February 4, 2020

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 1/27/20

Parent Teacher Conference Sign Ups

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on February 14th and the afternoon of February 18th. Just like this past Fall, we are having conferences BEFORE report cards are released.

These conferences are for Homeroom Teachers and Art, Music, & PE Specialists. Winter conferences with English Specialists are initially by invitation-only. The English Specialists will contact you directly if they would like to talk to you about your child’s progress. We will then open them up for general signups a week prior to the conference dates. 

To sign up for your Homeroom, Art, Music, and PE conferences:

– Go to http://ptcfast.com/schools/The_International_School 

– Check off the names of all the teachers that you want conferences with for all your TIS students.

– Tell the system that these conferences are for different students – next screen will ask which conference is for which child.

– The system will send a link to your e-mail. Check your email, click on the link.

– The system will give you side-by-side availability for all the teachers you selected – just click the conferences that you want!

 – Then it will send you a confirmation for all the conferences you signed up for.

 Candy Trujillo is organizing the conferences this time around.  If you have any questions or issues with the system, please contact her at CandyT@intlschool.org

Summer Camp: 3 days to enroll before we open to public!

Summer Camp registration is NOW OPEN to current TIS families and staff only. You have an exclusive one-week window to sign up your child for summer fun before we invite the public to register on Friday, January 31st. Camp groups fill quickly so register early!!!

Check your email for the Exclusive TIS Registration Password. It was sent out on Friday, January 24, from summer@intlschool.org 

Register online, it’s quick and easy to create an account and sign-up for Summer Camp sessions. When you register online, you will have the option to pay by credit or debit card.Visit intlschool.org/summer to register or to review 2020 camp themes and details.

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

TIS at Lan Su Garden!

The International School will be helping Lan Su Chinese Garden celebrate the Lunar New Year!  Tongfang’s 4th grade class and Jennifer’s 2nd grade will be performing at Lan Su on Saturday, February 8.  The performance slot for our classes will be between 12:00 and 12:30pm!

Our students will be doing the same performance that they are doing for The International Festival. The day will also include Lion Dance, special activities, and other exhibits.

Record Volunteer Hours at the Front Desks!

Hello, Volunteers! Did you know that you can record your hours at the school front desks? Ipads are available at Stearns Hall and Hilltop. When you sign out, please go ahead and record your volunteer hours right then and there! Easy peasy!

We have many parents attending meetings, chaperoning, and helping out in the library and classrooms. Please record your hours so that we know who to thank! TIS wouldn’t be the great school it is without our volunteers!

Parent Network Monthly Meeting

The Parent Network Monthly Meeting will be held next Thursday, February 6 at 8:30am in the Arthur Administration Building (up the street from the Main Campus, at the corner of SW Arthur and SW Corbett).  All parents are invited to attend!

Author Visit: Kate Milford

TIS 5th graders were privileged to have had a visit from award-winning writer Kate Milford last week. Powell’s Books was kind enough to sponsored the author of the Greenglass House series at our school. She is known for creating imaginative worlds and strong, complex characters.

Milford’s first book in the series, Greenglass House, is listed was as one of the top 50 Young Adult novels in the past 20 years by Booklist magazine and it won the Edgar Award for “Best Kids Mystery” the year it was published.

The New York Times wrote that:

“One of Ms Milford’s strengths is her faith in her readers’ ability to figure stuff out, and her obsessions with history, folklore and mechanical contraptions give her brainiac fans plenty to chew on.”  

We are honored to have had this opportunity!

Photo by Tomoyo Wells

Refueled Kids: February Menu

It’s not too late to order lunch delivery for February! 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 or to place an order. Use TIS password: TIS10

Forget a lunch? Limited same day ordering is available! Check out the February menu here!

Upcoming Events


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.

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



OBOB Mock Battle. 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.  Learners’ Hall, 4:00-6:00pm



TIS Parent Network Monthly Meeting. All parents are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the TIS Parent Network Steering Committee. Arthur Administration Building (up the street from the Main Campus), 8:30am



TIS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL! PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center, 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219.

SHOW 1: 9:00

Chisa, Maria C, Lorena, Maria D, Ju-Ya, Junko, Taka, Candy, Ivonne

Show 2: 11:00

Jennifer, Isabel and Libni, Constanza and Mercedes, Akiko, Charlotte, Melody, Masami, Ivonne

SHOW 3: 1:00

Christy/Jimmy, Tongfang, Liza, Paola and Mariana, Maggie, Antonia and Vicky, Cristina and Celina, Masami



TIS Lan Su Garden Performance. Come celebrate the New Year with performances by Tongfang and Jennifer’s classes! 12:00-12:30pm, Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Sensory KIDS presents: Learning Connections Webinar Series

Sensory KIDS is a pediatric clinic founded and directed by occupational therapist, Lisa Porter. The clinic specializes in working with kids with sensory processing and regulation challenges, emphasizing therapy on self-esteem, socialization, and self-regulation through a combination of sensory-integration therapy,  relationship-based methods, and parent training.

Our Intent

Sensory KIDS has created a 6-week live, online series that will include a rotating schedule of:

  • 3 informative sessions led by a licensed OT 
  • 3 family support sessions led by an experienced parent facilitator

Informative sessions will focus on sensory differences, regulation, & relationship-based supports. Support sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to connect with other caregivers to discuss presented topics & how to incorporate strategies at home. 

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Sensory Systems & Arousal Regulation 
  • Nervous system function & Relationship – Why we play 
  • Relationship-based strategies: What to do in the moment & setting limit


  • Breanne Kearney MS, OTR/L
  • Holly Shearer MSOT, OTR?L
  • Candy Trujillo, Parent Facilitator ←- **yes, our very own Candy T!!**

Register Now! Space is Limited!

Registration Details

Register Online at www.sensorykidsot.com/events  | Registration fee: $200

Scholarships Available!

Webinar Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 3, 10 
Time: 7:15pm – 8:30pm

Any Questions? Please call: (503) 575-9402