February 28, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 2/25/19

Congrats, OBOB Winners!

Seven hard-working teams competed in the TIS OBOB Tournament on Friday 2/22. Teams were: Team BOKSS, The Super Books, The Spanish 3rd Niñas, The Bookie Wookies, The Sky Readers, The Top of the Book Chain, and the WINNING TEAM- The Book Nuts.

Altogether, 30 TIS students from 3rd-5th grade participated on a team. Collectively, each team read 16 books and answered detailed questions about the content of the books. Most importantly, they all had a lot of fun reading together!

Ultimately, The Book Nuts, a team of 4th graders from the Spanish and Chinese tracks, took the top score. Congrats to Sammy, Audrey, Jaco, and Tess!

On March 2nd, The Book Nuts will represent TIS at the regional tournament to be held in Learner’s Hall. They will compete against 18 other schools for the chance to go to the state OBOB tournament.

Good luck, Book Nuts! And THANK YOU to all who participated – including our parent team leaders. Everyone read a lot of books and worked really hard!

Hot Cocoa Social and Capstone Send-Off!

Hey kids! We’re having hot chocolate! Bring your parents and stop by the lower playground on Tuesday, March 5th at 3:10p for some tasty cocoa and to wish a fond bon voyage to our capstone travelers who will be leaving for Mexico, Japan and China later that week!

Parents: We still need a few volunteers to help us with this annual event! (Deliver the hot chocolate and supplies and/or serve it up on the playground!) Please contact us at parentnetwork@intlschool.org ASAP if you can help out!

Sibling Applications Due this FRIDAY!

If you have a child starting at TIS in the 2019-20 academic year, we do need you to please submit an application. Applications received by March 1 will have sibling priority for enrollment, even in classes with waitlists. Any application submitted after March 1 will join the waitlist for any classes that have them.

This notice is for siblings only.  If your child is already enrolled at TIS, you do not need to re-apply. Jan will be contacting you about re-enrollment for Fall 2019 this week.

You can find our application online by creating an account through our admissions system.

• The most direct way to fill it out is to start here: www.intlschool.org/mailinglist
• Bypass the Tours options page by clicking “next” (unless you want one, of course).
• Press “Apply” and
• Choose “Current Family / Sibling Application” for a discounted application fee.

Paper applications are available as well. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Jan Williams, Director of Admissions, jwilliams@intlschool.org, x 110

Reminder: International Festival DVD Order Forms

Order forms for DVDs of each show of the International Festival are available at Stearns Hall and Hilltop front desks. Please return your form by Monday, March 4

Moving for Music and Arts – Logo Contest!

Welcome to Moving for Music and Arts!  Our annual fun run (formerly called Run for the Arts) will take place this year on April 17 and 18.  All proceeds from this popular event benefit our music and art classes at The International School, supporting their entire annual budget for materials and programming.

Are you wondering why you are seeing a new name for this event?  After several years of partnering with the non-profit organization Young Audiences, TIS is moving forward in 2019 and years to come with our very own jog-a-thon to benefit our music and arts programs at school.  We have appreciated the guidance, management and support that Young Audiences fostered with TIS over the last few years and we look forward to using what we learned to create and produce our own Moving for Music and Arts fun run.  One of the most important elements that will come along with this transition is that now all proceeds will come back to TIS, raising even more money for arts and music at our school!

This year, we will have the inaugural Moving for Music and Arts logo contest!  We are asking our students to get their creative juices flowing and design the 2019 Moving for Music and Arts logo that will be featured on posters and other event elements.  This will be the first year of an exciting annual tradition.

Logo contest entry requirements:

·         Logos must be two colors

·         Logos must highlight elements from both art and music

·         Logos must be submitted on paper no larger than 8 ½” by 11”

·         Entries are due March 4, 2019

Submissions are due by Monday, March 11 and can be turned in by dropping them off at either the front desk at Hilltop or Stearns.  The logo contest winner will be announced on March 12.

Watch for more information coming soon via The Owl and email.  Let’s get moving! Contact Events Coordinator Rebecca Roberts at rebeccar@intlschool.org for questions or more information on this year’s event.

