July 22, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Bulletin 7/16/19

Summer Events

Happy Summer! Come join us for fun, family-friendly events during the break!  Events will happen rain or shine, so let’s hope for a lot of that beautiful Oregon sun. RSVPs are requested for some, but not all events:

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

Thursday, August 22nd
Learners’ Hall
9am, 12pm, or 3pm
This orientation is a great opportunity to learn more about our school and approach to learning. Information about drop-off, pick-up, after-school programs, and many other TIS routines will also be provided.
RSVP here

A full list of summer events can also be found here: www.intlschool.org/summer-events

Playground Wood Wanted      

Hi, families! We are looking for some wood rounds / slices and draggable branches. Our kids love to have them at our Early Childhood playground for stacking, “serving food,” and lots of imaginary play. If you have any to donate from yard work, etc, please let us know! Please email kats@intlschool.org for more information.

Sign Up to be a Room Parent!      

Room Parents are needed for the 2019-2020 school year! You don’t need to know your child’s class placement to sign up. See intlschool.org/room-parents for the “job” description, and intlschool.org/rp-signup to volunteer.

Questions about room parenting? Feel free to reach out to Kat Simons (Kats@intlschool.org), current room parents, or one of our Parent Network Co-Chairs, Meryl Villarreal or Andrea Long, for more information: parentnetwork@intlschool.org


Durable School Supplies Lists

Each academic year, students are asked to bring a small list of durable supplies to be kept at school. These are typically items that a student will bring home at the end of the year to be used again.  Please click to see the school supply lists for 2019-2020:

Please note that most school supplies (such as paper, pencils, notebooks, crayons, etc)  are provided by the school and included in tuition.

Global Kids Extended-Day Program Info

Welcome to Global Kids, the Extended-Day Program of The International School! Global Kids offers a variety of fun enrichment classes, homework center, healthy snacks, and outdoor free play, available on a flexible schedule that meets the needs of busy parents.   All Global Kids activities are facilitated by caring, dedicated staff with expertise in the subject area of the classes they teach such as music, dance, garden, art, and math. Global Kids is available after school on Mondays through Fridays until 6pm, and offers partial or full days on most no-school, non-holiday days.

Global Kids also coordinates with many independent 3rd party after school classes held on campus. Customize your child’s Global Kids experience based upon their interests – and your schedule!

Global Kids Extended-day Program enrollment will open soon in mid-August and will be announced via email. Global Kids offers extended-day programming after the regular school day starting on the first day of school, and after many no school days. 

 For more information about Global Kids, please visit: intlschool.org/globalkids

Global Kids Summer Fun Week: August 5-9     


There are still Kinder – 5th Grade spots available Global Kids Summer Fun Week! Summer Fun Week is from August 5-9, 7:45am-3:30pm, plus extended-day options. It is open to ALL entering K-5th students and the general public- Please register online now 

Activities will include: Gymnastics, Beading, Cooking, Gardening, Active Games, outdoor free play, and Field Day! Instruction during Global Kids is primarily in English.

Visit https://intlschool.org/globalkids-summer-registration/ for more details.

Spanish Intern Hosts – One More Family Wanted!

This Fall we will be welcoming another intern to TIS, courtesy of the Spanish Ministry of Education and the International Spanish Academy.  Maria Alejandra Suarez will be coming October 1 through May 31. We have two other families who are interested in splitting up the year with a third family. 

 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.

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

Parent Network Event Volunteers Needed!

The TIS Parent Network has a full calendar of events planned throughout the school year! We are looking for parent volunteers to take the lead or help out with each of them. Each event has a set date and number of volunteers requested. Many require less than 5 hours of total time.

Please click here to take a look at the list and sign up!

If you have questions about these events or volunteering in general, please contact Andrea Long or Meryl Villareal, Parent Network Co-Chairs, at  parentnetwork@intlschool.org

Save Time and Gas – Set up a Carpool!

Are you interested in setting up a carpool for the upcoming school year? Publish your request in The Owl! Simply send your name, nearest street corner or part of town, number of children, and best way to contact you to owleditor@intlschool.org. 

No need to know your exact before/after school needs yet – you can discuss this with interested families. Each carpool request will run for two weeks.

    • Carpool to MAC? If you’re interested in sharing the cost of having your student driven from TIS to the MAC club after school next year, please contact TIS 5th Grade parent Virginia Adatto at v.mix@me.com.


  • Milwaukie area: I am looking for school drop off help on Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday mornings. I can pick up in the afternoon in exchange for the morning. I have two other children under 2, so they will be in tow. I have 3 extra seats, (including the front seat) however, if a child is needing a car seat, this limits the back seat to one seat due to sizing. Contact: Lauryn McWhirter Lauryn.mcwhirter@gmail.com – 970-749-4662