La Gazette

La Gazette highlights the variety of stories happening in our FAIS community every day—from moments in the classroom and around campus to service projects and off-campus activities.

Usually published twice per month during the school year, La Gazette is shared via email with current families and staff. It can also be found here, in our website archive. 

Note from Pam: March 8

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable break last week -- whether you were travelling or your child participated in our spring ACE/Arts Week! Thank you to our staff, aides, and volunteers for leading our students in another engaging week of arts and culture. Please also join me in extending a special thank you to our facilities team for keeping our campus safe amid all of the snow and ice! Welcome back, and let's cross our fingers that the weather is behind us.

FAIS Magazine

The latest issue of FAIS Magazine should be arriving in mailboxes! Included in this issue: a feature on TPS (our new early preschool for 2 1/2 year-olds)... a Q&A with Head of School, Pam Dreisin... a sneak peek profile of our next Head of School, Scott Hardister... alumni updates... and more! Can't wait? Want to share it with family and friends? Flip through the online version here.

Congrats, 7th-8th Grade Basketball Teams!

The girls finished their regular season with a 7-4 record to finish as the #3 seed. At the playoffs (during ACE / Arts Week), they won their first game against Valor (#6) at home, then beat Life (#2) away, but sadly lost in the championship game against Southwest (#1) on February 26. They finished the season as vice champions 2019.


The boys team finished the season undefeated, seeding #1, winning their first game of the playoffs at home on 2/19 against Forest Hills (#8) then semi-final at home against Valor (#4), and finally won the championship game at a neutral site at Forest Hills against Tualatin Valley Academy (#2) on February 26. They are the 2019 MCL champs for the west side!


The girls team was comprised of nine girls: none in 8th, six in 7th, two in 6th, and even one 5th grader!


The boys team had 11 boys: five 8th graders and six 7th graders.


Girls were coached by Chrissy Beeler (Extracurricular Extraordinaire!), boys by the tandem of Ron Thomas (Gilkey P.E teacher) and Connor Reiten (FAIS alumnus!).


Overall this season was excellent for many reasons: the girls team is very young (no 8th graders!), and kept on getting better together during the season, found their groove and got some very good results to finish the season as vice champions, which is very encouraging for next year!


The boys successfully navigated a different experience, managing through the pressure all season long of being part of the favorites, worked hard to not have any letdowns, and duf very deep in the championship game to come back from a very bad strut of the game (down 0-11!), coming back little by little until getting the lead and never letting it go, “finishing the job” by holding off a tough end of game to finish as the 2019 champions! It is the third championship title for the boys team in the last 10 years, all under the amazing guidance of coaches of Ron and Connor. The girls also won a title a few years back, confirming the tradition of strong teams in basketball at FAIS. 

Arts Week / ACE Week Spring 2019

The weather made it interesting, but we had another successful Arts and Cultural Enrichment Week! While regular classes were on break last week, students had the opportunity to immerse in the world of printmaking (Lower School) and arts-focused workshops (Middle School). Extra special thanks to Atelier Meridian for an awesome week of printmaking and showing our kids the ropes! Extra, extra special thanks to Ralph, Tony, and the rest of our amazing facilities team for keeping our campus safe with all of the snow and ice!  

8th Grade Art and Music

In one of our units in 8th grade art and music, we created songs and self portraits. In art, we used the tools learned over three plus years of art class to create a portrait in the medium of our choice. We used art to express our identity and growth of over our middle school years. In music, we got into groups or we worked individually to create our own songs that we then recorded and edited. The songs express our feelings and thoughts on school, politics, society, social media, other after school activities, and many more subjects. The portraits and songs are posted in the main building.

By Bailey A.

Prekindergarten Field Trip to Portland Art Museum

The pre-k kiddos wrapped up their unit on Traditional Tales with a field trip to the Portland Art Museum. Students read stories from around the world and varied versions of the same stories, both in French and English. There was also time devoted to traditional stories from the Pacific Northwest. The museum trip provided tangible connections to the stories read in class.

Le Satellite: Journalism PM Class

This year, 5th grade teacher Aurore Molerus began a 4th-6th grade PM Class on journalism to work toward creating FAIS's first student-led publication: The Satellite! Students investigate their subjects during the week... then come together Thursdays after school to explore different forms of journalism, discuss content, and edit stories relevant to the School, community, city, and more (in both French and English).

In this first edition of Le Satellite:

  • Meet Mr. Satellite, our mascot, in his first interview for the magazine
  • Enter the world of Classcraft
  • Learn how to make bread
  • Read all about Finn, a new student at FAIS
  • Find out what teachers like to do outside of school
  • Learn about Kara Skaflestad, founder of Fighting Pretty 

Magazine créé avec Madmagz.


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8th GRADE PARENTS – FRIDAY APRIL 12th – Transition to High School Workshops – RSVP REQUIRED

We would like to invite our 8th grade students to participate in the following workshops on Friday, April 12th (a Middle School half day) from 1:30 to 3:30. These are not mandatory. We offer these workshops to help our students with the transition to high school.

 Please respond to Stephane Cohen by March 29 to confirm your child's participation.


For 8th grade girls:

Sheri Gazitt of Teenwise:

Sheri gave a presentation for our Family Enrichment Series in November of last year entitled: “Calm Communication: Keeping the Lines of Communication Open with your Teen.” The parents that attended found the presentation very helpful. Sheri is an expert in the field of teens and has presented to many organizations. She will be speaking to our 8th grade girls. Below is a description of what you can expect.

“Girls are five times more likely than boys to experience anxiety and depression. With increased changes and responsibilities in high school, it is important for your daughter to be prepared for the pressures coming her way. In this presentation, we will talk about how to set personal boundaries, to make decisions in alignment with her own values, and to create space in her life for joy and creativity.”


For 8th grade boys:

Boys Workshop put on by Howard Hiton, a licensed professional counselor with extensive experience working with youth. He is the recipient of the Oregon Pediatric Society’s Award for Service to Children and the Oregon Peacemaker Award of Excellence for his support of youth (

The transition to high school presents many new pressures and opportunities. During this 90 minute workshop the 8th grade boys will participate in activities that will assist them in thinking about what lies ahead. We will consider such topics as facing alcohol and other drug use, issues of sexuality, managing stress and preparing for academic success as a high school student.

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