April 8, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 4/8/2019

You’re Invited: 5th Grade Exhibition & Capstone Info Session

All families are welcome to learn more about the The Capstone Study Abroad program. This serves as the ultimate capstone to a TIS education, enabling students to validate their language proficiency and cultural understanding through real world experience. Your child will embark on this at the end of their 5th grade year here at TIS.

Following the Capstone info session, we will walk over to check out 5th Grade Exhibition! Exhibition is a special unit of the IB PYP, designed and executed by the students themselves! Exhibition is truly unique to TIS because we connect it to the 5th grade Capstone trips. Our students will present the findings of their research projects conducted this trimester and during their time on Capstone, and discuss their overall experience abroad. The daytime presentations will mostly be in the target language; feel free to ask questions in English!


  • Capstone Study Abroad Info Session: 8:15-9:15 am, Arthur Administration Building

  • 5th Grade Exhibition: 9am-12pm; 1pm-3pm.  Learners’ Hall. These presentations will be in the target language for most of the day.


  • 5th Grade Exhibition – Evening Session:  New this year! This special evening session will mostly be conducted in English. 6 – 7:30pm, Learners’ Hall.

Author Alex Gino Visits TIS

Last Thursday, upper elementary students enjoyed a fantastic day of writing and sharing stories with Alex Gino, award-winning author of George and You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!  This was the perfect kick-off to celebrating National School Library Month, with this year’s theme of “Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library.” Fourth and fifth grade students who read Georgeprior to spring break, either in English class or on their own, participated in a writing workshop with the Alex Gino, who led us through an exercise drafting a first-person narrative about a character who was “opposite” of us. Talk about building empathy! Then all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders attended an assembly where Alex Gino discussed the power of stories to inspire compassion for ourselves and for others. Here are some resources for you to continue the conversation at home:

Wondering where to find diverse books? We Need Diverse Books has created a resource list for finding books representing a myriad of cultures and experiences. Or come into the TIS Library.

For books about transgender and gender fluid characters to read with your children, check out Lora’s review in Rethinking Schools  or come by the library for additional #ownvoices titles that Mx. Gino recommended.

If you’re looking for resources on how to discuss some of these topics with children, check out: genderspectrum.org and welcomingschools.org.

No School this Friday! Community Service Day  

There will be no class for students on Friday, April 12  due to a Faculty InService Day. Global Kids is OPEN.

Our next  Community Service Day is also this Friday at the Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP).

TIS Community Service Day at the Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP)
Friday, April 12, 2019 – 10am to 12:30pm
8065 SE Grand Ave. Portland, 97202 (Sellwood)

CHAP provides inclusive healing arts programs, free of charge, to children, teens and families affected by pediatric illness, disability or special need and provides Oregon’s only in-and-out of hospital interactive healing arts program.  Please note that children must be chaperoned. This is not a drop off event. All ages welcome.

Please sign up here to reserve your spot.  Space is limited. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Grandparent Tea & Art Show Tour!

Grandparents and special friends are invited to join The International School on campus for a fun afternoon sipping tea and celebrating the arts at TIS.  Guests will be treated to tea and treats with Head of School, Robert Woods, followed by a tour of our student art show. There will also be collaborative art activities.

RSVPs are requested to ensure sufficient seating and, due to limited seating, this event is for grandparents, special friends and TIS students only.  Guests can RSVP via this link or can contact Lauren Riegelnegg at 503-226-2496 ext 117 or at laurenr@intlschool.org.  RSVPs must be received by May 15.

We are seeking parent volunteers for this event.  If you are able to join us to help with set up, clean up, tea serving or helping with tours, please indicate your availability on this form.  Thank you!

‘A Glimpse Into Music’ Slideshow!

Our LAMP (Library, Art, Music & P.E.) slideshow series continues with ‘A Glimpse into Music’! Check out what our resident musicians have been up to!


Moving for Music and Art Schedule!

The Moving for Music and Art Schedule (listed by teacher) is posted below.  Parents are welcomed to visit campus during your child’s run time to help cheer on the class – the louder, the better!  Sponsor forms for Moving for Music and arts were distributed to teachers last week. If you haven’t received your child’s form yet, please contact your teacher.

Wednesday, April 17th

8:30am – 8:50am 1st Grade (Akiko, Sophia)  

9:00 – 9:20am 1st Grade (Ivonne, Mariana)

9:30 – 9:50am All LowK (Lorena E., Maria, Junko)

10:00 – 10:20am All PreK (Candy, Cristina, Chisa)

10:30 – 10:50am Kinder (Lorena P., Janina)

11:00 – 11:20am Kinder (Hideko, Charlotte) + LowK (Ju-Ya)


Thursday, April 18th

8:30-8:50 2nd Grade ( Angela, Jennifer, Masami 2nd/3rd)  

9:40-10:00 am 3rd Grade (Celina, Patty, Maggie)  

10:30 – 10:50 am 4th (Paola, Jose, Tongfang, Taka 4th/5th )

11:00 – 11:20 am 2nd Grade (Antonia, Vicky)

11:30 – 11:50 am 5th Grade (Yifeng, Christy, Libni, Constanza)

Global Kids Update

  • Sign up NOW for Global Kids programming on May 17th, the NEW No-School Day/Alternative Date. Families who were previously signed up for Regular Spring Term activities on May 17 are not automatically enrolled in this new alternative date. Please go to SchoolsBuddy now to enroll and reserve a space for your child on May 17. We are open from 7:30am-6:00pm on May 17.

