The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 12/3/2018
The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin
Strategic Plan Survey: Goals and Action Timeline
UPDATE: We have received 74 responses to our survey so far! Let’s get to 100!
Last November, we asked the TIS parent community for your feedback on the updated Vision, Mission, Values and goals of TIS as part of updating the school’s Strategic Plan. The Board of Trustees, Senior Management Team (SMT), and the all-volunteer Strategic Planning Group (SPG) have been working diligently since then to further refine the school’s Strategic Plan, including timing to achieve the goals.
We would greatly appreciate your feedback about these goals and the action timeline. The survey will take 15-20 minutes of your time. Your feedback is vital to ensure that the school’s activities for the next 10 years are truly the vision of its community.
DIRECT LINK TO SURVEY https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L5JG3CN (Survey closes on Wednesday, December 19)
Complete the survey for a chance to win a TIS insulated wine/picnic tote valued at $85!
Reading Fun Announcement #1: Early Childhood Book Fair This Week!
Lots of wonderful reading announcements this week! The first is the EC Book Fair!
The Book Fair is inside Stearns Hall Dec 3-7 (7:30 to 8:30 am and 2:30 to 3:45). There will variety of books in English and Spanish. The school earns 50% of total sales from Scholastic. The profits are used to buy books for the library and classroom literature sets.
All EC families are entered to win a basket of free books, valued at $100 from Scholastic!
Reading Fun Announcement #2: Read in Your Pajamas Next Week!
It’s an English class tradition! On the last days before Winter Break, students at The International School roll out of bed and straight to their classroom – pajamas and all! Our Annual Read In Your Pajamas Day is a student favorite. It’s a celebration of reading for the joy of reading.
1st through 5th Grade students can come to school in their pjs to participate.* Packing a set of regular clothes is recommended.
Read in Your Pajamas day will be spread across two days as it was last year. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Parents and other caregivers are invited to join us during your child’s English class. Bring a favorite book, wear your pajamas too, and spend some time reading to kids or being read to! Super simple, super wonderful. 4th and 5th Graders have opted to read on their own this year (sorry, parents!)
Dec 13th – Read In Your Pajamas Day for 2nd & 4th Grades (Times and locations for 2nd Grade parents to join us will be confirmed by your child’s English Teacher)
Dec 14th – Read In Your Pajamas Day for 1st, 3rd, and 5th Grades (Times and locations for 1st and 3rd Grade parents to join us will be confirmed by your child’s English Teacher)
*Is your child in PreK-K? Some classes participate in their homerooms; ask your child’s teacher!
Reading Fun Announcement #3: Oregon Battle of the Books — TIS to Host Regionals! It’s Not Too Late To Form or Join a Team!!
Last but not least, TIS is excited to be participating in the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) again this school year. Battle of the Books is a fun, team-based competition for grades 3-5. We will have our school competition in February, where the school’s winning team will go on to compete at the regionals.
We are happy to announce that TIS has been chosen to host the regionals this year! It will be held on Saturday, March 2. This is BEFORE Capstone, so fifth graders should definitely sign up!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Teams are made up of four students, with an optional fifth team member who acts as an alternate. Teams commit to collectively reading 16 books selected by the OBOB committee and then compete in answering questions about facts and content from each book. Each team needs a volunteer coach to support the students. See https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/ for lots of information, including this year’s book list.
WANT TO FORM A TEAM? NEED A TEAM TO JOIN?
If you’ve already signed up a team or a student in need of a team, you should have recently received a confirmation e-mail which was sent to team captains. If you haven’t yet signed up, or didn’t receive a confirmation, please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/K26dRe7KpXJ9Z5Kj1 Questions? email Batkonehat@gmail.com
IB Program of Inquiry 2018-19
Did you know that the TIS IB Program of Inquiry for the entire school year is available online? It is! Click below for a general schedule, then scroll down to look at the curriculum for each grade!
Direct link to IB Program of Inquiry page: https://intlschool.org/parents/ib-program-of-inquiry
Lost and Found Reminder
Any remaining items will be donated to charity during Winter Break!!
Board and Parent Network Meetings this Thursday
The Parent Network monthly meeting this Thursday, December 6 at 8:30am at the Arthur Administration Building conference room, up the street from the Main Campus. Parent Network meetings are open to all TIS parents.
The International School’s Board of Trustees will be meeting on the evening of Dec 6. The agenda will focus one the tax audit. All parents and faculty are welcome to attend. Board meetings are held at Learners’ Hall, and go from 6:00 – 8:00pm.
PGE Update – road work this week, then more parking??
