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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. 

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Our next Head of School, Scott Hardister, will be joining our 5th graders for the second week of their trip to France (his first!). To help catalog the trip – and share our first year together – he’s starting a blog! Want to follow along? Bookmark Scott’s Blog or subscribe for text or email notifications each time there’s a new post!

New Family Social

We're so happy to officially welcome next year's new families to the FAIS community! From Toute Petite Section (early preschool for 2½-year-olds) to 8th grade, our incoming parents and students gathered last Friday to meet fellow new families, chat with current families, and celebrate the next step in their journey over food and drinks. We look forward to seeing you over the summer at the New Family Welcoming Group's get-togethers and in August for orientation! Welcome, Bienvenue, Willkommen, 欢迎, Bienvenidos! 

FAIS Teachers Participate in Playful Inquiry Workshop at Opal School

Teachers Camille C., Véronique P., Alix, and Melanie spent three days at a workshop retreat and visit of the Opal School, adjacent to the Oregon Children's Museum. They were transformed by what they learned. 

 

Opal School's foundation relies on playful inquiry to ask important questions such as “What might it look like for our work with young children to expand agency and empathy?” and “How can our schools contribute to greater democracy?” Focusing on the art of storytelling, community healing, and change-making in a nature-centric context (provided by the environmental backdrop of Washington Park), Opal School’s direction aligns well with what can be found here at FAIS:

  • learning through play
  • learning from a personal level
  • thinking in both a local and global context to achieve change by taking action through student-led initiatives.

A few things the teachers would like to see at FAIS include further work on empathy, slowing down curriculum to leave more space for student exploration and agency, and more faculty/staff training on anti-fascist education. Thank you to our teachers for continually looking for innovative ways to enhance our student and community experience!

Continue to Help Make FAIS Possible by Participating in the Annual Fund!

Awakening a creative talent. Empowering teachers with development opportunities to inspire our students. Forging a connection to the environment through our nature trail and Discovery Park.

 

Fill in the blank, and chances are… the Annual Fund helps make it possible.

 

Thank you to all of the families who have donated to the Annual Fund to help make FAIS possible. If you haven't participated yet, please consider donating to the Annual Fund to make CREATIVITY possible… to make INSPIRATION possible… to make DISCOVERY possible.

 

Help us reach our goals for the year -- donate before the last day of school (Thursday, June 20)!

 

Give to the Annual Fund

Grandparents and Special Friends Day 2019

 

We were thrilled to welcome more than 200 grandparents and special friends to campus today! They started off the morning by seeing their student in action in the classroom, followed by a tasty brunch from St. Honoré’s Bakery, and capped off with musical performances from students in Toute Petite Section (our early preschool for 2½ year-olds), preschool, and 4th grade.

 

To all those who joined us: thank you for being such an important part of our students’ lives as role models, unconditional supporters, and (occasional) givers of treats!

Run for the Arts

On Thursday, May 2nd, our students laced up their running shoes and participated in Run for the Arts. Maternelle students raced around the gym while the rest of the school ran outside in the sunshine. Even some of the teachers and parents got in on the action. A special thank you to QFC for providing the bagels and mandarin oranges for the snack, and also to Foot Traffic for the use of their race arch. We appreciate the community support.  

 

Each year, we are able to bring special experiences to our students with the money raised during this event.  Our 8th graders learn hip hop, the 5th graders work with vocal coaches in preparation for their IB presentations and all of our students get to enjoy performances throughout the year. Thank you to all to all the donors who help make this possible. 

Continue to Help Make FAIS Possible – Participate in the Annual Fund!

Awakening a creative talent. Empowering teachers with development opportunities to inspire our students. Forging a connection to the environment through our nature trail and Discovery Park.

 

Fill in the blank, and chances are… the Annual Fund helps make it possible.

 

Thank you to all of the families who have donated to the Annual Fund to help make FAIS possible. We’re currently at a giving participation rate of 40%, with $19,000 remaining to reach our goal by the end of the school year.

 

If you haven’t participated yet, please consider donating to the Annual Fund to make CREATIVITY possible… to make INSPIRATION possible… to make DISCOVERY possible.

 

Give to the Annual Fund

Staff Appreciation Week

Throughout week, FAIS parents and students came together to show our staff appreciation for all they do to make our community so special. There was an assortment of tasty treats each day, a coffee cart on Thursday, and bagels and dips for Friday’s in-service day.

 

The Gilkey Student Council, parents and students also compiled heartfelt notes of gratitude on neon poster boards around campus for adults who have made a positive impact on students’ lives this year – from the front office, administration, and library staff to teachers, aides, extracurricular department, and our facilities team.

 

Thank you to all of the students, parents, and the Parent Liaison Committee!  

Another Successful Eco Action SOLVE-IT Party!

We met a number of our goals for this Earth Day Eco Action SOLVE-IT Party: We prepared and open up a previously unused space in the forest to create a fitness course, a biking detour, nature play space, and an area to transplant natives. We removed invasive species in five different locations (leaving them on pallets of dead wood to decompose in the forest). In addition, to avoid losing native plants (like sword fern and fringe cup), we transplanted natives into a designated spot that will enhance the borders of the nature play space. In addition to the FAIS equipment, we borrowed loppers and safety vests from SOLVE Oregon and holly wrenches from community partners Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District.

 

More accomplishments include:

 

  • Removing 1200 square feet of invasive plants removed including English holly, English hawthorn, English ivy, and some Armenian blackberry
  • Transplanting 10 sword ferns

Thank you to all of our Eco warriors in attendance: 14 adults, 16 students.

Students included Josie 1st; Josie and Casen 2nd; Juliette from Ainsworth 4th; Vill 3rd; Tommy, Lucie & Mateo 5th; Isabella, Alice, Manan, and Matt 6th; and Liam, Krissy, Aidan, and Lauren 7th.

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Announcements

Student Information / Authorization Form

All FAIS parents and legal guardians with students enrolled for next school year should complete the Student Information / Authorization Form by Friday, June 7. Only one person per family should complete the form.

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Lower School Yearbooks

FAIS lower school yearbooks for the 2018-2019 are now on sale, $45 each. These yearbooks are printed in the fall of 2019 in order to include the full year of activities. 

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