The Owl

A weekly parent newsletter

July 12, 2018

Background Check Form

All classroom volunteers and chaperones must submit a new background check every two years. Below is for the application form for a Department of Education background check. This form requires a signature. You may fill it out on-line, but then need to print it and bring or mail it in (unless you have a verified digital… View Article

July 11, 2018

ITK is now The Owl

Our weekly parent newsletter, formerly called In the Know, is now The Owl! The Owl is our official school mascot. This title is an easier concept for non-native English speakers than a rather dated American idiom. The Owl will continue to deliver up-to-date information about important school activities and events every week. Small upgrades in usability will… View Article

July 11, 2018

Introducing Global Kids, the TIS Extended Day Program!

Welcome to Global Kids, the NEW Extended-Day Program of The International School! Global Kids offers a variety of fun enrichment classes, homework center, healthy snacks, and outdoor free play, available on a flexible schedule that meets the needs of busy parents.   All Global Kids activities are facilitated by caring, dedicated staff with expertise in the… View Article

July 11, 2018

Sign up to be a Room Parent!

Room Parents are needed for the 2018-2019 school year! You don’t need to know your child’s class placement to sign up. See intlschool.org/room-parents for the “job” description, and intlschool.org/rp-signup to volunteer. Questions about room parenting? Feel free to reach out to Kat Simons (Kats@intlschool.org), current room parents, or one of our Parent Network Co-Chairs, Meryl Villarreal or… View Article

July 11, 2018

Durable School Supplies Lists

Each academic year, students are asked to bring a small list of durable supplies to be kept at school. These are typically items that a student will bring home at the end of the year to be used again.  Please click to see the school supply lists for 2018-2019:  Chinese Track supply lists  Japanese Track… View Article

July 11, 2018

Save Time and Gas – Set up a Carpool!

Are you interested in setting up a carpool for the upcoming school year? Publish your request in The Owl! Simply send your name, nearest street corner or part of town, number of children, and best way to contact you to owleditor@intlschool.org. No need to know your exact before/after school needs yet – you can discuss… View Article

July 11, 2018

Summer Events

Come join us for fun, family-friendly events in July and August! Events will happen rain or shine, so let’s hope for a lot of that beautiful Oregon sun. RSVPs are requested for some, but not all events: Family Hike at Powell Butte Nature Park Saturday, July 21st 9:00am Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot;… View Article

June 11, 2018

Last Day of School – Wear TIS Gear!

The last day of school is on Wednesday!  Please have your child wear a TIS shirt!  Please see the post towards the bottom for the schedule! LowK Parents: Your child can wear anything you or they prefer for the LowK promotion ceremony. They will be given special t shirts to wear after that. 🙂

June 11, 2018

Volunteer Hall of Fame: Priscilla Lane-Kappes

Our longtime garden volunteer, Priscilla Lane-Kappes, is taking a step back from her daily garden duties. It seemed only fitting to create a Volunteer Hall of Fame just for her! Priscilla has led the garden program for almost 15 years. She tends to the our growing plants – and children – almost every day of… View Article

June 11, 2018

Congratulations, TIS walkers and bicyclists!!

Walk & Roll to school challenge month is complete, and we put up some pretty impressive numbers! Remember, there were 21 school days in May, so a perfect record would be 21 round trips, or 42 total trips. Overall winners, with 42 trips completed, are Action M, with his dedicated parents, Sarah and Jason! Thank… View Article

June 11, 2018

Room Parent Opportunities

Room parenting is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow parents, get to know the teachers better, and help make great experiences for the kids! As with last year, we’re asking people to sign up now and through the summer, then when class assignments are made the week before school starts, we’ll ensure… View Article

June 11, 2018

Oaks Park Info – Volunteers Still Needed!

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR OAKS PARK! – Sign up to hand out ice cream,* and then enjoy the park.  We need your help to make it a success!We’ve divided up the shifts so that they aren’t too overwhelming. Your older kiddo can enjoy the park with friends – or you can take turns with another… View Article

June 11, 2018

Mark Your Calendars: TIS Summer Events

Join the TIS community for several fun, family-friendly events this summer: World Cup Playoffs Game – TBD, end of June/beginning of July:Come join other TIS families at The Senate in downtown Portland to watch some World Cup soccer action! Thanks to TIS parent/Senate owner Derek Stotz for hosting! Date and time will be announced as… View Article

June 11, 2018

Moby Max online program for summer

Many students experience “summer slide”, which is forgetting some of what they learn over the summer weeks because they slip out of practice.   Moby Max is an online program that will assist with keeping up with practicing academics. It’s differentiated so that each child can focus on their particular needs. Check your child’s book bag!… View Article

June 11, 2018

Lost and Found

There are still LOTS of items in our Lost & Found bins! Please check out the bins at Stearns, Hilltop, and Learners Hall for long lost items – or those you might not even be aware that you lost! Items not claimed by Wednesday, June 13 will be donated to NW Children’s Outreach.

June 11, 2018

Please return library books! Thank you, Library Volunteers!

Please make sure that your student returns all remaining library books!  You should have received an e-mail from libraryworld.com telling you what books your student still has. Thank you to our amazing, wonderful library volunteers!  We are so grateful for their dedication!  We could not keep the library running so smoothly without their help! Camelia Bianchi McKelvey … View Article

June 11, 2018

Last Day of School Events

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13  Last Day of School!  There are lots of fun events planned for the last day of school on Wednesday, June 13. Please mark your calendars now! LowK and 5th Grade parents: by now you should have received detailed emails about your specific ceremonies. Please let us know if you have questions! LowK… View Article

June 11, 2018

South Waterfront Farmer’s Market

Did you know that there is a weekly Farmer’s Market right around the corner from TIS? We are a sponsor! Stop by every Thursday, June through October, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The market is located at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in the South Waterfront neighborhood, at 3508 SW Moody Avenue. See it on Google Maps! Go get some fresh, local,… View Article

June 11, 2018

Pizza & Puberty

TIS preteen girls (10-12 yrs olds) and their askable adult are warmly invited to an evening of learning, growing and celebrating puberty. Our interactive workshop is designed to impart fact-based information, develop skills, and provide support. Each curious kid should bring one askable adult. The space holds 8 pairs, so please sign up ASAP to… View Article

June 11, 2018

Short-Term Hosts Needed for Exchange Students!

WorldOregon (formerly World Affairs Council of Oregon) is excited to welcome two youth exchange programs this year: the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Exchange Program (PAYLP) from August 8-21, with students from Benin, Burkina Faso, Repub lic of Congo, Gabon and Togo, and the Youth Ambassadress Program October 11-22, with students from Bolivia and Peru. These young… View Article