November 19, 2019

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 11/18/19

Early Dismissal and Thanksgiving Break Schedule

As a reminder, the following Early Dismissal and No School Days are upcoming for The International School.


  • The International School has an Early Dismissal at 12:15pm on Friday, Nov 22. 
  • Global Kids Alternative Day programming is available from 12:15-6pm. 

Sign Up Here for Global Kids

NO SCHOOL – THANKSGIVING BREAK: Monday, Nov 25 – Friday, Nov 29

  • There is no school for students on Monday, Nov 25 – Friday, Nov 29 
  • Global Kids Alternative Day programming is available on Monday, Nov 25 – Wednesday, Nov 27 from 8:00am – 3:30pm. 
  • Global Kids is CLOSED on Thursday, Nov 28 and Friday, Nov 29 due to the holiday.

Sign Up Here for Global Kids

We hope that you have a wonderful break!

One-Question Survey Sent Out Today

You should have gotten an email today from Maria or Bodo that asks for your participation in a very short survey. It is a simple one-question survey per student in your family. It’s a simple way for you to let us know what we are doing well and where we can improve.   The feedback from this survey helps us to shape our activities and priorities, both school-wide and in specific areas. 

 It will take no more than a few moments of your time. The more people that participate, the more actionable and valuable the feedback will be to the school.

Please look for the “TIS One Question Parent Survey” email in your inbox! Thank you for your feedback.

ACT Aspire Test Results

Each Spring, 3rd – 5th graders take the ACT Aspire Test. The ACT is a commonly used college readiness exam.  The ACT Aspire test is an elementary-based assessment model that is linked to scores of older students taking the ACT and determined “readiness” benchmarks. It is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Over one million students across the country take the ACT Aspire. At TIS, all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students take online tests in English, Math, and Reading.

TIS does not use these ACT Aspire scores for purposes of assessing any individual student or teacher. However, these scores are somewhat valuable as a means by which to compare overall TIS student performance with other schools in the state and nation. The Educational Leadership Team analyzes the data to see trends, areas in which we do well, and areas in need of improvement. 

Overall, the percentages of TIS students that meet or exceed these standards is significantly higher than those taking the test nationwide. Below are the school’s overall performance ratings alongside the performance of all students who took the ACT within each grade: 

Scores from Spring 2019 – Summative Testing

Please feel free to contact Bodo Heiliger ( or Robert Woods ( if you have additional questions.

Lost & Found – Please Pick Up Items by FRIDAY!

Our Lost & Found is overflowing!  We have bins located just outside the Music Room at Hilltop, the front desk at Stearns and just under the stairs at Learner’s Hall.  If you know your child has lost an item, please check these locations so the items can go home to their proper owners. If items are labeled with a child’s name they have a much better chance of getting back to their owners.

Please pick up by this Friday, November 22. **Any remaining items will be donated to charity!!**

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                            

Refueled Kids December 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 December menu here!

Volunteer Work Party at TIS Garden – December 7

Winter is coming and with it the slowing of activity in our school’s garden. The First Graders will be cleaning up our garden beds to prepare them for Spring planting by cleaning up finished plants and planting cover crops to prepare the soil.  We would like TIS families to follow up by cleaning up outside of the beds, weeding and pruning, maybe some digging.

Bring your whole family, your gloves and favorite tools (we can also supply).Stay as long as you are able; we appreciate any time you can give!   Bagels and juice always! Saturday, December 7th, 8:30-11:00 AM.

 In the Spring, planting is done by the Kindergarteners. Pre-K and Low-K classes are also involved in some planting.  If you are parents of 3 and 4 year olds, we hope you can invest some time in helping our school garden to flourish. Hope to see you on December 7!

Carpool Requests

  • Mt Tabor area: We have a daughter in the Japanese Low-K program and am looking to start or join a carpool for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We live on SE 61st and Belmont. 503-358-6431,

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


Early Dismissal Day: Curbside and walk up pickup will be available. Dismissal begins at 12:15pm. **Global Kids Open from 12:15- 6:00pm**  Please pick up your student by 12:45pm unless they have been registered in Global Kids.  



NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Thanksgiving Break  Global Kids Open November 25- 27:  Open 8:00am- 3:30pm Must enroll in all three days of program. Have a nice break!!

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