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Fall PM Classes Ending Soon
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Fall semester classes are slowly coming to a close. Here are the end dates for each of our PM classes. Please contact with any questions or concerns. Tuesday 1/17 - Soccer K-2, Drawing, Hip Hop Tuesday MAKE UPS 1/24- Yoga PS-PK, Petits Chefs (Tuesday class only), Parkour Wednesday 1/18- Painting, Basketball K-2, Aide aux Devoirs, Cook it and Take it Home. Basketball 3-6 Wednesday MAKE UPS 1/25 - Wonders of Art, Discover LEGO World, Judo, Comic Book Creator Thursday 1/19 - Ballet PS-PK, Zumba PS-PK, T-ball, Imagination at Play with LEGO, Gymnastics, Sewing and Knitting Thursday MAKE UPS 1/26 - Chess Monday 1/23 - All Monday classes end Friday 1/27 - All Friday classes end

6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Brains, brains, brains. One thing we've learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is really making use of the latest neuroscience findings. But there is one happy nexus where research is meeting practice: bilingual education. "In the last 20 years or so, there's been a virtual explosion of research on bilingualism," says Judith Kroll, a professor at the University of California, Riverside. Again and again, researchers have found, "bilingualism is an experience that shapes our brain for a lifetime," in the words of Gigi Luk, an associate professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

Linens for the Holidays
Monday, November 07, 2016
Need a elegant tablecloth for Thanksgiving? Need a gift for the holidays? Easy! Call Mireille for an appointement at (503) 679-1681 to come in her studio at home or visit her ETSY store She brings to Portland the finest fabric from Provence, France for tablecloths, runners, matching napkins, bread baskets, lavender gifts and more ...

Part -time Nanny Needed
Monday, November 07, 2016
FAIS family is looking for a part time nanny during the week to care for our second grade son. Hours would include pick up from school at 3:15 and drop off at our North Pdx home Monday-Thursday (3-5 pm.) Ideal candidate would need a reliable car and be able to spend overnights, if and when needed, and other ad hoc days/evenings. Being a French speaker would be a plus, but not mandatory. Please contact Adrienne Vahlsing at 503-804-8353 if interested. Thank you!

Gilkey Community Service Morning a Success
Friday, October 21, 2016
Our Gilkey students went far and wide (with some right here on campus) to share their skills and time with various Portland organizations, for Gilkey Community Service Day. Projects included collecting food for the Backpack Lunch Program, so that area students have lunch and food to take home on the weekend. Other groups helped out at SCRAP, the Food Bank, the Children's Book Bank, and Loaves and Fishes. Still others visited residents at Regency Park. Here on campus, fifty 6th grade students worked in teams to mulch the outdoor classrooms and trail, "adopt & save" blackberry-threatened new plantings, and dismantled, moved and remade a bridge. Kudos to our Middle Schoolers for giving their time to make our Portland communities stronger!

Seeking Childcare M/T
Monday, October 17, 2016
We are looking for a childcare provider available on Mondays & Tuesdays from approx 2:45-6:45 (through the end of the school year). This person would need to provide transportation for our two girls, ages 6 & 9, from FAIS to after school activities and then to our home, both within 3.5 miles of the school. We need to have someone secured by January at the latest, but can start earlier if necessary. Please contact, and please feel free to share if you know someone who would be interested!

Ducks Tickets
Monday, October 10, 2016
I have 2 Ducks vs Stanford tickets for sale that I cannot use. The game is November 12 and they are $120 each I can mail them to you or send the " print at home" tickets. The game experience is fantastic! Please call Mireille at (503)679-1681 if interested.

New Campus Bulletin Boards Celebrate Action
Friday, September 23, 2016
As an I.B. school, we value reflection and actions in our classrooms and in all corners of the FAIS campus as our students reflect, choose, and act in their Action Cycles during the Units of Inquiry. Now, there are concrete opportunities to share these actions

The Fun Doesn't End After School!
Friday, September 23, 2016
Is your student eager to try something new outside of class time? FAIS is featuring several PM Classes, many of which still have room. New this fall is Sewing by Machine, on Mondays for grades 3 to 5; Parkour (taught by Forge Parkour) on Tuesdays for grades 3 to 5; and Board Game Design for grades 4 to 8. Always popular and also with a few vacancies are some oldies but goodies including Ballet (K-1), Yoga (K-5), Painting (PK-K), and Circus Sampler (2-8). Circus Sampler features acrobatics and aerial dance, and is taught by Pendulum Aerial Arts, FAIS longtime artist in residence. Also offered are two Aide aux Devoirs ("homework help") for grades 1-3 and 4-5. Check here for all of our PM classes that have openings, and join the fun!

Fifth Graders Build Kaleidoscopes on Campus
Friday, June 17, 2016
The fifth graders who were on the FAIS campus this week spent Monday afternoon designing and constructing kaleidoscopes. The outer tubes and lenses were fabricated by TAP Plastics on NE Sandy Blvd. In the science classroom, the students were shown how to use acetate glue to precisely place the lenses on the ends of the tubes, and then they put together their own mirrors using different numbers of mirrors to achieve their ideal reflections. As the glue dried, each student ended the day with their own kaleidoscope to take home and enjoy.

Linens from Southern France
Thursday, June 09, 2016
NEED a vibrant and cheerful outdoor tablecloth from PROVENCE, FRANCE for the summer ? Or a table runner? Napkins ? Placemats? Lavender gifts (and more)? LOOKING for summer dresses and skirts for girls 3 to 8 years old ? Go to OR contact Mireille (Lower School teacher at FAIS) for an appointment at home, and choose the perfect kitchen linens from her numerous rolls of fabric. (503) 679-1681 You can also find her markets location during the Summer in her FACEBOOK PAGE : kitchen linens from Provence.

European Vintage Market
Monday, June 06, 2016
Can't make it to France this summer to shop the fabulous flea markets? Come shop Euro Vintage Market instead where a small curated group of vendors will bring their very best French and European picks all under one roof. You'll find antique and vintage furniture, linens, kitchenware, jewelry, ephemera, religious items and home decor, most sourced from France and other European countries including Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, England and more. SATURDAY • AUGUST 20th, Elephants Deli (upstairs) at 5221 SW Corbett in Portland. 9:00AM: Early Bird Admission $10 (free gift for first 50 people!) 10:00AM - 3:00 PM: General Admission $5 Free for kids 12 and under. Mention this ad to receive $1 off admission PLUS $1 will be donated back to FAIS! Find more info at -​Ad submitted by Pamela Crutchfield

Missing Earbuds
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
A student lost her earbuds near the art room last week. If a random pair have gone home with your child by mistake please turn them into the Gilkey Office.

PT Nanny June-July
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
FAIS family with 1st and 2nd graders looking for PT Nanny, afternoons beginning June 20 through end of July, including transport to/from camps & to home in N.Portland/Overlook. Monday - Thursday weekly, 3-5 hours per day; and possibly a few Fridays or nights where care is extended past 5:00pm for evening activities - these will be pre-arranged. Please contact Megen Brundage - or 503-866-1199.

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French American International School 8500 NW Johnson Street, Portland, Oregon 97229
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