September 9, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 8/27/19

Welcome Back!

We are excited that the new school year has begun. As expected, some students might be nervous or clingy during drop off in the upcoming days. It is often best to make your goodbyes enthusiastic yet brief. If you have a particularly emotional drop off, please tell the front desk receptionists, and we will call you with an update during the day.

We hope that everyone had a wonderful first day of school!

Drop Off and Pick Up

Curbside drop off has begun! Dismissal Cards will go home with students today (Tuesday). We will begin curbside pick up service TOMORROW, Wednesday the 28th. PLEASE GIVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS! People are still figuring out routines and locations. Things WILL get faster! 

Check out the Drop off and pick up cheatsheets here!

Curbside Drop off and Pick up Video!

Have you never done curbside before? Do you have a relative or caregiver who is new to the process? Check out our quick little video! 

**Please note that the parking lot behind Stearns Hall is reserved for TIS Auction Winners only. ADA Parking is available in the Learners Hall Courtyard (on top of Caruthers), and on top of Sherman Street by the Hilltop building.**

PGE Work at Water Ave & Caruthers 

Because we never seem to start the school year without a little added excitement, PGE has informed us that they have work scheduled on the utility pole on the corner of Caruthers and Water for this Wednesday and Thursday. They will have their own traffic control group. They claim that the work will run from 8:00AM to 2:30PM and therefore NOT interfere with dismissal. Think positive thoughts, please!!

TIS T Shirt too Small? Too big? Trade it in!

If your child has outgrown his or her TIS t shirt,  come trade it in on the mornings of August 28 – 30th. You can also pick one up if you are a newly enrolled family who didn’t get one. Simply go to the front desks at Stearns Hall or Hilltop to get a new one. 

Room Parents Still Needed

Room parents are still needed for the upcoming school year! At this point, we still need room parents for:

  • PreK – Candy and Chisa’s classes
  • LowK – Junko and Maria C’s classes
  • Kinder – Isabel, Mercedes, and Charlotte’s classes (some partners wanted)
  • 1st grade – Ivonne, Mariana, & Melody’s classes
  • 2nd grade – Vicky, Antonia, and Jennifer’s classes
  • 3rd grade – Celina and Cristina’s classes
  • 4th grade – All classes!
  • 5th grade – Christy and Taka’s classes 

See for the “job” description, or CLICK HERE to sign up. Please mark your calendars for Room Parent Orientation / Parent Network Meeting on Thursday, Sept 5 at 8:15am. If you can’t make the meeting but still want to room parent, please send an email to Kat Simons (

Questions about room parenting? Feel free to reach out to Kat Simons, current room parents, or our Parent Network leads, Andrea Long and Meryl Villarreal (

Curriculum Nights Coming In September

All parents are encouraged to attend TIS Curriculum Night(s), when teachers meet with parents as a group to share information about our academic program, homework and expectations for the year. It is also a great time to meet other parents in your child’s class.


5th Grade Schedule (Chinese & Spanish)    

5:30-6:00pm: Grade 5 Spanish Capstone Trip, Grade 5 English (Chinese Track Parents)

6:05-6:35pm: Grade 5 Chinese Capstone Trip, Grade 5 English (Spanish Track Parents)

6:40-7:30pm: Grade 5 Spanish & Chinese Homerooms

Kindergarten, PreK & LowK Schedule

6:00-6:45pm: PreK, LowK and K in Homerooms

All Homeroom presentations will be in your child’s classroom. English & Capstone presentation locations will be announced.

GRADES 1 & 3: Wednesday, Sept  18th, 6-7:30 – Schedule TBA

GRADE 2 & 4 (and Japanese 5th): Thursday, Sept 19th –  6-7:30 – Schedule TBA

Carpool Requests

  • West Linn – We have 2 kids. D’Arcy Owen , 503-233-4634,  

  • NE Portland – NE Shaver and 7th Ave, Two Children in Early Childhood Program,                 

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 No need to know your exact before/after school needs yet – you can discuss this with interested families.

TIS Globe Trotters Run Hood to Coast

The TIS Globe Trotters, a team comprised of TIS admins and parents representing all three language tracks, conquered Hood to Coast this past weekend! Our first-ever school team ran the 199 miles relay in 31 hours, 30 minutes. Great job, everyone! Special thanks to Yukako Owen for organizing.

We saw a number of other TIS community members on the route, both runners and volunteers alike. Did you run Hood to Coast this year? Anyone interested in Globe Trotters 2020? Drop us a line at!

Upcoming Events


PreK, LowK, and Kinder parents – Please join us for a casual coffee after you drop off your child! Come to the Stearns Hall waiting room after drop-off anytime from from 8am-9am. 

PreK – Wednesday, August 28

LowK – Thursday, August 29

K – Friday, August 30 

This is a great time to chat and mingle with new and current TIS families!



Labor Day. SCHOOL CLOSED. Global Kids closed.



Parent Network Monthly Meeting / Room Parent Orientation. Meet your 2019-20 Parent Network Steering Committee! After a brief intro and overview of the year, we will be giving this year’s room parents an introduction to the role. Come meet fellow parents and learn how you can get more involved with volunteerism at TIS! 

8:15am – 9:30am. Arthur Street Building, 0122 SW Arthur (corner of Water and Arthur Streets).



Founders Day Celebration/Handshaking Ceremony. Parent participation is not required, though it is a beautiful TIS tradition if you can come by to watch. We do need a few parent volunteers for each class – please let your teacher know if you can help. Please have your child wear his/her TIS t shirt!

Founder’s Day also includes our Fall Handshaking Ceremony. In this ceremony, all teachers/staff members line up like a receiving line in the playground, marking the beginning of our 29th year of operation. Lower Playground.