Baccalaureate Programme, but what does it really mean? This recent Huffington Post article answers that question and presents information on how to encourage international mindedness in your child at home.

Gilkey Cross Country Meet
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Gilkey Cross Country team will be hosting its first home meet next Monday, September 25 at 4 p.m. We are looking for help from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for set-up, tear down, and various needs during the race. If you are interested, please email

Reducing Consumption and Waste in a Preschool Classroom
Friday, September 15, 2017
This year at FAIS, staff and students are taking action to reduce our consumption and waste on campus. A great example of this effort is in Emilie, Gabrielle, and Nadia's preschool maternelle classroom.

Cook it & Take it Home: Grades: 1-5
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - Wednesday, January 17, 2018
3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

Home for Rent
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Former FAIS family is renting their 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath 2,200 square foot townhouse while they are in Burgundy this fall, Sept 5-Dec 13th. Turn-key set up with utilities and wifi included. Rent negotiable, so call! In the best part of NW PDX - super convenient to Forest Park, 23rd, transportation, BikeTown bikes, and above all...French pastries!! Call/text Martha 503-347-3863.

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!

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