May 28, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 5/28/19

All-Parent Survey Update: Final Week!!

It’s your LAST CHANCE to take 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!

The ability to take the survey for the sibling was inadvertently disabled last week. Please try again if you had trouble taking the survey for a second student!

Current participation rates:

It’s Book Fair Time!

Come visit the Scholastic Book Fair outside Stearns Hall today until 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 eWalletaccount 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.)

TIS Talent Show – LAST CALL!

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 29 → one day extension!

More info & sign up at


Walk & Roll Challenge  – Turn in those sheets!

Walk & Roll to School Month come to its official end this week. It’s time to turn in those log sheets! Turn them in at any front desk (Hilltop or Stearns) by next Wednesday, June 5. Your child will get some really cool schwag just for participating. The top winners will get prizes – and the top families will get a bottle of wine!

Questions? Please contact Walk & Roll Organizer Chris Ginocchio:

Do you love the TIS Library?

Do you love the TIS library? Here are three ways to show us your love:

  1. Return all library books today.  There are still over 500 books checked out from the library (not counting those still being used for Units of Inquiry).  We need all books back in the library so we can run inventory and prepare for the first stage of our library remodel!

  2. Come support the TIS Library at the Scholastic Book Fair, May 28 – 31st.  We still need volunteers Wednesday and Thursday morning and Friday afternoon.  Contact Heidi Evans,, to sign up.  Books purchased at the fair earn Scholastic Dollars which TIS can use to buy books for the library.  Plus, this year, families can purchase a Scholastic Book to donate to the Children’s Book Bank.  Talk about a win-win-win situation!

  3. Volunteer in the library to assist us with re-shelving those last 500 books, putting all books in order, and running inventory!  We have lots of fun projects you can help with as we get ready for the love being poured into the library this summer!

Thank you all for spreading the love and supporting literacy across languages, cultures, genres, and forms!  

Last Chance for Global Kids Summer Fun Weeks!

Attention Families!

LAST CHANCE to reserve a space for your child in Global Kids Summer Fun Week 1, June 17-21! Please register online now using the special TIS family password  “GKSummer19”. Make sure to sign up by June 3 at 9am to save your spot.

Elementary-aged activities will include: Gymnastics, Beading, Cooking, Gardening, Active Games, outdoor free play, and Field Day!

Early Childhood activities will include: Arts & Crafts, Lego Adventures, story time, outdoor games, and plenty of free play.

Instruction during Global Kids is primarily in English.

Visit for more details.

Summer Program Dates:

  • Global Kids Summer Fun Week 1: June 17- 21 – Open 7:45am-5:30pm

  • Global Kids Summer Fun Week 2: August 5- 9 – Open 7:45am-5:30pm

  • Extended-day @ TIS Summer Camp: June 24- August 2 – (Open to all campers) 3:30-6:00pm

For more information about Global Kids Extended-Day Program, please visit the Global Kids Section of the TIS website.

Register online now! Make sure to sign up by June 3 at 9am to save your spot.  TIS Families will need the password “GKSummer19” to sign up.


School’s Out Party At Oaks Park!

Need something fun to do to celebrate the end of the school year?  The Parent Network is hosting a party and rides at Oaks Park after dismissal on the last day of school, Thursday, June 13th from 10:30a – 3:00p! (School dismissal is anytime from 10a-noon.)  Oaks Park is not open to the public on that day except by advanced school group reservation only!

ALL TIS families are invited to attend.  (Kiddie rides will be open for little ones too!) Per person cost of includes a ride bracelet and a cold treat!

Limited/Kiddie -$11.50 (retail $18.95) Unlimited Rides – Excludes Adrenaline Peak, Go Karts, Scream’n Eagle, Disk’O, Roller Skating, & Golf

Deluxe-$13.50 (retail $21.95) – Unlimited Rides – Excludes Adrenaline Peak, Go Karts, Roller Skating, & Golf

Bring your own lunch, or purchase from the park.

No reservations necessary – just show up to our TIS-designated group area and buy a bracelet from our parent volunteers! CASH ONLY, please!

