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At Your Best: How to Work to Your Potential in School and Still Have a Fun Life!
Monday, March 20, 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. We will do some fun, creative activities during the two days together, including some role play, drawing, writing, and group discussions. By the end of the workshop, you will be all set to finish out your sixth grade year on a high note! -Submitted by FAIS Parent Delia Grenville:

It's Philanthropy in Action Month!
Friday, March 10, 2017
Over the past almost 40 years, our school has only grown and flourished because of the generosity of our community. To honor our donors past and present, March has been named FAIS Philanthropy in Action month. Each La Gazette will feature a family whose generosity to the School has made a difference in our programs, in our classrooms, and on our campus. This week, we feature the Bates-Armstrong family and Gala Auction. FAIS Family: James Armstrong and Suzy Bates and their daughters Dulany, class of '16 and Bailey, in 6th grade. Years at the School? 10 Gala Auctions attended? 10 Happiest memory from Gala? "Going home with our child's class project AND spending time with our friends at a fab party! And it is a lovely opportunity to support OUR school! FAIS offers all of our children such great learning opportunities; they truly leave the school as such amazing well rounded, globally thoughtful, insightful souls. Why we support the School philanthropically: By supporting FAIS, we take responsibility for our children's futures, support the School's mission, and make a difference that provides immediate impact for our community.

Run for the Arts Date Change
Friday, February 17, 2017
Run for the Arts, formerly scheduled for March 22, has been rescheduled for May 11. Look for sponsor forms to come home in April!

Spring PM Classes
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Spring PM Classes started last week, but it's still not too late to sign up! Want to try out a class before committing? We have a number of classes starting this week that students are welcome to come and try for free. If your child would like to participate please have your child go to FASCA after school. Extracurricular staff will escort them to their desired class. For grades PS-1 we ask that you please RSVP by emailing as space is limited. ​NEW! Chess: Grades K-5 on Wednesdays ​NEW! The New Home Ec: Grades 2-5 on Thursday Basketball: Grades 3-4 on Wednesdays Creativity Beyond Imagination: Grades PS-K on Friday Soccer: K-1 on Friday Wizard School: Grades 1-3 on Friday Fencing: Grades 3-8 on Friday Volleyball: Grades 4-6 on Friday Speech and Debate: Grades 6-8 on Friday Don't forget to return signed waivers to the front desk or electronically to

2017 FAIS Gala Auction to Have International Theme
Friday, February 03, 2017
A glamorous, gilded, and across-the-globe evening is in your future: look for your Save the Date postcard in mailboxes and mark your calendars for April 8! Our annual Gala Auction is not just a chance to party with friends, it's also one of the School's most important fundraisers; all funds raised enhance our classrooms, programs, and campus. How can you help, you might ask? Here's the short list:

The New Home Ec: Grades 2-5
Thursday, February 02, 2017 - Thursday, May 25, 2017
3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

Cook it and Take it Home: Grades 1-5
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - Wednesday, May 24, 2017
3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

Spring PM Classes
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Spring PM Classes have officially started this week, but it's still not too late to sign up! Register now. A few changes to PM Classes... NEW! Chess: Grades K-5 on Thursday (will start February 9th) NEW! The New Home Ec: Grades 2-5 on Thursday Wizard School on Friday is now open to grades 1-3 Ballet on Monday is now open to grades K-1 Ballet on Thursday is now open to grades PS-PK. Don't forget to return signed waivers to the front desk or electronically to

New PM Classes
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
NEW class: Thursdays, Home Economics: Grades 3-5 - In today's world of DIY and gender equality, Home Economics, or more modernly know as Family and Consumer Sciences, is making its comeback! And now it's for girls AND boys! Learn the essential and nearly forgotten skills of cooking, sewing, shop, finances, nutrition, household management, cleaning, and maintenance in a safe and inclusive environment. Our Friday Wizard School class taught by the Northwest Children's Theater is now open to 1st graders

Preview Spring PM Classes
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Looking for something fun for your student to do after school? Spring PM Classes start January 30, and it's not too late to sign up. The first week of PM Classes are open for one trial period before signing up, except those that are full or nearly full. For grades PS-1st we ask that you please email to reserve a spot for the day--spaces are limited. (All students should report to FASCA and will be escorted to the PM Class of their choice by the extracurricular staff). PM Classes not available for a free trial include:

Eighth Graders Call Attention to Needy Dogs
Friday, January 20, 2017
For their community service project this year, three of our 8th grade students, Annala., Hana, and Alexandra, researched the issue of stray dogs, and created a plan to help these dogs. They also went to a local dog shelter, Oregon Dog Rescue, and walked dogs for an afternoon. Following are the girls' reflections on this important issue:

Gilkey Students Conduct Survey on Community/Family Relationships
Friday, January 20, 2017
For a recent IB unit that revolved around the subject of relationships within a community, the students in the French track looked more closely at relationships within the family circle and reflected about the causes of conflicts between members of a family. They identified a few topics and came to the conclusion that a lot of conflicts were probably generational.

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.

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