April 15, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 4/15/2019

Moving for Music and Art is this week!!

Our annual a jog-a-thon (formerly Run for the Arts) raises funds for our Art and Music programs – All proceeds from this popular event support their entire budget for materials and programming. The schedule 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!  Please bring in your forms!  If you haven’t received your child’s form yet, please contact your teacher. Pledges can also be made online.

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 )
11:00 – 11:20 am 2nd Grade (Antonia, Vicky)
11:30 – 11:50 am 5th Grade (Yifeng, Christy, Libni, Constanza, Taka 5th)

2019 MMA Logo by Lyra Rolak, Chinese, 5th


NEXT WEEK!  5th Grade Exhibition & Capstone Info Session

All families are welcome to learn more about 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!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24TH:

  • 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.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH:

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


School Year Calendar 2019-20


Below are the main dates for the 2019-20 school year. This now includes no school days including holidays and teacher in-service days.

  • Classroom Visits/Fall Fun Fair: Monday, Aug 26 

  • First day for students: Tuesday, Aug 27

  • Labor Day (school closed): Monday, Sept 2

  • Curriculum Night (PK, LK, K, 5): Wednesday, Sept 11

  • Curriculum Night (1st, 3rd): Wednesday, Sept 18

  • Curriculum Night (2nd, 4th): Thursday, Sept 19

  • In-service day (No class): Friday, Oct 11

  • Parent Teacher Conferences (No class) Friday, Oct 18

  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov 25 – 29

  • Winter Break:  Dec 23, 2018 – Jan 3, 2019

  • MLK Day (snow reserve day): Monday, Jan 20

  • In-service day (No class): Friday, Jan 17

  • TIS Auction: Saturday, Feb 1

    • International Festival: Friday, Feb 7
  • Parent Teacher Conferences (No class): Friday, Feb 14
  • President’s Day (snow reserve day): Monday, Feb 17

  • Grading Day (No class): Friday, Feb 28

  • Spring Break: March 23-27

  • In-service day (No class): Friday, April 10

  • Grading Day (No class): Friday, May 22

  • Memorial Day (school closed): Monday, May 25

  • In-service day (No class): Monday, June 1

  • Last day of school: Tuesday, June 9

EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS (12:15pm):  9/20, 11/22, and 2/21


TIS Earth Day Clean Up this Saturday!

In honor of Earth Day, please join the TIS Parent Network for a community clean up event! We work the lands on campus and surrounding TIS. We will be picking up trash, removing weeds/grasses around the school, and planting native flowering plants.  

TIS Earth Day Clean Up
April 20, 2019
10:30 – 1pm; meet at TIS Lower Playground
This is an all-ages 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.

*Gloves, tools, trash bags and pickers provided. Please dress for the weather in clothes that can get dirty. Don’t forget to record your volunteer hours for participating in this event!


TIS BINGO Night

Due to popular demand, the TIS Parent Network is hosting a second Bingo Night this year! This time we are doing a dessert potluck.

When: Friday, April 26th, 6 to 8 pm
Where: Learners Hall

This FREE event is open to all PreK to 5th grade students and parents. There will be multiple games of Bingo and prizes! Please bring a NUT-FREE dessert to share.

Thank you and we hope you can join us and help build a stronger, closer TIS community! We can’t wait to play Bingo with you! Please RSVP to parentnetwork@intlschool.org


Walk + Roll Challenge Month is coming in May!

Walk + Roll Challenge Month encourages students and families to walk, bike and roll to school and in their neighborhoods. TIS is a participating school; look for sign up sheets, stickers, tattoos, and more at the front desks coming soon.

TIS will also be celebrating National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8. Last year over 2,200 schools participated across the country! As a special treat, the Safe Routes to School Bike Fairies will be visiting TIS that day. Each bike parked on campus during bike fairy day will receive a packet of goodies.

Safe Routes knows that biking isn’t always easy or convenient for families, so they just want to say thanks for making the effort! More info on this to come!

Questions? Please contact Walk & Roll Challenge Month Parent Coordinator Chris Ginocchio at cjginocchio@hotmail.com.


TIS celebrates Japanese Children’s Day at the Portland Japanese Garden


Sunday, May 5 is Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day ) a Japanese national holiday celebrating kids. The Portland Japanese Garden has invited TIS to have a role in the festivities!  Some student performances are in the works, and our own resident origami artist, Eros Minera, is leading origami classes there that day! Come join us at the celebration from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

In addition, meet us after school on Friday, May 3 for some snacks and other Children’s Day activities! Thanks to Candy & Angel Trujillo for all of your help organizing this!

