February 4, 2020

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 2/3/20

The International Festival is this Friday!

Below is some important information to help you plan your International Festival day. Check your email for parking lot maps!

PCC Sylvania: 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219


Parking Passes are going home in backpacks or lunchboxes TUESDAY. Please check backpacks! Space is limited in the venue!

•   We will have two PCC parking passes for each TIS household (families with parents in separate households will each get two). You will need to put that parking pass on your dashboard, or you WILL get a ticket.

•   Parking spots may be FAR, particularly for shows 2 & 3. Arrive early. Be prepared to walk for 10 MINUTES to get from your car to the theater.  Check your email for PCC campus parking maps.

•   Though you have two passes, try your best to go in one car. 


At the TIS campus on Feb 7, there will NOT be curbside service due to staff being at the festival. Before & after-school waiting rooms will be open as usual.


•   NEW! School buses will bring all students performing in this show TO and FROM the theater!  If you will be bringing your child home directly from the show, please make that they are CHECKED OUT WITH THEIR TEACHER before leaving.

•   If you have a K-5 sibling not performing in this show, we can bring him/her to the theater on the bus so you don’t have to go back to TIS. Please email sarahl@intlschool.org by WEDNESDAY, FEB 5th – to ensure you get a response before assuming that it will happen.



Not going to make the show? Professionally recorded DVDs are available for pre-sale. Parents can Email or phone. Other sheets will also be available at the venue.

Photo by Ildiko Arndt Smith / White Lion Photography

Thank you, TIS Community!

Wow! Thank you TIS community! You raised your paddles high in support of TIS at Saturday’s auction gala. We are thrilled to be able to share that because of your generous gifts, we raised a record-breaking $465,000 for our students and teachers. 

This event would not have been possible without the hard work and creativity of our Auction Chair Lisa Higgins, our emcee Nancy Yen Shipley, and our many wonderful auction volunteers. Thank you!  

A special thank you also goes out to our amazing TIS student performers (Sebastian, Ania, Jules and Charlotte) who delighted guests with their Taiko Drum performance, and to our awesome sponsors whose generous support covered all of our event costs. Thank you Miller Family Foundation, LegitScript, Vacasa, Restore PDX, Northwest Dermatology Institute, Shizuku, NorthRim Partners, Duck House, IOTAS Home and Fubonn. 

Save the Date – next year’s auction Global Gala will take place on February 6th at The Hilton. We look forward to seeing you there!

Auction Special Appeal Video & News

Included in our auction total listed above is $279,000 for our auction special appeal. This year’s appeal is a direct investment in our TIS students and teachers. Special appeal contributions will provide ongoing support for teacher leadership and professional development through the newly created Deloris A. Spear Teachers Fund at The International School.  

A huge thank you to everyone who raised their paddle for the appeal, and especially to alumni parents Don and Ione Spear who created this endowed fund and matched every single special appeal donation made on Saturday night, resulting in that incredible total listed above. 

Learn more about how this year’s special appeal will benefit our teachers and students in our special appeal video, featuring TIS students and teachers.  

Interested in making a contribution to this year’s appeal? Contact TIS Development Director Lauren R. at 503-226-2496 ext 117 or LaurenR@intlschool.org. The Spear Family is continuing to match gifts to this fund!

Save the Date! TIS 30th Anniversary Party

Help celebrate 30 years of The International School with an epic block party! Fun for all ages. Mark your calendars now! 

Reminder: Upcoming No School & Early Dismissal Days

As a reminder, please note the upcoming No School and Early Dismissal days:

  • There will be NO SCHOOL next Friday, February 14th due to Parent Teacher Conferences
  • There will be NO regular after school classes on Tuesday, Feb 18th due to afternoon Parent Teacher Conferences (Global Kids alternative day will be available).

To sign up for your Homeroom, Art, Music, and PE conferences, visit: http://ptcfast.com/schools/The_International_School 

  • We have an early dismissal on Friday, Feb 21.
    This is for faculty meetings. Dismissal will start at 12:15pm. Curbside and walk in service will be available. Please pick up your child by 12:45pm.

Global Kids Alternative Programming is available all three days.

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.

IRCO: Last Call for Donations!

Thanks to all of you who have donated items already! If you would still like to donate, please do so by this Friday, Feb 7. There are donation boxes in Stearns, Hilltop, and Learners Hall.

Below is the original letter from the 5th graders:

“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


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.



Keepin’ It Clean Walk – KINDER & 1ST 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. 8:15 – 9:15am, Learners’ Hall Front Entrance.



5th Grade Promotion Photos. 5th graders will get photographed in their Caps and Gowns today. My, how time flies!

OBOB TIS Finals. TIS OBOB teams battle against one another!  The TIS winning team will be determined and move to regionals on Feb 29th.  Learners’ Hall, 4:00-6:00pm



TIS Board of Trustees Meeting. This meeting is open to the public. 6-8pm, Arthur Administration Building.



Parent Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS.  Global Kids Alternate Day Open.

Photo by Ildiko Arndt Smith / White Lion Photography

75th Anniversary of WWII: PSU Center for Japanese Studies

As 2020 Marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII, join the PSU Center for Japanese Studies for a FREE lecture

Professor Carol Gluck, Columbia University

Postwar Japan: A Pre-Postmortum
February 6, 2020
327/8/9 Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway

Click here for more information  

Babysitter / Nanny Wanted!

Looking for after school babysitter/nanny for 9-year-old twins! We will need help with pickup after school at TIS  and transporting kids to after school activities on some days, creating activities on others! Spanish speaking would be an amazing asset. Hoping for someone willing to help with homework and help get dinner started with the kids (they are good helpers in the kitchen) ! Looking for Monday through Friday 3-6 with some flexibility. Thanks!
Contact: karchabald@gmail.com