January 15, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 1/14/2019

International Festival Schedule 2019

Here it is – the list of which classes will perform in which show!

Please NOTE that there are THREE shows this year, not four like last year. This is because more teachers than in the past have decided to combine classes, thus making fewer total performances. Each show should last about an hour and 15 minutes.

The TIS International Festival
Friday, February 8
PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center
12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

Please note:

·      Parents and grandparents are invited! Parking for the show is included in your tuition – no need to use the parking meters at PCC.

·      Students who do not normally attend school on Fridays are still encouraged to perform with their class.

·      See the performance list “by show” below and then an alphabetical list of all classes in case that’s easier.

·      We had many factors to consider – for multi-family children, we apologize if your children are performing in different shows! It is not possible to make the shows closer together due to fire regulations.

·      Students will all sit with their classes during the show.

The classes are NOT listed in performance order. We do not know performance order yet and generally cannot publish that in advance due to last minute changes.

SHOW 1: 9:00
Cristina, Lorena E, Maria, Ju-Ya, Chisa, Junko, Candy, Christy & YiFeng, Patricia & Celina, Libni

·      PreK and LowK families are responsible for transporting or arranging their own carpools to bring students to the theater and then back to school or home after the show.

·        Christy, YiFeng, Patricia, Celina, and Libni’s classes are also responsible for transporting or arranging their own carpools to bring students to the theater. Remember that someone from the other class may be able to help. There will be be school buses to bring these students back to school. 

Show 2: 11:00
Lorena P, Janina, Charlotte, Hideko, Constanza, Jennifer, Masami, Maggie, Mariana

·      There will be school buses to bring all students performing in this show to and from the theater.

SHOW 3: 1:00
Taka, Ivonne, Tongfang, Paola, José, Antonia & Vicky, Sophia, Akiko, Angela

·      There will be school buses to bring all students performing in this show TO the theater. Parents will be responsible for picking up their child or arranging their own carpools FROM the theater after the show. Remember that someone from one of the other classes may be able to help.

Teacher Name & Performance Time

13:00  Akiko Grimm
13:00  Angela Whitebirch
13:00  Antonia & Vicky
9:00 Candy Lee
11:00  Charlotte Chen
9:00 Chisa Chilgren
9:00 Christy & Yifeng
11:00  Constanza Wilkes
9:00 Cristina Lupianez Jimenez
11:00  Hideko Forzley
13:00  Ivonne Diershaw
11:00  Janina Tabilo
11:00  Jennifer Zhu
13:00  José Castillo
9:00 Ju- Ya Cheng
9:00 Junko O’Neill
9:00 Libni Coulibaly
9:00 Lorena Espino
11:00  Lorena Perellon
11:00  Maggie Chang
9:00 Maria Carrasco
11:00  Mariana Coronado
11:00  Masami Maruki
13:00  Paola Gagliardo
9:00 Patricia & Celina
13:00  Sophia Antonis
13:00  Taka Fuji
13:00  Tongfang Zhao

Reminder: One-Question Survey

You should have recently gotten an email Maria or Bodo that asked for your participation in a short, 2-question survey. The survey will take no more than a few seconds of your time. The more people that participate, the more actionable and valuable the feedback will be to the school.

We are trying out a simple new approach to get your feedback about TIS. The “Referral Rating” is designed to be a simple and easy way for you to let us know how you feel about our school.

We would like to reassure you that this approach is additional to our normal channels of feedback, including the upcoming Annual Parent Survey. We encourage you to continue to give us direct feedback (positive and negative) as and when it is merited.

Parent Teacher Conference Sign Ups

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on February 1st and the afternoon of February 5th. Just like this past Fall, we are having conferences BEFORE report cards are released.

These conferences are for Homeroom Teachers and Art, Music, & PE Specialists. Winter conferences with English Specialists are initially by invitation-only. The English Specialists will contact you directly if they would like to talk to you about your child’s progress. We will then open them up for general signups a week prior to the conference dates.

To sign up for your Homeroom, Art, Music, and PE conferences:

– Go to http://ptcfast.com/schools/The_International_School

– Check off the names of all the teachers that you want conferences with for all your TIS students.

– Tell the system that these conferences are for different students – next screen will ask which conference is for which child.

– The system will send a link to your e-mail. Check your email, click on the link.

– The system will give you side-by-side availability for all the teachers you selected – just click the conferences that you want!

– Then it will send you a confirmation for all the conferences you signed up for.

