June 10, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 6/10/19

Final Parent Survey Results

The results are in! This year we decided to recognize our first and second place winners, due to the small size of the first place class. Congratulations to Akiko and Mariana’s classes! You both will have a popcorn party this week! Way to go, first grade parents!

Thank you to all who participated in the Parent Survey this year.  General results will be published over the summer.

FINAL participation rates:


Last Day of School – Wear TIS Gear!      

The last day of school is on Thursday!  Please have your child wear a TIS shirt!

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. 9:20am, Lower Playground <- NOTE SLIGHT TIME CHANGE
    • 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!
    • Parent Network Party at Oaks Park (School dismissal is anytime from 10a-noon.) We will be in Area 4: to the far left if you face the river!  Limited/Kiddie -$11.50; Deluxe-$13.50  CASH ONLY. Per person cost of includes a ride bracelet and a cold treat! Bring your own lunch or buy from the park. 10:30a – 3:00pm
  • 5th Grade Graduation We are so proud of you, 5th graders! 2:00pm, Oregon Convention Center.

Congratulations, TIS walkers and bicyclists!!      

Walk & Roll to school challenge month is complete, and we put up some pretty impressive numbers! Remember, there were 20 school days in May, so a perfect record would be 20 round trips, or 40 total trips.

Our first place winners, with 40 trips completed, are both 4th graders. Congrats to Auggie R and his dedicated parents, Sarah and Jason, AND to Tess W and her pedal happy parents, Eric and Kristen. Thank you all for helping our planet stay healthy! Your prize packs of bike schwag includes a water bottle, sunglasses, bike lights, and reflectors. Those packs – and a bottle of Pinot Noir – are waiting for you at the Stearns Hall front office. Congrats, Auggie, Tess and families!

Other honorable mentions worth celebrating:

Becky S, Bean V, Lark V, Ryleigh C, Colette J, Walker H, and Auggie R (Kinder) made double-digit trips! Hopefully that inner sense of peace, fitness, and glory will last throughout the lovely summer months to help stoke that fantastic feeling of fossil fuel freedom for the fall!  Thanks for participating. Have a wonderful Summer. Hope to see you in the bike lane!

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Special Cheers and thanks to Chris Ginocchio, who has been our TIS Walk & Roll Challenge Coordinator for the past five years. He is “graduating” along with his 5th grader this year. Thank you Chris! We will miss you and your family!


Room Parent Opportunities for Fall

Room parenting is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow parents, get to know the teachers better, and help make great experiences for the kids! As with last year, we’re asking people to sign up now and through the summer, then when class assignments are made the week before school starts, we’ll ensure that we have room parents for every class. See intlschool.org/room-parents for the “job” description, and intlschool.org/rp-signup to sign up.

Questions about room parenting? Feel free to reach out to Kat Simons (Kats@intlschool.org), current room parents, or Parent Network Chairs, Meryl Villareal and Andrea long (parentnetwork@intlschool.org)


LAST CALL: Please check the Lost and Found!! 

Our Lost & Found is STILL overflowing! HELLLLP!!  Come get your stuff, please! Music Specialist Peter Musselman has a whole new take on U2 for you…

Lost and Founds are located in Stearns Hall and in the Hilltop Building.  Items not claimed by Friday, June 14 will be donated to NW Children’s Outreach.


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.


Global Kids Survey 

Dear TIS Families,

Thank you for being a part of our first year of the Global Kids Extended-day Program at TIS. Please complete this short survey about Global Kids by June 14 at noon:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GK201819

Your feedback is very important to us and will help improve our program.

Thank you for your participation!


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 not sure of their identity yet, we now know that she is female. She most likely will arrive in late September and stay until June. Splitting the year between 2-3 families is also possible.

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.

– Maria Abad, Head of Early Childhood, MAbad@intlschool.org, 503-226-2496;100


Library Update 

Dear Families,

Please enjoy our Library Love Letter highlighting the amazing learning that happened in the library, and in our community, in May!

Thank you to all our volunteers who helped making this learning possible all year long!

And, please check out the summer reading challenge, so your family can continue to share wonderful diverse stories all summer long!

Happy reading to all!

Lora, Heidi, and Tomoyo


Summer Events 

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

SUMMER PICNIC IN THE PARK
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

EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY PLAYDATE
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


Upcoming Events     

TUESDAY, JUNE 11

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!

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

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THURSDAY, JUNE 13

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!
    • Parent Network Party at Oaks Park (School dismissal is anytime from 10a-noon.) We will be in Area 4: to the far left if you face the river!  Limited/Kiddie -$11.50; Deluxe-$13.50  CASH ONLY. Per person cost of includes a ride bracelet and a cold treat! Bring your own lunch or buy from the park. 10:30a – 3:00pm
    • 5th Grade Graduation2:00pm, Oregon Convention Center. We are so proud of you, 5th graders!

A film suggestion 

To the parents of all students who have played the ‘web of life’ game (about the food chain) and who have planted cover crops in Priscilla’s Garden Classes:

I just saw the film “The Biggest Little Farm” and I recommend it to all these students. It is so full of animals that I think they might love it. If they stick with it, they will ‘get it’.

Problem solving is how this farming family survives.

– Priscilla Lane, garden volunteer (& TIS Volunteer Hall of Fame Inductee!)


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