June 3, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 6/3/19

All-Parent Survey Update – LAST DAY!

It’s your LAST CHANCE to take annual all-school parent survey yet? You have until 11:59pm TODAY 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:

TIS Volunteers of the Year

TIS faculty and admins would like to take a moment to recognize our 2019 Volunteers of the Year, Andrea Long and Peggy Kmiec

Andrea is currently the Co-Chair of the Parent Network, is heavily involved with the TIS garden. She has been a key member of the Parent Network Steering Committee since its revival four years ago, and has been key in building it to welcome all types families and volunteer options. Her positive attitude and dedication to the school is clear in everything that she does.

Peggy is dedicated to keeping our campus beautiful, safe, and clean. She leads the Keepin it Clean’ walks, and is often out there on her own, tidying the areas surrounding campus. She is also active in her daughters’ classes and in the library. Peggy is always ready to jump in to new school activities, and shares her enthusiasm for the school’s program, mission, and values to current and prospective families alike.

Whether they are  chaperoning a field trip, handing out cocoa or cookies, or planning parent and student events, Andrea and Peggy never hesitate to lend a hand wherever it is needed. We can’t even begin to adequately share our gratitude for all that they do. THANK YOU!!!

Volunteer Appreciation Day

Speaking of volunteers, it’s TIS Volunteer Appreciation Day! Way to go! Special shout-out to all of our library helpers, room parents, field trip chaperones, keepin’ it clean team, photographers, gardeners, and TOO TOO Many more folks to name here!

This may sound cliche, but it is difficult to express exactly how much we appreciate all the volunteer work that you have done this year.  Volunteers – you have made the TIS community a supportive, fun, loving, enriching place to be. You have made it possible for our children to experience so much, to learn and to grown. You have made many people smile, and you have helped those of us who are lucky enough to call TIS “work” feel supported and energized.

It’s not too late to record your hours for this year!  

Faculty Transitions

All schools expect a certain amount of faculty departures during the summer, and this year will be no different.  Most of the reasons for departures this year are common, such as retirement, the desire to take a break from teaching, new spouse employment that requires relocation, a desire to teach older children, new births, and other personal matters. In that respect, the following faculty will not be returning in the Fall:


Robert Briglia
Jose Castillo
Yifeng Gao
Peter Musselman
Keiko Peffley
Patty Saldarriaga
Janina Tabilo
David Top
Angela Whitebirch
Lora Worden

Teaching Assistants

Norma Breitenbucher
Yi Guan

As you will see, we have several teachers who have been with us a long time. Peter Musselman joined TIS in 2010, and has decided to move on to a new professional opportunity. Teaching Assistant Yi Guan has been with us since 2007, and will be retiring from teaching, as will Norma Breitenbucher. Coach Robert Briglia, who has spent the last 15 years with TIS, is also retiring from teaching. The impact that each of these teachers have had on our school is immeasurable, and they have been exceptional co-workers. Please join us in congratulating them and wishing them the best in their new journeys.

We wish to recognize all of these departing faculty for their dedication and service to our community as they move on to new phases of their lives. To each of these teachers, we forward our gratitude and thanks for their commitment to the students in their care and their contributions to TIS.  

LIBROS for Oregon

The International School has been accepted, as one of six libraries in Oregon, to participate in the LIBROS for Oregon program in 2019.  This means that we will have access to purchase Spanish-language material at the largest Spanish-language book fair in the world, Feria internacional de libro de Guadalajara

Though TIS was not selected to send a delegate to Guadalajara, there will be three librarians who will travel to the fair to purchase books on behalf of all six participating libraries.  This is an amazing opportunity for us to build our Spanish language collection, and further support reading across languages, cultures, genres, and forms!

Happy reading!

Lora Worden, Librarian

HELP! Our Lost & Found is Full of Stuff! 

We have less than two more weeks left of school, and our Lost & Found is BURSTING! Come get your stuff, please! Music Specialist Peter Musselman has a whole new take on U2 for you…

Walk & Roll Challenge – Turn in those sheets AND Bike to School Celebration!!

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 this 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 or some local beer! 

Furthermore, committed bike-to-school family the LaMontagnes would like to invite all Walk & Roll participants to a special party at their house! Please join them for some fun social time (and possible ‘gearhead’ talk!) 

Walk & Roll to School Celebration
When:  Sunday June 9th – 4:00 – 7:00ish
Where:  LaMontagne’s – 2405 NE 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97212
What:  They will provide hot dogs and burgers – please bring a side dish and some drinks
Please RSVP to bryanlamontagne@gmail.com

Please pick up your child’s medication!      

Please remember to pick up your child’s medications from Health & Safety Coordinator Brandy Ascough in Learners’ Hall. This includes all Inhalers, Spacers, Epi-pens, Claritin, Benadryl, etc. TIS cannot store medications over the summer or for summer camp.  If your child is attending summer camp you must re-check in the medications with summer camp. Medications that are not picked up will be discarded on Wednesday June 12th at 4:00pm.

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! 

 Library Help Needed!

 Just as there’s stories for everyone in the library, there’s a task for everyone in the library, too!  Now more than ever, we need volunteers to help us get the library ready for the summer remodel.

 We have standing jobs, sitting jobs, small projects, large projects, tech projects, and hands on projects.  You can come any time Monday – Friday 7:304:00!

 One very special opportunity we have is to join us for a packing and pizza party in the library on Friday, June 7, from 5:008:00.  Kids can read (their own books), watch a movie, or help with a kid-friendly project while their family helps with other projects in the library.  If you provide the people power, we will provide the pizza.

 Please contact Heidi Smith Evans, hevans@intlschool.org, to let us know when you can come in and help!

 Upcoming Events     



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



Annual TIS Talent Show. Details at intlschool.org/talent. 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 Graduation2:00pm, Oregon Convention Center. We are so proud of you, 5th graders!

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