Here is some more information about Kodomo no hi


TIS Parent Social – May 10

Come join fellow TIS parents for a little fun and chat! As a new event this year, this casual mixer will be a nice way to catch up with old friends and get to know new ones! Thanks to TIS parent Eric Stotz for providing The Senate as a venue. Cash bar.  7-9pm, The Senate, 71 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204


Parent Reviews Needed!

Parents! We need some new online reviews! Prospective families look to online reviews on Yelp, Google, etc to help learn about schools from an “insider” perspective. Many of the reviews are a little dated, so if you wouldn’t mind submitting your thoughts, I would greatly appreciate it!

 It’s your review, so say whatever you want!  Some ideas to talk about: how your child is learning here, their general experience, the teachers, or what it’s like to be a parent here. Obviously, since the more positive reviews, the better, I would much prefer it that you highlight the things that you love about the school.

 Here are links to The International School’s profile/reviews on common sites. You can use the same on all of them (I promise I won’t tell).

Facebook.com –> Click on the grey “Recommend” button towards the top of TIS’ page.

greatschools.org

yelp.com

Google <— Scroll down to the reviews, and click on “Write a Review”

Once you are done, please remember to record your volunteer hours so that we can properly credit you! That link is here: https://www.intlschool.org/volunteer 

Thank you thank you thank you!!

– Kat Simons


Upcoming Events

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

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

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18

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

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20

TIS Community Clean Up. In honor of Earth Day, please join us for a community clean up event! Please join us for as we work the lands on campus and surrounding TIS. We will be picking up trash,  removing weeds/grasses around the school, and planting native flowering plants.  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. This is an all-ages event! 10:30 – 1:00pm, Lower Playground.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

Capstone Study Abroad Parent Info Session. Capstone is the pinnacle to a TIS education. It enables 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 presentation, you have the option to walk as a group to Learners’ Hall to check out the Exhibition! 8:15am in the Arthur Administration Building

5th Grade Exhibition (in Track Language) Exhibition is a special unit of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme designed and executed by the students themselves. Our students will present the findings of their research projects and discuss how it intertwined with their experiences on their Capstone Study Abroad trips. 8:00am-12pm; 1-3:00pm, Learners’ Hall.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 25

Keepin’ it Clean Campus Walk – Grades 2 & 3 (afternoon walk).  Second and Third 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!  Adults Only, please. Meet at the Hilltop Gate. 2:00-3:00pm.

5th Grade Exhibition – Evening / English Session Exhibition is a special unit of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme designed and executed by the students themselves. Our students will present the findings of their research projects and discuss how it intertwined with their experiences on their Capstone Study Abroad trips. 6 – 7:30pm, Learners’ Hall.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 26

Preschool & Kindergarten Open House for Prospective Families. Do you know any families who would be interested in TIS? Please tell them about our Open House!  Presentations repeat at 9, 10, and 11am. 9am-12pm. Learners Hall.

TIS Family Bingo Night. Come join us for some family fun! All ages. Bring a dessert to share. 6-8pm, Learners Hall.


Did you witness a car accident last week?

I was involved in an accident on Monday 4/8/19 around 7:55 am. I was in a forest green 2018 Honda Pilot EX-L on SW Sheridan St. headed towards SW Water Avenue. The other driver (not a parent) was in a black 2014 Audi Q7. She was turning left onto SW Sheridan St. from SW Harbor Drive. She had a stop sign, didn’t stop, and hit my car.

The insurance company is asking for independent evidence (i.e. witnesses). We did not call the police but due to this being a busy intersection there were other drivers who witnessed this. I am hoping that since the accident was so close to the school and school drop off that maybe another parent may have witnessed this and would be willing to come forward to help me out in this case. If anyone has any information that they would be willing to share with me/talk to the insurance company about I would greatly appreciate it. They can contact me on my cell phone (call or text – either is fine): 503-943-0677 or at my email: Jenna.Halstead.LPC@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for your help.


Japan’s Low Fertility: Patterns, Factors, and Policy Responses

PSU Center for Japanese Studies presents: Japan’s Low Fertility: Patterns, Factors, and Policy Responses

Japan’s population could drop from 127 Million to 107 Million by 2050! Discover the background.

Professor Noriko Tsuya, Keio University

April 25, 2019 | 6:00pm @ Smith Student Union, room 327/8

Free and open to the Public


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