October 30, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 10/21/19

Reminder: No After School Classes Today! 

Today, October 22, Regular Global Kids and 3rd Party activities are NOT in session due to Parent Teacher conferences. All students MUST be picked up after school by 3:45pm UNLESS they are signed up for the a la carte Global Kids Alternative Day program on October 22 (open 3:10-6:00pm).

You may enroll in Global Kids Alternative Days online in your CampSite Account. For a complete list of Global Kids Alternative Days and closures please see our calendar. Questions? Email globalkids@intlschool.org

Upcoming Important Dates for Global Kids and 3rd Party Classes:

  • Friday, November 1, 2019: Global Kids is CLOSED for Professional Development. All 3rd Party Classes are also closed this day.
  • Friday, November 22, 2019: Global Kids Alternative Day, Early Dismissal. Open 12:15-6:00pm. Enroll online in CampSite
  • Monday-Wednesday, November 25-27, 2019: Global Kids Alternative Break, Open 8:00am-3:30pm. Enroll online in Campsite.

Say Hello to Maria and Sarah! 

This month, we welcomed Maria Alejandra Suarez to TIS. She is coming to us from Spain and is part of the Spanish Ministry of Education and the International Spanish Academy.  Maria will be with us until May 31st, and she will spend time in Antonia’s, Celina’s, Cristina’s and Liza’s classrooms. If you see her, please welcome her!

We also have a new full time Marketing & Admissions Assistant, Sarah Loepp! She will be busy around campus, helping to show off all the wonderful things that happen in our classrooms.  If you see Sarah, please do say hello and welcome her to TIS!

Virtual Town Hall Registration and Survey

Registration is now open for the Virtual Education Town Hall on Tuesday, October 29th from 6:00p to 7:30pm. Please “join” us!

In preparation , we invite you to complete a quick 4-question survey that will allow you to let our Educational Leadership Team (ELT) know what you want to talk about!!  We will then sort and group your questions to identify priorities and allow the ELT to respond most effectively and efficiently during the meeting.

Please click here to complete the survey by October 23rd: https://goo.gl/forms/X7V3o1fXk1m85lOt1

Learners’ Hall Courtyard is ADA parking ONLY

As a reminder, the parking spot on the Learners’ Hall courtyard is reserved for individuals with disabilities qualified under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The parking spot creates a more viable pathway for campus access.  The courtyard entrance is up Caruthers Street and to the right. Please leave it available to those that need to use it most.

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)!

What’s Happening at Global Kids?

Students have been delving into the dirt, tapping out rhythms, and getting in touch with their bodies and feelings in Global Kids this semester.

Last Friday’s first full day Alternative Day was a blast! Students did activities based around the theme of sustainability and recycling, including the Trash/recycling sorting relay with Enrichment Teacher Sarah Baker. Watch the relay in action here.

  • In the next couple of weeks, we will be asking you to share with us what your students’ preferences are for extended-day school activities for next semester.
  • Here are some of the new classes we are thinking about offering next semester: Frisbee Golf & Mini Golf, Capoeira, Coding Club, Chess Club, Wacky Science, origami, photography and digital arts, Theater Improv, Beginning Japanese, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, and much more!

Upcoming Events


Keepin’ it Clean Campus Walk – 4th and 5th Grades (afternoon session). 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 2:00pm near the front gates at the Hilltop Building.  Be sure to record your volunteer hours! 2pm – 3pm

Parent Teacher Conferences – After School. Global Kids Alternative Day Open; No third-party after school classes. 



Preschool & Kindergarten Open House for Prospective Families. If you know a family  who may be interested in learning more about TIS, please have them come to the Open House! Arrive anytime between 9am – 12pm; Learners’ Hall



Virtual Education Town Hall  Education Town Halls allow you to pose your questions or comments about any part of the academic program of The International School. The TIS Education Leadership Team (ELT) consists of: Robert Woods, Head of School; Maria Abad, Head of Early Childhood; Bodo Heiliger, Head of Elementary; Kelly Rogers, International Baccalaureate PYP Coordinator; and TimiSue Abbott, Student Support Services Coordinator.  6:00-7:30pm, Learners Hall



Dia de los Muertos – Ofrenda. Stop by the entrance to Learner’s Hall this week to see the beautiful and vibrant ofrenda set up by several of our Mexican teachers in the Spanish track.  View artwork and writing created by TIS students. Contribute to the exhibit by adding a name or copy of a photo of one of your ancestors or family members who has died to our ofrenda.



Fall Costume Parade!  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. 8:45-9:45am, Campuswide.



Pan de Muerto, Atole, and Champurrado. For an authentic Mexican treat, visit the Courtyard of Learners’ Hall after school to sample pan de muerto and some delicious traditional corn-based drinks.  3:00-4:30pm, Entrance to Learner’s Hall