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Note from Pam: January 18, 2019

We hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable winter break. The new year is already off to an exciting start! The FAIS Forest is now reopened after the wind storms, we had our first ever FAIS Family Game Night (thanks to the PLC's FUN Committee), and we held our 9th annual FAIS Spelling Bee! Our 8th graders also presented their community service projects -- stay tuned for an update in the next issue! From all of us at FAIS, we wish you a healthy 2019 and we look forward to watching our students continue to grow into open-minded, global citizens.

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Classcraft with the 4th Graders

Fourth graders have started Classcraft in Music with their teacher David Olson. “When we heard David explain what it is we felt very excited!” said Anaïs. “It’s like a lifelong dream come true,” laughed Valerie.

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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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