  • June 3 is now a Regular Schedule Program Date. If you are already enrolled in Spring Term on Mondays, your child is already enrolled that day. If you were previously enrolled in the June 3 Alternative Day and have paid your fee, your fee will be refunded using the original method of payment.

  • Upcoming Alternative Dates:

    • April 12- Open 7:30am-6:00pm

    • NEW May 17- Open 7:30am-6:00pm – sign-up now open

    • May 24- Open 7:30am-6:00pm

    • June 13- Open 12:00pm-6:00pm

    • Families who are enrolled in Global Kids Alternative Day programming will receive an email prior to the date confirming their enrollment with reminders about what to bring and pick-up. If you have not received a confirmation email and you need your child enrolled in an Alternative Day, please enroll online in SchoolsBuddy or email globalkids@intlschool.org if you need assistance.

  • Questions? Email Global Kids at globalkids@intlschool.org  


Libraries = Strong Communities: Celebrate National Library Week 

Did you know you can listen to stories and sing songs in Mandarin Chinese, celebrate reading in Spanish on Día de Los Libros, attend Japanese story times, and even practice your new literacy skills by reading to dogs?  All of this and more is available at your local neighborhood library! Join your TIS library team in celebrating National Library Week (April 7-13) by connecting your family with the public library nearest to you. Click on any of these links to find locations, hours, on-line resources, and event!

Multnomah County Library:  https://multcolib.org/

Washington County Library: https://www.wccls.org/

Clackamas County: https://lincc.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/lincc

And if you visit the public library during this celebratory week, then stop by Hilltop, Stearns, or Learner’s Hall, to add a sticker to our posters of star library users!  Happy reading, listening, sharing, and learning!

Upcoming Events


Keepin It Clean Walk – Grades 2 and 3. Meet near the recycling cans at Hilltop right after drop off, 8:15-9:15am



NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Faculty In-Service Day. Global Kids OPEN

Community Service Day. Children’s Healing Art Project. Please sign up here to reserve your spot.  Space is limited. We are looking forward to seeing you! 10am-12:30pm



Moving for Music and Art – PreK through 1st  grade. Schedule is posted above and through this link.



Moving for Music and Art – 2nd through 5th grade.  Schedule is posted above and through this link.



TIS Earth Day Clean Up! In honor of Earth Day, please join us for a community clean up event! The event is open to TIS families, staff, and friends.  Please click here to sign up and get additional information! Note: The sign up is through SOLVE, but this is a TIS community event.  10:30 – 1pm This is an all-ages event!

Free VillaSport Passes for TIS Families and Staff

This week is “The International School’s Week at VillaSport!”

The International School community has been offered a great opportunity from VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa. VillaSport is the premier athletic club in Beaverton featuring 5-star service in a resort-style setting for families and individuals to enjoy a more active, healthy, and happy lifestyle.

During this 7-day period of Monday, April 8th to Monday, April 15th, everyone who participates will receive the following exclusive offer:

·       Complimentary 1-Day Pass* to the club. ($42 value. Admits up to a family of four for one visit)

·       Join VillaSport with $0 enrollment. ($300-600 value).

RSVP for your complimentary 1-Day Pass  https://www.villasport.com/beaverton/daypass

Also, to join the club with $0 enrollment during our special week you can join using this link: https://villasport.com/beaverton/groupoffer

Any questions? Please contact Hannah Petrillo at VillaSport by calling 971-317-2643 or emailing hannah_petrillo@villasport.com  for more information.

TIS and Reed College Host Program

The Office of International Student Services at Reed College has teamed up with The International School to seek interested families to participate in a Host Family Program for international students and language scholars.  The Host Family Program is a non-residential friendship program. The goal is to introduce international students and scholars new to Reed  to a local family who will befriend them, introduce them to the local community, support their student or scholar’s experience at Reed, and enjoy the opportunity for cultural exchange.

While a non-residential hosting program, families seek to provide a “home away from home” for students whose families are often very far away and often play an important part in helping international students adjust to Reed and the U.S.  The relationship begins when families and students and scholars communicate over the summer and coordinate welcoming their student or scholar to Portland by picking them up from the airport, bringing them to campus, and helping them settle into their residence halls.  During the school year, host families and students/scholars establish and define a relationship that works for both sides.

Most get together at least once per month, and the International Student Services office also organizes three structured on-campus events to bring international visitors and their host families together as a group.  We will likely host an event or two at TIS as well, and enable the Reed students to visit our classes to share about their cultures.

To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit here . For further questions, please contact Dana Lawson at International Student Services at iss@reed.edu.  Please be sure to mention that you are a family with The International School!

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