March 12, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 3/11/19


School Calendar Date Change

Per the email from Robert Woods, we have rare professional development (PD) opportunity for our teachers. Highly respected IB educators Anne van Dam, Anne-Marie Evans and Lynn Cuccaro will be in Portland in May.   In order to take advantage of this great opportunity, we will need to make a change to the school calendar.

  • Friday, May 17th will be a no class day so that our teachers will be free to work with the Anne, Anne-Marie and Lynn for the full day.  

  • In order to maintain our number of school days, Monday, June 3rd will be a regular school day (which is currently listed as a no class day/curriculum planning day).                  
    Specific details about how Global Kids will adjust to this situation are now being finalized. You will be receiving more information about this on or before this Friday, March 15.


Catch Up on the Capstone Trips!  

Our Capstone Study Abroad trips are well underway! Our Capstone blogs are a great way to follow along on the experience. Students, parents, and teachers will regularly contribute  during their trips. Check them out here:


Author Alex Gino to visit TIS!

We are excited to welcome award-winning author Alex Gino to The International School on Thursday, April 4!  They will conduct writing workshops for 4th and 5th grade students who have read George, as well as offer an assembly for all 3rd – 5th grade students.  The TIS Library has several copies available for check out of both George and You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!   Families may also pre-order books (information to be sent home with students) or bring copies from home to have signed by Alex Gino on April 4 from 3:00 – 4:00 in the library.


TIS hosts Regional OBOB Tournament!

TIS hosted the regional Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) regional tournament last weekend. The event was a huge success, which included 18 competitor teams from around the area.  Congratulations to the Abernethy “Freedom Readers” who took 1st place!

The TIS “Book Nuts,” our school winners, did an amazing job. Though they didn’t win, they stayed through to the end to watch the final battle. So many volunteers chipped in to make the event a success with lots of outside visitors. Doug and Frey Stearns even came for some of the day to see the TIS team in action! Special thanks to Beth Katona and Catherine Hartoch for leading all of the TIS OBOB efforts, including organizing the school and the regional competitions.

It isn’t too late to starting thinking about next year!! The 2019-20 OBOB Book Titles have been released…check them out here: https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/2019-2020-obob-book-titles/

Photo of the TIS OBOB team with school founders Doug and Frey Stearns. Photo by TIS parent Leah Gronner.


Reminder:  “Moving Up” Sessions this Week

Current TIS families – Come hear about the year ahead!  Please join us for these special “Moving Up” information sessions:

  • Current Prek families to learn more about LowK: Tuesday, March 12th, 8:15-9:30am

  • Current LowK families to learn more about Kindergarten: Wednesday, March 13th, 8:15 to 9:15am

  • Current Kinder families to learn more about 1st Grade: Thursday, March 15th, 8:15 to 9:30am

No rsvp is necessary. We hope to see you there!


Upcoming Events  

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

Moving Up to LowK Session for current PreK families. Come hear about LowK! Head of Early Childhood Maria Abad and Homeroom teachers will provide information and answer questions about your child’s education next year. 8:15-9:15am,  Stearns Hall.

Keepin’ It Clean Walk – Kindergarten AND First Grade. Kindergarten and First Grade 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!  Meet at the Hilltop Gate. 8:15-9:15am.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

Moving Up to Kindergarten Session for current LowK families. Come hear about Kindergarten! Head of Early Childhood Maria Abad and Homeroom teachers will provide information and answer questions about your child’s education next year. 8:15-9:15am,  Learners’ Hall

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THURSDAY, MARCH 14

Moving Up to 1st Grade Session for current Kinder families. Come hear about 1st Grade! TimiSue Abbott, English, and Homeroom teachers will provide information and answer questions about your child’s education next year.   8:15-9:30am,  Learners’ Hall

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15

Student Re-Enrollment Contracts Due for the 2019-20 School Year. Please go to www.intlschool.org/portal and log in.  On the left hand menu, click on “Enroll/Re-enroll” and follow the step-by-step instructions.  On the final page, you will need to read the enrollment agreement and click the “I agree” button.  Once you have clicked that, you can “print/view completed contract.” Once you have clicked that, you can print out the tuition contract.  Please sign and return to them to the school along with a $300 deposit.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 21

Keepin It Clean Walk – Kindergarten AND First Grade. This afternoon walk has been moved up a week due to Spring Break. Kindergarten and First Grade 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!  Meet at the Hilltop Gate. 2:00-3:00pm.

Chat with Alumni Night for Prospective Families Do you know any families who are interested in TIS? Send them to our Chat with Alumni Night! Recent Alumni will answer questions about their TIS experience and beyond. More info here.

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MONDAY, MARCH 25 – FRIDAY, MARCH 29

Spring Break! Enjoy your time off. See you in April!


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