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: 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.

FAIS Family Game Night Was So Fun!
By Sara Hernando, Volunteer and Special Events Manager

Over 65 families and 200 people showed up to the Fun Committee’s family fun event on Saturday, January 12 and it was a blast. Highlights of the night included Bingo and Musical Chairs. The middle school kids were super excited to have Rainy Day Games there to help lead them in various strategy games that drew in parents and children alike. Keep an eye out for the next Fun Committee Family events which will be the Art Gallery on March 29 and an “outdoor games” event that will take place in June.

Fifth Grade Student Wins Spelling Bee
By Jeff Luther, Middle School Teacher

Congratulations to 5th grade student Euan, the winner of the Ninth Annual FAIS spelling bee held on January 15. The runner up was 7th grade student Ashley. Both students battled for six rounds before Euan successfully spelled the winning word, “insinuate.” All together, twenty six students in 5th-8th grades competed in this year’s spelling bee. Euan will represent FAIS at the regional spelling bee on March 9 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland.

Winds Topple Tree in FAIS Forest
From our Instagram Feed

Heavy winds during the first few days of the new year affected the FAIS Forest, toppling a tree that had been weakened by a fungal infection. The Nature Trail and Outdoor Classrooms were closed for just a few days, until the tree could be removed. It was a blessing in disguise, as the Green Team will be using the salvaged wood on upcoming nature trail restoration projects.

Sneak Peek of New Middle School Building
Penelope Babst

In case you missed it on social media, get a sneak peek of our new middle school building in this short video by 2016 FAIS alumnus Abani Neferkara. Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who helped take this from a dream to a reality. 

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

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!


Awakening a creative talent. Forging a connection to the environment through our nature trail and Discovery Park. Empowering teachers with development opportunities to inspire our students. Fill in the blank, and chances are... the Annual Fund helps make it possible. 


GivingTuesday marked the global opening day for giving, but it doesn't—and shouldn't—stop there! Join in making more things possible. Participate in the Annual Fund today! Visit

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All-School Half Day on January 25

January 25 is the end of the semester for Middle School students, and a half day for all students. FASCA and PM Classes will run as usual. If your child is staying for FASCA or a PM Class, please have them bring a lunch.

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