October 29, 2018

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 10/29/18

 

Early Dismissal – November 16

We have an early dismissal on Friday, November 16. This is for faculty professional planning meetings.

  • Dismissal will start at 12:15pm.
  • Curbside and walk in service will be available
  • Global Kids will be available that day until 6pm.
  • If you ordered Friday lunch from DragonWell Bistro, your child will have it to bring home or to Global Kids. No need to pack a lunch from home.

Please pick up all students by 12:45pm at the latest unless you are registered for Global Kids.


Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at TIS!

Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in Mexico. It is a time to joyfully remember friends and family members who have died and celebrate their memory. Celebrations of the departed also occur in other Latin American countries over these dates, and involve a variety of tradtions.

Día de los Muertos exhibit
Monday, October 29 to Friday, November 2
Stop by the entrance to Learner’s Hall this week to see the beautiful and vibrant ofrenda set up by several of our Mexican teachers in the Spanish track.  View artwork and writing created by TIS students. Contribute to the exhibit by adding a name or copy of a photo of one of your ancestors or family members who has died to our ofrenda.

Pan de Muerto and Hot Chocolate
Thursday, November 1 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Entrance to Learner’s Hall

For a authentic Mexican treat, visit the exhibit on Thursday, November 1 from 3 to 4:30pm to sample pan de muerto and hot chocolate.



TIS Family Bingo Night – Please RSVP!

The TIS Parent Network is very excited to host our 2nd Annual Bingo Night!

Date: Friday, November 9th

When: 5 to 8 pm

Where: Learners Hall

This event is open to all PreK to 5th grade students and parents. There will be multiple games of Bingo, prizes and delicious catered Mexican food. If you are planning to eat with us, we are asking for $5 per person, with a $20 max per family for the catered food. Please send payment via Venmo or paypal to akaboomer@gmail.com

Thank you and we hope you can join us and help build a stronger, closer TIS community! We can’t wait to play Bingo with you! Please RSVP by November 5th to parentnetwork@intlschool.org


Parent Network Monthly Meeting

Ever wonder what this TIS Parent Network is all about, or how can you be involved at the school? Shake off that sugar hangover and join us for the Monthly Meeting this Thursday, Nov 1.  All meetings are at 8:30am at the Arthur Administration Building (up the hill from the Main Campus, at Water & Corbett).  The meetings are open to all current TIS parents. Yes, you get volunteer hours just for attending!

Our staff and teachers make this school effective, our kids make this school worth it and our parents make this school great! This year, resolve to be an active part of this amazing community. There are so many new friends and parents who are working hard and looking forward to getting to know you. We hope to see you at the meeting!


Love TIS? Tell the world about us! 

Here’s a volunteer opportunity that you can do from home, and on your own time: Review TIS!

Prospective families look to online reviews on Yelp, Google, etc to help learn about schools from an “insider” perspective. Many of the reviews are a little dated, so if you wouldn’t mind submitting your thoughts, I would greatly appreciate it!

It’s your review, so say whatever you want!  Some ideas to talk about: how your child is learning here, their general experience, the teachers, or what it’s like to be a parent here. Obviously, since the more positive reviews, the better, I would much prefer it that you highlight the things that you love about the school.

Here are links to The International School’s profile/reviews on common sites:

Google <— Scroll down to the reviews, and click on “Write a Review”

Facebook.com –> Click on the grey “Recommend” button towards the top of TIS’ page.

greatschools.org

yelp.com

savvysource.com

privateschoolreview.com NOTE: Private School Review asks a LOT of questions. You don’t have to answer them all if you don’t want; you can just provide a general review if you prefer.

Once you are done, please remember to record your volunteer hours so that we can properly credit you! That link is here: https://www.intlschool.org/volunteer

Thank you thank you thank you!!

– Kat Simons


 

School Safety – PDX Reporter.org 

We are continually monitoring and revising our safety policies and procedures in order to keep our campus safe for all. These are some of the actions that we have taken and are in place already:

  • Daily on-site security patrols in the early morning to prevent or discourage loitering and camps around the school.

  • Our Maintenance Staff does daily sweeps of the grounds.

  • Our safety committee and maintenance staff is in regular correspondence with the Portland Police and other city representatives to increase their awareness of problems in our area.

  • 11 active security cameras throughout campus

  • We have partnered with the South Park Association and Friends of River Place who are doing patrol operations around the clock. TIS parents also engage in bi-monthly clean-up walks to maintain areas around campus and to notify the authorities if there are any problems.

  • The Portland Police office engages in patrol rounds around the neighborhood.

We encourage parents and staff to use PDXreporter.org This is a tool to report campsites, graffiti, needles, etc. Include photos, location and comments where possible. The more complaints they receive, the better the response from the police department. This goes through the Mayor’s office and is taken quite seriously. You can also report camping to reportPDX@PortlandOregon.gov.


Upcoming Events

FRIDAY, OCT 29 – FRIDAY, NOV 2 

Dia de los Muertos – Ofrenda

Stop by the entrance to Learner’s Hall this week to see the beautiful and vibrant ofrenda set up by several of our Mexican teachers in the Spanish track.  View artwork and writing created by TIS students. Contribute to the exhibit by adding a name or copy of a photo of one of your ancestors or family members who has died to our ofrenda.

WEDNESDAY, OCT 31

Fall Costume Parade!

Students, Families, and Staff are encouraged to dress up! Please, no weapons of any kind (light sabers are weapons), no bloody wounds or very scary masks, and no costumes that drag on the ground or otherwise interfere with walking. Students can put on masks or long capes ONLY for the parade and must take them off again after the parade, 8:45-9:45am, Campuswide

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THURSDAY, NOV 1

Parent Network Steering Committee Meeting. Join us for our monthly meeting, open to all current parents. 8:30- 9:30am, Arthur Administration Building

Pan de Muerto and Hot Chocolate. For a authentic Mexican Dia de los Muertos treat, visit outside Learners’ Hall after school to sample pan de muerto and hot chocolate. 3-4:30pm, Learners’ Hall courtyard

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FRIDAY NOV 9

Parent Network Bingo Night! This event is open to all PreK to 5th grade students and parents. There will be multiple games of Bingo, prizes and delicious catered food. Please see post above for rsvp and dinner information. 5 to 8pm, Learners Hall. 


TIS Run Club 

Run Club  is always available to join (depending on room in the class).  Now that Cross Country ended, I have added Monday and Thursday to go along with Tuesday and Wednesday.  Wednesday will be the walking/running day. 

There will be a published start date to go along with the first class of Global Kids that begins November 26th.    My current schedule is Monday, Tuesday,  Wednesday, and Thursday from after school until 4:40 pm.  We will run through to March 7, 2019.

If joining the week of November 26 the cost including the week of March 4, 2019 is $252.00 for Monday and Tuesday classes and $273 for Wednesday and Thursday classes.  Please contact for availability.

Many other outdoor sports are winding down now.   We run throughout the winter, it is typically a 40 to 45 minute outing.  Routes along the waterfront, over bridges, along the Esplanade.

Our professional runner, Tara Welling will be having a baby at the end of January.  She has a replacement, Liz Downing McCullough, a former National and World Duathlon Champion.  Liz is currently finishing up with St. Mary’s Academy Cross Country and before her work with the Wilson Middle School Cluster of track teams in the Spring.

To register anytime, contact Coach Robert Briglia at OurSportingLives@gmail.com or go to OurSportingLives.com, my cell is 503-348-0799 with any questions.