October 30, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 10/07/19

Fall Costume Parade

Get ready for the annual Fall Costume Parade! It will be held on Thursday, October 31 from 8:45-9:45am.

Students, Families, and Staff are encouraged to dress up! Please, no weapons of any kind (light sabers are weapons), no bloody wounds or very scary masks, and no costumes that drag on the ground or otherwise interfere with walking. Students can put on masks or long capes ONLY for the parade and must take them off again after the parade.

No candy, please (most kids will get enough of that Halloween night)!

A Note from Bodo Heiliger, Head of Elementary

Dear TIS Community,

Every day as you walk around TIS, you are enveloped by the four languages that make our school special. Often, we talk about the three homeroom immersion languages of Mandarin, Spanish, and Japanese. Yet, English, the mother tongue of the vast majority of our students, often does not get enough publicity. This year, we hope to change that by increasing awareness and understanding of our Elementary English program.  

In previous years, I have hosted Head of Elementary Coffees from 8:00-9:00 for parents to come and talk about TIS; what’s going well; what’s not going so well; and what we can do to make TIS better. This year, I have partnered with the English department to host Collaborative Coffees, so they can share what they do, how you can support at home, and answer any questions about the program. The last thirty minutes, I will facilitate a broader discussion about specific topics of interest about the entire school and program.

If you are interested in learning more about English reading, writing, spelling, or assessment, the first coffee is this Wednesday, October 9th from 8:00-9:00. Please fill out this super-short survey to help us guide the conversation: 


Minutes from the meeting will be shared out to the community, but the coffee and treats won’t. 



– Bodo Heiliger, Head of Elementary

REMINDER: No School this Friday or Oct 18th

As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS this Friday, October 11th (Statewide Teacher Inservice Day) or next Friday, October 18th (Parent Teacher Conferences). Global Kids is available for sign ups on those days, pending availability.

Global Citizens Annual Fund – congrats parking winners!

The Ogasawara/Waier family were the happy winners of campus parking for October!  Many thanks to them and everyone else who donated to the Global Citizens Annual Fund during the month of September.

We are currently at 11% participation donate today to help us reach 100%! Contributions of any amount given during the month of October will automatically be entered into the drawing for reserved campus parking during the month of November! 

Education Town Hall – Oct 29th

The Educational Leadership Team (ELT) would like to invite you to our Fall Education Town Hall virtual meeting. Held twice a year, our Town Halls allow parents to pose questions or comments about any part of the academic program or general operations of The International School. They offer a way to expand interaction between the ELT and the parent community, as well as to help build and promote clear communication.

This Town Hall will be virtual! You’ll be able to attend the meeting from your own home, office, or desert island, provided you have internet access. Please join us online the evening of Tuesday, Oct 29th  from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. 

In an effort to identify the most pressing questions you might have, please complete this survey in advance of the meeting. We will prioritize the responses in order to help focus the discussions at the meeting.

We hope that you can join us!

TIS Community Service Day

You are invited to join us for our first 2019-2020 TIS Community Service Day!  We will be working at the Children’s Book Bank, whose mission is to fill children’s homes and lives with beautiful, engaging books.   

WHAT:   Volunteer Book Cleaning at The Children’s Book Bank
WHERE:   1915 NE 7th Avenue, Portland 97212 (Just two blocks north of NE Broadway)
WHEN: Friday, October 11th from 9:30-11:30 AM

Maximum capacity for this event is limited.  Please RSVP here to confirm your attendance.  Students must be at least 6 years of age and chaperones must stay with their student(s).  This is not a drop off activity.


  • Please remember to give yourself plenty of time to arrive and find parking. CBB prefers to give the book cleaning instructions with everyone present and want to make sure they give us as much time as possible to help clean and repair books!

  • CBB has a very small parking lot and additional street parking can be challenging in our neighborhood. Here is a map with some parking suggestions. We also encourage carpools and public transit (Portland Streetcar and TriMet buses 6, 17 & 77 are nearby). When you arrive, please enter the building through the parking lot door next to the big rolling door. 

  • The work you will be doing is done while seated in a warehouse space. The temperature has been known to fluctuate depending on the weather outside so dress comfortably. CBB will provide all of the materials and instructions needed for you to do your work.

Upcoming Events


Keepin’ it Clean Campus Walk – 4th and 5th Grades. Join fellow TIS parents as we walk the perimeter of the school picking up trash, removing graffiti, cutting back invasive plants.  Trash bags, pickers, gloves, graffiti removal supplies provided. Optional, Adults only. Meet at 8:15 am near the front gates at the Hilltop Building.  Be sure to record your volunteer hours!



Elementary Collaborative Coffee, Grades 1-5  Come chat with Head of Elementary Bodo Heiliger and our English Teachers! They will discuss pertinent issues, as well as answer questions.  8:00-9:00am,  Learners’ Hall.



Statewide Inservice Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Global Kids might have availability.

TIS Community Service Day. You are invited to join us for our first 2019-2020 TIS Community Service Day!  We will be working at the Children’s Book Bank, whose mission is to fill children’s homes and lives with beautiful, engaging books.    Please RSVP here to confirm your attendance.  Students must be at least 6 years of age and chaperones must stay with their student(s).  This is not a drop off activity. 9:30-11:30 AM



Picture Retake Day. If your child was absent on picture day, please contact Candy Trujillo at candyt@intlschool.org so that your child’s name will be placed on the retake list. This is so that all kids will have their picture with their class in the composite.



Parent Teacher Conferences. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS No after school classes. Global Kids open. Sign up here: http://ptcfast.com/schools/The_International_School

Photo by TIS parent Veronica Hanson

Middle School Open House at the Oregon Episcopal School

With so many offerings and ways to experience the Middle and Upper Schools, we hope students and parents arrive ready to explore! 

RSVP for Open House