PGE will have crews working on Caruthers street this Thursday and Friday (12/6-12/7). They will work around the drop off and pickup times to avoid impact to traffic. The work should be short and relatively quick.
Weather permitting, by mid December, they should have Baker St. complete so there will be a continuous path in front of the property. Landscaping behind the fence should also be complete soon so it will be a little more visually friendly.
On Campus & Global Kids Pick-Up Safety Reminders
When picking up or sending someone to pick up children from classes, front desks or Global Kids, please have a photo ID ready to confirm identity.
Please keep in mind that all of our Staff and Faculty do not know every member of our students’ families. Numbers are not accepted at the desks without ID – these are only used for curbside pick up at the end of the school day.
For everyone’s safety, please do not use cell phones while driving.
Auction Early Bird Tickets and Sneak Peek!
Friday, December 7 is the last day to get your tickets at discounted prices!
Prices increase on December 8.
Tickets can be purchased at www.intlschool.org/auction
Auction Sneak Peek!
Ever picture yourself lounging by the pool of a gorgeous home overlooking the Pacific? Make your daydreams a reality! Attend the auction for the opportunity to bid on a one-week stay at the lovely Casa China Blanca located just 45 minutes outside of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A favorite with Hollywood and fashion photographers alike, this Mexican villa has been featured in the major motion pictures Limitless and Elysium. Lounge in unparalleled luxury with unforgettable ocean views. Amenities include a pristine infinity pool, personal cook, concierge, and maid service. Also included are two 60-minute pool-side massages. This incredible vacation home has five guest suites each with private bath. Available as a 7 day, 6 night getaway. Valid dates are only between May 1 – November 15, 2019.
A World of Thanks
In case you missed it, 3 TIS families – an alumni family, a current parent, and current grandparents – are collectively challenging YOU to donate to the Global Citizens Annual Fund. They will match all year-end donations dollar-for-dollar…UP TO $20,000! Join these families now and double your dollars with a gift in support of our students and teachers! Donate today at www.intlschool.org/donatenow.
To date, we have raised $8,230 less than one week of the $20,000 year-end challenge (and we are at 35% participation rate)! We sincerely thank all who have supported TIS. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Olivares, Alumni and Community Engagement Manager, at 503-226-2496;116 or LisaO@intlschool.org.
Middle School Transcript Requests
Have a 5th grade student that is applying to middle school? You can turn in your report requests for applications either electronically as a PDF attachment or by hand to Candy T (firstname.lastname@example.org), located at the Hilltop front reception. These requests will be processed in the order received and will begin going out to schools after first trimester grade reports are sent home this month. Please be sure that teacher recommendations needing to be mailed include a self addressed stamped envelope for the teacher to return to the school.
MONDAY, DEC 3 – FRIDAY, DEC 7
Early Childhood Book Fair. The Book Fair will be inside Stearns Hall before and after school. There will variety of books in English and Spanish. The school earns 50% of total sales from Scholastic. The profits are used to buy books for the library and classroom literature sets. Volunteers Needed!
THURSDAY, DEC 6
Parent Network Monthly Meeting. Join us for our monthly meeting, open to all current parents. 8:30am, Arthur Administration Building
TIS Board Meeting. All are invited to attend meetings of the TIS Board of Trustees. Focus of this meeting will be the tax audit. 6:00-8:00pm, Learners’ Hall.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11
Keepin’ It Clean Campus Walk – 5th Grade Join fellow 5th Grade parents as we walk the perimeter of the school picking up trash, removing graffiti, cutting back invasive plants. Trash bags, pickers, gloves, graffiti removal supplies provided. Adults only. 8:15 – 9:15am, Hilltop Gate.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12
Head of Elementary Coffee – 5th Grade Please join Head of Elementary Bodo Heiliger for a coffee. This will give members of the community an opportunity to come and hear about developments in the school, as well as provide an open forum to ask questions or voice concerns. Open to parents of students in 5th grade. 8:15-9:15am, Learners’ Hall
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
Read In Your Pajamas Day for 2nd & 4th Grades (Times and locations for 2nd Grade parents to join us will be confirmed by your child’s English Teacher)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
Read In Your Pajamas Day for 1st, 3rd, and 5th Grades (Times and locations for 1st and 3rd Grade parents to join us will be confirmed by your child’s English Teacher)
*Is your child in PreK-K? Some classes participate in their homerooms; ask your child’s teacher!
MONDAY, DEC 17 – TUESDAY, JANUARY 1
Winter Break! We hope that you have a wonderful holiday!