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!  

Gala Sponsor Spotlight!

As the 2019 FAIS Annual Gala approaches, we’d like to highlight our sponsors thus far!


Platinum Level

Our French American International School Board of Trustees have decided to sponsor the event at the Platinum Level! Thank you to our board of trustees: Matt Birchard, Christine Chang, Matt Donegan, Julie Falk, Laura Hunter, Charles Jenkins, June Kim, Steve Lesnard, Margo Litwin, Pamela Neferkara, Kim Patterson, Joy Rain, Traci Rossi, Patti Shaffner Jordan, Scott Shaw, Megan Shipley, Michael Smythe, and Bonnie Stewart.

Diamond Level

Thank you to the Urdes Miller Group with Stifel Solutions for sponsoring the FAIS Gala at the Diamond Level! The Urdes Miller Group advises families on wealth management and offers personalized, customer driven service.


Gold Level

At the Gold Level, Triplett Wellman, our contractors for the new Gilkey International Middle School building are sponsoring our big event.

Thank you to all of our Gala sponsors, advertisers, and donors! We couldn’t do this without you! If you are interested in sponsoring or advertising at the gala, please contact Sara Hernando at Don't have your ticket yet? Visit!

ENERGY CONSERVATION INITIATIVE: Significant Decrease in Energy Use!

Wow! Our efforts to maintain an indoor temperature of 20 - 23°C is making a difference. In a collective Eco-School initiative to educate about energy use and audit our usage, we decreased our January energy use by almost 5000 kilowatt hours or a decrease of 17 percent. Bravo students, teachers and staff! Stay tuned for February’s data report.

Upcoming Arts Week Features Exciting New Workshops

Arts Week (February 25 - March 1) will feature some exciting new workshops that have never been offered, including illustration, table tennis at Paddle Palace Club, and Ninja Warrior Fitness at Skyhook Ninja Fitness:


Illustration by Denise Lundblade:

In this special workshop, students will have new opportunities to explore drawing and painting as a means of expressing their imaginations and communicating ideas in a personal way. Through a variety of artistic exercises and some surprises, students will develop foundational artistic skills and complete a matted and framed work. Each student will be given a new sketchbook and some drawing supplies to use during the class and then to take home, encouraging them to continue their adventure in artistic exploration.


Paddle Palace Club: Ping Pong / Table Tennis

Paddle Palace will be opening their doors early just for the students of FAIS before the rush of the paddlers come in. Their facility has over 12 tables with a lovely viewing balcony, where kids can cheer their friends on from above. Ping pong, also known as table tennis, is a fun sport for everyone, and all levels are welcome. Kids will have the opportunity to practice with world-class trainers and coaches, while seeing how the professionals play, too. The day will be filled with excitement as the kids learn and sharpen their ping pong skills, while building their hand-eye coordination! Sign up individually or sign up with friends, and join in on the fun!


Ninja Warrior Fitness

Obstacles, gymnastics, strength—oh my! Students will spend a day filled with exercise and fun, while they build strength through functional fitness. Skyhook Ninja Warrior Fitness offers a rock wall, upper and lower body obstacles, rope climb/swing, slacklines, balance beams, open mats, trampolines, and so much more. Take advantage of this opportunity to let your inner  ninja warrior shine—grab a friend and sign up today!


Read more Arts Week workshop descriptions (and register!) on the Arts and Cultural Enrichment webpage. 


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Multnomah County Health Department Letter

Multnomah County Health Department has released a statement for schools regarding the current measles outbreak in Clark County, WA, and we'd like to share it with you. Contact Nancy or Katy at if you have any questions. 

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