TIS Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Now is time for your readers to bring in their creative response to the TIS Reading Challenge: One Nation, Many Voices.  To claim a prize, students must read 6 of the books on the list and bring in an art or writing response to one of the books.  Please keep artwork small, as we don’t have much space in the library. All responses are due by March 5 to claim a prize. We will display all responses between now and Spring Break, so please stop by the library.  And when you’re here, check out the poems first graders wrote in library class. They’ll be posted in the stairwells this week!

Thank you!

-Lora Worden, TIS Librarian

Keepin’ It Clean Walks – Monthly Time Change 

Hello! Per parent requests to make the walk schedule more accommodating,  the Parent Network has changed the walks to one Tuesday morning and one Thursday afternoon a month.

TWO grades will be assigned per month for Keepin’ it Clean Walks.  These are not required, but we hope to encourage TIS parents, relatives, or caregivers to walk together, socialize, and to keep our campus safe and clean.

Your help is needed! These count towards parent volunteer hours! Adults only.

Parents in Pre-K and Low-K are invited to participate in our campus Keepin’ It Clean Walk this Thursday, February 28th from 2pm to 3pm. Meet at Hilltop front gate. Gloves, pickers, and trash bags provided.

Parent Network Monthly Meeting next Thursday

The Parent Network Monthly Meeting will be held next Thursday, March 7 at 8:30am in the Arthur Administration Building (up the street from the Main Campus, at the corner of SW Arthur and SW Corbett).  All parents are invited to attend!

Upcoming Events


Elementary Reading Challenge Ends. It’s not too late to participate!  For more information, please check out this letter. Please hand in all materials to the library by March 5!



Keepin’ It Clean Walk – PreK & LowK. PreK & Lowk 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 you can). An easy way to get volunteer hours!  2-3pm,  Meet at the Hilltop Gate.



Grading Day. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Global Kids Open. No after school classes.



OBOB Regional Tournament Oregon Battle of the Books is almost here! We are thrilled to see so many 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders get excited about reading and books, and soon it will be time for them to show off their knowledge.    



Hot Cocoa Social / Capstone Send-Off. Hey kids! We’re having hot chocolate! Bring your parents and stop by the main campus playground on after school for some tasty cocoa and to wish a fond bon voyage to our Capstone travelers! Lower Playground, 3:10 – 4pm.



CAPSTONE STUDY ABROAD TRIPS BEGIN! Good luck and safe travels to our 5th Graders! We hope that you have a wonderful time!

Host Families for Japanese Exchange Students Wanted!

Pacific International University (PIA), a partner of The International School, is excited to be welcoming around 150 Japanese high school students in March for our short term programs! All of these students will be living with our host families.

We are in desperate need for more quality host families to provide a caring family experience for these students while they are at PIA and we would like to ask for your help. How you ask? Consider the following:

1. Are you able to host a pair of students? If you have a spare room with two beds, or two spare rooms with beds, you can host for these programs. The students should be provided with a welcoming home, three meals per day and transportation to and from campus (carpools can be arranged if you are not able to drive daily). The stipend is $30 per night, per student.

2. Do you know of any family members, friends, or colleagues who might be interested? Can you help recruit families from your neighborhood, contacts, or social media?

Here is more information about the requirements and the program.

Pacific International Academy is welcoming several Japanese high school groups in March. For most of the students, this is their first time abroad and they come to learn English, explore Portland, and experience American culture, including living with local families.

No previous experience is necessary to become a host family. All types of families can host students. You would provide private rooms or a shared room with two beds, access to a shared bathroom, household facilities (kitchen, laundry), meals, WiFi, and a safe, welcoming home. Homes can be located anywhere in the Portland metro area and students would need driven to and picked up from campus daily. Some carpool or shuttle options may be available as well. We are located at Warner Pacific University (2219 SE 68th Ave).

We are urgently looking for new families, who would be available to host two students for any of these upcoming programs:

  • March 5-17

  • March 22-29

  • March 22-April 1

In addition, we have a weekend program March 22-25. Pick up on the first day and drop off on the last day will be at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas, with no driving to campus required.

You can view more information about the homestay program and the application process online at: www.piahomestay.wordpress.com.

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