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Note from Pam: December 21, 2018

'Tis the season, as they say. And for me, this is the season for reflection and appreciation. I am reminded of the wonderful community that is FAIS and wish to pause once again to say, "THANK YOU" to all of our FAIS families. 

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Chinook Salmon Release

On the winter solstice in 2018, science teachers Molly Hamill and Greg Darling released about 250 salmon fry into the Willamette River at Cathedral Park. 

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How Inquiry Leads to Theory

To begin their plate tectonics unit, 6th grade students put together sections of a puzzle with missing pieces. Through three rounds of being given more parts of the puzzle, students worked together to determine the identify of the picture based on incomplete information.

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Note from Pam

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving break. I hope you spent it surrounded by friends, family... and, of course, food! We have so much to be thankful for at FAIS -- from the creativity, inspiration, and discovery our students experience every day to the generosity of the families who participated in Giving Tuesday earlier this week. 

Continuing the spirit of Thanksgiving, thank you for being a part of the FAIS community. It's a privilege to have you here, and to help your children develop into global citizens who will create a more peaceful and inclusive world.

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Art Museum Field Trip

On Friday November 30th, all 8th grade students went on a field trip to the Portland Art Museum! They spent half of their trip on a docent guided tour centered on the concept of identity.  The other half of the trip they spent sketching & observing various galleries. Here is what students had to say about the trip:

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Tanzania Mapathon: Helping NGOs Reduce Violence Against Women

Mapathons help Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) use OSM maps to find problems on the ground where they are deployed. This is helpful because most maps in current use only give a sketch of where anything is located. Many third world nations don't actually include most buildings and roads on digital maps! Mapathons literally put these villages on the map.

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#GivingTuesday Recap and Supporting the FAIS Annual Fund Throughout the Year!

On November 27, people all over the world came together for #GivingTuesday to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. Thank you to all of FAIS families who participated in this giving movement, and generously donated a total of over $10,000 to the FAIS Annual Fund!

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Preschool Field Trip to Oregon Ballet Theatre

Both preschool classes went on their first field trip of the year (or ever!) to the Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT). They got to see dancers rehearse, were shown beautiful costumes and props from the Nutcracker and other works from OBT, toured the costume shop where seamstresses were working, and even got to dance in the studio themselves.

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Make DISCOVERY Possible -- Participate in the Annual Fund!

DID YOU KNOW? Each year, FAIS invests over $300 per student to maintain our grounds (including the nature trail and Discovery Park)…$32,000 into books and online resources for our libraries...and $65,000 for field trips that provide experiential learning experiences.

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