January 24, 2020

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 1/20/2020

Summer Camp: Registration Opens to TIS families this Friday!

Summer Camp planning is already underway! Join us this summer as we explore language through songs, hands-on projects, outdoor adventures and more! From January 24th – January 30th, only currently enrolled TIS families will be able to register. The early registration password (not available to the public) will be emailed to all currently enrolled families this Friday, January 24th. Camp groups fill up quickly, so mark your calendars, and register early!

2020 Summer Camp Dates:

Global Kids Summer Fun*: 

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

*Open to currently enrolled TIS families only

Questions? Read about the camp day, camp groups, and other camp details at intlschool.org/summer. Feel free to contact the Summer Camp team at summer@intlschool.org

Last Chance for Global Gala Tickets!

This is the last week to get your tickets!  Don’t miss out on our community’s biggest annual celebration of our school.  Ticket sales end this Friday! Tickets can be purchased at www.intlschool.org/auction.   You can also check out the online catalog!  

Under One Sky
The TIS Global Gala
February 1 at 5:30pm

Under One Sky: The 2020 Global Gala is generously presented by:

Global Kids News

  • You are invited to the Global Kids End of Semester Showcases on Tuesday 1/21, Wednesday 1/22, and Thursday 1/23. See full schedule here. 

  • Global Kids is CLOSED on Friday January 24. 3rd Party Classes are also closed. All students must be picked up directly after school by 3:45pm at the very latest.

  • Semester 2 Global Kids begins on Monday, January 27.

Questions? Email globalkids@intlschool.org

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

Save the Date: Chat with Alumni Night & All-Parent Meeting 

Mark your calendars for the annual Parent Network all-parent meeting and Chat with Alumni Night!  Come socialize with fellow parents and meet members of the 2019-2020 Parent Network Steering Committee. 

Then join the Parent Network in welcoming a special Alumni Panel!  TIS alumni will join us to talk about the impact that a TIS education had on their lives. Attendees of prior meetings have commented about how inspiring this evening has been!

Parent Network All-Parent Meeting / Chat with Alumni Night
February 27, 6:00-8:00pm
Learners’ Hall

Refreshments will be provided

The goal for this meeting is to be both informative and fun!

Oregon Battle of the Books 2020

Oregon Battle of the Books is almost here! We are thrilled to see so many 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders get excited about reading and books, and soon it will be time for them to show off their knowledge.  

Mock Battle

  • Learners’ Hall: Wednesday, February 5th from 4:00-6:00pm

TIS OBOB Tournament

  • Learners’ Hall: Wednesday, February 12th from 4:00-6:00pm

OBOB Regional Tournament in Learners’ Hall

TIS is hosting a mini-Regional tournament! The winning team from the TIS tournament will compete against teams from 20 other schools on Saturday, February 29th from 8 am 
to 3 pm at Learners’ Hall.

Deepest thanks to our parent organizers, Betsy Cruz and Kristen Stowell. Happy Reading!

5th Graders Seeking Donations for Refugees

Dear Families,

In English class, we read a book called Refugee and learned about conflict and its effect on people’s day to day lives. We also had a presentation by our TIS music teacher, Sarah, who shared her experience working with refugees in a camp in Lesvos, Greece. We were so touched by our learning and we are moved to help refugees as much as we can. We feel sad and frustrated about their situation but we know there is something we can do to help. 

There is a local organization called IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization). We contacted this organization and they gave us a list of items that we could donate. Would you consider donating an item from the list? Deanna’s 5th grade class will sort the items and send them to IRCO. 

Thank you for being open-minded and caring and taking time to listen to us. It feels important for us to take action locally with this global issue. Please see the attached list of donation items. All donations can be left in the labeled boxes on the 5th grade floor or at the entrance of Learner’s Hall. 


Deanna’s Fifth Grade English Class 

Upcoming Events


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



Global Kids Semester 1 Ends.



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

Global Kids CLOSED today.



Chinese New Year Begins. 恭禧发财 Gong Xi Fa Cai!



Global Kids Semester 2 Begins.



Evening Open House for Prospective Families. Do you know a family that might be interested in our school? Please send them to our Open House! They’ll meet teachers, school leaders, and currently enrolled parents. Presentations will repeat at 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00, followed by tours. 6-8pm, Learners’ Hall.

Chinese Exchange Students Arrive. Our Chinese exchange students arrive at school! They are being hosted by our Chinese track 4th & 5th graders and their families. If you see them around campus, please say Ni Hao! 

Keepin’ It Clean Walk – 2ND AND 3RD 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. 2:00 – 3:00pm, Learners’ Hall Front Entrance.



TIS GLOBAL GALA. The big event is finally here! Check out class baskets, class art and some live auction items on the Auction Preview page

Mochitsuki 2020

Please join us as we celebrate the Japanese New Year and share TIS’ Japanese culture and community! 

Mochitsuki is Portland’s annual Japanese New Year celebration and has been a premiere event in the local community since 1996. The goal of Mochitsuki is to celebrate tradition by sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture. 

TIS will be represented there with a booth there, where we provide information about the school and offer Fukuwarai, a “make a face” game that is common to New Year celebrations,  as well as Shoji (Japanese chess) and other games.

This year’s Mochitsuki will be held on Sunday, January 26 from 11am-4pm.

Viking Pavilion at the Peter W. Stott Center
Portland State University
930 SW Hall Street, Portland, OR 97207

Hope to see you there!

Girl Scout Daisies – Kindergarten Troop

Hello, Kindergarten Parents.

Several LowK parents are starting a Girl Scouts troop for our kindergarten girls this year. It’s really fun and a great way for students to make friends in different classes and language tracks. Typically, the troop meets after school every two weeks. 

If your daughter is interested, please let us know!

– Veronica Lim, Troop co-leader (veronicalim124@yahoo.com)