January 15, 2020

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 1/13/20

TIS Spirit Week is Here!


It’s 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. 

  • 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!


Reminder: No School Jan 17th or 20th

There will be no school for students this Friday, January 17  (Faculty In-Service Day) and Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr Day).

Global Kids may have availability for sign ups on January 17. Please contact Global Kids at globalkids@intlschool.org for more information.


2020-21 Calendar Dates

Below are the main dates for the 2020-21 school year. The whole calendar will be available in April:

Class Visits

Monday, August 31

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 1

November Break

Tuesday, November 24 – Friday, November 27

Winter Break

Monday, December 21 – Friday, January 1

First Day of Class 2021

Monday, January 4

Spring Break

Monday, March 22 – Friday, March 26

Last Day of School

Wednesday, June 16


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


Emergency Broadcast System – Text Opt In

Thanks for bearing with us as we tested or new Emergency / Weather Closure Broadcast System!  Overall, the test went well. Mass delivery through phone, text, and email offers the best possible chance that you will get the message!  Some parents report getting a text message in Spanish. We are looking into it! 

Miss the opt-in Text? Did you get it in Spanish? Send a text to 87569 with the word “Yes” and that will opt you in. 


Global Gala 2020

Presented by:

Tickets are on sale now!

Tickets are available for purchase at www.intlschool.org/auction.

Tickets are only on sale through Friday, January 24 so get yours today! 

Global Gala Volunteer Opportunities
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with day of set up of our event as well as volunteers willing to help out at the Gala itself.  This is a fun way to participate at the auction without having to purchase a ticket. You will have your own bidder number so you can bid on our great silent and live items while you help out.  Click here to sign up!

Wall of Wine Donations
We are seeking donations of wine for our popular wall of wine.  Wine should have a minimum value of $20. Wine can be dropped off at the Arthur administration building.  Wine cannot be dropped off at the main campus buildings. If you would like to facilitate dropping off curbside at either drop off or pick up, please contact Rebecca Roberts at rebeccar@intlschool.org.  We will make it easy for you!

Auction Package Highlight

Come fly in a Comanche Piper!

Enjoy a plane ride for two down the Columbia River Gorge to see Multnomah Falls from the air then head north to take a peek at what Mt. Saint Helens is up to.  View inside the crater and make a complete 360 degree flight around it! This is absolutely spectacular on a clear day. This will be sure to please anyone with the love of flying or someone dreaming of becoming a pilot.

Thank you to TIS Parents Scott and Lisa Brock


TIS Summer Programs – Registration Opens on Jan 24th!

Looking for summer fun for your kids? We’ve got you covered! This year, in addition to our award winning language immersion Summer Camp, TIS will be offering two weeks of Global Kids Summer Fun in August. Learn more by visiting intlschool.org/summer. 

Language Immersion Summer Camp:

  • Session 1 – June 22 – July 2
  • Session 2 – July 6 – 17
  • Session 3 – July 20 – 31

Global Kids Summer Fun Weeks*: 

  • Week 1 – August 3 – 7
  • Week 2 – August 10 – 14 

        *Open to currently enrolled TIS families only

Starting Friday, January 24th, registration for both summer programs will be open to current TIS families and staff ONLY. Mark your calendars!


Global Kids Alternative Days Added

That’s not the only summer news!

NEW! Global Kids will be open for the duration of the last week of school. The last day of school is June 9; Global Kids Alternative Day Programming will be available June 10-12.

Sign up via Campsite now!


School Safety – PDXReporter.org

We are continually monitoring and revising our safety policies and procedures in order to keep our campus safe for all. These are some of the actions that we have taken and are in place already:

  • Daily on-site security patrols in the early morning to prevent or discourage loitering and camps around the school.

  • Our Maintenance Staff does daily sweeps of the grounds.

  • Our safety committee and maintenance staff is in regular correspondence with the Portland Police and other city representatives to increase their awareness of problems in our area.

  • 11 active security cameras throughout campus

  • We have partnered with the South Park Association and Friends of River Place who are doing patrol operations around the clock. TIS parents also engage in bi-monthly clean-up walks to maintain areas around campus and to notify the authorities if there are any problems.

  • The Portland Police office engages in patrol rounds around the neighborhood.

We encourage parents and staff to use PDXreporter.org This is a tool to report campsites, graffiti, needles, etc. Include photos, location and comments where possible. The more complaints they receive, the better the response from the police department. This goes through the Mayor’s office and is taken quite seriously. You can also report camping to reportPDX@PortlandOregon.gov.


Upcoming Events

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

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MONDAY, JAN 20

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

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THURSDAY, JAN 23

Global Kids Semester 1 Ends.

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FRIDAY, JAN 24

Summer Programs Registration Begins for TIS Families! For more info, please visit: intlschool.org/summer


Monday Hip-Hop Class!

Funky Divas & Dudes Is Back With All New Songs And Routines at The International School! 

Funky Divas & Dudes has been inspiring kids through dance classes for 18 years. We have developed a curriculum specialized for children to learn the basic techniques of dance, explore expression through movement, gain self-confidence, overcome fears of stage fright and HAVE FUN!  

 Enroll today in Hip-Hop Jazz class on TIS CampSite!

Mondays, offered to K-5th grades.

Check us out online @ funkydivasanddudes.com.

Are you ready to ROCK!


Making memories, building bodies.  Fun Runs…

Registration will always remain open for Run Club.   As of 1/9/20 the number of runners each day is as follows: 

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday all have 7 runners apiece.  Tuesday is up to 11 currently.

Questions? Register? Contact Coach Robert 503-348-0799 or OurSportingLives@gmail.com 


Portland BoyChoir! For boys who love to sing

Find the joy of singing – Professional vocal training, touring, and prestige performance opportunities

Choir for Boys Ages 6 – 18

Sign up before January 31st and we waive the $50 registration fee!

Boys are placed in one of four choirs based on age and voice range

Email: info@portlandboychoir.org | www.portlandboychoir.org | Call 503.697.SING (or) 503.697.7464

Please note that this choir does NOT meet at the TIS campus