****Please note that this is an unofficial event so parents are responsible for all transportation and supervision at the park!****

Summer Events  

We offer summer events each year for current and incoming TIS families. Join us for a little casual and fun social time!

hosted by the TIS Parent Network
Saturday, August 10 from 11am to 1pm
Spring Garden Park
Come one, come all! Bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy this beautiful new park!
No RSVP required

Saturday, August 17 from 10:00am to noon
Sellwood Park
This is a great opportunity to meet other families – both new and returning – and staff.
For all PreK, LowK and Kindergarten families
No RSVP required

Host for TIS Spanish Intern Needed

This Fall we will be welcoming another intern to TIS, courtesy of the Spanish Ministry of Education and the International Spanish Academy.  No matter your language track, you can bring Spanish culture into your home by hosting an intern from Spain. TIS has hosted five wonderful interns in the past who were a great addition to the family who opened their doors to them.

While we are are not sure of their identity yet, our intern most likely will arrive in late September and stay until June. Splitting the year between 2-3 families is also possible. 

– Maria Abad, Head of Early Childhood,, 503-226-2496;100

The host family needs to provide room and board.  TIS will provide a monthly bus pass. Please contact Maria Abad directly if you are interested in hearing more details.


OBOB Book List for 2019-20

Is your child interested in getting a head start on Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB?) Below are the official books for the 2019-20 competition.  Thanks to Betsy Cruz for taking over the reins from our “graduating” leaders, Beth Katona and Catherine Hartoch!

3rd to 5th Grade Division

  • The Ark Plan by Laura Martin
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  • Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
  • Just Dance by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights by Malala Yousafzai
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

Upcoming Events


Book Fair Begins! Please stop by before or after school to buy books for your family and friends!  Stearns Hall sidewalk, until May 31.



Talent Show Submissions DUE at 11:59pm.  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 – All Grades. Last walk of the school year! Parents in all grades welcome! 2-3pm, Meet near the recycling cans at Hilltop



Volunteer Appreciation Day. Grab a cup of coffee and a treat as we thank all of our wonderful volunteers! Morning Drop off, Learners’ Hall and Stearns



Walk and Roll Challenge Sheets DUE. Please turn them in at any front desk!



Annual TIS Talent Show. Last chance to sign up!  Details at 3:30 & 5:30pm, Lower Playground



TIS Field Day!! We are pleased to announce a brand new school  tradition! There will be relay races, track and field events, cooperative building challenges, target games, water games, and many other fun activities. This will be an amazing way to close out the year and celebrate our school!


When: Monday, June 10th – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where: TIS Playground

K/1st –

When: Monday, June 10th – 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: TIS Playground

2nd/3rd –

When: Tuesday, June 11th – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where: Duniway Park Track

4th/5th –

When: Tuesday, June 11th – 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Duniway Park  Track



There are lots of fun events planned for the last day of school!

  • 5th Grade Handshaking – In a bookend to our old TIS tradition of our school wide handshaking in the Fall, all PreK through 4th grade students and teachers will shake hands with the lined up 5th graders to wish them well on the next stage of their journey. 9:30am, Lower Playground

  • Class parties, playtime or other fun class activities. Your homeroom teachers and room parents will provide specific details as the date gets closer. 10:00am-noon].

  • 10:00am-Noon dismissal! Please arrange with Global Kids  in advance if you need afternoon care, or head on over to Oaks Park for the Parent Network party!

  • 5th Grade Graduation – 2:00pm, Oregon Convention Center. We are so proud of you, 5th graders!

Interested in Girl Scouts?

Hello, parents of soon-to-be Kindergarteners!  

Several LowK parents are interested in starting a Girl Scouts troop for our kindergarten girls this fall (Daisies). There are currently two other Girl Scout troops at TIS. It’s really fun and a great way for students to make friends in different classes and language tracks. If your daughter is interested, please let me know!

Also, please let me know if you’d be interested in being a co-leader! Typically, the troop meets after school every two weeks.

– Veronica Lim (

Summer Host Families Needed

This summer from July 13-27, The Portland international Academy, partnered with OES, French Int’l & Bamboo school program will pay each host family $48/night for each student. You can host one or two students. Earn up to $1,000 if you host two kids.

Chinese students are between ages 12-14. If you’re unable to drop off or pick up from camp then the program will pay you $38 and will arrange appropriate transportation.  I have the detail itinerary if you’d like to see. They arrive to Portland on 7/14 and will attend camp all day Mon-Fri. They have scheduled activities with their group on Saturdays. Sundays is time with host family.  If you’d like more info, please text Luan Lierman at 206-743-7425. If you’re not able to host this time around, I’m sure there will be future opportunities. 

Please pass this along to those who may be interested. Here’s the link to the camp and if you’re kids are interested since you’ll get a discount from hosting.

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