Candy Trujillo is organizing the conferences this year.  If you have any questions or issues with the system, please contact her at CandyT@intlschool.org

Global Kids: Open No School Days & Spring Break!

Are your students enrolled in Global Kids for the upcoming Alternative Schedule dates?

Enroll or check your child’s calendar online in SchoolsBuddy

Upcoming Global Kids Alternative Dates:

  • Tuesday, January 22- Open 7:30am-6:00pm

  • Friday, February 1- Open 7:30am-6:00pm

  • Tuesday, February 5- Open 3:10-6:00pm

  • Friday, February 15- Open 12:15-6:00pm

  • Friday, March 1- Open 7:30am-6:00pm

  • Mon- Fri, March 25- March 29- Spring Break Open 7:30am-6:00pm

IMPORTANT NOTE: Global Kids will be closed the following dates:

    • Monday, January 21st for MLK Day

    • Monday, February 18 for President’s Day


  • Friday, March 8 for Global Kids Professional Development

Summer Camp: Registration Opens to TIS families on January 25th!

Summer Camp planning is already underway! Join us this summer as we explore language through songs, hands-on projects, outdoor adventures and more! From January 25th – January 31st, only currently enrolled TIS families will be able to register. The early registration password (not available to the public) will be emailed to all currently enrolled families on Friday, January 25th. Camp groups fill up quickly, so mark your calendars, and register early!

2019 Camp Dates:

Questions? Read about the camp day, camp groups, and other camp details at intlschool.org/summer. Feel free to contact the Summer Camp team at summer@intlschool.org.

Community Service Day at TIS!

Please join us for our next TIS Community Service Day on Tuesday, January 22.  We will be making Valentines for the children that live at the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children. Come anytime between 9am and 2pm – stay as long as you would like!   

Community Service Day at TIS
Tuesday, January 22
9am to 2pm (come anytime)
Arthur Building Conference Room

Please note that children must be chaperoned.  This is not a drop off event. All ages welcome.

Please RSVP Here We are looking forward to seeing you!

Parent Network: Event Volunteer Sign Ups

The TIS Parent Network has a full list of fun events planned for the next few months! We are looking for parent volunteers to take the lead or help out with each of them. Each event has a set date and number of volunteers requested. Many require just a few hours of total time!

Please click here to take a look at the list and sign up!

If you have questions about these events or volunteering in general, please contact Andrea Long or Meryl Villareal, Parent Network Co-Chairs, at  parentnetwork@intlschool.org

TIS In Full Bloom

Our annual Global Gala is right around the corner and there are only 12 days left before ticket sales close! This year’s event will feature a silent auction and cocktail reception featuring our Chinese track, a live auction and dinner highlighting the Spanish track, and an after party starring our Japanese track – anime, Japanese snacks, photo ops and J-Pop!   


Tickets for TIS In Full Bloom: The 2019 Global Gala can be purchased here.  Tickets will only be available through January 25 so don’t delay!


We could still use some volunteers for the night of the event.  If you would like to help out at the Gala, please contact Rebecca Roberts at rebeccar@intlschool.org.

Exciting Auction Items!

We have added some of our auction packages in an online catalog which can be found here – Just click on the Catalog button!  You can have a sneak peek at some of the fabulous items that will be up for grabs on the night of the gala.

TIS in Full Bloom: The 2019 Global Gala is generously presented by Bales & Lamb’s Market Place and Legit Script


Upcoming Events


SCHOOL CLOSED. Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Global Kids CLOSED.



NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Teacher In Service Day. Global Kids OPEN.

TIS Community Service Day.  We will be making Valentine’s for the children that live at the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children. Come anytime between 9am and 2pm – stay as long as you would like!  All ages welcome! Arthur Administration Building Conference Room. Please note that children must be chaperoned.



Summer Camp Registration Opens! Registration will open exclusively for current TIS families today. Save the Date!

Mochitsuki 2019

Please join us as we celebrate the Japanese New Year and share TIS’ Japanese culture and community!

Mochitsuki is Portland’s annual Japanese New Year celebration and has been a premiere event in the local community since 1996. The goal of Mochitsuki is to celebrate tradition by sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture.

TIS will be represented there with a booth there, where we provide information about the school and offer Fukuwarai, a “make a face” game that is common to New Year celebrations,  as well as Shoji (Japanese chess) and other games.

This year’s Mochitsuki will be held on Sunday, January 27 from 11am-4pm.

It is in a NEW Location this year:

Viking Pavilion at the Peter W. Stott Center
Portland State University
930 SW Hall Street, Portland, OR 97207

Hope to see you there!


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