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Cook it and Take it Home: Grades 1-5
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - Wednesday, January 18, 2017
3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

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.

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!"

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