Hello, sunshine! What a nice reminder (especially during the winter months) of our community's beautiful learning environment. It also shined a spotlight on our students, our campus, and one of our recent FAIS alumni ... all the way in South Korea! Our 8th graders took the stage for their self-run production of Fame. We've reached our fundraising goal (!) and seen excavation under way on our new middle school building. And Asa Miller ('14) will represent the Philippines (and FAIS) in the giant slalom on February 18 at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games! Near and far, today and looking ahead -- our global community at FAIS has much to be proud of.

Competing in the giant slalom on February 18, Asa has dual citizenship with the Philippines and is one of only two athletes representing his country. Asa attended FAIS from prekindergarten through 8th grade, is currently a senior at Lincoln High School, and has been a member of Mt. Hood Meadows race team for nearly a decade. In an interview with KGW News, he said "I'm super proud to be representing a country on a world stage. That's just -- it's unreal." Well, all of us at FAIS are super proud of you, Asa -- good luck, we'll be rooting for you! Follow Asa on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asa.miller/

WE DID IT! C'est parti! !Lo logramos! Wir haben es geschafft! 我们做到了

We have surpassed our $2.5 million campaign goal to build the new Gilkey International Middle School building! With donations from $20 to $275,000, we hit our goal in just over 12 months.

Thank you to the members of our Capital Campaign Committee (Christine Chang, Laura Hunter, Mary O'Connor, Margo Litwin, June Kim, Kim Patterson, Bonnie Stewart, and Megan Shipley), our FAIS Board of Trustees, and the more than 125 parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, and friends who made this possible!

THANK YOU! Merci! Gracias! Danke! 谢谢

Get ready for a night of fun and fundraising at the 2018 FAIS Gala, "The World is Your Canvas" on April 14!

Purchase tickets now, and/or get your raffle ticket for 4 Disney Park Hopper passes (you do not need to be present at the Gala to win)! Remember if you are unable to attend the event, you can also sponsor a teacher's ticket.

With an art-themed Gala, we will be highlighting the collaborative work of our students, teachers, and volunteers on the class art projects at an Art Gallery Opening on Friday, April 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Commons. There will be food and wine and fun for all members of the family--more details to come!

Procurement is still underway, but few of this year's Live Auction items include: a week at a house in Italy, ACE / Arts Week beach houses, a 10-person Basque wine and food dinner with Top Chef Alumnus and FAIS parent Mattin Noblia, and many others!

This year we will be adding new salon parties and keeping some of the past favorites, including a raclette and fondue dinner, Margaritas for Moms, sake training, a classical piano concert, glass blowing parties for kids and adults, wine dinners, and many more.

In addition to the Class Baskets, we're bringing back a true Silent Auction that includes dining experiences, jewelry, spa treatments, wine tastings, and many other desirable items at a variety of price points, beginning at $25.

Remember proxy bidding is available if you are unable to attend--contact kgorman@faispdx.org for more information.

We look forward to sharing more details about the evening in the coming weeks!

FAIS hosted eight students (and one teacher) from Beijing, China during the week of January 29. The students attended classes at Gilkey (including a fun English-immersion workshop on their first day), and participated in cooking and metalworking activities on and off campus. The Chinese visitors stayed with FAIS families for a true language and cultural immersion experience.

FAIS 8th graders will travel to China this spring to complete the exchange.

Eighth grade musical performances of Fame delighted all in attendance, as students sang, danced, and acted their way through this '80s classic. Two separate design classes managed all aspects of the production. Teacher David Olson worked on singing, acting, and choreography with the student performers, while teacher Tina McDermott worked with the crew that did the set design, ran the lights and sound, and helped backstage. The students even received instruction from an outside consultant on how to recreate the hair and makeup styles of the 1980s. View a clip of their performance on Instagram.

