(Photo by TIS Parent Darren Halstead)
5th Grade Exhibition is this Week!
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:
Vote for The International School for Best Summer Camp!
UNBELIEVABLE! We’ve been nominated in THREE categories this year in the NW Kids Magazine’s annual Best Summer Camp contest! Head on over to NW Kids and vote for The International School for Best Language Camp, Best Academic Camp, and Best General Camp!! YAY!!!
We won Best Language Camp and Best Academic Camp last year. Let’s do it again!
It takes only a few seconds to VOTE – you don’t even have to enter an email address
Have you enrolled for this summer yet?
There are still spaces available in Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese camps! And due to popular demand, we’ve opened several new sections. Enroll in Summer Camp now!
Education Town Hall – April 30
As we approach the end of the school year, the Educational Leadership Team (ELT) would like to invite you to our Spring Education Town Hall meeting. Held twice a year, our Town Halls allow parents to pose questions or comments about any part of the academic program or general operations of The International School. They offer a way to expand interaction between the ELT and the parent community, as well as to help build and promote clear communication.
We are trying something new this time around. Due to parent feedback, this Town Hall will be virtual! You’ll be able to attend the meeting from your own home, office, or desert island, provided you have internet access. Please join us on the evening of Tuesday, April 30 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. To RSVP for the Town Hall, please click here.
In an effort to identify the most pressing questions you might have, please complete this survey in advance of the meeting. We will prioritize the responses in order to help focus the discussions at the meeting.
We hope that you can join us on April 30th.
TIS Alums Sweep Japanese Speech Contest!
(Photo by Yukako Owen)
For the second year in a row, TIS Japanese track alumni students won 1st, 2nd & 3rd palaces in Division 2 (immersion) at the Annual Japanese Speech Contest! Held last week, winners of the 30th Annual contest were:
1st place – Kate Andrews (class of 2017)
2nd place – Ayush Wynkoop (class of 2017)
3rd place – Ellie Adamczak (class of 2018)
This contest, organized by the Consular Office of Japan, is for students who are studying Japanese in middle and high schools (division 1), and Immersion program students of middle and high schools (division 2) in Oregon. The Consul General was there to see the TIS sweep too!
Special thanks to TIS parent and former teacher Yukako Owen sensei, who has continued to tutor these alumni because their chosen middle schools do not offer Japanese. Congratulations, Kate, Ayush, and Ellie!
Class of 2019 Gift to The International School
Thanks to families of The International School Class of 2019, we now have a Sensory Path in Stearns Hall! A sensory path promotes a series of movements that give children input to refocus, which can ultimately increase cognition and retention of new information. This sensory path was funded in its entirety by the families from the graduating Class of 2019. Many little feet (and not just a few big ones) have already been side-stepping, hopping and smiling down the main hall. Please stop by anytime and take a look (or a hop)!
Moving for Music and Art – THANK YOU!
Our annual jog-a-thon is now complete and we are thrilled to report that our TIS students completed over 11,800 laps for Moving for Music and Art! That is a LOT of running in support of our art and music programs. Thank you to our students, event volunteers, parents, cheerleaders and TIS staff for helping to make such a wonderful event.
Please make checks payable to The International School and note MMA on the memo line. Please do not consolidate checks to allow for accurate gift receipting.
Any sponsors who pledged online will have their cards charged the week of April 22. We will calculate the amount owed.
The deadline for returning the pledge sheets and collected cash and check donations to the school is Wednesday, May 1. Forms can be dropped off with any teacher or the front desks of Stearns or Hilltop.
We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Holly Levow, Run for the Arts Chair 2013-2018 and Moving for Music and Art Chair 2018-2019. Holly has been an integral part of the arts run at TIS for many years and we appreciate her leadership, enthusiasm and energy. With Holly, her husband Zach and our numerous volunteers, we couldn’t have done it!
Watch a slideshow of the event on Youtube!
Annual Art Show – Volunteers Needed!
Do you need volunteer hours? The ART SHOW is just around the corner! The Art Show opens on May 6th this year. Come help hang paper, frame artworks, and get a sneak peek at your children’s artworks while you are at it!
We need volunteers for Friday, May 3th; Saturday, May 4th; and Sunday, May 5th. * NEW CLEAN-UP Plan: throughout the week of May 27th-31st (with students helping during their art class)
Sign-up HERE!!! 🙂 If you can’t do a full day shift, please indicate your times in the “Other” option.
Coffee, sparkling water and some snacks will be provided through the weekend.
Student Helpers Allowed! If your student is committed to being helpful, careful and kind than they are welcome to join! If kids need to come and will not be helping, they need to stay out of the way;)
Sign-up HERE!!! 🙂
Thanks in advance, Carolina and Sarah
Earth Day Clean Up
(Photos by TIS Parent Eunice Kim)
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the TIS Earth Day clean up event! Approximately 25 student, staff, and parent volunteers converged onto our playground and took on various neighborhood projects. They picked up debris, removed invasive weeds and grasses and restored native plants to surrounding areas.
It was lots of fun and very productive. Thanks to all the teachers and families who participated and contributed time and efforts to support this community.
(psst…don’t forget to record your volunteer hours!!)
BINGO Night this Friday!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Network Meeting
Come learn about parent volunteer opportunities and Steering Committee positions for next year! We have lots of fun things already planned for 2019-20. Join us next Thursday, May 2nd at 8:30am at the Arthur Administration Building conference room, up the street from the Main Campus.
Parent Network meetings are open to all TIS parents.
TIS Annual Board Meeting
All TIS community members are invited to the Annual Meeting of The International School’s Board of Trustees on Thursday, May 16 from 6-8pm. The Meeting will be held at Learners’ Hall.
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.
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.
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.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
TIS Education Town Hall (Virtual) – Due to parent feedback, the Spring Education Town Hall will be virtual! You’ll be able to attend the meeting from your own home, office, or desert island, provided you have internet access. Please join us on the evening of Tuesday, April 30 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. To RSVP for the Town Hall, please click here.
In addition, we ask that you please complete this survey in advance of the meeting.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
Walk & Roll Challenge Begins! May is Walk + Roll Challenge Month! Pick up your tracking sheets at Stearns, Hilltop, or Learners.
THURSDAY, MAY 2
Parent Network Monthly Meeting – TIS Parent Network Steering Committee meetings are open to all TIS parents. Come learn about Steering Committee positions and volunteer opportunities for next year! 8:30am at the Arthur Admin Building (up the street from the Main Campus)
FRIDAY, MAY 3
Japanese Children’s Day TIS Celebration – Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day ) is a Japanese national holiday celebrating kids. 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! 3:10 – 4:10, TIS Lower Playground
SUNDAY, MAY 5
Japanese Children’s Day at the Portland Japanese Garden. The Portland Japanese Garden has invited TIS to have a role in the festivities! Taka’s 4/5th grade class will be performing, 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.
MONDAY, MAY 6
Annual Art Show Begins – The Annual Art Show will take place in Stearns Hall and run through Thursday, May 23rd. Volunteers still needed – please Sign-up HERE!!! if you want to help!