January 3, 2020

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 12/30/19

Happy Holidays from The International School!


TIS Spirit Week is Coming Soon!

In collaboration with the TIS Parent Network, we invite all community members to share in some fun and simple daily activities to show off our school spirit. Spirit Week will happen the first full week back, from January 13-16:

  • January 13: Mad Hair Monday 
    Your weird, silly, and one-of-a-kind hairstyles! 
  • January 14: Topper Tuesday
    Your chance to show off your favorite hat! Baseball, bucket, beret, fedora, beanie, and more: the choice is yours! 
  • January 15: Wacky Wednesday 
    A day to buck tradition! Mismatched clothes, wearing things backwards, and other unique wardrobe choices
  • January 16: TIS Thursday
    Show your school pride with TIS tees, sweatshirts, and other gear!

Refueled Kids January Lunch Menu

It’s not too late to order lunch delivery for January! 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.

Visit RefueledKids.boonli.com 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 January menu here!


TIS at The Oregon Food Bank – Community Service Day

Join TIS friends for a day of community service at the Oregon Food Bank.  We will be helping to repackage bulk food to be delivered to families in need in our community and access the state.  Volunteers MUST RSVP as space in limited. Children must be at least 6 years of age to participate (sorry, no younger siblings) and must be accompanied by an adult chaperone/volunteer.

Friday, January 17, 2020
1PM – 3:30PM

Oregon Food Bank Volunteer Action Center
7900 NE 33rd Drive
Portland, OR  97211 

Click here to RSVP and to find the required waiver for students.

Please contact Rebecca Roberts, Event Coordinator at rebeccar@intlschool.org with any questions.


Collaborative Elementary Meeting

Come chat with Head of Elementary Bodo Heiliger and our English Teachers! They will discuss pertinent issues, as well as answer questions.

1st-5th Collaborative Coffee
Wednesday, January 8th
8-9:00 am
Learner’s Hall

Our focus for this meeting will be on Assessment. Assessment is the means by which schools and teachers measure student learning. It’s a big topic, so we will attempt to break it down into the following sections:

  • Go over the IB’s beliefs on assessment and TIS’ beliefs on assessment
  • Writing rubric: Read a student sample and grade it using the rubric
  • Reading: What do we assess? What are the different questions that we ask?
  • Spelling: What is right about their spelling instead of looking at what is wrong! 

Upcoming Events

MONDAY, DEC 23 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 

Winter Break! We hope that you have a wonderful holiday!

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MONDAY, JANUARY 6

First Day of Classes, 2020. Welcome Back!

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8

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.  8:10-9:00am,  Learners’ Hall.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 9

Parent Network Monthly Meeting. Join us for our monthly meeting, open to all current parents. 8:15-9:45am, Arthur Administration Building

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MONDAY JAN 13 – THURSDAY JAN 16

TIS SPIRIT WEEK! We are excited to open up school with the second annual TIS Spirit Week! In collaboration with the TIS Parent Network, we invite all community members to share in some fun and simple daily activities to show off our school spirit. Please see post above for daily themes!

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 14

Keepin’ It Clean Campus Walk – 2nd/3rd 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. Adults only. 8:15 – 9:15am, Meet at Learners’ Hall front entrance

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FRIDAY, JAN 17

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Teacher InService Day. Global Kids Alternative Day Programming Open

TIS Community Service Day. Join TIS friends for a day of community service at the Oregon Food Bank.  We will be helping to repackage bulk food to be delivered to families in need in our community and access the state.  Volunteers MUST RSVP as space in limited. 1-3:30PM. Please see above post for more info


Weighing Options for Middle School?

Do you want your child to continue their IB and Mandarin/Spanish immersion education… and begin a third language? Join our friends at FAIS (Gilkey International Middle School) for their middle school open house– Wednesday, January 8th at 6:30pm. 

Can’t make it to the open house? Connect with their admissions team to schedule a tour of their new middle school building!