Eighth grade community projects are created and accomplished by every student, in pairs or in groups, as we are asked to find meaningful ways in which we can give back to our community. For our project, we chose the topic "anti-bullying and kindness," and we decided we wanted to do something school-centered to impact our own FAIS community. This was a broad topic that we had to narrow down, and we ultimately decided to focus on kindness to ourselves and to others, while still addressing connections to bullying behaviors. While it's not a major issue in our school, we still felt that it is important to promote positive messages and reminders to help build a healthy school community.

For our project, we developed a series of 20-30 minute presentations tailored to three different grades. We sought the advice of Lower School Counselor Diana Platas, who gave us valuable feedback on our message and our approach. For the 5th graders, we got all three classes in the commons for our presentation. For the 7th graders, the students are divided in six advisories, so we presented to each individual advisory group. Even as our project came to a close, Diana encouraged us to do another presentation in the commons for all three classes of 4th graders since this was a topic they were currently covering in their classes. It was a great experience, as we kept improving our approach and our presentation skills. In total, we did eight presentations.

As Gilkey students who both went to the French American Lower School, we tried to modify our presentation to make it different than others they had received to help them with issues we know come up at that age. We briefly covered bullying, knowing they've had presentations explaining that already, but we concentrated on gossip, rumors, and self-love, which are less talked about but very important at this age, especially in middle school. Also, we wanted to make it interactive.

As you can see in the picture, we created a Wall of Kindness where we encouraged students to put up a sticky note with a positive comment (either a compliment or something that would make someone smile) and whoever volunteered to put up their sticky note on our Wall of Kindness for a lot of people to see got a piece of candy. (It was incredibly well received)! We hope that future 8th graders will be encouraged to take on this topic as they create their own community project.


-By Deeya C. and Eavan O., 8th Grade Students

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Announcements

Current and prospective FAIS families are invited on Saturday, February 24, to attend a school-hosted reception prior to the Portland International Film Festival screening of the French film The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales – Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert's follow-up to the much-loved Ernest & Celestine. These warm, funny, hand-drawn tales about life on an animal farm are adapted from Renner's acclaimed graphic novel about a fox who struggles to live up to his reputation as a carnivore.

The reception (3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Trustee Room of The Mark Building), will feature wine and kid-friendly refreshments. Following the reception, we'll walk over to the screening (5:30 – 7 p.m. at Regal Fox Tower). To RSVP for the reception, please contact Arezu Movahed, Director of Admissions, at amovahed@faispdx.org or 503-292-7776 ext. 324. Tickets to the screening can be purchased online or at the venue. We hope you can join us!

The week of February 26th – March 2nd will be ACE Week for our lower school students. The theme this session will be Cinéma Extraordinaire. We'll be working with Open Signal, a local media arts center, to learn about the filmmaking process. The objectives for the week will be different for each age group. Our younger children will focus on making commercials and trailers. Older students (2nd-3rd and 4th-5th) will go through the steps to make a 15-minute film. Throughout the week the kids will all get to work together on writing a script, learning about storyboarding, making costumes and props, and filming. The week will have two field trips (Wednesday and Friday) with our exciting premier of all the students' works on Friday, March 2nd! Register now! Please email Ryan with any questions.

FAIS will be showing the documentary film Screenagers on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Préau Commons. All parents and children in 5th grade and up are welcome to attend. Email Stéphane Cohen for more information.

Upcoming Events

    • MonFeb19 7/8 Basketball Playoffs TBD
    • MonFeb19 All Staff Day - No School - No FAIS+
    • TueFeb20 7th Grade Seattle Trip Seattle, WA
    • TueFeb20 7/8 Boys B Basketball Home Game vs CS Lewis 5:00 PM to 6:30 PMFAIS Gym
    • WedFeb21 7th Grade Seattle Trip Seattle, WA
    • ThuFeb22 7/8 Basketball Semifinals TBD
    • ThuFeb22 7th Grade Seattle Trip Seattle, WA
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