September 9, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 9/9/19

Early Dismissal Sept 20

Reminder: We have an early dismissal on Friday, Sept 20. This is for faculty professional development meetings.

  • If you ordered Friday lunch from Refueled Kids, your child will have it to bring home or to Global Kids

Please pick up all students by 12:45pm at the latest unless you are registered for Global Kids.

Picture Day is This Wednesday!

Picture Day is this Wednesday,  September 11th! Order forms are going home with your child this week, if they have not already. Please check backpacks!

Pre-orders for picture packages may also be placed online at using our school’s access key provided here: CTEP3XHP. Online pre-orders using your school’s access key are available up to 4 days AFTER picture day.  For order accuracy, please return your completed envelope on picture day for all payment types

Pre-Order Online

Curriculum Night – Full Schedules!

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 (Chinese & Spanish), 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.

JAPANESE KINDER, ALL GRADES 1 & 3 (except Japanese 3rd): Wednesday, Sept 18th, 6-7:45 

  • 6:00-6:45pm: Grade 3 English (Spanish and Chinese)
  • 6:00-6:45pm: Grade 1 Homeroom (plus Akiko’s Kinder)
  • 7:00-7:45pm: Grade 1 English
  • 7:00-7:45pm: Grade 3 Homeroom (Spanish and Chinese)

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

GRADES 2 & 4 (and Japanese 3rd and 5th): Thursday, Sept 19th, 6-7:45:

  • 5:30-6:00 Taka’s 5th English
  • 6:05-6:45 Grade 2 English and Masami’s 3rd Grade English
  • 6:05-6:45 Grade 4 Homeroom (and Taka’s 5th grade)
  • 7:00-7:45 Grade 4 English 
  • 7:00-7:45 Grade 2 Homeroom (and Masami’s 3rd grade)

Photo from last week’s Founder’s Day. Taken by TIS Parent Tim Vanevenhoven.

We Almost Have all of our Room Parents!

Thanks to the many of you who have stepped up to room parent this year! At this point, there are only four classes with no room parent, and two classes that are seeking partners.

 And remember: The main role of room parenting is to DELEGATE volunteering opportunities to fellow parents in the class, not to do it all yourself.  🙂

  • 1st grade – Ivonne and Liza’s classes (some partners wanted)
  • 2nd grade – Jennifer’s class
  • 3rd grade – Celina and Cristina’s classes
  • 4th grade – Tongfang’s class

See for the “job” description, or CLICK HERE to sign up

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 (


TIS is continuing MobyMax this year. MobyMax finds and fixes learning gaps with the power of personalized learning. MobyMax’s adaptive curriculum creates an individualized education plan for each student, allowing gifted students to progress as quickly as they like while simultaneously ensuring that students who need extra support in certain areas get the extra instruction they need.

Each student at TIS in grades 1-5 has a login to access this online program; login info is the same as last year.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact your student’s teacher.

Head of Elementary Coffees

All parents of Elementary students (1st – 5th grade) are invited to join Bodo Heiliger at Head of School Coffees throughout the year. This will give members of the community an opportunity to come and hear about developments in the school, as well as provide an open forum to ask questions or voice concerns.

  • Wednesday, October 9 from 8:15-9:15
  • Wednesday, January 8th from 8:15-9:15
  • Wednesday, April 8th  from 8:15-9:15

All Coffees will happen in Learners’ Hall. Looking forward to seeing you there,Bodo Heiliger,

Bodo Heiliger,

Bodo always makes sure to keep up with the latest in children’s literature! 

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

TIS will be participating in OBOB for the third year now.  If your child loves to read this is the activity for them!

Students from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are welcome to participate.  The battles are between teams of 4-5 students (although technically a team can have as little as 2 members).  Please keep in mind that at the battles only 4 team members may participate at a time so if you have a 5th member one would be an alternate and have to sit out.  

The battles consist of 2 teams taking turns answering questions about 16 different books.  There will be a school battle held in February and the winner will go to the regional battle which will be hosted at TIS sometime in March (it will be scheduled around Capstone so 5th graders can participate).  If the TIS team wins the regional battle then that team would go compete at the state battle which is on April 4th.

Students are encouraged to participate even if they don’t read all of the books.  Many of the teams divide up the books so that each member becomes an expert at 4 books.  

Please contact TIS Parent and OBOB Organizer Betsy Cruz ( ) with any questions.  We will be starting to put team rosters together in the next few weeks.

For more information and for the 2020 book titles click on link below.  

Oregon Battle of the Books – Battle for your School…with BOOKS!

Are Your Grandparents Getting “The Globe?”

Click here to add your children’s grandparents or special friends to our TIS mailing list. They will receive a monthly issue of our electronic newsletter “The Globe.” Written especially for grandparents and special friends of TIS, each newsletter is full of stories, photos and videos from around campus as well as opportunities to get involved. Grandparents on our mailing list also receive several paper letters and publications throughout the year, including our Annual Report, an invitation to the Grandparents Tea, our fall appeal letter, an invitation to the Auction Gala and a calendar of school events.

Carpool Requests

  • NE Portland – (Cully Neighborhood, also very close to Hollywood and Beaumont Village area). I have one child, in 1st grade. I’m looking for someone who could do pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’m happy to do drop off or pick up on any other day(s). I can be reached at Thanks!       

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.

Upcoming Events


TIS Picture Day – Order forms will be going home this week, or pre-pay online. Please see above post for details.




TIS Board of Trustees Meeting. All are invited to attend meetings of the TIS Board of Trustees. 6:00-8:00pm, Learners’ Hall.



Lan Su Chinese Garden Mid-Autumn Festival. Come visit our booth this afternoon! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 2-5pm, Lan Su Chinese Garden.



Curriculum Night: Japanese Kinder, Grade 1 (All) & Grade 3 (Chinese & Spanish) Please see above post for schedule.



Curriculum Night: Grades 2 & 4 (All), Plus Japanese Grades 3 & 5  Please see above post for schedule.



Early Dismissal. Curbside and walk up pickup will be available. Global Kids will be available. Dismissal begins at 12:15pm. Please pick up your student by 12:45pm unless they are registered in Global Kids Alternative Day.

Photo by TIS Parent Tim Vanevenhoven

Run Club and Cross Country: After School Classes

Cross Country

Cross Country (1st through 5th grade) is just getting started! There is room to join ANYTIME during the short season (ends October 24th).  After school Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturday morning trail runs. Includes Five Cross Country meets at Overlook Park in N. Portland (held on Thursdays).

Run Club

Run Club happens Monday and Wednesdays. Again, join ANYTIME during the season.   Kindergarten runners can join Wednesdays.

Details at   These classes are independent of Global Kids but pick up from TIS.    Questions? Contact Coach Robert cell: 503-348-0799