In the Know

A weekly parent newsletter

February 16, 2018

Happy New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Happy New Year!  新年快乐! SURPRISE! We kicked off the Lunar New Year by having Lion Dancers visit the campus! The lions serve to chase away evil spirits and bring good luck in the new year. They paraded through hallways, classrooms, and the playgrounds, much to the delight of the students. It was SO much fun… View Article

February 12, 2018

School Year Calendar 2018-19

Below are the main dates for the 2018-19 school year. The whole calendar will be available in April: Classroom Visits: Monday, August 27, 2018 First day for students: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Thanksgiving break: November 19 – 23, 2018 Winter break:  December 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (return Jan 2) International Festival: Friday, February 8, 2019 Last day of school: Thursday, June… View Article

February 12, 2018

Emergency Preparedness / Security Update

  In January, TIS hosted over 60 people from local schools and organizations for an on-site training on creating and updating School Emergency Plans. It was a very informative session, and we are happy to have facilitated this training for our educational community.  TIS is continuously reviewing and updating its emergency planning procedures. There is… View Article

February 12, 2018

Volunteer Opportunity – Admissions Ambassadors

Our TIS Admissions Ambassador Program is now underway! If you’d like to share your love of TIS with prospective families, please sign up!  The primary job would be to email applicant families – most often within your child’s language track – and offer to share your experiences about the school with them. No canned pitch… View Article

February 12, 2018

Auction Special Appeal – it’s not too late to donate!

Were you not able to attend the 2018 Auction Gala on February 3, but still want to “raise your paddle?!”  You still can!  The 2018 Gala is on track to raise the most money ever! * Help us with a post-Gala “paddle raise” gift for the 2018 Special Appeal.  Your donation will help fund new collaborative furniture for… View Article

February 12, 2018

Parent Network Evening Meeting & Alumni Panel

The TIS Parent Network would like to invite parents to attend our 2017 Spring All-Parent Meeting to be held Thursday, Feb 22 at Learners’ Hall, 6-8pm. The goal for this meeting is to be both informative and fun! Come socialize with fellow parents and meet members of the 2017-2018 Parent Network Steering Committee. You’ll learn about volunteer… View Article

February 12, 2018

Fresh n’ Local – March Orders Due

Fresh n’ Local orders must be placed no later than February 23rd at noon for March delivery. Find the March menu here! Please click here to place an order.

February 12, 2018

Upcoming Events

TUESDAY, FEB 13 Keepin It Clean Walk – 5th Grade. 5th grade families are invited to come out, socialize, and help keep the areas surrounding campus clean. Some members pick up trash/remove weeds as they walk, but that is not a specific part of the program (Pickers and bags are provided; bring some gloves if… View Article

February 12, 2018

Screenagers

FAIS will be showing the documentary film Screenagers on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Préau Commons. This “award-winning film looks into the use of digital screens (cell phones, computers, tablets), social medias, video games and the impact it can have on families and academics. The film offers solutions for parents/guardians to… View Article

February 12, 2018

Girls on the Run track program

Girls on the Run is an after school program for 3rd-5th graders. Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. A Girls on the Run team practices… View Article

February 5, 2018

International Festival: Key Details

Below is some important information to help you plan your International Festival day. Check your email for seat and parking lot maps! INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018: PCC Sylvania: 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219 PARKING PASSES Parking Passes are going home in backpacks or lunchboxes TUESDAY. Please check backpacks! •   We will have two PCC… View Article

February 5, 2018

Chinese Capstone Students Are Here this Week!

Our Capstone exchange students from China are here this week! Students and teachers from the Suzhou Experimental Elementary School (our host school in Suzhou, China) are attending TIS Wednesday-Friday. The SEES students are staying with our Chinese track 5th grade families. These are the same students who will host our 5th graders in March. We are very excited… View Article

February 5, 2018

Keepin’ it Clean Campus Foot Patrols

The International School is surrounded by several open areas. While they are not part of campus property, we would like to help keep them clean and safe.  As such, TIS has “Keepin’ it Clean” walks that operate in partnership with Friends of Riverplace, a neighborhood organization.  Essentially, groups of volunteers walk the neighborhood to deter crime… View Article

February 5, 2018

The K-5 Reading Challenge Continues!

The Kindergarten – 5th Grade Reading Challenge ends this month. It’s not too late to participate, though! The theme for this year’s K-5 Reading Challenge is “Dive into Diversity: Reading Across Genres and Forms.” The purpose of this year’s challenge is to explore stories in all their glorious forms– poetry, non-fiction, wordless picture books, graphic novels,… View Article

February 5, 2018

The Flu is in Oregon

You are likely hearing many news stories regarding the current flu epidemic.  We hope all is well with your family; or if you’ve been ill, that you are on the mend! A reminder to please keep your children home if they are indeed ill. Please do not send a child to school if they have… View Article

February 5, 2018

Thanks for supporting the EC Book Fair

Thank you to all the families and volunteers who supported our EC Book Fair.  It was a huge success.  We sold more than 200 books and earned over 800 Scholastic Dollars to use for purchasing books for the TIS Library! Most importantly, we saw students excited to share books with their families.  This love of… View Article

February 5, 2018

Upcoming Events

TUESDAY, FEB 6 Parent Teacher Conferences – NO AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES.  SquareGator Open.  To sign up for your conferences, go to http://ptcfast.com/schools/The_International_School TIS Foot Patrol/Keepin it Clean Training ** Help Needed!** TIS, in partnership with Friends of Riverplace, an official Foot Patrol that operates in the areas around the school.  The Foot Patrol is essentially a group of volunteers who walk… View Article

January 30, 2018

Parent Teacher Conferences – English SignUps Open

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on February 2nd (this FRIDAY!) and the afternoon of February 6th. Just like this past Fall, we are having conferences BEFORE report cards are released. NOW OPEN – English Conferences! Winter conferences with English Specialists are initially by invitation-only. They are now open for general sign ups. To sign up for your conferences: – Go to http://ptcfast.com/schools/The_International_School –… View Article

January 30, 2018

Traffic Expected this Wednesday Morning – Please Drop Off Early

This Wednesday morning, TIS is hosting a city-led Emergency Planning training for several area schools. Over 60 participants are expected to start arriving around 8am. While they have been encouraged to carpool and use public transport, we expect that early morning traffic will be heavier than expected. If possible, please drop off earlier than usual… View Article

January 30, 2018

Parent Volunteers Needed!

We need your help, parents!  And hey! Have you recorded your volunteer hours lately? The TIS International Festival will be on February 9, 2018. That’s next Friday! We are looking for volunteers to: Wrangle kids before and after their performances Support backstage Ride the bus back from show 1 (ends at 9:30) and to show… View Article