November 8, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 11/4/19

Annual Parent Survey Results

Dear TIS Community,

We would like to thank all the parents who took the time to fill out the annual Parent Survey and the one-question survey this past Spring; we know that giving feedback takes a lot of time! Your survey responses help us to assess how we are doing, and contribute to our goals and priority-setting for the upcoming year.

We are pleased to say that in general parents are overwhelmingly happy about TIS! Across the board, the percentage of “satisfied” and “highly satisfied” parents is in the mid-90th percentile! You agree that your children are receiving an excellent, unique education here, from top-notch teachers.

Other notable changes since last year: significant improvement in satisfaction about communications in English, Art, Music, and PE programs, and positive feedback about community events. Parents seem to be enjoying the addition of SeeSaw, which allows better insight into classroom learning.

Click here for some additional information about the results 

Of course, there is always room for improvement. We are working on better communicating our Social Emotional Learning programming, and doing so in a more cohesive and less technical way. There is also a desire for more understanding and feedback about teaching differentiation and  academic and behavioral supports. Despite this progress, we constantly aim to improve communication and feedback across all classrooms. To be continued!

If you have additional questions about the survey, please contact Kat Simons at Please note that survey feedback about an individual teacher or staff member is confidential and will not be disclosed.

Costume Parade Photos

Thank you to all who came out to the Costume Parade last week! We loved seeing all the creative costumes and happy faces.  Click the photo above to watch a video slideshow of the event!

Direct link to slideshow is here.

Family Survey – Global Kids Class Options


Dear Families,

Please take a few minutes to complete this VERY brief survey to let us know which activities your children would like to take next semester in Global Kids. This will help us select which classes to offer out of all of the options below. We are excited to be able to offer so many fun and exciting classes! Enrollment for next semester of Global Kids and 3rd Party Classes begins December 11.

It takes 4 minutes to complete! Direct link to survey is here.

Semester 2 of Global Kids runs from January 27- June 8, 2020.

Thank you for your input! 

– Global Kids Management Team

(Kate Cooper & Maria Abad)

PS. Want to know what Handball is? Check out this video for more information, courtesy of Coach Jan!

TIS Family Bingo Night – this Friday!

Family Bingo Night is this Friday! If you are planning on attending, please RSVP by November 6th to

Date: Friday, November 8th
When: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Learners Hall

This event is open to all PreK to 5th grade students and parents. There will be multiple games of Bingo, prizes and a pizza dinner with salad and drinks. If you are planning to eat with us, we are asking for $10 per adult, $5 per kid, with a $25 max per family for the catered food.
Please send payment via Venmo to @akaboomer75  or Paypal to

Thank you and we hope you can join us and help build a stronger, closer TIS community! We can’t wait to play Bingo with you! Please RSVP by November 6th to

Global Gala – Early Bird Tickets on Sale

Presented By



Under One Sky
The 2020 Global Sala
Saturday, February 1 at 5:30pm
The Hilton Hotel Downtown 

You are invited to join us for our annual auction gala, Under One Sky: The 2020 Global Gala.  The International School’s event will be a fun evening for our community – a community that shares many languages and cultures while all sharing the same sky.  

Tickets are on sale now!

Early Bird pricing, $100 per person, will run November 4 through December 6.  Ticket prices will increase December 7 so get your tickets early! Tickets can be purchased at


Help Procure or Donate

Do you have a vacation home, condo or timeshare that would be a great item to add to our auction item menu?  Are you a frequent flyer and have extra airline miles? Do you have exclusive access to a restaurant, winery, sports tickets or other business?  We would love to hear from you. Vacation get-aways, dining and experiential packages are very popular and would help TIS raise valuable funds for our school.  If you have any questions or have something in mind to donate, please contact Rebecca Roberts.


Wine Donations

We are looking for donations of wine valued at a minimum of $20 for our silent auction.  If you would like to donate, please contact Rebecca Roberts to arrange delivery.  Please note that wine cannot be dropped off in any of the school buildings with the exception of the Arthur Administration Building.


2020 Global Gala Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to help out with the auction and have fun getting to know other TIS parents that you may not otherwise get to meet?  Sign up to help with this important celebration of our community! We are currently looking for volunteers to work on our annual event – during the weeks leading up to February 1 as well as the night of our Gala. Please contact Rebecca Roberts if interested in joining our team.   If you would like to work the night of the event and already know how you would like to participate, you may sign up here.


