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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.

Seeking Host Family for late-July to late-August 2016
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Aurélie, an 18-year-old French high school graduate, and niece of former FAIS parents Jean-Claude and Sarah Marin, is looking for a Portland host family with young children for late-July to late-August 2016. I live in the Haute-Savoie, near Annecy in France. I have my First Aid Certification, I am also used to taking care of children since my mother runs a small home daycare and I have also done some babysitting. For two years I have helped train groups of children in gymnastics, as well as occasionally helped to train the beginners trampoline gymnasts in my club. I come to the States to improve my English before going on to college (to study communications and multimedia), and to learn more about American culture. I can help with the household chores, take care of the children and help improve their French, in exchange for hosting and English conversation. I am available for 4 ½ weeks beginning about July 21-22. If interested, please contact Sarah or Jean-Claude Marin at, or 503-244-3450.

A Note from Pam
Friday, April 15, 2016
Yesterday's PYP 5th Grade Exhibition, held for the third year, provided such a delightful insight into what our students are capable of accomplishing. Their composure, knowledge of their topics, confidence, and engagement with the task was evident. I thoroughly enjoyed the various presentations, and thought I would share some of the comments I overheard today:

Summer Home for Cat of French Professor
Thursday, April 14, 2016
I need a home for Lucy, my female cat, for the months of June and July while I'm in France. I'll pay for her stay with you, and since my daughter lives in Portland, she'll be available for help in case of emergency. Lucy is an 8 years old calico cat , very sweet and quiet. She is used to be by herself during the day and she likes to go out in the garden, if there is one, or on the balcony.She is a good companion. If you are interested , please call me at 503-724-8497

Seeking Home for Rent
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
My sister and her family are coming to Portland for an extended stay this summer. They are looking for family friendly home for rent. Preferred locations are near to FAIS, NW Portland west of hills, Beaverton or Hillsboro near 26 and/or Max. Timing is Mid July for 3 1/2 weeks. Please contact me, Delia Grenville at or my sister

Running in the Sun Raises Arts Funding
Friday, April 01, 2016
The entire FAIS student body, plus several teachers and parents, showed their athletic chops--and boundless energy—running laps on campus for Run for the Arts this week. Thanks to the leadership of co-chairs Leslie Johnson and Marga Vallejos and their army of volunteers, the event went off without a hitch. Laps were marked and sponsor sheets will be going home soon for payment, which is due on April 15. Young Audiences, who sponsors the Run, uses all the money we raise to pay for artists, musicians, writers, workshops and performances on our campus. Just a few examples of programs FAIS has benefitted from include: musicians for Fête de la Musique; hip hop dance workshops for 8th graders; an annual visit from the Oregon Shadow Theater; and a guest artist-in-residence for mask making.

That's not Darth Vader, That's a Firefighter!
Friday, April 01, 2016
Up until about a week ago, when my son went to visit the fire station with his preschool class, I thought that if he came back knowing how to "Stop, Drop, & Roll" (he has that down cold now), hopped onto the Big Red Truck itself (which of course they did, with requisite photo shoot), and got to leave with party favors (such as a plastic red helmet, fire marshal sticker, ruler and tattoo), well then, 'how lovely a visit was that?!' My four year old gets to meet one of his superheroes and I get to pat myself on the back for having unwittingly sent him to a safety seminar!

EyeHealth Northwest
Friday, March 18, 2016
Our sincere appreciation to Gold sponsor, EyeHealth Northwest, whose experts provide personalized service in all areas of eye care; their practice includes FAIS parents Shane Kim, Jason Skalet, and Prashanth Vallabhanath. EyeHealth offers the convenience of state-of-the-art eye care in your community, with twelve offices, eleven optical shops, two surgery centers and a world-class optical lab so you can find the care you need close to home.

Gilkey Students Correspond with Mexican School
Friday, March 18, 2016
For two years, beginning Spanish classes in 7th and 8th grade have been exchanging cards and letters with a Mexican school called Corazón de Niña ("A Girl´s Heart"). John and Laura Hunter, FAIS alumni parents of Jillian Hunter '15, have helped organized the exchange and logistics from Méjico. Corazon de Niña (CdN) provides a safe home for girls and boys who have been removed from their home due to unstable living conditions, with counseling, education, and long-term support as priorities of the home. For our Gilkey students, this correspondence exchange provides the opportunity to learn about others, learn to express kindness and affection in a written and creative way, while using their Spanish for a clear and immediate purpose. "As the letter exchange continues throughout the school year, they wait with great anticipation until they receive responses to their letters," says their teacher Anselmo Argüelles. "They patiently 'wait it out,' but the question always comes up, '¿Cuándo vamos arecibir las cartas?' ('When will we receive the letters?'). And once the letters is a big deal!"

Portland Dwell
Friday, March 18, 2016
Portland Dwell is owned by FAIS parent, Laurie Ames, who has been in the Portland real estate market for over 20 years. With over $100 million in sales, she has made a reputation for excellent client services, always focused on meeting their personal objectives. The challenge and excitement of meeting each unique and different need keeps her motivated and engaged in her career. From single family homes and condos, to helping you find the perfect land to build on, or a vacation home to enjoy, Laurie continues to find success in helping meet her client's goals.

Gala Committee Seeks Student Artists!
Friday, March 04, 2016
The Gala Committee would like student art to be among the decor at the Gala this year. Over the next couple of weeks, parents might notice hot-air balloon coloring sheets coming home with their students; they are encouraged to color and decorate them and return them to the Front Office by March 11. There will be extra sheets available in the main lobby. Then, join your fellow parents and see your kids' art on display at the Gala on April 9! Invitations will go out in the mail in mid-March.

Summerfest Spotlight: Metalsmithing with Allison Ullmer
Friday, March 04, 2016
Have a middle schooler who wants to learn more about jewelry making from an accomplished metalsmith and jewelry designer? Allison Ullmer, who studied in Italy and is a former adjunct professor at Oregon College of Arts and Crafts in metals, has had earrings from her new collection recently featured on a composer at the Grammy's. For Summerfest, Allison will teach the basics: how to solder, pierce, drill, file, planish, stamp, etch, and she will also introduce basic fabrication and finding techniques. Participants will be able to choose from a variety of projects, including how to create a pendant, build a large chain, and make charms, then take home finished projects at the end of the week. Campers will also visit Allison's professional metalsmithing studio and discuss her jewelry business. Your friends will be asking you for gifts! For more information on Allison, please visit her website at

Summer Nanny Available
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
My neighbor who teaches at OES will be home with his son this summer and won't have need for his wonderful nanny. That means she's available to help your family!. From Chad: "Jen and I, along with another couple, have a WONDERFUL nanny who has been taking care of our families' two toddlers since they were born. She is very experienced, extremely loyal, always on time, and deeply caring with our children. We LOVE her.Both families will not need regular care this summer so we are looking for a family, or two families, to hire our nanny June through September (exact dates flexible). Salaried at $16/hour or $2,713/month for two children for full time consistent care. If you're interested, or know somebody who is, please let me know or contact my friend Kelley Beamer at 503-348-9612 or" Thanks! Chad Gilton\ -Submitted by Laurel Hallock Koppelman

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