What a delight to see the campus bustling with students, teachers and families again! I always enjoy these first weeks, as students meet new teachers and classmates, catch up with friends, and start to settle in for the school year. It has also been fun hearing about everyone's summer adventures, near and far. 

Thank you to our community for their patience during drop-off and pick-up times, as our new families get the hang of traffic patterns on campus (and our returning families get a refresher). I am very grateful to all our families and staff who are making the extra effort to carpool, bike and walk to school. 

If you have any questions about pick-up/drop-off routines or other school policies and procedures, please see the All-School Handbook on the Parents Page of our website.

I am looking forward to meeting our new families and re-connecting with our returning families during the weeks ahead. Enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer weather.

A long time in the making, last week marked the opening of our first preschool class specifically for our youngest learners! This play-based, child-driven environment introduces the concept of guided inquiry and how things work in a nurturing setting that prepares these little ones for the structure of preschool.

This inaugural class of 12 students is already full! Does your child have a little brother or sister turning 2½ next year? Know of a friend who might be interested? Learn more on our TPS page, or connect with our admissions office at admissions@faispdx.org

We are so pleased to welcome several new faculty members to our FAIS community this year. Joining us in the Lower School are Sebastien Arial (4th grade) and Alix Martelly (2nd grade). Several teachers are also returning to FAIS to teach full time this year, including Stéphanie Templier (4th grade), Gabriella Esbeck (Preschool), and Tricia Rossi (5th grade English). We are also welcoming two new Maternelle assistants: Mina Merouni and Kellie Jordan.

Joining us in the Middle School are Elodie Herrmann (Math), Brittni Estep-Carmichael (Math), Angelika Oedekoven (German), and Jennifer Cappalonga (Student Support Specialist).

New members of our staff include Sara Hernando (Volunteer and Special Events Manager), Giulia Agostoni (Library Assistant), and several new aides in the extracurricular department.

Please welcome our new FAIS staff members when you see them on campus.

The 3rd graders did some fun projects to begin their unit on Where We Are in Place and Time, exploring the central idea that "People try to improve their way of life over time." They were tasked with designing solutions to three different problems: (1) designing a bridge that would hold the weight of a book between two chairs; (2) creating a tall tower out of marshmallows and dried spaghetti strands; and (3) trying to design a system that would protect a hard-boiled egg from cracking when dropped. Working together in small groups, students experimented with different designs until they found something that worked for them. Not all designs were successful, but they learned a lot in the process!

What a great example of community! Thank you to our eighteen 7th and 8th grade mentors/helpers for all of the time and hard work they put in to making our new middle schoolers’ transition as smooth as possible.

Starting back in June, these students met with Middle School counselor, Stéphane Cohen, to plan what they would be doing to welcome our new Middle School families to the FAIS community. Then on Welcome Day, they came to school early (7:15 AM) to review their tasks and get their assigned advisory from Mr. Cohen. As families began arriving (7:45 AM), they:

  • greeted new parents and new 6th grade students
  • gave directions and answered questions
  • handed out name tags to the new students and escorted them to the gym and into their advisory groups
  • accompanied students to their advisory groups and did ice-breakers to help students get ot know each other
  • helped explain the planners, schedules, lockers, code of conduct
  • led students on campus tours
  • greeted new 7th and 8th graders and gave them campus tours

Please join us in applauding them for being so polite, responsible, and respectful to the newest members of the French American International School!


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Celebrate our school community while enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres and wines from local vineyards and wineries! Tickets are now available for Fête du Vin: 6 PM on November 3, 2018 at FlexSpace.

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!


    • FriSep21 New Lower School Parent Café 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMJardin de Jeu, FAIS Campus

      New Lower School parents are invited to connect with other members of the FAIS community over coffee and pastries.

    • MonSep24 New Middle School Parent Meet & Greet 5:00 PM to 6:00 PMMyler Plaza, FAIS Campus

      New Middle School parents are invited to connect with other members of the FAIS community over cheese and wine.

    • WedOct03 Middle School PLC Meeting 8:30 AMRose Préau Commons
    • WedOct03 All-School Open Tour 9:00 AM

      Join us at an All-School Open Tour! RSVPs appreciated, but not necessary.

    • WedOct03 Portland Independent and Private School Fair 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMOMSI Auditorium

      FAIS will have a booth at the 6th Annual Portland Independent and Private School Fair held at OMSI, where members of the admissions team will be on hand to talk about our programs and answer questions about our school. This event is free and open to all families in the greater Portland area interested in preschool-12th grade. No registration required.

    • MonOct08 Sixth Grade Outdoor School
    • TueOct09 Sixth Grade Outdoor School
    • WedOct10 Sixth Grade Outdoor School
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