February 18, 2020

The Owl Weekly Parent Newsletter 2/11/20

International Festival – Thank You!

We had a marvelous International Festival last Friday! Thank you to all who came. We hope that you enjoyed the show(s)!

Professionally recorded DVDs are available for sale. Parents can Email or phone their orders.

Photos by TIS Parent Yukako Owen

Lan Su Chinese Garden Performance

Two of our Chinese track classes performed at Lan Su Chinese Garden on Saturday as part of the Lunar New Year celebrations!  Tongfang’s 4th grade and Jennifer’s 2nd grade both did wonderfully.

Photo by TIS parent Katie Auyang.

Global School Play Day!

Next Friday morning, February 21, we will be participating in a Global School Play Day! Play Days are a global effort created by educators in support of unstructured playtime for students around the world.

Students can bring class to bring anything they wish to play with to school on Friday, Feb 21. The only restrictions: they must bring toys and these toys may NOT require batteries or electricity. No devices. Ideas: board games, dolls, Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.).

For more information about the value of unstructured play,  here is some research.

Please note that February 21 is also an Early Dismissal Day – please pick up by 12:45 unless you are enrolled for Global Kids Alternate Day.

Lost & Found – Please check!

Our Lost & Found bins are full again!

If you child is missing their jacket/sweater/water bottle, please give it a look. Our Lost and Found bins are located at Stearns or Hilltop (just outside the Music Room located at Hilltop). Please label jackets, sweaters and water bottles so we can get items to back their owners. We are finding lots of items not labeled with student names!


Parent Network Evening Meeting & Alumni Panel

The TIS Parent Network would like to invite parents to attend our 2020 Spring All-Parent Meeting to be held on Thursday, Feb 27 at Learners’ Hall, 6-8pm. The goal for this meeting is to be both informative and fun!

Come socialize with fellow parents and meet members of the 2019-2020 Parent Network Steering Committee. You’ll learn about volunteer efforts around the school, campus beautification projects, the progression of plans for re-unification of the Main and EC programs, and upcoming special events.

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. This might help you to further understand the value of The International School’s mission, and what you can expect as your child takes their newly developed global citizenship skills out into the bigger social and academic communities.

Refreshments will be provided. Interested in coming? Please RSVP by sending a quick email to parentnetwork@intlschool.org with your name and and how many will be attending.

February Learner Profile: Caring

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 share 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 February, faculty will be focusing on “Caring.”

Descriptor: Caring students show empathy, compassion, and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. IB students tell us they bring this commitment to community and others to their activities and leadership roles at university and carry it throughout their lives. 

Home Connection: Role model the caring behavior you would like to see in your child all the time.  Your child has big eyes and big ears and notices everything you do. Using kind words, helping people without being asked, being an active listener, and showing your child that you care about people.

Book Recommendations for “Caring:”

Early Childhood:  

  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip C Stead
  • Have you filled a bucket today? by Carol McCloud 


  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Last stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pana 
  • Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  • Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler

Upcoming Events


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

OBOB TIS Finals. Come cheer on our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teams as they compete to be named the school champion! The winning team from the TIS tournament will compete against teams from 20 other schools at the mini-Regional tournament on Feb 29! 4-6pm, Learners Hall.



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.



President’s Day: SCHOOL CLOSED. Global Kids Closed.



Parent Teacher Conferences. No regular after school classes. Global Kids Alternative Day Open.



Global School Play Day! No screens. No structure. All morning! Students can bring toys and games from home.

EARLY DISMISSAL: Please pick up your child by 12:45pm. Teacher Development Day. Global Kids Alternative Day Open.