January 8, 2020

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 1/6/20

TIS Spirit Week is Next Week!

Welcome back! We are excited to open up school with the third 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. 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!

Looking for TIS long sleeved tees and sweatshirts? Check out the Spirit Store!

We Did It!!

Thanks to you, we raised over $122,500 for the annual fund – and counting!!!  Congratulations!

Each and every one of us here at TIS is beyond grateful for everything this community did to rally around this record-breaking amount.  You’ll be hearing more from us as we call, text, email or (gasp!) snail mail you with further expressions of our gratitude.

A world of thanks to Ed Clark and Janet Roberts, along with the entire TIS Board of Trustees.  They presented our community with our initial $50,000 dollar-for-dollar matching challenge gift this fall.  Thank you as well to alumna parent Rich Read (Nehalem ’09), who called and surprised us with an extra $10,000 end-of-year matching challenge.  We also extend our gratitude to grandparents Howard and Linda Davis for making a gift to bring us across the “finish line.” 


TIS Admissions Ambassadors Needed

Want to share your love of TIS with prospective families? Become a TIS Admissions Ambassador! Admissions season is now in full swing, and we could use some help with chatting with families who are interested in enrolling their children at the school. Prospective families really value hearing from people like YOU about your family’s experience at the school!

 Parents with children in all grades and tracks welcome. You’d get assigned 3-5 families a month to reach out to via email or phone and say hello and offer to answer any questions that they may have. It would take 1-2 hours a month maximum, through May. 

For more information about the program, please respond to this email or contact Jan Williams janw@intlschool.org

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! 

January Learner Profile Trait: Principled

The ten International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits are school values, and are means by which to support healthy social and emotional development.   Our faculty focuses upon one of them each month as means. We will be sharing a description of each trait with families in The Owl, as well as tips for how to model and support these traits at home. 

For January, faculty will be focusing on “Principled.”

DESCRIPTOR: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. IB students are infused with the academic integrity that is a fundamental value of universities and colleges.

Book Recommendations for “Principled”

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
Contrary Bear by Phyllis Root and Laura Cornell
Ruthie and the Not So Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin
Sarah’s Little Ghosts by Thierry Robberecht
Honesty Counts by Marie Bender
This is Our House by Michael Rosen
Pinky Promise by Vanita Braver
A Penny’s Worth of Character by Jesse Stuart
The Empty Pot by Demi
The Three Questions by Jon J Muth

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Online Resources 



Additional Resources

Global Kids Enrollment is Still Open!

Global Kids Enrollment is Still Open! See which classes still have space below!

Click here for a list of current Openings

Oregon Battle of the Books – Volunteers Needed!

Our school has 11 teams that will be competing in the school-wide OBOB tournament on 2/12/20. The winner of the TIS competition will advance to the Regional competition, hosted by TIS on 2/29/20. These are really fun events. This will be the second year we host the Regional Competition with elementary schools from across SW Portland coming to TIS to compete for the title of Regional Champions. That team will then go on to compete at the State Finals in April.  


To successfully run these two events, we need a minimum of 6 volunteers per event. Volunteers lead battles, keep time and scores, register teams, etc. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Betsy Cruz at cruzme77@yahoo.com

TIS OBOB Tournament 
TIS OBOB teams battle against one another.  The TIS winning team will be determined.
When:  February 12th, 2020 4pm to 6pm
Where: TIS Learner’s Hall 

Regional OBOB Tournament 
Teams from SW Portland (including TIS champions) compete.  A Regional winner will be determined and will advance to the statewide competition in April
When:  Saturday, February 29, 2020
Where: TIS Learner’s Hall

Please contact Betsy Cruz (cruzme77@yahoo.com) at for more info and to sign up to help!

Parent Network Meeting this Thursday!

Welcome back! The first Parent Network monthly meeting of 2020 is this Thursday, January 9 at 8:15am at the Arthur Administration Building conference room, up the street from the Main Campus. Parent Network meetings are open to all TIS parents.

Keepin’ It Clean Campus Walk – 2nd & 3rd Grades

Parents in Grades 2 and 3 are invited to participate in our campus Keepin It Clean Walk next Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 from 8:15 am to 9:15 am.

The International School is surrounded by several open areas. While they are not part of campus property, we would like to help keep them clean and safe. We notice that debris near campus piles up during breaks, so please come help if you can! 

Each scheduled “Keepin’ It Clean” walk has been assigned to a grade.  These are not required, but we hope to encourage TIS parents, relatives, or caregivers to walk together, socialize, and to keep our campus safe and clean.

Meet at the Learners’ Hall front entrance. Gloves, pickers, and trash bags provided.
Your help is needed! These count towards parent volunteer hours! Adults only.

Upcoming Events


First Day of Classes, 2020. Welcome Back!



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.



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



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!



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



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.  Sorry, this opportunity is FULL! 1-3:30PM. 



NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Global Kids CLOSED

Middle School Open House at PJA

Portland Jewish Academy is an inclusive Jewish community school providing an academically rich environment that supports each student’s social, emotional and spiritual growth. Our unique interdisciplinary curriculum provides opportunities to explore the connections between STEAM, humanities, foreign language acquisition, and Jewish learning. Our values-based approach and commitment to service-learning empower our students to think for themselves and work for the world. PJA is a welcoming community and open to all. Come to our Open House to learn more about what makes the PJA Middle School so special. Open House, January 14th, 8:45 AM, 6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland. If you have questions, contact Sarah Glass, Admission Director, at 503-535-3599 or sglass@pjaproud.org.

Study Abroad in Spain this Summer – Info Session

Fifth grade students!  Are you looking for another study abroad experience this summer?  Alumni parents Alix and Wei Nathan of Northwest International Student Exchange (NISE) coordinate a summer program to Spain.  An informational session will be held this Sunday, January 12, at the Mark Spencer Hotel at 4:00 p.m.