DID YOU KNOW? Each year, FAIS invest over $8,000 in music and art supplies. 

"My daughter's creativity and love of arts continues to grow. The Annual Fund makes that possible by providing first class art supplies, a kiln for ceramics, and field trips to art museums and the theater" -FAIS Parent

From licensing musical scores for the 2nd grade play to paying for clay, wheels, and a kiln for our ceramics program, the Annual Fund makes CREATIVITY possible at FAIS.

Participate in the Annual Fund today!

FAIS's annual Fête du Vin is less than one month away! We are gearing up for an awesome food, wine, and community-building event. Hunt and Gather Catering will be dishing out delicious food, and Angel Bake and Murray's Cheese will be donating macarons and cheese in celebration of FAIS. Not to mention 11 of Portland's best wineries who will be serving up tastes of their favorite and exclusive wines. It's going to be a blast!

Wines purchased at the event will be available for pick-up on Monday, November 19, just in time for Thanksgiving. To buy tickets to Fête du Vin, please visit faisfete.com. Don't wait too long! Tickets are going fast!

Fourth graders made root beer in science this week. They have been studying about how transformation happens within foods, especially connected with yeast and fermentation. This connects to their unit on "Who we are," and understanding that "Nothing is lost, only transformed."

Prior to their root beer project, students had been studying the science of breadmaking, and the transformation of ingredients used to make bread. They began their study by tasting different breads from local bakeries, then making their own bread. After that, students completed two science labs revolving around yeast's ability to transform food; they also analyzed the characteristics of yeast that prove it is alive.

On September 26, the 4th graders visited Franz bakery to observe the industrial production of bread. While they were visiting the bakery, the group walked around the area and noticed a bottling facility, which (you guessed it!) inspired them to make their own root beer. 

The unit will culminate with a guest speaker on the nutritional value of bread ingredients.

Dr. Yassmine Akkari recently visited 7th grade classes to talk about genetics and genetics counseling, and to explain single gene disorders. 

Dr. Akkari's visit kicked off the 7th grade genetics unit. Their summative task at the end of this unit requires students to write a letter to a fictitious family whose members are affected by a single gene disorder. Students choose a disorder to research, then explain its mode of inheritance, symptoms, prognosis, and the implications of testing for the disorder in other family members or future offspring.

Oregon has a wealth of outdoor opportunities, and OMSI Hancock Field Station is located amongst one of Oregon’s most beautiful landscapes. Outdoor School is an all-around great experience for new middle schoolers. The kids have an opportunity to learn in a unique setting, and to get to know one another through group activities and through being roommates. They also have a chance to discover new interests and to face a few challenges along the way: weather, terrain, new rules, and new ways of living. My personal favorites were the long hikes and being able to view the starry skies, where we viewed Saturn, a few shooting stars and the US Space Station crossing the sky.

-By Andrea Pastega Vloon, Parent Volunteer

Eighth grade geometry students were able to take advantage of the sunny weather this week during geometry class.

The students calculated the height of the new middle school building, and other campus structures, using clinometers (instruments for measuring the angle or elevation of slopes), and their trigonometry knowledge.  This task required an understanding of the trigonometric functions sine, cosine, and tangent.


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Photo Gallery: Recess! October 11


Registration is open for both ACE Week (Lower School students) and Arts Week (Middle School students).

ACE / Arts Week is an optional extracurricular program that takes place during one week in fall (Oct. 22-26) and one week in spring when school is not in session. Students may sign up for as many days as they wish throughout the week.

The theme for this October's ACE Week is "Cooking: A Chef in the Making." Sign up now!

FAIS is excited to partner with Refueled Kids, an outside caterer who delivers fresh, healthy, creative, and organic hot lunches right to your child's classroom.

How do I participate?

  • Create your account at RefueledKids.boonli.com (registration password: FAIS2)
  • Submit order(s) by Thursday at 11:59 PM PST for the following week
  • Sign up for a particular day of the week, a whole week at once, or even the whole month in advance.
  • Choose from child or adult portions, à la carte items, as well as omnivore, vegetarian, vegan and picky eater options.
  • Click here for more details on the program, and click here for the October menu.

Questions? Please email Refueled Kids directly


    • MonOct29 Gilkey 5th-6th Basketball Begins
    • ThuNov01 Middle School Open House 6:30 PMRose Préau Commons

      This Open House is for 6th-8th grade admissions for fall 2019. 

    • FriNov02 Family Enrichment Series: All About Maternelle 8:15 AMRose Préau Commons
    • SatNov03 FAIS at Lake Oswego Mothers Club Preschool Forum 10:00 AM to 1:00 PMChrist Church Episcopal Parish; 1060 Chandler Road, Lake Oswego, 97034

      Members of the FAIS admissions team will be joining representatives from many other area schools at the 14th Annual Preschool Forum. Event attendees will receive a catalogue with information on all of the participating preschools. This event is free and open to the public.

    • SatNov03 Fête du Vin 6:00 PMFlexSpace

      JOIN US! Tickets to Fête du Vin are going quickly and will be available until Friday, October 26 (as long as we aren't at capacity!) Taste delicious wines from 10 of the city's best wineries and enjoy delicious food by Hunt and Gather Catering, Angel Bake, and Murray's Cheese. Buy your tickets now!

    • TueNov06 Middle School PLC Meeting 8:30 AMRose Préau Commons
    • WedNov07 Lower School Open House 9:00 AMRose Préau Commons

      This Open House is for TPS-5th grade* admissions for fall 2019. There will be a presentation about our Lower School program by the Director of Admissions, tours of the campus and classrooms, and an opportunity for Q & A with the Lower School Division Head, other administrative staff, and current parents. No RSVP necessary. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions at admissions@faispdx.org or (503) 292-7776 ext. 310.

      *Applicants for TPS, PS, PK and K are not required to speak French. Students applying for 1st-5th grade should be coming from another French program and/or already be French speakers.

    • ThuNov08 Board of Trustees Meeting 5:30 PMRose Préau Commons
    • FriNov09 Middle School Open Tour 9:00 AM

      This tour of campus and middle school classrooms hosted by the FAIS Office of Admissions will start at 9:00 AM in the lobby of the main building and will last about 90 minutes. No RSVP necessary. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions at admissions@faispdx.org or (503) 292-7776 ext. 310.

French American International School 8500 NW Johnson Street, Portland, Oregon 97229
Ph: (503) 292.7776 Fax: (503) 292.7444
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