Auction Coordinator                                          Auction Chair

Rebecca Roberts                                                  Lisa Higgins – Mom of Ada, Spanish 3rd                            

YOU can be a TIS Event Sponsor!

Event sponsorship at The International School is a wonderful way to promote your business while also supporting our students and teachers.  Sponsors are recognized at all of our major events, including the Auction Global Gala, International Festival, Moving For Music and Arts and Grandparents Tea and Art Show.  Sponsor benefits include parking, directory ad space, VIP auction perks, reserved seating at International Fest, and so much more!

Contact Lisa Olivares for more information at or 503-226-2496 x116.

Refueled Kids November Lunch Menu

It’s not too late to order lunch delivery for November! Refueled Kids delivers to TIS on Thursdays and Fridays. Enroll anytime throughout the school year and order as many or as few lunches as they wish. to set up an account and place an order. Use TIS password: TIS10

Forget a lunch? Limited same day ordering is available! Check out the November menu here!

Early Dismissal – November 22

We have an early dismissal on Friday, November 22. This is for faculty professional planning meetings.

  • Dismissal will start at 12:15pm.

  • Curbside and walk in service will be available

  • Global Kids will be available that day until 6pm.

  • If you ordered Friday lunch from Refueled Kids, your child will have it to bring home or to Global Kids. No need to pack a lunch from home.

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

Library Work Party – You are Invited!

Hey Parents, Grandparents, Other Adults! Join your TIS Librarians for a work party to get our books in order!  Do you love books and yummy food?! Are you willing to spend just a couple of hours making sure our students have easy access to great library resources?

Then this party is for you! Choose Friday, November 15th from 12:30p to 3:00p (lunch snacks) OR Saturday, November 16th from 9:30a to 12:00p (breakfast snacks) and PLEASE RSVP to Heidi at to let us know which date you prefer!  (Kids are welcome at the Saturday event for quiet reading, drawing or maybe even a movie in the art room! Please include them in your RSVP so we have plenty of tasty treats available!)

Upcoming Events


Parent Network Monthly Meeting.  The meetings are open to all current TIS parents. Yes, you get volunteer hours just for attending! 8:15-9:30am, Arthur Building

5th Grade Capstone Trip to Japan Begins. Please send best wishes to our Japanese track 5th graders as they head off to their Capstone Study Abroad trip! It will be in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, for the first time.



Parent Network Bingo Night! This event is open to all PreK to 5th grade students and parents. There will be multiple games of Bingo, prizes and a pizza dinner available for purchase. RSVP to 5 to 8pm, Learners Hall.



Keepin’ It Clean Walk – ALL GRADES. Join 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. Adults only. 8:15 to 9:15am, Hilltop Gate.



Parent Fall Social. Book the babysitter and come join fellow TIS parents for a little fun and chat! This casual mixer will be a nice way to catch up with old friends and get to know new ones. Organized by the TIS Parent Network! Credit or Cash Bar. Dinner and Appetizers also available. 6:30-8:30pm,  Von Ebert Brewing Pearl, 131 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR

After School Run Club with Coach Rob

As fall sports wind down, start up or keep up fitness with a weekly run. Run Club has openings on Mondays and Wednesdays for all runners, and on Thursdays for advanced runners.

I have two cross country coaches on staff those days, one a national and world champ duathlon athlete, and an outdoor school teacher/athlete joining me to keep young runners engaging themselves  while building an affinity for outdoor activities. Join in now and start building endurance ahead of the seasons changing, seamless transition to exercising through the winter. Class continues Term 1 through 1/23/20.   

Contact Coach Robert to join:   phone 503-348-0799

Middle School Open House: A Renaissance School of Arts and Sciences

Hello, families and faculty of The International School! 

I’m Adam, the dean of scholars at A Renaissance School of Arts & Sciences. We’ve been so impressed with the children who have visited and come to Renaissance for middle school from TIS, I wanted to personally extend an invitation to all of you for our fall open house on Sunday, November 17th from 12:00-1:30.

Renaissance is a school that values critical thinking and inquiry through hands on work and a demonstration of understanding. We’re working to put children into the world who understand the difference they can make. Please feel free to browse the open house flyer, as well as the information attached about the middle school. Please let us know if you’d like to attend the open house, or to sign up for one of the twice-a-month tours.

Thank you and I hope to see you soon!