May 21, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 5/20/19

All Parent Survey Update – Week 3

Have YOU taken the annual all-school parent survey yet? You have until June 3  to do so. The class with the highest parent participation rate wins a popcorn party! Take it now!

Current participation rates from Week 3:

Reminder: No school on May 24th or May 27th!      

Just a reminder that this Friday, May 24th is a  Grading Day. There is no school for students that day, but Global Kids will be open.  School is closed for both students, teachers, and staff the following Monday in observance for Memorial Day.

Enjoy the four day weekend!

Exhibition Video

Did you miss Exhibition this year? Do you wonder what it is all about?

5th grade Exhibition truly encapsulates what makes TIS unique: inquiry-based education, transdisciplinary thinking; language immersion; multicultural collaboration. We are so proud of our students.

Marketing & Admissions Assistant Rosie Day created this beautiful video that captured the process. Check it out!!

Return your Library Books NOW!

We are thrilled to begin the first stage of our library remodel with new paint, new carpeting, and new wall shelving going in this summer!  We are so grateful to all the TIS community members who supported these efforts through our auction special appeal. Thank you for helping to make the library look more like the magical place that it is!

In order to prepare for these renovations, we need to close the library earlier than usual this year to run inventory and pack things up.  To do this work, students and families must return all library materials! Please bring them in TODAY!

The TIS Talent Show is Coming!      

The TIS Talent Show is coming – get those auditions ready! We’re calling for Talent that Shows your hard work. Music / Comedy / Dance / Poetry / Magic / Theatre / Quirky Skills (Speedy cup-stacking?)  Sorry, Lip Syncers, this show’s not for you!

The shows will be Friday, June 7 after school at the Lower Playground

Open to students in grades K-5

Video auditions due by 11:59pm on May 28

More info & sign up at


It’s Book Fair Time!

Come visit the Scholastic Book Fair outside Stearns Hall Tuesday, May 28th to Friday, May 31st!  Hours are from 7:30a to 8:15a and 2:30p to 3:45p.  

The book fair includes a wide range of reading materials and related items from board books to middle readers (English and Spanish). Stock up on Summer reading and support strong literacy at TIS!  Did you know that 50% of total sales from the book fair goes to purchase new books for the library and classroom sets? Forms of payment include cash, check and card and this year, a new exciting option….eWallet! Go on-line now and set up an eWallet account with a pre-set spending limit that your kids can use to purchase their own books!  It’s free and easy (and fun)! Click on our book fair home page to get started!

(Also, it’s not too late to sign up to be a fair volunteer! Please sign-up for a time works for you here.)

Want to help with the TIS merch store? We are looking for some helpers to sell TIS merch during the same time periods. If interested, please contact: Chelsea Heiser at

TIS Runners Go to Championship Track Meet

TIS After School Running Club recently took the City Championship Meet by storm!

Robert Briglia, PE Specialist and Coach of TIS Run Club, says “We had perfect weather for an outstanding meet.  I caught many of the other runners looking to our red shirts on the starting lines.  It seems they know who they want to pace off of…So many terrific performances, here is the list of our newest City Champions!”

Below is every category in which a TIS runner won First Place, as well as their time!

1st grade girls 60 meter  – Veena S –  11.99 

1st grade boys 60 meter – John B –  10.83

1st grade boys 1,500 meters – Archie O –   7:01.35

2nd grade girls 400 meters  – Beatrice L  –  1:31.83

 3rd grade boys – Lafayette H – 1,500 meters  –  6:08.38

4th grade girls – Lucia D – 1,500 meters –  6:43.91

4th grade boys 400 meters  – Dane H – 1:20.73

4th grade girls 800 meters  –   Ariella H  –  3:22.03

4th grade boys 800 meters – Quinn H –   2:58.10

5th grade girls 400 meters  – Celine W – 1:18.56

4th grade boys Turbo Javelin Throw – Joe D –  54 feet 1 inch (Joe is the first team member to earn a ribbon in any field event! Way to go!)

OUTSTANDING JOB, everyone! Congrats to Coach Robert and our TIS Athletes!

Photo by TIS Parent Leah Gronner

Check the Lost & Found!

The TIS Lost and Found collection is growing! Please be sure to check the Lost and Found bins located at Stearns Hall and in the Hilltop building hallway. The items not picked up by June 3 will be donated to a charitable organization.

Summer Camp Hiring Japanese Teacher for Session 2!

TIS camp is looking for a Japanese Immersion Teacher to join our team for Session 2 (July 8-19). Teachers lead groups of 6-16 campers in explorations of language and culture in Japanese. If you are interested or know someone who may be, contact Meredith Fleming, Summer Camp Director, at or apply online.

Still looking for fun this summer? Join us at TIS!

Join us at TIS Summer Camp for a world of fun! Have I mentioned that we recently won NW Kids Magazine’s BEST OVERALL Summer Camp award?

Due to popular demand, we have opened new sections of Spanish camps for K-5th grade and still have limited availability in Chinese and Japanese camps. Try out a new language or practice one you already know!

TIS Language Immersion Summer Camp offers 3 two-week sessions from June 24-August 2.

If you are looking for fun activities during the weeks of June 17-21 or August 8-12, sign up for Summer Fun with Global Kids!


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).

Niche – Take a short survey on TIS and be entered for a chance to win $1,000. Open to students, parents, and recent alumni. $1,000 School Survey Sweepstakes

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:

Thank you thank you thank you!!

– Kat Simons

Upcoming Events     


Teacher Appreciation Week! This is a wonderful way to break up a work day with a delightful treat and make our beloved teachers feel special. You should have received an email from your child’s room parent; please ask him or her if you have any questions!



Grading Day. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Global Kids Open. Enjoy your long weekend!



Memorial Day. SCHOOL CLOSED. Global Kids closed.



TIS Book Fair Begins! Please stop by before or after school to buy books for your family and friends!  This year, we will have books for sale in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Stearns Hall sidewalk, until May 31st.

Talent Show Submissions DUE.  Get those auditions ready! We’re calling for Talent that Shows your hard work. Music / Comedy / Dance / Poetry / Magic / Theatre / Quirky Skills (Speedy cup-stacking?)  Sorry, Lip Syncers, this show’s not for you! Submissions due by 11:59pm. More info & sign up at



Keepin’ It Clean Campus Walk – 4th & 5th Grades. (afternoon walk). Fourth and Fifth 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.

Children’s Chorus Auditions

Announcing Children’s Auditions for:

“The Christmas Revels, A Celebration of the Winter Solstice”             

The Christmas Revels, A Celebration of the Winter Solstice has been a Portland Holiday Tradition since 1994. In 2019 the production will include eight shows at the Newmark Theatre in downtown Portland for over 5,000 patrons.              

Auditions take place June 8 and June 15th, 2019. There are no fees to audition or to participate in the productions.                    

Audition requirements for children:                     

Children must be between 7 and 11 years old under 60′′ tall when they audition. Prepare a short song or 1-2 verses of a traditional carol to sing unaccompanied (no “pop” material or show tunes, please). The audition process also includes individual vocalization, group singing and activity.                       

Get details at            

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