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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. 

 

Welcome (Back)!

What a joyful noise we had, and continue to have, here on campus beginning on Wednesday morning -- including a game of Knockout that I couldn't resist joining today (see picture)! There is truly nothing like the sound of children the first day school begins. The tension between the excitement, anticipation, and nervousness about the new year brings out such a wonderful vulnerability and a pure community connectedness. It is a sense that says, we are all in this year’s adventure together. 

 

This spirit was captured by my interaction with a student Wednesday morning on my way to the ribbon cutting ceremony for our new Middle School building. As I walked by a 4th grade student, he said, “Hi, Scott.” I replied, “Hi, buddy -- are you excited?” His return was, “Yeah...and a little nervous.” It took me no time to say, “Me too, me too!” 

 

As I begin my thirty-seventh year of school, I am more excited than ever to begin my journey with you all at FAIS as Head of School. The joy on every student’s face is a testament to the connection and community that is created in every classroom each and every day. With our first week behind us, culminating in tonight’s Back to School Picnic, I am filled with anticipation for the year ahead. I am eager to discover, learn, and explore all things French American International School.

Ribbon Cutting for New Middle School Building

On Wednesday, September 4th, retired Head of School Pam Dreisin and new Head of School Scott Hardister officially opened our new middle school building to welcome students for the 2019-20 school year! Our deepest gratitude goes out to Hacker Architects, Triplett Wellman Contractors, and all of our generous donors for helping make this dream a reality... and providing our students with a state-of-the-art learning environment to inquire, reflect, and collaborate.

Back-to-School Picnic & Volunteer Fair

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last Friday’s Back-to-School Picnic & Volunteer Fair (and a special thanks to the PLC’s Fun Committee and all of our volunteers who helped make it happen!). What a great way to celebrate our first week together, reconnect with friends, and welcome our newest families to the FAIS community. Couldn’t make it? Interested in volunteering? Please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.

New Play Structure

After eager anticipation -- and parents telling us it has been THE subject of conversation at home every night -- students gave our new play structure an enthusiastic welcome yesterday (more building material to come)! We’ve never seen so many students so concentrated (and quiet) during recess, observing the construction. Local business The Kids’ Backyard Store did a great job installing with an audience, and happily answering questions from our onlooking students… despite one child telling her mother she thought a “fairy” came to build the structure overnight!

Picture Day

Say “fromage!” -- it’s Picture Day! It’s always a joy seeing our students get ready for their closeups with their favorite outfits, best smiles, and sparkling personalities. Faculty and staff joined in on the action too (part of the fun of working at a school), but we’ll let them reserve those photos for the refrigerator at home.

FAIS Forest Work Parties

We’ve made so much progress on the FAIS Forest nature play space, thanks to all of our Eco Warriors -- including FAIS Alumnus Timur Klebleev (‘17), who even recruited other alumni to participate! There also has been great restoration and infrastructure work to prepare a forest fitness course and bike detour.

 

Want to help? There’s another FAIS Forest Work Party on Saturday, September 28 from 12 to 3 p.m.! Contact bclifton@faispdx.org to learn more and sign up.

Benches Built and Donated from Eagle Scout Project

Have you noticed new benches around campus? Over the summer, Dylan Spisla from Boy Scout Troop 208 and his team of 15 troop mates, family members, and friends constructed these 14 amazing handmade benches for FAIS!

 

The Spisla family are regular visitors to our nature trails (Dylan’s father, Troy, is captain of our neighbors Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Station 60), and Dylan wanted to do something involving the outdoors for his culminating project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. We’re so grateful to share this gift with our community as places to gather, reflect, and inquire all around campus!

Thank You, Summer Campers (and Staff)!

School may have been out over the summer, but there was plenty of buzz around campus with a variety of summer camp fun! From surfing, swimming, and sailing… to movie-making, sound engineering, and DJ camp… to the art of henna, Chopped FAIS, and other amazing camps… our Summer Camp team outdid themselves again. Thank you to all of the families who joined us, and all of our teachers, aides, and volunteers for making it another summer to remember!

Bon Voyage, Nurse Katy!

Please join us in wishing Nurse Katy McShane the best of luck as she begins a new chapter at the Child Development Institute at Providence St. Vincent. Of course, this is bittersweet—we are both happy for her, and she will be missed. Her last day will be September 20, and she will support us as we open school and transition to a new school nurse.

Announcements

Fête du Vin Tickets Now on Sale!

Join us for our annual Fête du Vin event celebrating wine, food, and FAIS community. This year, Fête du Vin will be held in the new Middle School Building on October 12, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. Want to “bundle and save”? Buy your Fête AND Gala tickets for the year and save $25!

Parent/Staff Basketball Night

FAIS parents and staff gather for a non-competitive game of basketball each Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the FAIS Gym. All levels and genders are welcome--join us!

Upcoming Events